At 8:56 a.m. Tuesday a lone white male entered the Chase Bank, 135 S. Main Street, Bluffton, and presented tellers with a note that threatened an explosion if his demand for money was not met. A teller complied with the demand and turned over an undisclosed amount of money. The man fled from the bank. Very observant tellers were able to provide Allen County Sheriff’s 911 dispatchers with a good vehicle description. That description was relayed to area law enforcement agencies, which were told to be on the lookout.
When the Lions Way Bike and Pedestrian Pathway opened on Oct. 21, it was not the first step, nor the last, in creating a bike and walking path that encircles Bluffton. The first step started in the late 1970s and took over 10 years to complete. That first step is today the Triplett Bike Path. The original promoters of the idea, the late Ropp and Mary Emma Triplett, learned that the Bluffton Park Board wanted to have a bike and walking path to the village park that would keep youth off County Line Road.
by Paula McKibben When Eric DeWitt, an employee of Groves Bears for six years, and Dr. James Gideon crossed paths in the store, a lifelong friendship—and business relationship—was forged. Soon after, Gideon hired DeWitt to manage his medical office in Bluffton, and then the two men collaborated on revamping Groves Bears into Groves Heritage, to open tentatively on Tuesday, October 28.
by Paula McKibben You have an idea to build nine apartment units. How long does it take? Well, if you are Stan Clemens and Dan Gillett, it takes about nine months from the birth of the idea to the renting of the apartments. The units at Jefferson Street Villas, located at 44 St. Rt. 103, are 1200 sq. ft., three-bedroom apartments that rent for $950 monthly.