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This much we know: It's an ONU plate on a black Volkswagon spotted near the First United Methodist Church. We ask Icon viewers, "Who belongs to this plate?"

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Ada's canine Uber driver

Ken Collins took these two photos that proves there might be a canine Uber driver in Ada. Lilcensed, apparently.


Where will you find this fashionable gentleman wearing the Icon cap?

This fashionable gentleman, well call him Fred, is sporting an Ada Icon cap.

The challenge, dear reader, is to guess where you'll find him.

Hint: you'll see him inside a business on South Main.

Answer. Fred helps keep store with Ruth Roider at Gallery for the Arts. Ruth won the Ada Icon cap at a recent Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting. (Monty Siekerman photo)

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Cheerleader Don

"Give me a B...an E...an A...an R...an S...what does that spell? BEARS!"

Don Traxler, retired education prof and former mayor, leads cheers at the basketball game on Saturday at King-Horn.

The Lady Bears are without cheerleaders, so Don took it upon himself to get the crowd vocally behind the local team during their Elite 8 game. He attends many athletic contests at ONU throughout the year. (Monty Siekerman photo)

This Bulldog is a local favorite

Local favorite Tori Wyss (left) greets teammates when the starting lineup was announced during the tourney game on Saturday night at the ONU Sports Center.

Tori scored four points in a lopsided win over Lakeland. Tori, an Ada High School grad, is a 5-10 forward who gets a lot of playtime in as a sophomore. (Monty Siekerman photo)

The founding of the Ada Kiwanis Club 93 years ago

Jon Umphress described the founding of the Ada Kiwanis Club 93 years ago when he spoke at the club's regular meeting this week. He noted that the occasion included a parade through the business district and the members receiving keys to the village from the mayor.

Here is Jon's account of his talk:​

The club received its charter from Kiwanis International on this date in 1924. 

Barton F. Snyder, a charter member of the club and editor of The Ada Herald, noted the following narrative in the Jan. 15 issue of the newspaper. 

"The Ada Kiwanis Club came into being at a preliminary meeting held in the University Cafeteria on Tuesday evening January 8, 1924. 

One...two...pick up sticks

March came in like a lion with a straight line wind gusts

By Monty Siekerman
March came in like a lion with a straight line wind gusts in Ada of about 60 mph at 3 a.m. on March 1. Hopefully, the month will go out like a lamb..as the old weather saying goes.

Why lions and lambs?

The lion, king of beasts, and gentle lambs are contrasts...much like March weather with fierce gales, gentle breezes, pelting rains, to soft mists...a time of transition from winter to spring....welcome to Ohio.

Pictured: Village employees gathering sticks from roadways Wednesday morning. Ada dodge a bullet with no serious problems from the strong winds. Several neighboring towns had some power outages.

Afgahanistan law students coming to ONU in April

Part of $2 million grant from U.S. State Department

Last fall, the Ohio Northern University Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law received a $2 million grant from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to organize and administer the Afghanistan Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Program for 2017 and 2018.

On Jan. 19-25, more than 90 Afghan law students and 18 faculty coaches gathered in Kabul, Afghanistan, to participate in the Jessup competition.

Ada elementary students present "Freeze Frame!"

The Ada Elementary second and third graders will present the musical "Freeze Frame!" at 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the school auditorium.

“Freeze Frame!” is the hottest new game show where freeze teams of performers spin into positions depicting their favorite wintertime activities. Host Chris Coldplay, and panelists Marty Snow, Scott and Dorothy Axel, and Winter Meriweather compete in this winter-themed guessing game.

Linda Dearth special meal tonight from 4-6 p.m

ReStore Community Center, 210 N. Main St., Ada, will host a special meal to benefit Linda Dearth, store manager.

The meal is Crock pot Tuesday, Feb. 21, with serving from 4 to 6 p.m. Persons with questions may call ReStore.

The Icon originally posted an incorrect time for the meal.