Goshen

 

The Goshen board of works approved funding yesterday for design work on upgrades for the city’s wastewater plant.

The one point four million dollars to Donahue and Associates will be used to design the upgrades to the plant. They will then be submitted for approval to the state department of environmental management. Then a request for bids on the work will go out.

 

Goshen City Council will vote tonight on an ordinance that would put stricter regulations on where in the city people can smoke and vape.

The ordinance would add e-cigarettes to the current smoking ban, increase the distance from public entrances where people can smoke and vape and add outdoor dining areas and public parks to the ban.

City Council member Julia Gautsche said she thinks the ordinance will ultimately pass.

 

This fall some middle schoolers in Goshen will be using bicycles to learn work ethic, problem solving and STEM concepts in a new program.

The program is meant for kids who don’t do well in traditional classrooms. Kids that need a more hands on approach.

Goshen Middle School has partnered with the Chain Reaction Bicycle Program. A bike repair and sales non-profit that focuses on promoting bicycling particularly to those in lower income brackets.

 

On Wednesday Goshen residents will be able to walk over and explore three newly built overpass bridges before they open to vehicle traffic.

The bridges will allow traffic in Goshen to flow better around the myriad train crossings. They go over the Marion Line, the big four railroad tracks and Lincoln Avenue.

The walk was the brainchild of Goshen resident Brent Rheinheimer who brought the idea to Mayor Jeremy Stutsman.

Water covers a road near mobile homes sitting in water
Jennifer Weingart

 

Rivers and streams around Michiana continue to overflow their banks following rapid snow melt and heavy rain. Some residents have been evacuated and others are filling and placing sandbags to try to save property.

 

A state of emergency over the flooding was declared in Goshen late Tuesday.

 

Roads are closed in Elkhart, St. Joseph and Berrien Counties. Some schools are closed for a flood day.

Lime Bike in water in howard park
Jennifer Weingart

 

  Some schools and roads around the area are closed as rivers continue to rise. About five or six inches of rain in the last 48 hours has put area waterways above flood stage and flooded roads, homes and businesses. Rain is not predicted for Wednesday but could fall again along with snow on Thursday and Friday.

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The private company CoreCivic today announced it will formally withdraw plans to build a multimillion dollar detention center just south of Elkhart.
 

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder said company representatives called to let him know about the change in plans late this morning.
 

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Leaders of the Greater Elkhart and Goshen chambers of commerce are among the signatories of a letter released yesterday  that opposes  building an immigration detention center south of Elkhart.

 

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The Goshen School Board voted today to propose a referendum aiming to address overcrowding issues in the district. They board will also propose an operational referendum with a primary focus on teacher salaries. Both referendums will be on the May 8th primary ballots for residents of the school district.
 

The plan being pursued now includes building a new intermediate school to house fifth and sixth grades, as well as adding additional classrooms to Goshen High School and renovating parts of the existing middle school.
 

 

Goshen’s Center for Healing & Hope, or CHH, encourages city residents to apply for resident identification cards. The organization will begin application meetings  for the cards December first.

The aim of the Goshen Resident ID cards, or GRID cards, is to help all residents of the city have a proper form of identification.
 

Bethany Christian graduate kidnapped in the Congo

Mar 17, 2017

A 2001 graduate of Bethany Christian Schools was among six people kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier this week.

“MJ was a delightful young man,” Jim Buller, the guidance counselor at Bethany Christian said. “Very bright, intelligent. Sometimes mischievous with his intelligence.”

Jon Helmuth

What happens when you decide to film a motorcycle trip across America with an old friend who is losing his eyesight? Jon Helmuth’s film, The Flying Dutchmen, was featured earlier this year at the River Bend Film Festival in Goshen. It will soon be released on DVD and there are a few more local screenings coming up. WVPE’s Tony Krabill spoke with Jon about the film and what prompted the decision to take the trip with his friend, Daryl.

Upcoming screening:

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Goshen hosts the River Bend Film Festival March 31 through April 2. The festival is showing both short and feature length films and provides opportunities to meet and speak with some of the actors, writers and directors.

WVPE's Michael Linville spoke with Carrie Lee Kendall, the entertainment coordinator for the festival.

Additional information on show times, locations and ticket costs and other festival activities is available at Riverbendfilmfest.com

It’s been one year since legislators created a new school funding formula. The new formula gives equal funding to all schools, but critics say that’s unfair, because schools with a lot of low incomes kids or students learning English need more money. The formula leaves Goshen Community Schools scrambling to save its English Learning program in light of the funding cuts.