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August 16th

Grammy-winning Plena Libre kicks off concert series

August 16, 2012

Tickets are on sale now for the August 27 Plena Libre concert at the Eppley Auditorium of Culver Academies. The audience will enjoy the music of Puerto Rico, brought to life with a swinging rhythm section, horns, vocals and dance by this group of four-time Grammy Award nominees. Tickets are priced at $20.

First day for Discovery Academy

August 16, 2012

PLYMOUTH — It was a sea of red and black as 351 uniformed students flooded into the new Washington Discovery Academy — formerly Washington Elementary — on the first day of school Wednesday.
“It’s been so exciting today,” said principal Andrew Hartley. “My goal was just to make sure we had the most welcoming environment today.”
Hartley is in a new situation this year as well — he was formerly assistant principal at Plymouth High School. He explained how the Discovery Academy will work, starting with the school’s focus on project-based learning (PBL).

City EMS will use new smart phone app for patient care

August 16, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Beginning today, Plymouth emergency responders may be checking victim’s smart phones for clues to their medical history and current medications. Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) launched a free smart phone app Wednesday called ICE (In Case of Emergency) Michiana, intended to provide a quick way for emergency responders to send critical information to hospitals.

August 15th

City K-9 officer Rex will enter retirement

August 15, 2012

PLYMOUTH — After a distinguished career, Plymouth’s K9 officer Rex will enter retirement.
Plymouth Police Chief Jim Cox made the announcement to the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety in their regular meeting. Cox gave the Board the bad news that health was the reason for Rex’s retirement stating that the K9 officer was having difficulty with his eyesight, rear legs and hips and possibly had cancer.
The department will seek a home for Rex unless it is determined that he has cancer.

West Nile Virus detected in county

August 15, 2012

MARSHALL CO. — The Marshall County Health Dept. reported Monday that the level of West Nile Virus (WNV) transmission has continued to increase in Indiana. There are now both human and equine cases, and this trend is expected to continue. The Indiana State Department of Health reports that the following 62 counties have had mosquitoes test positive for WNV this year.

August 14th

Culver hockey tradition carried on by family of players

August 14, 2012

Culver’s incredible hockey legacy is sometimes over­looked or even taken for granted, so frequent are state championship titles won (21 so far) and so many are the Culver Academies graduates who made their way to the NHL.

But one whole Culver family has had remarkable suc­cess on the ice: that of Academies advancement officer Kevin Kucera, two of whose sons have garnered attention at the collegiate level for their hockey success, and whose youngest son is already poised to follow in their footsteps.

Extra millions from state will be placed in new fund

August 14, 2012

MARSHALL CO. — Earlier this year, Indiana counties learned that a mistake by the Indiana Department of Revenue had cost them several million dollars in missing funds. Although the individual counties were reimbursed, it was unclear if the money could be spent.
Marshall County Auditor Penny Lukenbill informed county council members Monday that she had received direction from the state on the lump sum of reimbursement funds, which totals $2.8 million for this year for Marshall County.

Council denies Sheriff's request to hire captain

August 14, 2012

MARSHALL CO. — Marshall County council members Monday denied Sheriff Tom Chamberlin’s request to hire a captain for his department.
Chamberlin explained that his current chief deputy — hired in May 2011 — would be leaving the department effective September 14. He requested the council’s permission to hire a captain to replace the chief deputy, which would require a change to the salary ordinance.

August 13th

Nearly 250 participate in Lake Max triathlon

August 13, 2012

CULVER, Ind. – A total of 246 people participated in the Lake Max Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 11. Jacob Bingham, 19, was the overall winner with a time of 52 minutes, 56.7 seconds for the course. Jennifer Zimmer, 35, was the overall women’s winner with a time of 1:05:16.2. That was good for 14th place overall.

The triathletes were tested by a course featuring a 400-meter swim in Lake Maxinkuckee, a 10-mile bike ride around the lake and a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run along the lake. There were 183 individual participants and another 63 involved with men’s, women’s and co-ed teams.

INDOT gives youth summer job experience

August 13, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Eighty-five young adults in Northwest Indiana had the opportunity this summer to do more than mow a lawn or babysit for some extra cash. They were part of a three-year-old program offered by a partnership between the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Department of Workforce Development, and the Department of Natural Resources to young people from economically-challenged families. The youth earned a little more than $11 per hour to do tasks similar to what a full-time INDOT employee would do in a typical day.

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