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August 21st, 2014

GED replaced by TASC

August 21, 2014

AREA — Indiana switched from the General Education Development (GED) to the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). The Plymouth Adult Education Center began implementation of the test in February and has already administered it twice. Read more about the program and what Director Deborah Sherwood has to say about the test in today's edition of the Pilot News.

August 20th

Argos Schools moving ahead with $700,000 bond

August 20, 2014

ARGOS — Three options for paying back a $700,000 General Obligation Bond were presented to school board members Monday. The board voted to approve a resolution and start the process.

The Board selected option allows interest only to be paid in the first five years, more paid in the sixth year, and a final balloon payment would be made in the seventh year. In this option, current debt obligations will be increased only slightly, and the balloon payment will be due in a year when other obligations are not present.

2015 county budget requests under review

August 20, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — How the county's $8,725,243 budget shapes out is still undecided, but county council members heard from department heads about what is needed.

The General Fund budgets for all departments totaled $9,041,321. The council now has the daunting task of determining where to cut $316,078 from the budgets.

August 19th

Storms headed this way

August 19, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — A strong line of thunderstorms are moving east toward Marshall County, according to the National Weather Service.

The line of storms extends from Walkerton to six miles south of Knox and is moving about 35 miles per hour.

LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE...
PLYMOUTH...
BREMEN...
WALKERTON AND KOONTZ LAKE...
NORTH LIBERTY AND CULVER...

New offender monitoring system coming soon

August 19, 2014

MARSHALL COUNTY — Devices that will instantly measure an offender’s blood alcohol level will be utilized in Marshall County.

Ward Byers, Court Services, brought a contract before the Marshall County Commissioners for their approval. The contract is for alcohol monitoring with BI Corporation.

Scammers use local company's check to commit mail fraud

August 19, 2014

BOURBON — Faulkner Fabricating, a company out of Bourbon recently learned that a third party has been mailing out fraudulent checks to people across the country.

“It started out Thursday last week,” said Paula Johnson, an employee of the company. She received a call from a man who resided in Toledo, Ohio.

“He told me the check number and it didn’t match up with the run,” she said. “It had the routing number, account number, and our address.”

But the checks had left off the phone number for Faulkner Fabricating.

City budget totals $11.6 million

August 19, 2014

PLYMOUTH — The 2015 proposed budget totals $11.61 million and includes increases to cover the cost of elections, fire hydrant fees, a new computer system and employee insurance.

Toni Hutchings, clerk-treasurer for the city, said these items are included in the money to be allocated to the financial board and clerk treasurer - $980,744 - which is a 10.97 percent increase from last year.

August 18th

North Judson-San Pierre School Board agenda for August 19

August 18, 2014

North Judson-San Pierre Schools will have their regular board meeting August 19, 2014. Posted here is the proposed agenda for the meeting.

BUDGET ADOPTION & REGULAR BOARD MEETING AGENDA
North Judson-San Pierre Board of School Trustees
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
Central Office Board Meeting Room
801 Campbell Dr.
North Judson, IN 46366
Executive Session 6:00 PM
BUDGET ADOPTION
I. Call to Order
II. Adoption of the 2015 Capital Projects Plan
III. Adoption of the 2015 Bus Replacement Plan
IV. Adoption of the Advertised Budget Reduction Resolution

US 31 Plymouth to South Bend to open Thursday

August 18, 2014

PLYMOUTH – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced today that the New U.S. 31 between South Bend and Plymouth opens to traffic Thursday, Aug. 21.

Some restrictions will remain on the north end of the project near South Bend and the south end near Plymouth through the end of the year as construction continues.

The new U.S. 31 is 20 miles of divided, four-lane highway between the U.S. 20 Bypass in South Bend and U.S. 30 near Plymouth.

Color Run draws a crowd

August 18, 2014

PLYMOUTH — Runners, walkers and people in wheelchairs came out to support the Freedom Park Color Run Saturday. The annual event is a fundraiser for the planned playground for children of all abilities.

The annual run was updated this year with a little color, of the colored corn starch variety, bringing people to the finish line speckled in pink, blue, purple and green.

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