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County drug take-back set for April 26

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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will hold a “Drug Take-Back Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at two locations: the Madison County Community Expo at the London Elementary School at 380 Elm St. (state Route 38) in London and at the parking lot of the Family Dollar Store at 279 Yankeetown St. in Mt. Sterling.The West Jefferson Police Department also will have a drug take-back drop off point from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Gazebo in downtown West Jefferson at Main and North Center streets.

 

Red Raiders miscues prove costly against Columbus Academy

The beauty about playing high school baseball or softball in the spring in Central Ohio is the fact that so many games are squeezed into such a small time period that teams don’t have enough time to dwell on difficult outings.The London baseball team is play it and forget it mode following a disappointing showing at Columbus Academy Wednesday, April 16.The Red Raiders (3-6, 1-4) traveled to Mid-State League Ohio Division leading Columbus Academy and sent their ace,...

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Disturbing trends

Madison County is not isolated from the national epidemic of drug and substance abuse.Lt. Eric Semler, head of the county sheriff’s office investigation unit, said that drug abuse fuels possible thefts of residences in the county.“Many of those individuals who have become addicted to prescription medications, heroin and other narcotics, had their first contact with drugs they found in medicine cabinets in their own homes,” said Semler. “Therefore,...

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Principals, BOE discuss student stagnation at Madison-Plains

Two Madison-Plains principals, Chris Clark, high school principal, and Kim LeGault, middle school principal, on Tuesday evening, April 15 gave a read on what’s happening in their respective schools to the board of education.Clark led off and asked the question, why are things not going perfectly? He and his team of teachers, counselors and BLTs (building leadership team) work to answer that question and try to determine how to remediate.Part of the discussion inclu...

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A pedicure that cured all my pet peeves

Since I was a young person, I always had some pets around. Most of these have been dogs, hunting dogs in particular. And I loved my pets.In getting older, I discovered that having a pet dog around is a lot of work. More work than I care to do in light of my busy schedule. So I have exchanged these pet dogs for a few pet peeves.One pet peeve of mine is when a waitress calls me “Sweetie.” I do not know, it just gets under my skin. Of course, it might be good fo...

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What does Easter mean to you?

Luke records these words, “When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there.” (Luke 23:33) The death of Jesus Christ is one of the most important events in history. His birth is the first most important because without a Virgin birth, His crucifixion would be no different than any other. But we know that Jesus was (and is) God’s Son so that’s why His death was so meaningful. But the Bible doesn’t say a lot about His death, other than He w...

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Where did the Old Testament come from?

The obvious starting point is God. Unlike the Koran, the Hebrew Scriptures do not claim to be dictated by God. They are recognized as the writings of men whom God inspired. But there were a lot of such writings, so who decides what is included? You often hear about “Lost Books of the Bible” which were never included in the Bible and were not really lost. The Bible did not come with a table of contents. Someone had to decide what to include.

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Woman moves stranger’s vehicle; key fit 2 cars

NEW YORK — A Brooklyn woman says her mother accidentally moved a stranger’s car with a key that fit two vehicles.Cheryl Thorpe was house-sitting for her daughter, Nekisia Davis, when the mix-up occurred on April 7.Thorpe had agreed to move cars for Davis and her friends because of street cleaning regulations.She even texted them to proudly report: “All cars moved successfully.”When they got home from vacation, Davis’ fr...

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Ready for the runway

Paris, New York, Milan, West Jefferson.The work of fashion design senior Maggie Tanner, from West Jefferson, will be featured in the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) Senior Fashion Show on May 9 in Columbus.Seventy designs by 22 CCAD senior fashion design students were selected by a jury of fashion industry executives to be shown on the runway for the annual Columbus event.Columbus has become an emerging fashion hub in recent years, and fashion scouts f...

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Alder graduate named MVC Player of the Week

ST. LOUIS — University of Evansville senior Jake Mahon was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for his performances against Oakland City and Wichita State this week, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.Mahon led Evansville by hitting an even .400 and driving in at least one run in each of the Purple Aces’ four games this week. The senior third baseman finished the week 6-for-15 with three doubles, five runs scored and eight RBI, while ...

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West Jeff breaks out big bats in 10-0 win over Madison-Plains

Ping. Ping. Ping.The distinctive sound an aluminum bat makes when it hits a softball could be heard from the parking lot at West Jefferson High School Wednesday, April 16, when the host Roughriders welcomed in neighboring rival Madison-Plains.That ping however came mostly when West Jeff was at the plate as the Roughriders (6-2, 5-0) were more than ready for their showdown with the Golden Eagles (5-3, 3-2) and easily turned what was expected to be a close game into a 10-0...

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Hoisting the Cup without a hot goalie hard to do

The NHL playoffs have arrived, which means it’s time for the goalies to get going.As simplistic as the adage can be, predictions of the Stanley Cup champion often tilt toward the guy in the crease producing the biggest saves of the spring. Hoisting the hallowed trophy is hard to do without a hot goalie.So who are the ones to watch this time?Corey Crawford was the winner last year with Chicago, so let’s skip him. League-leading Boston, with the stel...

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PC Elementary school custodian fired for drug use

A night custodian at Plain City Elementary School was fired on Monday, April 14, for using and possessing drugs at the school.Members of the Jonathan Alder Board of Education voted to fire Steven Johnson, effective immediately, following a 25-minute executive session.Board president Steve Votaw said Johnson was both under the influence and in possession of drugs during work hours and on school property. He provided no details or dates.But a check of Marysville...

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Mt. Sterling to go for beautification grants

Mt. Sterling council agreed Monday evening, April 14 to pursue grant dollars with the purpose of beautifying the village. The council passed on first reading a resolution to move forward with a project which would install new sidewalks and street lighting in the village’s “historic” district.Mayor Charlie Neff said sidewalks would be redone in concrete with a brick-like pattern from the railroad on the north side of London Street (state Route 56) through to the Un...

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Sometimes as I paint the subject reveals itself

I might have a main idea when I start, but as I paint, a vague idea may take on a different form than I first visualized. I may see forms in the paint that open more ideas or maybe help define vague ideas into more detailed visual forms. Even in some cases, the painting may take on an entirely new reality, completely different from its vague beginning.Frequently, forms in paint and color will reshape my entire thinking and creative process. Often I look for these revelations as ins...

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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

April 17, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mrs. James Timmons and baby are the guests of her sister, Mrs. Ella Fitzgerald, at Gillivan. (The baby would have been Robert Timmons.)— Zephyrus has old Boreas on the run and springtime is here. Gentle Annie flows and garden tools are being looked up and put in order. The grass is making a phenomenal growth and fodder and dry feed are no longer relishe...

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You need a catchy phrase for the worms

Dewey and Emily were the first to finish their lunches, and the two sweethearts whispered together at the nearby coffee machine while the rest of the valley’s first focus group finished up.“Honey,” said Emily, “maybe you should let me lead the discussion? What do you think?”“You bet. I’ll take notes.”When the dishes were cleared away, they got right to it. Dewey loosened his necktie and got ready to take notes....

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Tolles’ turf and landscape students compete nationally

Tolles Career & Technical Center’s Sports Turf and Landscape Management students recently competed at two events — the National Collegiate Landscape competition at Colorado State University and the Ohio FFA State Nursery and Landscape Contest — and walked away with strong finishes at both.

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