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Safety expo this weekend

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Local youth will get the chance to meet local law enforcement and check out some real-life helicopters at the 13th annual Madison County Safety Expo this Saturday.The free event is hosted by Madison County Emergency Medical District, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Madison County Fairgrounds.Roger Roberts, director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, said about 500 people attend the expo. About 300 to 400 of them are youth.“Every year it gets bigger and bigger,” Roberts said.Emergency vehicles will be on site for local youth to explore, as well as life flight and care flight helicopters. Firefighters and other law enforcement will also speak to attendees.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: While charges have been filed by law enforcement officers against some of the following people, they have not been found guilty of violations. Charges against persons may be dismissed or individuals may be found not guilty in a court. Unless a person is found guilty, he or she remains not guilty.Friday, Aug. 15

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Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports

EDITOR’S NOTE: While charges have been filed by law enforcement officers against some of the following people, they have not been found guilty of violations. Charges against persons may be dismissed or individuals may be found not guilty in a court. Unless a person is found guilty, he or she remains not guilty.Saturday, Aug. 2London resident Shannon L. Barnhart was charged with obstructing official business after reporting her vehicle miss...

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Precipitation report for the month of July

The Central Ohio Raingage Network has released its monthly precipitation report for the month of July.Overall, Central Ohio precipitation averaged slightly below normal in the northern half of the network, near normal in the southwest sector, and slightly above normal in the southeast sector of the network.Storms during the month were generally isolated, producing heavy rainfalls over localized areas.The London Fish Hatchery reported 3.94 inches of precipitati...

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WJ’s Smith hired as M-P interim treasurer

Madison-Plains Local Schools has hired the treasurer of Jefferson Local Schools and London Academy to serve as its interim treasurer.Jill Smith was approved for the position by the Madison-Plains Board of Education Tuesday during its regular meeting.Former treasurer Tim Dettwiller is now the district’s superintendent.Board president Kelly Cooley said the board is in the process of reviewing resumes of candidates for the treasurer’s position.

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The false promise of fame and fortune

When Robin Williams died last week, apparently by his own hand, it shocked everyone.Williams was an undisputed comic genius, known primarily for his uncanny ability to “free style” through comedy riffs that saw him morph seamlessly from one character to another and rattle off a stream-of-conscious monologue that was difficult for an audience to follow, let alone nearly impossible to imagine creating.In retrospect, it is all too easy to understand now that suc...

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Keep growing a garden this fall

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables — and personal satisfaction — from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

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Plains’ girls remain undefeated, improve to 13-0

The Madison-Plains girls golf team is off to a flying start and there was little visiting Bishop Ready could do about it in a non-league dual played Wednesday, July 20, at Locust Hills Golf Course.The Golden Eagles topped the Silver Knights by a whopping 70 strokes in a 172-242 victory.Bailey Stephens was the event medalist with her solid round of 40. Christan Bowshier and Kaylin Dill both fired 43s, while Morgan Hunter came in with a 46. With the victory the team improv...

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Across Ohio, good stories are not hard to find

Turn on the news or open a paper and it seems as though the world is falling apart. From gridlock in Washington to chaos in the Middle East to war and tragedy in eastern Ukraine, bad news dominates the airwaves. But I am privileged in my job as your senator to work with ordinary Ohioans who are doing extraordinary things. I’d like to take a moment to share some of their stories.

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Miller’s injury might throw Ohio State’s dreams for a loss

COLUMBUS — All those big plays. All those times he eluded violent hits. And it was a little pass — maybe not even 10 yards — in a no-contact practice situation that brought Braxton Miller down.Ohio State’s senior quarterback learned Tuesday that his 2014 season was over before it began.An injury to his throwing shoulder that happened during a Monday afternoon practice delivered a devastating blow to Miller and put Ohio State’s hopes of a nat...

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Red Raiders eyeing MSL volleyballl title

A couple of heartbreaking five-game losses is all that separated the London High School volleyball team from earning a share of the Mid-State League Ohio Division title and finishing second where it the Red Raiders did a year ago.London (14-9 overall) was 11-3 in its first season of the MSL Ohio and finished behind only league champion West Jefferson (17-6, 14-0). In the two battles with the Roughriders, London dropped two tough matches that if they would’ve won would have gi...

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Justin Thompson and Hiedi Browning, of Wilmington, announce the birth of a daughter, Evelyn Rose Thompson, born Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Madison County Hospital in London.She weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and has a sister, Brooklynn Johnson.Maternal grandparents are Richard Wallace, of London, and Elizabeth Browning, of Lancaster.Paternal grandparents are Janette and Den Murphy, of Wilmington.Maternal great-grandparents are Delmas a...

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Benefit to be held for slain London native

Bikers will hit the road on a poker run Sept. 6 in memory of London native Kathy Shonkwiler, who was killed in July.Proceeds will go to Shonkwiler’s funeral expenses.Shonkwiler, 51, of London, was killed by her husband Troy Stone in a murder/suicide in Columbus July 22.A poker run is an organized event where participants ride to several locations, drawing a playing card at each one. The goal is to have the best hand at the end of the ride.The ...

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Staffan and Brady to exchange vows

Mr. and Mrs. H. Thomas Brady, of Mount Sterling, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their oldest daughter, Elizabeth H. Brady, to Reese Staffan, son of Randy and Jamie Staffan, of South Solon.The bride to be is a recent graduate of Madison-Plains and is currently pursuing her degree in nursing.The prospective bridegroom, also a recent graduate of Madison-Plains, joined the Army and will be stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, where the couple expects to resid...

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Secret flower gardens most of us miss

Who would grow a garden in so many common places and so many at one time that they are often missed? Who grows gardens in a stump of a fallen tree? Who in the world would spread so many flowers along the creeks and rivers where no one lives? Why do all this when very few or no one will see them?

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London Elementary School students exit their bus and walk to the north entry of the school on Wednesday, Aug. 20, their first day back from summer break. Teacher Catherine Rosebrough greeted them as they entered to begin their educational adventure for the 2014-15 school year.

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Drug sweep suspects attend pretrials

Twenty-two suspects arrested in connection to the “Operation Bases Loaded” drug sweep in July attended their informal pretrial hearings Aug. 20 in Madison County Common Pleas Court.Informal pretrial hearings ensure that the discovery process is underway. Discovery is the formal process of exchanging information between prosecution and defense about the witnesses and evidence they will present at trial.Potential for motions and bond issues are also addressed, ...

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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

Aug. 21, 1914Madison County Democrat — No news from this date. The following appeared in the June 17, 1874 edition. A petition is being circulated and numerally signed for extending the corporation limits of the village. This is undoubtedly done with a view to getting Mrs. Riourdon, owner of the Railroad House, under the control of Council, when the question of beer will be at once settled.

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