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Seven Ada school board candidates vie for three seats

By Paula Scott

The Ada Exempted Village School District has three open seats on the five-member School Board for terms commencing in January 2024. 

Seven candidates are on the November 7 General Election ballot (find your ballot HERE):

PHOTOS Kiwanis best Halloween costumes for 2023

CORRECTION: Photos for 3-5th grades have been added

Photos by Ada Kiwanis

The October 23 Halloween Parade hosted by the Ada Kiwanis was an opportunity for fun loving participants to strut their stuff in Halloween costumes and to compete for best costume in seven categories. 

View all of the 2023 Kiwanis Halloween costume contest winners in our FLIP BOOK

Preschool & Kindergarten 2023

  • 1st Ella Mowery of Ada
  • 2nd Charlie Cieply of Ada
  • 3rd Reagan Metzer of Wapak
  • 4th Addison Musselman of Ada

1st & 2nd Grade

  • 1st Carter Musselman of Ada
  •  2nd Eleanor Jones of Ada
  • 3rd Emmalyn Gerber of Ada
  • 4th Kamden Dearth of Ada

3rd & 4th Grade

  • 1st Miles Donley of Ada
  • 2nd Jaxon Whitted of Ada
  • 3rd Whitney Shephard of Ada
  • 4th Dallas Williams of Ada


Thomas named Ohio Outstanding Master Gardener

HARDIN COUNTY__Kim Thomas was one of ten individuals recognized as “Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer” at the 2023 MGV State Conference Awards Program held October 12-14.

The local Hardin County OSU Extension group was also nominated for four other state awards at the conference. The project ‘Educational Native Plants Landscape Beds’ was recognized as the state winner in the “Community Service Outstanding MGV Project” award category for small sized groups.

15 minutes with Lani Garber

Bulldog Staff Spotlight
Coordinated by the Ada Junior High-High School office staff

Meet Elaine (Lani) Garber, the American Sign Language instructor at the Ada Schools. 

Q. What is the one thing you cannot resist?
A. Chocolate and babies.

Q. What is your greatest fear?
A. My children or grandchildren being hurt.

Q. Where is your favorite place to be?
A. Sitting by my pond when the mosquitoes aren’t out

Q. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
A. Up in the mountains of Colorado at Geneva Lake. It was peaceful.

Q. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
A. Raising mice for pet snake food.


15 minutes with Victoria Ross and Alaina Robirds

With Paula Scott

The Icon received a tip that Ada High School graduates Victoria Ross (college senior) and Alaina Robirds (college sophomore) are both playing in the Ohio University Marching 110. We recenly chatted about this life-changing experience. 

Q. Is it a coincidence you are both at Ohio University (O.U.)?

VICTORIA: In high school we were alway really good at encouraging each other to take whatever path would really benefit us the most and get us to the places we wanted to go, to reach our goals.

I like to think that telling Alaina of how much fun the Marching 110 is and what a family we have at O.U. I want to think I made it sound like a ‘must come’ kind of deal.”

ALAINA: Victoria is pretty spot on. I was looking at O.U. because I had a teacher who went [there. He said] “Oh you should totally look at it. It’s got a bunch of really great opportunities. Not just course work wise but extracurriculars, intramurals and so I was really drawn to O.U.… and because I had a really good support system here with Victoria.


Hazelton-Hull engagement

Travis and Rebecca Hazelton of Ada, Ohio announce the engagement of their daughter Audrey Hazelton to Ethan Hull. 

Audrey is a 2023 Bluffton University graduate in psychology and writing.  She is the granddaughter of Ken and Jeanette Hazelton of Ada, Ohio and the granddaughter of Konrad & Judy Schiefer of Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Ethan Hull is a 2023 graduate of Apollo as a Level II Firefighter and a 2022 graduate of Rhode State University as a Level II Paramedic  He is the son of Travis and Samantha Hull of Findlay, Ohio and the grandson of Gary and Cassandra Hull of Ada, Ohio.

The couple resides in Mason, Ohio and plan a May 2024 wedding in Lima, Ohio.