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January 8, 2023 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVII No. 4
Land bank in the
works for county
By Kristy Zurbrick
Local government leaders have started the process of creating a
land bank. The first organizational meeting likely will take place
later this month.
A land bank, known formally as
a land reutilization corporation, is a
public authority or non-profit organization
that acquires unproductive
properties for the purpose of returning
them to productive use in the
community. Their parameters are
outlined in the Ohio Revised Code
“Our goal is to take properties
that are not contributing to the local
tax base and local community—properties
the private market doesn’t
seem to want at this time—then
make them attractive for new investment,”
said David Kell, Madison
County’s director of economic development
Land banks can acquire land through tax foreclosures, municipal
government transfers, auctions, donations, or open-market purchases.
The Madison County land bank likely will focus on acquiring
land through foreclosures, Kell said,
with some land donations, as well.
“We don’t want to disrupt the private
market,” Kell said. “If an individual or company
wants to buy a property through the
PERMIT NO. 1516
“Our goal is to take
properties that are not
contributing to the local
tax base and local community–properties
private market doesn’t
seem to want at this
time–then make them attractive
for new investment.”
–David Kell, Madison
County’s director of
normal processes, that’s what we encourage.
This is more for donated property or
property that doesn’t sell at auction.”
By law, land banks can acquire land at
little or no cost through property tax foreclosures
and with a clear title and/or elimination
of back taxes. Land banks can hold
properties tax-free. They must manage and
maintain the properties. Responsibilities
could include mowing, making sure the
property is secure, environmental cleanup,
The Madison County land bank does not
plan to hold onto properties for a long time,
nor does it plan to acquire every foreclosed
or donated property that comes along, Kell
said. The idea is to turn the properties
around and sell them for productive use,
whether that’s for housing, commercial development,
or other purposes that benefit
“We’re going to be selective,” Kell said.
“Everything will be evaluated on a case by
As for funding for property purchases
See LAND page 2
By Kristy Zurbrick
Installation of new playground equipment
at Westwood Park in West Jefferson
Crews started work the week of Dec. 26.
John Mitchell, the village’s director of public
service, expects the first part of the installation
to be completed in a week or two.
Equipment geared for children ages 2 to
12 years old is going in now at the front of
the park where two of the old tennis courts
used to be. Slides, swings, climbing apparatus,
and a merry-go-round with room for
wheelchairs are among the pieces being installed.
This playground will be divided
into two areas: one geared to 2- to 5-year
olds; the other geared to 5- to 12-year-olds.
Once the playground for younger children
is complete, crews will move on to a
second play area located at the back of the
park for ages 13 and older. It will consist
of an eight-station obstacle course.
Rubber surfaces will go down under
both playgrounds this spring.
The playground equipment is one part
of the village’s overall improvement plan
for the park. The basketball court has already
been refurbished. One of the old ten-
Photo courtesy of Village of West Jefferson
Crews have started to install new playground equipment at Westwood Park in West Jefferson.
Playtime at Westwood Park
Improvements to Westwood Park started last year and are continuing
this year. The basketball court has been refurbished, and
a tennis court now serves double duty as two pickleball courts.
This schematic shows the locations of two new playgrounds
going in now, one at the front of the park and one at the back.
Trails also are planned.
nis courts has been converted. It now doubles as a tennis court or
two pickleball courts. The nets will go up when the weather
The final project will be installation of trails throughout the
park. The hope is that the trails will go in this year, Mitchell said.
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Candidates must file by Feb. 1 for May ballot
By Kristy Zurbrick
The 2023 primary election is slated for
May 2. The deadline to declare candidacy
for seats up for election on the May 2 ballot
is 4 p.m. Feb. 1.
The seats up for election are:
• Madison County municipal court
• London mayor—four-year term.
• London council president—two-year
• London city auditor—four-year term.
• London law director—four-year term.
• London council members at-large—
three seats, each with two-year terms.
• London council member for Ward 1—
• London council member for Ward 2—
• London council member for Ward 3—
• London council member for Ward 4—
• West Jefferson mayor—four-year term.
In the county and London races, the top
vote getter in each race in the primary election
will move on to the Nov. 7 general election.
The West Jefferson mayor’s race will only
appear on the May 2 ballot if at least three
individuals file for candidacy. In that case,
the top two vote getters in the primary will
move onto the general election. If there are
two or fewer candidates, the race will not
Continued from page 1
and management, Kell said the land bank
has a few avenues it can pursue. The county
treasurer’s office can set aside some of its
Delinquent Tax and Assessment Collection
funds for the land bank. Government entities
in the county can put seed money into
the land bank.
“We will need to have those dollars if we
take on property,” Kell said.
Once the land bank is up and running,
proceeds from its property sales will go back
into maintaining and managing its other
The land bank will work closely with
townships and municipalities in the county.
“The last thing we want to do is have a
local community out of the loop, not knowing
what’s going on, and get surprised by
something happening in their community,”
County officials have been talking for
several years about creating a land bank.
They have seen other communities use
them successfully and thought now was the
right time to create one, Kell said.
“More than ever, in the decade I’ve been
here, this is the most active it’s been when
appear on the primary ballot. Those candidates
will appear on the general election
For information about how to file for candidacy,
contact the Madison County Board
of Elections at (740) 852-9424. Or visit the
office, 1423 State Route 38 SE, London (just
north of Fairhaven School). The office is
open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The exception
is Jan. 10, Jan. 12, and Jan. 13
when the office will be closed for staff training.
During those closures, staff will be
available by email at email@example.com.
The Secretary of State’s “2023 Candidate
Requirement Guide” outlines all requirements
and procedures and can be viewed or
downloaded at www.ohiosos.gov/globaleassets/publications/election/2023_crg.pdf.
It is recommended that potential candidates
visit the Madison County Board of
Elections office to pick up an information
packet that includes the “2023 Candidate
it comes to developers of all sizes and all
types of real estate being interested in
Madison County,” he said.
As an example, he pointed to Honda’s announcement
last fall that it plans to build
an electric vehicle battery plant in Jeffersonville.
“We are in a sweet spot between the (Jeffersonville)
plant and Marysville (where
Honda operates an auto assembly plant).
Two days after the announcement, we had
people calling our office about land for endusers
supplying that battery plant,” Kell
“We want to have tools (like the land
bank) to make sure we develop responsibly
and allow for any opportunity to be considered,”
To get the ball rolling, late last year, the
Madison County commissioners passed a
resolution to form a land bank and filed
Requirement Guide” and all other information
they need to file for a race.
As of Jan. 3, two people have filed petitions
for candidacy. Donald Brent Mc-
Daniels has filed for the London mayor’s
race. Ray Martin has filed for the West Jefferson
Following the Feb. 1 filing deadline, the
Board of Elections has until Feb. 13 to certify
the validity and sufficiency of candidates’
Other important dates:
• Independent candidates for races for
which primary races are held have until 4
p.m. May 1 to file petitions. Those whose petitions
are later certified will appear on the
Nov. 7 ballot.
• The voter registration deadline for the
May 2 primary election is April 3.
• Polls will be open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
with the Ohio Secretary of State.
The next step is to form a board. The
board must include two county commissioners,
the county treasurer, a representative
from the largest municipality in the county
(London), and three other members, including
one with experience in real estate. Mark
Forrest and Dr. Tony Xenikis plan to fill the
commissioner seats. County Treasurer
Stacey McKenzie will fill a seat, as will Rex
Castle, London’s safety service director.
“We will discuss appointments for the
other three seats at our first meeting,” Kell
said. “Our goal is to try to have a representative
from the north end of the county and
one from the south end of the county, plus
someone with a real estate background.”
Meeting dates, times, and places will be
posted to the Madison County government
website, www.co.madison.oh.us. Meetings
will be open to the public.
Hobbyists donate to library
The Ohio Radio Kontrol Society (TORKS) presents a $100 donation to Mount Sterling
Public Library to purchase children’s library materials: (from left) Library Director Steve
Brindza and TORKS members Bob Wegner and Terry Nitsch. Made up of members from
across the state, TORKS puts on shows featuring large, radio-controlled hobby aircraft
and watercraft. The group is based at Deer Creek State Park near Mount Sterling.
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Sign up now to save on marathon, half, & 5K
By Kristy Zurbrick
sources. Now, he’s hoping to see lots of
local faces, too.
The 3rd Annual London
“We would love to see more Madison
Marathon, Half Marathon, &
County people in the race at whatever distance,”
5K is just over three months
away, and more than 150 runners
have already signed up.
The course is flat and, therefore, fast,
making it a great race to achieve a personal
best time, according to Mars. Be-
“Registration is way ahead
of where it’s ever been... I anticipate
at least 300 (by race
certified, it’s also a great race to achieve an
cause the course is USA Track & Field
day) based on how things usually
play out,” said David
Marathon. The majority of the course is on
official qualifying time for the Boston
Mars, event organizer and
the rails-to-trails path.
Race day will be much the same as it
Race day is April 15. The marathon and has been in the past. Plenty of features will play off the London,
half marathon start at 7 a.m. The 5K takes Ohio vs. London, England theme established the first year. One feature
organizers hope to enhance this year is the atmosphere at the
off at 7:15. All three races start and finish
at Merri Mac Park.
Those who are already registered have “We want to bring more energy to our finish line experience,”
benefited from early sign-up discounts. The Mars said.
next price increase comes on March 1. Currently,
the entry fees are $90 for the the finish line tent. Other ideas are in the works.
To that end, they are setting up a double-decker bus prop near
marathon, $75 for the half marathon, and Also new this year, the race is part of the 2023 RUNColumbus
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Mars said he hopes to see a nice mix of
local and out-of-town runners participate. In
the first year of the event, he promoted the
race heavily outside of Madison County. The
idea, he said, was to bring in outside dollars
and thereby lessen the burden on local re-
To register for the London races, visit “London OH Marathon,
Half Marathon, and 5K” on Facebook. Look for the signup link. Or
visit https://runsignup.com and search for London, Ohio. These are
also the sites to visit to make donations to the event’s cause.
Since its inception, the London Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K
has donated its proceeds to Merri Mac Park Miracle, a non-profit
Grants go to fire departments
organization working to bring improvements to the park. Last year,
a new playground was installed. This year, the focus is on refurbishing
the existing ball fields at the park.
The Ohio Department of Commerce Division
of State Fire Marshal announced the
recipients of the 2023 MARCS (Multi-
Agency Radio Communications Systems)
grant. The division awarded a total of $3.5
million to 325 fire departments in 76 counties
Central Townships Joint Fire District received
a $19,000 grant. London Fire/EMS
received a $1,680 grant.
“This is a highly-competitive selection
process, so our emphasis has been on growing
the MARCS program with the goal that
one day every department in Ohio is on this
communication system,” said State Fire
Marshal Kevin S. Reardon. “Having first responders
with these state-of-the-art radios
improves emergency services for these counties
which increases the level of safety for
the communities they protect.”
The MARCS radio system allows first responders
to seamlessly communicate, not
only with each other, but with other agencies
responding to an incident. MARCS
radio system technology is advanced, and
the costs to acquire and operate it can be
significant. Priority funding goes to departments
applying as part of a regional or
county-wide effort, as well as departments
that show they are prepared to immediately
begin using the MARCS radios upon receiving
the award. The MARCS grant is available
annually to fire departments with
State grants for communications systems went to Central Townships
Joint Fire District and London Fire/EMS.
service areas of 25,000 people or fewer. Up to $50,000 per department
is available through this grant.
This cycle, the State Fire Marshal received more than $7.7 million
in requests for the $3.5 million in total available funding.
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Edith Lucille “Luddy” Huffer, 82, of London,
Ohio, died on Nov. 30, 2022, in Sterling
Place, Mount Sterling, after a long illness.
Born on July 19, 1940, in London, Ohio, she
was the daughter of John and Violet
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when she was 16 years old and worked there until her retirement
in 1994. She married Ken Huffer on Aug. 5, 1961. She loved bird
watching, cooking, gardening, and playing cards with friends. She
and her family owned, trained, and raced standardbred race horses.
She attended Staunton United Methodist Church until the onset of
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Ken Huffer, in 2017;
her parents; brother, John “Bud” Mason; and sister, Ellen Smith.
Survivors include: her son, Keith (Lisa) Huffer; granddaughters,
Chelsea (Dustin) Caudill and Lindsay Huffer, all of London; also
several nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family would like to thank the staffs of Sisters on Elm and
Loving Care Hospice.
The family requests that memorials in Luddy’s name be made
to: Ohio’s Hospice Loving Care, 779 London Ave., Marysville, OH
43040. Visitation and a funeral service were held on Dec. 2 at Lynch
Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, London. Pastor
Wayne Stuntz officiated. A private graveside service was set for a
later date. Condolences may be shared at www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Barbara Ann Bogenrife, 89, of London, Ohio, died on Dec. 27,
2022, in London. Born on Dec. 3, 1933, in London, she was the
daughter of Eldon and Helen (Atkins) Johnston
A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she leaves behind: her
husband of 71 years, Robert E. Bogenrife; sons and daughters-in-law,
Gary and Marci Bogenrife, Tim and Regina Bogenrife; grandchildren,
Rachel (Dana) Fisher, Austin Bogenrife, Ryan Bogenrife, and Jackie
(Ken) Bullock; great-grandchildren, Ally Kimbler (Andrew Looney),
Wyatt Bogenrife, Cole Bogenrife, Miles Bogenrife, Owen Bullock, Tyler
Bogenrife, and Riley Bogenrife; brother, Gayle Johnston; many nieces
and nephews, including special niece, Heather (John) Simmons.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Tom
Johnston and Jim Johnston.
A graveside service was held on Dec. 30 in Paint Memorial
Cemetery, London, with Pastor Dave Leckrone
officiating. Visitation was not observed.
Memorials in Barbara’s name may
be made for cancer research at www.cancer.org.
The family was served by Eberle-
Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,
London. Please visit www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com
to share condolences.
Sue Ellen Eckhart, 72, passed from this
life on Dec. 25, 2022. Her loving husband of
50 years, Don Elijah Eckhart, survives her
and mourns her loss.
She was born on Sept. 18, 1950, in Ross
County, Ohio, the daughter of the late
Frank and Suzanne Benner Gregg. She was
also predeceased by her in-laws, Melvin and
Surviving are two sons and daughtersin-law,
Greg and Kim Eckhart and Nathan
and Lina Eckhart. In addition, she is survived
by her sister, Gayle Mahaffey, and
her husband, David. Sue Ellen had three
grandchildren, Ella, Leo, and Paxton, and
two step-grandchildren, Melanie and Emmanuel,
as well as a niece, Molly Montgomery,
and a nephew, Ross Mahaffey. Left to mourn her loss is her
brother-in-law, Dale Eckhart, and his wife, Edith, of Germany. She
was a loving mentor to Victoria, Tyler, and Paige Fabry. She is survived
by a host of cousins and friends that she cherished.
Sue Ellen graduated from Paint Valley High School in Bainbridge
in 1968 and from Ohio University in 1972. She loved working with
children and had a career as a speech and language therapist, working
mostly at elementary schools in Philadelphia, Flint, Mich., and
Madison County, Ohio. She retired from West Jefferson Local Schools.
She was a woman of faith, a believer of Jesus, and enjoyed serving
others. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, and sewing. She loved
reading, gardening, adventures, and enjoying a good meal with family
or friends. Besides her family, Sue Ellen was crazy about animals.
Her most recent companion, Meg, was the last stray that she
took in. She was active in a book club with members of Grove City
Vineyard Church and in the Madison County Retired Teachers Association.
A Celebration of Life was set for 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at Grove City Vineyard
Church. Please consider a donation to the American Cancer
Society in her memory: https://tinyurl.com/324fht98.
Please visit www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com to share
a memory or condolences with the family.
Cristy Lyn Foltz, 66, of London, Ohio, died on Dec. 27, 2022, at
the Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
She was born on Sept. 28, 1956, in Xenia, Ohio, the daughter of
Robert and Gladys (Wells) Foltz. Cristy graduated from Reynoldsburg
High School in 1974 and then received her bachelor’s degree
from Ohio Dominican University. Cristy will be missed.
Cristy is survived by: her sister, Lori Wells of London; niece,
Madison Wells; and nephew, Dalton Wells.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; brother-in-law, Vincent
Wells; and her life partner, Ed Haney.
According to Cristy’s wishes, there were no services. The family
was served by Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services,
Michael “Mike” Elwyn Tipton, 68, of London, Ohio, died surrounded
by his loving family on Dec. 29, 2022, in Arbors West. Born
on May 7, 1954, in Chillicothe, Ohio, he was a son of Bennie and
Nora (Wyatt) Tipton.
Mike spent his career in farming. He was an avid gun collector
and a Harley Davidson enthusiast. Mike enjoyed spending time
with his grandkids above everything else. He also loved to tinker,
and you could always find Mike out in his shop working on some
kind of project.
He leaves behind: his daughter, Mickie (Chris) Jenkins; son,
Chris “Otis” Tipton; grandchildren, Heaven Jenkins and Devon
Jenkins; siblings, Jane (Ronnie) Wright, Tom (Jamie) Tipton, Tami
(Mike) Warnock, Benjy Tipton, Laura Tipton; uncle, Wayne Tipton;
a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and very special family
friends, the Call family.
Michael was preceded in death by: his parents; his beloved wife,
Sharon; and sisters, Connie McCallister and Judy Tipton.
Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
The family recommends that donations in Mike’s name be made
to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate.
The family is being served by Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and
Crematory, London. Condolences for the family may be shared at
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Michael “Mike” Allen, 62, of London, Ohio, died on
Dec. 30, 2022, in Scioto Community Nursing Home,
Columbus, Ohio. Born on Feb. 4, 1960, in Columbus,
Ohio, he was a son of William Richard and Leona (Hastings)
Mike had worked professionally as a truck driver, retiring
from Forrest Trucking after almost 20 years. He
truly enjoyed working and being on the farm with his
father. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing at Madison
Lake and hunting whatever was in season. He was a
member of Lafayette United Methodist Church and was
a very avid NRA member. Mike had been surrounded
by many friends who enjoyed his company. He absolutely
adored his grandchildren and always strived to
be the best possible grandfather to them. Mike loved his
family dearly and will be terribly missed by many.
He leaves behind: his mother, Leona M. Allen; sisters,
Monica Rogers, Marlene (Doug) Toops, Michelle
(Doug) Adams, Marsha (Mike) Toomey; children,
Shayne (Elizabeth) Allen, Amanda (Eric) Herron,
Jonathon (Holly) Allen, David (Kellie) Allen, Brandy
Allen; grandchildren, Dalton, Lyndsey, Jason, William,
Christian, Gabriel, Owen, Ian, Logan, Brooklynn, and
Willow; uncle and aunt, Paul and Beryldean Hastings;
several nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by: his father, William
R. Allen; and grandparents, Paul and Jessie Hastings.
Visitation and a funeral service were held on Jan. 3,
2023, in Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,
London. Interment followed immediately in Paint Memorial
Condolences for the family may be shared at
Ray H. Stuthard Jr., 76, of London, Ohio, died peacefully
on Dec. 31, 2022, in his residence surrounded by
his loving family. Born on May 11, 1946, in Columbus,
he was a son of Ray H. and Alma (Gregg) Stuthard Sr.
Ray was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was a drummer in the band “Odds and Ends” with
his cousin, Gene, as the lead singer. Ray had worked as
an insurance agent, managed the former Lawson’s in
London, and worked at Rockwell International before
working and retiring from Amtekco.
He is survived by: his children, Brandy (Brion Wood)
Stuthard-Wood of London, David (Millie) Stuthard of
Stockport and Jeremy Stuthard of Malta; grandchildren,
Dylan Claar, Skyler Stuthard, Austin Stuthard,
Conner Stuthard, and Collin Stuthard; many cousins.
Ray was preceded in death by: his parents; all of his
aunts and uncles; and his cousin, PFC Joseph Gene
Gregg, who was KIA during the Vietnam War.
Visitation was held on Jan. 3 and a funeral service
on Jan. 4, both at Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,
London, with Pastor Lee Stanley officiating. Interment
followed immediately in Kirkwood Cemetery,
London. Condolences for the family may be shared at
Scott Allen Harrington, 54, of West Jefferson, Ohio,
passed away on Jan. 1, 2023.
He was preceded in death by his mom, Cheryl Harrington,
and sister, Connie Crosby.
Scott is survived by: his father, Harold Harrington; life
partner, Michelle Henry; children, Alyssa Harrington,
Morgan Harrington, and Nathan Harrington; brother,
Adam Harrington; sisters, Tina Chafin and Kathy Fout;
grandchildren, Asher Jones and Mia Smathers.
Visitation was set for 12-1 p.m. Jan. 7 with a funeral
service to follow at Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral
Home, West Jefferson.
Visit www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com to
share condolences with the family.
James Edward Beatty, 67, of London, Ohio, died on
Jan. 2, 2023, at The Laurels of West Columbus. James
was born on Aug. 23, 1955, in Washington Courthouse,
Ohio, the son of Paul Edward and Ellen Lucille (Woods)
James was a 1973 graduate of Madison Plains High
School. He retired after many years from CRC in Orient,
Ohio. He was a talented woodworker, building
unique flag boxes and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces.
His son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren were the
true light of his life.
James is survived by: his loving wife of 43 years,
Mary Beatty; son, Mitchell (Lydia) Beatty; siblings, Ken
(Betty Jo) Beatty, Gary Beatty, and Betty Ganan; grandchildren,
Mason and Leela Beatty; sister-in-law, Luann
(John) Dulin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; siblings,
Don Beatty and Wilma Wilson; father- and mother-inlaw,
Bob and Jean Willis; brothers-in-law, Bob Willis
Jr. and Roger Willis; and sister-in-law, Dee Schultz.
Visitation was held on Jan. 5 and a funeral service
on Jan. 6, both at Lynch Family Funeral Home, London.
Pastor Mike Hodge officiated the service. Interment followed
at Madison Mills Cemetery.
James’s funeral arrangements were entrusted to
Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Condolences may be shared at www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Marilyn Sue (Foster) Miller, 76, of London, Ohio,
died on Jan. 2, 2023, in the Ohio State Wexner Medical
Born on Jan. 25, 1946, in Columbus, she was a
daughter of Kenneth Foster and Ruth Ellen (Dixon)
Marilyn spent her career working in transcription as
a word processor for the State of Ohio Industrial Commission.
She was a lover of all dogs and enjoyed fishing
in her spare time. Above all, her family was her world,
and she especially loved Sunday dinners when everyone
could be together.
She is survived by: her loving husband, Dean Anthony
“Tony” Miller; son, Jeffrey Kennedy, and daughter,
Barbara (Kennedy) Lambert; stepsons, Clay Miller
and Wesley Miller; grandchildren, Adam Lambert,
Emily Kate Lambert, Caleb Kennedy, Corey Kennedy,
Theresa Kennedy, and Madison, Finn, Atlas, and Hayes
Miller; great-grandchildren, Hudson Brown, Jason
Finnigan, Javin Finnigan, Tess Kennedy, Adam Lamri;
many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loved ones.
Marilyn was preceded in death by: her parents; and
sisters, Patricia (Foster) McGuire and Phyllis (Foster)
Visitation is set for 2-4 p.m. Jan. 7 in Eberle-Fisher
Funeral Home, London. Private funeral services will be
held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers,
the family recommends that memorials in Marilyn’s
name be sent to: Humane Society of Madison County,
2020 State Rte. 142 NE, West Jefferson, OH 43162.
Condolences for the family are encouraged to be
shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.
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for Women in Ag
What do you imagine when you think of a farmer?
Outfits and age may vary but undoubtedly most of us
imagine a male. But did you know that in Madison
County there are 417 female farmers with 250 of those
serving as the principal producer? In the 2017 Census
of Agriculture, 852 men reported being producers which
means one-third of farmers in Madison County are female.
If we look back at the 2012 census, only 240 women
reported being farmers and just 61 of them were principal
operators. That is almost a 310 percent increase in
female principal operators from 2012 to 2017. Women
have played important roles in agriculture since humans
began cultivating the earth. These statistics reflect
that role being recognized, accepted, and even
celebrated more today than ever before.
As a female agriculture educator, I have a passion
for helping women thrive in their roles on the farm.
Through Women in Ag monthly meet-ups, I believe female
farmers and those serving the ag sector can learn
not only from our guest speakers but also each other
through sharing ideas.
We will meet the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning
Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. and hear from a variety of
speakers after a time of fellowship over a good meal.
Upcoming topics and dates:
• Jan 24—Ukraine Agriculture and Economic Implications,
Dr. Allan Lines, professor emeritus of agricultural,
environmental and development economics
• Feb 28—Agroecosystem Dialogue, Dr. Aaron Wilson,
state climatologist, ag weather and climate field
specialist, and Jason Cervenec, education and outreach
director, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. Join
in a discussion on climate change impacts and agricultural
resilience. Bring your lived experiences and share
with others as participants collectively explore potential
actions that may help the community adapt to changing
• Mar 28—How to do on-farm research, Dr. Elizabeth
Hawkins, agronomic systems field specialist.
The cost to attend meet-ups is $15 and covers the
meal and other expenses. The current meeting location
is the Gwynne Conservation Area Cabin, 690 Arbuckle
Rd., London. Social hour and dinner begin at 5:30 p.m.
with the guest presentation starting at 6:30. Please
RSVP at go.osu.edu/madisonwia.
To view the statistics mentioned in this article, visit
Amanda Douridas, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Extension Educator, Madison County
Fund helps to pay
vet bills for pets
We at the Humane Society of Madison County are
reaching out to our supporters in hopes that you can
help us with a donation to replenish our Mercy Medical
Fund. The Mercy Medical Fund allows us to cover medical
expenses for animals that arrive at our shelter
needing to be seen by a veterinarian at a clinic or hospital
for medical conditions we cannot treat at the shelter.
In 2022, we provided care for more than 639 cats
In 2022, we spent more than $25,000 on outside veterinary
care. That $25,000 does not include the medications,
vaccinations, surgeries, and treatments we’ve
done at the shelter. While we plan and budget for some
outside vet costs, this past year has taken a huge bite
out of our medical fund.
We had little kittens with eye issues who needed surgery
and treatment, dogs who needed cardiology evaluations,
and others who tested positive for heartworm
and needed months of treatment. We also had many animals
with severe dental disease and other health issues
that required X-rays and bloodwork to figure out what
The animals deserve a chance to live a good life
where they have an opportunity to find a new family
who will love them, value them, and give them a home
where they can feel safe. Please consider being a part of the process
that makes this happen by making a donation to our Mercy Medical
Tax deductible donations can be made by visiting our website,
www.hsmcohio.org, and clicking on the “donate” button. Donations
can be sent through the mail to: HSMC, 2020 Plain City-
Georgesville Rd. NE, West Jefferson, OH 43162.
For more information, call the shelter at (614) 879-8368 or click
the “contact us” button at the bottom of our web page.
Meg Werner, executive director
Humane Society of Madison County
Toy drive organizers
thankful for support
On behalf of the Tri-County Firefighter’s Association and Mount
Sterling Community Center, I would like to thank all those who donated
to the 2022 toy drive. What an amazing response from the
community this year with the firefighters and Community Center
teaming up to help families in our community. The response was
I would like to thank those who gave generously, donating
money, toys, and gift cards for children and young adults. The community
helped 43 families and 126 youths. I also want to thank the
local businesses that put a fire boot in their establishments to collect
Some of the local organizations and businesses that donated
funds this year include: Ohio Civil Service Employees (ODOT),
Gerald T. Baynes, Jay Car, Sterling One Stop, Mount Sterling
American Legion Post 417 Charitable Fund, Knights of Pythias Talmadge
Lodge 194, Masonic Lodge, EDF Renewals, CCCU Church,
and Meijer’s at Route 665.
In the past years, I had forgotten to thank Wincup for the boxes
they supplied to the fire department to store toys purchased for the
children. That was an oversight on my part. Again, thanks to Wincup.
Finally, the Firefighter’s Association and Mount Sterling Community
Center could not do what they do at Christmas for families
and children without community support. Thanks again for your
support, and we hope to do this again for Christmas 2023. Happy
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Easy-going Mabel and sweet Star up for adoption
The following are among the pets up for
adoption at the Humane Society of Madison
I'm Mabel, an
year-old boxer mix
doggy. I came to
the shelter after a
nice person found
me and knew I
needed to get
somewhere safe. I
love treats, love to visit the cat adoption
room, and I do well with fellow older canines
who don’t jump on me and bug my joints.
I keep my kennel clean and still have a
lot of miles under the hood. The staff here
call me a “roomba vacuum cleaner” because
I am always sure to pick up treats that fall
onto the floor. I’m a big girl at 84 pounds,
but I walk well on a leash and have a very
gentle soul. If you are looking for an older,
calm dog who appreciates a soft bed and
loves to take naps with you, look no further.
Adoption fees for dogs vary: shelter dogs
are $180, prison dogs are $250, puppies are
$300, and popular pure-breeds are $400.
The price includes: a Home Again microchip,
set of shots, deworming, heartworm
testing (if old enough), spay or neuter, and
a one-year rabies shot (if old enough). All
dogs adopted must leave with a county license
at an additional cost of $17; this fee is
cash only. Adoption fees can be paid by cash
or credit card.
A Star is Born
Meet our friend, A Star is Born. She is
getting a fresh start at the shelter. This
young lady has an estimated birthdate of
July 15, 2021. She was found abandoned
with some of her siblings, so she hasn’t always
had it easy. She has gained more and
more trust with people since being at the
shelter. She has transformed into the sweetest
girl and loves nothing more than to sit on
a nice warm lap or next to you on the couch
and get all the pets you're willing to give her.
She purrs up a storm and is a total lovebug.
She has discovered she is a huge fan of
being brushed, and that makes her gorgeous
coat super shiny. She will be a wonderful
addition to the
lucky person or
family who gives
her a chance. Star
is a very observant
girl who loves people
checking out the
other kitties. She is
a big fan of canned
food and treats.
With slow and proper intros to people or
other pets, the shelter staff think she will
adjust just fine. She loves other cats and
would love to be around other kitties. Pets
with calm, polite energy would be great.
Star would do just fine with kids who have
experience with kitties.
The adoption fee is $100 for kittens up to
6 months old and $80 for cats 7 months and
older. It includes: a FeLV/FIV test (if old
enough), spay or neuter, set of shots, deworming,
and a one-year rabies shot (if old enough).
Fees can be paid by cash or credit card.
Humane Society Info
The Humane Society is located at 2020
Plain City Georgesville Rd., West Jefferson.
If you are interested in adopting a pet, fill
out an application online at www.hsmcohio.org
or call the shelter at (614) 879-8368.
The shelter is open by appointment.
The Humane Society appreciates donations
of supplies; call for a list of items.
Fairfield Township Trustees
The first meeting in 2023 for the Fairfield
Township board of trustees will take
place at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at the township hall,
9100 Big Plain-Circleville Rd. Thereafter,
meetings will be held at 8 p.m. on the first
and third Mondays of each month at the
township building, unless otherwise publicized.
All meetings are open to the public.
The Madison County Board of Developmental
Disabilities will meet at 4 p.m. Jan.
19 at the administrative office, 500 Elm St.,
London. In the event the meeting needs to
be postponed, it will take place on Jan. 26.
The Madison County Board of Developmental
Disabilities will host an American
Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 20 in the Fairhaven School gym, 510
Elm St., London. To schedule an appointment,
call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.,
sponsor code “Fairhaven.”
Sterling Joint Ambulance
The Sterling Joint Ambulance District
will meet in regular session on Jan. 14 at
which time the 2023 annual budget will be
set. Meetings are held at 8 p.m. on the second
Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise
noted, and are open to the public.
London government meetings
The following London city government
meetings take place in the conference room
at city hall, 20 S. Walnut St., unless otherwise
• Finance committee—Jan. 9, 6 p.m.
• Historic review board—Jan. 10, 4 p.m.
• Public safety—Jan. 10, 5 p.m.
• Civil service—Jan. 11, 4 p.m.
• Historic downtown revitalization—Jan.
12, 7 p.m., at the London State Theater
• Tree commission—Jan. 17, 5 p.m.
• City council—Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m., council
chambers at city hall
• City properties—Jan. 25, 5:15 p.m.
• Public utilities—Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.
The Madison County London City Health
District Board will hold its next regular
meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at Madison County
Public Health, 306 Lafayette St., London.
Soil and Water Conservation
The Madison Soil and Water Conservation
District’s monthly board meeting for
January will take place Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. in
the Madison County Engineer’s Conference
Room at 825 U.S. Highway 42 NE, London.
The public is welcome.
Mt. Sterling Community Center
164 E. Main St., (740) 869-2453.
• Jan. 10—10-11 a.m., Take Off Pounds
3-6 p.m., food pantry for income eligible
households. Pre-packed food boxes are delivered
to your vehicle. Bring proof of residency
at your first visit and photo ID at
every visit. Call the center for details.
8-9 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous
• Jan. 11—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.—senior lunch program
for ages 60 and older, RSVP at (740) 869-
5-6 p.m., all-level yoga ($10 per class)
• Jan. 14–10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for
• Jan. 15–6:30-7:30 p.m., Alcoholics
• Produce Markets—second and fourth
Tuesdays of every month.
Madison County Senior Center
280 W. High St., London, (740) 852-3001.
Jan. 9—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise;
9 a.m., chair volleyball; 9:30 a.m., crochet,
knit, and needle crafts; 10:30 a.m., sitting
exercise and strengthening; 1 p.m., euchre
Jan. 10—9 a.m.-3 p.m., quilting class; 10
Jan. 11—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise
class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 12 p.m.,
bridge; 1 p.m., yoga stretch; 2 p.m., diabetes
and weight loss support group
Jan. 12—9 a.m., chair volleyball
Jan. 13—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise;
9 a.m., painting class; 1 p.m., movie.
Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library, 270
Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jeff, (614) 879-8448.
• Storytime. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays
• Booklovers. The group will discuss
“The Christmas Boutique” by Jennifer Chiaverini
at 4 p.m. Jan. 9.
• Library Board. The board will meet at
6 p.m. Jan. 10 in the library meeting room.
For more information, contact Director
Chris Siscoe at email@example.com.
• DIY Snowflakes. Adults 18 and older are
invited to register for this program, slated for
11 a.m. Jan. 14, during which participants
will make snowflakes out of hangers.
• Closed. The library will be closed on
Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
• Warm Up West Jefferson. The library
is accepting donations of new and gently
used blankets and winter gear. The items
will be available to take for anyone who
Mount Sterling Library
60 W. Columbus St., (740) 869-2430.
• Storytime. Storytime is on haitus in
January and returns on Feb. 6.
• Friends of the Library. The group will
meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 on the library’s
main level to discuss final details for the
Victorian Sweetheart Tea in February. New
members are welcome.
• Library Board of Trustees. The board
will meet at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 12 following the
Mount Sterling Community Museum board
meeting. Both meetings are open to the public.
For details, call Library Director Steve
Brindza at (740) 869-2430.
• Around Town Book Club. The group
will discuss “The Little Old Lady Who Broke
All the Rules” by Catharina Engelman-
Sundberg at 7 p.m. Jan. 26.
• Ladies Night Out. Ladies only are invited
to RSVP to a potluck movie night on
Jan. 30. RSVP by calling the library or texting
Melissa at (614) 315-7939. Seating is
limited. The movie is “Ticket to Paradise”
(PG-13). The library will provide pizza, popcorn,
canned soda, bottled water, and hot
coffee. Bring a dish to share. Doors open at
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Notice of Oil and Gas Lease Forfeiture Pursuant to
Section 5301.332 of the Ohio Revised Code
Notice is hereby given to Dalton & Hanna Co., which is believed to be a trade or registered
name for Lloyd Dalton, whose collective last known address is 3477 Commerce Parkway,
Suite B2, Wooster, OH 44691, and their successors and assigns of the following:
M/I Homes of Central Ohio, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company (“Lessor”), is the
current lessor under an Oil and Gas Lease by and between Ellen S. Crago and Farrel L.
Crago, wife and husband, as lessors, and Dalton & Hanna Co., as lessee (“Lessee”), dated
June 23, 1992, and recorded in Lease Record Volume X, Page 33 of the Union County,
Ohio Recorder’s Office (the “Lease”). The Lease covers the following premises:
107.3 acres, more or less, located in Virginia Military Survey No. 3743, Jerome
Township, Union County, Ohio and Darby Township, Madison County, Ohio,
formerly or presently bounded by Bethel Road Investment Co., Inc. on the North;
Doris W. Cary and Jonas M. Frey on the East; State Route 161 on the South; and
Bethel Road Investment Co., Inc. and Roger Scheiderer on the West.
The Lease has a term of 5 years and continues so long thereafter as oil or gas is produced
from the leasehold premises and royalty or rentals are paid, as provided in the Lease. The
Lease is not recorded in Madison County, Ohio.
Lessor is the current owner of the leasehold premises, being Madison County, Ohio Parcel
Lessor is the current owner of that portion of former Parcel No. 15-0021025.000 (n/k/a
Parcel No. 18-0021025.0000 by virtue of annexation) containing 72.60 acres, more or
less, located in Jerome Township (now Plain City by virtue of annexation), Union County,
Ohio, as described in a Limited Warranty Deed and Fiduciary Deed dated effective as of
September 19, 2022 and recorded in Instrument Number 202209270009100 of the Union
County, Ohio Recorder’s Office. The foregoing property comprises all or a portion of the
Pursuant to Section 5301.332 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Lease has been forfeited as
there are no producing or drilling oil or gas wells on the leasehold premises and (i)
covenants of the Lease regarding the drilling of a well and payment of delay rentals have
been breached; (ii) covenants of the Lease regarding production have been breached; and/or
(iii) the term of the Lease has expired. Lessor intends to file for record an affidavit of
forfeiture with the Union County, Ohio Recorder’s Office if Lessee does not release the
Lease of record within thirty (30) days of the publication of this notice.
Published on this 8th day of January, 2023.
M/I Homes of Central Ohio, LLC
Attn: Josh Barkan
4131 Worth Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
MM JANUARY 8, 2023
NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
IN THE COMMON PLEAS COURT OF MADISON COUNTY, OHIO
1 N. Main St., London, Ohio 43140-0527
United States of America acting through the Rural Housing Service or successor agency,
United States Department of Agriculture vs. Esquill Napper, Deceased, et. al.
Case No. CV 20220154
Unknown Administrator, Executor, or Fiduciary of the Estate of Esquill Napper, Deceased; Unknown heirs, legatees,
devisees, executors, executrixes, administrators, administratrixes, assignees, and representatives of Esquill
Napper, Deceased; Unknown spouses of unknown heirs, legatees, devisees, executors, executrixes, administrators,
administratrixes, assignees, and representatives of Esquill Napper, Deceased; and, Unknown guardian
of minor and/or incompetent heirs of Esquill Napper, Deceased, whose addresses are unknown, will hereby
take notice that on December 5, 2022, United States of America acting through the Rural Housing Service or
successor agency, United States Department of Agriculture, filed its Amended Complaint in Foreclosure and
Marshaling of Liens in the Common Pleas Court of Madison County, Ohio, 1 N. Main St., London, Ohio 43140-
0527, being Case No. CV 20220154 against Esquill Napper, Deceased, et al. praying for judgment in the amount
of $112,727.37 with interest thereon according to the terms of the note from July 15, 2022 until paid and for
foreclosure of said Mortgage Deed on the following described real estate, of which said Esquill Napper, is the
owner of: Real estate located at 110 Dover Rd., London, OH 43140, as further described in Plaintiff's mortgage
recorded on July 2, 1998 in OR Volume 0080 Page 0003 of the Mortgage Records of Madison County, Ohio;
and that the aforementioned Defendants be required to set up any interest they may have in said premises or
be forever barred, that upon failure of said Defendants to pay or to cause to be paid said judgment within three
days from its rendition that an Order of Sale be issued to the Sheriff of Madison County, Ohio, to appraise, advertise
in The Madison Messenger and sell said real estate, that the premises be sold free and clear of all claims,
liens and interest of any of the parties herein, that the proceeds from the sale of said premises be applied to
the Plaintiff's judgment and for such other relief to which United States of America acting through the Rural
Housing Service or successor agency, United States Department of Agriculture is entitled.
Said Defendants are directed to the Amended Complaint. Said Defendants are required to answer within
twenty-eight days after the publication. Said Defendants will take notice that you are required to answer said
Amended Complaint on or before the day of February 27,2023, or judgment will be rendered accordingly.
United States of America acting through the Rural Housing Service or successor agency, United States Department
of Agriculture, Plaintiff; Stephen D. Miles/Vincent A. Lewis Attorneys for Plaintiff, 18 W. Monument Ave.,
Dayton, Ohio 45402
MM DEC. 25, 2022, JAN. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2023
PROBATE COURT OF MADISON COUNTY, OHIO
ESTATE OF JOSEPH GLENN REEVES, II, DECEASED
CASE NO. 20221211
NOTICE AND CITATION OF HEARING ON
APPOINTMENT OF FIDUCIARY
[R.C. 2113.06 and 2113.07]
To the following persons:
Kayla Reeves, unknown address
Alisa C. Jenkins has filed an application in this Court,
asking to be appointed to administer decedent’s
The hearing on the application will be held Thursday,
January 26, 2023 at 2:00 o’clock P.M. in this Court.
This Court is located at 1 North Main Street, London,
Ohio 43140. (First floor of the Courthouse)
You are one of the persons entitled to administer decedent’s estate,
and if you wish to be considered for appointment to do so you must
apply to this Court. If you do not apply, it will be considered that you
renounce your right to administer the estate. The Court may appoint
any suitable and competent person to administer the estate, giving
due weight to relative priority of rights to do so. Even if you decline
appointment yourself, if you know of any reason why the above
applicant is not suitable or competent, you should appear and inform
s/Christopher J. Brown, Probate Judge
By: Lynn Pulver, Chief Deputy Clerk
MM DEC. 25, 2022 & JAN. 1 & 8, 2023
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Sale of Real Estate
CitiMortgage, Inc. Successor by Merger to
ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc.
Jason L. Richendollar aka
Jason Luke Richendollar, et al.
The description of the property to be sold is as follows:
190 South Union Street, London, Madison, Ohio,
Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:
Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com
opening on 1/17/2023 at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum of
Property may be sold on a provisional sale date should
the third party purchaser fail to provide their deposit
within the allotted time.
Provisional Sale Date: 01/31/2023 at 10:00 a.m.
Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required is
$5000.00 to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours of the
sale ending. No cash is permitted.
Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs,
allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are
insufficient to cover.
To view all sale details and terms for this property visit
www.Auction.com and enter the Search Code:
CVE20210213 into the search bar.
MM DEC. 25, JAN, 1 & 8, 2023
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