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October 26th

What does unemployment look like in Marshall County?

October 26, 2012

Editor’s note: Due to sensitivity of subject matter, names of those interviewed have been changed to respect their privacy.

MARSHALL CO. — In 2010, Plymouth resident Susanna Crowley was unexpectedly laid off from her job of 10 years.
The 58-year-old was experienced in administration and said her work history was good. Still, she spent the past two years on unemployment benefits, and her job search grew increasingly frantic. Recently, she was informed that her unemployment benefits had run out.

Standoff ends without incident

October 26, 2012

MARSHALL CO. — A potentially tragic situation was averted Thursday thanks to the cooperation of several first responding departments.
Around 1 p.m. Thursday, police, fire and EMS were dispatched to a home on 11B Road just outside of the city of Plymouth.
A man at the residence had doused himself in gasoline, barricaded himself in his driveway with old lawn mowers and mo-peds and threatened to light himself on fire.
He held a large lighter in one of his hands.

'Drive for United Way' Saturday at CCHS

October 26, 2012

Oliver Ford will sponsor a "Drive One For United Way" event this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Culver Community High School. For each person who stops by to test-drive a vehicle (which is free), Oliver Ford will donate $20 to the United Way of Marshall
County, up to $6,000.

The United Way supports 21 Marshall County organizations including, in Culver, the Culver Boys & Girls Club and Union Twp. Emergency Fund.

For more information on United Way Marshall County, visit

Bourbon Street Pizza opens in Plymouth

October 26, 2012

PLYMOUTH — A steady stream of customers kept Bourbon Street Pizza workers busy during the restaurant’s opening night Wednesday.
Owner Tim Harman said he had been planning a Plymouth location for the restaurant for about two years. Bourbon Street Pizza is also located in Bourbon and in Nappanee under the name Nappanee Pizza Company.
“The atmosphere (of all three restaurants) is going to be very similar, with the hometown decor and memorabilia,” said Harman.
The food is also the same.
“Our MO is pretty much pizza, pasta, and appetizers,” said Harman.

October 25th

Standoff comes to an end.

October 25, 2012

There are few details from a tense situation this afternoon after a man doused himself in gasoline and threatened to set himself on fire.
It took place at a home on 11B Road outside of Plymouth.
For more than three hours, police and first responders monitored the situation and tried to engage the man.
Around 5 p.m., police were able to come up on and subdue the man.
The man was transported to the hospital. The extent of his injuries were unknown at this time.
Nobody else was at the home during the time of the situation.

Treasurer's office now open

October 25, 2012

Jasper County Judge John D. Potter issued a continuance on the request to have Starke County Commissioners, Starke County Treasurer Linda Belork and their counsel in Jasper Court Monday, Oct. 29 to explain to the judge why they believe they should not be held in contempt of court for closing the Starke County Treasurer's office last Monday until the matter of Belork's lack of bond is rectified.

3 vehicle crash shuts down U.S. 30 E.

October 25, 2012

PLYMOUTH — U.S. 30 East was closed for two hours this morning following a three-vehicle crash.
Corporal Ray West with the Plymouth Police Department, who responded to the scene, said that the driver of a pickup truck rear-ended a box truck, causing the box truck to hit a semi and flip over.
The driver of the pickup truck was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the box truck was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth.
The Marshall County Sheriff's Department also responded to the accident.

October 24th

Tutoring program provides aid for Jefferson Elementary students

October 24, 2012

PLYMOUTH — A new after school tutoring program started this month at Jefferson Elementary School in Plymouth.
Principal Angie Mills said that teachers and administration at the school saw the need for additional reading help for their students, especially those in the third and fourth grade.
“We used testing data from the last several years…we really wanted to target students that needed the most help, and that is third and fourth grade at this point,” said Mills.

Dog deemed dangerous, being held by Humane Society

October 24, 2012

WALKERTON — Jaide, an 11-month-old rottweiler and bullmastiff mix, was taken from her owner’s home by Walkerton police officers and St. Joseph County Humane Society workers last Friday.
Jaide’s owner, Anthony Hill, said he was not home at the time, did not know his dog would be taken, and arrived home to find his door kicked in and his canine missing.
“They left my house unsecured…I have three kids, including a 3-month-old baby,” said Hill.

October 23rd

ACT assets purchased by county commissioner Compton

October 23, 2012

PLYMOUTH — County commissioner Greg Compton recently purchased the assets of Advanced Care Transport, Plymouth’s medical transportation company that closed its doors recently due to alleged Medicaid fraud.
Compton, who is also branch manager of Key Bank in Plymouth, said that the purchase is a business venture. He is partnering with his wife and another couple — who did not want to be named — on the project.

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