Bourbon Town Council Approves Proposal for Development Project on Center Street

Bourbon Town Council members received a project proposal from architect Brent Martin and Habitat for Humanity Representatives Dean Byers and David Dinius when they met on Tuesday.

Draft minutes indicate that the men spoke with the council members about Project H.O.M.E, which is an acronym where each letter stands for Housing, Opportunities, Medical and Education. They said they’ve been looking into that organization, as well as an Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority(IHCDA) grant to potentially build some homes on a Center Street property owned by the town. Continue reading

Triton Students Will Be Receiving New Computers for Project Lead the Way Classes

Triton schools will be receiving more than 20 new computers to assist with Project Lead the Way curriculum, following a decision made by Triton School Board members on Monday.

Members approved a quote of $16,258 from DakTech for 22 computers to assist with Project Lead the Way. Superintendent Jeremy Riffle explained that the older computers didn’t have necessary features that are required for particular lessons. Continue reading

Triton Graduate Among ISP Probationary Troopers who Received Car for Solo Patrol

Former Marshall County resident Timothy Borsa was among thirty-two probationary troopers from the 77th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy who were issued their state police cars earlier this week. The cars were presented during a ceremony on Tuesday at the Indiana State Police Youth and Education and Historical Center in Indianapolis.

The officers recently completed a three month field training period with veteran troopers along with 917 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques at the ISP Recruit Academy. Continue reading

Bourbon Town Council Unable to Open Community Crossings Bids Due to Date Mix-up

Bourbon Town council members were expecting to open Community Crossings bids when they met Tuesday night. However, according to Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger, the bids were not available due to a miscommunication.

She explained, “We did not receive any bids, [we] did find out that JPR sent out to the contractors a different date than what was advertised.”

JPR stands for Jones, Petrie and Rafinkski, the engineering and architecture firm working with the town. Clerk-Treasurer Berger said that they’re currently doing what they can to reconcile the mistake. Continue reading

Triton School Board Members Reorganize at First Meeting of the Year

The Triton School board members elected officers and addressed appointments when they met on Monday.

Superintendent Jeremy Riffle said that Amy Middaugh was elected to retain her position as president of the school board while Terri Barnhart was re-elected as school board security. Members voted to have Kevin Boyer remain as vice president of the school board. Continue reading

Architect Discusses Grant Opportunity with Bourbon Town Council Members

Bourbon Town Council members received a notification about a potential infrastructure opportunity when they met earlier this week.

Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger explained that the town owns some property on Center Street. She said Architect Brent Martin came before members to discuss the possibility of utilizing the area for some “low to moderate income” housing. Continue reading

Open Seats in Marshall County for 2018 Elections

Many Marshall County positions will be up for election this year including the Judge for Superior Court 1 as well as the County Prosecutor, Clerk, Auditor, Recorder, Assessor and Sheriff. Wednesday marks the first day that a declaration of candidacy may be filed.

According to Jaley Schinbeckler with the Marshall County Clerk’s Office, elections will also be held for all township trustees and board members and the county commissioner in District 1 as well as county councils in districts 1 through 4. Two seats are open on the Argos and Culver Town Councils and one seat is open for Bourbon Town Council. Continue reading

Marshall County Humane Society is Making Sure Local Pets are Safe this Winter Season

Marshall County has recently been dealing with extremely windy and snowy weather conditions. Around this time of year, pet owners are reminded to bring pets indoors or provide adequate outside shelter in order to keep animals safe this winter season.

Marshall County Humane Society Executive Director Nancy Cox said she and members of her team spend every morning, responding to calls of animals left outdoors without adequate food, water or shelter.

She stated, “People just need to use their common sense. If you’re cold, they’re cold. Like right now, I would feel that being out in this weather without proper shelter is cruelty and neglect.” Continue reading

Triton School Board Members Approve Bid for Administration Building Carpet Project

Triton School Board members approved a bid from J. Lane Flooring and Design for a proposed carpet project in the administration building when they met Tuesday night.

The approved bid was for $7,116.25. Superintendent Donna Burroughs said the next step in the process will be to have someone from J. Lane come in and present the board members with various carpeting options. Continue reading

Bourbon Homeowners Still Have Time to Sign-up For the Christmas Decoration Contest

One perk to the sun setting sooner around this time of year is having more time to appreciate the decorations and lights that people put up in their yards and on their houses.

One local community is hosting a decoration contest during the month of December to decipher whose homes best capture the holiday spirit. The town of Bourbon will be holding their Christmas decoration contest now until Monday, December 18th. Continue reading

The Town of Bourbon to Stir up Some Holiday Spirit this Saturday

The holidays are right around the corner and the Town of Bourbon will be offering a variety of ways to get into the spirit of the season.

The Downtown Bourbon Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd. There will be a meet-and-greet with Santa at the fire station located at 216 N Main Street. Coffee, hot chocolate and free treats will be provided. 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

Bourbon Traffic Stop Results in Three Arrests

A few hours after midnight on Sunday, Bourbon Police Officer Adam Kraning conducted a traffic stop on south Main Street at 13th Trail, according to a media advisory.

In a police report written by Kraning, he said he stopped driver Jared Whitfield for traffic and vehicle violations shortly before 2:30 a.m. The officer said that while speaking with Whitfield he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle and the driver’s breathe. Continue reading

Triton School Board Holds Special Session Over Superintendent Contract

The Triton School Board held a special session Monday evening to discuss the superintendent’s contract. The current superintendent, Donna Burroughs, announced her retirement back in September.

The board has been interviewing candidates for the position and recently came to a decision about who will fill the open position. Burroughs said state law mandates that school boards must hold a public hearing over the superintendent’s contract for the sake of clarity and in case anyone wishes to implement a change. Continue reading