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Meet Otis, the Icon's Dog of the Week

Otis, 8 month old male pit mix, 45 pounds

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.

The shelter is also the place to contact for giving up a dog, if you find a lost or stray dog, or if you come in contact with a vicious dog. It costs $20 to surrender a dog, which pays for deworming and immunizations for when it is rescued.

Liberty National awards two scholarships

Liberty National Bank recently awarded two area graduates scholarships towards their college education.

Mary E. Blake is a 2016 Benjamin Logan High School graduate. Mary will be a freshman at Kent State University this fall, majoring in Spanish Literature, Culture and Translation. She is the daughter of Gary and Angela Blake of Bellefontaine.

Braden Lewis is a 2016 Bellefontaine High School graduate. Braden will be a freshman at Ohio Northern University this fall, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is the son of Lisa Ballenger of Bellefontaine.

Hardin County Herb Society has several activities planned this year

The Hardin County Herb Society kicked off the 2016 growing season with a meeting at the Amherst Greenhouse near Harrod.  

Mary and Adin Horst gave a tour of "What's New" for 2016, which was preceded by a carry in meal.

We saw the marvels of modern planting techniques as demonstrated by Adin. With a large selection of plants we made plans to return April 15 for the opening of the 2016 year at the greenhouse.

The Herb Society will be featuring peppers-capsicum as the herb of the year with many special programs throughout April - December.

Michael Hubbell replaces Donald Traxler as chair of Hardin Democrats

The Hardin County Democrat Central and Executive Committee reorganization meeting was held at Henry’s Restaurant on April 13.

The meeting was called to order by outgoing County Chair, Don Traxler.  Traxler then announced the resignation of Daryl Flowers as member of the Central Committee.

Traxler then appointed Kathy Flowers of Goshen Township to fill the newly open position on the Central Committee. 

Cindy Boehm message to students: "Don't ever give up"

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 Cindy Boehm, second grade teacher, whose advice is “don’t ever give up.”  Cindy’s 29 years in the profession is a testament to that stamina, her spiritual foundation, and her joy in working with children.

Subjects and grades currently teaching.
I teach second grade all subjects. 

When Andy Steingass plays with fire there's aways an artistic result

This is part of a continuing series featuring artists who have pieces at Gallery for the Arts, Ada.

Photos and story by Monty Siekerman
He talks about grog, slip, and recipes. He burns wood at 2,350 degrees...even in the summer.

That's Andrew (Andy) Steingass, a lifelong resident of Ada, and a ceramicist.
Andrew graduated from Ada High School in 2004, then earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from ONU. He now spends most of his time at the potter's wheel producing a variety functional pieces.