Madison County commissioners on Monday approved an estimate for some repair work to be performed on the Madison County Courthouse. The amount is $10,200.

Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello used the sentencing hearing as an opportunity to speak about the role of drugs in the community, and the "consequences" heroin and other opiates have on its users. Paul A. Darling III, 31, was charged for dealing the painkiller Oxycodone last year on Oct. 8, as well as heroin and hydrocodone on Oct. 21. Though the pre-sentence investigation recommended community control, Costello said he was put in a position where he had to make decisions with the knowledge of the heroin "epidemic" that is happening locally.

London Mayor Dave Eades told members of city council Thursday that has wouldn't be running for re-election in 2015, but would like to see others give it a try to make the race "interesting." Have you had a problem with the way London Mayor Dave Eades has run the city for the past 24 years? If so, he wants you to put your hat into the ring next year.

Michael J. Pottmeyer, Denise L. Pottmeyer, and Denise L. Schultheis to Denise L. Pottmeyer and Michael J. Pottmeyer, Lot No. 495, Choctaw Lake Subdivision, in Somerford Township, fee exempt.

As part of October being commemorated as Respect Life Month, the Madison County Right to Life is hosting its first Madison March for Life. Marchers will leave from the St. Patrick School gymnasium, 226 Elm St., London, at 4 p.m. and proceed to the Madison County Courthouse, then return to the school.

Contributed/HSMCWest Jefferson police are seeking information leading to the arrest of whoever severely burned a cat. "Phoenix" is being cared for at the Humane Society of Madison County.

The Farm Science Review was held this week, and for the first time in 15 years, I participated in it. All of the other years, I dreaded the event.

The search is underway for the suspect in a grisly case of animal abuse in Madison County. West Jefferson Humane Society officials are offering 500-dollars to anyone who knows the person who set a cat on fire.

Tolles will host the annual Madison County College Fair from 9 to 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 at Tolles Career & Technical Center, 7877 U.S. Route 42 South, Plain City.

West Jefferson police are seeking information leading to the arrest of whoever severely burned a cat. "Phoenix" is being cared for at the Humane Society of Madison County.

The free health clinic serves lower income Madison County residents who do not qualify for government medical insurance coverage or have employer sponsored health insurance. Volunteer medical professionals provide care to the uninsured for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.

Family and friends were trying to make sense of the shooting death of 17-year-old Reb Barbee in western Franklin County early this morning. The sheriff's office was releasing few details about the slaying, but neighbors said the teenager was shot on Lakefield Drive in Prairie Township near the Madison County line around 5 a.m. Family friends said the victim managed to stumble back to his home on Dovalon Place, leaving behind a trail of blood on the street.

Evan and Aidan Jackson prepare to release purple balloons in honor of children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders on Tuesday, Sept. 9, which according to the U.S. Surgeon General, is the leading known cause of preventable birth defects.

Stanton was charged for an incident on July 19. Stanton allegedly slammed the victim into a wall by the throat, threw the victim to the ground and later had sex with the victim. The victim only had sex with Stanton to avoid getting hit again, the victim told police.

A Mount Sterling resident near East Main Street reported that a statue of a black man in a sitting position with a fishing pole was stolen from her front porch between Aug. 22 about 3 p.m. and Aug. 23 about 10:30 a.m. She said she heard a vehicle with a noisy, sport-type muffler drove up the alley east of her house about 1:30 a.m. Police responded to the report of a suspicious person at TravelCenters of America on U.S. Route 42 in London about 8 p.m. The caller said a man approached him and told him he knew another driver that won $120,000 at the casino and was willing to double what was in people's wallets. An officer approached Darrell Noel, who denied that he had spoken to the witness.

A Mount Sterling man was sentenced Thursday to six months in Tri-County Jail for assaulting a man at Crown Sports Lounge in London. Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello made the decision against the recommendation of the pre-sentence investigation, which suggested a prison sentence.

The annual Jonathan Alder Day will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Madison County Historical Museum, 260 E. High St., London.