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Donna Williams co-founded Williams Excavating

She graduated from ONU with a double major

Donna E. Williams, 87, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at 9:24 a.m. at her residence in Harrod, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 19, 1933, in Harrod to the late Virgil L. and Irma D. (Basil) Bechdolt.  On June 17, 1951, she married Richard Williams, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Williams was a 1951 graduate of Harrod High School, where she was the class salutatorian. She was a graduate of Ohio Northern University with a double-major in History and Political Science. In 1958, she co-founded Williams Excavating, Inc., with her husband. 

Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad plans $9 million upgrade

The line through Ada will upgrade its Lima rail yard

The freight railroad that passes through Ada will begin a multi-million dollar update in its Lima rail yard.

The Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad (CFE) will receive $462,000 to match $4,358,547 of its own funding and a $4,530,546 grant to assist with upgrades in the Lima Yard and on approximately 11 miles of track from Lima to north-central Indiana.

The announcement was made at the Nov. 18 meeting of the Ohio Rail Development Commission.

CFE was among four grants the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) approved.

Remote learning will continue in Ada through Dec. 4

School will continue to deliver meals weekly

Ada schools will continue in its remote learning mode through Friday, Dec. 4, according to an announcement made Friday on the school website by Meri Skilliter, superintendent.

The remote learning mode will be reassessed in early December. The announcement from the school website follows: 

Dear Bulldog Community,
After three weeks of remote learning, the state, the county, our community, and our school community are still experiencing a rise in the number of Covid cases and quarantines. 

We very much have as a goal to get our students back to in-person learning as soon as we are safely able. 

Icon music review - My Gift - Carrie Underwood

A few tunes on My Gift are worth listening to while preparing dinner for the family. But one can skip buying it

Reviewed by Craig Hoffman
American country music singer Carrie Underwood is out with My Gift. This is her seventh album and first Christmas-themed effort. Underwood won the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.

Her debut single, “Inside Your Heaven,” made her the only country artist to enter at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Underwood’s debut album, Some Hearts (2005), featured crossover hits “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats.” She won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. The Christmas album dropped in September. 

Services planned at a later date for Marie Hall

Marie E. Hall, 98, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at 3:05 a.m. at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center.

She was born on Nov. 12, 1922, in Delphos  to the late Samuel and Ethel (Baxter) Carder. On Oct, 16, 1944, Marie married William W. Hall and he preceded her in death on June 24, 1969.

Marie retired in 1990 after working for 20 years for the Harris Company of Findlay.

She is survived by her four sons: John (Roseann) Hall of Payne, Samuel Hall of Lima, Jerry (Paula) Hall of Ada and Geoffrey (Shirley) Hall of Lima; a daughter, Kathleen Gray of Findlay; nine grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. 

Funeral service on Tuesday for Lucy Rowe

Lucy Dyer Rowe, 88 passed away on Friday Nov. 20, at 7:05 p.m. at her home in Alger, surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 19, 1932, in Jump, Ohio, to the late Seward and Mary (Hurt) Dyer. Lucy married Abe Rowe on Nov. 9, 1950, and he preceded her in death on May 3, 2015.