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Waiting to go home

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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. Between July 4 and July 6, eight dogs were brought in, said Danielle King, assistant director. Of those dogs, all but four or five are still waiting to be adopted.


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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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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WJ must refund $70K to ODOT

A 2013 state agency accounting error now has the Village of West Jefferson returning a large sum of money back to the state of Ohio that was tied to the Main Street Enhancement Project.Village council approved an ordinance Monday night that authorizes a supplemental appropriation in the general fund in the amount of $70,176 in order to refund the overpayment back to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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Paul Charles Toomey Jr. and Kimberly Alexandra Carnahan, of London, announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Grace Toomey, born Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Madison County Hospital in London.She weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces.Maternal grandparents are Robert and LouAnn Carnahan, of London.Paternal grandparents are Leah Myers, of Galloway, and Paul Toomey Sr., of London.Maternal great-grandparents are the late Teddie and Georgianne Cornelis...

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How good is the guarantee?

This week, I needed to buy a new string trimmer for the yard work around our home. I looked at several brands and finally made my decision based on the warranty of the product. It literally came down to how long the trimmer was guaranteed.

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A year older but not that much smarter

I think I am in a rut. No matter how hard I work, I do not seem to be getting any further along in life. Could it be that somewhere in my past, I peaked and did not realize it? If so, I wish I knew about it so at least I could have the consolation that I have peaked.This week I celebrate another birthday. This is a rut I am talking about. After all, I celebrate my birthday every year on the same day. The only reason I celebrate it on that day is because my mother said that was the ...

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Thy will be done

In the Lord’s Prayer we pray that God’s Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. His Will is accomplished perfectly in heaven, but what about on earth? God’s Will is also perfectly accomplished on earth. Sin seems to be a violation of that Will, but God permits sin so that we might choose Him. This is called “the permissive Will of God.” God does permit evil to exist. He does permit the devil to tempt us. Our free will requires such a choice. God loves us so muc...

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Quarter midgets ‘rule’ at fairgrounds

Participants in quarter midget racing’s biggest event this week have literally taken over the Madison County Fairgrounds.The Eastern Grand Quarter Midget Races, hosted by the Central Ohio Quarter Midget Racing Association (COQMRA), is the largest event of its kind in the nation.The event is larger than the other two national events, the Western Grand and the Dirt Grand (it’s run on a dirt track), said Greg Adams, the COQMRA spokesman.“It alwa...

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Murder victim was London native

A 51-year-old Columbus woman killed in a murder/suicide this week was a London native.Kathy Malone Shonkwiler and boyfriend Troy Stone, 46, were found dead inside their south side home on July 22. Authorities believe Stone shot Shonkwiler before taking his own life.Shonkwiler’s obituary appeared in Thursday’s Press. It noted she was born in London in 1963 to Jerry and Barbara Malone.Brother Jerry Malone still lives in the city. Shonkwiler&...

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Eight drug suspects remain in jail

Eight of 26 people arrested during Wednesday’s “sweep” of suspected opiate dealers and users in and around Madison County remained behind bars on Thursday.Ashley McQuirt, 26; Ashley A. Davis, 28; Jamie L. Rice, 27; Jasmine Cain, 24; Joseph Johnson, 35; Joseph Hamilton, 36, and Thomas Greathouse, 48, were in Tri-County Regional Jail, according to the jail’s roster.All are London residents with the exception of Greathouse. His address is Whitehall....

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