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Quarter midgets ‘rule’ at fairgrounds

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Participants in quarter midget racing’s biggest event this week have literally taken over the Madison County Fairgrounds.The Eastern Grand Quarter Midget Races, hosted by the Central Ohio Quarter Midget Racing Association (COQMRA), is the largest event of its kind in the nation.The event is larger than the other two national events, the Western Grand and the Dirt Grand (it’s run on a dirt track), said Greg Adams, the COQMRA spokesman.“It always draws the largest number of cars,” he said.The draw of the sport is not only the cars, but also the family involvement within the sport. Generally speaking, Dad, Mom and the children come along, if one or more of the youngsters are strapping themselves in the cars.

 

Births

Paul Charles Toomey Jr. and Kimberly Alexandra Carnahan, of London, announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Grace Toomey, born Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Madison County Hospital in London.She weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces.Maternal grandparents are Robert and LouAnn Carnahan, of London.Paternal grandparents are Leah Myers, of Galloway, and Paul Toomey Sr., of London.Maternal great-grandparents are the late Teddie and Georgianne Cornelis...

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How good is the guarantee?

This week, I needed to buy a new string trimmer for the yard work around our home. I looked at several brands and finally made my decision based on the warranty of the product. It literally came down to how long the trimmer was guaranteed.

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A year older but not that much smarter

I think I am in a rut. No matter how hard I work, I do not seem to be getting any further along in life. Could it be that somewhere in my past, I peaked and did not realize it? If so, I wish I knew about it so at least I could have the consolation that I have peaked.This week I celebrate another birthday. This is a rut I am talking about. After all, I celebrate my birthday every year on the same day. The only reason I celebrate it on that day is because my mother said that was the ...

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Thy will be done

In the Lord’s Prayer we pray that God’s Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. His Will is accomplished perfectly in heaven, but what about on earth? God’s Will is also perfectly accomplished on earth. Sin seems to be a violation of that Will, but God permits sin so that we might choose Him. This is called “the permissive Will of God.” God does permit evil to exist. He does permit the devil to tempt us. Our free will requires such a choice. God loves us so muc...

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Murder victim was London native

A 51-year-old Columbus woman killed in a murder/suicide this week was a London native.Kathy Malone Shonkwiler and boyfriend Troy Stone, 46, were found dead inside their south side home on July 22. Authorities believe Stone shot Shonkwiler before taking his own life.Shonkwiler’s obituary appeared in Thursday’s Press. It noted she was born in London in 1963 to Jerry and Barbara Malone.Brother Jerry Malone still lives in the city. Shonkwiler&...

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Eight drug suspects remain in jail

Eight of 26 people arrested during Wednesday’s “sweep” of suspected opiate dealers and users in and around Madison County remained behind bars on Thursday.Ashley McQuirt, 26; Ashley A. Davis, 28; Jamie L. Rice, 27; Jasmine Cain, 24; Joseph Johnson, 35; Joseph Hamilton, 36, and Thomas Greathouse, 48, were in Tri-County Regional Jail, according to the jail’s roster.All are London residents with the exception of Greathouse. His address is Whitehall....

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Johnny Be Good: Browns expect Manziel to behave

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Johnny will be good.That’s what the Browns expect from Johnny Manziel now that training camp is about to start.Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said he’s not worried about the popular rookie’s wild off-field behavior carrying into the season, and he’s determined not to let any outside influences affect his decision in picking either Manziel or veteran Brian Hoyer to be his starting quarterback.Pettine, who will open...

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The plague of addiction

Once upon a time, drug abuse was something “others” dealt with. Now, chances are pretty good we all know someone affected.I think it’s safe to say a large chunk of Madison County — especially in London — knew someone affected this week after checking out dozens of head shots published in The Madison Press website and print editions.Shortly after sunrise on Wednesday, more than 50 members of various law enforcement offices charged th...

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Cincinnati bear moves eastward

The 2-year-old male black bear that toured suburban Cincinnati in recent weeks to the delight of local residents and reporters continues to move east along the Ohio River, according to state wildlife officials.Todd Haines, southwest district manager for the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife, said on July 23 the bear was last sighted in eastern Clermont County, after spending a few days camped at East Fork State Park.Haines believes the bear is likely headed for its “ol...

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Arnett Howard closes out concert series

Columbus Jazz artist, Arnett Howard will play at the London Public Library at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 25 as the concert series comes to an end for the year. Howard will thrill the audience with his high energy and multi-facetted performance featuring New Orleans-Style Street Parade Music, Creole, Cajun and Zydeco Dance. Bluebird Retirement Community will be providing free boxed lunches and refreshments during the concert. The library is located at 20 E. First St. in London and online at ww...

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National Night Out returns to West Jeff

The Village of West Jefferson is expanding its participation in a national program that tries to build neighborhood camaraderie and crime prevention awareness.The village is once again partnering with the Target Corporation for grant support and physical assistance for National Night Out. The event will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the grassy area in front of the village swimming pool on Inwood Road.

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ShockBox helmet sensors in at Madison-Plains

The quarterback shouts signals to his teammates so they know the play called. There’s another signal which will come from the heads of the Madison-Plains football players this season, and it will be sent to the sidelines.Sending that signal will be the ShockBox impact indicator, a high-tech device which fits neatly into the helmet’s crown. Held there by fabric fastener, the device sends a signal to the team’s training staff if a player sustains a sharp enough blow...

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Major drug sweep

Rain wasn’t the only thing coming down in Madison County on Wednesday morning.Officers from five law enforcement agencies swept through London, West Jefferson and outlying communities with warrants to arrest 31 suspected drug dealers and users.Law enforcement officials initially expected to pick up as many as 34 people, based on recent developments.“Operation Bases Loaded” topped a four-month investigation by the Madison County Drug Task Forc...

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Birthday and anniversary to be celebrated

The family of RJ (Rollan) and Paula Lynn are hosting a celebration for RJ’s 80th birthday and his and Paula’s 50th wedding anniversary.Friends and family will be gathering from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at Madison Lake, at the shelter on the beach side.Please bring your own drinks. Meal not provided. Come all and help us celebrate.

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West Jefferson Homemakers study forgiveness

The West Jefferson Homemakers met at the home of Connie Little for their July meeting. Attending were Irene Yates, Liz Harper, Joanne Thomas, Blair Wooddell, Wanda Parks, Sue McDowell, Nancy McNabb and Joann Feen.Liz Harper, president, led everyone with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Homemaker’s Creed.Minutes of the previous meeting were read and the treasurers report was given by Wanda Parks. A vote was taken for possible donations. The group voted t...

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Counting down to football

Front from left, senior Seth Jones and junior Hayden Thompson; at back, junior Zane Foucht and senior Ben Martin take time out from the London Football Summer Camp to point out the countdown time until the London vs. Urbana home opener for the Red Raiders. Head Coach Kyle Cutler says that London has used seven of its 10 allotted summer camp days to prep for the start of two-a-day practices on Friday, Aug. 1. The Red Raiders open with the Hillclimbers on Friday, Aug. 29.

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Introspective views

Looking inside ourselves for a fresh view of the outside, we all make up our own worlds. How we see things, how we feel about the things we see. The trouble is that we don’t let others into our worlds. They are private. We do not want others to share our truth so we become isolated by our own choices.

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