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Public hearing announced by Ada Planning Commission

UPDATED 12:40 P.M. A third parcel has been added to this hearing.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, the Ada Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the matter of changing three parcels, formerly known as 218, 220 and 226 N. Liberty from Residential II (R2) to Industrial II (I2).

This change is being requested by Wilson Sporting Goods.

The hearing will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Ada Village Council Chambers located at 115 W. Buckeye, Ada, Ohio.

Having a Voice

By Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

The power of having a voice is important so one can be active and have a participatory role in making or influencing a decision.  At times we can think of this as it relates to politics and our role in making our voice heard.  The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum offers a course for 3rd to 6th graders titled Making Your Voice Heard.  The course teaches about civic engagement and making a difference by writing letters.  The goal is to use the written word to effect change in communities and government.  

Besides the written word, we can use verbal communication to inspire, create, and innovate.  We can use our voice to create movies, television shows, art, theater, music, and poetry.  When I hear the voice in conversation, I often think of the television show The Voice. An interesting concept of judges blindly listening to someone’s voice without any other visual clues.  

The music competition first aired on April 26, 2011.  The show completed season 22 on December 13, 2022.  For those who watch, country music’s Blake Shelton is the only original coach on The Voice and he plans to finish out season 23 and walk away from coaching.  

How does one’s voice correlate to one’s health?

State of the Village of Ada annual presentation

The following presentation was made to the Village of Ada council on Tuesday, January 10. Mayor David Retterer noted that an annual state of the village report is required by the State of Ohio.

Village of Ada, Ohio 
State of the Village 
Mayor David A. Retterer

January 10, 2023

The state of any organization is in large part defined by the employees of the organization and others who our village depends on to get things done.

The administrative team of the village lies in folks in a wide variety of areas: Safety (police and office workers), Utilities (water and sewer), planning (Village Administrator), Finance (Fiscal Officer), Public Works (streets, etc.), the Ada Pool, and although the Village Councilors are not actually employees of the village they play an important role in all of this.

January 12 remote learning day for K-12

Ada Exempted Village Schools have announced a remote learning day on Thursday, January 12 due to dense fog.

Laura Barnhardt Corle and Ed Corle art exhibit at Lea Art Gallery

The works of Ohio Northern University alumni Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) and Ed Corle (BFA ’78) are now on view at the Lea Art Gallery at the University of Findlay.

The faculty exhibit opens the 2023 gallery season and runs until January 27.

A reception is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lea Gallery, Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, UF Campus.

Bulldog Sumner to play hoops at ONU

Story and photos by Cort Reynolds

Ada High School senior standout Courtney Sumner signed a college letter of intent to play basketball for Ohio Northern University Tuesday afternoon, January 10.

Sumner thus follows in the footsteps of her current All-American wrestling brother Chase and father Jason, as well as her former Ada coach Morgan (Dumbaugh) Bass, as Polar Bears. 

In fact, playing with Chase as a youngster in their stone driveway is what got Courtney interested in basketball. The duo spent a lot of days practicing at the family court when she was growing up, sparking her love for the game. “Chase was pretty hard on her,” said Jason Sumner, the former Ada wrestling head coach.

Courtney seriously considered Bluffton University and Malone but settled on Ohio Northern, informing Bear head coach Mark Huelsman of her decision January 2. “I thought I’d fit in better at ONU,” she explained. “They play at a faster pace and it is a family atmosphere at ONU."

She plans to major in early childhood education and reside on campus.

Ada head coach Zach Ricker said, “I know her goal was to play close to home. To play early on, Courtney will have to find a role where she learns how to contribute with her athleticism.”