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Ada Teacher Feature: Let's get to know Jill Laughlin

Interview by Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well.

Today we meet Jill Laughlin, Ada physical education teacher. 

It will come as no surprise that Jill enjoys sports…read on to see which sport she plays and which teams are her favorites. You also learn about Jill’s drive to help students try their best and be their best.  Go Bucks! Go Bulldogs! Go Jill!

David MacDonald talks about serving as a campus chaplain

This is the third in a series focusing on clergy in the Ada Icon community. Darlene Bowers compiles the interviews.

Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity."  Psalm 133.  Rev. David MacDonald’s favorite Bible verse reveals his passion to connect students to resources they need. Read on to learn more about this ONU chaplain.

What degrees do you hold? Where did you attend high school?

A conversation with Pastor Trent Boedicker of Grace Gospel Church

This is the second in a series focusing on clergy in the Ada Icon community. Darlene Bowers compiles the interviews.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39. 

This powerful affirmation of God’s love is one of Pastor Trent Boedicker’s favorite Bible passages. Read on to discover other favorite passages and to learn more about this Ada grad and the Ada church he serves.

Clergy Chat: Courtnie Morton talks about Sugar Grove and how she entered the ministry

This is the first in a series focusing on clergy in the Ada Icon community. Darlene Bowers compiles the interviews.

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love.” Ephesians 4:2.  Pastor Courtnie Morton’s favorite Bible verse tells a lot about her life, work and passion. Read on to learn more about this Ada pastor and Sugar Grove Church.

Pastor Courtnie Morton
Sugar Grove United Methodist Church
4945 State Route 81, Ada

15 minutes with a true railroad fan - Jim Sexton

By Monty Siekerman

15 with Jim Sexton...

Why do you video tape trains coming through Ada at the Railroad Depot Park?
I've always been interested in trains, ever since growing up in Ada. I now live in Bluffton?
What do you do with the tapes?
I edit them and put then online for others to see.

Who watches the tapes?
Train enthusiasts. There are clubs and individuals who are interested in seeing the videos. We view, and sometimes share, tapes we have taken.

15 minutes with two metal detectors in the Ada park

By Monty Siekerman

There's gold in them thar hills, or so Tom and Rene Harmon would hope. The Elida couple was seeing what they could find at War Memorial Park recently.

What have you found with the metal detectors?
Over the years, we've found some jewelry, old coins, a Boy Scout metal from Utah, a challenge metal from someone in the service, but mostly junk. Its a hobby, were not in it to make money. The rate of return per hour would be minimal. It's fun, you never know what you'll find