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Hotel to open this month

October 4, 2014

PLYMOUTH — The new Comfort Suites Hotel may soon open and stop languishing on Michigan Street. New owner Raj Patel has been working to update the building for a late October opening.

New furniture and fixtures are being added, as well as some minor construction still in the second and third floors.

“They’ve gone through several different contractors. The owner has been doing the spearheading of the project himself,” said Keith Hammonds, building commissioner for the city.

Plymouth airport gets $2.3 million in federal funds

October 4, 2014

PLYMOUTH — Fixing up things instead of replacing them has become very popular all over and for the Plymouth Municipal Airport that holds true as well.

“We are here today thanking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for finally listening to what we’ve been saying all along,” began Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter. “Plymouth is the place to be.”

The Aviation Commission began reconditioning the airport several years ago with a fresh coat of paint here and some remodeling. The projects started small and moved forward at a steady pace.

Barn burns

October 4, 2014

TYNER — A fire at a 40 x 100 foot pole barn burned hot and long Thursday night, forcing firefighters to remain on the scene for 10 hours.

At about 4:20 p.m., Polk County Fire Department was dispatched to the 4000 block of Thorn Road. The barn, with a metal roof and three metal side walls, was filled with 180 round bales of hay, with an additional 25-30 round bales outside the barn.

“All of the hay and the barn is a complete loss,” Polk Township Fire Department Public Information Officer John Einhorn said.

Sheriff's department warns of possible scam

October 3, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — Several Culver residents have received phone calls stating they are late on paying their property taxes, a lien will be placed on their property and the police are on the way with a warrant for their arrest. Some are automated calls. Also they are leaving messages on answering machines with a number to call back.

Regional marching bands to compete on the field Saturday

October 3, 2014

PLYMOUTH — For some people, the halftime shows are the best part of Friday Night Lights.

Those people and others who appreciate the precision and practice required to bring those shows to life in front of a crowd will be sure to attend the 16th annual Harvest Festival Marching Invitational Saturday in Plymouth’s Rockpile stadium.

Hosted by the Pride of Plymouth, 14 bands from the region are taking part, putting on their shows and doing their best to impress the judges. The Festival starts at 5 p.m., with the first band, Bremen, taking the field soon after.

County Commissioners October 6

October 3, 2014

The Marshall County Commissioners will hold their regular meeting on October 6 at the county building. Below is posted their proposed agenda.

Marshall County Commissioners
October 6, 2014
Proposed Agenda

8:30 am USI
• Jefferson Street Bridge

8:40 am Bart Trester-USI
• 7th Road update
• Metronet update

8:50 am Clyde Avery - EMA Director
• Grant application approval

9:00 am Ward Byers – Court Services Director
• Employment contract

9:10 am Drew Hettich – Wiers Trucking
• Bid process

9:20 am Stacy Richer

Ball State economist says September jobs numbers "mixed"

October 3, 2014

Ball State economist Michael Hicks says September’s job numbers paints a familiar story of mixed growth.

“Things are better, but not yet good, he says. “The numbers aren’t bad as 248,000 new jobs were added last month and employment for August was revised up to 180,000 from 142,000.”

While the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent from 6.1 percent, a closer examination of the underlying numbers is far less satisfying, says Hicks, director of Ball State’s Center for Economic and Business Research.

Grants awarded to 10 Marshall County organizations

October 3, 2014

PLYMOUTH – The Marshall County Community Foundation awarded $66,210 in grants Oct. 2 at Key Bank. The grant money was part of the second round of 2014 community fund grants to be passed out.

Ten groups were awarded funds for the year. Each representative stood and spoke for a moment about what their grant money was funding in the community.

North Liberty woman dies in accident

October 3, 2014

POLK TOWNSHIP — A 29-year-old woman from North Liberty died from injuries sustained in a single car accident late Wednesday night.

According to the police report, Melissa Newcomb died from internal injuries after her 1990 Oldsmobile crashed into a concrete pole near the intersection of Tamarack and 4B roads. The accident occurred at about 10:30 p.m.

Bark in the Park happens Sunday

October 2, 2014

PLYMOUTH — The eighth annual Marshall County Humane Society’s (MCHS) Bark in the Park is this Sunday at Centennial Park in Plymouth.

The walk begins at 1 p.m. at the Freyman Shelter near the tennis courts and dog park. Pledge sheets for the walk can be found online at www.mchsshelter.org or individuals can register the day of at the walk. Individuals achieving $25 in pledges will get a free t-shirt with the Bark in the Park logo on it. The t-shirts are also for sale for individuals that don’t have a dog to walk or if someone just wants a t-shirt.

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