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Sondra Kay Reed was a nurse

Sondra Kay Reed, age 60, of Hickory, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at Standford Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

She was born in Lima, Ohio on February 19, 1962, to the late Elmer and Erma (Stone) Collins.   

Sondra is survived by her husband, Mark Reed; daughter, Kayla Butler; son, William Ansley; three grandchildren: Nicholas, Diego, and Julie Ansley; and sister, Debby Bryant.   

She was preceded in death by her son, Andrew Ansley, and brother, Gary Collins.

Rebecca A. Spinner was a nurse's aid

Rebecca A. Spinner, age 65, of Ada, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at her residence. 

She was born on April 18, 1957, in Kenton, Ohio to the late William Henry and Kathleen (Jordan) Paugh.  On October 9, 1999, Rebecca married Jerry Spinner, who preceded her in death. 

Rebecca is survived by her two sons: Billy (Kellie) Paugh of Forest, and Terry Spinner of Ada; three grandchildren: Jacob Paugh, Emily Paugh, and Kaden Paugh; and a brother, Ted (Lisa) Paugh of Ada.

New Ada Schools assignments for Lance Dearth and Carla Cole

Two new assignments have been made at the Ada Schools: in December, Lance Dearth (left) was named as Buildings, Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor; in January, Carla Cole (right) was hired as the new Executive Secretary, effective March 1.

Educators invited to Project WILD Workshop

FINDLAY, Ohio–Educators of pre-kindergarten through high school students are invited to attend a free Project WILD workshop in northwest Ohio on Friday, Feb. 10, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The workshop focuses on supplemental curriculums that teach wildlife-related conservation concepts using everyday subjects such as math, science, and social studies. Project WILD and Aquatic WILD (K-12) guidebooks are provided to all participants.

Village of Ada council meets January 24

The next meeting of the Village of Ada Council is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24 on the second floor of the Ada Municipal Building, 115 Buckeye Ave.

Minutes from the prior meeting are HERE.

The meeting may also be attended online at

A listing of other upcoming public meetings can be found on the Classifieds page under Notices.

Ada Schools spelling bee crowns new champion

By Paula Scott

The Ada Schools auditorium is typically filled with music or voices during public events. On January 20, moments of quiet were among the most dramatic, as the ten finalists in the Ada Exempted Village Schools spelling bee concentrated before saying the spelling of a word.

The quiet was in stark contrast to the excitement that filled the room when classes first filed in and began cheering for their representatives. Principal and emcee Dan Lee established the guidelines for good sportsmanship, which included absolute silence while spellers were at work. Cheers erupted with every correct spelling.