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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

Matt Gossman ran for school board to become more involved in the community

By Monty Siekerman
Matt Gossman was elected a new member of the Ada school board last fall. He was sworn in the first of the year. We asked him to tell us about his background.

How long is your term? Have you previously been on the school board?
It is a 4 year term and this is my first term.

Tell me about your job and educational background.
I work for Marathon Pipe Line out of Lima.  I have an associates degree in manufacturing engineering.

15 with Alexandra, who spends summers in Bulgaria

What classes are taking this semester?
Personal Finance, Ceramics special projects, Spanish IV, General Chemistry at ONU and Calculus III at ONU, Advanced Prep English, Physics and Art IV. The two courses at ONU are post-secondary.

How many college credit hours do you have?
If you base it on Ohio Northern University, I have 40 credit hour, which would be make a second semester sophomore.

What other post-secondary classes have you taken at ONU?
When I was a sophomore I took Stats for Professionals. As a junior I took Calculus.

A third-period study hall interview with Tristan, Cole, Sidney, Luis and Jorge

15-minute interview with Tristan Waugh, Cole East, Sidney Faine, Luis Olvera and Jorge Reyes during third period study hall.

You are all seniors, what are your plans after high school?
Tristan: Probably will attend ONU or University of Toledo. I’m interested in mechanical engineering.
Cole: ONU, where I want to play soccer and major in physical therapy.
Sidney: I want to attend Defiance and play basketball.
Luis: I’m undecided, but want to go into business.
Jorge: I’m going to take a break from school and maybe attend later.