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

Marshall County Council Approves Additional Appropriation for Argos Schools

The Marshall County Council members discussed an additional appropriation request from the Argos Community School Corporation this week.

Argos Community School Corporation Director of Business Services Jennifer Lee explained that the money will be used for General Fund purposes.

“We just want to make sure we have the permission to spend throughout the year,” said Lee. “We have the money we just need permission to spend it if we need it to cover salaries and basic General Fund expenses.” Continue reading

Culver Town Council to Address Semi Truck Parking

Culver Town Council members will soon tackle an issue surrounding semi truck parking in residential areas.

A citizen brought forth issues during the council’s regular meeting on Tuesday night stating that it’s difficult to maneuver around the semis parked in residential areas. He’s fearful for the safety of the residents and children, in addition to it being an eyesore. Some trucks are parking on narrow streets like Ohio Street and Mill Street. Continue reading

Town of Bremen Continues Work on Old Gas Station Property

Bremen town officials are continuing efforts to clean up the old Clark gas station at the corner of State Road 106 and State Road 331.

Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy said he signed a contract last week to have the old gas tanks extracted the first week of December. The canopy and the building at that location have been demolished. The area was deemed an eyesore for many years. 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

Baker Street Project Complete

The Safe Routes to School project on Baker Street in Plymouth is complete.

The months-long project wrapped up on Monday. New sidewalks, curbs and gutters were installed to allow for a better walking path for students on their way to the schools. The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety previously approved a bid for just over $300,000 for the project. The city’s share of that is approximately $61,000.

City Engineer Rick Gaul told the board members on Monday that a change order will be presented to the board during a future meeting. He said he anticipates the entire amount will be under construction project cost.

The project had been in the works since 2014.

Police Seeking Information in Bourbon Burglary

Detectives with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information about a reported burglary at the Back Forty Sporting Clays and Banquet Hall in Bourbon.

Police were called to the business at 1010 9B Road to investigate the incident. The burglary reportedly occurred sometime between 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 and 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 30. According to police, some unknown person or persons broke into the business and removed a Daisy BB gun, a Crackshot .22 rifle, ammunition, and approximately $100 in cash.

If anyone has information about this crime, call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at (574) 936-3187.

Plymouth City Council Considers Property as an Economic Revitalization, Target Area

The Plymouth City Council members heard a request from Developer Scott Sivan to create the property for the housing development River Gate South as an Economic Development Target Area and Economic Revitalization Area.

Marshall County Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jerry Chavez said this is the first step in a process for the ultimate request for a real property tax abatement for the project.

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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

Funds Transfer Approved for Utilities at Shady Rest Home, County Facilities

Shady Rest Home

The Marshall County Council members were tasked with approving the transfer of funds to ensure payment of utilities at the Shady Rest Home and for other county facilities for the remainder of the year.

The county received the operation of the county home on Lincoln Highway in August when the Bowen Center decided to cease operations at the facility. The structure has been vacant since that time, but a nine-member Shady Rest Home committee is working to find a tenant to bring needed services to aid the residents of Marshall County.

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