August 18th, 2014
PLYMOUTH â€“ The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced today that the New U.S. 31 between South Bend and Plymouth opens to traffic Thursday, Aug. 21.
Some restrictions will remain on the north end of the project near South Bend and the south end near Plymouth through the end of the year as construction continues.
The new U.S. 31 is 20 miles of divided, four-lane highway between the U.S. 20 Bypass in South Bend and U.S. 30 near Plymouth.
PLYMOUTH â€” Runners, walkers and people in wheelchairs came out to support the Freedom Park Color Run Saturday. The annual event is a fundraiser for the planned playground for children of all abilities.
The annual run was updated this year with a little color, of the colored corn starch variety, bringing people to the finish line speckled in pink, blue, purple and green.
PLYMOUTH â€” The number of bullying incidents reported to the state this year by Lincoln Jr. High School was not accurate, school officials said. That number is being amended.
Of the 60 incidents reported, only about three were determined to be actually bullying incidents that meet the reporting criteria. The others were simply reports which included name-calling and other actions not fitting within the bullying criteria, according to Assistant Principal Craig Hopple.
BOURBON â€” A workshop to help teachers and staff identify the signs of someone contemplating suicide was offered the day before students returned to school last week.
â€śWe are going to take probably one of the hardest things youâ€™ll ever have to do and make it simple, notice I did not say easy. It is never easy,â€ť began Hunter Randall corporate trainer for the Bowen Center.
Hildegard L. Babendrager
Feb. 3, 1926 â€“ Aug. 15, 2014
PLYMOUTH â€” Hildegard L. Babendrager, 88, passed away on Friday morning, Aug. 15, 2014. She died peacefully of natural causes in the continual care of her family and the Center for Hospice Care.Â
Hildegard was born on Feb. 3, 1926 in Germany to the late Erich and Frieda (Lange) Dumke. On Dec. 24, 1946 in Germany, she married Heinz Babendrager. He passed away July 17, 1994.
Florence Edna Heiman
Oct. 18, 1924 â€“ Aug. 14, 2014
ELKHART â€“ Florence Edna Heiman, 89, of Plymouth, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Eastlake Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born on Oct. 18, 1924 in Plymouth to the late Robert R. and Florence E. (Copp) White.
Earl E. Herriott
April 23, 1938 â€“ June 13, 2014
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. â€” Earl E. Herriott, 76, formerly of Argos, passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Arizona.
Born on April 23, 1938 in Freeland Park, Earl was the son of John and Laura (Reed) Herriott. He graduated from Jefferson Center High School in Jefferson Center.
Earl served in the Air National Guard from 1957-1958, after which, he moved to the Marshall County area.
On June 8, 1991, Earl married Linda R. Lewis.
NAPPANEE --- The contestants are getting ready for the Miss Apple Blossom Scholarship Pageant as part of the Apple Blossom Festival next month.
Application deadline is just hours away -- 5 p.m. Friday -- so there is still a chance for late entrants.
This will be the 39th pageant. The pageant is meant to be educational, fun and most of all, memories of a special hometown event.
Pam Shaw is the Pageant Coordinator. She has been on the Festival committee for 14 years.
Through her seasons of dealing with the scholarship pageant, she has come away impressed with the level of competition.
BREMEN -- If ever there was an important tradition in safe hands, it is Bremen's Junior Miss.
The 50th Distinguished Young Women's program took place Saturday night in a very welcoming Bowen Auditorium on the high school campus.
Brooke Bahr took the 2015 title with ease. Her vocal solo and guitar playing alone, her commanding stage presence, the bounce in her routine separating her from the pack in the fitness competition . . . there was little doubt the best competitor this night won it all.
Michael A. Zeider
April 20, 1953 - Aug. 13, 2014
PLYMOUTH â€” Michael A. Zeider, 61, of Plymouth passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 at home. He was born on April 20, 1953 to Charles and Patricia (Cooley) Zeider in Plymouth.
Mike recently retired, after working for over 40 years with Indiana State Highway. He thoroughly enjoyed his job as a project manager and loved to share stories about his work. Mike was just as passionate about those he loved as he was about building roads, and was looking forward to spending his retirement with family and friends.