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August 4, 2021

Busy before you know it

What appears quiet in this photo will be busy before you know it. The first day of school in Ada is Aug. 19.

Car Show hosted by Vancrest of Ada

On Friday, August 6, a car show hosted by Vancrest of Ada, 600 W. North Ave, Ada, will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in their front parking lots.

Cars of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. A prize will be awarded to Best of Show.

Contact Jennifer Line, (419) 558-1379, if you plan to attend with a car. The show is weather permitting.

Hardin Co. Dept. of Job and Family Services announces Back to School Clothing Program

Applications must be picked up by Aug. 5

The Hardin County Department of Job and Family Services announced they have launched a countywide back to school clothing program for eligible Hardin County families.

"To be eligible families must reside in Hardin County, have children enrolled in grades PreK-12 and be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, that’s right around $53,000 a year,” stated John Folk, Hardin County JFS Director.

History lesson

Here's the Ada High School drama club during the 19780-71 school year. Names of members are under the photo.

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By Cort Reynolds

Ada teenager Lily Baumgartner is set to compete at the national level for USA Swimming.

Lily has qualified for Team Ohio in the 100 butterfly event after swimming a time of 1:07.18 this past weekend in the Ohio Swimming Long Course Championships at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Lily will now compete for the State of Ohio at the USA Central Zone Championships in Elkhart, Indiana August 6-8, 2021. This is the highest level of competition for USA Swimming competitors age 14-and-under.

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada swim team finished fifth overall in the combined boys/girls standings at the 39th annual Elks Invitational Western Ohio Aquatics League championship meet July 9-10 in Kenton.

The Ada boys came home a solid fourth, while the Alligator girls ended up sixth in the eight-team event.

Bluffton swept the boys, girls and combined team titles at the annual event.

By Cort Reynolds
More than 450 swimmers and their families will descend on Kenton July 9-10 for the 39th annual Elks Invitational Swim Meet and Western Ohio Aquatics League championship.

The WOAL is for swimmers aged four to 18 who are members of one of the league’s teams.

The Kenton Municipal Swimming pool is the site for the 2021 Swim Championships and will host eight teams from Ada, Bluffton, Findlay, Kenton, Shawnee Country Club, Wapakoneta, Westside and Van Wert. Teams will compete for the 2021 league title.

By Cort Reynolds
VAN WERT - The Ada swim team won the overall and boys meets at Van Wert in the final West Ohio Aquatic League regular season dual event of the summer season Monday night.

Ada beat the Marlins 340-255 in the combined boys/girls team score to lift the overall Alligator summer record to 3-4.

The Gator boys defeated the Msrlin males 196-111, while the Ada girls were edged 161-144 by the hosts indoors at the Van Wert YMCA. 

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the football region assignments for the upcoming 2021 season on Tuesday.

Ada will be in Division VII, Region 26. See map below -

The 10-week regular-season begins the week of August 16, with the top 16 schools in each region qualifying for the playoffs that begin October 29-30.

As previously announced, schools’ divisional assignments for the upcoming 2021-22 school year will remain the same as the 2020-21 school year in all sports.

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Barbara Sue Earl, 76, of Nokomis, FL and formerly of Ada, Ohio, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021. She was born on November 6, 1944 in Floyd Co., KY to Bun & Ora (Thacker) Montgomery.

She was a 1963 graduate of Ada High School. Barbara married Leonard Leon Earl on March 6, 1965.

Donald R. Hensley, age 81, passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 8:16 AM at his residence in Alger.

Halle Grace Henderson was born at 5:03 PM on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 to Cody and Shelby (Rowe) Henderson.

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GOCC President receives ACCT Regional CEO award

Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier has been chosen by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) as the recipient of the 2021 Central Regional Chief Executive Officer Award. He will be recognized during the 52nd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, in San Diego in mid-October.

Devier, a native of Ada, Ohio, has worked in education for over 45 years and has served as the president of Glen Oaks since January, 2014. Prior to that he held leadership positions at: Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio; University of Cincinnati Clermont College in Batavia, Ohio; Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio; and Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

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