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January 13th, 2012

New electives offered at junior high

January 13, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, there will be changes at Lincoln Junior High.
LJH Principal Dan Funston presented the proposed changes to the Plymouth School Board this week.
Funston said, “We will be adding three new electives that students will sign up for in the same way they students do at the high school level.”

January 12th

Davis’ unique perspective encompasses 30 years of town government

January 12, 2012

When Kay Davis exited Culver's town hall the last workday of 2011, the door closed on 30 years of her service to the town of Culver as its deputy clerk, through five clerk treasurers and countless changes, major and minor, in the day-to-day operations which keep the town running. She also represents the only consistent witness to the inner world of town operations in a gradually changing Culver over three decades.

Winter Day at the zoo, plus more weekend events

January 12, 2012

Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend is hosting Winter Day from 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The indoor Learning Center will be open and train rides are $2 per person (weather permitting). Admission is $5 per person, 2 and under are free and admission for Potawatomi Zoological Society members is free.
Other weekend events:
FRIDAY, JAN. 13
• The Plymouth Moose will host a buffet dinner — spaghetti and meat balls, ham and scalloped potatoes – from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Guests are welcome. Please contact Tom Williams at 574-936-3530 for more information.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14

PHS dance marathon raises funds for Riley

January 12, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Several Plymouth High School students will have an interesting evening January 28, as they attempt to remain standing for six hours during the school’s first-ever mini Dance Marathon. The event is a fundraiser for Riley’s Children’s Hospital.
“(The students) will stand on their feet for the kids who can’t,” explained event organizer Amy Jacobs.

'Dancing with the Stars' raises money for Neighborhood Center

January 12, 2012

PLYMOUTH — The excitement began about four years ago, when Marshall County Neighborhood Center board member Karen Barden heard about a “Dancing with the Stars” event in South Bend. Barden thought the concept of having community members vote on friends’ and coworkers’ dancing performances might work as a fundraiser for the Neighborhood Center. She was right — and the now-annual event brings in thousands of dollars each year.
“I think people enjoy (seeing) people they know dance, and it’s very entertaining,” said Barden.

Local man wins $2M on scratch-off

January 12, 2012

PLYMOUTH – Ironically, it was just two months ago that Rick Cooper, Jr. was razzed about his comment to “What I’m Thankful For” in this publication’s Thanksgiving edition. Naturally sarcastic, Cooper said, “I’m thankful that tax time is less than two months away.” After all, he has a transmission to replace in his out-of-commission car.

January 11th

WEATHER UPDATE: Lake effect snow expected Thursday

January 11, 2012

National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch which is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening.

Lake effect snow showers are expected to form late Thursday afternoon and persist through Friday evening. Portions of Northern Indiana, generally north of highway 6 could see between 8 to 12 in., while areas further south could see 4 to 8 in. In addition, strong, gusty west to northwest winds could cause limited visibility, and blowing and drifting of snow across roads may make driving hazardous.

Park Dept. seeks clothing, shoe donations

January 11, 2012

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Park Department is partnering with resident Jane Blank to collect clothing and shoe donations until Jan. 23. Donations of gently used women's, men's and children's clothing and shoes can be dropped off at the park office until Jan. 23.
Blank decided to organize a community clothing drive around Thanksgiving.
"I just thought that there is so much waste (of used clothes)," said Blank, explaining that although clothes are often donated to Goodwill and other similar organizations, "some people can't afford the five dollars or whatever it is to buy from Goodwill."

4 soldiers killed: 2 with Starke County ties

January 11, 2012

Starke County is grieving the loss of one of their own. U.S. Army SPC Robert (Bobby) Tauteris Jr., 44, of Hamlet, died a hero’s death while defending his country in Afghanistan last Friday morning. Tauteris, along with three other soldiers, lost his life when their vehicle hit an IED (roadside bomb). A fourth soldier was injured.
SPC Brian Leonhardt, 21, of the Merrillville area, was one of the four soldiers lost. Leonhardt also has family and friends in Starke County who are heartbroken over the loss of this young hero.

January 10th

County building elevators at 'worst-case scenario'

January 10, 2012

PLYMOUTH — County maintenance director Rich Ulrich spoke to county council members Monday about the two county building elevators, which are again out of commission.
"This is our worst-case scenario," said Ulrich, calling the elevators "obsolete" and noting that the 30-year-old machines have never been updated with new technology.

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