August 15th, 2011
PLYMOUTH ‚ÄĒ Area teams shook of some of the rust while giving fans a preview of their 2011 talent at the Plymouth Girls Soccer Jamboree Saturday.
New faces joined some old ones as Plymouth, Argos and Bremen each played each other in three 20-minute IHSAA-sanctioned scrimmages at the Kindt Soccerplex.
One face that is both new and old is Plymouth Head Girls Soccer Coach Chuck DeWitt.
DeWitt takes over as the third girls soccer coach in as many years, but Rockies fans may recognize him as the former head coach of Plymouth‚Äôs boys team where he held the reins for 10 years until 2004.
KNOX ‚ÄĒ The State Board of Accounts (SBOA) is questioning the Starke County Commissioners‚Äô decision to remove Linda Belork, an elected official, from her position as Starke County Treasurer, according to an article published by the Associated Press. The article says the SBOA wants commissioners to explain what authority they used to remove Belork from her position.
‚ÄúDeputy State Examiner Paul Joyce told The Associated Press while there are processes to remove elected officials from office, he's not sure commissioners used the proper one when they voted Thursday to remove Belork.‚ÄĚ
Historical groups and a local Eagle Scout candidate are hoping the community will step up to honor a local Potawatomi Indian chief who left his mark not only on the Culver-Lake Maxinkuckee area, but in the state of Kansas as well.
PLYMOUTH ‚ÄĒ Stone Creek Homes, based in Nebraska, recently opened on Markley Drive in the former Shamrock Homes production plant.
Shamrock Homes went out of business in spring, but thanks to owner Pat Flynn's mentorship to a young man in the 70s, the plant is seeing activity again.
Dave Ferguson, co-owner of Stone Creek Homes and a 1970 Plymouth grad, remembers working with the Flynn family during his breaks from school in the 70s. It was Flynn that first offered Ferguson the chance to get into the industry.
Tony Sellers wants to get more area youngsters outside to play, and he‚Äôs interested in community feedback on how he and others can work together to make it happen.
Sellers, of Sellers Landscaping on State Road 110 near Culver (though the business has a Rochester address), addressed members of Culver‚Äôs Chamber of Commerce at the organization‚Äôs monthly meeting, held last Tuesday at Diva on South Main Street, about Come Alive Outside, a nationwide initiative among outdoor landscaping entities like his own.
PLYMOUTH ‚ÄĒ The third section of construction work on Oak Road is about to begin.
Gary Fox, project engineer, recently released the news that Hoham Drive will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday.
‚ÄúAnybody that needs to travel on Hoham Drive to get to Oak Drive will not be able to get through,‚ÄĚ said Fox.
PLYMOUTH ‚ÄĒ Cancer is a scary word with an even scarier impact on people‚Äôs lives.
Fighting cancer takes dedication ‚ÄĒ and that‚Äôs just what Becky Milliser has done: fought cancer alongside her loved ones.
The diagnosis of cancer to her mother and husband didn‚Äôt deter her; it only gave her strength and motivation by devoting her time and efforts to volunteer work with the American Cancer Society.
The Plymouth resident was recently honored with the dedication award at the Coaches vs. Cancer ‚ÄúNight of the Stars‚ÄĚ program in South Bend.
PLYMOUTH ‚ÄĒ Times may be hard, but businesses in Marshall County are fighting back.
‚ÄúIt has been interesting to see how Marshall County businesses have adapted,‚ÄĚ said Marshall County Economic Development (MCED) director Jennifer Laurent in the county council meeting Monday.
Laurent visited the council to give an update on MCED and to discuss what the organization can do for the county.
She said that the tasks of MCED can be narrowed down to three main objectives: marketing for new businesses, business retention, and entrepreneurial development.
DONALDSON ‚ÄĒ Ancilla College Men‚Äôs Soccer Head Coach James Drzewiecki has announced the 22-player roster that will represent the NJCAA Division 1 program during the 2011 season.
The program finds itself in the midst of a youth movement as 17 of the 22 players listed are freshmen.¬†Despite the lack of collegiate experience in the squad, Drzewiecki is optimistic that his team can not only reach the NJCAA Region 12 semifinals for the third straight year, but also advance beyond.
KNOX ‚ÄĒ Starke County Treasurer Linda Belork was removed from office Thursday afternoon, Aug. 11 by a unanimous decision of Starke County Commissioners Dan Bridegroom, Kathy Norem and Jennifer Davis. This decision came during the second emergency meeting of the day, a joint session of commissioners and the Starke County Council.
Bridegroom, who holds the position of commissioner president, opened the meeting with a summary of events that had taken place earlier in the day.