Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Madison Messenger

New car show set for June 20-22 in London

(Posted June 17, 2014) The 1st Annual London Turn-Key Nationals will take place June 20-22 at the Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London. The event is open to all makes and models of muscle cars, hot rods and race cars, including replica automobiles, rat rods, roadster models A and T, and other hand-built cars. The cost to register a car i...

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Batdorf named Strawberry parade grand marshal

(Posted June 16, 2014) By John Crutchfield, Staff Writer For many London residents, this year’s Strawberry Festival parade grand marshal is a familiar face. Jane Bartdorf, known to most as “Miss B,” was a teacher at London City Schools for 35 years. She has lived in London for 50 years, but still considers herself a newcomer and, as such, was surpr...

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2014 London Strawberry Festival schedule

(Posted June 16, 2014) The 2014 London Strawberry Festival will take place June 19-21 in downtown London. For festival details, including contest rules and entry forms, go to www.londonstrawberryfestival.com. Festival Schedule Thursday, June 19 10:30 a.m.-noon—Contest registration and check-in at information booth: largest homegrown strawberry, toy...

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London garden tour will benefit Make-A-Wish

(Posted June 16, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Dick and Joni Wickline’s property is a whimsical, garden lover’s paradise. On June 21, they will open that paradise to the public for tours—all for a good cause. The Wicklines’ home is located at 163 Lafayette St. in London. Tour hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are asking for a $5 donation p...

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Library uneasy about traffic light plan

(Posted June 13, 2014) By Amanda Amsel, Staff Writer On June 5, London City Council approved a plan to remove traffic lights at the intersections of High Street and Dunn Avenue/School Street, Center and Oak streets, Center and Walnut streets, First and Union streets, and First and Walnut streets. After the lights are removed, stop signs will be ins...

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Council sets stage to sell old school to new college

(Posted June 13, 2014) By Amanda Amsel, Staff Writer London City Council is starting the process of selling an old school building to a new college. The city owns the former London City Schools buildings on Walnut Street. The newly forming Brightway Institute plans to purchase a portion of the campus—the former middle school, the gym and the former...

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Change made to county’s land-use plan

(Posted June 13, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor On June 2, the Madison County commissioners approved changes to the county’s comprehensive land use plan, which dictates zoning in the county’s unincorporated areas. The main change involves the I-70/U.S. Route 40 corridor between routes 29 and 56. Much of the land in the area is zoned agric...

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Right time to renovate courthouse, commissioners say

(Posted June 13, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor The Madison County Courthouse, built in 1890, is long overdue for a renovation. Now is the time, say the Madison County commissioners. “We know we have a need to renovate much of the courthouse. We need direction on where we should start…and how to put together a package to put out to...

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West Jefferson initiates street repairs

(Posted June 13, 2014) By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer Several streets in West Jefferson will be resurfaced in the near future, and Parkdale Avenue will be reconstructed. On June 2, village council approved a contract with Strawser Construction Co. to “cape seal” qualified streets in the Merriman subdivision, as well as Town, Hampton, Mary, Water, C...

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Saturday’s truck pull in memory of Danny Toops

(Posted June 13, 2014) By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer Danny Toops liked to tinker with diesel engines to make them more powerful. He also liked the sport of truck pulling where souped up trucks pull weighted sleds. The London man kept working on his engine and eventually claimed second prize at the prestigious Scheid Diesel Competition, a truck pul...

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