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Emily Richards

June 26, 2017

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You'll find this license plate in Bluffton near the St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to the congregation's pastor, Rev. Carol Clements.

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It's that season in Ada

Did you say an eight-family yard sale?

Story and photos by Monty Siekerman
The 8-family yard sale in the 700 block of South Johnson was doing a land office business on Saturday morning...maybe that's because the sale was advertised FREE in the Ada Icon.


Do you plan a yard/garage sale this summer? Check out the Ada Icon ad offer by scrolling down to near the bottom of this Homepage and opening "Contact Us."

Yard sales are popular in small towns: trying to find the oddball thing you want, getting a big bargain, or simply saying "Hi" to neighbors.

Ada police department creates "Go Fund Me" page for purchase of K9 dog

Following the untimely death of Jaeger

Ada's police department has created a "Go Fund Me" page to raise funds for the purchase of a new K9 police dog.

CLICK HERE to visit the page.

Go Fund Me enables persons to make online donations to projects. The following is from the Go Fund Me site. It explains the Ada police department's request for funding.

When this story was posted on Sunday evening $480 had be raised toward a goal of $8,000.

Jaeger's story here

Here's ODOT construction projects in Hardin County

The following is highway construction scheduled within Hardin County.

Bridge repairs
State Route 31 closure between township Road 265 and state Route 273 has been delayed until late summer. Work will begin once a project on state Route 195 south of McGuffey has been completed.

Once under way, the project will close the route for 60 days for bridge repair at two locations: one over Painter Creek just south of township Road 206, the second over Wolf Creek north of township Road 265. Traffic detoured onto state Route 292 and state Route 273 back to state Route 31. Work is being performed by Crossroads Construction, Cambridge. (See detour map 1, map 2)

Seeing double in Ada

An extra feature to Sunday night's Cadet's performance

By Monty Siekerman
A few sprinkles at "curtain time" for the Cadets performance brought out a double rainbow for the corps and audience to enjoy on Sunday evening.


The second rainbow can be seen slightly to the right of the main rainbow.

Throughout history there have been many wives tales--some good, some bad--about rainbows.

The Cadets, I'm sure, are hoping the omen in the sky means "good luck" in winning the Drum Corps International competition this year. The group worked diligently at ONU for the past two and a half weeks to take home the top trophy.

Criminals beware

Ada's week-long series focus on emergency response

By Monty Siekerman
The sheriff's office displayed equipment used but the Special Response Team at the Ada War Memorial Park on Monday morning as part of a week-long series devoted to emergency responses in Ada and Hardin County.

Here, Sheriff Deputy Christina Henderson shows a shield to Eliece, 4, (left), Garret, 1, and Chloe, 5, children of Mary and Matthew Richardson.

An armored  car sits in the background.

Riding the school bus next fall?

Bus request form needed if children are picked up or dropped off at a residence away from home

School’s out for the summer, but if you ride an Ada school bus there is one action you might take now for next school year.

Parents and caregivers of children who are picked up and/or dropped off at a location away from your residence need to complete a bus request form for the 2017-18 school year.

A copy of the request form is attached at the bottom of this story.

The deadline to submit the form is 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 4. According to the school, due to busing changes, bus requests will not guarantee an approval. Parents must complete the bus request form first.

The requests must be submitted each new school year since they do not carry-over year-to-year.

Start your Harvest and Herb Fest' planning now

Booth space still available; want to enter the parade? Details below

It's not too soon to start thinking about this year's Harvest and Herb Festival.

Planning is now underway for this year’s Ada Area Chamber of Commerce’s festival, according to David Dellifield, chamber president.


This year’s festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. As in past year's, it will fill Ada’s Main Street from Highland to College. Main Street will be closed at State Route 235 all the way to State Route 81.

It's a busy - and interesting - campus this summer

Ken Collins caught some of the recent action on campus with these photos of HOBY leadership students arriving on campus.

Many sports camps take place during the summer, as well. The ONU students who do take summer classes do not nearly equal the enrollment during the academic year, but campus remains a busy place for others.

The camps and conferences help pay for buildings that would otherwise remain empty, supplement some faculty and staff salaries, and provide an opportunity for youth to visit campus and, perhaps, enroll when they graduate from high school.

A little off the bottom, please

Village Administrator Jamie Hall trims a tree on South Johnson. (Monty Siekerman photo)

Saturday work

Workmen repair the railroad tracks near the Depot on Saturday morning. (Monty Siekerman photo)