by Austin Arnold The final week in July means fútbol season in Bluffton. Yes, that’s a foreign way of spelling football, but the game that is known as football around the rest of the world is called a different name in America. We know it as soccer in the United States. In what has become an annual event, BFR Sports & Fitness once again hosted a Challenger Sports Soccer Camp, which took place from July 28 to August 1. The camp always features English coaches who live and breathe the game of soccer, ensuring that the young players from this area are provided with the most authentic instruction.
by Austin Arnold Anyone wanting to learn a little more about the ins and outs of Bluffton Village Council should have attended Monday night’s meeting at Town Hall. Oh, the meeting was fairly routine as most mid-summer meetings are, but a large group of visitors requested and received information about how the mayor and council are elected, how legislation is passed and what our village leaders ate for supper (not really, but they did ask a lot of questions).
Every two years, the Riley Creek Singers, local talent from Putnam, Allen and Hancock counties, present a popular musical. This year marks their 10th musical. The Rogers & Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific” will be held at the Pandora-Gilboa Schools on August 8, 9, and 10th. This year, male singers were needed to portray WWII Army, Navy, and Marine characters. The musical also offers comedy, drama, and two love stories. In addition, an orchestra filled with talented musicians is led by vocal/orchestra director, Jim Oberhaus. Kevin Augsburger, director, and Valerie Nusbaum, assistant director, are the driving force that keeps the musicals fresh and entertaining.
Ralf Bronnenmeier, chief executive officer of Grob Systems in Bluffton, died in an airplane crash outside of Findlay just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The other occupant, a female passenger, was also killed in the accident; however, authorities had not officially confirmed her identity before this newspaper’s deadline for print was reached. According to multiple reports, the crash occurred on Hancock County Road 18 between Cass Township Road 215 and Hancock Road 216. The site of the crash stretched a half-mile distance along Hancock County Road 18, where the plane ended up in a ditch.