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January 19, 2020
 

Not the January we expected

No snow. Temperatures rising in the day above freezing. The grass is even green. What gives? January is not the winter month we expected. For proof, here are two ONU students jogging in what might otherwise be a snow-filled ground. 

Matt Gossman elected 2020 school board president

Committee appointments set for this year

Matt Gossman was elected president of the Ada school board in 2020, during its reorganization meeting held Jan. 9. He replaced Amy Mullins, who was elected vice-president for 2020. 

Several additional new year appointments followed.

The board set meeting dates as the third of each month at 6 p.m. with meetings to take place in the board office of the 1971 wing of the schools.

Among other action involving 2020, the board designated the Kenton Times as the official newspaper for the board notices.

The following board committee assignments were approved:

Policy committee – Erickson, Fleming

Legislative liaison to OSBA – Mullins

A journey of persevervance and leadership

ONU women's senior basketball captain Martrina Parks

If given the opportunity, Martrina Parks wouldn't change a thing. Even though the path wasn't clear or devoid of bumps along the way, she wouldn't go back and course correct. Everything Parks has gone through has made her into the player and leader she is today. 

Parks isn't like many of teammates or opponents. She didn't gravitate toward the sport of basketball at a very young age.

Parks began her athletic endeavors in the competitive cheer world. It wasn't until middle school when Parks' father encouraged her to give basketball a try. 

While post moves and ball-handling skills would come eventually, one thing was evidently clear from the beginning. 

History lesson

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By Cort Reynolds
ADA - Visiting Lima Central Catholic methodically defeated Ada 63-33 in non-conference girls basketball action Thursday night.

Lady Thunderbird senior post Rosie Williams muscled her way to 31 points inside to pace LCC to victory.

The Bulldog girls fell to 5-10 overall with the defeat, while the T-Bird girls improved to 8-7 with the victory.

"We just had no energy to start the game," said Ada second-year head coach Morgan Bass. "We had no answer for Williams and got off to a slow start.

If given the opportunity, Martrina Parks wouldn't change a thing. Even though the path wasn't clear or devoid of bumps along the way, she wouldn't go back and course correct. Everything Parks has gone through has made her into the player and leader she is today. 

Parks isn't like many of teammates or opponents. She didn't gravitate toward the sport of basketball at a very young age.

Parks began her athletic endeavors in the competitive cheer world. It wasn't until middle school when Parks' father encouraged her to give basketball a try. 

Sophomore Megan Lubinski (Milford/Brighton) helped Ohio Northern go 2-1 this past week and for her efforts was named Ohio Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week. The Polar Bears toppled Oberlin and Mount Union and fell to Kenyon.

Lubinski won a total of four events, while taking second in three other races. She swam a leg of the victorious 200-yard medley relay, and also added first-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle. 

The Ohio Northern men's basketball team used a strong start to the second half en route to topping Baldwin Wallace 81-74 on Wednesday evening inside the ONU Sports Center.

The Polar Bears have now won back-to-back Ohio Athletic Conference games, improving to 6-8 overall and 2-5 in the OAC. The Yellow Jackets fall to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

"Our guys played with a lot of energy and intensity on the both ends of the floor," 4th-year head coach Rich Bensman said. "We've played hard and been really focused the past couple games."

The Ohio Northern men's basketball team used a strong start to the second half en route to topping Baldwin Wallace 81-74 on Wednesday evening inside the ONU Sports Center.

The Polar Bears have now won back-to-back Ohio Athletic Conference games, improving to 6-8 overall and 2-5 in the OAC. The Yellow Jackets fall to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

"Our guys played with a lot of energy and intensity on the both ends of the floor," 4th-year head coach Rich Bensman said. "We've played hard and been really focused the past couple games."

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Officers of the Ada High School Future Farmers of America in 1993 were, from left, Aaron McDougle, student advisor; Chad Goodwin, treasurer; Angie Hoffman, president; Chad Hazelton, secretary; Crystal Sharrock, Vice President; Joel Klingler, chaplain; Chip LaRue, sentinel and Trish Long, reporter

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3 Brothers Family Pizza collecting care packages for overseas battalion

Brian Clum: “I’ve been deployed twice. I know what it’s like after the holidays. It’s a long period.”

Brian Clum knows the feeling of being deployed away from home during and after the Christmas holidays. 

“I’ve been deployed twice. I know what it’s like after the holidays. It’s a long period,” said Clum. “I want soldiers to know that they are thought of and appreciated.”

As a retired 31-year armed services veteran, the owner of 3 Brothers Family Pizza decided to do something about it.

This winter he and his wife, Kelly, started an organization called Friends of 1-145 AR RGT (EIN 84-3584886).

That’s a long title that translates in support of their son’s  (Corp. Matthew Clum, Ada HS graduate) battalion currently deployed overseas.

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Poetic License

ST. NIK (Richard Gainey) lived in Ada, and retired to Florida. Many youth met him at the public library and around town for several holiday seasons. His bumper sticker reads: "My other car is a sleigh." 

Watch the Icon this week for a "15 minutes with Santa Claus in Florida."