The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-18T12:58:04-04:00 County Safety Commission, September 232014-09-18T12:58:04-04:002014-09-18T12:58:04-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsMarshall County Safety CommissionSeptember 23, 2014 (date change)9:00 A.M.Plymouth Community School Corporation Board Room1.0 OPENING AND PURPOSE2.0 INTRODUCTIONS3.0 SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRIBUTIONS4.0 HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT CONTRIBUTIONS5.0 EMERGENCY PLANNING CONTRIBUTIONS6.0 MARSHALL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONTRIBUTIONS7.0 COUNTY SHERIFF CONTRIBUTIONS8.0 MARSHALL COUNTY SCHOOL SAFETY COMMITTEE9.0 OTHER10.0 NEXT MEETING11.0 ADJOURNMENTPlymouth, INNo author availableMarshall County Safety Commission, September 23The Pilot’ small change adds up in Walkerton2014-09-18T11:55:32-04:002014-09-18T11:55:32-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPrincipal Tim Davis and his staff organized a planned four-week cancer awareness donation drive during the month of September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. All proceeds will go to the children’s oncology department at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.Third grade teacher Ryan Reese was motivated to bring Davis’ awareness to it after seeing a post about childhood cancer on Facebook from his aunt. “We had brought that to the third grade and for third grade teacher to be able to do something, so that’s how we came about doing a drive, trying to raise as much money as possible,” he explained. “We encouraged our kids every single day, challenging each class to the competition.”Davis stated that the original idea was to put out buckets and the winning class would a get a free “frozen friday” ice-cream day at the end of the month. For Davis, he felt the purpose of putting together a drive would have great impact on the school community, which had several children over the last few years be diagnosed with cancer.“It affects us so drastically, so I said, sure, let’s do it,” said Davis.The drive was far more successful than Davis and the rest of the staff had anticipated.Day one, September 8, raised over $200.Day two came in at $394.Day three was $413.Day four arrived in at $309.On day five, the school had over $800 alone. By the end of the school day, Walkerton Elementary had raised a grand total of $2,051.69.Davis, like much of his staff, was surprised and awed at the amount raised in so little time.“We had one little boy who brought in $50 of his own money,” related Davis, who has been impressed at the initiative of his students. With the grand total coming in at over $2,000, Davis stated that the drive will be over on September 12. “It’s amazing, $2,000. We have 52 percent poverty level of kids on free and reduced lunch. It’s just amazing how giving they are,” related Davis. The staff has been good not only in fostering competition, but stressing the importance of what and why the money is going toward.“The teachers explain what it is about and makes it even better for [the students],” said Reese.Third grade had become especially competitive with one another.The staff too has been giving and supportive, of this drive and in other instances, according to Davis.“The staff has been very supportive. If they donate, they get a jeans day. It’s amazing what staff will do to wear blue jeans,” laughed Davis.But Davis remembers that the cause is for the kids.“It’s hard enough to lose an adult to cancer. I lost a sister-in-law to cancer,” said Davis. “But for a child, I can’t imagine.”Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoStudents’ small change adds up in WalkertonThe Pilot Wine Fest this weekend2014-09-18T10:21:44-04:002014-09-18T10:21:44-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsTickets to the event are $15 per person prior to the event, and $20 the day of the event. Wineries in attendance will be People's Winery, Hopwood Winery, Easley Winery, Harmony Winery, Whyte Horse Winery, and Trader's Pointe Winery.The Culver Wine Fair annually has hosted 250 to 400 guests who indulged in samples of wine as they listen to live music and relax on the private beach at the Culver Cove Resort. New additions to the event this year include a wine and food pairing dinner at The Lakehouse Grille on Lake Shore Drive in Culver on Friday evening, Sept. 19. On Sunday Sept. 21, after the wine fair, guests can stop by the "Wine Plymouth, INNo author availableCulver Wine Fest this weekendThe Pilot registration app available2014-09-18T09:50:59-04:002014-09-18T09:50:59-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsHoosiers are encouraged to register to vote using the new app for National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 23, a massive 50-state effort to encourage civic participation.The new app will allow Hoosiers to register to vote or confirm their voter registration, look up their polling place, get driving directions to their polling location, find out who’s on their ballot, track their absentee ballot application or provisional ballot information and contact local election officials. It is a full service application designed to make voting easy for Hoosiers by making election information accessible from anywhere. Apple users can access the application via iTunes from a mobile device or tablet by searching “Indiana voters.” Android users can access the application via their mobile app store by searching “Indiana Voters.”Plymouth, INNo author availableVoter registration app availableThe Pilot votes in favor of ISIL amendment2014-09-18T08:08:02-04:002014-09-18T08:08:02-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe amendment passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 273-156. “While questions still remain about the president’s strategy to ‘train and equip’ moderate Syrian rebels to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), I can say with certainty after attending classified briefings this week, the imminent threat this radical group poses to the U.S. and our allies is real. I hope today is one step towards crafting a broader, comprehensive strategy that allows us to stop reacting to crises as they occur and ensure the House of Representatives maintains oversight and jurisdiction of U.S. actions in the Middle East. I believe the next logical step is to pass legislation to repeal U.S. citizens’ passports that are affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, who could potentially return home and inflict harm on U.S. soil.” Amendment Summary:· Authorize the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other appropriately vetted Syrian groups or individuals.· Strengthen Congressional oversight by requiring detailed reports, including progress reports on the plan, vetting process, and procedures for monitoring unauthorized end-use of provided training and equipment. It would also require the President to report on how this authority fits within a larger regional strategy.· This amendment does not authorize additional funds, but does allow the Department of Defense to submit reprogramming requests to Congress, should the President request DOD funds to execute this authority. This Amendment permits the Secretary of State to accept foreign contributions.· Lastly, the amendment would state that nothing in this section should be construed to constitute a specific statutory authorization for the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities or in to situations where hostilities are clearly indicated by the circumstances.Plymouth, INNo author availableWalorski votes in favor of ISIL amendmentThe Pilot Clerk-Treasurer position open2014-09-18T07:24:51-04:002014-09-18T07:24:51-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsToni Hutchings, the current clerk-treasurer, will be stepping down at the end of September to retire.Currently, Jeanine Xaver, an employee of the clerk-treasurer since 1987, has cast her hat into the ring to be nominated for the position Hutchings is retiring from.There are four precincts in the city of Plymouth. The four precinct committeemen will vote to fill Hutchings’ vacant place from the candidates who turned in their paperwork up to 72 hours before the Sept. 25 deadline. Candidates will have roughly two minutes to speak during the caucus. The office of the clerk-treasurer keeps records of council proceedings, including recording all notes, and preserving all papers related to city business. While also present ordinances to the council, the position requires preparing and keeping the ordinance book, keeping track of ordinances to be approved by the mayor, keep all documents and books entrusted to them by statute or ordinance, administer oaths when necessary, and keeps the city’s seal.Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoPlymouth Clerk-Treasurer position openThe Pilot an health educator2014-09-18T07:17:41-04:002014-09-18T07:17:41-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe board has been in discussions with the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in an effort to collaborate the position. At Tuesday’s meeting, they met with Loretta Schmidt, President of the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, who informed them that, should they follow through with the partnership, the hospital will subsidize any remaining portion of the cost for the health educator.Currently, the board has allotted about $12,000 toward the position of health educator, which was a part-time position. According to Schmidt, the cost for the full-time health educator position will be about $60,000.Plymouth, IND.E. MessickFunding an health educatorThe Pilot highway superintendent indicted2014-09-18T07:10:41-04:002014-09-18T07:10:41-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsHaeck, who worked for the county for 33 years before retiring on May 2, is accused of theft of county property valued at about $12,000. This theft concerned scrap metal and is believed to have occurred sometime between 2012-2013, according to a press release from the prosecutor's office.Plymouth, INNo author availableFormer highway superintendent indictedThe Pilot 6 Ways To Pack A Better Lunch2014-09-17T15:43:21-04:002014-09-17T15:43:21-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Plymouth, INNo author availableVIDEO: 6 Ways To Pack A Better LunchThe Pilot dies after hit and run accident2014-09-17T10:38:55-04:002014-09-17T10:38:55-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsChris Howard, 33, of Koontz Lake was walking eastbound in the area of 900 E. and U.S. 30, before S.R. 23, when he was struck and killed by a motorist.Howard was reported missing at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. But no one had seen him since 2 a.m. Tuesday.Starke County Officer Rob Olejniczak said the area was blanketed with heavy fog at the time Howard was killed. Police believe the driver may be unaware that they hit a person.Anyone who may have additional information about this tragedy should contact the Starke County Sheriff's Department at 574-772-3771.Plymouth, INCheryl PatrickMan dies after hit and run accidentThe Pilot