Culver Community Schools See Enrollment Growth

Culver Community School Board members received a brief enrollment report from Superintendent Karen Shuman when they met Monday night.

According to the Indiana Department of Education enrollment report, Culver Community Schools had a total enrollment of 840 students in 2016. Shuman shared that after comparing this year’s number to last year’s, she found the school corporation has nine more students in general. Continue reading

Applications Available for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

As the winter season approaches and temperatures continue to drop, people will begin turning up the heat in their homes. If you and your family are worried that you cannot afford the additional cost this season, there is a chance you could qualify for help through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

LIHEAP is funded through the U.S Department of Health and Human Services to help low income families avoid losing utilities this winter. The program began earlier this month and will officially conclude in May of 2018. Beginning on December 1st, clients with active service who have approved Energy Assistance Program applications are protected from disconnection through March 15th. Continue reading

Marshall County Public Health Nurse Describes Programs Available for Flu Season

Flu season is officially upon us and getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from coming down with the most common strains of the disease.

Each year, influenza viruses are spread through coughing, sneezing, and close contact. The sickness can strike suddenly and last for several days. Symptoms vary by age but typically include a runny or stuffy nose, head and muscle aches, fatigue, fever or chills, a sore throat and coughing. Continue reading

Culver Community Schools Seek Parental Input about Need for Pre-K Classes

Officials at Culver Community Schools are asking local parents to help them determine whether or not there is a need for Pre-Kindergarten classes for 4 and 5-year-olds within the town of Culver and the surrounding area.

Superintendent Karen Shuman is encouraging interested parents to contact the corporation office and says parents should be ready to answer questions, such as whether or not the child is currently 4 or 5 or if they will be 4 by August 1st of 2018.

They’re also collecting information about preferences for AM, PM or all-day classes. They want to know whether or not the parent is currently working or attending school and if the child would need transportation in order to attend a Culver Pre-K class. Continue reading

Local Graduates of ISP Recruit Academy Assigned to Specific Posts

Two local individuals who recently graduated from the 77th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy have been assigned to their specific posts.

On Monday, 29-year-old Timothy Borsa was officially welcomed into the Indiana State Police Lowell Post. Borsa is originally from Marshall County but currently resides in Porter County. He graduated from Triton Senior High School in Bourbon and studied conservation at Vincennes University.

Benjamin Beers, a 21-year-old originally from Knox, joined the ranks of the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post earlier this week. Beers gradated from Foundations Christian School in Plymouth and earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Ancilla College. Continue reading

Culver School Board Ratifies 2017-18 Teacher Contract

The 2017-2018 Master Teacher’s Contract was ratified by the Culver Community School Board when they met Monday night.

Superintendent Karen Shuman mentioned that the Culver Community Schools Teacher’s Association unanimously ratified the contract last week on Thursday. A newly hired teacher will make a minimum of $32,500 if they have zero to five years of experience. A new hire can make a maximum of $45,000 if they have sixteen or more years of experience. Continue reading

Argos School Board Approves Contracts and Additional Appropriation

When the Argos School Board met last week Superintendent Ned Speicher presented the board with a review of the potential reimbursements allowed to the general fund for the past five years. He said that $200,000 worth of funds have been collected through various education sales over the years and up until now it has been in a savings account.

In order for that money to be spent, it had to be transferred from savings to checking. However, Superintendent Speicher mentioned that the money most likely won’t be used but it’s good to have it available, should the need arise. The board unanimously approved the additional appropriation to be added to the 2017 general fund. Continue reading

Members of Triton Staff Spent Fall Break Sharing Knowledge Abroad

Monte Verde – village where many Second Mile Educational Center students live according to Principal Riffle

Over fall break, a few Triton faculty members and their children ventured to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip. According to Superintendent Donna Burroughs, the staff worked training teachers and principals at the mission school and brought supplies and materials for the classrooms as well.

When Elementary School Principal Jeremy Riffle returned he shared a bit about the trip through an email to fellow faculty members. He said that they worked at Second Mile Educational Center as well as the House of Hope. Riffle shared that their children interacted well with the kids of the community. He claimed to be amazed about how language barriers can be torn down by simple friendly gestures, such as smiles, hugs and “fist bumps.” Continue reading

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November 1st marks the start of National Diabetes Awareness Month. The American Diabetes Association reports that annually, more deaths are caused by diabetes than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

There are three types of diabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational. Gestational diabetes only affects pregnant women and can cause high blood pressure that can potentially harm the unborn child. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Only five percent of people with diabetes have type 1.

The most common form of diabetes is Type 2. This type is characterized by an issue within the body that causes blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal, causing the body to not use insulin properly. Continue reading

Texas Fugitive Taken into Custody by Detective Sergeant with the Plymouth Police Department

On Monday, October 30 the Plymouth Police Department received information regarding a fugitive from Texas living in Plymouth. According to the police report on Tuesday, October 31 at approximately 1 p.m. the fugitive, 52-year-old Mary Soto, was observed by Detective Sergeant Leo Mangus in the 1200 Block of North Walnut Street. Continue reading

Architect Provides Report to Argos School Board Following Recent Site and Building Review

Last Monday, the Argos School Board received a report from architect Greg Drennan of LWC, Inc following a recent building and site review.

Drennan and representatives from the architecture firm recently conducted a walk thru and assessment of the school’s facility. Drennan reported that while looking at the general condition of the building and sites, there were no major issues found.  Continue reading

Culver School Board Approves Donation, Elementary Principal Reports Awarded Grant Funds

Thousands of dollars will go toward technology at Culver Community Schools thanks to a donation from the Parent Teacher Organization. At the Culver Community School Board meeting Monday evening, board members approved a $3,000 donation from the Culver PTO.

Superintendent Karen Shuman said the members of the PTO have been meeting with Technology Director Daniel Medesi to determine where the money would be best spent. Continue reading

Howl-o-Ween: Trims and Treats Fundraiser to Assist Marshall County Humane Society

Photo Provided from Parrett Veterinary Clinic  Howl-o-Ween Event Page
Parrett Veterinary Clinic in Plymouth is offering a special event this Halloween that will provide a service to pet owners and also raise money for the Marshall County Humane Society.

From 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. today (Tuesday) the clinic is holding their Howl-o-Ween: Trims and Treats event where individuals can have their pet’s nails trimmed for $10. One-hundred percent of the proceeds collected will go to the Marshall County Humane Society. Several students from Plymouth High School have volunteered to help out with the event.

Costumes are optional and walk-ins are welcome. One staff member has made some colorful candy baskets to provide to patrons. All offered treats for people and pets will be peanut-free.

Parrett Veterinary Clinic is located at 750 Columbus Drive in Plymouth. Contact them at 574-936-2353.

Argos Schools and Argos Teacher Recognized for the Recent Nominations

At the Argos School Board meeting last week some faculty members were recognized for their recent accomplishments.

Superintendent Ned Speicher recognized and congratulated the Jr./Sr. High School principal Nick Medich for the nomination for school of the year through the Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), offered by the University of Notre Dame. Jon Arndt was also congratulated by the superintendent for his AP-TIP IN nomination for teacher of the year. Continue reading

Culver School Board Scheduled to Ratify Collective Bargaining Agreement at Tonight’s Meeting

When the Culver Community School Board meets this evening they will discuss the ratification of the 2017-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

A few weeks ago, Superintendent Karen Shuman shared that the teacher contract was 99 percent complete, they have just been working on correcting some language. She said the teacher’s union ratified the contract on October 24 and the next step is the board’s ratification tonight. Continue reading

AAA Tips for Drivers Attending Halloween Festivities

Many individuals will be utilizing their vehicles this week for various Halloween festivities. A study by the National Retail Federation found that Halloween parties for adults have been growing in popularity over the past decade. This means more adults will be out and about celebrating around the same time kids are walking from house to house to collect candy. Triple-A is offering a few tips to ensure a safe and happy Halloween for everybody.

In 2009, AAA reported that fifty-eight percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. that happened on Halloween night in 2008 involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state. Continue reading

Argos School Board Votes to Move Forward With Argos Academy Plan

Argos Superintendent Ned Speicher approached the school board this week with a proposal to use the former administration building for an educational resource center, according to draft minutes of their Monday night meeting.

Superintendent Speicher told board members that Argos Academy would be able to serve the educational needs of students who have been expelled from Argos Schools. He said the facility could also be a place for students who would benefit from a smaller learning environment that would help them develop skills that could help them adjust to the larger classroom setting. Continue reading

Warm Up Marshall County Coat Drive Collection

As temperatures continue to drop, individuals will begin breaking out warmer clothing when they prepare to leave their homes. Unfortunately, not everybody has that option. The national organization Warm Up reports that every winter, 14 million children across the country go without adequate winter wear.

Several area businesses are doing their part to cut those numbers down locally by hosting drop-off locations for the Warm-Up Marshall County Coat Drive. Continue reading