The Ada News

The Ada News The Ada News, established in 1904, services Ada, Pontotoc and surrounding counties. Subscription prices $5.95 digital only or $12.49 print/digital per month. Racks: daily, $1.00 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.

Oklahoma leaders Tuesday still hadn’t finished developing critical COVID-19 prediction models for planning for patient s...
04/02/2020
State still hasn't finished COVID-19 prediction models

Oklahoma leaders Tuesday still hadn’t finished developing critical COVID-19 prediction models for planning for patient surges and deciding to deploy additional supplies and resources.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma leaders Tuesday still hadn’t finished developing critical COVID-19 prediction models for planning for patient surges and deciding to deploy additional supplies and resources.

Oklahoma State Department of Health officials reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ponto...
04/02/2020
COVID-19: Pontotoc County case count holds at 5, testing limits lifted

Oklahoma State Department of Health officials reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pontotoc County Wednesday, but public health officials expect the number to climb.

Oklahoma State Department of Health officials reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pontotoc County Wednesday, but public health officials expect the number to climb.

Starbucks confirms a new, 2,100 sq. ft. location at Lonnie Abbott Blvd. and Mississippi Ave. in Ada this fall.
04/02/2020
Starbucks confirms Ada location this fall

Starbucks confirms a new, 2,100 sq. ft. location at Lonnie Abbott Blvd. and Mississippi Ave. in Ada this fall.

A Starbucks spokesperson has confirmed to The Ada News that the popular coffee purveyor is coming to Ada this fall.

Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the olde...
04/02/2020
Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII

Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won’t be played.

Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won’t be played.

An Oklahoma nonpartisan group of mental health experts said COVID-19 will continue to kill with lingering effects months...
04/02/2020
COVID-19 expected to have long-term mental health impact

An Oklahoma nonpartisan group of mental health experts said COVID-19 will continue to kill with lingering effects months after the virus finishes running its course in the state.

An Oklahoma nonpartisan group of mental health experts said COVID-19 will continue to kill with lingering effects months after the virus finishes running its course in the state.

Ada residents who need help due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a new resource they can turn to: the Need Line through the...
04/02/2020
United Way sets up hotline for COVID-19 needs

Ada residents who need help due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a new resource they can turn to: the Need Line through the United Way’s phone system, where people may call the hotline to request assistance.

Ada residents who need help due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a new resource they can turn to: the Need Line through the United Way’s phone system, where people may

All non-essential businesses statewide must now close even if there are no locally confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Kev...
04/02/2020
All non-essential businesses must close, but no shelter in place

All non-essential businesses statewide must now close even if there are no locally confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday, though he continued to reject growing pressure to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order.

All non-essential businesses statewide must now close even if there are no locally confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday, though he continued to reject growing pressure to

Mike Boynton and the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team added another player to next year’s team, Cal Baptist grad tra...
04/02/2020
Cowboys add sharp-shooting grad transfer

Mike Boynton and the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team added another player to next year’s team, Cal Baptist grad transfer Ferron Flavors.

Mike Boynton and the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team added another player to next year’s team, Cal Baptist grad transfer Ferron Flavors.

Ada High grad Gabe Simons talks about the season, and possibly his baseball career, being canceled.
04/02/2020
Ada High grad Simons not sure if ECU career is over

Ada High grad Gabe Simons talks about the season, and possibly his baseball career, being canceled.

Gabriel “Gabe” Simons will never, ever forget the last official baseball activity of his senior season with the East Central University baseball team.

ECU teams named as Love's Cup finalists
04/01/2020
ECU teams named as Love's Cup finalists

ECU teams named as Love's Cup finalists

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly slowed down daily life, but it has not curbed the competitive fire and intellect of East Central University business students.

Students in Ada High School`s aviation program came to Washington Grade Center on Feb. 27 and presented third-graders wi...
04/01/2020
Ada City School`s aviation program extends to Washington Grade Center

Students in Ada High School`s aviation program came to Washington Grade Center on Feb. 27 and presented third-graders with styrofoam airplane kits, which were generously donated by American Airlines.

Students in Ada High School`s aviation program came to Washington Grade Center on Feb. 27 and presented third-graders with styrofoam airplane kits, which were generously donated by American Airlines.

Oklahoma center Corbin Merritt has entered the NCAA transfer portal, a team spokesperson confirmed to The Transcript.
04/01/2020
OU's Corbin Merritt enters NCAA transfer portal

Oklahoma center Corbin Merritt has entered the NCAA transfer portal, a team spokesperson confirmed to The Transcript.

Oklahoma center Corbin Merritt has entered the NCAA transfer portal, a team spokesperson confirmed to The Transcript.

Ada High senior Braden Maloy has signed a letter of intent to play college football at Friends University in Wichita, Ka...
04/01/2020
Ada's Maloy signs with Friends

Ada High senior Braden Maloy has signed a letter of intent to play college football at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, an NAIA team and compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Ada High senior Braden Maloy has signed a letter of intent to play college football at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

Gasoline prices falling in Ada; Campus Corner Minit-Mart continued to offer 10% ethanol (E-10) gasoline for 99 cents a g...
04/01/2020
Gasoline prices falling in Ada

Gasoline prices falling in Ada; Campus Corner Minit-Mart continued to offer 10% ethanol (E-10) gasoline for 99 cents a gallon. Other nearby stations listed their prices in the $1.10 to $1.58 range.

Gasoline prices remained low at Ada area filling stations Tuesday.

The state Senate Democratic caucus Sunday called on Oklahoma’s governor to implement a more clear and consistent statewi...
04/01/2020
Senate caucus calls for statewide shelter-in-place policy

The state Senate Democratic caucus Sunday called on Oklahoma’s governor to implement a more clear and consistent statewide policy to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The state Senate Democratic caucus Sunday called on Oklahoma’s governor to implement a more clear and consistent statewide policy to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

04/01/2020
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NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for next season.

Oklahoma State Department of Health officials confirmed Tuesday that five individuals have tested positive for the novel...
04/01/2020
COVID-19: Pontotoc County cases climb to 5

Oklahoma State Department of Health officials confirmed Tuesday that five individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pontotoc County.

Oklahoma State Department of Health officials confirmed Tuesday that five individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pontotoc County.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma Gas and Electric has suspended all disconnections for nonpayment starting Ma...
04/01/2020
OG&E: Protect yourself from scams

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma Gas and Electric has suspended all disconnections for nonpayment starting March 16 and continuing for the next 30 days.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma Gas and Electric has suspended all disconnections for nonpayment starting March 16 and continuing for the next 30 days.

The Roff Tigers entered the spring ranked No. 1 in Class A and were expected to contend for another state championship. ...
04/01/2020
Roff coach hates to see spring canceled

The Roff Tigers entered the spring ranked No. 1 in Class A and were expected to contend for another state championship. But thanks to the new coronavirus pandemic, their season was cut short after only three games

At times, it must feel like a bad April Fool’s joke to Ead Simon and the Roff High School baseball team. Only it’s not a bit funny.

Unified Command sets up page
04/01/2020
Unified Command sets up page

Unified Command sets up page

Pontotoc County residents seeking information about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the county can turn to a new page.

The election emergency allowed all entities, including those with statutory school board member elections, to reschedule...
03/31/2020
April 7 elections postponed

The election emergency allowed all entities, including those with statutory school board member elections, to reschedule their elections to another date allowed by law.

An election emergency declaration issued by the State Election Board Secretary on March 18 will impact elections scheduled for April 7 in Pontotoc County.

The April meeting of the Garvin County Democrats will not take place. We will comply with the governor’s mandate and sus...
03/31/2020
Garvin County Dems cancel April meeting

The April meeting of the Garvin County Democrats will not take place. We will comply with the governor’s mandate and suspend our meetings until the CV-19 danger has passed.

The April meeting of the Garvin County Democrats will not take place. We will comply with the governor’s mandate and suspend our meetings until the CV-19 danger has passed.

The event may have been canceled due to the coronavirus, but the hard work of one East Central University student, Daphn...
03/31/2020
ECU student recognized for research work

The event may have been canceled due to the coronavirus, but the hard work of one East Central University student, Daphnee Jones, is still being recognized.

The event may have been canceled due to the coronavirus, but the hard work of one East Central University student is still being recognized.

A Coalgate woman was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday on state Highway 31 in Coal County, but a Coalgate couple w...
03/31/2020
Coalgate woman injured in Highway 31 crash

A Coalgate woman was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday on state Highway 31 in Coal County, but a Coalgate couple was not injured.

A Coalgate woman was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday on state Highway 31 in Coal County, but a Coalgate couple was not injured.

Ariel D. Timmons was westbound on SH 19 and failed to slow in time to avoid striking a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup t...
03/31/2020
Stratford woman injured in two-vehicle wreck

Ariel D. Timmons was westbound on SH 19 and failed to slow in time to avoid striking a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer, which was driven by Seminole resident Derryck W. Phillips, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol

A Stratford woman was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Monday morning on state Highway 19 near Stratford.

Here is some helpful information from Ada Regional United Way. The Need Line voicemail is checked daily. Due to limited ...
03/31/2020

Here is some helpful information from Ada Regional United Way. The Need Line voicemail is checked daily. Due to limited staff working home, other voicemails may not be checked as often. Leave your need in the Option 1 mailbox, with details to be shared on the ARUW volunteer site.

Please share this information with those in need. The Need Line voicemail is checked daily. Due to limited staff and working from home, other voicemails may not be checked as often. Please leave your need in the Option 1 mailbox with details to be shared on our volunteer site.

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides immediate crisis counseling to people affected by the coronavir...
03/31/2020
Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides immediate crisis counseling to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides immediate crisis counseling to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic

The Ada Public Library will play a key role next month in making sure Oklahomans participate in the 2020 census.
03/31/2020
Ada library receives census outreach grant

The Ada Public Library will play a key role next month in making sure Oklahomans participate in the 2020 census.

The Ada Public Library will play a key role next month in making sure Oklahomans participate in the 2020 census.

Conference administrators and NCAA brass have been preoccupied with the widespread cancellations caused by the coronavir...
03/31/2020
Name, image, likeness talks continue in Big 12

Conference administrators and NCAA brass have been preoccupied with the widespread cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Conference administrators and NCAA brass have been preoccupied with the widespread cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The first round of the 2020 Jeff Cali Sports Guy March Madness is in the books and boy, were there some classic first-ro...
03/31/2020
Madness continues

The first round of the 2020 Jeff Cali Sports Guy March Madness is in the books and boy, were there some classic first-round matchups.

The first round of the 2020 Jeff Cali Sports Guy March Madness is in the books and boy, were there some classic first-round matchups.

Event shows support for those at highest risk during coronavirus crisis, health care workers; with video.
03/31/2020
Headlights for Hope shows support for health care workers

Event shows support for those at highest risk during coronavirus crisis, health care workers; with video.

More than 100 cars filled with well-wishers parked in an otherwise completely empty parking lot Saturday at Mercy Hospital Ada in a brief but welcomed show of support for hospital

Former Oklahoma tight end and quarterback Blake Bell signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys earlier this week, the team...
03/31/2020
Blake Bell signs deal with Dallas Cowboys

Former Oklahoma tight end and quarterback Blake Bell signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys earlier this week, the team announced.

Former Oklahoma tight end and quarterback Blake Bell signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys earlier this week, the team announced.

Ada High School soccer coaches had to say early goodbyes to 13 seniors after the new coronavirus pandemic caused 2020 sp...
03/31/2020
Ada soccer coaches say goodbye to seniors

Ada High School soccer coaches had to say early goodbyes to 13 seniors after the new coronavirus pandemic caused 2020 spring sports across the state to be scrapped.

Ada High School soccer coaches had to say early goodbyes to 13 seniors after the new coronavirus pandemic caused 2020 spring sports across the state to be scrapped.

Police received an anonymous tip via the Crime Stoppers tip line around 8 a.m. Friday telling police a murder had occurr...
03/31/2020
Police identify 12th Street murder victim, seek public's help

Police received an anonymous tip via the Crime Stoppers tip line around 8 a.m. Friday telling police a murder had occurred at a home in the 800 block of West 12th Street.

Ada Public Information Director Lisa Bratcher said Monday police are investigating the death of 58-year-old Bernard Parish as a homicide.

Ada police are seeking the public's assistance with an ongoing murder investigation. Anyone with information about Berna...
03/30/2020
Police identify 12th Street murder victim, seek public help

Ada police are seeking the public's assistance with an ongoing murder investigation. Anyone with information about Bernard Parish or the incident is asked to contact the Ada Police Department at 580-332-4466 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Ada police are seeking the public's assistance with an ongoing murder investigation.

The school district will also distribute food pantry items to children.
03/30/2020
UPDATE: Latta School to serve week's worth of meals today

The school district will also distribute food pantry items to children.

Latta Public School will serve a week's worth of meals to children 18 and under from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at Latta School. Food pantry food will be

03/29/2020

Headlights for Hope a success at Mercy Hospital Ada. Nearly 100 cars came to show their support for health care workers.

Hey, just in case you haven’t heard about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on a daily basis lately, allow me to write...
03/28/2020
Randy's Natural World: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hey, just in case you haven’t heard about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on a daily basis lately, allow me to write about it as well. It is a part of nature, after all.

Hey, just in case you haven’t heard about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on a daily basis lately, allow me to write about it as well. It is a part of

Members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group in Ada are putting their sewing skills to good use in an effo...
03/28/2020
OHCE groups put sewing skills to good use for local hospital

Members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group in Ada are putting their sewing skills to good use in an effort to help the health care practitioners at their local hospital.

Members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group in Ada are putting their sewing skills to good use in an effort to help the health care practitioners at their

Aldridge Coffee Shop owner Harral Harbin knocked on the glass countertop next to his cash register for luck as he ponder...
03/28/2020
Aldridge Coffee Shop struggles, but carries on

Aldridge Coffee Shop owner Harral Harbin knocked on the glass countertop next to his cash register for luck as he pondered the beloved restaurant’s future.

Aldridge Coffee Shop owner Harral Harbin knocked on the glass countertop next to his cash register for luck as he pondered the beloved restaurant’s future.

OKLAHOMA CITY — On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell was still using #travelok on his Twitter feed.
03/28/2020
Some wonder if state officials are taking outbreak seriously enough

OKLAHOMA CITY — On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell was still using #travelok on his Twitter feed.

“Stop traveling. Stay home. I seriously cannot wrap my head around what is wrong with our state leadership. Oklahomans are not magically immune to #covid19. This kind of mixed messaging

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