Voter Registration Deadline is Today

Today is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 General Election.

Voter registration is available during the time the county clerk’s offices are open today. You must be registered by the end of the business day in order to vote in the November election.

You may go into your county clerk’s office today to review your current registration or to simply register. You will need to update your voter registration information if you have moved or if you’re a first time voter.

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Plymouth Airport Receives $2.2 Million FAA Grant

The Plymouth Airport will get a wider runway and more improvements thanks to an FAA grant worth $2.2 million. Matching funds from the city and state of $126,805 each brings the total to a little over $2.5 million.

Mayor Mark Senter said the project has been in the works for many years but the current infrastructure needed to be upgraded before the runway could be restructured.

“We had buildings here in awful shape,” explained Mayor Senter. There were garage doors that would barely open, roofs that leaked, dimly lit hangers with airplanes that shivered in the cold winter, cracked sidewalks, an office area styled for the 1970s, and a pilot’s lounge that was indescribable. Let’s fix what we have first, then we can start talking about a mile-long runway.”

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Property Tax Scam Reported in Marshall County

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department has received phone calls from Culver residents about a property tax scam.

Phone calls are being made to Culver residents where the caller tells the victim that a property tax payment has not been made, a lien has been placed on the property and officers are on the way with an arrest warrant. Some calls are made with a human caller and others are automated.

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Beware of Charity Checks

Beware of a charity check that may come your way

Charitable organizations including those raising money for breast cancer and hospice are seeking donations by mail from area residents. They send a check to the resident made out for $2.50 with instructions to it back with an additional contribution. However, the fine print states less than 5 percent of the proceeds go to the charity.

Keep this in mind if you get a check like this in the mail.

Marshall County Economic Development Corporation Launches New Website

The Marshall County Economic Development Corporation has launched a new website.

Officials with the corporation and many volunteers spent many hours during the summer months researching ways to help promote businesses and to grow the economy.

According to Bill Davis, President of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, the home page at will now focus on key strategic business advantages that are evaluated when a company conducts a site search to determine where to locate a new facility.

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Crews Work on Preventative Road Maintenance

Crews have been busy crack sealing roads to help extend the life of the pavement and to provide a smoother road surface.

Local street department workers and INDOT crews have been busy with the process to keep water from getting into the cracks to slow the deterioration process and to prevent frost heave damage and potholes. This work is typically done in the spring and fall when temperatures are not at an extreme.

Cracks are air blasted to remove dust and debris. That process is followed by the application of a material mixture which is cured with the help of sand.

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Free Internship Program Set for Oct. 10

An internship-matching program to help easily connect employers with qualified interns is planned for Friday, Oct. 10 at the Lindenwood Retreat & Conference Center on the campus of Ancilla College in Donaldson.

Jennifer Fisher, a training and recruitment specialist with Group Dekko, will share experiences with interns and explain the return on investment of a quality internship. Indiana INTERNnet Executive Director Janet Boston will take program attendees through the process of using a free online searchable database that allows employers connect with an intern that can best fit the company’s workforce needs. Amanda Stanley, director of program relationships for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, will outline a program that can help employers fund paid internships with qualifying students.

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Marshall County Community Foundation Distributes $66,210 in Grant Funds

Over $66,000 in grants was awarded to 10 organizations in Marshall County Thursday afternoon.

The Marshall County Community Foundation held its second round of 2014 Community Fund grants where non-profit organizations submitted proposals for specific projects. Linda Yoder, Executive Director of the Marshall County Community Foundation explained that the Community Fund is one of the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s 318 funds.

The Plymouth Tennis Club received the largest grant worth $25,000 for improvement of the tennis courts in Centennial Park. The Crossing Educational Center was the recipient of $9,500 for startup costs for the alternative school for at-risk students.

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North Liberty Woman Dies in Accident

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an accident that resulted in a fatality Wednesday night.

According to police, Melissa Newcomb, 29 of North Liberty, was southbound on Tamarack Road and approached 4B Road when she entered the intersection without stopping.  Her vehicle left the roadway and struck a concrete pillar.

The Polk Township Fire Department extricated her from the vehicle and was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Hospital in Plymouth where she later died.

Toxicology test results are pending through the Marshall County Coroner.  The accident is still under investigation.

Deer Archery Season Opens Today

Deer archery season opens today in Indiana. All hunters must be licensed and must use legal archery equipment as defined by the DNR. These include long bows, compound bows or recurve bows and arrows. The bow must have a pull of at least 35 pounds. Arrows must be tipped with broadheads that are metal, metal-edged or napped flint; chert or obsidian. New this year, hunters can use a draw-loc device with archery equipment during archery season. Continue reading

Voter Registration Deadline Rapidly Approaching

The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and in order to cast your important vote you need to be properly registered. Voter registration is open this week at all county clerk’s offices. The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 6. You must be registered by the end of the business day on Oct. 6 in order to vote in the November election. If you need to register to vote or have questions about your current registration, call the Marshall County Clerk’s office at (574) 936-8922. Election and registration information can also be found on the state’s website. Absentee voting in all three counties begins Tuesday, Oct. 7.