June 15th, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€” A strike that began last Thursday in parts of Northern Indiana reached Plymouth Tuesday. Construction workers who are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, including those working on the Oak Road construction near Wal-Mart, halted work Tuesday morning. They will remain on the picket line â€śuntil they can settle,â€ť according to one worker Tuesday afternoon.
The workers held signs saying that they wanted better wages and working conditions, but the focus of the strike according to Local 150 is on keeping up with increasing healthcare costs.
PLYMOUTH â€” During the Marshall County council meeting Monday morning, Wes Burden from the health department informed the council that the state of Indiana is pushing county health departments to apply for Medicaid funding. As a result, the health department may begin charging an $8 administration fee for each vaccine given. The fee would go to pay for supplies that go along with administering shots, not for the actual vaccines themselves, which are provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are federally funded.
FRANKLIN â€” Whatever happens next, it's already one for the history books.
Triton sophomore Quentyn Carpenter survived a rough stretch at the end of his round at The Legends to post an even-par 72 and make the cut out to the second day at the 75th Annual IHSAA Boys State Golf Finals in Franklin Tuesday.
Even traveling for 30 hours straight didnâ€™t keep Plymouth native Katie Day from jumping right in to get the most out of a seven-week trip to Ireland.
Day, a 2008 Plymouth High School graduate and Butler University senior, learned of opportunities to work for room and board in Ireland when she was traveling throughout Europe last year.
Day said, â€śI heard about an internet site (helpx.net) where people post their needs. I will be there for seven weeks and working on three different farms.â€ť
To start, she will be saying at a village about 15 minutes outside of Limerick.
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.