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Galbreath Hall decision postponed

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Those awaiting a decision on the fate of Galbreath Hall in West Jefferson will have to wait longer.Members of the West Jefferson Village Council’s parks and recreation committee agreed Thursday to postpone their recommendation on whether to demolish the facility, a decision drawing frustration from the mayor.The committee plans to gather more information and make a decision at its next meeting. A parks and recreation committee meeting has not been scheduled, but council will again address the issue at its regularly scheduled Sept. 2 meeting.

 

Union County United Way campaign kicks off

The 57th annual United Way of Union County campaign kicked off Aug. 26, seeking to raise $1 million for the second straight year.The community-wide fall fundraiser achieved record-level giving of $960,000 last year, a 4 percent increase from 2012. It will take another 4 percent increase for United Way to achieve the milestone mark.

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What did the bugs do before I came?

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly finally exercised our right to a vacation and planned for a whole week to spend with our son and his family.It was to be a great week of relaxing and spending time with our son and his family in the state of Ohio. When my wife and I think of Ohio we think of one thing: our grandchildren.

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Madison County teams will be tested in Week 1

The more things change, the more they stay the same.The 2014 high school football season gets under way in Madison County Friday, Aug. 29, with three home games and another on the road for the county teams. Three of the squads will also be doing so against the same squads they opened the season with last year and the other will be squaring off with a neighboring rival they’ve played for years.Mechanicsburg atWest Jefferson, 7 p.m...

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London Police peports

Saturday, Aug. 16• Randall Smith, 46, of London, was arrested and charged with domestic violence about 3 a.m. near Jenkinson Avenue.Smith allegedly grabbed the victim’s neck and screamed at the victim. Another party intervened, and Smith punched the person in the face. The two wrestled and fought until a third party intervened, while the victim continuously ordered Smith to leave the property.Smith had just begun to walk away when ...

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Skeldon honored by firefighter association

Steve Skeldon, Washington Township deputy fire marshal, was recently honored by the Ohio State Firefighter’s Association (OSFA) as the 2014 Myron George Distinguished Service Award recipient.Skeldon’s history of public service includes serving as a special deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and volunteer firefighter with the Jefferson Township Fire Department in West Jefferson. Skeldon still serves as a part-time fire investigator for the Jerome Towns...

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It’s marching band season

I own approximately 4,576,124 T-shirts — many of which date back to high school because a customized T-shirt was how we marked every occasion during our teenage years.My husband hates most of them, especially the extra large ones which hang down to my knees and are printed with tacky sayings, bright images and other cultural references of the time period which now may seem juvenile and confusing. I like to pair them with cotton shorts or plaid, baggy pants.Apparent...

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God is a mystery

When we read the Old Testament, we get a picture of God as judgmental and vengeful. He orders whole cities to be destroyed and the people to be put to death. The prophets remind the people that this is because of their sins that God punishes them. The people in the pagan cities of Canaan weren’t guilty of breaking the covenant with God, but they were punished just the same. The God of the Old Testament sounds a lot like Islam’s Allah who demands submission to his will.

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Quartet to perform at Methodist Church

First United Methodist, 52 N. Main St., in London, is having its final summer musical at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. Organist Michael Schreffler will be joined by the quartet from St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Columbus. Quartet members are, from left, Cameron Fracasso, Keylen Franz, Nicholas Klein and Kevin Lohr. The quartet will be featured several times throughout the service.

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H&R Block to open in new location

The H&R Block retail tax office in Mount Sterling is moving to a new address.The business will soon be located 40 N. London St., in the former site of the Brickhouse Cafe.The office will help residents navigate an increasingly complex tax code and claim all the credits and deductions they are entitled.“For nearly 60 years, H&R Block has been delivering trusted tax advice in neighborhoods across the country,” said Connie Stewart, office manager for ...

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Upcoming reunions announced

West Jefferson High School Class of 1974 is having its reunion the weekend of Friday, Sept. 5, Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7.On Friday, meet at 7:30 p.m. for the home football game at Kile Stadium.On Saturday, meet at 6:30 p.m. for the tailgate dinner at Courtyard Marriott, 2350 Westbelt Drive, ColumbusOn Sunday, meet at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Courtyard Marriott, 2350 Westbelt Drive, Columbus.If you were a part of this clas...

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94th annual Phillips family reunion held

The 94th annual Phillips Family Reunion was held at the country home of Tim and Dorothy Phillips Amling on Sunday, Aug. 3.They were blessed with good weather for the outside activity.A blessing was asked and thanks was given for the many years of this family gathering. A wonderful potluck dinner was enjoyed by all who attended from several counties and the state of Florida.The younger took to the Amlings pool, but most enjoyed visiting and the family fellowshi...

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Homemakers share past vacations stories

The West Jefferson Homemakers Aug. 19 meeting was held at the home of Irene Yates.In attendance were Connie Little, Liz Harper, Wanda Parks, Sue McDowell, Jeanne Thomas and Blair Wooddell.Liz Harper, president, led all with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Homemaker’s Creed.Minutes from the previous meeting were read and a financial report was given by the treasurer, Wanda Parks. Suggestions were offered regarding possible meeting sites withi...

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In the swing of things

Cade Smith of London Middle School tees off during a match with Madison-Plains Monday, Aug. 25

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Galbreath Hall stay or go?

West Jefferson officials on Wednesday selected a contractor to tear down Galbreath Hall, should another committee of officials make the final decision to move forward with recommending its demolition.Master Renovations placed the lowest bid for $18,000, beating seven other contractors with bids ranging up to $240,000.The bids were opened during a meeting of the West Jefferson Village Council’s finance committee. The village council’s parks and recreation comm...

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July health inspection reports

The following information is obtained from the Madison County-London City Health District and is compiled from inspection reports. Inspections are a “snapshot” of the day and time of the inspection. Also, at the time of the inspection, violations are recorded but are often corrected on the spot prior to the inspector leaving the facility.

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OSU’s Wilson ready for bigger role

COLUMBUS — A year ago, Braxton Miller called then-freshman wide receiver Dontre Wilson “that lightning bolt.”“He’s something special, man,” Miller said.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was enthusiastic, too. So was offensive coordinator Tom Herman. Fans expected big things.And then lightning didn’t strike.Wilson, who chose Ohio State over Oregon after the Ducks coach Chip Kelly took the Philadelphia Eagles job, ...

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Statewide absentee mailing to begin

COLUMBUS — Absentee ballot applications for November’s General Election will be mailed later this month to Ohio voters and start arriving in mailboxes around Labor Day, according to the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Hustead.By completing the required information and returning the application to their county board of elections, voters can have their ballots mailed to them, giving them up to four weeks to cast a ballot without ever leaving home.

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