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Twelve arraigned in court Friday

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Two suspects arrested in the July 23 drug sweep appeared in the Madison County Common Pleas Court Friday.Jamie L. Rice, 27, and Jasmine Cain, 24, both of London, were arraigned. They were ordered house arrest with random drug screenings by magistrate Lauren Kimmel.Rice faces charges for allegedly trafficking heroine, Cain for cocaine. Rice’s case was transferred to common pleas court. She was already sentenced to house arrest in municipal court, and was ordered to continue the previous conditions.Also in common pleas court Friday:• Daniel E. Stanton, 25, of London, was arraigned on a $25,000 cash assurity bond for rape charges.


On the road in Ohio

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to travel across our state and meet with Ohioans from all walks of life, from veterans to teachers to business owners, workers, farmers and families. They told me about the problems they are facing in their lives and what Washington can do to help. And while I was happy to see how much progress we are making in the Buckeye State, it was also apparent to me that the federal government isn’t living up to its responsibilities — eith...

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WJ starts season with last-second win

The rich get richer.Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, journalist to the stars Robin Leach took the country on an inside view of the world of glitz and glamour on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”Last season, both West Jefferson High School and Mechanicsburg High School football teams were a part of gridiron royalty as they each reached the Final Four in their respective divisions.Despite each losing an enormous number of starters from both sides o...

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Marysville holds off Alder for opening victory

Area rivals opened the season against each other as the Marysville High School football team played host to Jonathan Alder High School Friday, Aug. 29.The Monarchs won 27-20, taking their second consecutive game against the Pioneers. Marysville won last season 13-0. Alder won 30-10 in 2012, 21-0 in 2011 and 30-21 in 2010.Brett Glass was hoping for a better outcome from the game, his first as head coach of the Pioneers, but was impressed by the fight in his team....

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Eagles rally for season-opening victory

Sporting brand new uniforms, the Madison-Plains football team looked the part of winners in its season-opening tilt with visiting Cedarville.But the Golden Eagles had to take care of business on the field in order to be winners when the final horn sounded.A second-half rally helped erase a double-digit second-half deficit and allowed Plains to pull out a thrilling 21-18 victory.An 11-yard Travis Chaffin scoring run with 4:41 to play gave the home team a 21-18 ...

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Urbana’s big second-half downs London

Never let an underdog think they can beat you, because they will.Urbana came to London for the season opening game Friday a heavy favorite against a rebuilding London team. The Hillclimbers escaped with a sure victory, but not without a fight.Urbana went up 6-0 early on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Hayes to Kaleb Bowdle. Then several major Urbana penalties and solid offensive play by London saw the home team overcome a slow start to take a 14-6 lead with 7:25 lef...

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Football returns

Jonathan Alder High School quarterback Luke Nees looks for an open receiver during the first half of the Pioneers season opener at Marsyville. For complete coverage log on to

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Area teams continue to play well

The Jonathan Alder boys golf team split its home tri-match Thursday, Aug. 28, at Buck Ridge Golf Course.The Pioneers fired a round of 170 which was good enough to top Galion (192), but well behind the impressive 150 turned in by River Valley.Jon Peters and Conner Lombardi led the way for Alder shooting matching rounds of 41. Logan Woods was right behind with a 42, and Lucas McClaskie delivered a round of 46.River Valley’s Colin Chapman was the event meda...

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Remembering the Dancing Queen

Vicki Arnold loved to dance.Through the past several decades, Arnold was an integral part of the arts scene in Madison County.In 2001, she became a part of the Madison County Arts Council (MCAC) family as she choreographed “Pirates of Penzance.”For a dozen years after, she would choreograph, direct, sing and act in a plethora of MCAC activities. MCAC dedicated its recent production of “The Wizard of Oz” in her memory.And whil...

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Hospital opens new practice

Madison County Hospital is opening a new primary care physician’s practice in the Park Avenue medical building. The practice will see its first round of new patients Tuesday.The hospital invested $1.5 million into remodeling the building.Hospital marketing coordinator Julie Akers said the project was pursued to better the patient-to-physician ratio.“The need for more primary care physicians in the area has been something that has on the table for q...

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Grand marshal a long-time educator

This year’s South Vienna Corn Festival parade grand marshal worked for the Northeastern Local School District for more than 35 years, and attended 61 Northeastern High School graduations.He is Roger Woodworth.Woodworth has participated in many community activities, including: 4-H, FFA, Plattsburg Church, South Vienna Kiwanis and the Clark County Fair Board. He has also helped with the Corn Festival parade’s set up and organization for many years.Wo...

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Reffitt to retire from LPD

A retirement celebration is being held for London Police Officer Ken Reffitt.Reffitt is retiring following 25 years of service with the department.The celebration is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. inside London City Council Chambers, 6 E. Second St.

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Our borders need protected

Dear Editor:Have the problems in Iraq and Syria grown for the worst?We here in the United States must protect our borders. We cannot afford them sneaking in their brand of terrorism in the United States.These people of terror only have one thing in mind: To harm American people and cause panic everywhere.I hope the government keeps patrol on our country’s borders and keeps all U.S. citizens safe. For we are living in a very da...

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Serve a grand end-of-summer feast from Provence

The region of Provence, in southern France, is credited with the first aioli. I find that easy to believe — so much good food comes out of Provence.The freshest ingredients, among them, eggs from local chicken coops, vegetables grown in backyards and harvested the day they are used, and kitchen garden herbs, combine to produce the outstanding cuisine known as Provencal.

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Eat better while spending less

Every week, I wince at the cost when I go through the grocery store checkout line. How can I save money but still eat healthfully?It can seem like a challenge at times, but family and consumer science educators associated with Cooperative Extension and land-grant universities across the country offer tips to help, including:• Shop the sales. Look at grocery store fliers to see what’s being offered at a discount. They are often available onlin...

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Road work in Union County

The following work is planned in the Union County area. All work is weather dependent; it may be postponed or cancelled without prior notice.U.S. Route 42 is reduced from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to one lane in each direction between New California Drive and Industrial Parkway for construction of a turn lane at New California Drive. Traffic will be maintained daily by flaggers. The prospective completion date is Tuesday, Sept. 30.For up-to-date traffic information, construction ...

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Corn Festival to feature crafts, food and fun

The corn arrows painted on South Vienna roads will lead you to a festival that has been a staple for the village for nearly 40 years.The 38th Annual South Vienna Corn Festival will take place Sept. 5, Sept. 6 and Sept. 7. Attendees can enjoy a parade, food vendors, souvenirs and, of course, locally-grown corn.Event chair Rhonda Sagraves said the free event was a chance for the community to catch up and spend time together.“I think people come out so they...

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Gloria serves up tasty carrots

How swiftly the summer days are passing. School is already starting this week. We enjoy living next door to our little parochial school. This year there will be 22 scholars and two teachers. Our 2 1/2-year-old daughter Julia loves to go outside and watch them play softball at recess time.Each morning during the academic year the men and boys in our church take turns going to school to share a brief devotional and have prayer with the teachers and scholars. Julia and I enjoy going w...

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