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London Gridiron Club holds fundraiser

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The fledgling London Football Gridiron Club held its second fundraiser, a golf outing and pig roast at the National Road Golf Course near West Jefferson, on Saturday, July 19.About 15 teams, made up of 60 local residents, participated in the event. Backing came from 45 sponsors, according to D.J. Jones, the club’s spokesperson.“We’re getting behind the new head coach (Kyle Cutler) and the football program,” Jones said.A “meet the coach dinner” on June 30 introduced Cutler and raised money needed for an end zone camera system.The group also plans to fund scholarships, buy equipment for players who need it and supply food for team events, Jones said.

 

Feedback invited on health department’s emergency response plans

One week after the Sept. 11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks, letters with anthrax powder were mailed to several news outlets and two U.S. Senators’ offices. These bioterrorist acts killed five people and made 17 others sick. They made thousands of people fearful that white powder found in their homes, cars or public buildings might be anthrax. Many called their local health departments for help. Nearly every health department in the country took these calls and sent employees to look i...

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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

July 31, 1914Madison County Democrat — Dr. W. L. Olney has purchased the property of Supt. E. L. Porter on Center Street and will move to same in the near future. (Dr. “Lester” W. Olney was born in 1880 and at first was a teacher in 1900 in West Jefferson. In 1907 he married his wife Bessie and was doctoring in West Jefferson by 1910. He died around 1928 and Dr. J. W. Hurt took his place. Bessie died in 1968 at age...

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Big Ten sets sights on powerful Ohio State

CHICAGO — For just a moment it was a different Urban Meyer. He was agitated and a little uncertain.After standing up at the end of two hours of interviews at a table at the Big Ten football media days on Tuesday, he thought he had lost his cell phone.But the crisis was quickly resolved when it was pointed out he had put it into his suit coat pocket and then removed the coat sometime during the interviews.Meyer refers to Ohio State’s back-to-back lo...

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Sharing the experience

A clean blank sheet of paper. A place to put down your thoughts. Some fear the blank page or the white canvas of a painter. But if you are a basically creative person, you don’t fear much, you just jump in and see what kind of mess you can make. And yes, sometimes you just end up making a bigger and bigger mess and I’ve done it more than a few times. After you have made your mess then you can get down to the essence of your creativity.

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Quarter midgets create giant appetites

A racing event held in London last weekend had a positive effect on local restaurants, owners reported this week.The Eastern Grand, the biggest national event put on by the Quarter Midget Racing Association, had a “grand” presence in town. Quarter midget racing is a family activity and after a day of racing, families are hungry and looking for a place to eat.And eat they did.The Madison Press polled some local restaurants, all of which rep...

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Tibbals back at LoCI

New London Correctional Institution warden Terry Tibbals is glad to be back.It’s been a while since the first time, 1999, when he was a deputy warden of special services, but it’s obvious from the smile on his face that Tibbals, 49, is happy to be in the top position. He took over from Deb Timmerman Cooper, who retired earlier this month.Tibbals is now in his 28th year in the field of corrections. He looks forward to working with the staff of LoCI, which he r...

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Cruisin’ Plain City

The 12th annual Plain City Classic Car Cruise-In, presented by Bob Chapman Ford, is returning to the village streets with a new date.The show, which includes collector cars, trucks, and motorcycles from around the Midwest, will take place Saturday, Aug. 23 as opposed to the first weekend in August, as has been done in the past.From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. vintage vehicles will line Main Street and Chillicothe Street in Uptown Plain City. Cruise-In-goers will be able to take a ...

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Cat returns home two years after disappearance

Calleigh the Cat is back on her Arbuckle Road porch, following a two-year absence that’s a mystery to her owners - the Downing family.“It’s amazing to me,” said Tonya Downing. “We thought she was dead.”Calleigh wandered onto the Downings’ property in 2010 from parts unknown. To say she was a feral (wild) cat is a misnomer since she seemed pretty tame and immediately adopted Mark, Tonya and their three children.Calleigh...

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Methodist Church rummage, bake sales next weekend

The First United Methodist Church in London is holding its rummage sale and bake sale fundraiser Aug. 7 to 9.The sale will be held in the church’s basement. The address s 52 N. Main Street.A special sale will be held Aug. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. Guests may fill a bag for $5.Volunteers are needed each day until the day is completed. Also, volunteers with trucks are needed Monday, Aug. 11 to deliver leftover items to charities.The bake sale will b...

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Upcoming events at Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library

Upcoming events at the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library:Summer Reading Safari — Sign up at the library or on our website and go on a wild reading adventure with us this summer. Call the library for more information.Safari Sidekicks — Does your child want to volunteer to help other children with reading skills or does your child need a little extra help themselves? Sign up for Safari Sidekicks, which are every Wednesday...

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Riding for a mission in a small world

Madison County folks have a connection they may not know about.The pictures shown with this report were sent to Andie Dunbar, who lives in London. They were taken by her sister in Prudhoe Bay (Deadhorse, Alaska). Her sister, Les Dunbar, is the post master in Deadhorse and she was with the welcoming party the day we arrived in Deadhorse.Needless to say, I was shocked when the Postmaster of Deadhorse said her sister lived in London, Ohio. She took these pictures and asked ...

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Mitchell family gather for 200th year anniversary

On Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, the Mitchell Family of Jerome Township hosted a 200th year anniversary celebration of their farm. About 90 extended family members attended the two-day celebration.On Saturday, attendees toured the Mitchell Cemetery, located on state Route 38 west of Plain City, where six generations of the Mitchell family are interred. Sunday, there was a picnic on the lawn of the Mitchell Homestead located at 9619 Mitchell Dewitt Road, Plain City. Enterta...

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Council: Use of leg trap ‘reprehensible’

The Village of Plain City is considering requiring residents to hire professionals for nuisance management after discovering a local man is setting out leg-hold traps in his yard to capture squirrels.One of the main concerns is that the man’s home on the 400 block of South Chillicothe Street is within close proximity to Plain City Elementary School.“It’s sad that we have to have this discussion,” councilwoman Leslie Perkins said during Monday̵...

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McIlroy refocuses as PGA Tour returns to Ohio

AKRON — The claret jug is not out of sight. Rory McIlroy is just trying to get it out of his mind.McIlroy had plenty of fun with golf’s oldest trophy after his wire-to-wire win in the British Open. He celebrated with friends in England, took the jug out for a night on the town in Belfast with his buddies, and brought it with him when he returned home to Florida. And yes, it’s with him at Firestone this week at the Bridgestone Invitational.“I’...

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Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams

CHICAGO — As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder:What if a playoff system were in place? Would the Spartans be playing for the biggest prize?No need to wonder anymore. The old BCS system is out. A four-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season, and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences....

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London librarian erects ‘Little Free Library’

Librarian Jack Phoenix is taking his librarian profession to another level.He’s thinking “little.”Phoenix’s full-time job has him at the London Public Library. But at his home, in an apartment complex off of Lafayette Street, Phoenix has erected a Little Free Library (LFL).The LFL is an organization whose mission is to erect tiny libraries of books in various spots in a community. Phoenix learned about the concept at littlefreelibrary.o...

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Speeding, littering complaints heard at council

Too much speeding, littering and mown grass in catch basins.Mount Sterling resident Bobi Little brought those three concerns before the village council Monday evening.Concerned about safety on Columbus Street, Little said those who appear to be driving over the posted speed limit “are repeaters.” She said she’s observed as many as “five in a row” driving what appears to be over the posted limit.Little expressed the concern because...

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