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Betty Joy White Morris worked for General Motors Acceptance Corp.

Betty Joy White Morris, age 93, formerly of Owensboro, Kentucky, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Vancrest of Ada.

She was the fourth daughter of ten children born to the late Archie and Helen (Cambron) White, Adaburg, Kentucky on February 28, 1929. On April 15, 1980, Betty married Wendell Morris. 

January 8 house fire on Christopher Circle


By Paula Scott

At approximately 5:35 p.m. on January 8 safety services responded to a 1st alarm structure fire at 932 Christopher Circle, Ada. No injuries to occupants were reported. Family pets may have perished.

Preliminary details from Ada-Liberty Township Fire Chief Jay Epley indicate that the home, owned by Jeffrey Wold, sustained extensive damage.

Chief Epley later told the Icon that a neighbor called 911 and notified the residents that an outdoor grill in the back yard was on fire and that the house was on fire.

Ada crossword puzzle with clues from December 2022 news

Do you remember the news from December 2022? Play the Ada Icon crossword puzzle to find out!

Play the puzzle online or print and play at

Here's a sampling:


3. Registration for this spring sport is now open

4. Alec Cooper is new _____ of Ada Police Department


1. Crosby's _____ opened in December

2. Shakespeare poem in Icon column mentions these frozen drips

5. "Graduation" party in May scheduled for AHS teacher Mr. ______

January 9 Blood Drive at Ada's Visiting Nurses & Hospice

Today is the day: on January 9, an American Red Cross blood drive will be held at Visiting Nurses & Hospice, 1200 S. Main St.

Appointments may be scheduled at

The American Red Cross notes that "As we kick off 2023, the need for blood and platelets hasn’t faded with the holiday season–blood must be constantly replenished and ready for those in need of lifesaving care every day. That’s why the American Red Cross and Pro Football Hall of Famer and blood donor Peyton Manning are teaming up this January during National Blood Donor Month to rally people to give now and help patients all winter long.

"In partnership with the National Football League (NFL), those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma Jan. 1-31, 2023, will be automatically entered to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona. (Terms apply. Visit"

AHS wrestlers 11th at Woodmore Classic

Bulerin wins Fostoria tourney

By Cort Reynolds

ELMORE –Ada High School wrestler Marley Bulerin won the Fostoria girls tournament this weekend. She is 20-4 this year and is ranked 16th in Ohio in the 125-pound weight class by American Women's Wrestling.

She has previously placed third at the Clyde and Tinora tournaments, as well as fifth at Findlay.

The Ada boys wrestling team finished a solid 11th at the 22-team Woodmore A Classic tournament Friday and Saturday.

Ada’s Baumgartner sets school freestyle record at Jay County Invite

AHS girls swim team placed 6th

By Cort Reynolds

PORTAGE, Ind. - The Ada High School girls swim team finished a strong sixth out of 18 teams behind three first-place finishes at the Jay County Invitational in Portage, Indiana on Saturday, January 7.

The Ada boys came in 14th. Oak Hill won both the boys and girls team titles. 

Ada sophomore Lily Baumgartner shattered a 32-year old school record in winning the 500 freestyle.  She broke Tanya Nelson’s 1991 Ada mark of 5:37.17 by 10.08 seconds in a time of 5:27.09.