Sunday, January 19th, 2014

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Madison County Senior Center welcomes new director

  By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor The Madison County Senior Center has a new executive director. Misty Bradley, a lifelong London resident, started the job Dec. 30. She previously spent 27 years in the banking industry, most recently as manager of Merchants National Bank in London. “I always like to help people. At the bank, I worked with s...

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Drag racing among new attractions for 2014 fair

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Drag racing, a demolition derby for kids, and an exotic animal petting zoo are among the new attractions slated for the 2014 Madison County Fair. Senior Fair Board members booked some of the new and returning attractions while at the Ohio Fair Managers Convention held Jan. 9-12 in Columbus. This year’s fair is Sun...

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Scout to host child ID and fingerprinting event in London

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Boy Scouts are guided by the motto, “Be prepared.” Eagle Scout candidate Trevor Whetzel wants to help parents do the same. For his Eagle Scout project, Whetzel is hosting a children’s identification and fingerprinting event from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at First United Methodist Church of London, 52 N. Main St. Pare...

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What’s in the traveling trunk?

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor London Elementary first-graders are taking a hands-on approach to learning the concepts of “then” and “now.” It centers on the “traveling trunk,” a collection of items that represent what pioneers owned and/or traded with Indians and other early settlers in the 1800s. “There’s a deer skin, a candle made out of bee...

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Employees in Prairie Township get bump in pay

By Amanda Amsel Staff Writer The Prairie Township Board of Trustees approved a 2.5 percent pay increase for all non-union employees. Originally Township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker recommended a 2 percent pay increase, but trustees agreed that a 2.5 percent pay increase was more adequate due to the increasing cost of living and a desire to compete...

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Interim upgrades planned for Winchester Pike at Ebright and Shannon roads

By Linda Dillman Staff Writer A Madison Township hot spot for traffic accidents is getting a makeover following an announcement that the Winchester Pike/Shannon/Ebright roads intersection will receive an interim renovation sometime in 2014. Franklin County traffic engineer Michael Meeks said the project is in the design phase and includes a traffic...

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No break on delinquent fees for Camp Wissalohican

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor On Jan. 13, the Madison County commissioners reversed their Dec. 16 decision to give residents of Camp Wissalohican a 50 percent break on their delinquent water/sewer bills. Nathan Peters, a county employee with the Madison County Sanitary Sewer and Water District, said he and county Prosecutor Steve Pronai receiv...

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‘Project Green’ moves forward in West Jefferson

By Sandi Latimer, Madison Editor West Jefferson is beginning plans to welcome another tenant to the business park at State Route 29 and U.S. Route 40. On Jan. 8, council approved legislation to amend the Community Reinvestment Act and authorized a tax exemption to allow construction of buildings and remodeling of existing structures for a developme...

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Alder talks about make-up days for bad weather

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer Jonathan Alder Local Schools has lost six days of school to bad weather and will make up one of those days next month. On Jan. 13, the school board chose Feb. 17, Presidents Day, as a make-up day. The day after Easter, April 21, was set aside as a second make-up day in case any more days are lost. The district lost tw...

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Eby donates $50,000 to fairgrounds

M.H. Eby Inc. of West Jefferson has partnered with the Madison County Junior Fair Sale Committee in support of the new youth arena to be built at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London.  In 2013, Eby celebrated their 75th anniversary. To wrap up a good year, the company committed $50,000 to the youth arena project.   “We would like to bring some ...

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