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Council approves sale of Armory; adds $35K to parks and rec budget

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London’s historic Armory at 15 E. Second St. will soon be home to Mandy’s Day Care, following action by city council on Thursday, April 17.Council members approved a 10-year land contract to sell the 84-year-old former military installation to Henry and Mandy Comer for $66,000. The Comers own Mandy’s Day Care, now located at 55 S. Oak St.Under terms of the land contract, the Comers will pay 4 percent annual interest and assume responsibility for taxes and insurance. Title will transfer on April 1, 2024.The sale amount includes all exercise and sports equipment in the building. The city’s rental agreement with a low-frequency radio station in The Armory transfers to the Comers.


Easter brunch made easy with delicious make-ahead egg casserole

Plan an Easter gathering everyone can enjoy with a make-ahead menu that includes crowd-pleasing brunch casseroles packed with everyone’s favorite flavors and leaves you plenty of time to spend with the family.“Combine all-star breakfast ingredients like eggs, bacon and cheese into a single dish in this Cheesy Bacon & Egg Brunch Casserole, seasoned with ground mustard and nutmeg,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. “The best part about this rec...

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West Jeff, London win; eye upcoming showdown

There was no letting up for the West Jefferson softball team as it stepped outside of the Mid-State League Ohio Division to play a good Division I softball squad in Whetstone Thursday, April 18.West Jeff had been red-hot at the plate heading into the non-league tilt and the Roughfiders (7-2, 5-0) continued their torrid pace as they scored 14 runs, collected 11 hits and thoroughly dominated the host Braves (4-4) in a 14-0 run-rule shortened game.“The girls played wo...

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Roughriders top Academy, move into tie for league lead

The West Jefferson baseball team finds itself tied atop the Mid-State League Ohio Division standings after an impressive victory over Columbus Academy Thursday, April 17.The Roughriders (9-3, 5-1) dumped the Vikings 7-2 to grab a share of the league lead.“We knew going into the game that they are a very strong team, their pitching is what we were really worried about,” West Jeff coach Jason Bogenrife said. “But you know we take the attitude of we’...

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Otterbein Equine Dressage Team named Reserve Champion at National Championship

WESTERVILLE — Otterbein University’s equestrian team finished as the Reserve Champion team at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championship horse show held on April 12-13 at Averett University in Danville, Va. Coach Kari Briggs also received the Teresa L. McDonald Coach of the Year Award.The team consisted of senior Julia Spatt of Castle Rock, Colo., at First level with a second-place finish; sophomore Kailey Giancola of Jordan, Minn., at Upper Training...

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Now with Pens’ attention, Jackets prep for Game 2

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.“It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.The Blue Jackets had 11 skaters appear in their very first playoff game. Yet ...

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Hear history on Seeburg at Mt. Sterling museum

The Mt. Sterling Museum has a new sound.Listen for Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Elvis and more.The museum received a donation of a 1961 Seeburg jukebox from local resident Danny Crawford. He and his wife were downsizing their collection of “stuff.” Crawford thought if it were in the museum, more people could enjoy it.He had been negotiating the donation to the museum since it was managed by the late Denny Morris. Morris’ passing put the process ...

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Here’s what to do with those ‘rabbit’ eggs

The spring holidays, whether Christian, Jewish or secular signify renewal, freedom from oppression, a rebirth of sorts. They are partially a celebration of all the best things about the season.For Christians, Easter signifies the resurrection of Jesus and His subsequent ascendance into Heaven — a time of rebirth.

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We have been doing a lot of spring cleaning

It’s already Thursday, the deadline for me to get this column out in the mail. This week our five children are home on spring break. The boys have been cleaning out the barn and hauling manure. The girls have been helping with the spring cleaning and also cleaning up the yard. We’ve had a few nice days this week now. It gives you the eagerness to want to plant the garden. Our garden hasn’t dried up enough yet but with these nice sunny days maybe it will soon. I am also hopin...

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Labeling genetically modified foods

I’m surprised that genetically modified foods aren’t required to be labeled. Why aren’t they?This remains a controversial topic, and there are points to be made on both sides. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which does not require genetically modified foods to be labeled, encourages food manufacturers to do so voluntarily because people are increasingly interested in knowing more about the food they’re eating.Opponents...

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Auxiliary seeking items for bake sale

The 48th Annual Madison County Hospital Auxiliary Bake-Nic is set for Friday, May 2 at various locations throughout the county. Current volunteers are seeking donations of baked goods such as breads, cookies, candies or other sweets. Individual servings or large quantities of baked goods are welcome, as volunteers package and price each donation. In addition, the Auxiliary will also accept gift cards to local establishments.The Madison County Hospital Auxiliary relies upon the gene...

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Surplus auction features motorcycles

COLUMBUS — Nearly 175 vehicles will be up for bid at the State of Ohio surplus auction Saturday, April 19.The auction will be held at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, General Services Division headquarters, 4200 Surface Road, Columbus. The gates open at 8 a.m.; the auction begins at 10 a.m.The auction features 25 motorcycles as well as cars, SUVs, trucks and vans.To view the items, visit:

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Red Raiders miscues prove costly against Columbus Academy

The beauty about playing high school baseball or softball in the spring in Central Ohio is the fact that so many games are squeezed into such a small time period that teams don’t have enough time to dwell on difficult outings.The London baseball team is play it and forget it mode following a disappointing showing at Columbus Academy Wednesday, April 16.The Red Raiders (3-6, 1-4) traveled to Mid-State League Ohio Division leading Columbus Academy and sent their ace,...

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County drug take-back set for April 26

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will hold a “Drug Take-Back Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at two locations: the Madison County Community Expo at the London Elementary School at 380 Elm St. (state Route 38) in London and at the parking lot of the Family Dollar Store at 279 Yankeetown St. in Mt. Sterling.The West Jefferson Police Department also will have a drug take-back drop off point from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Gazebo in downtown West Je...

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Disturbing trends

Madison County is not isolated from the national epidemic of drug and substance abuse.Lt. Eric Semler, head of the county sheriff’s office investigation unit, said that drug abuse fuels possible thefts of residences in the county.“Many of those individuals who have become addicted to prescription medications, heroin and other narcotics, had their first contact with drugs they found in medicine cabinets in their own homes,” said Semler. “Therefore,...

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Principals, BOE discuss student stagnation at Madison-Plains

Two Madison-Plains principals, Chris Clark, high school principal, and Kim LeGault, middle school principal, on Tuesday evening, April 15 gave a read on what’s happening in their respective schools to the board of education.Clark led off and asked the question, why are things not going perfectly? He and his team of teachers, counselors and BLTs (building leadership team) work to answer that question and try to determine how to remediate.Part of the discussion inclu...

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A pedicure that cured all my pet peeves

Since I was a young person, I always had some pets around. Most of these have been dogs, hunting dogs in particular. And I loved my pets.In getting older, I discovered that having a pet dog around is a lot of work. More work than I care to do in light of my busy schedule. So I have exchanged these pet dogs for a few pet peeves.One pet peeve of mine is when a waitress calls me “Sweetie.” I do not know, it just gets under my skin. Of course, it might be good fo...

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What does Easter mean to you?

Luke records these words, “When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there.” (Luke 23:33) The death of Jesus Christ is one of the most important events in history. His birth is the first most important because without a Virgin birth, His crucifixion would be no different than any other. But we know that Jesus was (and is) God’s Son so that’s why His death was so meaningful. But the Bible doesn’t say a lot about His death, other than He w...

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