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Please contact The Icon at info@adaicon.com for any organization changes in your listing.

Ada Academic Boosters
Tracie Amburgey, 419-235-8162
Deb Curlis,director, 419-788-9459
Ada Athletic Boosters
Lisa Conley, 419-235-6562; Meets second Monday at 7 p.m. in high school cafeteria
Ada Boy Scouts - Pack 124
Meets at 7 p.m. on first Tuesday of each month at school cafeteria
Ada Chamber of Commerce
Ada Kiwanis Club
Amy Spar, 419-722-5231, Meets on fourth Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Media Center at Ada High School
Bereavement Support Group
Meets second Thursday of the month at Restore Community Center in Ada
Friends of the Library
Liberty Conservation Club
1552 St. Rt. 235, 419-234-5795


Please contact The Icon at info@adaicon.com for any organization changes in your listing.

316 S. Main St. - 419-634-2407 111 Central Ave - 419-235-7307
201 S. Main St. - 419-634-5661 301 N. Main St. - 419-634-4626
1047 St. Rt. 235 - 419-634-6132 7050 St. Rt. 235, Alger - 419-757-4501
101 Montville St, Alger - 419-757-3771 4014 Co. Rd. 304, - 419-326-8552
4227 N. Hardin Rd. - 419-649-5364 350 W. North Ave - 419-634-8041
321 N. Gilbert St. - 419-634-2554 22 E. Highland Ave. - 419-634-2626
125 S. Johnson St. - 419-634-8956 4945 St. Rt. 81 - 419-634-6303

About the Icon

All Icon garage sale ads are free -
we even put you on our garage sale map!

The Icon loves garage sales. Here's what you need to know:
• Email your garage sale ad to: info@adaicon.com
• All garage sale posts are free
• There is no word length limit (no novels, please)
• There is no deadline - garage sales are posted the day received (99% of the time)
• All garage sales are posted on both Bluffton and Ada Icons
• You will find garage sales on the Icons' Classified Ad Page under "Garage Sales" (to the right of this story)
• All garage sales posted are automatically listed on the Icon Garage Sale Map - it's printer-friendly. Click here to look at the map
• We post all garage sales the week they are scheduled - we will not post garages sales two weeks in advance
• When we receive you garage sale, we will automatically reply with a "Thanks, got it." If you don't receive our reply, please resend it.

Advertising Info

Looking for information on advertising? Email us for a rate card at: info@adaicon.com. Or call us at: 419-889-3065. We have very competitive rates.

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
• Ohio News Media Association

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 over 5,000 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 way that Bluffton Icon covers Bluffton.

Here are some Ada Icon viewer statistics from Google Analytics covering 2018:

323,438 pages were viewed on Ada Icon in 2018?

What were the top viewed stories in 2018?
1. April 9 – New water park, 3,119 views
2. Feb. 25 – Walk outs not sanctioned by Ada school, 2,082 views
3. Jan. 29 – Susan Putt, retired ONU professor wins
   $24,168 on Wheel of Fortune, 1,408 views
4. Dec. 23 – 3 Brothers Pizza has new owners, 1,349 views
5. May 3 – Requiem for Clark Hall, 1,234 views
6. Feb. 21 – Seth Conley will play football at ONU, 1, 044 views

Viewers in the U.S. represent the greatest number of viewers. These countries round out the top 10 in viewers: 

1. United States
2. Norway
3. Peru
4. Australia
5. India
6. France
7. Philippines
8. Canada
9. United Kingdom
10. South Korea

Nearly every month, the Ada Icon has viewers from all 50 states. The majority are from Ohio. Here are the top 10 states with viewers in 2018:
1. Ohio
2. Michigan
3. Massachusetts
4. Florida
5. Oregon 
6. Texas
7. Illinois
8. New York
9. Pennsylvania
10. Indiana

People from 536 Ohio villages and cities (that’s nearly all Ohio towns) viewed the Icon. Most viewers live in:
1. Ada
2. Kenton
3. Lima
4. Findlay
5. Bluffton
6. Wapakoneta
7. Bellefontaine
8. Alger
9. Forest
10. Dunkirk

The most viewed pages on the Icon: 
1 – News in Ada
2 – Obituaries
3 – Classified ads
4 – Photo gallery
5 – Classified ads
6  - Sports

Top 6 browsers used to view the Icon:
1 – Chrome
2 – Safari (in-app)
3 – Android Webview
4 – Safari
5 – Internet Explorer
6 – Firefox
7 – Edge

Top 4 web providers used to view The Icon:
1 – Time Warner
2 – Verizon
3 – Quest
4 – Ohio Northern University

Facebook is the primary social media used in attracting viewers to the Icon. As of Dec. 31, 2018, the Icon has the following number of friends:
2,422 Facebook followers
158 Instagram followers (launched in October)
60 Twitter followers (launched in October)

Classified Ads

Multi-family garage sale: 454 Cherry St., Bluffton. Toys, clothes, furniture, party supplies and household items. Thursday August 22nd and Friday August 23rd from 8am-2pm 

Looking to buy 2+Bd 2 Bath House in Bluffton area. 1,500 sq ft or more  Call or Text 419-792-9365

Open house, Sunday, Aug. 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 924 Christopher Circle, Ada. Host is Sharon Music. Century 21 Sunway Realty, Ada, 419-303-4113.


Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival - Saturday, Aug. 24. Events from 8 a.m. to a football drop at 10 p.m. Family-oriented activities. Click here for complete schedule.

Et Cetera Shop's new location (327 N. Main St., Bluffton), sneak peek and preview, 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1. To attend purchase a pre-sale ticket for $20 on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 9 to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., in front of current Et Cetera Shop, 111 S. Main St. Tickets at the door are $25. Click here for more details.

For sale: Attention hi-fi enthusiasts: offered is a Sumiko Blackbird (Hi-Output version) moving coil phono cartridge. Only a couple of hours' use. I can play it for you if you wish. Sold with original packing and owners' manual. Asking $850.00. Serious inquiries: 419-308-0981 (phone or text).

Licensed electrician - Call Rick Potocki at Father & Son's Maintenance Co., FASMCO@gmail.com or call 586-222-7990.

House for Rent - 501 Gilbert St. Ada. Available October 1, 2019. 4 BR/
1.5 Bath. No Pets. $800.00 month plus utilities. References. $800.00 deposit.
Call 419 303-7403

Bluffton Arms Apartments, 401-403 County Line Road, Bluffton.
Upper, spacious 2 bedroom, 1 bath, c/a, laundry facility onsite, close to I-75, off-street parking, no pets, no smoking. Rents $695.
• Website: heckrentals.com
• or call 419-306-0520

Prime Main Street location, generous window display.  Historic Bluffton News building at 101 N. Main Street, Suite A, Bluffton, OH.  Up to 1000 square feet, new ADA bathroom, new furnace and A/C, fully updated 2018.  As-is or ready for build out.  Ready June 1.  Lease negotiable.  Contact Orrie at 419-615-5145 or orrieaugsburger@gmail.com  


New office space for lease. Choose from 1,750 sq. ft. up to 5,250 sq. ft. Highly visible location on Jefferson Street, State Route 103, Bluffton, with easy access parking. 419-306-3228.

Eastside Apartments
606 E. Lincoln Ave.
Ada, OH 45810
Call 419-303-8869 for availability

Realtor owned

For rent - Senior housing 62 and older or disabled of any age. Bluffton Riley View, 115 E. College Ave., Bluffton. Office open Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 419-358-4616, fax 419-358-0275. TDD 1-800-750-0750.


Business place or 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.


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

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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.

Citizens National Bank bank operations specialist. Apply online at www.cnbohio.com under "resources," "careers."

Customer care center representative. Citizens National Bank. www.cnbohio.com under "resources," "careers" for more information and to apply.

Help wanted: Full-time receptionist needed for a busy small animal veterinary practice.  We are looking for a friendly, courteous and reliable person for general clerical duties including answering phone, scheduling appointments, checking clients in/out. Previous experience with animals a plus. Please send resume via email to arlingtonvet@gmail.com or mail to 17551 St Rt 68, Arlington OH 45814.

Help wanted: Full-time registered veterinary technician needed for a growing 2 doctor small animal practice. Experience should include blood draw, running lab equipment, digital radiology, pharmacy duties, dental cleaning, client communication, surgery and doctor assistance. RVT degree required. Please send resume via email to arlingtonvet@gmail.com or mail to 17551 St Rt 68, Arlington OH 45814.

Current open positions at MHCO

HILTY HOME, 304 Hilty Dr., Pandora, OH

  • RN/LPN (Full and Part-time, 2p-10p, 10p-6a & 6p-6am/ Full-time 6am-6pm)
  • STNA (Full and Part-time, all shifts)

MAPLE CREST, 700 Maple Crest Ct., Bluffton, OH

  • Companion (Part-time)
  • Dietary Cook (Part-time)
  • Dietary Assistant (Part-time)


Director of Building and Grounds

STNA (Full and Part-time 2nd and 3rd shifts/ Part-time, dayshift)

RN/LPN (Full and Part-time, 2pm-10pm)

  • Assisted Living Companion (Full-time, 2-10pm)
  • Personal Care Assistant (Part-time 6am- 10pm)
  • Dietary Aide (Part-time, 2nd shift)


  • STNA/SHAHBAZ (Full-time, 2-10pm)


  • STNA (Part-time, primarily dayshift hours)

If interested, please apply in person or online at www.mhcoliving.org under the careers link.

$1,000 sign-on bonus for full- and part-time state-tested nursing assistants.

Help wanted: The Inn at Ohio Northern University is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

  • Full-time Sales Manager
  • Full-time Line Cook

Competitive wages offered, FT position offers benefits. Must have flexible scheduling availability. You may apply at the Inn or at: http://www.innatonu.com/careers EOE

Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is looking for Truck Driver with the following qualifications:

  • Candidate must hold Class A CDL
  • Forklift experience a plus but not mandatory
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer skills a plus
  • Experience in inventory control a plus but not mandatory
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities
  • Observe all plant and safety rules

This position works a traditional 5/8 hour day schedule.  Overtime will be scheduled if necessary.  Starting pay for this position is based upon experience.  This position will be responsible for local driving only.

We are a growing company looking for people that are excited to join our team!  If you are interested in having a direct impact on Diamond’s performance, quality, safety, and value, then this is the position for you.

Please apply on line at www.DiamondMB.com/employment OR apply in person at 505 E. Jefferson Street, Bluffton, OH  45817. 

Mercy Health St. Rita’s has PRN and part-time openings within our Radiology, CT, and MRI departments.  Interested candidates may apply online atwww.mercy.com/careers or by contacting Jeremy Amstutz, Recruiter at 419-226-8755.

Mercy Health St. Rita’s is looking to fill an open Electrician position.  Applicants must have high voltage knowledge/experience.  Hospital setting experience preferred but not required.   This position is eligible for insurance and benefits including a 403B retirement match, paid time off and more!  Interested applicants may apply online at www.mercy.com/careers or by contacting Jeremy Amstutz, Recruiter at 419-226-8755.


The Dough Hook in Bluffton is seeking individuals to fill several openings within our organization. We are seeking to hire a few full-time individuals and a few part-time individuals.

Those interested should be hard workers, willing to work independently and people who try to find the most efficient way to get the job done. While the customer is our number one priority, our employees must be able to stop what they are doing, wait on a customer and go right back to the task at hand. Applicants must be able to lift 25-30 pounds with the ability to stand and move fast on their feet.

Skill sets we are seeking include those who are self-motivated and fast learners, those who love to cook and bake, is comfortable handling raw meat, meal prep, customer service, dish washing, inventory control and more! The beauty of these positions is that it is always something different!

As a company that continues to grow, we are looking for individuals with the drive to want to do better. Individuals that strive to be leaders are the exact people we are looking for!

Benefits of working at the Dough Hook include:

  • Free Food while working
  • A family first atmosphere
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • A relaxed, fun work environment
  • Employee incentive program

If you are interested please submit a resume to marlenaballinger@doughhook.com or stop in to 117 N. Main Street • Bluffton, to fill out an application.

Wendy's of Bluffton has openings. Competitive pay, advancement opportunities, employee meal discounts.
You may apply now at:
EZ Apply
Txt 419-962-3029
Code: 10522

Blanchard Valley Health System - To view career openings in the Blanchard Valley Health System please click here.

OHIO MEANS JOBS is an agency of the State of Ohio.
• CLICK HERE to view jobs listed within 10 miles of BLUFFTON.
• CLICK HERE to view jobs listed within 10 miles of ADA.

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