Information Tidbits from the Marshall County Commissioners

The Marshall County Commissioners discussed a few items Monday.

Highway Superintendent Jason Peters will work with a property owner on 2B Road concerning a drainage issue off the road. An investigation will be held into who is responsible for replacing the tile in that area as it appears to have failed. Further discussion will be held during the commissioners’ next meeting on Monday, Dec. 4.

The commissioners approved a grant request from Marshall County Community Corrections Director Ward Byers to apply for grant funds for Fiscal Year 2019. He said the budget of around $403,100 is for the jail treatment program, community corrections and the prosecutor’s felony diversion program. The council also previously approved this request.

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More than $2,000 Raised by Bremen Public Schools During Test Drive Fundraiser

Back in October, Bremen Schools participated in a ‘Drive 4 Ur School’ fundraising event sponsored by Auto Park Ford.

More than 100 citizens came out to test drive some of the new vehicles and for every test-drive $20 was donated to the school. The fundraiser resulted in $2,080 being collected.

Superintendent Dr. Jim White explained that the money will be going toward the Publication Club which is responsible for putting together and dispensing yearbooks.

Superintendent White said that in the past, the club ran into the issue of ordering a specific amount of books and some of those ended up not being purchased by students. That resulted in the club taking on a little bit of debt. Dr. White said this donation will allow the club to get “back in the black” and still have plenty of funds left over for future uses.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed


The Salvation Army needs bell ringers to help collect funds to help neighbors in need.

Salvation Army Major Gerald Smelser said volunteers are on site for about two hours at a time, but can donate more time based on personal preference. Kettles are stationed Walmart and Kroger in Plymouth, Five Star in Knox, Bailey’s Discount Center in Knox, and additional sites in Bremen and Culver.

Members from church organizations, residents, business organizations, or school groups are welcome to participate. Bell ringers can volunteer from Saturday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Dec. 24 in two hour shifts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a certain location. Hours during the weekend usually need filled, but if there are more volunteers, time slots may open during the week.

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BMV Branches Reopen Saturday

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches are closed today due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but those facilities that normally operate on Saturdays will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 25.

The Plymouth BMV branch will be open tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET while the La Porte and Valparaiso branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT.

The Knox, Walkerton and Winamac branches will conduct business during regular hours next week.

Marshall County Commissioners Consider Zoning Request

The Marshall County Commissioners considered a zoning ordinance amendment to change the zoning from an agricultural to a commercial zone at 12131 U.S. 6 adjacent to the La Paz Sewer Plant.

Marshall County Plan Director Ralph Booker said the property is located just south of U.S. 6 and west of U.S. 31 owned by Donald Abbott.

Marshall County Economic Development Corporation Director and CEO Jerry Chavez said this is a step in an economic strategic plan by La Paz officials. The town council there could decide to annex that property for tax purposes some time down the line.

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Bremen School Board Addresses Substitute Teaching Requirements

When the Bremen School Board met Monday, members agreed to change the language in the school corporation’s substitute teacher applications to reflect current standards.

Bremen Superintendent Dr. Jim White explained that some of their documentation reflected an old state policy that required individuals to have at least 60 hours of college credit in order to become a substitute teacher. However, policies have changed and now a high school graduate can apply and receive a substitute teaching license through the state. Continue reading

Culver Community Schools Benefit from the Season of Giving

Culver Community School Board members approved multiple donations when they met earlier this week.

A large donation that was up for board approval was from a local family who provided $10,000 to the band program this year and promised to donate $5,000 annually for the next three years.

Superintendent Karen Shuman stated that much of the donation money from this year will be used to purchase instruments and band chairs but some funds could potentially go toward redesigning the band room as well. Continue reading

Marshall County REMC Officials Update Commissioners on Improving Communications

Communication upgrades are coming down the line for Marshall County REMC members.

REMC officials told the county commissioners on Monday morning that they are making efforts to bring fiber optic cable to the meter points at their substations so they can do automated switching and voltage reads in a more secure, quicker fashion. This will also increase the time in meter reading.

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Driver Leaves Passenger at Scene of Accident

The driver involved in a Sunday morning accident fled the scene on foot and left the passenger in the car.

According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, a 2005 Acura was traveling westbound on Plymouth-Goshen Trail just east of Randolph Street shortly after 6 a.m. when it left the north side of the road for an unknown reason. The report states that a vehicle struck a utility pole and caused power lines to fall on the ground. The vehicle continued a short distance into a field where it came to a stop.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Discuss Haeck, Opioid Litigation Matters in Executive Session

Marshall County Attorney Jim Clevenger notified the commissioners on Monday morning that former Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck filed a motion recently for the return of his restitution.

Haeck was accused of stealing money from the sale of scrap metal while acting in his position held in the county in 2012 and 2013. Haeck maintained his innocence throughout the time he was accused of the action in 2014 and during his subsequent trial. He was found guilty on one count of theft during a two-day trial in March of 2016 in the matter. He was sentenced to serve one year on home detention and complete 200 hours of community service. Two years of his sentence was suspended with reporting probation. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,358.41, which was paid in full to the county, plus court costs and fines. Continue reading

Highway Administrator Job Opening to be Advertised

The Marshall County Commissioners took action Monday morning to advertise the open position of Marshall County Highway Administrator.

Laurie Baker announced her resignation from the position earlier this month. Her last day will be Dec. 29.

Commissioner Kurt Garner said he read the job description and noticed that the candidate could hold an engineer’s license. Commissioner Kevin Overmyer and Commissioner Mike Delp both agreed that hiring an engineer is not necessary.

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Marshall County Golf Ordinance Will Not Change

The Marshall County Commissioners decided keep the requirement in the current golf cart ordinance that requires them to be operated only on roads that have a 35 mph speed limit or less.

Michelle Bachtel and her husband previously asked the commissioners to rescind the speed limit requirement and allow them to be driven on all roads. During that same meeting, the commissioners discussed that the speed limit was included in the ordinance for safety purposes. The initial thought was to keep the slow moving vehicles off of roads that have increased speed as a safety precaution.

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Lutheran EMS Expands Services to Bremen Residents

Lutheran EMS is expanding their services to provide 911 emergency coverage to more local residents.

Lutheran Emergency Management Services already provides assistance to the Marshall County Townships of Tippecanoe and Bourbon but they will now be expanding their coverage to include German Township and the residents of Bremen.

To celebrate the expansion, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 25th Lutheran EMS is hosting an open house. The event is at their station located at 1241 W Plymouth Street in Bremen. Continue reading

John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board members will consider approval of early graduation for two seniors when they meet tonight. While the board members had the requests during their last meeting, the pair was not present. The board asked High School Principal William Morton to notify the students that they must appear at a board meeting to be considered for early graduation. Three similar requests were approved when students met the board earlier this month.

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Rollover Accident Investigated in La Paz

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and emergency responders responded to a single vehicle rollover accident early Monday morning.

Police say Timothy Ousnamer was traveling southbound on Michigan Road just north of U.S. 6 in La Paz when he lost control of his vehicle. His 2008 Toyota pickup went off the west side of the roadway and hit a large embankment, according to the report. The report went on to say the vehicle then rolled over on its top. Continue reading