Strapped in with a pair of headphones, 2-year-old Shiann Lockhart prepares for a helicopter ride courtesy of the Columbus Police Division. Along with her mother, Cora Lockhart, Shiann circled around the Downtown in a Columbus police helicopter, along with two police officers.

Pastor Gordon and his wife, Ruth Ann Johnson, who have led the First Presbyterian Church since November 1967, have been chosen Grand Marshals of the 2016 Strawberry Festival Parade. Missionaries aren't just those who venture off to distant continents to spread the Word.

The Madison County Amateur Radio Club will participate in a national emergency communications preparedness exercise on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. The exercise, known as Field Day, has been recognized by Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor through a proclamation of those days as "Amateur Radio Operators' Appreciation Days." The proclamation recognizes the vital role played by amateur radio operators in emergency radio communications on a local, statewide, national and international basis.

London community and business leaders throw the first shovels of dirt Friday morning from the building site for EliteFTS' new $1.5 million facility. From left are: Chuck Duvall, Jeff Farthing, Steve Lelonek, David Dhume, Patrick Closser, Trint Hatt, David Tate, David Kell, Bryce Tate, Traci Tate, Blaine Tate, Jordan Houser, Sheena Leedham, Jon Errett, Ronda Blankenship, Deanna Sexton, Jeff Dunn, Matt Goodwin, Kristy Friesen, Darlene Ernst, Louis Geary and Andy Hingsbergen.

A local grant will allow West Jefferson leaders to provide free children's lunches in the parks this summer, starting next week. New Parks and Rec Director Marci Darlington announced the coming "Lunch & Learn" program last week during her first official report to council.

A Clark County man died after crashing his motorcycle in Madison County early Sunday. Jeffrey L. Blankenship, 28, of South Solon, was riding his 2009 Harley Davidson southbound on Route 38, just north of Keny Boulevard, when the motorcycle left the right side of the road and hit a utility pole, the State Highway Patrol reported.

Former West Jefferson resident Heather Hall displays nearly two feet of hair clipped from the head of village resident Brian Hunter during the 2015 Relay For Life. Hunter and daughter Jessica Hunter, seen here giggling in the background, were among four locals who donated their tresses to Locks of Love.

Travis Basham, 34, of Summerford, was arraigned in Madison County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning on one first-degree felony charge of illegal manufacturing of drugs, one second-degree felony count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacturing drugs and one second-degree felony count of aggravated possession of drugs. Members of the Madison County Major Crimes Unit discovered two meth labs in a shed on Basham's property when they went last week to pick him up on a warrant for cooking meth in January.

Applications are available in many London businesses and are on our website at Hover over royalty then click your choice of Queen's Scholarship Pageant or Miss Shortcake Contest.

Todd Frye, 26, of Riley Avenue in London, is charged with one third-degree, one fourth-degree and two fifth-degree felony counts of drug trafficking. The sweep follows a months-long investigation by the Madison County Major Crimes Unit.

Seniors may come to the Madison County Farmer's Market next week to receive coupons for eligible market foods, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs. The coupons are available through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service grant.

Detectives seized 18 32-ounce bottles of the unknown liquid from the Marysville location of Poor Boys Vapor World and an additional 122 15-milliliter bottles from the London location. Members of the Madison County Major Crimes Unit seized more than 100 bottles of suspected liquid marijuana from a London area smoke shop Monday night.

A special judge has been assigned to handle the lawsuit between Madison County Commissioners and the wife of the late county engineer. Retired Second District Court of Appeals Judge James A. Brogan was assigned to the case by Ohio Supreme Court, according to paperwork filed last month.

A Columbus man who pleaded insanity in leading officers on a high-speed chase in January was found competent to stand trial Monday morning. Ian T. March, 31, is charged in Madison County Common Pleas Court with one third-degree felony count of failure to comply and one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence.

Dee Jepsen, left, OSU Extension Educator, talks to Lakeview Grains employees about safety inside grain bins, which she taught on the OSU training tool, comprehensive ag rescue trailer on Friday at the Lakeview facility in Lilly Chapel. It was part of a two-day training session for four fire districts, which serve the ag communities in Madison and Franklin counties.

An artist's rendering of what the new addition at Madison Health could look like. A final depiction is expected near the end of the year.

A BCI officer and London firefighters dismantle a meth lab found Thursday in a shed on Karen Drive, just north of Summerford. A BCI officer and London firefighters clear and dismantle a meth lab discovered Thursday in a shed beside a residence on Karen Drive, just north of Summerford.