Photos: Around town

Messenger photo by Joe Wyse
Toy collection
Chief Dave Taylor of the Tri-County Joint Fire District isn’t Santa, but he is collecting toys for families who need help this Christmas. On Nov. 15, fire fighters will stand with Santa Claus at two main intersections in downtown Mount Sterling, asking people to fill fire fighter boots with donated change to support the toy drive. People also can drop off toys or money at the fire station, 7 W. Columbus St., Mount Ster-ling. Toys must be new and unwrap-ped. Families who need help may ob-tain applications at the police depart-ment at 2 S. London St. Applications must be submitted no later than Dec. 8.

Hospital preps for gift show
Edie Tolley, volunteer manager of the Madison County Hospital Gift Shop, unpacks merchandise for the shop’s Holiday Gift Show, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 13-14. Funds raised from the shop are combined with those of other hospital Auxiliary projects like Bake-Nic and Lights of Love. They are used to buy equipment and furnishings for the hospital. Last year’s donation totaled $40,000 and was used for surgical equipment and put toward the Breast Cancer Endowment Fund. For more about the gift show or to join the Auxiliary, call the hospital development office at 740-845-7050.
Firemen donate Wii to hospital rehab unit
Firefighters Union Local 3509 presents Madison County Hospital’s Rehab Department with a Wii Fit: (front row, from left) Lt. Jim Penix, local president; Dalton Teems, patient; Tiffany Staley, PT, MPT; (back row) Bryan Dailey, Mike Chamberlain, Chris Roberts and Rob Randall.

Dhume serves on national committee
The National Association of Counties (NACo) has appointed Madison County Commissioner David Dhume to another one-year term on the Human Services and Education Steering Committee.

Dhume’s responsibilities include developing NACo policy and goals and lobbying for them at the grassroots level. He also is expected to call members of Congress about policy issues, in Washington D.C. and in their districts and state.

In addition to the national appoint-ment, Dhume serves as a member of the board of trustees for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, for which he also serves as chair of the Human Services and Workforce Development Committee.

“He is our point person on human services. He communicates with government and state agencies and testifies before the legislature,” said Beth Tsvetkoss, the Ohio association’s attorney-analyst.

Buying a raffle ticket
St. John’s Lutheran Church is hosting its 11th annual sports card and craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15. Many raffle items will be offered. Here, William Cooley (right) sells a raffle ticket to Marty Komives. The show will be held at 380 Keny Blvd., London. Admission is free. Many vendors will be selling their wares. Food will be available throughout the day.

Taking care of delinquent taxes

Madison County Treasurer William “Shag” Stidham and County Prosecutor Stephen J. Pronai look over delinquent real estate tax records for Madison County. Pronai wants Madison County residents to know that if they are two years behind on property taxes and owe more than $1,000, he will start the process to collect the delinquent taxes through foreclosure of their property. Though the process can be stopped by setting up a payment plan with the treasurer’s office, there will be court costs associated with foreclosure. It is cheaper to set up a payment plan early, before the foreclosure process starts. “I understand these are hard times,” Pronai said, “but it’s our job to collect these taxes.” Anyone who is delinquent on property taxes and wishes to avoid foreclosure may contact the treasurer’s office at 740-852-1936 to set up a plan, where the amount owed is divided by five and paid over two years. The first payment is due upon signing of the plan.

Junior Auxiliary enjoys fun night
On Oct. 13, American Legion Auxiliary Post 105 sponsored a “Discover the Junior Auxiliary Fun Night” at the Legion post. Activities included a scavenger hunt, games, food and door prizes. Among the Junior members who attended are: (front row, from left) Jada McNeal, Mariah Homeier, Kelsey Boggs; (back row) Destiny Robinett, Corrie Campbell, Alyssa Edley, Pamilla Pollock and Brianna Robinett. For more information about Junior Auxiliary, leave a message at the post at 740-852-9196.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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