Marshall County Sheriff Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The Indiana Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Fund will be providing about $20,000 worth of assistance to Hoosier students looking to pursue a degree in criminal justice studies.

According to Marshall County Sheriff Matt Hassel, approximately forty $500 scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.

The scholarship is open to current college students or high school seniors who plan to major in a law enforcement field at an Indiana college or university as a full-time student. Continue reading

Senior Petroleum Analyst Expects High Gas Prices to Continue in 2018

For the last 10 weeks, the United States has consecutively seen a steady decline in crude oil inventories, according to Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague.

In January of 2017, the cost of a barrel of oil was around $52. McTeague shared that right now, we’re seeing prices closer to $66. That is a $14 difference and he said it may increase as the year goes on with high demand at the national and international levels, increased exports and stalled production continuing to impact costs. Continue reading

Motorists Beware! Current Weather Conditions Ideal for Pothole Formation

As the weather continues to fluctuate between warm and cold, it unfortunately causes ideal conditions for pothole formation.

Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters explained why these damp, dynamic conditions can result in these unwanted road hazards.

Peters said, “Water gets underneath the road which freezes, then when it thaws it kind of somewhat creates a soft spot under the road so with a soft spot being underneath the roadway that starts to give, it cracks and breaks then it just start creating a bigger and bigger and bigger pothole.” Continue reading

Final Marshall County Unemployment Rates for 2017

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development released the final unemployment rates for 2017 and Indiana’s rate stayed steady at 3.4 percent, still coming in lower than the national average of 4.1 percent.

In Marshall County, the unemployment rate dropped from 3 percent to 2.7 percent. Compare that to December of 2016 when Marshall County’s unemployment was at 3.4 and it appears that Marshall County is seeing lower unemployment.

However, just because there is a lower unemployment rate, that doesn’t necessarily mean more people are working. Continue reading

Argos Clerk-Treasurer Seeks Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement

Argos Clerk-Treasurer Lisa Mullaney asked the Marshall County Commissioners to consider an intergovernmental agreement between the county, Town of Argos and Building Commissioner Chuck DeWitt for building and planning services.

The Town of Argos is looking toward economic growth. Mullaney said town officials need help with planning and Board of Zoning Appeals assistance to move forward. Mullaney commented that the members of these boards are volunteers and not qualified professionals so guidance from DeWitt would be appreciated.

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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

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

Intergovernmental Agreement Pertaining to Planning Services to be Reviewed Monday

The intergovernmental agreement between Marshall County and the City of Plymouth for planning services with Planning Director Ralph Booker will be discussed by the Plymouth City Council members on Monday.

County Attorney Jim Clevenger told the Marshall County Commissioners on Tuesday morning that Plymouth City Attorney Sean Surrisi was off much of the last part of December and didn’t have a chance to review the paperwork prior to Tuesday’s commissioners meeting.

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National Weather Service Issues Urgent Winter Weather Advisory for Marshall County

The National Weather Service has issued an urgent winter weather advisory for Marshall County, including the cities of Plymouth, Bremen and Culver. The advisory will be in effect on Thursday, January 4 from 1 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET.

Lake effect snow will be impacting the area so residents should prepare for reduced visibility at times and difficult travel conditions during morning and evening commutes. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches, with localized amounts of up to 10 inches are expected. Continue reading

Kid’s Day Event at Marshall County Historical Society Museum

In order to give local children something to do during their final week of winter break, the Marshall County Historical Society Museum is offering a free, kid-friendly special event today from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Interactive model trains will be running in the Disney-themed train room from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. In the community room, kids can play winter games and make crafts in the community room.  Continue reading

Marshall County Students Recognized as Rising Stars for Outstanding Academic Achievement

A number of students from Marshall County schools made their way onto the Indiana Association of School Principals’ list of the Rising Stars of Indiana Class of 2019.

School officials from all across the state were encouraged to nominate up to four students currently in 11th grade based on academic achievement. Juniors from Argos, Bremen, Triton and Plymouth high schools were recognized for their hard work and dedication.

At Argos Sr. High School Brock Bucker, Kalei Carlton, Kendall Carnes and Alison Overmyer were nominated. Bremen Sr. High School nominated Jackson Barnes, Kaitlyn Cullers, Evan Manges and Kaelyn Shively to represent their school corporation. In Bourbon at Triton Sr. High School, juniors recognized for their academic performance included Thomas Arndt, Kathryn Nelson, Jenna Swihart and Joshua Taylor. Continue reading

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Investigates Burglary on Muckshaw Road

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a burglary that took place in the 1500 block of Muckshaw Road.

The incident was reported shortly after 5 a.m. this morning. Individuals alerted police that an unknown person(s) gained entry into their home and stole items from inside the residence.

An investigation is being conducted and anyone with information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at 574-936-3187.

Bremen School Board Passes New Communication Policy

When the Bremen School Board met last Monday, members held the second reading over a policy detailing specific guidelines for board member and staff communication.

Superintendent Dr. Jim White said the policy was developed in order for there to be a delineated procedure to follow when board members and staff talk to each other. He said they wanted to clear up any confusion about the expectations of various positions within the school corporation. Continue reading

Santa Claus is Coming to Town a Little Sooner than You’d Think

Santa will be visiting Plymouth a whole month early! On Saturday, November 25th Santa will arrive on a fire truck during the Holiday Parade at 6 p.m.

The parade will be on Michigan Street, starting at Adams Street and ending in River Park Square. Santa will make his way to River Park Square for the tree lighting ceremony. The Park Department will perform a light show after the Christmas tree is lit. When the light show is complete, Santa will be at the Marshall County Museum for photos. Model trains will be running at the museum starting at 11 a.m.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be available all evening. Grab the whole family and come out for a night of festivities featuring Old Saint Nick as the guest of honor.

Democratic Party to Hold Gala Dinner at Local Establishment this Sunday

Marshall County Democrat Chairman Jim Smart announced that this year’s Democrat Gala Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 12 at Opie’s Deli and Office in downtown Plymouth. Social hour will start at 4 p.m. and the dinner portion will commence at 5:30 p.m.

Smart added that he is pleased to see that three qualified candidates will run in the May primary and the winner will eventually face incumbent Jackie Walorski for the 2nd District Congressional seat in November of 2018. Continue reading

Made in Marshall County Continues Today

The Marshall County Economic Development Corporation wants to link local businesses to students who are familiarizing themselves with potential career paths. That is why the MCEDC hosts the Made in Marshall County event, where companies have the opportunity to appeal directly to perspective employees.

Due to last year’s success, the event this year was expanded to take place over two days and includes more than 800 students from across Marshall County. Yesterday, participating businesses had the chance to connect with around 650 students about their specific products, workplaces and potential career paths.

Today, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Swan Lake Resort and Conference Center businesses will discuss job openings and internship opportunities with approximately 170 high school seniors. Continue reading

Warm Up Marshall County Coat Drive Collection

As temperatures continue to drop, individuals will begin breaking out warmer clothing when they prepare to leave their homes. Unfortunately, not everybody has that option. The national organization Warm Up reports that every winter, 14 million children across the country go without adequate winter wear.

Several area businesses are doing their part to cut those numbers down locally by hosting drop-off locations for the Warm-Up Marshall County Coat Drive. Continue reading

Arrest Made at Indiana State Police Bremen Post

On Tuesday, October 24th Indiana State Trooper Patrick O’Keefe arrested a Greenfield man for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he drove to the Indiana State Police Bremen Post to speak to the trooper.

According to the Indiana State Police press release, O’Keefe made arrangements to meet 57-year-old Scott Schroeder at the Indiana State Police Bremen Post in order for Schroeder to retrieve some of his belongings from a separate incident. The release states that Schroeder arrived at the post around 5:30 p.m., parked out front and went to the door to meet O’Keefe. Continue reading

Bowen Family Medical Scholarship Wants to Help Fix Physician Shortage in Rural Indiana

There are almost 7,000 communities around the country with an inadequate number of primary-care providers, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. A 2016 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that in the next decade, the country could be short 95,000 doctors.

The lack of primary-care providers can affect urban and suburban areas to a degree but it is the rural communities, like those in Marshall County, that tend to be hit the hardest. The Bowen Family Medical Scholarship was established to combat the issue and focuses on meeting the health needs of rural communities by supporting primary-care medical students as they work their way through medical school and residency programs. Continue reading