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Jury finds LoCI inmate not guilty

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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 stolen property in Clark County.


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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Students graduate from Capital University

BEXLEY — Three Plain City residents were included in the 730 graduates receiving degrees from Capital University during the 2013-2014 year, culminating with the university’s 164th Commencement Ceremony in May 2014.Skylar Clay, earned a Bachelor of Arts, Anthony Gerstenberger earned a Master of Business Administration, and Faith Limle earned a Master of Science in Nursing, all of Plain City.During the ceremony, degrees were conferred on graduates from the coll...

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Buckeyes rebuilding faulty pass defense

COLUMBUS — A year ago, Ohio State’s pass defense was a disaster scene. The only thing missing was a declaration from the governor.The reaction from Urban Meyer as he sorted through the rubble was drastic.“We completely blew it up,” Meyer said about OSU’s 2013 pass defense. “Anything associated with that is gone. It had to change.”Until quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his throwing shoulder in practice Monday, fixi...

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Ohio State: Injured QB Miller done for the season

COLUMBUS — Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season, dealing a severe blow to the fifth-ranked Buckeyes’ national title hopes.Ohio State confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder and will need surgery. The two-time Big Ten player of the year left practice in pain Monday after making a short throw.“My goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said in a...

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Kickin’ it in Florida

Thunderfoot Karate of London sent Master Thad Hughes and three of his students Natalie Hicks, Kristopher Rodgers, Austin Stubler to Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida to compete in a national tournament. Thunderfoot along with four other karate schools from Ohio compete as Team Ohio. As a team the group brought back 19 total medals.

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Alder cross country teams are top heavy

Jonathan Alder cross country coach Chad Palenshus starts the 2014 season with four strong runners.The problem is two of those runners are male and the other two are female, which means the Pioneers won’t have a dominant team, but likely a pair of individuals standing out on each squad.On the boys side, the team will rely on a pair of seniors who have been in the program and have put in the work to get better. Those runners are Anthony Dresvyannikov and Jacob Somwar...

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Trial to continue

Madison County jurors will decide whether an inmate at London Correctional Institution is guilty of forgery Wednesday after a full-day of trial Tuesday in Madison County Common Pleas Court.Ramon A. Boyce, 29, is accused of forging a notary’s signature on documents between April 30 and Sept. 30, 2013.Boyce is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for burglary and receiving stolen property in Clark County.After receiving an anonymous tip, investi...

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WJ council gives $3,540 toward Ox Roast

With the Labor Day holiday fast approaching, West Jefferson Village Council passed a resolution Monday night to give financial support to the village’s oldest and most well-known festival.Council approved a resolution that authorizes the payment of $3,540 to the West Jefferson Community Association (WJCA) to help with the cost of off-duty police officers for the annual West Jefferson Ox Roast.This year will be the 64th year for the festival, which will run from Sat...

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LMS squads scrimmage Court House

Just like how the football teams at higher levels go through a series of preseason scrimmages to get themselves ready for the regular season, teams at London Middle School are prepping for their openers.Seventh gradeThe London Middle School Seventh Grade football team hosted Washington Court House on Monday, Aug. 18, at vonKanel Field and the Raiders edged out the visiting Lions one score to none.

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Gardening for good

Driving by Madison Correctional Institution (MaCI), a passerby might not think of it as a source for fresh produce, but the correctional facility on state Route 56 has become home to a growing “truck farm” operation benefiting residents in London and beyond.On Tuesday five MaCI inmates bent over and squatted to pick the fruits of their labors grown over the last few months. They busily picked green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and kale from well-cared for plants...

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The Ice Bucket Challenge

Doris was the first patient I really became attached to and then had to watch die.My career as a respiratory therapist was just beginning. I was fortunate to be in a training program that had been developed in the late 1960s by Miami Valley Hospital. It was a work-study program. After working full-time for two years, studying and completing all the courses and class work, I would be eligible to take the national exam to become certified in inhalation therapy (as we was called in 19...

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Kyle Miller Memorial 5K to support scholarship fund

WESTERVILLE — Family, friends and coaches of Kyle Miller, the Otterbein University student who died in a kayaking accident at Prairie Oaks Metro Park in West Jefferson in March, are planning a memorial 5K run/walk to raise money for an endowed scholarship in his name.The Kyle Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Hilliard Municipal Park, 3800 Memorial Drive, Hilliard. Registration information can be found online at www.kylemillermemorialfun...

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Could it be Autism?

Several decades ago, I worked as a supervisor of a residential treatment facility for dually-diagnosed developmental disabled adults in New York. The job was both challenging and rewarding in myriad ways. In particular, there was one gentleman that left an indelible impression on me; his name was Joel and he was autistic.Joel’s autism was medically renowned because his symptoms were quite profound and greater awareness of this disorder was on the rise (the first case labeled ...

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Shafer awarded Founder’s Scholarship

Samantha Shafer was recently awarded the Founder’s Scholarship at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.The Founder’s Scholarship is the highest academic award given by Mount Vernon Nazarene University. It is renewable for up to five years.Shafer is a 2014 graduate of Madison-Plains High School.She is the daughter of Ken and Melissa Shafer, of Mount Sterling.She has earned a total of eight scholarships from the university and local sources....

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