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Ox Roast ‘rocks’ out

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The village of West Jefferson swarmed with rock stars over Labor Day weekend.The 64th annual Ox Roast kicked off with its annual parade, with this year’s theme as “Rock Star.” The theme was displayed by the many different representatives from several county and community festivals from around Ohio.This year’s grand marshal, Susan Maggard, the director of the Good Samaritan Food Pantry located in the West Jefferson United Methodist Church, led the parade. Mayor Darlene Steele and members of the village council also escorted the parade through the route.


Scenes from the 2014 Ox Roast Festival

Jeff Pfeil, president of West Jefferson Community Association which sponsors the festival, enjoys an Ox Roast sandwich.There’s nothing scary about this sandwich. Jane Davis of Haunted Backwoods enjoys a ghostly good one.A ROYAL FEAST — Various queen contestants e...

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Pionners run hard at Westerville Classic

The arrival of the Labor Day weekend allowed a number of Madison County sports teams to take a break, but there were a handful that found themselves in the heat of competition over the weekend.Cross countryThe Jonathan Alder boys and girls cross country teams traveled around the I-270 outer belt to Westerville to run in the Westerville North Cross Country Classic Saturday, Aug. 30.The Pioneers girls team didn’t have enough runners to reg...

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Urbana upends London JV 33-0

The London Red Raider Junior Varsity (JV) football team traveled to Urbana Saturday, Aug. 30, to face the Hillclimbers. Urbana defeated the young Red by the score of 33-0.The tone for the day was set on the first play of the game when Urbana returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. The Indians scored three more touchdowns in the first and second quarter to take a 28-0 halftime lead. The Climbers scored once more in the third quarter for the final margin.Lon...

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Bob Powers Golf Classic celebrates 25 years

The Madison County Hospital Foundation’s Bob Powers Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary on Wednesday, Aug. 13 and Thursday, Aug. 14 at the London Country Club. Each year this event raises thousands of dollars to improve health care services in Madison County.Funds from the golf outing will benefit the Foundation’s campaign, “Caring for Today and Tomorrow.” The $2 million campaign supports information technology initiatives, including the expansion of ele...

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Clark State to receive grant for IT job training

COLUMBUS — State Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield) announced that Clark State Community College has been awarded a $471,000 state workforce development grant to improve facilities at the college’s Leffel Lane campus.Clark State is one of six statewide finalists awarded funds to upgrade campus facilities.“This grant allows Clark State to develop and expand its innovative programs that develop a highly capable workforce to fill in-demand jobs in the I...

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Locals earn academic achievements

Lehigh Universitywelcomes local studentPoorva Patel, of Mount Sterling, has been welcomed to Lehigh University as a member of the class of 2018.She is among 1,322 degree-seeking students: 36 percent enrolled in P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, 35 percent in the College of Arts and Sciences, 25 percent in the College of Business and Economics, 3 percent in the College of Computer Science and Business, and...

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BMV unit created to investigate fraud

With increases in identity thefts over the last 10 years, state agencies have been challenged in ways not seen prior to the change in the millennium.The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has its own investigative department which addresses attempts of fraud as it relates to the BMV.Todd Ballinger is the assistant chief of BMV investigation.“Our division responds to potential offenses of compromised identity,” Ballinger said.The office ...

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Low corn prices worry farmers

COLUMBUS — For Ohio corn growers, their future rides on two numbers — the price of corn per bushel, and how many bushels they sell. That may seem like Agribusiness 101, but in 2014, those numbers are worrying corn growers as never before.Corn grower Dan Yoder of Mechanicsburg is one of those growers. Attending a recent state Corn Growers Association event, he stood outside a large barn listening to the talk from fellow farmers about the price of corn. He had just sold s...

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The boot in the grass

It was a hot day in early June when I covered my first car accident.I had been working at the Wilmington News Journal for about a month, and I was still learning the proverbial ropes pertaining to hard news coverage — as far as I’m concerned, I still am, but at the time, any type of fast-paced news was intimidating.When I say intimidating, I mean scary and imminent, but one of my many unspoken tidbits of philosophical brilliance is that, if something...

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On the road in Ohio

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to travel across our state and meet with Ohioans from all walks of life, from veterans to teachers to business owners, workers, farmers and families. They told me about the problems they are facing in their lives and what Washington can do to help. And while I was happy to see how much progress we are making in the Buckeye State, it was also apparent to me that the federal government isn’t living up to its responsibilities — eith...

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WJ starts season with last-second win

The rich get richer.Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, journalist to the stars Robin Leach took the country on an inside view of the world of glitz and glamour on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”Last season, both West Jefferson High School and Mechanicsburg High School football teams were a part of gridiron royalty as they each reached the Final Four in their respective divisions.Despite each losing an enormous number of starters from both sides o...

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Marysville holds off Alder for opening victory

Area rivals opened the season against each other as the Marysville High School football team played host to Jonathan Alder High School Friday, Aug. 29.The Monarchs won 27-20, taking their second consecutive game against the Pioneers. Marysville won last season 13-0. Alder won 30-10 in 2012, 21-0 in 2011 and 30-21 in 2010.Brett Glass was hoping for a better outcome from the game, his first as head coach of the Pioneers, but was impressed by the fight in his team....

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Eagles rally for season-opening victory

Sporting brand new uniforms, the Madison-Plains football team looked the part of winners in its season-opening tilt with visiting Cedarville.But the Golden Eagles had to take care of business on the field in order to be winners when the final horn sounded.A second-half rally helped erase a double-digit second-half deficit and allowed Plains to pull out a thrilling 21-18 victory.An 11-yard Travis Chaffin scoring run with 4:41 to play gave the home team a 21-18 ...

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Urbana’s big second-half downs London

Never let an underdog think they can beat you, because they will.Urbana came to London for the season opening game Friday a heavy favorite against a rebuilding London team. The Hillclimbers escaped with a sure victory, but not without a fight.Urbana went up 6-0 early on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Hayes to Kaleb Bowdle. Then several major Urbana penalties and solid offensive play by London saw the home team overcome a slow start to take a 14-6 lead with 7:25 lef...

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Football returns

Jonathan Alder High School quarterback Luke Nees looks for an open receiver during the first half of the Pioneers season opener at Marsyville. For complete coverage log on to

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Area teams continue to play well

The Jonathan Alder boys golf team split its home tri-match Thursday, Aug. 28, at Buck Ridge Golf Course.The Pioneers fired a round of 170 which was good enough to top Galion (192), but well behind the impressive 150 turned in by River Valley.Jon Peters and Conner Lombardi led the way for Alder shooting matching rounds of 41. Logan Woods was right behind with a 42, and Lucas McClaskie delivered a round of 46.River Valley’s Colin Chapman was the event meda...

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Twelve arraigned in court Friday

Two suspects arrested in the July 23 drug sweep appeared in the Madison County Common Pleas Court Friday.Jamie L. Rice, 27, and Jasmine Cain, 24, both of London, were arraigned. They were ordered house arrest with random drug screenings by magistrate Lauren Kimmel.Rice faces charges for allegedly trafficking heroine, Cain for cocaine. Rice’s case was transferred to common pleas court. She was already sentenced to house arrest in municipal court, and was ordered to ...

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