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Landon Blankenship graduated from Ada High School

Landon A. Blankenship, 20, of Ada, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022.

He was born on December 17, 2001, in Charleston, WV to Allen and Kelli (Frame) Blankenship, who both survive in Ada.

Landon was a member of The Bridge Church, Lima. He loved sports, fishing, working out and spending time with his friends. He had a big heart and loved many and was loved by many as well.

Landon was a 2020 graduate of Ada High School, where he played on the football team, and worked part-time at Ohio Northern University  in Food Services.

Ada man killed in Sunday auto accident

An Ada resident was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Logan County, Ohio on the morning of January 16, 2022. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal crash involving Landon A. Blankenship, 20, who was pronounced dead after the 5:53 a.m. crash. Blankenship was the only occupant of the 2012 Nissan Quest minivan.

The crash occurred when Blankenship was traveling on North Main St. near Lake Ave. in West Mansfield. At a curve in the road, the minivan went off the left side of the pavement and continued off the road until striking a tree. The extensively damaged minivan became engulfed in flames. 

January 2022 Ada chamber summary

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce held its January 19 meeting at the Ada Public Library. The agenda included:

  • Ohio updates brom Rep. Jon Cross 
  • Breakfast casserole and biscuits by Tavern 101
  • Reminder to RSVP by February 9 for the Annual membership luncheon on Feb 16 at The Inn at ONU. RSVP to [email protected]  
  • Introduction of 2022 new board members: Gary Wahlberg , Ric Johnson and Dylan Wood
  • Update on 2024 solar eclipse viewing from County Commissioner Fred Rush

For more information on the chamber, visit

Susan T. Shadley worked for Hardin County Council on Aging

Susan T. Shadley, age 74, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 2:05 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health System.

She was born on November 12, 1947, Portland, Maine to the late Merton L. and Elizabeth J. (Blake) Soule, Sr.  Susan married Gary G. Shadley on November 10, 1970; he survives in Alger.

Also surviving are her three children: Michelle (Calvin) Curry of Leon, WV, Gary (Kimberly) Shadley, II of Delaware and Stacey Conner of Hillard; five grandchildren; and three brothers: Merton Soule, Jr., Charles (Daniela Baldoni) Soule, and John (Sonya) Soule all of Maine.

Mayor’s Annual Report to Council, January 18, 2022

By Mayor David Retterer

The following text is a report made by Mayor Dave Retterer to the Ada Village Council on Tuesday, January 18, minus comments made to those in attendance including Fiscal Officer Patty Navin, Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, (remotely) Village Administrator Jamie Hall and Legal Council Jane Napier. Also in remote attendance were the Ada Herald and Kenton Times.


Routine issues in the Village continue to be handled well. Ada is fortunate to have had active, deliberative, engaged, intelligent and dedicated councilors for many years and that has much to do with the current state of the village. This allows Ada to be prepared for future needs, opportunities and emergencies.



A successful reorganization of the accounting system in 2020 led to additional progress in 2021. Council has planned and budgeted to acquire one software package that will support utility billing, payroll, payables and receivables as well as other related activities. Currently there are at least two software packages to accomplish this and they don’t communicate with each other.

Mind Your Ps and Qs

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

There is a debate about the origin of “mind your Ps and Qs.”  Some believe it started with a 17th century play by Thomas Dekker titled The Untrussing of the Humorous Poet. Others believe it was used in British pubs to tally consumption of drinks where the P is for pints and Q is for quarts. It could have been advice to typesetters to make sure that lower case Ps and Qs did not get mixed up. The expression means to be on your best behavior or to mind your manners. The British sometimes use it to remind children to say please and thank you.