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Murder suspect shoots himself during standoff

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Following an overnight standoff with authorities at the Econo Lodge at the I-71/U.S. 35 intersection in Fayette County, a man wanted for murder in Hocking County attempted to take his own life Monday morning inside of the motel room by shooting himself in the head.


Old-fashioned baseball

The first baseman of the Plain City Dutchmans awaits the ball at first base during an old-fashioned game of baseball against the Ohio Village Muffins, held Friday in Plain City in conjunction with the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show.Contributed photo/Jay Gehres/Gehres Photography

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Red Cross Bloodmobile coming

There will be a Red Cross Bloodmobile at Haven Fellowship from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. The church is located south of Plain City at 7730 Converse-Huff Road.Those who donated on or before May 31, 2014 are eligible to donate.Appointments are encouraged and can be made online at: sponsor code is: havenfellowshipDonors may also make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. (1-800-733-2767)....

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Humane Society offering reward for vandalized mailbox

The Humane Society of Madison County is offering a reward of $300 for information leading to arrest and conviction of those responsible for vandalizing the organization’s mailbox.The humane society’s mailbox was set on fire Tuesday, July 8 or Wednesday, July 9, said Betty Peyton, shelter director. Staff members are currently viewing parking lot cameras, which also capture the road traffic, she said.The HSMC is located outside West Jefferson on Plain City-Geor...

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Benefits of early childhood education may be extensive

An unfortunate reality of modern life is that too many families no longer have the luxury of having at least one parent staying at home to care for young children. Work (for those who have it or those trying to obtain it) is inescapable in a country where the cost of living woefully exceeds stagnant or even decreased earnings.Families are often hit the hardest as they try to balance achieving some semblance of the American dream coupled with the job of raising and guiding their you...

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Man dies after going overboard at Deer Creek

A 53-year-old man fishing on the lake at Deer Creek State Park died Monday afternoon of an apparent medical condition after bystanders said he fell overboard his boat.The man was apparently fishing alone in a fiberglass boat when a 911 call was placed, according to Eileen Corson, spokesperson for Ohio Department of Natural Resources. She said at least two calls came in from bystanders who saw the man fall overboard, climb back inside the boat, and collapse inside the vessel....

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Madison Press is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility ...

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Wharton visits Madison County Fair

Scott Wharton, candidate for U.S. Congress from Ohio’s 15th District, chats with Alicia Ferguson, Madison County Fair Queen’s Attendant, about her upcoming entrance to the ROTC program at Miami University. Wharton is a Gulf War veteran.

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H.E.L.P. House to provide back to school supplies

The H.E.L.P. House Community Outreach will provide backpacks and school supplies for area students in kindergarten through eighth grades from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16.Parents and guardians of children in need can register for school supplies at the H.E.L.P. House during open hours beginning the week of July 21.The H.E.L.P. House is currently accepting donations of backpacks and the following school supplies:• Plastic supply boxes̶...

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Authorities bust LoCI drug ring

A London Correctional Institution (LoCI) inmate and another former inmate ran a national heroin and cocaine trafficking ring from their Madison County prison cells, according to Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.During a July 18 press conference, Neil outlined day-to-day operations of the ring that involved current inmate Cesar Llamas, 38, and former inmate Jorge Palacios Gamez.Llamas is currently serving eight years for drug trafficking and racketeering in Franklin Count...

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Eades proposes tax agreement with Cleveland

The City of Cleveland would collect delinquent London income taxes under an agreement proposed by Mayor Dave Eades on Thursday.Eades told city council members Cleveland’s Central Collection Agency (CCA) provides income tax services to 68 other municipalities throughout Ohio and offers an alternative to services by the Ohio Regional Income Tax Authority (RITA).RITA representatives approached council in recent months with a plan to assume all London income tax collec...

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Sheriff: Time to renew 911 levy

It’s time to renew the 911 levy.Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin on Monday brought that fact to the county commissioners’ attention during their weekly meeting. It is a .8-mill levy which raises $614,264 annually.Sabin said the amount raised by the levy “is close to the annual expenditures.”“It’s a good use of taxpayer funds,” Sabin said. “We’ve been able to upgrade the system and have one of the better sys...

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Plain City flushing hydrants next week

The Village of Plain City Water Department will begin its bi-annual flushing of the village’s fire hydrants next week.Flushing will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 1. Hydrant flushing is necessary to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes. Flushing is also done to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available for fire operations.Flushing stirs up sedime...

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Of bare feet and lightning bugs

Usually at some point in the summer I receive some inspiration to write about my old adventures on the farm. Summers were usually pretty good, no school, maybe some Little League games, plenty of farm chores to keep you busy and some down time to have plain old fun.This past weekend was yard sales weekend in Georgetown. My son had a house full and three or four families pitched in on his big sale. One of my many jobs for this big sale was to help keep track of the granddaughter. Th...

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21st annual quilt show Aug. 28-31

The Goodtime Quilters Guild of Circleville will be hosting their 21st annual quilt show on Thursday, Aug. 28, Friday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 E. Mound St., Circleville.The quilt show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There will be over 150 quilted items on display. The featured master quilter is Beth Starkey-Hill.There will be hourly door prizes, raffle quilt, food, d...

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Bon Jovi part of group eyeing Bills

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday.It is unclear if the group would eventually want to move the NFL team to Toronto. The club is on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.The three people spoke to The Associ...

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Pinson could bolster Tar Heels’ perimeter defense

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Theo Pinson knows how to guarantee himself a significant role as a freshman at North Carolina — play defense.The 6-foot-6 swingman arrived this summer to help fill the Tar Heels’ need for backcourt depth and bolster UNC’s defense on the perimeter, where opponents blistered the Tar Heels in last season’s final two games.“You just have to worry about making the right play and playing defense at all times,” Pinson...

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NFL preseason watch: New coaches, star rookies

NEW YORK — It’s time to climb out of the pool, put down that frosty drink, discard the shades and fire up the high-definition TV.The NFL is back.Some training camps open this weekend, and the first preseason game is Aug. 3, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If it seems like the Texans just ended the draft by taking Mr. Irrelevant (defensive back Lonnie Ballentine of Memphis), well, it was only two months ago.Players, coaches and front office staffs...

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