August 4th, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€” Perhaps one of the biggest traffic hassles in Plymouth, the Oak Road construction project, is nearing a conclusion according to project engineer Gary Fox.
â€śWeâ€™re getting real close now,â€ť said Fox Wednesday, adding that their target completion date for the project is mid-November.
Fox said that the west two lanes of Oak Road are completed, and workers are currently placing sidewalks and doing reconstruction. In the next week, work will begin on the east lanes, pushing traffic onto the newly finished west lanes.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Marshall County Coronerâ€™s Office has released the names of the two victims of Tuesday morningâ€™s double-fatality accident at 5A and Michigan Roads north of Plymouth.
Wesley F. Collins, 21, of Plymouth and Conner A. McGee, 18, of Muncie were both killed instantly in a three-vehicle crash. Identification of both victims was withheld during the day pending notification of family members.
According to the Marshall County Sheriffâ€™s Department, officers responded to the scene at approximately 5:37 a.m. and determined that two separate accidents had occurred.
LAPORTE/STARKE COUNTY â€“ The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will close U.S. 35 between U.S. 6 and U.S. 30 beginning Tuesday, Aug. 9. Crews will be demolishing the old bridge over the Kankakee River and changing the alignment of the highway to carry traffic over a new bridge.
During the work, traffic will be directed on a 20-mile, marked detour. Northbound traffic will be directed west on U.S. 30, north on Ind. 39 and east on U.S. 6. Southbound traffic will be directed west on U.S. 6, south on Ind. 39 and east on U.S. 30.
A â€śtown hallâ€ť style meeting has been announced by a group called Concerned Property Owners of Southern Marshall County, scheduled for Saturday, August 13, starting at 10 a.m. at the Uptown Cinema on Lake Shore Drive in Culver.
If you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between an ATV, RTV, UTV, and MTV -- and whether any of them constitute a golf cart, or are allowed on Culver's streets under state statute -- you're in good company.
Culver's town council last week sought to untangle the meanings behind those acronyms (hint: All Terrain Vehicle, Rough Terrain Vehicle, Utility Terrain Vehicle, and Marginal Terrain Vehicle are at least some of the options) and their legality.
PLYMOUTH â€” Itâ€™s back to the drawing board for the Plymouth Aviation Board if it wants BZA (Board of Zoning Appeals) approval for signs at the airport.
Airport Manager Dave Lattimer and Aviation Board President Tom Flynn appeared before the BZA Tuesday night seeking a variance from the development standard to increase the sign area from 32 square feet to 119 square feet for a monument sign. The sign â€” designed by Vanadco Signs of Argos â€” would measure 17 feet high.
The BZA Board considered the matter and then voted unanimously to deny the application.
LAKEVILLE â€“ Racing around the track isnâ€™t anything out of the ordinary for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. But Tuesday at Newton Park, Stewart was behind the wheel of a quarter-scale radio controlled car instead of his #14 Office Depot Sprint Cup car.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. â€” Gary Suter, a 1982 graduate of Culver Military Academy, will be enshrined as a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
He will be joined by Chicago Blackhawks teammate Chris Chelios, Mike Emrick, Ed Snider, and Keith Tkachuk, it was announced Monday by USA Hockey. The five-member class will be formally installed into the Hall in Chicago this fall, with a date to be announced in the near future.
The 44th annual Culver Invitational Tennis Tournament will take place this Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, at the Culver Academies tennis facilities off State Road 10. Cost is $20 per player, payable at the courts; ages 15 and up.
A crash has claimed the life of at least two in Marshall County this morning.
Around 6:30 a.m., emergency crews were called to the scene, where a mulitple-vehicle collision occurred. A car crossed the center line near the intersection of 5A and Michigan Roads, north of Plymouth. The car hit a pickup truck head-on, spun around and was hit by another car. Two others were airlifted for their injuries. A fifth person was treated at the scene.
Michigan Road between 4th and 6th was closed for a short time this morning following the crash.
More information will be available later today.