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Protect Your Pets

 With Fourth of July weekend coming up, it’s important to keep safety in mind. If you’re a pet owner who will be shooting fireworks yourself for the holiday, there are a few tips to keep in mind in order to assure your pet is safe. Continue reading

Ancilla College President Reflects on Tenure

Dr. Ron May

Dr. Ron May

Ancilla College will soon have a new president. This is Dr. Ron May’s last day. He’s retiring after eight years at the private, two-year school. He says Ancilla fills an important niche for students by giving them the foundation to either continue their education at a four-year institution like IU or Purdue or succeed in the workforce after they graduate.  Continue reading

Local School Receives a Four Star Rating from the Indiana Department of Education

!!!Indiana Department of EducationCulver Community Schools received the highest honor that the Indiana Department of Education offers for their 2013/14 school year. Recently the school received an unexpected letter from director of accreditation at the IDOE. Continue reading

Summer Safety: Don’t Leave Children Unattended in a Vehicle

Baby on Board

Summer temperatures continue to soar, and although it may seem like common sense to never keep your child in a parked car, over the past 16 years more than 600 children have died of heatstroke due to being left unattended in a vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on a 60 degree day, temperatures inside a car can reach well above 110 degrees quickly.
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Teens Urged to Be Mindful of Curfew Laws

Summertime is right around the corner and that means longer days and shorter nights. No matter how short the nights may be, minors still have to obey curfew ordinances. State law mandates that all individuals between the ages of 15 through 17 cannot be in public unaccompanied Monday through Friday between the hours of 11 p.m and 5 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the curfew is set from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. Children under the age of 15 are prohibited from being unaccompanied in public between the hours of 11 p.m until 5 a.m. any day of the week.

Some local towns have implemented their own policies expanding on the state’s curfew ordinances. Continue reading

Boater Education Classes Offered in Starke County

DNR law enforcementBoater education courses are planned for June 14 and July 19 in Starke County. If you successfully complete the class, you will be given an Indiana ID which allows you to operate motorboats on state waters. These IDs can be obtained by anyone 15 years of age and older.

Indiana Conservation Officers offer the first class on Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Bass Lake Property Owners Association (BLPOA) Community Center at 6996 S. State Road 10. The second class will be on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Koontz Lake Homeowners Association Clubhouse at 10896 Cherokee in Walkerton.

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Kick Off Summer Reading With an Ice Cream Party

Culver-Union Township Public LibraryThe Culver-Union Township Public Library is getting the summer started with an ice cream party. The Monday afternoon event marks the start of their summer reading program for children, teens and adults. The hourlong event starts at 2 p.m. EDT Monday afternoon in the library’s large meeting room. Local author Jack Johnson will read from his children’s book “The Ice Cream Hotel” and sign copies. Registration is open to library patrons of all ages. The free summer reading program continues through Thursday, July 31. Call the Culver-Union Township Public Library at 574-842-2941 or visit for more information.

SCILL Center Students Graduate

20140529_182649“The choices you make today will follow you tomorrow” was the message that guest speaker Janice Hernandez wanted the students to take away from the SCILL graduation ceremony Thursday evening.

Hernandez is in charge over at Integrity Trade Services and advised the students gradating from the program to include their work with the SCILL Center on their resumes.

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Culver Community School Board Hires Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

CulverHSA familiar face at Culver Community High School will be back next year in a dual role. Speech teacher Luke Biernacki  is the new assistant principal for the middle and high schools and and athletic director for the entire corporation. The Culver Community School Board hired him last night after a brief executive session. Superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire says combining the administrative roles will allow for more dedicated academic accountability by the principals, as well as working on improving graduation rates. Biernacki says the opportunity is a perfect fit for his career goals.

“I’ve had my administrative license for a couple of years and been looking to move up,” he said in an interview after the meeting. “I’ve always wanted to move up with this corporation. It’s been a wonderful experience for the past six years. What I love most is the people I work with and the students and the community. It’s the best I’ve ever seen, and I look forward to continuing to work with them.”

Biernacki adds he wants to continue to meet the students’ needs and provide them the best possible experience. He’s also looking forward to working with new Culver Community High School Principal Brett Berndt and coaches as he transitions into his dual role.




Maxinkuckee Players to Present Bye Bye Birdie

Rehearsals will start soon for the Maxinkuckee Players Production of Bye Bye Birdie.

The musical is set in 1958 where an Elvis-type rock star, Conrad Birdie, is being drafted. His agent cooks up a promotional campaign that has Conrad visiting Sweet Apple, Ohio to give a farewell kiss to the president of his local fan club.

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Culver School Board Calls Meeting to Hire New Administrator

CulverHSThe Culver Community School Board appears poised to hire a combination assistant principal and athletic director for the middle and high schools. They’re meeting Tuesday, May 27 at 7:15 p.m. EDT at the administration office for that purpose. Culver Superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire stresses the schools will remain separate. She says the corporation is just combining the administrative roles in order to save money. The meeting is open to the public. It will follow an executive session, presumably for the purpose of reaching a final decision. Final action on all personnel decisions must take place during a public meeting.




Culver TIF District Additions Get OK from Plan Commission

The members of the Culver Redevelopment Commission went before the Culver Plan Commission Tuesday night to present the approved addition of three parcels to the TIF District.

Redevelopment Commission President Kathy Clark said the plan commission members found that the proposal meets the specifications of the town’s comprehensive plan and now it will go before the Culver Town Council for approval.

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Culver Community School Corporation Hires High School Principal

Culver Community High School will consider moving to a "balanced schedule".

Culver Community High School will consider moving to a “balanced schedule”.

The Culver Community School Board has hired a new high school principal. Brett Berndt will take over that job July 1st. He replaces Albert Hanselman, who recently took a job as the director of the North Central Vocational Educational Cooperative.

Berndt previously served as dean of students at Culver Community High School.

Superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire says the corporation is now looking to fill the combined position of assistant principal and athletic director. Whomever they hire will serve in that capacity at the middle and high schools. McGuire stresses the schools will remain separate. She says the corporation is just combining the administrative roles in order to save money.

Applications are currently being accepted. McGuire says the school board hopes to approve a hire at their June 16 meeting.

Marshall County Commissioners Discuss TIF Expansion in Culver

Phil Faccenda, Jr. of Barnes and Thornburg of South Bend and Kathy Clark, President of the Culver Redevelopment Commission requested the Marshall County Commissioners to approve a resolution to include more properties into the Culver TIF (Tax Increment Finance) District.

Faccenda explained that the Culver Redevelopment Commission is going through a process of expanding the Culver economic development area one.

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First Farmers Announces Plans to Acquire BMO Harris Branches

FFBT LogoThe parent company of First Farmers Bank & Trust has announced plans to expand.

First Farmers Financial Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire deposit relationships of nine central Indiana BMO Harris Bank branches. The purchase includes locations in Marion, Logansport, Terre Haute, Farmersburg, Sullivan, Clay City, Brazil, Carlisle and Shelburn. First Farmers Bank and Trust will acquire seven of the nine branches and retain employees from all nine locations.

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Culver Community Extends Bus Service to Prospective Students

Culver Community High School will consider moving to a "balanced schedule".

The Culver Community School Corporation is helping students interested in attending the school.

They are extending bus service for those students who may live in the Monterey area, specifically in the Eastern Pulaski area. Transportation and tuition free services will be available to students that enroll for the 2014-2015 school year.

Those interested may call the Culver Community Administration Office at (574) 842-3364.

Marc Hayden Named Culver Park Superintendent

A new Culver park superintendent has been hired.

Marc Hayden was chosen as the new park superintendent by the Culver Parks and Recreation Board during a meeting on April 21. According to a report in The Culver Citizen, Hayden has 18 years of experience as the head of the Plymouth parks and has worked recently at Lifeplex in Plymouth. He was chosen after the park board reviewed 11 applications for the position.

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Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Multiple Thefts

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two thefts reported Tuesday evening by residents in the 16,000 block of 12th road. Dan Miller told deputies two bicycles were taken from his home. Joseph McKee said items were taken from his unlocked vehicle.

A Culver man got an unpleasant surprise Wednesday night when he returned to his home after being away for the winter. He told deputies from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department that someone broke into his pole barn in the 16,000 block of 20th Road and stole several tools and other items. He’s not sure when the crime occurred.

Culver Schools to Participate in Summer Food Service Program

The Culver Community School Corporation will take part in the Summer Food Service Program. It’s funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and offers free meals to all children 18 and younger. The program was created to ensure children have access to nutritious meals when the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs are not available. Meals are also served to persons over the age of 18 who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.Free meals will be served beginning Tuesday, June 3 and continuing through the summer. All meals must be eaten on site. All nutrition sites are closed on Friday, July 4. Click here to view locations, dates and times  Culver Nutrition Sites.