Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council will meet tonight. Town Manager Jonathan Leist will present his report which will include an update on the Stellar Communities Designation Program grant.

Council President Ginny Bess Munroe appeared before the Marshall County Commissioners last week where the county governing body agreed to support the town’s quest in becoming a stellar community. Munroe said the Town of Culver was looking to show a united front with the county to include in their finalist packet due by Aug. 25.

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Plymouth Community School Board to Meet Tonight

The Plymouth Community School Board will meet tonight. This will be the first regular school board meeting with the corporation’s newly installed superintendent, Andrew Hartley.

The board will consider the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center nurses contract for 2017-2018 and revisions to the classified staff conditions of employment. An agreement for residential services will be discussed as well as an appointment to the library board and the local bargaining unit MASE Insurance Trustee.

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Gas Prices to Drop This Week

Gas prices will drop a few cents this week thanks to lower crude oil prices last week. Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says there was a spike in gas prices just after the Fourth of July holiday.

“The statewide average was about $2.15 on July 4th and now it has jumped to about $2.31,” said DeHaan. “Looking a today versus a week ago prices average $2.31 a gallon today across the state. A week ago prices averaged $2.18 so we’re looking at a pretty big increase at over $.10 a gallon.”

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North Liberty Woman Arrested for Drunk Driving

Melody Farnsworth

A North Liberty woman was booked into the Marshall County Jail after she was allegedly driving her vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies received a phone call shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday about a driver hitting a parked car in the parking lot at the LaPaz Café. When officers arrived at the scene they say they found Melody Farnsworth passed out behind the wheel.

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Marshall County Council to Meet Today

Marshall County Commissioner Kurt Garner will appear before the Marshall County Council members to offer the county’s road plan for the Community Crossings grant.

The commissioners approved the list last week and intend to have the input of the council and MACOG before submitting the final list to the state for consideration. The match is 75/25 this year and will be more competitive as smaller communities will be able to put in their project proposals as the local match is lower than in past years.

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Plymouth BOW and Council to Meet Tonight

Plymouth City Building

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members will meet tonight where bids will be opened for the renovation of the city building.

The project includes construction of improvements and expansion of the city office at 124 N. Michigan Street including the clerk-treasurer’s office, mayor’s office, city attorney’s office and the council chambers.

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Culver Lake Fest Begins Friday

The annual Culver Lake Fest event is set for Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16.

The festival opens Friday at 4 p.m. ET with craft and food booths available and the sand volleyball tournaments. Registration for the canoe, kayak and SUP Poker Run is at 5:30 p.m. with the awards at 7 p.m. The Miss Maxinkuckee Pageant kicks off at 7 p.m. at the west pavilion and talent at Lake Max is at 8 p.m.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Discuss Violation Fine Amounts

Marshall County Attorney Jim Clevenger mentioned to the commissioners this week that he has been meeting with Sheriff Matt Hassel and Clerk Deb Vandemark about fines for ordinance violation tickets.

He said the problem is a number of the ordinances including abandoned vehicles, animals running at large and curfew, to name a few, don’t have specific monetary amounts given for frequent violations of the same ordinances.

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Shady Rest Committee List Finalized

The Marshall County Commissioners finalized a list of committee members to serve on the Shady Rest Home Committee.

The commissioners decided to form a committee to determine what uses could fill the Shady Rest Home facility once it is handed back to the county on Aug. 1. The Bowen Center made the decision to cease operations there after some of the new regulations didn’t fit the facility’s needs.

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Police Investigating Possible Abduction

The Bremen Police Department is investigating the possible abduction of an 11-year-old girl.

The incident occurred Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. in the 100 block of North Center Street in Bremen.

Police are looking for a man driving a green Jeep. He is slim, has dark hair and a beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with a green stripe around the sleeve and brown boots.

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U.S. 31 Project to be Complete in November

Crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation are working on a resurfacing project on U.S. 31 from State Road 10 to 13th Road in Marshall County.

According to INDOT Media Relations Director Doug Moats, the passing lane is being milled and underdrains are being installed. Workers are also preparing the subsurface with patching. This part of the process should be complete in two weeks, depending on the weather. Once that is complete, crews will start paving the passing lane. The passing lane should be complete by the end of July.

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Marshall County Commissioners Pass New Fees for Recorder’s Office

The Marshall County Commissioners were informed by County Attorney Jim Clevenger that the fees for the recorder’s office need to be updated.

Recorder Marlene Mahler informed Clevenger that the state legislature mandated changes in the fees at the state level and those fees are to be updated at the county level. Clevenger said he drafted an ordinance that updates the fee schedule in the recorder’s office that matches the state mandate.

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Summer Food Service Program Still in Session

Breakfast and lunch in the Summer Food Service Program will continue at select sites through July 14.

The Summer Food Service Program assists children in the fight against hunger. Area schools offer free, nutritious meals to children ages 18 and younger while the regular school year is in recess.
Lunches continue to be offered at the Culver Community Elementary School, Culver Community High School, Ora Gospel Chapel, and the Monterey-Tippecanoe Public Library from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Meals are served at the Aubbenaubee Township Community Building from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the Culver-Union Township Public Library from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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Blood Donations Desperately Needed

Blood supplies are at critical levels at the local hospitals and the American Red Cross is asking for your help to replenish the inventory.

Red Cross officials say that only three percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means repeat donors are picking up the slack to help maintain the blood supply. New blood donors are needed at this time of the year when school is out during the summer break. Many blood drives occur during the school year and it is difficult to plan donation drives during the summer vacation.

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Two Public Hearings Held on Health Department Fee, Well Ordinance Changes

The Marshall County Commissioners and Health Department Administrator Christine Stinson opened Monday’s commissioner’s meeting to the public for comment on two ordinances that feature fee changes within the health department.

The proposed well ordinance was considered first by the commissioners. No public comment was made. The ordinance was approved on the first reading, but Stinson will be following up with a well company concerning well caps. When those concerns are ironed out, any changes can be amended during the second reading of the ordinance to be considered on Monday, July 17.

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Culver Movie Theater Owner Presents Proposal to Town Council

The Culver Town Council met in a work session Wednesday afternoon to hear information from the owner of the Culver Movie Theater in his attempt to sell the landmark to the town.

The owner, who would only be referred to as Tom, said he’s put $30,000 into the property in the installation of new sewer and water lines as well as other maintenance measures to shore up the building. He said he paid $100,000 for the property and will sell the property to the town for the amount that he’s into it which is $130,000.

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