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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.

Voter registration closes Monday; voting opens on Tuesday

October 4, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — The last day to register to vote in November’s general election is Monday Oct. 6.

“Every vote counts,” said Marshall County Election Board Chairman Sean Surrisi.

Roger Wise, Election Board Vice Chairman, and Surrisi recalled two different scenarios in the county’s recent election history. One in which the election was determined by six votes and another in which the individual won by one vote.

Indiana aid worker being held by ISIL

October 4, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peter Kassig first visited Beirut on a college spring break trip. What the former Army Ranger from Indiana saw there prompted him to return, the next time as a medical assistant and humanitarian worker hoping to offer blankets, food and medical care to victims of the region's conflicts.

Kassig founded a nongovernmental organization that provided aid for refugees fleeing the civil war in neighboring Syria. But his work in Lebanon led to his capture by militants on Oct. 1, 2013, while en route to eastern Syria.

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.

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