Town of Culver Designated a Stellar Community

Two years of hard work has paid off for the Town of Culver. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch called the Culver Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon and told a crowd of anxious Stellar supporters that the town is officially designated as a stellar community through the Stellar Communities Designation Program.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist says the work now starts on several projects listed within the application.

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Marshall County Commissioners Receive Preliminary Bridge Plan

The Marshall County Commissioners received a preliminary comprehensive bridge management plan Monday morning from Ben Beer, Business Development for USI Consultants.

“This is really in conjunction with what is now required by INDOT and LTAP. They have a Bridge Asset Management Plan. This is kind of used to support that document, but now if you want to go for Community Crossings money or other grant money every LPA county has to have a Bridge Asset Management Plan,” said Beer. Continue reading

John Glenn School Board Approves Resolution to Reduce Appropriations

The John Glenn School Board approved a resolution Tuesday night that would reduce an appropriation by $69,000 to carry over into next year’s budget.

Business Manager Tom Bendy explained that the school board has purchased all of the school buses they are going to purchase this year and the board has the opportunity to move the unused funds to next year’s budget.

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Bremen Troopers Participating in Tip-a-Cop to Assist Special Olympics Indiana

Several troopers from Indiana State Police Bremen Post are participating in the annual Tip-a-Cop event to raise money for Special Olympics Indiana. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday, troopers will be working and collecting tips at a chain restaurant located at 4010 N Main Street in Mishawaka.

This is the 12th year that Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) has put on the nationwide Tip-a-Cop event which serves as not only a fundraiser, but a public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics Indiana.

The not-for-profit organization provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions in over 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching more than 12,000 athletes across Indiana. Since Special Olympics Indiana is not a United Way agency and receives no federal or state appropriated funds, they rely entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations. Continue reading

Marshall County Coroner Provides More Details about Fatal Accident on U.S. 30

The name of the driver who was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle accident on U.S 30 west of Oak Drive in Plymouth has been released. Marshall County Coroner John Grolich reported that 64-year-old James Michael, of Lucerne, suffered from a sudden acute medical emergency which left him unresponsive while behind the wheel of his pick-up truck Tuesday evening. Continue reading

Plymouth Police Department Investigating Fatal Accident

The Plymouth Police Department and emergency responders were called to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 30 west of Oak Drive in Plymouth around 6:14 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, Michael O’Hara, 57, of Etterik, Wisconsin, was driving his vehicle westbound on U.S. 30 when a vehicle traveling eastbound crossed the median, entered the westbound lane and collided with O’Hara’s vehicle. That vehicle then stopped in the ditch area on the north side of the road. Continue reading

Marshall County Commissioners Approve Brownfield Coalition

More Brownfield grants will be sought after for properties in the Marshall County area, but the entity going after the grant will be the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG).

A brownfield is a property previously used for industrial purposes or some commercial uses. It may have been contaminated with hazardous waste and the Brownfield Grant helped assess those properties and plan clean up strategies.

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Culver Community School Board Adopts 2018 Budget

The Culver Community School Board adopted the 2018 budget when they met Monday evening. Superintendent Karen Shuman stated that their budget is in line with their enrollment and all accounts are in good standing.

Superintendent Shuman also said their taxation will remain status quo and representatives of the school corporation are hoping that the new housing being developed in the community will boost enrollment which would increase revenue and allow for the school to offer more programs to Culver Community students. Continue reading

Energy Safe Kids Presentation Coming to A Classroom Near You

This November, the National Energy Foundation and Northern Indiana Public Service Company(NIPSCO) are teaming up to deliver more than 100 ‘Energy Safe Kids’ classroom presentations in schools across Northern Indiana.

Energy Safe Kids is a unique and engaging program designed to encourage fourth graders to think about energy sources and how to be safe around them whether outdoors, at home or at school. Energy educators teach students the basics about energy and energy safety.

There will be two weeks of presentation beginning on Monday, November 6th. Interested individuals who are within NIPSCO’s service territory can register at Space is limited so fourth grade teachers who want to have an energy safety specialist speak to their students should sign-up as soon as possible. If you’re unable to get someone into your classroom this year, you can still register in advance for the 2018 program.

Pretzels, Inc. Holds Grand Opening Celebration

Pretzels, Inc. in Plymouth opened its doors to city and county officials and other dignitaries for the grand opening celebration of its operation at 2910 Commerce Street on Tuesday morning.

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski joined in cutting the ribbon at the 45,000 square foot facility that is the home to 40 full-time workers. It will welcome 65 total jobs by the year 2020.

The new plant manufactures bulk pretzel products as well as peanut butter-filled pretzels which are produced exclusively at the Plymouth plant. Production began just five months after construction began.

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Two Marshall County Community Crossings Bids Approved

Bids were opened Monday morning for the three projects awarded Community Crossings grant funds for Marshall County.

After the bids were opened, the Marshall County Commissioners, Highway Administrator Laurie Baker and Highway Supervisor Jason Peters learned that the $518,322.87 grant along with the $129,580.72 match for the grant will only cover two projects. The grant plus the match will total $647,903.59 and the lowest bids for the two projects that would be the biggest priority will total $642,626.25.

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Renovations Underway at Plymouth City Building

Plymouth City Building

Michiana Contracting crews continue to work on demolishing the inside of the Plymouth City Building to make way for improvements inside the structure.

City Attorney Sean Surrisi previously explained that renovations will be made to the clerk-treasurer’s office to improve customer relations and staff productivity. The city purchased the adjacent chamber of commerce building and crews will remodel the second floor to accommodate an expansion of room for the city council chambers and conference space. In the same project, the mayor’s office and his assistant’s office will be moved upstairs in the city building. An elevator and staircase will be added. Continue reading

John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will adopt the 2018 budget as advertised. The General Fund is just over $12.7 million with the Capital Projects Fund just under $1.35 million. The transportation fund is $936,000. The total for all funds is $17,730,462.

The school board members will also approve a resolution to reduce an appropriation as well as appoint a library board member to the Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library.

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Here/Hear is Bringing Their Mental Illness and Mental Health Initiative to Ancilla College

Here/Hear is a nonprofit organization, based out of Plymouth, which works with a number of initiatives in order to help with mental illness. This week, the director of the organization Dr. Nate Crawford will be delivering his lecture, “Taking Care of Me: Tips for Living Well” as a part of The Lampen Lecture series at Ancilla College.

The Lampen Lecture series was named for Ancilla’s first president Sr. Joel Lampen and though it is sponsored by the college and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, residents of surrounding communities are encouraged to attend the free lecture series any time.

On Thursday, October 19th Dr. Crawford will be speaking in Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m. (EDT). His organization creates content for the web that helps people navigate the issues surrounding mental illness and they speak with students and parents about the affliction. Their mission statement says that they believe music and the arts provide a great way to engage people in conversations about mental illness and mental health.