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M-P: Report card moving in right direction

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Efforts taken in Madison-Plains Schools to improve testing scores is showing some results, administrators told the Board of Education (BOE) Tuesday evening during its regular meeting.Curriculum Director Karen Grigsby gave a brief explanation of the recently released report card from Ohio Department of Education. Overall, it shows the district is improving and moving academically in the right direction, she said.Grigsby said a direct comparison to the previous year is difficult to draw because the state keeps changing the number of indicators, and the number required to pass went up from 75 percent to 80 percent.


Heightened caution needed on roads in harvest time

Now that harvest time is here, motorists will encounter additional driving challenges during the next few months. Regardless of the type of roadway, farm equipment of all shapes and sizes will be on the road at all times of the day and night.“Farm equipment has not only a right but a necessity to be on a roadway,” said Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin. “Care and patience need to be taken when a motorist approaches a farm vehicle.”According to find...

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WJ police recover suspicious plants

West Jefferson Police executed a search warrant on Brookdale Drive Thursday based on a tip of marijuana plants being cultivated in the backyard.Three potted plants were seized as well as one plant that was planted in the backyard.West Jefferson Police Chief Terry Ward said the scent of the plant was noticeable from outside the house.Though the plants have been recovered, Ward said the lab results would indicate whether they were marijuana.“It&...

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What does your Facebook page say?

Certainly, we’ve all done this one during a job interview.You walk into a meeting for a position you really want, prepared for all of the stereotypical questions. The interviewer asks, “What would you consider to be a weakness of yours?”After pretending to be deep in thought — both of you know you’ve rehearsed this interview with your mother, spouse and dog 15 times — you provide the expected answer. It’s an answer that shows you...

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OSU focusing on pass defense during bye week

COLUMBUS – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was asked Wednesday afternoon if he was concerned Cincinnati might throw the ball 75 times against the Buckeyes when they take on the Bearcats on Sept. 27 after a bye week this week.“I’m worried they will catch it 75 times,” Meyer said.Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel, playing his first college game, threw six touchdown passes to six different receivers last Thursday night in a 58-34 win over Toledo. He co...

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Eagles soar to championship

One match at a time.That’s exactly how Madison-Plains girls golf coach Jim Miller wants his talented bunch thinking at this point in the season.Never mind the fact that the Golden Eagles haven’t lost a single match all season long. Forget thinking about the big prize of making the state championship tournament for the first time in school history which is out there as a major goal. Simply concentrate on the task at hand and let everything else take care of it...

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League play arrives for area teams

The league portion of the high school football season arrives this week and the four Madison County teams are looking to get off on the right foot. The weather conditions are expected to be ideal so chances are there will be nice sized crowds watching the local schools.Madison-Plains (2-1) at West Jefferson (1-2), 7 p.m.Only one county team has a winning record heading into league play and it’s not the squad that played in the Division V state fina...

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Ohio Supreme Court justice visits London

In some ways, the Ohio Supreme Court is a lot like kindergarten. Everything’s labeled. Every locker, chair and water glass is tagged with a justice’s name.“There is no stealing at the Ohio Supreme Court,” said Justice Judith French during a meeting with the London Rotary Club Thursday, drawing laughter from the crowd. “Everything is labeled and in order.”French — who immediately got the “Judge Judy” jokes out of the w...

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Saint Joseph Catholic Church celebrates 150 years

Saint Joseph Catholic Church is celebrating its 150th (Sesquicentennial) year in 2014.Located at 670 W. Main St., Plain City, the church continues as a Eucharistic Community whose mission is to be “Saints Alive” by knowing, loving, and serving God through Piety, study, and action, a spokesperson said.

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More eyes needed

The Buckeye state needs your help.Help is needed to slow down, if not stop, the spread of invasive species. They take the form of plants, insects and yes, even mammals.At the Farm Science Review on Thursday, extension educators not only talked about these undesirable “creeptures,” but also encouraged, not only control/eradication on a personal level, but also enlist others in the fight to control them.Lucas County Extension educator Amy Stone was j...

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West Jefferson homecoming court

The 2014 West Jefferson High School homecoming court are from left: Josie Hume, Alyssa Jacobs, Taylor Bowman, Madi Phillips and Haley VanHook.​​ The homecoming game is Friday, Sept. 19, at West Jefferson vs. Madison-Plains football game. The queen will be crowned about 6:35 p.m.

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HSMC offering $2K reward in animal cruelty case

Due to the generosity of several community members, a local humane society is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for those responsible in a West Jefferson animal cruelty case.Betty Peyton, director of the Madison County Humane Society, said Thursday evening the board has agreed to give $500 toward the reward. Then, two community members stepped forward to contribute. One individual has agreed to give $500 and another $1,000.Both ...

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You don’t know what you don’t know

The Farm Science Review was held this week, and for the first time in 15 years, I participated in it.All of the other years, I dreaded the event. Thousands and thousands of cars coming into Madison County can make for really long traffic jams and I always had to figure out a route around it for those days. This year, representing a biological manufacturing company, I am an exhibitor, right smack dab in the middle of it. And for about nine hours a day, I talked to farmers and explai...

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Honor your father and mother

Most people think of the commandment to honor their father and mother as a commandment for children. None of the commandments were limited to “some” of God’s people. Our life long goal is to keep all of the commandments. All of our lives we will still be children of our parents, whether they are living or dead.When we are young, the commandment enjoins us to be obedient to our parents and other authorities. It requires respect for elders, teachers, and leaders in ...

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Upcoming church events in the community

• Family and Friend Day will be held at the Center Street Church of Christ in Christian Union, 180 W. Center St., London at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. There will be special music, drama, and a devotional by Pastor Lee Stanley. The theme is “Joy for the Journey.” A meal will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited.• St. John’s Lutheran Church, 380 Keny Blvd., London, children’s Sunday School will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, S...

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Planting trees and shrubs in the fall is good

Every fall, the garden centers seem to push trees and shrubs for fall planting. Is this actually a good time to plant, or is it just a way for them to sell more plants?

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London Police reports

Friday, Sept. 5 Police responded to West Center Street about 7:40 p.m. where a man allegedly attempted to take his ex-wife’s car without a driver’s licence, or permission. The ex-wife sat in the car until police arrived.According to the report, the man took the keys out of the victim’s hand. The suspect said he did not have the keys and did not know where they were.The responding officer said it was clear the suspect was high...

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Tolles to host Madison County College Fair

Tolles will host the annual Madison County College Fair from 9 to 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 at Tolles Career & Technical Center, 7877 U.S. Route 42 South, Plain City.Admission is free and open to juniors and seniors in high school or parent and adults looking to explore post-secondary opportunities.More than 50 post-secondary institutions are expected to be present during the annual event for students and parents exploring what’s next after high school. Accord...

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