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October 28, 2020

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Ada Icon passed 2,000 "Likes" on Facebook

And the Icon also likes you, for liking us!

Everybody loves, or at least "Likes," the Ada Icon.

Today your local online news service passed 2,000 "Likes" on Facebook. That's a significant number of computers tracking Ada area news on a daily basis in a town with little more than 1,000 homes.

Yes, some people have two computers, and ONU students tune into our news as well. Plus, the Ada Icon goes throughout the world. We are accessed by people in nearly every state each month and, in a year's time, by people in more than 100 countries.

Thanks for your support of our efforts to help us live up to our motto: Where Ada gets its news.

Is this the Lincoln Highway's oldest graffiti?

The Icon keeps an eye out for Ada area oddities. This one is certainly in our top 10.

You'll find this cement fence post on the corner of Phillips Road and Lincoln Highway. The top of the post reads: "Sept. 1 1912." It was written in the post before the cement hardened. There's even an artistic design above the date.

The person who wrote the date on the post is unknown.

To make it more interesting, this could be the oldest existing graffiti - we are stretching the definition here - related to the entire Lincoln Highway. The highway was conceived in 1912.

Can you believe it - there's a Bluffton, Iowa

And the Icon has photos to prove it

By Fred Steiner - Bluffton Icon
FROM BLUFFTON ICON - Note: Sorry to say, Ada, Iowa, wasn't on the map, or we'd have stopped there also.

Ever visited Bluffton, Iowa 52101?

We have. And we have photos and a couple tee-shirts from Randy’s Campgrounds in Bluffton to prove it.

Earlier in this summer we settled on a vacation week in early September.

Where to take it?

First choice: St. Petersburg, Florida - where Mary spent her sophomore year in high school, while her father, Richard Pannabecker, was on a Bluffton College teaching sabbatical.

Second choice: Key West, Florida. We wanted to see why Hemmingway liked it.

Red Tail Hawk stops in Ada for a bite

And several concerned citizens wanted the story

From the Ada police reports: Today Sgt. Donnie Decking responded to a call of an injured hawk. Upon investigation it was discovered that a Red Tail Hawk was simply stopping by Ada to have lunch (a Cooper's Hawk).

The Red Tail Hawk allowed Sgt. Deckling to get within feet of it for an assessment under direction of the department's Wildlife Officer.

Wildlife did respond and the Hawk finished his lunch in quick manner so as not to be captured and all ended well (with exception of the Cooper's Hawk).

We had a number of concerned citizens and we thought you might like an update.

Call for children's auditions for "Holiday Spectacular'

Held for singers and dancers ages 5 to 12 on Sept. 10

Ohio Northern will hold children’s auditions for the “Holiday Spectacular” at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, in the Freed Center. Auditions will be held for singers and dancers, ages 5 to 12. 

Those who are auditioning may be asked to sing and should be ready to participate in a dance call (jazz and/or tap shoes). There will not be prepared dance or vocal solos.

The Holiday Spectacular has been a regional tradition for more than 20 years and includes dancing, singing and skits. It is performed at both the Freed Center as well as the Veteran's memorial civic & convention Center in Lima.

Historic Hancock County barn tour Sept. 16

Six barns in Jenera-Arlington area open to the public

The Hancock County Historical Museum's fall historical barn tour is Saturday, Sept. 16.

The self-guided tour showcases six century-old barns in southern Hancock County around the communities of Jenera and Arlington.

Barns on the tour are:

• Houdeshell-Rettig-Bateson barn, 1860s
20368 Township Road 68, Arlington

• Martz-Pifer-Bateson barn, 1870s
10615 County Road 31, Arlington

• Glick-Pepple barn 1850s-1860s
19582 Township Road 65, Jenera

• Luneack-Bower-vonStein barn, 1870s-1880s
8194 Township Road 32, Jenera

• Neff-Russell barn, 1860s
8433 County Road 31, Jenera