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Merle Eugene Eckert Sr.

February 1, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Merle Eugene Eckert Sr., 82, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at his residence, 19431 W. Lincoln Way, Plymouth.
Merle was born the son of Floyd and Cora F. Reynolds Eckert Oct. 13, 1929. He had lived in Marshall County all of his life and graduated from LaPaz High School with the class of 1949.
July 6, 1952, in the 1st Assembly of God Church, Merle and Melissa Marie Gaines were married. Melissa died Dec. 7, 2009.
Merle served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Donald L. Fisher

February 1, 2012

Dec. 25, 1922-Jan. 4, 2012
STURGIS, Mich. — Donald L. Fisher, 89, passed away Jan. 4, 2012 at his home in Sturgis, Mich. with his family by his side. Donald was born Dec. 25, 1922 in Plymouth to Floyd and Vera Fisher. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert.

Scott Todd Thomas

February 1, 2012

Oct. 28, 1962-Jan. 24, 2012
DECATUR, Ill. — Scott Todd Thomas, 49, of 1640 N. Church St., Decatur, Ill., passed away at 4:40 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Prairie Rose Health Care Center, in Pana, Ill. 
Scott was born Oct. 28, 1962, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Thomas and Julie (Bethke) Thomas. 

Group plans dog park for Plymouth

February 1, 2012

PLYMOUTH — A local group of canine enthusiasts have banned together and formed the “BOW-WOW Friends” committee.
During a meeting Tuesday the group discussed a number of topics on the construction of a dog park within Centennial Park. Plans are to erect the dog park east of the Freyman Pavilion.
The group is hoping to raise the needed $18,000 to build a fence 6 feet high, 100 feet wide and 300 feet long to enclose dogs that visit the park. It would be an area where dogs could run free, although their masters would need to stay by the fence and monitor their dogs.

1 hospitalized in 3-vehicle crash

February 1, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Jose Valencia Jr., of Plymouth, was traveling northbound on U.S. 31 approaching Tyler Road Monday when he came to a sudden stop. Valencia's vehicle was struck by Valerie M. Austin, of Indianapolis, who was traveling behind him. Kenneth J. Urban, of Lakeville, attempted to avoid the collision but struck Austin's vehicle. No one was injured in the accident, but Valencia was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for evaluation. The Marshall County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the crash.

'Honey church' removes 20 gallons of sticky stuff

February 1, 2012

PLYMOUTH — There’s no locusts, but John the Baptist would still have found a bona fide buffet in the ceiling and walls of Plymouth Church of the Brethren these last few weeks.

CMA clinches perfect dual season

February 1, 2012

BREMEN — When Culver Military Academy’s weary swim team clinched just the second unbeaten dual meet season in program history, the Eagles didn’t celebrate or cheer.
Worn out from a grueling week stretch in which they’ve swum three meets, CMA’s swimmers simply gave a subdued thank you to Bremen for hosting and thanks to both the Lions and Plymouth for the good competition after topping the three-way field with 140 points ahead of Bremen’s 102 and the Pilgrims’ 79 in the Eagles’ regular-season closer at Bremen Tuesday.

Girls teams gearing up for swim tourney Thursday

February 1, 2012

While the boys closed out their regular season at the Bremen three-way meet Tuesday, girls area swim teams were gearing up for Thursday’s sectional prelims and the start of the IHSAA’s 38th annual state tournament.
Plymouth and Culver Girls Academy travel to the Warsaw Sectional Thursday with the finals set for Saturday, while Bremen travels to the Penn tournament Thursday with both preliminary rounds set for 5:30 p.m., and the finals at both tourneys slated for 9 a.m. Saturday.

Lady Pilgrims can’t hold on in loss at St. Joe

February 1, 2012

SOUTH BEND — It was a tale of two halves for the Lady Pilgrim basketball team at St. Joseph High School Tuesday night.
Plymouth used solid defense to take a 17-9 lead in the first half but couldn’t hold on in a 28-24 loss to the sectional-rival Indians.
Plymouth was back to its defensive self in the first half, causing the Indians to shoot only 14 percent from the floor while finding some good looks offensively, mostly on out-of-bounds plays, to head into the locker room with a 17-9 lead.

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