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“Tommy was a friend to everyone and a<br />

stranger to no one. He’d give the shirt off his<br />

back to a complete stranger,” he said. “He<br />

was always upbeat, always happy to be at<br />

work. He was fun to be around.<br />

“He really loved his family more than<br />

anything. Every night (at the station), he<br />

would be on his phone, FaceTiming his wife,<br />

FaceTiming his kids.”<br />

Born in Columbus, Rees was a 2002<br />

graduate of West Jefferson High School. He<br />

worked part-time for many years for several<br />

central Ohio fire departments, including a<br />

total of 6.5 years with Jefferson Township.<br />

He was in the process of completing the civil<br />

service process in hopes of landing a fulltime<br />

job with the Columbus Division of<br />

Fire. He worked full-time as an assessment<br />

coordinator in the physician’s assistant promadison<br />

<strong>January</strong> 9, <strong>2022</strong> www.columbusmessenger.co Vol. XXXVII No. 4<br />

Great<br />

storyteller<br />

puts family<br />

memories<br />

into print<br />

page 9<br />

Paying respects for Jefferson Twp. fire fighter<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Editor<br />

Last week, the Jefferson Township Fire Department paid their<br />

respects to one of their own and invited the community to join in.<br />

Fire fighter/EMT Tommy Rees, 38, passed away in his sleep<br />

while on duty at the fire station on Dec. 28. The preliminary autopsy<br />

report indicates that Rees suffered a large-scale cardiac event.<br />

He had no known pre-existing heart condition.<br />

At the family’s request,<br />

Rees’s fellow fire<br />

fighters provided sentry<br />

detail, taking turns<br />

standing guard with<br />

him at Rader-McDonald-Tidd<br />

Funeral Home<br />

in West Jefferson. They<br />

did the same at Cypress<br />

Wesleyan Church, Galloway,<br />

where visitation<br />

and a funeral service<br />

took place Jan. 4 and Jan. 5, respectively. Someone was by Rees’s<br />

side around the clock until the time of burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery<br />

in West Jefferson.<br />

“He hasn’t been left alone one minute since it happened,” said<br />

Dylan Wildman, a Jefferson Township fire fighter, shortly before<br />

finishing a shift as sentry at the funeral home.<br />

The fire department invited community members to gather along<br />

Main Street in West Jefferson on Jan. 5 and wave American flags<br />

for Rees’s homecoming. The casket was carried aboard a fire engine<br />

at the lead of the funeral procession to the cemetery where bagpipes,<br />

drums and a bugle played. Many fire<br />

and police apparatus from other departments<br />

took part in the procession.<br />

Rees will be sorely missed, Wildman<br />

said.<br />

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“Tommy was a friend to everyone<br />

and a stranger to no one. He’d give<br />

the shirt off his back to a complete<br />

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happy to be at work. He was<br />

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Tommy Rees, a Jefferson Township fire fighter, passed away in his sleep on Dec. 28 while on duty at the station.<br />

He is shown here with his wife, Brooke, and their children: (from left) Emelya, Nash, Eileigh and Evelyn.<br />

gram at the Ohio University Medical Campus in<br />

Dublin.<br />

Rees is survived by his wife of 10 years, Brooke Rees,<br />

and their children, Evelyn, 12, Emelya, 9, Eileigh, 7,<br />

and Nash, 3, along with his parents, Tom Rees and<br />

Vicki (Gary) McNeal, and many other family members,<br />

friends and co-workers.<br />

Memorial donations may be made to assist the family<br />

with expenses. Checks made out to Brooke Rees or<br />

Local 3029 may be mailed to or dropped off at: Jefferson<br />

Township Fire Department, Station 251, 745 W. Main<br />

St., West Jefferson OH 43162. Donors also can drop off<br />

cash at the station. Additionally, donations may be<br />

made to a GoFundMe account set up in Rees’s name at<br />

https://gofund.me/32a8c2de. All proceeds benefit the<br />

family.<br />

(AT RIGHT) Tommy Rees and his daughters, (from<br />

left) Eileigh, Emelya, and Evelyn, took part in Operation<br />

Santa’s Sleigh at Nationwide Children’s Hospital<br />

in Columbus on Dec. 23. First responders from<br />

throughout central Ohio surrounded the hospital with<br />

their vehicle lights flashing to bring joy to hospital patients<br />

at the holidays.<br />

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WJ: Money for roads and park<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Editor<br />

Gearing up for <strong>2022</strong>, West Jefferson village<br />

council approved cash transfers from<br />

the general fund for park and street projects<br />

to be completed this year.<br />

The village is working through a longterm<br />

plan to make improvements at each of<br />

its parks. The work kicked off last year with<br />

new playground equipment and other upgrades<br />

at Garrette Park.<br />

This year, the focus is on Westwood Park.<br />

The plan is to install new playground equipment<br />

and redo the tennis and basketball<br />

courts. On Jan. 3, council approved the<br />

transfer of $255,000 to the park development<br />

fund for this project.<br />

Council also approved the transfer of<br />

$710,000 to the capital projects fund for<br />

street work. Most of those funds will go toward<br />

total reconstruction of roads in the<br />

Westchester subdivision near Converse<br />

Park. This includes paving, curbs, gutters,<br />

sidewalks, and driveway approaches.<br />

The total cost of the project is approximately<br />

$1 million. The village is receiving<br />

an Ohio Public Works Commission grant to<br />

cover a portion of the cost; local capital project<br />

dollars will cover the rest.<br />

Also at the Jan. 3 meeting, council approved<br />

the site and landscaping plan submitted<br />

by Exeter Timmons LLC for property<br />

located on the north side of State Route 29,<br />

across from Commerce Parkway and Enterprise<br />

Parkway. The company plans to construct<br />

four buildings, the first of which will<br />

measure approximately 500,000 square feet<br />

in volume. All of the buildings will be suitable for industrial, manufacturing<br />

or distribution operations. The company has not announced<br />

a specific tenant for the first building.<br />

Many of the facilities in the West Jefferson industrial park area<br />

measure around 1 million square feet, but more and more smaller<br />

facilities are being built there, as well.<br />

“We still have the bigger ones going up. It’s nice to see it being<br />

a little more versatile with the smaller ones coming in, too,” said<br />

John Mitchell, West Jefferson’s public service director.<br />

Mitchell cited the forthcoming 215,000 square-foot Michael<br />

Foods facility as an example of one of the smaller-scale facilities<br />

coming to West Jefferson.<br />

Michael Foods is a wholly owned subsidiary of Post Holdings<br />

Inc., a consumer packaged goods company. Post Holdings announced<br />

plans for the West Jefferson project in early December.<br />

The facility will produce protein drinks for BellRing Brands Inc.<br />

“Post Holdings’ new facility will expand economic diversity in<br />

the village of West Jefferson and the Columbus region,” said West<br />

Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin in a press release released by Post<br />

Holdings.<br />

The Michael Foods facility is projected to create 200 new jobs<br />

over the next four years. Hiring for management and production<br />

positions is expected to begin in early 2023.<br />

In other action, council:<br />

• elected Mike Conway as council president and re-elected Linda<br />

Hall as council vice president for <strong>2022</strong>;<br />

• reappointed Sandy Boucher to the Planning and Zoning Commission<br />

for another two years, effective Jan. 3;<br />

• confirmed the mayor’s reappointment of Roy Von Almen to the<br />

Planning and Zoning Commission for another two years; and<br />

• confirmed the mayor’s appointment of J. Michael Murray to<br />

another two-year term as the village’s law director and Josh<br />

Beasley to a two-year term as assistant law director and prosecutor.<br />

Beasley replaces Fred Ballam who retired.<br />

The next regular meeting of West Jefferson village council is<br />

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Santa helps LABC<br />

Over $500 was raised for the London Area Baseball Council<br />

(LABC) during a holiday donation drive in December at<br />

Casey’s Carry-Out & Drive-Thru. Santa Claus and his elf rang<br />

bells and collected loose change and other monetary donations<br />

on weekends. On hand for the check presentation were:<br />

(front) Maddox Closser, elf; (back row, from left) R.J. Timmons,<br />

Santa’s helper; Landon McKenzie, LABC; and Patrick Closser,<br />

Casey’s owner and London mayor.<br />

4-H RALLY NIGHT: Incorrect dates for this event<br />

were printed in our Jan. 2 edition. The correct information<br />

is as follows:<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County 4-H program will host its annual<br />

Rally Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26 in the<br />

Coughlin Building and Eby Arena at the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Fairgrounds in London. Youths ages 5-18 who<br />

are interested in learning more about 4-H are invited to<br />

attend. For a brochure or information, call (740) 852-<br />

0975, look for “OSU Extension <strong>Madison</strong> County” on<br />

corrections<br />

Many opportunities to donate blood<br />

The American Red Cross is holding blood<br />

drives in <strong>Madison</strong> County. For more information<br />

or to schedule an appointment, visit<br />

www.redcrossblood.org and search by zip code.<br />

• Jan. 18—Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic<br />

Church, 9350 High Free West Pike, West<br />

Jefferson, 1-7 p.m.<br />

• Jan. 26—Fairhaven School, 510 Elm St.,<br />

London, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.<br />

• Feb. 18—St. Patrick Church, 61 S.<br />

Pancake/sausage<br />

breakfast Feb. 12<br />

The Friends of <strong>Madison</strong> County Parks &<br />

Trails and the <strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Center<br />

will hold their annual pancake and<br />

sausage breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 12<br />

at the senior center, 280 W. High St., London.<br />

The cost is $7 and includes pancakes,<br />

sausage, scrambled eggs, a fruit cup, and<br />

water or juice. A silent auction is planned,<br />

too; look for info at fmcpt.com.<br />

Alzheimer’s family<br />

support group meets<br />

The Alzheimer’s Family Support Group<br />

meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each<br />

month at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 380<br />

Keny Blvd., London. For more information,<br />

call (937) 269-3605. Everyone is welcome.<br />

Facebook, or visit madison.osu.edu. In case of bad<br />

weather, Rally Night will take place Feb. 9.<br />

LIBRARIANS: In the Dec. 26 edition, the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> ran a story featuring book recommendations<br />

from staff members at the county’s four libraries. We<br />

made an error in the name spelling and title of the participating<br />

staff member from Hurt/Battelle Memorial<br />

Library in West Jefferson. She should have been listed<br />

as Melissa Woodard, outreach coordinator.<br />

Union St., London, 2:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

• March 23—<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School, 800 Linson Rd., London,<br />

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.<br />

• March 30—Fairhaven School, 510 Elm St., London, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.<br />

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KING<br />

James Herbert King, 70, formerly of<br />

Washington Court House, Ohio, died on<br />

Dec. 11, 2021, at Mercy Fairfield Hospital<br />

in Fairfield, Ohio.<br />

James was born to the late Elmer King<br />

and Della (Rowe) Maggard. James lived in<br />

a group home with his caregivers in Fairfield,<br />

Ohio, after his mother’s death in 2008.<br />

James has no surviving family.<br />

The Mount Sterling and Washington<br />

Court House communities were invited to<br />

attend his visitation and funeral service on<br />

Dec. 30 at Porter-Tidd Funeral Home,<br />

Mount Sterling. Pastor Jim Blankenship officiated.<br />

Burial followed at Pleasant Cemetery,<br />

Mount Sterling. To share condolences,<br />

visit www.portertiddfuneralhome.com. May<br />

James rest in peace.<br />

BLANKENSHIP<br />

Jeffrey Ray Blankenship, 33, of Grove<br />

City, Ohio, went to Heaven on Dec. 23, 2021,<br />

as the result of an automobile accident.<br />

Born in Columbus, Ohio, at The Ohio<br />

State University Hospital, Jeff was a huge<br />

Ohio State Buckeye fan. He was also a huge<br />

fan of the Dallas Cowboys. A multiple-sport<br />

athlete, Jeff loved all sports and was a football<br />

and baseball player while he attended<br />

Grove City High School as a member of the<br />

2006 Class.<br />

Jeff loved music. He loved to make people<br />

laugh. What a sense of humor he had! Jeff<br />

loved his kids and all of his family. To him,<br />

his family was always No. 1. Jeff was a J&L<br />

operator with Buckeye Boxes and made<br />

many good friends there. He was proud of<br />

his work. Jeff, you will be sorely missed.<br />

He was preceded in death by: his grandparents,<br />

Bob and Geraldine Blankenship<br />

and Janice Haughn.<br />

Jeff is survived by: his children, Abbigail<br />

D. Blankenship, Cassius E. Grigsby, Jace L.<br />

Burns and Jameson L. Burns; father, Bobby<br />

Blankenship and his wife, Tina; mother,<br />

Laura Blankenship and her husband, Mark<br />

Tackett; his brothers and sisters, Joseph (fiancé<br />

Samantha Moore) Blankenship, Jeremy<br />

Blankenship, Sarah Holdrieth,<br />

Michael Holdrieth, Jennifer (Eric)<br />

Bassinger, Carl (Brittany) Tackett and Elizabeth<br />

Tackett; nieces, Addalyn and Camry<br />

“Toyota;” grandfather, Ronald Haughn;<br />

aunts and uncles, Teresa Blankenship,<br />

Chris and Karen Blankenship, Melissa<br />

Blankenship, Brett and Christina Blankenship,<br />

and Karen Haughn; great-aunt, Mary<br />

Beth Tackett; and many other loving relatives,<br />

co-workers and friends.<br />

A funeral service was held on Jan. 4 at<br />

Ronald L. Howsmon, age 80, passed away on December 24, 2021.<br />

Because Ron and his younger sister, Barbara, were born on February 2, Groundhog<br />

Day carried a special meaning in the family.<br />

Ron graduated from Jonathan Alder High School in 1959 where he was salutatorian<br />

of his class. He has maintained his high school relationships in a group<br />

known as "The 59ers" who meet monthly for food and friendship. For many years,<br />

another gathering of friends known as the "Oglebays", traveled to the Oglebay<br />

Resort, Wheeling WV over President's Day weekend where they stayed in a rustic log cabin and enjoyed<br />

a break from the school year. To complete the social gigs, and it's unsure whether the wives ever got<br />

the truth, the macho "fishing buds" climbed in a truck on which was mounted the boat and headed<br />

for Canada to get the "big ones." Did that happen? Don't think we ever got the "reel" story but there's<br />

no denying the "big ones" got away.<br />

In 1964, Ron graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Agriculture Education. While<br />

at OSU, he joined the Delta Theta Sigma social fraternity. Upon graduation, Ron was hired by South-<br />

Western City Schools at Pleasant View High School as an instructor in Agriculture/Horticulture subjects<br />

and coordinator of FFA projects. The students affectionately addressed him as "Mr. H". In 1965, one of<br />

the Business Education teachers caught his eye, and Miss Janice Grow became Mrs. Ronald (Janice)<br />

Howsmon on July 2, 1966, a marriage which has lasted 55 years. Ron retired from Westland High School<br />

in 1994 as an instructor in Landscape/Horticulture and along with the students, managed a full-scale<br />

greenhouse. He truly liked the students in his classes and the feeling was mutual.<br />

Ron and Jan joined Westminster Presbyterian Church, Columbus OH in 1966 and have been active<br />

members over the years. His service to the church included serving as a Deacon, a member of Session,<br />

a longtime member of the Mission Committee, liturgist and usher.<br />

Ron was predeceased by his parents, Alice and "Pete" Howsmon and siblings Keith Howsmon, Janice<br />

Roby, Mary Mouser, Betty Meinhardt and Barbara Int-Hout. He is survived by his wife, Janice Howsmon,<br />

a sister-in-law, Marilyn (Cliff) Russell and a cherished group of nieces, nephews, cousins and many<br />

friends.<br />

Family will receive friends Saturday, <strong>January</strong> 8, <strong>2022</strong> from 2 -3 pm at the TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL<br />

HOME, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026; where a Celebration of Life service will follow at 3 pm.<br />

Family would appreciate that masks be worn. Family inurnment at Somerford Cemetery at a later<br />

date.<br />

Gifts to honor Ron's memory may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 222 Schoolhouse<br />

Lane, Columbus OH 43228, Columbus Humane, 3015 Scioto-Darby Executive Court, Hilliard, OH 43026,<br />

or your favorite charity. www.tiddfuneralservice.com<br />

Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, Mount Sterling<br />

with Pastor Jim Blankenship officiating.<br />

Burial followed at Pleasant Cemetery,<br />

Mount Sterling. Please visit www.portertiddfuneralhome.com<br />

to share favorite<br />

memories of Jeff and to send condolences to<br />

the Blankenship family.<br />

STOUGHTON<br />

Jeffrey Lynn Stoughton, 53, died on Dec.<br />

23, 2021, in Hamilton, Ohio. He was born on<br />

Aug. 16, 1968, in London, Ohio.<br />

Jeff graduated from Ohio University and<br />

was a member of the Air National Guard at<br />

Rickenbacker Air Force Base. He worked in<br />

the mortgage business for 20 years before<br />

retiring. He was a loving husband and father.<br />

He valued the time he spent coaching<br />

and playing sports with his children. He<br />

was a huge sports fan, specifically he enjoyed<br />

supporting the Cincinnati Reds. He is<br />

known by friends and family for his grilling<br />

skills, daily cornhole games, and straight<br />

forwardness.<br />

Survivors include: his wife of 24 years,<br />

Kathleen (Ryan) Stoughton; daughters, Abigail<br />

and Danielle; son, Kyle; parents, Lynn<br />

and Sandy; brother, Brian (Kelly)<br />

Stoughton; nephews, Ben and Colby; father<br />

and mother-in-law, Jack and Diane Ryan;<br />

several aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.<br />

He was preceded in death by his grandparents,<br />

Robert and Juanita Dorn and Estle<br />

and Marge Stoughton.<br />

Funeral services were held on Dec. 29 in<br />

Sedalia Presbyterian Church with Pastor<br />

Sue McClelland officiating. Interment followed<br />

in Range Township Cemetery,<br />

Sedalia. Memorials in Jeff’s memory may be<br />

made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for<br />

Parkinson’s Research; please visit<br />

www.michaeljfox.org.<br />

The family was served by Eberle-Fisher<br />

Funeral Home and Crematory, London.<br />

Condolences for the family may be sent to<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

MOREHART<br />

Patricia “Pat” Morehart, 64, a native of<br />

West Jefferson, Ohio, after a long, hardfought<br />

battle with cancer, joined her parents<br />

in Heaven on Dec. 23, 2021, at Darby<br />

Glenn Care Center in Hilliard, Ohio.<br />

Born to the late Jim and Barb Saunders,<br />

she was a graduate of West Jefferson High<br />

School, Class of 1975. She worked a multitude<br />

of jobs throughout her life and loved<br />

her job as a babysitter most of all. In her<br />

earlier years, Pat was very involved in various<br />

West Jefferson community activities<br />

and served as secretary for American Legion<br />

Auxiliary Post 201.<br />

Pat was preceded in death by her loving<br />

parents, Jim and Barb Saunders, and her<br />

grandparents, Raymond and Josie L. Goodwin.<br />

She is survived by: her children, Alycia<br />

(Aaron) Alexander, Kristen (Nick<br />

Heider) Kenney and Chad Morehart; her<br />

eight grandchildren, Sierra, Jalen, Isaiah,<br />

Alexis, Leanna and Marcus Alexander and<br />

Kelsey and Kinley Kenney; sisters, Connie<br />

Atkisson, Nancy (Bob) Sands and Kim<br />

(Kenny) Kauffman; many nieces, nephews,<br />

cousins and friends; and her beloved pet chihuahua,<br />

Cuddles.<br />

Private family services will be held. In<br />

lieu of flowers, please consider memorial<br />

contributions to: Humane Society of <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County, 2020 Plain City-Georgesville<br />

Rd., West Jefferson, OH 43162, or online at<br />

www.hsmcohio.org; or Mt. Carmel Hospice,<br />

1114 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215 or<br />

online at www.mountcarmelhealth.com.<br />

Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home,<br />

West Jefferson, assisted the family. Visit<br />

www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com<br />

to share favorite memories and to send condolences<br />

to the Morehart family.<br />

ESSNER<br />

Sue E. (Alfred) Essner, 75, of Dover,<br />

Ohio, previously from Columbus, passed<br />

away on Dec. 24, 2021, in Dover. She was<br />

born on Aug. 2, 1946, in Weston, W.Va., the<br />

daughter of Harry Allen Alfred and Hazel<br />

Marie (Sandy) Alfred from West Jefferson,<br />

Ohio.<br />

Sue was a loving and caring mother to<br />

her only son, Donald (Don) Damron, dedicating<br />

her life to raising Donald as both his<br />

mother and father. She was such a generous<br />

soul and loved by many family members<br />

and friends throughout the London, Columbus<br />

and Dover areas as well as other parts<br />

of Ohio, Florida and Georgia. She loved<br />

spending time with her family and reminiscing<br />

about growing up in West Jefferson<br />

in a family of eight children. Her grandchildren<br />

and great-grandchildren brought so<br />

much joy into her life. Sue had more truth<br />

and wisdom in her soul than most, and her<br />

personality exuded confidence and compassion.<br />

She will be sadly missed and forever<br />

loved by many.<br />

Survivors include: her son, Donald (Don)<br />

Damron (Charlotte) of Dover; grandchildren,<br />

Adam (Amy) Damron, Samantha<br />

(Brandon) Davis, Taylor Damron, Landis<br />

Woltz; great-grandchildren, Kayden Damron,<br />

Bronson Davis, Analeigh Kelson,<br />

Wesleigh Davis, Rhys Damron, Ceazar Kix-<br />

Miller, Roman Ryan; sisters, Linda (Don)<br />

Gibson, Eva (Tom) Thiel, Beverly (Ben)<br />

Thiel, Diana Norman, all of London;<br />

brother, Harry (Sherrie) Alfred of Columbus;<br />

and many loving nieces and nephews<br />

throughout Ohio and Georgia.<br />

She was preceded in death by: parents;<br />

husband, John Essner; sisters, Kitty (Alfred)<br />

Damron and Mary (Alfred) VanVlack;<br />

and nephew, Paul Alfred.<br />

The family invites friends to call at<br />

Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation<br />

Service, London, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 13,<br />

with a service at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14.


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HENRY<br />

Geraldine Henry, 108, passed away on Dec. 25, 2021.<br />

She was born on April 28, 1913, in western Franklin<br />

County, Ohio, the only daughter of William and Cora<br />

(Norman) Henry, who preceded her in death.<br />

During her 108 years on this earth, Geraldine was a<br />

dedicated teacher and friend who had a lasting impact<br />

on countless lives. A lifelong educator, she served her<br />

students, community and friends faithfully.<br />

Her early childhood and schooling were in Pleasant<br />

Township, Clark County. In 1932, she attended<br />

Cedarville College for two years and taught at Pleasant<br />

View and Catawba Elementary schools. She completed<br />

her BS degree at Cedarville College. She taught American<br />

history, geography, and English at Catawba High<br />

School, which became Northeastern High School in<br />

1952, until her retirement in 1969, a total of 35 years<br />

in the field of education. Geraldine attended every<br />

Catawba class reunion until 2019, which was her 88th<br />

reunion.<br />

Geraldine had been a member of First United<br />

Methodist Church of London since 1945 and served as<br />

church historian, on many committees, was past president<br />

and 35-year teacher of the Las Jovenes Sunday<br />

School class, and a member of United Methodist<br />

Women.<br />

A faithful member and supporter of the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Historical Society, she served as a docent to tour<br />

groups at the museum and gave the Kitchen House (log<br />

house from North Union Street) to the museum, which<br />

was moved to the museum grounds in the early 1990s.<br />

She was also a member of the 20th Century Club of<br />

Catawba and the 20th Century Club of London and was<br />

a member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.<br />

A highlight of her life was her 100th birthday party<br />

in April 2013. Her faithful cat “Abby” was a special companion<br />

and much loved.<br />

Geraldine was blessed with many friendships during<br />

her lifetime, especially Wilmet Wilson and Cindy Gross,<br />

and Caren (Ewart) Rarey and their families. She is survived<br />

by these cousins—Cenis M. Shatto, Doris Jean<br />

Byers, Charlotte Gambill Dill, Joann Wiseman, Dick<br />

Wiseman, Fred Henry and Dorothy Henry—and was preceded<br />

in death by many beloved relatives and friends.<br />

The family was served by Lynch Family Funeral<br />

Home. A funeral service was held on Dec. 29 at First<br />

United Methodist Church of London with interment following<br />

at Kirkwood Cemetery. Special appreciation is<br />

mentioned to Sisters Elderly Life Home in London, who<br />

took loving and excellent care of her during the last several<br />

years of her life.<br />

Memorials in Geraldine’s memory may be made to<br />

First United Methodist Church or the Humane Society<br />

of <strong>Madison</strong> County.<br />

REES<br />

Tommy Joseph Rees, 38, of West Jefferson, Ohio,<br />

went to Heaven on Dec. 28, 2021. Born in Columbus,<br />

Ohio, he was a graduate of West Jefferson High School,<br />

Class of 2002.<br />

Tommy was a firefighter for Jefferson Township Fire<br />

Department for the past 6.5 years. He also worked as<br />

an assessment coordinator for Ohio University Dublin<br />

Campus. He attended Hilliard Church of Christ and Cypress<br />

Wesleyan churches.<br />

Tommy was preceded in death by: his grandmothers,<br />

Ida Mae Spaeth and Freda Butterfield. He is survived<br />

by: his beloved wife of 10 years, Brooke Rees; his loving<br />

children, Evelyn (12), Emelya (9), Eileigh (7) and Nash<br />

(3); his father, Tom Rees; mother, Vicki (Gary) McNeal;<br />

grandfather, Bill Rees; brother, Will (Shelly) Richardson<br />

and their children, Zach and Kyle; sister, Louann<br />

Van Wagner and her son, Aiden; aunts, Sandy Rees and<br />

Teresa (Dean) Stewart; father-in-law and mother-inlaw,<br />

Leon and Nancy Creamer; grandfathers-in-law,<br />

Keith Bidwell and Marvin (Dorothy) Creamer; sister-inlaw,<br />

Darby Jaskiewicz and her children, Hayley, Kael<br />

and Carys; brother-in-law, Robin (Rachel) Creamer and<br />

their children, Ireland, Briar, Etta and Wynn; many<br />

other loving members of the Rees and Creamer families;<br />

and many friends and co-workers.<br />

The family received friends on Jan. 4 at Cypress<br />

Wesleyan Church, Galloway, where his funeral service<br />

was held on Jan. 5 with Pastor Danny Vanscoy officiating.<br />

Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, West<br />

Jefferson.<br />

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider a memorial<br />

contribution be made to the family to assist with<br />

expenses. Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home, West<br />

Jefferson, assisted the family. Please visit www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com<br />

to share memories of<br />

Tommy and to send condolences to the Rees family.<br />

STAGE<br />

Helen D. Stage, 71, of Mount Sterling, Ohio, entered<br />

the gates of Heaven on Dec. 28, 2021, surrounded by her<br />

loved ones at Berger Hospital.<br />

Helen was preceded in death by: her husband of 38<br />

years, Robert E. Stage; parents, Tive and Tennessee<br />

Hinkle; sisters, Opal (Eddie) Boggs, Ellen Hinkle, Ada<br />

(Don) Sluss, Georgia Hinkle, Margie (Kenneth)<br />

Whitaker, Betty Jo (Bryant) Waller, Oma (Rollie) Whiting;<br />

brothers, James (Deborah) Hinkle, Herman Hinkle<br />

and Nelson Hinkle; in-laws, Tuddy Stage, Ruth (Denny)<br />

Pryor, Sonny Houser, Bill (Carolyn) Stage, Jack Cassell<br />

and Paul Calloway.<br />

She is survived by: son, Robert (Cindy) Stage;<br />

daughter, Stacey (Dustin) Hutchinson; daughter-inlaw,<br />

Angie (Burgoon) Stage; grandchildren, Ciara<br />

(Seth) Stage, Dylan (Hailey) Stage, R.J. Laird, Destiny<br />

Rooker, Devin Hutchinson, Gabby Andrews, Cayne<br />

Caudill, Angelo Gua and Kylee Hutchinson; sister,<br />

Maggia (Johnny) Hinkle; in-laws, Mary (Stan) Brixey,<br />

Minnie Calloway, Elizabeth Houser, Linda (Chuck<br />

Bryson) Overfield, Fred Stage and Benny Stage; life<br />

long best friend, Wanda Jean Morris; special nieces,<br />

Brenda Stratton and Michelle Ball; special daughters,<br />

Ashley, Deena, Sheryl and Shawn; special caretakers,<br />

Pickaway Dialysis Center, Timie and Sarah.<br />

Helen was loved by her community. She loved everyone,<br />

and she loved the Lord. She was such a caring person,<br />

always making blankets for everyone’s newborn<br />

children. Her legacy will always be remembered by<br />

everyone she knew. Everyone loved her as she loved<br />

everyone.<br />

A funeral service was held on Jan. 5 at Porter-Tidd<br />

Funeral Home, Mount Sterling, with Pastor Jim<br />

Blankenship officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant<br />

Cemetery, Mount Sterling. Please visit www.portertiddfuneralhome.com<br />

to share favorite memories and to<br />

send condolences to the Stage family.<br />

HUNTER<br />

“Ted” Harold Louis Hunter Jr., 86, of London died on Dec. 29 at<br />

Bluebird Retirement Community, London. Ted was born on July<br />

25, 1935, in London, the son of Harold Louis Hunter Sr. and Virginia<br />

Larie (Culpepper) Hunter.<br />

Ted was retired from AT&T, formerly Ohio Bell. He was a member<br />

of First United Methodist Church of London, where he and<br />

Phyllis could always be seen volunteering at the beloved Baked<br />

Steak Dinner. Ted also served as head usher and was part of the<br />

Zoo Crew for the church. He was a member of Jaycees, Kiwanis,<br />

and was very instrumental in the development of LABC, where a<br />

league is named after him at Burr-Wheeler Park. Ted also enjoyed<br />

his time playing in a golf league at Hickory Grove Golf Course.<br />

He is survived by: his children, Sue (Craig) Pass of Amherst,<br />

Ohio, Nan (Kim) Hunter of Plain City, Ohio, and Jeff (Michelle)<br />

Hunter of London; sister, Pat (Dick) Snyder; brother, Dick (Marcia)<br />

Hunter; grandchildren, Ryan Ladd, Courtney (Brandon) Brock,<br />

Chase Hunter, Noah Hunter, Brody Hunter, Addison Hunter, Chad<br />

(Krystle) Pass, Cayla (Josh) Riedy, Wesley Pass; great-grandchildren,<br />

Leah Brock, Olivia Brock, Alexa Brock, Chloe Pass, Beau<br />

Riedy and Hunter Riedy; numerous nieces and nephews and<br />

cousins; and many, many friends.<br />

Ted has been reunited with his high school sweetheart and wife<br />

of 65 years, Phyllis Joan Hunter. Their love was a love you read<br />

about—the high school baseball star falls in love with the majorette.<br />

Ted also was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bill<br />

(Marty) Hunter.<br />

A funeral service was held on Jan. 2 at First United Methodist<br />

Church, London, with the Rev. Dave Leckrone officiating. Memorial<br />

contributions may be made in Ted’s memory to: First United<br />

Methodist Church, 52 N. Main St., London, OH 43140; or Loving<br />

Care Hospice, 56, S. Oak St., London, OH 43140.<br />

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Lynch Family Funeral<br />

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KEEL<br />

Russell E. Keel, 1931-2021, Gene, a lifelong<br />

resident of West Jefferson, Ohio,<br />

passed away at Friendship Village of Dublin<br />

on Dec. 29, 2021.<br />

He was preceded in death by: his wife of<br />

54 years, Doris Keel; parents, Russell<br />

“Scotty” and Emaline Keel; sister, Marlene<br />

Hunter; niece, Kim Londos; and nephew<br />

,Chris Hunter.<br />

He is survived by: children, Jeanne (Anthony)<br />

Joseph, Joe (Susan) Keel, Julie<br />

(Jack) Alcott, and John (Julie) Keel; grandchildren,<br />

Andrew (Kristine), Angie, Erin<br />

and Evan Rogers, Michael and Ryan Keel,<br />

Josh (Amanda) and Jamie Alcott, Davis,<br />

Meredith, and Morgan Keel; great-grandchildren,<br />

Zella and Rory Alcott, Sadie Keel,<br />

and Emmeline Rogers; nephew, Brad (Tricia)<br />

Hunter and family; and many cousins.<br />

Gene graduated from West Jefferson<br />

High School in 1949 and Otterbein College<br />

in 1953 where he met the love of his life,<br />

Doris Ann McCracken, whom he married in<br />

1954. Gene was a veteran of the U.S. Navy<br />

and served during the Korean war. In 1955,<br />

he started a 34-year career with Jefferson<br />

Local Schools. During his tenure, he earned<br />

a master’s degree from Wittenberg University,<br />

was a teacher, coach, guidance counselor,<br />

and athletic director. He was best<br />

known as the head football coach and for<br />

starting the great tradition of Roughrider<br />

football. During his 22 consecutive winning<br />

seasons, his teams earned three state titles<br />

and 13 conference championships while<br />

amassing 157 wins and 40 losses.<br />

As a result of his storied career, Gene<br />

was inducted into the Ohio Football Coaches<br />

Hall of Fame in 1984.<br />

From 1987 to 2010, he served as an assistant<br />

coach at Capital University, Chillicothe,<br />

Hilliard, and Teays Valley with a<br />

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Gene’s other interests included working<br />

out, singing and playing his ukulele, dancing,<br />

history, traveling, and his boxer dogs.<br />

He was a member of West Jefferson United<br />

Methodist Church, the American Legion,<br />

VFW, Kiwanis, and the West Jefferson Athletic<br />

Hall of Fame and the Otterbein Athletic<br />

Hall of Fame. He was also one of the<br />

founding members of the West Jeff Athletic<br />

Boosters and a member of the Columbus<br />

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A special thank-you to the staff of<br />

Friendship Village of Dublin and Capital<br />

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A memorial service and celebration of life<br />

were held on Jan. 7 at the Makoy Center,<br />

Hilliard.<br />

Memorial donations may be made to:<br />

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KILLE<br />

John Thomas Kille, 73, of Mount Sterling,<br />

Ohio, died at his home on Dec. 29,<br />

2021. John was born on Nov. 17, 1948, in<br />

Toledo, Ohio, to the late Thomas and Mary<br />

Kille.<br />

He entered the United States Marine<br />

Corps on Nov. 29, 1965, served in Vietnam,<br />

and was honorably discharged on Jan. 11,<br />

1972. While in the Marine Corps, John was<br />

awarded the National Defense Medal, the<br />

Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze<br />

Star and the Vietnam Service Medal with<br />

Device. After leaving the Marine Corps,<br />

John enlisted with the United States Army<br />

on Nov. 30, 1970, and served again in Vietnam.<br />

While John was in the Army, he was<br />

awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry<br />

with Palm, the Presidential Unit Citation,<br />

Army Commendation Medal, the Army<br />

Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and<br />

NCO Professional Development Ribbon.<br />

While in the Army, John graduated high<br />

school in Germany in 1975 and then went<br />

on to attend college. John was honorably<br />

discharged from the Army on May 18,1983.<br />

After John left the Army, he went on to<br />

become a corrections officer for 19 years at<br />

different institutions but ended his career<br />

at P.C.I. until his retirement on Nov. 1,<br />

2021.<br />

John was very passionate about his family.<br />

He was a huge fan of the Ohio State<br />

Buckeye, Washington Redskins and Cincinnati<br />

Reds.<br />

John was preceded in death by: his parents;<br />

his step-father, William White; and his<br />

sisters, Sharon and Sandy. John is survived<br />

by: his wife, Rebecca Kille; his children, Lisa<br />

(Jason) Anderson of Columbus, Ohio,<br />

William (Nicole) Kille of Mount Sterling,<br />

Ohio, Leslie Edington of McClure, Ohio, and<br />

Billy Kille; and his siblings, Rick, Terry,<br />

Linda, and Billy. John had 11 grandchildren:<br />

Delayse (Kaitlyn), Kisha, Deqwan, Alisha,<br />

Mary, Rebecca, Courtney, Izabella,<br />

Sebastion, Shyloh, and Sheadon.<br />

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1<br />

p.m. Jan. 12 at Porter-Tidd Funeral Home,<br />

Mount Sterling, followed by a memorial<br />

service with honors at 1 p.m. Please visit<br />

www.portertiddfuneralhome.com to share<br />

favorite memories of John and to send condolences<br />

to the Kille family.<br />

ROLFES<br />

James (Jim) Rolfes Sr., 79, of London,<br />

Ohio, passed away on Dec. 29, 2021. He was<br />

born on May 21, 1942, in Providence, R.I.,<br />

and raised in Cincinnati until moving to<br />

London in 1976.<br />

He graduated form Purcell High School,<br />

the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s<br />

degree in business management, and<br />

received his Juris Doctor degree from<br />

Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern<br />

Kentucky State College.<br />

Jim had been an assistant prosecutor,<br />

acting judge for three judges in municipal<br />

court and maintained a general law practice<br />

as a sole practitioner in <strong>Madison</strong> County,<br />

Ohio.<br />

Jim is survived by: his wonderful and patient<br />

wife, Dorothy (Robinson) Rolfes; two<br />

outstanding sons, John G. (Kami) Rolfes Sr.<br />

of Logan, Ohio, and James W. Rolfes Jr. of<br />

Cincinnati, Ohio; his loving grandchildren,<br />

Racheal Rolfes (Tim Lykins), Jennifer<br />

Rolfes (Whitney Wells), John G. Rolfes Jr.,<br />

Joseph Rolfes, and Elizabeth (Ryan) Anderson;<br />

several great-grandchildren, Jayden,<br />

Xander, Hayden, Ashton, Trenton, Chad Jr.,<br />

Haven, Emmalyn, and Avery; two sisters,<br />

Margaret Rolfes of Cincinnati, Ohio, and<br />

Helen (Holly) Rolfes of Savannah, Ga.<br />

Jim was preceded in death by: his parents,<br />

Mary Helen (Clark) Rolfes and George<br />

H. Rolfes Sr.; and brother, George H. (Janet)<br />

Rolfes Jr.<br />

He belonged to several organizations and<br />

held various offices, including the Ohio and<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County bar associations, Knights<br />

of Columbus, Father Ready Council 1786<br />

and Columbus Assembly 2727, <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Lodge 70, IOOF, and he was a Kentucky<br />

Colonel.<br />

Services were entrusted to Lynch Family<br />

Funeral Home of London with burial at<br />

Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati,<br />

Ohio. Pursuant to Jim’s wishes, there were<br />

no calling hours. A mass of Christian Burial<br />

will be held at a date to be determined.<br />

Memorial contributions may be made in<br />

Jim’s name to: <strong>Madison</strong> Health Foundation,<br />

210 N. Main St., London, OH 43140; or<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Center, 280 W.<br />

High St., London, OH 43140.<br />

Online condolences may be shared at<br />

www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.<br />

BARTON<br />

Norma Jean Barton, 86, born on Sept. 2,<br />

1935, in Louisa, Ky., died in Doctors Hospital<br />

on Dec. 30, 2021.<br />

She was preceded in death by: her husband,<br />

Robert (Grump) Barton; father,<br />

George Kitchen; mother, Elizabeth Wells;<br />

brothers, Clarence, Russell and Jeff; and<br />

sister, Juanita.<br />

She is survived by: children, Vickey<br />

(David) Wentzel, Bob (Pam) Barton, Mike<br />

(Marsha) Barton; grandchildren, Seth (Trisha)<br />

Wentzel, Josh (Elizabeth) Barton,<br />

Matt (Laura) Wentzel, Jason (Jessica) Barton,<br />

and Jillian Barton; great-grandchildren,<br />

Natalie, Zoe, Eli, Miles and Bowen<br />

Wentzel, and Jaxson, Joshua, Adele, Jocelyn<br />

and Rose Barton; brother, George Jr.;<br />

sister, Virginia; special niece, Kay Conley;<br />

special nephew, Todd Kitchen; and special<br />

friend, Pat Rice.<br />

Norma was a member of the West Jefferson<br />

Firebells. She retired as a pipecutter<br />

from Capital Manufacturing. Norma liked<br />

to feed everyone. Not surprisingly, her favorite<br />

job was waitressing at a variety of<br />

restaurants for over 40 years, including<br />

George’s Drive-In and Lincoln Lodge. She<br />

loved her family and grand-dogs, Rags and<br />

Woody. She will be sorely missed. We love<br />

you, Ma-Maw!<br />

A funeral service was held on Jan. 7 at<br />

Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home, West<br />

Jefferson, followed by internment at Hampton<br />

Cemetery. Please visit www.radermcdonaldtidd@gmail.com<br />

to share condolences<br />

with the family.<br />

POLLOCK<br />

Betty L. Pollock, 74, of London died on<br />

Dec. 30, 2021, in her residence. Born on<br />

March 19, 1947, in Columbus, Ohio, she was<br />

a daughter of Robert Thurman and Wilma<br />

Violet (Holley) Jenkins. Betty had been a<br />

nurse’s aide and also worked at several area<br />

restaurants.<br />

Survivors include: her son, Dale E.<br />

(Teresa) Pollock Jr.; daughter, Cindy L.<br />

(Jerry) Chapman; grandchildren, Elizabeth<br />

Kempton (Jeremy Morris), Kathy Chapman<br />

(Matt Speakman), Judy Chapman (Travis<br />

Richmond) and Marissa Chapman; greatgrandchildren,<br />

Kailin, Satavia, Dalton, Lyndsey,<br />

Jason, Maryjane, Brian Jr., Evie and<br />

Kadian; sister, Margaret Vaughn; brother,<br />

George Jenkins; and numerous nieces and<br />

nephews.<br />

She was preceded in death by: her parents;<br />

husband, Dale Pollock Sr.; granddaughter,<br />

Jennifer L. Kempton; brothers<br />

and sisters, Roberta Tigner, Patricia Abernathy,<br />

Donald Jenkins Sr. and Robert Thurman<br />

Jenkins Jr.<br />

Funeral services were held on Jan. 4 in<br />

Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,<br />

London. Memorials in Betty’s name<br />

may be made to the funeral home for the<br />

benevolence of the family.<br />

Condolences for the family may be sent<br />

to www.eberlefisherfunealhome.com.


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BAKER<br />

Rebecca “Becky” Susan Baker died on<br />

Dec. 31, 2021. She was born on April 11,<br />

1945, to the late Robert W. Orr Sr. and<br />

Mary Jean Orr in Zanesville, Ohio. She was<br />

a graduate of Zanesville High School and<br />

Grant Hospital School of Nursing.<br />

She was a highly trained registered<br />

nurse who worked in a variety of settings,<br />

from surgery to geriatric care. She was coowner<br />

and president of Total Resident Care<br />

Consultants for many years. She retired<br />

from Heritage Tower as clinic director. Most<br />

of all, she was a proud mother, grandmother,<br />

and Gigi.<br />

She is survived by: her husband of 51<br />

years, Rev. Larry D. Baker; her two children,<br />

Ross A. (Shelly) Baker and Rachel A.<br />

(Corey Rose) Baker; two grandchildren,<br />

Caleb A. (Rachel) Baker and Jessica E.<br />

(Nick Daum) Baker; great-granddaughter,<br />

Sophia A. Baker; brothers, Robert W. Orr<br />

Jr. and Raymond W. (Lois) Orr; sister,<br />

Nancy L. (Andy) Gardner; sisters-in-law,<br />

Glenda L. Baker and Beverly S. Baker; numerous<br />

nieces and nephews, Gretchen L.<br />

(Paul) Baptie, Erin M. (Jake) Clark, Chad<br />

M. James, Zachary A. (Wendy) Gardner,<br />

Christopher R. (Stacy) Orr, Jeffrey B.<br />

(Sarah) Orr; great-nieces and greatnephews,<br />

Gary P. and Samuel D. Baptie,<br />

Christopher R. and Catherine D. Orr and Izabella<br />

R. Orr; as well as several “adopted<br />

children and grandchildren.”<br />

In addition to her parents, she was preceded<br />

in death by: a sister, Linda Jean Orr;<br />

father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Esther<br />

Mae Baker; and brothers-in-law, Gary<br />

W. Baker and David A. Baker.<br />

Visitation was held on Jan. 6 at Rader-<br />

McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home, West Jefferson.<br />

The funeral service was held on Jan. 7<br />

at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbus,<br />

with Rev. Dr. Jim Wilson presiding.<br />

The family gladly welcomes donations to<br />

the Humane Society of <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

(West Jefferson, Ohio) or St. Paul Lutheran<br />

Church (55 Pasadena Ave., Columbus, OH<br />

43228).<br />

COLLINS<br />

George A. Collins, 88, of West Jefferson,<br />

Ohio, met his Savior on Jan. 1, <strong>2022</strong>, while<br />

at home surrounded by his family. He was<br />

born in Chillicothe, Ohio, to the late George<br />

and Eva Grace Collins. George was a retired<br />

security corrections officer with the Chillicothe<br />

Corrections Center, with 26 years of<br />

service. He was a member of Hayden Baptist<br />

Church in Hilliard, Ohio. For many<br />

years, George served as a deacon and loved<br />

to sing gospel songs. His interests included<br />

going to church, camping and traveling with<br />

his family whom he dearly loved.<br />

He was preceded in death by: his first<br />

wife, Wilma Fay Collins; brothers, Ward,<br />

Marvin, and Donald; and sisters, Alice and<br />

Dorothy.<br />

George is survived by: his loving wife of<br />

22 years, Mary Collins; daughter, Ella Mae<br />

Collins; and step-children, Phillip Johnson,<br />

Melinda (Chris) Bateman, Rosanna (Ron)<br />

Mansfield, Bonnie (Bob) Engle, and Darlene<br />

(Brian) McKay. He was blessed to have numerous<br />

grandchildren and great-grandchildren.<br />

The family welcomed friends on Jan. 5 at<br />

Tidd Funeral Home, Dublin-Plain city<br />

Chapel. A graveside service was held on<br />

Jan. 6 at Twin Township Cemetery,<br />

Bourneville, Ohio, with Pastor Richard Vititoe<br />

officiating. Memorial contributions<br />

may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research<br />

Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis,<br />

TN 38105 or on-line: www.stjude.org.<br />

Please visit www.tiddfuneralhomes.com to<br />

share favorite memories of George and to<br />

send condolences to the Collins family.<br />

PENNINGTON<br />

Billy “Joe” Pennington, 59, of Washington<br />

Court House, Ohio, went to his Heavenly<br />

Home on Jan. 1, <strong>2022</strong>, at Dunbar<br />

Health and Rehab Center in Dayton, Ohio,<br />

where he had resided since December 2019.<br />

Though Joe was in failing health, his death<br />

was unexpected.<br />

Joe was born on Aug. 5, 1962, in<br />

Paintsville, Ky., to Nova Pennington. Joe<br />

was a 1980 graduate of Miami Trace High<br />

School and was a proud alumnus of the<br />

Miami Trace Panthers. He loved his family,<br />

the Kentucky Wildcats, and loved life as he<br />

exemplified in his last five years.<br />

Joe was preceded in death by: his beloved<br />

mom, Nova Pennington; grandparents,<br />

Ronald and Delia Pennington; aunt, Bert<br />

Ison; uncles, Bronard, Eudell, and Charlie<br />

Pennington, and Autie Ison.<br />

He leaves behind to cherish his memory:<br />

his uncle, Jimmy Pennington of Red Bush,<br />

Ky., his loving caregivers, aunt and uncle<br />

Judy, and Dean Penrod of Washington<br />

Court House; several cousins; and a host of<br />

friends.<br />

A funeral service was held on Jan. 7 at<br />

Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, Mount Sterling,<br />

with the Rev. Billy Warner officiating. Burial<br />

followed at Spring Lawn Cemetery,<br />

Williamsport, Ohio. Joe will be missed so<br />

much by his family and friends. We know<br />

our loss is Heaven’s gain. Please visit<br />

www.portertiddfuneralhome.com to share<br />

favorite memories and to send condolences<br />

to Joe’s family.


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2021<br />

Voted<br />

Rate<br />

2021<br />

Effective<br />

Ag/Res<br />

Rate<br />

Other<br />

County<br />

Ag/Res<br />

County<br />

Other<br />

School<br />

Ag/Res<br />

01 CANAAN TWP - JONATHAN ALDER SD 62.900 47.011717 52.723111 19.793011 23.326989 24.118706 26.296122 1.600000 1.600000 1.500000 1.500000 0.252596 0.161795<br />

02 DARBY TWP - JONATHAN ALDER SD 64.500 48.075621 54.323111 19.793011 23.326989 24.118706 26.296122 1.600000 1.600000 2.563904 3.100000 0.254642 0.157782<br />

03 DARBY TWP - FAIRBANKS SD 68.850 51.445926 61.917410 18.484927 21.925367 28.797095 35.292043 1.600000 1.600000 2.563904 3.100000 0.252783 0.100692<br />

04 PLAIN CITY CORP. - JONATHAN ALDER SD 71.300 54.343631 61.123111 19.793011 23.326989 24.118706 26.296122 1.600000 1.600000 2.263904 2.800000 6.568010 7.100000 0.237818 0.142734<br />

05 DEERCREEK TWP - LONDON SD 63.500 42.732056 49.807277 16.732025 18.858851 23.000031 27.948426 1.600000 1.600000 1.400000 1.400000 0.327055 0.215634<br />

06 DEERCREEK TWP - JONATHAN ALDER SD 58.050 43.996718 48.125479 16.878012 18.829357 24.118706 26.296122 1.600000 1.600000 1.400000 1.400000 0.242090 0.170966<br />

07 FAIRFIELD TWP - MADISON PLAINS SD 67.150 37.149296 65.820776 7.912027 10.043752 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 4.266862 6.150000 0.446772 0.019795<br />

08 JEFFERSON TWP - JEFFERSON SD 62.800 53.901503 60.451662 9.070951 11.473604 33.268758 35.394200 1.600000 1.600000 9.961794 11.983858 0.141696 0.037394<br />

09 JEFFERSON TWP - JONATHAN ALDER SD 61.400 44.900611 51.325354 9.220111 11.445374 24.118706 26.296122 1.600000 1.600000 9.961794 11.983858 0.268720 0.164083<br />

10 JEFFERSON CORP - JEFFERSON SD 62.800 53.901503 60.451662 9.070951 11.473604 33.268758 35.394200 1.600000 1.600000 8.961794 10.983858 1.000000 1.000000 0.141696 0.037394<br />

11 MONROE TWP - JONATHAN ALDER SD 58.150 44.096718 48.225479 16.878012 18.829357 24.118706 26.296122 1.600000 1.600000 1.500000 1.500000 0.241673 0.170672<br />

12 DEERCREEK TWP-JEFFERSON CORP-LONDON<br />

CSD<br />

School<br />

Other<br />

Vo-Tech<br />

Ag/Res<br />

Vo-Tech<br />

Other<br />

Township<br />

Ag/Res<br />

Township<br />

Other<br />

Corporation<br />

Ag/Res<br />

Corporation<br />

Other<br />

Tax<br />

Reduction<br />

Ag/Res<br />

Tax<br />

Reduction<br />

Other<br />

64.400 43.632056 50.707277 16.732025 18.858851 23.000031 27.948426 1.600000 1.600000 1.400000 1.400000 0.900000 0.900000 0.322484 0.212620<br />

13 OAK RUN TWP - MADISON PLAINS SD 68.750 40.540335 67.054759 15.569928 17.427735 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 0.000000 0.000000 0.410323 0.024659<br />

14 PAINT TWP - MADISON PLAINS SD 73.150 44.041744 70.235843 15.569928 17.427735 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 3.501409 3.181084 0.397926 0.039839<br />

15 PIKE TWP - FAIRBANKS SD 57.970 41.437115 50.853145 7.912027 10.043752 28.797095 35.292043 1.600000 1.600000 3.127993 3.917350 0.285198 0.122768<br />

16 JEFFERSON TWP ANNEX - JEFFERSON SD 62.800 53.901503 60.451662 9.070951 11.473604 33.268758 35.394200 1.600000 1.600000 8.961794 10.983858 1.000000 1.000000 0.141696 0.037394<br />

17 PLEASANT TWP - MADISON PLAINS SD 71.200 40.005113 69.847398 14.161873 19.320374 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 0.872833 0.900000 0.438131 0.018998<br />

18 MT STERLING CORP - MADISON PLAINS SD 72.100 40.905113 70.747398 14.161873 19.320374 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 0.772833 0.800000 1.000000 1.000000 0.432662 0.018761<br />

19 PLEASANT TWP - WESTFALL SD 58.830 43.321276 50.046331 14.161873 19.320374 26.079026 26.735477 2.207544 3.090480 0.872833 0.900000 0.263620 0.149306<br />

20 PLEASANT TWP - MIAMI TRACE SD 56.420 48.252812 55.079787 14.161873 19.320374 31.218106 32.507130 2.000000 2.352283 0.872833 0.900000 0.144757 0.023755<br />

21 RANGE TWP - MADISON PLAINS SD 73.950 41.026313 71.684136 11.231215 15.833084 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 4.824691 6.224028 0.445216 0.030641<br />

22 MIDWAY CORP - MADISON PLAINS SD 79.850 45.277699 76.019037 11.231215 15.833084 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 4.324691 5.724028 4.751386 4.834901 0.432966 0.047977<br />

23 RANGE TWP - MIAMI TRACE SD 59.170 49.274012 56.916525 11.231215 15.833084 31.218106 32.507130 2.000000 2.352283 4.824691 6.224028 0.167247 0.038085<br />

24 SOMERFORD TWP - LONDON SD 63.500 42.732056 49.807277 16.732025 18.858851 23.000031 27.948426 1.600000 1.600000 1.400000 1.400000 0.327055 0.215634<br />

25 SOMERFORD TWP - JONATHAN ALDER SD 58.050 43.996718 48.125479 16.878012 18.829357 24.118706 26.296122 1.600000 1.600000 1.400000 1.400000 0.242090 0.170966<br />

26 SOMERFORD TWP - MECHANICSBURG SD 61.840 48.746564 54.752346 16.333662 18.351879 28.446888 32.433005 2.566014 2.567462 1.400000 1.400000 0.211731 0.114613<br />

27 STOKES TWP - MADISON PLAINS SD 69.700 39.015631 68.286815 11.231215 15.833084 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 2.814009 2.826707 0.440235 0.020276<br />

28 SOUTH SOLON CORP - MADISON PLAINS SD 71.700 39.853871 69.318803 11.231215 15.833084 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 2.414009 2.426707 1.238240 1.431988 0.444159 0.033211<br />

29 UNION TWP - MADISON PLAINS SD 70.150 41.940335 68.454759 15.569928 17.427735 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 1.400000 1.400000 0.402134 0.024166<br />

30 UNION TWP - LONDON SD 63.500 42.732056 49.807277 16.732025 18.858851 23.000031 27.948426 1.600000 1.600000 1.400000 1.400000 0.327055 0.215634<br />

31 LONDON CORP - LONDON SD 58.750 37.629786 45.328042 9.074124 11.474868 23.000031 27.948426 1.600000 1.600000 0.000000 0.000000 3.955631 4.304748 0.359494 0.228459<br />

32 LONDON CORP - MADISON PLAINS SD 64.500 35.938065 63.075524 7.912027 10.043752 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 0.000000 0.000000 3.055631 3.404748 0.442821 0.022085<br />

33 PLEASANT TWP ANNEX - MADISON PLAINS SD 72.100 40.905113 70.747398 14.161873 19.320374 23.370407 48.027024 1.600000 1.600000 0.772833 0.800000 1.000000 1.000000 0.432662 0.018761<br />

34 DEERCREEK TWP ANNEX JEFFERSON -<br />

LONDON SD<br />

2021 Tax Rates, MADISON County, Ohio<br />

Rate is expressed in Dollars and Cents on One Thousand Dollars valuation<br />

64.400 43.632056 50.707277 16.732025 18.858851 23.000031 27.948426 1.600000 1.600000 1.400000 1.400000 0.900000 0.900000 0.322484 0.212620<br />

35 DARBY TWP ANNEX - JONATHAN ALDER SD 71.300 54.343631 61.123111 19.793011 23.326989 24.118706 26.296122 1.600000 1.600000 2.263904 2.800000 6.568010 7.100000 0.237818 0.142734<br />

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PETERMAN<br />

Raelynn Jean Peterman, 2 weeks old, was called home to be with<br />

other family members on Jan. 1, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Born on Dec. 17, 2021, in Columbus, she was the daughter of<br />

Erin Nolan and Michael Peterman.<br />

Survivors include: her parents, Mike and Erin; grandparents,<br />

Laura Nolan, Dan Nolan (Lori), Rob Peterman (Cathy Fout), Dawn<br />

Bauer (John McCafferty); great-grandparents, Christine Lipps,<br />

Mike Peterman, Bill Hart; aunts and uncles, Emily (Austin) Boyd,<br />

Krista Nolan, Kaethi (Shane) Strzelczyk, Dylan Peterman, Tyler<br />

Masters; many great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.<br />

She was preceded in death by: her aunts and uncles, Lisa Peterman<br />

Stuthard, Donielle Peterman, Josh Kimbler; great-grandmothers,<br />

Linda Peterman, Alta Hart and Dorothy Nolan;<br />

great-grandfather, Bob Lipps; and grandfather, Joseph<br />

Nolan.<br />

Funeral services were held on Jan. 7, <strong>2022</strong>, in<br />

Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London,<br />

with Pastor Sue McClelland officiating. Interment followed<br />

in Paint Memorial Cemetery, London. The family<br />

suggests memorials in Raelynn’s name be made to<br />

transplant research at www.donatelife.net. Condolences<br />

may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

KALB<br />

Charles “Charlie” “Doc” Kalb, DVM, 82, passed away<br />

peacefully and unexpectedly at his home in London,<br />

Ohio, on Jan. 2, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Charlie was born on Dec. 30, 1939, in Crawford<br />

County, Ohio. He was a United States Navy veteran<br />

and a veterinarian specializing in horses for many<br />

years. His hobbies included harness racing, working<br />

with electronics and tending the horse farm he and his<br />

wife built, of which he was very proud of.<br />

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Wanda<br />

Kalb, and his son, Brandon “Mister” Kalb of London,<br />

Ohio. Charlie was willing to take the responsibility of<br />

two step-children and raised them as his own, Michael<br />

(Tessa) Fout of London and Michelle Knapp (Dean Snyder)<br />

of South Solon. He is also survived by: his grandchildren,<br />

Mikey “the boy” Fout of Columbus, Ohio,<br />

Audrey and Abigail Knapp of South Solon, Ohio;<br />

mother-in-law, Ruth Dever of London, Ohio; and<br />

brother-in-law, Larry (Nancy) Dever, also of London.<br />

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and<br />

Dorothy (Pfahler) Kalb, and father-in-law, Russell Dever.<br />

The family was served by Eberle-Fisher Funeral<br />

STACEY L. MCKENZIE, Treasurer, MADISON County, Ohio<br />

Home, London, where visitation and funeral services<br />

were held on Jan. 6. Condolences for the family may be<br />

sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

REEVES<br />

June Ann Reeves, 91, formerly of London, Ohio, and<br />

Mesa, Ariz., passed away on Jan. 2, <strong>2022</strong>, in St. Vincent<br />

Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.<br />

Born on June 4, 1930, in Fayette County, Ohio, she<br />

was a daughter of Lester and Christena (Sockman)<br />

Roberts. She had spent most of her life in <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County.<br />

She was a member of Newport United Methodist<br />

Church. She loved traveling and spending time with her<br />

family.<br />

She is survived by: daughter and son-in-law, Connie<br />

(Roger) Tingley of Carmel, Ind.; grandchildren, Christopher<br />

(Laura) Tingley, Garden City, Mich., and Alison<br />

(Rick) Lemberg of Carmel, Ind.; great-grandsons, Paul<br />

Sanderson, Trey and Craig Lemberg; great-granddaughters,<br />

Sydney and Samantha Letwinski; greatgreat-granddaughters,<br />

Athena and Zahra Brown; and<br />

several nieces and nephews.<br />

She was preceded in death by: her parents; devoted<br />

and loving husband, Charles Reeves in 2013; granddaughter,<br />

Deborah Sue Tingley; brothers, Floyd and<br />

Lester Jr. Roberts; and sisters, Isabell Rafferty, Ruth<br />

Justice, Bernice Reeves and Helen Justice.<br />

Funeral services were held on Jan. 8 in Eberle-<br />

Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London, with<br />

Pastor Wayne Stuntz officiating. Interment followed in<br />

Paint Memorial Cemetery, London. Condolences for the<br />

family may be shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.com.<br />

London<br />

School Board<br />

The London school<br />

MM<strong>2022</strong>106<br />

board will hold its<br />

annual organizational<br />

meeting at<br />

6:30 p.m. Jan. 11.<br />

The board’s regular<br />

monthly meetings<br />

take place at 6:30<br />

p.m. on the second<br />

Tuesday of each<br />

month, with some<br />

exceptions. All<br />

meetings take place<br />

in the high school<br />

auditorium.<br />

Soil and Water<br />

Meetings<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> Soil<br />

and Water Conservation<br />

District<br />

board meets the<br />

second Wednesday<br />

of each month at 8<br />

a.m. in the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Engineers’<br />

Conference Room at<br />

825 U.S. Highway<br />

42 NE, London. The<br />

public is welcome.<br />

(Any changes will<br />

be published in the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>.)


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Family stories put in print<br />

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By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Norma McNeal Freeman<br />

loves family gatherings. The<br />

bigger the better, in her opinion,<br />

and if they happen to take place<br />

via Zoom meetings now, that is<br />

more than fine with the 93-<br />

year-old from London.<br />

“My family is everything to<br />

me,” she said. “They are my<br />

pride and my joy, and I want<br />

nothing more than to hear<br />

about their interests, to hear<br />

about what is going on in their<br />

lives.”<br />

The problem that Norma<br />

often runs into during these<br />

gatherings, however, is that her<br />

relatives do not want to talk<br />

about themselves. Instead, they<br />

want to hear from her.<br />

“She is the storyteller in our<br />

family,” said her daughter,<br />

Mary Freeman Murphy. “She<br />

always has a story to tell.”<br />

Norma’s life experiences and<br />

her fondness for reading have<br />

made her a fountain of information,<br />

but so too has her brain<br />

which has been compared to a<br />

sponge when it comes to knowledge<br />

of the family’s history.<br />

“My memory goes back to 3 years old,” she explained.<br />

“I have a lot of things stored up there.”<br />

Those “things” often make her a hit at gatherings,<br />

whether they be in-person or via computer. Her children,<br />

grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and greatgreat-grandchildren<br />

often ask her to recount the days<br />

of their ancestors—stories she gladly tells, no matter how<br />

many times she has already told them.<br />

If she wants to talk about her maternal grandparents,<br />

Carse and Dora Cunningham, Norma speaks of<br />

how humble they were working their farm in <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County, how accepting they were of child-posed questions<br />

during adult discussion time, and how they required<br />

everyone to pitch in—even their favored<br />

grandchildren, sometimes but not all of the time.<br />

If she wants to talk about her paternal grandparents,<br />

Addison and Ollie Mae McNeal, she speaks of how they<br />

were “city people” and how Ollie Mae’s mother was exiled<br />

from her wealthy family for daring to fall in love<br />

with a Black man.<br />

If she is asked about her life, Norma talks about how<br />

she was verbally chased out of the library in the second<br />

grade for wanting to be a “little Black girl who reads”<br />

and how she spent three years after high school moving<br />

around the country for work. She also talks about how,<br />

if she hadn’t reconnected with the man who would become<br />

her husband and given him another chance, her<br />

family wouldn’t have come to be as they are now.<br />

“I did not like my husband [the late Allen J. Freeman]<br />

much when we were growing up,” Norma said<br />

with a laugh. “He was stingy as hell. Other boys would<br />

buy you ice cream or Coke, but he wouldn’t.”<br />

Over the years, any time Norma opened her mouth<br />

to tell a story, the family stopped and listened to the<br />

memories—so much so that their common refrain was,<br />

“You gotta put this to paper.”<br />

The thought of writing a book, even a book about the<br />

trials, tribulations and triumphs of her family, never<br />

crossed her mind, she said.<br />

“I never gave it a thought,”<br />

she stated.<br />

Eventually, the idea started<br />

to percolate more and more, and<br />

with the encouragement of her<br />

daughters, Mary and Jean<br />

[Freeman Mitchell], and friend,<br />

Eileen Burns-Kearney, she decided<br />

to put memory to paper in<br />

2018.<br />

At the age of 90, Norma<br />

spent three months writing her<br />

book of memories—memories of<br />

her life, the life of her ancestors,<br />

and the lives of deceased and<br />

living relatives. She said she felt<br />

possessed but only in the best<br />

way possible.<br />

“My fingers were just flying<br />

across the keyboard,” she said.<br />

Because she has unusual<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Dedra Cordle<br />

sleeping hours, it wouldn’t be<br />

uncommon to find Norma at the<br />

computer, typing away at three<br />

in the morning.<br />

“She was on a mission,” Mary<br />

said.<br />

For three months, Norma<br />

worked on the book, her homage<br />

to her family, her everything,<br />

and when it came time to find a<br />

publisher, she had to put that dream aside.<br />

“I lost my good friend, Eileen, and I had to make time<br />

to grieve,” she said.<br />

Knowing her friend would not want her to put off the<br />

journey, Norma re-started the drafting process earlier<br />

this year and “Family Memories” finally came to<br />

fruition.<br />

It wasn’t a surprise to most in her family that she<br />

made this book. After all, it came at their prompting.<br />

But some did not know it was printed and published<br />

until they opened copies of the book as gifts at a family<br />

gathering on Christmas day.<br />

Norma said she did not just write this book for her<br />

family. She wrote it to invite people into her family and<br />

share in their lives, in their lived experiences.<br />

“I want it to be informative, educational,” she said.<br />

“I would like for it to bring forth an awareness of what<br />

the life experiences were like of somebody of color, of<br />

someone they know.”<br />

Norma said she is immensely proud of this book, her<br />

first, and maybe not last.<br />

“There are still so many stories to tell,” she quipped.<br />

“I might get around to writing them, but I’m feeling a<br />

little lazy right now.”<br />

Instead, people will just have to settle for her verbal<br />

stories. She loves to tell them almost as much as people<br />

love to hear them, after all.<br />

“Family Memories” can be purchased at $25 a copy<br />

from Wilson Printing & Graphics Inc., 158 S. Main St.,<br />

London. To place mail orders, make checks out to Wilson<br />

Printing & Graphics Inc. and send to the aforementioned<br />

address; the cost of mail ordered books is $35<br />

each (includes shipping and handling). For additional<br />

inquiries about the book, call (740) 852-5934.<br />

Norma plans to donate copies of the book to London<br />

Public Library and St. Patrick Catholic Church where<br />

she is a parishioner. Norma is a 1947 graduate of London<br />

High School.<br />

Norma McNeal Freeman, a longtime resident<br />

of London, proudly showcases her<br />

first book, “Family Memories.” The 93-yearold<br />

said she hopes the book that details<br />

her life, the lives of her ancestors, and<br />

those of living and deceased relatives can<br />

“bring forth an awareness” of the experiences<br />

of people of color.


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Celebrating a year’s worth of 4-H achievement<br />

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This past year was like no other for the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County 4-H program. 4-H members<br />

and volunteers “stuck with it” and were<br />

able to celebrate a successful year.<br />

On Dec. 5, the county’s 4-H program held<br />

their annual recognition banquet at the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Fairgrounds in London.<br />

This year’s award winners (listed with their<br />

4-H club names) are:<br />

Bronze Honor Members<br />

• Mark Covert, Fairfield Rascals<br />

• Alexander Vance, Clover Clippers<br />

Silver Honor Members<br />

• Ashlee Hermiller, Clover Clippers<br />

• Mason Hermiller, Clover Clippers<br />

• Aayliah Hansen, Clover Clippers<br />

• Cole Hansen, Clover Clippers<br />

• Logan Thompson, <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Show Offs<br />

• Dakota Hutson, Town & Country Kids<br />

• Sarah Green, Beginners to Winners<br />

• Olivia Buck, Mud Run Hustlers<br />

• Kylee Boysel, Jumpers and Flyers<br />

• Arcie Barnhill, Canaan Pathfinders<br />

• Kyle Clemmons, Country Bunch<br />

• Maria Coulardot, Town & Country<br />

Kids<br />

This year’s outstanding 4-H members are: (from left) junior, Adelyn Rupejko, <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Show Offs 4-H Club; intermediate, <strong>Madison</strong> Estep, Helping Hands Happy Hearts<br />

4-H Club; senior, Laila McQuirt, Helping Hands Happy Hearts 4-H Club.<br />

Gold Honor Members<br />

• Ellie Wilkin, Helping Hands Happy<br />

Hearts<br />

• Skyler Mayabb, Helping Hands Happy<br />

Hearts<br />

• Zavier Mayabb, Helping Hands Happy<br />

Hearts<br />

• Landon Mayabb, Helping Hands<br />

Happy Hearts<br />

• <strong>Madison</strong> Estep, Helping Hands Happy<br />

Hearts<br />

• Addie Barnhill, Canaan Pathfinders<br />

• Sam Haggy, Canaan Pathfinders<br />

• Bridget Haggy, Canaan Pathfinders<br />

• Adelyn Rupejko, <strong>Madison</strong> County Show<br />

Offs<br />

• Xavier Whited, <strong>Madison</strong> County Show<br />

Offs<br />

• Abby Whited, <strong>Madison</strong> County Show<br />

Offs<br />

• Luke Seaburn, Fairfield Rascals<br />

• Will Huntington, Beginners to Winners<br />

• Jacob Hiles, Country Bunch<br />

• Isabel Hiles, Country Bunch<br />

• Sheldon Mathews, Jumpers and Flyers<br />

• Blake Johnson, Jumpers and Flyers<br />

• Ethan Guisinger, Exclusively Equine<br />

• Emily Guisinger, Exclusively Equine<br />

• Toby Fetherolf, Exclusively Equine<br />

• Dalton Boysel, Jumpers and Flyers<br />

• Taylor Treen, <strong>Madison</strong> County Show<br />

Offs<br />

• Lilian Thompson, <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Show Offs<br />

• Amelia Treen, <strong>Madison</strong> County Show<br />

Offs<br />

• Augustus Feliks, Beginners to Winners<br />

• Edison Feliks, Beginners to Winners<br />

• Trenton Vance, Clover Clippers<br />

• Adalyn Wilkin, Helping Hands Happy<br />

Hearts<br />

• Dakota Boysel, Jumpers and Flyers<br />

• Luke Peart, Prairie Raiders<br />

• Hannah Green, Beginners to Winners<br />

• Olivia Seaburn, Fairfield Rascals<br />

• Shea Huntington, Beginners to Winners<br />

• Emily Mathews, Jumpers and Flyers<br />

• Kyle Maccabee, Jumpers and Flyers<br />

• Callie Jenkins, Born in a Barn<br />

• Garrett Vance, Clover Clippers<br />

• Olivia Vance, Clover Clippers<br />

• Amara Suchy, Double L II<br />

• Cade Smith, Helping Hands Happy<br />

Hearts<br />

• Noah Haggy, Canaan Pathfinders<br />

• Will Smith, Canaan Pathfinders<br />

4-H Honor Volunteer Award Winners<br />

• Judy Gallimore<br />

• Bridget Wilkin<br />

• Valerie Peart<br />

• Holly Mathews<br />

• Heather Mayabb<br />

• Dawn Mayabb<br />

• Seth Mayabb<br />

• Kevin Stockham<br />

• Matthew Edgington<br />

• Roseann Harbage<br />

• Daphne Hedgecock<br />

• Julia Smith<br />

• Valerie Hermiller<br />

• Steve Hermiller<br />

• Annette Rinesmith<br />

• Barbara Howard<br />

• Tammy Smith<br />

• Holly Stockham<br />

• Patricia Gallimore<br />

• Ashley McKinney<br />

• Kevin Clemmons<br />

• Deetra Huntington<br />

• Greg Cooley<br />

• Deb Reining<br />

Honor 4-H Clubs<br />

Helping Hands Happy Hearts Buckeye<br />

Rangers<br />

Fairfield Rascals Jumpers and Flyers<br />

Canaan Pathfinders Green Range<br />

Beginners to Winners Double L II<br />

Country Bunch Speedy Spurs Livestock<br />

Town & Country Kids Exclusively<br />

Equine<br />

Born in a Barn Prairie Raiders<br />

Mud Run Hustlers Clover Clippers<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Show Offs<br />

4-H Club Community Service Award<br />

1st place—Canaan Pathfinders<br />

2nd place—Jumpers and Flyers<br />

3rd place—Fairfield Rascals<br />

Honorable Mention—Helping Hands<br />

Happy Hearts<br />

Outstanding 4-H Members<br />

Junior: Adelyn Rupejko, <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Show Offs<br />

Intermediate: <strong>Madison</strong> Estep, Helping<br />

Hands Happy Hearts<br />

Senior: Laila McQuirt, Helping Hands<br />

Happy Hearts<br />

2021 Friend of 4-H Award<br />

Les Barnhart<br />

Keith Howard.


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Mt. Sterling Community Center<br />

164 E. Main St., (740) 869-2453. Open<br />

daily for walking in the gym, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.<br />

• Jan. 11—11 a.m., Take Off Pounds Sensibly<br />

3-6 p.m., food pantry for income eligible<br />

households. Pre-packed food boxes are delivered<br />

to your vehicle. Bring proof of residency<br />

at your first visit and photo ID at<br />

every visit. Call the center for details.<br />

8-9 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous<br />

• Jan. 12—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for<br />

adults<br />

• Jan. 14—6:30-7:30 p.m., bootcamp<br />

7:30-9 p.m., adult open volleyball<br />

• Jan. 15—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for all<br />

ages and abilities<br />

• Produce markets—second and fourth<br />

Tuesdays.<br />

London Public Library<br />

20 E. First St., (740) 852-9543.<br />

• Story Times. Sessions resume the week<br />

of Jan. 16. Toddler story time takes place on<br />

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Preschool story time<br />

takes place on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.<br />

• Kindergarten Club. Meetings resume<br />

on Jan. 20 and will take place every Thursday<br />

at 6:30 p.m.<br />

Mount Sterling Library<br />

60 W. Columbus St., (740) 869-2430.<br />

• Winter Read-a-Thon. This event runs<br />

through Feb. 19. Pick up a reading log or<br />

bring in your written list for children ages<br />

9 and younger. Participants who read 10<br />

books earn a surprise. Those who read more<br />

will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift<br />

card. There will be two gift card winners.<br />

Call the library for details.<br />

• Friends of the Library. The group will<br />

meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 on the library’s<br />

main level to discuss details and plans for<br />

the annual Victorian Sweetheart Tea. New<br />

members are always welcome. There are no<br />

membership fees.<br />

• Library Board Meeting. The board will<br />

meet at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 13 in the library’s<br />

community room. Meetings are open to the<br />

public. Face masks are highly encouraged.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson,<br />

(614) 879-8448.<br />

• Storytimes. Wednesdays and Fridays,<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

• Booklovers. The group will discuss<br />

“Once in a Lifetime” by Mary Alice Monroe<br />

and “13th Gift” by Joanne Smith at 4 p.m.<br />

Jan. 10.<br />

• Library Board Meeting. The board will<br />

meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 11. Contact the director<br />

at csiscoe@hbmlibrary.org if you plan to attend.<br />

Plain City Library<br />

305 W. Main St., (614) 873-4912.<br />

• Online Storytime. The program takes<br />

place on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter on<br />

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Aimed att ages 6 and<br />

younger, but anyone can tune in.<br />

• Bedtime Storytime. Join the library on<br />

Facebook, Youtube or Twitter for a live Bedtime<br />

Storytime every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.<br />

Aimed at ages 6 and younger.<br />

• Storytime Kits. Participants of Online<br />

and Bedtime Storytimes can pick up a Storytime<br />

Kit to make their experience more<br />

engaging. These kits are appropriate for<br />

children ages 2-5 and include instruments<br />

and manipulatives that will be used<br />

throughout the library’s winter and spring<br />

storytime sessions.<br />

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NOTICE FOR BIDS<br />

Bids shall be submitted electronically through the www.bidexpress.com web<br />

service until 9:30 am on Tuesday, February 1, <strong>2022</strong>, at which time they will be<br />

publicly received and read aloud, for the project known as:<br />

PID 113412 MAD-VAR CR GUARDRAIL REPLACEMENT<br />

All proposals shall be submitted electronically through the web service<br />

www.bidexpress.com. The bid shall be accompanied by a Bid Security in the<br />

form of a bid bond in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the bid<br />

or a certified check in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the bid. In addition<br />

to the Bid Security, a one (1) year Maintenance/Performance Bond is required<br />

for this project in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the total<br />

project cost.<br />

The Owner of the project is the <strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Commissioners.<br />

Copies of the plans and specifications must be obtained from<br />

www.bidexpress.com. All bidders must register and be a member of the web<br />

service to bid on the project.<br />

This notice is posted on the <strong>Madison</strong> County web page<br />

https://www.co.madison.oh.us/ under Current Legal Notices.<br />

The Owner requires that all work associated with the project be completed<br />

before October 31, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Bid packets must be downloaded from www.bidexpress.com. Contact the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Engineer’s Office at 740-852-9404 for more information.<br />

This is a federal prevailing wage contract with a DBE goal of 5%.<br />

No bids shall be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening<br />

thereof. Awarding of the contract shall be to the Lowest and Best bidder as<br />

determined by the <strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Commissioners in the best<br />

interest of <strong>Madison</strong> County. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all<br />

bids.<br />

MM JANUARY 9, <strong>2022</strong><br />

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS<br />

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO<br />

PROBATE DIVISION, JUVENILE COURT<br />

Case No. 22130024 & 22130030<br />

Summons By Publication<br />

In the Matter of<br />

Sa M (F) & Ec M (M)<br />

Alleged Dependent Children<br />

To: Sheila Mason, LKA - 3005 Counts Rd., South Solon, OH 43153<br />

David Renaker, LKA - 5274 Questa Drive, Abilene, TX 79605<br />

A complaint for has been filed in this Court by the State of<br />

Ohio/<strong>Madison</strong> County Children Services, alleging dependency of<br />

Sa M (F), DOB 02/16/2015 & Ec M (M) DOB 05/31/2016, pursuant<br />

to O.R.C. 2151.04. An adjudication hearing has been scheduled at<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Juvenile Court, 1 North Main Street, London,<br />

OH 43140, on Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 18, <strong>2022</strong>, at 1:00 p.m. and at the<br />

call of the Court thereafter.<br />

You are indicated as being the parents of said minor children and<br />

notice of said complaint is hereby provided in accordance with<br />

the law and the provisions of RULE 16, Rules of Juvenile<br />

Procedure. If a party is indigent, the Court will appoint counsel to<br />

provide representation upon request. If you believe that you<br />

qualify, contact the Court at (740) 852-0760.<br />

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN<br />

Juvenile Judge<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

MM JANUARY 9, <strong>2022</strong><br />

MM<strong>2022</strong>103<br />

MM<strong>2022</strong>110<br />

Sale of Real Estate<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Foreclosure Auction<br />

Case# CVE20190208<br />

Nationstar Mortgage LLC<br />

d/b/a Mr. Cooper<br />

vs<br />

Case, Dennis Matthew et al.<br />

The description of the property to be sold is as follows:<br />

Property Address:<br />

7652 Drury Road, London, <strong>Madison</strong>, Ohio, 43140<br />

Legal Description:<br />

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:<br />

14-00010.00<br />

Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com opening<br />

on 01/18/<strong>2022</strong> at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum of 7 days.<br />

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date should the<br />

third party purchaser fail to provide their deposit within the<br />

allotted time.<br />

Provisional Sale Date:<br />

01/25/<strong>2022</strong> at 10:00 a.m.<br />

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required is $5000.00<br />

to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours of the sale ending.<br />

No cash is permitted.<br />

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs, allowances,<br />

and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are insufficient to<br />

cover.<br />

To view all sale details and terms for this property visit<br />

www.Auction.com and enter the Search Code: CVE20190208<br />

into the search bar.<br />

MM DEC. 26 & JAN. 2 & 9, <strong>2022</strong><br />

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS<br />

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO<br />

PROBATE DIVISION, JUVENILE COURT<br />

Case No. 22130024 & 22130028<br />

Summons By Publication<br />

In the Matter of<br />

Wm M (M)<br />

Alleged Dependent Child<br />

To: Sheila Mason, LKA - 3005 Counts Rd., South Solon, OH 43153<br />

Jevon MIller - LKA - 141 New Hampshire Ave., London, OH 43140<br />

A complaint for has been filed in this Court by the State of<br />

Ohio/<strong>Madison</strong> County Children Services, alleging dependency of<br />

Wm M (M), DOB 07/10/2012, pursuant to O.R.C. 2151.04. An adjudication<br />

hearing has been scheduled at the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Juvenile Court, 1 North Main Street, London, OH 43140, on<br />

Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 18, <strong>2022</strong>, at 1:00 p.m. and at the call of the Court<br />

thereafter.<br />

You are indicated as being the parents of said minor child and<br />

notice of said complaint is hereby provided in accordance with<br />

the law and the provisions of RULE 16, Rules of Juvenile<br />

Procedure. If a party is indigent, the Court will appoint counsel to<br />

provide representation upon request. If you believe that you<br />

qualify, contact the Court at (740) 852-0760.<br />

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN<br />

Juvenile Judge<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

MM JANUARY 9, <strong>2022</strong><br />

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MM JANUARY 9, <strong>2022</strong><br />

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The following matters are the subject of this public notice by the<br />

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Mt Sterling Meter Station<br />

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ID #: P0131299<br />

Date of Action: 12/22/2021<br />

General Permit 21.1 for a pigging operation at an existing<br />

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LEGAL NOTICE<br />

SALE OF REAL ESTATE<br />

In the State of Ohio, County of <strong>Madison</strong>,<br />

JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association<br />

(Plaintiff)<br />

vs.<br />

Mason D. Blair, et. al (Defendants)<br />

Case No. CVE 20200188<br />

In pursuance of an Order of Sale directed to me in the<br />

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online auction the following described real estate:<br />

Property Address:<br />

254 Yankeetown St., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143<br />

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property may be obtained at<br />

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Parcel Number: 18-00681.000<br />

Said Premises Appraised: $65,000.00<br />

Minimum Bid: $43,333.33<br />

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2nd Provisional Open Date:<br />

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2nd Provisional Close Date:<br />

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Terms of Sale: A deposit in the amount of $5,000.00<br />

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Common Pleas Court, <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

Case No. CV 20210175<br />

CME Federal Credit Union<br />

vs.<br />

William J. Hart, et al.<br />

Defendants Unknown Heirs, Fiduciaries, Beneficiaries, Donees and/or Devisees of Carole A. Hart<br />

aka Carol Hart; William J. Hart; and Unknown Spouse, if any, of William J. Hart, whose last known<br />

addresses are unknown, are hereby notified that CME Federal Credit Union filed a Complaint in<br />

the Common Pleas Court of <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio in Case No. CV 20210175 against them, alleging<br />

that on February 2, 2004, William J. Hart and Carole A. Hart aka Carol Hart executed a promissory<br />

note to Plaintiff; that William J. Hart and Carole A. Hart aka Carol Hart have defaulted in the payment<br />

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promissory note, William J. Hart and Carole A. Hart aka Carol Hart executed and delivered a<br />

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Parcel No.: 17-00617.000<br />

Address: 11480 State Route 56 SE, Mt. Sterling, Ohio 43143<br />

Plaintiff says that said mortgage was delivered to the Recorder of <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio on<br />

February 10, 2004 and was recorded in OR 179, Page 859, and is the first and best lien on said<br />

premises save the lien of taxes and assessments and the costs of this action.<br />

That by reason of the failure of William J. Hart and Carole A. Hart aka Carol Hart to make the<br />

monthly payments as required, the Plaintiff has declared the entire amount due and mortgage<br />

securing such note to be absolute; that the Treasurer of <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio; Unknown Heirs,<br />

Fiduciaries, Beneficiaries, Donees and/or Devisees of Carole A. Hart aka Carol Hart; William J. Hart;<br />

and Unknown Spouse, if any, of William J. Hart, may have a claim against said premises. Therefore,<br />

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have the first and best lien herein, save the lien of taxes and assessments and the costs of this<br />

action, and that the priority of all liens be determined by this Court; that said premises be sold as<br />

upon execution free and clear of all liens, interest and dower, and the proceeds thereof applied to<br />

the Plaintiff’s claim set out in the foregoing complaint and the Plaintiff may have such other and<br />

further relief to which it may be entitled at law or in equity.<br />

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