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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.”


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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Roughriders handle pressure in big win over London

How an athlete handles pressure situations can usually dictate the outcome of a game.During a Mid-State League Ohio Division clash Monday, April 21, players from visiting West Jefferson embraced the pressures of being in a first-place showdown, while some from host London were overwhelmed by it in what turned out to be an entertaining contest won by the visitors 7-5.The Roughriders (10-2, 6-0) got a big hit in the top of the sixth inning, and London made a number of cost...

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Pinehurst No. 2 ready for double dip od U.S. opens

PINEHURST, N.C. — Pinehurst No. 2 is ready for its double dip of U.S. opens.In less than two months, it will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks.USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said Monday that he is expecting “a challenging test of golf, but … a great test of golf” on the course designed by Donald Ross and recently restored to his specifications by Ben Crenshaw.When the men tee it up June 12-15 and th...

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Alder softball stretches win streak to 12 games

There weren’t a whole lot of high school sports teams competing over the weekend thanks to the Easter holiday, but some of the hottest county teams continued that way with easy victories.SoftballJonathan Alder 4,Olentangy 1Jonathan Alder 12,Dublin Coffman 0The Lady Pioneers (12-1) swept a pair of games from a pair of traditionally strong ...

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In show of defiance, thousands run Boston Marathon

BOSTON — Under heavy security that included a battery of surveillance cameras and police officers on rooftops, nearly 36,000 runners hit the streets Monday in the first Boston Marathon since last year’s deadly bombing, sending a powerful message of resilience.In what some saw as altogether fitting, an American won the men’s division for the first time in more than 30 years, dominating a field that included many athletes who were prevented from completing the race ...

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Mt. Sterling library to seek levy

To keep up with information technology in the 21st century, the Mt. Sterling Public Library needs to make “investments.” To do that, it needs its patrons to make an investment in it in the form of a tax levy.Library director Chris Siscoe told the Madison-Plains Board of Education (BOE) Tuesday, April 15 that due to cuts in library funding over the past seven years, that revenue needs to be replaced. Siscoe said in 2008 the library received from the state $227,993. By 20...

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Should a street be named for Josh McDaniels?

A recent request by state Rep. Bob Hackett to name a London street in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Josh McDaniels stirred debate at London City Council on Thursday, April 17.McDaniels, a London High School graduate, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. His name is among those carved into the Madison County Veterans Memorial at the courthouse.Council designated a small bridge on Amherst Drive in McDaniels’ memory in 2012, but no sign appeared.Hackett att...

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Facing eviction, 89-year-old smoker plans to move

MILFORD — An 89-year-old woman is preparing to move out of her home of the last 10 years because it has gone smoke-free and she won’t give up cigarettes.Beulah “Billie” Toombs faces eviction after her apartment building’s management deemed her noncompliant with its new smoke-free policy, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. A smoker for about seven decades, she doesn’t think she should have to quit to stay in her home.“This...

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