Archive - Aug 2011 - News Article
PLYMOUTH â€” Times may be hard, but businesses in Marshall County are fighting back.
â€śIt has been interesting to see how Marshall County businesses have adapted,â€ť 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.
KNOX â€” 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.
PLYMOUTH â€” Today, communities throughout the United States and Canada are sharing in some summer treats for a cause.
Itâ€™s the sixth annual Miracle Treat Day, and the local DQ Grill & Chill will give a percentage of its Blizzard sales to Riley Hospital for Children.
Plymouth led the fundraising efforts in 2010 by more than $15,000 over other DQs throughout the state. For more than a decade, the Plymouth DQ Grill & Chill has been leading efforts for Riley Hospital for Children over 299 DQs statewide.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Marshall County Health Department may soon add another member to their staff.
Wes Burden, health department director, visited the county council meeting Monday to discuss hiring a part-time health educator. Burden said that the state of Indiana is pushing the health department to expand in ways that they donâ€™t have the staff for or that their current staff is not trained on.
KNOX â€” Starke County Commissioners gave the order to terminate all employees in the Starke County Treasurer's office in a public meeting, which was held this morning (Thursday, Aug. 11) and which took place after an emergency executive session of the commissioners.
The termination order was due to an unresolved issue in the 2009 audit by the State Board of Accounts of the Starke County Treasurer's office.
Starke County Commissioner President Dan Bridegroom read a release for members of the media and anyone else in attendance.
Culver's Parks and Recreations board voted to formally express its opposition to placement of more than 60 45-story wind turbines in an area including land affecting the Culver-Lake Maxinkuckee community, at the board's monthly meeting August 3.
The decision grew from discussion of a then-upcoming "town hall" style meeting at the Culver Elementary School August 13. Board member Patty Stallings said the company proposing to place the turbines, Next Era Energy of Florida, has visited Culver's Lions and Kiwanis Clubs and Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council.
PLYMOUTH â€” Last night, the Plymouth Board of Aviation Commissioners awarded a bid for the re-siding of the terminal building. The project is just one on a long list of improvements that are being made at the airport.
The bid was awarded to Johnson Builders of Knox. According to the commissioners, Johnson had the low bid for the second time. The bid of $51,277 includes insulation as well as siding.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth Common Council held a public hearing last night that marks one of the first formal actions to apply for a Main Street grant.
At the July 25 meeting, City Attorney Nelson Chipman requested the public hearing, although a committee striving to identify specific projects had not yet come to a consensus. The application for the federal grant that is administered through the office of Community and Rural Affairs in Indiana is not due until October of this year; however the project proposal must be submitted by Aug. 15.
PLYMOUTH â€” In the course of considering changing Marshall County building inspector Chuck DeWittâ€™s position from part-time to full-time, county council members happened upon another topicâ€”the amount that the county actually receives for doing building inspections.
DeWitt, who does all the building inspections for the countyâ€™s communities, collects a fee of $50 per project. This amount is the same no matter how far DeWitt travels to do the inspection, or how many times he visits the same project.
PLYMOUTH â€” Eight young girls excitedly gathered in the lobby of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center(SJRMC) Thursday morning.
After spending most of the summer knitting tiny hats, they were ready to hopefully find some willing babies to wear their creations.
This is the fourth year that the Marshall County Boys & Girls Club kids have dedicated their summer to knitting hats for newborns.
Sue Holland, art director, and assistant teacher Glenna Huffman, worked with a group of 21 youngsters over the summer to knit 82 baby bonnets.