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Plain City council endorses Issue One

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Union County commissioner Steve Stolte visited Plain City Village Council last week, seeking the council’s support of Issue One on the May ballot, which will permit the state of Ohio to issue up to $1.875 billion in revenue bonds to provide funds for capital improvements to cities and counties in Ohio.“Every local government in Union County has benefited from this,” Stolte said. “I’m not as sure about how the program works in Madison County.”The commissioner explained how the Ohio Bonds to Fund Public Infrastructure Amendment works. “It authorizes the state of Ohio to sell infrastructure bonds over a 10-year period. The proceeds from those bonds fund infrastructure developments.”

 

Golden Eagles hold on for baseball win; softball falls at Grandview

The collective body language of the Madison-Plains softball team changed with the first error and like an avalanche the demeanor and confidence of the young Golden Eagles went down hill with each ensuing miscue that followed during a disappointing 12-1 loss at Grandview on Wednesday, April 23.Coach Kevin Stockham’s committed four critical errors in the game, but the Golden Eagles had many more mental mistakes that led to a flurry of unearned runs. For the game Grandview only ...

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Ohio Wildlife Council approves 2014-2015 hunting regulations

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Wildlife Council approved new white-tailed deer hunting regulations at its meeting on Wednesday, April 9, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Among new regulations are decreased deer bag limits in many counties, and hunters may use straight-walled cartridge rifles during the 2014 deer-gun week. The council also voted to remove bobcats from Ohio’s list of threatened species.

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Alder teams sweep a pair; West Jeff softball falls

It may ultimately go down as a simple speed bump in the middle of a championship season, but the Jonathan Alder baseball team appears to be over the three-game slump that plagued it last week.The Pioneers (8-3, 3-3) won their second straight game, this one a 5-0 shutout of visiting neighbor Fairbanks on Tuesday, April 22.Alder starter Mitchell Eye spun a three-hit shutout of the Panthers (4-8). Not only did he have his collection of pitches working, Eye was also a beast ...

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None of us were chosen for the focus group

“What do I care if they didn’t choose me,” Herb said. “Bunch of nonsense anyway. Whoever heard of a focus group anyway?”“I did,” Bert said. “It’s an amalgamation of common, run-of-the-mill consumers who are bribed to think for an hour. Wish they’d have asked me.”“Why?”“Free lunch in the back room.”“They didn’t pick me, either, fellas,” Dud sai...

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It’s spring again

I really didn’t know if my wife and I would make it through the winter, and here it is, a new fresh, green spring again. Tinges of green is showing up in the tree tops and fresh flowers growing at their base.Our senior class at the senior center went outside for our first outdoor plein air painting session this past Good Friday and it was beautiful. We went to a farm off U.S. Route 42 where a tree-lined drive was full of beautiful yellow flowers and it was an ideal day for ou...

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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

April 24, 1914Madison County Democrat — American Forces now ashore in Mexico, total more than 500 men. The result of fighting is three dead and 23 wounded at Vera Cruz. This makes 15 Americans who have been killed and 53 wounded in three days of fighting. General Francisco (Poncho) Villa, is reported to have 5,000 men outside Juarez, and may attack El Paso, Texas. A brigade of infantry at Galveston was ordere...

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Deputies arrest two during Tolles’ prom

It was a prom night to remember for all the wrong reasons.Deputies on patrol in the parking lot of Tolles Career & Technical Center, 7877 U.S. Route 42, near Plain City, during the school’s April 12 prom, charged two students with misdemeanors involving drugs and alcohol.Richard Lee Runyon III, 19, 614 Kirkwood Drive, West Jefferson, was charged at 9:28 p.m. with underage drinking and possession of marijuana after a deputy spotted a bottle of Jagermeister in the ba...

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London Municipal Pool receives $8,000 grant

Something shady is going on and up at the London Municipal Pool.The city recently received up to $8,000 from the American Academy of Dermatology to construct a permanent sun shade structure at the pool in time for the 2014 swim season, according to Linda Granger.Granger managed the pool in 2013.Swimmers, sunbathers, as well as watchful parents and grandparents will rejoice at the news. Absence of sun protection at the pool on hot summer days has long been a so...

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West Jeff topples London ace Carey in 9-4 win

Just how well is the West Jefferson baseball team swinging the bats these days? They just pounded the ball to the tune of 17 hits against one of the best pitchers not only in Central Ohio but the entire state.The Roughriders (10-3, 5-1) banged around London starter and Bowling Green State University signee Zac Carey in a 9-4 victory over the host Red Raiders (3-9, 1-5) Monday, April 21.West Jeff coach Jason Bogenrife knows how good the standout Carey is and knows how imp...

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Wasserman steps down as London football coach

Jerry Wasserman has logged a whole lot of miles pacing up and down the sidelines of high school football games over the last 50 or so years, the last eight at London High School.Those strolls, and father time, however, have finally caught up with the longtime coach as he announced earlier this week to his team that he’s resigned his coaching position.The coach’s mind is still sharp as ever, but he admits that it’s his body that’s preventing him fr...

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London may remove five traffic lights

Five traffic lights within the City of London are likely on their way out, based on recommendations of a recent study.Safety-services director Steve Hume said legislation authorizing removal of traffic lights from five intersections will come before city council on May 1. Stop signs will replace electric signals at all five intersections.“All will become two-way stops,” Hume said.Signals slated for removal are located at:• East Hig...

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Driven to distraction

We’re all guilty, but not necessarily as “charged.” Maybe some of you HAVE been charged but…Who among us, who drives a vehicle, has:• eaten/drank while driving• talked on the phone while driving• looked for a CD to load while driving• searched the back seat with a “free” hand for an item• read while driving• applied make-up (sorry girls, this rep...

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R.I.T.A. makes pitch to London

Members of London City Council were on the receiving end of a strong sales pitch from an income tax billing and collection agency on Monday, April 21.In a presentation before council’s finance committee, Chuck Hawk of Cleveland-based Ohio Regional Income Tax Agency (R.I.T.A.) said the city could save $142,000 annually by contracting with R.I.T.A. for services.London’s tax department currently employs a director, assistant director and full-time specialist....

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Ohio law addresses oil and gas well waste

When someone installs an oil and gas well on my property, is there any waste? If so, what kind?

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The dangerous selfie

While posting a selfie to a social media network may seem like a fun, innocuous thing to do, hidden dangers lurk in those photos.Here are five easy tips to help one avoid problems which selfies can create:1. Remove GeotaggingMany people may not be aware that photos taken with a cellphone often include geographical coordinates of where the photo was taken. This data is embedded into the data of the photograph. The location data in a photo is ca...

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London Public Library events

The following is a list of programs offered by the London Public Library:Toddler Story Time: ages birth to 3 years — Parents are invited to bring their children to story time which will engage them with books, music, puppets, fingerplays, and other enriching activities. The next Toddler Story Time will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29.Preschool Story Time: ages 3-5 years — Bring your child to this story time w...

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London Bike Week begins May 14

May 14-18 is officially London Bicycle Week, following designation by city council on Thursday, April 17.Council approved a resolution authorizing the designation at the request of Wayne Roberts. Roberts represents the Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails (FMCPT), a pro-cycling group.Roberts said May is National Bicycle-To-Work Month. Supporters promote not only biking, but active, healthy lifestyles.FMCPT will sponsor a fundraiser on May 27-28 at Los Mari...

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