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State report cards are in

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The Ohio Department of Education has released the 2014 report cards grading the performance of Ohio schools. Local educators are now assessing where they are in terms of student success, and where they hope to go in the future.The Ohio School Report Cards assign grades from A to F for a series of performance standards. Though districts now have the performance of their individual schools, overall district numbers will not be released until 2016.The subjects of grading include achievement categories, progress categories, graduation categories and categories that measure various demographics.


Meeting to discuss revitalizing downtown London

The Downtown London Association (DLA) and London Community Organization (LCO) are together hosting a meeting to discuss the benefits of historic district designation.Steve Avdakov, principal at Heritage Architectural Associates, will speak to local business owners, property owners and city stakeolders on the benefits of historic district designation.“Avdakov has worked with many communities throughout the country to help revitalize their downtown districts. He will...

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Golden Eagles snag top seed in D-II

There’s a huge bulls-eye squarely planted on the backs of the Madison-Plains girls golf team.The Division II Central District girls golf coaches got together Sunday, Sept. 14, to set up the upcoming sectional tournament field and they collectively named the Golden Eagles as the tournament’s No. 1 seed.The fact that Plains is the top seed and widely considered the best D-II girls golf team in Central Ohio should come as no surprise. Plains has not lost a match...

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COAAA seeking advisory council volunteers

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) is accepting volunteer applications from residents of Delaware, Madison and Pickaway counties to fill vacancies on the COAAA Advisory Council.Council members are highly valued volunteers who represent the interests of older adults in their specific communities and advise COAAA on services, policies and programs.The 32-member Council meets eight times a year, at 10:30 a.m., on the first Thursday of the month. Meetings are held...

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Women in agriculture celebrated at FSR

An exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture is being displayed at this year’s Farm Science Review.“Women now make up 1 out of every 3 agricultural producers across the U.S.,” said Gigi Neal, Ohio State University Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources and co-leader of OSU Extension’s Ohio Women in Agriculture team. “We want to recognize the women who are often the backbone of agriculture across the state of Ohio.̶...

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Covered Bridge, Bluegrass Festival to be held

The annual Covered Bridge and Bluegrass Festival in North Lewisburg will add Sunday to the weekend festival commemorating Union County’s historic covered bridges.The free festival, which includes bluegrass and folk performers, will take place from Sept. 19-21.The pie baking contest, arts, crafts, antiques and wagon rides will take place Friday, Sept. 19 for the reservation only dinner on the bridge event, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 9:30 a.m. to 4...

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WJ approves change to Battelle TIF

An addendum to the Tax Increment Financing agreement (TIF) between West Jefferson and Battelle Memorial Institute was approved at the West Jefferson Village Council meeting Monday night.TIF is a public financing method used as a subsidy for redevelopment, infrastructure and other community-improvement projects.Representatives from Battelle attended the meeting to ensure that the TIF agreement would grant the organization reimbursement for property improvements....

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Empower the people to hold politicians accountable

As treasurer of Ohio, I’m a watchdog for Ohioans’ hard-earned dollars. As a fellow taxpayer and Marine Corps veteran, I believe we the people have a right to know how our tax money is being spent. That’s why I’m spearheading the effort to put the state’s checkbook online.I’m a firm believer in the concept that sunlight is the greatest disinfectant to government waste. Putting state spending information on the internet will make politicians and bu...

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Constitution Week proclaimed

At the request of the London Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Madison County Commissioners on Monday signed a proclamation proclaiming the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week. Sept. 17 marks the 227th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America. In the photo: seated, Commissioner David Dhume; standing from left, DAR chapter regent Sharon Dillion, Commissioner Mark Forrest, DAR Constitution week chair Bonnie Stout, DAR state ch...

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Time for a change at London High School?

As a diehard Cleveland Indians fan, and a London Red Raiders booster, I hate writing this.With all of the focus lately on the Washington, D.C. NFL team and its refusal to change its name, many Americans are recognizing that some words, once thought neutral, are actually quite offensive to entire nations of peoples.This debate isn’t new. Down the road, at Miami University in Oxford, the debate on removing a slur for Native Americans raged for 25 years before the uni...

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Buckeyes get passing grade

A grade card on Ohio State in its game against Kent State on Saturday. The Buckeyes didn’t get a perfect score but they got a lot closer than some other Big Ten teams did.OffenseOn the surface, everything was wonderful in Ohio State’s 66-0 win over Kent State. But the Buckeyes’ grade on offense needs to be weighted.OSU rolled up 628 yards of total offense. Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw a school record-tying six touchdown pas...

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Local soccer teams steadily improve

The team’s record isn’t stellar or indicative of the progress that’s been made, but the London High School girls soccer team is moving in the right direction.The Lady Red Raiders (1-2-2) are still below the .500 mark, but headed into a busy week with a chance to move over that watershed mark.The team came away with a 1-1 tie from a non-league tilt with Benjamin Logan Saturday, Sept. 13.London scored first in the match Saturday, capitalizing o...

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Tuesday, Sept. 16Boys GolfLondon, Madison-Plains, West Jefferson at MSL Post-Season Tournament at Darby Creek Golf Course, 9 a.m.Jonathan Alder at River Valley, 4 p.m.TennisJonathan Alder at Pleasant, 4 p.m.Boys soccerLondon at Northeastern, 7 p.m.Miami Trace at Madison-Plains, 5 p.m.Jonathan Alder at Marion Harding, 5 p.m....

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County approves Newport ditch petition

A Newport-area farmer’s ditch petition was approved by Madison County Commissioners Monday.County engineer David Brand explained the benefits to the two farmers, Steve Creamer and John Binns, in the drainage area in question, north and west of the hamlet of Newport.The farmers’ cost/benefit payback will occur over 11 years. Brand said that time period is neither the longest nor the shortest of other cost/benefit paybacks on other ditch petitions.By...

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Free clinic kicking off annual fundraising appeal

The Madison County Health Partners Free Clinic this week kicked off its annual community fundraising appeal.This clinic is operated by Madison County Health Partners, Inc. This summer, the clinic celebrated its ninth year anniversary.The free health clinic serves lower income Madison County residents who do not qualify for government medical insurance coverage or have employer sponsored health insurance. Volunteer medical professionals provide care to the uninsured for c...

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Tolles student fatally shot

A Tolles student was fatally shot over the weekend while he was allegedly in the act of burglarizing a home.Reb Barbee, 17, was a senior welding and fabrication technology student from Bradley High School.Barbee was shot about 5 a.m. Saturday in the Lake Darby Estates subdivision in Prairie Township, a couple miles east of West Jefferson near the Madison-Franklin county line.Friends and neighbors told reporters he stumbled into his home leaving a trail of bloo...

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London Police reports

Tuesday, Sept. 2 • Officers responded to a report of family disturbance near Antietam Avenue about 3 p.m. They found two people arguing loudly about money issues. The parties assured police that there was no physical violence and would not be.At one point one of the people threw a plate on the floor, and later left the apartment to “cool off.”Thursday, Sept. 4 • Officers responded to an assau...

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Anatomy of a prison escape

LIMA — The intense manhunt for two inmates who escaped the Oakwood prison Thursday evening began seconds after they scaled the first security fence, setting off an alarm.At 7:38 p.m., three inmates climbed two security fences nearly 15 feet tall and topped with razor wire. They used crates to create a makeshift ladder. One inmate, Lindsey Bruce, a convicted murderer of a 5-year-old girl from near Columbus, was tackled by two correctional officers on the other side of the seco...

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