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September 9th, 2011

Audit report in: Starke Auditor finds error totaling hundreds of thousands of $

September 9, 2011

KNOX — The 2010 Starke County Treasurer's audit has been released by the state. And according to the report, Starke County Auditor Kay Chaffins has been successful in locating hundreds of thousands of dollars that appeared to be missing due to errors in record keeping.
Because of the condition of the treasurer's records, the state had to rely upon the Starke County auditor's funds ledger, unsettled receipts, receipts in transit and an outstanding checklist.

September 8th

American Oak Preserving Company Inc. announces another Starke County expansion

September 8, 2011

NORTH JUDSON — Charlie Vorm, president and CEO of American Oak Preserving Co, Inc., with international headquarters in North Judson and the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) announced the beginning of construction on a new 6,000 square foot structure by American Oak. The new building will be a refrigerated structure that will be used for the short-term storage and sale of Christmas trees and wreaths coming from a supplier in North Carolina from approximately Nov. 15 through Dec. 15.

Grant covers first 100

September 8, 2011

PLYMOUTH — As the preparation for the New Tech High School within the Plymouth High School building moves forward, funding for the project is also keeping pace.
During a school board meeting this week, Superin-tendent Dan Tyree said they have been able to receive commitments for $311,000 from grants and community members who are sponsoring a room.
Tyree explained that the $311,000 covers memberships and staff development for the New Tech that is scheduled to enroll the first 100 students in the 2012-13 school year.

Revised plan in place in case of nuclear plant leak

September 8, 2011

PLYMOUTH — The Donald C. Cook nuclear plant, in Bridgman, Mich. is 45 miles from Plymouth.

“We are within what’s considered the 50 mile ingestion pathway,” said Clyde Avery, Marshall County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director to the county commissioners Tuesday.

Avery said later that the only municipalities not in the ingestion pathway are Culver, Argos, and Bourbon—although they would feel the impact if a release were to occur.

Petitioners hope to remove Monterey from Culver school system

September 8, 2011

Last weekend, a group of eight in the Monterey area gained petition signatures from the crowds attending the town's busy Monterey Days Festival, to add to the more than 300 names it already had gathered in hopes of Monterey’s Tippecanoe Township de-annexing from the Culver
Community School Corporation and instead joining the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation. If accomplished, the move could eventually signal the loss of hundreds of students from the Culver system.

September 7th

L’Max Film Fest: both feel-good favorite and tearjerker ending (heating donations still sought)

September 7, 2011

If Friday evening went spectacularly better than hoped for organizers of the 4th annual Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival “Gift of Warmth” event, which raises funds and collects winter wear for area needy children and their families, the weather rained on the proverbial parade of Saturday evening’s offerings to the community.

Pioneer Dr. 90% complete; road may be open this month

September 7, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Construction on Pioneer Dr. has reached the home stretch, according to a report from DLZ Engineering in the county commissioners meeting Tuesday.

Road workers finished the final placing of asphalt on Pioneer Dr. Tuesday and plan to pave Jim Neu drive later this week.

“They’re moving right along out there,” commented commissioner Kevin Overmeyer.

Over the next month, the new road will be decked out with markings, monuments, and signs in preparation for the first traffic it has seen since the project began in spring of 2010.

Citizens express concern; appreciation for Young

September 7, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Several citizens visited the Plymouth Park Department board meeting Tuesday night to express their concern and appreciation for Gina Young, recreation director.

Young was terminated by the city of Plymouth Aug. 8 for a total of 17 violations, mostly to do with child labor laws.

Judy Delp presented findings that she had collected by speaking with Young, looking at a copy of Young’s personnel file that Young had shown her, and reviewing a news release from the city of Plymouth regarding the termination.

September 6th

Plymouth resident sells hand-crafted oils

September 6, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Jennifer Trump recently moved to Plymouth in search of one thing — a bigger kitchen.

“I needed a bigger kitchen so I could make my olive oils,” said the former Argos resident, slightly breathless from waiting on customers in her booth at the Marshall County Blueberry Festival Saturday afternoon.

Trump started making her own olive oil six years ago, after her father contracted cancer and needed to eat more healthily.

Storms prompt officials to evacuate park

September 6, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Saturday night’s severe thunderstorms caused the Blueberry Festival to be shut down about three hours earlier than normal closing time.

According to festival official Larry Faulstich, he and festival director Karen O’Neal made the decision to shut down the festival after a thunderstorm watch changed to a warning at about 6:30 p.m.

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