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London Elementary School students exit their bus and walk to the north entry of the school on Wednesday, Aug. 20, their first day back from summer break. Teacher Catherine Rosebrough greeted them as they entered to begin their educational adventure for the 2014-15 school year.

 

Keep growing a garden this fall

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables — and personal satisfaction — from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

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Plains’ girls remain undefeated, improve to 13-0

The Madison-Plains girls golf team is off to a flying start and there was little visiting Bishop Ready could do about it in a non-league dual played Wednesday, July 20, at Locust Hills Golf Course.The Golden Eagles topped the Silver Knights by a whopping 70 strokes in a 172-242 victory.Bailey Stephens was the event medalist with her solid round of 40. Christan Bowshier and Kaylin Dill both fired 43s, while Morgan Hunter came in with a 46. With the victory the team improv...

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Across Ohio, good stories are not hard to find

Turn on the news or open a paper and it seems as though the world is falling apart. From gridlock in Washington to chaos in the Middle East to war and tragedy in eastern Ukraine, bad news dominates the airwaves. But I am privileged in my job as your senator to work with ordinary Ohioans who are doing extraordinary things. I’d like to take a moment to share some of their stories.

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Miller’s injury might throw Ohio State’s dreams for a loss

COLUMBUS — All those big plays. All those times he eluded violent hits. And it was a little pass — maybe not even 10 yards — in a no-contact practice situation that brought Braxton Miller down.Ohio State’s senior quarterback learned Tuesday that his 2014 season was over before it began.An injury to his throwing shoulder that happened during a Monday afternoon practice delivered a devastating blow to Miller and put Ohio State’s hopes of a nat...

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Red Raiders eyeing MSL volleyballl title

A couple of heartbreaking five-game losses is all that separated the London High School volleyball team from earning a share of the Mid-State League Ohio Division title and finishing second where it the Red Raiders did a year ago.London (14-9 overall) was 11-3 in its first season of the MSL Ohio and finished behind only league champion West Jefferson (17-6, 14-0). In the two battles with the Roughriders, London dropped two tough matches that if they would’ve won would have gi...

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Birth

Justin Thompson and Hiedi Browning, of Wilmington, announce the birth of a daughter, Evelyn Rose Thompson, born Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Madison County Hospital in London.She weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and has a sister, Brooklynn Johnson.Maternal grandparents are Richard Wallace, of London, and Elizabeth Browning, of Lancaster.Paternal grandparents are Janette and Den Murphy, of Wilmington.Maternal great-grandparents are Delmas a...

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Benefit to be held for slain London native

Bikers will hit the road on a poker run Sept. 6 in memory of London native Kathy Shonkwiler, who was killed in July.Proceeds will go to Shonkwiler’s funeral expenses.Shonkwiler, 51, of London, was killed by her husband Troy Stone in a murder/suicide in Columbus July 22.A poker run is an organized event where participants ride to several locations, drawing a playing card at each one. The goal is to have the best hand at the end of the ride.The ...

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Staffan and Brady to exchange vows

Mr. and Mrs. H. Thomas Brady, of Mount Sterling, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their oldest daughter, Elizabeth H. Brady, to Reese Staffan, son of Randy and Jamie Staffan, of South Solon.The bride to be is a recent graduate of Madison-Plains and is currently pursuing her degree in nursing.The prospective bridegroom, also a recent graduate of Madison-Plains, joined the Army and will be stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, where the couple expects to resid...

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Secret flower gardens most of us miss

Who would grow a garden in so many common places and so many at one time that they are often missed? Who grows gardens in a stump of a fallen tree? Who in the world would spread so many flowers along the creeks and rivers where no one lives? Why do all this when very few or no one will see them?

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Drug sweep suspects attend pretrials

Twenty-two suspects arrested in connection to the “Operation Bases Loaded” drug sweep in July attended their informal pretrial hearings Aug. 20 in Madison County Common Pleas Court.Informal pretrial hearings ensure that the discovery process is underway. Discovery is the formal process of exchanging information between prosecution and defense about the witnesses and evidence they will present at trial.Potential for motions and bond issues are also addressed, ...

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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

Aug. 21, 1914Madison County Democrat — No news from this date. The following appeared in the June 17, 1874 edition. A petition is being circulated and numerally signed for extending the corporation limits of the village. This is undoubtedly done with a view to getting Mrs. Riourdon, owner of the Railroad House, under the control of Council, when the question of beer will be at once settled.

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Octoberfest plans underway for 2014

The Madison County Republican Women’s Club (MCRWC) held a meeting July 22 to initiate plans for the annual Octoberfest.The event will be held at the new Eby Arena at the Madison County Fairgrounds on Thursday, Oct. 2. Octoberfest is a joint venture of the Madison County Republican Central Commitee (MCRCC) and the MCRWC, along with many generous donors from the community.Featured speakers will be Congressman Steve Stivers, representing Ohio’s 15th congressiona...

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Jury finds LoCI inmate not guilty

Madison County jurors found a London Correctional Institution inmate not guilty of forgery Wednesday morning after a full-day trial Tuesday.Ramon A. Boyce, 29, was initially accused of forging a notary’s signature on documents between April 30 and Sept. 30, 2013.The jury was dismissed early Tuesday evening after deciding to delay deliberations until Wednesday morning.Boyce is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for burglary and receiving stol...

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Plain City water towers being painted

Work began in Plain City this week to clean and repaint the village’s two water towers.The tower located on Jefferson Avenue (U.S. 42) will undergo an interior cleaning, sandblasting and painting, whereas the tower on Bigelow Road will receive treatments on both the interior and exterior.While not necessarily “routine” maintenance, cleaning and painting water towers is maintenance that should be conducted about every 20 years, said Kevin Vaughn, village...

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London Academy needs board member

The London Academy board of directors met Monday evening, minus one member.Phyllis Alder, a board member for several years, has retired from her position on the board of directors, officials announced.Board members are now looking to fill the vacant seat.Board president Donna Cooper said anyone eager to make a difference in the lives of the academy’s students as a board member is encouraged to send a resume, either by U.S. Mail or email to principal Paul...

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Corvette caravan to stop at Coughlin in Pataskala

Staff reportPATASKALA — Coughlin Automotive, which has a dealership in London, will serve as the only dealership visit in the state of Ohio on the nine-day New Jersey Corvette Caravan that’s been called the world’s largest moving automotive event.“For Corvette owners everywhere, it is a pilgrimage that unites those who have a passion for America’s Sports Car at the Gateway of all things Corvette, The National Corvette Museum,” a spokes...

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H.E.L.P. House, Kiwanis to provide school supplies

Staff reportThe London Kiwanis Club recently donated school supplies to a local charity organization in preparation of the start of the 2014-15 school year.A team of Kiwanis members delivered 144 backpacks filled to the brim with pencils, glue, crayons, and additional supplies for students entering kindergarten through fourth grades.The backpacks were distributed on Saturday, Aug. 16 from the H.E.L.P. House Community Outreach.“Members of the L...

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