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Regional hubs to promote broadband and 5G sector workforce strategy


The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has announced six regional hubs that will help expand the efforts of Ohio’s Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership locally.

“In today’s economy and workforce, all Ohioans need access to high-speed internet,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Establishing these regional hubs will regionalize the work of our statewide Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership, empowering local communities to help build the broadband and 5G workforce Ohio needs.”

Ada Rotary introduces new officers

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The Ada Rotary is a highly visible service organization and a visit to the group’s weekly meeting is a good reminder of how the Rotary represents and supports the community.

Hardin County Extension rainfall report for June 

By Mark Badertscher 

HARDIN COUNTY–Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 3.16 inches of rain in Hardin County during June 2023. Last year, the average rainfall for June was 2.29 inches. Rainfall for the month was 2.38  inches less than the ten-year average rainfall in the month of June.

McDonald Township received 3.73 inches, the most rainfall of the township sites. The least rain in June, 2.31 inches was reported in Goshen  Township. For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in all the townships was 7.35 inches, with a range from 5.87 inches in Washington Township to 8.22 inches in Marion Township.  

Farmers were able to finish planting crops in June that they didn’t get planted in May. Good field  conditions in June allowed not only for spring planting, but also for the first cutting of hay. June  continued with cooler temperatures and dry weather which slowed early season growth. Slow root  growth and nodulation affected crop access to nutrients. Farmers were able to make herbicide applications and apply nitrogen to corn in June as well. Dry weather helped keep most wheat free of  disease, but the crop was harvested a little later than normal. Wheat harvest brought high grain yields  and overall good grain quality. Wheat straw is still being baled in some fields and manure application has followed wheat harvest. Some farmers double cropped soybeans into wheat stubble.  

Chamber provides information on new ONU student exploration and service in Ada

By Paula Scott

The July 19 meeting of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, held at 8:00 a.m. at the Ada Public Library, reminded members that there are several opportunities to engage with the community in coming weeks.

Ohio Northern University will be providing new students with an Ada Adventure on Friday, August 18 fro 9:30-11:00 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m. Businesses are encouraged to register with the QR code on the attached flyer and to showcase their business by providing information or offering a raffle, sample or giveaway. Email [email protected] if you have questions. The University will also be hosting a welcome fest on campus.

Hardin SWCD supervisors election, August 17

The Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding its election of supervisors at the 75th Annual Meeting which is held in conjunction with Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, August 17, 2023.

This event is from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the shelter house north of the Community Building, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, Kenton. A catered barbecue meal will be served from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Voting will take place to fill two open Supervisor positions on the board. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with recognition of several individuals, presentation of the 2023 Conservation Partner Award and election results.

The election is held in accordance with Chapters 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. Residents or landowners, firms, and corporations that own land or occupy land in Hardin County and are 18 years of age or older may vote for a supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm, or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.

July 19 fruit and vegetable crop walk 

HARDIN COUNTY–There is a segment of agriculture in southeastern Hardin County that  specializes in commercial fruit and vegetable production. Hardin County is also home to the Scioto Valley Produce Auction near Mt. Victory where much of this produce is sold.

Hardin County OSU Extension has planned a Fruit and Vegetable Crop Walk program on Wednesday,  July 19 from 6:00-8:00 pm to help with fruit and vegetable production issues. The location of  the program will be on a produce farm at 17956 Township Road 245, Mt. Victory. It is open to  all fruit and vegetable producers, whether they are commercial or home gardeners.