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‘Keep the traffic lights’

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The message was clear from most residents and council members in attendance during Thursday’s London City Council meeting: “We want the traffic lights to stay.”The public seating area was full during the meeting following news of a recent Ohio Department of Transportation traffic safety study which showed lights at the High Street intersections of Walnut, Union and Oak streets, as well as Madison Road, are no longer necessary.Only traffic patterns at High and Main streets warranted a signal light, according to the study.


Today in History

Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.Thought for Today: “I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn’t write anything without hope in it.” — Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960).Today’s Highlight in Histo...

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Tennis teams return to the court

The girls high school tennis season gets started well before a lot of the athletes actually get into the classrooms for the year.The players on the high school teams in Madison County have been playing competitively for a couple weeks and are doing their best playing against tough competition.LondonRed Raiders coach Jason Clark has enjoyed working with his group of athletes and knows that if they keep the right mindset they’ll do just fi...

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Golden Eagles look to limit turnovers, continue climb

All it takes is someone with a vision.Madison-Plains football coach Jason Hunt was convinced he could change the culture surrounding the Golden Eagles long-suffering football program.First he had to sell administrators at Madison-Plains that he could do so, earning him the coaching job. Then last year, his first year at the helm of the Eagles, he was able to sell his players on the idea that if they followed his plan they’d become more competitive. After a 3-7 seas...

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Alder girls trying to clear semifinal hurdle

Jonathan Alder girls soccer coach Barb Skidmore isn’t holding back when it comes to telling people how good she thinks her Lady Pioneers could be this season.“I think this team will be really strong, I have high hopes that we’ll have a good regular season and make a run in the postseason,” the coach said. “I’ve been very fortunate, everyone on the team has had a positive attitude.”Alder enters this fall with experienced players a...

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London ready to compete with big boys

There is genuine excitement surrounding the London High School boys soccer team this season.“I think we have a talented group of kids, probably as talented a group we’ve had here in London in quite some time,” coach Dan Karl said.The Red Raiders are also older, wiser and significantly deeper than they have been in the past and that should help as they attempt to make their way through one of the toughest boys soccer leagues in Ohio.Karl takes...

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Rough road ahead for young ‘Riders

The West Jefferson boys soccer team played well in stretches last year in battling to a record right around the .500 mark.The Roughriders (7-9-1) a year ago were led by a big group of seniors, this fall they look a lot more like other school’s reserve teams. The number of players on the roster has dipped just slightly from 15 to 13, but it’s the number of inexperienced players that make up the majority of this year’s roster which has the team looking so thin....

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Lady Roughriders are experienced, talented

There’s a new coach leading the West Jefferson girls soccer team this fall, but he’s not an unfamiliar face.Jason Phillips takes over the reins of the Lady Roughriders program after serving as an assistant in the program for a number of years. His familiarity with the players in the program, and their familiarity with them has made for a near seamless transition.“The transition was pretty easy,” Phillips said. “I’ve worked with most of...

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Ready FM airing 10 weeks of county football

If you can’t get out of the house or away from your job on a Friday night this fall, don’t fret, you can still catch some high school football.London radio station 105.1 WCYC Ready FM “The Voice of Madison County” recently released its high school football schedule and county football fans will have at least one game to follow all 10 weeks of the regular season.

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Lady Raiders face an uphill battle

If you’re going to climb a mountain, you’re likely going to have to start somewhere near the bottom.That’s where first-year London girls soccer coach Lindsay Williams finds herself as she begins to lead the Red Raiders program up a mountain of respectability.Williams comes to London via the girls soccer powerhouse program of Beavercreek. The circumstances she walks into at London are far different than where she came from, but the coach is determined to...

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Alder boys looking to take next step

Coach David Lanka says the Jonathan Alder High School boys soccer team has all the pieces in place to build on last year’s 13-3-1 season. All he needs now is for the Pioneers to take that final step.“Offensively, we’re still finding our way,” says Lanka, whose team opens the season Aug. 26 at Marion Pleasant in a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. “We need to become more aggressive offensively. (In our scrimmages) we’ve been a little more passive...

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Golfers getting into swing of things

There is some good golf being played in Madison County and the teams are proving to be quite competitive, especially when you consider who they’re doing it against.Three of the four county schools play in the Mid-State League Ohio Division which with Columbus Academy, Bexley and Worthington Christian is one of the toughest golf leagues in the state, but the county schools are doing their best to stay right there with them.LondonThe Red R...

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Alder volleyball has tunnel vision

New Jonathan Alder volleyball coach Taryn Fuller walked into a pretty good situation.Similar to moving into a new home and having the refrigerator filled with all of your favorite items.The first-year coach inherits a Pioneers volleyball roster loaded with talented, motivated and hard-working players all focused on a common goal — getting back to the D-II regional where last season ended.“This team is very dedicated,” Fuller said. “I...

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State tourney hopes high with girls teams

The girls golf teams in Madison County are getting better and better, so much so that a pair of squads are entertaining thoughts of making it all the way to the Division II state championship tournament.Madison-PlainsThere are smaller goals the Golden Eagles have set for themselves this season, but one big one is shared by every single member of the squad and they’re all working toward it with each passing day making it to the D-II state tournament...

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Youthful Roughriders are experienced

One of the best things about last season for the West Jefferson High School girls volleyball team is the potential the Roughriders have for this year and coming seasons. West Jefferson lost only one player, right side hitter Valerie Hall, to graduation, and returned nearly everyone else from a team that finished 17-6 overall and won the Mid-State League Ohio Division title with a 14-0 record.“Last season taught us how to fight and how to win,” said coach Kristen Hershbe...

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New coaches quickly find there’s more than just Xs and Os

They’ve both had successful stints as defensive coordinators on state playoff qualifying teams. They’re both Jonathan Alder High School graduates who are young enough to relate to the kids they’re coaching. And now they’re both trying to make a name for themselves as head football coaches in Madison County.Both Jonathan Alder’s Brett Glass and London’s Kyle Cutler are experiencing things that come with their new titles that they never had to worr...

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Expectations remain high at West Jefferson

The other three Madison County football programs are trying to build exactly what Shawn Buescher has at West Jefferson High School.A successful football program built with roots so strong that no matter how many players graduate or how many star players leave from one year to the next, the program remains rock solid and there’s always another group of kids ready to step up and carry the load.The 2013 Roughriders amassed a 12-2 record, won the Mid-State League Ohio ...

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Pioneers will be tough in the trenches

An unwritten book of coach speak would surely include a variation of the phrase,” Games are won and lost in the trenches.”The phrase is universally used to talk about the importance of line play in the game of football.If that statement rings true, the Jonathan Alder football team should at the very least be competitive in every game it plays this fall because the Pioneers enter the 2014 season with their top seven offensive and defensive linemen from a year ...

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