Thursday, April 17th, 2014



Madison Messenger

Alder filing lawsuit over leaky roof at Monroe

(Posted April 17, 2014) By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer           Jonathan Alder Local Schools plans to file a lawsuit in an attempt to recoup money spent to repair the roof at Monroe Elementary. The roof leaked water and air after installation and had to be replaced. On April 14, the school board agreed to start action against the project designer,...

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Mt. Sterling Library will ask for levy in November

(Posted April 16, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Mount Sterling Public Library plans to ask voters to approve a five-year 0.4-mill levy for operating expenses. The issue will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. Without a levy on the books, the library operates mainly on money from the state, which has decreased significantly over the past five y...

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Gardening events in Madison County

(Posted April 14, 2014) By Teresa Woodard, Madison County Master Gardener It’s time to feed your gardening mind, and there are plenty of upcoming opportunities to learn. Check out events on seed starting, fairy gardening and more. • Community Expo. (April 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at London Elementary.) Stop by the Master Gardeners’ booth to learn about s...

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Families invited to Child Abuse Prevention carnival

(Posted April 14, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor On the southwest corner of the Madison County courthouse lawn, 408 blue and silver pinwheels spin in the wind. The pinwheels represent the number of child abuse reports made to Madison County Children Services in 2013. To promote child abuse prevention, the Madison County Department of Job...

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Stalled out negotiations finally come to resolution

(Posted April 11, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor The city of London and the unions representing the city’s street department employees, clerks and Board of Public Utilities employees have finally signed off on a contract agreement. Negotiations started in October but stalled when the city and the unions could not agree on all parts of the...

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London firemen agree to no wage increase for 2014

(Posted April 11, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor London firefighters agreed to no wage increases for the first year of their new three-year contract. City council approved the contract in a special meeting on April 7. The contract is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014, and runs through Dec. 31, 2016. With the agreement, the firefighters union ha...

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Aging Galbreath Hall padlocked

(Posted April 11, 2014) By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer Wanting to know more about the closing of Galbreath Hall, supporters of the West Jefferson Youth Athletic Association (WJYAA) turned out in force at the April 7 village council meeting. The audience filled every seat, stood along the wall behind council members, and lined the hallway leading to...

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Public input sought for improvement ideas for London’s south side

(Posted April 10, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Residents of London’s south side are invited to share ideas for improvement projects in the area. The Madison County commissioners plan to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to fund public infrastructure work there. To find out what residents want, they are holding public input m...

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City council undecided on boosting funds for parks & rec

(Posted April 10, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor The London parks and recreation department needs more money, according to a recommendation from the city’s finance committee. The department is requesting an additional $12,500 for personnel and $22,500 for operations. The request for more money is partly to make up for costs related to the...

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London pool manager salary set at $8,000

(Posted April 10, 2014) By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Just as work begins to get the pool ready for the 2014 swim season, London city council approved a salary for the position of pool manager. On April 3, council voted to set the pool manager’s pay at $8,000. According to safety-service director Steve Hume, the person who fills the position i...

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