Plymouth Fire Department Called to Apartment Fire

An apartment fire on Skylane Drive in Plymouth on Saturday night has been ruled accidental.

Fire Chief Rod Miller told MAX 98.3 FM News that a fire sparked in the kitchen and spread to a small area within the unit at about 11:40 p.m. A pan full of grease ignited and the residents attempted to put out the fire with water which only fueled the flames.

There were no injuries and the structure suffered very little damage. Chief Miller said there was some smoke and heat damage. The residents were assisted by the Red Cross to find another place to stay for a little while.

Marshall County Commissioners to Meet Today

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

The Marshall County Commissioners have a full agenda for their regularly scheduled public meeting today.

Representatives from the Bowen Center will present information to the board as will the highway department. EMA Director Clyde Avery will seek permission concerning the application for the Emergency Management Performance grant. Jane Fuents will discuss first responder training while Joseph Roush will discuss drainage with board.

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Culver Beach Lodge Open House Set for Today

The staff at the Culver Parks Department is hosting an open house today at the Culver Beach Lodge as a prelude to the summer season at Lake Maxinkuckee.

Park Superintendent Anna Campbell said members of the public are welcome to visit the beach lodge and see the many improvements made to the building as well as the grounds over the winter months. Town Manager Jonathan Leist will present information along with members of the Culver Town Council who will be available for questions.

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Bourbon Town Council to Attend Community Crossings Meeting

Members of the Bourbon Town Council will make an effort to attend informational meetings concerning the Community Crossings Grant on Wednesday, May 31.

The meeting conducted by staff members from INDOT’s LaPorte District office will release information about what projects are eligible for grant funding, how to submit projects for matching funds, deadlines for project submissions, timelines for distributing funds and development of an asset manager plan.

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Bourbon Sanitary Workers to Search for Infiltration Problem

Workers with the Bourbon Wastewater Department will be conducting smoke testing to find an infiltration problem in the system.

According to Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger, storm water is getting into the sanitary sewer system which means the town is treating rain water. The workers will use the smoke technique to narrow down the issue and make necessary repairs.

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Plymouth BOW Awards Bids for Spring Projects

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety awarded bids for spring projects this week.

Walsh and Kelly out of South Bend will be doing the street and sidewalk projects. The bid of $431,432.25 was the lowest submitted bid that met all of the project specifications as reviewed by City Attorney Sean Surrisi and City Engineer Rick Gaul. Four companies provided bids for the projects which include: Jefferson from the Yellow River Bridge to Kingston, Plum Street from Washington to Jackson, PIDCO Drive from Jim Neu to Oak Road, and Markley from Shamrock to Western.

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Ancilla College to Offer Program for Non-English Speaking Students

Students who speak English as a second language will have a program to help them develop college-level English language and study skills.

Ancilla College is launching a new program this fall to support these students to assist them in being successful at the school. Specially designed classes at Ancilla will expand language knowledge and communication skills that align with the liberal arts curriculum and the Ancilla College English Language Program (ACEL).

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Culver Farmer’s Market to Open Today

It’s a summer tradition that continues to grow in the Culver area. The Culver Farmer’s Market is set to open for the summer season today.

Fresh, local foods will be featured along with crafts, baked goods, artisan jewelry, honey, plants, popcorn, eggs, jellies and jams, and homemade ice cream.

The Culver Farmer’s Market is open today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The summer operation hours will include Tuesday evenings beginning May 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET.

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Bourbon Town Council Discusses Zoning Change for New Business

The Bourbon Town Council reviewed a proposal of a zoning change recommended by the planning commission to make way for a new Dollar General store on U.S. 331 south of U.S. 30.

Several people were in attendance to hear the discussion, according to Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger. She said that many people were in favor of the zoning change from residential to general business on a parcel in the 1400 block of N. Main Street in order to move the process forward.

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Marshall County Council Considers EMA, Clerk Requests

The county will receive funds for the emergency management agency director’s salary.

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery asked the county council this week for permission to apply for the 2016 performance grant. Avery explained that the grant will pay for half of his salary from last year in the amount of $22,000. It’s an annual grant that the county receives every year as Avery qualifies for certain requirements during the year. The council approved the request and complimented him on his continued efforts as head of the EMA.

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Outdoor Project to Start Soon at the Rees Theater

Outside work at the Rees Theater in Plymouth will be starting soon.

The Wythougan Valley Preservation Council members presented a request to the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety this week asking to block off a few parking spaces on Michigan and LaPorte Streets for a portion of the work. While the board members approved that request, the preservation council members will need to present a similar request to the Indiana Department of Transportation as Michigan Street is considered a state highway.

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Culver Clean up Day Set for Saturday

Residents in the town of Culver will be able to rid properties of unwanted items during Saturday’s town-wide clean up day.

Items will be taken for disposal at the lot by the water tower on Lake Shore Drive. Dumpsters will be provided for the many items that will be accepted for the clean up day. Hazardous material and tires will NOT be accepted.

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