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Part 2 of 5: Who pays? Finding the funds for every student

September 14, 2011

At $1,199 (the retail price for a MacBook), these computers don’t come cheap. A question in many people’s minds might be, where are schools getting the money to pay for these things?
Schools are relying on their usual budget, along with revenue from rental fees, to pay a lease for the devices from Apple. At the end of the four-year lease agreement, schools can either keep the computers or sell them back to Apple.

70-year-old follows U.S. 30 to 9/11 crash sites

September 14, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Many adults are advised to regularly walk in order to stay active. Retired Chicago police officer Phil Szpicki (pronounced spy-key), at 70 years old, recently embarked on a journey that requires him to walk more than 900 miles — all along U.S. Highway 30.

“Being able to do this at my age is a gift from God,” said Phil Szpicki, covered in sweat and grime from the road.

Szpicki, who resides in Loves Park, Ill, spent the night in Plymouth Monday before setting off again on his journey.

Interim pastor hopes to help First United, Grace see community potential

September 13, 2011

Pastor AnnMarie Kneebone says her strengths include her enthusiasm and helping people see their potential, both traits ideal for an interim pastor like herself.
Kneebone began her time as interim -- replacing Pastor Robin Keating, who left earlier this year -- at both Grace United Church of Christ in Culver and First United Church of Christ in Plymouth, in June, though she actually moved to Culver in July.

Part 1 of 5: Administrators talk about the 'Internet Generation' and the one to one computer initiative

September 13, 2011

Gone are the days of toting heavy textbooks. Instead, some area junior and senior high school students have lightened their load to about 5 pounds — the weight of an Apple MacBook computer.
This school year is the first that many area schools have embraced the one to one computer initiative, providing each student with a computer of their own for use in class and at home.
Most schools doing one to one are using MacBooks, with the exception of Culver Community — they decided to go with iPads for every student.

Easy budget hearings lead to hard choices

September 13, 2011

PLYMOUTH — After a relatively quick and painless hearing process on the 2012 budget, the Marshall County Council found itself in a unique position for budget adoption — room to maneuver.
And while the hearing process may have been relatively painless, the confirmation was not.
“I thought this was going to be an easy year,” said Councilperson Judy Stone. “It turned out to be one of the toughest.”

Academies building projects bring major changes, top-notch facilities

September 12, 2011

It's been hard for Culverites to miss signs of some of the major construction projects underway at Culver Academies lately, many of which represent significant changes and enhancements not only to the campus, but in a broader sense, to the entire community.

Patriot guard honors, remembers

September 12, 2011

PLYMOUTH —On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, members and friends of the Plymouth Phi Delta Kappa joined with the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders to honor and remember those serving in the military now and those that have been lost, along with the EMS, firefighters, and police everywhere. The event began at the Phi Delta Kappa facility on W. Harrison Street with a processional of riders through the city, a solemn ceremony at Oakhill Cemetery and a fundraiser.

10 years later: Former area residents talk about how 9/11 changed their lives

September 12, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Three young boys, full of life, will always remind Katie Benedict Friedman of the events of 9/11.
Katie (Culver Community High School 1991 grad) and her husband, Seth, decided to start a family soon after the World Trade Centers toppled a few short miles from their place of work in downtown New York City.
“I really think that it had to do with the attacks,” said Katie, observing the antics of her three sons, Nathan, 8, Isaac, 6, and Elijah, 4. “Life is short.”

Culver residents, past and present, saw 9-11 attacks firsthand

September 10, 2011

As the entire country prepares to remember the event which arguably defined the lives of a generation -- the attacks on America on September 11, 2001 -- during this, the tenth anniversary of its occurance, we pay a visit to two Culverites (one past and one present)
who were there for the attacks. It happens both men were at the Pentagon that day for work-related reasons, though both have somewhat different perspectives on the attacks.

RANDALL HARPER

Commissioners discuss 2010 treasurer audit

September 10, 2011

KNOX - The results of the audit conducted on the 2010 records for the county treasurer has been returned. The results were discussed at a special meeting Friday evening that was conducted by Starke County Council President Mark Smith, and Starke County Commission Pesident Dan Bridegroom, and Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem.

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