Three Complete MRT Program

(L to R) Heather Green Community Corrections MRT Facilitator, Robert Bowen II, Probation Officer Beth Harner, David Schutz, (back row) Probation Officer James Bendy, Community Corrections Director Ward Byers
Scott Lewis

Three people were honored this week after completing Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) through the Marshall County Community Corrections program.

Robert Bowen II and David Schutz were recognized for their successful completion of their community supervision plan. Scott Lewis was also presented his certificate of completion while incarcerated in the Marshall County Jail.

Marshall County Community Corrections is able to provide this program through an Indiana Department of Corrections grant. The organization provides programs such as this to assist clients in reducing their criminal thinking and attitudes in an effort to provide them with the building blocks they need to succeed.

MRT is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment-resistant clients.

Training Video Educates School Leaders on Sexual Abuse

A training video designed to inform school leaders and staff about sexual abuse will be released.

The Indiana Department of Education will be distributing a video to all Indiana school corporations where it is encouraged to share it with all staff members. The video is part of a collaboration between the IDOE, Indiana State Police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Vehicle Search Nets Drug Arrest

Sidney Miller

A Warsaw woman was arrested early Friday morning after officers reportedly found drugs in her vehicle.

A Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy performed a traffic stop in the area of U.S. 30 and Hawthorn Road after 21-year-old Sidney Lynn Miller exceeded the speed limit. Miller was placed into custody after she was found to have an active warrant through Kosciusko County.

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Marshall County Highway Department Busy with Road Work

Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters updated the commissioners this week with work being done in the county.

Peters said his staff has been busy with ditching and berming in the county. He said the idea is to get this work done ahead of when they start road work this summer. Approximately 10 miles of road will go through this process. Peters mentioned that crack-sealing has taken place on a couple of roads.

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Plymouth School Board Approves Initial Artificial Turf Contract

The Plymouth School Board agreed to enter into a contract with Cincinnati-based The Motz Group to purchase an artificial turf to be installed on the high school football field.

Superintendent Dan Tyree explained that the price of astroturf products have drastically changed from the time the board discussed the issue a year ago. He said that a procurement process has changed the price. A $1 million artificial surface quoted a year ago was proposed to the board by The Motz Group at $794,600 with a seven-year, $14,000 maintenance package. Maintenance includes sanitizing and cleaning the surface annually, plus a safety inspection. The surface is guaranteed for eight years, but it can last as long as 12 years. The product would be comparable to the field installed at Warsaw High School.

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Plymouth School Board Approves Superintendent’s Retirement

(Plymouth Community School Corporation Photo)

The Plymouth School Board accepted the retirement of Superintendent Dan Tyree Monday night. The school board members praised him for his years of service and mentioned that he is leaving the school corporation better than how he found it.

Tyree has been in education for 41 years. Two of those years were spent in the Knox Community School Corporation and the rest in the Plymouth school system.

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Marshall County Commissioners Receive Update on Bridge 81 Project

The Hickory Road bridge project continues to move forward.

Laurie Johnson from engineering firm DLZ told the Marshall County commissioners this week that all five right-of-way parcels have been secured. She said mitigation plans are the next focus.

“We move forward with survey, design, NEPA, and permitting of the mitigation project on the city owned property,” stated Johnson. “The archaeology report has been submitted and Cardno is completing the design. They actually submitted a preliminary design to us and to Ryan Cassidy at the Army Corp for preliminary review.”

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Accident Damages Building in Plymouth

An accident involving two vehicles caused damage to a building on Jefferson Street on Monday afternoon.

According to Plymouth Police, a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old driver was attempting to cross Jefferson Street at North Walnut Street in his Chevy Silverado when it collided with Barbara Wray’s vehicle at the intersection.  The driver stated he did not see Wray’s Jeep Wrangler traveling east on West Jefferson Street in Plymouth. As a result, Wray’s Jeep pushed the Silverado into a building and caused damage to the corner of the building at 225 W. Jefferson Street.  No injuries were reported at the scene.

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Public Hearing Planned to Reestablish Cumulative Capital Development Fund

A public hearing is set to gather input on the reestablishment of the Cumulative Capital Development Fund in Marshall County.

County Attorney Jim Clevenger explained that a procedural issue halted the process a year ago, but this movement is needed to awaken the issue. The public hearing will allow taxpayers to weigh their opinion on a tax increase not to exceed $.0333 per $100 of assessed valuation of property. An approximate amount of $400,000 is anticipated that can be used on capital investments in the county. The highway department was used as an example as they are in need of new equipment where funding is lacking.

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ISTEP Testing Continues This Week at Culver Schools

The Culver School Board received an update on the status of ISTEP testing during their meeting Monday Night. Middle/High School Assistant Principal and Curriculum Director Julie Berndt takes on the role of testing coordinator when it comes to this mandatory state testing. She explained to the board that students in grades 3 through 8 participate in English/Language Arts and Math in addition to Social Studies and Science testing during a period of two weeks. Each grade is tested individually and teachers monitor the work in a locked classroom. Tenth grade students also participate in testing.

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Enhanced Security Feature Added to MyFreeTaxes

Those in Marshall County who utilize MyFreeTaxes can file state and federal taxes this year with added security.

Officials with the United Way of Marshall County announce the addition of encryption technology, several layers of authentication and a secure connection to safeguard sensitive information and protect against unauthorized access when utilizing MyFreeTaxes.

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