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Jefferson Street bridge ordered closed

October 7, 2014

Staff Writer

PLYMOUTH — The traffic through the downtown area of Plymouth is going to be rerouted due to the closing of a busy intersection.
“I would like to motion we declare an emergency on the Jefferson Street bridge and we allow USI to get their company Beer and Slabaugh in to get started on this thing as soon as possible that the road would be closed Thursday morning as early as 6 a.m.” said Commissioner Roose.

Lakeville and the Indiana Main Street Initiative

October 7, 2014

LAKEVILLE — Shirley Rynearson presented some good news to the Lakeville Town Council during their regular meeting Monday evening. The council learned about a grant opportunity through Indiana Main Street Communities. There are some requirements that will need to be met. The board will design a five-year plan and go from there.
In other news the council was updated on the fire department's fundraiser, purchase of additional water meters was approved and Orchard Apartment renovation progress was discussed. For the full details see today's Pilot News.

Park Board meeting

October 7, 2014

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Park Board met for their regular meeting Monday evening.
Topics for the night included the lights at Bill Nixon Field. Bids for the project were reviewed and Mike Hite, park superintendent, recommended accepting the bid from Michiana Contracting for $196,835.
Freedom Park was another hot topic. The park department received funds through an insurance settlement from storm damage. Those funds will be used to help build Freedom Park, an all inclusive playground, at Packard Woods park with the board's approval.

Jackknifed semi closes road

October 7, 2014

PLYMOUTH — A jackknifed truck leaking fuel caused a portion of US 30 and King Road to be blocked to traffic for several hours Monday.

According to the report from Marshall County Police, driver Edward Tripp was westbound on US Highway 30 about 1:16 p.m. and attempted to turn onto King Road when he lost control of the truck, causing it to jackknife. Fuel spilled from the damaged fuel tank and leaked onto the road surface.

Tripp was treated at the scene by Plymouth EMS and transported to the hospital for examination, according to the police report.

Emergency road closure

October 6, 2014

PLYMOUTH — This morning at the Marshall County Commissioner meeting the decision was made that the Jefferson Street bridge at the corner of Michigan and Jefferson will be shut down to all traffic beginning first thing Thursday morning.
There are major repairs that must be done to keep the bridge way safe for travel. The full article will be in tomorrow's Pilot News with all the details.

California Packaging Company setting up operations in La Porte

October 6, 2014

LA PORTE, Ind. (Oct. 6, 2014) – Plastic Package, a manufacturer of packaging containers and trays, announced plans today to locate its Midwest manufacturing operations here, creating up to 19 new jobs by 2016.

The Sacramento, California-based company will invest $1.37 million to lease and equip a 20,000 square-foot facility at 1900 Whirlpool Drive, Suite 300 in La Porte, with plans to be fully operational by November. The new location will support the company’s growth strategy into the Midwest, while also growing its capacity and enhancing offerings nationwide.

High court denies gay marriage appeals

October 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions. The court's order effectively makes gay marriage legal in 30 states.

Without comment, the justices brought to an end delays in same-sex marriages in five states— Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Teachers become characters from children's books

October 6, 2014

NORTH LIBERTY — What happens in a library at night? The characters come to life!

Just like the night guard who came face to face with Sacajawea, Teddy Roosevelt, and friends in Night at the Museum, teachers and administrators at North Liberty elementary were expecting a similar thrilling experience at North Liberty Elementary School Friday evening as more than 30 characters escape their books for a little recreation in the school hallways.

New jobs headed to New Paris

October 5, 2014

NEW PARIS – Smoker Craft, Inc., one of the oldest family-owned boat manufacturers, announced plans Wednesday to expand its operations, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2018.

The homegrown-Hoosier company will invest $4.1 million to renovate and equip its 500,000 square-foot production facility at 68143 Clunette St. in New Paris. Expanding with 90,000 additional square feet operational by March, the company’s growth will allow it to increase production by 50 percent and create manufacturing efficiencies in quality and consistency.

Time for those flu shots

October 5, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — For the coming flu season, the CDC estimates 151 to 159 million vaccines will be available for the 2014-2015 year. The flu is considered a viral sickness.

Family physician Dr. Laura Blackford of Plymouth Family and Internal Medicine said that getting vaccinated this year is as important as any other flue season.

“Flu can cause serious illness. There have been epidemics in the past. If more people were immunized, it would be more contained,” cautioned Blackford.

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