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GROB Systems apprenticeship tour February 19

GROB Systems of Bluffton has announced a February 19 Apprenticeship Tour, the last such event for the 2021-2022 school year.

The 9:00 a.m. tour of the 1070 Navajo Dr., facility features a presentation about the program, Q&A with training staff, and a facility tour led by current apprentices.

Rhodes State Lima provides this video account of what it is like to be a GROB apprentice:

Attendance is limited and registration is required. Visit to register for this event.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle of Chaos Prerelease

Whatever Cards & Games, LLC, 113 N Main St., has announced Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle of Chaos Prerelease is February 7 with signups starting at 6:00 PM.

The $25 entry fee includes tournament and 6 packs of Battle of Chaos to use in your deck for the event and a field center.

Prizes include a Playmat and promo card for first Place, a promo card for second, and a Playmat for Door Prize, as well as Booster packs in the prize pool based in the number of players.

Chad Hays named a top life insurance producer

Chad Hays of Hays Insurance, 202 S Main St, Ada, has been named No. 70 on the Auto-Owners life producer list for 2021. 

The list records the top 100 life-producing agents nationwide for Auto-Owners Life Insurance Company.  A Fortune 500 Company, Auto-Owners currently has 22,000 agents authorized to sell its life insurance products in 30 states.

Hays Insurance has represented Auto-Owners Insurance Company for over 16 years. Auto-Owners comments, “This has been a winning partnership for Auto-Owners, the agency and the many clients Chad serves.”

Hays can be reached in the Ada office at 419-634-5626.

$1.2M in zoning permits issued in 2021

54 residential and commercial permits

In 2021 Zoning Inspector Michael Harnishfeger issued 54 zoning permits, up slightly from 53 in 2020. The estimated value of these permits was $1,245,069. 

Harnishfeger notes, “We had 1 new single-family home built and several additions. We had 3 homes demolished. The greatest requests continue to be permits for fences and sheds.”

“Our largest project in 2021 was a $790,000 Early Childhood Development Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University which began in December.”

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

Properties for sale updated

Display ads for Ada and Lima properties

Updated property listings for Century 21 Sunway Realty, 208 N Main St, Ada, on

109 E. Buckeye - Ada, OH 45810

10,500 Sq Ft Offered at $175,000 Great Location in downtown Ada. Previously used as a local car dealership. Large lot, recently paved with well maintained building containing three offices and bath. Excellent opportunity for almost any new business.


206 N. Main Street - Ada, OH 45810