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Early voting ‘on par’

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Early voting is on pace, but perhaps a little on the light side, the county’s top elections official reported Wednesday.Tim Ward, director of the Madison County Board of Elections, said turnout for the Nov. 4 general election may come in slightly lighter than the 2010 gubernatorial election.In 2010, voter turnout of 52.6 percent. A total of 13,047 ballots were cast of the county’s 24,762 registered voters.


Two vie for seat on State Board of Education

For 10th District Representative on the State Board of Education, voters will chose from Michael Kinnamon and Ron Rudduck. The 17-county district includes Madison, Clark and parts of Pickaway counties and stretches south to Portsmouth.Michael B. KinnamonMichael Kinnamon has 39 years of experience in the field of education as a superintendent of the Adena Local School District, principal for PreKindergarten through second grade at the Adena Primary School...

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Hurt/Battelle library seeks renewal

Books are on the ballot in West Jefferson.The Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library is seeking renewal of a tax levy passed in 2009. The levy is projected to generate $279,000 per year.The levy is $46 per year for a home valued at $100,000, according to the Madison County Auditor’s Office.Library director Cathy Allen said the levy accounts for 50 percent of the library’s funding, and is essential to basic operation.“(If the levy fails) we...

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Pleasant Valley Fire levy up for renewal

On this November’s ballot, Plain City and surrounding neighborhoods will be asked to fund the Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District (PVJFD) with a 10 mill replacement levy.“This is the main source of funding for the fire district,” PVJFD Chief Mark Kidd said. “It’s what we run the department on.”Since the Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District formed in 1993, the district has received funding through one five-year, 10-mill levy after anothe...

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Midway voters asked to approve 3-mill levy

Residents in the Village of Midway will vote on a three-mill levy to be used for the village’s current expenses on the Nov. 4 ballot.The village currently has a three-mill levy in force, but it is designated specifically for streets, said Mayor Bob Butz.By replacing the streets levy, the millage will remain the same for voters, because the street designation will be removed from the language, Butz said. The dollars will then flow into the village’s general fu...

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‘Essential’ levies on ballot in Solon, Fairfield Twp.

Both the Village of South Solon and Fairfield Township have “essential” levies on the ballot next week.The Village of South Solon is seeking a five-year renewal levy for current expenses. Fairfield Township is seeking a five-year renewal levy for fire protection and emergency services.The 2-mill levy for South Solon is projected to generate $3,200 annually, and cost a $100,000 home $29 per year, according to the Madison County Auditor’s office....

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Local cemeteries seek levies

Levies to support two Madison County cemeteries are on the ballot.Paint Township and Pleasant-Darby Union Cemetery District are seeking levies for maintenance, operation and equipment.The Paint Township renewel levy is projected to raise $28,000 annually, and cost $39 per year for for a $100,000 home, according to the Madison County Auditor’s office.The 1.1-mill levy will replace an existing levy, which is currently drawing $22,000 and $26 for a $100,000...

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Mt. Sterling Public Library seeks 0.4 mill levy

With cuts in state funding and an aging building, the Mt. Sterling Public Library is appealing to its school district voters for help.That help would come in the form of passing a 0.4 mill tax levy on Tuesday, Nov. 4.The cost to the homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 for tax purposes is $14 per year. It would begin this year and be on the books for five years. The proceeds of the levy will be $99,728 annually.Those living in the Madison-Plains Local Scho...

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Challenger Denise Worthington wants transparency

Denise Worthington, a Democrat, is challenging Madison County Commissioner David Dhume, who is the longest-sitting incumbent on the current board of commission.Worthington, 66, said she is running because she thinks there is a need for more communication and transparency in local government, and she wants to provide it.As a part of her initiative for communication and transparency in county government, she wants to have collaboration with townships and incorporated areas...

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Incumbent David Dhume brings 18 years experience

David Dhume, a Republican, has served as a Madison County commissioner for 18 years, and is not yet ready to retire. This fall, he is on the campaign trail for at least one more four-year term in office.Dhume, 63, said he wants to continue the work he and fellow commissioners, Mark Forrest and Paul Gross, have had ongoing for the last few years.Changes in the county’s business component have aided and will continue to draw and retain more businesses to the county, ...

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Adding Marshall multiplies OSU’s options

COLUMBUS — Jalin Marshall was a quarterback at Middletown High School, but he did the math and decided his future in college football was as a receiver.First of all, he was 5-feet, 11-inches tall. And that doesn’t fit the profile big-time college football programs look for in quarterbacks.Secondly, he rushed for more than twice as many yards (4,759) as he passed for (2,239) at Middletown and was a career 43-percent passer. He completed fewer than 50 percent o...

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PC book club discusses fall favorites

The October meeting of the Plain City Book Club was held at the home of Miriam Beachy with Sue Anne Pieroni serving as co-hostess. A delicious pumpkin spice bundt cake was enjoyed by all.The meeting was called to order by President Jane Denhart.Members answered roll call by stating their favorite fall fruit or vegetable. Along with sharing their favorites, members reminisced about trips to orchards and farms.Audrey Kise provided more fabric squares for the mem...

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Fairfield Township seeks levy renewal

Fairfield Township is seeking a five-year renewal levy for fire protection and emergency services.The 4.5-mill levy is projected to raise $136,000 annually and cost $100 for a $100,000 home, according to the Madison County Auditor’s office.

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Detrick cast in BalletMet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

COLUMBUS — Alexis Detrick, daughter of Joanne and Lance Detrick of London, has been selected to join the talented cast of professional dancers, students and gymnasts who will perform Gerard Charles’ “The Nutcracker” 15 times during the month of December.From Clara and Fritz to angels and mice, 151 children will share the stage with BalletMet’s professional dancers during its annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 12-27 at the O...

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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

Oct. 23, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mrs. Mary Matheney and Victor Timmons were married, Wednesday evening, at the home of the bride by Rev. Woodrow. They have the best wishes of their many friends.— Miss Lucille Pence, (Mrs. Charles Miller) of Granville, was home on Saturday and Sunday, the guest of her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. W. H. Pence.— Bruce Lewis was elected secretary and treasurer of ...

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Keep seeds cool and dry when storing

What’s the best way to store leftover seed for the following season?Cool and dry are the keys to good seed storage. Often, gardeners enclose seed packets in an airtight jar or plastic container with a shallow layer (or small packet) of silica gel in the bottom to absorb excess moisture. The container can be placed in the refrigerator or in a very cool basement where the temperature is about 40 degrees. Many seeds will maintain their viability for three to fiv...

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OUR VIEW: Make your voice heard

Pumpkins and falling leaves are giving way to pink ribbons. And purple ones. And blue ones.National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month all share the 31 days of October.There’s one other observance on the crowded calendar: Free Speech Week, which started Monday and continues through Sunday. During the same time frame, Madison County residents have the opportunity to cast their ballots early....

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End of the road

London High School senior Conner Osterloh puts the pressure on a Bexley player in Division II Central District tournament action Tuesday, Oct. 21. London was unable to keep up with the talented Lions and fell 10-2. Bexley scored less than a minute into the game and led 9-0 at the half. Bryce Swartz and Nate Newman scored the goals for the Red Raiders. London ended the season with an 9-8-2 record.

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