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July 14th, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€” Linda Espich went through high school with everyone expecting her to become a nurse. To her parentâ€™s shock, Espich announced after graduation that she wanted to teach. Espich attended Indiana University, majored in general studies, switching later to elementary education, and started teaching at Washington Elementary School right after she graduated when a teacher there left to have a baby.
â€śIâ€™ve never made a resume â€” Iâ€™ve never had to,â€ť said Espich. â€śThe principal asked me if I wanted her job, and I said yes. Iâ€™ve had the same job for 40 years!â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” Sharon Cudney, assistant activity director at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Plymouth, fears that the World War II experiences of her patients will be lost forever.
Two residents share their stories: George Born and William â€śBillâ€ť Whitsell.
George Born, 86, was born in Plymouth. He quit school in his junior year and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for six months before being drafted in the Army.
George took his basic training at Camp Wheeler, Ga., and was immediately shipped out to Germany with the First Infantry Division of the 26th Infantry Regiment.
PLYMOUTH â€” Since they opened March 18, the sky over the northern edge of Plymouth has blossomed from time to time with dozens of skydivers who, according to Jenny Verner, a 17-year jumper herself, â€śwant to experience the exhilaration at least once.â€ť
Jenny, her husband, Steve, David Elliott and Troy Church, all sky-divers for years with experience totaling 30,000 jumps, love the sport so much that they have brought Plymouth Sky Sports to hangar B at the Plymouth Municipal Airport in order to teach others how to freefall out of the sky 10,000 feet up, from a Cessna 182, at 120 miles an hour.
ARGOS â€” As it has done since 2002, the Marshall County 4-H Drill Team presented a program to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces, opening the Marshall County 4-H Fair Sunday night.
The team, lead by Harry Eskridge, has been using the opportunity to show their patriotism. One of the speakers for the event was State Representative Nancy Dembowski, who has also been invited to the event for the last several years.
PLYMOUTH â€” A Plymouth Police Department officer was treated for minor injuries and released following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Oak Tuesday morning.
PLYMOUTH â€” Grovertown resident Yvonne Daley, a Head Start teacher, knew she had to do something about the pain in her knees in 2009. She had been taking anti-inflammatory medication and pain pills prescribed by her regular doctor for several years, but at that point there was nothing else he could do for her.
â€śThe pain just gradually got worse and worse,â€ť said Daley, adding that it was during a Cub Scout trip with her son that the pain became unbearable.
PLYMOUTH â€” Summer is in full swing, and so is business at the Plymouth Farmersâ€™ Market.
An average of 30 venders set up their wares on the corner of Garro and River street each Saturday morning, with offerings such as produce, meat, plants, baked goods, and natural handmade crafts. Bob Yoder, of the Marshall County Purdue Extension, said that the farmerâ€™s market could appeal especially to those interested in organically grown food.
PLYMOUTH â€” A unified county dispatch center for all emergency personnel will be the study of a joint committee in Marshall County.
The Marshall County Council started the ball rolling on the project after hearing from Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin and City of Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter. Chamberlin was before the Council to discuss funding possibilities to make up shortfalls in the counties 911 and dispatch budgets.
ARGOS â€” Edie Hastings, recently retired JESSE teacher at Argos Elementary, always knew she wanted to teach, but it wasnâ€™t until college that she decided on special education.
Hastings was working a summer job with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) in Chicago when she witnessed volunteers working with handicapped children. Hastings knew that was something she wanted to do, and switched her major that fall from elementary education to special education. Hastings retired this spring from teaching after 25 years of teaching through JESSE, at Argos Elementary and six other locations.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” With pressure continuing to build but no breakthroughs in sight, budget bargaining between President Barack Obama and top lawmakers resumes Monday at the White House, with both sides hoping to slash the deficit as the price for permitting the government to borrow more than $2 trillion to pay its bills.