West Jefferson Village Council approved the annexation of 297 acres within Madison County's so-called "Golden Triangle" during its meeting on Monday. The property, which is part of the Paul J. Flucke Trust, has been a point of contention between Madison County commissioners and the village in past months.

The semi-truck driver who was involved in a March accident that claimed the life of a Tolles student was sentenced last week. The driver of a semi-truck involved in a crash that claimed the life of a Tolles student in March was sentenced last week to community service and probation.

Voters in Madison County are being asked to approve various property tax levies on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Citizens of Pleasant Township and Mount Sterling will be able to vote on a new, five-year levy for the village's public library.

A replacement levy is on the Nov. 8 ballot for the Madison County Emergency Medical District to raise millage from 2.21 mills to 3 mills. Currently, the levy generates about $1.12 million per year and costs the taxpayer $67.68 annually for a home valued at $100,000.

Cyclists and hikers from as far as Asia and Europe have spent a night in the tiny campground on London's west side this summer. Gene Pass and Alan Knowles, of Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails, said about 60 outdoor enthusiasts traveling local segments of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail steered into the three-site, primitive campground during the last six months.

A Columbus woman who caused a car crash on U.S. 40 while driving under the influence was sentenced to nine months in prison on Monday. Michelle Dembinski, 49, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, in Madison County Common Pleas Court.

Faculty and staff of Jonathan Alder High School will participate in safety training sessions this Friday as part of the nationwide Safe Schools Week. Plain City Police Officer Gary Sigrist will lead the training in cooperation with the Madison County Sheriff's Office and the Pleasant Valley Fire Department.

The 30-mile trail, which extends from London to Xenia, includes some of Ohio's undisturbed original prairie grass, according to Julia Cummings of the Madison County Soil and Water Reclamation District . "Sometimes you need to interfere with nature," Cummings told the Madison Press on Monday.

The Lafayette United Methodist Church congregation and their United Methodist Women's Group is hosting a fundraising dinner to raise money to benefit children in Africa. Through the Little Dresses for Africa Project, a sewing outreach project to make shorts and dresses for the children, a nationwide dinner party is in the works.

Teresa Heineman, 56, was arraigned on one count aggravated drug trafficking, a third-degree felony, and one count possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony Thursday in Madison County Common Pleas Court. Heineman allegedly sold or offered to sell Oxycodone near the school, located at 580 S Chillicothe St., on April 12. Brittany Coffey, 23, of London, appeared in court for a community control violation.

Village Council members Diane Spradlin and Dave Timmons listen to Ron Roach's pitch for why he should be elected for county commissioner over incumbent Mark Forrest. The Democratic candidate for county commissioner addressed the council, pitching for support in his race against the Republican incumbent.

Lattimer's design for the first mural, which will be on the right half of the east side of the building. Artist Kurt Lattimer begins adding color to the outline for the mural on the east side of Madison Dance on 58 E. High St., London.

Members of the American Legion's Lady Auxiliary Ohio Post No. 105 accepted donations from two inmate associations at Madison County Correctional Institution.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley slammed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump while talking to Madison County leaders on Wednesday. "Honestly, we have two of the worst candidates that this country has ever had," Bentley told the crowd.

Nearly 800 new jobs were created in 2015, according to a report presented to the Madison County commissioners Monday morning. David Kell, executive director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and CIC, presented the results of a three-year strategic plan which covers 2014 until 2016.

Nissen Chemitec America President Shawn Hendrix shows students from London High School and London Mayor Pat Closser the warehouse of parts produced by the factory. Students were broken up into five groups of five to tour the facility for Ohio Manufacturing Day.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, center, speaks to attendees on Thursday evening at Octoberfest, an annual event hosted by the Madison County Republican Party at the fairgrounds. Husted and other Republican leaders, including state auditor Dave Yost and U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, encouraged attendees to vote the party's ticket Nov. 8. Local Republican chairman Steve Saltsman, left, announced the party has opened a headquarters at 25 S. Main St. in London.