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Dr.Samuel Heiks: Bothered by statin muscle aches. What to do?

Dr. Heiks is a board certified Family Medicine doctor and lives in  Bluffton, Ohio. This is a new column on The Icon.

Dear Dr. Heiks: I have a hard time taking statin medicines because of muscle aches. I’ve had a heart attack and my doctor really wants me to stay on cholesterol medicine.  What should I do?  Reader from Bluffton, Ohio

Tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, pointe, lyrical, ballroom and gymnastics all at Rhythm in Motion Dance Centre

By Alli Walbolt, Icon Intern

On Main Street in Ada, among the many shops and restaurants, sits a dance studio called Rhythm in Motion Dance Centre. With its beautiful awning, it stands out from the other store fronts. Upon walking in, one may notice that the inside is very open and inviting with the dance floor immediately following the waiting area.

During observation, the owner, Darcey Schneider, shows an encouraging, warm and dedicated demeanor while working with 7-9 year olds, who are learning tap.

Randy Stewart this week's football contest winner

Ten contestants correctly picked 14 games this week. Five of those were eliminated in the first tie-breaker.

The remaining five each picked the same two correct tie-breakers. To break the tie, we declared that the the contestant who was the earliest to enter this week's contest (of the five who tied), would be declared the winner.

Randy Stewart, who submitted his enter on Sept. 17 at 4:07 p.m., is therefore declared the winner.

This week's results:

The "Alumni Factor" ranks ONU as a top school

The Alumni Factor has named Ohio Northern University as one of the top 177 top schools in the nation. ONU ranked 154th overall and 18th in the Midwest region.

“This latest recognition shows not only that students who graduate from ONU receive an excellent education that prepares them for the future, but also that they enjoy the ONU experience and all the University has to offer,” said Daniel A. DiBiasio, ONU president.

There's a story behind every license plate

Is this your license plate? Or, your neighbor's? Or, do you know who drives around Ada with this plate.


For the past several weeks, The Ada Icon has featured a vanity plate discovered on Ada's streets. These random, drive-by shootings (with our camera) are simply for fun, but we know there's always a story behind every license plate. The problem is that we don't know that story. We also don't know the license plate owner.

As we continue to post these random plates of the week, we welcome Icon viewers to log on to the comment section of the story. 

Q: How many nations in the world have had viewers on The Ada Icon? A: It will surprise you!

A letter to Ada Icon readers:

In mid-September The Ada Icon will be six months old. We like to take a moment and share with viewers some of the interesting stats about we’ve experienced in our first six months.

These are according to Google Analytics:
7,450 total visits to the site
3,474 individual viewers (some check in twice a day!)
20,322 pages visited
2.73 pages views per each visit
1:56 average time spent on The Icon on each visit
469 visitors to the site during the week of Aug. 5-11
     (that’s our highest weekly viewer count - we're really happy about this number!)