Plymouth Police Looking for Armed Robbery Suspect

Plymouth Police detectives are searching for a suspect in a reported armed robbery incident at Verizon Wireless Monday night.

The victim told police that the man entered the store at 1605 N. Michigan Street in Plymouth wearing a mask, orange vest, black pants, and shirt. The suspect, a black male, branished a weapon and reportedly took several phones from the store. The man left the business in an unknown direction.

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Two Roads Closed Wednesday for Fog Seal Operation

Two Marshall County roads will be closed today so county highway crews can perform fog sealing operations.

Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters told the county commissioners on Monday that Overmyer Drive and Pioneer Drive recently underwent chip and seal road work and now the final fog seal will be applied that will help extend the condition of the road. Striping of the road will occur next week.

The roads will reopen as soon as the fog seal coating is dried. Peters suggested that it would take roughly two hours to properly seal.

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Commissioners Review Multi-Purpose Building Plans

The Marshall County Commissioners received an update on the progress on plans for a multi-purpose building to be built on the 4-H Fairgrounds in Argos.

Shannon McLeod with Priority Project Resources went over the paperwork and process for the proposed building that will act as a building to host many public events in the Marshall County area. The project has been scaled down to an 8,000 square foot building with a steel frame building. The interior will feature drywall and concrete flooring. It will accommodate a seating capacity up to 400 people.

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Plymouth City Council Discusses Salary Ordinance

The Plymouth City Council discussed the proposed 2018 salary ordinance in a special session Monday night.

The ordinance was presented by Emily Kruyer-Collins who works as Human Relations for the City of Plymouth. It details the salaries requested for department heads and employees as given in a salary survey by employee and supervisor input. Supervisors and managers were then given that information to validate the information.

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Culver Town Council, Stellar Committee Prepare for Site Visit

The finishing touches are complete on the Stellar Strategic Investment Plan for submission to the Stellar Communities Designation Program committee for the Town of Culver.

Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist said Union Township submitted a letter of support toward the project along with a $40,000 contribution toward the effort. The Marshall County Community Foundation, in coordination with the Vonnegut Fund through the organization, contributed $80,000 toward the bike and pedestrian trail project and Elkay Manufacturing is partnering with the town to provide cabinetry and plumbing fixtures for the proposed Sandhill Farm workforce development housing project.

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Marshall Co. Commissioners Support Highway Dept. Request for Funds

The Marshall County Highway Department will be asking the county council for some additional funds and money transfers in order to pave more county roads this season.

Highway Supervisor Jason Peters told the county commissioners that he’ll be requesting $550,000 to $600,000 in an additional appropriation before the county council on Monday, Sept. 11. Continue reading

Present Your Soft Proposals for the Shady Rest Home

The Shady Rest Home Advisory Committee is asking for soft proposals from parties interested in long-term use and occupancy of the Marshall County property formerly known as “Shady Rest”. Soft proposals should not exceed three pages and should indicate use, ownership structure, one’s ability to sustain operations and maintenance, and approximate number of individuals who would benefit from services provided. Include appropriate contact information and name on the proposal. Continue reading

Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council will meet tonight where a few items will be discussed.

The council is expected to approve the second and third reading of a rezoning ordinance for 1213 Hoosier Lane and 1201 West Shore Drive. The ordinance that previously passed on first reading would change the zoning from Residential (R-1) to Lake District (L-1). This would combine two lots into one lot and grant lake access. A public hearing on the matter was held at the council’s last meeting with no comments given. The adoption of the ordinance is expected tonight.

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Plymouth City Council to Meet in Special Session Tonight

Plymouth City Building

The Plymouth City Council will meet in special session tonight.

The members will discuss an ordinance regarding a municipal motor vehicle license excise surtax and a municipal wheel tax. The ordinance was called as first reading during the council’s regular session on Monday, Aug. 14. The ordinance would help gather funds for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and streets. It was suggested that implementing a wheel tax could take some relief off of other line items in the budget to help with other General Fund needs.

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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 discuss the construction of a multi-purpose building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Argos when they meet this morning.

Shannon McLeod will be before the governing body to discuss the project spearheaded by the Marshall County 4-H Fair Association. The association was applying for an OCRA grant in the amount of $500,000 to assist in the construction of the building that the members hope will host many functions including wedding receptions, meetings and other community-type gatherings. The county will act as a pass-through vehicle for the purpose of obtaining the grant. County Attorney Jim Clevenger will present a memorandum of understanding between the county and the association that states that the county is not financially liable for this project.

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Blueberry Bicycle Cruise set for Sept. 2

An annual fundraiser for the Ancilla College Alumni Association is set to take you on a scenic tour through Marshall County on your bicycle.

The Blueberry Bicycle Cruise is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 and will cover 31, 41, or 62 miles as it has for the past 27 years. The event, in association with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival, serves as a fundraiser to help give scholarships to Ancilla College students every year.

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Thomas Chamberlin Memorial Bridge Unveiled Friday Afternoon

The sun was shining down on Michigan Street in Plymouth Friday as Marshall County residents gathered together to celebrate the memory of former sheriff Tom Chamberlin with a bridge dedication in his honor.

Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter started out by giving personal thanks to the Chamberlin family for sharing Sheriff Tom with the community for as long as they did. Tom’s wife of 37 years Lea Ann was there with their three children, Rachel, Meredith and Tom Jr. Continue reading