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Top Icon stories of 2021

The most-read stories on the Ada Icon in 2021 were hard news stories. Fortunately, articles about growth and celebration weren't far behind. Thank you for reading and sharing your stories with the Ada area community.



A visit to the Ada Rotary Club

By Paula Scott, Ada Icon

As the new Ada Icon editor, I was invited to attend a weekly meeting of the Ada Rotary Club. While I’ve known about the Rotary for as long as I can remember, this was my first time attending a meeting. The experience taught me that I had a lot to learn about Rotary International and the Ada club.

My first impression: great turnout for a weekly meeting. Fourteen of the club’s seventeen members came for lunch, club business, and a presentation by Hardin County board of elections director Stephanie McCullough and board member Michael Hubbell.

I spy: A fallout shelter?

On the right side of the Ada Post Office entrance at 131 S. Main St., is a reminder of the Cold War: an (originally black and yellow) fallout shelter sign. It has historic rather than practical significance. The Icon was told that the shelter room is now used for storage.

Reuters news service reported in 2017 that “FEMA does not have a position regarding the signs and does not maintain lists of the old shelter locations.”


November 2021 Ada Community Calendar

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Email update supplement from October 6

For our email update readers, the October 7 message is missing our two leading stories:

Ada Rotary club to host Board of Education candidate forum

Habitat leaf raking begins October 15

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Paula Scott, Blufftion Icon

Initial thoughts on filling an Iconoclast’s shoes

Effective October 1, 2021, I am the full-time editor-owner of the Bluffton and Ada Icons. In following founder Fred Steiner, I know that I have big shoes to fill. Fred took a big leap when he created the Bluffton Icon in 2009 and, in 2012, the Ada Icon. My leap from employee to self-employed is much, much smaller. I’m inheriting some 20,000 monthly viewers of Bluffton area news and some 8,500 monthly viewers of Ada area news.

I’m also resting on the shoulders of Icon tech master and interim owner Ryan Lowry, who is still the wizard who keeps the online magic working.