July 21st, 2011
Joan E. Barber
Dec. 31, 1917-July 11, 2011
JONESBORO â€” Joan E. Barber, 93, died at 10 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2011, in Hospice House, South Bend. She was born in Jonesboro Dec. 31, 1917 to the late James and Ora (Futrell) Baskett. She married Clair Barber Oct. 26, 1946 and he preceded her in death in June 1989. Joan was a homemaker and had previously worked at Paranite Wire and Cable for more than 20 years. She was always a caregiver and enjoyed painting in oils and watercolors. She was a member of Community Bible Methodist Church where she was the treasurer for 30 years.
The potential role of Culverâ€™s Town Council -- and other local government bodies -- in possible installation of dozens of wind turbines in Union Township was discussed at last weekâ€™s (July 12) Council meeting. Audience member Hank Bilsland, of South Street in Culver, asked if the Council had taken a position on the matter, which has been the subject of several meetings in the area in recent months.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Marshall County Community Foundation and the United Way of Marshall County today announced the appointment of Linda K. Yoder as joint executive director of the two organizations.
Yoder was most recently vice president of Government Affairs at the Electric Motors Corporation of Plymouth, and before that was the director of the Nappanee Public Library where she had been employed for over 20 years, converting a traditional library into a vibrant and creative community center.
ARGOS â€” School may be out for the summer, but quiet is the opposite of what one would find in the Argos High School auditorium. For the past several months, a group of nuns have been filling the auditorium with rousing musical numbers, pithy dialogue, and humorous commentary. The Maxinkuckee Players of Culver will be traveling to area communities this year to perform "Nunsense: the Mega-Musical," beginning with an opening performance this Friday in Argos.
Those members of Culverâ€™s Kiwanis Club hadnâ€™t yet experienced the Boardwalk Bar and Grille at the Culver Marina on State Road 117 had their chance recently, as marina owner Gary Aker hosted the club for a closer look at the longstanding businessâ€™ operations.
Kiwanis member Bob Volkert, in introducing the speaker, said Aker has been â€śa wonderful sponsor for our (Kiwanis) bass tournament, as well as (local realtor) Chris Collins. They made it a huge success. It was probably the most successful single-day fund-raiser Kiwanis has held.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” Rebecca Griffy, director of Heart and Hands in Plymouth, told a tragic story involving a homeless family she and other staff were trying to help receive federal assistance for medical care.
Because of a mistake in filling out paperwork, a woman in the family passed away before she could receive care. Hard to understand forms and the move of information to the Internet, said Griffy, is taking a toll on people who desperately need help.
PLYMOUTH â€” Centralizing the dispatch of emergency personnel around Marshall County will be the focus of a study by an ad hoc committee in the coming months.
Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter came before the Marshall County Council a week ago, urging such a move and he â€” along with County Councilman Ward Byers â€” came before the Marshall County Commissioners to gain their support for the study.
The fact that Herb Kilber of Culver is participating in the USA Roller Sports National Indoor Speed Championships in Fort Wayne later this month is noteworthy. The fact that heâ€™s 76 years old is all the more unusual.
LAKEVILLE â€” With an Aug. 2 school registration date for LaVille Elementary School, the expanded parking lot project and restoration of the current parking lot already in progress must continue to move forward.
According to Principal John Farthing, Phend & Brown contractors have assured him that the paving, striping and drying process will be completed by the registration deadline.
PLYMOUTH â€” Delays in the 13th Road bridge project have begun to draw fire from county officials as the project officially passed its first extended completion deadline Monday.
Jeff Million of DLZ, the supervising engineer for the county on the troubled project, told the Marshall County Commissioners the contractor, Isom Construction, was aware that they were â€śâ€¦under the gun,â€ť drawing the comment from President of the Commissioners Kevin Overmyer that â€śâ€¦They were under the gun the day they moved in here and itâ€™s all because of things theyâ€™ve done.â€ť