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<strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII No. 43<br />

Bond issue on ballot to build new MP school<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Local School District is seeking voter<br />

approval of a bond issue to build a new school facility to serve<br />

students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and career<br />

tech. The building would be located on the district’s current<br />

campus at State Route 38 and Linson Road. The issue appears<br />

on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.<br />

The school district originally placed the issue on the May<br />

2 election ballot, asking for a 9.9-mill levy that would have<br />

cost taxpayers $346 per year per $100,000 of property valuation.<br />

The issue failed.<br />

The district has lowered their request to 7.5 mills for the<br />

second attempt. If passed, the cost to the taxpayer would be<br />

$263 per year per $100,000 of property valuation. The overall<br />

cost and scope of the project remains the same.<br />

Two factors made the reduced millage possible. First, the<br />

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development,<br />

has offered the district a lower government interest<br />

rate of 3.625 percent. (In the first ballot attempt, the estimated<br />

interest rate on the open market was 5 percent.) Second,<br />

the school board voted to commit $7.6 million to the<br />

project from current and future local revenues.<br />

The total cost of the project is $68.6 million. The levy<br />

would raise $55,360,775 over a maximum period of 37 years.<br />

The remaining costs would be covered by the Ohio Facilities<br />

Construction Commission ($5.59 million) and the local school<br />

district funds ($7.6 million).<br />

In addition to construction of the new building, the project<br />

would include removal of the district’s modular units and<br />

demolition and abatement of the intermediate building.<br />

Funds also would be available for<br />

demolition and abatement of the high<br />

school, but the district is exploring<br />

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of the high school to use for additional<br />

athletic facilities, central office<br />

space, maintenance space, storage,<br />

and community meeting space.<br />

The ballot issue does not include<br />

funding for a stadium project, central<br />

office space, transportation/maintenance<br />

facilities, or operating expenses.<br />

“We don’t anticipate the need for<br />

another operating levy. We anticipate<br />

operating costs staying the same<br />

or decreasing due to efficiencies and<br />

better space configuration (with the<br />

new building),” said <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Treasurer Todd Mustain.<br />

By constructing one new building, rather than multiple buildings, the<br />

district would decrease duplication of spaces, heating/cooling systems, and<br />

staff, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing costs, said Superinten-<br />

This schematic, an initial draft for planning purposes, shows the possible<br />

layout for a proposed school facility to house <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Local<br />

Schools students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. A bond issue<br />

for construction appears on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.<br />

This map, an initial draft for planning purposes, shows the possible location<br />

(far left) of a proposed new school facility at <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains.<br />

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dent Chad Eisler. Mustain noted that having<br />

all staff under one roof would make for<br />

better coordination and collaboration.<br />

The building would be designed to have<br />

distinct areas and entrances for elementary,<br />

middle school, and high school grades so<br />

that those populations would stay separated<br />

as much as possible throughout the day.<br />

Additionally, the building would have at<br />

least two gymnasiums, wide hallways to alleviate<br />

congestion, up-to-date laboratory<br />

and technical systems to meet 21st century<br />

classroom needs, and up-to-date security<br />

systems.<br />

The district’s current facilities are aging,<br />

school leaders said. Some of the facilities<br />

date back to the 1950s. The high school, the<br />

newest building on campus, dates back to<br />

1978. The modular units that house the elementary<br />

and junior high grades were installed<br />

in 2011 and are reaching the end of<br />

their useful life. Asbestos makes repairs expensive<br />

and disruptive. Parts are hard to<br />

find for outdated heating and cooling systems.<br />

New roofs, doors, and windows are<br />

needed in many cases.<br />

The state and an independent firm evaluated<br />

the current facilities and found the cost<br />

to repair/remodel them would be 81 percent<br />

of the cost to replace them. The district is<br />

proposing new construction over renovation<br />

because it would provide a completely new<br />

facility, more opportunities for student learning,<br />

and no disruption in learning as students<br />

would keep going to school as they are<br />

now while the new school is built. Also, the<br />

Ohio Facilities Construction Commission<br />

does not co-fund renovation projects that are<br />

over 67 percent of the cost to replace.<br />

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Pink Day benefits cancer awareness<br />

The West Jefferson Youth Athletic Association is holding a Pink<br />

Day on Oct. 28 to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. The<br />

flag game is set for 12 p.m., followed by the JV game at 1:30 and<br />

the varsity game at 3. Events include a 50/50 raffle, gift basket raffle,<br />

performances by the youth cheer teams, and concessions. Proceeds<br />

benefit Santino’s Crusade and The James Cancer Hospital<br />

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Lilly Chapel Methodist Church hosted its<br />

annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 14. Although<br />

inclement weather put an end to<br />

the festivities a bit earlier than planned,<br />

dozens of children and adults were still<br />

able to participate in spooktacular events<br />

including a cake walk and a haunted<br />

hayride.<br />

(AT RIGHT) Juliana Meyer, 3, lights up<br />

when she meets another pumpkin.<br />

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Fall celebration at Shekinah<br />

Shekinah Christian School is hosting its<br />

2nd Annual Fall Celebration on Oct. 28, 2-5<br />

p.m., at the school, 10040 Lafayette Plain<br />

City Rd., Plain City.<br />

The public is invited to attend. Admission<br />

is $7 per child and $5 per adult. A visit<br />

to the pumpkin patch is included in the<br />

price of admission. There is a limit of one<br />

pumpkin per person. A decorating station<br />

will be available.<br />

Other activities include inflatable axe<br />

throwing, a football toss, facepainting, and<br />

a bounce house. Student-led bands will perform<br />

live music throughout the afternoon.<br />

Homemade desserts and snacks will be<br />

available for purchase, as will Rocky Mountain<br />

Coffee.<br />

New this year is a Jeep cruise-in. Visitors<br />

are invited to “duck” their favorite entries<br />

by placing a rubber duck on them. The Jeep<br />

with the most ducks will win a gift card<br />

package valued at $125 from The Red Hen,<br />

Pioneer Pizza, The Grainery, and Yutzy’s<br />

Farm Market. There is no entry fee to enter<br />

a vehicle in the cruise-in.<br />

Shekinah’s Fall Celebration serves as a<br />

fundraiser to help offset costs of the junior<br />

high’s Washington D.C. trip and leadership<br />

retreat which takes place every other year.<br />

The next trip is in 2025.


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Haunted House theme based on ‘Purge’ movies<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

active year,” said Tim Corbin, organizer.<br />

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

Visitors will make their way from room to room on<br />

Masonic Lodge 269 in Mount Sterling is at it again.<br />

the first floor of the lodge, encountering scares and<br />

Their 4th Annual Haunted House weekend is coming<br />

creepiness along the way. The experience finishes up<br />

up, and people of all ages are welcome to attend.<br />

with an exit out of the back of the building.<br />

On Oct. 27-28, hours are 6 to 11 p.m. with strobe<br />

At the same time, several activities will take place<br />

lights, fog, and other special effects in use. On Oct. 29,<br />

outside the lodge, including children’s games, a deejay,<br />

hours are 2-4 p.m. with strobe lights and fog turned off<br />

and dancing. A costume contest for children is scheduled<br />

for 3 p.m. on Sunday. New this year, visitors are<br />

so that children and people with special needs or sensitivities<br />

can enjoy the spooky attraction. All of the fun<br />

invited to take out their frustrations in the Whack A<br />

takes place in and around the lodge at 54 N. London St.<br />

Car feature. For $5, you can take a sledgehammer to a<br />

Admission is free, though donations are much appreciated<br />

as they help the lodge to continue to offer the<br />

car for some stress release, Corbin said.<br />

Concessions will be available for purchase. Options<br />

haunted house year after year. This year’s sponsor is<br />

include hot chocolate, hot dogs, walking tacos, and kettle<br />

corn.<br />

the Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce.<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> theme is “Misfit Purge.” All of the decor,<br />

The Haunted House is run entirely by volunteers.<br />

special effects, and characters are taking their cues<br />

Corbin estimates 35 to 40 volunteers will help this year<br />

from “The Purge” movie franchise. The basic premise is<br />

by selling concessions, assisting with crowd control,<br />

that crime is legal for 12 hours one night each year. The<br />

dressing up and performing, and other tasks.<br />

setting is an alternate reality of the United States.<br />

“And I never turn down anyone who wants to volunteer,”<br />

he added.<br />

“We’ll have motion sensor set-offs and lasers and<br />

everything from clowns to walls you think are there, but<br />

Last year, the Haunted House attracted more than<br />

they’re not really walls. It’s going to be a rather inter-<br />

2,000 people.<br />

LaCarreta reopens in London<br />

“It’s always fun and exciting to put it together. One of the greatest<br />

things is seeing all the kids in the community coming together<br />

and having a good night and enjoying the town and what the town<br />

has to offer,” Corbin said.<br />

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and running after a fire caused major damage to their<br />

business last November.<br />

They credit the outpouring of care and support from<br />

their customers for giving them the will and energy to<br />

rebuild and reopen.<br />

“You have no idea how many messages, phone calls,<br />

and emails we received and people stopping in to see the<br />

progress,” said Mayra Vazquez who operates the restaurant<br />

with her mother, Delia Arellano, the primary<br />

owner, and her father, Jesus Atilano.<br />

“The desire from people to see us come back and be<br />

successful helped us make the decision to come back.<br />

We are grateful for all the support, love, and prayers for<br />

our family,” Mayra added.<br />

The restaurant has been repaired and remodeled<br />

from top to bottom—new ceilings, floors, seating, restrooms.<br />

Practically everything is new. One thing that<br />

has not changed: the menu and the hospitality.<br />

La Carreta is known for its fajitas, guacamole made<br />

fresh tableside, and margaritas in a wide variety of flavors.<br />

They have a wide array of dishes from which to<br />

choose, including another popular dish—molcajete.<br />

Served in a lava bowl, molcajete features cactus, onions,<br />

house-made carnitas (shredded pork), chicken, and vegetables<br />

with sauce and cheese on top.<br />

A soft reopening took place on Oct. 12. The restaurant<br />

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voter’s guide<br />

www.madisonmessengernews.com<br />

Editor’s note: The <strong>Madison</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong><br />

sent candidate information forms to all candidates<br />

running in contested races in <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County in the Nov. 7 general election. They<br />

were invited to submit information and a photo,<br />

if they so chose.<br />

The following is the information submitted<br />

by candidates for Plain City council.<br />

Plain City Council<br />

(three seats up for election)<br />

• Tyler F. Harriman<br />

6411 Dickens<br />

Lane, Plain City<br />

Occupation: Chief<br />

pilot, The Superior<br />

Group<br />

Previous service in<br />

public office: Current<br />

chair for Plain City<br />

Planning and Zoning<br />

Commission. Board of Tyler F. Harriman<br />

trustees for Mid-Ohio<br />

Water and Sewer District.<br />

Education and/or military service: Bachelor<br />

of Science in Technology from Bowling<br />

Green State University.<br />

Community activities/honors: Elder at New<br />

California Presbyterian Church. High<br />

school and college lacrosse official.<br />

Goals if elected: Work to keep the small<br />

town feel and pride in Plain City, while also<br />

helping prepare for the growth that is coming<br />

our way. Welcoming new businesses and<br />

residents as they move into the area by ensuring<br />

village staff has the tools necessary<br />

to continue the infrastructure improvements<br />

and vision that the current residents<br />

deserve. We also need to remember our past<br />

and honor our traditions that make Plain<br />

City a special place to live.<br />

• Shane Hoffman<br />

906 Wellsley Way, Plain City<br />

Occupation: Information technology librarian,<br />

Plain City Public Library<br />

Previous service in public office: I have<br />

never been elected to public office, but have<br />

served in numerous elected positions in professional<br />

and other organizations<br />

Education and/or military service: BA -<br />

University of Dayton. Master of Information<br />

Science - Indiana University/Purdue University<br />

of Indianapolis.<br />

Community activities/honors: Plain City<br />

Communications & Marketing Committee,<br />

2022-present. St. Joseph Catholic Church<br />

Rosary Garden Committee. Community<br />

Coalition. Helped organize multiple locations<br />

to provide grab-and-go meals for children,<br />

2020-2022.<br />

Goals if elected: My motto and promise is<br />

Plain City - Strong Town. I will push to see<br />

that growth is centered on maintaining<br />

Plain City's proud heritage and that it keeps<br />

the community as the focal point of all initiatives.<br />

We have a good start in that direction,<br />

and I want to see that through.<br />

Liveable, walkable community. Affordable<br />

housing. Quality Schools. Plain City -<br />

Strong Town.<br />

Visit www.plaincityshane.com for more<br />

information. Thank you, and God bless.<br />

• Aaron Lewis<br />

175 Coachman<br />

Dr., Plain City<br />

Occupation: Director<br />

Legal and Compliance<br />

Operation,<br />

Cordis<br />

Previous service in<br />

public office: I was a<br />

member of the Plain<br />

City Charter Commission<br />

in 2020. This<br />

committee worked to define the organizational<br />

structure, powers, functions, and the<br />

essential procedures of our city government.<br />

The Charter was passed by the citizens of<br />

Plain City in 2021 and prepares us for our<br />

pending transition from a village to a city.<br />

Education and/or military service: I graduated<br />

from the University of Dayton with a<br />

Bachelors in Management Information Systems<br />

(MIS) in the school of Business. After<br />

a few years of professional work experience,<br />

I obtained my Masters of Business Administration<br />

(MBA) from Franklin University.<br />

Community activities/honors: My commitment<br />

to community service was established<br />

during my time as a Boy Scout where I obtained<br />

the rank of Eagle Scout. I recently<br />

took it upon myself to project manage the<br />

design, creation, and installation of our Carriage<br />

Estates sign at the corner of West and<br />

Carriage. My wife and I also run a 501(c)(3)<br />

organization, Keith’s Comfort Blankets,<br />

where we donate blankets, clothing, and<br />

other comfort items primarily to Nationwide<br />

Children’s Hospital.<br />

Goals if elected: It is an exciting time to<br />

be raising two kids in Plain City. Our village<br />

is experiencing unprecedented growth, and<br />

I want to be an advocate for our community,<br />

leading us through the challenging yet pivotal<br />

next four years. My interest in serving<br />

on Plain City Council focuses around providing<br />

a sound and calculated vote on all issues<br />

that are brought to council that support<br />

smart growth while maintaining the identity<br />

that Plain City is known for and is attracting<br />

this growth. I want new residents<br />

to be as excited for the baseball and tractor<br />

parades as our long-term residents are.<br />

• Frank E. Reed<br />

8435 Country<br />

View Lane, Plain<br />

City<br />

Occupation: Retired<br />

Previous service in<br />

public office: Member<br />

of council, Plain City<br />

(four years)<br />

Education<br />

and/or<br />

Aaron Lewis<br />

Frank Reed<br />

military service: U.S. Air Force, Vietnam era<br />

veteran. B.Sc. mathematics, Ohio State.<br />

M.Sc. computer and information science,<br />

Ohio State. Purdue University Global Law<br />

School. John Glenn School of Public Affairs,<br />

Ohio State.<br />

Community activities/honors: Volunteer organizer<br />

and producer, Plain City Music in<br />

the Park. Member, Plain City parks and<br />

recreation committee. Member volunteer,<br />

Union County Emergency Management<br />

Agency. Treasurer, Union County Amateur<br />

Radio Club. Vice president, Pleasant Valley<br />

HUD Housing Board.<br />

Goals if elected: Plain City is experiencing<br />

rapid population growth that will result<br />

in Plain City transitioning from a “village”<br />

to a “city.” With this increase will come important<br />

changes to our government and its<br />

responsibilities to residents. I would like to<br />

be able to represent the voters and taxpayers<br />

of our community to help with the enormous<br />

amount of legislative work that must<br />

be done, to ensure that coming changes are<br />

sensible changes, and to provide a firm commitment<br />

to preserving our community’s values<br />

and heritage.<br />

• Zachary Robbins<br />

201 E. Main St.,<br />

Plain City<br />

Occupation: Actuarial<br />

student working<br />

in<br />

annuity<br />

pricing/Nationwide<br />

Insurance<br />

Previous service in<br />

public office: A seat<br />

on local council would<br />

mean the start to my<br />

political career, as it<br />

Zachary Robbins<br />

has for so many career politicians, and I’m<br />

eager to begin my foray into the world of politics<br />

with this position.<br />

Education and/or military service: I went<br />

through Jonathan Alder for all of my schooling<br />

and graduated as the salutatorian of the<br />

class of 2019. After high school, I went<br />

straight into college and graduated from<br />

Robert Morris University with my bachelors<br />

in actuarial science in 2022.<br />

Community activities/honors: I’ve spent all<br />

of <strong>2023</strong> attending council meetings to learn<br />

what the village cares about so that I may<br />

better represent the people of Plain City as<br />

a public official.<br />

Goals if elected: There’s more going on in<br />

Plain City right now than there has been in<br />

the past 20 years, which is why Plain City<br />

needs new ideas, strong leadership, and decisive<br />

action now more than ever. We have<br />

to act now or Dublin and Hilliard will continue<br />

to grow and swallow us up, leaving us<br />

behind as a rural island enveloped by<br />

bustling suburbia. If elected, I would use<br />

my platform to ensure that the growth that<br />

Plain City is undergoing is controlled—respectful<br />

of the town’s history while also beneficial<br />

to the village and its residents.<br />

• James R. Sintz<br />

40 Doe St., Plain<br />

City<br />

Occupation: IT<br />

manager, OPERS<br />

Previous service in<br />

public office: Council<br />

member since January<br />

2022 and president<br />

of council since<br />

January <strong>2023</strong> James R. Sintz<br />

Education and/or<br />

military service: BA - Judson University,<br />

MBA - Franklin University.<br />

Community activities/honors: While my<br />

two children were younger, I helped coach<br />

soccer with JASA. In 2010 I helped start the<br />

Alder Lacrosse Club here in Plain City,<br />

where I served as club chair from 2011<br />

through 2016. I currently serve on our local<br />

neighborhood HOA, since 2021. While not<br />

specific to our Plain City community, I volunteer<br />

as a worship leader at the church<br />

where I grew up in Columbus, Ohio.<br />

Goals if elected: I hope to continue making<br />

a positive impact on Plain City Council<br />

and our community. The common thread<br />

running through my council work can be<br />

summarized in one phrase: community engagement,<br />

communication, and consensus<br />

building. I am dedicated to collaborating<br />

with residents and local businesses to understand<br />

and address their concerns. Starting<br />

conversations, sharing information, and<br />

gathering feedback via initiatives like “Coffee<br />

with Council and Friends,” town hallstyle<br />

gatherings, and the creation of the<br />

Communications and Marketing Committee.<br />

Ultimately, I will continue the work<br />

council has started ensuring that we are in<br />

control of Plain City’s exciting future.<br />

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voter’s guide<br />

Editor’s note: The <strong>Madison</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong><br />

sent candidate information forms to all candidates<br />

running in contested races in <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County in the Nov. 7 general election. They<br />

were invited to submit information and a photo,<br />

if they so chose.<br />

The following is the information submitted<br />

by candidates for Jonathan Alder school<br />

board, Fairfield Township fiscal officer, and Jefferson<br />

Township trustee.<br />

Jefferson Township trustee<br />

(one seat up for election)<br />

• Leon Creamer<br />

7860 U.S. Hwy. 40, West Jefferson<br />

[no response received]<br />

• Jeffrey N. Pfeil<br />

215 Taylor Blair<br />

Rd., West Jefferson<br />

Occupation: Retired<br />

from Jefferson<br />

Local Schools (30<br />

years) and Jeff Pfeil<br />

Lawn Service (40<br />

years)<br />

Previous service in<br />

public office: Three<br />

terms as Jefferson<br />

Township trustee<br />

Jeffrey N. Pfeil<br />

Education and/or military service: West<br />

Jefferson High School 1974. Ashland College<br />

1978 BS in Education. Ashland University<br />

1990 Master of Education<br />

Administration. Ohio Township Association<br />

Leadership Academy 2016.<br />

Community activities/honors: Chamber of<br />

Commerce, <strong>Madison</strong> County Future Inc.,<br />

Transportation Improvement District, Comprehensive<br />

Plan, County Township Association,<br />

Regional Planning Commission,<br />

Strategic Planning Commission and Rt 40,<br />

70 and 142 Corridor Study. Christmas in<br />

the Park and West Jefferson Community<br />

Association and the announcer for band and<br />

football. Honors include WJ Alumni<br />

Teacher Meritorious Service Award and<br />

Citizenship Award, Football Fan of the<br />

Year, Board of Education Support and Service<br />

to Community Award, Athletic Booster<br />

Supporter Award, and Chamber of Commerce<br />

Bell Ringer.<br />

Goals if elected: I will continue to work to<br />

make sure the Jefferson Township Fire Department<br />

is equipped with the necessary<br />

tools to cover our township’s needs. We will<br />

work to find monies to replace equipment<br />

and build a new fire station. Township<br />

roads will continue to be assessed for crack<br />

sealing and paving as needed for safe travel<br />

and county and township road ditches<br />

mowed and snow removal in the winter. We<br />

will continue to work in the cemeteries and<br />

parks to keep them maintained. We have<br />

worked with the <strong>Madison</strong> County offices<br />

and the Village of West Jefferson to have a<br />

good working relationship and will continue<br />

to do so.<br />

Jonathan Alder School Board<br />

(three seats up for election)<br />

• Peter Hansen<br />

195 Coachman Dr., Plain City<br />

Occupation: Office manager, Ohio State<br />

University<br />

Previous service in public office: This is my<br />

first time running for public office.<br />

Education and/or military service: I have a<br />

Bachelors in Pastoral Studies and a Masters<br />

in Higher Education and Student Affairs.<br />

Community activities/honors: I have volunteered/served<br />

at our local 4-H club, Clover<br />

Clippers, for the last five years. I currently<br />

serve as a staff pastor at our local church,<br />

Hope Church, in Plain City. I have also volunteered<br />

on various field trips and during<br />

JA Music Booster events.<br />

Goals if elected: I look forward to walking<br />

alongside the community and JA staff to<br />

prepare for the ongoing growth of our district.<br />

It is also important to not forget our<br />

village roots while at the same finding balance<br />

as our community grows and thrives.<br />

I will strive to maintain open communication<br />

with JA families and our educators,<br />

while focusing on the needs of our kids attending<br />

our schools and preparing for the<br />

kids who will arrive in the near future.<br />

• Bruce D. Hooley<br />

9990 Smith Calhoun Dr., Plain City<br />

[no response received]<br />

• Bill McCartney<br />

407 S. Chillicothe St., Plain City<br />

Occupation: Property manager, self-employed<br />

Previous service in public office: Seeking a<br />

second term on the JA board and have been<br />

the Alder representative to the Tolles board.<br />

Education and/or military service: 2004<br />

Alder graduate.<br />

Community activities/honors: I’m very active<br />

in the community. Over the years, I’ve<br />

coached many youth teams, served on<br />

boards and committees, and volunteered<br />

anywhere I’m needed!<br />

Goals if elected: I’m very proud of the<br />

work we’ve done during my first four years<br />

at Alder and Tolles. One of the most important<br />

responsibilities of the board is to select<br />

a superintendent that is best for the district,<br />

and both Alder and Tolles have new<br />

superintendents that are amazing fits for<br />

the districts. I’ll continue to listen to and<br />

work for all stakeholders like I’ve done the<br />

past four years.<br />

• Lindsay Streit<br />

13350 Claverhouse Ct., Plain City<br />

[no response received]<br />

• Brette Swider<br />

122 Converse Dr., Plain City<br />

[no response received]<br />

• Steve Votaw<br />

4720 Plain City Georgesville Rd.<br />

Occupation: Human Services CEO, retired<br />

Previous service in public office: I have<br />

served on the JA school board since 2003.<br />

Education and/or military service: Masters<br />

degree from Youngstown State. Bachelors<br />

degree from Kent State.<br />

Community activities/honors: Board chair<br />

for Form 5. Received Most Admired Executive<br />

Award in 2021. Consultant for Lorain<br />

County Fairgrounds capital campaign.<br />

Goals if elected: It is estimated that Plain<br />

City could double in size over the next 15-<br />

20 years. It is imperative the school district<br />

has a comprehensive plan that allows the<br />

schools to grow accordingly. We will need to<br />

have a new elementary school under construction<br />

in the next four years.<br />

Fairfield Township fiscal officer<br />

(one seat up for election)<br />

• Lorie Cafagno<br />

4630 Lilly Chapel Opossum Rd., London<br />

Occupation: I am a consultant-accounting<br />

advisor at Nationwide Mutual Insurance<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The village of Midway is seeking a fiveyear<br />

renewal of a 3-mill property tax for current<br />

expenses. The issue appears on the<br />

Nov. 7 general election ballot.<br />

If renewed, the levy would continue to<br />

generate $10,000 per year. The cost to the<br />

taxpayer is $76 per year per $100,000 of<br />

property valuation.<br />

“We are just asking for a renewal—no new<br />

money,” said Mayor Renee Hall.<br />

The levy funds go toward street, park,<br />

and building maintenance, a part-time village<br />

employee who mows, plows, and handles<br />

most of the village’s maintenance work,<br />

• Darby Township - cemetery. The township<br />

is seeking a five-year renewal of a 1-mill<br />

property tax for cemetery maintenance. The<br />

levy generates approximately $114,000 per<br />

year. The cost to the taxpayer is $25 per year<br />

for every $100,000 of property valuation.<br />

• Darby Township - current expenses.<br />

The township is asking for five-year renewal<br />

of a 0.6-mill property tax for current expenses.<br />

The levy generates approximately $68,000 per<br />

year. The cost to the taxpayer is $15 per year<br />

per $100,000 of property valuation.<br />

• Paint Township - cemetery. The township<br />

is requesting a five-year renewal of a 0.4-<br />

mill property tax for cemetery maintenance.<br />

The levy generates approximately $9,000 per<br />

year. The cost to the taxpayer is $14 per year<br />

per $100,000 of property valuation.<br />

• Range Township - current expenses.<br />

The township is asking for a five-year renewal<br />

of a 0.8-mill property tax for current expenses.<br />

The levy generates approximately $40,000 per<br />

Co. I have over 30 years of accounting experience<br />

specializing in operations, regulatory<br />

reporting and audit.<br />

Previous service in public office: West Jefferson<br />

Village Council - served as the chair<br />

of the finance committee, worked closely<br />

with the finance director and department<br />

heads to adopt an annual budget and ensure<br />

funds were appropriated properly.<br />

Education and/or military service: 1994<br />

graduate of <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School.<br />

Bachelors in Business Management from<br />

Ohio Dominican University. Masters in Accounting<br />

from Franklin University.<br />

Community activities/honors: I volunteer<br />

regularly at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective.<br />

Goals if elected: I will collaborate with<br />

trustees to ensure our township continues<br />

to be fiscally responsible and good stewards<br />

of taxpayer dollars. If elected, I am confident<br />

my transition will be seamless.<br />

• Sheri Winniestaffer<br />

3670 Wilson Rd., West Jefferson<br />

[no response received]<br />

Midway seeks levy renewal<br />

utilities, and other expenses, including improvement<br />

projects.<br />

In recent years, the village has installed<br />

a new roof on town hall, installed LED stop<br />

lights, repaved the parking lot at the park,<br />

and performed some drainage work.<br />

In addition to work done with local funds,<br />

the village secured two state grants for a<br />

major drainage improvement project, new<br />

sidewalks, a new tornado siren, and new<br />

playground equipment and park benches.<br />

“We want to continue making improvements<br />

to our little village a little at a time,”<br />

Hall said. “We have some very dedicated<br />

council members that are working hard to<br />

make changes.”<br />

Township levies on ballot<br />

year. The cost to the taxpayer is $26 per year<br />

per $100,000 of property valuation.<br />

• Range Township - fire services. The<br />

township has placed a request for a five-year<br />

replacement of a 0.6-mill property levy for<br />

fire services. A replacement would bring tax<br />

collections up-to-date with current property<br />

values. Currently, the levy generates approximately<br />

$18,300 per year and costs the taxpayer<br />

$9.80 per year per $100,000 of property<br />

valuation. If the replacement passes, the levy<br />

would generate approximately $32,000 per<br />

year and cost the taxpayer $21 per year per<br />

$100,000 of property valuation.<br />

• Stokes Township - cemetery. The<br />

township is asking for a five-year renewal of<br />

a 0.3-mill property tax levy for cemetery<br />

maintenance. The levy generates approximately<br />

$10,000 per year. The cost to the taxpayer<br />

is $11 per year per $100,000 of<br />

property valuation.


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opinions/columns<br />

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Student attendance: It’s all about showing up<br />

The State of Ohio recently released its annual District and<br />

School Report Cards and, for the third consecutive year, both our<br />

district and individual schools have demonstrated significant improvement<br />

in student achievement. The district’s overall performance<br />

index score, a measure of every student’s performance on every<br />

state test, has skyrocketed by more than 12 percent over the past<br />

two years. If you’re curious about our district’s accomplishments<br />

and our ongoing improvement efforts, I invite you to explore my<br />

open letter to families, accessible on our district website.<br />

While I am pleased with our continual progress, I cannot help<br />

but note the most significant barrier to student achievement in our<br />

district is student attendance. Last year, our district reported an<br />

average attendance rate of 91.1 percent, but the more alarming statistic<br />

is that 29 percent of students were classified as “chronically<br />

absent.” Chronically absent students are students who missed at<br />

least 10 percent of the school year, equivalent to 18 days or more.<br />

Since the disruption of the pandemic in the 2020-2021 school year,<br />

we’ve witnessed a 10 percent increase in the number of chronically<br />

absent students in our district. This trend is not unique to our district;<br />

student attendance in <strong>Madison</strong> County and across<br />

Ohio has been declining, as well.<br />

Effective school attendance is indisputably fundamental<br />

to a student’s success. Chronic absences immediately<br />

place students at higher risk, particularly in the<br />

early grades where chronic absenteeism significantly<br />

impacts reading proficiency. Students unable to read at<br />

grade level by third grade are four times more likely to<br />

drop out of high school. Furthermore, persistent school<br />

absences can have lasting consequences into adulthood,<br />

including increased likelihood of unemployment, poor<br />

health, and involvement with the criminal justice system.<br />

Last year, London High School students earned 967<br />

college credit hours through our thriving College Credit<br />

Plus program, saving district parents over $165,000 in<br />

college tuition. The district was recently awarded a National<br />

STEM Designation for its Science, Technology,<br />

Engineering, and Math programs and has expanded an<br />

internship program that places high school students in<br />

the workforce to explore future careers. Students who<br />

are consistently absent from school not only are more<br />

academically at-risk but often miss out on taking advantage<br />

of these learning opportunities.<br />

While London City Schools has taken proactive<br />

measures to help improve student attendance, it’s crucial<br />

to underline that attendance is a shared responsibility<br />

between home and school. Regardless of which<br />

district you call home, I urge parents to make attendance<br />

a priority and collaborate closely with your school<br />

staff to devise effective strategies that promote regular<br />

school attendance.<br />

In both education and life itself, sometimes the most<br />

critical step is simply showing up.<br />

Dr. Lou Kramer, superintendent<br />

London City Schools<br />

Review: e charm in ‘Jules’ is out of this world<br />

The official plot synopsis for the movie “Jules” is as follows: A<br />

man’s quiet life gets upended when a UFO crashes in his backyard<br />

in rural Pennsylvania. As he befriends a mysterious extraterrestrial,<br />

things get complicated when two neighbors discover it and the<br />

government comes in.<br />

What comes to mind when you read that summary? A more adult<br />

“E.T”? An action-packed thriller in which neighbors band together<br />

to fight to protect an otherworldly being? Or maybe a bait-andswitch<br />

in which the alien turns on the humans or vice versa?<br />

You wouldn’t be wrong for thinking any of those things, and you<br />

would be close to right if you pictured the second scenario. What<br />

the official plot synopsis fails to describe is how the man, in need of<br />

connection, forms an unlikely friendship with the alien and the<br />

neighbors who discover his secret.<br />

The beautiful thing about “Jules” is that while it is a quiet, gentle<br />

movie, it is not bland at all. Peppered with comedic elements<br />

and keen observations about life, this independent film, available<br />

for rent on streaming services, explores how alienation can affect<br />

us all and how one little thing can bring us back to life.<br />

“Jules” begins simply enough, with an elderly gentleman named<br />

Milton Robinson (played by the great Sir Ben Kingsley) living a<br />

quiet, isolated life in rural Pennsylvania. He is showing the earliest<br />

signs of memory trouble, but that might just be the result of not<br />

having much going on in his life that is worth remembering.<br />

His days consist of brief and perfunctory conversations with his<br />

daughter, Denise (Zoe Winters), in the morning and long sessions<br />

of watching reruns of CSI in the afternoons. He spends his nights<br />

attending local government meetings where he offers suggestions<br />

on how to improve the town, such as changing the town slogan to<br />

“A great place to refer to as home,” instead of the existing “A great<br />

place to call home.” He also suggests the addition of a crosswalk at<br />

the location where he has been ticketed for jaywalking.<br />

Milton’s status quo life changes when an alien spaceship crash<br />

lands in his backyard, crushing his beloved azaleas and destroying<br />

his birdbath. Like most residents would do upon seeing a spacecraft<br />

on their property, Milton calls the police but is told not to call back.<br />

They figure he is pranking them or has advanced quickly in his<br />

memory lapses.<br />

Although he is not particularly bothered by the spacecraft situation,<br />

Milton nonetheless asks city council to do something about<br />

removing it from his garden. While his request receives blank looks<br />

from city officials, his fellow senior citizens, Sandy and Joyce<br />

(played by Harriett Sansome Harris and Jane Curtain, respectively),<br />

admonish him for his comment, saying “It’s hard<br />

enough to get people to take us old people seriously.”<br />

With nothing else to do about the situation, Milton<br />

watches and waits. Eventually, the spacecraft’s pilot, a<br />

pale blue, nearly featureless being, awakens. Instead of<br />

fearing the extraterrestrial (played perfectly by Jade<br />

Quon), Milton is drawn to its warm, understanding eyes<br />

and treats it as if it is a cherished guest. And the being,<br />

later given the name Jules, soon becomes a cherished<br />

friend, listening without judgement and sitting in companionable<br />

silence with Milton.<br />

While the story has many light-hearted moments<br />

and quirky humor, the movie can be quite sad, focusing<br />

on the loneliness people, especially senior citizens, feel<br />

as their friends and family leave, move on, or move<br />

away. Had any of the main characters not been played<br />

by comedic and dramatic pros like Kingsley, Sansom<br />

Harris, Curtain, and Quon, chances are “Jules” would<br />

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www.madisonmessengernews.com <strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong> - MADISON MESSENGER - Page 7<br />

Deaf, lovable pup and sweet cat up for adoption<br />

The following are among the pets up for adoption at<br />

the Humane Society of <strong>Madison</strong> County. All adoption<br />

fees for cats and dogs are 50 percent off through Oct. 31.<br />

Blanco<br />

Blanco is an American bulldog-mix<br />

weighing approximately<br />

70 pounds. His estimated birthday<br />

is June 2017. Blanco is a special<br />

boy because he is deaf. He is<br />

extremely sweet and loyal and<br />

can’t wait to meet the right person<br />

or family to take him home.<br />

When Blanco first arrived at the shelter as a stray, he<br />

was anxious and didn’t like to be separated from the staff.<br />

That was most likely due to his hearing impairment. He<br />

would need a family who would be patient and have time<br />

to really work with him daily. He is very treat motivated<br />

(he especially loves cheese), super smart, and should do<br />

well learning all kinds of hand gestures and commands.<br />

He already knows to sit when you hold up a treat.<br />

Even with his hearing impairment, Blanco barks and<br />

whines, and because he can’t hear himself, he barks<br />

loudly. He always keeps his kennel tidy and will bark<br />

to let you know he needs to go potty. He would do best<br />

in a home with no small children due to his size and<br />

strength and the fact he could not hear them. He is<br />

strong and needs some guidance when walked on a<br />

leash. The staff has been working with him, so he<br />

doesn’t pull too badly anymore. If he does decide to pull,<br />

he needs to have someone strong enough to handle him.<br />

He has met a couple of dogs at the shelter and seems<br />

to do better with dogs that match his size than with<br />

smaller ones. He would need to see how he does in a<br />

meet-and-greet. He did a quick walk through the shelter’s<br />

cat room with a dog trainer. She feels he would probably<br />

do just fine in a home with cats. The shelter staff<br />

notes that white dogs are prone to skin issues and some<br />

allergies, and Blanco has had treatment for that at the<br />

shelter. He may need ongoing treatment in the future.<br />

Regular adoption fees for dogs vary: shelter dogs are<br />

$180, prison dogs are $250, puppies are $300, and popular<br />

pure-breeds are $400. Through Oct. 31, all adoption<br />

fees are half-off of these prices. The price includes:<br />

a Home Again microchip, set of shots, deworming,<br />

heartworm testing (if old enough), spay or neuter, and<br />

a one-year rabies shot (if old enough). All dogs adopted<br />

must leave with a county license at an additional cost<br />

of $17; this fee is cash only. Adoption fees can be paid<br />

by cash or credit card.<br />

Jaspurr<br />

Jaspurr and his brother, Jude,<br />

were brought to the shelter by a<br />

nice person who found them out<br />

and all alone. Jaspurr has an estimated<br />

birthdate of March 6,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. He is a handsome, sweet<br />

boy, and the shyer of the two. He<br />

warms up pretty quickly when he knows he can trust<br />

you. He loves cuddling and playing with his brother and<br />

the other kitties in the shelter’s cat room. If there is a<br />

lap to be found, Jaspurr and Jude will find it, and sometimes<br />

at the same time.<br />

Jaspurr would love to be adopted with his brother,<br />

Jude, as they adore one another and Jude helps Jaspurr<br />

to be more outgoing. Kittens do best in pairs, so please<br />

consider adopting both boys if you have room in your<br />

heart and in your home.<br />

Would you like to meet Jaspurr and maybe Jude, too? Then fill<br />

out an application and schedule a meet-and-greet.<br />

The regular adoption fees for cats are $100 for kittens up to 6<br />

months old and $80 for cats 7 months and older. Through Oct. 31,<br />

all adoption fees are half-off of these prices. It includes: a FeLV/FIV<br />

test (if old enough), spay or neuter, set of shots, deworming, and a<br />

one-year rabies shot (if old enough). Fees can be paid by cash or<br />

credit card.<br />

General Humane Society info<br />

The Humane Society is located at 2020 Plain City Georgesville<br />

Rd., West Jefferson. If you are interested in adopting a pet, fill out<br />

an application online at www.hsmcohio.org or call the shelter at<br />

(614) 879-8368. The shelter is open by appointment.<br />

Paws & Pals Dinner<br />

The Humane Society will hold its annual Paws & Pals Dinner<br />

on Oct. 28 at Der Dutchman in Plain City. Reservation forms are<br />

available in the shelter’s lobby 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday or at<br />

www.hsmcohio.org.<br />

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Elect Jimmy Little For Council at Large<br />

Hello - My name is Jimmy Little and I am running for West Jefferson Village Council at Large so I would like to<br />

share with you a little about myself.<br />

I grew up on the West Side of Columbus graduated from Briggs High School in 1981 as a National Honor Society<br />

member (with honors) and a Battelle Memorial Institute Scholarship Recipient to Franklin University.<br />

I’m a father/stepfather to six children and grandfather to seven (so far). My family moved from the Galloway area in<br />

2008 to West Jefferson. I knew we were going to participate in a great community that I could invest my time and care for all families<br />

in our community.<br />

I was once asked “What do I want to change if elected”. This is a great question because it’s more about working on issues that the<br />

community wants to change. I plan to join a “TEAM” that works for the city of West Jefferson, not individual objectives or agendas.<br />

These are some issues that I want to assure you I will work on:<br />

1: Treat our community funds as though they were my own (Fiscal Responsibility).<br />

2: Work to improve the relationship between the Village Council and the School Board.<br />

3: Be an advocate for Smart & Strategic Housing Growth.<br />

4: Improve /preserve relationships between the village and business owners both in-town and in the Tax Abatement areas (Retention<br />

of businesses after abatement periods).<br />

Activities I’m currently involved with and how they relate to the position I am seeking….<br />

• Community Service: (Demonstrated community involvement)<br />

• West Jefferson Village Zoning (Currently Vice Chairman)<br />

• Vice President of FMCPT (Friends of <strong>Madison</strong> County Parks & Trails)<br />

Homecoming<br />

court at MP<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School’s <strong>2023</strong> homecoming<br />

court included: (front row, from<br />

left) Brogan Davis, Melody Maxwell, Elizabeth<br />

Hammond, Patrick Madden; (second<br />

row) Mallorie Ruzicka, Linson Bolin,<br />

Mackenzie Reeves, Monica Spergin; (third<br />

row) Drake Goings, Trevor Hardin; and<br />

(back) Kyla McCoy. Trevor Hardin was<br />

crowned as king and Kyla McCoy was<br />

crowned as queen prior to the start of the<br />

football team’s Sept. 29 game against<br />

Greenon.<br />

• West Jefferson Middle & High School Cross Country Coach<br />

• Darby Creek Buffalos Cross Country and Multisport Coach<br />

• For fun facts about Jimmy Little, see other side<br />

• West Jefferson Middle School Track Coach<br />

Fun Facts about Jimmy Little:<br />

27.5 years for Honda of America - Engineering Coordinator Marysville Auto Plant Stamping. New Model Lead for the Stamping Equipment<br />

Section. Relevance: Problem Solving, Project Management, Negotiating, Manpower Management and Budgeting.<br />

Now partially retired to devote time to Community Service and Coaching<br />

Hobbies include: Honda Insight Restoration, Multisport (Triathlon & Duathlon), Running & Biking.<br />

Accolades: (Tenacity to accomplish goals)<br />

14 time All American Duathlete (And counting), Team USA Member, Ranked #2 60 – 64 A/G Duathlete in 2022. Ohio Elite Grand Master<br />

Duathlon Champion, 2024 Team USA Australia World Championship Qualifier. Coaching 4 Youths to All American Status in 2022.<br />

Questions or comments? Contact me at: jimmylittleforcouncil@gmail.com<br />

Paid for by Friends of Jimmy Little<br />

West Jeff homecoming court<br />

West Jefferson High School’s <strong>2023</strong> homecoming court includes: (front row, from left)<br />

Rilee Taynor, Arianna Frybarger, Katey Stephens, Zoe Slone, and Brooke Raver; (back<br />

row) Jaden Davis, Presley Adkins, Lucas West, Cade Miller, and Mason Book. Jaden<br />

Davis was crowned as king and Zoe Slone was crowned as queen prior to the start of<br />

the football team’s Sept. 29 game against West Liberty Salem.<br />

Celebrating 50th year<br />

Peters Photography has been serving<br />

central Ohio clients for 50 years. Larry and<br />

Karen Peters started the studio in 1973,<br />

working from their home. Weddings, children,<br />

family, and high school seniors were<br />

the main focus of their business.<br />

Since then, the business has grown to<br />

two studios, one in London and one in<br />

Dublin. The focus is high school seniors,<br />

family, children, and business portraits.<br />

Peters Photography has been recognized<br />

as a national leader in photography. Larry<br />

has written two books on senior portrait<br />

photography. The studio was a main focus<br />

in a marketing video recognized by Kodak<br />

and shown to photography studios nationwide.<br />

As a result, Larry traveled to 46 states<br />

to speak at professional photography organizations.<br />

With those visits, a product line of<br />

props designed by Larry was sold.<br />

One product in particular, called an<br />

“Eyelighter,” has made Larry’s name a<br />

mainstay among portrait photographers<br />

world-wide. Westcott Industries distributes<br />

the product which is used to enhance eyes<br />

and overall lighting.<br />

Over the past 50 years, Peters Photography<br />

has photographed thousands of clients<br />

and has become a family operated business.<br />

Following a recent house bill that requires<br />

all high schools to offer a cash option<br />

for tickets and at concession stands for<br />

events, the Ohio High School Athletic Association<br />

(OHSAA) has implemented a new<br />

ticket pricing structure. The prices below<br />

are for events hosted at high schools. Events<br />

not hosted at high schools or high school facilities<br />

will only offer online ticket sales.<br />

Prices for sectional or district events:<br />

A family-run business, Peters Photography<br />

is celebrating its 50th year.<br />

Larry and Karen’s daughter, Janine, has assumed<br />

a major role in maintaining the business<br />

and growing it for the future. Brian<br />

Killian, Janine’s husband, is the main photographer<br />

at the Dublin studio, and their<br />

daughter, <strong>Madison</strong> Lee, is the graphic designer.<br />

Larry and Karen’s daughter,<br />

Melinda Elliott, is doing accounting.<br />

The studios have 15 full-time employees.<br />

The Peters family said they are proud of the<br />

service their employees provide to clients.<br />

An open house will take place at the London<br />

studio on Oct. 29. Past and future<br />

clients are invited to stop in.<br />

New pricing for sports events<br />

• online tickets—students $5, adults $8;<br />

• cash sales at the gate—all tickets $10.<br />

Prices for regional events (all football<br />

playoff games prior to the state semifinals):<br />

• online tickets—students $9, adults $12;<br />

• cash sales at the gate—all tickets $15.<br />

Prices for state events:<br />

• online tickets—students $13, adults<br />

$16;<br />

• cash sales at the gate—all tickets $20.


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obituaries<br />

GILL<br />

Ray Leon Gill, 60, of London, Ohio, died on Oct. 11,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, in his residence. Born on Nov. 22, 1962, in London,<br />

he was a son of Ray William and Atha Marie<br />

(Pruitt) Gill. Ray had been a brick layer and was an avid<br />

Green Bay Packers fan and loved Bruce Lee movies.<br />

Survivors include: his sons, Caleb (Mary) Gill and Ira<br />

Gill; grandson, Jackson Wyatt Howard Gill; sister,<br />

Patty Fetter; brothers, Ira “Arty” (Regina) Gill and<br />

Robert Allen Gill; numerous nieces and nephews, including<br />

Jenifer and Brooke; several aunts, uncles, and<br />

cousins; former wife, Maria Gwyn Hill; and brother-inlaw,<br />

Billy Manns. He was preceded in death by: his parents;<br />

grandson, Andrew James Gill; and sisters, Vera<br />

Manns and Beverly Bloomfield.<br />

Per Ray’s wishes, neither visitation nor funeral services<br />

were observed. The family was served by Eberle-<br />

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

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

STIDHAM<br />

Betty Jeane Stidham (Eberle) passed away peacefully<br />

on Oct. 11, <strong>2023</strong>, at Autumn Care Nursing Home<br />

in Fayetteville, N.C., surrounded by her loving family.<br />

Betty was the oldest child born to the late William and<br />

Margaret Eberle.<br />

Betty was born in Quaker City, Ohio, on Dec. 8, 1938.<br />

She graduated from Quaker City High School in 1956<br />

and relocated to Columbus, Ohio, to attend cosmetology<br />

school. Married to the late William (Shag) Stidham on<br />

Aug. 17, 1958, they built a life together in London, Ohio.<br />

Betty worked as a beautician for over 16 years, walking<br />

to work each day at both Marlene’s Beauty Shop and<br />

Llewelyn’s Beauty Shop in London. At age 33, she received<br />

her driver’s license and was blessed to drive to<br />

her job as a bookkeeper in the <strong>Madison</strong> County Treasurer’s<br />

Office for 39 years.<br />

Betty grew up in Quaker City, a small town in eastern<br />

Ohio with a population of 583 people. She used to<br />

joke that she graduated Top 12 in her high school class,<br />

but there were only 12 total in her class. She attended<br />

Quaker City United Methodist Church in her youth<br />

which shaped her life and later United Methodist<br />

Church of London, enjoying singing in the choir. Her<br />

two greatest loves were her family and her faith. She<br />

enjoyed reading the bible, sewing, gardening, and rescuing<br />

numerous animals, especially cats.<br />

Betty loved her family. Her children and grandchildren<br />

were a great joy in her life and her proudest accomplishment.<br />

Betty dearly loved her late husband,<br />

William (Shag) Stidham, and delighted in the many adventures<br />

they had throughout their 60 years together.<br />

Betty loved life. Her later years were difficult, having<br />

developed vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. However,<br />

Betty never complained and spent her time attending<br />

Bible Study, finding joy in each day. She was<br />

asked what her greatest achievement in life was, and<br />

she responded, “being kind to people.”<br />

She is survived by: her two children, Jerry Richard<br />

Stidham (Amy Stidham) of Fayetteville, N.C., and Jason<br />

Robert Stidham (Amanda Stidham) of London, Ohio; five<br />

grandchildren, Matthew Stidham, Cooper Love, Aiden<br />

Stidham, William Stidham, and Jackson Stidham;<br />

brother, Charles William Eberle (Connie Eberle) of Cape<br />

Canaveral, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews, greatnieces<br />

and great-nephews, family members, and friends.<br />

With special gratitude to: Becky McCoy and Donna<br />

Landis of London, Betty’s closest friends who provided<br />

her great joy for many years; Jim and Karen Coy and<br />

Richard and Sandy Wood of London, Betty’s neighbors<br />

who helped her a great deal both before and after the<br />

loss of her husband; Mimi Lohr of West Jefferson, Ohio,<br />

who provided care to Betty in London, giving her a good<br />

quality of life and friendship; and Diane Wilkerson<br />

Moore of Raeford, N.C., who provided care to Betty in<br />

Fayetteville, N.C., giving her loving care and friendship.<br />

Visitation was held on Oct. 20 at Eberle-Fisher Funeral<br />

Home, London. A private graveside service will be<br />

held at the convenience of the family in Bethel Cemetery,<br />

Range, Ohio.<br />

The family wishes to express special appreciation for<br />

the love shown by her many friends. Memorial donations<br />

may be made to United Methodist Church of London<br />

at www.londonfumc.org/give.<br />

RUTHERFORD<br />

Ellen “Rosie” Rutherford, 96, of London, Ohio, died<br />

on Oct. 14, <strong>2023</strong>, in <strong>Madison</strong> Health. Born on July 14,<br />

1927, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Carl and<br />

Mabel (Wilson) Archer.<br />

Ellen was a longtime member of Newport Church of<br />

Christ in Christian Union (CCCU). She had worked for<br />

attorney Maurice Beathard for over 50 years.<br />

Survivors include: her children, Marla (Jack) Turvy<br />

and Mark Rutherford of London; granddaughters, Leah<br />

(Vince) Cirivello of Gahanna and Allison (Adam) Wilson<br />

of Mount Sterling; great-grandchildren who were the light<br />

of her life, Anthony and Samuel Cirivello and Amelia and<br />

Abram Wilson; sister, Sylvia Isaacs of London; nieces and<br />

nephews, Lynn (Edward) Banion, Eric (Tricia) Bush, and<br />

Andrea “AJ” (Sandy Roby) Bush; several great-nieces,<br />

great-nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death<br />

by: her parents; husband, Homer “Red” Rutherford; and<br />

sisters, Betty Bush and Dolores Wisecup.<br />

Funeral services were held on Oct. 19 Newport<br />

CCCU with Revs. Bill Benner and Ralph Hux officiating.<br />

Interment followed in Range Township Cemetery,<br />

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

Home and Crematory, London.<br />

Memorials for Ellen may be made to: Newport CCCU<br />

Building Fund, 6800 St. Rt. 38 SW, London, OH 43140.<br />

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

RUDOLPH-STRICKLAND<br />

Rhonda Elizabeth Rudolph-Strickland, 57, of London,<br />

Ohio, died unexpectedly on Oct. 15, <strong>2023</strong>, in Grant<br />

Medical Center.<br />

Born on Jan. 14, 1967, in Columbus, she was a<br />

daughter of Gary Rudolph and Elizabeth (Fields). She<br />

decided to come way early with organs on the outside of<br />

her little body. She had spent the better part of her first<br />

year or more in the hospital being poked, cut up, and<br />

sewn back together. They spoiled her because it’s all you<br />

can do with a very sick little baby. She was 12 weeks<br />

pre-mature in 1967, one of the only surviving babies<br />

that young at the time. As such, she became the subject<br />

of science that saved her life and probably the lives of<br />

many premature babies to come.<br />

Like most women in her family, she was spicy and a<br />

bit reckless which caused her trouble that she wholeheartedly<br />

embraced. Maybe she knew she was on borrowed<br />

time because she was absolutely fearless. Still,<br />

she had the good fortune of bringing into the world another<br />

firecracker, her daughter Alexa, much like her,<br />

only healthier and therefore a little more measured in<br />

her life’s decisions. Rhonda also became a grandmother<br />

to Paisleigh who instantly became the light of her life<br />

and captivated much of her time.<br />

Rhonda adored animals, especially her dogs and cats<br />

at the home she shared with Wes. They bought the<br />

property as a fixer upper, and she had so many plans to make their<br />

house into a home. While their kitchen was demoed, she and Wes<br />

enjoyed their dinners out, being self-proclaimed food critics, along<br />

with their lifelong friends, Mike and Angela Underhill.<br />

Rhonda loved her friends dearly. She particularly enjoyed hanging<br />

out with her neighbor, Rhonda Long, indulging in girl talk and<br />

laughing about anything and everything. She also would frequently<br />

visit her dear friends, Trish in Columbus and Lisa in Florida.<br />

Rhonda always loved the time they spent together and leaves behind<br />

many fond memories to cherish.<br />

Rhonda had an eye for beauty and loved gardening and tending<br />

to her flowers, but keeping with her firecracker personality, she enjoyed<br />

watching extreme weather whenever it would grace her presence.<br />

Both Rhonda and her mother loved the ocean for the soothing<br />

peace it brings. Now, they are reunited and enjoying family, sunshine,<br />

ocean waves, and their own salty laughs together.<br />

Rhonda is survived by: her husband of 27 years, Wes Strickland;<br />

daughter, Alexa Mackey; granddaughter, Paisleigh Hodge; stepfather,<br />

Don Cole; brother, Brent Rudolph; nephews, Nolan Rudolph,<br />

Breydon Rudolph, Haldon Rudolph, Matthew Smith Jr., and Elijah<br />

Smith; mother-in-law, Dolly Strickland; sister-in-law, Janelle<br />

Rudolph; and brothers-in-law, Matthew Smith and Michael (Kelly)<br />

Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gary Rudolph<br />

and Elizabeth Cole.<br />

The family will receive friends for visitation from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct.<br />

22 at Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London. A funeral<br />

service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 at the funeral home<br />

with Deacon Dan Hann officiating. Interment will follow in Forest<br />

Grove Cemetery, Plain City. Condolences for the family may be<br />

shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

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Bettelu Timmons (Yearling), 88, of London, Ohio, passed<br />

away on Thursday, <strong>October</strong> 5, <strong>2023</strong>. Bettelu was born December 4, 1934, to<br />

Harold and Edna Yearling. She worked at Ohio Bell before she transitioned to<br />

being a full-time housewife, working on the farm, and raising her children as<br />

well as helping with her grandchildren. Wherever Bettelu was, you could always<br />

find the love of her life, Dale. Dale and Bette were married 70 years and they<br />

enjoyed going on long drives and visiting Amish Country. She regularly attended<br />

Lilly Chapel Methodist Church and was actively involved in preparing<br />

dinners, meals for the homeless, and the Lilly Chapel homecomings.<br />

Bettelu was preceded in death by her parents; son Rick Timmons; and brotherin-law<br />

Brad Wilson. She is survived by her loving husband Dale; Children, son<br />

Doug (Vickie), daughter Joy (Andy), daughter-in-law Debbie; Grandchildren,<br />

Steve (Natalie), Matt (Kelly), Jodi, Eric, Grant (Shay); Great-grandchildren, Patrick,<br />

and Nolan; Sister Floanne Wilson and several nieces and nephews.<br />

Visitation was held on Monday, <strong>October</strong> 9, <strong>2023</strong>, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at<br />

PORTER-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 331 W. Main Street, Mount Sterling, OH<br />

43143. Funeral services were held Tuesday, <strong>October</strong> 10, <strong>2023</strong>, at 10:30 a.m. with<br />

Pastor Tim Rash officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,<br />

donations may be made in Bettelu’s memory to the Lilly Chapel Methodist<br />

Church, 8530 Lilly Chapel-Georgesville Rd., London, OH 43140.<br />

Please visit www.portertiddfuneralhome.com to share your favorite memories<br />

and to send you condolences to the Timmons Family.


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xLegal Notices<br />

SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE<br />

OHIO REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26<br />

THE STATE OF OHIO, MADISON COUNTY<br />

Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Plaintiff<br />

vs.<br />

Eric J. Todd et. al., Defendant<br />

Case No. CVE20220227<br />

Parcel No. 10-01156.000<br />

Address: 224 W. Main St., WEST JEFFERSON, OH 43162<br />

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

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

$215,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount on Friday, 3rd day of<br />

November, <strong>2023</strong>, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. If no bids at that time, the property will be offered up<br />

again on Friday, 17th day of November, <strong>2023</strong>. There will be no minimum bid for the second sale.<br />

Any additional costs and taxes owed for the action that are not covered by the sale, will be collected<br />

within 30 days of the confirmation from the purchaser. However, the Plaintiff has the right<br />

to redeem the property within 14 days of the sale by paying the full purchase price to the clerk<br />

of courts, and will be considered the successful purchaser of the sale.<br />

The complete legal description can be found in the office of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Recorder, in<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Courthouse located at 1 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140.<br />

Being the same property conveyed by deed recorded in volume 331, page 1675 of the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Ohio Records.<br />

Last known owner: Eric. J. Todd et. al<br />

Said premises located at: 224 W. Main St., West Jefferson, OH 43162<br />

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

appraisal may or may not have been an inside inspection of the property and the Sheriff nor<br />

the appraisers are liable for the condition of the property that was appraised.<br />

Terms of Sale: $10,000.00 will be due the day of the sale, balance due within 30 days of<br />

confirmation.<br />

Additional fees to be paid to the Sheriff, include, transfer tax & conveyance fees which will be<br />

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

Delinquent taxes will be paid by the plaintiff, current taxes prorated to the purchaser to the date<br />

of the auction. The purchaser assumes all taxes from the date of the auction. The purchaser shall<br />

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

to cover.<br />

John R. Swaney, Sheriff<br />

Tina J. Sabin, Deputy<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

Manley Deas Kochalski LLC, Attorney<br />

P.O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028<br />

MM OCT. 8, 15, 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>365<br />

Sale of Real Estate<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Foreclosure Auction<br />

Case# CV <strong>2023</strong>0011<br />

U.S. Bank National Association<br />

vs<br />

Unknown Administrator of the Estate of<br />

Penny G. Hughes, Deceased, et al.<br />

The description of the property to be sold is as<br />

follows:<br />

Property Address:<br />

395 Hawthorne Ave., London, <strong>Madison</strong>, OH 43140;<br />

Legal Description:<br />

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:<br />

31-01202.000.<br />

Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com<br />

opening on November 7, <strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum<br />

of 7 days.<br />

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date<br />

should the third party purchaser fail to provide their<br />

deposit within the allotted time.<br />

Provisional Sale Date: November 21, <strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m.<br />

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required is<br />

$5000.00 to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours<br />

of the sale ending. No cash is permitted.<br />

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs,<br />

allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale<br />

are insufficient to cover.<br />

To view all sale details and terms for this property visit<br />

ww.Auction.com and enter the Search Code:<br />

CV <strong>2023</strong>0011 into the search bar.<br />

MM OCTOBER 15, 22 & 29, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>369<br />

SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE<br />

OHIO REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26<br />

THE STATE OF OHIO, MADISON COUNTY<br />

The Richwood Banking. Co., Plaintiff<br />

vs.<br />

Ron D. Headings et. al., Defendant<br />

Case No. CVE<strong>2023</strong>0060<br />

Parcel No. 01-00186.006<br />

Address: 7515 Amity Pike, Plain City, OH 43064<br />

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

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

$425,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount on Friday, 3rd day of<br />

November, <strong>2023</strong>, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. If no bids at that time, the property will be offered up<br />

again on Friday, 17th day of November, <strong>2023</strong>. There will be no minimum bid for the second sale.<br />

Any additional costs and taxes owed for the action that are not covered by the sale, will be collected<br />

within 30 days of the confirmation from the purchaser. However, the Plaintiff has the right<br />

to redeem the property within 14 days of the sale by paying the full purchase price to the clerk<br />

of courts, and will be considered the successful purchaser of the sale.<br />

The complete legal description can be found in the office of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Recorder, in<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Courthouse located at 1 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140.<br />

Being the same property conveyed by deed recorded in volume 11, page 629 of the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Ohio Records.<br />

Last known owner: Ron D. Headings et. al<br />

Said premises located at: 7515 Amity Pike, Plain City, OH 43064<br />

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

appraisal may or may not have been an inside inspection of the property and the Sheriff nor<br />

the appraisers are liable for the condition of the property that was appraised.<br />

Terms of Sale: $10,000.00 will be due the day of the sale, balance due within 30 days of<br />

confirmation.<br />

Additional fees to be paid to the Sheriff, include, transfer tax & conveyance fees which will be<br />

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

Delinquent taxes will be paid by the plaintiff, current taxes prorated to the purchaser to the date<br />

of the auction. The purchaser assumes all taxes from the date of the auction. The purchaser shall<br />

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

to cover.<br />

John R. Swaney, Sheriff<br />

Tina J. Sabin, Deputy<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

Wm. Shane Latham, Attorney<br />

202 N. Limestone St., Ste. 100, Springfield, OH 45503<br />

MM OCT. 8, 15, 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>366<br />

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING<br />

The London City Council will be conducting a<br />

public hearing at the regular meeting on<br />

November 2, <strong>2023</strong>, at 6:30 p.m., in City Council<br />

Chambers, located at 20 South Walnut Street,<br />

London.<br />

ORDINANCE 212-23 Sponsored By: Andrew<br />

Hitt - an ORDINANCE vacating an alley. The City<br />

has received a petition to vacate an alley. From<br />

lot 36 to the east side of lot 35, there is 57.23 ft.<br />

by 8.25 ft. of an alley that runs into Canterbury<br />

Dr.<br />

ORDINANCE 213-23 Sponsored by: Andrew<br />

HItt. an ORDINANCE vacating an alley. The City<br />

has received a petition to vacate alley. Alley between<br />

211 & 213 Toland St.<br />

Kris Miller<br />

London City Council Clerk<br />

MM OCTOBER 15, 22, 29, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>370<br />

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING<br />

Re: TO APPROVE THE PRELIMINARY AND FINAL<br />

DEVELOPMENT PLAN PER ORDINANCE 1125.10,<br />

FOR A PROPOSED CIRCLE K RETAIL GASOLINE<br />

SALES AND CONVENIENCE STORE; PARCEL’S<br />

# 16-00054.000 & 16-00061.000.<br />

The Village of West Jefferson has initiated a Public<br />

Hearing to consider an intention to approve the<br />

preliminary and final development plan per ordinance<br />

1125.10 for a proposed Circle K retail gasoline<br />

sales and convenience store.<br />

A Public Hearing regarding this intention will occur<br />

on Monday, November 6th, <strong>2023</strong> at 7:00 PM at the<br />

Community Center located at 230 Cemetery Road<br />

during the Regular Meeting of Council.<br />

Tisha Edwards<br />

Clerk of Council<br />

(614) 379-5231<br />

MM OCT. 8, 15, 22, 29 & Nov, 5, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>364


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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS<br />

MADISON COUNTY OHIO<br />

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Trustee for<br />

the benefit of the Freddie Mac Seasoned<br />

Credit Risk Transfer Trust, Series 2020-2<br />

vs.<br />

Sandra R. Van Home, et al., Defendant<br />

Case No. CVE<strong>2023</strong>0115<br />

Judge Eamon Costello<br />

LEGAL NOTICE<br />

The Defendant, Sandra R. Van Home and Unknown Spouse of<br />

Sandra R. Van Home, if any, whose current addresses are unknown,<br />

will take notice that on July 7, <strong>2023</strong>, the Plaintiff, Federal<br />

Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, as Trustee for the benefit of<br />

the Freddie Mac Seasoned Credit Risk Transfer Trust, Series 2020-<br />

2, filed it Complaint in Case No. CVE<strong>2023</strong>0115, in the Court of<br />

Common Pleas of <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio, seeking a foreclosure of<br />

its mortgage interest in the real property located at 8855 Big Plain<br />

Circleville Rd., London, OH 43140, Permanent Parcel No.<br />

07-00308.000 (“Real Estate”), and alleged that the Defendants,<br />

have or may have an interest in this Real Estate. The Defendants,<br />

Sandra R. Van Home and Unknown Spouse of Sandra R. Van<br />

Home, if any are required to answer the Plaintiff’s Complaint<br />

within twenty-eight (28) days after the last date of publication of<br />

this notice. In the event that the Defendants, Sandra R. Van Home<br />

and Unknown Spouse of Sandra R. Van Home, if any failed to respond<br />

in the allotted time, judgment by default can be entered<br />

against them for the relief requested in the Plaintiff’s Complaint.<br />

Carrie L. Davis (0083281)<br />

Michael R. Brinkman (0040079)<br />

Steven H. Patterson (0073452)<br />

Yanfang Marilyn Ramirez (0074242)<br />

Aaron M. Cole (0091673)<br />

Attorneys for Plaintiff<br />

Ohio<br />

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INFORMATION<br />

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS<br />

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO<br />

PROBATE DIVISION, JUVENILE COURT<br />

Case No. 22230016 & 22230017<br />

Summons By Publication<br />

In the Matter of<br />

Je T (F) & Me T (F)<br />

Dependent Children<br />

To: Veronica Todd, LKA 224 W. Main Street, West Jefferson, OH 43162<br />

Eric Todd, LKA 9501 Raymond Landtrip Rd., Mansfield, AR 72944<br />

A complaint has been filed in this Court by the State of Ohio/<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Children Services, requesting permanent<br />

custody of Je T (F), DOB 06/12/2014 & Me T (F), DOB 08/14/2015,<br />

pursuant to O.R.C. 2151.414. A hearing has been scheduled at the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Juvenile Court, 1 North Main Street, London, OH<br />

43140, on Friday, November 3, <strong>2023</strong>, at 10:00 a.m., and at the call<br />

of the Court thereafter.<br />

You are indicated as being the parent(s) of said minor children<br />

and notice of said complaint is hereby provided in accordance<br />

with 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 OCTOBER 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>374<br />

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Saturday, November 4, <strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m.<br />

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2) Teresa Shaw, Teakwood Dr., S. Charleston: Household, antique<br />

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Totes, cooler, misc. 4) Aaron Penwell, Richmond Ave.: Boxes, totes,<br />

stuffed animals. 5) Jennifer Mejia, Cedar St.: Totes, suitcase, bags<br />

of clothes. 6) Mick Owens, Itawamba Trail: Books, movies, boxes.<br />

7) Loretta Maxey, Bowman Rd.: Furn., boxes, totes, misc. 8) Zach<br />

Williams, Big Plain Circleville Rd.: TV, couch, totes, boxes, misc.<br />

items. 9) Sherry Kloeker, London, P.O. Box: Totes, boxes, misc.<br />

items. 10) Josh Ellars, W. Choctaw Dr.: Furn., tools, misc. 11) Leland<br />

Travis, Cherry St.: Dresser, bed, flatscreen TV. 12) Kerry Newton,<br />

N. <strong>Madison</strong> Rd.: Furn., household items. 13) Kerry Dingledine,<br />

Berchett Dr., S. Charleston: Tools, compresser, boxes, totes, household<br />

items. 14) Tristan Bash, Bowman Ct.: Totes, boxes, misc. 15)<br />

Linda West/Stephanie Exley, S. Oak St.: Household, boxes, totes.<br />

Units will be pulled from auction if paid prior to 11-4-23<br />

MM OCTOBER 15 & 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>371<br />

MM OCTOBER 15, 22 29, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>373<br />

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners will be<br />

holding a public hearing on<br />

Tuesday, <strong>October</strong> 31, <strong>2023</strong> and<br />

Tuesday, November 7, <strong>2023</strong><br />

at 11:00am to discuss, amend and adopt a<br />

Resolution for <strong>Madison</strong> County Flood<br />

Damage Reduction Regulations.<br />

This meeting will be held in the<br />

Commissioners’ Office at the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Courthouse, 1 North Main Street, London,<br />

Ohio. All interested parties are<br />

notified of their right to attend.<br />

Amy Rees, Clerk<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners<br />

MM OCTOBER 15 & 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>372<br />

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING<br />

Notice is hereby given that the City of London Board<br />

of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing on Tuesday,<br />

<strong>October</strong> 3, <strong>2023</strong> - 5:30 pm at 20 South Walnut<br />

Street to hear the following case(s):<br />

Applicant: Heather Zollman, is requesting a variance to<br />

encroach on the side yard setbacks at 195 North Main<br />

Street.<br />

Applicant: Russell Baldwin, is requesting a variance to<br />

encroach on the front yard setbacks at 180 South<br />

Walnut Street.<br />

Applicant: Jeremiah Jones, is requesting a variance to<br />

the setbacks at 126 South Walnut Street.<br />

Applicant: TJ Tipp, is requesting a variance for lot size<br />

and set backs at 153 & 155 NOrth <strong>Madison</strong> Street.<br />

For Information on the above case(s) please contact<br />

Steve Hume or Kristie West 740-852-7045.<br />

The City of London<br />

Building and Zoning Department<br />

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Regular business hours:<br />

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MM OCTOBER 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>376<br />

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING<br />

Notice is hereby given that the Village of<br />

Mount Sterling Council will hold a public hearing<br />

onNovember 27, <strong>2023</strong> - 7:00 pm at 1 South<br />

London Street, Mount Sterling, OH 43143 to<br />

hear the following case(s):<br />

Applicant; Abbott Mini Storage, Four J Abbott<br />

LLC, is requesting a rezone from an R-1 to an<br />

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Highway 62 SE Mount Sterling.<br />

For Information on the above case(s)<br />

please contact<br />

Courtney at 740-869-2040 ext. 108<br />

MM OCTOBER 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>377


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4 ways established professionals can improve their resumes<br />

Newspapers have been in Changing<br />

jobs can be a difficult decision<br />

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society in which people live.<br />

Information is shared faster than<br />

ever, and applying for jobs isn’t<br />

the same as it might have been as<br />

recently as a decade ago.<br />

One thing that has evolved is the<br />

resume. Although creating a powerful<br />

resume has always been a<br />

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one, for today’s digital world requires<br />

some insider tips.<br />

Adapting a resume as one ages<br />

and has gained experience can be<br />

advantageous. A well-crafted resume<br />

is one way for professionals<br />

to demonstrate how their skill set<br />

is current and adaptable to today’s<br />

business climate. The following<br />

tips can help improve a resume<br />

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Rather than focusing on job responsibilities<br />

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in the position, instead of<br />

just a general retelling of what you<br />

did. It can be challenging to<br />

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quantitative results (i.e.,<br />

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Rather than state that you were<br />

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translate into credentials that can<br />

be used on another. All of the<br />

skills mentioned should be relevant<br />

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not just added to pad the resume.<br />

Therefore, unless your brief stint<br />

waiting tables exemplifies how<br />

you developed customer service<br />

skills, eliminate it.<br />

3. Choose the right keywords<br />

It’s important to optimize a resume<br />

for digital scanning, which<br />

has become a major component of<br />

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Engage in activities that can improve<br />

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community calendar<br />

www.madisonmessengernews.com<br />

Prescription Drug Take-Back<br />

The Plain City Police Department is hosting a Prescription Drug<br />

Take-Back Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Pleasant Valley Fire Department,<br />

650 W. Main St. Drop off unused or unwanted medications.<br />

Jeffersonian Senior Center<br />

The Jeffersonian Senior Citizen Center, 174 E. Main St., West<br />

Jefferson, meets noon-2 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each<br />

month for potlucks and events. On Nov. 7, the group will make<br />

Christmas greeting cards. Anyone 50 and older is welcome to stop<br />

in to learn more. The cost to become a member is $10 per year.<br />

Trunk or Treat<br />

First Baptist Church, 250 Toland St., London, is hosting a free<br />

trunk-or-treat on Oct. 28, 4:30-6 p.m. Treats, food, and fun are<br />

planned. Costumes not required. All activities will take place inside.<br />

Fall Fun Day<br />

First Baptist Church of West Jefferson, 686 West Jefferson-<br />

Kiousville Rd. SE, is sponsoring a free community Fall Fun Day on<br />

Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m. The event features food, live music, and a hay ride<br />

to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin to decorate.<br />

Trick or Treat<br />

• Sedalia/Midway—Oct. 28, 5:30-7 p.m.<br />

• South Solon—Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m.<br />

• Fairfield Township—Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.<br />

• Mount Sterling—Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.<br />

• West Jefferson—Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.<br />

• Plain City—Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.<br />

• London—Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.<br />

Pleasant Township Trustees<br />

The next meeting of the Pleasant Township trustees is set for 7<br />

p.m. Nov. 1 in township building, 84 N. London St., Mount Sterling.<br />

Call (740) 869-3755.<br />

Al-Anon<br />

Al-Anon meetings are taking place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on<br />

Wednesdays at West Jefferson United Methodist Church, 36 S. Center<br />

St. Parking and the entrance are located on the side of the<br />

church. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics<br />

who share their experiences, strength, and<br />

hope to solve their common problems. Organizers<br />

believe that alcoholism is a family<br />

illness and that changed attitudes can aid<br />

in recovery.<br />

Oct. 26—9 a.m., chair volleyball<br />

Oct. 27—8:30 a.m., indoor walking and exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., painting class; 1 p.m.,<br />

free movie.<br />

Pancake/Sausage Breakfast<br />

The Jefferson Township Firefighters are<br />

hosting a pancake and sausage breakfast<br />

from 7 to 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at the firehouse,<br />

745 W. Main St., West Jefferson. The menu<br />

includes pancakes, sausage, and choice of<br />

coffee, juice, water, or milk. The firefighters<br />

are doing the cooking. Visitors are welcome<br />

to check out a fire truck while they are<br />

there. The cost is by donation. A portion of<br />

the donations will go to the Good Samaritan<br />

Food Pantry in West Jefferson.<br />

London Public Library<br />

20 E. First St. , (740) 852-9543.<br />

• Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Oct. 25,<br />

6-7 p.m. The Teen Advisory Board is a group<br />

of teens that recommends books and creates<br />

programs just for teens. This is a great way<br />

to gain leadership experience for college applications<br />

and make an impact on the community.<br />

Registration is required to join the<br />

board. Applications are available for pickup<br />

at the library or can be completed online.<br />

• Large Farm Animal Event. Oct. 28, 11<br />

a.m.-12 p.m., rain or shine in the yard behind<br />

the library. Bring the Farm to You will<br />

bring live chickens, ducks, rabbits, turkeys,<br />

sheep, goats, and pigs. Visit each animal at<br />

your own pace and learn from the educators.<br />

All ages are welcome.<br />

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Mt. Sterling Community Center<br />

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

Oct. 24—3-6 p.m., food pantry for income<br />

eligible households. Pre-packed food boxes<br />

are delivered to your vehicle. Bring proof of<br />

residence at first visit and picture ID every<br />

visit. Call (740) 869-2453 for details.<br />

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

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

Oct. 25—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for adults<br />

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

for anyone 60 and older, RSVP by calling<br />

(740) 869-2453<br />

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

Oct. 28—9-10 a.m., free dance class by an<br />

online instructor (call center for details)<br />

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

abilities<br />

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

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

Oct. 23—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise;<br />

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

knitting, and needle crafts; 10:30<br />

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

euchre<br />

Oct. 24—9 a.m., quilting class; 10 a.m.,<br />

bowling; 4-7 p.m., billiards, hand-and-foot<br />

cards, workout room open<br />

Oct. 25—8:30 a.m., indoor walking and<br />

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

p.m., bridge<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson,<br />

(614) 879-8448.<br />

• Scary Science. Children ages 5 and<br />

older are invited to register for this program<br />

slated for 11 a.m. Oct. 28.<br />

• Trick or Treat Program to Go. Bags for<br />

children will be available Oct. 23.<br />

• Storybook Build. At 11 a.m. Nov. 4,<br />

children are invited to build the houses from<br />

“The Three Little Pigs” and take home and<br />

a copy of the book. Registration is required.<br />

Mount Sterling Library<br />

60 W. Columbus St., (740) 869-2430.<br />

• Around Town Book Club. The Around<br />

Town Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 26<br />

at 101 Autumn Haze Court, Mount Sterling,<br />

to discuss “The Silent Patient” by Alex<br />

Michaelides.<br />

• Ladies Night Out Movie. Enjoy a Barbie<br />

party on Oct. 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.<br />

Reserve a spot by calling the library or texting<br />

Melissa at (614) 315-7939. The library<br />

provides pizza, popcorn, cold drinks, and flavored<br />

coffees. Participants are asked to<br />

bring a potluck dish.<br />

• Bookmobile. The last bookmobile visits<br />

of the season are Nov. 1: 3-3:30 p.m. at<br />

Grace Community Church in South Solon<br />

3:45-4:15 p.m. at Sedalia Christian Union<br />

Church.

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