Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety Approve Funding for Bridge

Funding for a footbridge to be built near the South Gateway Project was approved by the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety Monday night.

The $300,000 footbridge will cross the Yellow River on the south portion of the property near S. Michigan Street and Lake Street in Plymouth. The city’s share would be $90,000 which would come out of the city monetary gift fund which yields the proceeds of the sale of TechFarm property. The money is split between Vanco Development and the City of Plymouth.

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Ancilla College Celebrates Nursing Graduates

Six nurses were honored on Sunday during the annual Nursing Professional Pinning Ceremony at Ancilla College.

According to Dr. Ann Fitzgerald, Director of Nursing and Health Sciences at Ancilla College, the pin the nurses receive represents the hard work, dedication, professionalism, and ministry of each graduate who identifies with Ancilla College and the profession of nursing.

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Sentencing Set for Aaron Rovenstine

Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine will be sentenced today at 9 a.m. in the Justice Building.

Rovenstine pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to a charge of intimidation of a law enforcement officer, a Level 6 felony. The plea was made during his trial in early April. Nine additional charges were dropped as a result of Rovenstine’s plea.

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Culver Town Council to Gather Opinions on Housing Project Tonight

The Culver Town Council will hold a public input session tonight to gather opinions on the proposed Sand Hill Farms workforce housing project. Public comment will be taken at 6:30 p.m. prior to the start of tonight’s regular meeting agenda.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist explained that the project has been in the town’s comprehensive plan since the plan’s adoption in 2014. The lack of housing was identified as one of the main issues in the plan. Leist said a committee was formed to look into the project. It is part of this year’s Stellar Communities grant application. Culver town officials should know Wednesday, May 24 if Culver is a finalist in the application process.

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Co-Alliance to Move into Wickes Lumber Building

The Argos Town Council members approved papers for Co-Alliance to move into the former Wickes Lumber property.

Several commitments will need to be met by the owners of the company to work with the residents in the area. The company will need to maintain the grass and other vegetation on the property as well as the perimeter fence. The company was asked by the town to dim the outdoor lighting around the facility.

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Committee to Look into Courthouse Repairs

Marshall County Commissioner Kurt Garner is looking to form a committee to look into courthouse repairs.

He mentioned to the commissioners this week that work on the courthouse tower and other projects have been on the long range plan for the county. Garner was approached by a representative of Honeywell who would be willing to come in and do calculations on mechanical systems and energy cost savings. Judge Palmer also expressed interest in being on the committee.

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John Glenn School Board Approves Bus Donation Request

A retired bus in the John Glenn Community School Corporation fleet will be donated to the Triton Community School Corporation to assist in a worthy cause.

Transportation Director Cindy King explained to the school board that the area transportation directors would like to host a mock disaster. The school bus would be used for emergency responder training with area fire, police and EMS personnel as well as area drivers and students. The trainees would have a hands-on training experience and be better prepared if an incident with a school bus would happen.

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Culver Community School Board Discusses Summer School Schedule

The Culver Community School Board discussed the summer school schedule to accommodate those students who will be taking courses.

Elementary Principal Erin Proskey explained that sixth graders will participate in summer school from June 5 to June 16 from 8 a.m. to noon each day. One week will be Math remediation and the other half will be for English/Language Arts. IREAD 3 remediation will be from June 5 to June 9 from 8 a.m. to noon with the test on the last day of summer school.

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Plymouth BOW/Council to Meet Tonight

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety will meet tonight where City Engineer Rick Gaul will have several times for the board’s consideration.

A representative from the Plymouth Community School Corporation will discuss a financial guarantee memorandum of understanding for the football field turf drainage project. The Troyer Group will present a construction contract for consideration. Several work requests of projects in the city’s right-of-way will be offered including several service line installation projects and the installation of a monitoring well.

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Engineer Addresses Drainage Issue at Jellystone Park

Bob Aloi from Territorial Engineering brought forward information to the Marshall County Commissioners about a drainage issue at Jellystone Park.

Aloi said that the park has suffered flooding issues due to poor drainage for several years, mainly by Avalanche Avenue. According to Aloi, at the entrance of the park, on the Plymouth-LaPorte Trail, there is an issue with an overflow of ditches as well as on Redwood Road. Aloi isn’t exactly sure where the water inflow is occurring but he’s wondering what the county can do to help in the process.

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John Glenn School Board Recognizes Retirees

The John Glenn Community School Board approved the retirement of several long-time staff members at the school corporation this week.

Judy Schmidt will be retiring after 43.5 years as a school bus driver while Director of Transportation Cindy King will be leaving after 33 years of service. She served 22 years of her tenure as the director. Linda Parker will be retiring after 47 years as a math teacher.

High school Spanish teacher Gina Jackson also submitted her request for retirement as did first grade teacher Kymberly Groves.

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Valedictorian and Salutatorian Introduced to Culver Community School Board

Josh Krsek
Brandon Havron

It’s become a tradition that the Valedictorian and Salutatorian be introduced to the Culver Community School Board before they walk the stage on graduation night.

During Monday’s meeting, Middle/High School Principal Brett Berndt presented Valedictorian Josh Krsek and Salutatorian Brandon Havron as the top two graduates of the Class of 2017.

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Marshall County Sheriff’s Department to Host Youth Camp

Marshall County Sheriff Matt Hassel invites area youth to attend the 2017 Law Enforcement Camp on Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25.

Counselors from law enforcement agencies throughout the county will host a variety of activities for the area’s children to experience. Camp activities include law enforcement displays, career-oriented classes, leadership skills, obstacle courses, firearms training, and other activities during the three-day event at Potowatomi Wildlife Park in Tippecanoe.

Deputy and Camp Counselor Travis O’Neal from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department said the Elkhart City Police Department’s Bomb Squad will host a demonstration.

“The campers will get to see all of the equipment they’re using and they will set of some explosives,” said O’Neal.

Deputy and Camp Counselor Ryan Hollopeter added the officers will teach campers integrity, discipline and respect when attending this camp.

“All of that comes together at the academy,” said Hollopeter. “As chiefs and sheriffs hire new deputies, that’s what they look for. We work that into this camp. It’s not like a boot camp, but they are going to be exposed to that organization and held accountable.”

Sheriff Hassel invites adults to attend just to get in on all of the fun.

There is no fee to attend the camp. Food for the event is being donated and the hands to prepare it will come from volunteers. There is an insurance cost for the camp and any donations toward that fee can be made by contacting Sheriff Hassel at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.

Applications are available at the sheriff’s department and on the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.

John Glenn School Corporation to Get Two New Buses

The John Glenn School Board discussed the purchase of two 78-passenger school buses with Transportation Director Cindy King.

King said that the buses she chose for the proposal come equipped with the necessary features that the school corporation requires on the buses. Extra seats with seat belts for younger children, two-way radios and cameras are part of the proposal.

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