Madison County commissioners officially agreed to provide for a loan to pay for refurbishing the old Somerford Elementary into a new fire station on Monday. The project is a four-bay EMS addition to the old school.

Jackie Edwards, 58, of London, pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony charge of aggravated arson Friday in Madison County Common Pleas Court. After he is released from prison, Edwards will have three years of community control.

The candidates are among 16 individuals who applied for the newly created position, according to information The Press received in response to a public records request. Phillip L. Hill, of Hilliard, an associate director for The Ohio State University, overseeing data acquisition and integrity for university advancement.

A former Peebles employee pleaded no contest to charges related to stealing from the department store in court on Monday following a lengthy hearing. Brianna Ryan, 20, of West Jefferson, pleaded to one count of theft and one count of tampering with evidence, both fifth-degree felonies, following a four-hour hearing in Madison County Common Pleas Court.

A Mount Sterling woman accused of stealing from her family pleaded guilty to felony theft charges in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Monday. Connie Lane, 31, is charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of theft, one count involving unauthorized use of a credit card and the other involving theft from an elderly victim.

A meet the candidates forum is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center, 280 W. High St., London. Candidates in contested races for county commissioner, county engineer, state representative and state senator have been invited to answer questions.

The Cappy's Pizza sign reads, "Welcome Farm Science Review." It's the second Farm Science Review since Cappy's moved to its new Lafayette Street location.

Now that school is back in session, Junior Achievement of Mad River Region is ready to meet with volunteers in the Madison County area to prepare them to teach Junior Achievement programs, according to a news release. Junior Achievement programs currently reach more than 650 kindergarten through high school students each year in the London and West Jefferson areas, focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness.

Tolles will open its doors to the community during open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, and offer several workshops during the event for parents.

Central Ohio's jobless rate dipped slightly in August to 3.9 percent, making it the only metro area in the state to have an unemployment rate below 4 percent. The rate is down from 4 percent in July.

London Recovery Project and Madison County Commissioners pose for photo after meeting Monday morning. From left are front row: Sharon Moltz, Jean Perry, Patty Abbott and Dale McNeal; second row: Greta H. Mayer, CEO of Mental Health and Recovery Board, Commissioner Paul Gross, Kevin Scarberry, Commissioner Mark Forrest, Commissioner David Dhume and Matt Miller.

Steven W. George, 59, of South Vienna, was arrested on the third-degree misdemeanor charge at his residence Thursday morning without incident, according to Det. Greg Perkins of the London Police Department.

After receiving a surprising notice from London's school board wanting to raise his new home's property taxes, Kevin Munson wanted answers. He and his wife, Rhonda, moved to Madison County from Hilliard last July because they "loved" the area, he said.

Darby Fields, a project of M/I Homes, will include lots for 236 single-family homes, village administrator Kevin Vaughn told council members. The development will be located at Plain City-Georgesville and Converse-Huff roads.

A London man busted twice for operating a meth lab is facing prison time after pleading guilty to charges in in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Travis Basham, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, a second degree felony.

Summer of 2016 is coming to an end. Children have returned to school, daylight is getting shorter and soon farmers will be harvesting.

The City of London is applying for $31,000 in federal grant funds to repair the city's aging sewer infrastructure. Whitaker Wright, consultant with Community Development Consultants of Ohio, who facilitates grant applications in the county, met with Madison County commissioners on Monday to discuss the latest round of Community Development Block Grants .