June 14th, 2011
BOURBON â€” It was to be the first day of school Aug. 18, 2009 for Triton freshman Jacob Berger.
Sadly however, his family, friends, teammates, classmates and the entire Bourbon community learned that day that Jacob had died.
The 14-year-old had been at football practice the night before and had received a head injury from a head to head impact, but it was discovered later that Jacobâ€™s death was not solely related to football. Jacobâ€™s father, Tim Berger, said the cause of his death was due to a Dual Berry aneurism stemming from a congenital condition.
Mary Beth Harnessâ€™ retirement may have taken place in much the same manner as her more than 35 years of teaching art at Culver Community High School: quietly, but with significant and lasting impact.
Harness said farewell to the school on the final day of classes last Thursday, ending a career here she began in 1974, just six years after the school opened in its present location.
BOURBON â€” A small group of teachers, parents, and kids gathered at 8 a.m. Saturday outside Triton Elementary School.
Their goal was simple â€” spruce up the school. As the sun grew hotter, the group spilt up to cover two different areas: landscaping in the front of the building, and renovating the playground in the back.
â€śIt already looks so much better,â€ť said mom Monica Best, waving her hand at the see-saws that were being painted bright blue â€” a big improvement from their earlier chipped state.
PLYMOUTH â€” Former Plymouth Mayor James E. Yeazel, 83, died suddenly after experiencing a heart attack at his home Saturday evening.
Yeazel will be remembered as a friend by many in the community. His love of Plymouth was unequaled and his hand of friendship was always extended to everyone he met.
Yeazel served as the mayor of Plymouth from 2000 to 2003. Within only a few months of finishing his term as mayor, health concerns forced him to resign. His wife Bonnie was appointed in September of 2003 to complete the term that ended on December 31.
ARGOS â€” A simple informational presentation turned into ground for heated discussion Thursday in the Argos High School gym.
Next Era Energy, a Fortune 200 company based in Florida, held an open house in the gym to inform area residents about the proposed wind turbine park in Marshall and Fulton counties. Energy from wind turbines is renewable, produces no pollution, uses no water, and is compatible with farming. Representatives from the company were taken aback, however, when a couple from Illinois arrived at the event and began asking questions.
PLYMOUTH â€” This Friday, children of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about Marshall County agriculture and plant their own vegetables or flowers.
Plymouthâ€™s Second Friday festivities will include a presentation and planting activity by Bob Yoder, agricultural expert from the Marshall County Extension Office.
â€śWe are going to transplant vegetable and flower plants for (the kids) that they can take home and watch grow,â€ť said Yoder, who holds an agriculture degree from Purdue University and grew up on a farm.
PLYMOUTH â€”Â The Plymouth Community School Corporation issued a press release this week concerning the results of an investigation launched after it was discovered that portions of the eighth grade ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) test given at Lincoln Junior High during the 2010-11 school year had to be invalidated.
On or about May 1, it was discovered that there were irregularities concerning the preparation given to some students prior to the test itself. The school self-reported the problem to the Department of Education (DOE).
PLYMOUTH â€” This was the fourth year that the Plymouth FOP and the Marshall/Starke Development Center (MSDC) have joined forces to put together a prom for developmentally disabled individuals in the community. The prom took place May 20. Dresses and suits were donated by members in the community, and Prices Cleaning cleaned all the donated items. The annual event is held each year at the Plymouth Moose Lodge.
â€śThe Moose has been really more than generous,â€ť said Pam Landesman of MSDC. â€śThey are so easy to get along with, and we are packed every year. The building is just full to the brim.â€ť
BLOOMINGTON â€” Despite some weighty expectations and the sweltering heat at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex, Waverly Neer kept her cool Saturday.
Even with temperatures running in the mid-90s, the Culver Girls Academy star managed to break a pair of state records in the 1600- and the 3200-meter runs at the 38th Annual Girls Track and Field State Finals, clocking a 4:43.46 stop in the 1600 meters to shatter the old record by nearly six seconds before setting a new standard in the 3200 in 10:20.66 an hour and a half later.