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Presenting the Ada High School graduates of 2020

The 137th annual commencement was one-of-a-kind • Watch it on the Icon

"You may now more your tassle to the other side of your mortar board. You've offiically graduated from Ada High School" Meri Skilliter, Ada superintendent.

Did you miss the 137th annual Ada High School commencerment ceremony? There are several reasons that may have happened.

The good news is that the school compiled a video involving each graduate and it's almost as if you were there in the audience. And, its gaining raving reviews on the Ada Bulldogs Facebook.

The ceremony was originally shows on WOSN on May 24. It's now on the Icon in the YouTube below. Sit back and enjoy it.




Hardin rainfall lower than last year in last half of April

By Mark Badertscher 
April 15-30 Liberty Township rainfall registered slightly under 1 inch, according to Phil Epley, who recorded it for the Hardin County Extension Office.

The county average during that period was 1.54 inches with the highest recorded rainfall in McDonald Township at 1.95 inches. Blanchard Township’s 0.70 inches was the lowest.

Last year, the average rainfall for the same time period was 4.08 inches. Rainfall for the April 15-30 time period is 0.83 inches less than the 10-year average rainfall during the same dates. 

Fire department responds to early AM call at McIntosh Center

Ada-Liberty Township Fire Department responded to a carbon fire alarm at 4:35 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27.

The call was to 402 W. College Ave., Ada, on the second floor, west end of McIntosh Center on the ONU campus. The department's engine 51 responded. No other details were provided.

The Hardin County Sheriff's log for May 26-27 is attached.

School pick up/drop off tonight and tomorrow

Ada schools pickup/drop off of materials is tonight in the South parking lot from 4-6 p.m. for those who've not dropped off or picked up materials yet.

The last scheduled pickup/drop off time is Thursday, May 28, from 1-3 p.m. in the South parking lot.

Impact on both the university and area communities

Cincinnati student receives Freed leadership and service award

Hannah Smith of Cincinnati has received the 2020 Catherine Freed Outstanding Senior Female Leadership and Service Award from Ohio Northern University. Smith, a graduate of McAuley High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio Northern this spring.

Dr. Freed memorial service postponed

The following notice is from the estate of Dr. DeBow Freed:

The Estate of Dr. DeBow Freed regretfully announces that the memorial service scheduled for June 23, 2020, at West Point is postponed.  

Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty the Covid-19 pandemic has created, a new date cannot yet be set.

DeBow Freed held many roles, but underneath them all he was a scientist. His decision-making process was to gather and carefully consider all information before proceeding. His decisions were thoughtful, thorough, and unhurried. We will do as he would and follow the science to know when it is safe to reschedule the service.