Saturday, December 28th, 2013

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What Madison County area librarians are reading

It’s that time of year when the Madison Messenger asks local librarians to share what they are reading and hope to read soon. It’s a different and fun way to present a recommended reading list. Chris Sisco, director, Mount Sterling Public Library I am reading “Just One Evil Act” by Elizabeth George. A 9-year-old British girl is kidnapped while livi...

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Groups collaborate to preserve prairies on the trail

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Only 1 percent of Ohio’s native prairies remain intact. Remnants of those prairies exist along the Ohio-to-Erie bike path that runs through Madison County. Without maintenance, those remnants could disappear. The Madison County Park District is working with government and non-profit groups to preserve and expand a...

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MP works toward HVAC solution for intermediate school

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Madison-Plains Local Schools continues to work toward a solution to the heating and cooling deficiencies at its intermediate school. The building, which serves the district’s fourth- through sixth-graders, is equipped with an antiquated steam and hot water heating system. It is the only building in the district wi...

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London Community Center to become more handicap accessible

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Plans to add a lift at the London Community Center are finally getting off the ground. Earlier this year, the city received a grant from the Ohio Department of Development’s Housing and Community Partnership to make the center more handicap accessible. Originally, the idea was to install a limited-use ramp and ele...

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Teamwork at Madison-Plains: Making robots out of LEGOs

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor A rookie robotics team out of Madison-Plains Intermediate School is making its mark in the competitive world of LEGO League. LEGO League is part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a national, public charity that provides mentor-based programs designed to inspire young people to b...

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Governor appoints London’s Chief Wiseman to state commission

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Gov. John Kasich appointed London Police Chief David Wiseman to a three-year term on the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. This is Wiseman’s first term on the nine-member commission, which makes recommendations to the Ohio Attorney General regarding matters pertaining to law enforcement training. Wiseman sai...

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London Council preps for ’14, bids farewell to outgoing councilmen

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor With the approach of a new year comes the announcement of committee and board appointments for the city of London. On Dec. 19, incoming council president, Pat Closser, announced chairmen and members for council’s various committees for 2014. Included are newly elected members of council, Rodney Lauer, Josh Peters ...

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Girls in Gear

  By Dedra Cordle Staff Writer A day after receiving new bikes, Fatuma Mohamed and her friends Halima Omar and Fariyah Hussein were taking advantage of a rare moment of open space in the gymnasium at the Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA. Given permission to use their bikes indoors, their borrowed time was spent racing in mini-circles, practicing new tr...

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Treasurer paints positive financial picture

By Andrea Cordle Southwest Editor The South-Western City Schools District will end the year on a positive financial note. At the last board of education meeting for 2013, Treasurer Hugh Garside presented the comprehensive annual financial report. “This report is a good benchmark,” said Garside. “It is a good indicator of the financial picture of th...

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Police add some ‘SALT’ for seniors

By Dedra Cordle Staff Writer For many, it is an automatic reaction to pick up the phone when it rings, but Becky Priwer has become immune to that inclination. After years of answering the phone and listening to the person on the other end of the line pitch some scheme, the Jackson Township resident decided enough was enough. “I screen all of my cal...

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