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July 31, 2014

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101 years and going strong

The 101st annual Ada Farmers' and Merchants' Picnic is Aug. 8-9. For a  quick look at some of the events click here.

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ONU among best in Ohio bar passage rate

Ninety percent of Ohio Northern University’s law school graduates passed Ohio’s July 2013 bar examination on their first attempt, and 90 percent of all ONU law graduates who took the bar passed. ONU’s Pettit College of Law ranked second among Ohio law schools in overall passage rate and third in the passage rate of first-time takers.

Richard Bales, dean of the Pettit College of Law, said, “ONU Law’s consistently high bar passage rate over the last several years reflects the strong work ethic and abilities of our students and the high caliber of legal education they receive at ONU Law.”

Ada Varsity Singers host 36th annual music feast Nov. 9

The faculty, staff and students of Ada High School, along with the parents, volunteers and officers of the Ada Music Boosters, are proud to host the 36th annual Ada Music Feast Show Choir Invitational Competition on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Ada High School. 

This year’s program will feature talented young men and women from 15 visiting show choirs from Ohio, as well as West Virginia and Indiana. Ada Varsity Singers, under the direction of Abigail Glenn, vocal music director and Jonathan Lischak, director of instrumental and co-director, will also provide an exhibition performance as the host school for this day-long event.

Jordan Paige Richardson was a 2009 Allen East graduate

Jordan Paige Richardson, 22, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 7:25 a.m. due to an auto accident

She was born on April 26, 1991, in Lima, Ohio, to Kary P. and Mandy C. (Myers) Richardson, and they survive in Harrod.

Richardson worked as a dental assistant at Jeffrey Blanford, DDS, Lima. She was a 2009 graduate of Allen East High School. She was a member of the Lima First Assembly of God Church. 

Who am I? Well, for starters, I'm an Ada HS grad

By Alisa Ambrecht
Who Am I? Here's another Ada resident who you know, but have to put all the pieces together to figure out his identity. Here's some clues. Watch for the answer later this week.

Want to hear a good Halloween story that involves a cast of Ada characters?

By Fred Steiner
Want to hear a good Halloween story? Here’s one. And it’s true.

Most of us have forgotten that the bend in the road on State Route 235 north of Ada was originally laid out as a 90-degree angle. If you head north, you can see a remnant of that angle - but look closely.

Most of us have also forgotten that the 90-degree angle once had a name: Dead Man’s Jog. I know how the name came to be. My grandfather told me. He told me the story over a half century ago. It was a story that took place, well, I’ll put it this way - several generations ago.

Built in Lima - NKP 759


Here's Nickel Plate Road Berkshire 759 pulling out of the former Lima Locomotive Works in the spring of 1969. Although NKP 759 never passed through Ada, similar steam locomotives were familiar passing through Ada on a daily basis during the era of steam.

The locomotive, built in Lima in 1949, was pulling the Golden Spike Limited. The train was headed to Utah where the centennial of the Golden Spike was to take place. The train headed south and passed through Bluffton. 

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Hardin County Gospel Music Assn. dinner/auction Nov. 16 at ReStore

The newly formed Hardin County Gospel Music Association will hold a dinner/auction at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov 16, at Restore Community Center, Ada.

Dinner is $8 per person and there are pre-sale tickets only. Menu is salad spaghetti with meat sauce, bread sticks and drink.

Soybean research conducted in Hardin County

By Mark Badertscher, OSU Extension Educator

Five Hardin County soybean fields were part of a statewide OSU Extension Soybean Yield-Limiting Factor Study to determine how to increase production, profits, and quality for local farmers. 

Cooperating Hardin County farmers participating in this study were Craig Geberin, Ted Griffith, Jan Layman, Paul Ralston, and Mark Watkins.  The study was made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio Soybean Council.

Ada schools part of 12-district effort seeking laptops for students

In hopes of garnering state Straight A grant funds for this region, 12 area school districts have joined forces to submit a proposal for an innovative project that would put laptop computers and other devices into students’ hands and establish a way for teachers in all the schools to share ideas and experiences.

The new Straight A Fund is part of Ohio’s $62 billion, two-year state operating budget. The $250 million grant program aims to reward creative ideas that boost student achievement, reduce spending or put an impressive share of resources into classrooms.

Pettit College of Law announces ‘The ONU Law Promise’ to make an excellent legal education more affordable

Ohio Northern University has announced a reduction of tuition for the Pettit College of Law starting with the 2014-15 academic school year. Called The ONU Law Promise, this new initiative is intended to make an ONU legal education more affordable, to reduce student loan debt, to sustain academic quality, and to prepare students for long-term success in their legal careers.