News that George Clooney has purchased the rights to John Grisham's book, "The Innocent Man," ignited mixed reactions among local residents. Ada will undoubtedly be forced into the spotlight once again.

In the days following the release of the two men accused of the 1982 murder of Debra Sue Carter, Ada became the center of attention for media from around the world. Ada was drawn into the limelight once again with the publication of "The Innocent Man" and "Journey Toward Justice" and second publication of "Dreams of Ada."

Ada residents shouldn't have been surprised at the attention this small community has attracted. It isn't the first time Ada has been portrayed in a bad light.

In 1909, Ada earned nationwide attention when four men were taken by force from the county jail and lynched in a livery barn. The men, which included hired-gun Jim Miller, had been arrested for the murder of a local rancher. Identification of the persons responsible for the lynching remains a mystery.

Ada was portrayed as a sleepy, white-trash town in a 1993 NBC movie "A Matter of Justice," starring Patty Duke. The movie was based on a true-story of the mother of a murder victim who seeks justice for her son's killer and custody of his daughter.

If a movie does materialize from Grisham's book, Ada residents will be forced to suffer once again "harsh digs" at our community. However, those of us who live in this community can testify to its giving nature and love for those in need.

We will survive.

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