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<strong>April</strong> 30, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVII No. 19<br />

MS finances on track<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Mount Sterling’s fiscal officer said the<br />

village’s finances are on track following the<br />

end of the first quarter of <strong>2023</strong>, but she cautioned<br />

village council members to remain<br />

vigilant about the budget moving forward.<br />

At the <strong>April</strong> 24 council meeting, fiscal officer<br />

Courtney Bricker reported that spending<br />

is at 19 percent, a good thing because it’s<br />

below the first quarter 25-percent mark.<br />

Revenues are at 35 percent, also good because<br />

they are above the 25-percent first<br />

quarter mark. Bricker reminded council<br />

members that some of the first quarter revenues<br />

were one-time revenues that won’t be<br />

there in subsequent quarters.<br />

“As we get towards the middle of the<br />

year, that’s when we’ll start reevaluating on<br />

what’s needed, what the budget’s going to<br />

look like, and how the spending is going. As<br />

far as right now, I’m pretty satisfied with<br />

what the budget is looking like,” she said.<br />

Bricker said the finance committee will<br />

continue to monitor the budget to make sure<br />

the village stays on point.<br />

Council member Andy Drake, chair of the<br />

finance committee, said the village continues<br />

to work on a backlog of maintenance issues<br />

this year, one of which could be repair of<br />

leaky water valves.<br />

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and making sure we’re tracking so if we do<br />

have unplanned expenditures, like valves<br />

and things like that, we’re thinking about<br />

how that ultimately plays out,” Drake said.<br />

The village reached stable ground fiscally<br />

last year following six years of state fiscal<br />

oversight due to theft and fraud committed<br />

by former village officials. The state released<br />

the village from fiscal oversight in October.<br />

Other news<br />

• Potholes. Tom Byrne, village administrator,<br />

said the village’s new DuraPatcher<br />

machine is already paying for itself. Village<br />

crews are using the machine to fill potholes.<br />

“Thirty-six potholes were filled last<br />

Wednesday (<strong>April</strong> 19). We’re almost all done<br />

on the north side of the tracks. A total of 42<br />

have been filled,” he said.<br />

• Water meters. The village has just 20<br />

new water meters left to install in residences<br />

around town.<br />

“We’re having issues getting into some<br />

houses. We have a plan to take care of that,”<br />

said council member Becky Martin, chair of<br />

the water/wastewater committee.<br />

Martin encouraged anyone who has yet<br />

to have a new water meter installed to contact<br />

utilities clerk Misty Vance at (740) 869-<br />

2040, ext. 111, or mvance@mtsterling.org.<br />

• Parking violation. Martin also chairs the<br />

street committee. She reported that she has<br />

seen vehicles parked with one wheel up on<br />

the curb on Columbus and Main streets. She<br />

said such parking is illegal and can damage<br />

curbs over time. Violaters can be ticketed.<br />

• Fence at park. The parks and recreation<br />

committee originally planned to have the<br />

e importance of trees<br />

Christopher Rittenhouse (left) and Josiah Hill help to mulch around one of two newly<br />

planted Sterling silver linden trees at Mason Park in Mount Sterling. They and their<br />

fellow third-graders from <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Local Schools took a field trip <strong>April</strong> 21 to<br />

participate in an Arbor Day celebration at the park. The village’s tree and beautification<br />

committee hosted the event. Tom Byrne, village administrator, and Alistair<br />

message around<br />

Reynolds, an urban forester with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, shared<br />

how we’re spending<br />

money here in the<br />

first part of the year<br />

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tree facts and answered students’ questions about trees. After the event, the students<br />

were treated to pizza and a showing of Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” at the Mount<br />

Sterling Community Center.<br />

London homicide investigation continues<br />


By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

A homicide investigation is under way following<br />

an incident that took place in London on <strong>April</strong> 21.<br />

At 5:43 p.m. that day, London’s police and fire<br />

units were dispatched on a report of an unresponsive<br />

male at 255 Washington Ave. Once on scene,<br />

first responders determined the male, Jamie A.<br />

Crim, 29, of London had been shot. His girlfriend<br />

found him when she returned home. Medics transported<br />

Crim to <strong>Madison</strong> Health where he was later<br />

pronounced dead.<br />

Information gathered at the scene and further investigation<br />

led to the arrest of Nilen C. Harner, 17, of<br />

Springfield. Harner was charged with murder on <strong>April</strong><br />

22. As of press time on <strong>April</strong> 25, Harner was being<br />

held at the Central Ohio Youth Center in Marysville.<br />

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.<br />

Authorities recovered a handgun at the scene<br />

that they suspect was used in the shooting.<br />

The London Police Department is heading up the<br />

investigation with assistance from the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Sheriff’s Office and <strong>Madison</strong> County Prosecutor’s<br />

Office. The Springfield Police and Ohio Bureau<br />

of Criminal Identification and Investigation<br />

assisted with the investigation and arrest. The<br />

Montgomery County Coroner’s Office conducted an<br />

autopsy on <strong>April</strong> 22.<br />

“We are still investigating and following up on<br />

leads,” said London Police Chief Glenn Nicol.

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Conroy is a board certified dermatologist<br />

who specializes in medical and surgical dermatology<br />

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The staff at DOCS pride themselves on<br />

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Conroy expressed special thanks to Dana<br />

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City hopes for federal funds for new police facility<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The London Police Department hopes to<br />

secure federal funding to help build a new<br />

public safety facility.<br />

The city of London tried twice in 2022 to<br />

pass a local tax levy that included a request<br />

for funding for a new police department.<br />

Those attempts failed. Now, city officials are<br />

waiting to see if they will receive federal<br />

funding for the project.<br />

The office of Ohio Rep. Mike Carey (District<br />

15) submitted a funding request on behalf<br />

of the city to the appropriations<br />

committee. The project is estimated to cost<br />

$12 million. Federal funding, if granted,<br />

would cover at least 55 percent of the cost<br />

with the city covering the rest.<br />

London’s police department project is one and the community as a whole. If the project wanted persons, and the like.<br />

of 15 projects Carey’s office submitted for were to move forward, the new facility “When there’s a hit, the device takes a<br />

consideration this fiscal year for District 15. would be built on Walnut Street.<br />

picture and sends out an alert. We will know<br />

An announcement on which projects received<br />

Nicol had been considering renovation of what the car looks like and what street it<br />

funding is expected late this year. the current building but decided to put that was on at what time,” Nicol said. “It’s going<br />

“Carey’s office was aware of our facility possibility on hold until the federal community<br />

to be a valuable tool, and it’s pretty exciting<br />

and the extreme needs here. They thought<br />

project funding announcement is made. that we can get that here in London.”<br />

it was a viable project to submit,” said London<br />

“Renovation would only fix about 10 percent The police department received a<br />

Police Chief Glenn Nicol.<br />

of our troubles and wouldn’t touch the major $32,100 grant through the National Policing<br />

A professional needs assessment conducted<br />

issues. It would just be a Bandaid,” he said. Institute’s rural violent crime reduction inipartment<br />

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License plate readers<br />

tiative. The grant covered the cost of six of<br />

to be very inadequate. Located at At the start of last week, seven license the license plate readers. The department<br />

10 E. First St., the facility’s offices and plate readers went live at fixed spots around used money from its budget to purchase a<br />

garage space are housed in a total of 6,000 London. The devices read license plates and seventh reader.<br />

square feet. The assessment stated that the alert the police department of any matches The grant covers the use of the readers<br />

department needs at least 18,000 square in the National Crime Information Center for two years. At the end of those two years,<br />

feet to adequately meet the safety and service<br />

(NCIC), a database of criminal justice infor-<br />

the police department will determine if they<br />

needs of the staff, the people they serve, mation on stolen property, missing persons, can sustain them into the future.<br />

Dermatology office opens in London<br />

County Chamber of Commerce for their attendance<br />

at the ribbon cutting.<br />

“We have built a tremendous foundation<br />

for success in the community largely because<br />

of these wonderful partnerships,”<br />

Conroy said.<br />

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Continued from page 1<br />

fence at Mason Park repaired, however, the<br />

contractor discovered problems that require<br />

replacement rather than repair of the fence.<br />

The concrete has heaved up in several places<br />

and the vinyl fencing has become brittle.<br />

The parks and recreation committee relies<br />

on private donations because it does not<br />

receive funding from village coffers. The<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Jeff Pfeil<br />

DOCS Dermatology held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new London location on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 18. Holding the ribbon is <strong>Madison</strong> Health CEO Dana Engle (left) and DOCS nurse<br />

practitioner Katie Weldy (right). Cutting the ribbon is DOCS dermatologist Michael P.<br />

Conroy M.D.; to his right is DOCS marketing outreach coordinator Diana Rigby. Also on<br />

hand were other representatives of <strong>Madison</strong> Health and representatives of the city of<br />

London and <strong>Madison</strong> County Chamber of Commerce.<br />

committee had saved up $10,000 for the<br />

fence repair. The quote to replace the fence<br />

requires another $12,300.<br />

Martin, who chairs the committee, proposed<br />

that council consider taking money<br />

from the village’s general fund to cover the<br />

$12,300. Legislation calling for authorization<br />

of this expenditure will be brought before<br />

council for an emergency vote on May 8.

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Fairhaven promotes<br />

autism awareness<br />

<strong>April</strong> is Autism Awareness Month. Students at the Fairhaven<br />

Early Learning Academy in London helping to promote awareness<br />

included: (from left) Gracelyn Miller, Chase Suter, and<br />

Kylee Sydebotham. This year’s theme is “We all fit here!”<br />

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Rotary Student of the Month: London<br />

Hard-working student-athlete<br />

The London Rotary Club is pleased<br />

to honor senior Alana Kramer as London<br />

High School’s <strong>April</strong> Student of the<br />

Month.<br />

Students of the month are selected<br />

by school administrators based on their<br />

academic and extracurricular achievement<br />

and positive character.<br />

Alana has a 4.246 grade point average<br />

and is ranked second in her class.<br />

She serves as the treasurer for the National<br />

Honor Society and states her favorite<br />

class is physics.<br />

Sports have been very important to<br />

Alana throughout her high school career.<br />

During the fall, she has played<br />

soccer and golf for the past three seasons.<br />

In soccer, she was named first<br />

team All CBC and second team All- Alana Kramer<br />

Central District in 2022-23. This past<br />

season she earned second team All CBC honors in golf.<br />

Alana is a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball<br />

and was named first team All CBC, second team<br />

All-Central District, and Honorable Mention All-State<br />

during the 2021-22 season. She received Academic All-<br />

State and CBC Sportsmanship awards this past year.<br />

During the spring, Alana is a member of the Red Raider<br />

track and field team where she has qualified for the regional<br />

championships and earned Honorable Mention<br />

All-Conference honors each of the last two years.<br />

When asked to name a school staff person who inspires<br />

her, she named high school social<br />

studies teacher Tim Coudret.<br />

“Mr. Coudret always makes my day<br />

better while encouraging everyone to<br />

be their best self,” she said.<br />

About Alana, Coudret said, “I have<br />

had the pleasure of working with<br />

Alana in the classroom and on the golf<br />

course. She is the type of person that<br />

immediately makes you a better<br />

teacher and coach. Alana has tremendous<br />

determination and a work ethic<br />

that is evident in everything in which<br />

she participates. These factors, combined<br />

with her obvious intelligence,<br />

leave no doubt that her future is very<br />

bright, and I cannot wait to see the<br />

great things Alana will accomplish.”<br />

Alana will graduate from Clark State<br />

with her associate degree next month<br />

prior to graduating from London High School. In the<br />

fall, she will attend The Ohio State University, majoring<br />

in psychology as part of a pre-occupational therapy<br />

track. Alana also will compete as a member of The Ohio<br />

State women’s varsity rowing team. She is the daughter<br />

of Lou and Janet Kramer of London.<br />

The London Rotary Club has a proud history dating<br />

back to 1929. It is a member of Rotary International, a<br />

volunteer organization of 1.2 million businesses and<br />

professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian<br />

service and help build good will and peace.<br />

Rotary Student of the Month: <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Full of kindness and empathy<br />

The London Rotary Club is pleased<br />

to honor senior Molly Fahy as <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains High School’s <strong>April</strong> Student of<br />

the Month.<br />

Students of the month are selected<br />

by school administrators based on their<br />

academic and extracurricular achievement<br />

and positive character.<br />

Molly has a 4.067 grade point average<br />

and is ranked seventh in her class.<br />

Her favorite courses are CCP American<br />

History and Anatomy. Molly has been<br />

in the marching band for four years and<br />

has served as squad leader for the<br />

flutes. She has also been in concert<br />

band for four years and jazz band for<br />

one year.<br />

Molly has been in Drama Club for<br />

Molly Fahy<br />

three years, playing the roles of M’Lynn<br />

in “Steel Magnolias” and Lucy in “You’re a Good Man,<br />

Charlie Brown.” She has been a member of Key Club for<br />

two years and currently serves as vice-secretary. Molly<br />

has also been in Quick Recall for three years and Spanish<br />

and Chess Club, each for one year.<br />

When asked to name a <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains staff member<br />

who inspires her, Molly said, “The teacher who inspires<br />

me the most is my anatomy teacher, Miss (Molly) Niese.<br />

She is passionate about teaching and finds many creative<br />

ways to make class interesting and fun. Additionally,<br />

she cares deeply about us and<br />

supports our ambitions. Her support<br />

encourages me to learn more and to be<br />

a better person.”<br />

About Molly, Niese said, “Molly is an<br />

absolute dream. I appreciate the fact<br />

that I inspire her, because the truth is,<br />

she inspires me in so many ways. Of<br />

course, Molly is a stand-out student,<br />

but she also possesses an aura of goodness<br />

that permeates into the halls of<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains. For as long as I have<br />

known her, she has consistently been<br />

a student poised with kindness and<br />

empathy. I am sad that her time at MP<br />

is coming to a close, but I cannot wait<br />

to watch the next chapter of her life<br />

unfold. I know I am looking forward to<br />

her first publication to come across my<br />

desk. Bravo, Molly!”<br />

After graduation, Molly plans to attend college and<br />

major in political science and minor or double major in<br />

communication. She is the daughter of Tim and Patrice<br />

Fahy.<br />

The London Rotary Club has a proud history dating<br />

back to 1929. It is a member of Rotary International, a<br />

volunteer organization of 1.2 million businesses and<br />

professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian<br />

service and help build good will and peace.

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Funds for emergency food/shelter Free legal clinic<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County has been chosen to receive<br />

$31,785 to supplement food and shelter<br />

programs in high-need areas around the<br />

county.<br />

The selection was made by a national<br />

board chaired by the U.S. Department of<br />

Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency<br />

Management Agency. The funding was appropriated<br />

by Congress. A local board will<br />

determine which agencies will receive the<br />

funds and any additional funds made available<br />

under the current phases of the program.<br />

Local agencies chosen to receive funds<br />

must:<br />

• be private voluntary non-profit or units<br />

of government;<br />

• be eligible to receive federal funds;<br />

• have an accounting system;<br />

• practice nondiscrimination;<br />

• have demonstrated the capability to deliver<br />

emergency food and/or shelter programs,<br />

and<br />

• have a voluntary board, if they are a<br />

private voluntary organization.<br />

Agencies must be able to accept electronic<br />

funds transfers and be able to submit<br />

electronic reports including spreadsheets.<br />

Public or private voluntary agencies interested<br />

in applying for Emergency Food<br />

and Shelter Program funds must contact<br />

Meredith Setterfield at msetterfield@uwccmc.org<br />

or (937) 324-5551 to receive an application.<br />

Applications must be received by<br />

5 p.m. May 4, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Lots of events coming up in Plain City<br />


Arkady “Art” Borukhovsky, 61, of West Jefferson, Ohio, died on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 21, <strong>2023</strong>, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.<br />

Art was born on June 5, 1961, in Kyiv, Ukraine, a son of Ilya and<br />

Maya (Chizek) Borukhovsky. He was an avid hockey fan and ran a<br />

youth roller hockey league for 10 years. Art enjoyed fishing, cooking,<br />

shopping, and music, but above all else, he loved his family.<br />

Art is survived by: his wife, Patricia Connick; his mother, Maya<br />

Borukhovsky; daughters, Rebecca ( Walter) Stewart of Cincinnati,<br />

Ohio, and Jessica (Austin) West of Akron, Ohio; sons, Nicholas<br />

(Megan) Borukhovsky of Knoxville, Tenn., Nathan (Jessica Yonkey)<br />

Borukhovsky of Salem, Ohio; and Rodrick (Brandi) Buescher of<br />

Ravenna, Ohio; grandchildren, Niya Stewart, Nolan Stewart, Max<br />

Borukhovsky, granddaughter on the way Luella Borukhovsky, Sam<br />

Harris, Ethan (Megan) Buescher, Adrick Buescher, Auria Buescher,<br />

and Brayden Buescher; great-grandchild, Maverick Buescher; exwife,<br />

the mother of his children, Kimberly Borukhovsky.<br />

He was preceded in death by his father.<br />

Visitation was held on <strong>April</strong> 29 at Lynch Family Funeral Home<br />

& Cremation Services, London. Memorial contributions may be<br />

made in Art’s memory to the American Diabetes Association.<br />

Online condolences may be shared at www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.<br />


William Herbert “Bill” Markley, 72, of London, Ohio, passed<br />

peacefully on <strong>April</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong>. Born on Sept. 1, 1950, in Columbus,<br />

Ohio, he was the son of Herbert C. and Norma Lee (Dillon) Markley.<br />

Bill graduated from London High School in 1969 where he excelled<br />

in football and basketball.<br />

He is survived by: his daughter, Andrea (David) Dillion, and son,<br />

Nick (Jessica) Markley, both of London; grandchildren, Caitlyn<br />

Biller, Samantha Ashmore, Cora, Cameron, Gabriella and Peyton<br />

Markley; brother, Matt Markley; and several nieces and nephews.<br />

He was preceded in death by: his parents; sister, Julie Markley<br />

Daniels; and brother, Andrew Markley.<br />

Private services were to held at the convenience of the family.<br />

The village of Plain City is hosting the<br />

following events. For more information, call<br />

(614) 873-3527, ext. 118, or visit the village’s<br />

parks and recreation Facebook page.<br />

• ODNR/COSI Bio Blitz. Explore the Big<br />

Darby from 6 to 8 p.m. May 3 at McKitrick<br />

Park, 350 E. Main St.<br />

• PCABA Opening Day. The Plain City<br />

Area Baseball Association will celebrate<br />

opening day for this year’s ball season on<br />

May 6. A parade is set for 10 a.m. starting<br />

at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Buzzing with the Bees. This educational<br />

program is slated for 2 p.m. May 13<br />

at the municipal building, 800 Village Blvd.<br />

• Aquatic Center. The pool opens on May<br />

27 at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Memorial Day Observance. A parade<br />

will take place at 9 a.m. May 29.<br />

• Bluegrass & BBQ. Enjoy live music<br />

and good food 12-7 p.m. June 4 at Pastime<br />

Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Ice Cream with a Farmer. 2-4 p.m. June<br />

10 at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Music in the Park. Enjoy live music at<br />

7 p.m. June 11, June 18, and June 25 at<br />

obituaries<br />

Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Fly with Falcons. This educational program<br />

will take place 6-8 p.m. June 23 in the<br />

south shelter at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe<br />

St.<br />

• Safety Town. Incoming kindergarteners<br />

in the Jonathan Alder Local School District<br />

are invited to participate in Safety<br />

Town. The event is set for 10 a.m.-12 p.m.<br />

daily, June 26-29, at Plain City Elementary,<br />

580 S. Chillicothe St. The cost is $45. Registration<br />

closes on May 1.<br />

Memorials in Bill’s name may be sent to: London Girls Basketball,<br />

c/o London High School, Attn: Kevin Long, 336 Elm St., London,<br />

OH 43140<br />

The family was served by Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,<br />

London, Condolences are encouraged to be shared at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />


Neval Christine Pennell, 91, formerly of London, Ohio, currently<br />

of Calabash, N.C., died on <strong>April</strong> 24, <strong>2023</strong>. Born on Feb. 28, 1932, in<br />

Mine Fork, Ky., she was a daughter of<br />

Willie and Martha (Cantrell) Conley.<br />

Neval was a waitress at the Red Brick<br />

Tavern for 65 years and attended Alder<br />

Chapel United Baptist Church in West Jefferson.<br />

Survivors include: her son and daughterin-law,<br />

John David and Tara Pennell;<br />

grandchildren, Julie Pennell, Deanne Ruff<br />

and Kelli (Craig) Jackson; seven greatgrandchildren<br />

and many great-great-grandchildren;<br />

siblings, Charles Conley, Patsy<br />

Runyon, Bill (Theresa) Conley, and Ann<br />

(Jack) Hatcher; and numerous nieces and<br />

nephews.<br />

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

husband, John Evan Pennell; son,<br />

Donald Ray Pennell; brothers, Winifred<br />

(Mary) Conley and Donald Conley; and inlaws,<br />

Naomi Conley and Fred Runyon.<br />

Private graveside services will be held at<br />

the convenience of the family in Deer Creek<br />

Township Cemetery, Lafayette.<br />

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

Funeral Home and Crematory, London,<br />

Condolences are encouraged to be shared at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

Funeral Home and Crematory<br />

The JusticeMobile will host a free legal<br />

clinic 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 30 at <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Job & Family Services, 200 Midway<br />

St., London. Services are provided on a firstcome<br />

first-served basis. Bring any relevant<br />

documentation.<br />

The JusticeMobile partners with local attorneys,<br />

bar associations, and law schools.<br />

The Justice Mobile is partnering with<br />

OhioKAN to offer free legal advice to <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County residents. Participants will<br />

have the opportunity to talk privately to an<br />

attorney about family law issues related to<br />

adoption and kinship care.<br />

For more information, call (614) 907-<br />

8515 or 1-844-OhioKAN, or visit www.justicemobile.org<br />

or www.OhioKAN.org.<br />

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www.madisonmessengernews.com<br />

National Day of Prayer<br />

National Day of Prayer ceremonies are<br />

planned for 12 p.m. May 4 at the town<br />

gazebo across from Mount Sterling village<br />

hall and outside the <strong>Madison</strong> County Courthouse<br />

in London.<br />

London Correctional Open House<br />

London Correctional Institution, 1580<br />

State Rte. 56 SW, will hold an open house<br />

12-3 p.m. May 7. The open house is free and<br />

open to the public, but attendees must be 18<br />

or older and have a valid picture identification<br />

card to enter the facility.<br />

Students deserve<br />

bricks & mortar<br />

This letter partially serves as a response<br />

to a letter to the editor from last week. It<br />

also seeks to share factual information with<br />

voters and help them make an informed decision.<br />

The letter from last week stated, in part:<br />

“<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Local School District wants<br />

to slip in another request for money by not<br />

advertising the ballot issue.” This is simply<br />

not true. The school sent an informational<br />

flyer about the May 2 election and bond<br />

issue to every home in the district. The<br />

school has been frequently posting information<br />

about the same on their Facebook page.<br />

The levy committee has continuously<br />

reached the public through their Facebook<br />

page, ForMP. The levy committee also has<br />

sent postcards and a newsletter to voters.<br />

Further, the levy committee has gone<br />

door-to-door in all of the district’s villages to<br />

discuss the bond issue and even set up a facilities<br />

walk-through for the public. Finally,<br />

an article about the bond issue was submitted<br />

to the media.<br />

The letter from last week also states:<br />

“Seems to me that a better alternative<br />

would be for <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains to merge with<br />

London City Schools to eliminate the administrative<br />

overhead.” This is not possible<br />

or realistic. London City Schools passed<br />

their bond issue two decades ago. Their<br />

schools have already been built for their<br />

needs. Their buildings could not support<br />

1,100 <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains students and staff.<br />

Fifty percent of <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains students<br />

are learning in trailers and have been since<br />

the last bond issue failed in 2010. The Intermediate<br />

Building which houses grades 4-6<br />

was built in the mid-1950s and is currently<br />

in a state of disrepair. Further, due to older<br />

construction methods and materials, repairs<br />

are not only difficult but expensive and<br />

parts are becoming harder to find.<br />

There has never been a more critical ballot<br />

issue for the current and future students<br />

of <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains. Our kids have worked so<br />

The tour will include visiting an incarcerated<br />

person’s living area, the recreation<br />

yard, and the food service building. The tour<br />

will conclude with a question-and-answer<br />

session and a PowerPoint presentation<br />

about the facility. For more information, contact<br />

Eric Morris, public information officer,<br />

at (740) 852-2454.<br />

letters to the editor<br />

hard to test at the top of all schools in our<br />

county. Let’s not wait for a catastrophic<br />

event to force us to make this decision. Our<br />

kids deserve brick and mortar schools like<br />

the students in neighboring districts. Vote<br />

to get our kids out of trailers. The need is<br />

real. The time is now.<br />

Jarrett Gary<br />

Mount Sterling<br />

Voting ‘yes’ for<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

While <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains is considered a<br />

generational school, my husband and I are<br />

not from here. We moved to Mount Sterling<br />

in 2008 to begin our life together. We did not<br />

attend <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains, but our three children<br />

currently do. I love where we live.<br />

Mount Sterling and surrounding areas are<br />

a great place to raise a family. <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains is a great place for my children to go<br />

to school. The <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains community is<br />

strong. They are family. We see <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains staff and classmates not only at<br />

school but at athletic events, church, 4-H,<br />

and the county fair. That is what we wanted<br />

when we first moved here, and I am happy<br />

to say we have it.<br />

I know that <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains tried to pass<br />

a bond issue once before, and I probably didn’t<br />

pay much attention to it then. However,<br />

here we are, 13 years later, trying to get one<br />

to pass again. I have heard some of the reasons<br />

people are voting “no.” I understand<br />

some but not others. People need to stop<br />

chewing on what once was and look to the<br />

future.<br />

I am voting “yes” for the bond come May<br />

2. Will it raise my taxes, yup. Am I happy<br />

about it, nope. But my children are worth it,<br />

our community is worth it, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

is worth it. I hope you will join me in voting<br />

“yes” for <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains!<br />

Courtney Allgeier<br />

Mount Sterling<br />

Fish Fries in West Jefferson<br />

American Legion Post 201, 9701 W.<br />

Broad St., West Jefferson, will host fish fries<br />

from 4 to 7 p.m. the first and third Fridays<br />

of each month, May 5-Oct. 20. Items available<br />

for donation include fish and fries, fish<br />

sandwiches, fries, sides, and soda. Carry out<br />

or eat in. Proceeds help veterans and Buckeye<br />

Boys State and Girls State delegates.<br />

Any donations are appreciated.<br />

Fish Fries in Mount Sterling<br />

Through the summer, the Knights of<br />

Pythias are hosting perch fish fries from 11<br />

a.m. to 7 p.m. the last Thursday and Friday<br />

of the month at Veterans Field next to the<br />

Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E.<br />

Main St.<br />

Legion’s 100th Birthday<br />

American Legion Post 201, 9701 W.<br />

Broad St., West Jefferson, will hold a party<br />

from 2 to 5 p.m. May 21 to celebrate the<br />

post’s 100th birthday. The public is welcome<br />

to come and meet the Legion members and<br />

see what the post does. Food and drinks will<br />

be served.<br />

Extension Office Open House<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Ohio State University<br />

Extension Office, 217 Elm St., London,<br />

invites the public to meet the new staff<br />

members who have come on board in the<br />

past year. An open house is planned for May<br />

2. Stop by between 8 and 9:30 a.m. or between<br />

3:30 and 6 p.m.<br />

Auditions<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Arts Council will present<br />

“The Sound of Music” July 20-22 at London<br />

High School.<br />

Auditions for adult roles (ages 17 and<br />

older) are set for 6 p.m. May 9-10 at Brennan<br />

Loft, 158 S. Main St. Those auditioning must<br />

bring 16 to 32 bars of a prepared song in the<br />

style of musical theater. They must bring<br />

sheet music; an accompanist is provided.<br />

They will do cold readings taken from the<br />

script. Call back are set for 6 p.m. May 12.<br />

Auditions for children’s roles (ages 7 to 16<br />

years old) are set for 6 p.m. May 16 at Brennan<br />

Loft. Those who audition will be taught<br />

a number from the show and asked to sing<br />

it. They also will do a short movement audition<br />

and cold readings from the script.<br />

Anyone who auditions is asked to bring<br />

a lit of personal schedule conflicts for May<br />

21-July 9. All cast members must be present<br />

for rehearsals July 9-19. The roles of Liesl<br />

and Rolf will be cast among the adults. Performers<br />

who are cast as Maria, Captain Von<br />

Trapp, or Liesl must plan to attend the children’s<br />

audition on May 16.<br />

For details, visit the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Arts Council on Facebook.<br />

Mt. Sterling Community Center<br />

164 E. Main St., call (740) 869-2453.<br />

May 2—6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., primary election<br />

polling location for residents of Mount<br />

Sterling, Oak Run Township, and Pleasant<br />

Township<br />

3-6 p.m., the food pantry is available for<br />

households that are income eligible. Distribution<br />

of pre-packed food boxes will be delivered<br />

to your vehicle. Please remain in<br />

your vehicle and you will be assisted in numerical<br />

order. Bring proof of residence at<br />

first visit and picture ID every visit. Call<br />

(740) 869-2453 for more information.<br />

5-6 p.m., Take Off Pounds Sensibly<br />

7-8 p.m., Alcoholic Anonymous<br />

May 3—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for adults<br />

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., senior lunch program<br />

for anyone 60 or older; RSVP at (740) 869-<br />

2453<br />

5-6 p.m., all level yoga class, $10<br />

May 4—10 a.n.-12 p.m., food pantry for<br />

households that are income-eligible. Prepacked<br />

food boxes will be delivered to your<br />

vehicle. Please remain in your vehicle and<br />

you will be assisted in numerical order.<br />

Bring proof of residence at first visit and<br />

picture ID every visit. Call (740) 869-2453<br />

for further information.<br />

10 a.n.-12 p.m., WIC participants can<br />

sign up and load benefits at the community<br />

center the first Thursday of each month.<br />

WIC provides food packages to income-eligible<br />

pregnant women and children until<br />

age 5. WIC also provides nutrition education<br />

and breastfeeding support to anyone in<br />

the community. Call WIC to schedule an appointment,<br />

(740) 852-3068.<br />

May 6–10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for all ages<br />

May 7—6:30-7:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous<br />

7-8 p.m., HEAT training (plyometrics,<br />

speed, and agility) for grades K-6<br />

8-9 p.m., HEAT training (plyometrics,<br />

speed, and agility) for grades 7-12<br />

Produce Market—second and fourth<br />

Tuesdays of every month.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Center<br />

280 W. High St., London, (740) 852-3001.<br />

May 1—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 9:30 a.m.,<br />

knit, crochet and needle crafts; 10:30 a.m.,<br />

sitting exercise/strengthening; 1 p.m., euchre;<br />

4 p.m., Delightful Dining trip departs<br />

May 2—9 a.m.-3 p.m., quilting class; 10<br />

a.m., bowling<br />

May 3—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 12 p.m.,<br />

bridge; 1 p.m., yoga stretch; 2 p.m., diabetes/weight<br />

loss support group<br />

May 4—9 a.m., chair volleyball<br />

May 5—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 8:45 a.m., Snooty Fox trip departs; 9<br />

a.m., painting class; 10 a.m., chimes; 1 p.m.,<br />

free movie.<br />

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78 S. Main St.<br />

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