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Airport receives $219,000 grant

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Madison County Commissioners approved the formal acceptance of a $219,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for 2014.The grant is providing funding for improvements to the facilities including a new roof on the large hangar and improvements to the runway.“It’s worked out real well,” Laney said.Commissioners approved the resolution in advance to facilitate signature of the document by commission chair Mark Forrest. Bill Laney, airport board of trustees chair, said he expects the document to arrive at any time.Commissioners supply a 10 percent matching funds amount on behalf of the airport.Other business of the day involved bids.


Presale tickets available at Alder

Jonathan Alder High School will have presale tickets available for this Friday’s game at West Jefferson on sale in the high school office from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 4. Adult tickets are $5 and students are $3.

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Culp participating in intensive agricultural leadership program

COLUMBUS — Madison County Farm Bureau member Ashley Culp and Plain City resident Rebekah Headings are two of 20 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2014-2015 AgriPOWER Institute. Culp is a financial services officer for Farm Credit Mid-America.Culp is a Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST committee member and Sigma Alpha Alumni chapter president.Headings and her husband have a poultry and sheep far...

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Affirm the right to unionize, freedom to abstain

This Monday, Sept. 1, our nation celebrated the contributions of the American labor movement and, more broadly, the social and economic achievements of all workers. In the midst of the parades, end-of-summer sales, anticipation of football, and excitement (or dread) about the new school year, it’s worth pausing to reflect on the intrinsic value of labor in our lives.

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Slick roads cause I-70 wreck

A tow truck driver ventures into heavy brush after the driver of a silver Honda Accord narrowly missed a large cottonwood tree Tuesday morning after leaving the I-70 eastbound lane, just east of the State Route 29 exit. Lt. Marty Fellure, post commander of the West Jefferson post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, said no one was injured in the three-car mishap. Fellure said it appeared drivers were traveling too fast for the extremely wet road conditions on the roadway. It was the second accident o...

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Boat motors, heavy equipment up for bid Sept. 6

COLUMBUS — A wide variety of heavy equipment, electronic items and office supplies will be available for bid at the State of Ohio miscellaneous property auction Saturday, Sept. 6.The auction will be held at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, General Services Division headquarters, 4200 Surface Road, Columbus. The doors open at 8 a.m.; the auction begins at 9 a.m.Auction items include computer and other electronic equipment, office furniture and a wide ...

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Story times to begin at London Public Library

The fall session of Story Times will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the London Public Library and run every Tuesday through Dec. 2.Toddler Time starts at 10 a.m. and is for children birth to 3 years of age. Preschool Story Time starts at 11 a.m. and is for children 3 to 6 years of age. Parents or caregivers are expected to stay with their children during story times and are encouraged to participate with them.Both story time sittings are intended to help children become su...

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Rededicating Choctaw’s park

Members of Boy Scout Troop 102 raise the American Flag at the rededication ceremony of the Choctaw Lake Memorial Park. First dedicated 25 years ago in 1989, the park has been upgraded with new benches, pavement, and a fountain made from a tornado siren. Work on the park’s renovation began two years ago by the Choctaw Lake Garden Club, and it was completed in time for the Labor Day weekend dedication.

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Woman accused of beating informant receives one year prison

One of three London women accused of the October 2013 beating of a former police informant was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday.Madison County Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello sentenced Katelyn Whitelow, 21, to prison despite a tearful plea from the defendant.“I know that I can be successful without going to prison,” Whitelow said.Whitelow and defense attorney Timothy Dougherty said the incident was fueled by alcohol and an anger manage...

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Scenes from the 2014 Ox Roast Festival

Jeff Pfeil, president of West Jefferson Community Association which sponsors the festival, enjoys an Ox Roast sandwich.There’s nothing scary about this sandwich. Jane Davis of Haunted Backwoods enjoys a ghostly good one.A ROYAL FEAST — Various queen contestants e...

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Ox Roast ‘rocks’ out

The village of West Jefferson swarmed with rock stars over Labor Day weekend.The 64th annual Ox Roast kicked off with its annual parade, with this year’s theme as “Rock Star.” The theme was displayed by the many different representatives from several county and community festivals from around Ohio.This year’s grand marshal, Susan Maggard, the director of the Good Samaritan Food Pantry located in the West Jefferson United Methodist Church, led the ...

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Pionners run hard at Westerville Classic

The arrival of the Labor Day weekend allowed a number of Madison County sports teams to take a break, but there were a handful that found themselves in the heat of competition over the weekend.Cross countryThe Jonathan Alder boys and girls cross country teams traveled around the I-270 outer belt to Westerville to run in the Westerville North Cross Country Classic Saturday, Aug. 30.The Pioneers girls team didn’t have enough runners to reg...

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Urbana upends London JV 33-0

The London Red Raider Junior Varsity (JV) football team traveled to Urbana Saturday, Aug. 30, to face the Hillclimbers. Urbana defeated the young Red by the score of 33-0.The tone for the day was set on the first play of the game when Urbana returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. The Indians scored three more touchdowns in the first and second quarter to take a 28-0 halftime lead. The Climbers scored once more in the third quarter for the final margin.Lon...

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Bob Powers Golf Classic celebrates 25 years

The Madison County Hospital Foundation’s Bob Powers Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary on Wednesday, Aug. 13 and Thursday, Aug. 14 at the London Country Club. Each year this event raises thousands of dollars to improve health care services in Madison County.Funds from the golf outing will benefit the Foundation’s campaign, “Caring for Today and Tomorrow.” The $2 million campaign supports information technology initiatives, including the expansion of ele...

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Clark State to receive grant for IT job training

COLUMBUS — State Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield) announced that Clark State Community College has been awarded a $471,000 state workforce development grant to improve facilities at the college’s Leffel Lane campus.Clark State is one of six statewide finalists awarded funds to upgrade campus facilities.“This grant allows Clark State to develop and expand its innovative programs that develop a highly capable workforce to fill in-demand jobs in the I...

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Locals earn academic achievements

Lehigh Universitywelcomes local studentPoorva Patel, of Mount Sterling, has been welcomed to Lehigh University as a member of the class of 2018.She is among 1,322 degree-seeking students: 36 percent enrolled in P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, 35 percent in the College of Arts and Sciences, 25 percent in the College of Business and Economics, 3 percent in the College of Computer Science and Business, and...

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BMV unit created to investigate fraud

With increases in identity thefts over the last 10 years, state agencies have been challenged in ways not seen prior to the change in the millennium.The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has its own investigative department which addresses attempts of fraud as it relates to the BMV.Todd Ballinger is the assistant chief of BMV investigation.“Our division responds to potential offenses of compromised identity,” Ballinger said.The office ...

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Low corn prices worry farmers

COLUMBUS — For Ohio corn growers, their future rides on two numbers — the price of corn per bushel, and how many bushels they sell. That may seem like Agribusiness 101, but in 2014, those numbers are worrying corn growers as never before.Corn grower Dan Yoder of Mechanicsburg is one of those growers. Attending a recent state Corn Growers Association event, he stood outside a large barn listening to the talk from fellow farmers about the price of corn. He had just sold s...

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