While the approval of Mount Sterling's grant application for the competitive Community Development Block Grant funds is not a lock, there is a good chance the grant will be favorably considered. The village is willing to put up matching funds at more than 100 percent of the grant application - something that is favorable, according to Whitaker Wright, a CDBG consultant for Madison County commissioners.

Stan Hanson, 72, has given $220,000 in recent years to support the Mount Sterling Public Library and other village causes. In all, Hanson - a retired executive who hasn't lived in Mount Sterling in more than 50 years but credits it with shaping his character - has given $220,000 to help the village in recent years.

Alcott Industrial Parkway and Alcott Drive, two new roads on the Mount Sterling landscape, were dedicated and celebrated by village, county and state officials as well as members of the business community. Jerry Alcott, for whom the roads were named, built the 100,000 square-foot building in which Keihin assembles air conditioning units for Honda Accords and will soon add those air conditioning units for Honda Civics, said Scott Mortimer, Keihin's president and CEO.

The former Mount Sterling resident, an alumnus of Mt. Sterling High School, is a retired businessman who has given back to his hometown.

Columbus Zoo employee, Eliana Stegmayer, wields a legless lizard, one of several animals presented outside the Mt. Sterling Community Center Tuesday afternoon at a free event sponsored by the Mt.