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Dakota Clay on Cedarville dean's list

Cedarville University student Dakota Clay of Ada, majoring in Mech Engineering, was named to the Dean's Honor List for Spring 2020. This recognition required Clay to maintain a 3.75 GPA and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours.


Larry Mathewson was born in Ada

Past president of Bluffton school board

Larry L. Mathewson, 88, died June 21, 2020, at Brookdale Senior Living in Bowling Green, Ohio.  Larry was born Oct. 9, 1931, in Ada to the late Dana and Treva (Lewis) Mathewson.  On June 30, 1951 he married Imajean Klass who preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 2010. 

Larry graduated from Bluffton High School where he was an all-conference running back. He started working with his father at the Bluffton Welding Shop and later was a maintenance welder at the Lima Ford Engine Plant from which he retired. Larry was also a life-long farmer. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton, and the local Farm Bureau and past president of the Bluffton school board. 

Charles Castle was a Ford Motor retiree

Charles R. Castle, 79, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 1:49 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System, surrounded by his family. 

He was born on June 15, 1941, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, to the late Malcolm and Polly (Hicks) Castle, Sr.  Charles married Barbara F. Newland and she survives in Ada.

Charles retired from Ford Motor Company, Lima Engine Plant, as a UAW International Rep. Dad loved his family, driving the back roads with his brother  Malcolm looking at the Eagles and family trips to Holmes County.

This was ONU's campus - pre 1970

Here's a pre-1970 aerial view of the Ohio Northern Univesity campus looking west as it anticipates a major expansion. It is from the Ada Public Library post card collection.

On the far left is College Avenue. On the far right is Lincoln Avenue and the railroad tracks.

Several additional buildings - and absence of buildings - gives clues to what in the works. Viewers comments are welcome.

BVHS corporate PR and Marketing wins three national awards

All communications materials receiving awards were conceptualized, written, developed and printed by the team

The Corporate Public Relations & Marketing Department at Blanchard Valley Health System has been named the winner of three national awards for their Mayo Clinic Care Network campaign.

These awards include a Bronze Aster Award, a Silver Telly Award and an Award of Distinction.

“We are elated to learn that our team received these awards for our work on the Mayo Clinic Care Network campaign,” shared Amy J. Leach, director of Corporate PR & Marketing.

Kenton-Hardin Health Department responds to public concerns

The staff do not carry badges or weapons, does not intend to padlock local businesses who do not comply to state directives, including but not limited to wearing facial coverings

We do want to make it very clear though, contrary to published individual statements, businesses must require their employees to wear facial coverings. 

In response to recent questions and concerns the Kenton Hardin Health Department (KHHD) released information about its part in the COVID-19 response thus far. Those details follow:

The Health Department, as the lead agency in the Hardin County response to the COVID-19 emergency, has been in regular contact with the directors of the four long-term care facilities in the county.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) inventories of the four facilities have been known to the health department throughout the emergency.