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Rape suspect’s case will go to trial

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A London man charged with multiple counts of rape will go to jury trial, his attorney said Thursday.Daniel Stanton, 25, attended his formal pretrial in Madison County Common Pleas Court. He was arraigned Aug. 29 on a $25,000 cash surety bond.Stanton was charged for an incident on July 19. He allegedly slammed a woman into a wall by the throat, threw her to the ground and later had sex with her. The victim only had sex with Stanton to avoid getting hit again, she told police.


Madison County sheriff’s reports

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following individuals were arrested or cited by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Saturday, Oct. 11• A victim returned to his residence near Smith Calhoun Road in Plain City to find his wooden gun cabinet open, and his Mossburg Model 500 shotgun missing. The alleged theft took place between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Oct. 10. The shotgun is estimate...

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Local Methodist women’s church group publishes fundraiser cookbook

DERBY — The Derby United Methodist Women’s Blissful Circle “127th Anniversary Cookbook” is available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used towards updating the fellowship hall that is more than 50 years old.The Blissful Circle has been active for many years in the church located at 11792 London Road in Derby. They support local missions, help families in need and support church projects. This group also assists its members by serving ...

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‘Haunted in Ohio’

Have you ever walked into a dark room and felt a cold chill down your spine, even in the sweltering heat of summer, or heard mysterious noises like the sound of footsteps in the dead of the night?Some things seems unexplainable, especially those eerie feelings or bumps in the night, but for ghost hunter, Christopher Estep — it’s the unexplainable that drives his paranormal investigations.Investigating the paranormal since 1998, Estep will be a guest presenter...

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Fundraiser nets $28K for hog barn

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, the 2014 fundraiser known as the “Fun”raiser hosted by the Madison County Junior Fair Sale Committee has been deemed a success.The tally of the day’s efforts was $28,000 — all of which will go toward the estimated $400,000 needed for the new hog barn project.More than $8,000 of the total came from the silent and live auctions. By the end of the day, 77 of the 250 needed hog pens were sponsored. For a $...

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Playoff hopefuls running out of time

There’s no more wiggle room for the Madison County high school football teams still entertaining thoughts of postseason play. With just this Friday night and one more in the regular season schedule, teams are clearly in must-win situations.A week after all of them were at home, all four of the area teams will be on the road this week.Madison-Plains (5-3, 2-2) at Grandview (6-2, 3-2), 7 p.m.The county team with the most difficult remainin...

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Time change a “win-win” for JA fans

Jonathan Alder High School sports fans have a chance to make it a district championship doubleheader Saturday, Oct. 25, thanks to a change in start time instituted by the Central District Athletic Board.The Division II volleyball district championship match between No. 4 Jonathan Alder and No. 2 Bloom-Carroll will be played at its regularly scheduled time of 3:30 p.m. at Worthington Christian Middle School. The Alder girls soccer team, which knocked off Bloom-Carroll Wednesday even...

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Alder girls top B-C, advance to final

The Jonathan Alder girls soccer team will get a chance at a little revenge when it squares off with No. 1 seed DeSales in a Division II Central District championship game Saturday, Oct. 25, at Westerville South at 7 p.m.The Lady Pioneers (9-4-2) earned a shot at the team that’s knocked them out of the tournament the last two years by grinding out a 4-1 semifinal victory over host Bloom-Carroll Wednesday, Oct. 22.The fifth-seeded Pioneers got a pair of goals from Al...

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Help available for those struggling to heat homes

Those struggling with winter heating bills may apply for the the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (E-HEAP), which begins Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 and will run through March 31, 2015.Income eligibility is 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines ($41,737 per year for a family of four). E-HEAP provides financial assistance once per heating season to households that are: threatened with disconnection, already disconnected, or have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel, w...

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London Public Library events

The following is a list of programs offered by the London Public Library:Toddler Story Time — Parents are invited to bring their children, ages birth to 3 years old, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 to Toddler Story Time to engage them with books, music, puppets, fingerplays, and other enriching activities.Preschool Story Time — Parents are invited to bring their children, ages 3 to 5 years old, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, ...

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LCS board approves recommendations

The following recommendations were approved at the London City School Board meeting Tuesday night:• An increase in revenue and appropriations for the London Middle School Band, London High School Band and London High School drama department.• The acceptance a donation of $1,000 from the Children’s Hunger Alliance.• The financial five year forecast, presented by treasurer Kristine Blind.• Supplemental contracts for the 2...

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Nobody is as good as their selfie

I must confess I am not up to date with the latest technical gizmos. So much technology is around today that I believe most people have really lost their identity. I do not think they will soon recover.I am not against modern technology; I simply cannot keep up with it. I would vote for anybody who would call a moratorium on all updates for the next five years. As soon as I get a product, it is out of date and I need, desperately need, an update if I am going to benefit from this p...

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The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Are you going? You say, “going where?” And I say, “To the wedding?”As you read this article, if you are reading it on Friday, there’s a wedding on Saturday. Our youngest son is getting married. He’s 32 and has finally decided this girl is the one. Needless to say, Beth is pretty excited. Her youngest child is getting married. To me, it’s all about gaining a daughter — to Beth it’s about “losing a son” — even th...

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Upcoming church events

• Madison Mills Church, 9100 Madison Road, Washington Court House, is having a spaghetti supper from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Adults are $7, children $3 and 12 and under are free. Eat-in or carryout. Menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and butter, homemade dessert and drink.• On Sunday, Oct. 26 David Lattimer, the district missionary president from Circleville, will be in charge of the Sunday school service at 9:30 a.m. and the worship service a...

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LCS superintendent: Income tax renewal is ‘pivotal’

Residents in the London City Schools district are being asked to renew the district’s 1 percent income tax, a source of revenue the superintendent says is pivotal to the district’s finance needs.The tax has been on the books for 10 years, and if approved for renewal Nov. 4, would be renewed for another five years. Superintendent Tom Ben said he wanted to emphasize to voters that it’s “not new money.”The levy provides 16.5 percent of the reve...

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911 system levy on the ballot

Few people will doubt the value of the 911 emergency call system. Such a valuable system does, however, does have a cost.All county residents will vote on the 0.8-mill levy, which raises $614,264 annually. The levy costs $19 annually for a $100,000 home.Having one of the “better systems” in the state is important, particularly since two interstate highways traverse Madison County, according to Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin.The system relays all ...

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Pleasant-Darby-Union cemetery seeks levy

The Pleasant-Darby Union Cemetery District is seeking a one-mill tax levy for maintenance, operation and equipment.The five-year levy would annually cost $35 per $100,000 household, according to the Madison County Auditor’s Office. The levy is projected to generate $170,000 per year.Pleasant Township Trustee Gary Neff said basic equipment, such as lawn mowers and weed whackers, needed to be updated. He also said a new work truck might be needed in the near future....

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Early voting ‘on par’

Early voting is on pace, but perhaps a little on the light side, the county’s top elections official reported Wednesday.Tim Ward, director of the Madison County Board of Elections, said turnout for the Nov. 4 general election may come in slightly lighter than the 2010 gubernatorial election.In 2010, voter turnout of 52.6 percent. A total of 13,047 ballots were cast of the county’s 24,762 registered voters.

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