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PLYMOUTH - Good deeds and blessings do come in small packages.
Amanda Wolford, a graduate of Plymouth High School, is hoping to make a difference this fall to kids with a small kindness through the Blessings in a Backpack program at Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. The program seeks to provide food to children during the weekend who may have little to none at home for a variety of reasons.
Wolford is enrolled as a freshman at the school and plans to study dietetics.
PLYMOUTH â€” This year marks the 48th annual Blueberry Festival and the end of the current three-year contract between the Plymouth Park Board and the Blueberry Festival Board.
In 2012, the two parties agreed on the contract that raised the annual fee for the exclusive use of the park during the Labor Day holiday to $31,000 per year. The negotiated cost reflected a $1,000 per year increase over previous contracts.
The current contract will only be in force through 2014.
MARSHALL COUNTY â€” Taking a step back and reviewing the bigger picture makes it possible to see things that may have previously been overlooked. That is what emergency responders and elected officials did last week.
The After-Action Plan and review of the tornado events of early July took place Friday afternoon. Members of emergency services gathered together to review and identify strengths as well as what could have been done to better improve the situation.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Common Council meeting opened with the passage of Ordinance 2014-2077, which fixes the salaries for the year 2015 for the elected officials of Plymouth.
The Mayorâ€™s salary was passed at $56,957.76 and Clerk Treasurerâ€™s salary at $59,173.92. Common Council members will be paid at $8,413.20.
The second ordinance of the night was 2014-2078 â€“ R for appointed officers and employees, fire and police personnel of the city for 2015.
PLYMOUTH â€” Members of the community came out in droves to the Coca-Cola Family Day at the amphitheater in Centennial Park this weekend, taking advantage of the opportunity to cool off and grab some free hotdogs, popcorn and pop. The day featured balloon artist Mr. Art, face painting, Adrienne Frailey on stage and, of course, free Coke products, popcorn and hotdogs, hundreds of which were grilled and passed out during the event.
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PLYMOUTH â€” The cost of putting on the four-day Blueberry Festival in Plymouth's Centennial Park carries a hefty price tag. This year's festival is expected to cost nearly $800,000.
Bringing in top entertainment, such as last year's Jake Owen and this year's headliners, Montgomery Gentry, are a portion of those expenses. But other items, such as security, portable toilets and other needs chew up even more of the budget.
The Blueberry Festival also has paid for upgrades to Park facilities, at their cost, without tax payer support.
BOURBON â€” Karen Worsham will no longer be serving customers of the Bourbon Post Office.
Worsham decided to retire after 28 years on the job. Today, July 31 is her last day. She started out as a mail carrier delivering throughout the town. The first 12 years of service were spent going door to door and helping as a mail clerk.
MARSHALL COUNTY â€” With as many as 1 million Indiana students attending schools last year, a small percentage of those are considered special needs students. That number is 170,014.
Local school districts are tasked with the challenge of providing a quality education for all students and this sometimes include additional services.
ARGOS/PLYMOUTH â€” Although negotiations for space the 2015 Marshall County Blueberry Festival wonâ€™t even begin until after this yearâ€™s festival has come and gone, steps towards long-planning continue. The 2014 festival will mark 48 years of holding the Labor Day weekend festival in Plymouth.
Representatives from the Blueberry Festival Board have reportedly looked at several alternative sites throughout the county as a â€śwhat-ifâ€ť back up in the event that the festival would move from Centennial Park in Plymouth.