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January 22, 2020

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2020 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs opportunities

Expanding ways to serve small businesses in 4-county area

In 2020, the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) will be awarding prizes, holding free brown bag discussions, and expanding the ways it serves small businesses in the four counties surrounding the Village of Bluffton.

The Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, which begins on Wednesday, January 15, will award $7500 in prizes to new businesses and improving 45817 businesses. Spaces are limited and the Emerging Business division has just three seats left. 

To register or learn more about the business plan, visit BlufftonEntrepreneurs.com.

Local students on Rhodes State dean's list

A couple area students were named to the dean's list for fall semester 2019-20 at Rhodes State College, Lima.

To be eligible for this dean’s list, a full-time student must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Kelsey J Lee,  Ada

Ashlynn Elizabeth Wolber, Ada

Dakota Thomas Cornell, Alger

Courtney N Rediger, Alger

Mercy Health, Lima, president presents Presidential Leadership Forum

Jan. 14 at Bluffton University

Ronda K. Lehman, president, Mercy Health Lima, will share “My Leadership Journey in Health Care,” during Bluffton University’s Presidential Leadership Forum at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Lehman will reflect on experiences and challenges in the health care marketplace.

Named president of Mercy Health’s Lima Market in September, Lehman has served the Lima community as a member of Mercy Health since 1995, when she began as a pharmacy intern. 

Prior to her current role she served as president of Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center. In 2014, Lehman obtained her fellow status with the American College of Health Care Executives.

Board of zoning appeals will hear request for hemp processing

Conditional use permit meeting is Jan. 21

Ada's board of zoning appeals will hear a request for a conditional use permit for two purposes at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, according to Michael Harnishfeger, village zoning inspector. The meeting is in the Ada depot.

The request includes: 
• Indoor/outdoor cultivation and harvesting of industrial hemp.
• Industrial hemp processing.

Construction plans include a 35-by-96-foot greenhouse. It is to be used for indoor cultivation and outdoor cultivation of up to one-half acre and construction of a 1,600-square-foot  processing facility.

The request involves a proposed project in the Grass Run Industrial Park. 

Continued maintenance, expansion and improvements in the village

Ada mayor's annual report to council

In the words of Curtis Mayfield, “Keep on keeping on,” and this time those words are from David Retterer, Ada mayor.

In his annual report to council, Retterer talks about continued maintenance, expansion and improvements in the village.

Among these includes that the Municipal building is essentially complete, Ada’s new fiscal officer is reorganizing the village account structure, the constant stream of projects demonstrates that the community is healthy, and that the village employees are a great asset.

The two-page report is below.

Balanced scoring effort leads Women's Basketball to 70-42 victory over Heidelberg

ONU women roll over ‘Berg 70-42

The Ohio Northern women's basketball team enjoyed a balanced scoring effort and assist-filled night Wednesday inside the ONU Sports Center. A dozen Polar Bears tallied a point and, as a team, they dished out 19 assists en route to a 70-42 win over Heidelberg. 

The victory improved Northern to 10-2 on the season and 4-1 in Ohio Athletic Conference play and stretched its win streak to four games. The loss dropped Heidelberg to 5-7 overall and 1-4 in conference action.