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County approves Newport ditch petition

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A Newport-area farmer’s ditch petition was approved by Madison County Commissioners Monday.County engineer David Brand explained the benefits to the two farmers, Steve Creamer and John Binns, in the drainage area in question, north and west of the hamlet of Newport.The farmers’ cost/benefit payback will occur over 11 years. Brand said that time period is neither the longest nor the shortest of other cost/benefit paybacks on other ditch petitions.By removing the standing water from 17 acres (five acres on one field, 12 on another), it will eliminate drown-out of crops. Drowned-out plants of corn and/or soybeans reduce the overall yield the farmer harvests.


Buckeyes get passing grade

A grade card on Ohio State in its game against Kent State on Saturday. The Buckeyes didn’t get a perfect score but they got a lot closer than some other Big Ten teams did.OffenseOn the surface, everything was wonderful in Ohio State’s 66-0 win over Kent State. But the Buckeyes’ grade on offense needs to be weighted.OSU rolled up 628 yards of total offense. Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw a school record-tying six touchdown pas...

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Local soccer teams steadily improve

The team’s record isn’t stellar or indicative of the progress that’s been made, but the London High School girls soccer team is moving in the right direction.The Lady Red Raiders (1-2-2) are still below the .500 mark, but headed into a busy week with a chance to move over that watershed mark.The team came away with a 1-1 tie from a non-league tilt with Benjamin Logan Saturday, Sept. 13.London scored first in the match Saturday, capitalizing o...

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Tuesday, Sept. 16Boys GolfLondon, Madison-Plains, West Jefferson at MSL Post-Season Tournament at Darby Creek Golf Course, 9 a.m.Jonathan Alder at River Valley, 4 p.m.TennisJonathan Alder at Pleasant, 4 p.m.Boys soccerLondon at Northeastern, 7 p.m.Miami Trace at Madison-Plains, 5 p.m.Jonathan Alder at Marion Harding, 5 p.m....

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Free clinic kicking off annual fundraising appeal

The Madison County Health Partners Free Clinic this week kicked off its annual community fundraising appeal.This clinic is operated by Madison County Health Partners, Inc. This summer, the clinic celebrated its ninth year anniversary.The free health clinic serves lower income Madison County residents who do not qualify for government medical insurance coverage or have employer sponsored health insurance. Volunteer medical professionals provide care to the uninsured for c...

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Tolles student fatally shot

A Tolles student was fatally shot over the weekend while he was allegedly in the act of burglarizing a home.Reb Barbee, 17, was a senior welding and fabrication technology student from Bradley High School.Barbee was shot about 5 a.m. Saturday in the Lake Darby Estates subdivision in Prairie Township, a couple miles east of West Jefferson near the Madison-Franklin county line.Friends and neighbors told reporters he stumbled into his home leaving a trail of bloo...

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London Police reports

Tuesday, Sept. 2 • Officers responded to a report of family disturbance near Antietam Avenue about 3 p.m. They found two people arguing loudly about money issues. The parties assured police that there was no physical violence and would not be.At one point one of the people threw a plate on the floor, and later left the apartment to “cool off.”Thursday, Sept. 4 • Officers responded to an assau...

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Anatomy of a prison escape

LIMA — The intense manhunt for two inmates who escaped the Oakwood prison Thursday evening began seconds after they scaled the first security fence, setting off an alarm.At 7:38 p.m., three inmates climbed two security fences nearly 15 feet tall and topped with razor wire. They used crates to create a makeshift ladder. One inmate, Lindsey Bruce, a convicted murderer of a 5-year-old girl from near Columbus, was tackled by two correctional officers on the other side of the seco...

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Ironmen thwart visiting ‘Riders

JACKSON — Matriculating malfunctions.Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram is famous for quipping, ‘Just keep matriculating the ball down the field.’Although his use of the word was incorrect, his intent strategically honorable. Stram was encouraging his legendary Kansas City Chiefs squad to methodically move the football down the field with the ultimate goal of gaining access to the opponent’s end zone.Both West Jefferson High Sch...

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City not contracting with RITA the right choice

Dear editor,If anyone happens to see a London City Council member, thank them. It is not often council members receive praise for what they do, however, this is one of those times.Earl Rineharrt, a Columbus Dispatch reporter, published in the Sept. 13, 2014 Dispatch that the City of Gahanna might have to reimburse its taxpayers $11 million if a judgment against the city and RITA stands.The finding was that Gahanna and RITA im...

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Yost: Proposed GASB rule wrong for Ohio

Ohio’s state auditor says that an additional reporting requirement for local governments to add future healthcare liabilities to their annual reports “would inaccurately state the position of the government and would be misleading.”Dave Yost traveled to Chicago on Thursday to testify before the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in opposition to a proposal that would require local governments to begin reporting future healthcare liabilities for public em...

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Caution: Opponents may be less than coaches say

Lou Holtz was a Hall of Fame football coach. He has converted that success into a long career as a college football analyst on television, even though he does not have the appearance, voice or diction that medium usually looks for.But maybe the thing he always did better than anyone else was to build up an opponent. Especially an opponent who had little or no chance of beating his team.Or maybe he could just appear to actually believe what he was saying better than all t...

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Ready runs to victory over London

Taking stock in tradition.In September 1814, poet Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to ‘Defence of Fort M’Henry,’ a poem which would later be known as the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’The iconic patriotic words were inspired as Key witnessed an American victory over the British near Baltimore’s Fort McHenry.Set to a popular London (England) tune by John Stafford Smith, Key’s words became ones instrumental to country pride ...

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Clinton-Massie pounds Alder again, 49-0

Fresh off last week’s first win of the season, the Jonathan Alder High School football team played host to Clarksville Clinton-Massie Friday, Sept. 12.The Pioneers (1-2) put in a tough effort but couldn’t overcome the daunting task of facing the defending state champion, falling to the Falcons 49-0.As if Clinton-Massie’s back-to-back D-IV championships weren’t intimidating enough, the Falcons (3-0) outscored Alder 84-14 over the two previous seaso...

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Plains soars past Southeastern, 47-10

A week after getting steamrolled by Greeneview, the Madison-Plains football team was able to take its frustration out on somebody.Enter the Southeastern Trojans.The Golden Eagles (2-1) were able to move the ball up and down the field against the host Trojans especially in the first half Friday night. They played better defense than they did the week before and came away with a 47-10 victory.Madison-Plains running back Travis Chaffin set the tone early with a 1...

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Hope floats

When a pregnant woman consumes alcohol, so does her unborn child.Each year, nearly 40,000 children are born with mental, behavioral and/or physical challenges resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2010).These children are born affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), which according to the U.S. Surgeon General is the leading known cause of preventable birth defects....

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Pie in the face for a good cause

Rockin’ on the Run, a local organization raising awareness for pediatric brain tumors, recently asked supporters to take a pie in the face for a good cause.The individuals were challenged to the #whippingchildhoodcancer challenge in honor of the 46 kids diagnosed and the seven who lose their battle everyday.“We had some accept the challenge,” said Ashley Winebrenner, vice president of Rockin’ on the Run. “They took a whipped cream pie to the...

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Farm Science Review boosts local economy

Local businesses are expecting to receive a financial boost next week when about 130,000 people are expected to visit Madison County for the area’s largest agricultural exposition.The Farm Science Review (FSR), a three-day agricultural-centric exposition hosted by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, will take place at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center minutes from London and West Jefferson.The end-of-summer s...

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