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The pasta is boiling, the salad is being tossed and the mustaches are being waxed as the St. Patrick School eighth grade class prepares to host a spaghetti dinner.The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria, located at 226 Elm St., London.The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. The dinner includes spaghetti, roll, salad, dessert and a drink. Carryout is also available.The new event is a part of the fundraising effort for St. Patrick School’s annual eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C.



The Jefferson Local Board of Education’s regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, at the high school auditeria, 1 Roughrider Drive, West Jefferson.The Madison County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, in the commissioners office, 1 N. Main St., London.The Board of Public Utilities will be having a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Wastewater Plant, 4080 State...

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WJ survives a thriller at Whitehall; wins 34-33

WHITEHALL — No day at the beach.In the Los Angeles Rams National Football League heyday of the 1980s, fans would watch the likes of Lawrence McCutchen and Jack Youngblood while basking in the sun from their comfortable Palmetto tree-surrounded stadium.When the NFL Rams moved to St. Louis, Kurt Warner and company had the fans warming in the glow of the team’s new uniforms with the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ at the turn of the century.At Whi...

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Lions shred Red Raiders, 57-7

BEXLEY — Dominate time of possession; keep the opponent’s offense off the field and you should win the game. That was not the case when London took on Bexley Friday night.At halftime, London had run 45 offensive plays to the Lions’ eight. The only problem with that was the scoreboard. It said Bexley was winning 35-0.The 30-plus point difference brought the Ohio High School Athletic Association rule into play that required the clock to run without stoppi...

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Bobcats claw past Plains

Two weeks ago the Madison-Plains High School football team was in a good position.Sitting at 5-1 overall, the Golden Eagles looked to be on their way to the team’s first winning seasons in 20 years.But back-to-back losses (49-13 against Bexley Oct. 10 and 47-13 against Columbus Academy Oct. 17) put that in jeopardy, leaving Plains hoping for much-needed wins in weeks 9 and 10 to help their chances of landing a Division VI playoff berth.The Golden Eagles ...

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Tackle for loss

Drew Stahl of Jonathan Alder brings down the Vikings ball carrier during Friday nights game against River Valley.

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OSHP project emphasizes speed, safety belt, OVI

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued eight OVI arrests, 19 safety belt citations and 343 speed citations in the duration of the latest 6-State Trooper project. The initiative focused on the Interstate 70 corridor, beginning on Oct. 10 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Oct. 12 at 11:59 p.m. The Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol participated in the enforcement.

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Prison ordered for drug traffickers

Two London women were sentenced to a year in prison Friday after being arrested and charged in relation to a Madison County drug sweep in July.Madison County Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello sentenced both Ashley Fisher, 29, and Alisha Gonzalez, 23, after they both pleaded guilty to an amended four counts of drug trafficking in September.“You are a part of the machinery that is moving heroin through the county,” Costello said to Gonzalez in court....

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Ending veteran homelessness in Ohio

In gratitude for their courage and sacrifice for our nation, my office helps U.S. veterans access their medical and disability benefits and the overdue or replacement medals that they have earned for their military service.At a ceremony at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati last week — where I had the honor of presenting a Vietnam War veteran with seven medals, including the Purple Heart — we were all reminded of just how important it is to recognize the contr...

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Another big win looks accessible for OSU

It’s not easy to get out of Penn State with a victory. Ohio State has won five times and lost five times there since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993.It’s also not easy to get into State College, Pa., where Penn State is located.State College is an attractive small city of 41,000 with a downtown that screams college town. It is surrounded by farmland in every direction and mountains that look a lot like big hills.And it’s not close to mu...

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London Public Library appreciates patrons

In 1902, a women’s group in the city of London sent a letter to the Philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, seeking a grant to build a public library.It took only three weeks for the group to receive word that Carnegie’s foundation was prepared to give $10,000 towards their cause. In January of 1905, the official doors of the London Public Library were opened.“Whenever I think of the library and its relationship with the community, I’m always taken back ...

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Letter: Spread of Ebola must be stopped

Dear editor:The outbreak of Ebola has the whole country in fear of this dangerous disease.We must stop the flow of people coming and going from West Africa with this awful disease.I have always known that history always repeats itself.Look what happened to the native Americans when the first people came from Europe. Many Indians could not fight off the small pox that destroyed many of the tribes.Step up to now we here in ...

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‘Surviving the Holidays’ seminar on Nov. 11

A free GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar will be held in Plain City. The program offers practical, actionable strategies for grievers to make it through the holiday season.At the two-hour seminar, attendees will view a video featuring advice from people in grief who have faced the holidays after their loss. Attendees will hear insights from Christian counselors, pastors and psychologists, and receive a holiday survival guide with more than 30 encouraging readi...

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Madison County Board of DD awarded four-year accreditation

The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) recently received a four-year accreditation certification from the State of Ohio. The presentation was made at a recent Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities board meeting.“The administrator and staff of the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities are to be commended for their efforts in achieving this service accreditation, as recognized by the state’s review,” according to a p...

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Monster cookies are just the thing for Halloween

Boo! It’s time for the annual influx of “ghosties and ghoulies and things that go Bump! in the night!”Halloween got its start in North America in the 19th century, having been brought here by immigrants from western Europe. Far from the fun celebration we know today, the origins of Halloween were rather dark. Its origins were Celtic and their origins, centuries ago, were pagan. The celebration marked the end of summer and the beginning of the darker half of the ye...

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Gloria’s birthday present

Dear friends both far and wide,Hello from Flat Rock, Illinois. We’re having a full, yet interesting week. There are two things I’m especially looking forward to for this week. One is a brand new armoire my husband is making for my birthday and the other is a new pony that will be arriving on Friday. Hopefully in a week I’ll be able to fill you in on more details about the pony.

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Use Halloween to coach moderation

My 6-year-old daughter is excited about trick-or-treating this year, but I’m concerned about how to limit the candy she eats afterward. What’s the best way to handle Halloween?Actually, Halloween can be a perfect time to focus on balance and moderation in the diet. Figuring out how to fit sweet treats into a healthy eating pattern is a good lesson to learn early in life.So, how do you do that? It can be tricky. Too much restriction could temp...

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Marriage Applications

Following are the marriage applications from the Madison County Probate Court for Oct. 1-22.Thursday, Oct. 9Robert David Cochrun, 44, of West Jefferson, truck driver, and Kimberly Sue Wallace, 28, of West Jefferson, homemaker.Friday, Oct. 10Joseph Matthew Samons, 35, of London, MRDD support manager, and Heidi Ranea Reeves, 26, of London, stay at home mom.Wednesday, Oct. 15...

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