Culver Housing Development Financing on Hold

The Culver Town Council and the Culver Redevelopment Commission met in a long joint meeting on Tuesday night to discuss a housing development agreement between the entities and housing developer Kevin Berger and funding for the project.

Council President Ginny Bess Munroe stated that they are at the stage of approving financing for the project. The Culver Redevelopment Commission would finance $400,000 for the project with nearly the same financial obligation from the Culver Town Council. The town hopes to use Regional City Northern Indiana money that the county won last year. A housing dollar amount of $270,000 was set aside for this venture and a presentation in order to appropriate that money is set for June. If the town is awarded the Stellar Communities designation, funding would be used toward that project.

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Marshall County 4-H Fair Board Seeks Grant Application Approval

The Marshall County 4-H Fair Board is looking to apply for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to help pay for a new community center and Fair Board President Rob Hurford asked the county council’s permission Monday night to move forward with that project.

He explained that the community center will be a revenue generating feature on the fairgrounds to help fund operations. Hurford said the center can function as a reception hall for weddings as the plan calls for a seating capacity of 450. It can also be used for senior services, community meetings, auctions, graduation parties, and a multitude of other uses.

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Marshall County Prosecutor to Hire Pre-Trial Diversion Officer

Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman will be looking to hire a Pre-trial Diversion Officer.

Prosecutor Chipman went before the Marshall County Council Monday night to ask to apply for a grant to pay for the position. The state has already approved the grant as the county has received it in the past, but an application is needed to complete the process. The position will be available July 1.

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Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight, Special Session Called

The Culver Town Council will meet in a specially-called meeting with the Culver Redevelopment Commission tonight at 5p.m. ET. The members of each government entity will discuss an agreement as part of a housing development project on Jefferson Street as outlined in the Stellar Communities application.

Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim explained that the town wants to enter into an agreement with the housing developer that specifies responsibilities. The town will do the infrastructure work and the housing developer will be responsible for building the homes.

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The Crossing in Plymouth to Hold Fundraiser

The Crossing School and Business Entrepreneurship is hosting a fundraising banquet on Thursday, May 11 to help provide education and job training skills to students in a non-traditional school setting.

Campus Administrator Brian St. Louis said the Plymouth school assists students who don’t normally flourish in a traditional classroom setting. The Crossing provides an option for those students to be in a different environment with an alternate pace to gain the necessary education to become a productive member of society. It also includes a faith based component.

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Culver Beach Lodge Open House Planned

An open house is set for Monday, May 15 at the Culver Beach Lodge as a prelude to the summer season at Lake Maxinkuckee.

Park Superintendent Anna Campbell said the event will allow residents to see what changes have occurred inside the Culver Beach Lodge over the winter months. Town Manager Jonathan Leist will present information along with members of the Culver Town Council who will be available for questions.

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Open House Set for Wednesday at MAX 98.3 FM Studio

An open house to celebrate the relocation of the WYMR-FM MAX 98.3 studio is planned for Wednesday, May 10. The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce will help welcome guests with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. at the radio station’s new home at 215 N. Michigan St. in Plymouth.

Listeners are welcome to stop by for tours of the facility from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will have a chance to meet the staff while several of the Kankakee Valley Broadcasting, Inc. board members will be in attendance to answer questions. The event will be broadcast live with live programming all day.

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Marshall County Council to Meet Tonight

The Marshall County Council will meet tonight with a full agenda.

The personnel committee is expected to have updates on position descriptions for several different county entities while EMA Director Clyde Avery will present a grant request for the annual performance grant. Clerk Deb VanDeMark will request a waiver of the probationary pay for one of her staff members and several abatement requests will be on the table for council discussion.

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Plymouth BOW/Council to Meet Tonight

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members will award bids and ratify an executive order when they meet tonight.

Bids were opened for microsurfacing projects and the street and sidewalk projects at the last meeting. City Engineer Rick Gaul asked to take those bids under advisement until tonight’s meeting to make sure all of the paperwork is in line with specifications.

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Triton School Board to Further Discuss Building Project

The Triton School Board will hold a work session tonight to discuss a proposed building project, a sponsorship agreement and the administrative handbook.

Superintendent Donna Burroughs explained that a facility study showed that a new heating and cooling system is needed at the elementary school and the roof needs replaced at the high school. A new gym was listed as part of that facility study. The proposed cost of the project is $4 million.

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Leave Wild Animals in the Wild

While it may be tempting to help a baby animal who appears abandoned, wildlife officials ask that you leave the animals alone.

Wildlife Information Specialist with the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife Michelle Cain says many animals leave their young in search for food and come back to them later in the day. It is best to leave them in their habitat rather than care for them.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Search Warrant and Drug Arrest

Indiana State Police Troopers arrested two people after a traffic stop turned into a more in-depth investigation.

A traffic stop was initiated by Indiana State Police troopers on Wednesday near LaPaz. Assistance was requested by the Plymouth Police Department K-9 and that K-9 reportedly indicated that drugs were in the vehicle. Police say methamphetamines, a handgun, scales and other drug paraphernalia were found in the car. The driver, Latisha Weaver/Nies-Scott, was booked into the Marshall County Jail on a preliminary charge of dealing methamphetamines over five grams with a firearm.

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Plymouth Community School Board Receives Handbook Updates

Handbook changes were presented to the Plymouth School Board members this week.

Handbook committee member Kenneth Olson presented a change that was suggested by a parent. The parent suggested a chance to contact the Bowen Center anonymously rather than going through the guidance counselor to seek services. The request was to publish the number in the handbook and that request was approved and it is now included.

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Culver Building Trades Open House Scheduled

The Culver building trades class has scheduled an open house for their finished project.

Culver Community Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell told the school board this week that the students have completed a garage underneath a small house. The owners wanted a different concept for the project that was selected for this year. Kitchell said it was unique task and the students have done an excellent job in completing the work.

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Mayor’s Annual Prayer Breakfast Draws Largest Crowd

Thursday’s annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Plymouth drew the largest crowd in the event’s history in the city.

Mayor Mark Senter welcomed the crowd of 280 participants to the 66th Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer. The local observance has been in place for 44 years.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend was the keynote speaker where he gave hope to those who may be lost and guidance to the community in the holy spirit.

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