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March 8, 2020 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXV No. 16

Champer

for Madison County

Commissioner

Paid for by Champer for Commissioner

All from Mount Sterling who served

Sifting through history

to compile veterans list

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

When Steve Chambers took over as director

of the Mount Sterling Community

Museum, he wondered what he could contribute

to the cataloguing of the town’s history.

His predecessor, the late Denny Morris,

wrote three volumes on the history of

Mount Sterling, complete with then-andnow

photographs of many of the businesses

in town. Chambers had to find his own

niche, covering another swath of the town’s

past.

“I had catalogued all of the books in the

museum and realized all the genealogical

history of the wars we had on hand,” he

said.

With that realization and inspired by the

approach of the 100th anniversary of the

end of World War I, Chambers found his

project—to compile a list of all Mount Sterling

veterans who served or are serving in

the American armed forces from the Revolutionary

War to the present.

That was in 2016, and he’s been hard at

it ever since. To date, the catalogue contains

more than 2,000 entries filling about 150

pages.

The work is contained in a three-ring

binder and indexed by war, cemeteries in

which the veterans are buried, veterans

who received a Purple Heart in World War

II or Korea, World War II prisoners of war,

veterans who died in military service during

World War II, Mount Sterling American Legion

Post 417 rosters, and individuals honored

at the veterans memorial in the town

square.

The job of sifting through books, old

newspapers, obituary files, online genealogy

services, and other resources to glean information

specific to Mount Sterling has been

a tedious one, but Chambers hasn’t minded

a bit.

“I have two degrees in history and was a

librarian at (Ohio State University) for 30

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Steve Chambers, director of the Mount Sterling Community Museum, peruses some of

the resources he used to compile a list of Mount Sterling veterans who served or are

serving in the armed forces from the Revolutionary War to the present.

More than 2,000 entries are included in the Mount Sterling Community Museum’s list of

Mount Sterling veterans. The catalogue is available for viewing.

Much to see

at museum

The Mount Sterling Community Museum

reopened for the season on March

2. The featured display for March and

April focuses on clubs and notable

women of Mount Sterling.

Other displays planned for the remainder

of the year include veteransthemed

displays in May and November

and a Christmas-themed display in December.

The museum is open to other

ideas and welcomes short-term loans of

interesting historical items.

Among recent donations to the museum

are:

• a history of Mount Sterling (1805-

1935) written by sixth-graders in Pat

Jackson’s class in 1969-70;

• a winter U.S. Army uniform that belonged

to TEC 5 (sergeant) Harold Dunn,

who served in New Guinea during World

War II; and

• an optical trial lens set in a wooden

case, owned by Henry L. Cook, who

opened a jewelry repair shop in 1905 in

the K of P building on North London St.

He also repaired watches and ordered

glasses for customers.

The museum’s wish list includes

school yearbooks (especially from the

1980s), postcards with photos of Mount

Sterling, envelopes with a Mount Sterling

postmark, and Mount Sterling phone

books (especially from before 1975).

The museum is located in the lower

level of Mount Sterling Public Library at

60 W. Columbus St. Hours are 10 a.m.-

noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

This optical trial lens set, dating back to

the early 1900s, is among the recent donations

on display at the Mount Sterling

Community Museum.

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Staff Writer

West Jefferson village council approved

the sale of a 26.58-acre plot to The Richard

J. Conie Co. for $470,000.

The company plans to build homes on the

property, located at 263 W. Pearl St., along

State Route 142. The village plans to use the

money to update parks.

“We have three parks in the village and

they need some much added help (and)

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The main focus is transformation of Garrette

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Council’s plan is to use proceeds from the property sale to cover

any costs not covered by grant funding. Additional money from the

sale will go toward updating other West Jefferson parks with walking

trails and new recreational equipment.

The village originally bought the Pearl Street plot for $174,000

and has been renting it to farmers.

The village makes “a couple thousand dollars” off the rented land

yearly, Martin said. Its sale marks a significant increase in funds

for parks and recreation.

Council took a holistic approach to the sale, considering both bidding

price and The Richard J. Conie Co.’s plans for development,

Martin said.

“We have done our due diligence. This is the best price we could

get for the product they’re going to build,” he said.

The next regular meeting of West Jefferson village council is set

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Among the cast members in London High School’s production of “Mary Poppins” are:

(front row, from left) Tori Bennett as Jane, Sara Madden as Mary Poppins, Anthony Holfinger

as Michael; (back row) Luke Peart as Bert, Paul Huff as Mr. Banks, and Emily Bennett

as Mrs. Banks.

Magical ‘Mary Poppins’

descends on LHS stage

By Theresa Hennis

Staff Writer

If you remember seeing the movie “Mary

Poppins” as a child, and the feel-good songs

still make you tap your toes and sing along,

then you are sure to enjoy London High

School’s stage production of the beloved

story. Shows are set for 7 p.m. March 12-14.

“It’s the story of the Banks family, especially

George Banks and his coming to realize

that family is more important than

anything,” said Scott Blanton, an English

teacher at London High School and the

show’s director. “Our production is a little

different than the original movie. We have

a few extra numbers, and the focus is on the

Banks family.”

Senior Paul Huff and Emily Bennett play

George and Winifred Banks, an uptight,

wealthy couple in search of a new nanny for

their children, Jane (played by senior Tori

Bennett) and Michael (played by freshman

Anthony Holfinger).

In comes the magically entertaining and

nurturing Mary Poppins (played by senior

Sara Madden), who takes the children on

fantastical adventures along with her

friend, Bert (played by junior Luke Peart),

a chimney sweep and jack-of-all-trades.

“It’s nice to be stepping into such an

iconic role, especially for my senior year,”

Madden said. “I think this is a tale everyone

loves, and our interpretation and production

of it is fun. It’s a story from our childhood.”

Junior Stevie Cooper plays a teddy bear

in the toy scene and serves as the production’s

student director. About her fellow performers,

she said, “The musical crew is like

a family. Our lead characters are extremely

good at what they do.”

The cast includes fourth- and fifthgraders,

which Blanton said the theater program

hasn’t done in a while, and there is a

tap dance number, as well.

The show is filled with fun special effects,

including a cabinet that comes apart and

back together on its own, Mary pulling a hat

rack from her carpet bag, and her umbrella

coming and going magically.

Popular songs from the original include

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Step in

Time” and “Jolly Holiday.”

Shows are set for 7 p.m. March 12-14 at

London High School, 336 Elm St.

Blanton anticipates the show will sell out

and encourages anyone interested in attending

to buy tickets as soon as possible. Tickets

purchased online are $6 for students and

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County’s delinquent taxes are at all-time low

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

The Madison County Treasurer’s Office

is making a significant dent in the amount

of back real estate taxes owed to the county.

“Delinquency is the lowest it’s every been

since I’ve been here,” said Treasurer Donna

Landis, who has worked for the office for

more than 36 years.

Two years ago, Landis teamed up with

Madison County Prosecutor Stephen J.

Pronai. They met with attorneys and

started conducting tax foreclosures on properties

where delinquent taxes are owed.

“It had been done before but wasn’t done

aggressively,” Landis said.

Two years ago, the amount of delinquent

taxes owed to the county was more than $1

million. Now, it’s $717,000.

Working with local law counsel, Landis’s

office launches four tax foreclosure cases

each month. Some cases take longer than

others. Sometimes, it’s difficult to locate the

responsible party; other times the responsible

party is deceased, Landis said. Despite

these challenges, progress has been made.

“As far as big delinquencies, those are

few and far between now,” she said.

The Treasurer’s Office is starting to take

the same approach with mobile home properties,

conducting tax foreclosures where

delinquent taxes are owed. The total

amount of delinquencies in this category is

$90,000.

“The mobile home parks are working

well with us,” Landis said.

She noted that her office can offer payment

plans for those who are behind on paying

their taxes. The options are to spread

payments over 2.5 years or five years.

“If you’re worried you are going to be

foreclosed on, you’ve got to call me. If you

make effort to get it taken care of, I will

make my effort to help you,” Landis said.

In other tax collection news, Landis reported

that her office just finished real estate

tax collection for the first half of 2019,

payable in 2020.

“We’re up $1.3 million from last year at

the same time, which is remarkable,” she

said. “We hit the $30 million mark and have

never hit the $30 million mark for the first

half.”

The county usually collects $44 million a

year in real estate taxes.

Landis said the first-half collections are

always strong because some property owners

pay for the full year. She said she does

not know why first-half collections were so

much higher this time around.

For more information about tax collection

and payment plan options for delinquent

taxes, call the Madison County

Treasurer’s Office at (740) 852-1936.

Reading

support

Mount Sterling American

Legion Post 417

donated $1,000 in support

of this year's

Summer Reading Program

at Mount Sterling

Public Library. Post

Commander Wesley

Pierce (left) presented

the check to library Director

Chris Siscoe.

LIST

Continued from page 1

years. Research is what I’ve been doing

all my life, and I have an interest in military

history,” he said.

One of the troves of information that

served him well in his project is one he came

across by accident. The museum is located

on the lower floor of Mount Sterling Public

Library. He and Chris Siscoe, the library’s

director, got to wondering what was in a

3x6-foot cabinet located under the stairwell.

“We found the key, and inside there was

a lot of information about the Mount Sterling

Daughters of the American Revolution

chapter,” Chambers said. “And in one box,

we found minutes and rosters of the local

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) chapter,

which was like the Legion of the day.”

The GAR chapter was active in Mount

Sterling from 1884 to the 1920s. From that

information alone, Chambers was able to

add another 50 names to his list.

At this point, Chambers said most of the

heavy research is complete, but he will continue

to update the list as obituaries of local

veterans come in. He will do the same with

additions or corrections he receives from

anyone with connections to Mount Sterling

service men and women.

He has already displayed the catalogue

at various events honoring veterans and

will continue to do so.

“A lot of people like to look through it

just to see their grandfather’s name,”

Chambers said.

Of course, anyone is welcome to look

through the catalogue during museum

hours—10 a.m.-noon Monday, Wednesday

and Friday—or by appointment. The library

is located at 60 W. Columbus St. The museum

is located on the lower level and is accessible

via an exterior stairwell or by stairs

or an elevator from inside the library.

To learn more about the Mount Sterling

veterans list or the museum in general, call

(740) 869-9305 or email Steve Chambers at

mtsterlingcommunitymuseum@gmail.com.


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library events

HBMLibrary

Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson,

(614) 879-8448, http://www.hbmlibrary.org/.

• Story Times. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The theme

on March 11 is “Color My World.” The theme on March 13 is “Butterflies

and Caterpillars.”

• Humane Society Drive. During March, the library is a drop-off

location for donations for the Humane Society of Madison County.

Visit the Humane Society’s website for a wish list. For every item

donated, you can enter a drawing to win a goodie basket.

• Family STEAM Night. At 6 p.m. March 9, the library will have

telescopes ready to go for a supermoon afternoon.

• Library Board Meeting. 6 p.m. March 10.

• Let’s Paint! Sham-Rocks. Adults are invited to this painting

event at 11 a.m. March 14. Call the library to register.

London Library

20 E. First St., (740) 852-9543, www.mylondonlibrary.org.

• Story Times. Toddler Time for ages 0-3, Tuesdays, 10-10:30

a.m. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, Tuesdays, 11-11:45 a.m.

• ABCs of Movement. Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Children ages

3-6 can letter sounds, writing letters and gross motor skills through

movement.

• Play Date. Thursdays, 10:0-11:30 a.m. This book-themed hour

of socializing, messy art, toys and sensory table fun will have your

child begging to come to the library. Caregivers must be present the

entire time their child is at the library.

• Cold-Blooded Critters. At 11 a.m. March 14, a naturalist from

Franklin County Metro Parks will talk about the differences between

warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals. Live critters such

as turtles, toads, frogs, snakes and salamanders will be present. All

ages welcome.

• Mulan Party. Party with Mulan at 6:30 p.m. March 16. Listen

to Mulan read her story. Learn proper techniques to be a royal warrior.

Join Mulan in an interactive dance. Get your photo taken with

Mulan.

• Dinosaur Dig with COSI. At 11 a.m. March 17, COSI will present

a workshop for ages 3-6 with their favorite adult. Explore the

differences between dinosaur’s eggs, different types of feathers they

would have had, and the food they ate. Build your own dinosaur

skeleton, and compare your body size with dinosaur sizes.

Mount Sterling Library

60 W. Columbus St., (740) 869-2430, www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org.

• Tax Documents. The library offers free printing of upt o 10 tax

documents per patron, as well as guidance to find information online.

The library receives a very limited supply of tax documents inhouse.

• Ohio Imagination Library. The library is participating in the

Ohio Imagination Library in conjunction with the Dolly Parton

Imagination Library and United Way. Parents can sign up their

child (newborn to 5 years old) at the circulation desk to have a free

book delivered to their home each month.

• Storytimes. Sessions take place at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and

are open to children ages 3-5 and their younger siblings.

• We Joy Sing Heart Strings. Classes meet on Wednesday mornings

through April 29. Two classes weekly include age groups of infants

through 5 years old.

• Mysteries at the Manor Club. The group will discuss “The Adventure

of the Golden Pince-nez” at 2 p.m. March 15 at the home of

Casey O’Neill.

• Makerspace Saturday. Children of all ages are invited to build

and take apart machinery and other contraptions, as well as create

and design anything from buildings to robots from noon to 2 p.m.

March 21.

• Around Town Book Club. The group will meet at 7 p.m. March

26 at the Mad Hatter Cafe, 17 E. Main St., Mount Sterling, next to

the town gazebo. Participants should plan to order from the menu.

The library will provide dessert.

• Ladies Night Out. Watch “Knives Out’ at 6:30 p.m. March 30.

Bring a dish to share. A door prize will be given out.

• Kids’ Cooking Club. Two different groups meet once a month

to learn cooking basics. Both groups are at capacity and will continue

to meet through April. Two nights of different age groups will

meet once each in June; details are coming soon.

• Mount Sterling Community Museum. Regular hours are 10

a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The museum is located

on the library’s lower level. Appointments outside of regular

hours can be made by contacting director Steve Chambers at (740)

869-9305 or mtsterlingcommunitymuseum@gmail.com.

Plain City Library

305 W. Main St., (614) 873-4912, www.plaincitylib.org/calendar.

2020 Census Information Session. At 7 p.m. March 4, learn

the importance of completing the Census, what it means for the

community, what to expect during the 2020 count, and what resources

the library has to make sure you and your loved ones are

counted.

• Kids Computer Club. Open to tweens and early teens, this

group is an opportunity for kids to learn programming and other

computer skills from community resident Doug Hyatt. The next session

is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 9. The library has limited equipment

available to loan out; bring your own laptop if you can.

• Sketchbook League: Art Club. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March

12, meet other drawing enthusiasts in a friendly environment.

Bring your sketch pad and pencils to this casual, no-pressure club

and share your love of drawing. Check out

drawing guides and try out new mediums.

No art supplies of your own? No problem.

There will be a limited amount of paper onhand

and pencils to share.

• Beyblade: Open Quick Play. 3-2-1, let

it rip! Bring your favorite beys or arenas for

practice time with other fans from 10:15 to

11 a.m. March 14. Drop in any time during

this 45-minute practice for Beybladers.

Young fans of the franchise can show off

their favorite beys and have fun in a

friendly environment.

LONDON PUBLIC LIBRARY

LIBRARY CLOSED ON SUNDAYS

• Tuesday, March 10th - Toddler Time - 10:00 am

Preschool Story Time - 11:00 am

Book Club - 7:00 pm

• Wednesday, March 11th - ASL and Deaf Culture Class - 6:30 pm

• Thursday, March 12th - Play Date - 10:30 am

ABC’s of Movement - 6:30 pm

• Saturday, March 14th - Cold Blooded Critters - 11:00 am

• Monday, March 16th - Mulan Party - 6:30 pm

• Tuesday, March 17th - Dinosaur Dig with COSI - 11:00 am

• Wednesday, March 18th - ASL and Deaf Culture Class - 6:30 pm

• Thursday, March 19th - Itsy Bitsy Art Gallery -6:00-7:30 p.m.

(Drop in anytime)

Check out the library’s website for a list of all our Programs.

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A trip to D.C. is in the cards

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 105 recently held a euchre tournament to raise funds

for the “Madison County Veterans to D.C.” trip planned for this fall. Unit representatives

presented Terry Mackey, organizer of the trip, with a check for $1,000: (from left)

Stef Cunningham, Cheryl Homeier, Mackey, Auxiliary President Linda Stier, Kathyrn

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On March 3, the Madison County commissioners endorsed March

as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This year’s theme

encourages everyone to support individuals with disabilities in their

pursuit to “live, work and go where they want.”

The commissioners support the Madison County Board of Developmental

Disabilities (MCBDD) and the people the board serves

throughout the year.

Susan Thompson, MCBDD superintendent, took the opportunity

to recognize independent providers Tami Pritchard and Billy Fuller.

They represented more than 40-plus independent and agency

providers that serve individuals with disabilities on an on-going

basis.

“The providers are the life-blood for the individuals we serve,”

Thompson said. “They work with folks on their daily living skills,

help them explore their interests, and sometimes take them in as a

member of the family.”

Additionally, the commissioners heard about the great things individuals

with disabilities are doing in the work force. Spearheaded

by MCBDD staff members Gretchen Peters and Hope Smith, job

training and placement of individuals with disabilities has grown

exponentially in recent years. Connie Lollo works with MCBDD in

a partnership with the Educational Service Center to assist in this

process.

“In a number of instances, our individuals have shown a great

desire to work in the community where they live and pay taxes,”

Thompson said. “We are fortunate to have committed staff to work

with them.”

For more information about the services the Board of Developmental

Disabilities provides, call (740) 852-7050 or send email to

sthompson@co.madison.oh.us. The board offices are located at 500

Elm St., London. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

On March 3, the Madison County commissioners signed a proclamation to designate March as Developmental

Disabilities Awareness Month. They were joined by several individual served by the Madison County Board of

Developmental Disabilities, and a number of people who assist them: (front row, from left) County Administrator

Rob Slane, Waymond Harris, Commissioner David Hunter, MCBDD/ESC staff Connie Lollo, Sam Anders, Commissioner

Mark Forrest, Zane Fulton, Commissioner Tony Xenikis; (second row) independent provider Billy

Fuller, independent provider Tami Pritchard, MCBDD Superintendent Susan Thompson, Leah McCarter; (back

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Headed to Cornell

On Feb. 6, Jonathan Alder High School senior Connor Morgan

signed to play football at Cornell University.

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On Feb. 6, Jonathan Alder High School senior Abby Jones signed

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LHS Academic

Hall of Fame

deadline nears

The London Academic Boosters

is seeking nominations for individuals

to be considered for induction

into the London Academic Hall of

Fame.

The purpose of the Academic

Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals

who have made an important,

positive impact on the school, local

community or global community.

The individual must have attended

a school in the London City School

District, been employed by the

school district, worked as a volunteer

in the school district, or in some

other direct way made a significant

contribution to the academic success

of the schools in the district or other

educational institutions.

Nominations for the Academic

Hall of Fame may be made by anyone

connected to the London community.

Nomination applications

are available at the London High

School office and at London Public

Library. Applications must be

turned in to the high school principal’s

office by March 15.


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• On Feb. 1, a Cambridge Drive resident was charged with having

physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated and consuming

and intoxicant while in a motor vehicle.

• A Yuma Drive resident was charged with OVI following a traffic

stop on Feb. 2.

• Two at-large individuals, a man and a woman, were arrested

for criminal trespass on Feb. 3 after they were caught inside a secured

area at a local storage facility.

• A Claudia Drive man was charged with domestic violence on

Feb. 5.

• On Feb. 6, a Sheffield Boulevard man was charged with domestic

violence.

• During a traffic stop on Feb. 7, a police canine detected drugs

in the violator vehicle. A Garfield Avenue woman and a Claudia

Drive man were charged with possessing drug abuse instruments.

McMAHEN

Mike McMahen, 75, of London died on Feb. 25, 2020, in Mount

Carmel, Grove City, surrounded by his family. Born on Jan. 4, 1945,

in Summerford, he was a son of William Harrison “Whis” and Harriett

Elizabeth “Toby” McMahen. A U.S. Navy veteran, Mike retired

from International Harvester after nearly 30 years and the Air National

Guard after 20 years. He was a member of First United

Methodist Church, the London Lions Club and the former Loo don

Jaycees. He also was also a former baseball coach with London Area

Baseball Council. Survivors include: his wife of almost 53 years, Sue

McMahen; sons, Shane (Brenda) McMahen, Eric (Gada) McMahen

and Lance (Jennifer) McMahen; grandchildren, Mikayla (Austin)

Brand, Dylan, Megan, Hunter McMahen, Gabrielle (David) Lowry

and Nate Norris; great-grandson, Kyler; sister, Connie Dellinger

and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his

parents; brother, Gary McMahen; and sister, Rosie Owens. Funeral

services were held on Feb. 29 in Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and

Crematory, London, with Pastor David Leckrone officiating. Memorial

contributions may be sent to the London Lions Club.

COFFEY

Betty L. Coffey, 82, of London passed away on Feb. 25, 2020, in

London. Born on April 20, 1937, in Camp Creek, Ohio, she was a

daughter of Emmitt Burdette and Leona (Boldman) Burkitt. Betty

had owned and operated the former Golden Scissors Beauty Salon

in London. A member of the Catawba Christian Fellowship, she also

had belonged to Phi Beta Psi Sorority and truly enjoyed her grandchildren

and flowers. Survivors include: her daughters, Cheryl Anders

(Richard Adelsberger) and Darla (Randy) Colwell;

grandchildren, Caitlin Anders, Allison Anders (Brandon), Nicole

(Nick) Samela, Ashtyn Colwell, Jared (Sarah) Coffey, Justin Coffey,

Kyle Coffey and Shane DeWine; great-grandchildren, Josie, Greysen,

Hadley, Jacob, Elizabeth, Gabe, Gracie, Cameron, Catalena,

Camila, Kellen, Ethan and Lauren; brother, Delmar (Marcie)

Burkitt; sister, Brenda (Paul) Browning; a host of nieces, nephews,

cousins and special friends; and daughter-in-law, Debbie DeWine.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Paul Coffey;

daughter, Pam Coffey; son, Steve Coffey; brother, Gerald Burkitt;

and sister, Joann Green. Funeral services were held on March 2,

2020, in Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London, with

Pastor Steve Evans officiating. Interment followed in Somerford

Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the

london police blotter

obituaries

• A Walnut Street man was arrested for outstanding warrants

after officers responded to a complaint about a suspicious vehicle

on Feb. 9.

• On Feb. 11, a male juvenile was found to be in possession of

marijuana at London High School. Madison County Juvenile Probation

ordered that the juvenile be transported to the Central Ohio

Youth Center in Marysville.

• A Bowman Court woman was charged with domestic violence

after assaulting her live-in boyfriend on Feb. 12.

• On Feb. 14, a resident reported that her sister approached her

in a menacing fashion while the resident was at her place of employment.

A trespass letter was drafted that forbids the suspect

from entering the victim’s place of employment.

• An Elm Street woman was charged with domestic violence on

Feb. 16 after an altercation with her mother.

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POWERS

Leona Ann (Reay) Powers, 79, passed away on March 2, 2020.

Leona was a member of Eastern Star Sterling Chapter 74 and a

past worthy matron of Ralph Rickley Chapter Columbus. She was

an avid seamstress, master quilter, knitter and crocheter. She will

be remembered for the quilts, blankets, clothes and gifts that she

lovingly created for family and friends. She was a 1971 ATA Grand

American High Lady trapshooting champion. Leona was preceded

in death by; parents, Cecil and Grace Reay; loving husband of 60

years, George D. Powers; daughter, Gail D. Miller; sister, Bobbi

Jean Mitchem; and brother, Paul D. (Buckshot) Reay. She is survived

by: children, Greg Powers, Tracy Powers, Jon (Tina) Powers;

sister, Beatrice Rowe; son-in-law, John Miller; grandchildren, Ashley

(Justin) Kolb, Brandon (April) Miller, Paige Musselman, Jon

Luke Powers, and Zachary (Emily) Powers; great-grandchildren,

Ava and Scarlett Kolb, and Aidan Rice. Funeral services were held

on March 6 at Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, Mount Sterling, with

Rev. Dortha Ross officiating. Interment followed at Pleasant Cemetery,

Mount Sterling.

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Leah “Beth” Roberts, 66 of Plain City

passed peacefully on Monday, March 2, 2020, at

home surrounded by family after a long battle with

NASH. Beth was born April 18, 1953 to Leila and

late Carl Near. She graduated from London High

School in 1971. In 1982 Beth married the love of

her life, Ronald Roberts.

Together they raised their four children, Jeff, Doug,

Angene and Sarah. Beth thoroughly enjoyed being

a part of her children’s lives. She was their number

1 fan and loved showing her pride for them. Beth’s

creativity and passion for the arts allowed her to

express herself in many different ways. She enjoyed

crafting, ceramics and creating designs for signs for

her sign business.

Her biggest passion in life was her grandchildren,

Lauryn, Evan and Annie Saxour, Senna and Riley

Davis, Brody and Brock Pugh. Beth is survived by

her husband of 38 years, Ronnie Roberts, children,

Jeffery (Samantha) Saxour of Cincinnati, Doug

(Kathy) Saxour, Angene (Matt) Davis, all of Plain City,

Sarah (Chris) Pugh of Seaford, Delaware; mother,

Leila Near; 7 grandchildren; sister, Tami Ackley;

brothers, W.O. (Patty) Near and Roy Near. Preceded

in death by her father, Carl Near and brother,

Douglas Near.

The family received friends from 2-4 & 6-8 PM on

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Ferguson Funeral

Home, 202 E. Main Street, Plain City where

funeral services were held at 10:30 AM, Friday,

March 6, 2020, with Pastor Alice Phillips officiating.

Burial Forest Grove Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to either Heartland

Hospice 6500 Busch Blvd., Suite 210, Columbus,

Ohio 43229 or Donate Life Ohio at Second Chance

Trust Fund, Ohio Department of Health, 246 N. High

Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 donatelife ohio.org.

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Elisabeth Moss elevates material in ‘e Invisible Man’

As Marvel began its takeover at the box office, competing studios

decided they too wanted in on that sweet cash flow with their own

expanded universe. The goal, besides raking in that sweet cash, was

to re-introduce the audience to their famed properties via standalone

films and then tie those threads into a larger feature with all

of its popular creations. The problem with this, they would soon

learn, is that not all of those creations were as popular as Marvel

superheroes.

One such studio that tried its hand at replicating Marvel Studios’

success was Universal Pictures. In 2014, the Dark Universe

was launched with “Dracula Untold” and then “The Mummy” with

Tom Cruise followed three years later. In between came an announcement

that Russell Crowe was in talks to portray Dr. Jekyll

and Mr. Hyde while Johnny Depp was set for The Invisible Man.

Then all of those plans came to a screeching halt when the studios

realized that the audience hated those two films and weren’t all

that excited about the potential of the latter ones either.

In 2018, the studio was forced to announce the death of the Dark

Universe but one could make a strong case that it really started

with the uninspired “Dracula Untold.” That was a true stinker of a

film and those who have not seen it should consider themselves fortunate.

But, much like its famed vampire, the plans did not stay dead

and a rebirth of sorts was announced via a partnership with Blumhouse

Productions. Together, their first step was the launch of “The

Invisible Man” sans Depp.

In a somewhat inspired move,

writer and director Leigh Whannell

transformed this H.G. Wells creation

by turning him into a true

21st century nightmare — the tech

bro who hates privacy.

In the film, Elisabeth Moss plays Cecila Kass, the

long-suffering girlfriend of tech genius Adrian Griffin

(Oliver Jackson-Cohen). After years of emotional, mental

and physical abuse, she decides to spring herself free

of him with the help of her sister Emily (Harriett Dyer).

While hiding out in the home of a childhood friend,

Cecila learns that Adrian has killed himself. Just as she

is trying to wrap her head around these events, she

learns via his equally slimy brother Tom (Michael Dorman)

that he has left her $5 million in his will with the

odd stipulation that she not “commit any crimes.”

As Cecila makes progress in her recovery, she begins

to experience strange occurrences such as misplaced

items, bed sheets that roll off the body without any

thrashing and the feeling of eyes all over her body.

After she sees footprints on the floor one night, she

begins to suspect that Adrian is still alive and has used

his vast knowledge in the field of optics to render himself

invisible. When no one believes her theory, she decides

to takes steps to try to rid him of her life once and

for all.

A positive in this film is the acting from Moss, who

elevates the material from the occasional clunky dialogue

and the unfortunate unraveling of the latter half.

the reel deal

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This is not a movie that holds up

well upon deeper thought but her

acting saves the film from its

lesser parts.

Another positive is the use of

lingering shots of inconspicuous

furniture and doorways to ratchet

up the tension in lieu of a physical

being. That aspect of the film

works, which makes the unveiling

of the invisibility all the more confusing.

A negative of this film is with the computer graphic

imagery, which ranges from bad to laughable at points

throughout. The director made a great decision with the

use of angles but not so great ones as it pertained to the

unveiling of the invisibility cloak. “The Invisible Man”

is not funny, but one cannot help but laugh at some of

the CGI.

All in all, “The Invisible Man” is a decent thriller that

surprisingly manages to take the trauma of domestic

abuse survivors seriously. With a deft hand by Moss, it’s

a compassionate film that is elevated by her performance

despite iffy dialogue and several gaping plot holes.

I’m not sure where they plan to go with this property

next, but if she’s there leading the way, I think I would

be too. Grade: B-

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer and columnist.

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Celebrating 4-H & FFA

4-H is more than cows, cooking and clothing

By Frances Nicol

4-H Extension educator

Cows, cooking and clothing. These are the

projects that often get associated with 4-H.

While 4-H does offer these opportunities,

there is so much more available to our youth.

Want to learn about rocketry? There’s a

project for that. Interested in shooting

sports or exploring the outdoors? We have

several projects related to those topics. 4-H

projects include livestock, cats, dogs, trees,

woodworking, nutrition, creative arts,

scrapbooking, cake decorating and more.

Ohio 4-H has more than 200 projects to

pique a child’s interest.

4-H members start out by joining a club.

Madison County has more than 30 community

clubs from which to choose, scattered

throughout the county in London, West Jefferson,

Plain City and Mount Sterling.

All adult club advisors go through training

and a background check. Their job is to

help youths grow into responsible, skilled

adults by assisting them with their projectwork

and providing opportunities to learn

and engage with their peers.

Clubs offer at least six regular meetings

throughout the year in addition to other experiential

learning experiences. At club

meetings, members discuss business while

including time for education and recreation.

Every club contributes to the community

with a project, such as collecting donations

or donating time to fixing up an area park

or the fairgrounds.

Once a member joins a club, they can

choose their projects. Members can review

and purchase books at the Madison County

Extension Office. Another way to easily preview

the project books and resources is to

visit projectcentral.ohio4h.org. You can preview

the book pages and read reviews on

projects from other 4-H members and family

members.

As a member, you can participate in

many other county, state and national opportunities.

Madison County hosts a county

wide 4-H camp, demonstration contests,

judging opportunities and clinics.

At the state level, your child can participate

in state-wide camps related to forestry,

shooting sports, STEM (science, technology,

engineering and math), and even a sea

camp. The options are literally endless for

what your can do in 4-H; every child paves

their own path through 4-H.

Madison County’s deadline to join 4-H is

March 15 to be eligible to participate in the

Madison County Junior Fair. To enroll in a

4-H project and competitive events, a child

must be 8 years old and in the third grade

or 9 years old through the age of 19 as of

Jan. 1 of the current year. Any child that is

age 5 and in kindergarten through second

grade can enroll as a Cloverbud.

Contact the Madison County OSU Extension

Office at (740) 852-0975 to obtain a list

of clubs available in Madison County. Or

visit madison.osu.edu or check out “Madison

County Extension OSU” on Facebook.

Contact Frances Nicol, Extension educator

for 4-H youth development, with any

questions at 852-0975 or by email at

nicol.115@osu.edu.

On March 3, the Madison County commissioners signed a proclamation declaring March

8-14 as 4-H Week in Madison County: (from left) Commissioner Tony Xenikis; Frances

Nicol, 4-H educator; Commissioner Mark Forrest; Arlene Duffey, OSU Extension Office associate;

BreAnn McFarland, Madison County 4-H intern; and Commissioner David Hunter.

Anyone interested in taking a project to this year’s Madison County Fair as a 4-H member

must register by March 15. The types of eligible projects are nearly endless.


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Celebrating 4-H & FFA

Rave reviews for Forestry and Wildlife Camp

A couple of Madison County 4-Hers attended

Forestry and Wildlife Camp this

year at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson,

Ohio. Recently they shared some of their

thoughts about the experience.

To learn more about attending this camp

and joining 4-H, contact the Madison

County Extension Office at (740) 852-0975.

• Nick Furbee, member

Eager Achievers 4-H Club

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Forestry and Wildlife Camp. They kept us

really busy.

The first night we ate dinner while meeting

the other campers at a dance and moved

into the bunk rooms. The next morning, we

woke up and ate breakfast. After that, we

went fishing for an hour and once that was

over, we went on a nature hike to Canter’s

Cave and learned about a few types of trees

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my favorite because we climbed high up into

trees. They put us in harnesses, and then

we clicked into ropes that were already up

in the trees. We had to slowly pull ourselves

up high into the trees. I’d love to do that

again. After that, we milled boards of lumber,

and we each even got to bring one

home. They look really cool.

After lunch, we got to try radio telemetry

which is where you try to find trackers that

are hidden using a handheld device. We also

treated hemlock trees for the hemlock wooly

adelgid, a pest that recently made its way

into Ohio and is starting to kill the hemlocks

like the emerald ash borer did to all of

the ash trees.

We learned about some wild plants that

you can eat and how to identify them. The

final activities before dinner on Saturday

were shooting blow darts and animal identification.

(No, we didn’t shoot the blow

darts at animals). After dinner we had another

line and square dance which was a lot

of fun! After dark we went on a night owl

calling hike followed by a fire and then we

went to bed, exhausted.

The food was great and all of the counselors

and adults running the camp were

very knowledgeable. On the final morning,

we played some games and ate breakfast

and packed up to go home.

I plan to go back to this camp, and maybe

someday I can be a counselor.

• Nathan Lohrer, member

Beginners to Winners 4-H Club

At Canter’s Cave Forestry Camp, there

was too much to enjoy, from identifying edible

nuts and berries to a traditional Native

American campfire. It was so much fun.

When I first arrived, I was nervous but

once I met my cabinmates and counselors, I

did not know why I was scared in the first

place. The first morning, we awoke and

walked to the lodge for breakfast. After that,

we walked to our tribes and began activities.

The first activity was fishing. We

grabbed rods, bated hooks and caught loads

of fish. Then we went on a tree identification

hike to Canter’s Cave where we learned how

to identify hemlock, white oak, beech and

hickory trees. We climbed trees with a rope

and pulley mechanism. Afterward, we sang

Madison County 4-Her Nathan Lohrer

works on animal skin identification at

Forestry and Wildlife Camp.

camp songs to the sawmill where we cut our

own planks of wood. We walked to lunch

and scarfed food down as fast as humanly

possible to get to our afternoon activities.

Once we finished lunch, we hiked to a radio

telemetry course where we found trackers

that played the hot and cold game to find.

We then skipped to a course where we

learned what a hemlock woolly adelgid is

and what it could do to out ecosystem if it is

not controlled. We then wandered to an offtrail

nature hike where we identified edible

nuts and berries, which was my favorite

part. When we completed our survival, we

journeyed a short distance to an animal

identification course where we learned how

to shoot a blow-dart gun and set several different

kinds of traps.

We walked the 50 yards back to the lodge

where we achieved supper and waited for

night to fall, then we went on an owl calling

expedition to Boone’s Cave and told stories

in the dark. We raced back to our cabins, fell

asleep, woke the next morning and drove

home.

I will be attending next year and hope

that others will join me.

Madison

County 4-

Hers Nathan

Lohrer (front

left) and

Nick Furbee

(front right)

make new

friends during

an activity

at

Forestry and

Wildlife

Camp.


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Celebrating 4-H & FFA

Impact on another generation

By Olivia Rinesmith, member

learn things that they can’t learn in a

Fairfield Rascals 4-H Club

classroom. These projects are great

Hello! I am Olivia Rinesmith. I am

hands-on learning experience that

a freshman at The Ohio State University

ATI studying agricultural com-

Personally, I am all about raising

help kids for the rest of their lives.

munications. I have been a member of

livestock because it has been in my

4-H for 14 years in the Fairfield Rascals

4-H Club.

The impact 4-H has had on my life

family for as long as I can remember.

Throughout my years in 4-H, I

is magnificent. I love this organization,

and I will always cherish it. My

have been very active. I’ve gone to 4-

H Camp and Cloverbud Camp as a

whole family has been in 4-H for the

camper and for four years as a counselor.

I love participating in Rally

my great grandma, Florence Reed, be-

past 100 years. Around the year 1917,

Nights, parades, events, and fundraisers

for my club. I have created

ers 4-H Club, the first 4-H club to

came a member of the Steady Stitch-

and led window displays, booth displays

and barn decorations. Over the

ma helped dig the hole for the dining

evolve in Madison County. My grand-

Olivia Rinesmith

years, I have shown breeding rabbits, market lambs, hall at 4-H Camp Clifton. She was on the 4-H committee

breeding ewes and alpacas.

and was part of many other committees. My grandfather

was the one that got into livestock, so my brother

I have held several offices for my club, including

health reporter, recreation leader, and treasurer for and I followed in his footsteps. My mother showed and

three years, and president for three years. I also am a now is a head advisor for our 4-H club.

member on the Ohio 4-H Teen Leaders Council. I am My background of 4-H is so strong, and I believe it

the 2019 Madison County Junior Fair queen. I have absolutely

loved traveling to different fairs, being in paations.

Another reason why I love and appreciate this

should continue to be a tradition for many more generrades,

and competing in the All Ohio Fair Queen amazing program is because it has given me so many

Contest, placing in the Top 15. I can’t wait to see what friends, great memories, and amazing life skills that I

the rest of my reign has in store, as well as my last year will forever have with me. I have made so many lifelong

of showing.

friends throughout my experience so far. Whether it’s

Most people think that to be in 4-H is to just show at camp, club meetings, fair, or having the animal pens

and raise livestock, but it’s so much more than that. The next to each other, you meet so many new people that

projects stretch from the interests of robotics and cooking

all the way to market hogs and equine. Yes, 4-H can 4-H has given me skills like dedication, responsibility

you will never be alone.

be all about livestock, but that isn’t everyone’s interest, and hard work. To follow through with any project, it

and that’s perfectly fine.

takes a lot of responsibility for filling out your book and

4-H has so many varieties of projects so that everyone

can take something that is the perfect project for animal and make sure it has the main things it needs,

especially taking care of your animal. To care for your

them. These projects aren’t like school projects that it takes lots of work. These skills are beneficial for

most of us don’t want to do because they aren’t fun or everyone because you need these to survive in your life.

because they aren’t interesting. These projects get kids I wouldn’t be who I am today, or even know what I

involved in things that interest them and get them to want to do with my life if it wasn’t for 4-H.

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The Ohio 4-H program is known for its leadership in

building strong youth development programs across the

nation. The 4-H Cloverbud program exists as a distinctive

component within the total4-H youth development

program. It is designed as a non-formal approach to developing

the confidence, social skills, decision making

abilities, subject matter knowledge and physical skills

of kindergarten through second-grade youth.

As youth begin their 4-H Cloverbud experience, they

take part in a unique blend of activities and opportunities

specially designed for their age level. Membership

eligibility for the 4-H Cloverbud Program begins when

a child has reached the age of 5 and is enrolled in

kindergarten as of Jan. 1 of the current 4-H year.

Formal implementation of kindergarten through second-grade

4-H programs began in 1994 with the approval

of a state policy and philosophical statement by

the Ohio State University Extension administrative

cabinet. It was at this time that “Cloverbuds” became

the official name given to all 4-H members K-2 in all 88

Ohio counties.

Cloverbud activities come from the Cloverbud activity

manual, which is a series of lessons that address

subjects including citizenship, expressive arts, the environment,

personal development, and plant and animal

science. The Cloverbud program is geared toward active

learning and is based on age appropriate research, and

involves cooperative, experiential and noncompetitive

activities.

Cloverbuds are encouraged to exhibit a display from

their approved curriculum at the county fair. However,

Cloverbud exhibitions are non-competitive and for exhibition

only. A Cloverbud “show-n-tell” is an example

of how youth can feel a part of the fair without being

competitive. Cloverbuds putting an activity on display

receive a special Cloverbud ribbon.

This year’s Cloverbud “show-n-tell” is set for 7 p.m.

July 13 in the Della Selsor Building at the Madison

County Fairgrounds. To learn more about your child becoming

a Cloverbud, call the OSU Extension office at

(740) 852-0975 or visit madison.osu.edu.


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Celebrating 4-H & FFA

GOOD LUCK

ON THIS YEAR’S PROJECTS!

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FARMS LLC

PAM & MIKE BOERGER

& FAMILY

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Mechanicsburg, OH 43044

‘See it in color’ at 4-H Camp

It is time to begin preparing for 4-H Camp. The dates are June

4-8, and the theme is “See it In Color!” To sign up, call (740) 852-

0975.

What s 4-H Camp?

4-H Camp offers youth the opportunity to develop leadership and

responsibility skills while increasing self-esteem and independence

in a group living situation away from home. Camp is a place to grow

and learn about yourself and others. Camp offers a wide variety of

fun and educational activities. Campers participate in daily workshops

and activities, including nature, sports, science, dancing,

cooking, high ropes, rock climbing, zip line, canoeing, archery,

shooting sports, creeking, hiking, pool, team games, arts and crafts,

campfire and more.

Where is 4-H Camp Clifton?

4-H Camp Clifton is located next to John Bryan State Park, 12

miles south of Springfield in Greene County. It is just off of Clifton

Road near the Clifton Mill.

While at camp, campers live in one of 22 rustic cabins with 10 to

12 campers and trained counselors. A modern kitchen and central

dining hall provide campers with nutritious meals. A large openair

lodge and a large swimming pool provide recreational activities.

Other facilities include the Nature Center, Craft Hall, canteen,

campfire circle, high ropes, team challenge course and sports fields.

Who can attend camp?

Camp is open to youths who 8 years old and in third grade

through 13 years old. Friends who are not 4-H members but are of

the same age are welcome to attend camp for an additional fee.

How much will it cost?

The cost is $230 per 4-H camper. The fee for youths who are in

4-H is $250. A discounted fee is offered to campers of families living

under the same household wishing to send more than one family

member. Some special events come with fees. The all-camp picture

is optional to purchase at the time of registration.

Is financial assistance available?

Scholarships are available through the Madison County 4-H Advisory

Committee. Applicants must write a 200-word essay explaining

why they are requesting a scholarship and why they wish to

attend camp. The camper must be a current member enrolled in the

Madison County 4-H program.

Stretch yourself at 4-H Camp.

When do I register for camp?

Camp registration forms and deadline information

will be posted online at

madison.osu.edu in April. Campers are accepted

on a first come, first served basis

until camp is full. Campers are considered

registered when all forms are completed and

a payment has been made. Early registration

is encouraged to secure the workshops

and special event activities you’d like to participate

in.

How can I receive a camp registration

letter?

If you are not in 4-H, Madison County

OSU Extension love to have you attend

camp, too. Call (740) 852-0975 to have your

name added to the mailing list or go to:

madison.osu.edu/topics/4-h-youth-development/4-h-camp.

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Celebrating 4-H & FFA

Madison-Plains FFA earns awards for excellence

By Hayden Howard, reporter, and

Allison Dudgeon, assistant reporter

Madison-Plains FFA

For the last year, the Madison-Plains

FFA secretary, treasurer and reporter have

been collecting records and photos for their

officer books.

The secretary’s book holds records of all

chapter activities, such as agendas, member

involvement, thank-you cards and correspondence.

The treasurer’s book holds all financial

records, such as our chapter bank

account, receipts, and withdrawal and deposit

forms. The reporter’s book keeps a

record of chapter activities and events

through photos, captions and news articles.

The sub-district evaluation took place on

Jan. 27 at Tecumseh High School. All books

advanced to districts but still needed a lot of

corrections before the next round. The district

evaluation took place on Feb. 3. All of the officers

received gold ratings on their books.

Other FFA advisors and representatives

from the Ohio Department of Education

grade the officer books. These three books

also help our chapter apply for the National

Chapter Award which is a high honor in the

National FFA Organization.

On May 3 at the Ohio FFA State Convention,

the officers will receive gold pins in

recognition of their hard work.

These books teach students how to keep

accurate records, organizational skills and

networking skills. All of these are 21st century

skills that will prepare students for college,

trade school or the workforce.

Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary Procedures (parli pro) is

a Career Development Event where team

members are judged on public speaking

skills, debate, proper use of parliamentary

procedure, and parliamentary procedure

knowledge. The president, or chairman, is

judged on the ability to preside, among

other skills.

On Nov. 19, 2019, the Madison-Plains

FFA novice parli pro team traveled to

Marysville High School for the sub-district

competition. The team placed second out of

seven teams which qualified them for dis-

Madison-Plains FFA officers receiving gold

ratings for their officer books are: (from left)

Morgan Rowe, secretary; Hayden Howard,

reporter; and Alyson Petee treasurer.

tricts. On Dec. 3, the team traveled to

Tecumseh for the district competition. They

placed third out of seven teams and were

just 30 points short of state qualification.

The chapter is very proud of them for all of

their hard work and dedication.

Team members included Molly Barber,

Kenzie Null, Lindsay Call, Chrystal

Weimer, Laura Sampson, Gabby Litchfield,

Emma Rife and Kirstin Eades.

Career Development contests

The Madison-Plains FFA Chapter is

gearing up for spring Career Development

Event (CDE) contests and many other exciting

events.

The six spring CDE teams in which

chapter members are participating are

meat judging, general livestock judging,

equine judging, dairy handling, dairy cattle

judging and poultry judging. These contests

teach students valuable skills, such as how

to evaluate live animals and carcasses. Students

also have to grade hay and identify

different types of tack, plants and breeds.

Optional contests that provide good practice

included the Wilmington Department of

Agriculture’s annual Aggies Contest, held

on March 4 at the Clark County Fairgrounds.

It includes general livestock judging,

equine judging and dairy cattle judging.

On March 7, Marysville High School and

Champaign County FFA hosted the

Marysville Invitational, open to all members

involved in meat judging, general livestock

judging, equine judging, dairy

handling, and poultry judging CDEs.

Members put in a lot of studying and

after-school practice time in preparation for

these contests.

In addition to participating in contests,

Madison-Plains FFA members sold new

products in their spring fundraiser. Instead

of strawberries, they sold nuts through the

Florida Farm Bureau ands beef jerky, beef

sticks and summer sausage rolls (made with

100 percent beef, no pork) from an Ohio

company. All profits from the sale go back

to students to help pay for FFA Camp, conventions,

CDEs and trips.

The chapter will participate in “Drive

Your Tractor to School Day” on March 24.

Students are asked to show off their favorite

tractor brand by wearing attire with the

brand logo. Students will arrive at the high

school at 6:30 a.m. and take a group photo

with their tractors. This is a special event to

showcase farming families in the community.

Madison-Plains FFA members who earned State Degrees include: (from left) junior

Alyson Petee and seniors Abigail Holbert, Macy Burchett, Wyatt Eades, Chase Kelly and

Jarrett Vallery.


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London FFA all about growth

By Sydney Pollard, reporter

London FFA

Members of London High School’s FFA

chapter stay busy year-round with competitions,

fundraisers, awareness efforts and

more.

Ag Sales Contest

Members D.J. Covert, Cade Smith, Addison

Leach and Brooks Barber competed at

the District Ag Sales Career Development

Event (CDE) held at Buckeye Valley High

School.

Each student did a presentation about

park benches. Participants had to give a 15-

minute sales pitch to two judges. Then, as a

group, they had to complete a team

practicum related to a pre-sales call scenario.

Prior to the contest, the team completed

an online general knowledge test regarding

agricultural sales and service. London’s

team placed fifth.

Spring Greenhouse Sale

London’s ag business class is preparing

for this year’s greenhouse sale. Students are

learning about business planning, plant selection

and care and greenhouse management

during this project.

The sale is a fundraising project managed

by the ag business class to support

London’s agricultural education program.

New this year, each student will take responsibility

for a different variety of plants.

The chapter is collaborating with London

Florist on plant selection and car and,

therefore, will be selling a larger variety of

vegetables, as well as flowers.

The greenhouse sale kicks off in late

April and continues through the month of

May.

Job Interview Contest

Nick Berchtold, Addison Leach, Brooklyn

Sims and Briana Peterman represented

London FFA at the Sub-District Job Interview

Contest.

In this contest, students are asked to

submit a cover letter, resume and job application

for an agriculture-related career.

Then, each student demonstrates his or her

interview skills by going through a mock job

interview. Lastly, they must write a thankyou

letter.

Sophomore Brooklyn Sims placed first in

her division at the sub-district level and advanced

to the district level, where she

placed fourth.

Celebrating National FFA Week

London FFA celebrated National FFA

Week, Feb. 18-21. The week embraced more

than 85 years of FFA traditions at London

while looking forward to the organization’s

future. More than 75 members participated

in National FFA Week activities. These

members have a passion for agriculture.

Designated in 1947, the week of George

Washington’s birthday, National FFA Week

London FFA members (from left) Trystan Meddock and Katie Huddleston

prepare to germinate geraniums for the chapter’s spring

greenhouse sale.

London FFA ag sales team–(from left) D.J. Covert, Cade Smith,

Addison Leach and Brooks Barber–placed fifth at the District Ag

Sales Career Development Event.

gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture.

Chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in

their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education.

In celebration of FFA Week, students participate in fun activities,

including the M&M challenge, milk chug, egg toss, and creeper

races. Each day, students learn about a different field of agriculture.

On the egg toss day, students learned that Ohio is No. 2 in the country

for egg production. Additionally, there were school-wide spirit

activities, including Hat Day, Western Wednesday, FFA Blue and

Gold Day, and Freedom Friday.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal

growth and career success training through agricultural education

to more than 700,000 student members who belong to 8,600 FFA

chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 8

million alumni members.


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Celebrating 4-H & FFA

Tolles FFA members wear blue jackets with pride

Service, competition

and leadership are

chapter’s mission

The Tolles Career and Technical Center

FFA chapter has been involved in numerous

activities that have helped members to grow

as leaders and closer as friends.

Officers are: president, Hailey Richards

(London); vice president, Alea Richesson

(London); secretary, Emily Donato (Dublin

Jerome); treasurer, Sara Wurst (Hilliard

Davidson); reporter, Justin Hoffman (Fairbanks);

sentinel, Bella Cannell (Hilliard

Davidson);and student advisor, Kyri Mc-

Clain (London). The chapter has a total of

58 members coming from Tolles’ Outdoor

Careers and Animal Management & Services

programs.

National FFA Convention

Ten Tolles FFA members attended the

National FFA Convention in Indianapolis,

Ind., in October: Hailey Richards (London),

Alea Richesson (London), Luke Morgan

(West Jefferson), Emily Donato (Dublin

Jerome), Khoury Schulze (Hilliard Davidson),

Corinne Bruney (Hilliard Bradley),

Izabo Ross (Hilliard Davidson), Audrey Finfrock

(Hilliard Darby), Justin Hoffman

(Fairbanks), and Luke McLoughlin (London).

Ohio State University Hockey Game

Chapter members attended an OSU

hockey game in November, where they,

along with members of other chapters from

the state, were recognized for FFA involvement.

Tolles’ members toured Ohio Stadium

Tolles FFA members who received FFA

jackets through the Beck’s Blue Jacket

program include: (from left) Khoury

Schulze (Hilliard), Anna Nimmo (Dublin

Scioto), and Jenise Jordan (Jonathan

Alder). Not pictured: Alena Peck (London).

and learned some history about the Ohio

State Buckeyes.

Those attending were: Anna Nimmo

(Dublin Scioto), Corinne Bruney (Hilliard

Bradley), Jenise Jordan (Jonathan Alder),

Jordyn Guillemette (Dublin Scioto), Luke

Morgan (West Jefferson), and Darrick Lane

(London).

Community Service

This year, Tolles FFA worked with The

Grateful Embrace. Members traveled to the

Dayton National Cemetery and volunteered

to clean and maintain the landscape for Veteran’s

Day.

National FFA Week

For National FFA Week, chapter members

worked to inform people about what

FFA is and stands for. The chapter set up a

photo booth in the cafeteria for people to

dress up as a pig, cow or farmer. The chapter

also set up games in the Animal Management

Lab for students and staff to play

during lunch. Students and staff were invited

to come to the Animal Management &

Services classroom to meet the program’s

animals, including an dogs in the obedience

program.

Career Development Events (CDE)

Tolles had four students compete in the

sub-district Job Interview CDE: Tanner Mc-

Cutchen (Hilliard Bradley), Hailey Richards

(London), Riley Scaff (Hilliard Bradley), and

Trisha Hall (Jonathan Alder).

In March and April, Tolles also will have

members attending state FFA competitions

in equine management, wildlife management,

animal management, aquarium management,

grooming, animal behavior, and

veterinary science (animal health).

Chapter members will attend the state

convention this spring to cheer on other

members of FFA in the awards and recognition

ceremony.

Beck’s Blue Jacket Program

Four Tolles FFA members received FFA

jackets through the Beck’s Blue Jacket program:

Khoury Schulze (Hilliard), Anna

Nimmo (Dublin Scioto), Jenise Jordan

(Jonathan Alder) and Alena Peck (London).

Students had to fill out the application information

and write a brief essay about FFA

and their plans and goals.

Leadership Opportunities

Tolles FFA members invited Mozie van

Raaij, State FFA vice president at-large, to

the school’s career technical student organization

meeting in January. Van Raaij gave

a great workshop on communication and the

importance of listening to the chapter.

Tolles members attend Leadership Day

at Mad River Mountain in January. After

the workshop, they hit the slopes—tubing,

skiing and snowboarding. Those who attended

were: Kyri McClain (London), Tanner

McCutchen (Hilliard Bradley), Luke

Morgan (West Jefferson), Anna Nimmo

(Dublin Scioto), Selina Russell (Fairbanks),

Earlier this year, 29 members of the Tolles FFA chapter attended FFA Camp Muskingum,

where they participated in exercises and games that created a sense of teamwork and

developed the participants as young professionals.

Riley Scaff (Hilliard Bradley), Khoury

Schulze (Hilliard Davidson), Jonah Sharp

(Hilliard Davidson), Paige Whitt (Jonathan

Alder), Sara Wurst (Hilliard Davidson),

Bella Cannell (Hilliard Davidson), Emily

Donato (Dublin Jerome), Justin Hoffman

(Fairbanks), Angelica Pollock (London), and

Hailey Richards (London).


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Thanks For Supporting The Junior Fair Livestock Sale

The Madison County Junior Fair Livestock Sale was held July 13, 2019. All sales were very successful, raising $ 355,000.00 in premium bids.

Madison County 4-H and FFA organization members would like to thank the following for their support:

Thank you to our donors who contributed sales day refreshment/food/and other:

Vallery Farmhouse Bakery, Grainery of Plain City (formerly Red Door BBQ), Cappy’s Pizza, Red Hot Propane, Kroger of London, Casey’s Carryout, Terry Family Ice Cream,

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers-Hilliard Rome Rd., Madison County Cattleman’s Association

Aaron Boerger Dealership, Stewart Seeds

Aaron Stewart & Teri Gammell

ABC Restrooms

Adam & Kelly Sifrit

Ag-Pro Ohio

Agricultural Lands Inc

Agriline Supply

Alcott Farms/AML Genetics

Allstate Exteriors

Alyson Petee

Amy & Tim Forrest

Andrix & Herman Insurance

Armstrong Farms

ASE Feed & Supply

B & T Farms

B&B Forklift

Beathard Construction Co.

Becker Electric

Becky, Macy, and Amy Burchett

Belinda Beachy

Bell Family Farms

Benjamin Steel Company

Big Iron Auctions

Bill & Rita McDonald

BLT Livestock Auction

Blue Sky Farms - Newport Dairy

Bluebird Retirement

BMO Harris

Bob & Bonnie Darlington

Bob and Terry Ernst

BP Subway

Brian & Erin Schrock

Brian Alkire

Brinks Farm

Brock Farms

Bryan Dhume

Bryce Hill Inc

BST CO

Buckeye Ag Supply

Buckeye Ford

Buckeye Propane & Softwater

Buckeye Realty Group-Lisa Jackman

Caitlin & Cole Gantz

Cameron Construction

Candis Concessions - In Honor of Jerry Alcott

Chalres & Linda Rinehart

Champion Pet Vet

Chaney & Thomas Insurance

Charlie & Cindy Neff

Cheryl Barlage

Chevron Pool Company

Chip & Meschelle Parsons

Chris & Cindy Mace

Christine and Matthew Kaufman

Christophe Morin

Christopher J. Brown

Code Blue

Columbus Door Sales

Columbus Steel Erectors, INC

Conover Lumber

Coughlin Automotive Group

CREAMER METAL

Cremeens Brothers

D. Estep Excavating

D.W. Ranney & Sons INC

Dan and Becky Cress

Daniel & Rena Call

Dave & Mary Monnin

AUCTIONEERS: Tim Beathard, Geoff Smith, Ross Horney, Thad Barker CLERK: Dara Barker, Jane Finchum

RINGMAN: Rob Hines MC: Dustin Massie

Dave Campbell Insurance

David Dhume Connect LLC

David Hughes Family

Derek Wilson

Don Acres Farm

Don Sharet & Family

Double R Farms

Downing Lawn Care

Eades Family Farms LLC

Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home

Enviromental Ease

Ernie's Medicine Shoppe

Fairfield TWp Trustees 7 Clerk

Fansler Farms

FAR-BARKERS Pet Kennel

Farm Credit - MId America

Finney Farms

Fire Thorn Equine

First Commonwealth Bank

Flat Edge Farm

G & D Butz Farms

Gainer Farms

Gary Buehl

Gary Finchum Family

Gary Neff Family

Gill Farms

Golden Harvest-Nathan Siebold

Grace Energy Services

Green & Sons LTD

Guaranteed Electric Services

Happy Showpigs

Harsh Blacktop LTD

Hartley Oil Co

HD Exteriors LLP

Helping Hands, Happy Hearts 4-H Club

Heritage Co-op

Hermiller Civil Consulting

Hirth Norris & Garrison CPA's

Holt Farm

Hughes Boys Show Pigs

In Memory of Donald Mace

In Memory of Francis and Raymond Finchum

J & J Excavating

J.B. Grillers

James Cress & Family

James Peart State Farm Insurance

Jane Roberts

Jeff & Susan Marshall

Jerry and Lynn Cremeens

Jessica Kile DDS

JIm and Cheryl Lindsay

JMA Dumpsters

Joe and Anna Henry

Joe and Barb White

John & Mary Jane Cartwright

John & Trisha Bowshier

K & R Transport

Katie Fisher Family

Kegleer, Brown, HIll & Ritter Co

Kimley Show Pigs

Kiousville Cattle Company

Kirk Nichols Farms

Kronk & Scaggs Insurance Inc

Kuhlwein Petroleum Company

Lanigan Ag Supply

Les Barnhart

Les Bellows

London Animal Hospital

London Elite Volleyball Club

Long Mechanical

Longs Plumbing & Heating

Lonnie & Vickie Finchum

Looby Farms LLC

Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant

Lyons Family

M H Eby Inc

Madison Commercial Electric

Madison County Cattlemans Association

Madison County Farm Bureau

Madison County Republicans

Madison County Show Pigs

Madison Health Affiliate of Mt.Carmel and OSU

Madison Lawn Care

Madison Plains FFA & YFA

Madison Senior Living

Mannik Smith Group

Margaret Koenig Family

Mark Butts Construction

Mark Wahlburg Chevrolet

Marshall Electric

Marshall Farms

Martin Painting & Coating

Marty and Melissa Fellure

Mason & Sons LLC

Matt & Amanda Cordell & Family

Matt Baum

Matt Furbee Family

Mayabb Bunnies

Mcdonald and Sons Feeds

Mega Beast

Merchants National Bank

Michelle Creedon

Midland Title West and Flax-Miller Law Firm

Midwest Diversified Ag

Mike & J'Nell Boyd

Mike & Peggy Bellows

Mike Chapman

Mike Sullivan Builder - Union Twp

Motion Technologies Co

Mozenda, Inc

Murry & Edwards Marathon

Myers Mini Acres

Nancy Hughes

Nutrien Ag Solutions

P.J. White

Paige Dean

Paint Valley Farms

Patricia Barnett

Paul & Meg Morehart

Pioneer Seed-Brian Mast

PJ-Baileys Dairy Goats-Patricia & John Bailey

&Fam

Prarie Creek Tree & Landscape

Precision Partners

Precision Site Work

Precision Soya of Ohio

PW Partners

Qwest Associates Construction

R & D Howard Farms

R & R Implement Greenville, TN

Rader Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home

Rader's Old Fashion Ice Cream

Ralph & Leigh Parsons

Ramona Porter

Range Township Clerk ofTrustees

Ray-Nor Farms Inc

RC Farms

Red Hot Propane

Reeves Family Midwestern Electric Sales

Reiterman Feed & Supply

ReMax Leading Edge

Rick & Pam Kelly

Rick & Susan Hughes

Riebel's Welding Shop

RLT Farms INC

Robert Redding Farm

Robert A Hunter, CPA

Robert Hackett

Rodd & Jennifer Lape

Russell & Patty Scott & Family

Sam Junk

Schlosser Farms

Scott & Crystal Tubbs

Scott G Hiles

Scott Seaburn & Family

Security National Bank

Seed Consultants

Semler Family

Shawn & Sara Meade

Sheehy System

Simms Construction

Sisters Elderly Life

Staffco

Sterling One Stop

Sterling Show Pigs

Steve & Donna Seaburn

Stires Home Maintenance

STS Cattle Co

Summer's Farm

Summit Home Care

Sunrise CO-OP

Tammy Kleiber Court Reporting

TAS Property Group

Thad and Dara Barker, HER Realtors

The Hardwood Store

The Kroger Company

The Oney Family

The Red Brick Tavern

The Savings Bank

The Swaney Family

Thompson Show Feeds

Timothy E. Beathard & Associates

Tina and Kyle Seaburn

Tobi Eitel

Tomahawk Outdoors

Tony Shoemaker Family

Tri-Ag Products

Tri-Green Interstate Equipment Inc

Twins Buick GMC

United Producers Inc

Vallery & Dorn Insurance

Victor & Suzanne Robertson

Victoria Salon & Boutique

WDC Group LLC

West Ranch Worms & Vermicompost

Westside Animal Clinic

Westwind Farms LLC Rob and Diana Donohoe

Whhm Showpig Boosters

Wilson & Son Tire Service

Wilt Farms

Xenikis Double A Farms


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Showman of Showmen-Sheep

Breeding Premier Exhibitor-Sheep

Market Breeding Exhibitor-Sheep

Grand Champion-Sheep

OLIVIA SEABURN

BUYERS:

Bluebird Retirement, Allstate Exteriors

Showman of Showmen-Poultry

AMARA SUCHY

BUYER: Bluebird Retirement

Showman of Showmen-Rabbits

Premier Exhibitor-Rabbit

MARISSA OSTERLOH

BUYERS:

David Dhume Connect LLC, Bryan Dhume

Showman of Showmen-Dairy

Premier Exhibitor-Dairy

OLIVIA FINKE

BUYER: Columbus Steel Erectors

Showman of Showmen-Swine

Market Premier Exhibitor-Swine

HAYLEE HENRY

BUYERS: WHHM Showpig Boosters,

Madison County Show Pigs, Alcott

Farms/AML Genetics, Red Hot Propane,

Merchants National Bank, Sterling

Showpigs, Reeves Family Midwestern

Electric, Scott Seaburn & Family, Downing

Lawn Care, Union Propane, Hughes Boys

Show Pigs, Bluebird Retirement

Showman of Showmen-Goats

Breeding Premier Exhibitor-Goats

MOLLY BARBER

BUYER: Bluebird Retirement

“WINNERS’ CIRCLE”

BLUE RIBB O N WINNERS

st

O1

Place

Grand Showman of Showmen - Showman of Showmen-Beef

Market Premier Exhibitor-Beef - Breeding Premier Exhibitor-Beef

Grand Champion-Beef

MACY BURCHETT

BUYERS: Eades Family Farms LLC, STS Cattle Co., Gainer Farms, Brian Alkire, Tri-Green Interstate Equipment,

Reeves Family Midwestern Electric, Long Mechanical, ABC Restrooms, Downing Lawn Care, Madison County Cattleman,

Wilt Farms, Xenikis Double A Farms, Heritage Co-op, Brinks Farm, Bob & Terry Ernst, First Commonwealth Bank,

Madison Commercial Electric, Allstate Exteriors, Kiousville Cattle Company

Showman of Showmen-Equine

BAYLEE ANDERSON

BUYER: Code Blue

Showman of Showmen-Alpaca

KAYDEN WARNOCK

BUYER: Madison County Republicans

Premier Exhibitor-Poultry

Grand Champion-Geese

Reserve Champion-Geese

CADE SMITH

Buyer: Bluebird Retirement

Market Premier Exhibitor-Goat

GARRETT MONNIN

BUYER: ASE Feed & Supply

Breeding Premier Exhibitor-Swine

COREY CRESS

Buyers: WHHM Showpig Boosters,

Joe & Anna Henry, Madison County

Show Pigs, Sterling Show Pigs,

Reeves Family Midwestern Electric,

Scott Seaburn & Family, Reiterman

Feed & Supply, Bluebird Retirement,

Hughes Boys Show Pigs

Reserve Champion-Sheep

ADYN GAMMELL

BUYER: Bluebird Retirement

Grand Champion-Ducks

ZOE HUTSON

BUYER: Ray-Nor Farms

Reserve Champion-Ducks

ABBY HUTSON

BUYER: Thad & Dara Barker, HER Realtors

Grand Champion-Turkey

JAIDEN BALLAH

BUYERS:

Bluebird Retirement, The Savings Bank

Reserve Champion-Ducks

HAILEY BALLAH

BUYER: Andrix & Herman Insurance

Grand Champion-Broilers

ISABEL HILES

BUYER: Bluebird Retirement

Reserve Champion-Broilers

LILLIAN MARRIOTT

BUYER: Longs Plumbing & Heating

Grand Champion-Single Fryer Rabbit

Grand Champion-Pen of 2 Rabbit

Grand Champion-Pen of 3 Rabbit

KENNEDY NICKELL

BUYER: Madison County Farm Bureau

Reserve Champion-Single Fryer Rabbit

LAURA FURBEE

BUYER: Tri-Green Interstate Equipment

Reserve Champion-Pen of 2 Rabbit

EMILY MATHEWS

BUYERS:

Midland Title West & Flax-Miller Law Firm

Reserve Champion-Beef

COHEN SCOTT

Buyers: Brian Alkire, Bill & Rita McDonald,

Long Mechanical, STS Cattle Co.,

Precision Soya of Ohio, Vallery & Dorn

Insurance, Seed Consultants, Merchants

National Bank, Coughlin Automotive

Reserve Champion-Pen of 3 Rabbit

ZAVIER MAYABB

BUYER: Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant

Grand Champion-Swine

HUNTER NICHOLS

Buyers: WHHM Showpig Boosters,

Joe & Anna Henry, Madison County Show

Pigs, Midwest Diversified Ag, Heritage

Co-op, Merchants National Bank, Murry &

Edwards Marathon, Alcott Farms/AML

Genetics, Kirk Nichols Farms, Long

Mechanical, Reeves Family Midwestern

Electric, Agriline Supply, Sterling Show Pigs,

Guaranteed Electric Services, Bill & Rita

McDonald, Aaron Boerger Dealership,

Stewart Seeds, Fire Thorn Equine, Downing

Lawn Care, Thompson Show Feeds,

Reiterman Feed & Supply, JMA Dumpsters,

Summer’s Farm

Reserve Champion-Swine

ELIZABETH ONEY

Buyers: WHHM Showpig Boosters,

Joe & Anna Henry, Madison County Show

Pigs, Heritage Co-op, Alcott Farms/AML

Genetics, Sterling Show Pigs, James Peart

State Farm Insurance, Reeves Family

Midwester Electric, Scott Seaburn & Family,

Creamer Metal, Allstate Exteriors

Grand Champion-Goats

DESTINY FLYNN

BUYER: Merchants National Bank

Reserve Champion-Goats

Reagan Nichols

BUYERS:

Madison County Farm Bureau, ABC

Restrooms, Wilt Farms, Kirk Nichols Farms


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community calendar

Alzheimer’s Support Groups

• The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support

group meets the first Thursday each month

at the Madison House on Keny Road, London.

A free supper starts at 6 p.m. with the

support group meeting afterward. Everyone

is welcome. For more information, call Pat

Baynes at (937) 269-3605.

• The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets

at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each

month at Life in Christ Fellowship, 500

State Route 142 N.E., West Jefferson. For

more information, contact Donna Wharton

at dmwharton342@yahoo.com or (740) 490-

5936. All are welcome. There is no charge to

attend.

Auditor Appointment

The Madison County Republican Central

Committee will hold a special meeting

at 6 p.m. March 16 at London City Hall, 20

S. Walnut St., for the purpose of making an

appointment to the vacant position of London

city auditor.

Bingo

Bingo is played at 11 a.m. the third

Wednesday of each month at the Jeffersonian

Senior Center at the rear of 28 E. Main

St., West Jefferson. There is no charge to

play.

Cemetery Clean-Up

Spring cleaning for the Fairfield Township

cemeteries begins March 20. Winter

decorations and old flowers should be removed

prior to that date. New spring decorations

and Easter flowers will be honored.

Clothing Giveaway

United Church, 30 E. Columbus St.,

Mount Sterling, holds a clothing giveaway

from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of

each month. Use the side door on High

Street to enter the church basement. Everyone

is welcome. Take what you need; no

limit and no questions asked. If you plan to

visit the church to donate or pick up clothing,

call ahead to Kathy Endres at (740)

869-3755 or Mary Alkire at (740) 604-1213.

Developmental Disabilities

The Madison County Board of Developmental

Disabilities will meet at 4 p.m.

March 19 at the administrative office, 500

Elm St., London. If the meeting needs to be

rescheduled, it will take place on the following

Thursday at the same time.

Easter Egg Hunts

• Mount Sterling Community Center’s

annual Community Easter Egg Hunt is set

for 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 11, rain or shine.

Age categories are: 2 and younger, 3-5, 6-8,

and 9-11. All are invited to go inside the

center after the hunt for activities, refreshments,

and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

The center is located at 164 E. Main St.

• First Presbyterian Church, 211

Garfield Ave., London, is holding its first

annual Community Easter Egg Hunt from

1 to 3 p.m. April 4. Age groups are 1-4, 5-7,

and 8-11. Lots of eggs, craft stations, face

painting, prize tokens, and one grand prize

for each age group. Bring a basket or bag.

The hunt will go on, rain, snow or shine (indoors,

if needed).

Euchre

Euchre is played at 6 p.m. the last Friday

of each month at the Jeffersonian Senior

Center at the rear of 28 E. Main St., West

Jefferson. There is no charge to play, but

snacks and finger foods are requested. For

details, call Sue or Jerry Kennedy at (614)

878-8915.

Health District Board

The Madison County/London City

Health District Board will meet at 5 p.m.

March 9 at 306 Lafayette St., London.

London Government Meetings

City of London government meetings are

scheduled as follows. They are held at city

hall, 20 S. Walnut St.

• Finance committee—March 9 at 6 p.m.

• Historic review board—March 10 at 4

p.m.

• Historic downtown revitalization committee—March

10 at 5 p.m.

• Public safety committee—March 10 at

6 p.m.

• Public service committee—March 11

at 1 p.m.

• Civil service commission—March 11 at

4:15 p.m.

• Tree commission—March 17 at 5 p.m.

• London city council—March 19 at 6:30

p.m.

• City properties committee—March 25

at 7 p.m.

• Board of public utilities—March 26 at

6:30 p.m.

Madison County Senior Center

The Madison County Senior Center s located

at 280 W. High St., London. Call (740)

852-3001. Lunch is served daily, 11:30 a.m.—

1 p.m.

March 9: 8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise

class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 9:30 a.m.,

crochet, knit and needle crafts; 10:30 a.m.,

sitting exercise/strengthening; 1 p.m., euchre

March 10: 9 a.m., quilting; 10 a.m., bowling;

1:30 p.m., Rays of Hope for Seasons of

Life support group; 5 p.m., cards and billiards;

5:30 p.m., line dancing

March 11: 8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise;

9 a.m., chair volleyball; 10 a.m., pickleball

at London Community Center; 10:30

a.m., aerobics/strengthening class; 12:05

p.m., bridge; 1:15 p.m., yoga; 2 p.m., diabetes

and weight loss support group

March 12: 10:15 a.m., mystery lunch trip

leaves; 1 p.m., pickleball at London Community

Center

March 13: 8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise

class; 9 a.m., painting class; 1 p.m.,

movie.

West Jefferson Parks

and Recreation

The West Jefferson Parks and Recreation

Department is hosting the following

activities. The West Jefferson Community

Center is located at 230 Cemetery Rd. For

details, call (614) 379-5273.

• Toddler Gym. Saturdays, 10-11:30

a.m., for families with children 5 years old

and younger. Play centers, games, toys and

a light snack. Adults must stay with their

children.

• Your Workout. Tuesday-Thursday, 9-

10 a.m., workout program to music, adaptable

to all levels. The instructor works from

donations. Dress comfortably and bring

water.

• Couples Dancing. Thursdays, 5-6 p.m.

The instructor works from donations.

• Line Dancing. Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.

The instructor works from donations.

• Art Show. All ages were invited to

enter pieces for the center’s annual art

show. The theme:s “Things that make me

happy, bring me joy, make me smile.” The

show runs March 8-15. As part of the show,

the center will show the movie, “Trolls,” on

March 8 and “The Peanut Butter Falcon” on

March 14.

• Volunteer Orientation Classes.

March 18, 6 p.m.; and March 21, 1-4 p.m.

Bring your ID.

• Community Center Open House. First

Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Food, games, toddler

gym and conversation.

Mattress Fundraiser

Madison-Plains High School’s baseball

program is hosting its 1st Annual Mattress

Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28.

For one day only, the high school will be

transformed into a mattress showroom.

Twenty-six mattress styles in all sizes,

priced below retail, will on display for customers

to try. Adjustable power bases, premium

pillows, bed frames and mattress

protectors will be available, as well. The

brands include Simmons Beautyrest, come

with full factory warranties, are made to

order, and will be available two to three

weeks after the fundraiser. Delivery is

available. The Madison-Plains baseball program

benefits from every purchase.

Custom Fundraising Solutions first introduced

The Mattress Fundraiser to the

Cleveland, Ohio, market in 2005. The company

now has over 100 locations and works

with more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

The business model helps schools to raise

thousands of dollars in just one day, and to

date, the company has given back over $40

million.

For details, go to bit.ly/beds4MP20, send

email to kevin.krinsky@cfsbeds.com, or call

(614) 599-9858.

Mt. Sterling Community Center

The Mount Sterling Community Center

is located at 164 E. Main St. Call (740) 869-

2453, email msccinc@embarqmail.com or

visit www.mountsterlingcc.org for details.

The gym is open daily for walking from 9

a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 9: 7:30-9 p.m., open gym basketball

for high school age and older

March 10: 10-11 a.m., Time for Toddlers,

gym and toys to share, parent/guardian

must accompany each child; 4-7 p.m.,

food/clothing pantry; 5-6 p.m., Take Off

Pounds Sensibly support group; 6:30-7:30

p.m., boot camp exercise class; 7:30-9 p.m.,

volleyball for adults; 8-9 p.m., Alcoholics

Anonymous

March 11: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for

adults; 3:30-5 p.m., Kids Klub for children

in grades K-6, activities and snacks, free,

call or stop by the center to register, space

is limited

March 12: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., food/clothing

pantry; 3:30-5 p.m., Kids Klub for children

in grades K-6, activities and snacks, free,

call or stop by the center to register, space

is limited; 6:30-7:30 p.m., boot camp exercise

class; 7:30-9 p.m., volleyball for adults

March 14: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for all

ages and abilities.

Women and Wine

Women & Wine, a fundraiser for Junior

Achievement, is set for April 2 at the Brennan

Loft, 158 S. Main St., London (above

Wilson Printing). The evening features socializing,

networking, food, wine, and silent

and live auctions. Tickets are $35 and can

be purchased by contacting: Crystal

Steiner, csteiner@jrachieve.net; Khrista

King at kking0519@gmail.com, or Cassie

Williams at cwilliams@merchantsnat.com.

Or they can be purchased online at

www.madriverja.com. Attendees are asked

to bring an unwrapped item to be auctioned

off during the silent auction. Junior

Achievement work readiness, entrepreneurship

and financial literacy programs are

provided to schools at no charge.

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Deadline: Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

To place an ad, call 740-852-0809 or stop by the London office at 78 S. Main Street

Legal Notices

SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

OHIO REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26

THE STATE OF OHIO, MADISON COUNTY

United States of America (USDA), Plaintiff

vs.

Derek Ellis Gandy et. al., Defendant

Case No. CVE20190110

Parcel No. 31-0126.002

Address: 1085 Sheffield Ct., London, OH 43140

In pursurance of an order of sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction,

at the door of the courthouse in London, Ohio. The above named property was appraised at

$160,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount on Friday, 27th day of

March, 2020, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. If no bids at that time, the property will be offered up again

on Friday, 10th day of April, 2020. There will be no minimum bid for the second sale. Any additional

costs and taxes owed for the action that are not covered by the sale, will be collected

within 30 days of the confirmation from the purchaser. However, the Plaintiff has the right to

redeem the property within 14 days of the sale by paying the full purchase price to the clerk of

courts, and will be considered the successful purchaser of the sale.

The complete legal description can be found in the office of the Madison County Recorder, in

the Madison County Courthouse located at 1 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140.

Being the same property conveyed by deed recorded in volume 267 page 2363 of the Madison

County Ohio Records.

Last known owner: Derek Ellis Gandy et. al

Said premises located at: 1085 Sheffield Ct., London, OH 43140

All properties sold at Sheriff’s Sale are on an “as-is” basis and have no warranty or guarantee. The

appraisal may or may not have been an inside inspection of the property and the Sheriff nor

the appraisers are liable for the condition of the property that was appraised.

Terms of Sale: $5,000.00 will be due the day of the sale, balance due within 30 days of

confirmation.

Additional fees to be paid to the Sheriff, include, transfer tax & conveyance fees which will be

added to the balance due. All funds paid to the Sheriff must be in cash or certified check.

Delinquent taxes will be paid by the plaintiff, current taxes prorated to the purchaser to the date

of the auction. The purchaser assumes all taxes from the date of the auction. The purchaser shall

be responsible for those costs, allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are insufficient

to cover.

John R. Swaney, Sheriff

Tina J. Sabin, Deputy

Madison County, Ohio

Stephen D. Miles, Attorney

18 W. Monument Ave., Dayton, OH 45402

MM MARCH 1, 8, 15, 2020

MM2020172

Sale of Real Estate

Madison County

Foreclosure Auction

PNC Bank, National Association,

successor by merge to National City Mortgage,

a division of National City Bank

vs

Joseph Leonard Roy Breedlove

aka Joseph L. Breedlove,

aka Joseph R. Breedlove,

Elizabeth A. Breedlove,

aka Elizabeth Ann Breedlove, et al.

Case# CVE20190191

The description of the property to be sold is as

follows:

Property Address:

146 New Hampshire Avenue, London, Madison,

Ohio 43140

Legal Description:

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:

31-01234.000

Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com

opening on 03/31/2020 at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum

of 7 days.

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date

should the third party purchaser fail to provide their

deposit within the allotted time.

Provisional Sale Date:

04/14/2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required

is $5000.00 to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours

of the sale ending. No cash is permitted.

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs,

allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale

are insufficient to cover.

To view all sale details and terms for this property

visit www.Auction.com and enter the Search Code:

CVE20190191 into the search bar.

MM MARCH 8, 15, 22, 2020

MM2020180

SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

OHIO REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26

THE STATE OF OHIO, MADISON COUNTY

Fifth Third Bank, Plaintiff

vs.

Gary Vansickle et. al., Defendant

Case No. CVE20190129

Parcel No. 18-00446.000

Address: 208 W. Columbus St., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143

In pursurance of an order of sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction,

at the door of the courthouse in London, Ohio. The above named property was appraised at

$75,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount on Friday, 27th day of

March, 2020, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. If no bids at that time, the property will be offered up again

on Friday, 10th day of April, 2020. There will be no minimum bid for the second sale. Any additional

costs and taxes owed for the action that are not covered by the sale, will be collected

within 30 days of the confirmation from the purchaser. However, the Plaintiff has the right to

redeem the property within 14 days of the sale by paying the full purchase price to the clerk of

courts, and will be considered the successful purchaser of the sale.

The complete legal description can be found in the office of the Madison County Recorder, in

the Madison County Courthouse located at 1 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140.

Being the same property conveyed by deed recorded in volume 224, page 282 of the Madison

County Ohio Records.

Last known owner: Gary Vansickle et. al

Said premises located at: 208 W. Columbus St., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143

All properties sold at Sheriff’s Sale are on an “as-is” basis and have no warranty or guarantee. The

appraisal may or may not have been an inside inspection of the property and the Sheriff nor

the appraisers are liable for the condition of the property that was appraised.

Terms of Sale: $5,000.00 will be due the day of the sale, balance due within 30 days of

confirmation.

Additional fees to be paid to the Sheriff, include, transfer tax & conveyance fees which will be

added to the balance due. All funds paid to the Sheriff must be in cash or certified check.

Delinquent taxes will be paid by the plaintiff, current taxes prorated to the purchaser to the date

of the auction. The purchaser assumes all taxes from the date of the auction. The purchaser shall

be responsible for those costs, allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are insufficient

to cover.

John R. Swaney, Sheriff

Tina J. Sabin, Deputy

Madison County, Ohio

Manley Deas Kochalski LLC, Attorney

P.O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028

MM MARCH 1, 8, 15, 2020

MM2020171

NOTICE OF DRAWING JURORS

Revised Code, Sec. 2313.08

Office of Commission of Jurors,

Madison County, Ohio

February 28, 2020

To: All Whom It May Concern:

On Monday, the16th day of March, 2020, at 10:00

o’clock A.M., at the office of the Commissioners of

Jurors of Madison County, Ohio, located at 1 North

Main Street, Second Floor, London, Ohio, Jurors will

be publicly drawn for the balance of the 2020 jury

year of the Common Pleas Court to serve as Petit

Jurors.

Ray Justice /s/

Brenda Lightfoot /s/

MM MARCH 8, 2020

Commissioners

of the Jurors

MM2020194

The Cash Basis Annual Financial Report

of Range Township for year ending

December 31, 2019 has been completed

and is available for public inspection in

the office of the Fiscal Officer, located at

5650 Dyer Road, Mt. Sterling, Ohio.

A copy of the report can be provided

upon request.

Luana J. Barker, Fiscal Officer

Range Township

MM MARCH 8, 2020

MM2020188

The 2019 financial statement

for Tri-County Joint Fire District

has been completed.

The report is available for

viewing at the fire station

located at

7 West Columbus St.

Mt. Sterling, OH.

MM MARCH 8, 2020

MM2020189

Legal Services

The Cash Basis Annual Financial Report

of Sterling Joint Ambulance District for

year ending December 31, 2019

has been completed

and is available for public inspection

in the office of the Fiscal Officer, located at

5650 Dyer Road, Mt. Sterling, Ohio.

A copy of the report can be provided

upon request.

Luana J. Barker, Fiscal Officer

Sterling Joint Ambulance District

MM MARCH 8, 2020

MM2020192


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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

GENERAL DIVISION

Case No. CVH20200033

Antioch Free Will Baptist Church,

formerly known as Antioch Community Church, Plaintiff

vs.

H.G.C. Alkire, Trustee in Trust for the

Christian Church, et. al, Defendants

To the following Defendants of the above­captioned case whose name(s) and

address(es) are unknown:

H. G. C. Alkire, Trustee in Trust for the Christian Church

John M. Smith, Trustee in Trust for the Christian Church

Asalom N. Wilson, Trustee in Trust for the Christian Church

J.S. Robinson, Trustee in Trust for the Christian Church

F. O. P. Graham, Trustee in Trust for the Christian Church

Unknown Successor Trustee(s) in Trust for the Christian Church

The Christian Church

Unknown Successor(s) and/or Assign(s) of the Christian Church

Antioch Free Will Baptist Church, formerly known as Antioch Community Church, has

filed an Action to Quiet Title to the real property located at 12285 Kiousville Palestine

Road, Mount Sterling, Ohio 43143;

PPN: 17­00704.000.

The purpose of such action is to declare that Antioch Free Will Baptist Church,

formerly known as Antioch Community Church, is the true and lawful owner of the

aforementioned real property by virtue of exclusively, openly, notoriously,

continuously, and adversely occupying and using the aforementioned real property

for twenty­one (21) years, and vest title in Antioch Free Will Baptist Church, formerly

known as Antioch Community Church, free and clear of any and all claim(s) of

Defendants.

On the 12th day of February, 2020, this Court has Ordered that Plaintiff make service

via Publication.

You are required to answer the above Action within twenty­eight (28) days of the

date of the last publication, which will be one the 29th day of March, 2020.

By: Aaron P. Miller, Esq., Attorney for Plaintiff

Flax Miller Law Firm LLC

117 W. High Street, Suite 105, London, OH 43140

(740) 852­3000

Date: February 12, 2020 Judge Eamon P. Costello

MM FEBRUARY 23, MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020

MM2020157

NOTICE FOR BIDS

Notice is hereby given that bids will be received at the office of the Madison County

Commissioners, 1 North Main Street, London, Ohio, 43140, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

at 11:30 A.M., Ohio Standard Time for the purpose of SUPPLYING ASPHALT MATE-

RIALS (2020 Asphalt Materials) according to specifications on file in the Madison County

Commissioners’ Office. The bids will be opened and read aloud immediately thereafter at

the same date, time, and location.

Bids shall be submitted on forms furnished by the Madison County Engineer in a sealed

envelope marked “2020 ASPHALT MATERIALS” on the outside. Sealed bids shall be

submitted to the Madison County Commissioners’ Office at the address listed above.

Bid packets may be obtained from the Madison County Engineer, 825 US 42 NE, London,

Ohio, 43140 or can be downloaded from http://sharepoint/publicaccess/default.aspx or under

“Notices” on the Madison County website at www.co.madison.oh.us. Contact the Madison

County Engineer’s Office at 740-852-9404 for more information.

ASPHALT MATERIALS shall conform to the 2016 edition of the Construction and

Materials Specifications of the Ohio Department of Transportation and the attached

Supplemental Specifications. ODOT CMS Section 401.20, Asphalt Binder Price Adjustment

shall not apply.

Bids shall have separate unit prices for all items.

Bids will be for furnishing of materials.

As specified in R.C. 153.54, a bidder (OF CHIP SEAL ASPHALT EMULSIONS ONLY)

must submit a bid guaranty in the form of either:

(1) a bond for the full amount of the bid, or

(2) a certified check, cashier’s check, or letter of credit in the amount of 10% of the bid.

Bidders shall comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Bids will be awarded to the lowest and best bidder on each individual item.

The Board of Commissioners of Madison County reserves the right to reject any or all bids

and to waive any defects in the bids.

The Notice to Bidders is posted on the Internet and may be viewed on the Madison County

web page at: http://sharepoint/publicaccess/default.aspx

By Order of the Board of

Madison County Commissioners

Katie Wiseman, Clerk

MM MARCH 8, 2020

MM2020196

Sale of Real Estate

Madison County

Foreclosure Auction

Nationstar Mortgage LLC

d/b/a Mr. Cooper

vs

Dennis Matthew Case, et al.

Case# CVE20190208

The description of the property to be sold is as

follows:

Property Address:

7652 Drury Road, London, Madison, Ohio, 43140

Legal Description:

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:

14-00010.000

Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com

opening on 03/31/2020 at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum

of 7 days.

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date

should the third party purchaser fail to provide their

deposit within the allotted time.

Provisional Sale Date:

04/14/2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required

is $5000.00 to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours

of the sale ending. No cash is permitted.

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs,

allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale

are insufficient to cover.

To view all sale details and terms for this property

visit www.Auction.com and enter the Search Code:

CVE20190208 into the search bar.

MM MARCH 8, 15, 22, 2020

MM2020179

Sale of Real Estate

Madison County

Foreclosure Auction

NewRez LLC d/b/a

Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing

vs

Luis Figueroa, et al.

Case# CVE20190078

The description of the property to be sold is as

follows:

Property Address:

452 Hathaway Court, West Jefferson, Madison, Ohio

43140

Legal Description:

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:

10-00098.000

Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com

opening on 03/31/2020 at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum

of 7 days.

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date

should the third party purchaser fail to provide their

deposit within the allotted time.

Provisional Sale Date:

04/14/2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required

is $5000.00 to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours

of the sale ending. No cash is permitted.

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs,

allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale

are insufficient to cover.

To view all sale details and terms for this property

visit www.Auction.com and enter the Search Code:

CVE20190078 into the search bar.

MM MARCH 8, 15, 22, 2020

MM2020181

SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

OHIO REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26

THE STATE OF OHIO, MADISON COUNTY

Merchants National Bank, Plaintiff

vs.

Todd A. Alexander et. al., Defendant

Case No. CVE20190141

Parcel No. 31-01264.000

Address: 35 Elm St., London, OH 43140

In pursurance of an order of sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction,

at the door of the courthouse in London, Ohio. The above named property was appraised at

$150,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount on Friday, 27th day of

March, 2020, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. If no bids at that time, the property will be offered up again

on Friday, 10th day of April, 2020. There will be no minimum bid for the second sale. Any additional

costs and taxes owed for the action that are not covered by the sale, will be collected

within 30 days of the confirmation from the purchaser. However, the Plaintiff has the right to

redeem the property within 14 days of the sale by paying the full purchase price to the clerk of

courts, and will be considered the successful purchaser of the sale.

The complete legal description can be found in the office of the Madison County Recorder, in

the Madison County Courthouse located at 1 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140.

Being the same property conveyed by deed recorded in volume 296, page 1231 of the Madison

County Ohio Records.

Last known owner: Todd A. Alexander et. al

Said premises located at: 35 Elm St., London, OH 43140

All properties sold at Sheriff’s Sale are on an “as-is” basis and have no warranty or guarantee. The

appraisal may or may not have been an inside inspection of the property and the Sheriff nor

the appraisers are liable for the condition of the property that was appraised.

Terms of Sale: $5,000.00 will be due the day of the sale, balance due within 30 days of

confirmation.

Additional fees to be paid to the Sheriff, include, transfer tax & conveyance fees which will be

added to the balance due. All funds paid to the Sheriff must be in cash or certified check.

Delinquent taxes will be paid by the plaintiff, current taxes prorated to the purchaser to the date

of the auction. The purchaser assumes all taxes from the date of the auction. The purchaser shall

be responsible for those costs, allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are insufficient

to cover.

John R. Swaney, Sheriff

Tina J. Sabin, Deputy

Madison County, Ohio

Luper, Neidenthal & Logan, Attorney

1160 Dublin Rd., Ste. 400, Columbus, OH 43215-1052

MM MARCH 1, 8, 15, 2020

PROBATE COURT OF

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN,

JUDGE

IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME

OF

Ethan Robert Fryer

to

Sera Lilith Fryer

Case No. 20206003

NOTICE OF HEARING ON

CHANGE OF NAME

[R.C. 2717.01]

Applicant hereby gives notice to

all interested persons that the

applicant has filed an Application

for Change of Name in the

Probate Court of Madison County,

Ohio, requesting the change of

name of Ethan Robert Fryer to

Sera Lilith Fryer.The hearing on

the application will be held on the

30th day of April, 2020, at 2:00

o’clock P.M. in the Probate Court

of Madison County, located at 1

North Main Street, Room 205,

London, Ohio 43140.

MM MARCH89, 2020

MM2020200

MM2020170

PUBLIC NOTICE

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Central Townships Joint Fire District, Inc.

has been completed.

The report is available for

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located at

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Fiscal Officer

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MM MARCH 8, 2020

MM2020193

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PROBATE COURT OF MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN, JUDGE

Adoption of Tessa Sydnie Jean Clark

CASE NO. 20205002

NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR ADOPTION

Notice must be served not less than 20 days before the date of the hearing

[R.C. 3107.11]

To: Brian E. Carpenter, 1723 Millington Way, Marysville, Ohio 43040

You are hereby notified that on the 14th day of February, 2020, Benjamin H. Clark, filed in

this Court a Petition for Adoption of Tessa Sydnie Carpenter, a minor, whose date of birth is

August 29th, 2002, and for change of the name of the minor to Tessa Sydnie-Jean Clark.

This Court, located at 1 North Main Street, Room #205, London, Ohio 43140 will hear the

petition on the 16th day of April, 2020, at 2:30 o’clock p.m.

It is alleged in the petition, pursuant to R.C. 3107 .07, that the consent of Brian E. Carpenter

is not required due to the following:

X That person is a parent who has failed without justifiable cause to provide more than de

minimis contact with the minor for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the

filing of the adoption petition or the placement of the minor in the home of the petitioner.

X That person is a parent who has failed without justifiable cause to provide for the

maintenance and support of the minor as required by law or judicial decree for a period of at

least one year immediately preceding the filing of the adoption petition or the placement of

the minor in the home of the petitioner.

X State other grounds under R.C. 3107.07 (includes putative father of the minor born prior

to January 1, 1997). Petitioner is married to biological mother of child.

“A FINAL DECREE OF ADOPTION, IF GRANTED, WILL RELIEVE YOU OF ALL PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSI-

BILITIES, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO CONTACT THE MINOR, AND, EXCEPT WITH RESPECT TO A SPOUSE OF THE

ADOPTION PETITIONER AND RELATIVES O THAT SPOUSE, TERMINATE ALL LEGAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN

THE MINOR AND YOU AND THE MINOR’S OTHER RELATIVES, SO THAT THE MINOR THEREAFTER IS A STRANGER

TO YOU AND THE MINOR’S FORMER RELATIVES FOR ALL PURPOSES. IF YOU WISH TO CONTEST THE ADOPTION,

YOU MUST FILE AN OBJECTION TO THE PETITION WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS AFTER PROOF OF SERVICE OF

NOTICE OF THE FILING OF THE PETITION AND OF THE TIME AND PLACE OF HEARING IS GIVEN TO YOU, IF YOU

WISH TO CONTEST THE ADOPTION, YOU MUST ALSO APPEAR AT THE HEARING. A FINAL DECREE OF ADOPTION

MAY BE ENTERED IF YOU FAIL TO FILE AN OBJECTION TO THE ADOPTION PETITION OR APPEAR AT THE

HEARING.”

s/CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN, PROBATE JUDGE

BY: JODY PICKENS, DEPUTY CLERK

MM MARCH 1, 8, 15, 2020

MM2020177

MADISON CO. COMMON PLEAS COURT

Gabriel O. Watts, Plaintiff(s)

vs.

Kyle Richard Collins, Kyle R. Collins, Defendant(s)

Case No.: DRA 20190219

LEGAL NOTICE

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

KYLE RICHARD COLLINS ­ KYLE R. COLLINS

whose last known address is P.O. Box 8976, Myrtle

Beach, SC 29578, otherwise whose place of residence

is unknown and cannot by reasonable diligence be

ascertained, will take notice that on 09/03/2019, the

plaintiff Gabriel O. Watts filed complaint against

him/her in the Court of Common Pleas of Madison

County, Ohio, the same being Case No. DRA 20190219

in said Court, praying therein for

That A Divorce Be Granted From The Defendant,

That The Court Determine An Equitable Division Of

Debts and Property, To Award The Allocation of

Parental Rights And Responsibilities To Plaintiff,

And Be Restored To Prior Name, And Such Other

Relief As The Court May Deem Proper.

Defendant is required to answer said complaint within

twenty­eight days after the last publication date. Said

cause will be heard as soon thereafter as meets the

convenience of the Court.

In case of your failure to answer or otherwise respond

as permitted by the Ohio rules of Civil Procedure, within

the time stated, judgment by default will be

rendered against you for the relief demanded in the

complaint.

Renae E. Zolbloudil

Clerk of Court

Deputy Clerk

Date: Feb. 28, 2020

MM MARCH 8, 2020

MM2020195

PROBATE COURT OF MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN, JUDGE

Adoption of Emily Alexandra Clark

CASE NO. 20205003

NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR ADOPTION

Notice must be served not less than 20 days before the date of the hearing

[R.C. 3107.11]

To: Brian E. Carpenter, 1723 Millington Way, Marysville, Ohio 43040

You are hereby notified that on the 14th day of February, 2020, Benjamin H. Clark, filed in

this Court a Petition for Adoption of Emily Alexandra Carpenter, a minor, whose date of birth

is September 16th, 2004, and for change of the name of the minor to Emily Alexandra Clark.

This Court, located at 1 North Main Street, Room #205, London, Ohio 43140 will hear the

petition on the 16th day of April, 2020, at 2:30 o’clock p.m.

It is alleged in the petition, pursuant to R.C. 3107 .07, that the consent of Brian E. Carpenter

is not required due to the following:

X That person is a parent who has failed without justifiable cause to provide more than de

minimis contact with the minor for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the

filing of the adoption petition or the placement of the minor in the home of the petitioner.

X That person is a parent who has failed without justifiable cause to provide for the

maintenance and support of the minor as required by law or judicial decree for a period of at

least one year immediately preceding the filing of the adoption petition or the placement of

the minor in the home of the petitioner.

X State other grounds under R.C. 3107.07 (includes putative father of the minor born prior

to January 1, 1997). Petitioner is married to biological mother of child.

“A FINAL DECREE OF ADOPTION, IF GRANTED, WILL RELIEVE YOU OF ALL PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSI-

BILITIES, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO CONTACT THE MINOR, AND, EXCEPT WITH RESPECT TO A SPOUSE OF THE

ADOPTION PETITIONER AND RELATIVES O THAT SPOUSE, TERMINATE ALL LEGAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN

THE MINOR AND YOU AND THE MINOR’S OTHER RELATIVES, SO THAT THE MINOR THEREAFTER IS A STRANGER

TO YOU AND THE MINOR’S FORMER RELATIVES FOR ALL PURPOSES. IF YOU WISH TO CONTEST THE ADOPTION,

YOU MUST FILE AN OBJECTION TO THE PETITION WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS AFTER PROOF OF SERVICE OF

NOTICE OF THE FILING OF THE PETITION AND OF THE TIME AND PLACE OF HEARING IS GIVEN TO YOU, IF YOU

WISH TO CONTEST THE ADOPTION, YOU MUST ALSO APPEAR AT THE HEARING. A FINAL DECREE OF ADOPTION

MAY BE ENTERED IF YOU FAIL TO FILE AN OBJECTION TO THE ADOPTION PETITION OR APPEAR AT THE

HEARING.”

s/CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN, PROBATE JUDGE

BY: JODY PICKENS, DEPUTY CLERK

MM MARCH 1, 8, 15, 2020

MM2020178

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

Case No. CV 20180149

The Huntington National Bank, Plaintiff

vs.

Mary Jane Cronenwett

AKA Mary J. Cronenwett, et. al., Defendants

JUDGE EAMON COSTELLO

Legal Notice in Suit Foreclosure of Lien For

Unpaid Property Owners Association

Assessments

the Unknown Spouse, Heirs, Divsees, Legatees,

Administrators, Executors and Assigns of Mary Jane

Cronenwett aka Mary J. Cronenwett whose address

is unknown, will take notice that on the 30th day of

August, 2018, Defendant, Choctaw Lake Property

Owners Association, Inc., filed its Crossclaim for

Foreclosure in the Common Pleas Court of Madison

County, Ohio in Case No. CV 20180149, on the docket

of this Court and the object and demand for relief

which pleading is to foreclose on the lien of

Defendant, Choctaw Lake Property Owners

Association, Inc. recorded upon the following

described real estate to wit:

Property Address: 2648 Choctaw Drive, London, Ohio

43140, and being more particularly described in

Defendant, Choctaw Lake Property Owners

Association, Inc.’s lien recorded in OR Book 325 Page

2415­2416 of the Madison County Recorder’s Office.

MM MARCH 8, 15, 22, 2020

MM2020190

Public Sale

Sale of contents Self Storage Lockers

127: Dewaine Garre

London, OH 43140.

Household items, misc.

B6: Ericka Hammond

Mechaniscburg, OH 43044

Grill, furniture, household items.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 ­ 10:00 a.m.

Locaon: 134 S. Oak Street, London, OH 43140

MM MARCH 8, 2020

MM2020197

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(2) Copies of the 2019 Annual Financial

Report for Jefferson Township

are available for public inspection at the

Township Offices, 225 Cemetery Road,

West Jefferson, OH 43162

following the public hearing.

A public hearing will be held on

Wednesday the 11th day of March, 2020

at 6:30 p.m.

Amy Forrest,

Fiscal Officer, Jefferson Township

MM MARCH 8, 2020

Public Sale

Sale of contents Self Storage Lockers

18: Ange Teems, London, OH 43140

Dolly, microwave, household items.

4: Thomas Boyd, London, OH 43140

Pallet jack, pole vault apparatus, furniture,

filing cabinets.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 ­ 11:00 a.m.

Locaon: Mid London Storage

123 West High Street, London, OH 43140

MM MARCH 8, 2020

MM2020199

MM2020198

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

Case No. CV 20180155

Choctaw Lake Property Owners

Association, Inc., Plaintiff

vs.

Gilbert C. Warner, Jr., et.al.

JUDGE EAMON COSTELLO

Legal Notice in Suit Foreclosure of Lien For

Unpaid Property Owners Association

Assessments

the Unknown Spouse, Heirs, Divsees, Legatees,

Administrators, Executors and Assigns of Gilbert C.

Warner, Jr. whose address is unknown, will take

notice that on the 2nd day of August, 2018,

Defendant, Choctaw Lake Property Owners

Association, Inc., filed its Complaint for Foreclosure in

the Common Pleas Court of Madison County, Ohio in

Case No. CV 20180155, on the docket of this Court

and the object and demand for relief which pleading

is to foreclose on the lien of Plaintiff, Choctaw Lake

Property Owners Association, Inc. recorded upon the

following described real estate to wit:

Property Address: 2055 Cherokee Drive, London,

Ohio 43140, and being more particularly described in

Defendant, Choctaw Lake Property Owners

Association, Inc.’s liens recorded in OR Book 343

Page 1903­1904 and OR Book 322, page 603 of the

Madison County Recorder’s Office.

MM MARCH 8, 15, 22, 2020

MM2020191


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Endorse

ndorsed

by:

David Dhume

County Commissioner - retired

Stev

ve Saltsman - Sheriff - retired

ed

Jim Sabin - Sheriff - retired

LEADERSHIP

Dr. Ton

ony Xenikis

County Commissioner

• Director of facilities and engineering

for a Fortune 500 company

• Two-term president of the

Madison County Agricultural Society

• Leader of a major overhaul of the Madison County

Fairgrounds, including the building of two arenas, a

community center,

and two livestock buildings

• Member of Republican Central Committee

• Founding member of the

Madison County Cattlemen’s Association

• Founding member of the Darby Plains Chapter

956 of Pheasant’s s Forever

• Former president of the Madison Co. Fair Sale Committee

• Coach of youth league baseball and softball

I am Darrell l Champer. As a

Madison Coun

ty Commissioner,

I would bring with me my

knowledge of facility and asset

management, budgeting, g agency

collab

boration, and technology. I

think it’s important to be a working

Commissioner — one who takes

an active part in the county. As

Commissioner, I would:

Improve

collaboration among local

governm

nment agencies.

Develop a steady workfo

orce

fo

or our businesses

by supporting programs to prepare youths

and adults fo

or in-demand jobs.

Ensure that the county takes advantage of the

resources

offfered by state programs.

Attend county meetings and func tions

to

assure that I know and understand the needs

and concerns of our agencies and services.

Paid fo

or by Champer fo

or Commissioner

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