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Several new Help Wanted ads now on the Icon's Classified Page

Local openings for part-time and full-time

Several new “Help Wanted” advertisements are now listed on Bluffton and Ada Icons.

These range from part-time to full-time openings and include:
• New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center
• Bluffton University
• Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
• GROB Systems
• Mercy Health
• Machine operators through Patrick Staffing
• Bluffton law office
• Viva Maria Pizza and Pasta
• The Dough Hook
• Wendy’s Restaurant
• Blanchard Valley Heath Systems
• Ohio Northern University
• Ohio Means Jobs

July 2020: Hotter and dryer an past Julys

Temperatures ranged from 95 to 59 degrees

Yes, July was hotter than most Julys we’ve experience, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

The July, 2020, average temperature was 77.1 degrees, or 4.4 degrees warmer than the July average of 72.7 degrees.

And, it rained less this July than in previous Julys. July, 2020, had 2.38 inches of rainfall. That’s  1.42 inches less than the average July rainfall of 3.8 inches.

July’s temperatures experienced a range of 36 degrees with the high of 95 recorded on July 6 and the low of 59 recorded on July 14.

July’s hottest period was from July 3 through July 9 when each of the highest daily temperatures reached 91 or higher.

Part 6 – Take an Ada art walk - Rattlesnake


Summer is a great time to explore the art spread across the Ada community – especially for viewers unable to visit art galleries elsewhere in Ohio.

As a weekly series, The Icon will feature the art located on The Remington Walk on the Ohio Northern University campus. For some viewers, this series is familiar. For others, it may be a first-time experience. 

EMS and fire department respond to Aug. 3 accident at CR 15 and SR 81

Ada-Liberty Township EMS and fire responded to an accident involving injuries on Monday. The accident was at the intersection of County Road 15 and State Route 81, and was reported to Ada police at 6:15 a.m.

The police report for Aug. 2, included investigation of complaint from a resident on South Gilbert Street who heard three gunshots. The report was filed shortly after midnight. 

Attached to this story are recent Hardin County sheriff logs.

Willeke Phase II assessments total $193,500

$60 per project foot for the 30 property owners in the project

The assessment process for the now-completed Willeke Avenue Phase II project is Ada council’s Tuesday’s agenda.

That project involved 30 property owners along Willeke, South Johnson Street and South Simon Street. It included installation of new water and sanitary sewer lines, road improvement, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

Phase II’s total cost was $1,025,311. The assessment on the project is $60 per project foot. The assessment total is $193,500, according to Jamie Hall, village administrator.

Fire hydrant flushing month is here

“During this process there may be a slight discoloration of the water caused by sediment or rust being flushed from the water mains,” said Jamie Hall, village administrator

August is fire hydrant flushing month in Ada.

Public works employees will handle the annual procedure and here’s what village water customers need to know:

Work will begin in the northeast and southeast sections of the village. The work will be completed in a pattern moving from the center toward the outside of the village, and then in a clockwise rotation Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until all hydrants are flushed.

“During this process there may be a slight discoloration of the water caused by sediment or rust being flushed from the water mains,” said Jamie Hall, village administrator. “Households experiencing this should not be alarmed.”