Archive - 2013 - News Article
MARSHALL CO. â€” If your work commute takes you down U.S. 6, you might be caught in some traffic this week.
The Indiana Department of Transportation advised that work crews will be welding sections of the bridge for the new U.S. 31 over U.S. 6 between U.S. 31 and Lilac Road. This work will start Tuesday and continue through April 12.
If you think this winter has been dragging on and on, youâ€™re not wrong.
Nick Greenawalt, meteorologist at the Northern Indiana National Weather Service office said that this March has been on average 20 degrees colder than the same time last year. Wednesday was the official first day of spring according to the calendar, but temperatures stayed in the 20s for most of the day.
PLYMOUTH â€” Plymouth Police have a suspect in the January bomb threat at Plymouth High School.
Plymouth Police Detective Sgt. Jim Cox told the media that a student at the high school had come forward Monday admitting to writing the threat that was found on a bathroom wall at the school.
Cox stated in his release to media outlets Wednesday that the student said he had no intention of harming other students or the facility.
BREMEN â€” Bremen students are bringing the tropics home with "South Pacific," the school's spring musical.
"It's been smooth sailing, no pun intended," said director Kathy Overmyer of the show. "We have a pretty well-balanced group this year, meaning both guys and gals. That lends itself to a strong chorus. I thought this (show) would be something the kids would enjoy."
PLYMOUTH â€” Hacienda Mexican Restaurants will open its 13th location in Plymouth at the end of May.
The restaurant will be housed in the former Beef O'Brady's off of U.S. 30.
"The restaurant will be completely redecorated to create the ambiance Hacienda guests have come to love," said Jeff Leslie, Hacienda's vice president of sales and marketing. "We will seat 135 (people), including an outdoor margarita garden."
Leslie noted that 100 employees will be hired. Applications are now being accepted online at www.haciendafiesta.com.
"Interviews will begin April 8," said Leslie.
PLYMOUTH - The wind blowing across Marshall County will have to wait at least until May to be harnessed as the Marshall County Commissioners tabled action on zoning changes related to wind farms on Monday morning.
Suggestions for amendments to Marshall Countyâ€™s zoning ordinance regarding wind energy â€śfarmsâ€ť have made their way from the Marshall County Plan Commission to the final vote in any change to to county zoning the Marshall County Commissioners. Those proposing change made their case before the Commissioners on Monday.
PLYMOUTH - One local market has a big reason to be celebrating St. Patrickâ€™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 nationâ€™s top food chains, Whole Foods. The soon to be opening Mishawaka Whole Foods will feature bread from Earthworks.
â€śWe applied to be one of their local vendors,â€ť said Sr. Sue Rogers of Earthworks. â€śWe had to go through the regular process, meet with their regional managers and the bottom line is we were accepted.â€ť
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 groupâ€™s spokesperson, said that she and the others present are protesting â€śthe fact that Michiana Behavioral Health remains understaffed and unsafe.â€ť
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.
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.
â€śFord didnâ€™t design this the way a car is normally designed,â€ť said Steve Keiser of Oliver. â€śLaw 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.â€ť