The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-01T16:08:36-04:00 Plymouth resident finds calling in mission to Jamaica2014-10-01T16:08:36-04:002014-10-01T16:08:36-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsMUNCIE — “Kids need to be in a family, the family environment is important to a child’s growing mind and spirit.”Jennifer Everetts, former Plymouth resident, and husband Bruce, have made it their mission to help the thousands of orphans find that family. The Everetts officially started Journey Home Jamaica last year but the story begins more than 15 years ago. Jennifer’s name while in Plymouth was Walker and her son, Andrew attended Culver Academies.“I had been traveling for work to Montego Bay and while standing in the security line,” Jennifer Everetts began, “this guy gave me his business card for a restaurant he owned in Jamaica.”Over the years Everetts kept the card but didn’t pay much attention to it. Then three years ago, when Jennifer and Bruce got married life became full and busy. Then came a day, about a year later, that the Everetts realized all six of their combined children would be out of the house for a week.Rather than spend a week in the house alone the couple decided to go to Jamaica. With no specific plans the couple headed out with a rental car to explore. It was then that the couple saw the orphans and single mothers.“The people there are so friendly, open and loving but there is so much need there,” said Jennifer Everetts.The couple bought a piece of property in Negril, Jamaica with the plan to build a children’s home. This past June they took a group of more than a dozen on a mission trip to Jamaica. There the group worked on the property to clean it up and begin getting ready for the children’s home. However, they did a lot more than just that.The group spent time at a primary school building playground equipment, did a clothing distribution, hosted a community game night with chess and uno, painting a homeless shelter, outreach and building connections. One of those connections was with Word to Life International Church.“The Jamaican couple both have their ministry license,” said Jennifer Everetts. “Well basically they found us. They were just starting out and our goals aligned well so working together came natural.”After the recent week long visit the Everetts are back home and back to work getting ready for their next trip to Jamaica. The couple owns Here We Grow Again, a children’s resale shop in Muncie. The extra money they make all goes into Journey Home Jamaica. The children’s home will provide a safe a stable environment for children until they are adopted or turn 18 and can be emancipated according to Jamaican policy. While there are people willing to help the home operate, the couple still needs funding and volunteers to build the structure.“We don’t plan on just having the children stay at the home. We also want to spend time with them and the single mothers so we can provide education on things such as home, health, hygiene and budgets,” said Jennifer Everetts. “We don’t want to change Jamaicans we want to help them and walk beside them.”Because the number one industry in Jamaica is tourism it is hard for residents to find steady work. The Everetts want to help entrepreneurs gain the confidence to start their own business doing things such as massage, cutting hair, jewelry making, or anything else they can or want to do to become more self sufficient.Journey Home Jamaica can be found online on Facebook or at The couple host clothing drives to donate to the people of Jamaica regularly. They also host fundraisers and welcome anyone to participate in a mission trip with them.Jennifer Everetts lived and worked in Plymouth while her son attended Culver Academy. While in the area she taught at Trinity United Methodist church as the Youth Director.Plymouth, INDiona EskewFormer Plymouth resident finds calling in mission to JamaicaThe Pilot requested to protect Pretty Lake views2014-10-01T15:54:15-04:002014-10-01T15:54:15-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsMARSHALL COUNTY — Among the topics discussed at the Thursday night meeting of the Marshall County Plan Commission was that of a new structural ordinance for lakes within the county, specifically, Pretty Lake, which has had issues with structures blocking lakefront views in recent years.The situation has become such an issue that Pretty Lake resident Dale Gott and President of the Pretty Lake Property Owners Association Brad Serf decided to attend the commissioner’s meeting to discuss making a change countywide.“Until recently, we’re lived harmoniously, because people have been gracious enough to respect their neighbors,” Gott explained.The current laws for construction at Pretty Lake and other lakes maintain that property owners may build anywhere further than 45 feet from the high water elevation levels established by the US Geological Society. While this is a seemingly safe and conservative approach to lakefront construction and all of the homes fall very far behind this line, it has begun to cause problems, as property owners begin build onto their homes closer and closer to the lake, while still behind the line. Gott explained that a neighbor of his has built onto their home in such a manner, while still behind the enforced area, as to prevent him from having a full view of the lakefront outside his own home. Serf confirmed that he is not alone in the concern and that other home owners along Pretty Lake have experienced the same duress as neighbors continue to build closer and closer to the lakeshore.The duo proposed that rather than simply requiring structures be built 45 feet from the high water elevation level, an amendment be made to state that structures which are built adjacent to other structures must not block the view from their adjacent structures, meaning homes and building must not be built in a location closer to the lake which prevents neighbors from viewing the entire lake as they had previously.While a number of commissioners disagreed with Gott’s stance on the issue, stating that it was within the property owner’s rights to build where ever they choose on their own property, the majority of the council seemed interested in entertaining a public hearing in the future on amending the law as it stands, if not for the entire county, for Pretty Lake property owners. The Pretty Lake Property Owners Association, in fact, conducted a poll at their last meeting, where, according to Serf, residents were all in favor of creating an amendment such as this.With that, the council has chosen to further discuss their topic at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, assuming a petition to make the amendment is filed by the appropriate date.The last topic discussed at the Thursday night Marshall County Plan Commission meeting was a proposal for the addition of a commercial overlay along US 31 in Lapaz.The overlay would allow for commercial building, along with whatever type of zoning is already placed in different areas covered by the overlay. In other words, the land could be used for farmland or for a store, assuming the land was previously zoned as agricultural and then commercial overlayed. However, all buildings and structures to be built within the overlay would have to be approved by a technical review committee prior to construction.The commercial overlay would run along US 31, spanning from Tyler Road to Linden Road.Plymouth, INDani MessickRegulations requested to protect Pretty Lake viewsThe Pilot the bus to the Plymouth v. Concord game2014-10-01T12:02:24-04:002014-10-01T12:02:24-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News“We all need to band together and show our team how much we support them,” said Rockies team mom, Laura Mann.The fan busses were paid for by donations from The Auto Park and Advanced Auto. The dinner, pizza donated by Little Caesars, is also included free with the ride. “Here is a great opportunity to get out and show the Rockies how much we are behind them,” said Mann. “Plus it is a free night of fun. No one has to spend money on gas or dinner.”Plymouth, INDiona EskewRide the bus to the Plymouth v. Concord gameThe Pilot accidents and two deaths2014-10-01T11:51:34-04:002014-10-01T11:51:34-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsSemi, car crash leaves one dead, two injured One woman is dead and two more people are injured after an accident involving a car and a semi occurred on S.R. !0 and Range Road Monday, Sept. 29.Starke County 911 Dispatch received a call at approximately 11:03 a.m. The caller said there had been an accident involving a car and a semi on S.R. 10 and Range Rd.When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a semi tanker on its side ablaze. The passenger car involved in the accident was on the side of the roadway. The driver of the car was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital, where she later died from her injuries. The passenger of the vehicle and the driver of the semi were both transported to IU Health Starke Hospital, then later transported to Memorial. Their condition was unknown as of press time Tuesday.Second car vs semi also results in deathSTARKE COUNTY — One man is dead and another taken to the hospital after an accident involving a semi and a car occurred on U.S. 30 and Frontage Road at approximately 11:34 a.m. Monday.The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is withholding the names, as of Tuesday.The accident is being investigated by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Hamlet Police and the Indiana State Police.Plymouth, INCheryl PatrickTwo accidents and two deathsThe Pilot parks survey extended to October 312014-10-01T11:50:04-04:002014-10-01T11:44:12-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News"Basically I have a bunch of ideas I'm trying to pursue through Indiana Mainstreet," said Shirley Rynearson, former park board president for Lakeville.Ideas to improve the parks also include a fishing pier on Pleasant Lake as well as horse and bike trails that would travel from Lakeville to Potato Creek State Park, and North Liberty. It is Rynearson's hope that eventually the trails would connect Lakeville to Walkerton, Plymouth, and South Bend. As of October 1, Rynearson had collected 60 hand written surveys. She did not have a tally of the total number of surveys completed online."It's asking what do you want to see. The biggest part is you don't have to live in downtown to use the park or take the survey. If you just want to walk or sit on the pier to have lunch, or think to just visit then you can participate, if you use the park," explained Rynearson.The park board will have a second public meeting at the Lakeville Library at 6:30 p.m. October 9 to begin to format the five year park plan. Rynearson will recommend Denis Deninger as her replacement for the position of Park Board President.Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoLakeville parks survey extended to October 31The Pilot charged with meth related crimes2014-10-01T07:58:50-04:002014-10-01T07:58:50-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAccording to public information officer Trent Smith with the Indiana State Police Bremen Post, the department served a search warrant at the house in the 800 block of Adams Street after an investigation led police to suspect that the manufacture of meth may have been under way. “During a search of the property, evidence of methamphetamine manufacture, methamphetamine possession, child neglect, dealing prescription pills, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia were located,” Smith said in a brief summary of the incident provided to the Pilot News. Twenty-four year old James D. Garbison II, 45-year-old James D. Garbison, and 48- year-old Donna M. Garbison were arrested for various preliminary drug charges. Plymouth, INLois TomaszewskiFamily charged with meth related crimesThe Pilot fire, just equipment malfunction2014-10-01T07:55:32-04:002014-10-01T07:55:32-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAccording to public relations manager Robert Sisk with SJRMC, a piece of equipment in the lab malfunctioned, causing smoke to fill the area. Plymouth, INLois TomaszewskiNo fire, just equipment malfunctionThe Pilot released in Saturday's fatal accident near Etna Green.2014-09-30T14:15:05-04:002014-09-30T14:15:05-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe driver of the pickup truck hit by a semi-tractor trailer was identified as Jenann Patz, 57, of Crown Point. She was preliminarily identified on the evening of the vehicular crash, but positive visual identification was completed by family members on Monday, Sept. 29.Patz's passenger was unable to be identified at the scene, and was subsequently transported to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center, Fort Wayne. Dr. Craig Nelson, Dentist and the Allen County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identity of the deceased passenger as Sherri L. Harden, 55, of Cedar Lake. Positive identification was completed during an autopsy conducted Monday that included dental comparison.The preliminary cause of death for both ladies is listed at blunt force trauma due to a traumatic event, and manner of death as an accident. Two individuals are dead after a fiery crash Saturday in Kosciusko County.Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies and emergency personnel responded to a reported three-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and State Road 19 at 3:14 p.m. Officers from Bourbon Police Department were the first to arrive and discovered one of the vehicles was fully engulfed, with an individual ejected. Firefighters from Etna Green arrived and extinguished the fire, only to discover a seconded burned individual inside an unknown-make pickup truck.A preliminarily investigation by officers has determined that the accident was triggered by a semi-tractor/trailer driven by Adam J. King, 34, Lima, Ohio, was eastbound on U.S. 30 approaching the intersection of State Road 19. King, for an undetermined reason, struck the rear-end of the fatality vehicle which was stopped for a red traffic light in the same, eastbound driving lane. The semi-tractor trailer and pickup continued forward, striking a gray, GMC Sierra pickup truck that was being driven by Larry L. Nelson, 58, Dyer. Nelson and his wife were reportedly uninjured during the crash, as was King. Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. team members stated that the crash is still under investigation at the current time.Plymouth, INNo author availableIdenties released in Saturday's fatal accident near Etna Green.The Pilot fire Monday destroys home2014-09-30T09:15:28-04:002014-09-30T09:15:28-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAccording to Plymouth Fire Chief Rod Miller, the cause of the fire will remain undetermined. It originated in the garage, spread up the wall of the One and a half story wooden older home and into the attic.“When I arrived on scene the garage was fully engulfed and the flames were shooting through the roof,” Miller said. A neighbor called in the fire at about 3:18 A.M. The tenants were at work.“The home is a most likely a total loss,” Miller said.Crews were on site until a little after 7 a.m. The fire proved to be a bit stubborn and required additional time to fully extinguish the flames, especially in the attic.Plymouth Fire Department responded to the fire with two engines and a rescue truck. They were also assisted by Argos.Plymouth, INNo author availableEarly fire Monday destroys homeThe Pilot Street bridge in need of repair2014-09-30T08:31:14-04:002014-09-30T08:31:14-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoJefferson Street bridge in need of repairThe Pilot