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Here are the four Arbor Day art poster winners

Arbor Day's observation in Ada's third grade included announcing the art contest winners, who each received a book about trees. This is a personal project that Dave Retterer, Ada mayor, began several years ago.

Winners were:

First, Josh Arnett
Second, Aidra Preston
Third, Ty Mowery
Fourth, Ethan D'Souza

A chat with Gary Wells: "Great art motivates me"

Compiled by Darlene Bowers

Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well.

Today we meet Gary Wells, art teacher, whose advice is to “do what you love.”  Gary joins Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou, Ray Bradbury and a whole host of others proclaiming this same mantra as he works each day in the art room to support our students with motivation for success.

• Subjects and grades currently teaching.
High School art grades 8 - 12 and Ceramics 1, 2 and 3.

Icon's Dog of the Week: Here's Fido

Fido, 6 year old male border/heeler mix, 48 pounds, great with people 

To give a dog a forever home, contact the Hardin County dog shelter. It is located at 49 Jones Road on the west side of Kenton.

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Phone: 419-674-2209.

Generally, about 20 to 25 dogs are available for viewing.

Red Cross assisting two Kenton families after house fire

The American Red Cross of Hardin County is helping two families involved in a home fire on Tuesday in Kenton.

Red Cross volunteers responded to a call for help at the home on W. North Street and provided the families with assistance for temporary shelter and immediate needs such as food and clothing. They also provided the family with Red Cross comfort kits of personal hygiene items.

Red Cross volunteers will continue to work with the family, providing additional assistance as needed and help with recovery planning including information, resources and referrals.


Ghanaian dance and drumming expert wraps up a year in Ada 

By Amy Eddings

The end of the academic year brings many goodbyes, and that includes a farewell to Benjamin Obido Ayettey. 

He returns to his native Ghana in June after spending the academic year in Ada teaching African drumming and dance at Ohio Northern University as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence.

She entertained at Liberty National's shareholder meeting

Passing by the McIntosh ballroom on last week, passers-by heard a beautiful voice rehearsing songs.

The singer was none other than 11-year-old Reagan Cox, preparing for the Liberty National Bank annual shareholders meeting to be held there that evening.

Reagan was invited to audition for "Americas Got Talent" last November in Detroit.

She is the daughter of Heather and Craig Cox of Miller City. Her mom is an assistant vice president at the bank and her dad manages a grocery store in Lima.