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West Jeff breaks out big bats in 10-0 win over Madison-Plains

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Ping. Ping. Ping.The distinctive sound an aluminum bat makes when it hits a softball could be heard from the parking lot at West Jefferson High School Wednesday, April 16, when the host Roughriders welcomed in neighboring rival Madison-Plains.That ping however came mostly when West Jeff was at the plate as the Roughriders (6-2, 5-0) were more than ready for their showdown with the Golden Eagles (5-3, 3-2) and easily turned what was expected to be a close game into a 10-0 run-rule shortened game.


Hoisting the Cup without a hot goalie hard to do

The NHL playoffs have arrived, which means it’s time for the goalies to get going.As simplistic as the adage can be, predictions of the Stanley Cup champion often tilt toward the guy in the crease producing the biggest saves of the spring. Hoisting the hallowed trophy is hard to do without a hot goalie.So who are the ones to watch this time?Corey Crawford was the winner last year with Chicago, so let’s skip him. League-leading Boston, with the stel...

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PC Elementary school custodian fired for drug use

A night custodian at Plain City Elementary School was fired on Monday, April 14, for using and possessing drugs at the school.Members of the Jonathan Alder Board of Education voted to fire Steven Johnson, effective immediately, following a 25-minute executive session.Board president Steve Votaw said Johnson was both under the influence and in possession of drugs during work hours and on school property. He provided no details or dates.But a check of Marysville...

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Mt. Sterling to go for beautification grants

Mt. Sterling council agreed Monday evening, April 14 to pursue grant dollars with the purpose of beautifying the village. The council passed on first reading a resolution to move forward with a project which would install new sidewalks and street lighting in the village’s “historic” district.Mayor Charlie Neff said sidewalks would be redone in concrete with a brick-like pattern from the railroad on the north side of London Street (state Route 56) through to the Un...

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Sometimes as I paint the subject reveals itself

I might have a main idea when I start, but as I paint, a vague idea may take on a different form than I first visualized. I may see forms in the paint that open more ideas or maybe help define vague ideas into more detailed visual forms. Even in some cases, the painting may take on an entirely new reality, completely different from its vague beginning.Frequently, forms in paint and color will reshape my entire thinking and creative process. Often I look for these revelations as ins...

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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

April 17, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mrs. James Timmons and baby are the guests of her sister, Mrs. Ella Fitzgerald, at Gillivan. (The baby would have been Robert Timmons.)— Zephyrus has old Boreas on the run and springtime is here. Gentle Annie flows and garden tools are being looked up and put in order. The grass is making a phenomenal growth and fodder and dry feed are no longer relishe...

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You need a catchy phrase for the worms

Dewey and Emily were the first to finish their lunches, and the two sweethearts whispered together at the nearby coffee machine while the rest of the valley’s first focus group finished up.“Honey,” said Emily, “maybe you should let me lead the discussion? What do you think?”“You bet. I’ll take notes.”When the dishes were cleared away, they got right to it. Dewey loosened his necktie and got ready to take notes....

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Tolles’ turf and landscape students compete nationally

Tolles Career & Technical Center’s Sports Turf and Landscape Management students recently competed at two events — the National Collegiate Landscape competition at Colorado State University and the Ohio FFA State Nursery and Landscape Contest — and walked away with strong finishes at both.

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No school recommended for unvaccinated kids

COLUMBUS — Central Ohio officials are warning that children without mumps vaccinations might have to miss weeks of school if an outbreak of the illness hits classrooms.Officials have confirmed 230 cases of the contagious viral illness in the area this year. They say 145 of those are linked to Ohio State University.Recent reports say that the health commissioners for Columbus and surrounding Franklin County wrote letters to schools encouraging vaccinations....

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Jeffers powers Golden Eagles to first baseball victory

There’s nothing like playing a heated rival to bring out your very best.The Madison-Plains baseball team entered its match-up at London Monday, April 14, winless and need of a confidence boost. The Golden Eagles had played teams close here early in the season, held leads in half of their games, but had been unable to make the necessary plays down the stretch to secure victory.That all ended in emphatic fashion as the visiting Eagles (1-7) got big hits when they nee...

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NCAA urges schools to discuss pitfalls of unions

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA contends that unionization by college athletes could lead to fewer scholarships and championships as well as a drop in academic support and career counseling.In a set of talking points issued to school leaders late last week, college sports’ largest governing body urged school leaders have a unified voice on the topic that could dramatically alter college athletics.This document includes some traditional points of emphasis for the NCAA...

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London Middle School musicians excel

Several London Middle School vocal and instrumental students attended the Ohio Music Education Association solo and ensemble contest on Saturday, April 5, held at Westland High School.Receiving Superior ratings (I, the highest given) on instrumental solos were Sadie Large, Leila Oswalt, Danielle Bechtel, Julie Adkins and Lily Marriott.Additionally, the London Middle School Saxophone trio, comprised of Oswalt, Collin Thompson, and Thomas Eagle also received a superior on ...

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Jesus lived in a police state

“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword.” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”Those living through this present age of SWAT team raids, police shootings of unarmed citizens, roadside strip searches, and inv...

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Tolles partnering with Jonathan Alder Jr. High

Jonathan Alder Junior High School will partner with Tolles Career & Technical Center next year to offer classes in engineering, manufacturing and information technology, following action by the Alder board of education on Monday, April 14.School board members approved an agreement aimed at preparing Alder students for “meaningful career pathways,” beginning in seventh grade. The Tolles board is expected to approve the agreement in coming weeks.Alder curriculu...

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Save your quarters

The Run for Hope team will host a quarter auction from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at the West Jefferson United Methodist Church, 36 S. Center St., West Jefferson.Food will be available, including brisket sandwiches.All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.For more information, call Donna Hockenbery at (614) 879-6551.

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Roderick C. Pounds Jr. and Saebra L. Cox, of London, announce the birth of a son, Royal Cashmere Pounds, born Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Madison County Hospital in London.He weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce and has five siblings, Leroy Page, 8, Shalyn Cox, 6, Roderick Pounds, 9, Rikkia Pounds, 13, and Regan Pounds, 7.Maternal grandmother is Lynn Cox, of West Jefferson.Paternal grandparents are Roderick C. Pounds Sr. and Pamela Pounds, of Columbus....

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Jonathan Alder rolls past Heath, stays undefeated

With nearly every key member of the team back from a team that advanced all the way to the Division II state championship game last spring, expectations surrounding the Jonathan Alder baseball team were extremely high this spring.The Pioneers (6-0, 3-0) are doing their best to live up to such lofty heights, as they sport a perfect record. But it’s not the team’s record that is catching the attention of those in the know, it’s how Alder has gotten to this point....

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Madison-Plains tops defending state champion

The Madison-Plains softball team was winless as of Wednesday, April 9, that’s no longer the case after a strong weekend showing by the Golden Eagles.Coach Kevin Stockham’s team picked up four victories in a three-day span and all of a sudden the Eagles have the look of a squad that many expected to compete for a Mid-State League Ohio Division crown.Madison-Plains High School (4-2, 1-1) shutout visiting Grandview 3-0 Thursday, April 10, walloped Worthington Ch...

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