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March 15th

Earthworks to be vendor for new local Whole Foods store

March 15, 2013

PLYMOUTH - One local market has a big reason to be celebrating St. Patrick’s day in a big way.
Earthworks Market will be celebrating the normal holiday along with the news that they will also be forming a partnership with one of the nation’s top food chains, Whole Foods. The soon to be opening Mishawaka Whole Foods will feature bread from Earthworks.
“We applied to be one of their local vendors,” said Sr. Sue Rogers of Earthworks. “We had to go through the regular process, meet with their regional managers and the bottom line is we were accepted.”

Group protests Michiana Behavioral Health

March 15, 2013

PLYMOUTH -- A small group of people gathered near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Oak Road around 5 p.m. Thursday to protest a local mental health facility.
Dominique Smith of South Bend, who identified herself as the group’s spokesperson, said that she and the others present are protesting “the fact that Michiana Behavioral Health remains understaffed and unsafe.”

March 14th

Picket planned for Michiana Behavorial Health tonight

March 14, 2013

Claims of a local facility housing sex offenders with other patients are being levied and a protest is planned for tonight.
Plymouth Police were informed that a group would be picketing Michiana Behavioral Health on Oak Road in Plymouth tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.
A former nurse at the facility, who asked to be unidentified as to avoid blow back from being a "whistleblower", said the facility went against its own stated policy when it housed known sex offenders with other patients.
The nurse claims the move was one to save money and that documentation is available to prove those claims.

Oliver Ford unveils the Interceptor

March 14, 2013

PLYMOUTH - Oliver Ford in Plymouth invited local state, county and city law enforcement officers out to a special event Tuesday.
Oliver unveiled the new Ford Interceptor vehicles for area police. The vehicle is the very first all wheel drive utility vehicle by any auto manufacturer that meets all law enforcement specifications.
“Ford didn’t design this the way a car is normally designed,” said Steve Keiser of Oliver. “Law enforcement officers designed this vehicle. They spent a lot of time with people who drive them everyday and made it the way they wanted it.”

March 12th

Major pay raise approved for county law clerks

March 12, 2013

MARSHALL CO. — Law clerks working for county departments could soon be making nearly $6 more per hour.
Judge Dean Colvin asked Marshall County Council members to raise the pay range available to pay law clerks Monday.
“I can’t compete anymore,” said Colvin, adding that he keeps losing his clerks to better-paying positions.
The current county pay range for law clerks is between $11.37 and $13.08 per hour. Colvin’s current clerk will be leaving at the end of the week for a job that pays $18 per hour.

March 11th

OD Schools placed on lockdown

March 11, 2013

HAMLET - Oregon-Davis Community School Corporation (OD) went on lockdown this morning after threatening graffiti was found on the boy's bathroom wall at the high school.
The graffiti is believed to have been left during a basketball tournament that took place at the high school on Saturday.
"When the graffiti was discovered, we immediately contacted Sheriff Oscar Cowen at the Starke County Sheriff's Department. They sent over a detective to take some photos. We also contacted our Student Resource Officer Freddy Baker,"OD School's Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney said.

Texting while driving illegal, tough to enforce

March 11, 2013

MARSHALL CO. — Texting while driving has been illegal in Indiana since 2011. But will police actually pull you over if they see you looking at your phone behind the wheel?
Plymouth Police Chief Dave Bacon said it’s possible — but the law is a tough one for his officers to enforce.
“The way the current law is written, it’s for text messaging and emailing (on a mobile device),” said Bacon. “Well, people could be looking at a map online. Will we stop them? Yes, we will stop them. But I don’t think the law is highly enforced the way it’s written now.”

March 8th

Community book talk coming up

March 8, 2013

PLYMOUTH — Every year, the Plymouth Public Library encourages patrons to read one book as a community.
The “One Book One Town” program is similar to a giant book club — one that everyone is welcome to.
“The idea is to promote lifelong literacy and to share ideas — so we read one book together,” said Anna Liechty, a Friends of the Library member and the leader of the upcoming community book talk.
This year’s book is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a memoir by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

March 7th

Local Head Start could be losing 5 percent of federal funding

March 7, 2013

MARSHALL CO. — Spending cuts in Washington could be affecting some Marshall County children soon.
President and CEO of Marshall-Starke Development Center Mike Lintner visited the county commissioners’ meeting Monday to give an annual report. During the report, Lintner said that he was notified Friday that the federal funding for Head Start — a preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 from low-income families — could be cut by up to 5 percent as a result of the federal sequester.

March 6th

Calm before the storm

March 6, 2013

PLYMOUTH - Sometimes waiting is the hard part.
With winter storm warnings in the forecast Tuesday local road crews were on “high alert”.
“We were actually ready for it yesterday (Monday),” said Plymouth Street Department Superintendent Jim Marquardt on Tuesday morning waiting for the storm. “We had a crew come in at 4 a.m. because of what was predicted last night because we thought it would be good to get a jump on it.”

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