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Brian Smith to retire from Bon Secours Mercy Health

CINCINNATI--Brian Smith, Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) president, announced today that he will retire December 31, 2022, after more than three decades of Mission-focused, operational excellence.

Smith joined the Human Resources (HR) department at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima in 1990, focused on making St. Rita’s a place where associates would want to work and providers would want to practice. He served in a variety of HR roles over his 22 years at St. Rita’s, before moving into hospital operations.

Music feast in numbers and pictures

The November 12 Music Feast show choir competition hosted by the Ada Schools drew over 450 performers and an estimated 1,000 people at the school for the event.

Seating was also highly competitive as family and friends gathered to enjoy the performances. 

Scott Henning, director of Ada’s Varsity Singers, reports that Piqua's "The Company" was awarded grand champion at the end of the night followed by ETC'S all girl group, "Rouge." Second runner up was ETC's "All Americans."

Ag Hall of Fame to induct new members

Ada's Bill Griffith among five inductees

HARDIN COUNTY–The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced the 2022 honorees to be inducted at the nineteenth annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet. The 2022 inductees include: Gerald E. Althauser, J. Roger Crates, William Griffith, Dr. William Martin Miller, and Thomas E. Wilcox, Sr. The banquet will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6 at St. John's Evangelical Church on East Carrol Street in Kenton.

Delayed Artemis I takes flight

Remember our excitement about NASA's Artemis I project and the involvement of ONU Engineering graduates? The September launch was scrapped due to Hurricane Ian.

On November 16 the Moon-orbiting program had a successful launch of the first spaceflight in NASA's Artemis program. It is the first integrated flight test of the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System.

Football in the shadows: Crawford highlights women breaking gridiron barriers


A spotlight is shining on women’s sports this year as the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the groundbreaking Title IX legislation.

While tremendous strides have been made over the past five decades, much work remains to be done to give female athletes an equal playing field and recognition on par with their male counterparts. Working to make progress in this sphere is Ohio Northern University professor of history, Dr. Russ Crawford.

Veterans' Day celebrated with breakfast honoring local veterans

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By Paula Scott

The Ada Schools have a tradition established over more than 20 years of closing on Veterans’ Day and hosting a breakfast for area veterans. On November 11, 2022, there was an excellent turnout with some 37 veterans and their families–over 100 guests in total–enjoying a breakfast and program in the school cafeteria.