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The Ada Icon is where Ada gets its news. The Icon is the center of information and commerce for Ada, Ohio. We promote Ada through advertising, the printed word, photographs and other tools of technology.

Ada Icon is a member of:
Ada Area Chamber of Commerce
Ada Community Improvement Corp. (CIC)
Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance
Better Business Bureau

Also: please check our sister publication: The Bluffton Icon

Classified ads:
This is our classified ad page and all classified ads are on the right column. We only charge for:
• Properties for sale or for rent
• Vehicles for sale

Our rates for those are only $10 for the first 10 days and $1 for each following day. We charge for those ads because we have realtors and auto dealers who are paying customers.

All other classified ads are free. We post garage sales the week that they are held. There is no deadline or maximum word count. We also provide a garage sale map. During garage sale season we post a link to the map on the top of the garage sale ads.

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Here's what the Ada Icon is all about

Welcome to the  Ada Icon. For first-viewers, here's helpful answers to your questions.

Q: What is the Icon?
A: Think of the Icon as a daily newspaper on the web.

Q: When did it first appear on the web?
A: March 15, 2012.

How much do I pay to view the Icon?
A: Nothing. It's free to view. Unlike other newspaper websites, there is no limit to the number of stories you may read. And, you may access all of our archived material.

Q: How does the Icon make money?
A: Through very affordable local advertising. We have over 50 local advertisers.

Q: What might we expect to find in The Icon?
A: All sorts of things. Our primary coverage area is the Ada school district. According to Google Analytics, 90 percent of our viewers live winthin 25 miles of Ada. That takes in Lima, Findlay and Kenton. We also have a loyal following of viewers who grew up here and moved away, or who lived here for a time, but no longer do.

Q: How many viewers do you have?
A: Ada Icon experiences about 6,000 viewers in a 30-day period.

Q: Where do you obtain stories for the Icon? 
A: Viewers send us news items. We also post all Ohio Northern University news, and cover all aspects of the Ada community.

We provide extensive sports coverage of Ada High School and Ohio Northern University.

We post all obituaries provided by area funeral homes. We post obituaries of former residents when their family members provide us with information.

Q: Are there other Icons? Do you have other products in addition to your website?
A: In September 2009 we launched Bluffton Icon (www.blufftonicon.com). It is in a community the same size as Ada and the two school districts touch.There are many commonalities between the two communities, even though they are in different counties. For example, Ada is home of Ohio Northern University, as Bluffton is home of Bluffton University. Ada Icon covers the Ada school district and ONU in the same was that Bluffton Icon covers Bluffton.

Here are some Ada Icon viewer statistics from Google Analytics covering 2017:

In 2017, the Ada Icon saw a significant increase in the number of stories viewed, more than a quarter of a million—272,327 to be exact. That’s an increase of 23 percent in the past year.

We posted more than 2,500 stories in 2017. Some weeks saw 70 or more local stories made available to readers. That's a lot of news, week after week, from a village that is only 2 square miles in size. 

Plus, the Ada Icon posted more than 1,000 local photos, mostly of people doing good things in the community, but there were drugs, fires, and accidents to report, as well.

In 2017 individuals opened the Ada Icon to read stories from, incredibly, 145 countries.
The top 10 are:
1. U.S.
2. Malaysia
3. Canada
4. United Kingdom
5. India
6. South Korea
7. Philippines
8. Japan
9. Australia
10. Germany

Nearly every month, the Ada Icon has viewers from all 50 states. Here are the top 10 of 2017:
1. Ohio
2. Michigan
3. Florida
4. Illinois
5. California 
6. New York
7. Texas
8. Indiana
9. Pennsylvania
10. North Carolina

People from 541 Ohio villages and cities (that’s nearly all Ohio towns) viewed the Icon. Most lived in:
1. Ada
2. Kenton
3. Lima
4. Findlay
5. Bluffton
6. Bellefontaine
7. Wapakoneta
8. Dunkirk
9. Alger
10. Forest

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Welcome to The Ada Icon FREE* classifieds. Viewers may post ads at NO COST including garage sales, card of thanks, lost and found, free kittens, bake sales, and so forth. For cars, trucks, real estate or business services viewers may provide up to 50 words for $10 per ad. E-mail ads to: ads@adaicon.com. We'll run your ad for 10 days. (No phone calls.) Payment must be received before running paid ads. Send payments to: The Ada Icon, 226 Grove St., Bluffton, OH 45817.

Childcare provider has openings for full/part time
Birth -?
Low rates ,meals snacks included.
Or call 567 226 1188

Free: 2 AKC teacup Yorkshire Terrier puppies. One male, one female. For free: Contact brown.tracy42@gmail.com

Help wanted: Full-time office staff, 30-34 hours a week. No weekends, no major holidays. Past office work helpful, but not required. Monday thru Thursdays 8:45 to 5:15. Send resume to Office Staff, P.O. Box 209, Pandora, Ohio 45877-0209. No phone calls please.


HILTY HOME, 304 Hilty Dr., Pandora, OH
STNA (Part-time, 2nd &3rd Shift)

STNA (Full-time, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Shift)

RN/LPN (Full-time and Part-time 3rd shift)

DIETARY (Part-time Cook 2nd shift with 1st shift fill in)

Child Care Aide (Part-time, must be available 5:45am-6pm)

HOME HEALTH, 410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH

Home Health Aide (Part-time, 1st shift)

MAPLE CREST, 700 Maple Crest Ct, Bluffton, OH

Housekeeping (Part-time, 1st shift)

Dietary Aide (Part-time, 2nd shift)

Elder Assistant (Full time 1st shift and Part time, 2nd shift)

Office Assistant (Part-time 1st shift- some 2nd shift for special events)

STNA (Full-time and Part-time,  2nd& 3rd Shift)

Dietary/Cook (Part-time, 1st shift)

RN/LPN (Part-time 2nd shift)

WILLOW RIDGE, 410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH

Shahbaz (Part time, 1st & 2nd Shift)

RN (Part-time Dayshift)
IF INTERESTED PLEASE APPLY IN PERSON OR ONLINE AT www.mhcoliving.org under the careers tab.


Lima Convalescent Home Foundation is seeking a full-time Activity Director.  This person will be responsible for planning, guiding, and participating in the residents’ activities. This person attends Care Conferences, completes a section of the MDS related to activities, and does Activity Assessments.  The Activity Director hires and leads a team of Activity Staff.  The person that takes this position needs to be compassionate, interested in older adults, and able to communicate well. Activity Director Certification and experience preferred.

Please send a resume or apply to: Lima Convalescent Home, 1650 Allentown Road, Lima, Ohio 4580. EOE

Bluffton University invites applications for the position of Admission Counselor.  Responsibilities include managing an assigned recruitment territory to meet or exceed established goals for students in the following areas, but not limited to:  campus visits, accepted and enrolled students and out of state students. Coordinate church and high school visits, and represent Bluffton University at various functions.  Visit www.bluffton.edu/employment for a full job description and further requirements for this position.

The Lima Manpower office in partnership with GROB Systems will be at the Bluffton Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 15, taking applications for GROB Systems in Bluffton. Manufacturing experience with a stable work history is required.
Positions consist of:
Sub-Assembly, DeBurr, Warehouse/Staging, Final Assembly, DE/Documentation, Fabrication/Paint.
Bring resume showing work experience. Call the Lima Manpower office for details or questions at 419-227-1970.

Administrative Assistant needed for a full-time front desk position in a busy Family/Complementary/Alternative Medicine practice. Ideal candidate must be detail oriented and reliable, have strong computer skills and excellent patient service skills, ability to multi-task, and medical office experience/knowledge preferred. Responsibilities include greeting patients, scheduling appointments, answering phone calls, and checking patients in/out, and willing to cross-train in back office responsibilities. Great work environment, benefits, no weekends. Email resume and three business references to kgundycohc@yahoo.com for Celebration of Health Association, Bluffton.

Help wanted: Citizens National Bank has a part-time opening for a Bank Teller in Bluffton. You will have the opportunity to provide quality customer service by accurately processing financial transactions such as receiving deposits, paying checks, providing information in response to customer inquiries, sharing knowledge about products and services, and balancing cash. Hours for this position will be approximately 24-28 per week and flexibility is required. Please visit www.cnbohio.com under “Resources”, “Careers” for more information and to apply. CNB is an Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Would you like to be part of a winning team and serve your community?  If so, The Union Bank Company has a full-time Deposit Operations Clerk position open in Columbus Grove.  The individual will assist Deposit Operations with a wide variety of functions with constant efficiency and confidentiality.  Candidates should have excel and word experience as well as good customer service skills.  One year of experience in a related position in a financial institution is preferred. *We encourage that all applicants attach a resume when applying. We are an equal opportunity employer. CLICK HERE to apply.

A local CPA firm is accepting applications for  temporary  seasonal  office help to work February  to April 2018. Must have office experience. Hours are daytime, somewhat flexible, and  may run  25-35 hours per week. Please email if interested to rscpa@cpabluffton.com.  Or Call :  419-358-1723

Help wanted: Liberty Township is now accepting applications for full time, road & cemetery maintenance. Applications & more information can be picked up at Woodlawn Cemetery office or call Tim 419-634-5933


Hilty Home, 304 Hilty Dr. Pandora, OH

LPN (Part-time 3rd shift)

LPN (Full time, 3rd shift)

STNA (Full-time 1st, 2nd & 3rd shift)

STNA (Part-time 1st, 2nd & 3rd shift)

Dietary (Part-time Cook2nd shift with 1st shift fill in)

Child Care Aide (Part-time, hours vary 5:45 am- 6pm)


Home Health, 410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH

Home Health Aide (Part-time 1st shift)

Maple Crest, 700 Maple Crest Ct. Bluffton, OH

Dietary Aide (Part-time 2nd shift)

Office Assistant (Part-time primarily 1st shift)

Elder Assistant (Fulltime day shift)


Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH

STNA (Part- time 2nd & 3rd shift)

STNA (Full-time 2nd & 3rd shift)


Willow Ridge, 410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH

Shahbaz (Part-time 1st & 2nd shift)

RN/LPN (Part-time 1st shift)


Visit www.mhcoliving.org and apply under the careers tab or at the campus address as listed.

Wendy's of Bluffton has openings. Competitive pay, advancement opportunities, employee meal discounts. You may apply now using your smart phone or go to www.Wendys.Quick-Apply.com

Ohio Northern University -  Office of Human Resources, 525 S.. Main St., Ada, Ohio 45810, employment opportunities. Click here for current job postings.

Mothers of Preschools (MOPS) will hold a mom-to-mom  sale  from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 3, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church gymnasium, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. Also at the sale is a bake sale by donation. Collection of non-perishable food for the Bluffton Food Pantry will also take place. Admission is free.

Bluffton Senior Citizens' Annual Garage Sale, 132 N. Main St., Thur. Mar. 1st and Fri. Mar. 2nd  9AM-6PM, Sat. Mar. 3rd, 9AM-1:00PM, Mon. Mar. 5th 9AM-2 PM, half-price sale.  Antiques, collectables, movies, music,  glassware, crafts, dishes, small appliances, tools, books, magazines, games, toys, puzzles galore, furniture and household items.

THE BLUFFTON WE NEVER KNEW - photo history book published by the Icon. $19.95 plus tax. On sale at:
• Book ReViews, 123 S. Main, Bluffton
• Twisted Whisk Cafe, 101 S. Main, Bluffton
• Senior Citizens Center, 132 N. Main, Bluffton
• Bluffton University bookstore, Marbeck Center
• The Food Store, 103 S. Main, Bluffton
•  Or, click for an order blank

Heritage Bluffton safe available. Must be moved. 111 Vine St., call 419-358-6886.

Country Farm Home for rent in Bluffton/Bluffton Schools
4 Bedroom 1 Bath Home in beautiful country setting:
8530 Columbus Grove Rd
New bathroom
Large dining room and living room with great view
Natural gas no AC
All new flooring, windows, paint and siding
$900 per month
No pets
Security deposit and 1st month rent required
Inquire at: snswesterninvestments@gmail.com

For rent: 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment at $450 per month available immediately. Located above Ada Main street office; Nice back deck.  No pets.  Call Darla Crownhart 567-674-0765 Century 21 Sunway Realty

Nice 2 bedroom downstairs apartment, off-street parking, no pets. $650 plus deposit. One year contract. 419-234-6065.

Office space available - 950 square foot reception area, 2 offices, kitchen, off-street parking. $675. Contract negotiable. 419-234-6065.

Office space for rent – 111 Vine Street, Bluffton, former real estate office, one-half block from Main Street, two private offices with separate entrances, conference room, utility room, one-half bath, 800 square feet. Call 419-358-6886.

Apartment for rent - 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, open concept living room, dining and kitchen, laundry area, handicapped accessible, plenty of parking. Recently renovated, big back yard. Call 419-231-0741 for details.

Spacious 2 bedroom,1 bath,c/a, laundry facility onsite, close to I-75
No Pets, No Smoking. Rents $610 &  $695 remodeled
heckrentals@hotmail.com or Call 419-306-0520



137 Vance St.
Bluffton, Ohio 45817
Immediate availability for income based efficiency and 1 bedroom apartments for 55 years old and up. Income guidelines are:
1 person $20,450
2 persons $23,400
Call: 419-358-7795
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Notice of Meeting of the Members of Mennonite Memorial Fund, Inc.
Date: Feb. 19, 2018 • Time: 5:45 p.m.
Location: Mennonite Memorial Home Conference Room, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, Ohio
Membership includes:
a) Trustees of Mennonite Memorial Home, Inc. 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, Ohio  45817
b) Contributing members, being those persons, associations, corporations, or congregations who have made or make a cash contribution of not less than $100 to the funds of the corporation; and
c) Honorary members, being persons designated from time to time by the Board of Trustees for distinguished service in keeping with the purpose of the corporation.
The purpose of this meeting is to amend the By-laws of Mennonite Memorial Fund, Inc.

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The Centre at Bluffton presents "Revenge of Frankenstein," dinner theatre, Saturday, March 10. Hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., dinner and live theatre at 7 p.m. Ticket deadline Thursday, March 1. Tickets prices: $45 each; $85 for 2; $310 for table of 8. Call 419-358-8533 for tickets.

Walkers Welcome at Bluffton Schools -The Bluffton Schools welcome any citizen interested in walking the hallways during the winter months. The Bluffton Elementary and Middle Schools may be used for walking from 6:15 – 7:15 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.,  Please enter at the main elementary door during these times.  The buildings are open each day when school is in session.

The Scoreboard, 111 N. Main St., Bluffton, has a buy one, get one (BOGO) special sale in February. Buy one item and get 30 percent off a second item of equal or lesser value. And, while you are in the store, sign up for the February contest "Who said it?" Three winners will get a fun new tee shirt.