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October 5th, 2014
MARSHALL COUNTY â€” For the coming flu season, the CDC estimates 151 to 159 million vaccines will be available for the 2014-2015 year. The flu is considered a viral sickness.
Family physician Dr. Laura Blackford of Plymouth Family and Internal Medicine said that getting vaccinated this year is as important as any other flue season.
â€śFlu can cause serious illness. There have been epidemics in the past. If more people were immunized, it would be more contained,â€ť cautioned Blackford.
MARSHALL COUNTY â€” The last day to register to vote in Novemberâ€™s general election is Monday Oct. 6.
â€śEvery vote counts,â€ť said Marshall County Election Board Chairman Sean Surrisi.
Roger Wise, Election Board Vice Chairman, and Surrisi recalled two different scenarios in the countyâ€™s recent election history. One in which the election was determined by six votes and another in which the individual won by one vote.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Peter Kassig first visited Beirut on a college spring break trip. What the former Army Ranger from Indiana saw there prompted him to return, the next time as a medical assistant and humanitarian worker hoping to offer blankets, food and medical care to victims of the region's conflicts.
Kassig founded a nongovernmental organization that provided aid for refugees fleeing the civil war in neighboring Syria. But his work in Lebanon led to his capture by militants on Oct. 1, 2013, while en route to eastern Syria.
PLYMOUTH â€” The new Comfort Suites Hotel may soon open and stop languishing on Michigan Street. New owner Raj Patel has been working to update the building for a late October opening.
New furniture and fixtures are being added, as well as some minor construction still in the second and third floors.
â€śTheyâ€™ve gone through several different contractors. The owner has been doing the spearheading of the project himself,â€ť said Keith Hammonds, building commissioner for the city.
PLYMOUTH â€” Fixing up things instead of replacing them has become very popular all over and for the Plymouth Municipal Airport that holds true as well.
â€śWe are here today thanking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for finally listening to what weâ€™ve been saying all along,â€ť began Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter. â€śPlymouth is the place to be.â€ť
The Aviation Commission began reconditioning the airport several years ago with a fresh coat of paint here and some remodeling. The projects started small and moved forward at a steady pace.
TYNER â€” A fire at a 40 x 100 foot pole barn burned hot and long Thursday night, forcing firefighters to remain on the scene for 10 hours.
At about 4:20 p.m., Polk County Fire Department was dispatched to the 4000 block of Thorn Road. The barn, with a metal roof and three metal side walls, was filled with 180 round bales of hay, with an additional 25-30 round bales outside the barn.
â€śAll of the hay and the barn is a complete loss,â€ť Polk Township Fire Department Public Information Officer John Einhorn said.
MARSHALL COUNTY â€” Several Culver residents have received phone calls stating they are late on paying their property taxes, a lien will be placed on their property and the police are on the way with a warrant for their arrest. Some are automated calls. Also they are leaving messages on answering machines with a number to call back.
PLYMOUTH â€” For some people, the halftime shows are the best part of Friday Night Lights.
Those people and others who appreciate the precision and practice required to bring those shows to life in front of a crowd will be sure to attend the 16th annual Harvest Festival Marching Invitational Saturday in Plymouthâ€™s Rockpile stadium.
Hosted by the Pride of Plymouth, 14 bands from the region are taking part, putting on their shows and doing their best to impress the judges. The Festival starts at 5 p.m., with the first band, Bremen, taking the field soon after.
The Marshall County Commissioners will hold their regular meeting on October 6 at the county building. Below is posted their proposed agenda.
Marshall County Commissioners
October 6, 2014
8:30 am USI
â€˘ Jefferson Street Bridge
8:40 am Bart Trester-USI
â€˘ 7th Road update
â€˘ Metronet update
8:50 am Clyde Avery - EMA Director
â€˘ Grant application approval
9:00 am Ward Byers â€“ Court Services Director
â€˘ Employment contract
9:10 am Drew Hettich â€“ Wiers Trucking
â€˘ Bid process
9:20 am Stacy Richer
Ball State economist Michael Hicks says Septemberâ€™s job numbers paints a familiar story of mixed growth.
â€śThings are better, but not yet good, he says. â€śThe numbers arenâ€™t bad as 248,000 new jobs were added last month and employment for August was revised up to 180,000 from 142,000.â€ť
While the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that the nationâ€™s unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent from 6.1 percent, a closer examination of the underlying numbers is far less satisfying, says Hicks, director of Ball Stateâ€™s Center for Economic and Business Research.