Culver Housing Development Financing on Hold

The Culver Town Council and the Culver Redevelopment Commission met in a long joint meeting on Tuesday night to discuss a housing development agreement between the entities and housing developer Kevin Berger and funding for the project.

Council President Ginny Bess Munroe stated that they are at the stage of approving financing for the project. The Culver Redevelopment Commission would finance $400,000 for the project with nearly the same financial obligation from the Culver Town Council. The town hopes to use Regional City Northern Indiana money that the county won last year. A housing dollar amount of $270,000 was set aside for this venture and a presentation in order to appropriate that money is set for June. If the town is awarded the Stellar Communities designation, funding would be used toward that project.

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MAX 98.3 FM Open House Today

An open house is scheduled for today at the new home for the WYMR-FM MAX 98.3 FM radio studio.

The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. to celebrate the relocation of the studio to 215 N. Michigan Street in downtown Plymouth.

Live programming will be offered all day. Listen for interviews with Senator Joe Donnelly at 7:30 a.m. and Tom Keb from the Plymouth Farmer’s Market at 9:30 a.m. along with many other guests throughout the day. Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter will be in attendance to welcome the station to the downtown district.

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Open House Planned at Culver Beach Lodge

An open house is set for Monday, May 15 at the Culver Beach Lodge as a prelude to the summer season at Lake Maxinkuckee.

Park Superintendent Anna Campbell said the event will allow residents to see what changes have occurred inside the Culver Beach Lodge over the winter months. Town Manager Jonathan Leist will present information along with members of the Culver Town Council who will be available for questions.

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Recovering Addict Speaks to Starke County Jail Addictions Education Program Inmates

Herb Stepherson is now in recovery and is the author of the book “Junkbox Diaries, A Day in the Life of a Heroin Addict”

A recovering heroin addict shared a sobering message with 16 Starke County Jail inmates who are part of the in-house drug treatment program. Herb Stepherson says he always felt like an alien in his own skin and started smoking cigarettes when he was 15 in order to fit in with his peers. It worked, and soon afterward Stepherson discovered alcohol as another means of escape. He went from binge drinking with high school friends on the weekends to skipping school and sneaking out of the house after his parents cracked down on him. Continue reading

Culver Town Council, Redevelopment Commission Schedule Joint Meeting

The Culver Town Council will meet in a specially-called meeting with the Culver Redevelopment Commission tonight at 5p.m. ET. The members of each government entity will discuss an agreement as part of a housing development project on Jefferson Street as outlined in the Stellar Communities application.

Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim explained that the town wants to enter into an agreement with the housing developer that specifies responsibilities. The town will do the infrastructure work and the housing developer will be responsible for building the homes.

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Pulaski County Council May Consider Courthouse Elevator Replacement, Court Software Switch

A new elevator for the Pulaski County Courthouse may be considered by the county council. Last week, the Pulaski County Commissioners gave their support to a plan from Keystone Architecture to replace the existing elevator with a larger, ADA-compliant one in the same spot. Now, it’s up to the county council to make the necessary funding arrangements for the project to move ahead. Continue reading