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December 19th

Class could end in welding careers

December 19, 2010

ARGOS — Five students from the Adult Basic Education (ABE) welding classes took what could be the most important test of their lives Thursday.
They have been working for the past 15 weeks to learn and perfect welding techniques in order to obtain a MIG welding certification.
According to ABE Director Deb Sherwood, the five young students had all dropped out of high school for various reasons.
“One came to us with a GED and the others have been taking GED classes along with the welding classes,” Sherwood said.

December 17th

Panthers top Plymouth

December 18, 2010

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth point guard Houston Hodges played his best game of the season, but NorthWood won the game in the front court.
With 6-foot-8 leading scorer Sean Smith sidelined with a five-game suspension, Panthers big men Cameron Williams and Aaron Rhoade combined for 27 points, and NorthWood earned a 19-rebound advantage keeping Plymouth off the glass as the Panthers handed the Pilgrims a 47-38 Northern Lakes Conference-opening loss at The Rock Friday.

Falcons overpower LaVille, 55-32

December 18, 2010

WALKERTON — John Glenn’s boys basketball squad flexed its muscle on both ends of the court Friday.
Defensively, the Falcons held LaVille to a 10-of-42 mark from the field — 2 of 18 from downtown — while on the other side of the timeline Glenn pounded the ball inside almost at will in a 55-32 Northern State Conference win at The Aerie.
“I think our strength took over tonight, and it should with our size and experience,” Glenn head coach Travis Hannah said. “We were able to take the ball to the hole.

Bremen splits boys/ girls DH

December 18, 2010

BREMEN — The hosts managed a spilt in Friday night’s girls/boys doubleheader with Knox, as Bremen’s girls blew out the visiting Redskins 65-47 and the boys fell 44-26.
In the girls contest, Bremen’s Brittney Pittman had 26 points while going 8-of-11 from 3-point range. Lerin Studt (13 points) and Jenna Pfeiffer (11) also scored in double figures while Kailee Feldman finished with 9 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
In the boys contest, Bremen had more fouls (16) than points (14) through three quarters and got no closer than 10 points after the first 5:29.

Culver wins second conference game against Jimtown

December 18, 2010

CULVER — If Jimtown is a brick wall, then Culver’s Zoe Bauer was the bulldozer that broke through it.
The Cavaliers, led by Bauer, came from behind in the last minutes of the game to increase their Northern State Conference wins to two, with a W over the Jimmies, 41-33.
Jimtown came to Culver knowing they had to shut down the Cavs’ four-year varsity player. And for the first three quarters, they did just that.
“I think we did a great job on Bauer,” Jimtown head coach Randy DeShone said, “until the third quarter. He’s been around a while, and a kid like that is going to beat you.”

Songs of a snowflake

December 17, 2010

Cortni Cook, front and center, sings a song as Crystal Snowflake during a second performance of fifth grade classes from Riverside Intermediate School this week. Pictured around the soloist are (front) Kevin Sibal; Kirkland Hettich as Rudolph; Carlee Donathen (left of Cook) and Bryon Whitaker (right); and back: Laura Orozco Rosario, Sydney Holzwart, and Taylor Brown.
Photo by Greg Hildebrand

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Steady giving has United Way near campaign goal

December 17, 2010

PLYMOUTH — Slow but sure wins the race, but that doesn’t make it any easier to wait.
“It’s really kind of a strange thing this year but for whatever reason many of the campaigns are running late this year,” said Jennifer Maddox, Executive Director of United Way of Marshall County. “I’m optimistic that we’re going to reach our goal but we won’t have final numbers for awhile yet because so many businesses haven’t completed their drives.”
One local company has been “in the clubhouse” on their drive for quite awhile. Not only was it a quick one, it was a big success.

Death Notices 12-17-10: Clinton 'Bud' Crull, Elbert V. Young

December 17, 2010

Clinton 'Bud' Crull
Dec. 15, 2010
ROCHESTER — Clinton  “Bud” Crull, 76, of Rochester, died at 1:41 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 at Woodlawn Hospital.
He is survived by a daughter, Angel Crull of Leiters Ford; two sons, Nathan Crull of Leiters Ford and John “Chewy” Crull, and wife Debbie, of Leiters Ford; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, Patsy Daley, and husband John, of Forida; and a brother, Charles Crull, and wife Mary Jo, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Private family services will be held. 
  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home.

NorthWood escapes Plymouth with win on Senior Night

December 17, 2010

PLYMOUTH — What should have been an enjoyable Senior Night for the Plymouth wrestlers quickly turned sour as the Northwood Panthers jumped out to an early lead.
The Rockies rebounded to make things interesting, but couldn’t quite cinch the pinfall they needed at the end, and the Panthers escaped Plymouth with a narrow 36-34 Northern Lakes Conference win Thursday.

December 16th

Death notices 12-16-10

December 16, 2010

Mary Kathryn Balsley
Dec. 14, 2010
BREMEN — Mary Kathryn Balsley, 87, Bremen, died at 9:58 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 at her residence.
She is survived by her husband Louis; son, Jeff (Susan) Balsley of Kalamazoo, Mich.; daughter, Chris (Kevin) Hershberger of Bremen; five grandchildren; eight grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Elaine Conley of Elkhart and Lois Schrader of Los Angeles, Calif.
Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at Mishler Funeral Home, 2030 S.R. 331, Bremen.

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