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<strong>March</strong> 3, <strong>2024</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX No. 9<br />

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Damages suffered in early morning tornado<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

According to reports, a tornado tore through <strong>Madison</strong> County in<br />

the early morning hours of Feb. 28, causing damage to homes,<br />

barns, outbuildings, and more. The damage was severe in several<br />

cases, including major damage at the <strong>Madison</strong> County Airport. As<br />

of early afternoon that day, there were no reports of injuries.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Sheriff John Swaney reported that the National<br />

Weather Service notified the Sheriff’s Office shortly after 5 a.m.<br />

with the report of a possible tornado. The radio room also received<br />

several 911 calls. Swaney said that, in the process of going out to<br />

check out the situation, one of his deputies ended up involved in the<br />

tornado and radioed that he was in it. The deputy was not hurt,<br />

Swaney said.<br />

“The tornado then hit a house in Summerford and destroyed it,<br />

then moved east toward the airport where it demolished one entire<br />

hangar and severely damaged several others and some planes,”<br />

Swaney said.<br />

He reported that the tornado then traveled across U.S. Route 40<br />

to the grounds of Ohio State University’s Molly Caren Agricultural<br />

Center, home of the annual Farm Science Review, where it damaged<br />

and destroyed several buildings.<br />

“Continuing east, it leveled a house on Lafayette-Plain City Road<br />

just north of Lafayette, also damaging electric poles and trees in<br />

the area,” Swaney continued.<br />

From there, he said he doesn’t know if the same tornado moved<br />

or another one developed, but a tornado touched down in the Glade<br />

Run Road area, south of U.S. Route 42.<br />

“It continued eastbound, damaging numerous structures, like<br />

barns and yard barns and trees. Then it destroyed another residence<br />

on Wilson Road,” Swaney reported.<br />

“It continued east toward Franklin County,<br />

damaging some structures. Once it got to<br />

Roberts Road and Plain City-Georgesville<br />

Road (on the Franklin/<strong>Madison</strong> county line),<br />

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Swaney said he is thankful no injuries<br />

were reported as a result of the tornado and<br />

storm.<br />

“We’re thinking that everyone took shelter<br />

in the center and lower areas of their<br />

residences due to the tornado sirens going<br />

off,” he said.<br />

To handle the volume of calls coming in,<br />

the Sheriff’s Office centralized all units and<br />

had staff come in early, ahead of their normal<br />

shifts.<br />

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A tornado on Feb. 28 damaged several buildings at the Ohio State University’s Molly Caren Agriculture Center,<br />

home to the annual Farm Science Review, on U.S. Route 40 outside of London.<br />

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

This home on Wilson Road, northwest of Lilly Chapel, was one of several <strong>Madison</strong> County homes the tornado<br />

rendered uninhabitable.<br />

“We were able to respond to the calls that we were getting, offering<br />

assistance and aid to the residents who needed it,” Swaney<br />

said.<br />

The Sheriff’s Office, <strong>Madison</strong> County Engineer’s Office, and West<br />

Jefferson post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol worked together to<br />

close roadways where needed for safety reasons and to aid the<br />

power companies in getting into certain areas to fix damage and restore<br />

power.<br />

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Nearly $1 million could go to road repairs in ‘24<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The city of London is looking at spending<br />

nearly $1 million on street repairs this year.<br />

Legislation to set aside the funds was introduced<br />

at city council’s Feb. 15 meeting.<br />

Part of the funding would come from a<br />

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partment of Development awarded the city<br />

a $461,000 grant to tear down the former<br />

school and gymnasium that once stood at 60<br />

S. Walnut St. The demolition took place last<br />

year. The city covered the costs up front.<br />

The state is scheduled to reimburse the city<br />

for those costs this year.<br />

The legislation also calls for the city to<br />

move $500,000 from its general fund to the<br />

capital improvements fund for the street<br />

work, bringing the total for the year to<br />

$961,000.<br />

Bill Long, head of the street department,<br />

recommended the expenditures. The city<br />

hasn’t done major city-wide road repairs<br />

since before the COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

“Pre-COVID, we were doing $300,000 to<br />

$500,000 or more in street repairs every<br />

year,” said Mayor Patrick Closser, adding<br />

that those expenditures were put on pause<br />

during the pandemic. “Now, we’re bouncing<br />

back and getting back into it. There are<br />

things that need to be done.”<br />

City officials plan to compile and prioritize<br />

a list of street projects to be done.<br />

“Then, we will just work down the list<br />

and get as many done as we can with the allotted<br />

money,” Closser said.<br />

The proposal will be up for a second reading<br />

at council’s <strong>March</strong> 7 meeting.<br />

Other city government news<br />

Council member Rich Hays said city<br />

leaders have had initial talks about redrawing<br />

ward boundaries for the city.<br />

“As the city grows, some of the wards are<br />

getting excessively big. So, we may have to<br />

do something with that pretty soon,” he said.<br />

Hays also said legislation likely will be<br />

introduced at council’s <strong>March</strong> 7 meeting to<br />

update the city’s building and zoning permit<br />

fees to align more closely with fees of other<br />

nearby municipalities.<br />

Closser announced the city’s revamped<br />

website and new smart phone app both<br />

went live on Feb. 8. The website address is<br />

www.londonohio.gov. The smart phone app<br />

can be found by searching for “City of London<br />

Ohio” in the app store.<br />

“It’s just another tool to keep citizens informed<br />

with info at their fingertips,” Closser<br />

said about the app.<br />

Council member Michael Norman sponsored<br />

legislation that would authorize the<br />

mayor or safety-service director to apply for<br />

various grants throughout the <strong>2024</strong> calendar<br />

year, instead of waiting for council approval<br />

for each individual grant application,<br />

as is done now.<br />

This would allow city administration to<br />

move quickly on opportunities with tight<br />

deadlines. It would still be up to council<br />

members to give the go-ahead to accept any<br />

grants that come through. The measure<br />

passed on first reading and will be up for a<br />

second reading at council’s <strong>March</strong> 7 meeting.<br />

Motorcycle club hosting Easter egg hunt<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The Forgotten Ones Law Enforcement<br />

Motorcycle Club and its London chapter, the<br />

Founding Fathers, are hosting an Easter<br />

Egg Hunt for the community at 10:30 a.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 30 at the Merri-Mac Park ball fields,<br />

250 Toland St., London.<br />

Three age groups are planned with each<br />

having their own hunt: 0-4 years old, 5-9<br />

years old, and 10 and older. Participants<br />

will hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy.<br />

Prizes include bicycles and Easter baskets<br />

filled with goodies.<br />

Hot dogs, chips, and soft drinks will be<br />

served. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance.<br />

Parents and children are invited to<br />

check out the motorcycles on display and<br />

talk to the owners. The festivities will go on<br />

until 2 p.m.<br />

The egg hunt is one of the many ways<br />

motorcycle club members are giving back to<br />

the community. Founded in London in 2020,<br />

the Forgotten Ones is comprised of police officers,<br />

fire fighters, medics, correctional officers,<br />

military personnel, and other first<br />

responders. The organization’s fundamental<br />

mission is brotherhood and charity.<br />

Four chapters operate under the Forgotten<br />

Ones umbrella: Founding Fathers in<br />

London, The Gatekeepers in Washington<br />

Court House, Crossroads in Springfield, and<br />

The Flying Pigs in Cincinnati. All of the<br />

clubs organize fundraisers to benefit different<br />

charitable causes and help individuals<br />

and families in need.<br />

“We’re trying to do good, and we want<br />

the community to know we want their support,”<br />

said Jerry Nelson, a Founding Fathers<br />

member.<br />

In the last year, the London club has held<br />

bike nights, poker runs, silent auctions,<br />

50/50 raffles, and other events to help offset<br />

medical expenses for a young girl with cerebral<br />

palsy and for a teenager who was paralyzed<br />

from the neck down as the result of<br />

an ATV accident. Most recently, the club donated<br />

$864 to HELP House Community<br />

Outreach in London. They also plan to raise<br />

funds for the family of a 7-year-old boy who<br />

is battling cancer.<br />

To learn more, visit “Forgotten Ones<br />

LE/MC Founding Fathers Chapter” on<br />

Facebook or send a message via email to<br />

FoundingFathers0615@gmail.com.<br />

In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, the<br />

London chapter is hosting a Bike Night Take<br />

Over on April 20, 5-9 p.m., at Blackwoods<br />

Tavern, 13665 Era Rd., Mount Sterling. The<br />

event will raise funds towards securing a<br />

service animal for an area resident.<br />

Hoopsters are CBC champs<br />

London Middle School’s seventh-grade girls’ basketball team beat No. 1 seed North<br />

Union 34-29 to win the Central Buckeye Conference championship: (front row, from<br />

left) Haven Whiteside, Maddie Herdman, Mya Edley, Sawyer McKenzie; (second row)<br />

Gracie Alexander, Izzy Dengerd, Lucy Greene, Allie Webb, Kaydence Jackson,<br />

Emma Alexander; (back row) Kenlee Dihrkop, Coach Brannon Edley, Makaylah Jackson,<br />

Coach Jessica Hines, and Coach Kelly Nelson. The team finished the season<br />

with an overall record of 19-1.


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Ribbon cut at Sovereign Village Teachers showcase artwork<br />

The London Visual Arts Guild (LVAG) is hosting its <strong>2024</strong> Teachers<br />

Show through <strong>March</strong> 17 at the London Arts Center, 121 E. First<br />

St. The show features artwork by individuals who teach LVAG<br />

classes.<br />

Gallery hours are: Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and<br />

Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Open studio hours are Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.<br />

Admission is free. Visit londonvisualartstguild.org or Facebook for<br />

information on classes, workshops, exhibits, and events.<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Chamber of Commerce hosted<br />

a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Sovereign Village, a new<br />

senior independent living community located at 305 Patriot<br />

Circle, London.<br />

The community is designed for seniors 62 years old<br />

and older and offers three types of apartments for rent:<br />

villas, rowhouses, and clubhouse apartments. The campus<br />

is home to a total of 127 apartments.<br />

The primary focus of Sovereign Village is to promote<br />

vitality, activities, and social engagement among seniors.<br />

The campus and its services are designed to keep<br />

older adults out of nursing homes and assisted living facilities,<br />

said owner Paul Gross, a London resident.<br />

All Sovereign Village residents have access to an<br />

array of amenities, including a pool, shuffle board, bocce<br />

ball, a greenhouse, a woodworking shop, a bark park,<br />

putting greens, indoor pickleball, a golf simulator, a fitness<br />

facility, and a billiards room.<br />

Residents can add on options such as laundry services<br />

and meal plans. In-home health care is available<br />

for those who need it, and a doctor’s office is on premises.<br />

All of the apartment options come with 36-inch<br />

wide doorways and no stairs.<br />

The combination of services, amenities, and apartment<br />

styles have been a magnet for people not only in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County but also far beyond, Gross said.<br />

“People all around the country are moving to London,<br />

Ohio, to retire because there aren’t amenities like this<br />

anywhere else,” he said. “We built this based on really<br />

studying this demographic and saying, ‘How can we<br />

make them as comfortable as possible.’”<br />

More information about Sovereign Village can be<br />

found at www.livingthebestlife.com. The phone number<br />

is (740) 564-6436.<br />

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A ribbon-cutting for Sovereign Village, a senior independent living community in London, took place on Feb.<br />

21. Cutting the ribbon are: Toula Xenikis, executive director, and Hope Thornberry, executive assistant. They<br />

are surrounded by current residents, owner Paul Gross, members of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Chamber of Commerce,<br />

and representatives of <strong>Madison</strong> Health, the city of London, and <strong>Madison</strong> County.<br />

West Jeff mock trial team headed to state<br />

West Jefferson High School’s mock trial team won both of their trials–against Teays Valley and Grove City–to<br />

advance to the High School Mock Trial State Competition which will take place <strong>March</strong> 7-9 at the Franklin County<br />

Courthouse and Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. The competition is put on by the Ohio Center for Law-<br />

Related Education. West Jefferson was one of 28 teams to qualify for this year’s contest. The team includes<br />

three returning members and six new members: (from left) Austyn Cordle, Arianna Frybarger, Zoe Slone, Hayden<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 candidates<br />

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

in the <strong>March</strong> 19 primary election. They were invited<br />

to submit information and a photo.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioner<br />

(Term starting Jan. 2, 2025)<br />

• Cory Coburn<br />

6251 State Rte. 38, London<br />

Occupation: KAM with USS, Partner<br />

with Reagans Productions LLC<br />

Party Affiliation: Republican<br />

Previous service in public office: Village<br />

Council member for Village of West Jefferson<br />

and board member with <strong>Madison</strong> Plains<br />

Local School District.<br />

Education/Military Service: Bishop Ready<br />

High School graduate<br />

Community activities/honors: Served on<br />

the committees in West Jefferson for West<br />

Jefferson Ox Roast and Christmas in the<br />

Park. Volunteered with St. Patrick School.<br />

Goals if elected: Cory says “no” to industrial<br />

solar backed by billionaire out-of-state<br />

tech owners. Will collaborate with townships<br />

and villages on issues pertaining to development.<br />

Continue making public safety a top<br />

priority. Invest in public infrastructure. Accessible<br />

and invested in the community all<br />

year and not just election time.<br />

• Mark A. Forrest<br />

5355 Goodson Rd.,<br />

West Jefferson<br />

Occupation: <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County commissioner<br />

and<br />

self-employed farmer<br />

Party Affiliation: Republican<br />

Previous service in<br />

Mark A. Forrest<br />

public office: 19 years as Jefferson Township<br />

trustee. Appointed by the state to the Scenic<br />

River Advisory Council for Big and Little<br />

Darby. Serving as your current <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County commissioner for 15-plus years.<br />

Education/Military Service: Graduate of<br />

West Jefferson High School.<br />

Community activities/honors: <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Board of Developmental Disabilities<br />

Board Family Appreciation Award.<br />

Goals if elected: If re-elected as <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County commissioner, I would like to continue<br />

to work to create a fiber loop to expand<br />

broadband in under- and non-served areas.<br />

I would also like to continue to work with<br />

the sheriff and architects to build a new<br />

sheriff complex to replace the current outdated<br />

buildings and prepare for future<br />

growth. Furthermore, I plan continued collaboration<br />

with the county engineer to find<br />

new non-tax dollars to maintain and improve<br />

our county road systems. Lastly, with<br />

my fellow commissioners, we would continue<br />

to stay on top of the comprehensive<br />

plan to help structure the future growth of<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County for its citizens.<br />

• Brendan Shea<br />

5470 Gregg Rd.,<br />

West Jefferson<br />

Occupation: Financial<br />

advisor, Edward<br />

Jones<br />

Party Affiliation: Republican<br />

Previous service in<br />

public office: I was Brendan Shea<br />

elected to the State Board of Education in<br />

2020 to represent <strong>Madison</strong> County and 16<br />

surrounding counties. I took office in January<br />

2021 and will serve through the completion<br />

of my first term in December <strong>2024</strong>. I’ve<br />

authored six major board-adopted resolutions,<br />

including the nationally recognized<br />

resolution to resist the Biden Administration’s<br />

attempt to base Title IX on gender<br />

identity rather than biological sex. I currently<br />

serve as the board’s budget chairman.<br />

Education/Military Service: Bachelor’s degree<br />

in English from Colby College with significant<br />

coursework in economics and government.<br />

Community activities/honors: Active member<br />

and past president (2019-2020) of the<br />

London Rotary Club. Founded <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Right to Life in 2014 and became a<br />

board member of London’s Lifepoint Family<br />

Center. We have been longtime parishioners<br />

of St. Patrick Church, which we have served<br />

in numerous capacities. I am a youth coach<br />

in the London Area Soccer program and recently<br />

performed in <strong>Madison</strong> County Arts<br />

Council’s “Sound of Music,” alongside our<br />

two oldest daughters.<br />

Goals if elected: My number one priority<br />

is preventing any additional solar development<br />

on our prime farmland. I will urgently<br />

convey to the Power Siting Board that<br />

county residents overwhelmingly disapprove<br />

of the Savion Energy-Bill Gates 6,000-<br />

acre solar proposal for Monroe,<br />

Summerford, and Deercreek townships, and<br />

that it should be denied, as allowed by Ohio<br />

law. I will be razor-focused on smart, controlled<br />

growth that preserves our agricultural<br />

heritage, rural feel, and small-town<br />

way of life. Transparency, proactive communication,<br />

and solicitation of public input<br />

have been lacking in this office; they will be<br />

hallmarks of my leadership.<br />

State Representative<br />

District 12<br />

• Dr. Brad Cotton<br />

Occupation: Emergency<br />

physician,<br />

Ohio State University<br />

Physicians<br />

Party Affiliation: Democrat<br />

Previous service in<br />

public office: None<br />

Education/Military Dr. Brad Cotton<br />

Service: EMT-P Akron General Hospital,<br />

RN, Kent State University, MD and emergency<br />

medicine residency Ohio State University.<br />

Lt., U.S. Army Reserve 2291st Hospital<br />

and 256th Combat Support Hospitals 1984-<br />

1992.<br />

Community activities/honors: EMS medical<br />

director Ross County 1998-2009, volunteer<br />

firefighter and EMT-P Circleville EMS<br />

and Pickaway Township Fire Department.<br />

Executive Committee Pickaway County<br />

Democratic Party, former Executive Committee<br />

Health Care for All Ohioans.<br />

Goals if elected: We must preserve Ohio<br />

democracy. Our current Rep. Brian Stewart<br />

wasted $20 million of our tax dollars on the<br />

August special election trying to silence<br />

your voice and take away your rights, especially<br />

women’s rights. We must pass the<br />

Fair Districts amendment so that in spite of<br />

the fact that Ohio statewide is about 51-52<br />

percent Republican, gerrymandered districts<br />

allow 67 of 99 Ohio House seats to be<br />

held by Republicans, with the Ohio Senate<br />

equally unfair. Every Ohioan deserves<br />

health care and equal access to quality education.<br />

We are all neighbors, all of us, and<br />

we do well when public policy based on<br />

facts, science, and truth, not yesterday’s ideology,<br />

promotes the common good.<br />

• Patty Hamilton<br />

22798 Morris<br />

Leist Rd., Stoutsville<br />

Occupation: Retired<br />

Army Reserve<br />

lieutenant colonel<br />

(LTC) and rental<br />

home business partner<br />

Party Affiliation: Republican<br />

Patty Hamilton<br />

Previous service in public office: My service<br />

in public office is as a U.S. Army reservist<br />

for 30 years with my highest rank of<br />

LTC and my civil service for the Veterans<br />

Affairs as a patient advocate.<br />

Education/Military Service: Master’s degree<br />

in reading and literacy; bachelor’s degree in<br />

criminal justice; teaching certification from<br />

Armstrong Atlantic State University; Military<br />

Police Officer Basic Course; Combined<br />

Arms and Services Staff School; Command<br />

and General Staff College.<br />

Community activities/honors: I have also<br />

been a volunteer for Congressman Carey’s<br />

campaign, President Trump’s campaign,<br />

and for local candidates in our county elections.<br />

I am a member of the Pickaway<br />

County Republican Central Committee (secretary<br />

from 2022-2023), Soldier’s Monumental<br />

Association (first vice president),<br />

Pickaway County Sportsman Club Inc.,<br />

Pickaway County Agricultural Society, lifetime<br />

member of the Veterans of Foreign<br />

Wars, member of the National Rifle Association,<br />

and the Farm Bureau.<br />

Goals if elected: I am seeking the state<br />

representative position to be your grassroots,<br />

conservative, public servant. Serving<br />

this great nation for 30 years with combat<br />

tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with selection<br />

to the Pentagon, I want to be the voice for<br />

the people. This is what is important: integrity,<br />

Constitutional freedoms, ensure<br />

parent’s rights to protect children, defend<br />

biological girls in sports, rights of farmers<br />

and small businesses, and lower taxes and<br />

energy independence.<br />

Endorsements: Veterans for Trump<br />

America First, Ohio Associates for Medical<br />

Freedom, Youth Prosperity Ohio, The Ohio<br />

Right to Life Action Coalition, Bruce Hooley,<br />

and We The People Convention.<br />

• Brian Stewart<br />

15075 Homes<br />

Court, Ashville<br />

Occupation: Attorney,<br />

The Law Office<br />

of Brian Stewart<br />

LLC; State Representative<br />

(12th District)<br />

Party Affiliation: Republican<br />

Brian Stewart<br />

Previous service in public office: State Representative<br />

(2021-present); Pickaway<br />

County commissioner (2013-2021); Councilman,<br />

Village of Ashville (2010-2013). As a<br />

strong conservative State Representative, I<br />

have introduced 13 pieces of legislation<br />

which have passed the House, secured multiple<br />

tax cuts for Ohio families, co-sponsored<br />

Constitutional Carry to protect our<br />

gun rights, and co-sponsored the SAFE Act<br />

to prohibit transgender surgeries on kids<br />

and biological males from playing against<br />

girls in school sports.<br />

Education/Military Service: I earned my<br />

bachelor’s degree and law degree from The<br />

Ohio State University on the G.I. Bill. Prior<br />

to that, I served on active duty in the U.S.<br />

Army infantry from 2003-2006 and am an<br />

Iraq War veteran, having been deployed to<br />

Baghdad in 2005 where I earned the Combat<br />

Infantryman’s Badge and was twice<br />

awarded the Army Commendation Medal.<br />

Community activities/honors: I’m the only<br />

candidate in this Republican primary endorsed<br />

by Congressman Jim Jordan, the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County GOP, the Franklin County<br />

GOP, and the Ohio Republican Party. I’m<br />

the only candidate endorsed by Buckeye<br />

Firearms Association, the National Rifle Association,<br />

Ohio Right to Life, the Ohio<br />

Chamber of Commerce, NFIB-Ohio, and<br />

Ohio Value Voters. I am endorsed by London<br />

Mayor Pat Closser, all three <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County commissioners, <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Prosecutor Nick Adkins, and Plain City<br />

Mayor Jody Carney.<br />

Goals if elected: The legislature must continue<br />

reducing income taxes, providing<br />

property tax relief, and making Ohio a business-friendly<br />

state. We must help <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County remain an agricultural powerhouse.<br />

I was named a “Friend of Agriculture” by<br />

the Ohio Farm Bureau and will always fight<br />

for our farm families. Ohio should also be a<br />

leader when it comes to stopping radical<br />

leftist policies. We must protect unborn life,<br />

support families, and stand proudly for the<br />

values that have made our country great. I<br />

have worked with <strong>Madison</strong> County leaders<br />

to support local projects and will continue<br />

to bring state resources to our district.


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Library’s outreach helps homebound patrons<br />

London Public Library is celebrating the<br />

success of its outreach services, a program<br />

aimed at reconnecting homebound patrons<br />

with the joy of reading and community engagement.<br />

With a dedicated team of volunteers and<br />

passionate library staff, the program has delivered<br />

more than 350 materials monthly to<br />

individuals and groups in the community.<br />

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,<br />

obituaries<br />

the library had to rebuild the program from<br />

the ground up. Since 2021, the program has<br />

reached more than 50 homebound individuals<br />

and facilitated deliveries to more than<br />

10 community groups.<br />

“We understand the importance of access<br />

to library materials, especially for those who<br />

may face mobility challenges or are unable<br />

to visit us in person,” said library Director<br />

Stephanie McComas. “Our mission is to ensure<br />

that everyone in our community has<br />

the opportunity to engage with the resources<br />

and stories that enrich their lives.”<br />

Homebound individuals interested in receiving<br />

home deliveries of books, audiobooks,<br />

and movies can contact the library to<br />

enroll in the program.<br />

Additionally, the library welcomes volunteers<br />

who are passionate about making a<br />

difference in the lives of others.<br />

“We are always looking for enthusiastic<br />

volunteers to join our team and help us extend<br />

the reach of our services,” McComas<br />

said.<br />

For more information about London Public<br />

Library’s outreach services or to become<br />

a volunteer, contact Jordan Marco via email<br />

at jmarco@mylondonlibrary.org or call (740)<br />

852-9543.<br />

ANTHONY<br />

Kathleen Anthony, 83, of Midway, Ohio,<br />

died on Feb. 19, <strong>2024</strong>, in the Bluebird Retirement<br />

Community, London.<br />

Born on <strong>March</strong> 31, 1940, in South Solon,<br />

Ohio, she was a daughter of Ruth (Shipley)<br />

Potts. Kathy graduated from <strong>Madison</strong> South<br />

in 1958. She worked as a secretary for Midway<br />

School for 28 years. She attended Newport<br />

United Methodist Church where she<br />

was a member of the United Methodist<br />

Women’s group. Kathy enjoyed warm summers,<br />

tending to her flowers and yard, golfing,<br />

and traveling. She traveled as far as<br />

Israel, Thailand, and France, but her favorite<br />

destination was always a sunny<br />

beach. Above all, what she enjoyed most was<br />

spending time with her grandsons.<br />

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

62 years, Mark Anthony; children, Carrie<br />

Craig, Mark (Julie) Anthony, and Beth<br />

Smith; grandsons, Cody (Caylee) Craig and<br />

Cole Smith; sister, Dorothy Smith; several<br />

nieces and nephews.<br />

Kathy was preceded in death by her<br />

mother, Ruth Potts, and brother, Bill Potts.<br />

A celebration of Kathy’s life is being<br />

planned for late summer.<br />

Memorials in Kathy’s name may be sent<br />

to Newport United Methodist Church, 6770<br />

East St. SE, London, OH 43140, or to Ohio’s<br />

Hospice Loving Care, 779 London Ave.,<br />

Marysville, OH 43040.<br />

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

Funeral Home and Crematory, London.<br />

Condolences may be shared online at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

HAMMONS<br />

Karen Sue Hammons, 74, of Coshocton,<br />

Ohio, passed away peacefully on Feb. 19,<br />

<strong>2024</strong>, in the quiet of her home as the sun<br />

went down, with her beloved candles lit. We<br />

mourn the loss of her hugs, her wit, her<br />

smile, and her love. Words can hardly describe<br />

her beautiful authenticity. While we<br />

mourn this great loss, we’re grateful she’s in<br />

the heavenly place.<br />

Born on Feb. 19, 1949, in Columbus,<br />

Ohio, she was a daughter of Richard Crace<br />

and Althea (Pitts) Whited.<br />

Karen had worked as a quality control<br />

specialist for Revlon for over 25 years before<br />

retiring in 2004. She was an avid reader,<br />

with an immense love of books and history.<br />

She adored hummingbirds, patio time,<br />

music, cabin trips, candles, and coffee, but<br />

her greatest joy of all was family gatherings,<br />

being surrounded by loved ones, enjoying<br />

their smiles and laughter.<br />

She leaves behind: a daughter, Shannon<br />

Hammons of Coshocton; 16 grandchildren,<br />

20 great-grandchildren; siblings, Cathy<br />

(John) Hall, Toni (Tom) Daniels, Jeff<br />

Whited, Randy (Jane) Crace, and Ed Bower;<br />

numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.<br />

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

beloved husband, Kenneth Hammons;<br />

daughter, Cynthia Hammons; son, Richard<br />

Hammons; brother, Michael Whited; and<br />

sister, Diane Bower.<br />

Calling hours and a funeral service were<br />

held on Feb. 25 in Eberle-Fisher Funeral<br />

Home and Crematory, London, with Pastor<br />

Annie Sage officiating.<br />

Condolences may be shared online at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

DOWLER<br />

Suella A. Dowler, 82, of Dayton, Ohio,<br />

died on Feb. 23, <strong>2024</strong>, in Soin Medical Center,<br />

Beavercreek. Born on May 16, 1941, in<br />

West Virginia, she was a daughter of Fred<br />

Unger and Clara Jane (Brown) Unger.<br />

Sue was the owner and operator of the<br />

former Dixie Drive-In of London. She currently<br />

attended the Be Hope Church of<br />

Beavercreek but formerly attended St.<br />

Patrick Catholic Church while living in London.<br />

She worked hard both at work and at<br />

home, trying to make the best life possible<br />

for her family. Her pride and joy came from<br />

her grandchildren, and she enjoyed all the<br />

memories they were able to share.<br />

She leaves behind: two daughters, Angela<br />

Hamms and Annette (David) Jones;<br />

grandchildren, Conner Hamms, Caitlin<br />

Hensley, and Jonathan Jones; great-grandson,<br />

Jonathan Jones; brother, John (Pi-fen)<br />

Ellwood; nieces and nephews, Pepè, Felicia,<br />

Terri, and Maria.<br />

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

stepfather, Art Ellwood; and beloved<br />

husband, Steve Dowler in January of 2022.<br />

A funeral service was held on Feb. 29 in<br />

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

London, with Pastor Jim Blankenship<br />

officiating. Interment followed in Paint Memorial<br />

Cemetery. The family received<br />

friends at the funeral home until the time of<br />

services.<br />

Condolences may be shared online at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

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WEST<br />

Evelyn Lucile West, 92, most recently of<br />

Bloomington, Indiana, passed away on Feb.<br />

23, <strong>2024</strong>, in Stonecroft Health Campus,<br />

Bloomington. Born on April 25, 1931, in<br />

Meadowdale, West Virginia, she was a<br />

daughter of Lawrence McElfresh and<br />

Shirley Marie (Bain) McElfresh.<br />

She married the love of her life, Billie J.<br />

West, and embraced their life together, raising<br />

two cherished children. Evelyn built her<br />

life around strong faith, dear family, and generously<br />

showering everyone with delicious<br />

food (her special love language)—tasty broccoli-raisin<br />

salad, fresh banana cakes, warm<br />

homemade pepperoni rolls or bunny bread—<br />

no recipe was left unexplored or unshared.<br />

She taught youth bible studies at Monroe<br />

Street United Methodist Church in Toledo,<br />

Ohio, when her family was young. After moving<br />

to London, Ohio, she became an active<br />

member of First United Methodist Church.<br />

Evelyn is survived by: daughter, Valenda<br />

(Brad) Loar of Bloomington, Indiana; her<br />

son, Wayman (Eileen) West of London,<br />

Ohio; grandchildren, Janice Loar (Chris<br />

Shaffer), Robert (Trisha) West, and greatgrandchildren,<br />

Orson and Charles West.<br />

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

beloved husband, Billie J. West; and<br />

sisters, Mildred Keener and Louise Murphy.<br />

Visitation and a funeral service were set<br />

for <strong>March</strong> 2 at Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home<br />

and Crematory, London, with Pastor Blair<br />

Miller officiating. Evelyn will join her husband,<br />

Billie West, who preceded her passing,<br />

at the Toledo Memorial Park and Mausoleum<br />

in Sylvania, Ohio at a later date<br />

with immediate family attending.<br />

Memorials in Evelyn’s name may be sent<br />

to: First United Methodist Church of London,<br />

52 N. Main St., London, OH 43140.<br />

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Library’s <strong>March</strong> calendar packed with activities<br />

Houston Library is located at 5 W. Jamestown St., South<br />

Charleston. For details about events and programming, call (937)<br />

462-8047.<br />

• Make & Take Beginning Sewing. By appointment only. Instructor<br />

Connie Andrews is available to teach basic machine and<br />

hand-sewing skills so that participants can complete a simple project<br />

to take home. Anyone who took the January and February<br />

classes can schedule an appointment to learn more. Have your own<br />

portable sewing machine but don’t know how to use it? Schedule an<br />

appointment with Connie.<br />

Classes are free and open to adults, teenagers, and children ages<br />

9-12 with a parent or caregiver present with each child. The library<br />

provides supplies and sewing machines, or you can bring your own<br />

machine. Each adult participant must sign a waiver before participating<br />

in the first class. Children and teenagers must have a parent<br />

sign the waiver. Call the library branch manager at (937) 462-8047<br />

to schedule an appointment.<br />

• Yoga for Beginners. This class for adults is taking place at<br />

10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in <strong>March</strong> (plan to arrive a few minutes<br />

early). Most poses will include modification options for various fitness<br />

levels. Participants must sign waivers before participating in<br />

the first class. Connie Andrews, a library staff member (not a certified<br />

instructor), will lead the class. Participants should wear loosefitting<br />

clothing and bring a mat or a couple of large towels.<br />

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• Busy Bookworms Storytime. This storytime<br />

for ages 2 and older takes place at 11<br />

a.m. Thursdays through May 9. Toddlers<br />

and preschoolers are introduced to books,<br />

rhymes, music, and crafts.<br />

• Lego Club. The club meets 3:30-5 p.m.<br />

the second and fourth Mondays of the<br />

month. The club is open to school-age children.<br />

The library provides the Legos. Creations<br />

remain on display at the library<br />

between sessions. The next two sessions are<br />

<strong>March</strong> 11 and <strong>March</strong> 25.<br />

• Line Dancing for Beginners. Dance instructor<br />

Connie Andrews will teach basic<br />

steps to a variety of music genres at 6:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 14. The class is open to adults only.<br />

• Breakfast Snack with the Easter<br />

Bunny. All ages are invited to visit the library<br />

at 10:30 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 16 to spend time<br />

with the Easter Bunny. Plans include a<br />

light breakfast snack, stories, games, crafts,<br />

an Easter treat, and pictures with the guest<br />

of honor. (Rice Krispie treats, which contain<br />

milk, will be served. Anyone with a dairy allergy<br />

is welcome to bring their own snack.)<br />

• Bubble Fun. All ages are invited to stop<br />

by the library at 4 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 18 to celebrate<br />

National Bubble Week with a halfhour<br />

of everything bubbles.<br />

• Adult Reading Discussion. At 6:30<br />

p.m. <strong>March</strong> 19, the group will discuss “The<br />

Patron Saint of Second Chances” by Christine<br />

Simon. The self-appointed mayor of a<br />

tiny Italian village is determined to save his<br />

hometown no matter the cost in this charming<br />

farce that highlights the triumphs of<br />

hope and community. Copies of the book are<br />

available at the library’s circulation desk.<br />

• Help the Easter Bunny Find His Eggs.<br />

Children ages 2-12 are invited to search for<br />

eggs hidden in the children’s room, then remove<br />

the tape from the back and add the<br />

Musicians from Rafferty Pike will perform selections from Jane<br />

Austen’s songbooks on <strong>March</strong> 23 at Houston Library.<br />

eggs to the Easter pictures on the magnetic board—<strong>March</strong> 19-30.<br />

• Tunes and Expressions: Favorite Songs of the Inimitable<br />

Jane Austen. Adults and teens are invited to watch and listen to<br />

this musical program presented by musicians of Lafferty Pike at 2<br />

p.m. <strong>March</strong> 23. In addition to being an author, Jane Austen was a<br />

pianist, singer, and music aficionado. Her personal songbooks contain<br />

a treasure trove of Regency Era music curated by Jane herself.<br />

The musicians of Lafferty Pike will present selections from Austen’s<br />

collection, including comic operas, hymns, dances, instrumental<br />

showpieces, and romantic ballads. Travel back in time and enjoy<br />

the sounds of harp, violin, and guitar.<br />

• Foster Care Information Session. On <strong>March</strong> 26, 6-7 p.m.,<br />

learn about foster care and becoming a licensed foster caregiver.<br />

There is an urgent need for foster families in Ohio. The number of<br />

youth in foster care is more than double the number of licensed foster<br />

families currently accepting placements. Licensing professionals<br />

from the National Youth Advocate Program will introduce the basics<br />

of foster care, provide step-by-step instructions for getting licensed,<br />

and outline the benefits of being a licensed foster caregiver.<br />

Contact the library for registration information.<br />

Trojans celebrate National FFA Week<br />

Southeastern High School FFA members Lane Taylor (left)<br />

and Eli Barclay each drove farm equipment to the high<br />

school to kick off FFA Week which took place Feb. 17-24.<br />

Southeastern High School FFA chapter vice<br />

president Kylie Corbitt, a junior, prepares a cow<br />

milking simulation for an FFA Week Ag-lympics<br />

event.


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South Charleston<br />

Southeastern’s stage show is one of the classics<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Southeastern Local Schools will present<br />

the musical “Annie” at 7 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 8 and<br />

at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 9 at the high<br />

school.<br />

The drama department chose to stage<br />

“Annie” this year for two main reasons, according<br />

to art teacher Laura Madden who is<br />

co-directing the production with band and<br />

choir teacher David Kestner.<br />

“Due to COVID-19, we were unable to<br />

have a musical in 2021. That has led to<br />

smaller casts the past two years. In an effort<br />

to encourage more students to join the musical,<br />

we were able to include our seventhgraders<br />

in the show as orphans,” Madden<br />

said.<br />

“We also had a group of our seasoned musical<br />

cast members who were interested in<br />

doing a Broadway classic show after two<br />

years of ‘cartoon’ musicals—‘Seussical’ and<br />

‘The SpongeBob Musical,’” Madden continued.<br />

“It worked, because this year we have<br />

35 cast members, when the past two years<br />

we only had 20.”<br />

Of those 35 cast members, 12 have previous<br />

stage experience. The students who<br />

landed lead roles are mainly stage veterans,<br />

but some newbies are in the mix, too.<br />

Playing the title role of Annie is seventhgrader<br />

Avery Boyer, who Madden describes<br />

as “a natural” and has several Springfield<br />

Arts Council shows under her belt. Junior<br />

Trenton Davis, appearing in his third show<br />

at Southeastern, plays Warbucks.<br />

“Trenton is taking a bigger leadership<br />

role with this part which involves several<br />

singing solos,” Madden said.<br />

Senior Shelby Kenley, one of only two<br />

seniors in the cast, is putting her leadership<br />

skills and previous two shows’ worth of experience<br />

to work as Grace Farrell, Warbucks’s<br />

assistant.<br />

Sophomore Elizabeth Beam, who has appeared<br />

in shows the past two years, is meeting<br />

the challenge of playing the main<br />

villain, Miss Hannigan. The cast’s other<br />

senior, Peyton Hamilton, plays Rooster,<br />

Miss Hannigan’s brother. Newcomer Savan-<br />

The Southeastern Local Schools cast of “Annie” is ready to entertain audiences <strong>March</strong> 8-9 at the high school. The cast features a<br />

combination of veteran and new student-actors, including middle schoolers and high schoolers.<br />

nah Hamm-Bodine, an eighth-grader, plays Rooster’s girlfriend,<br />

Lily St. Regis.<br />

“Peyton has been in our shows since eighth grade. He is very<br />

comfortable on the stage and brings a lot of positive energy to the<br />

show,” Madden said. “Savannah is beginning to have fun with her<br />

part and her older co-stars.”<br />

Junior Justin Callicoat, appearing in his second musical, plays<br />

several parts in “Annie,” including Drake the English butler, Bert<br />

Healy the radio personality, and cabinet member Ickes.<br />

A couple of other students with main parts are sophomore Nic<br />

Hilyard playing President Roosevelt and seventh-grader Addie<br />

Mohler playing orphan Molly, both of whom are new to the stage.<br />

The show is packed with attention-grabbing scenes, solos, and<br />

dance numbers.<br />

“The orphans and Annie show off their enthusiasm in ‘Hard<br />

Knock Life.’ They sing with all their hearts and have a great dance<br />

with buckets and brooms,” Madden said. “In Act II, the radio station<br />

has Bert Healy and the Boylan Brothers harmonizing on ‘Fully<br />

Dressed’ which the orphans emulate in the next scene. Miss Hannigan<br />

shows how much she hates her job in ‘Little Girls.’”<br />

And the examples go on.<br />

“The whole show is full of classic Broadway tunes,” Madden said.<br />

Tickets are $5 for youths ages 18 and younger and $7 for adults.<br />

They can be purchased in advance by sending money with a student<br />

to the school office. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the<br />

door 30 minutes before show time, unless the show is already sold out.<br />

Farm safety, egg hunt, chili dinner<br />

• On the Farm. <strong>Madison</strong> Township Fire<br />

& EMS, along with CareFlight Air and Mobile<br />

Services, are hosting an educational<br />

event on <strong>March</strong> 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at<br />

Harbage Farms, 6795 Old Springfield Rd.,<br />

South Charleston. The free event will focus<br />

on prevention, recognition, treatment, and<br />

transportation of farm-related emergencies,<br />

as well as specialized agriculture situations.<br />

The deadline to register is <strong>March</strong> 9. Visit<br />

“<strong>Madison</strong> Township Fire and EMS” on Facebook or call (937) 462-<br />

8222 for information on how to register.<br />

• Egg Hunt. The South Charleston Police Department’s Kids’<br />

Club is hosting an Easter egg hunt for children in the community.<br />

The event is set for 10 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 23 at the Miami View School ball<br />

fields. Children ages 0-12 years old are invited to attend.<br />

• Chili Dinner. The <strong>Madison</strong> Township Emergency Services Association<br />

is hosting a chili dinner 4-7 p.m. April 6 at the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Township Fire & EMS station, 222 W. Columbus Rd., South<br />

Charleston. The cost is donation only.<br />

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City considers hiring strategic planning company<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The city of London is experiencing growth in terms of development.<br />

Local leaders are taking steps to ensure that it is done in a<br />

controlled manner.<br />

At the last city council meeting, council member Shannon<br />

Treynor suggested the city look into putting together a strategic<br />

plan with professional help.<br />

“There’s been some question as to whether the city should engage<br />

in some sort of strategic city planning before a lot of properties<br />

currently for sale, especially as pertains to the (Route) 42 corridor,<br />

are actually transferred and subject to whatever the design wishes<br />

are of whatever the developers have in mind,” she said. “It would<br />

be good to have a road map moving forward on how the city should<br />

look, instead of leaving it to chance.”<br />

Earlier in the meeting, London resident David Mars made a similar<br />

suggestion. Mars is a real estate investor whose primary focus<br />

is downtown London but also other parts of the city.<br />

“I’m sure everyone here is aware of the growth that is happening.<br />

When I came here and started working, our downtown (business)<br />

vacancy was around 50 percent. And if you go try to find a vacant<br />

storefront in downtown right now, it’s getting much, much more difficult.<br />

Within the next year, I would expect full occupancy in downtown<br />

which is really tremendous,” Mars said.<br />

“But as a business owner, I know that growth isn’t always inherently<br />

good, and that’s certainly the case with municipalities, too,<br />

I’m sure. So, I just encourage council, as we look towards the future<br />

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Mayor Patrick Closser agreed with Treynor and with a copy of the city’s existing comprehensive plan<br />

Mars, reporting that the city administration has been which was last updated in 2008.<br />

looking into the idea of hiring a company to put together Council’s finance committee will consider the information<br />

a strategic plan and has secured a couple of quotes.<br />

and, if they want to see the city hire a strategic<br />

“It’s not cheap, but it is needed,” Closser said. “I don’t planning company to put together a plan, make recommendations<br />

think it’s something that we can do on our own right now<br />

to council. Council would then need to put<br />

at the pace we’re moving and where we’re at economically.”<br />

the job out to bid, appropriate funds to pay for the work,<br />

and enter into a contract.<br />

Since the last council meeting, the administration<br />

Should festivals stay downtown?<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Serving tea<br />

The Mount Sterling Friends of the Library hosted<br />

their annual Victorian Tea Feb. 10 at Mount Sterling<br />

First United Methodist Church. The fundraiser<br />

recorded an all-time high for attendance, attracting<br />

more than 150 guests. Members of the <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains High School Key Club helped to put on the<br />

event: (front) Tronny Monahan; (second row) Advisor<br />

and <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Librarian Heidi Fletcher,<br />

Rayanna Beery, Gwynneth Robinson, Alyssa Geyer;<br />

(back row) Matthew Harris, Will Payne, Fenja Berner,<br />

Amanda Vacheresse, and Caitlynn Dunaway.<br />

Should the Strawberry Festival, Rhythm & Rib Fest,<br />

and Old Fashioned Christmas events continue to take<br />

place on the streets of downtown London or move to another<br />

location? City officials are seeking input from residents<br />

and downtown business owners.<br />

These annual events require the city to close streets<br />

for one or more days, resulting in impacts on traffic<br />

around town, including on state routes, and accessibility<br />

to downtown businesses. Safety is another concern.<br />

Mayor Patrick Closser said the city is looking at different<br />

options should a decision be made to hold these<br />

events elsewhere. He did not name specific sites.<br />

To find out how residents feel about the subject, the<br />

city administration recently posted an event feedback<br />

survey on the city’s Facebook page (“City of London,<br />

Ohio - Government”). The questions are as follows:<br />

• Do you feel it would be beneficial to move the street<br />

closure events out of downtown?<br />

• Rate your satisfaction with the Strawberry Festival,<br />

Rhythm & Rib Fest, and Old Fashioned Christmas.<br />

• Share any problems you’ve encountered with the<br />

events.<br />

• Share your favorite parts of the events.<br />

• Rate how likely you are to attend the events if they<br />

are held downtown.<br />

• Rate how likely you are to attend the events if they<br />

are not held downtown.<br />

• Do you have any suggestions or comments in general<br />

about the events?<br />

The city will collect completed surveys through<br />

<strong>March</strong> 4. They also will circulate a separate survey to<br />

downtown business owners. Residents and business<br />

owners also can send additional thoughts and opinions<br />

via email to admin@londonohio.gov. The data from both<br />

surveys will be compiled and shared at council’s regular<br />

<strong>March</strong> 7 meeting.<br />

“We will do an open forum at the beginning of the<br />

council meeting, where we’ll share the data we’ve gathered<br />

and talk about different ideas. People can come<br />

and speak on the matter. Everyone who wants to speak<br />

will have a chance to,” Closser said.<br />

The <strong>March</strong> 7 meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in the<br />

public auditorium and theater at city hall, 20 S. Walnut<br />

St. For more information about the road closure event<br />

surveys, call the city offices at (740) 852-3243.<br />

TORNADO<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

damage reported,” Swaney said on the afternoon of Feb.<br />

28.<br />

Deb Sims, director of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Emergency<br />

Management Agency (EMA), reported that she<br />

and Holly Langham, deputy director, went out to the<br />

hardest hit properties to provide assistance where<br />

needed. They were accompanied later that morning by<br />

representatives of the Ohio EMA to assess damages to<br />

the area. Sims also reported that representatives of the<br />

National Weather Service were scheduled to visit the<br />

county on Feb. 29 to make assessments.<br />

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

Sheet metal is shown caught high up in pine trees<br />

along Gregg Road.


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community calendar<br />

Rural-Urban Day Breakfast<br />

The London Rotary Club is once again<br />

hosting their annual Rural-Urban Day<br />

Breakfast. The public is welcome to attend<br />

this event which brings together the local<br />

agricultural and business communities for<br />

food, fellowship, and recognition.<br />

This year’s event is set for 7:30 a.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 7 at the <strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Center.<br />

Breakfast is provided free of charge to<br />

the public.<br />

Soil and Water Conservation<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> Soil and Water Conservation<br />

District is requesting public input into<br />

their annual plan of operations. A public<br />

and local work group meeting is set for 10<br />

a.m. <strong>March</strong> 20 in the <strong>Madison</strong> County Engineer<br />

Conference Room, 825 U.S. Hwy. 42<br />

NE, London (between the Wendy’s and Mc-<br />

Donald’s).<br />

Participants will identify natural resource<br />

concerns and potential solutions.<br />

Lunch will be served after. Confirm your attendance<br />

by calling (740) 852-4003 or sending<br />

email to gail.wilson@oh.nacdnet.net by<br />

<strong>March</strong> 12.<br />

Health District and Advisory<br />

Council Meetings<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County London City Health<br />

District Board will hold its next regular<br />

meeting at 5 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 14 at <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Public Health, 306 Lafayette St.,<br />

London.<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County District Advisory<br />

Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 11 at<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Engineer’s Office, 825<br />

U.S. Rte. 42, London.<br />

LHS Musical<br />

London High School’s theater department<br />

will present “Curtains,” a musical<br />

murder mystery, at 7 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 8-9 and 2<br />

p.m. <strong>March</strong> 10 at the high school. Tickets<br />

are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets<br />

can be purchased at the door or online at<br />

www.london.k12.oh.us/page/athletic-tickets.<br />

Al-Anon<br />

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

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

United Methodist Church, 36 S. Center St.<br />

(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 />

Alzheimer’s Family Support<br />

The Alzheimer’s Family Support Group<br />

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

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

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

call Pat Baynes at (937) 269-3605. Everyone<br />

is welcome.<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 />

For details, call (740) 852-3001.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 4—8:30 a.m., indoor walking and<br />

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

a.m., crocheting, knitting and needle crafts;<br />

10:30 a.m., sitting exercise and strengthening;<br />

1 p.m., euchre; 4 p.m., Delightful Dining<br />

trip departs<br />

<strong>March</strong> 5—9 a.m., quilting class, 10 a.m.,<br />

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

cards, workout room open<br />

<strong>March</strong> 6—8:30 a.m., indoor walking and<br />

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

p.m., bridge<br />

<strong>March</strong> 7—9 a.m., chair volleyball<br />

<strong>March</strong> 8—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., painting class; 1 p.m., free<br />

movie for members.<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 />

<strong>March</strong> 4—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 />

<strong>March</strong> 5—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 />

4:30-5:30 p.m., Take Off Pounds Sensibly<br />

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

<strong>March</strong> 6—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 />

<strong>March</strong> 7—10 a.m.-12 p.m., food pantry for<br />

income eligible households. Pre-packed food<br />

boxes are delivered to your vehicle. Bring<br />

proof of residence at first visit and picture ID<br />

every visit. Call (740) 869-2453 for details.<br />

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

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

first Thursday of the month. WIC provides<br />

food packages to income-eligible pregnant<br />

women and children until age 5. WIC also<br />

provides nutrition education and breastfeeding<br />

support to anyone in the community.<br />

To schedule an appointment, call (740)<br />

852-3068.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 8—9 a.m.-12 p.m., indoor open play<br />

pickleball<br />

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

<strong>March</strong> 9—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for all<br />

ages and abilities<br />

<strong>March</strong> 10—4-5 p.m., all levels yoga, $10<br />

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

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

food drive donation items appreciated.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 16—Spring bazaar<br />

<strong>March</strong> 23—Egg-Streme Community<br />

Easter Jam<br />

April 13—Dodgeball Tournament, sign up<br />

by emailing msccdir@gmail.com or calling<br />

the community center.<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 />

• Recycled Art Contest. The library is<br />

accepting submissions for the Recycled Art<br />

Show hosted by the London Visual Arts<br />

Guild. Submissions must be made with recyclable<br />

materials found around your house.<br />

The deadline is <strong>March</strong> 29.<br />

• Rabbit Rearing. On <strong>March</strong> 4 from 6:30<br />

to 7:30 p.m., learn about rabbits and their<br />

needs. An educator from Bring the Farm to<br />

You will talk about how rabbits interact<br />

with humans and their environment. A live<br />

bunny will be on site.<br />

• Bunny Buddy. From <strong>March</strong> 5 to <strong>March</strong><br />

15, library visitors will have the chance to<br />

interact with a real rabbit from Bring the<br />

Farm to You’s rabbit rearing program.<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 />

Some weeks involve musical instruments,<br />

balls, and a parachute.<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. Some weeks involve musical<br />

instruments, balls, and a parachute.<br />

Preschoolers can practice the alphabet with<br />

a letter activity after the regular storytime<br />

is over.<br />

• Minute-To-Win-It Games. Test your<br />

speed and coordination during a night of<br />

games on <strong>March</strong> 6, 6-7:30 p.m. For ages 11-<br />

17 only. Registration is required.<br />

• Kindergarten Club. On <strong>March</strong> 7 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. Participants will practice<br />

letter sounds and writing letters using multisensory<br />

literacy activities. Children can<br />

master important fine motor skills and<br />

gross motor skills needed to start school.<br />

Participants will work on numbers and<br />

counting, scissors, sorting, patterns, and<br />

more.<br />

• Paws for Reading with Maggie. Register<br />

your child for a 10-minute time slot to<br />

read a story to Maggie, a certified therapy<br />

dog. Slots are available <strong>March</strong> 9, 11 a.m.-12<br />

p.m. Maggie is a nonjudgmental listener<br />

who encourages children to read and helps<br />

struggling readers find confidence. Have a<br />

book picked out and ready.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library is located<br />

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

Call (614) 879-8448 or visit<br />

hbmlibrary.org.<br />

• Storytime. Wednesdays and Friday at<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

• Booklovers. The group will discuss<br />

“Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett at 4 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 4.<br />

• Beginner Farmer Series. The library is<br />

hosting Part 2 of the OSU Extension’s “Beginner<br />

Farmer Series” on <strong>March</strong> 5, 5:30-6:30<br />

p.m.<br />

• Easter Egg Hunt. Between <strong>March</strong> 11<br />

and <strong>March</strong> 30, find all the hidden Easter<br />

eggs in the Children’s Area to earn a surprise<br />

egg prize.<br />

• Storybook Build. Build Jack’s<br />

Beanstalk at 11 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 16. Registration<br />

is open for children ages 5-12.<br />

• Great American Eclipse. At 11 a.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 25, the Whiz Bang Science Show will<br />

present a program about solar eclipses and<br />

history. Participants will receive solar<br />

eclipse glasses after the program. All ages<br />

are welcome.<br />

• Prom Dress Drive. Donations of gently<br />

used or new dresses are being accepted at the<br />

information desk. Anyone who needs a dress<br />

is welcome to check out the free selections.<br />

• Storybook Build. Children are invited to<br />

build Jack’s Beanstalk at 11 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 16.<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 />

• Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Mondays for<br />

ages 2-5 years old.<br />

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

is open for this kids’ cooking club for<br />

ages 9-12. Classes will be held at 6 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 4, <strong>March</strong> 18, April 1, April 15, and<br />

April 22. Call the library to register.<br />

• Bright Beats. Registration is open for<br />

Bright Beats classes. Classes are free and<br />

run for 30 minutes. They will be held<br />

Wednesdays <strong>March</strong> 6-May 9 (no class<br />

<strong>March</strong> 27 due to spring break) and are open<br />

to children ages 1-4 years old.<br />

• Vinyl Premiere Party. The Friends of the<br />

Library are hosting a party from noon to 1<br />

p.m. <strong>March</strong> 16 to celebrate their new collection<br />

of vintage albums available for checkout.<br />

Bring your albums to show off or<br />

borrow albums from the library’s collection.<br />

Create groovy vinyl art and crafts and enjoy<br />

music-themed snacks and refreshments.<br />

Following the party, the Timmons brothers<br />

will present a program about vinyl album<br />

covers.<br />

• Album Cover Program. Brothers John<br />

and David Timmons will present a program<br />

titled “The Album Cover: Taking Its Place<br />

in the History of Rock & Roll” from 1 to 2<br />

p.m. <strong>March</strong> 16. The public is encouraged to<br />

bring their own albums to share. Prior to<br />

the program, the Timmonses will be available<br />

from noon to 1 p.m. to appraise visitors’<br />

rock-and-roll memorabilia; this will take<br />

place in conjunction with the Friends of the<br />

Library Vinyl Premiere Party. Visit<br />

www.timmonsrock.com for details.<br />

• Ladies Night Out Movie. Watch “Next<br />

Goal Wins” (PG-13) on the library’s big<br />

screen on <strong>March</strong> 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.<br />

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

potluck event by calling the library or texting<br />

Melissa at (614) 315-7939. Seating is<br />

limited. The library provides pizza, popcorn,<br />

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To place an ad, call 852-0809 or stop by the London office at 78 S. Main Street<br />

xLegal Notices<br />

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS<br />

Sealed proposals for the <strong>Madison</strong> County – Midway Drainage Improvements<br />

Project will be received by the <strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners<br />

at their office located at the <strong>Madison</strong> County Courthouse, 1 N. Main<br />

Street, London, Ohio 43140 until 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 12, <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

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Prospective bidders must supply a telephone number and email for<br />

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Each bid must be accompanied by either a bid bond in an amount of<br />

100% of the bid amount with a surety satisfactory to the aforesaid <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Commissioners or by certified check, cashiers check, or letter<br />

of credit upon a solvent bank in the amount of not less than 10% of the<br />

bid amount in favor of the aforesaid <strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners.<br />

Bid Bonds shall be accompanied by Proof of Authority of the official or<br />

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Propoals shall be sealed and marked as Proposal for: <strong>Madison</strong> County –<br />

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Attention of bidders is called to all of the requirements contained in<br />

this bid packet, particularly to the Federal Labor Standards Provisions<br />

and Davis-Bacon Wages, various insurance requirements, and the Federal<br />

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No bidder may withdraw his bid within sixty (60) days after the actual<br />

date of the opening thereof. <strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners reserves<br />

the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids. For more<br />

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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS<br />

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO<br />

PROBATE DIVISION, JUVENILE COURT<br />

Case No. 22320081 & 22320161<br />

Summons By Publication<br />

In the Matter of<br />

An S (M)<br />

To: Ashley Duncan<br />

LKA - 769 US 42 SE, London, OH 43140<br />

Phillip Davis<br />

LKA - 17320 New Kent Hwy, Barhamsville, VA 23011<br />

A complaint has been filed in this Court by the State of<br />

Ohio/<strong>Madison</strong> County Children Services, requesting permanent<br />

custody of An S (M) DOB 05/19/2010, pursuant to O.R.C.<br />

2151.414. A hearing has been scheduled at the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Juvenile Court, 1 North Main Street, London, OH<br />

43140, on Friday, April 19, <strong>2024</strong>, at 10:00 a.m., and at the call<br />

of the Court thereafter.<br />

You are indicated as being the parent/custodian(s) of said<br />

minor child and notice of said complaint is hereby provided<br />

in accordance with the law and the provisions of RULE 16,<br />

Rules of Juvenile Procedure. If a party is indigent, the Court<br />

will appoint counsel to provide representation upon<br />

request. If you believe that you qualify, contact the Court at<br />

(740) 852-0760.<br />

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN<br />

Juvenile Judge<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

MM MARCH 3, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>160<br />

NOTICE OF 2023<br />

ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT<br />

A copy of the 2023 Financial Report<br />

for Jefferson Township will be available for<br />

public inspection at the Township Offices,<br />

225 Cemetery Road, West Jefferson, OH<br />

43162. Financial Reports will be<br />

availabe to the public on Wednesday<br />

the 6th of <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong> at 6:30 p.m.<br />

Amy Forrest, Fiscal Officer<br />

Jefferson Township<br />

MM MARCH 3, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>163<br />

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS<br />

Sealed proposals for the <strong>Madison</strong> County – London Third Ward Drainage<br />

and Sewer Improvements Project will be received by the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Commissioners at their office located at the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Courthouse, 1 N. Main Street, London, Ohio 43140 until 10:45 a.m., Tuesday,<br />

<strong>March</strong> 12, <strong>2024</strong>, and then at 10:50 a.m. at said office opened and<br />

read aloud.<br />

The proposed project will install drainage at several locations in the Village.<br />

Plans, specifications, and bid documents may be secured electronically<br />

by contacting the <strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners’ Office by email<br />

at amy.rees@madison.oh.gov, or by telephone at 740-852-2972.<br />

Prospective bidders must supply a telephone number and email for<br />

the plan holders list. The County will email the prospective bidder the<br />

bid documents, and add the prospective bidder’s name to the planholders<br />

list.<br />

Each bid must be accompanied by either a bid bond in an amount of<br />

100% of the bid amount with a surety satisfactory to the aforesaid <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Commissioners or by certified check, cashiers check, or letter<br />

of credit upon a solvent bank in the amount of not less than 10% of the<br />

bid amount in favor of the aforesaid <strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners.<br />

Bid Bonds shall be accompanied by Proof of Authority of the official or<br />

agent signing the bond. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish<br />

a satisfactory Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the Bid.<br />

Propoals shall be sealed and marked as Proposal for: <strong>Madison</strong> County –<br />

London Third Ward Drainage and Sewer Improvements Project and<br />

mailed or delivered to:<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Commissioners<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Courthouse, 1 N. Main Street<br />

London, Ohio 43140<br />

Attention of bidders is called to all of the requirements contained in<br />

this bid packet, particularly to the Federal Labor Standards Provisions<br />

and Davis-Bacon Wages, various insurance requirements, and the Federal<br />

Section 3 and EEO provisions.<br />

No bidder may withdraw his bid within sixty (60) days after the actual<br />

date of the opening thereof. <strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners reserves<br />

the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids. For more<br />

project information, please contact Troy Niese, PE, ChoiceOne Engineering<br />

at 513-239-8554. The Project cost estimate is Five Hundred Twenty-<br />

Five Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($525,500.00).<br />

MM FEBRUARY 25 & MARCH 3, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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MM<strong>2024</strong>150<br />

PUBLIC NOTICE<br />

The 2023 Annual Financial Report for the<br />

Central Townships Joint Fire District, Inc.<br />

has been filed with the Auditor of State.<br />

The report is available for review at the<br />

CTJFD office located at<br />

91 State Route 56 NW London, Ohio 43140.<br />

Todd M. Lane<br />

Fiscal Officer<br />

Central Townships Joint Fire District<br />

MM MARCH 3, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>158


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xLegal Notices<br />

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING<br />

Re: TO APPROVE THE PRELIMINARY AND<br />

FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN PER ORDINANCE<br />

1125.10, FOR A PROPOSED CIRCLE K RETAIL<br />

GASOLINE SALES AND CONVENIENCE STORE;<br />

PARCEL’S # 16-00054.000 & 16-00061.000.<br />

The Village of West Jefferson has initiated a<br />

Public Hearing to consider an intention to approve<br />

the preliminary and final development<br />

plan per ordinance 1125.10 for a proposed<br />

Circle K retail gasoline sales and convenience<br />

store.<br />

A Public Hearing regarding this intention will<br />

occur on Monday <strong>March</strong> 18th, <strong>2024</strong> at 7:00<br />

PM at the Community Center located at 230<br />

Cemetery Road during the Regular Meeting<br />

of Council.<br />

Tisha Edwards<br />

Clerk of Council<br />

(614) 379-5231<br />

MM FEB. 11, 18, 25 & MAR. 3 & 10, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>139<br />

NOTICE OF REQUEST<br />

FOR ZONING VARIANCE<br />

An application of Variance to allow a “Non-<br />

Conforming” use at the property, or parts<br />

therein, commonly known as 17 Oak Street,<br />

South Charleston, Ohio has been filed by<br />

Michelle Thacker. The applicant intends to<br />

replace the previous “Non-Conforming”<br />

mobile home with another mobile home.<br />

On April 16, <strong>2024</strong> at 4:45pm the Zoning<br />

and Planning Board will hold a public hearing<br />

to consider the zoning request. The<br />

public hearing is open to the public and<br />

you are encouraged to attend to voice any<br />

comments or concerns you may have regarding<br />

the proposed zoning change.<br />

MM MARCH 3, <strong>2024</strong><br />

The financial reports for the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Soil and Water<br />

Conservation District for the<br />

fiscal year 2023<br />

have been completed and are<br />

available for inspection at the<br />

SWCD Office located at<br />

831 US Highway 42 NE<br />

London, Ohio 43140<br />

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<strong>2024</strong> - 5:30 pm at 20 South Walnut Street to hear the<br />

following case(s):<br />

Applicant: Paul Gross, is requesting an additional 6<br />

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MM MARCH 3, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>162<br />

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LEGAL NOTICE<br />

Sealed bids for the furnishing of all labor, material, and equipment necessary for the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Fairgrounds New Restroom & Shower Facility, 205 Elm St./PO. Box 30,<br />

London, Ohio 43140 in accordance with the project drawings, will be received by Board of<br />

Directors at the office of Coughlin Center until 12:00 PM, <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio time on 4th<br />

day of <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong> and shall be opened and read on the same day thereafter.<br />

The drawing and blank proposal forms may be obtained via email by contacting;<br />

hthornberry@bluebirdretirement.com Monday – Friday between 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.<br />

Each proposal shall contain the full name and address of each person or company submitting<br />

the same and all parties interested therein and shall be accompanied by a Bid Guaranty<br />

and Contract Bond in the sum of 100% of the amount of the bid or a certified check in the<br />

amount of 10% of the bid, payable to the <strong>Madison</strong> County Fairgrounds Board, as a guarantee<br />

that if the proposal is accepted, a contract will be entered into. The bond or check of all<br />

unsuccessful bidders shall be returned to them by the contracting authority immediately<br />

upon awarding the contract or rejection of all proposals. All proposals must be signed in<br />

ink. Facsimile or electronic transmissions are not permitted.<br />

Contractors will have access to the project area for the purpose of examination, measurement,<br />

and familiarization prior to bid submission.<br />

Bids of corporations not chartered in Ohio must be accompanied by proper certifications<br />

that such Corporation is authorized to do work in the state of Ohio.<br />

Attention is directed to the requirement that each proposal must be accompanied by all<br />

documents listed in the bid specifications package including, but not limited to, a Non-<br />

Collusion Affidavit duly signed by the bidder, and a Personal Property Delinquent Tax<br />

Affidavit duly signed by the bidder--required by Section 5719.042 of the Ohio Revised<br />

Code—thereof. No payment shall be made on any Contract for which no such affidavit has<br />

been submitted.<br />

Bidder is to take notice that the Form of Bond must meet the requirements of ORC 153.54<br />

to 153.57. Date of substantial completion is May 31st, <strong>2024</strong>. Inquires regarding the bidding<br />

documents, including requests the clarifications shall be submitted to; hpthornberry@blue<br />

birdretirement.com. The subject line should clearly read: “MADISON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS<br />

RESTROOM PROJECT”<br />

Project is Prevailing Wage.<br />

Attention is also directed to all bidders that pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Sections 307.86<br />

and 307.87, effective <strong>March</strong> 2, <strong>2024</strong>, this notice of bid will be published two times in the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>. The Board of <strong>Madison</strong> County Agricultural Society reserves the right<br />

to reject any or all bids submitted and to waive any informalities or irregularities in any bid<br />

received, and to determine the lowest, responsive and responsible bidder in accordance<br />

with the methods and criteria in the bidding documents. No bids may be withdrawn for a<br />

period of at least sixty (60) days after the opening thereof.<br />

Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly indicating on the outside, “<strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Fairgrounds New Restroom and Shower Facility” – as well as the name and address<br />

of the person or business submitting the proposal.<br />

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