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Corn Harvest Expected to Last Until Thanksgiving

by Paula McKibben   Gary Luginbill, owner of Pandora Grain (Pandora), Mitch Welty, grain manager at Legacy Farmers (Findlay), and Josh Loverich, branch manager of Heritage Cooperative (Arlington) all agree that the corn harvest will last until almost Thanksgiving, but that the bean harvest is almost done.
   Harvest yields vary around the area, primarily because of the heavier rains in the southern areas. According to Welty, “Rain early on is holding back Arlington.  Mt. Blanchard is about wiped out with beans.”

Bluffton Precast Goes Ablaze

   Shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, a massive fire broke out at the Bluffton Precast Concrete Co., located at 8950 North Dixie Highway, just south of the village corporation. The Bluffton Fire Department arrived on the scene around 3:30 p.m. to find the southernmost section of the precast plant had already been heavily infested with flames.
   While it was an ominous scene, no one was reported injured in the incident.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ Finds Their “Mann”

by Austin Arnold   After roughly two years without a permanent pastor, Emmanuel United Church of Christ of Bluffton has finally found just that in the young minister named Jeremy Mann.
   Mann officially arrived at the church and the community of Bluffton on September 7, when he and his wife, Jennifer, moved into the church’s parsonage. Their previous home was in Manheim, Pennsylvania, located in Lancaster County.

Antiques Store Settles into Old Grain Mill Building

by Paula McKibben   “EEEEEEEEEE,” screams another satisfied customer.  Michele Blubaugh-Spencer, owner of Junk and Disorderly, says, “When people see what we have done, we get lots of screams of delight.”
   Junk and Disorderly is her new store located in the old grain mill at 241 Cherry Street, Bluffton.  According to Blubaugh-Spencer, we’re “not a typical antique store, more trendy and vintage.”

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