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October 5th, 2014

Time for those flu shots

October 5, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — 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.

“Flu can cause serious illness. There have been epidemics in the past. If more people were immunized, it would be more contained,” cautioned Blackford.

October 4th

Voter registration closes Monday; voting opens on Tuesday

October 4, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — The last day to register to vote in November’s general election is Monday Oct. 6.

“Every vote counts,” said Marshall County Election Board Chairman Sean Surrisi.

Roger Wise, Election Board Vice Chairman, and Surrisi recalled two different scenarios in the county’s recent election history. One in which the election was determined by six votes and another in which the individual won by one vote.

Indiana aid worker being held by ISIL

October 4, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — 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.

Hotel to open this month

October 4, 2014

PLYMOUTH — 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.

“They’ve gone through several different contractors. The owner has been doing the spearheading of the project himself,” said Keith Hammonds, building commissioner for the city.

Plymouth airport gets $2.3 million in federal funds

October 4, 2014

PLYMOUTH — Fixing up things instead of replacing them has become very popular all over and for the Plymouth Municipal Airport that holds true as well.

“We are here today thanking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for finally listening to what we’ve been saying all along,” began Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter. “Plymouth is the place to be.”

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.

Barn burns

October 4, 2014

TYNER — 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.

“All of the hay and the barn is a complete loss,” Polk Township Fire Department Public Information Officer John Einhorn said.

October 3rd

Sheriff's department warns of possible scam

October 3, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — 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.

Regional marching bands to compete on the field Saturday

October 3, 2014

PLYMOUTH — 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 Plymouth’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.

County Commissioners October 6

October 3, 2014

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
Proposed Agenda

8:30 am USI
• Jefferson Street Bridge

8:40 am Bart Trester-USI
• 7th Road update
• Metronet update

8:50 am Clyde Avery - EMA Director
• Grant application approval

9:00 am Ward Byers – Court Services Director
• Employment contract

9:10 am Drew Hettich – Wiers Trucking
• Bid process

9:20 am Stacy Richer

Ball State economist says September jobs numbers "mixed"

October 3, 2014

Ball State economist Michael Hicks says September’s job numbers paints a familiar story of mixed growth.

“Things are better, but not yet good, he says. “The numbers aren’t bad as 248,000 new jobs were added last month and employment for August was revised up to 180,000 from 142,000.”

While the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that the nation’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 State’s Center for Economic and Business Research.

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