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Hayes picked as JAJH’s new principal

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Jonathan Alder Junior High’s new principal is Plain City resident J. Clint Hayes, 36.Board of education members hired Hayes at a special, early morning meeting on Monday.Hayes replaces Chris Piper, who resigned in June to become superintendent of Triad Local Schools in Champaign County.Most recently, Hayes was assistant principal at London Middle School for two years. He also served as Alder’s junior varsity baseball coach in 2008.London administrators Carol Daniels, Adelle Faulkner and Gayle Reidenbach recommended Hayes for the new position.


Mullet inducted as a collegiate scholar

Jacob C. Mullet, of Plain City, has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).He graduted from Jonathan Alder with honors, played basketball and several scholarships and honors. His parents are Marianne Cooper and Alfred Mullet.“NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievements. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel, and service projects...

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U.S. Marines push Golden Eagles to new heights

It doesn’t matter whether or not it says it on the calendar but last week was the last week of summer vacation for high school sports athletes.No school doesn’t start up for another few weeks or so, but with the start of high school sports seasons officially coming next week, that makes this one the dreaded week of serious conditioning.At Madison-Plains High School the football program affectionately refers to it as “Hell Week” and coach Jason Hun...

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Backpack and school supply giveway

The West Jefferson United Methodist Church, 36 S. Center St., is having its annual backpack giveaway from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6 and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, for students in the area of West Jefferson and Galloway within Madison County.School age students kindergarten through 12th grade will be provided with school supplies, new socks and underwear. Parents may pick up school supplies for absent children.Backpacks will be given to students tha...

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Something new at London Rib and Jazz Fest

The London Rib and Jazz Fest continues to add new attractions to keep the two-day event fresh.Spokesperson Amy Rees said new food and entertainment vendors are coming to the festival.“The festival gets bigger, busier and better every year with more people attending and more vendors and artists wishing to participate,” Rees said. “Going to a two-day event enabled us to expand the festival to accommodate all of the interest. We also felt that extending th...

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DAV’s ‘Forget-Me-Not’ Days steps off

Madison County commissioners, from right, David Dhume, Mark Forrest and Paul Gross each drop a dollar in the donation can held by Dave Beekman, Commander of Chapter 93 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) as chapter member Icle Davis, left, looks on. The chapter’s drive, Forget-Me-Not Days, to assist disabled veterans will begin later this week and run through mid-August. In London, look for DAVs at the Speedway location on U.S. Route 42 near I-70 on the the following dates: July 31,...

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Commissioners commend law enforcement

In response to the city and county law enforcement’s drug sweep of last week, the county commissioners on Monday issued an informal commendation of their efforts to impede drug trafficking in Madison County.In the commendation, David Dhume, speaking for the commission said, “Opiates and heroin are a huge problem. We need the task force investigating and arresting these folks. The efforts of the task force … are worthwhile.”

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Gospel Road stops at Fairhaven

All roads lead to Fairhaven School.Last week, Gospel Road — a group of Columbus Dioceses Catholic-sponsored youth who spend their summer helping others — made their way to Madison County.The contingent of approximately 200 teenagers were accompanied by adult supervisors and performed community service work at more than 30 sites throughout Madison, Franklin and Union counties.

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Fresh veggies from the garden is a highlight

Editors Note: Lovina Eicher has decided to no longer write The Amish Cook column. I wish her well in life’s challenges and opportunities ahead and feel blessed to have spent so much wonderful time with the Eichers.Nothing lasts forever. And in the media business, personalities come and go. “Regis and Kathy Lee” becomes “Regis and Kelly,” which becomes “Kelly and Michael.” Personalities change, but shows can stay the same. The Amish Cook col...

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Waiting to go home

The Fourth of July is a time for food, fun and celebration — which often involves fireworks — but the Independence Day blasts aren’t fun for every person and canine.Three weeks after the patriotic festivities, several dogs which ran away the weekend of July 4 remain at the Madison County Humane Society.They’re still waiting to go home.The shelter — the only in Madison County — typically receives one to three dogs a week. Bet...

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Twenty-five arraigned on drug charges

Twenty-five area residents netted in a July 23 round-up of suspected drug dealers were formally charged on Friday with felony offenses.Twenty-three were arraigned before Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello. Two others, who were not among those indicted by the grand jury on July 16, made initial appearances before Municipal Judge Eric Schooley.Some jailed on Wednesday were released on bond. Others, who tested positive on Friday for continuing drug use, were j...

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Take steps against foodborne illness

I got hit with a nasty bug last week, and I wonder if it might have been food poisoning. I’m OK now, but what kinds of food poisoning are most common, and what are the symptoms?Generally, foodborne illness symptoms can be mild or severe, and include everything from upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fever and dehydration.Many times, it’s difficult even for doctors to differentiate between foodborne illness and oth...

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Mom’s making ratatouille from summer veggies

I will preface this column by stating unequivocally that I will not knowingly choose to live in the same house with free-range rodents. Trust me on this. I see differences in the Guinea pigs my grandchildren keep as pets versus mice (and their cousins, the rats).As far as I’m concerned, field mice are welcome to share my part of the earth with me and mine. I don’t mind seeing one out and about where he (or she) belongs — namely, in a field (hence, the name ‘...

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Unger chosen as MPHS principal

Though Madison-Plains Local Schools had numerous applications for the high school principal’s position, the board of education (BOE) Thursday evening chose someone from their own back yard.In a unanimous vote (BOE member Dave Hunter was absent), the BOE chose Matthew Unger as the next high school principal, effective Aug. 1. Unger was given a three-year contract at $93,256 per year.Unger has been teaching agricultural education for two years at Madison-Plains. For ...

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Being good sports on vacation

See you again in about 30 years.That was the message from my 10-year-old son Reid as he shook hands with Jeff Idelson, current President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum last month in Cooperstown, New York.This weekend Idelson will be welcoming in the newest induction class in to the Hall of Fame. Reid must have been just reserving his spot.When planning our summer vacation this year I had two goals – make stops that were meaningful/memor...

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The Madison Press’ print edition has new look

The print edition of The Madison Press now features a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.Even though we live in a digital age, with more people than ever turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our advertisers.

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M-P football visit good for Mount Sterling

Dear Editor,I would like to thank Coach Jason Hunt and the Madison-Plains football squad for coming to the Village of Mount Sterling.There were over 40 people there to watch the team do their drills. I hope seeing the team in our area will get support from our community.Thanks again for a chance to see all the drills up close. Let’s hope for a good season this fall for the Golden Eagles!David Timmons...

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Should I stay or should I go?

To my fellow world travelers, I have reached the point in every trip where I cannot believe I will be leaving soon. I have come to the point where I could choose to ignore my plans of leaving in 10 days. However, this is not possible. I must think about completing the hours for my internship. I must also begin putting my things in order and deciding whether or not going over on the weight of my bags is better than checking a third bag when flying home.

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