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Solar Eclipse In The Skies Over Bluffton

by Benji Bergstrand  A solar eclipse will be visible from the Bluffton area on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 21, and local families are choosing unique ways to experience this rare event.
   Bluffton residents will be ale to see about 80 percent coverage of the sun, but parts of the U.S. will get to see the eclipse in 100 percent coverage, also called totality. The total eclipse will be visible in a band 60-70 miles wide that will first become visible in the U.S. on the coast of Oregon. The eclipse will then cross the country from northwest to southeast and will last be visible on the coast of South Carolina.

Many Changes Take Place In Village During “Construction Season”

by Paula McKibben   It would be hard not to notice that there have been a lot of changes in Bluffton over the summer – almost impossible. Not only has the village made noticeable changes, but also companies who do business here, as well as individual residents.
   The village itself has 14 different roads up for improvement, anywhere from striping to paving. One of the most noticeable has been the alley between Harmon Road and Main Street. Others include small connecting streets like Vine, Franklin and Brookwood. The most expensive street project was College Avenue from Albert to Main at $57,343.50.

Tommy And Sheena Dotson Want To Make Bluffton An Even Better Place

   Tommy and Sheena Dotson recently bought the block building at 130 Vance Street, which had previously been TLU Rescue.
They bought the property because they needed the back of the lot for parking, envisioning the building as a possible multi-unit office facility.
   Construction of this multi-unit office facility is beginning this week and will hopefully be completed within a couple of months.  The Dotsons hope to make two small affordable rentals with this unit and to use the back garage for their own business.

Goal Of America In Bloom Is For Communities To Reach Best Potential

   Interstate 75 is affecting everyone’s travel this summer. Our America in Bloom judges experienced those problems trying to get to Bluffton: it took Leslie Pittenger four hours to get here on the interstate, and Linda Cromer experienced single lane traffic all the way from Greendale, IN.
   Needless to say, when they got here Wednesday night, they were pretty tired, but still took a drive around the community to get a feel for their job over the next two days: evaluating whether or not Bluffton is at its “best potential,” according to Pittenger.
   Both women have helped to improve the economic standing of their own communities through the America in Bloom program.

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