Marshall County Commissioners to Discuss Violation Fine Amounts

Marshall County Attorney Jim Clevenger mentioned to the commissioners this week that he has been meeting with Sheriff Matt Hassel and Clerk Deb Vandemark about fines for ordinance violation tickets.

He said the problem is a number of the ordinances including abandoned vehicles, animals running at large and curfew, to name a few, don’t have specific monetary amounts given for frequent violations of the same ordinances.

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Shady Rest Committee List Finalized

The Marshall County Commissioners finalized a list of committee members to serve on the Shady Rest Home Committee.

The commissioners decided to form a committee to determine what uses could fill the Shady Rest Home facility once it is handed back to the county on Aug. 1. The Bowen Center made the decision to cease operations there after some of the new regulations didn’t fit the facility’s needs.

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Police Investigating Possible Abduction

The Bremen Police Department is investigating the possible abduction of an 11-year-old girl.

The incident occurred Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. in the 100 block of North Center Street in Bremen.

Police are looking for a man driving a green Jeep. He is slim, has dark hair and a beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with a green stripe around the sleeve and brown boots.

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U.S. 31 Project to be Complete in November

Crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation are working on a resurfacing project on U.S. 31 from State Road 10 to 13th Road in Marshall County.

According to INDOT Media Relations Director Doug Moats, the passing lane is being milled and underdrains are being installed. Workers are also preparing the subsurface with patching. This part of the process should be complete in two weeks, depending on the weather. Once that is complete, crews will start paving the passing lane. The passing lane should be complete by the end of July.

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Marshall County Commissioners Pass New Fees for Recorder’s Office

The Marshall County Commissioners were informed by County Attorney Jim Clevenger that the fees for the recorder’s office need to be updated.

Recorder Marlene Mahler informed Clevenger that the state legislature mandated changes in the fees at the state level and those fees are to be updated at the county level. Clevenger said he drafted an ordinance that updates the fee schedule in the recorder’s office that matches the state mandate.

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Summer Food Service Program Still in Session

Breakfast and lunch in the Summer Food Service Program will continue at select sites through July 14.

The Summer Food Service Program assists children in the fight against hunger. Area schools offer free, nutritious meals to children ages 18 and younger while the regular school year is in recess.
Lunches continue to be offered at the Culver Community Elementary School, Culver Community High School, Ora Gospel Chapel, and the Monterey-Tippecanoe Public Library from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Meals are served at the Aubbenaubee Township Community Building from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the Culver-Union Township Public Library from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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Blood Donations Desperately Needed

Blood supplies are at critical levels at the local hospitals and the American Red Cross is asking for your help to replenish the inventory.

Red Cross officials say that only three percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means repeat donors are picking up the slack to help maintain the blood supply. New blood donors are needed at this time of the year when school is out during the summer break. Many blood drives occur during the school year and it is difficult to plan donation drives during the summer vacation.

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Two Public Hearings Held on Health Department Fee, Well Ordinance Changes

The Marshall County Commissioners and Health Department Administrator Christine Stinson opened Monday’s commissioner’s meeting to the public for comment on two ordinances that feature fee changes within the health department.

The proposed well ordinance was considered first by the commissioners. No public comment was made. The ordinance was approved on the first reading, but Stinson will be following up with a well company concerning well caps. When those concerns are ironed out, any changes can be amended during the second reading of the ordinance to be considered on Monday, July 17.

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Culver Movie Theater Owner Presents Proposal to Town Council

The Culver Town Council met in a work session Wednesday afternoon to hear information from the owner of the Culver Movie Theater in his attempt to sell the landmark to the town.

The owner, who would only be referred to as Tom, said he’s put $30,000 into the property in the installation of new sewer and water lines as well as other maintenance measures to shore up the building. He said he paid $100,000 for the property and will sell the property to the town for the amount that he’s into it which is $130,000.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Road List for Community Crossings Grant

The Marshall County Commissioners approved the list of roads to be considered as part of the Community Crossings Grant in 2018. The list will also be given to the county council and MACOG for consideration.

The grant request will include Beech Road from U.S. 6 to 3B Road, 17th Road/Dewey Street between Linden and South Michigan Street, 9th Road from Pioneer Drive to the county line west, Dogwood Road from the county line to State Road 331, old U.S. 31 in LaPaz to Tyler Road, and 13th Road from State Road 17 to Olive Trail.

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Plymouth Community School Corporation Opens Registration

Registration is now open at the Plymouth Community School Corporation.

Returning students and new students may register online at An email message for returning students will include a snapcode that will link the student directly to individual information. Instructions will also describe how to access the online registration system. New students must call the administration office to be provided with a registration snapcode identification information.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Contribution toward Culver Stellar Project

The Marshall County Commissioners approved an in-kind contribution to assist the Town of Culver in a quest to become a stellar community.

Culver Town Council President Ginny Bess Munroe explained to the commissioners that other Stellar Communities Designation Program Grant candidates have included supporting documentation from partnerships with county and town entities in their applications. Munroe asked the commissioners for support of the bike/pedestrian trail around Lake Maxinkuckee that lies within their plans for the Stellar Communities grant.

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Culver Town Council to Meet for Work Session

The Culver Town Council will meet in a work session this afternoon to discuss the proposed theater project.

The town council previously discussed purchasing the movie theater and renovating the structure. The current owner isn’t confident that the repairs can be made within a specified budget. The council members want to be sure to have architects or local contractors evaluate the renovation needs and offer opinions on needed repairs.

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Taste of Marshall County Planned for Aug. 12

The kick-off event for the 2017 campaign for United Way is set as part of the second annual Taste of Marshall County. The Taste of Marshall County will be Saturday, Aug. 12 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The fundraising event will feature even more selections in the food garden this year and a separate beer and wine garden. Live entertainment will include music from Shots Fired Reloaded and Southern Straightaway.

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Heminger House Staff and Volunteers Recognized

Several staff members and volunteers at the Heminger House in Marshall County gathered for a recognition event in June.

Executive Director Diane Fisher, Case Manager Nicole Hicks, Non-Residential Case Manager Jennifer Kaser, and Crisis Workers Liz Johnson, Josh Zehner, Kelly Long and Andera Alexander were honored for years of dedicated service as staff members at the Heminger House. Volunteers Mary Hudon, Mirna Dault and Nicole Albert were also recognized for their added efforts in keeping the organization working.

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Two Airlifted after High Speed Collision in Marshall County

Two people were airlifted after a two-car accident on U.S. 31 north of 4A Road in Marshall County at the 230 mile marker on Monday morning.

According to officials from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred around 9:40 a.m. when a passenger car driven by Braden Taylor, 20, of Bourbon, rear-ended a Chevy Blazer driven by 55-year-old Kevin Wynn of Monterey.

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Lake Maxinkuckee Amphitheater Crowdfunding Effort a Success

The crowdfunding effort for a proposed amphitheater in the Culver Town Park was a success.

A little over $45,000 was gathered in the fundraising campaign. The opportunity was put forward in order to get an Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority matching grant of $30,000 toward the project. The project also has grant support from the Marshall County Community Foundation in the amount of $25,000. The estimated cost of the project is $143,000.

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Bridge, Culvert Work to Cause Traffic Delays in Marshall County

Crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation will be working to rehabilitate the bridge over Lincoln Highway, the Conrail Railroad tracks and 10th Road between 9A Road and 11th Road in Marshall County. That project begins Wednesday, July 5 and will continue through the end of September, assuming the project is kept to schedule.

As a result of this construction work, U.S. 31 in this area will be restricted to one southbound and one northbound lane at the bridge. INDOT crews urge drivers to drive in the area with care, obey posted speed limits and signs, and be alert for construction workers and equipment.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Meet Today

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

The Marshall County Commissioners will hold two public hearings this morning when they meet for their regular meeting today.

The hearings will allow residents to comment on the proposed fee schedule changes in the health department and the changes in the well ordinance. The hearings are set to begin at 9 a.m. as advertised.

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