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‘Monumental’ fundraiser planned

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Proceeds from a fundraiser in Mount Sterling next month will go toward paying for a proposed veterans monument, village officials said Monday, Aug. 25.Though the initial estimate for the project is $85,000, Mayor Charlie Neff feels that amount can be cut by nearly half to $45,000, he said during Monday’s regular village council meeting. The village will be funding the construction.To start that process, the inaugural Monumental Run fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 in Mason Park, which is located on the west side of the village.Council member Heather Rice, who chairs the event, said proceeds from the event will be used to fund the building of the monument.


Trash pick up for Sept. 1

All residents that have sanitation pick up through Rumpke on Monday, Sept. 1 will need to hold their trash until Wednesday, Sept. 3 for pick up.

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Motivated seniors carry London past Shekinah

The London volleyball team is out to enact some revenge this season.At least that seems to be the case here early in the 2014 season as the senior-laden Red Raiders squad is taking aim at some programs that have caused them some grief in recent years.On Tuesday, Aug. 26, the victim was Madison County neighbor Shekinah Christian, as the two hooked up for a non-league tilt at London.Playing with a confidence and swagger seldom seen in recent years, London wasted...

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Man pleads guilty to stealing Walmart TVs

Josey Rafferty, 29, of Sidney, pled guilty to receiving stolen property on Tuesday in Madison County Common Pleas Court.Rafferty was arraigned in January for participating in stealing television sets from Walmart in June 2012.Also in common pleas court Tuesday: Michael A. Garrett, 28, of Delaware, changed legal council during a hearing.Garrett was arrested in May on drug possession, drug trafficking and weapons charges.His attorney, Joseph Landusky,...

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Elliott earns window fashions certification

Melinda Peters Elliott, of Fine Designs & Interiors, has earned certification through the Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Professional Dealer Program.Elliott has demonstrated a commitment to training and continued learning as an expert in window fashions from the leading custom window covering manufacturer, Hunter Douglas, according to a media release.“We are very proud when window covering professionals become a certified professional dealer. The training they rece...

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Kasich: Farming is a value system

Gov. John Kasich visited Fayette County on Tuesday, Aug. 26 on one of his latest campaign stops, touting his administration’s economic accomplishments in Ohio and stressing the importance of agriculture to the state’s future.Although raised just outside of Pittsburgh, Kasich told a crowd of more than 200 people at the family farm of State Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) that he has developed a great affinity for farmers and for the agricultural industry over the years.

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Mt. Sterling man admits to hazing

WILMINGTON — A Mount Sterling man pleaded guilty earlier this month to hazing last fall at Wilmington College, but will avoid a conviction on his record if he performs 40 hours community service.On Aug. 15, Cole Voltz, 20, of Mount Sterling, pleaded guilty to hazing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. However, prosecution offered him an opportunity to ultimately have the case against him dismissed outright because of his particular circumstances and conduct Oct. 30-1, both sides sa...

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LMS football teams pick up victories

Football season returned in glorious fashion for the London Middle School football squads. Both teams opened the 2014 campaign with rewarding victories.Seventh GradeThe London Middle School Seventh Grade football team traveled to Buckeye Valley on Monday, Aug. 25, and handed the host Barons a 36-6 defeat.The Raiders offense was paced by Tristan Meddock, who rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns on only four carries. Jayvion Stevens passed ...

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Volleyball teams takes the challenge

The Madison-Plains seventh and eighth grade volleyball team participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Front row from left are: Katelynn Fisher, Connor Hunter, Whitney Stires, Sara Stonerock, Cori Charles and Savannah Carner; back row: Alisha Reed, Fiona Stuart, Kerrigan Kelly, Kloee Whitaker, Bradan Mast, Courtney Cress, Megan Nelson and Aryn Ackley.The Madison-Plains seventh and eighth grade volleyball team participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on ...

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Meyer: Optimism about OSU realistic

COLUMBUS — Football coaches and optimism at the beginning of a season are constant companions, sort of like pancakes and syrup.But deep down, they know. They know if their enthusiasm is real or contrived.Ohio State will begin its season on Saturday against Navy in Baltimore and Urban Meyer says he’s excited about the season.For real, he’s excited. Even with the loss of starting quarterback Braxton Miller to a season-ending shoulder injury, he...

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Love pledges commitment to Cavs

INDEPENDENCE — Kevin Love’s phone rang in July and LeBron James asked the All-Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland.“I’m in,” Love said.For the long haul.Getting used to a new city and new team after being acquired by the Cavaliers on Saturday, Love said he’s committed to winning an NBA title with the Cavaliers — however long it takes.Love can opt out of his contract and become a free agent...

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Miller’s hometown shocked by injury news

HUBER HEIGHTS — In Braxton Miller’s hometown of Huber Heights, residents enjoy talking about the accomplishments of the Wayne High School graduate, the Ohio State University quarterback.Last Monday at the Huber Heights Rotary Club, one Rotarian gave a “Happy Buck” for Miller being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but said he hoped Miller didn’t experience the jinx sometimes associated with being on the cover. Little did he know that Miller would sus...

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Locals earn academic achievements

Weldi receivesscholarshipCarmon Alexis Weldi, of Plain City, is the recipient of an academic scholarship from Lebanon Valley College. Weldi has been admitted to The Valley for the fall 2014 semester. She intends to pursue a major in health science,Among the incoming class of 448 students, 63 percent rank in the top 30 percent of their high school class; 12 students were valedictorians; 52 percent of students earned a scholarsh...

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Addressing infant mortality in Ohio

According to humanitarian organization Save the Children, the United States has the highest first-day death rate for infants among industrialized countries — more than 11,000 babies die within 24 hours of their birth each year. It’s unthinkable.And each year in the U.S., there are more than 4,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths. What’s worse — Ohio is near the bottom compared with other states, ranking 48th in the nation for infant mortality and 50th for inf...

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Burning for the environment

Large plumes of smoke billowed away from Big Plain Circleville Road south of London Tuesday as crews performed a controlled burn on 147 acres of farm land. Greg Pfeifer with his crew from Blue Stem Farm in Baltimore performed the burn as part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant speci...

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Citizen questions police response

A Plain City resident who reportedly helped stop a string of vandalism incidents voiced his concerns with the Plain City Police Department during Monday’s council meeting.Shawn Kelly introduced himself to the village council, “I’m the one that caught the vandals that were vandalizing the neighborhood.”On Aug. 16, Kelly had called police to alert them of three youths who were out well beyond curfew. The three are suspected as being the perpetrators...

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Sims, Garrett make a difference at M-P

Madison-Plains teacher Mary Sims, and staff member Brian Garrett received I Make a Difference awards on Friday, Aug. 22 during an employee recognition breakfast.The two were tops among a field of a dozen nominees for the annual honor in the school district.Sims researches methods to help struggling students and is described as a model co-teacher. She is a volunteer mentor.Garrett, always smiling, does the little things in support of the staff. He’s polit...

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Children’s Heart Foundation hosting day at ball park

CINCINNATI — Watch the Cincinnati Reds take on the New York Mets on Sunday, Sept. 7, while fighting against congenital heart defects (CHD) — the number one birth defect in the world.CHDs affect about 1 in 100 births. Each year, about 40,000 babies in the U.S. are born with a CHD. Today, more infants with CHDs survive to adulthood because of advancements made through research.The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading national o...

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