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Commissioners give termination order for Starke Treasurer employees

August 11, 2011

KNOX — Starke County Commissioners gave the order to terminate all employees in the Starke County Treasurer's office in a public meeting, which was held this morning (Thursday, Aug. 11) and which took place after an emergency executive session of the commissioners.
The termination order was due to an unresolved issue in the 2009 audit by the State Board of Accounts of the Starke County Treasurer's office.
Starke County Commissioner President Dan Bridegroom read a release for members of the media and anyone else in attendance.

Culver park board votes to oppose wind turbine placement

August 10, 2011

Culver's Parks and Recreations board voted to formally express its opposition to placement of more than 60 45-story wind turbines in an area including land affecting the Culver-Lake Maxinkuckee community, at the board's monthly meeting August 3.
The decision grew from discussion of a then-upcoming "town hall" style meeting at the Culver Elementary School August 13. Board member Patty Stallings said the company proposing to place the turbines, Next Era Energy of Florida, has visited Culver's Lions and Kiwanis Clubs and Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council.

Bid awarded for improvement project

August 10, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Last night, the Plymouth Board of Aviation Commissioners awarded a bid for the re-siding of the terminal building. The project is just one on a long list of improvements that are being made at the airport.
The bid was awarded to Johnson Builders of Knox. According to the commissioners, Johnson had the low bid for the second time. The bid of $51,277 includes insulation as well as siding.

Main Street grant hearing held

August 9, 2011

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Common Council held a public hearing last night that marks one of the first formal actions to apply for a Main Street grant.
At the July 25 meeting, City Attorney Nelson Chipman requested the public hearing, although a committee striving to identify specific projects had not yet come to a consensus. The application for the federal grant that is administered through the office of Community and Rural Affairs in Indiana is not due until October of this year; however the project proposal must be submitted by Aug. 15.

Council looks at raising fee for building inspections

August 9, 2011

PLYMOUTH — In the course of considering changing Marshall County building inspector Chuck DeWitt’s position from part-time to full-time, county council members happened upon another topic—the amount that the county actually receives for doing building inspections.
DeWitt, who does all the building inspections for the county’s communities, collects a fee of $50 per project. This amount is the same no matter how far DeWitt travels to do the inspection, or how many times he visits the same project.

Boys and Girls Club kids knit hats for newborns

August 8, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Eight young girls excitedly gathered in the lobby of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center(SJRMC) Thursday morning.
After spending most of the summer knitting tiny hats, they were ready to hopefully find some willing babies to wear their creations.
This is the fourth year that the Marshall County Boys & Girls Club kids have dedicated their summer to knitting hats for newborns.
Sue Holland, art director, and assistant teacher Glenna Huffman, worked with a group of 21 youngsters over the summer to knit 82 baby bonnets.

Triton pushes back first day due to A.C.

August 8, 2011

BOURBON – A delay in completion of the heating and air conditioning installation at Triton Jr./Sr. High School has pushed backed the start of the student year. The first day for all Triton Elementary School and Triton Jr./Sr. High School students is now Friday, Aug. 19.
The student registration/textbook rental collection dates for Triton Elementary School are still Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration/textbook rental collection dates for the junior/senior high school have changed.

Former resident searches for her roots at father's request

August 8, 2011

PLYMOUTH — What began with a simple request from her father has grown into a lifetime search for Coni Dubois.
Dubois, who grew up in Marshall County with her parents Rex and Nancy Allen, first began searching for her ancestors 18 years ago.
“(My father) said, Coni, find our Native American roots,” said Dubois, who added that her father was raised Native American but had no idea where he had come from.
“(Their family) just didn’t talk about it, being Native American was considered bad,” said Dubois.

Environmental Laboratories Inc. opens satellite lab in Plymouth

August 8, 2011

PLYMOUTH — The large LifePlex facility is now home to one more business. Environmental Laboratories Inc.(ELI), a chemical and biological testing company founded in Madison, recently opened a satellite lab on the second floor of the LifePlex.
The state-certified company tests drinking water, wastewater, and pool water as well as many other substances for harmful bacterias.
“We literally have the capacity to test anything known to man,” said founder and vice president Chris Myers.

Culver Garden Court progressing, say Liechty, Berger

August 8, 2011

If you’ve driven down South Main Street, you’ve likely seen the progress on Culver’s Garden Court senior housing facility there. Two of those centrally responsible for its arrival and construction here updated Culver’s Kiwanis Club recently on the project’s progress.
Kevin Berger, head of Culver’s Easterday Construction, the contracting entity on the project, said he’s been trying to get a Garden Court here for several years and through “five town managers,” with one of the issues being the lack of available land here at a workable price.

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