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Jaye Bumbaugh, retired Bluffton art professor, was an ONU graduate

Retired Bluffton University art professor Jaye Bumbaugh of Lima, died Friday, July 25, 2020, at The Kobacker House in Columbus. 

Jaye was born July 30, 1937, to Glenn and Grace (Thorpe) Bumbaugh in Lorain, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1959. 

Jaye taught junior high and senior high school classes at Midview Schools,  Grafton, and then in the Bluffton schools.

After completing his Master of Fine Arts at Bowling Green State University in 1967, he joined the faculty of Bluffton University teaching art courses and served as department chair for many of the 37 years he was there.

When you hear this siren you know nasty weather is on its way

Village installs siren near water towns at a cost of $30,000

Ada now has an early-warning in place for weather alerts.

A tornado siren was installed in the village on July 28 at a cost of $30,000. According to village officials, it will provide an early warning system for all of Ada to include impending severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. 

A coverage map shows the siren’s sound will go well past the village limits. It provides a 70-decibel signal and is located near the Ada’s water towers.

The siren will be activated only by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. When activated it will run for 3 minutes in the event of a tornado warning.

Ada school open house will be virtual Aug. 20

Here's the 2020-21 school calendar

Ada’s school calendar is set, with two changes added today, according to the school website.

The following are changes to the Ada Schools calendar for the 2020-21 school year:

• Thursday, August 20 - Virtual Open House
• Monday, August 24 - First Day of School for Students
• Also, there will be no 2-hour early releases or professional development days during the first semester.

The remaining dates on the 2020 portion of the calendar follow:

Icon music review: There’s a lot here to like if not completely love

The Chicks' “Gaslighter” is a powerful anthem full of hope and strong vocals

Gaslighter-The Chicks
Reviewed by Craig Hoffman

Gaslighter is the eighth studio album by American country music group The Chicks. It was released on July 17, 2020, by Columbia Records. It is the first work issued by the group since their name change from the Dixie Chicks.

The band changed their name to The Chicks after the group received criticism for being tacitly connected to American slavery.  “We were literally teenagers when we picked that stupid name,” said founding group member Martie Maguire, talking about when the Dixie Chicks name was selected back in 1989.

Ada schools offer two learning options for 2020-21

• On-campus • Home-instruction (online)

Students attending Ada schools have two learning options in 2020-21, according to Meri Skilliter, superintendent. Those options were released today and are listed below:

Option 1: On Campus
• Return to school as normal on Friday, Aug. 24, five days a week within the regular classroom setting following the Ada Schools Restart Plan.

• Partner with us to educate students on how to properly wash hands and use hand sanitizer.  Check your student’s temperature prior to attending school each day.  

• If we have to transition to district-wide remote learning, our students and teachers will continue their courses online. 

Phil Dawson 1939 - 2020

 Phillip D. “Phil” Dawson, 80, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 12:22 a.m. at his residence in West Newton.

He was born on Oct. 21, 1939, in Harrod to the late Donald C. and Lucille R. (Smith) Dawson, Sr.  On June 15, 1974, he married Sharon L. Focht and she survives in West Newton.

Phil worked at Ford Motor Company, Lima Engine Plant.  He was a member of the Alger Assembly of God Church. Phil was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1957-1959.