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Roof repair to cost $10,200

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Madison County commissioners on Monday approved an estimate for some repair work to be performed on the Madison County Courthouse. The amount is $10,200.During the last winter, still remembered for its bitterness, county offices on the second floor experienced the steady drip, drip, drip of snow melt and rain. The in-office precipitation was particularly bothersome on the side of the building facing Fourth Street, at the point nearest the sheriff’s office.


Pass defense not only OSU question vs. UC

COLUMBUS — When the first question about how Ohio State’s often-maligned pass defense will hold up against Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel and his receivers on Saturday was asked a few minutes into Urban Meyer’s press conference on Monday, he said, “Here we go.”The Ohio State football coach might have been thinking, “What took you so long?”Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel threw for six touchdowns in a 58-34 UC win over Toled...

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What’d you say, honey?

Not so long ago I wrote a column about how my parents, during my formative years, often said I was hard-headed. They, of course, were talking about my mental state of mind. But it very well could have applied to the physical version, too.In this day and age where it seems like we hear about concussions and the problems they cause almost daily, I sometimes wonder how I made it this far without suffering one.Call it blind luck, a thick skull, or what have you, but in a tim...

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Bird’s the word

Unlike many others who have the European hobby of racing homing pigeons, Steve Pronai isn’t retired.Far from it. Pronai is the Madison County prosecutor — an elected job which keeps him pretty busy.“That’s why I suck,” he explains. “The guys that win most the time has the time to train them.”In the backyard of the well-kept home he shares with his wife, Liz, on Country Ridge Lane, a matching shed serves as the home of ...

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Kasich coming to London Oct. 3

Ohio’s governor will be in London during the coming weeks.Governor John Kasich will appear from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at the party’s county headquarters, 60 W. High St. Doors will open at noon.The public is welcome.The appearance is in conjunction with a “get out the vote” message, said Steve Saltsman, chairman of the Madison County Republican Party.“I know it’s not a good time for working people, but ...

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Raiders JV tops Kenton Ridge

The London JV Red Raiders hosted the Kenton Ridge Cougars Saturday morning, Sept. 20 at Bowlus Field and came away with a rewarding 12-6 victory.The Cougars took a 6-0 halftime lead with 15-yard touchdown run. London tied the score in the third quarter with a 33-yard pass from Josh Handley to Jimmy Dulin. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Handley snuck into the end zone from 1-yard out to end the scoring. London had gained the short field when Josh Dulin blocked a Kenton Rid...

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Tuesday, Sept. 23Boys golfNo. 7 London in D-II sectional tournament at Oakhaven Golf Course, 9 a.m.No. 8 Jonathan Alder, No. 20 West Jefferson in D-II sectional tournament at Players Club at Foxfire, 9 a.m.No. 10 Madison-Plains in D-III sectional tournament at Darby Creek Golf Course, 9 a.m.TennisJonathan Alder at River Valley, 4 p.m.Cross country...

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JA, WJ boys pick up wins

The Jonathan Alder boys soccer team bounced back from a disappointing loss with a strong victory over Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference foe Pleasant Thursday, Sept. 18.The Pioneers (6-2-1) topped the visiting Spartans 3-1, putting a smile on the face of coach David Lanka.“Overall, our guys played strong for the match,” Lanka said. “We got shelled the other night by Bexley and we needed a response which is just what we got. We were physically strong on the ba...

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Kimbler leads London to victory

When opposing coaches and teams sit down to prepare to play the London girls soccer (3-3-2) team you can bet the first name that comes to their mouths is that of Red Raiders standout Ally Kimbler.The do-everything junior can conceivably be used at any position on the field and have a major impact on the game. She can play the role of sweeper and mark up an opposing team’s best offensive player. She can play midfield and act as the quarterback of the London offense and with he...

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Drug bust suspect pleads guilty

A London woman will face up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of drug trafficking, burglary and theft.Ashley McQuirt, 27, of London, attended her formal pretrial in Madison County Common Pleas Court Monday. She will face a minimum of 15 months in prison.Judge Eamon Costello handled two separate cases at the same time for the suspect Monday: one comprised of theft and burglary charges, one of drug trafficking charges.McQuirt was incarcerate...

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London hosts Little Cheerleaders clinic

The London High School and London Middle School cheerleaders sponsored a “Little Cheerleaders” clinic the week of Sept. 8. There were more than 80 participants in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The cheerleaders were taught jumps, chants, dances and band chants. They performed at the Sept. 12 football game during half-time with the London High School Marching Band and cheerleaders.

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Meade named Rotary student of the month

Sara Luci Meade, a senior at London High School, is the London Rotary Student of the Month for September.Students are selected by the London High School administration based on academic achievement, extracurricular achievement and positive character. Meade is 11th in her class with a 4.543 grade-point average.Meade has been president of the Class of 2015 for three years. Additionally, she is the president of London High School’s National Honor Society. Meade has be...

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McClellan receives ROTC scholarship

Levi M. McClellan, of London, has received an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship to attend Ohio University.Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities, and personal interviews. Scholarship recipients are enrolled as members of the Army ROTC battalion at their colleges.The scholarship entitlements include tu...

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Education news

Students namedto Dean’s ListColumbus StateCommunity CollegeThe following local students have been named to the summer semester Dean’s List at Columbus Sate Community College. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and be enrolled for six or more credit hours....

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Daugherty running for Ashland University cross country

ASHLAND — Emma Daugherty, of West Jefferson, is a member of the women’s cross country team at Ashland University.She is majoring in commercial art. She is the daughter of Leo and Theresa Daugherty, of West Jefferson. She is a 2012 graduate of Jonathan Alder High School.The Ashland University women’s cross country team is coached by Trent Mack. Mack is entering his fifth season as the head coach. In 2013-14, Mack was honored as the men’s indoor tra...

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Tolles set to host Career Connection Conference

Tolles Career & Technical Center will host its first annual Career Connections Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 to address the growing need of providing students and families with increased career exploration and planning opportunities.The event is free and open to area school administrators, teachers, and school counselors. Registration is available at or by emailing

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London falls short, 38-30

When the London High School football team visited Columbus Academy Friday, Sept. 19, both teams were looking to bounce back from lopsided losses in their previous games.The Red Raiders fell to Bishop Ready 41-6 last week while the Vikings lost 35-6 Sept. 5, also to Ready.It was Academy (2-1, 1-0) who was able to overcome its disappointment, defeating London 38-30 to open MSL-Ohio play. Unlike the teams’ last meet-up, which the Vikes won 31-10 in 2013, this one came...

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MP defeats Raiders

The London and Madison-Plains Middle School golf teams finished their home schedule Thursday, Sept. 18, at National Road Golf Course in a close dual match. Madison-Plains defeated the Red Raiders 189-191. Hayden Mitchell of London was the match medalist with a season best 38. Rounding out London’s scoring was Cade Smith, 47, Bella Swindall, 52, and Andy Fullmer, 54. The four top scorers for Madison-Plains were Evan Music with 42, Clay Grear, 45, Ian Bowshier, 49 and Joseph Siler, 53. Af...

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