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Rib Fest set
for Aug. 6-7
By Kristy Zurbrick
By Theresa Hennis
The Friends of Madison County Parks
& Trails (FMCPT) and MATCO Inc. have
launched a mural project that will bring
art to the corner of Maple and Center
streets along the multipurpose trail that
runs through London.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held
on April 24. The mural will be installed on
the side of one of MATCO’s buildings.
The groundbreaking coincided with National
Celebrate Trails Day. A video of the
ceremony will be included in a nationwide
broadcast by the Great American Rail-
“This project is called the Community
Mural Project,” said Wayne Roberts,
FMCPT executive director. “The west approach
of the trail into London is welcoming,
and we want the same experience for
riders coming into London on the east approach.”
First impressions are key. The goal of
the mural project is to provide a good first
Messenger photos by Theresa Hennis
On April 24, several community members came together to break ground on a mural project alongside the multipurpose trail that
runs through London: (from left) Chris Wallace, Madison County commissioner; J.T. Byrd, Madison County Historical Society
trustee; Dr. Tony Xenikis, Madison County commissioner; Marlon Bradley, operations superintendent with the Madison County Engineer’s
Office; London Mayor Patrick Closser and his son, Maddoxx; Van Viney, MATCO CEO; and Wayne Roberts, Friends of Madison
County Parks and Trails executive director.
On the path to trailside creativity
impression of London when people visit by
“The main thing is that people will feel
welcomed as they walk or ride by on the
trail and then go home and tell others,
‘Hey, you need to go to London to see this,’”
said London Mayor Patrick Closser.
The project is a collaboration of
MATCO, FMCPT, the Madison County
Historical Society, and the London Visual
Arts Guild. The plan is to install 17 mural
panels on the bricked-over windows of the
MATCO building facing the trail, plant a
mini garden, possibly install a sidewalk
with a kiosk and benches for people to get
closer to the murals, and build decorative
walking bridges and a walking trail to connect
to the multipurpose trail already in
“I’ve been involved in several communal
projects, and I love this project,” said Dr.
Gregg Alexander, FMCPT board president.
“So far, we’ve had a bunch of people who’ve
put in sweat, time and thought processes
on this. I think that’s one of the most precious
things about it. I continue to be impressed
by the good hearts and camaraderie
of our community coming together
to work on this.”
To donate to or volunteer for the Community
Mural Project, contact FMCPT at
The mural project will be visible from the
Roberts Pass Trail, a portion of the Ohio
to Erie Trail that runs through London.
After a year away, finger-licking ribs and
toe-tapping live music are set to return to
the streets of downtown London the first
weekend in August.
Mayor Patrick Closser announced at the
April 15 city council meeting that, as long
as it is safe to do so, the city’s annual Rib &
Jazz Fest will take place this year, albeit
with a new name and a wider variety of
“We’re renaming it the Rhythm & Rib
Fest. It got hard to find eight to 12 jazz
bands to play. We were bringing in a lot of
blues bands because they were easier to
find,” Closser said.
After canceling the festival last year due
to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers decided
this was the year to rebrand.
“New name. Same awesome festival: car
show, dunk tank, great music. We will still
have jazz there, we will still have some
blues there, but we’re going to open it up a
little bit—maybe get a rock-n-roll band or
two in there,” Closser said.
As usual, plenty of good food will be offered
but with some setup changes to abide
by health department guidelines related to
COVID-19 safety measures. More space between
rib vendors is planned to allow for social
distancing among customers standing
in line for food.
Closser acknowledged that festival plans
could change based on the state of the pandemic
and the number of positive cases, but
he is optimistic the event will go on as
planned. It is set for Aug. 6-7.
“Hopefully, with people getting vaccinated
and everything, we’ll see these numbers
get in check a little bit, and we can
have, hopefully, some sort of normal summer
this year,” he said.
Along those lines, Closser also announced
that the city plans to have an Independence
Day parade this year. Health
department pandemic regulations prevented
the city from hosting a parade last
This year’s parade is scheduled for the
morning of July 3. Lineup is at 10 a.m.; the
parade steps off at 11. The London High
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Artists invited to exhibit at London City Hall
By Kristy Zurbrick
The gray walls in London City Hall’s hallways are about to get
an infusion of color and creativity. City administrators are offering
the wall space as a place for area artists to exhibit their work.
“We have always wanted to showcase art and local artists,” said
Amy Rees, administrative assistant for the city of London. “As part
of our renovations, we added picture hangers along the walls in the
two main downstairs hallways.”
London resident and artist Kim Lattimer-Reeder inadvertently
helped to get the ball rolling when she approached the city earlier
this year with a request to display entries from the Kurt Lattimer
Aspiring Artist Award, an annual art competition for area high
“After talking about that, we talked to Kim about expanding the
idea so that we could have artwork rotating all of the time,” Rees said.
Lattimer-Reeder, active in the London Visual Arts Guild
(LVAG), agreed to assist in coordinating the effort. Any artist interested
in showing their work at City Hall can contact Lattimer-
Reeder for more information.
“We are so blessed to have such creativity in our midst, as well
as many who appreciate art and are willing to help us share this
talent with our community,” she said.
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London City Hall is opening its main hallways to art exhibits. The goal is to display an ongoing rotation of artwork
by area artists.
All art must be presentation-ready and wired for hanging. Exhibits
likely will stay up for a month at a time. All artists, regardless
of age or location, are welcome to inquire. Along with adult
artists, the city administration hopes to work with the schools to
showcase student art, Rees said.
With the addition of City Hall, London now has two new venues
for art exhibits. LVAG previously operated a gallery on High Street
for more than 12 years. Over this past year, members renovated a
former school building, now owned by the city. The new London Arts
Center will host its first exhibit, LVAG’s annual Community Show,
in May. The London Arts Center is located at 121 E. First St.
Lattimer-Reeder said she hopes that artists who exhibit at the
center consider moving their displays to City Hall and vice-versa.
For details, contact Kim Lattimer-Reeder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
London City Hall is located at 20 S. Walnut St.
Entries in this year’s Kurt Lattimer Aspiring
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Wiffleball for kids and free pool passes for seniors
By Kristy Zurbrick
The London Parks and Recreation Department
is adding new programs, one designed
to appeal to senior citizens and the
other to give children something to do during
The first program is an opportunity for
individuals 65 and older to attain a free season
pass to the municipal pool.
The city has signed on with Renew Active,
a benefit offered through United
HealthCare, Medicare Advantage and
AARP Medicare insurance plans. The city
also hopes to sign on with Silver Sneakers,
a benefit similar to Renew Active that is offered
through Humana, Medicare Advantage
and AARP Medicare insurance plans.
Both cover free pool passes for eligible
“It’s a way that insurance companies incentivize
older adults to be active,” said Billie
Gore, London parks and recreation
Gore and Tammy Braskett, parks and
recreation director, also see it as a way to
put the municipal pool’s racing pool to better
use. Participants will have full use of the
entire pool facility, but Braskett said the
racing pool might be of particular interest
because it is adults-only, fenced off, and
equipped with steps instead of ladders to
make entering the pool easier.
Anyone interested in the programs can
contact Gore for assistance and more information.
The pool opens on May 29.
Also new to the city’s recreation offerings
is a wiffleball league for children ages 10-
“We have kids who just don’t have anything
to do during the day. So, we have lots
of kids running around town on their
bikes,” Braskett said. “By holding the
league at Cowling Park, the idea is kids can
ride their bikes to the park to participate.”
The league is split into two six-team divisions—a
minor league division for ages 10
to 12 and a major league division for ages
13-14. The cost is $200 per eight-person
team, which comes out to $25 per person.
The deadline to sign up is May 29.
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School marching band has already committed
to participating. The fireworks display
is scheduled for that evening.
If health department guidelines change,
taking a traditional parade off the table,
Closser said he has an idea for how to pull
off a non-traditional parade. The idea is a
reverse parade, like the one the city of
Dublin held on St. Patrick’s Day this year.
The city’s swimming pool also is preparing
for a higher degree of normalcy this
summer with plans to have all pools open.
Last year, the small pool and the racing
pool were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Opening day is May 29.
Games will take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesdays
and Fridays at Cowling Park. The first games are scheduled
for June 2. The session will wrap up on June 25 with a single-elimination
“If it’s successful, we might run another session,” Brackett said.
Braskett is working to drum up interest in the adult softball
league, a well, which is being reinstated after a year off due to
The co-ed recreational league will play on Sundays. The men’s
recreational league will play on Thursdays. Games start the week
of May 16. The season will culminate in a tournament in late July.
All games are USSSA sanctioned.
The cost is $375 per team. A $100 deposit is required to secure a
spot. The remainder of the fee is due by May 14.
The city is offering an American Red Cross life-saving course for
lifeguard certification. The course is free to anyone who commits to
work for the London municipal pool this summer. Those interested
in becoming lifeguards must be at least 15 years old. Course dates
and times are June 4-6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the pool.
Braskett said she likes to have at least 15 lifeguards on staff for
the pool season. She has 12 lined up now, 10 of which are returning
She noted that lifesaving courses are hard to find these days.
That’s why she is bringing the course to London. She also noted that
parks and recreation districts everywhere are still feeling the impact
of COVID-19 when it comes to lifeguard availability and certification.
“We are in a better position than most because we opened our
pool last year and were able to retain those kids because we have a
relationship with them,” she explained.
The city is renting 10x10-foot garden
plots at Merri-Mac Park. The cost for the
season is $10.
For more information
For more information about any London
parks and recreation programs, contact
Luke Peart, a senior at London High
School and a member of the Columbus
Children’s Choir, sang the National Anthem
at the April 10 Columbus Blue
Jackets professional hockey game
against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Peart’s performance was part of the
Blue Jackets’ “Kids Takeover Night.”
Tammy Braskett or Billie Gore at (740) 852-4462. The department’s
office is located at City Hall, 20 S. Walnut St., Suite 107. They also
can be reached at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and updates also are available online at www.londonohio.gov/parks-recreation-department
and on Facebook (look for
“London Parks and Recreation”).
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Placing lower priority on perfect lawn makes sense
I was recently going through a box of old
photos and came upon one that brought a
special chuckle. There I was, standing on
my grandmother’s front lawn, trying to look
proud and cool as my dad snapped the
photo, my hands clenched on the lawn mower handles.
I’m guessing I’d just entered my teens. It was the first I was allowed
to mow, and I thought I was a hotshot. Looking back, I’m not
so sure my father didn’t pull a sneaky Tom Sawyer on me. (Mark
Twain’s iconic character gets other kids to paint a fence for him by
making it sound like fun.) I was clueless as to the miles of lawn that
awaited me in my lifetime. I quickly figured out it wasn’t supposed
to be fun.
To satisfy my junk food habit, I had to secure my weekly allowance.
That meant mowing the lawn... with a reel mower. I’m
sure the neighborhood could hear me pleading, “Alright, I promise.
No more Ding Dongs, no Ho Hos, no Ring Dings, just Twinkies from
now on. OK, those, too. Just stop it, no more, please, no more, I can’t
I’ve come a long way since then. In the 60 years that have
passed, I figure I’ve mowed the equivalent of circling the globe at
least two times with another round soon approaching. I still push a
primitive, tiny mower, but now it’s gas-powered and emits fumes
that send me into la-la-land. My new chant is, “I think I can, I think
I can, cough, cough.”
I wonder what the fumes are doing to the atmosphere. If you
surf the web for “lawn mower hydrocarbon pollution,” you find articles
detailing how destructive they are. Must be a powerful industry
lobby as we rarely hear a peep from environmentalists unless
it’s an abnormally hot summer day when an air quality alert is issued.
Even then, it’s only a recommendation not to mow—and you
can still hear mowers rumbling everywhere.
My attitude has completely changed over the years. I once took
pride in having one of the nicest lawns in the neighborhood. Now, I
still try to keep it mowed, but I don’t mow it every other day as I
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once did. I don’t pace back and glove from touching the treated grounds.
forth looking out the window It’s easy to find dead grass, weeds and erosion caused
as it rains, knowing the fertilizer
is making it grow an inch water and your nose run. We’re told the chemicals are
by chemicals, or to inhale fumes that make your eyes
safe, so long as users abide by the warnings and directions.
Some folks don’t read the directions. I know of one
These days, I’m mowing
mostly weeds. Yes, it’s embarrassing,
but I can live with entire lawn had to be regrown. It may sound funny, but
case in which someone grabbed the wrong container; an
that. I no longer use chemicals honest mistakes happen and, with chemicals, that can
to make it grow or keep away be serious.
weeds and insects. Times I encourage you to read the book, “Exposure,” by
change and so do perspectives Robert Bilott. It will make you think twice about chugging
a glass of water. The web is full of concerns raised
and priorities. To some, as it
once was for me, their grass is by unbiased, objective and independently run studies
a high priority, and I respect and lawsuits over some of the chemicals landing on and
that. Prior to my hip replacement
surgery, I trudged in sources. It will have you questioning where the controls
under our landscape and ending up in our water
pain, which gave me time to and oversight have been.
reflect and, as a result, make Our frowning neighbors can attest to the lower priority
we now put on our lawn. Ours fits the image of a
the lawn a lesser priority.
We’ve become a country obsessed
with grass. It’s become a keeping-up-with-the- green. We’ve lost too many dogs far too early to cancer,
county fair demolition derby field, not a golf course
Joneses competition. People want their lawns to look and I no longer want to take risks. Perfect grass isn’t
like the putting greens at The Masters in Augusta. A worth it. With the changes we’ve made, we’ve seen a
dandelion to some is a declaration of war on their lawn. huge increase in Monarch butterflies, hummingbirds,
Our neighborhoods and ball fields have become Carolina wrens, hummingbird moths, honey bees and
chemistry labs. Flags placed on lawns signal the use of bumble bees in our yard.
chemicals for fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides.
Somehow, you’re supposed to walk the sidewalks and Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the Columbus Messenger
Newspapers. He lives in Grove City.
keep your dog’s nose out of it or a kid’s softball bat or
Mt. Sterling needs grocery store
I would like to ask this question
for Mount Sterling: Are there plans
to get any type of grocery store in the
When I grew up there, they had two grocery stores—
Tommy’s and IGA—with less people living in the village.
Now the village has more people and zero grocery
Does anyone else in Mount Sterling
agree, or is gas station food good
enough for around 2,000-plus people?
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Watching ‘Mortal Kombat’ is like punch to gut
I’ve never thought of myself as violent, ing place in 17th century Japan where
There is a lot of exposition in these scenes, a
but I began to question my preferred method skilled assassin Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) has the reel deal
lot of Cole (and Sonya, to a degree) wondering
who they are and where they fit in this
of confrontation—passive-aggressiveness and found the guarded woodland home of rival
snark—after watching “Mortal Kombat.” Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada). After Dedra Cordle
world, and not enough combat.
After I watched the live-action adaptation
in 1995, I became obsessed with the
killing his wife and child, the two warriors
face off in the film’s most exquisitely choreographed
While out for
There is little Mortal Kombat in “Mortal
Kombat.” There are mortals in this film,
characters’ skills and powers. I wished that
one day I, too, would be able to wield harpoon-like
spears like Scorpion or snap necks
fight scene, blending moves only
found in the video games and martial arts
movies of yore. When this sequence is over,
dinner one night,
Cole and his wife
and daughter are
and there is combat, but there is no true
Mortal Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.”
Without the tournament, this film can
with my knees while in a handstand like so too is most of the film’s promise.
attacked by a
only be described as a prequel, a way to introduce
The film then jumps forward to the Outworld
specter with the
the audience to this weird world. It
In the years that followed, I did not rack
up a body count or learn how to do a handstand,
but I did realize what I was feeling
when I thought of “Mortal Kombat” was
nostalgia. Like a fist or foot or ice spike, nostalgia
can be powerful. It burrows into you,
making you feel vaguely irritated when
someone makes fun of what you like, and it
evokes protectiveness when someone tries
to remake something you love.
When I heard that Warner Bros. decided
to reboot this franchise, I felt that inkling of
irritation. I gave it a chance, though, because
it’s “Mortal Kombat.” It’s supposed to
be stupid fun, and that is something we can
all use. But this latest version leans more
toward stupid than fun. While it’s not awful
enough to make you want to inflict Sub-Zero
levels of violence, it is bad enough to make
you want to give its creators the stink-eye.
where sorcerer Shang Tsung (Chin
Han) is planning Earthrealm’s destruction.
Knowing they only need one more win at the
Mortal Kombat competition to take over
this “pathetic” realm, Shang Tsung sends
his greatest assassins to eliminate their
warriors before the competition takes place.
At first, not much urgency is given to this
mission, but then a prophecy foretells their
defeat should the Hasashi line unite the
champions. This news is a surprise to all the
baddies; they thought Bi-Han and the Lin
Kuei assassins killed them all centuries ago.
That whoopsie turns out to be Cole
Young (Lewis Tan), a character created
specifically for this movie universe. Born
with a dragon tattoo (seriously), he is a
down-on-his-luck MMA fighter who knows
nothing of his lineage, Mortal Kombat, or
the hell about to be unleashed upon him and
ability to generate
and control ice. No
match for this Cryomancer, they accept the
help of stranger, Jax Briggs (Mehcad
Brooks) who tells them to find Sonya Blade.
When Cole finds her, Sonya (Jessica Mc-
Namee) explains to him what Mortal Kombat
is, who the people are who share in his
dragon tattoo, and when this fight to the
death might take place. She encourages him
to follow her on a quest to find the location
of Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) who could
help train and guide them as they prepare
for this world’s greatest death match.
When they reach Raiden’s lair, the film
slows to a crawl as the fighters try to unlock
their “arcana,” or special powers that could
keep them from having their spines ripped
out or being smashed to a bloody pulp by
Prince Goro, the Outworld’s last champion,
teases with one-on-one fights in the end
(Max Huang as the razor-hat wearing Kung
Lao definitely has the best fatality of the
film), but it is a set up for potential sequels.
Another big issue: the film takes itself
too seriously. While it tries to say it’s the opposite
with high levels of gore or over-thetop
fatalities, its dialogue and plotting say
something else altogether, and usually in a
Should potential sequels go forward, I
have hope things can be salvaged with better
pacing, a better script and maybe some
acting lessons for its core actors. Until then,
this version is not a flawless victory for the
franchise, but it’s also not a fatality either.
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How to keep Mother’s Day basket going all summer
Ask a Master Gardener
Question: Every year for Mother’s Day, I receive
a gorgeous hanging basket of flowering
plants, and every year it is dead by the Fourth
of July. Help, please!
Goodness, I feel your pain! This is not all
your fault. Generally, when you purchase a
flowering basket, it is big and lush and full
of gorgeous blooms. That means that the
plant(s) are fully mature and growing at
their most vigorous rate. It has also been
growing in ideal conditions in a greenhouse
with constant care and attention. It has
been stimulated with fertilizers and other
chemicals so that would come into bloom at
the exact right time for a holiday. Now, it
has been taken from that environment,
shoved into a plastic sleeve, trucked to a
store and finally brought to your home.
Needless to say, the poor thing is in a bit of
shock, and you are now committed to daily
care for a very needy plant.
Bring it home and water it well, making
sure the water drains out the bottom of the
pot. Put it in a protected area with some
nice light but no direct sun for a few days,
continuing to water it daily. After it has had
a bit of rest, you can decide what your next
step will be.
Without a doubt, the next best step
would be to remove the plants from their
basket, tease them apart gently, and resettle
them with fresh new potting soil into a
pot or basket that is two or three inches bigger
in diameter. You will almost hear those
roots breathe a sigh of relief. Water it well
every single day and, over the next several
days, move it gradually into the spot you
have planned for it. Be certain that the
plants are appropriate for the spot. Put fullsun
plants in a full-sun location, part-sun
plants in a morning-sun location, etc.
Shade-loving plants in a full-sun location
will burn up and die, no matter how well
you care for them. Sun-loving plants in a
shade location will struggle and decline despite
If you cannot or choose not to repot your
basket, there are still ways to keep it going
for the season. It is safe to assume that the
plant is root-bound, so all the food or water
it needs will have to come from you. It also
means that it will dry out very quickly.
Daily watering is imperative. When the
summer really heats up, the basket may
need an afternoon drink, as well.
Fertilizer is also absolutely necessary as
the nutrients in the soil have been rapidly
depleted by the rapid growth in the greenhouse.
Choose a fertilizer that is specifically
intended for flowering plants, and read and
follow label directions if those directions are
written for potted plants. If you are in
doubt, mix the fertilizer at 25 percent of the
recommended rate and use it once per week.
Granular slow-release fertilizers that are
just sprinkled on the soil are another option,
as are fertilizer spikes. Whatever you
choose, go easy, keeping in mind the small
container you are working with. Too much
fertilizer will burn the plant and kill it even
faster than the slow death of poor nutrition.
Every day when you water it, pick off
spent blooms. After a week or two, if your
plant is starting to look “leggy” or straggly,
use sharp scissors to trim the longest stems
back to one or two set of leaves. Do about
one-third of the plant. In a couple more
weeks, do the next third, and then do the remainder
a week or two after. Repeat as necessary
throughout the season. If your plant
is a “spiller,” like a petunia or calibrachoa,
prune more gently and only a few stems at
a time. You’ll be able to discern which ones
need a clip.
Most importantly, keep up the watering
every single day, excepting those few rainy
days when nature takes care of it. If you
need to be gone, make arrangements for
someone else to do the watering. Be certain
the water still drains from the bottom as
roots may try to plug up the drain holes. The
plant will drown if water sits in the pot for
very long. With all this attention, your basket
should be beautiful all summer and into
autumn. It truly is a labor of love.
If, after all this, your basket still does not
thrive, then it is time to reconsider the type
of plants you are growing. Fuchsias are gorgeous,
and many people grow them with
ease. I find them frustrating and difficult.
The one year I did have a really nice one, a
wren chose to build her house in the pot and
I gave up so as not to disturb her. Wave
petunias and calibrachoa are beautiful but
they love water and are heavy feeders, so no
skimping there. Lantana, my personal favorite,
is cheerful and colorful, tough as
nails and has the added benefit of attracting
bees and butterflies. It can take the full afternoon
sun in stride. Daily watering and
regular feeding are still the rules though,
and it loves a good trim occasionally.
Jane Kutzley is a member of the Madison
County Master Gardeners. Watch for upcoming
details about the program’s new Ask A
Master Gardener Help Line, coming soon.
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Frances M. Barton, 75, of West Jefferson
died on April 25, 2021, at Arbors West, West
Jefferson. Frances was born on July 14,
1945, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of
Del and Lillian (Morehart) Fauver.
Mrs. Barton was a private person, who
was the kindest. sweetest soul, homemaker
and caregiver, taking unconditional care of
her family. She also made the best iced tea
in the world.
She is survived by: her daughter, Jackie
(Craig) Landrum of West Jefferson; lifetime
companion, Ernie Burton; granddaughter,
Tabitha Geiger of London; sister, Alice (Sheryl)
Green of London; great-grandson,
Tyler Landrum; and numerous nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by: her
parents; sister and brother-in-law, Katie
A funeral service took place on April 29
at Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation
Service, London. Interment followed at
Somerford Cemetery, Somerford, Ohio. Condolences
may be sent to www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Larry D. Williams Sr., 72, of Washington
Court House, Ohio, died on April 25, 2021,
at his residence surrounded by his family.
Larry was born on May 10, 1948, to Roger
and Bernadine (Ater) Williams.
He is survived by: his loving wife of 54
years, Virginia (Dingus) Williams; son,
Larry D. (Libby) Williams Jr.; daughter,
Teresa L. (Robert) Blair; son, Matthew S.
(Mary) Williams; grandchildren, Zachery T.
(Amanda) Williams, Cody D. Williams, Josh
D. Ward, Felechia M. (Kyler) Woolever,
Clayton D. (Kailee) Dyer, Austin C. Dyer,
Alexander J. Williams, Elijah D. Williams,
Blayne H. Williams, Cressa K. Williams,
Jackie Blair, and Jessie Kuhns. Larry had
12 adored great-grandchildren. Also surviving
are: his sisters and brothers, Sue (Steve)
Wilson, Mary Weaver, Ruth (Greg)
Creamer, Phillip Williams and Jeff
Williams; and many brothers-in-law and
Larry was preceded in death by: his parents,
Roger and Bernadine Williams; brothers,
James Williams, Roger Williams and
David Williams; and sister, Eleanor
Larry retired from Decker Construction
in Columbus, Ohio, where he worked for 42
years. He was a member of the Ohio Labor
Union and the International Union of Operating
Engineers, Local 18. Larry was a good
father and husband who loved his grandchildren.
He was a sincere, devoted family man.
A funeral service was held on April 30 at
Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, Mount Sterling,
with Pastor Gaye Gossard officiating. Burial
followed at Bethel Cemetery.
State rep steps down to lead Chamber of Commerce
State Rep. Steve Stivers will not seek reelection
to Congress. Stivers has served six
terms in Congress, representing Ohio’s 15th
District which includes Madison County. He
will step down effective May 16 to serve as
president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of
“It has been my honor and privilege to
serve the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional
District,” Stivers said. “Throughout
my career in public service, I’ve worked to
promote policies that drive our economy forward,
get folks to work, and put our country’s
fiscal house in order. “That is why I am
looking forward to this new opportunity
with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, where
I can continue my efforts to support free enterprise
and economic growth here in Ohio.”
Stivers has served on the financial services
committee throughout his time in Congress
and is the ranking member of the
subcommittee on housing, community development
Stivers was elected by his colleagues
to serve as chairman of
the National Republican Congressional
Committee from 2016
to 2018 and served on the rules
committee in 2015 and 2016.
During his tenure in Congress,
he has also been a strong advocate
for veterans and their families.
In his first term, he passed
the HIRE at Home Act and TRI-
CARE for Kids to help returning
soldiers reenter the job market and provide
their children better health care, respectively.
He also passed H.R. 1900 to designate
the Veterans Memorial and Museum in
Columbus as the National Veterans Memorial
and Museum. It is the only public museum
of its kind that exists for the exclusive
role of sharing the experiences of veterans
across all eras, conflicts, and branches of the
During 114th Congress, Stivers was the
lead cosponsor of H.R. 1462, the Protecting
Our Infants Act, a new law that
ensures a coordinated federal response
to Neonatal Abstinence
Syndrome (NAS), a devastating
condition that impacts babies
born to drug addicted mothers.
Additionally, Stivers was the lead
cosponsor of the Reducing Unused
Medications Act, H.R. 4599,
which seeks to reduce the availability
of opioids for abuse by allowing
for a partial fill of such
prescriptions if requested by a
doctor or patient. This bill was signed into
law in 2016.
Stivers worked to promote civility within
Congress and Ohio’s communities by creating
and co-chairing the Congressional Civility
and Respect Caucus with Rep. Joyce
Beatty (OH-3). Stivers and Beatty traveled
to schools and civic organizations across
their districts to talk about the importance
of civility in everyone’s daily lives. The caucus
requires members of Congress to join as
a pair with a partner from the other side of
the aisle and agree to work together to promote
“The best part of this job has been making
a positive difference in the lives of constituents,”
Stivers said. “I am grateful to the
people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District
for putting their trust in me to represent
them in the halls of Congress. It has been
one of the biggest honors of my life.”
Prior to running for Congress, Stivers
served in the Ohio Senate. He also worked
in the private sector for the Ohio Company
and Bank One. A career soldier, Stivers has
served more than 30 years in the Ohio Army
National Guard and holds the rank of major
general. He served the United States overseas
during Operation Iraqi Freedom in
Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti, where he
led 400 soldiers and contractors. Stivers received
the Bronze Star for his leadership
throughout the deployment.
Stivers received his bachelor’s degree
and his MBA from The Ohio State University
and resides in Columbus with his wife,
Karen, and children, Sarah and Sam.
Memorial contributions may be made in
Larry’s honor to: Heartland Hospice, 116
Morse Road-B, Circleville, OH 43113,
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Gary William Londergan, 75, of London
died on April 26, 2021, at Laurels of Norworth,
Worthington, Ohio. Gary was born
on Nov. 15, 1945, in Eustis, Fla., a son of
Charles William Londergan and Loretta
Pitzer Brooks. He had a successful law practice
in London, Ohio, for many years.
He is survived by: his wife, Elizabeth
Anne (Douglas) Londergan; children, Andrew
William (Brittany) Londergan of Temple,
Texas, and Virginia Sage Londergan
(spouse, Kenneth Boich) of Westerville,
Ohio; siblings, Cheryl Ann Foust of Lewis
Center, Ohio, and James Timothy (Denise)
Londergan of Worthington, Ohio; grandchild,
Emerson Sage Londergan.
According to Gary’s wishes, he was cremated.
A memorial service will be held at
Oak Hill Cemetery, London, on a date yet to
be determined. Funeral arrangements have
been entrusted to Lynch Family Funeral
Home & Cremation Services, London. Condolences
may be sent to www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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Mt. Sterling makes plan to repair major potholes
By Kristy Zurbrick
The village of Mount Sterling is making
plans to repair major potholes and make improvements
on Clark Street.
Last year, village staff patched minor
potholes and will continue to do so this year.
To take care of the larger and deeper potholes,
the village plans to contract with A.J.
Asphalt out of Columbus.
At the April 26 council meeting, Andy
Drake, council member and street committee
chairperson, reported that A.J. Asphalt
recently submitted an updated estimate for
the repairs. The estimate is $39,000 to repair
Drake said the village has money left
over from last year that was earmarked for
major pothole repairs, but it is not enough
to cover the $39,000. The street committee
is going to prioritize the potholes from worst
to best and discuss whether to do what they
can with last year’s allocated money, ask
council to approve more money to take care
of the whole project now, or ask for more
money at a later date.
The pothole project focuses on streets the
village controls, but potholes are a problem
on State Route 56, too. Village leaders are
looking into what can be done with the state
“We’re going to see what we can do about
using highway moneys. That’s a bit more of
a significant construction project. As everyone
who has gone down 56 can tell you, (the
potholes) are pretty big,” Drake said.
“We are playing Whack-a-Mole a little bit
with the potholes on 56, but today we want
to get in a position where we have a game
plan for doing that and make sure they go away and they go away
The village also plans to slightly widen Clark Street at Main
Street and add a curb to prevent semi-trucks from driving through
a residential yard. They are contracting with A.J. Asphalt for this
work, too. The village is splitting the cost with BST which has a facility
off of Clark Street.
The village wants to have A.J. Asphalt do the pothole project (village
controlled streets only) and the Clark Street project at the
same time. This would eliminate a second trip to Mount Sterling
for the company and, therefore, cut down on costs to the village.
Once village leaders decide how they want to move forward with
the pothole work, they can set a timeline for the pothole project and
the Clark Street project.
In other street-related news, the street committee is putting together
a plan for installing stop signs on High and New streets.
“We’re receiving a lot of complaints about speeding, cut-through
traffic,” Drake said. “The stop signs are on order and we will move
forward as soon as they come in. It’s really gotten bad, and we need
to do something about it as soon as we possibly can.”
The village also plans to install signage to prevent through truck
traffic on New Street, Rosewood Avenue, and other streets in town.
Additionally, the village has set aside funding to gravel unpaved
alleyways. The street committee has ranked the alleys from worst
to best to prioritize the work.
The next street committee meeting is at 8 a.m. May 5 in council
chambers and open to the public.
Council voted 4-2 to appropriate funding for a second full-time
street/utility worker and to hire Aaron Follrod to fill the position.
Council members Andy Drake, Melanie Fritz, Becky Martin and
David Timmons voted “yes.” Council members Craig Hix and Jay
Pettey voted “no.”
In-person hours at town hall
Council member Becky Martin asked if there are plans to have
the town hall staff return to full-time, in-person hours.
For a long time, Misty Vance, the utilities clerk, and Courtney
Bricker, the fiscal officer, worked remotely as a result of the pandemic.
In recent months, Vance has returned for some in-person
hours at town hall, first one day per week and now three days per
week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), working from home the
other days. Bricker said she is pretty much back in-person full-time.
Martin said residents have expressed confusion about the hours
the utility clerk’s office is open, with it changing from closed, to one
day per week, to three days per week.
“With things opening back up more and more...for consistency,
it’s just something maybe we should consider soon,” she said.
Mayor Marci Darlington suggested the question be addressed at
the next water/wastewater committee meeting, which is set for 9
a.m. May 5 in council chambers at town hall.
Drug Take-Back Day
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office held a Drug Take-Back day
on April 24 at town hall. Four deputies and Sheriff John Swaney
were on hand to collect unneeded and expired medications for safe
“I was down there, and it was a good turnout,” said council member
The Sheriff’s Office plans to hold another Drug Take-Back day
Going extra mile to deliver meals
During National Volunteers Week, Madison Health celebrated their employees who deliver Meals-On-Wheels
to residents in London. The Madison Health team covers routes three days a week and has been participating
in this program for four years. In 2020, the Madison Health team delivered approximately 1,500
meals to 54 clients. Pictured with many of the Madison Health delivery team members is Leah Baird, Life-
Care Alliance Meals-On-Wheels coordinator for Madison County.
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Fundraising is in full swing for the South
Charleston Education Sesquicentennial Celebration,
set to take place Sept. 25-26 in
conjunction with South Charleston’s Heritage
The celebration commemorates 150 consecutive
years of public education in South
Charleston. During Heritage Days, the
planning committee will participate in the
parade, display memorabilia, and present
several proclamations. They also plan to
take part in Southeastern Schools’ alumni
banquet on June 19, award one or more
scholarships to seniors from this year’s
graduating class, and make donations to
various community organizations.
The committee has already held one successful
sub sandwich sale—so successful, in
fact, that they are holding another one. The
eight-inch subs are $5 each and are made
with Audinno’s Italian Bakery buns, Virginia
baked ham, salami, pepperoni and
provolone cheese from the Cheese House.
The sale runs from May 17 to June 4. Orders
and payment are due by June 4. To
place an order, contact: Pete Conley, (937)
631-1979, email@example.com; or Barb
Florence, firstname.lastname@example.org or (937)
462-7398. The subs will be available for
pickup between 10 a.m. and noon on June
12 at Blessings On Willow, 215 Willow St.,
“We’re also selling shirts and framed
prints featuring the logo for the 150th celebration,”
said Jennifer Jones McKee, a committee
vice president and 1970
Southeastern Schools graduate. “We have
had people buy the prints for this year’s
graduates—they are the 150th graduating
class. We can customize the prints with the
The framed prints are $25. Shirt options
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Food and door prizes will be provided
at the legion hall following the event.
Jennifer McKee displays t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies emblazoned
with the South Charleston Education Sesquicentennial
Celebration logo. The shirts are available for purchase at Village
Chic. Proceeds go toward the celebration which will take place
Sept. 25-26 in conjunction with the South Charleston Heritage
Commission’s Heritage Days festival.
include: short-sleeved t-shirts, $20; long-sleeved t-shirts, $25;
sweatshirts, $35; and hoodies, $40. The prints and shirts can be
purchased anytime at Village Chic, 17 S. Chillicothe St. They also
will be sold at Village Market which takes place along Chillicothe
Street in downtown South Charleston from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first
Saturday of the month, May through September. The committee
will sell the items at the alumni banquet and at Heritage Days, as
Planning for the sesquicentennial began three years ago after
Dwain Robbins, a 1971 graduate, mentioned to school leaders that
his class was the 100th to graduate from South Charleston schools.
With the class’s 50th reunion coming up in 2021, he thought it
would be something special to recognize.
“It snowballed from there,” Robbins said.
The idea blossomed into a celebration of the entirety of public
school education in South Charleston, and Robbins serves as executive
director of the event’s board of directors.
Originally, the group had hoped to hold the celebration in conjunction
with the alumni banquet in June but decided to move the
festivities to September due to uncertainty about the state of the
pandemic and related safety regulations.
“Even though it was a difficult decision to postpone the celebration,
we thought it was in the best interest of all who wanted to attend.
It’s also a great opportunity to work together with another
very dedicated non-profit group in the South Charleston Heritage
Commission,” McKee said.
Even with the date change, the goal remains the same.
“We want to celebrate the fact that we’ve had 150 consecutive
classes graduate from South Charleston schools, and we want to
unite everyone who loves South Charleston and loves our school
system,” McKee said.
“We are grateful for the support we have received so far,” Robbins
The SCE 150th Committee meets monthly at Village Chic. Officers
are: Pete Conley, president; Donna Myers Bonsell, secretary;
Gayle Kinnaird Johnson, vice president; Jennifer Jones McKee, vice
president; and Barbara Florence, treasurer. In addition to Robbins,
the board includes Gregory R. Flax, Esq., and Robert Entler.
For more information and updates, call Dwain Robbins at (740)
775-7995 or follow “South Charleston Education 150 Years SCE
150, Inc.” on Facebook.
In addition to the sub, shirts, and framed print sales, the committee
welcomes financial donations at Park National Bank.
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Pool closed this summer
By Kristy Zurbrick
The South Charleston Pool will not open
this season, and its long-term fate is up in
The Community Recreation Commission
(CRC), the non-profit, all-volunteer group
that operates the pool, recently announced
their decision not to open the pool. They also
announced they are disbanding as an organization.
“The COVID restrictions of limited capacity
for social distancing purposes prevents
the selling of memberships and
unlimited daily admission,” the CRC stated.
The CRC relies on the revenue from
memberships to pay bills and cover payroll
expenses through June and into July.
“Our unlimited daily admission produces
revenue that helps us maintain equipment
and daily operations. Without those two unlimited
ways of generating income, we cannot
possibly have enough revenue to
support a season,” the group explained.
The non-profit group handles and pays
for everything that goes into the business of
running the pool, from daily operations to
maintenance of the equipment and grounds.
They also owned the property and paid
taxes on it until 2015 when ownership of the
property was transferred to the village of
South Charleston. Since 2015, the village’s
only involvement has been payment of property
taxes. With the CRC disbanding, the
village will take over maintenance of the
property on May 17.
“It is our hope that another group or organization
will come forward and that the
pool can reopen for the 2022 season,” the
CRC stated. The group plans to donate any
of their leftover funds to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s
disease) in honor of
Linda Smith who
was a South
swim lesson instructor
and longtime volunteer
at the pool.
The village has
no plans at this
time to take over
the pool operations,
said Mayor Sam
“We have been in
other villages that
have pools. They
tend to run those
pools, especially last
year, at a deficit. I
just don’t know if
the village wants to
get into that at this
time,” he said.
Your Hometown Funeral Director
Stucky welcomes another group to come
forward to take over operations to “keep the
pool open for future generations.” He said he
has fond memories of spending time there
as a child and watching his children do the
“If a group is serious about taking it over,
they would have to start now to be ready for
2022 because there are maintenance issues
at the pool that need to be addressed,” he
If no one steps forward, the village commission
will look into the feasibility of taking
on the task, he added.
“As the village, we will look into every opportunity
we can. I want to fight for the pool
until the ammunition has been spent. We’ll
see what happens because I don’t want to
lose it,” Stucky said.
A tax levy is one possible solution.
“If the residents want the pool to stay
open and don’t have a pool board, other
townships and villages have put tax levies
on the ballot for the village to be able to fund
a pool center,” said Trecia Waring, South
Charleston’s village manager. “That’s the
only way I see that the village could do it.
There are a lot of working parts.”
Stucky said the village is open to ideas,
including suggestions for what to do with
the property should the pool end up closed
Stucky thanked the CRC for everything
they have done over the years.
“From its inception, the CRC has just
been a wonderful and cooperative organization
who has spent their years serving the
community with the swimming pool. It’s
something a lot of communities just don’t
get to enjoy. Their hard work and dedication
has just made South Charleston a better
place to live,” he said.
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Historical Society hopes to hold Pioneer Days
By Kristy Zurbrick
As long as it is safe to do so, Pioneer Days will be back on the
fall schedule for the Madison County Historical Society.
The event was one of many the Society cancelled last year due
to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers have tentatively set this
year’s Pioneer Days for Sept. 25. There is a chance they will add a
second day, extending the festivities through Sept. 26.
The Madison County Historical Society plans to reinstate Pioneer Days this fall after a year off due to COVID-19.
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We’ll know more as we get closer,” said Ned DeCamp, director
of the Historical Society museum.
In 2019, more than 400 people attended Pioneer Days on the museum
grounds at 260 E. High St., London. The event features historical
displays and reenactors, food and merchandise vendors, and
demonstrations ranging from apple cider pressing to cooking over
a campfire. All the buildings on the grounds are open for tours.
Among them are Jonathan Alder’s cabin, the Elizabeth Kitchen log
house, a one-room schoolhouse, a barn filled with antique farm
equipment, and the museum. The grounds also feature a caboose.
This year, if all goes well, organizers hope to hold a kids’ camp
the morning of Sept. 25, prior to the start of Pioneer Days at noon.
The camp would be open to second- through fourth-graders.
“Usually, we do a three-day camp in early June, but we can’t this
year due to health regulations,” DeCamp said.
He added that he is excited at the prospect of reinstating Pioneer
“It’s our big event of the year. The more people who come to the
museum and grounds, the better off we are,” he said.
While COVID-19 has had a big impact on the Historical Society’s
offerings over the past year, it hasn’t completely shut down operations.
The museum was closed for a few months at the start of the
pandemic but returned to normal hours in June and has remained
open ever since. Normal hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays.
The Historical Society is starting to welcome small groups of
school-aged children to spend half-days at the museum, something
they haven’t done for the past year. In the next few weeks, a group
of homeschooled children and a group of Mennonite children are
scheduled to visit.
The public schools have not been doing field trips, but the Historical
Society recently welcomed a couple
of teachers to tour the buildings and take
home educational material to share with
their classes. One of the teachers also videorecorded
her visit to share with her students.
Another event back on the Historical Society’s
schedule: the Madison County Fair.
After a year away, the organization will set
up displays in what served as a dining hall
and then a poultry barn many years ago.
To learn more about the Historical Society
or to volunteer, call the museum at (740)
852-2977. The organization also can be
found on Facebook at “Madison County
Ohio Historical Society.”
Help with heating
The Ohio Development Services Agency
wants to remind Ohioans that assistance is
available to help with their home energy
bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program
(HEAP) helps Ohioans at or below 175 percent
of the federal poverty guidelines pay
their heating bills.
Applied directly to the customer’s utility
or bulk fuel bill, the benefit can help manage
heating costs. Ohioans can visit
www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online,
download a copy of the application or find
contact information for a local Energy Assistance
Provider (EAP). When applying, individuals
need to have copies of the following
• most recent utility bills;
• a list of all household members (including
birth dates and Social Security numbers);
• proof of income for the past 30 days for
all household members (12 months for certain
• proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency
for all household members; and
• proof of disability (if applicable).
HEAP benefits are applied to an individual’s
energy bill after Jan. 1. Applications
for the HEAP program must be received by
May 31, 2021.
For more information on HEAP, visit
www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or call (800) 282-
0880. Hearing-impaired customers can dial
711 for assistance.
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American Legion Post 201 in West Jefferson
will offer a limited-item fish fry on
the first and third Fridays of each month,
starting May 7 through October. Items include:
fish and fries, $6; fish sandwich, $5;
fries only, $1.50; and soda, $1. Hours are 4-
7 p.m. Carryout only.
Lions Club Anniversary
The London Lions Club will celebrate its
75th anniversary at 6 p.m. May 18. As part
of the celebration, the club will dedicate
“Noah’s Bridge,” located on North Walnut
Street across from the baseball practice
field. The Lions invite current and past
members to attend, along with anyone who
would like more information about the club
and anyone the club has helped. The event
is being held outside; social distancing will
be observed. Those who attend are encouraged
to bring their own chairs as there is no
seating near the bridge.
The Madison County Master Gardeners
will hold their annual plant sale from 8 a.m.
to 3 p.m. May 22 at 1922 Chickasaw Dr.,
Lake Choctaw. The sale features annuals,
perennials, vegetables and unique plants.
There will be no early sales.
The West Jefferson Parks and Recreation
Department is hosting free fishing
derbies open to the public. The village will
have bait and loan out some fishing equipment.
Participants can bring their own bait
and gear. No registration is required. For
more information, call (614) 379-5273.
• Hooked on Fishing—June 9, June 16,
June 23 and June 30, 5-8 p.m., Duke Farm
House, State Route 29, West Jefferson;
• Family Fishing Fiestas—May 8, 9-11 a.m.;
June 11, 5-8 p.m.; June 19, 10 a.m.-noon. All
will take place at the Duke Farm House,
State Route 29, West Jefferson.
• Introduction into Fishing Basics with Your
Local Game Warden and Helpers—May 22, 10
a.m.-1 p.m., Duke Farm House, State Route
29, West Jefferson;
• Senior Fishing Day—June 16, 10 a.m.-
noon, Krazy Glue Pond, 1450 W. Main St.,
West Jefferson; and
• Fishing With Our Special Needs Friends—
May 14, 6-8 p.m., Russ Miller’s House, 9291
W. Broad St., Galloway.
The London Visual Arts Guild will host
its 6th Annual Community Art Show May
6-June 6 at the new London Arts Center,
121 E. First St., London. An opening reception
is planned for 2-4 p.m. May 8. Regular
art center hours are: Thursday and Sunday,
11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
National Day of Prayer
• London—A National Day of Prayer will
take place at noon May 6 on the Madison
County Courthouse lawn in London.
• Mount Sterling—The Mount Sterling
Ministerial Association invites area residents
to join in fellowship, prayer, and devotional
time for the National Day of
Prayer. The event is set for noon on May 6
at the Mount Sterling gazebo at the corner
of East Main and South London streets.
Rockin’ on the Run
Rockin’ on the Run raises money and
awareness for pediatric brain tumor research.
The focal point is a 5K run, which is
virtual this year. Several other fundraisers
are taking place, as well.
• Virtual 5K run—suggested dates are May
9-15. Go to www.rockinontherun.org.
• Silent Auction—Through May 15. Visit
• M&M Diner—May 3. Homemade chicken
and noodles with mashed potatoes and corn,
$10, 4 to 7 p.m. (or until sold out) in a drivethrough
format, 165 E. Center St., London.
Bring extra cash for the 50/50 drawing.
The village of West Jefferson will hold a
shred-it day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May
8 at village hall. Documents can be dropped
off for shredding; binder clips must removed
but staples can remain. For more information,
call the Water Department at (614)
879-8655, option 1.
Mt. Sterling Community Center
The Mount Sterling Community Center
is located at 164 E. Main St. Measures of social
distancing, 10-person maximum attendance,
and frequent sanitizing and hand
washing are part of the center’s guidelines.
For details, call (740) 869-2453.
May 3-8—10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, walking in
May 4—10-11 a.m., Take Off Pounds Sensibly
3-6 p.m., food pantry for income-eligible
households. Pre-packed food boxes will be
delivered to your vehicle. Remain in your
vehicle, and you will be assisted in numerical
order. Bring proof of residence to the
first visit and a picture ID to every visit.
Call (740) 869-2453 for details.
8-9 p.m.—Alcoholics Anonymous
May 5—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for adults
5-6 p.m., all-level yoga class, cost is $5
per session, class size is limited to 10 participants
with social distancing, masks and
sanitizing as directed by the Centers for
May 6—10 a.m.-12 p.m., food pantry for
income-eligible households. Pre-packed food
boxes will be delivered to your vehicle. Remain
in your vehicle, and you will be assisted
in numerical order. Bring proof of residence
to the first visit and a picture ID to
May 8—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for adults.
June 5—Outdoor spring bazaar.
Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270
Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson, offers the
following activities and services. For details,
call (614) 879-8448 or visit hbmlibrary.org.
• Storytimes. In-library storytimes resume
on May 3. Space is limited; registration
is required. Call the library.
• Booklovers. The group will discuss
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by
Rebecca Skloot at 4 p.m. May 3.
Mount Sterling Library
Mount Sterling Public Library is located
at 60 W. Columbus St. Call (740) 869-2430
or visit www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org.
• Preschool Storytime. The library has
reinstated preschool storytime. Sessions
take place at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. The
group is for children ages 3 to 5 years old.
Space is limited to 10 participants. Pre-register
by calling the library. Facemasks are
required for anyone 10 or older. If there is
enough interest, the library will add a storytime
on Thursday mornings.
• Zoom Book Club. The group will meet
online at 7 p.m. May 4 to discuss “All Creatures
Great and Small” by James Herriot.
The Houston branch of the Clark County
Public Library, is offering the following programs
and services. For more information,
call (937) 462-8047. The library is located at
5 W. Jamestown St., South Charleston.
• Among Us. “Among Us” is an online
game of deduction and mystery. Can you
stop the imposter before they destroy the
spaceship and all of your crewmates? Download
the free game for iOS or Android. Registration
for each game is limited to nine
people. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
with the name and age of those
wishing to participate. Further instructions
will be emailed with confirmation of registration.
Sessions take place from 5 to 6 p.m.
every Wednesday through May 26. The program
is open to ages 13-18.
• Craft Packets. The first 12 children to
stop in the library on May 10 can pick up a
packet that contains a glow-in-the-dark lacing
constellation card and instructions.
• Tails and Tales. The summer reading
program starts on June 1. Watch for details
• Pet Photo Contest. Watch for details
on how to enter your pet’s photo beginning
• Activity Packets. Packets containing a
simple craft, word search, coloring sheet and
more will be available for pickup starting
• Tails and Tales Teatime. Join Susan for
this virtual event at 11 a.m. June 1.
Luna and Sparky are lovable
May 2, 2021 - MADISON MESSENGER - Page 13
The following are among the pets up for
adoption at the Humane Society of Madison
County. If you are interested in adopting a
pet, fill out an application online at
www.hsmcohio.org or call the shelter at
to the shelter
on Feb. 18,
her owner was
put in a tough
could no longer
care for her.
Luna is a
catch anyone’s eye. She is about 2 years old
and is a bit shy and reserved with a touch
of chill and laid-back personality.
You will most likely find her lounging on
a cozy cat tree, catching rays of sunlight.
When she wants love and attention, she lets
out the tiniest meow and starts her motor
going with her unique purr.
Luna doesn’t mind other kitties; she
seems to like having a friend to hang and
co-exist with. Luna’s previous mommy said
she is scared of dogs and will hide from
them when they are around. Luna hasn’t
shown much interest in toys. The shelter
staff has noticed she would rather hang out
and take catnaps with her people.
Adoption fees are $80 for kittens up to 6
months old and $60 for cats 7 months and
older. The fee includes a FeLV/FIV test,
spay or neuter, shots, deworming, and a
one-year rabies shot (if old enough). Fees
can be paid by cash or credit card.
still has lots of
spunk in his
has the cutest
walk ever. He
came to the
shelter on Feb.
10 after his
away. The shelter staff estimates he is 8
years old, weighs 11 pounds, and is a Jack
Sparky loves to play “I’m gonna get ya,”
gleefully zig-zagging as you try to “catch
him.” He is a small guy with lots of punch
in his little body. During introductions to
other dogs, he has been mostly indifferent.
Size doesn’t seem to matter to him, though
he does prefer calmer dogs. On his visit to
the shelter’s kitty condo, Sparky mostly ignored
the cats, letting out an occasional
bark to remind the kitties who’s boss. The
cute little man with big ears will likely fit in line in a home with
Sparky does a great job keeping his kennel tidy, always waiting
to go outside to potty. He is sure to make a wonderful addition to
one lucky family.
Sparky is in the shelter’s prison training program and is learning
basic commands, like sit and stay. His adoption fee will be $200
plus a $17 county license.
The shelter’s adoption fees for dogs are as follows: shelter dogs,
$150; prison dogs, $200; puppies, $250; popular pure-breeds, $400.
Fees includes a Home Again microchip, shots, deworming, heartworm
testing (if old enough), spay or neuter, and a one-year rabies
shot (if old enough). All dogs that are adopted must leave with a
county license at an additional cost of $17. The license fee is cash
only. Adoption fees can be paid by credit card or cash.
Humane Society Info
The Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC) remains closed
to the public. HSMC continues to accept applications for its
adoptable pets, schedule meet-and-greets for adopters, and schedule
appointments when possible for the public.
To request an appointment, send email to email@example.com,
call (614) 879-8368 or visit HSMC on Facebook.
Shelter visitors are asked to wear a mask at all times.
The Humane Society is located at 2020 Plain City Georgesville
Rd., West Jefferson, www.hsmcohio.org. The shelter appreciates donations
of supplies. For a list of items, call (614) 879-8368.
Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser
Texas Roadhouse, 1770 Hilliard Rome Rd., Columbus, will donate
10 percent of dine-in or carryout food purchases made between
3 and 10 p.m. April 28 to the Humane Society of Madison County.
Participants must present a fundraising flyer at the time of purchase,
available by contacting the Humane Society ahead of time.
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NOTICE OF TIME OF CONTINUATION OF THE
FIRST HEARING TO VACATE TOWNSHIP ROAD
Rev. Code Sec. 5553.045 and 5553.04
In the Matter of the Old 729 Road
Office of the Board of County Commissioners
Madison County, Ohio
March 16, 2021
As Hereby Notified, that on the 16th day of March, 2021 the Madison
County accepted the following resolution:
Whereas, there currently exists within Stokes Township, Madison County,
Ohio a township road describes as follows: Old 729 Road, (herein after
referred to as the “township road”), and
Whereas, the Stokes Township Board of Trustees finds that it would be in
the interest of public convenience to vacate said township road,
Whereas, the Stokes Township Board of Trustees have the authority to
petition the Board of Commissioners for Madison County, pursuant to
Ohio Revised Code 5553.045 and 5553.04 to vacate said township road.
Therefore, the Stokes Township Board of Trustees hereby resolve and
Petition the Board of Madison County Commissioners vacate the above
described township road pursuant to the authority granted under the
Ohio Revised Code.
You are hereby notified that the Board of Madison County Commissioners
have fixed the 25th day of May, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Madison
County Courthouse conference room, London, Ohio, as the time and
place for the continuation of the first hearing.
Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners
Madison County, Ohio
MM MAY 2 & 9, 2021
Village of Midway
Annual notice is hereby given, in accordance with Ordinance 2018-02
Section 1-All owner(s), lease(s), agent(s), or tenant(s) having charge of any
land or property within the Village of Midway, upon which grass or noxious
weeds are growing, must be placed into a state of compliance with this
Ordinance within five days after such publication and maintained at a height
of not more than six (6) inches.
The complete text of this ordinance may be viewed at
Midway Village Town Hall
13830 Main St., Sedalia, OH 43151
The 2020 Annual Financial Report for the Village of Midway is complete
and available for review at
Midway Village Town Hall
13830 Main St., Sedalia, OH 43151
MM APRIL 25 & MAY 2, 2021
PROBATE COURT OF
MADISON COUNTY, OHIO
CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN,
IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME
Maci Lynn Jester
Maci Lynn Rush
Case No. 20216014
NOTICE OF HEARING ON
CHANGE OF NAME
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 Maci Lynn
Jester to Maci Lynn Rush. The
hearing on the application will be
held on the 3rd day of June 2021,
at 2:30 o’clock P.M. in the Probate
Court of Madison County, located
at 1 North Main Street,
London, Ohio 43140.
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Bids Due: 1:30 p.m. local time, Tuesday, May 18, 2021; through the State’s electronic
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EDGE Participation Goal: 5% of contract
Domestic steel use is required per ORC 153.011.
Pre-bid Meeting: Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 10:00 a.m. until approximately 11:00 a.m., at the
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An opportunity to visit the site will follow the meeting on May 4, 2021, at
11:00 a.m., OPOTA Tractical Training Center until approximately 11:45 a.m., at the
OPOTA Tactical Training Center
1960 S.R. 42 SW, London, OH
Bid Documents: Electronically at https://bidexpress.com
More info: A/E contact: Schorr Architects, Sara Herridge;
Phone (614) 798-2096
MM APRIL 25, MAY 2 & 9, 2021
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Notice is hereby given that the Village of
Mount Sterling Zoning and Appeals
Committee will hold a public hearing on
Tuesday May 18, 2021 - 6:00 pm at 1 South
London Street, Mount Sterling, OH 43143
to hear the following case(s):
Applicant; Jeffrey R. Walston is requesting a
variance to install a 6’ foot privacy fence
at209 Yankeetown Street.
For Information on the above case(s)
Tom Hale at 614-379-5246.
MM MAY 2, 2021
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Notice is hereby given that the Village of West
Jefferson Planning and Zoning Commission will hold
a public hearing on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – 6:30
pm at the Community Center, 230 Cemetery Road to
hear the following case(s):
Applicant; Shawn Goodwin is requesting a variance
to exceed the Village’s Landscape Code at 70
PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE PRIOR TO THE
MEETING FOR THE DETAILS
For Information on the above case(s) please contact
Tom Hale at 614-379-5250.
Regular business hours.
(Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
closed from 12:00-1:00)
MM MAY 2, 2021
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NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION
The Board of Elections of Madison County, Ohio issues this Proclamation and
Notice of Election. A PRIMARY ELECTION will be held on TUESDAY, MAY 4,
2021, at the usual place of holding elections in the City of London, Jonathan
Alder Local School District and Madison-Plains Local School District for the
purpose of choosing the following officials:
City of London Treasurer
City of London Auditor
London City Council President
London City Council First Ward
London City Council Second Ward
London City Council Third Ward
London City Council Fourth Ward
London City Council At-Large
And determining the following questions and issues:
PROPOSED INCOME TAX (RENEWAL)
Jonathan Alder Local School District
Madison, Franklin and Union Counties
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.
Shall an annual income tax or 0.5% on the earned income of individuals residing
in the school district be imposed by the Jonathan Alder Local School District, to
renew an income tax expiring at the end of 2021 for 10 years, beginning January
1, 2022, for the purpose of providing for current expenses?
PROPOSED INCOME TAX (RENEWAL)
Madison-Plains Local School District
Madison, Fayette and Franklin Counties
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.
Shall an annual income tax of 1.25% on the earned income of individuals
residing in the school district be imposed by the Madison-Plains Local School
District, to renew an income tax expiring at the end of 2023 for 10 years,
beginning January 1, 2024, for the purpose of current expenses?
By Order of the Board of Elections
Madison County, Ohio
MM APRIL 25 & MAY 2, 2021
Teresa Ames, Chairperson
Abigail Metheney Director
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Notice is hereby given that the City of London Historic
Review Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday
May 11, 2021, 4:00 p.m. at 20 South Walnut Street, London,
OH 43140 to hear the following case(s):
Applicant; Angela Harris, Business; Phat Daddy’s Pizza
LLC has applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness to
replace material on all 3 awnings & exterior painting if
needed at 15 East First Street.
For Information on the above case(s)
please contact 614-379-5250.
The City of London
Building and Zoning Department
20 South Walnut Street, Suite 105,
London, Ohio, 43140
Regular business hours:
(Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 12:00 pm)
MM MAY 2, 2021
NOTICE OF LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE
COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LONDON, OHIO
Noce is hereby given to the passage of the following
ordinances or resoluons of the London City Council.
The complete text of each ordinance or resoluon may
be obtained or viewed at the offices of the City Law
Director or the City Auditor at 20 South Walnut Street,
London, Ohio, or online at the London City website:
Ordinance 13521 A resoluon adopng the
recommendaons of the Tax Incenve Review Council
Date of passage: 04/15/21
Clerk of London City Council
MM APRIL 25 & MAY 2, 2021
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
OF MADISON COUNTY, OHIO
1 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140
Case No. CVH20210050
Gary N. Watson, Successor Trustee of the Norman E. Watson Family Trust U/T/D
September 5, 1991, Plaintiff, vs. Matisa L. (Smith) Johnson, et. al.
To the following Defendant(s) of the above-captioned case whose address(es)
Matisa L. (Smith)
Madeline R. Smith
Gary N. Watson, in his capacity as the Successor Trustee of the Norman E. Watson
Family Trust U/T/D September 5, 1991, has filed an Action to Quiet Title in and
to the following described real property:
173.8 acres located at 3395 Little Darby Road, London, Ohio 43140;
2.97 acres located at 4018 Lafayette Plain City Road, London, Ohio 43140;
0.9170 acres located on or near Taylor Blain Road, London, Ohio 43140;
The purpose of such action is to declare that Gary N. Watson, in his capacity as
the Successor Trustee of the Norman E. Watson Family Trust U/T/D September
5, 1991, is the true and lawful owner of such real property by virtue of the
termination of the lease described in that certain Action to Quiet Title for the
reasons set forth therein, and vest title in Gary N. Watson, in his capacity as the
Successor Trustee of the Norman E. Watson Family Trust U/T/D September 5,
1991, in fee simple, free and clear of any and all claims of the Defendants.
On the 22nd day of April, 2021, this Court has Ordered that the Plaintiff make
service via Publication.
You are required to answer the above-captioned Action within twenty-eight
(28) days of the date of the last publication, which will be July 4, 2021.
By: Aaron P. Miller, Esq., Flax Miller Law Firm LLC, 117 W. High Street,
Suite 105, London, OH 43140 (740) 852-3000, Attorney for Plaintiffs
MM MAY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & JUNE 6, 2021
Deercreek Township Trustees
Legal Notice of Public Hearings to Consider the Levy of Annual Motor
Vehicle License Taxes Pursuant to ORC Sections 4504.18 and 4504.181
The Deercreek Township trustees will hold two public hearings to
consider the levy of annual motor vehicle license taxes, pursuant to ORC
4504.18 ($5.00 - Resolution 06072021-1) and 4504.181 ($5.00 –
Resolution 06072021-2), upon the operation of motor vehicles on the
public roads and highways in Deercreek Township. The taxes shall be at
the aggregate rate of ten dollars ($10.00) annually per motor vehicle on
all motor vehicles the owners of which reside in Deercreek Township.
The hearings on each levy will be held on Monday, May 17 at 7:00 pm
and on Monday, May 24 at 7:00 pm, at the Deercreek Township Hall,
75 Middle Street in Lafayette.
MM APRIL 25 & MAY 2, 2021
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Notice is hereby given that the Madison County Commissioners are
considering vacating the following: Curently exists within Paint
Township, Madison County, Ohio a township road described as
follows: 12’ unimproved alley running along the north and west side
of lots 2 − 7 in the Plat of Land Florence, Paint Township, (herein after
referred to as “Alley”); and the Paint Township Board of Trustees finds
that it would be in the interest of public convenience to vacate said
Alley. The Paint Township Board Trustees have the authority to
petition the Board of Commissioners for Madison County, pursuant
to Ohio Revised Code 5553.045 and Ohio Revised Code 5553.04 to
vacate said Alley. Therefore, the Paint Township Board of Trustees
hereby resolve and Petition the Board of Madison County
Commissioners to vacate the above described Alley pursuant to the
authority granted under the Ohio Revised Code.
The view for this vacation is scheduled for May 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
at the site of 5705 Neil Rd. SW, London, Ohio 43140, and the hearing
for this vacation is scheduled on May 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the
Courthouse Conference Room, 1 North Main Street, London, Ohio
43140. All interested parties are hereby notified of their right to
Madison County Commissioners
Madison County, Ohio
MM MAY 2 & 9, 2021
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2021 until 4:00pm, May 5, 2021.
Required to work 25 to 30 hours per week. Duties include, but not
limited to: mowing, trimming and edging, trash removal & pick-up,
bathroom maintenance & cleaning. Will be required to work
The employee works under the direct supervision of the Street
Superintendent. Must be able to operate a zero-turn mower,
blowers, push mowers, string trimmers and a UTVs. Must be able to
pick up a minimum of 50 pounds. The applicant must possess a
valid driver’s license.
Applications are available in front lobby of City Hall at 20 S. Walnut
Street, London, Ohio and can also be downloaded from the City
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- Drop or mail to 20 S. Walnut Street, Suite 100, London, OH 43140
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LONDON TRACK/WEST JEFF TENNIS
Photo courtesy of Peters Photography
London High School’s track team: (front
row, from left) David Ropp, Scotlyn
Gravely, Katie Preston, Isabel Bonn,
Adam Siddiqi, Ashton Wolford, Brooke
Mcseveney, Kylee Scott, Cameron Tran;
(second row) Zavior Gordon, Ayden
Cooper, Zach Jones, Jude Salyer, Nick
Perigo, Sam Ober, Alana Sells, Lily Pollock,
Kate Slane, Riley Colestock; (third
row) Conner Hamms, Dakoda Cline,
Gavin Goodyear, Ashton Deere, Alex
Homan, Cole Wiggins, Andy Walker, David
Stukey, Will Kerry, Isaac Capell, Isabelle
Tipton; (fourth row) Michael Pollock,
Jimmy Cleaver, Eldon Mars, Jacob Adkins,
Dalton Jordan, Derek Elfrink, Hayden
Ray, George Weese, Dalton Knox,
Luke Marriott; (fifth row) Jaiden Ballah,
Kyra Lemons, Brynn Miller, Savannah
Comer, Abbey Patterson, Isaac Tipton,
Isaiah Jones, Antonio Burns; (sixth row)
team manager Jack Peters, Brooklyn
Sims, Maria Cleaver, Makenna Wiggins,
Molly Dulin, Kaelyn Thoman, Natalie
Dulin, Elizabeth Cleaver, Owen Howe;
(seventh row) Kierra Fraysier, Alex Tewalt,
Makayla Hazelton, Lauren Peters, Jake
O’Neil; (back row) Coach Ed Colestock
and Coach Joseph Montoya.
West Jefferson tennis
Photo courtesy of Downtown Photography
West Jefferson High School’s tennis team: (front row, from left) Emma Hostetler, Vannesa
Peshko, Hannah Messer, Kiley Birkfeld, Gabbie King; Coach Brad Roe, Austin Holland,
Ethan Hostetler, Nathan Peters, Jarrett Simmons; (back row) M.J. Book, A.J. Hymiller,
Luke Smiley, Nash Parsons and Jake Fitzpatrick.
Editor’s note: The Madison Messenger published a Spring Sports Report on April 4.
These teams were waiting on uniforms at the time and were not available for photos.