Archive - May 2013 - Latest News
PLYMOUTH - With flood plain issues nearly out of the way the proposed "shell" building on Plymouth's northwest side continues to leap hurdles.
The Plymouth Plan Commission voted to allow certain plat changes on the land proposed for the structure at the corner of Pioneer and Commerce just north of U.S. 30 and near 7B Road. The land is owned by the Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation (PIDCO).
PLYMOUTH â€” A focus on fitness with a little fun thrown in for good measure is the theme of the Second Friday Chamber of Commerce event this week.
According to Plymouth Chamber director Betty Glaub-Gibbs, For May's event, the theme was already in the plans. â€śI said it has to be fun,â€ť she explained.
â€śWe want people to realize fitness can be fun.â€ť
To realize that goal, a number of local businesses have signed up to take part.
Included at the Second Friday event, which is 5 - 8 p.m. in downtown Plymouth are:
â€˘ Fitness Forum doing â€śboot campâ€ť demonstrations and teaching Zumba;
PLYMOUTH - The budget sequester has claimed another local victim.
The Marshall-Starke Head Start program was forced to tell parents last week that they will no longer be able to provide bus transportation for all who participate in the program.
Head Start was informed that there would be a 5.27 percent reduction in funding because of the automatic budget cuts resulting from the lack of a federal budget. The problem for the program locally became what to cut.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth School oard voted unanimously on Tuesday, May 7 in approval of summer maintenance projects.
Maintenance Director, Dave Schoof, presented a list of projects with costs that total $585,369.49. Much of the cost of the projects will come from a refunding bond.
On the project list are renovations at Lincoln Junior High and Riverside Intermediate to accommodate the new Innovation Academy are possible due to the refinancing of the bonds. The Media Centers at both buildings are being converted into space for project-based learning.
ARGOS â€“ It is garden time again in Argos. For the second year, the town will sponsor a community vegetable garden, thanks to the Town Council and clerk-treasurer Patty Jones, who spearheads the project.
Last year marked the inauguration of the local fresh produce source for town residents. â€śThe farmersâ€™ markets in Culver and Plymouth are too far away for some residents to take advantage of,â€ť said Jones. â€śOthers might not have the money to spend on fresh vegetables,â€ť she added. Thus was born the Argos Community Garden.
Finding a location was a hurdle at first. Finally, the water department Chief Operator Nick Wood said: â€śWhy donâ€™t you use the yard right outside the water department fence? Itâ€™s not being used for anything, and we can provide a convenient source of water. As a result, the garden plot of roughly ÂĽ acre is located behind the municipal building and between the water tower and the water department (see photo). The water department also installed a faucet at the edge of the plot for convenient watering.
The next hurdle was soil. The soil of the garden was hard and difficult to till, much less plant. A friendly volunteer bulldozed the soil and gravel off to the side, and loads of good topsoil were donated and spread.
Then, there was the purchase of the plants, fertilizer, tools, and other necessities. Last year, these were provided ad hoc by interested individuals. The garden project was begun, although not easily.
This year, things are much improved, according to Jones. She insists that the project is not hers alone, but is a joint effort of the town. The plot is already prepared for a garden. She is asking for donations of plants (not seeds). She plans to grow potatoes in an innovative container method which will save garden space for other vegetables. She will grow several different types of plants, and asks that you call her at the Clerkâ€™s office to see what plants she needs. She is requesting no money donations to avoid having to account for money spent. The Town Council, however, voted to give her $200 from the promotional fund, which benefits the entire town.
Unlike some community gardens in which residents are assigned a small space and must then tend their own little garden, the Argos garden is communal. That is, vegetables will be grown en masse, and will be free to anyone who needs them. Jones and other volunteers will maintain and water the garden, and those harvesting vegetables are asked to deal with weeds as they see them.
(Published in the May 7, 2013 edition of the Pilot News.)
The Marshall County Coronerâ€™s Office and Marshall County Sherriffâ€™s Department are investigating the death of a Plymouth woman that occurred as a result of a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon before 4 p.m.
In a press release sent late Tuesday, by Marshall County Deputy Coroner Lisa Richards, Amber Gayheart, 23, of Plymouth, was pronounced dead at the scene of the single vehicle accident near the 11000 block of Lincolnway.
Gayheart was the only occupant of the car.
Richards and Deputy Coroner John Grolich are conducting the death investigation.
ARGOS â€“ Brave special education students from Marshall County entered the Dragonsâ€™ lair Friday as Argos High School hosted the first annual Dragon Olympics.
For five hours the eager athletes threw, kicked, ran, balanced, and pulled trying to win glory for their school. The real glory came, however, as they tested their mental and physical skills and stretched their capabilities to the fullest, spurred on by the cheers of their peers.
PLYMOUTH - The project to extend 7th Road in Marshall County continues.
In current plans 7th Road will become the major interchange for the city of Plymouth with the new U.S. 31 currently under construction.
That plan includes the linking of 7th Road eventually with Pine Road on the city's west side to create a single connection between new U.S. 31 and U.S. 30 just north of Plymouth.
PLYMOUTH - While it may not have been the complete ban that some were hoping for, on Monday the Marshall County Commissioners ruled on a revised ordinance regarding wind farms that had been tabled at a previous meeting.
BREMEN â€” Longtime Bremen resident and former Indiana Gov. Otis 'Doc' Bowen has died.
Bowen was pronounced dead at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson. He was 95.
Funeral arrangements are pending through Mishler Funeral Home in Bremen.
"Governor Otis R. Bowen's contributions to the life of this state and nation are incalculable," Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement issued earlier today, "and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss. His story is as inspiring as it is uniquely Hoosier."