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Halloween in Plymouth

November 1, 2010

Trick-or-treating in Plymouth with bee Graice Maw Thomas is Rick Thomas, in a handmade beehive.
Photo by Maggie Nixon

PHS band takes fifth at state

November 1, 2010

PLYMOUTH — The Pride of Plymouth’s trip to the state finals in Indianapolis Saturday stirred a lot of interest and pride in the community. The band had made it to the semi-state level for two of the last three years, but this was their first trip to the finals.
Out of the 10 bands competing in its class, the Plymouth band of 117 members ranked fifth.
Director Bryan Ames said Plymouth was the only first-time band competing.

Students get their chance to vote

November 1, 2010

LAKEVILLE — Cell phone use in class is typically a no-no, but the rule is being temporarily relaxed at LaVille Jr./Sr. High School.
At the beginning of the school year, Union-North Technology Director Mike Sumpter set up a teachers’ poll in which votes were cast via cell phone through www.polleverywhere.com. To get LaVille students involved in the election process, the same setup is being used so they can vote on the Joe Donnelly/Jackie Walorski Congressional and Dan Coats/Brad Ellsworth Senate races. The results will show who would win if the student body was the total electorate.

Falling pumpkins

October 31, 2010

Jefferson Elementary School held its annual pumpkin drop, where students use whatever supplies they can think of to support a pumpkin in hopes of it not breaking from about 80 feet from a Plymouth Fire Department truck.
The only surviving pumpkin for the day was dropped by the team of (from left) Austin Snyder, Kayla Heckaman, Michael Ruggles and Caden Grove.
Photo by Maggie Nixon.

4 up for LaVille school seats

October 31, 2010

LAKEVILLE — Four people are running for two spots on the Union-North United School Board. They are: Michael Berger and Patricia Blount for the North Township seat and Dennis Graf and Larry Ort for the Union Township (St. Joseph County) seat. Ort is the only incumbent.
Dennis Graf
Graf is up for election in the race for Union-North United School Corporation board. Graf is running for the Union Township seat from St. Joseph County. This is the first time that he has run for school board.

Burn ban remains in effect

October 31, 2010

PLYMOUTH — Temperatures may be cooler, but the dry conditions remain around the area. Residents are advised that Marshall County’s burn ban also remains in place.
To date, the ban has not been lifted and will not be for some time if weather conditions do not improve. Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery advised the Pilot News that he had passed on recommendations to the Marshall County Commissioners from three area fire chiefs recommending that the ban remain in effect.

Pride of Plymouth headed for state finals

October 29, 2010

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth High School marching band — Pride of Plymouth — made Plymouth High School history last week by becoming the first-ever marching band from Plymouth to qualify for the Indiana State School Music Association’s Marching Band state finals.
The band is under the direction of Bryan Ames and Lisa Wallyn.  Guard director is Nikki Horner.  Drum majors for the band are Tori MacLain, Elizabeth Wolford, Addie Palmer and Stephen John-son.

Big property tax decision ahead for voters

October 29, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS — Voters will be asked to decide on an important constitutional amendment in the upcoming election regarding property taxes. The Indiana Property Tax Cap Amendment will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment.
The summary of the measure as it will appear on the ballot is as follows:
“Shall property taxes be limited for all classes of property by amending the Constitution of the State of Indiana to do the following:
(1) Limit a taxpayer’s annual property tax bill to the following percentages of gross assessed value:

No action in Stone election case

October 29, 2010

PLYMOUTH — No further action will be taken on complaints that had been filed against Judith Stone, candidate for County Council District 4.
Stone’s opponent in the political race, Ryan Ripley, had made formal complaints to the Marshall County Election Board Oct. 22 and hand delivered a complaint Sept. 27 authorized by the Marshall County Democrat Party to the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office.
In his complaint to the Election Board, Ripley indicated that Stone did not properly list in-kind donations in her financial report.

Join the POP procession

October 28, 2010

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth High School made history Saturday as the Pride of Plymouth (POP) Marching Band finished in the top 10 out of 20 teams to go on to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the State Finals this Saturday.
POP has made the semi-state for two of last three years, but this will be the first trip to the finals.
The band will perform in Class C competition and the PHS Music Boosters hope the community celebrates in the upcoming activities. 

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