Argos Town Council Continues to Seek Members for Various Board Positions

When Argos Town Council members met earlier this month, they discussed available openings in the Marshall County Tourism Board, the Plan Commission, the Park Board and the Redevelopment Commission.

According to the draft minutes provided, one person submitted a letter of interest for the park board. Town council members agreed to wait another 30 days from when they met on November 15th, to see if any more individuals apply for the open positions. Continue reading

City of Plymouth and WorkOne Team Up to Host End-of-Year Job Fair

Marshall County individuals currently seeking employment or hoping to secure a new occupation should attend the local job fair on Thursday, December 7th.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Plymouth Wesleyan Church on Michigan Street.

WorkOne and the City of Plymouth are teaming up to host this end-of-the-year opportunity which will feature a variety of representatives from local businesses. These employers are eager to show citizens what they have to offer to prospective employees. This is also an ideal chance for career seekers to investigate an assortment of potential avenues that may appeal to them. Continue reading

Bremen School Board Passes New Communication Policy

When the Bremen School Board met last Monday, members held the second reading over a policy detailing specific guidelines for board member and staff communication.

Superintendent Dr. Jim White said the policy was developed in order for there to be a delineated procedure to follow when board members and staff talk to each other. He said they wanted to clear up any confusion about the expectations of various positions within the school corporation. Continue reading

Culver FFA President Provides Presentation to School Board Members

When the Culver Community School Board met last week, they received a presentation from FFA President Alex Temme who told them all about Culver’s involvement in this year’s National FFA Conference.

FFA members were able to watch the rodeo there as well as exhibit some of their agricultural skills. Superintendent Karen Shuman said that Culver students experienced some success with their soil judging presentations, getting ranked as one of the top ten teams to compete. Continue reading

Culver Superintendent Shares Plans to Tackle Jr/Sr High Cafeteria Project

When the Culver Community School Board met last week, Superintendent Karen Shuman shared a few updates about a remodeling project that will be tackled in the near future.

All three elements of the project; lighting, furnishing and flooring, would be focused in the cafeteria at the Junior/Senior High School building. According to Principal Brett Berndt, certain elements of the cafeteria date back nearly 50 years. During a previous school board meeting he mentioned how the floors have not been renovated since they were installed in 1968. Continue reading

Local Food Pantry to Benefit from Bremen Public Schools Allowing the Community to Utilize Facilities

Some facilities at Bremen Public Schools could potentially see some community use in 2018, according to Superintendent Dr. Jim White.

The superintendent shared that the possibility of opening the schools up to residents for recreational use has been an ongoing matter of discussion with school board members for the past couple of months. These opportunities would be available on Sundays during the months of January, February and March. Continue reading

More than $2,000 Raised by Bremen Public Schools During Test Drive Fundraiser

Back in October, Bremen Schools participated in a ‘Drive 4 Ur School’ fundraising event sponsored by Auto Park Ford.

More than 100 citizens came out to test drive some of the new vehicles and for every test-drive $20 was donated to the school. The fundraiser resulted in $2,080 being collected.

Superintendent Dr. Jim White explained that the money will be going toward the Publication Club which is responsible for putting together and dispensing yearbooks.

Superintendent White said that in the past, the club ran into the issue of ordering a specific amount of books and some of those ended up not being purchased by students. That resulted in the club taking on a little bit of debt. Dr. White said this donation will allow the club to get “back in the black” and still have plenty of funds left over for future uses.

Bremen School Board Addresses Substitute Teaching Requirements

When the Bremen School Board met Monday, members agreed to change the language in the school corporation’s substitute teacher applications to reflect current standards.

Bremen Superintendent Dr. Jim White explained that some of their documentation reflected an old state policy that required individuals to have at least 60 hours of college credit in order to become a substitute teacher. However, policies have changed and now a high school graduate can apply and receive a substitute teaching license through the state. Continue reading

Culver Community Schools Benefit from the Season of Giving

Culver Community School Board members approved multiple donations when they met earlier this week.

A large donation that was up for board approval was from a local family who provided $10,000 to the band program this year and promised to donate $5,000 annually for the next three years.

Superintendent Karen Shuman stated that much of the donation money from this year will be used to purchase instruments and band chairs but some funds could potentially go toward redesigning the band room as well. Continue reading

Lutheran EMS Expands Services to Bremen Residents

Lutheran EMS is expanding their services to provide 911 emergency coverage to more local residents.

Lutheran Emergency Management Services already provides assistance to the Marshall County Townships of Tippecanoe and Bourbon but they will now be expanding their coverage to include German Township and the residents of Bremen.

To celebrate the expansion, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 25th Lutheran EMS is hosting an open house. The event is at their station located at 1241 W Plymouth Street in Bremen. Continue reading

Free Flu Shots Offered at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Today

Free flu shots will be available today in the front lobby of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center from 4:30 until 6 p.m.

According to Debbie Berger, the Community Health and Wellness representative of Saint Joseph Health System, the shots are available to everyone, with no income or insurance restrictions.

However, they do ask that you bring along a canned good that that will be donated to the local food bank. This is not a requirement but it’s a good way to get into the charitable spirit while simultaneously preparing yourself for flu season.

Triton Students Pitch in to Help Feed Hungry Kids Around the World

picture provided by Superintendent Donna Burroughs

Several Triton students recently participated in a philanthropic endeavor to help bring food to disadvantaged kids and families around the world.

Superintendent Donna Burroughs said that a group of fifth and sixth grade students ventured to Nappanee to assist in the Feed My Starving Children service learning project. She said they were accompanied by members of the Jr./Sr. High girls’ basketball team who chipped in and also served as chaperones for the younger students.

During their two hour visit, the students were able to help make 66,000 meals to feed more than 165 children in various underprivileged nations who receive assistance through this program. Continue reading

Winter Weather Preparedness Week Vehicle Tips

Today is the final day of Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

Readiness extends beyond being safe in your own home so the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has a few helpful vehicle tips to keep in mind as road conditions become more dangerous with incoming inclement weather.

First, be sure to have vehicles looked over by a mechanic before the cold weather hits. The mechanic should check the brakes, heater, defroster, tires, windshield wipers and any other parts they may be susceptible to issues in the winter-time. Continue reading

Hundreds of Heart Screenings Provided to Local Students through Play for Jake Foundation

This week, more than 300 Bremen students had screenings to check for pediatric heart conditions through the efforts of the Play for Jake Foundation.

Superintendent Dr. Jim White said that the organization was established in memory of Jake West, a La Porte student who died from an undetected heart condition while at football practice a few years ago. Continue reading

Culver Community Schools’ Band Program Receives Generous Monetary Donation

The Culver Community Schools’ Band program will receive four years of financial assistance thanks to a generous donation from a local family who wishes to remain anonymous. The family agreed to provide $10,000 to the band this year and an additional $5,000 annually for the next three years.

Culver Community School Band Director Jason Crittendon explained that the money will be utilized for various things that will assist the students significantly such as instrument repairs that have been needed for some time but funds haven’t been available until now and new instruments that the school doesn’t currently own.

Another one of the potential purchases includes music chairs that are designed specifically to assist instrumentalists with posture and breathing. Continue reading

Triton School Board Receives Building Project Financial Report

Triton School board members received a financial report about the school corporation’s building project when they met this week.

They’re still in the preliminary stages of the project according to Superintendent Donna Burroughs. She said at Monday’s meeting, Business Manager Tom McFarland provided a summary of all the fees that have been paid to various individuals involved in the project process such as surveyors, architects and attorneys.

Burroughs mentioned that she’s been told whenever schools tackle these kinds of building projects, they typically rack up around $150,000 in fees. She said their fees amount to approximately $50,000 so far. Continue reading

Bremen School Board Approves Teachers’ Contract

The Bremen School Board held a special session on Monday to approve their master teacher contract prior the November 15th deadline set by the Indiana Education Employment Relation Board.

Superintendent Dr. Jim White stated that the salary of a beginning teacher with no prior experience is set at $34,000 and an experienced teacher can make up to $70,000 depending on certain factors. Continue reading

Triton Elementary School Principal Appointed to Superintendent’s Position

Triton Elementary School Principal Jeremy Riffle was officially approved as the new superintendent of Triton at a school board meeting Monday night. Superintendent Donna Burroughs said now that the superintendent position is filled, the board members will be working to find a new elementary school principal.

“We won’t start an official search until next April. We’re naming an interim acting principal in the meantime.” Burroughs explained, “Jeremy is in the process of setting all that up and that will be a part of the December board agenda.” Continue reading

Plymouth Students Recognize Manufacturing Day with Tours Around Town

Today, various businesses around town will have a chance to meet the next generation of workers as more than 260 Plymouth High School students tour facilities as a part of Manufacturing Day.

In a media advisory, the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation said this national event gives manufacturers the opportunity to open their doors to showcase their businesses and foster an interest in manufacturing careers.

The number of local businesses involved increased from 2016 and the ones participating are considered to better reflect the variety of work opportunities in Plymouth. Continue reading