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How to fund the park district?

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With expenses such as portable toilets, and no revenue stream to offset those expenses, the Madison County Park District’s balance is set to steadily decrease, and then be no more, officials discussed Monday.During the board’s regular meeting, Madison County commissioners reviewed the financial report with Julia Cumming, coordinator of the park district, and Gene Pass, a member of the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails (FMCPT) volunteer organization.The park district has a current balance of $4,875.“We need to look at cutting expenses or generating revenue,” Commissioner Paul Gross said. “What are we going to do on the revenue side?”


Meyer doesn’t want OSU to be satisfied

COLUMBUS — The J.T. Barrett bandwagon is rolling along, but there is one important person who hasn’t purchased his ticket yet.Ohio State’s redshirt freshman quarterback was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday after throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 107 yards and two TDs in a 56-17 win over Rutgers.It was the second time Barrett has been named Player of the Week and the fourth ti...

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Fall season ends for area teams

No Madison County cross country runners placed high enough at the Division II district tournament Saturday, Oct. 18, at Watkins Memorial to advance to this week’s regional race.The Jonathan Alder boys scored 400 points and finished in 15th place (out of 23 teams). London did not have enough boys running in the D-II boys race to register a team score. Granville won the district championship with a score of 33.

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Emerald ash borer victims

Cowling Park in London became a much sunnier place Monday morning as tree surgeons from Peterman Tree Service began to remove about a dozen dead or dying trees from the park. Pictured, trees near Park Avenue are reduced to stumps. Roughly 40 trees are either affected or will be affected by the emerald ash borer beetle, according to Steve Hume, city safety-services director. “There’s no question at this point in ...

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London woman arrested after chase

A London woman was arrested for failure to comply after attempting to elude police, according to a London police report.On Oct. 10, police saw Sheri Prather, 48, driving a black vehicle on Lafayette Street about 12:27 a.m. The vehicle was drifting to the center lane or the curve and jerking back, the report said.Prather turned into the opposite lane of travel, and the officer allegedly turned on his lights to stop Prather. She did not stop.She then turned righ...

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Models ready for Fall Fling Style Show

On Friday, Oct. 24, the Madison County Hospital Auxiliary will host the annual Fall Fling. The fundraiser begins at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 10 E. Fourth St., London.This year’s Fall Fling will consist of a style show and special entertainment. Refreshments will be served.Tickets for the event are $10 and are available at Edie’s Place, the Madison County Hospital gift shop and at the door. All proceeds benefit the Madison Count...

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Aces trump Lady Red Raiders

You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.Heading into Saturday action in the second round of the Division II Central District volleyball tournament, London had the luxury of hosting the post-season match against Granville.Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, the visitors had a couple of (Blue) Aces up their sleeve.Granville channeled their outward exuberance on to the court and swept the Red Raiders 25-12, 25-17, 25-22 in London High Sc...

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Man arrested after driving through yard

A London man was arrested after he allegedly drove through a resident’s front yard and tried to run over the resident and his neighbors, according to a London police report.Jarrett Harley, 27, was charged with OVI and felonious assault for the Oct. 11 incident. He was also cited for driving under a suspended license and driving without a valid driver’s license, the report stated.The victim said he heard a crash in the front yard of the home, located on South ...

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London police reports

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following individuals were arrested or cited by the London Police Department. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Thursday, Oct. 9 • A man reported to police he wished to press charges for telecommunications harassment after reportedly receiving threatening messages. The officer told the victim that he could press charges against the suspect. He also told the victim to keep ignoring the...

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Man approaches child

Police are searching for a man who allegedly approached a child near Amherst Meadows subdivision, according to London Police Chief Dave Wiseman.A child under the age of five was playing in the front yard of a home before noon when a white male in his late 30s approached on foot, Wiseman said. The unknown male started to walk away once he realized a parent was in the area with the child.What the man said is currently unknown, Wiseman said.The man left in a ligh...

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Community controls violations lead to prison

A London man was sentenced to a year in prison after violating terms of his community control.Dillon Earles, 35, was sentenced to 18 months of community control in 2013 for alleged forgeries in 2012.Earles failed to report to his probation officer, update residential information with the court, participate in a mental health assessment and pay court costs, visiting judge Robert Nichols said.“The defendant has simply been non-compliant since day one,̶...

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Firefighters provide training, scholarship to JAHS

Firefighters with the Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District recently demonstrated the correct utilization of fire extinguishers during a teacher in-service training at Jonathan Alder High School.This “hands on” training taught staff the proper methods needed to quickly douse a small fire, according to Chief Mark Kidd.Leah Dunham, daughter of Pleasant Valley firefighter Bryan Dunham, showed teachers how easy it is to put out a fire with the lessons taught by the...

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County properties to be revaluated this year

Madison County will be completing a revaluation of all county property values.This revaluation is one of the many statutory duties required of the county auditor’s office, according to Auditor Jennifer S. Hunter.Property values are required to be reappraised every six years with an update of values done every three years in between. The last reappraisal of all property values was done in 2008, with an update performed in 2011, she said.

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JA rolls to fourth straight win

The Jonathan Alder High School football team has officially turned its season around.The Pioneers went 1-3 in the first four games of the year but defeated North Union 21-13 Friday, Oct. 17, to increase their winning streak to four games, including decisive wins over Buckeye Valley (40-14, Oct. 3) and Upper Sandusky (42-0, Oct. 10).“Our defense has been playing extremely well,” Alder coach Brett Glass said. “It was a great senior-led win for us tonight....

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Columbus Academy schools Madison-Plains, 47-13

Madison-Plains had a mission to show that last week’s defeat at Bexley was a temporary setback. But after a solid first quarter, the Eagles found themselves on the wrong side of another rout, losing to visiting Columbus Academy 47-13.The Eagles led 13-7 in the second quarter but made a series of mistakes and got nothing after that.“That’s two weeks in a row that we played very poorly. Top to bottom, it was a poor effort,” Eagles’ coach Jason...

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Bobcats top WJ, 7-2

Milking it for all its worth.Long ago, French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur was saddled with finding an effective way to cure ills.His invention of high heat followed by swift cooling went so well, the universal process now bears his name.The West Jefferson High School football team has had their own pasteurization-type season as the Roughriders have been hot and cold throughout the year.In Friday’s Mid-State League match-up with Gr...

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Raiders fall 20-6

Years from now when the London High School football team is an annual contender for league championships under coach Kyle Cutler, it will look back at games like the one it played Friday, Oct. 17, and laugh.Until then fans are going to have to suffer through the growing pains of building a contender.The Red Raiders (2-6, 0-4) battled visiting Whitehall (5-3, 4-0) for four hard-fought quarters, but came up on the short end of a 20-6 decision.

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Waterfowl hunting opportunities extended for locals

Waterfowl hunting dates and bag limits for the state’s 2014-15 season are set, following action by the Ohio Wildlife Council on Oct. 15.Once again, Interstate 70 marks the line between north and south hunting zones, giving Madison County hunters extended opportunities to bag ducks, brant, mergansers, coots and geese.The Ohio Division of Wildlife divides Ohio into three migratory game bird hunting areas: north and south zones, as well as the Lake Erie marsh zone....

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