The Ada News

The Ada News The Ada News, established in 1904, services Ada, Pontotoc and surrounding counties. Subscription prices: Daily, $.75 per copy; Saturday, $1.50 per copy.
The beginnings of The Ada News are almost as old as the town itself. In 1900, The Ada Star was established under the ownership of E.G. Phelps, a newspaper man from Shawnee. He printed the town’s news on a primitive army press — one page at a time. Charley Lindsay purchased The Star early in 1901 and sold it that same year to Joe “Windy Joe” Simpson. Simpson began operating the newspaper immediately and continued until the summer of 1902, when he sold the operation to W.W. Higgins, a school teacher from Belton, Texas. Higgins changed the name of The Star to The Ada Weekly Democrat. In the meantime, A.E. Baker, editor of The Paul’s Valley News, and Tom Horn launched The Ada Weekly News. He soon sold his share of the business to Marvin Brown and Carlton Weaver. Otis Weaver, brother of Carlton, purchased the newspaper from Brown and Weaver and March 14, 1904, published the first edition of The Ada News. At that time, Ada did not have enough people or money to support a daily newspaper, but Weaver managed to keep the newspaper operating. When the paper first made its appearance, it was a four-page, five column sheet with the two inside pages ready-print. “Our pay roll was $10 per week,” said Weaver in an article published Nov. 27, 1913. “And we had to hustle like smoke to meet this Saturday night ordeal.” When the Frisco railroad arrived in Ada, only three and one-half years before The Ada News was established, the population of this country town was not more than 2,500. The land had not been allotted at that time and most of the whites occupying the land were tenants and too poor to be valuable patrons to any business in town. In an editorial Dec. 23, 1907, Weaver admits that daily publication would have been suspended but for the revitalization of Ada due to the coming of the cement plant. The paper finally increased its size to six columns with all four pages home print. In 1907, a linotype was purchased and the work of publishing a newspaper was simplified to some extent. The News merged with the Democrat in 1910 and Byron Norrell became the managing editor of the newly formed News Publishing and Printing Company. The Democrat had been purchased shortly before statehood by Byron Norrell, Miles Grigsby and A.B. Yeager. Yeager sold his interest to Norrell and Grigsby in 1913 or 1914 and W.D. Little Sr. joined the partnership. They sold out to Marvin Brown, one of the founders, in 1919. Equipment at that time for the composing and press room consisted of a linotype machine, a press large enough to print two pages of the newspaper at one time, two or three handfed commercial presses, a fair lineup of handset type, a small proof press, a folding machine to fold the newspaper after it had been printed and type cases. Today pages are composed on computers by the typesetting department and reporters, a negative image of the page burned on a silver plate and hung on an off-set press. Six days a week, there are three pressmen and one supervisor to print 10,200 daily papers. The plant was first operated in the upper story of the Rollow building, moving from there to a frame building on South Broadway, afterwards to the rear of the Ada National Bank building and finally to its present location at 10th and Broadway. Little purchased The Ada News from Brown in 1921. Norrell returned to the newspaper and continued as editor until his death in 1938. In an editorial, published not long after Norrell’s death, Little saluted Norrell as a good friend and excellent newspaper man. The News remained in the Little family for the next 57 years. William D. “Bill” Little Jr. was born in 1921 and literally grew up in the newspaper business. George Gurley, who married Mary Little (William Little Sr.’s only daughter), joined the firm in 1951. Gurley was editor until his retirement in September 1980. Publishers following Little include Ken McElroy, Richard Wells, Ron Vodenichar, Mickey Thompson, Tom Bolitho, Roy Biondi, Teri McCleary and Loné Beasley Editors after Gurley have been Mickey Thompson, Steve Knickmeyer, Tony Pippen, Mike Slizewski, Joe Claxton, Steve Boggs, Brenda Tollett, Roy Deering and Talina Eaker. Several staff members have moved on to become well known in other areas of the media. J. Don Cook was staff photographer for several years and was later a photographer with the Daily Oklahoman. J. Hugh Biles was employed by the News for many years. His book, “Early History of Ada,” accurately documents the history of Ada. Roy McKeown was also a longtime member of the News staff. He wrote a similar book, “Cabin in the Blackjacks.” Paul Hughes, a former staff member, wrote several novels, one of which was a best seller. His first novel, “Retreat From Rostov,” was written while he was on the News staff. Former U.S. Rep. Tom Steed was once employed by the News. He began in the composing and press room and was later a writer. The Ada News has been located at the same location for nearly 75 years. It was destroyed by fire in February 1959, leaving only the brick front and south walls standing. A new building was erected on the same site, utilizing the two remaining walls as a vital part of the structure. From the beginning, the News has relied on young entrepreneurs to distribute the daily paper. A few more well-known carriers have included Oral Roberts and Jeff Thompson. Roberts became a minister and established the City of Faith hospital in Tulsa. When Thompson graduated from high school, he turned his newspaper route over to his younger brother, Ryan. Thompson had formed a computer business which became a multi-million dollar business within a couple of years. Throughout the years, the News has reported newsmaking events in the Ada area. Some stories met with approval of the general public and others stirred up anger. Whatever the case, the News has endured for 106 years.

Ada Police are investigating an incident in which a man with a knife reportedly tried to set fire to his home in the 200...
08/06/2019
Police respond to fire, man with knife call Tuesday

Ada Police are investigating an incident in which a man with a knife reportedly tried to set fire to his home in the 200 block of South Stonewall Tuesday.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of a house fire reportedly being set by a man with a knife Tuesday.

An Ada man and three other people were injured in a three-car wreck Friday night on U.S. Highway 77, about 1.8 miles sou...
08/06/2019
Four injured in wreck on U.S. 77

An Ada man and three other people were injured in a three-car wreck Friday night on U.S. Highway 77, about 1.8 miles south of Davis in Murray County.

An Ada man and three other people were injured in a three-car wreck Friday night on U.S. Highway 77, about 1.8 miles south of Davis in Murray County.

Early voting for the Pontotoc Technology Center special election will be held at the Pontotoc County Election Board.
08/06/2019
Early voting starts Thursday

Early voting for the Pontotoc Technology Center special election will be held at the Pontotoc County Election Board.

Early voting for the Pontotoc Technology Center special election will be held at the Pontotoc County Election Board at 131 W. 13th in Ada. Any voter registered at an address

Ada coaches got the chance to put mothers of Ada High football players through some of the rigors that their Cougars go ...
08/06/2019
Moms get sneak peek of what Cougars do

Ada coaches got the chance to put mothers of Ada High football players through some of the rigors that their Cougars go through during training camp at the 2019 Helmets and Heels Friday night.

Ada coaches got the chance to put mothers of Ada High football players through some of the rigors that their Cougars go through during training camp at the 2019 Helmets

Local golfer Drake Kanuch competed in the Boys 10 Division at the 2019 US Kids Golf World Championship Aug. 1-3 in Pineh...
08/06/2019
Kanuch competes in world championship

Local golfer Drake Kanuch competed in the Boys 10 Division at the 2019 US Kids Golf World Championship Aug. 1-3 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Local golfer Drake Kanuch competed in the Boys 10 Division at the 2019 US Kids Golf World Championship Aug. 1-3 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Ada High Softball Media Day.
08/06/2019

Ada High Softball Media Day.

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) has been diagnosed in Oklahoma.
08/03/2019
Identifying Vesicular Stomatitis in livestock

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) has been diagnosed in Oklahoma.

At the writing of this article, one case of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) has been diagnosed in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has not seen a case of VSV since the 1990s.

Safety is always on the mind of a homeowner. One important safety tool to have in your home is a fire extinguisher.
08/03/2019
Fire extinguishers are life-saving equipment

Safety is always on the mind of a homeowner. One important safety tool to have in your home is a fire extinguisher.

Safety is always on the mind of a homeowner. One important safety tool to have in your home is a fire extinguisher.

In the Opinion section, Dr. Garber writes: "Thanks to all the Oklahoma grandparents, mothers and fathers who voted for t...
08/03/2019
Letter to the Editor

In the Opinion section, Dr. Garber writes: "Thanks to all the Oklahoma grandparents, mothers and fathers who voted for the legalization of marijuana for medical treatment — NOT!"

Dear Editor...

The U.S. House of Representatives recently wrapped up its legislative activity before heading into the August work perio...
08/03/2019
A good faith negotiation

The U.S. House of Representatives recently wrapped up its legislative activity before heading into the August work period, and I am proud to report that lawmakers ended on a high note with passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently wrapped up its legislative activity before heading into the August work period, and I am proud to report that lawmakers ended on a high

The Oklahoma Silver-Haired Legislature had successes in the 2019 state legislative session that concluded in May.
08/03/2019
Silver-Haired Legislature sees success in 2019 session

The Oklahoma Silver-Haired Legislature had successes in the 2019 state legislative session that concluded in May.

The Oklahoma Silver-Haired Legislature had successes in the 2019 state legislative session that concluded in May.

The Ada Prime Timers met on July 16 at J.D.’s Cafeteria. After a meet-and-greet time, a buffet dinner was enjoyed by a...
08/03/2019
Prime Timers listen to musical program

The Ada Prime Timers met on July 16 at J.D.’s Cafeteria. After a meet-and-greet time, a buffet dinner was enjoyed by all.

The Ada Prime Timers met on July 16 at J.D.’s Cafeteria. After a meet-and-greet time, a buffet dinner was enjoyed by all.

For nearly two years, thousands of staff and students have visited a small food bank located right on the University of ...
08/03/2019
Campus food pantries serving hungry students

For nearly two years, thousands of staff and students have visited a small food bank located right on the University of Oklahoma campus.

For nearly two years, thousands of staff and students have visited a small food bank located right on the University of Oklahoma campus.

Two years after Konawa lost its only grocery store, the town is on the verge of getting a new one.
08/03/2019
Coalgate grocery store expanding into Konawa

Two years after Konawa lost its only grocery store, the town is on the verge of getting a new one.

Two years after Konawa lost its only grocery store, the town is on the verge of getting a new one.

East Central University softball alumna Mariah Ewy has moved one step closer on the NCAA Woman of the Year selection pro...
08/03/2019
GAC nominates Ewy as Woman of the Year

East Central University softball alumna Mariah Ewy has moved one step closer on the NCAA Woman of the Year selection process.

East Central University softball alumna Mariah Ewy has moved one step closer on the NCAA Woman of the Year selection process.

Video is prevalent in our lives. Here are a couple of tips to improve yours...
08/03/2019
Smartphone video: tips and tricks

Video is prevalent in our lives. Here are a couple of tips to improve yours...

Video is prevalent in our lives. Here are a couple of tips to improve yours.

The Trail of Lights Committee and the Ada Area Chamber Foundation held a Christmas in July event Tuesday at the Ada Arts...
08/02/2019
Christmas in July event focuses on Trail of Lights

The Trail of Lights Committee and the Ada Area Chamber Foundation held a Christmas in July event Tuesday at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center.

The Trail of Lights Committee and the Ada Area Chamber Foundation held a Christmas in July event Tuesday at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center.

It’s hard to catch the Oklahoma Sooners once September arrives, ushering in a busy season.
08/02/2019
Your guide to Meet the Sooners Day

It’s hard to catch the Oklahoma Sooners once September arrives, ushering in a busy season.

It’s hard to catch the Oklahoma Sooners once September arrives, ushering in a busy season.

Ezekiel Elliott’s contract holdout doesn’t faze the player who has been around Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones long...
08/02/2019
Witten believes Ezekiel Elliott saga will work itself out

Ezekiel Elliott’s contract holdout doesn’t faze the player who has been around Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones longer than anyone else on the roster — even after taking a year off.

Ezekiel Elliott’s contract holdout doesn’t faze the player who has been around Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones longer than anyone else on the roster — even after taking a year

An Ada woman is facing felony forgery charges after allegedly passing an altered cashier’s check at a local bank.
08/02/2019
Ada woman arrested in check forgery incident

An Ada woman is facing felony forgery charges after allegedly passing an altered cashier’s check at a local bank.

An Ada woman is facing felony forgery charges after allegedly passing an altered cashier’s check at a local bank.

Before summer, Allen High School sports was facing a big dilemma: a slew of coaching vacancies.
08/02/2019
Allen hires coaching couple to fill vacancies

Before summer, Allen High School sports was facing a big dilemma: a slew of coaching vacancies.

Before summer, Allen High School sports was facing a big dilemma: a slew of coaching vacancies.

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a State of Education luncheon Wednesday at the Chickasaw Business and Confer...
08/02/2019
Chamber to host State of Education event

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a State of Education luncheon Wednesday at the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a State of Education luncheon Wednesday at the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

If you missed the first event, here is you another chance to adopt a wild horse or burro.
08/01/2019

If you missed the first event, here is you another chance to adopt a wild horse or burro.

The Compassion Outreach Center is having a back-to-school clothing giveaway.
08/01/2019
Compassion Outreach Center announces clothing giveaway

The Compassion Outreach Center is having a back-to-school clothing giveaway.

The Compassion Outreach Center is having a back-to-school clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Compassion Outreach Center, 1124 Cradduck Road in Ada.

Chickasaw Nation Election Secretary Rita Loder has announced results of Tuesday’s general election.
08/01/2019
Chickasaw Nation announces election results

Chickasaw Nation Election Secretary Rita Loder has announced results of Tuesday’s general election.

Chickasaw Nation Election Secretary Rita Loder has announced results of Tuesday’s general election.

The fifth annual Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival at the Chickasaw Cultural Center is scheduled for Friday and S...
08/01/2019
Chickasaw Cultural Center to host film festival

The fifth annual Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival at the Chickasaw Cultural Center is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

The fifth annual Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival at the Chickasaw Cultural Center is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

The OKC Thunder announced five new assistant coaches. All five of them with ongoing or previous ties to the franchise, t...
08/01/2019
OKC Thunder gains five new assistant coaches

The OKC Thunder announced five new assistant coaches. All five of them with ongoing or previous ties to the franchise, two of them with the Blue and two others who began in the lower rungs of the Thunder organization.

In all, the Thunder announced five new assistant coaches. All five of them with ongoing or previous ties to the franchise, two of them with the Blue and two others

The Chickasaw Nation is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Chickasaw Princesses. Applications must be submitte...
08/01/2019
Applications now accepted for 2019-2020 Chickasaw Princesses

The Chickasaw Nation is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Chickasaw Princesses. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 23.

The Chickasaw Nation is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Chickasaw Princesses. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 23.

Oklahoma football players report Friday ahead of the season’s first practice Saturday.
08/01/2019
Breaking down Oklahoma's offensive personnel

Oklahoma football players report Friday ahead of the season’s first practice Saturday.

Oklahoma football players report Friday ahead of the season’s first practice Saturday.

Former East Central star wide receiver Trinity Benson is turning heads in the Denver Broncos team camp this summer, and ...
08/01/2019
Benson has chance to secure spot with Denver Broncos

Former East Central star wide receiver Trinity Benson is turning heads in the Denver Broncos team camp this summer, and the undrafted rookie free agent has a shot at becoming the team’s punt returner.

Former East Central star wide receiver Trinity Benson is turning heads in the Denver Broncos team camp this summer, and the undrafted rookie free agent has a shot at becoming

Parents who are buying back-to-school clothes for their children won’t have to worry about paying sales tax while they...
08/01/2019
Back-to-school savings

Parents who are buying back-to-school clothes for their children won’t have to worry about paying sales tax while they’re out shopping this weekend.

Parents who are buying back-to-school clothes for their children won’t have to worry about paying sales tax while they’re out shopping this weekend.

It was an amazing evening last Friday, as the Heroes Ball and Sidekicks Ball hosted more than 370 adults and 30 kids for...
07/31/2019
A successful celebration of Oklahoma's real heroes

It was an amazing evening last Friday, as the Heroes Ball and Sidekicks Ball hosted more than 370 adults and 30 kids for a night of fun and celebration.

It was an amazing evening last Friday, as the Heroes Ball and Sidekicks Ball hosted more than 370 adults and 30 kids for a night of fun and celebration.

The Ada Area Roundup Club hosts a play day twice a month from April through October. Photographer Wes Edens caught up wi...
07/31/2019
Ada Area Roundup Club play day

The Ada Area Roundup Club hosts a play day twice a month from April through October. Photographer Wes Edens caught up with some of the club’s participants Friday and captured these moments.

The Ada Area Roundup Club hosts a play day twice a month from April through October. Photographer Wes Edens caught up with some of the club’s participants Friday and captured

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