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<strong>January</strong> 21, <strong>2024</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX No. 3<br />

Paid for by Friends of Cory Coburn<br />

<strong>2024</strong>: e year of the K-9<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Over the years, K-9 units have come and gone at law enforcement<br />

agencies across <strong>Madison</strong> County. Recent developments could<br />

make this year the year all three police departments and the sheriff’s<br />

office have K-9 units on staff.<br />

A K-9 team consists of an officer and a<br />

service dog, both of whom receive specialized<br />

training. The dog’s training can include<br />

narcotics detection, tracking for<br />

human odor, article searches for evidence,<br />

protection work, and suspect apprehension.<br />

The dog stays with the officer around<br />

the clock, both as a work partner and as<br />

part of the officer’s home life.<br />

The county’s law enforcement leaders<br />

all agree K-9 units are a valuable asset.<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Sheriff’s Office is<br />

restoring its K-9 unit after a hiatus of several<br />

years. The West Jefferson Police Department<br />

introduced a new unit last year,<br />

its first since 2018. The Plain City Police<br />

Department hopes to get another dog to<br />

succeed the K-9 that passed away last<br />

year. And the London Police Department<br />

is transitioning from one dog to another to<br />

comply with new marijuana use laws<br />

passed in November.<br />

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

The last K-9 to serve the <strong>Madison</strong> County Sheriff’s Office retired<br />

several years ago. Since then, the department has relied on other<br />

agencies to provide K-9 services such as<br />

drug sniffs and missing person tracking.<br />

A couple of years ago, department lead-<br />

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K-9 Andor served the Plain<br />

City Police Department for<br />

five years before passing<br />

away last summer as the result<br />

of lymphoma. The department<br />

hopes to get a new K-9<br />

this year.<br />

ers started talking about reinstating the K-<br />

9 unit, primarily to help fight the drugs they<br />

see coming into the county and to help with<br />

searches at local schools and businesses.<br />

At the time, more and more states were<br />

passing laws legalizing medical<br />

and recreational use of marijuana.<br />

Before moving forward with a new<br />

K-9 unit, the department decided<br />

to wait to see if similar laws would<br />

be passed in Ohio. The reason for<br />

waiting: Dogs trained to sniff for illegal<br />

drugs cannot indicate which<br />

specific drug they detect, just that<br />

illegal drugs are present. Dogs<br />

trained to sniff for marijuana,<br />

among other drugs, cannot be untrained<br />

to sniff for the drug and,<br />

therefore, cannot perform searches<br />

in states where marijuana is legal.<br />

The Sheriff’s Office wanted to be<br />

sure any investment they made in<br />

a dog and training would be relevant<br />

for years to come.<br />

This past November, Ohio voters<br />

passed Issue 2, legalizing the<br />

use of recreational marijuana. Following<br />

the vote, the Sheriff’s Office<br />

started executing its plan, naming<br />

a deputy to serve as the new K-9 handler<br />

and purchasing a vehicle. The next steps include<br />

outfitting the vehicle, purchasing a<br />

dog, and training the deputy.<br />

The new handler is Dep. Mike Stone who<br />

has been with the department for 23 years.<br />

“(Stone) has always had a want and an<br />

interest in doing this,” said Sheriff John<br />

Swaney, adding that several officers expressed<br />

interest in the position.<br />

All those interested went through interviews<br />

with an outside panel. The selection<br />

process also included a physical assessment<br />

and a home visit.<br />

The department has purchased a vehicle<br />

for $43,000. Swaney estimates the cost to<br />

outfit the vehicle with a dog cage and other<br />

equipment will be $14,000. The dog will cost<br />

between $15,000 and $25,000, depending on<br />

its level of training, he added.<br />

As for sourcing a dog, Swaney said, “The<br />

Sheriff’s Office partners some with Franklin<br />

County for tactical and SRT (special response<br />

team) operations. They have a larger<br />

K-9 unit. We like some of the abilities they<br />

London Police Officer Mike Combs and<br />

Ygor have served the city of London for<br />

the past six years as the police department’s<br />

first K-9 unit. Ygor will retire this<br />

year due to a change in state law. Combs<br />

will be the handler for Ygor’s replacement.<br />

West Jefferson Police Officer Omar Salem and Diego have been<br />

on the job as West Jefferson’s K-9 unit since last fall. They are the<br />

second K-9 unit to serve the community. The first served from<br />

2013 to 2018.<br />

have. So, we will check into their supplier.”<br />

He said the department will vet a couple of suppliers, then<br />

choose one. He said the goal is to have the program up and running<br />

by mid-summer.<br />

The new dog will be the fifth K-9 the Sheriff’s Office has had in<br />

its history.<br />

West Jefferson Police Department<br />

As of last fall, a new K-9 unit is on patrol in West Jefferson. In<br />

the few months they’ve been a team, Officer Omar Salem and K-9<br />

Diego, a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd, have already made a positive<br />

impact. One example: Diego performed a vehicle sniff that surfaced<br />

drugs; the resulting drug seizure is now pending in court.<br />

Newly named West Jefferson Police Chief Brandon Smith is excited<br />

to see the duo in action. They are the second unit to serve West Jefferson.<br />

The first served from 2013 to 2018 with Smith as the handler.<br />

“Part of the reason I brought the K-9 program back is because<br />

the first unit we had was such a huge success,” he said.<br />

When Smith and his K-9 partner, Arc, were active, highlights of<br />

their service included apprehension of a bank robber and discovery<br />

of 27 kilos of cocaine in a vehicle gas tank.<br />

To get the program back up and running, Smith contracted with<br />

Mitch Christian of Christian K-9 in West Jefferson. Christian<br />

sourced Diego, importing him from Poland at the start of 2023.<br />

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“Diego was ready to go as a police dog. He<br />

just needed to be imprinted on narcotics<br />

once in the United States,” Smith said, noting<br />

they omitted marijuana from the training<br />

in anticipation of Issue 2 passing.<br />

Once the imprinting was complete, Diego<br />

was united with Officer Salem. The pair<br />

completed police handler training in September,<br />

after which state evaluators tested<br />

them and awarded certification.<br />

Salem was one of a half-dozen officers<br />

who showed interest in becoming a handler.<br />

He got the job, Smith said, because he possesses<br />

many of the necessary traits, including<br />

a clean history, good arrest records, a<br />

family who understands the accompanying<br />

lifestyle change, and experience with a variety<br />

of scenarios that require a high degree<br />

of responsibility.<br />

“When you become a handler, you are<br />

doubling your responsibilities. You’re called<br />

out for regular shifts, but other agencies<br />

also are calling you. You are on-call 24/7. So,<br />

you want to ensure that the handler you<br />

choose can handle all of this,” Smith said.<br />

The cost to acquire Diego and provide initial<br />

and ongoing training was $18,000. The<br />

department is utilizing its existing K-9 vehicle,<br />

still on fleet and fully equipped.<br />

Plain City Police Department<br />

Plain City’s most recent K-9, Andor,<br />

passed away in June 2023 after being diagnosed<br />

with an aggressive form of lymphoma.<br />

The 7-year-old German shepherd<br />

had been with the department since March<br />

2018.<br />

“Our goal is to get another K-9, hopefully<br />

sometime this year,” said Plain City Police<br />

Chief Dale McKee.<br />

The department has set aside cash seized<br />

in drug-related cases to purchase a new K-<br />

9 and pay for training. They plan to use<br />

their existing K-9 vehicle and equipment.<br />

“We still want to utilize (the truck) and<br />

equipment because the money for it was donated,”<br />

McKee said.<br />

Plain City suspended its K-9 program in<br />

2012 due to budget cuts. Six years later, the<br />

community raised a total of $85,000 to allow<br />

the department to reinstitute the program.<br />

McKee has a strong desire to keep the<br />

program going.<br />

“My feeling is that a K-9 unit is one of the<br />

biggest assets you can have for a department,<br />

whether for public relations, tracking,<br />

apprehension, or drug detection,” he said.<br />

His hope is to find another dog like<br />

Andor who he said was a perfect fit, not only<br />

as a working dog but as a positive connection<br />

to the community.<br />

“He was great with children and the public.<br />

Kids could climb on him and pull on him,<br />

and he never showed any signs of aggression,<br />

ever. I hope the next dog is just like<br />

him,” McKee said.<br />

Finding the right handler also is important,<br />

he added. A couple of officers have expressed<br />

interest.<br />

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West Jefferson’s first K-9 unit consisted of Arc and Officer Brandon Smith, who is now<br />

the village’s police chief. They are shown here with 27 kilos of cocaine Arc detected in a<br />

gas tank on a vehicle sniff performed for the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 2018.<br />

“I think the dogs are a<br />

vital tool in law enforcement.<br />

There are areas<br />

where we’ve been able to<br />

obtain enough probable<br />

cause for search warrants.<br />

Numerous times, a dog is<br />

utilized to gain compliance<br />

on suspects who might be<br />

otherwise resistant or hiding.<br />

There are times when<br />

we use a dog instead of<br />

hand-to-hand force to engage<br />

someone. They’re<br />

just a great tool.”<br />

London Police Department<br />

In November, London city council voted<br />

to earmark $85,000 to purchase a new dog<br />

and cruiser for its K-9 program.<br />

The department’s current K-9, Ygor, is<br />

being retired because he is trained to detect<br />

marijuana which is no longer permitted following<br />

the passage of Issue<br />

2. Ygor is the department’s<br />

first-ever K-9. He has been<br />

with the department since<br />

2017 and is 7 years old. Police<br />

dogs typically work for<br />

seven or eight years, according<br />

to London Police<br />

Chief Glenn Nicol.<br />

Officer Mike Combs,<br />

Ygor’s handler, will be the<br />

handler for the next dog.<br />

The department is working<br />

with Gold Shield Canine<br />

Training out of Blacklick,<br />

Ohio, the same outfit that<br />

sourced and trained Ygor.<br />

“We trust that they will<br />

have a good product,” Nicol<br />

said. “Ygor has been a great<br />

dog. He’s good at tracking,<br />

drugs, apprehension, and<br />

has such a great demeanor around the office.<br />

And he is great with the public.”<br />

Nicol said Gold Shield likely will deliver<br />

the new dog sometime this spring after<br />

which the dog and Combs will complete five<br />

weeks of handler training.<br />

Of the funds council set aside, $17,500<br />

will go toward purchasing and training the<br />

dog. The rest will go toward buying a new<br />

vehicle. The current K-9 vehicle has over<br />

100,000 miles on it and is one of the oldest<br />

cruisers in the fleet. Nicol said the department<br />

would like a vehicle outfitted with a<br />

split cage, allowing room for the dog and for<br />

another person besides the officer. The wait<br />

time for such a setup can be long, though,<br />

he said. If one isn’t readily available, the department<br />

will go with a small SUV again.<br />

As for Ygor, the department will continue<br />

–London Police Officer<br />

Mike Combs<br />

to use him in a limited capacity<br />

until the new dog<br />

comes on board. Combs,<br />

who has been with the department<br />

for 16 years, has<br />

the option to buy him out to<br />

become his family’s pet.<br />

In extolling Ygor’s<br />

virtues, Combs said the<br />

Belgian Malinois is well<br />

liked in the community and<br />

has racked up some solid<br />

statistics. Just last year,<br />

Ygor and Combs were<br />

called out on dozens of narcotic<br />

searches, assisted<br />

with three apprehensions of<br />

violent subjects, conducted<br />

two building searches, assisted<br />

other agencies inside<br />

and outside the city and<br />

county, and performed four<br />

demonstrations for school functions.<br />

“I think the dogs are a vital tool in law<br />

enforcement,” Combs said. “There are areas<br />

where we’ve been able to obtain enough<br />

probable cause for search warrants. Numerous<br />

times, a dog is utilized to gain compliance<br />

on suspects who might be otherwise<br />

resistant or hiding. There are times when<br />

we use a dog instead of hand-to-hand force<br />

to engage someone. They’re just a great<br />

tool.”


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One-night pop-up gallery crawl in Plain City<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

New to the Plain City events calendar is<br />

the Plain City Arts Walk, a one-night popup<br />

gallery crawl set for 5-8 p.m. Jan. 26.<br />

Businesses in uptown Plain City will<br />

serve as galleries for the night, showcasing<br />

artwork by professional and amateur<br />

artists, all of whom are from Plain City or<br />

have ties to Plain City.<br />

The Arts Walk is the inaugural event of<br />

Plain City Walks, a grassroots group of residents<br />

interested in encouraging walking<br />

and pedestrian life in the village as a way to<br />

build community, promote wellness, and improve<br />

safety.<br />

Courey Leer, Plain City Walks cofounder,<br />

said it’s been fun connecting with<br />

area artists and working with local businesses<br />

to pull the event together.<br />

“We have a variety of artists with different<br />

experience levels and types of work,” she<br />

said. “For example, we have a couple of high<br />

school seniors with showcases, and we have<br />

a guy who was a graphic designer for 30<br />

years at Wendy’s who is now doing fine art.”<br />

Leer is thrilled with the business community’s<br />

reception of the Arts Walk concept.<br />

In addition to offering up space for displays,<br />

some businesses are planning special events<br />

within the event. The folks at Front Porch<br />

Home, for one, are bringing in a wine connoisseur<br />

to conduct a wine tasting seminar<br />

during the walk hours.<br />

The overall format gives residents and<br />

visitors a unique reason to walk around uptown<br />

and brings foot traffic to local businesses—a<br />

win-win, Leer said.<br />

The Art Walks’ co-sponsor, Daily Needs<br />

Assistance, is organizing a youth art night<br />

in conjunction with the Jan. 26 event. They<br />

will be set up at Brick House Blue, 213 S.<br />

Chillicothe St., offering children an interactive<br />

art station and displaying artwork by<br />

students from Plain City Elementary and<br />

Shekinah Christian School.<br />

“At DNA, we believe that we are made to<br />

create, that children of all ages, races, and<br />

socioeconomic levels should be given the opportunity<br />

to find authentic and healthy outlets<br />

of self-expression,” said Tamra Reed,<br />

DNA executive director. “Shared art experiences<br />

bring people together, foster connection,<br />

and contribute to a sense of belonging<br />

within the greater community.”<br />

Artists and Gallery Locations<br />

The following are artists and display locations<br />

confirmed for the Arts Walk as of<br />

last week. Other artists interested in displaying<br />

their work can contact Leer at (412)<br />

996-1521 or coureyleer@gmail.com.<br />

For event and artist updates, visit “Plain<br />

City Walks” on Facebook, click on the Arts<br />

Sophie Caouette, an art design and communications student at<br />

Tolles Career & Technical Center, works on a painting. Several of<br />

her pieces will be on display at the Hair Loft during the inaugural<br />

Plain City Arts Walk on Jan. 26.<br />

Walk event announcement, and click on the “discussion” tab. Many<br />

of the artists will have their works for sale.<br />

• Robert B. Wilson paintings at Plain City Historical Society, 105 W.<br />

Main St. Before he passed away in 2023, Plain City native Wilson<br />

bequeathed his entire studio of artwork to the Plain City Historical<br />

Society. More than 70 pieces will be on display.<br />

• Lindsey Stevens at Front Porch Home, 114 W. Main St.—paintings<br />

• Elisabeth Yoder at Village Massage, 121 W. Main St.–relief prints<br />

• Summer Holmes at Rummell, Brill & Cassady Insurance, 127 W.<br />

Main St.–jewelry and mosaics<br />

• Jerry Hayslett at The Silo, 138 W. Main St.—paintings<br />

• Kelly Costella at The Silo, 138 W. Main St.—woven arts<br />

• Kathie Gaynor at Main Street Nails, 151 W. Main St.–mixed media<br />

• Judy Gray at Hammer & Stain, 153-A W. Main St.–jewelry<br />

• Maya Runkle at Plain City Nutrition, 160 W. Main St.—paintings<br />

• Amy Bender at Plain City Nutrition, 160 W. Main St.—paintings<br />

• Rae Delisle at Sweet Dreams Salt Therapy Ohio, 218 W. Main St.—<br />

paintings<br />

• Sophie Caouette at Hair Loft, 120 N. Chillicothe St.–paintings<br />

• Porkchop Robbins at Pioneer Pizza, 132 N. Chillicothe St.—comic<br />

illustration.<br />

• Allison Igne DeGeorge at U Will Dance Studio, 133 N. Chillicothe<br />

St.—paintings<br />

• Hannah Hedrick at U Will Dance Studio, 133 N. Chillicothe St.—<br />

prints and textiles.<br />

• Ben Helmuth at historic Farmers National Bank building, State<br />

Call for artists to display at city hall<br />

London City Hall, 20 S. Walnut St., exhibits<br />

local artists’ work each month at no<br />

charge. Anyone interested in displaying<br />

their art or anyone who knows someone who<br />

might be interested can contact Kim Lattimer-Reeder at (740) 506-<br />

2198 or artistkrl@icloud.com.<br />

This includes all framed and ready-to-hang art that is accepted<br />

after review.<br />

Route 161 and Chillicothe Street–drawings<br />

• Erin Goins at Plain City Animal Hospital, 204 W. Bigelow Ave.—pet<br />

portraits<br />

• Aaron Hamby at Lee’s Sports & Spirits, 209 W. Bigelow Ave.–mixed<br />

media.<br />

About Plain City Walks<br />

Founded by Leer and Diana McCartney, Plain City Walks held<br />

its first meeting on Nov. 8, 2023. Approximately 20 people attended<br />

ranging in age from 6 to 80 years old. They shared their ideas and<br />

concerns regarding pedestrian needs in the community. They also<br />

talked about ways for Plain City to be more engaged as a community.<br />

“We’re about celebrating neighborliness. We’re not just a health<br />

group or a moms’ group of strollers. We foresee being a little bit of<br />

everything as we evolve,” Leer said.<br />

The group is already planning more events in the uptown area,<br />

including a dessert walk and youth bike nights, with dates and details<br />

yet to be determined. They also are looking to collaborate with<br />

other community groups in the area.<br />

Plain City Walks is not administered or directly affiliated with<br />

the village of Plain City administration, any specific business, or<br />

any locally elected official.<br />

For more information, visit “Plain City Walks” on Facebook.<br />

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for the most part, a ho-hum affair.<br />

I only watched maybe half of this year’s bowl games.<br />

I couldn’t get into it like I used to; it’s become too much<br />

of a good thing. I love ice cream, lots of it, but put a gallon<br />

in front of me and, at some point, I’ll push it away.<br />

Back in my teen years in the 1960s, there were basically<br />

eight bowl games, all steeped in rich tradition. You<br />

had the four biggies—the Cotton, Orange, Rose, and<br />

Sugar bowls on New Year’s Day—with the Gator, Sun,<br />

Bluebonnet, and Liberty bowls taking place the preceding<br />

week. For the most part, they were quality games.<br />

Controversy always surrounded the bowl selection<br />

process—who got chosen, for which bowl, who would play<br />

each other, and who got left out. Inevitably, some teams<br />

felt cheated in one way or another, but that was as<br />

much a part of the tradition as the games themselves.<br />

Bowl committees made selections that, in theory,<br />

were based on rankings determined by AP and UPI<br />

coaches polls. But ultimately, it was a subjective<br />

process. There were no true playoffs like we have now.<br />

When the bowl games were done, final polls were taken<br />

and whoever was at the top of each poll was crowned<br />

the nation’s best for the year. Sometimes, the polls<br />

didn’t agree, and controversy would linger. The system<br />

was error prone, but it worked when it came to maintaining<br />

the high entertainment value, aura, excitement,<br />

and anticipation of each bowl season.<br />

As with anything centered around making money,<br />

the bowl seasons changed over the years. Organizers decided<br />

on a new weighted average ranking, using existing<br />

polls with computer generated rankings thrown in.<br />

But they forgot, or ignored, the fact that computers are<br />

only as good as the input someone generated for them.<br />

As a result, the rankings remained highly subjective<br />

and unfairly biased against the smaller, less renowned<br />

schools. Those schools had little chance of getting a financially<br />

lucrative major bowl<br />

bid, high ranking, or being<br />

crowned the national champion.<br />

Controversy about the process<br />

continued. Cries for an actual<br />

playoff, instead of polls, to determine<br />

the final No. 1 became<br />

louder with every passing year.<br />

Finally, in 1998 they came up<br />

with the Bowl Championship Series<br />

(BCS). The idea was to end<br />

up with a final head-to-head playoff<br />

game to determine the national<br />

champion. The format<br />

ended up going through many<br />

changes before it was abandoned<br />

in 2014, replaced by the College<br />

Football Playoff. Four teams were selected, two games,<br />

two winners, then the winners squared off for the championship.<br />

That’s been in place through this year when Michigan<br />

defeated Washington. Were the Wolverines truly<br />

the best team? Probably, but maybe not. The still subjective<br />

system will never be able to confirm that for us.<br />

I have more doubts about who the second best team was<br />

as that could change the entire outcome. I could see a<br />

handful of teams left out of the playoff mix who might<br />

have given Michigan a better battle if only the selection<br />

system had given them a chance.<br />

We’ll see yet another new College Football Playoff<br />

scenario next year. To solidify who the number one team<br />

is? Naw, there’s still more big money to be had. In addition<br />

to the other bowls, next year will see 12 teams in<br />

the playoffs. The first four will get a bye while the last<br />

eight play. The winners of those last eight will play the<br />

first four, then the two winners play each other. So, four<br />

rounds of games that end up with the same subjectively<br />

influenced result and a whole lot of profits for someone.<br />

There were 42 bowl games this past year, most<br />

named after sponsors. Most of the major conferences<br />

have deals made with the bowls. If you win only six of<br />

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your 12 games, you become bowl eligible and most probably secure<br />

one. So, the teams schedule their out-of-conference early games<br />

with assorted cupcakes and creampuffs to get their wins. Many of<br />

the major football colleges also often get eight home games in front<br />

of fan-packed home stadiums and only play four away games—a<br />

huge advantage.<br />

I painfully tried to watch my alma mater play in an early, meaningless<br />

bowl game. Both teams had a 6-6 record. It was obvious my<br />

team neither belonged nor wanted to be at that game. You’ll observe<br />

more excitement and enthusiasm from the animals at the Columbus<br />

Zoo on a stifling hot and humid summer day as they snooze<br />

away under a branch. Why didn’t they just decline the bowl bid instead<br />

of embarrassing the school and themselves with no effort?<br />

Something else that seems to be a growing trend stood out this<br />

year and really disturbed me. The regular season ends, teams accept<br />

bowl bids, and begin practicing for bowl day. Then you hear on<br />

the news, “Starting player John Doe has entered the transfer portal<br />

and thus will not play in the bowl.” The next day brings more bad<br />

news: “Projected high first round NFL draft pick John Smith has<br />

decided not to risk injury in the bowl game and thus will not play<br />

in the bowl game. However, he will stand on the sideline to give<br />

moral support and pretend he cares about the team.” I struggle with<br />

both scenarios and what’s become of the game.<br />

I think back on my own sports days and then watching my kids<br />

compete in theirs during their school years. I think back on my military<br />

basic training and tour of duty, then my working days where<br />

I was always just a part of a group that had a bigger goal than just<br />

me. From day one, with everything I did, it was always hammered<br />

home that you’re a small part of something bigger, a team. As goes<br />

the team, so go you. You sink or swim with them, win or lose with<br />

them. No one person on the team is above the other; we support<br />

each other. On and on it went.<br />

We like our sports, and we always demand a No. 1 while realizing<br />

the selection process can’t always be foolproof to get there.<br />

That’s fine. Striving for that goal while competing is what piques<br />

our fan interest. But as the lure of money steps in, let’s not forget<br />

the values we’ve learned from sports, our team and college pride,<br />

and not let dollar signs totally dictate the direction of our future<br />

sports values.<br />

Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong><br />

Newspapers. He lives in Grove City.<br />

Changes needed<br />

in government<br />

It is time we Americans<br />

take back our government<br />

in Washington<br />

letter<br />

D.C.—not with violence but at the ballot box. We need to get rid of<br />

special interest groups and lobbyists and put the interest of the people<br />

at the forefront.<br />

I recommend eight years of being in office (power). I recommend<br />

we limit the campaign time to only three months, not the years we<br />

have now.<br />

Also, after the debates, we do away with the panel trying to explain<br />

to us what we just heard. Quit trying to persuade us that we<br />

heard something else. I am an adult. I know what I heard.<br />

James Stambaugh<br />

London


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Religious instruction program moves forward<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

off-campus, and the private entity in charge of the program<br />

must provide transportation. No public funds or<br />

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

A pilot program offering off-campus religious instruction<br />

to <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains School District students during<br />

public personnel are involved, and students cannot be<br />

released from a core curriculum subject course to participate.<br />

Participation is voluntary.<br />

the school day is slated to take place this spring.<br />

A representative of Wings of Hope 337, a group of<br />

Wings of Hope 337 plans to run its pilot program<br />

area residents wishing to offer this instruction, presented<br />

plans at the <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains school board meet-<br />

once a week for six to eight weeks this spring for a limited<br />

number of students. Instruction will take place at<br />

ing in December. Superintendent Chad Eisler has since<br />

Midway Presbyterian Church in Sedalia.<br />

looked into the matter. He provided an update at the<br />

Jeff Prosise, treasurer and spokesperson for Wings<br />

Jan. 9 school board meeting.<br />

of Hope 337, said at the December meeting that the<br />

Eisler said the program is legal and does not require<br />

group’s goal is “to build and strengthen good morals and<br />

school board approval. The Ohio Revised Code allows<br />

values in our children by providing a means for biblical<br />

for “released time” instruction—a period of time during<br />

instruction during the school day.”<br />

which a student is excused from school to take part in<br />

The Wings of Hope 337 board includes representatives<br />

from Mount Sterling First Church of the<br />

religious instruction conducted by a private entity off<br />

school district property. <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains has a policy in<br />

Nazarene, along with other area residents.<br />

place that corresponds with the Ohio Revised Code.<br />

Events<br />

“This goes back to a Supreme Court decision that<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains girls’ basketball team is hosting<br />

was made in 1952,” Eisler said. “There are a lot of school<br />

a Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser to benefit the<br />

districts that have the same policy that we do, and there<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Health Foundation. The fundraiser will be<br />

are lots of these programs coming to school districts in<br />

part of the team’s home game against Greeneview on<br />

recent years. Our policy was adopted in 2007.”<br />

Jan. 27. The team is accepting cash donations and goods<br />

The policy stipulates that parents must sign off on<br />

for silent auction baskets. Donations are tax-deductible.<br />

their child’s participation, the program must take place<br />

The event includes the silent auction, t-shirt sales, a<br />

Mason and Xenikis re-elected<br />

James<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

During the <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains school board’s annual organizational<br />

meeting on Jan. 9, the board re-elected<br />

Mark Mason as board president and Thoula Xenikis as<br />

board vice president for <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

The oath of office was administered to board members<br />

who were elected in the November general election,<br />

including Mason and new board members Jarrett Gary<br />

and Sean Meade.<br />

To the new board members, Mason said, “I appreciate<br />

you guys raising your hand and being willing to be<br />

part of what we’re doing here and help our community<br />

have the best school we possibly can.”<br />

Also during the organizational meeting, board members<br />

were assigned to boards and committees as follows:<br />

• Academic Advisory/District Leadership Committee—<br />

Xenikis;<br />

• District Policy Review Committee—Meade and Bryan<br />

Stonerock;<br />

CONLEY<br />

Sandra Kay Conley, 73, of Lilly Chapel, Ohio, passed<br />

away on Jan. 9, <strong>2024</strong>, in Riverside Methodist Hospital,<br />

Columbus. Born on Sept. 27, 1950, in Columbus, she was<br />

a daughter of Kenneth and Virginia (Kitchen) Conley.<br />

Kay was a 1968 graduate of The Plains High School<br />

and then furthered her education through the National<br />

Beauty Academy. She absolutely loved her classmates<br />

and always had so much fun attending reunions. Kay<br />

was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church<br />

where she loved volunteering in the kitchen for special<br />

events. Her biggest joy came from spending time with<br />

her family and her best friend, Linda.<br />

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth<br />

and Virginia Conley, and brother, Kenneth Darwin<br />

Conley. In addition to many family and friends whom<br />

obituaries<br />

• District Communication Committee—Gary and<br />

Mason;<br />

• District Facilities and Grounds Committee—Gary and<br />

Meade;<br />

• District Safety Committee—Stonerock and Xenikis;<br />

• District Finance/Audit Committee—Mason and<br />

Xenikis;<br />

• District Insurance Committee—Stonerock;<br />

• District Athletic Council—Meade and Stonerock;<br />

• Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) student<br />

achievement–Jarrett Gary; and<br />

• OSBA annual conference delegate and alternate—<br />

Gary and Xenikis, respectively.<br />

Regular school board meetings take place monthly at<br />

7 p.m. in the high school library. The remaining dates<br />

for <strong>2024</strong> are: Feb. 20, March 12, April 16, May 14, June<br />

18, July 16, Aug. 13, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, and Dec.<br />

17. Mason noted the board might hold one or two of this<br />

year’s meetings at other locations. Any changes in location<br />

will be publicized well in advance, he said.<br />

she loved dearly, immediate family survivors include:<br />

her brother, Darel (Catherine “Kay”) Conley of London;<br />

sister-in-law, Kelly Stage of Lilly Chapel; niece and<br />

nephews, Casey (Brittany) Conley, Edward (Elaine)<br />

Conley, Ally Conley, Jacy Perkins, Chase Conley, Kaitlynn<br />

Chastain; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; best<br />

friends, Linda and David Wright; and her beloved dog,<br />

Princess.<br />

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 23,<br />

<strong>2024</strong>, in Kirkwood Cemetery, 1600 U.S. Highway 42<br />

SW, London. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made<br />

to Trinity United Methodist Church, 8530 Lilly Chapel-<br />

Georgesville Rd., London, OH 43140.<br />

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

Home and Crematory, London. Condolences may be<br />

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

50/50 raffle, a three-point competition with payouts, and a bake<br />

sale. To donate, call Coach Aaron Stewart at (937) 207-5341.<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony<br />

and dinner are set for 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in the high school gym. Tickets<br />

are $15. The event is open to the public.<br />

Van Fleet<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains is updating its van fleet, replacing two of its three<br />

vans with Honda Odyssey minivans and adding an additional minivan<br />

to the fleet. The district uses the vehicles for sports programs and<br />

transporting students with special needs to specialized programming.<br />

The cost to buy the minivans is roughly half the cost to buy vans<br />

comparable to what the district has used in the past, Eisler reported.<br />

The district has already purchased and put to use one used<br />

minivan (a 2022) for $31,400 and one new minivan for $35,800. The<br />

third minivan is nearly ready for use and cost $37,800. The district<br />

received a total of $5,000 for its two trade-ins.<br />

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William F. “Bill” Dennen, 85 of<br />

Marion, passed away Monday, <strong>January</strong> 15,<br />

<strong>2024</strong> at his home in Marion, IL.<br />

Bill worked as a Line Setter for 30+ years for<br />

General Motors. He was a husband and<br />

family man, an automobile and motorcycle<br />

enthusiast, who loved to make everyone<br />

around him laugh.<br />

Bill was a devoted Christian, who loved his<br />

God above all else. He was an ordained minister for the Assemblies<br />

of God.<br />

Bill was born on June 29, 1938 in London, Ohio to Albert B. &<br />

Emma E. “Granny” (Lloyd) Dennen.<br />

Bill married Madelyon C. Taylor on April 14, 1973 in London, Ohio.<br />

She survives him at their home in Marion.<br />

He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, William M. &<br />

Connie Dennen of Columbus, OH; daughter, Crystal F. Himes of<br />

Columbus, OH and her partner, Chuck; daughter, Marcia Hummell<br />

and her partner, Lamar of Royalton, IL; daughter and son-in-law,<br />

Danielle & Darren Venus of Carterville, IL; numerous grandchildren<br />

and great grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron &<br />

Jean Dennen of Ohio and Max & Janet Dennen of London, OH; sister,<br />

Karen Baldwin of London, OH; and several nieces and<br />

nephews.<br />

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Deborah R.<br />

Smith; two sons, Roger E. Dennen and Andrew T. Dennen; and<br />

three brothers, Roger Dennen, Gene Dennen and Glen Dennen.<br />

Funeral services were held Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 18, <strong>2024</strong> at<br />

Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Jordan Griffith<br />

and Rev. Bruce Peffer officiating. Interment was at Herrin City<br />

Cemetery in Herrin, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may<br />

be made to Ke Nan Ke, P.O. Box 83, Carterville, IL 62918-0083.<br />

To leave a message of condolence or story for the family, visit:<br />

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community calendar<br />

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Alzheimer’s Association<br />

The Alzheimer’s Association Central<br />

Ohio Chapter will host a program on effective<br />

communication strategies at 6 p.m. Jan.<br />

23 at London Public Library, 20 E. First St.<br />

The program is free and open to families<br />

and caregivers. Pre-registration is required.<br />

Call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7<br />

Helpline at 800-272-3900.<br />

Participants will explore how communication<br />

takes place when someone has<br />

Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and<br />

behavioral messages delivered by someone<br />

with dementia, and identify strategies to<br />

help families connect and communicate at<br />

each stage of the disease.<br />

Genealogical Society<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Genealogical Society<br />

meets quarterly in the Genealogy Library<br />

at London City Hall, 20 S. Walnut St.,<br />

Suite 108. The next meeting is set for 7 p.m.<br />

Jan. 31. <strong>Madison</strong> County Recorder Rachel<br />

Fisher is the guest speaker. She will share<br />

information about the information available<br />

at the Recorder’s Office at the courthouse.<br />

Plat books, military records, and online resources<br />

offer important information for genealogists.<br />

Participants also will learn how<br />

to trace the history of a property online. The<br />

public is welcome to attend the chapter’s<br />

meetings. Meeting dates for the rest of the<br />

year are April 24, July 31, and Oct. 30.<br />

Blood Drives<br />

The American Red Cross is holding the<br />

following blood drives in <strong>Madison</strong> County.<br />

To make an appointment, download the Red<br />

Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store or<br />

Google Play, or text BLOODAPP to 90999.<br />

Appointments also may be made online at<br />

RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-733-<br />

2767.<br />

• Fairhaven School, 510 Elm St., London,<br />

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 24<br />

• Tolles Career & Technical Center, 7877<br />

U.S. Rte. 42, Plain City, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.<br />

Jan. 31.<br />

Al-Anon<br />

Al-Anon meetings are taking place at 12<br />

p.m. on Wednesdays at West Jefferson<br />

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(Room 4 on the second floor). Parking and<br />

the entrance are located on the side of the<br />

church. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives<br />

and friends of alcoholics who share their experiences,<br />

strength, and hope to solve their<br />

common problems. Organizers believe that<br />

alcoholism is a family illness and that<br />

changed attitudes can aid in recovery.<br />

Mt. Sterling Community Center<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center<br />

is located at 164 E. Main St. For details, call<br />

(740) 869-2453.<br />

Jan. 22—9 a.m.-12 p.m., indoor open play<br />

pickleball<br />

5-7 p.m., indoor open play pickleball<br />

7-9 p.m., men’s open gym basketball<br />

Jan. 23—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 />

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

Jan. 24—9 a.m.-12 p.m., indoor open play<br />

pickleball<br />

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 />

Jan. 26—9 a.m.-12 p.m., indoor open play<br />

pickleball<br />

5-7 p.m., indoor open play pickleball<br />

7-9 p.m., open gym volleyball for ages 16<br />

and older<br />

Jan. 27—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for all<br />

ages and abilities<br />

Jan. 28—7-8:30 p.m., HEAT training (plyometrics/speed<br />

and agility), grades K-12<br />

March 16—Spring bazaar<br />

March 23—Egg-Streme Community<br />

Easter Jam<br />

Produce Market–Second and fourth<br />

Tuesdays of every month.<br />

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

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Citizens<br />

Center is located at 280 W. High St., London.<br />

The cafe is open 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday.<br />

Call (740) 852-3001.<br />

Jan. 22—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 10:30 a.m.,<br />

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

Jan. 23—9 a.m., quilting class, 10 a.m.,<br />

bowling; 4-7 p.m., billiards, hand and foot<br />

cards, workout room open<br />

Jan. 24—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 10:30<br />

a.m., aerobics/strengthening class; 12 p.m.,<br />

bridge<br />

Jan. 25—9 a.m., chair volleyball; 10:30<br />

a.m., mystery lunch trip departure<br />

Jan. 26—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

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

free movie for members.<br />

March 16: Spring bazaar<br />

March 23: Egg-Streme Community<br />

Easter Jam.<br />

London Public Library<br />

London Public Library is located at 20 E.<br />

First St. Call (740) 852-9543 or visit<br />

www.mylondonlibrary.org for details.<br />

• Toddler Time. Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m.,<br />

for ages 0-3. Stories, songs, and finger-plays<br />

revolve around a different theme each week.<br />

• Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, 11-<br />

11:45 a.m., for ages 3-6. Books, songs, and<br />

finger-plays revolve around a different<br />

theme each week. Preschoolers can practice<br />

the alphabet with a letter activity after the<br />

regular storytime is over.<br />

• Effective Communication Strategies.<br />

At 6 p.m. Jan. 23, explore ways that<br />

Alzheimer’s and other dementias affect an<br />

individual’s ability to communicate across<br />

different stages and get tips to better communicate<br />

with people living with the disease.<br />

Call 800-272-3900 to register.<br />

• Group Study Session. Need a place to<br />

do homework? The library’s Hartley Meeting<br />

Room will be open to high school students<br />

4-7 p.m. Jan. 24. Drop in any time.<br />

Free Wi-Fi is always available at the library,<br />

and snacks will be provided.<br />

• Kindergarten Club. On Jan. 25 from<br />

6:30 to 7:15 p.m., children ages 3-6 can practice<br />

the alphabet and motor skills to prepare<br />

for kindergarten.<br />

• Seed Exchange. On Jan. 27, 10:30-<br />

11:30 a.m., the library will hold a seed swap.<br />

This is a chance to try new vegetables, flowers,<br />

and fruits in your garden without buying<br />

a whole packet of seeds. The library will<br />

provide free educational garden resources.<br />

• Technology Help Sessions. Have<br />

questions about your phone, laptop, or<br />

tablet? Register for a one-on-one 45-minute<br />

help session. To register, call the library.<br />

Available every day by appointment only.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library is located<br />

at 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson. Call<br />

(614) 879-8448 or visit hbmlibrary.org.<br />

• Storytime. Wednesdays and Friday at<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

• Winter Seas Reading Program. Each<br />

child, ages 5-12, who checks out seven books<br />

gets a free COSI Connect Water Kit while<br />

supplies last.<br />

• Winter Love Painting. Adults are invited<br />

to register for this multi-hour painting<br />

class featuring a snowman couple, set for 10<br />

a.m. Feb. 10.<br />

Mount Sterling Library<br />

Mount Sterling Public Library is located<br />

at 60 W. Columbus St. Call (740) 869-2430<br />

or visit www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org.<br />

• Around Town Book Club. The group<br />

will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Abbott<br />

household, 76 W. Main St., Mount Sterling,<br />

to discuss a novel by Lisa Jewell. The club<br />

is open to men and women. Books are discussed,<br />

refreshments served, and games<br />

played.<br />

• Valentine Card Workshop. April Vachio<br />

will lead this workshop at 10:30 a.m. Jan.<br />

27. It is open to ages 10 years and older and<br />

is limited to six participants. The library<br />

provides all materials. Call to register.<br />

• Ladies Night Out Movie. The group<br />

will watch “The Holdovers” (R) on Jan. 29 at<br />

the library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ladies<br />

only are invited to RSVP to this potluck<br />

movie night by calling the library or texting<br />

Melissa at (614) 315-7939. Pizza, popcorn,<br />

drinks, and flavored coffees are provided.<br />

• Storytime. Sessions resume on Feb. 5<br />

at 10:30 a.m.<br />

• Batters, Splatters, & Platters. Registration<br />

is open for the next session of this<br />

kids’ cooking club. The club will meet at 6<br />

p.m. on Feb. 5, March 4, March 18, April 1,<br />

April 15, and April 22. Call the library for<br />

details and to register.<br />

• Silent Auction. The Mount Sterling<br />

Friends of the Library have silent auction<br />

baskets on display at the library and are<br />

taking bids up until the day of the Victorian<br />

Tea set for Feb. 10. Bids can be placed online,<br />

as well, on the Friends’ Facebook page.<br />

• Victorian and Dolly Plus Me Tea. The<br />

Mount Sterling Friends of the Library will<br />

host their annual Victorian Tea from 2 to 4<br />

p.m. Feb. 10 at First United Methodist<br />

Church, 110 S. London St., Mount Sterling.<br />

Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the<br />

event. New this year is a Dolly Plus Me<br />

theme that includes a silent auction, boutique,<br />

and dolly store for 18-inch dolls. Tickets<br />

are $10 for adults and $5 for children.<br />

Tables of six to eight seats can be reserved<br />

in advance. Contact Casey at (740) 869-3548<br />

through Feb. 2 to reserve a seat or table or<br />

to borrow Victorian apparel.<br />

Plain City Library<br />

Plain City Public Library is located at<br />

305 W. Main St. and online at<br />

www.plaincitylib.org. Call (614) 873-4912.<br />

• DIY Custom Guitar Picks. Drop by the<br />

library between 5 and 6 p.m. Jan. 25 to create<br />

your own guitar pick. Registration is not<br />

required.<br />

• Plain City Writing Group. Are you looking<br />

for a place to meet fellow writers, share<br />

your work, ask questions, or get advice on<br />

writing? Then the Plain City Writing Group<br />

is for you. At 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27, the group<br />

will discuss writing as a hobby versus writing<br />

as a career, followed by group writing<br />

sprints. Teen and adult writers of all experience<br />

levels are welcome.<br />

• DIY Resin Jewelry. On Jan. 27 by appointment,<br />

learn the basics of resin art by<br />

creating resin pendants for necklaces or<br />

bracelets using UV resin. This program is<br />

for ages 18 and older. Registration is required.<br />

• Author Talk: Teresa Woodard. At 6 p.m.<br />

Jan. 31, Teresa Woodard will talk about her<br />

co-written book, “American Roots: Lessons<br />

and Inspiration from the Designers Reimagining<br />

Our Home Gardens.” Stick around afterwards<br />

for a book signing and sale. Snacks<br />

and light refreshments will be provided. The<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Master Gardeners are the<br />

event sponsors.


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Dhume’s name added to ballot for engineer<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Bryan Dhume’s name will appear on the March 19<br />

ballot as a candidate for the <strong>Madison</strong> County engineer’s<br />

position. This follows reconsideration by the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Board of Elections (BOE).<br />

Initially, the BOE deemed Dhume’s petition for candidacy<br />

invalid due to an error. On his declaration of candidacy,<br />

Dhume did not fill in the correct start date for<br />

the term he is seeking. Instead of Jan. 6, 2025, he mistakenly<br />

wrote Jan. 1, 2025.<br />

When determining whether a petition is valid, the<br />

BOE goes by the rules set out in the Ohio Secretary of<br />

State’s Election Official Manual, said Paula Herald,<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County BOE chair.<br />

Dhume filed a request to the BOE for reconsideration<br />

of his petition. The board held the hearing on Jan.<br />

16 as part of their regularly scheduled meeting. Dhume<br />

and his legal representative attended the hearing and<br />

presented legal explanations of similar situations.<br />

“We were able to find very current and applicable<br />

case law that had gone through the Ohio Supreme<br />

Court that related directly to my situation,” Dhume<br />

said.<br />

In that case law, an incorrect start date for a term<br />

for certain elected positions was not considered a fatal<br />

flaw when a candidate also checked a box on the petition stating he<br />

or she was running for a full term, Dhume said.<br />

“After careful review, despite the error on his petition, the Board<br />

of Elections decided that we legally certify his petition, therefore<br />

allowing Mr. Dhume’s name to appear on the March 19 primary<br />

election ballot,” Herald said. “Our decision is grounded in law and<br />

public policy that favors free and competitive elections.”<br />

The board’s decision was unanimous. The board includes Herald,<br />

Teresa Ames, Marci Bogenrife, and Barbara Niemeyer.<br />

Dhume is the only candidate who filed a petition for the primary<br />

election for the engineer’s position. He is finishing the last year of<br />

his second term as <strong>Madison</strong> County engineer. He filed for re-election<br />

to a third term.<br />

Jonathan Alder Jr. High speller wins county bee<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Spelling Bee took place on Jan.<br />

10 at Tolles Career & Technical Center in Plain City.<br />

The bee featured a total of 37 competitors in grades<br />

5-8 from the Jonathan Alder, London, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains,<br />

and West Jefferson school districts.<br />

All of the students competed in the written test and<br />

the oral bee. The oral bee went seven rounds and lasted<br />

90 minutes.<br />

Heading into Round 6, three spellers remained. Ansley<br />

Niley, an eighth-grader from Jonathan Alder Junior<br />

High, was the only speller to spell correctly in Round 6.<br />

She spelled “debilitate” then went on to correctly spell<br />

the winning word, “fraudulent.”<br />

The runners-up, both eliminated in Round 6, were<br />

Peyton Parker, a seventh-grader from <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Junior High, and Henry Kocher, a seventh-grader from<br />

West Jefferson Middle School.<br />

Written Test Winners<br />

Fifth-grade (tie, both scored 22 out of 30): Will Chinnock<br />

from Canaan Middle School (Jonathan Alder) and<br />

Delilah Jose from Norwood Elementary (West Jefferson);<br />

Sixth-grade (tie, all scored 22 out of 30): Teagan Jorgenson<br />

from Canaan Middle School, Ethan Klay from<br />

West Jefferson Middle School, and Alexzander Hamilton<br />

from <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Intermediate School;<br />

Seventh-grade (scored 23 out of 30): Daniel Farmwald<br />

from Jonathan Alder Junior High; and<br />

Eighth-grade (scored 25 out of 30): Izzie Duffy from<br />

West Jefferson Middle School.<br />

Oral Round Winners by Grade Level<br />

Fifth-grade (tie, both eliminated in Round 5): Connor<br />

Grade-level winners of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Spelling Bee’s oral bee are: (from left) Peyton Parker, Henry Kocher,<br />

Ethan Klay, Ansley Niley, Macie Robinson, and Connor Park. Ansley Niley was the overall spelling bee champion.<br />

Peyton Parker and Henry Kocher were the overall runners-up.<br />

Grade-level winners of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Spelling Bee written test are: (from left) Ethan Klay, Delilah Jose,<br />

Will Chinnock, Teagen Jorgenson, Alexzander Hamilton, Daniel Farmwald, and Izzie Duffy.<br />

Park from Canaan Middle School and Macie Robinson from <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Intermediate School;<br />

Sixth-grade (eliminated in Round 5): Ethan Klay from West Jefferson<br />

Middle School;<br />

Seventh-grade (tie, both eliminated in Round 6): Henry Kocher from<br />

West Jefferson Middle School and Peyton Parker from <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains Junior High; and<br />

Eighth-grade: Ansley Niley from Jonathan Alder Junior High.<br />

In Memory of Beverly<br />

Feb 6, 1939 – Jan 21, 2011<br />

She was just a teen aged girl from Missouri who fell in love with a G.I.<br />

Stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood. She had quit school during her sophomore<br />

year to go to work to help support her widowed mother and 10 siblings. She<br />

was a little short girl just a little over 100 lbs, but she could pack a wallop. After<br />

just knowing him for 6 weeks, her sweetheart was discharged from the army<br />

and went 2000 miles away to seek his fortune. Little did he realize that his<br />

fortune was still sitting in Missouri. After almost a year he saw the light, just<br />

like the prodigal son. Over the phone he proposed to her and she said yes. A<br />

wedding was scheduled in Ohio after a Sunday morning church service, but<br />

alas he didn't realize that the license that he got in Missouri was only good in<br />

Missouri. On 9/11/58 they were married in a parsonage in Missouri and on<br />

9/14 were “married” again in West Jefferson, Ohio. She came as just a little girl<br />

from Missouri but Oh what she became. She only had 10 years of school, but<br />

she had the smarts and common sense to do most anything. Shortly after the<br />

wedding she told her husband, “Don't you ever hit me, you have to go to sleep<br />

sometime and I have an iron skillet.” She was a worker. It was a one day<br />

honeymoon and then back to work. Two years later she presented her<br />

husband with a beautiful daughter, three years later another one.<br />

She quit work until the children were in school, and then she was always<br />

home for them. She raised the children as her husband was always involved<br />

in something that took his time, and she did a great job. When her oldest<br />

daughter became pregnant, she said I hope it's a girl, I could never love a little<br />

boy. On February 22, 1995 Jake was born, she changed over night, they were<br />

inseparable from birth to the time of her death 15 years later. She was tight<br />

with her money, a garage sailer and trash picker, and knew her antiques. She<br />

saved her family a lot of money and acquired a number of valuable antiques.<br />

She was opinionated, and spoke her mind. You either liked her or didn't.<br />

You always knew where you stood with her. If she liked you she'd give you the<br />

shirt off of her back, she was always for the under privileged and down<br />

trodden. Her outspokenness must not have affected too many people her<br />

funeral was one of the largest seen in years. She was a great organizer, she<br />

organized and would feed over 100 people at her church dinners. She was<br />

known as “The flower Lady of West Jefferson.” For years she planted and maintained<br />

flowers along Main Street. She and her husband purchased a 155 year<br />

old house that was falling down, and she made a show place of it with her<br />

flowers. In 2003 she was found with breast cancer, it never slowed her down.<br />

After a mastectomy and chemo it looked like it was licked. Then in 2005 it<br />

returned, more chemo and radiation. Some thought that the radiation would<br />

slow her down, but it seemed to energizer her and she would come back and<br />

work all day in the flowers. At the James Cancer Hospital she got the nick name<br />

of the Energizer Bunny. In 2008 the cancer had gone to her lungs. She was a<br />

fighter, where ever she was she inspired people, and influenced a lot of people<br />

by her faith. She gave hope to people who were fighting the same battle. Her<br />

quote was “I've had a good life, I know where I'm going and I'm ready to go.”<br />

On <strong>January</strong> 21, 2011 she got her reward.


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

Standout student-athlete<br />

The London Rotary Club is<br />

pleased to honor senior Payton Pollock<br />

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

<strong>January</strong> Student of the Month.<br />

Students of the month are selected<br />

by school administrators based on<br />

their academic and extracurricular<br />

achievement and positive character.<br />

Payton has a 3.9 grade point average<br />

and is ranked eighth in his class.<br />

His favorite course is Western Civilization.<br />

During his time in high school,<br />

Payton has played basketball and<br />

baseball for four years and golf for<br />

one year. Payton has been a member<br />

of the National Honor Society for<br />

three years.<br />

Payton Pollock<br />

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

Plains staff member who inspires him, Payton picked<br />

math teacher and basketball coach Nathan Warner.<br />

“Mr. Warner is an inspiration to me because he has<br />

helped me become a better person and has helped me<br />

realize that I can do many things that I thought I couldn’t,”<br />

Payton said.<br />

Regarding Payton, Warner said, “I have had the<br />

great pleasure of coaching Payton<br />

during his four years of high school.<br />

Throughout that time, he has been<br />

everything we want in a student-athlete<br />

that is a part of the <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains basketball program.<br />

“Payton has many strengths, but<br />

one of his best characteristics is the<br />

commitment shown through his<br />

work ethic. I have always been able<br />

to rely on his commitment to completing<br />

the task, led by his strong<br />

work ethic. I am thankful for his contributions<br />

towards our program, on<br />

and off the court, and I am forever<br />

grateful for the impact Payton has<br />

had on me.”<br />

After graduation, Payton plans to<br />

attend Wright State University to<br />

earn a business degree. He is the son of Sean and<br />

Leanna Pollock.<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 />

London Student of the Month<br />

Always up for a challenge<br />

The London Rotary Club is<br />

pleased to honor senior Luke Wilson<br />

as London High School’s <strong>January</strong><br />

Student of the Month.<br />

Students of the month are selected<br />

by school administrators<br />

based on their academic and extracurricular<br />

achievement and positive<br />

character.<br />

Luke has a 4.369 grade point average<br />

and is ranked second in his<br />

class. His favorite classes are College<br />

Credit Plus Calculus and Ohio State<br />

physics. Luke was first in his class<br />

the 2021-22 school year and has been<br />

named to the Clark State Community<br />

College dean’s list the past three<br />

years. He scored 5/5 on the Advanced<br />

Luke Wilson<br />

Placement American history exam in May 2022, a feat<br />

less than 11 percent of students achieve.<br />

Luke is taking classes full time at Ohio State via the<br />

Ohio State Academy Program and has over 60 college<br />

credits. He scored a 35 on the ACT. He has been on the<br />

Merit Honor Roll all four years of high school and was<br />

named a member of National Honor Society this past<br />

fall. He is a two-year member of the Quick Recall team.<br />

He also served as a Buckeye Boys State delegate and<br />

Boys Nation nominee in 2023 and was named a Junior<br />

Kiwanian by the London Kiwanis Club.<br />

As a photographer and videographer, Luke covers<br />

high school sporting events and records the high school<br />

plays and musicals sponsored by the London Theater<br />

Department. Additionally, he is working an internship<br />

at WCBE, an NPR member station, through the John<br />

Glenn High School Internship Program.<br />

When asked to name a school staff<br />

person who inspires him, Luke<br />

named former math teacher Hana<br />

Woodson.<br />

“She provided a relaxing atmosphere<br />

for her students and fostered<br />

my love of math,” he said.<br />

He also named Betsy Dennis,<br />

London City Schools’ college and career<br />

readiness coordinator, for helping<br />

him to navigate the challenge of<br />

handling college coursework while<br />

still in high school.<br />

About Luke, Dennis said, “Luke is<br />

an exceptional student and an even<br />

better young man. It has been my absolute<br />

pleasure to support him as he has challenged<br />

himself academically and continues to grow his passions<br />

personally. He is currently taking classes full time at<br />

The Ohio State University and remains an active member<br />

of the LHS community. I am so proud of Luke and<br />

excited for what his future holds!”<br />

Luke plans to attend a four-year university to get a<br />

degree in aerospace engineering and eventually pursue<br />

a Ph.D. in physics. He is the son of Steve and Mindy<br />

Wilson 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.


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CLASSIFIED ADS<br />

Deadline: Tuesdays at 5 p.m.<br />

To place an ad, call 852-0809 or stop by the London office at 78 S. Main Street<br />

xLegal Notices<br />

SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE<br />

OHIO REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26<br />

THE STATE OF OHIO, MADISON COUNTY<br />

PennyMac Loan Services, LLC<br />

vs.<br />

Gordon L. DeWitt et. al., Defendant<br />

Case No. CVE20230063<br />

Parcel No. 10-00791.000<br />

Address: 78 S. Twin 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 online<br />

auction, at https://madison.sheriffsaleauction.ohio.gov. The above named property was<br />

appraised at $105,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount on Friday,<br />

2nd day of February, <strong>2024</strong>, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. If no bids at that time, the property will be offered<br />

up again on Friday, 16th day of February, <strong>2024</strong>. There will be no minimum bid for the second<br />

sale. Any additional costs and taxes owed for the action that are not covered by the sale,<br />

will be collected within 30 days of the confirmation from the purchaser. However, the Plaintiff<br />

has the right to redeem the property within 14 days of the sale by paying the full purchase price<br />

to the clerk 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 303, page 1286 of the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Ohio Records.<br />

Last known owner: Gordon L. DeWitt et. al.<br />

Said premises located at: 78 S. Twin 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: $5,000.00 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 />

Reisenfeld & Associates<br />

3862 Red Bank Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227<br />

MM JANUARY 7, 14 & 21, <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Village of South Vienna<br />

Annual Report<br />

was finalized and approved its annual<br />

report for the year ending<br />

December 31, 2023.<br />

This report is available for public<br />

inspection at the Village office at<br />

149 West Main Street<br />

South Vienna, OH<br />

MM FEBRUARY 21, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Jessica N. Hiser<br />

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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS<br />

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO<br />

PROBATE DIVISION, JUVENILE COURT<br />

Case No. 22330020<br />

Summons By Publication<br />

In the Matter of<br />

Be S (F)<br />

Alleged Dependent Child<br />

To: Rayna Smouse<br />

LKA-9420 W. Broad Street Unit H, Galloway, OH 43119<br />

Kurtis Smouse<br />

LKA-9420 W. Broad Street, Unit H, Galloway, OH 43119<br />

A complaint has been filed in this Court by the State of Ohio/<strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Children Services, alleging dependency of Be S (F) DOB<br />

12/04/2023, pursuant to O.R.C. 2151.04 and for permanent custody<br />

pursuant to O.R.C. 2151.414. An adjudication hearing and permanent<br />

custody hearing has been scheduled at the <strong>Madison</strong> County Juvenile<br />

Court, 1 North Main Street, London, OH 43140, on Monday, February<br />

12, <strong>2024</strong>, at 2:00 p.m., and at the call of the Court thereafter.<br />

You are indicated as being the parents of said minor child and notice<br />

of said complaints is hereby provided in accordance with the law and<br />

the provisions of RULE 16, Rules of Juvenile Procedure. If a party is indigent,<br />

the Court will appoint counsel to provide representation upon<br />

request. If you believe that you qualify, contact the Court at (740) 852-<br />

0760.<br />

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN<br />

Juvenile Judge<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

MM JANUARY 21, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>118<br />

The<br />

Basic Financial Statements<br />

of the<br />

Jefferson Local School<br />

District<br />

have been completed for<br />

Fiscal Year 2022-23.<br />

The statements are available<br />

for inspection at the<br />

central office,<br />

located at<br />

906 W. Main Street<br />

West Jefferson, OH 43162<br />

MM JANUARY 21, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>117<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Health<br />

adopted local fees for environmental<br />

health programs, including food service<br />

operations and retail food establishments,<br />

as required under ORC sections<br />

3709.09, 3717.25, and 3717.45 at their<br />

December 14, 2023 meeting. The notice<br />

can be viewed online at:<br />

http://madisonph.org/eh<br />

MM JANUARY 14 & 21, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>110<br />

SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE<br />

OHIO REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26<br />

THE STATE OF OHIO, MADISON COUNTY<br />

Union Home Mortgage Corp., Plaintiff<br />

vs.<br />

Jenny J. Ward, et. al, Defendant<br />

Case No. CVE20190157<br />

Parcel No. 31-02808.000<br />

Address: 86 Arlington Ave., London, OH 43140<br />

In pursurance of an order of sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public online<br />

auction, at https://madison.sheriffsaleauction.ohio.gov. The above named property was<br />

appraised at $190,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount on Friday,<br />

2nd day of February, <strong>2024</strong>, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. If no bids at that time, the property will be offered<br />

up again on Friday, 16th day of February, <strong>2024</strong>. There will be no minimum bid for the second<br />

sale. Any additional costs and taxes owed for the action that are not covered by the sale, will be<br />

collected within 30 days of the confirmation from the purchaser. However, the Plaintiff has the<br />

right to redeem the property within 14 days of the sale by paying the full purchase price to the<br />

clerk 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 316, page 704 of the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Ohio Records.<br />

Last known owner: Jenny J. Ward et. al<br />

Said premises located at: 86 Arlington Ave., London, OH 43140<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: $5,000.00 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 JANUARY 7, 14 & 21, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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MM<strong>2024</strong>106<br />

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING<br />

The London City Council will be<br />

conducting a public hearing at the<br />

regular meeting on February 15, <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

at 6:30 p.m., in City Council Chambers,<br />

located at 20 South Walnut Street,<br />

London.<br />

ORDINANCE 238-23 - Sponsored by<br />

Henry Comer – An ORDINANCE amending<br />

official zoning map. 216 E. First St., London,<br />

OH from M1 to R3.<br />

Kris Miller<br />

London City Council Clerk<br />

MM JANUARY 14, 21 & 28, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>109


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