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All aboard the garden railway

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A Mount Sterling-area couple has created their own railroad empire right in their own backyard.While Briane and Connie Spangler could be content to sit on their broad patio of the Kiousville home — and they do for a while — like other empire builders, they’re not content with status quo. Their garden railroad, The Kiousville-Palestine-Warnersville Railroad, is an ever-evolving work of love.They and two other Madison County garden railroad families will open their empires to visitors from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7. They are members of the Columbus Garden Railroad Society. It will have many member railroads open for view, all for free.


Reffitt to retire from LPD

A retirement celebration is being held for London Police Officer Ken Reffitt.Reffitt is retiring following 25 years of service with the department.The celebration is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. inside London City Council Chambers, 6 E. Second St.

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Remembering the Dancing Queen

Vicki Arnold loved to dance.Through the past several decades, Arnold was an integral part of the arts scene in Madison County.In 2001, she became a part of the Madison County Arts Council (MCAC) family as she choreographed “Pirates of Penzance.”For a dozen years after, she would choreograph, direct, sing and act in a plethora of MCAC activities. MCAC dedicated its recent production of “The Wizard of Oz” in her memory.And whil...

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Eight compete for Corn Festival crown

The Queen’s Contest will kick off the 38th annual South Vienna Corn Festival. This year, eight local girls will compete for the crown.The contest will take place Thursday, Sept. 4 at South Vienna School. The show will start at 6 p.m.Participants must prepare for the show by learning a dance routine and how to walk across the stage properly. A portion of the show is also dedicated to individual talents.The village partners with the Ohio Performing Arts In...

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Riding the beautiful Yukon

I had several folks approach me this week and tell me they thought I was in Alaska. Actually, I was, but returned home, then went back to ride most recently in the Yukon.Since the beginning of June, Pastor Len Crow has been riding every day except Sundays. It will take him almost a year to complete the longest trail ride in north and central American history. I can only join him periodically as my work and time allow. I am involved in several other projects that must take place, so...

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London Police reports

Saturday, Aug. 16• Randall Smith, 46, of London, was arrested and charged with domestic violence about 3 a.m. near Jenkinson Avenue.Smith allegedly grabbed the victim’s neck and screamed at the victim. Another party intervened, and Smith punched the person in the face. The two wrestled and fought until a third party intervened, while the victim continuously ordered Smith to leave the property.Smith had just begun to walk away when ...

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London boys roll over MPHS

This one was over not long after it started.The London boys soccer team had little trouble with rival Madison-Plains in a Mid-State League Ohio Division tilt played Thursday, Aug. 28, at Plains.The Red Raiders (3-1, 1-0) scored early and often and cruised to a 14-0 victory over a Golden Eagles co-ed squad that is playing a boys varsity schedule this fall.“I thought we played well,” London coach Dan Karl said. “We came out and started fast. We...

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Galbreath Hall decision postponed

Those awaiting a decision on the fate of Galbreath Hall in West Jefferson will have to wait longer.Members of the West Jefferson Village Council’s parks and recreation committee agreed Thursday to postpone their recommendation on whether to demolish the facility, a decision drawing frustration from the mayor.The committee plans to gather more information and make a decision at its next meeting. A parks and recreation committee meeting has not been scheduled, but co...

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Union County United Way campaign kicks off

The 57th annual United Way of Union County campaign kicked off Aug. 26, seeking to raise $1 million for the second straight year.The community-wide fall fundraiser achieved record-level giving of $960,000 last year, a 4 percent increase from 2012. It will take another 4 percent increase for United Way to achieve the milestone mark.

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What did the bugs do before I came?

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly finally exercised our right to a vacation and planned for a whole week to spend with our son and his family.It was to be a great week of relaxing and spending time with our son and his family in the state of Ohio. When my wife and I think of Ohio we think of one thing: our grandchildren.

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Madison County teams will be tested in Week 1

The more things change, the more they stay the same.The 2014 high school football season gets under way in Madison County Friday, Aug. 29, with three home games and another on the road for the county teams. Three of the squads will also be doing so against the same squads they opened the season with last year and the other will be squaring off with a neighboring rival they’ve played for years.Mechanicsburg atWest Jefferson, 7 p.m...

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Skeldon honored by firefighter association

Steve Skeldon, Washington Township deputy fire marshal, was recently honored by the Ohio State Firefighter’s Association (OSFA) as the 2014 Myron George Distinguished Service Award recipient.Skeldon’s history of public service includes serving as a special deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and volunteer firefighter with the Jefferson Township Fire Department in West Jefferson. Skeldon still serves as a part-time fire investigator for the Jerome Towns...

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It’s marching band season

I own approximately 4,576,124 T-shirts — many of which date back to high school because a customized T-shirt was how we marked every occasion during our teenage years.My husband hates most of them, especially the extra large ones which hang down to my knees and are printed with tacky sayings, bright images and other cultural references of the time period which now may seem juvenile and confusing. I like to pair them with cotton shorts or plaid, baggy pants.Apparent...

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God is a mystery

When we read the Old Testament, we get a picture of God as judgmental and vengeful. He orders whole cities to be destroyed and the people to be put to death. The prophets remind the people that this is because of their sins that God punishes them. The people in the pagan cities of Canaan weren’t guilty of breaking the covenant with God, but they were punished just the same. The God of the Old Testament sounds a lot like Islam’s Allah who demands submission to his will.

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Quartet to perform at Methodist Church

First United Methodist, 52 N. Main St., in London, is having its final summer musical at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. Organist Michael Schreffler will be joined by the quartet from St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Columbus. Quartet members are, from left, Cameron Fracasso, Keylen Franz, Nicholas Klein and Kevin Lohr. The quartet will be featured several times throughout the service.

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H&R Block to open in new location

The H&R Block retail tax office in Mount Sterling is moving to a new address.The business will soon be located 40 N. London St., in the former site of the Brickhouse Cafe.The office will help residents navigate an increasingly complex tax code and claim all the credits and deductions they are entitled.“For nearly 60 years, H&R Block has been delivering trusted tax advice in neighborhoods across the country,” said Connie Stewart, office manager for ...

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Upcoming reunions announced

West Jefferson High School Class of 1974 is having its reunion the weekend of Friday, Sept. 5, Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7.On Friday, meet at 7:30 p.m. for the home football game at Kile Stadium.On Saturday, meet at 6:30 p.m. for the tailgate dinner at Courtyard Marriott, 2350 Westbelt Drive, ColumbusOn Sunday, meet at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Courtyard Marriott, 2350 Westbelt Drive, Columbus.If you were a part of this clas...

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94th annual Phillips family reunion held

The 94th annual Phillips Family Reunion was held at the country home of Tim and Dorothy Phillips Amling on Sunday, Aug. 3.They were blessed with good weather for the outside activity.A blessing was asked and thanks was given for the many years of this family gathering. A wonderful potluck dinner was enjoyed by all who attended from several counties and the state of Florida.The younger took to the Amlings pool, but most enjoyed visiting and the family fellowshi...

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