While Jay-Car Construction workers, Tim Barker, left, holds the clamp in place, and Dave Smith, right, holds tight to the foam vapor barrier, Brian Hampton drills a hole for the fastener which will hold the electrical conduit in place on the new fire/ems building under construction Thursday adjacent to the Somerford Elementary School in Somerford Township. Jay-Car employee Kole Stires drops a shovel full of sand on an electrical conduit to bury it, prior to the foundation being back filled with gravel.

A 17-year-old from eastern Ohio was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday for breaking into a London home in December and severely beating the resident while holding her at gunpoint. Brandon Chaffin, 21773 Starlite Drive, West Lafayette, pleaded guilty in Madison County Common Pleas Court in June to a single count of aggravated burglary.

Tammy Stoops, once chief probation officer in Madison County Juvenile Court, will not spend time behind bars for stealing on the job, despite a request from her former boss, Judge Christopher Brown, that she go to prison. On Thursday, Stoops, 48, 11820 Midway Road, South Solon, received a suspended 18-month prison sentence from visiting common pleas Judge James Brogan.

Reaction to the arrest of Joe Johnson, former Mount Sterling village administrator, has been shock and surprise from many of the village's officials and residents. On the surface, they say Johnson appeared to be fulfilling his role as village administrator up until January when he resigned.

This map shows the nearly 300 acres that have been proposed to be annexed into West Jefferson, as well as the other land in the area owned by the Paul J. Flucke Trust. West Jefferson Village Council have moved ahead with plans to annex nearly 300 acres of prime development land along Interstate 70 between Byerly Road and the Deercreek Township line - an area often referred to as Madison County's "golden triangle."

The international event, covering the serious business of using farm animal manure to help grow crops, while doing it safely and greenly, is Aug. 3-4 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, about 25 miles west of Columbus. The expo travels around different locations every year, and typically attracts a couple thousand attendees, said Mary Griffith, educator with Madison County Extension.

Former Mount Sterling Administrator Joe Johnson was arrested this morning, charged with stealing nearly $1 million in village funds over a four-year period, then falsifying records to cover it up. Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin and a contingent of deputies arrested Johnson before 8 a.m. at 3203 Camba Rd., south of Jackson, without incident.

Rachel Kimbler, right, gives a brief description on Monday of the manner of business conducted in the county recorder's office to Andrea Klosterman, left, of Career Exploration, with two boys, whom she has on a tour with the Madison County commissioners, Mark Forrest and David Dhume. The object is to expose clients to different jobs in various settings.

The track roared Friday night at the Madison County Fair as the NTPA tractor pulls came into town. Local puller Kevin Summers, of South Solon, was among those competing in his Buckshot Binder.

Alyson Petee, right, won Swine Showman of Showmen as well as Grand Champion Purebred Gilt, Grand Champion Purebred Breeding Gilt and Reserve Overall Breeding Gilt at the Madison County Fair. She's assisted by queen's first attendant, Kayle Mast.

Shiann Lockhart, 2, of Lafayette, pets a rabbit at the Madison County Fair on Thursday as her mother, Cora, laughs at the exchange. Shiann, diagnosed with terminal cancer, was able to show a rabbit.

Siblings Logan Money, 4, and Brooke Money, 8, of Plain City, show off their blue tongues after enjoying some shaved ice Thursday ay the Madison County Fair. The children were visiting the fair with their grandparents.

Josh Champer, far right, 13, of Mount Sterling, and his Shorthorn steer, CF Sox, won Grand Champion Steer at the Madison County Fair on Tuesday. Also pictured are from left, his father, Darrell Champer, Judge Jake Osborn, and Josh's grandfather, Leonard Brinksneader.

Theft of food stamps and WIC benefits are on the rise in Madison County and elsewhere in Ohio, according to Nick Adkins, assistant county prosecutor. London resident Jeremy A. Pollock, 37, 99 Riley Ave., is the latest to face felony theft charges involving food stamps.

More cake? Celebrity judges Kat Marriott and Pat Closser serve up yet another sweet confection to one another during the baking contest Tuesday at the Madison County Fair. Blue ribbon winners included peanut butter fudge chocolate cake, fudge-filled bars, Snickers fudge, Dadman brownies and root beer float cupcakes.

Several Madison County students are among those selected by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office for the 2016-2017 Teen Ambassador Board. More than 230 high school juniors and seniors are part of this year's board.

Shelah Otterbacher shows off her signature "Shelah" burger, a longtime staple of the food vendors at the Madison County Fair. She's been attending and cooking burgers and sausages for 32 years.