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June 17th, 2014

Argos School Board hires interim superintendent

June 17, 2014

ARGOS – “Teaching an old dog new tricks” will not be necessary as Russ Mikel takes the helm of the Argos Community School Corporation as interim Superintendent. The Argos School Board also discussed finances, salaries and hirings.
There was also discussion on allowing home-schooled children to participate in extra curricular/ sports activities, employee resignations and good-byes were said to Julie Lauck.
All the details and more information is available in today's Pilot News.

Grants help make schools more safe

June 17, 2014

PLYMOUTH/ BOURBON — Student safety is a high priority for all members of school administrations, teachers, staff and parents. The Secured School Safety Grant helps schools reach their safety goals.
Two schools serving Marshall County received more than $48,000 combined in the recently announced grant awards from the state Department of Homeland Security.
Plymouth Community School Corporation (PCSC) was awarded $35,000 to employ a school resource officer and for equipment.

PHS Class of 2014 graduates

June 17, 2014

PLYMOUTH — Saying goodbye is not easy. More than 250 Plymouth High School students did just that at the 139th commencement ceremony at Plymouth High School Friday evening.
The class of 2014 motto “Life brings us tears, smiles and memories- the tears dry, the smalls fade, but the memories last forever” echoed throughout the evening.
“First I’d like to express how grateful, humbled and extremely nervous I am to have been given the honor to speak tonight,” began class Valedictorian Travis Tredway.

June 13th

Grant will help identify to reclaim contaminated sites in the county

June 13, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY/PLYMOUTH/BOURBON — A $600,000 grant will help the county identify and reclaim property once used for commercial or industrial purposes. The funding will pay for soil testing and the cost of creating a county-wide inventory of sites considered brownfields that may be reused after cleanup.

A complete list of some of the already identified sites and the plans for the funding are detailed in today's Pilot News.

LaVille schools raises per run rate for bus drivers

June 13, 2014

LAPAZ/LAKEVILLE — The Union North United School Corp. board approved a rate increase for school bus drivers, effective this summer and into next school year. The increase of $10 per run will help the school recruit and retain good drivers, according to school officials.

Find out more about this story and the other items discussed in Thursday's meeting in today's Pilot News.

June 11th

Details released in Starke murder, carjacking case

June 11, 2014

STARKE Co. — Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff released the details of the case surrounding Gary Chavez and the murder of his estranged wife Kimberly Chavez today (Wednesday, June 11.)
According to the probable cause affidavit, the Starke County Sheriff Department's 911 Dispatch center received a call at approximately 4 p.m. Friday, June 6 from Bryant Wagner, a man who claimed to have been kidnapped in the parking lot at Bailey's Discount Center in North Judson.

Knox man charged with murder, more

June 11, 2014

KNOX — Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff filed a formal charge of murder against Gary W. Chavez, 57, of Knox, for his alleged involvement in the Friday, June 6 slaying of his estranged wife, Kimberly S. Chavez, 50, of Portage, who was discovered dead in Chavez's Knox home last Friday, after an alleged  crime spree that involved three carjackings, a hostage situation, and led multiple police departments across four counties ended with Chavez shooting himself after he lost control of the vehicle he was traveling in on I-65 S. in Lake County. 

Meet the Artist: George Schricker - wordsmith

June 11, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — “Deep in your heart there’s a special light that knows--that the world needs your every gift if we’re all going to grow. And it’s up to you to see it—let it swell like the rolling tide—it’s up to you to share your life and the story that’s inside.” Those are the words of poet, songwriter and storyteller, George Schricker, bard of Plymouth, Indiana.

State Police and Better Business Bureau Warn About IRS Scam

June 11, 2014

REGION — The Indiana State Police in Fort Wayne and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Northern Indiana are teaming up to remind citizens of the scam circulating in which callers purport to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

According to the BBB, consumers are receiving very menacing calls from individuals, who state that they are with the IRS. The reason stated for their call is that they’re collecting on taxes owed since 2002. Threats of arrest and jail time are made, if immediate payment isn’t given.

Board of Zoning Appeals approves set back variances

June 11, 2014

PLYMOUTH — Two local property owners received the OK to add on or build on their property now that the county Board of Zoning Appeals approved the requested variances Tuesday.

The property owners have to comply with board requests, such as removing a fence and placing a proposed garage in line with the neighbors', but can go ahead with plans.

Details on this story are available in the June 11 edition of the Pilot News.

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