Friday, April 25th, 2014

Madison Messenger

London Library announces renovation plans

  London Public Library is preparing for significant changes this year, including an interior renovation of its main floor and acceptance into the Central Library Consortium.    In 2012, the library sent out over 5,200 surveys to London residents to get a pulse on how the library could provide better service. From the survey, a plan began to e...

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50 apply for Jonathan Alder football coach job

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer Jonathan Alder Local Schools Superintendent Gary Chapman said he received 50 applications for the head football coach position vacated by Steve Coates. Athletic Director Tom Vargo and high school Principal Phil Harris will pare down the list.  “We hope to have a new coach by the March (school board) meeting,” Chapman...

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All new lighting planned for London High School football field

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor By the start of the 2014 fall sports season, London High School’s stadium field will feature new lighting. On Feb. 11, the London school board voted to install all new poles and lights. Temporary wood light poles have lit the field since April 2011 when one of the original metal poles snapped. The district is goin...

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Elections board rejects two candidate petitions for May 6 primary

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor The Madison County Board of Elections rejected two petitions submitted by individuals hoping to run for elected office in the May 6 primary. Ronald H. Roach, 2505 Chickasaw Dr., London, submitted a petition to run as a Democrat for Madison County commissioner. The elections board rejected the petition because it w...

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Patrol investigating fatal crash in Madison County

At 6:55 a.m. Feb. 6, 2014, the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived at the scene of a one-vehicle crash on I-71 northbound, south of milepost 83 in Madison County.  Troopers found a blue 2002 Ford Explorer overturned in the median with heavy damage.  The Ford Explorer was driven by James A. Matthews, 64, of Canton, Ohio. Matthews was ejected during th...

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Local Red Cross responds to rash of house fires

The American Red Cross of Scioto Valley is responding to an alarming number of home fires recently, leading to an urgent reminder to citizens to pay extra attention to fire prevention practices.  During the last week of January, volunteers and staff have provided assistance to individuals impacted by 10 home fires in the four-county area, which inc...

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Site plan approved for West Jefferson development

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer Another company is making plans to build in the U.S. Route 40/State Route 29 area west of West Jefferson, and the village is getting ready for it. On Feb. 3, village council passed a resolution approving the final site plan for a development project known at this time as Project Green. The actual name of the company h...

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Alder approves ‘blizzard bags’ to make up lost school days

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer For Jonathan Alder Local Schools students, Feb. 5 was the 11th school day called off due to bad weather. It was also the first day they were instructed to access their “blizzard bags.” “Blizzard bag” is the term used for one day’s worth of assignments posted online for students to retrieve and work on at home during a...

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Chamber plans more food, more fun at 2014 Expo

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Expanded food and entertainment options are among the new attractions planned for this year’s Community Expo. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the ninth annual Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at London Elementary School.  “The Expo is a great way to bring the comm...

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Demolition makes way for new fairgrounds buildings

  By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor What stood for over 60 years came down in a matter of hours. On Feb. 4, the youth arena, fair office and floral exhibit hall on the Madison County Fairgrounds were demolished, making way for a new arena and com-munity building slated to be finished by June 1. Brian Hunter, an excavator from West Jefferson,...

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