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County teachers deliver Meals-On-Wheels

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Madison County’s Meals-On-Wheels volunteers got the day off on Friday, during the second annual Teacher Takeover Day.Thirty professional educators from five area public school districts delivered meals to 130 clients of LifeCare Alliance.“It’s a way for teachers to show how they care for the community,” said Bret Benack of the Ohio Education Association. “It provides a little different perspective.”Benack and his family joined other volunteer educators in distributing ready-to-eat and frozen meals to homebound county residents.

 

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Though the rib bone bends in a “frowny” direction, Shirley Pitts of London is all smiles while she enjoys some Gumm’s ribs Friday at the London Rib and Jazz Fest in downtown. She described them as “very good.” She and numerous others chowed down on the meaty offerings from six rib burners plying their porcine plat du jour (featured entree of the day). The festival continues through Saturday.

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That’s what voicemail is for

More than once, my sister has made a complaint about my habits.I’m disorganized. Schedule-wise, I fly by the seat of my pants. There always seems to be something on my shirt. I kiss my dog (and allow her to return the affection) a lot. But, likely, her largest complaint about me is that I often do not answer her phone calls.All of the above is true.It’s not that I don’t love her — I certainly do — or that I’m avoiding her, I...

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Plain City ‘Be the Church’ returns Aug. 10

Twenty-one churches of the Plain City Fellowship will come together to sponsor the fifth annual “Be the Church Sunday.”Participating churches will cancel their usual Sunday morning service worship Sunday, Aug. 10, and focus on serving their community.Be the Church (BTC) is inviting the churches of Plain City’s congregation and the entire community to come together to share God’s love, organizers said. Among the denominations joining together are C...

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Use mini-quiches for breakfast, brunch or hors d’oeuvres

Lately, my mornings start when I admit that lying in bed with my eyelids slammed shut for 45 minutes just isn’t doing any good. I’m definitely not going back to sleep, even though it’s only 4 a.m.By the time my feet hit the floor and my glasses are in place — ear, nose, ear, slight finger wiggle to balance — the decision’s been made. I’m definitely up for the day.By the time I get to the kitchen I’ve (almost) stopped resent...

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Fired band head says he was fixing vulgar culture

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University’s fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture “in dire need of change” before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney.The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after a two-month investigation concluded he knew about, but failed to stop, a “sexualized culture” of rituals that included students being pressured to march in their underwear and to ...

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Lending a helping hand

For the past several weeks, three young men have been helping in various aspects at the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD).Raymond Higgins, Thomas (TJ) Swindall, and Brandon Hardin began their assignment through the Madison County Department of Job and Family Services’ (DJFS) Youth Works Program in mid-June and it will conclude next week.“It is an employment and training program that focuses on preparing youth for the workforce,”...

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That’s what voicemail is for

More than once, my sister has made a complaint about my habits.I’m disorganized. Schedule-wise, I fly by the seat of my pants. There always seems to be something on my shirt. I kiss my dog (and allow her to return the affection) a lot. But, likely, her largest complaint about me is that I often do not answer her phone calls.All of the above is true.It’s not that I don’t love her — I certainly do — or that I’m avoiding her, I...

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Readers win bikes, tickets from library

Families visiting the London Public Library this summer experienced a variety of entertainment.Performers included magicians, jugglers, a ventriloquist, and musicians. Children also learned about wildlife by dissecting owl pellets and seeing live animals as meteorologists. COSI Outreach taught preschoolers about building and school-age children about magnets. Scientists performed experiments and children learned about experiments they could do themselves with everyday objects from ...

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Thoma and Riley unite in marriage

Kara Christine Thoma and Jason Allen Riley, both of Grove City, were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney.The bride is the daughter of John and Joyce Thoma, of Sidney.Her grandparents were the late Florence and Paul Shipman and the late Rita and Adolph Thoma.The bridegroom is the son of Barb and Joe White, of London. His grandparents are Janet White, of London, Joann Brown, of Columbus, and Ro...

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Be The Church to take place Aug. 10

On Sunday, Aug. 10, Plain City will again celebrate its annual Be The Church Sunday. Of course we are called to be the church every day. This outward sign is a witness and an opportunity. The many service projects will witness to the compassion of the church for all her brothers and sisters.There will also be an opportunity to share across denominational lines. We serve one Lord. Plain City United Methodist Church Pastor Blaine Keane frequently mentions how edifying it is that the ...

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50th wedding anniversary to be celebrated

Frank and Doris Dixon will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Monday, Aug. 18.They were married in 1964 at the Methodist Church in Mount Sterling.He worked for 24 years at Asarco in Columbus and retired in 2001 from Stanley Electric in London.She worked for 21 years at RG Barry and retired in 2004 from Sears.They have four children, Brenda Robins (Jim), Diana Coffman (John), Jerry Dixon and Douglass Webb. They have six grandchildren and sev...

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Births

Tracy Underwood Jr. and Ashlie Taylor, of Columbus, announce the birth of a daughter, Chloe Jayne Underwood, born Monday, July 14, 2014, at Madison County Hospital in London.She weighed 9 pounds and has a sister, Aubrey, and a brother, Colten.Maternal grandparents are Sandy Taylor, of Columbus, and Mathew Taylor, of London.Paternal grandparents are Kim Root and Tracy Underwood Sr., of Plain City.Maternal great-grandfather is Bill Ta...

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Manziel battling playbook, Hoyer in first NFL camp

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over.Less than a week into his first NFL training camp with the Browns, Manziel is going through the typical growing pains of any rookie quarterback.He’s doing all he can in the classroom to grasp Cleveland’s offense, but the former Heisman Trophy winner is finding that once he’s behind center, everything is moving faster than expected....

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Man charged with dumping body remains in jail

One of two Columbus-area men charged with dumping the lifeless body of London resident Jordyn L. Hollingsworth in a ditch in early July remains behind bars.Corey Roberts, 24, is in the Franklin County Jail under a $15,000 surety bond.Roberts and co-defendant Nicholas McCord, 22, were indicted by the county’s grand jury on July 17 on charges of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, according to court records....

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Just how good is the guarantee?

It broke.Yep. It broke. Remember last week, I told you I needed to buy a new string trimmer for lawn work around the house and I had spent quite some time in a garden store looking for the right one? I had narrowed the decision down to two models, and finally chose one based upon it’s 5-year warranty. I thought if something is guaranteed for five years, it has to be OK, right?Not necessarily.I had not completed even half of the trimming needed around our...

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Things I have learned in my lifetime

In celebrating my recent birthday, I found myself caught up in a case of nostalgia. I never imagined I would really get this old. Not that I am old, mind you, but I have reached the point in life I never thought I would when I was younger. Had I known I would get this old, I would have saved some of the energy I wasted during my teenage years.How was I to know that as you got older your supply of energy began diminishing?

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McClelland ‘going home’

The spacious room was clearly in take-apart status. A bookshelf stood empty, but boxes, stacked nearby were filled with volumes.A group of four-by-six-inch photos, with colored backs, were placed on the corner of Sue McClelland’s desk. They were photos of children she had taught while she was youth minister at First United Methodist Church in London.A sort through revealed some of those children had moved from church youth group to college. But McClelland laughed h...

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