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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Designate a Sober Driver during Fourth of July Celebrations

Some celebrations have extended from the weekend leading up to the Fourth of July on Tuesday and local law enforcement officers encourage safe driving practices.

Officers will be out in full force through the early morning hours on Wednesday, July 5 targeting impaired drivers. Sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols will be conducted by local law enforcement in order to increase public safety.

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John Glenn School Board Amends Technology Purchase

The John Glenn School Board approved a resolution to rescind a previous technology purchase in the amount of $143,888.25.

The school’s attorney found some items that needed to be amended so the board approved a resolution to revoke the previous decision to move forward with the transaction.

Technology Director Andrew Stegemiller gathered quotes for a fewer number of Chromebooks at a price of $111,690 from Trinity 3 Technology. The purchase price approved by the board this week also includes the warranty on the computers.

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Road Construction Takes a Holiday

Road crews will take a break during the Independence Day holiday.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say road work will cease until the morning hours of Wednesday, July 5. Road restrictions will be removed in select areas to ease the flow of traffic during the holiday. Some closures and restrictions will remain on larger projects. Contractors will reposition barriers and barricades to accommodate the increase in traffic.

Traffic and road conditions plus construction information on state highways can be accessed online at http://indot.carsprogram.org or call 1-800-261-ROAD (7623).

Local police officers and state police troopers will be out in full force targeting impaired drivers. Sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols are planned.

Know The Laws When Celebrating with Fireworks

Fireworks are one way of celebrating during the Fourth of July season and it’s important that consumers follow the laws.

Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said state law allows fireworks to be legally ignited from June 29 to July 3 from 5 p.m. local time until two hours after sunset and on July 4 from 10 a.m. to midnight. The use of fireworks is also allowed July 5-July 9 from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset. Check local ordinances as dates and times may vary.

Fireworks may be used on the user’s property, on property with the owner’s consent or at a locally identified discharge location.

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Marshall County Commissioners Looking for Committee Members

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

The Marshall County Commissioners are looking for more members to sit 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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Fair Board Seeks Grant to Construct Community Building

A public hearing was held during the Marshall County Commissioners meeting on Monday to hear comments on the proposed construction of a community building to be constructed on the 4-H Fairgrounds in Argos.

Shannon McLeod, a grant writer from Priority Project Resources, is assisting the Marshall County Fair Board  in obtaining a federal grant to build the structure.  The building would be used as a meeting place, wedding reception hall or any other type of use by the community.  Continue reading

Art in the Street Event Scheduled for Saturday

The 4th annual Art in the Street event is set for Saturday in downtown Plymouth.

It’s an art block party as art vendors will cascade Michigan Street from LaPorte to Garro Streets. Oil paintings, stained glass, photography, ceramics, metal work, watercolor, knitted items, hand-beaded semi-precious stone jewelry, and cutting boards are just a few of the things you’ll find from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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Public Hearing Tonight for Intersection Improvement

Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation will be hosting a public hearing tonight to gather comments on the proposed J-turn intersection on U.S. 31 at State Road 10 and State Road 110 in Marshall County. An open house is set for 6 p.m. with the formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. at the Argos Town Hall, 201 W. Walnut Street.

According to INDOT, J-turn intersections enhance safety by preventing direct crossing and left turn movements. These types of intersections are generally limited to locations where the main road has four or more through lanes divided by a median. They are meant to improve the ability of traffic to cross a multilane divided highway from a crossroad, and reduce the number of traffic signal phases.

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Plymouth Redevelopment Commission to Hold Public Hearing

Plymouth City Building

The Plymouth Redevelopment Commission will hold a public hearing tonight concerning a lease between the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority and the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission for the proposed city building and chamber of commerce renovation project.

City Attorney Sean Surrisi explained that the commission will sign over the title of the building to the Redevelopment Authority who will hold the title throughout the 10-year term of the lease. The title can transfer back to the city from the Redevelopment Authority at the end of the term when nothing is due.

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Culver Community School Interim Superintendent Attends Last Board Meeting

Chuck Kitchell

Culver Community School Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell attended his last school board meeting Monday night.

Kitchell served the corporation in several different capacities from teacher to coach and from assistant principal to interim superintendent. He ended the school board meeting with just a few words.

“I’d like to thank the board members for your courage and your support especially for the last year-and-a-half ,” said Kitchell. “More importantly I’d like to thank the administration, the staff and the community for allowing to work with the students of this community for 28 years. That was never my plan when I came to town (laughs). Exactly 31 years ago I was a basketball coach at the time and I was going to coach three or four years and then I was moving on. As so many of you know, something happens when you come to Culver. You have a tendency to want to stay here.”

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