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Locals witness stage collapse at state fair

August 15, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — What most eyewitnesses remember how is quickly the storm arrived.
It was Saturday just before 9 p.m., and a crowd of thousands was happily waiting for Sugarland to take the stage at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstands at the Indiana State Fair. Sara Bareilles, the opening act, had just finished and the main event, country music duo Sugarland, was set to take the stage at any moment. Although an official had made a brief announcement that they show may be interrupted by severe weather, attendees didn’t seem very concerned.

Commissioners not under state scrutiny

August 14, 2011

KNOX — The State Board of Accounts (SBOA) is questioning the Starke County Commissioners’ decision to remove Linda Belork, an elected official, from her position as Starke County Treasurer, according to an article published by the Associated Press. The article says the SBOA wants commissioners to explain what authority they used to remove Belork from her position.
“Deputy State Examiner Paul Joyce told The Associated Press while there are processes to remove elected officials from office, he's not sure commissioners used the proper one when they voted Thursday to remove Belork.”

Funds sought for monument to local Indian chief

August 13, 2011

Historical groups and a local Eagle Scout candidate are hoping the community will step up to honor a local Potawatomi Indian chief who left his mark not only on the Culver-Lake Maxinkuckee area, but in the state of Kansas as well.

Stone Creek Homes opens in Plymouth; brings more than 30 jobs to residents

August 12, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Stone Creek Homes, based in Nebraska, recently opened on Markley Drive in the former Shamrock Homes production plant.

Shamrock Homes went out of business in spring, but thanks to owner Pat Flynn's mentorship to a young man in the 70s, the plant is seeing activity again.

Dave Ferguson, co-owner of Stone Creek Homes and a 1970 Plymouth grad, remembers working with the Flynn family during his breaks from school in the 70s. It was Flynn that first offered Ferguson the chance to get into the industry.

Sellers wants area youth to ‘Come Alive Outside’

August 12, 2011

Tony Sellers wants to get more area youngsters outside to play, and he’s interested in community feedback on how he and others can work together to make it happen.
Sellers, of Sellers Landscaping on State Road 110 near Culver (though the business has a Rochester address), addressed members of Culver’s Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s monthly meeting, held last Tuesday at Diva on South Main Street, about Come Alive Outside, a nationwide initiative among outdoor landscaping entities like his own.

Hoham Drive to close beginning Monday

August 12, 2011

PLYMOUTH — The third section of construction work on Oak Road is about to begin.

Gary Fox, project engineer, recently released the news that Hoham Drive will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday.

“Anybody that needs to travel on Hoham Drive to get to Oak Drive will not be able to get through,” said Fox.

Coaches vs. Cancer celebrates 'Heroes of Hope'

August 12, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Cancer is a scary word with an even scarier impact on people’s lives.

Fighting cancer takes dedication — and that’s just what Becky Milliser has done: fought cancer alongside her loved ones.

The diagnosis of cancer to her mother and husband didn’t deter her; it only gave her strength and motivation by devoting her time and efforts to volunteer work with the American Cancer Society.

The Plymouth resident was recently honored with the dedication award at the Coaches vs. Cancer “Night of the Stars” program in South Bend.

Businesses in Marshall County 'strong'

August 12, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Times may be hard, but businesses in Marshall County are fighting back.

“It has been interesting to see how Marshall County businesses have adapted,” said Marshall County Economic Development (MCED) director Jennifer Laurent in the county council meeting Monday.

Laurent visited the council to give an update on MCED and to discuss what the organization can do for the county.

She said that the tasks of MCED can be narrowed down to three main objectives: marketing for new businesses, business retention, and entrepreneurial development.

Belork removed as Starke County Treasurer

August 12, 2011

KNOX — Starke County Treasurer Linda Belork was removed from office Thursday afternoon, Aug. 11 by a unanimous decision of Starke County Commissioners Dan Bridegroom, Kathy Norem and Jennifer Davis. This decision came during the second emergency meeting of the day, a joint session of commissioners and the Starke County Council.
Bridegroom, who holds the position of commissioner president, opened the meeting with a summary of events that had taken place earlier in the day.

Blizzard of Miracles: Today is DQ Miracle Treat Day

August 11, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Today, communities throughout the United States and Canada are sharing in some summer treats for a cause.

It’s the sixth annual Miracle Treat Day, and the local DQ Grill & Chill will give a percentage of its Blizzard sales to Riley Hospital for Children.

Plymouth led the fundraising efforts in 2010 by more than $15,000 over other DQs throughout the state. For more than a decade, the Plymouth DQ Grill & Chill has been leading efforts for Riley Hospital for Children over 299 DQs statewide.

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