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Scaggs: ‘It’s time to make city officials accountable’

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A member of London City Council is pressing forward to pass a law requiring city employees to be personally liable for any unapproved purchases, but other members feel as if the law is “too broad.”During a 20-minute heated interchange between council members and Mayor Dave Eades, councilman Steve Scaggs said it’s time to make city officials more accountable.Eades previously told council the proposed law is in direct conflict to a portion of Ohio law granting employees immunity from civil liability, and would make the city liable to a lawsuit. But, Scaggs said he spoke with city law Director Zahid H. Siddiqi and there is no conflict.


London spikes West Jefferson

Too close for comfort.In the 1980s, funny man Ted Knight starred in a comedy about a cartoonist who wore sweatshirts from various colleges while illustrating the exploits of Cosmic Cow.On Thursday, the London High School volleyball team had what appeared to be a comfortable lead in its first game against cross-county and league rival West Jefferson, only to see the Roughriders storm back and take it.The Red Raiders didn’t allow that to happen again on th...

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Picassos among pieces going on public view in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When retail mogul Leslie Wexner peers at one of the Picassos, Dubuffets or Giacomettis in the personal art collection he and his wife Abigail have amassed over the years, he feels a range of emotions that often include gratitude, defeat and exhilaration.“I find it inspiring in a way — that tangible creativity you find in painting or performance,” says the philanthropist and chairman of L Brands, the company behind Victoria’s Secre...

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Music Men take part in grand opening

The Music Men of London Barbershop Quartet were among the volunteer performers at Sunday’s (Sept. 14) Ronald McDonald House Home Charities grand opening, located across from the Columbus Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The quartet includes from left: Matthew Tlachac, Jeff Gates, guest singer Ronald McDonald, Paul Oswalt, and Craig Chadwell.

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Plow Days this weekend near Newport

When it comes to wheat stubble, the fields of Wayne Price have it.150 acres of it to be more precise.Fields of wheat stubble provide good “sod” for a two-bottom or three-bottom plow pulled by a two-cylinder John Deere tractor.Price would have liked an inch of rain with his wheat stubble, “but that’s beside the point,” he said.The point is he and his fellow 2-cylinder JD lovers will drop those bottoms into the earth to t...

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Eades wants you! To run for mayor

Have you had a problem with the way London Mayor Dave Eades has run the city for the past 24 years? If so, he wants you to put your hat into the ring next year.Eades told London City Council on Thursday he would not be a candidate for reelection in 2015, again confirming plans on ending his run as the city’s mayor.He said the experience has had its highs and lows, but has always been interesting.“So for everybody who believes this is a piece of cak...

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Remembering Martha, the last passenger pigeon

One hundred years ago, Americans across the eastern United States could have looked up into the sky and seen it filled with passenger pigeons. Their flocks numbered in the billions and could turn day into night. Now they are extinct, the victim of overhunting and habitat destruction.The loss of this species is one of the greatest examples of what can happen if we are not committed to conserving our wildlife. We must learn from their example, and work to ensure that species such as ...

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Kids still not eating enough produce

How many fruits and vegetables should children eat every day?Actually, the recommendations for fruits and vegetables vary widely. They depend on children’s daily calorie needs, which relate to their age and activity level. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises that:• Children ages 2 to 5 should eat 1 to 1.5 cups of fruit and 1 to 2 cups of vegetables a day.• Children ages 6 to 11 should eat 1 to 2 cups of fruit an...

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Date night and a fondue supper

Hi to all of you.Summer is rapidly turning to autumn and we will soon be heading back home to Illinois. We have been staying with my husband’s family near Danville, Ohio for the past several weeks. It is cooling off more during the night and the air has more of a fall feel. I’m looking forward to the winter months with a newborn baby. Lord willing. At the same time, I also enjoy fall weather. I especially enjoy picnics and camp-outs. I was delighted the other day when m...

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Marriage Applications

Madison CountyProbate CourtThursday, Sept. 4Jack Daniel Snyder, 25, of London, police officer, and Kylie Marie Peckinpaugh, 23, of London, stay at home mom.Friday, Sept. 5Michael Ryan Huff, 24, of Plain City, maintenance, and Kayla Lindsy Kammer, 22, of Plain City, dental assistant.Sean T. Fleming, 22, of Plain Ci...

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Madison County Real Estate

Sept. 9-15Warranty DeedsTuesday, Sept. 9• Michael J. Pottmeyer, Denise L. Pottmeyer, and Denise L. Schultheis to Denise L. Pottmeyer and Michael J. Pottmeyer, Lot No. 495, Choctaw Lake Subdivision, in Somerford Township, fee exempt.• Michael J. Pottmeyer, Denise L. Pottmeyer, and Denise L. Schultheis to Denise L. Pottmeyer and Michael J. Po...

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Backyard harvest time means tomatoes

This year, all at once the nights are chilly. Last week, so were the days. Seems like a trend. It took the summer of 2014 a long time to really warm up but a short time to slide into fall. A sure sign is the song of the cicadas at night as they say goodbye to warm weather.Sunday was a perfect fall-like day. Cool, a little breezy, sunny — perfect for dog-walking, Frisbee-tossing, bike-riding and pulling out our impatiens that have already ceased to bloom.It seems th...

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Costello: People are dying from drugs

A Plain City man was sentenced to six months in prison Friday for drug trafficking.Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello used the sentencing hearing as an opportunity to speak about the role of drugs in the community, and the “consequences” heroin and other opiates have on its users.Paul A. Darling III, 31, was charged for dealing the painkiller Oxycodone last year on Oct. 8, as well as heroin and hydrocodone on Oct. 21.Darling’s girlfriend...

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AWOS system up at airport

The Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) has been installed at the Madison County Airport, and has generally been working pretty well up until Friday, officials said.It was discovered then the computer, which received the data from the station across the runway at the airport, was overheating and shutting down, said John Duhl, airport manager.He chalked it up to it being a new system, out of which the “bugs” had to be worked out.He said the ...

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Madison March for Life to be held Oct. 3

As part of October being commemorated as Respect Life Month, the Madison County Right to Life is hosting its first Madison March for Life.The march will take place Friday, Oct. 3.Marchers will leave from the St. Patrick School gymnasium, 226 Elm St., London, at 4 p.m. and proceed to the Madison County Courthouse, then return to the school.State Rep. Bob Hackett (R-London) and Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis will speak at the school at 5:30 p.m....

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Pizza Hut testing ‘skinny slice’

NEW YORK (AP) — Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors.The tests of the “Skinny Slice” pies began this week at several dozen restaurants in Toledo, Ohio, and West Palm Beach, Florida. The pies simply use less of the same dough used for regular pies and are lighter on the toppings, said Doug Terfehr, a Pizza Hut spokesman.

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A speedy, kitchen sink approach to pumpkin bread

Some days you just need to embrace a kitchen sink approach to cooking. This quick bread is just such a case.A few years back, I came up with a recipe for a gingery pumpkin bread that was pretty much everything I wanted in a pumpkin bread. It was tender and moist, robustly — but not distractingly — gingery, and delivered loads of pumpkin and cinnamon flavor. It was good while it lasted…Because as much as I love that recipe, this year I started thinking a...

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M-P: Report card moving in right direction

Efforts taken in Madison-Plains Schools to improve testing scores is showing some results, administrators told the Board of Education (BOE) Tuesday evening during its regular meeting.Curriculum Director Karen Grigsby gave a brief explanation of the recently released report card from Ohio Department of Education. Overall, it shows the district is improving and moving academically in the right direction, she said.Grigsby said a direct comparison to the previous year is dif...

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