by Evan Skilliter On Friday, January 20, Bluffton Safety Services, in collaboration with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and both Bluffton and Allen East High Schools, gave a presentation at halftime of the Bluffton vs. Allen East high school boys’ basketball game in Bluffton, emphasizing the importance of traffic safety and reducing injuries through the use of safety belts and avoiding impaired driving.
by Austin Arnold At the first Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce meeting of the calendar year, local pharmacist Greg Conkling was the featured speaker. This past fall marked the 25th year of business for Conkling’s business, Greg’s Pharmacy. Conkling reflected on the history of his business and some of the changes that have come to the profession over the past two and a half decades. Conkling provided some background on himself, which led to the details of his quarter-century business.
by Kendra Olson Around 1995 the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association started an annual tradition called the Bluffton Pulpit Exchange. In a typical year, seven pastors of seven different churches swap places on the Sunday before or on January 15th. The process of assigning pulpits is simple: throw all the names into a bowl and draw the church you’ll be pastoring. If a pastor draws his or her own church or the church they had the year before, they have to redraw. This yearly practice is not just designed to change up the routine, but to deal with important issues that are frequently ignored.
Austin Arnold, a graduate of BGSU in journalism has formally been named, editor of The Bluffton News by Thomas Edwards, publisher. Although he did not grow up in Bluffton, Arnold is originally from northwest Ohio, graduating from Mohawk High School near Tiffin.