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Airport receives $219,000 grant

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Madison County Commissioners approved the formal acceptance of a $219,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for 2014.The grant is providing funding for improvements to the facilities including a new roof on the large hangar and improvements to the runway.“It’s worked out real well,” Laney said.Commissioners approved the resolution in advance to facilitate signature of the document by commission chair Mark Forrest. Bill Laney, airport board of trustees chair, said he expects the document to arrive at any time.Commissioners supply a 10 percent matching funds amount on behalf of the airport.Other business of the day involved bids.


Buckeyes’ Lee finds home at linebacker

COLUMBUS — Darron Lee accomplished the goal of getting to his dream school. What position he would play could be sorted out later.Lee, a starting linebacker for Ohio State as a redshirt freshman this year, was a quarterback at New Albany High School in suburban Columbus who also played defensive back.The recruiting services said he was a 3-star prospect. Some schools said he could play quarterback for them. His best offers as he prepared for his senior season of hi...

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Hoyer has earned Steelers respect

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin believes Johnny Manziel will make a living in the NFL. Eventually. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach, however, isn’t buying the notion that the man who quelled the mania surrounding Johnny Football is merely a placeholder.Last Tomlin checked, Brian Hoyer could throw the ball too.“(Hoyer) is a football junkie,” Tomlin said. “It’s his job and his hobby and he loves it.”

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U.S. Military Academy applications due soon

As a career soldier, who has served 29 years in the Ohio Army National Guard, I understand the importance of our nation’s military and the unparalleled dedication of those who serve in it. That is why I am honored as a Member of Congress to have the privilege of nominating a select number of students to the United States Military Service Academies every year.This includes students interested in attending either the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant...

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Michael Marino and Marie (Nikki) McKnight, of Urbana, announce the birth of a son, Cashton Marino, born Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Madison County Hospital in London.He weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces and has a sister, Dany Marino, 12, and a brother, Kyle Jackson, 8.Maternal grandparents are Darlene Darlington and Bill Taynor, both of London, and Steve and Shirley McNight, of Savannah, Georgia.Paternal grandparents are James Marino, of Urbana, and Ci...

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Local photographer’s work displayed in international exhibition

A portrait created by Larry Peters of Peters Photography in London was recently accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of American’s 2014 International Photographic Competition.Peters’ work will be on display Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn. This international photographic exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic association...

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Presale tickets available at Alder

Jonathan Alder High School will have presale tickets available for this Friday’s game at West Jefferson on sale in the high school office from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 4. Adult tickets are $5 and students are $3.

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Culp participating in intensive agricultural leadership program

COLUMBUS — Madison County Farm Bureau member Ashley Culp and Plain City resident Rebekah Headings are two of 20 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2014-2015 AgriPOWER Institute. Culp is a financial services officer for Farm Credit Mid-America.Culp is a Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST committee member and Sigma Alpha Alumni chapter president.Headings and her husband have a poultry and sheep far...

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Affirm the right to unionize, freedom to abstain

This Monday, Sept. 1, our nation celebrated the contributions of the American labor movement and, more broadly, the social and economic achievements of all workers. In the midst of the parades, end-of-summer sales, anticipation of football, and excitement (or dread) about the new school year, it’s worth pausing to reflect on the intrinsic value of labor in our lives.

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Slick roads cause I-70 wreck

A tow truck driver ventures into heavy brush after the driver of a silver Honda Accord narrowly missed a large cottonwood tree Tuesday morning after leaving the I-70 eastbound lane, just east of the State Route 29 exit. Lt. Marty Fellure, post commander of the West Jefferson post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, said no one was injured in the three-car mishap. Fellure said it appeared drivers were traveling too fast for the extremely wet road conditions on the roadway. It was the second accident o...

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Boat motors, heavy equipment up for bid Sept. 6

COLUMBUS — A wide variety of heavy equipment, electronic items and office supplies will be available for bid at the State of Ohio miscellaneous property auction Saturday, Sept. 6.The auction will be held at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, General Services Division headquarters, 4200 Surface Road, Columbus. The doors open at 8 a.m.; the auction begins at 9 a.m.Auction items include computer and other electronic equipment, office furniture and a wide ...

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Story times to begin at London Public Library

The fall session of Story Times will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the London Public Library and run every Tuesday through Dec. 2.Toddler Time starts at 10 a.m. and is for children birth to 3 years of age. Preschool Story Time starts at 11 a.m. and is for children 3 to 6 years of age. Parents or caregivers are expected to stay with their children during story times and are encouraged to participate with them.Both story time sittings are intended to help children become su...

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Rededicating Choctaw’s park

Members of Boy Scout Troop 102 raise the American Flag at the rededication ceremony of the Choctaw Lake Memorial Park. First dedicated 25 years ago in 1989, the park has been upgraded with new benches, pavement, and a fountain made from a tornado siren. Work on the park’s renovation began two years ago by the Choctaw Lake Garden Club, and it was completed in time for the Labor Day weekend dedication.

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Woman accused of beating informant receives one year prison

One of three London women accused of the October 2013 beating of a former police informant was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday.Madison County Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello sentenced Katelyn Whitelow, 21, to prison despite a tearful plea from the defendant.“I know that I can be successful without going to prison,” Whitelow said.Whitelow and defense attorney Timothy Dougherty said the incident was fueled by alcohol and an anger manage...

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Scenes from the 2014 Ox Roast Festival

Jeff Pfeil, president of West Jefferson Community Association which sponsors the festival, enjoys an Ox Roast sandwich.There’s nothing scary about this sandwich. Jane Davis of Haunted Backwoods enjoys a ghostly good one.A ROYAL FEAST — Various queen contestants e...

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Ox Roast ‘rocks’ out

The village of West Jefferson swarmed with rock stars over Labor Day weekend.The 64th annual Ox Roast kicked off with its annual parade, with this year’s theme as “Rock Star.” The theme was displayed by the many different representatives from several county and community festivals from around Ohio.This year’s grand marshal, Susan Maggard, the director of the Good Samaritan Food Pantry located in the West Jefferson United Methodist Church, led the ...

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Pionners run hard at Westerville Classic

The arrival of the Labor Day weekend allowed a number of Madison County sports teams to take a break, but there were a handful that found themselves in the heat of competition over the weekend.Cross countryThe Jonathan Alder boys and girls cross country teams traveled around the I-270 outer belt to Westerville to run in the Westerville North Cross Country Classic Saturday, Aug. 30.The Pioneers girls team didn’t have enough runners to reg...

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Urbana upends London JV 33-0

The London Red Raider Junior Varsity (JV) football team traveled to Urbana Saturday, Aug. 30, to face the Hillclimbers. Urbana defeated the young Red by the score of 33-0.The tone for the day was set on the first play of the game when Urbana returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. The Indians scored three more touchdowns in the first and second quarter to take a 28-0 halftime lead. The Climbers scored once more in the third quarter for the final margin.Lon...

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