Madison County, OH


Police train to confront active shooter before backup arrives

LONDON, Ohio (WSYX) — “This is what we signed up to do, protect the innocent.”. That’s how one police officer described the daunting task of neutralizing an active shooter while responding solo to a threat before backup arrives. A group of 16 officers trained Tuesday using that scenario at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy in Madison County. Trainers said this is not a response to any recent event, but ongoing training, routinely offered.
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Ask Axios: What are they building in West Jefferson?

We're here with another installment of Ask Axios, where we answer your burning questions about our area.Reader Rebecca asks: My son works at Amazon outside of West Jefferson. Something huge is being built across the road. Does anyone know what it is?👋 Alissa here. I spoke with David Kell, Madison County development director, about what's taking shape on Route 40, about 20 miles west of Columbus.The intrigue: Nobody knows the warehouse will house yet because it's speculative construction, Kell tells Axios. That means the project doesn't currently have a tenant but builder Core5 Industrial Partners is confident it will when it's complete.Context: Central Ohio is a hub of industrial activity and speculative builds, including a massive 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse now occupied by Home Depot not far from this project.As a whole, only 12% of Ohio's new commercial construction is "preleased," according to a report from real estate services firm JLL.Our skilled workforce, proximity to highways and freight capabilities by air and train make the region a development "sweet spot," the report states.📬 Got questions about Central Ohio? Email and we'll find the answers.

Former Upper Arlington high school coach pleads not guilty to rape

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A former Upper Arlington high school football coach and gym teacher has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual conduct with a minor charges. Joel Cutler entered the plea at the Madison County Common Pleas Court Friday. He allegedly raped and sexually assaulted a former Upper Arlington student from 2000 to […]
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Flagpole dedicated in memory of Grace Yerian

On June 14 (Flag Day), the London chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) dedicated a flagpole and plaque in memory of Grace M. Yerian. The ceremony took place at the Coover Memorial Club House on North Main Street, home to the London Federation of Women’s Clubs. The London DAR chapter is part of the federation. As a surprise at the ceremony, Vince Morse, caterer for the club house, played a song on a violin that had belonged to Yerian’s father.

Tigers win silver at national tourney

Recently, a number of Madison County Special Olympic athletes and their unified partners embarked on a trip that would test their skills and determination on the volleyball court. Attending the USA Volleyball Open Championships in Orlando, Fla., the Madison County Tigers wanted to make their mark. And they definitely made their...

July 1: Deadline to sign up for Livestock 101 at the fair

“I really like animals, and I wanted to do 4-H, but I never had done it before,” said Carlee Mason, 12, about why she participated in Livestock 101 at last year’s Madison County Fair. New as of last year, Livetock 101 is designed for youths like Mason to...

Independence Day celebrations set

Communities around Madison County are offering up everything from parades and fireworks to rides, games, and food to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. The July 4th Streetfest takes place July 2-4 on South Center and Pearl streets in downtown West Jefferson. Rides, food, entertainment, a parade, and fireworks are planned.

Madison School District hires Sarah Palm as treasurer

Sarah Palm has been named treasurer of Madison School District. The district School Board appointed Palm as treasurer during a special meeting on June 13. She replaces Michael Vaccariello, who left Madison Schools on May 2 to accept a position in the Mentor School District. Palm comes to Madison Schools...

Cobra Car Show will be part of Strawberry Festival

The Ohio Cobra Club once again will hold their annual Cobra Car Show during the London Strawberry Festival. More than 180 cars are signed up to participate in the event slated for June 25. Show participants will make a grand entrance with a Cobra parade. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office...

Upper Arlington teacher indicted for sex crimes against a minor

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (WSYX) — A teacher and coach with Upper Arlington Schools has been indicted on multiple charges stemming from alleged sex crimes against a minor more than 20 years ago. Joel Cutler was indicted by a grand jury in Madison County on two counts of rape, four...

Junior deputies learn about law enforcement

Clara Hall thinks of herself as a good person but freely admits there could be room for growth. “I want to learn how to be an even better person,” stated the 11-year-old from West Jefferson. As a part of a self-devised summer enrichment challenge, Hall came up with a...

Jefferson Local Schools will seek levy renewal; Harper honored

Seven years can pass by quickly. For a Jefferson Local School District levy committee, it’s time to start of the process of seeking voter approval for renewal of an emergency levy first passed nearly 40 years ago. On June 13, school board members passed a resolution of necessity, the...

Free plane rides for kids ages 8-17 on June 25

Youths ages 8 to 17 have an opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of London and the surrounding area at the Young Eagles Rally set for the morning of June 25 at Madison County Airport. Chapter 9 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is offering free airplane rides....