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Hardin County rainfall report for May 2023

HARDIN COUNTY–For the period of May 1-May 31, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 2.47 inches of rain in Hardin County. Last year, the average rainfall for the same time was 5.41 inches. Rainfall for May was 1.62 inches less than the ten-year average rainfall for the month. 

Dudley Township received 3.30 inches of rain for May, the highest amount of the township sites. Blanchard Township had the lowest rainfall amount for the month of May with 1.85 inches, with  Washington Township not far behind at 1.87 inches. The average precipitation for the growing season  since April 15 in the townships was 4.19 inches compared to 6.33 inches in 2022. Dale Rapp reported a  total of 5.36 inches in Dudley Township, while Randy Preston reported a total of 3.18 inches in  Washington Township for this growing season. 


Wilson Sporting Goods receives six-year Job Creation Tax Credit

On June 26, the State of Ohio announced the approval of assistance for nine projects set to create 534 new jobs and retain 1,007 jobs statewide, including an expanded Wilson Sporting Goods manufacturing facility in Ada. The factory is the long-time supplier of NFL footballs and has a new contract to supply basketballs for the NBA.

The new projects approved by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) are expected to result in more than $40 million in new payroll and spur more than $76.6 million in investments across Ohio.

Summary of June Ada Area Chamber of Commerce meeting

The June Ada Area Chamber of Commerce member meeting was held in the community room adjacent to Buckeye East Coffee Shop, 123 E. Buckeye. All of the members present provided an update on their business or activities. Chamber director Lindsay Walden-Hollar and board president Becky Neville provided an update on chamber benefits and upcoming activities.

Ohio Airport System Plan virtual public meeting July 19

Pre-meeting survey is HERE (deadline July 5).

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s 104 public use airports generate billions of dollars for the state’s economy each year. The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s help as it begins a comprehensive analysis and overview of airports to help identify needed improvements for future growth and sustainability.

The Ohio Airport System Plan (OASP) is updated every 10 years. The last report, released in 2014, found the airport system supports more than 123,000 jobs and produces an economic impact that exceeds $13 billion annually.

One of the goals of the plan is to provide the ODOT Office of Aviation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) a methodology for prioritizing and funding airport development projects.


Chamber members will meet at Buckeye East on June 21

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce member meeting for June will be held at Buckeye East Coffee Shop, 123 E Buckeye Ave. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. 

Topics for discussion will include:

  •  Volunteer opportunities for the upcoming Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival
  • Maximizing your membership 
  • Changes coming to the Town & Gown dinner
  • Member updates 

For information about membership, visit

Beatitudes offers student retail experience

Beatitudes community center and thrift store, 210 N. Main, is offering something new for teens:  a free summer training program to help them learn skills for a first job.

Children ages 13-17 can participate.

The class will include customer service, handling money, floor design, color layout, style coordination and stock procedures.  

The time commitment for two weeks is:

  • 3 hours per class 
  • 2 days per week 

A total of 12 hours completes the program.  A certificate of completion will be given at graduation to be used on their resume.  

Call 419-788-9459 to register.