Plymouth School Board Approves School Calendar, Transfer Student Deadline for 2018-2019

The Plymouth School Board approved the 2018-2019 school calendar when it met Tuesday. Superintendent Andy Hartley said the biggest change is that the school year will start a little later. Students’ first day of class will be August 8, while the last day will be May 31, 2019. Christmas break and spring break will each be two weeks long, while fall break will last one week.

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John Glenn School Board Reviews AP and Dual Credit Course Data

Members of the John Glenn School Board received an extensive report on the number of AP and Dual Credit courses available to high school students and the passing rate of those students.

Educator Rose Dodson prepared the information and noted all of the courses available for college credits which include Government, History, Biology World History, English Literature and Composition, vocational technical classes and agriculture science. Trine University offers Dual Credit courses as well as Ivy Tech South Bend, Ivy Tech Kokomo, Ancilla College and Ball State University.

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Help Local Students Achieve Dreams of Higher Education with Argos Dollars for Scholars

If you’d like to help students within Marshall County achieve their post-secondary education dreams, consider making a donation to Argos Dollars for Scholars.

On their organization website, the program is described as an affiliate chapter of the national organization Scholarship America. Argos Dollars for Scholars is a non-profit organization made up of local, unsalaried student and adult volunteers.

It was established to help raise scholarship money for deserving high school graduates who show exceptional past performance and promising future potential. Continue reading

Marshall County Commissioners Discuss Proposed Program at Shady Rest Facility

Shady Rest Home

The Marshall County Commissioners discussed the Shady Rest Committee’s recommendation of allowing the addiction recovery program, David’s Courage, to be run out of the Shady Rest Home on Lincoln Highway in Plymouth.

Committee Chair and County Commissioner Kurt Garner explained that the committee approved a favorable recommendation for the program and if the commissioners did not decide to approve the program then the county would divest the property.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will meet tonight were the board will hear a presentation on AP/Dual Credit classes by Rose Dodson.

The board will also receive updates from the four building principals and from Superintendent Richard Reese. It is noted that school will be in session on Friday, Feb. 16 as it will be used as a snow make up day.

The John Glenn School Board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the John Glenn High School Media Center.

Today is Safer Internet Day in the USA

Nowadays, internet usage is so common and some may not realize the dangers that could be lurking behind the screen. Today is recognized as Safer Internet Day.

According to organization representatives, the initiative aims to create an internet environment that empowers everyone to use technology responsibly, respectfully critically and creatively. It is geared toward children and young people as well as parents, caregivers and educators to make the most of out the internet’s potential to bring people together.

On Safer Internet Day, consider some of these tips from Indiana’s Attorney General’s Office.  Continue reading

Candidate Filings Continue as Deadline Approaches

The deadline is approaching for candidates to file to run in the May primary. Candidates have until Friday at noon to file their paperwork with the county clerk’s office. The list of candidates continues to grow in Marshall County. Democrat Angie Rupchoch-Schafer has filed to run for the District 4 County Council seat, challenging incumbent Republican Judy Stone.

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Stellar Communities Designation Program Widens Scope to Encourage Regional Collaboration

Once geared toward individual towns and cities, the Stellar Community Designation Program will now be asking communities to come together to propose regional development plans.

The Stellar Community program, which is offered through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, will now focus on encouraging towns, cities and counties to form partnerships to develop comprehensive solutions to regional and local challenges throughout rural Indiana.

“We believe that it is extremely important that communities work together and that we utilize and combine resources.” Continue reading

Marshall County Sheriff to Provide Training to Places of Worship

Marshall County Sheriff Matt Hassel will be offering a course that will help officials at places of worship create security plans to keep parishioners safe.

The Indiana Sheriff’s Association has developed training materials for the sheriff to teach church personnel strategies to prevent incidents and how to react to a critical incident during worship services.

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Dealerships Can Begin Registering Driven to Give Charity Fundraisers Later This Month

On February 14th, Lincoln car dealerships will be able to begin registering to host Driven to Give charity events for the spring season.

The event allows community members to take test drives and donate $20 to a particular charity, sometimes an extra $10 can be donated for each additional vehicles driven. Spring fundraisers can be held anytime between April 1st and July 31st. All Lincoln dealerships are only permitted to host four events per season.

Plymouth Band Director Bryan Ames previously mentioned that by holding these kinds of fundraisers, the local dealership has helped raise more than $17,000 for the band program since 2010. Continue reading

Indiana State Police Report That Multiple Car Pileups on I-85/94 Were a Result of White-Out Conditions

On Sunday, whiteout conditions contributed to numerous crashes, including a 17 car pileup at the 7.2-mile marker and a 13 car pileup at the 6.2-mile marker of eastbound I-80/94.

Indiana State Police report that the road closure at the 7.2-mile marker involved 4 separate crashes with 17 vehicles. Many vehicles were relocated to a truck stop on Burr Street where the crash reports were taken in order to get the roadway open sooner.

The incident at the 6.2-mile marker involved 13 cars that were involved in 7 individual crashes, according to police. Many of the crashes that Troopers responded to could have been avoided if drivers had reduced their following distances as well as their speeds. Police reported that the pileups occurred around 11:40 a.m. Continue reading

Bremen Public Schools Receive Funds to Invest in Community Learning Centers

The Bremen Public School Corporation was recently awarded $120,000 through the Indiana Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program.

The federally-funded program provides at-risk students a safe environment during non-school hours. This program includes multiple centers and sites which can be located in schools, community facilities, or faith-based facilities.

All centers much provide a range of high-quality services to support regular school-day academics and development. Continue reading