The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-25T13:40:57-05:00 Revitalization Dec. 32014-11-25T13:40:57-05:002014-11-25T13:40:57-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsTheir proposed agenda is posted.AGENDACITY OF PLYMOUTHDOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION MEETINGWednesday, December 3, 2014_________________________________________________________Plymouth Community Schools___5:30 P.M. Administration Building611 Berkley Dr, Plymouth1. Call to Order2. Roll Call3. Minutes of the November 5, 2014 meeting4. New downtown ideas5. Other Business6. AdjournmentPlymouth, INNo author availableDowntown Revitalization Dec. 3The Pilot Karma2014-11-24T14:45:28-05:002014-11-24T14:45:28-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsTom Sampson and his wife Juli were trying to figure our what path they would take in life 24 years ago. Sampson's love for music led him to the idea of opening up a record store, since Plymouth didn't have one. Karma Records has been a stepping stone in the lives of many young employees whom themselves, are (now) leaving their own footprints. Employees have gone on in their careers thanks to the support they received from Sampson. The supportive and caring nature comes naturally. Sampson is a family man, with 3 children, which carries over into his business and how he interacts with his employees. "I definitely think he teaches his employees great work ethics. He knows when to joke and have fun with them but isn't afraid to jump in with the occasional, 'I'm not your dad or anything but...' speech," said current employee Jennelle Wade. "He genuinely cares about all of his employees." Facebook has been one of the newest avenues Sampson has taken to draw in new customers. Sharing updates about what is new in the store, specials and creating conversation.In the digital world Sampson keeps Karma Records alive. "All the other stores that stuck with just music closed their doors or went bankrupt so we had to adapt," said Sampson. "We've had to expand our selection beyond just music."That expanded merchandise includes skateboarding supplies, apparel for men, women and children, scented candles and candle holders, incense and incense burners, jewelry and body jewelry, books, band  merchandise, stickers, poster and more. Karma Records also will order any CD that is not in stock for a customer. Another neat thing that a shopper can do at Karma is create their own custom CD with 1,000s of songs to chose from.The plymouth location is not the only place to find Karma. There is another location in Warsaw. While the stores do not share an owner they share roots. "We bought the original corporate Karma in Warsaw in 1991 but decided to sell it in '97. Once the new owner closed in 2008 we started a new Karma from the ground up in 2009. We have since sold that one again in 2012 but we are happy to see that it's still going strong," said Sampson.Karma has been a constant figure in Plymouth for more than two decades. Sampson doesn't plan on that changing anytime soon. When asked where he sees the business in five to 10 years he responded with, "Still open hopefully (while chuckling). I never thought we would last this long but we have had loyal customers. Hopefully we will continue to find what the customers want."For those considering following their entrepreneur dreams and open their own business Sampson has one piece of advice."Make sure you love what you're doing because if you don't, life can be pretty rough."Visit Karma Records on Facebook @ or stop by and check out the merchandise.Plymouth, INNo author availableGood KarmaThe Pilot IASP Principal of the Year2014-11-24T08:03:32-05:002014-11-24T07:59:36-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author available2014 IASP Principal of the YearThe Pilot store in Knox closing forever2014-11-21T09:03:15-05:002014-11-21T09:03:15-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsA U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas Texas approved an order this week that authorized three liquidators to to oversee the “going out of business” sales for each of Alcos 198 stores: Great American Group LLC, Tiger Capital Group LLC and SB Capital Group LLC will arrange for the sale of more than 260 million dollars of inventory, beginning Friday, Nov. 21.In October, Alco Stores filed Chapter 11 protection in the Northern District of Texas federal bankruptcy court.Locally, sales will start at five to 30 percent off. Groceries, housewares and essentials will remain fully stocked for a limited time, while the remaining inventory is sold. The liquidation process is expected to go quickly. Alco employees locally have been given Jan. 31, 2015 as the last day of possible business at the Knox location.Plymouth, INNo author availableAlco store in Knox closing foreverThe Pilot bomb threat received at Culver Comm. High School2014-11-20T23:26:52-05:002014-11-20T23:26:52-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAs was the case Wednesday afternoon, a hand-written note in one of the boys' restrooms at the school was discovered Thursday after school, according to Bean, who contacted the Culver Citizen from the school building around 10:30 p.m., where police are searching the building and planning to bring a bomb-sniffing dog. School officials are also on the scene or in communication with police, Bean affirmed. In answer to concerns on the part of several parents, Bean also said that school officials have confirmed that those students choosing to stay home from school Friday due to the incident, will not have that absence counted against them, though as of this writing, school was still scheduled to proceed as usual. "We're acting on it as a serious concern," said Bean. "We're doing what we can within our means."Bean urged anyone with information on either incident -- Wednesday's or Thursday's bomb threat -- to contact the Culver police department at 574-842-2525. Plymouth, INJeff KenneySecond bomb threat received at Culver Comm. High SchoolThe Pilot crossing signals2014-11-20T07:39:09-05:002014-11-20T07:38:18-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INDiona EskewRailroad crossing signalsThe Pilot Irish Look to Stop Skid vs Louisville | ND Football Report2014-11-20T07:13:28-05:002014-11-20T07:11:47-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableVIDEO: Irish Look to Stop Skid vs Louisville | ND Football ReportThe Pilot Comm. High School evacuated after bomb threat2014-11-19T15:09:48-05:002014-11-19T15:09:48-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsCulver Community Schools superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire told the Culver Citizen that a handwritten note on the stall in a boys' restroom said a bomb was in the building. A custodian confirmed the note had not been there the night before, so safety procedures were initiated and students evacuated. Parents were contacted to pick up their children at another location, and school dismissed early, while Culver and Marshall County police began a search of the building. "I'm very proud of all the staff and students for the way they were eager to do the right thing," said McGuire, shortly after the incident. "We took care of all our students."Culver, INJeff KenneyCulver Comm. High School evacuated after bomb threatThe Pilot prepares for winter2014-11-19T10:33:57-05:002014-11-19T10:33:57-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News “INDOT urges drivers to dust off their winter driving habits before snow or ice leads to a crash or slide off,” said INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning. “This means planning extra travel time and allowing a safe distance between cars, especially our plow trucks. Remember, if the roads are blocked, plows cannot get through.” Salt in stockLast winter, INDOT deployed 437,000 tons of granular salt and 5.1 million gallons of salt brine on Indiana’s interstates, U.S. highways and state routes. Prior to last winter, the five-year average for salt usage was roughly 291,000 tons and salt brine was 3.4 million gallons. Ongoing demand from last year’s record winter has resulted in less competition among suppliers than in prior years and average salt price increases of 57 percent across the state. INDOT’s salt contract prices for this winter range from $72.59 to $105.89 per ton. INDOT continues to receive deliveries of salt and already has more than 220,000 tons on hand statewide – most of what would be needed during a typical winter. “A recent customer survey found that Hoosiers’ top priorities for INDOT are maintaining our existing roads and bridges and removing snow and ice,” Commissioner Browning said. “INDOT is focusing our resources to ensure that we have the manpower, equipment and materials needed to make state highways as safe as possible.” New plow equipmentLast winter, INDOT’s yellow plow trucks logged nearly 8.8 million miles – the equivalent of 353 trips around the earth or 18 round trips to the moon. INDOT is realigning its snow routes to create better efficiencies and adding more plows to some routes. This includes eight new “tow plows” across the state. Already used in northeast Indiana and 22 other states, a tow plow and material spreader are pulled behind and to the side of INDOT’s standard yellow plow truck, allowing two lanes to be cleared at once. The investment intends to optimize usage of fuel, anti-icing materials, equipment and labor during snow and ice removal. Tow plows will only be used on multi-lane highways and interstates. Tow plows often partner with other plow trucks to clear adjacent lanes more efficiently, providing a more consistent surface for motorists in winter weather. Drivers should not attempt to pass a tow plow if all lanes are blocked, but stay a safe distance and speed behind the plows. Road conditions are always better behind a plow at work than in front. Hiring, training driversLast winter, INDOT plow drivers worked alternating 12 to 16 hour shifts every day for weeks or months straight, logging 526,000 man hours – the equivalent of nearly 44,000 12-hour shifts. INDOT has been hiring aggressively over the past few months and is still accepting seasonal and full-time plow driver applications in some locations at Annual winter training has been performed for all plow drivers and supervisors, and winter equipment has been inspected. Repairing winter damageExtreme temperature shifts last winter did more damage to Indiana’s highways than normal. Statewide, INDOT invested 183,000 man hours and nearly 14,000 tons of asphalt as part of the pothole blitz announced in February by Governor Mike Pence. INDOT’s efforts to repair winter damage and preserve existing roadways continued during the warmer months after the hot mix asphalt plants reopened. INDOT reprioritized more than $40 million in its state and federal construction program for additional pavement patching and repairs across the state.Plymouth, INNo author availableINDOT prepares for winterThe Pilot calls on the rise2014-11-17T12:58:25-05:002014-11-17T12:58:25-05:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News Robocalling, which refers to the use of technology that automatically dials residential phone numbers and plays prerecorded messages, is illegal in Indiana under its Auto Dialer Law. The Attorney General’s Office continues to crack down on telemarketers or scammers who disregard Indiana’s telephone privacy statutes. In 2014 so far, the Office has taken legal action against 11 Do Not Call or robocall violators, and obtained judgments and settlements totaling more than $6 million. As the Attorney General’s Office works to uphold Hoosiers’ privacy, members of the public who wish to block unwanted calls are encouraged to sign up for the state’s Do Not Call list by visiting or calling 1.888.834.9969. The next quarterly deadline to sign up for the list is Tuesday, Nov. 18. Nearly two and a half million Indiana phone numbers are currently registered. The top five complaint categories received by the Telephone Privacy Division in 2014 include:• Credit services• Home security systems• Phishing scams, including fake “IRS calls”• Computer services, i.e. tech support scam calls• Prizes/sweepstakes scamsFor tips on avoiding telephone scams, visit In Indiana, most robocalls are illegal regardless of whether or not a consumer’s number is registered on the Do Not Call list. Exceptions include calls from school districts to students, parents or employees and businesses advising employees of work schedules. It is also legal if a live phone operator first obtains your permission before playing a pre-recorded message. Consumers can register their residential landline, cell, VOIP or prepaid wireless numbers on the Do Not Call list. Individuals do not need to re-register unless their address has changed. To sign up or to confirm a number is already on the list, visit or call 1.888.834.9969. Out-of-state area codes can also be added as long as the billing address is located in Indiana. Plymouth, INNo author availableAutomated calls on the riseThe Pilot