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LCC football game moved to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 10

Ada High School athletic director, Ken Jochims, announced two game time changes:
• The start time for our week three varsity football game @at Lima Central Catholic has been changed from a 7 p.m. start to 4:30 p.m. (Saturday, Sept. 10)

• OurAug. 20 tri-match against Cory-Rawson and Waynesfield originally scheduled for home has been moved to Wayensfield. Still a 10 a.m. start.


Billy Rowe 1944 - 2016

Billy G. Rowe, 72, died on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at 5:40 a.m. at his residence in Alger.

He was born on July 20, 1944, in Shelby, Ohio, to Estle and Rosie (Lillo) Rowe who preceded him in death. On Jan. 29, 1964, he married Cheryl D. Weller and she survives in Alger.

Billy previously worked at the Ohio Kentucky Manufacturing Co. in Ada. He then worked for 26 years as a carpenter for Teledyne Ohio Steel in Lima. Billy then retired after working for 13 years for DTR Industries in Bluffton. He was a graduate of Alger High School.

Ada PD investigating motor vehicle thefts

Take your keys out of the ignition, lock your car whether running into a store briefly or parked overnight at your home.

Seems obvious, but here is a recent post from the Ada Police department on their Facebook page:

"The Ada Police Department is investigating the theft of two motor vehicles within the past two weeks.  Please always lock your car doors and take your keys into the house to prevent these types of issues."

As a matter of information, one of the vehicles has been recovered already.

Ada K9 unit assists in narcotics investigation

Ada police department K9 unit assisted in a narcotics investigation in Hardin County on Aug. 15.

Hardin County Crime Task Force initiated a traffic stop on Aug. 15, as a result of an ongoing narcotics investigation, according to Keith A. Everhart, sheriff.

Traffic stop was made on State Route 31 near County Road 190 by Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

As a result of the traffic stop one adult male was taken into custody on an Adult Parole Authority arrest order. Charges for possession and trafficking are pending on the adult male and two other adults.

Ada council will consider action involving contract with Beaverdam Contracting on Tuesday

Ada council will consider several resolutions affecting the village during its Tuesday, Aug. 16, meeting.

One of those resolutions involve accepting a bid from Beaverdam Contracting for the storm sewer collection system improvement project  along and upon North Simon Street.

The council's agenda is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Bethel Church of Christ has back-to-school "Urge" event Aug. 21

A free event, titled Urge 2016, open to youth from junior high through college age takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21 at Bethel Church of Christ just north of Ada.

The focus  is to encourage students ( to do well in the upcoming school year and to urge them to be who God wants them to be in their schools. 

URGE features Courtnee Morris as the guest speaker along with the Mike Lee Band (Worship) from Fort Wayne, SafeKept (Christian Rock) from Columbus and B List Boys (Christian Hip Hop) from Bluffton.

F&M parade - were you in it or did you watch? Here's some photos

There was a parade in Ada on Saturday and you were probably in it or watching.

Monty Siekerman offers the following selection of parade photos from this year's Ada Farmers' and Merchants' Parade.


• Hardin County Mounted Police
• Ada High School Marching Band
• Princess candidate Kyleigh Watson
• Princess candidate Brooklynn Simon
• Midget football team
• Midget football cheerleaders



63 years later - here's bird's-eye view of our community

How much has Ada changed in 63 years?

Here's why a photograph is worth a thousand words. We invite you to study this bird's-eye view of Ada taken in 1953 and published in the souvenir program of th Ada centennial.

Fifteen buildings are identified on this aerial map and their legend to the 15 is on the map's bottom.

Can you find your house from here?

Liberty Township farm host to Tuesday Twilight Tour

Two upcoming August Twilight Tours will have farmers thinking outside of the box. 

Tuesday, Aug. 16, Ted Griffith will be discussing how he has inter-seeded soybeans into growing wheat using 15 inch rows. 

This Twilight Tour will be held near the field located at 6551 State Route 701, Ada starting at 7 p.m.

This practice, called Modified Relay Intercropping (MRI), enables a producer to get respectable wheat yields, while at the same time produce a field of soybeans that usually yield better than double cropped beans. 

Once upon a time in Ada: Did you know there was an Ada community band in 1880?

Once upon a time in Ada
Things you didn’t know about your own hometown
By Lee Crouse

In1880 the Ada Community band was organized. Among members of the first band were “Squire” Lantz, Chris Young, Henry Young, William Young, M.V. Gilbert, Ed. Gilbert, Wesley Gilbert, Lem Linderman and George Loudenslager. The band celebrated their 55th anniversary in 1935.