Elkhart

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 

Seventeen years ago Tuesdsay, far from Michiana, four planes were used as weapons in the most deadly terror attacks in American history.

Those events touched many lives in the immediate aftermath and the years since. As they become more distant, the concern is raised on how September 11th will be remembered by a younger generation of Americans.

Most high school students in America today do not have a living memory of the September 11 attacks.

Hall of Heroes Comic Con

 

This weekend Elkhart will host the second annual Hall of Heroes Comic Con. After a large turnout last year, the con has expanded.

Last year the Hall of Heroes Comic Con was just inside the Learner Theatre. This year it will also spread across four blocks of downtown Elkhart.

Allen Stewart is the founder of the Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum, and the comic con. He said they learned a lot from last year.

National Register of Historic Places

 

Elkhart is beginning to make plans to remodel the central plaza area in the city’s downtown.

The central plaza area--which is the Civic Plaza with the clock and Central Park behind it-- has played host to an increasing number of events in recent years, officials say it went from five to more than 50.

Elkhart mayor Tim Neese said as more people spend time downtown with events, the city needs an update.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 

A storm came through Elkhart last night causing some damage to a local business and the Elkhart Area Career Center’s Annex.

The worst of the storm blew through in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Some time between 1 and 2 a.m. part of the roof of the Bonnell Aluminum plant on County Road 10 West peeled off and landed on the property, and on top of, the career center annex.

 

Many schools in Northern Indiana start this week. Students will see some changes in a few local districts this year.

After Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb made handheld metal detectors available to schools, many students in the area will see those this year.

Students at South Bend Schools will see new start times, 8 a.m. for elementary and 9 a.m. for middle and high schoolers.

Araceli Gomez-Aldana / WBOI

 

Elkhart and St. Joseph County Planned Parenthood facilities may see an increase in patients from Northeast Indiana after the Fort Wayne office closed its doors yesterday, amid allegations of harassment from pro-life groups in the area.

 

A notice on the main entrance of the Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood office, set to be vacant on July 31st, directs visitors to Elkhart and Mishawaka facilities.

 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

It’s a stuffy summer’s day at the Elkhart Municipal Airport. The only shade available is under the wing of a massive Boeing B-17 that’s just landed on the tarmac. John Shuttleworth is a volunteer pilot with the Liberty Foundation in Oklahoma, which flies the plane around the country, giving access to hundreds of aircraft aficionados, or anyone interested in any way with the Second World War. The multi-engine B-17 is part of the  Foundation’s 2018 Salute to Veterans Tour.  

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

Elkhart residents asked Park Board members yesterday to resign during the board’s monthly meeting. The board came under scrutiny by Tolson Community and Youth Center advocates after the City Council’s decision to defund the Center last week.


Residents who spoke against the Park Board accused them of collusion with the Elkhart City Council regarding Tolson funding. Tolson is managed by the Parks Department, and residents at the meeting said they felt the board didn’t advocate enough for the Center.
 

Jennifer Weingart

 The three disaster recovery centers set up in Indiana after record late winter flooding will close permanently this Saturday.

The centers in South Bend, Elkhart and Utica were created to help people impacted by the flooding fill out applications for assistance through FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state.

Applications and assistance will still be available online and by phone. The centers will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. then will close.

 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

The Elkhart City Council voted Monday not to continue funding the Tolson Community and Youth Center, after nearly a year of discussing the topic with residents.

 

Tensions ran high as residents spoke before city council members, asking them not to defund the Tolson Center, which primarily serves youth in south-central Elkhart. Many residents were frustrated at what they felt was a runaround from the City Council.  
 

MACOG

 

A new bus line is being proposed that would offer better service between Mishawaka and Elkhart.

The Yellow Line would run from the Downtown Elkhart Transfer Center to the Mishawaka Transfer Center every half-hour on weekdays.

Currently the bus runs every hour and transfers at Twin Branch Park. The new line would also make transfer times to other routes in the Transpo and Interurban Trolley systems less than 15 minutes.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

Residents met at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart over the weekend to voice concerns regarding the Tolson Youth and Community Center ahead of Monday’s finance committee meeting, where Tolson is expected be on the agenda.
 

The Tolson center, which primarily serves youth in south-central Elkhart, has been in limbo since late last year, when the city council slashed funding for the center to nearly half. Since then, an advisory committee has been set up by Mayor Tim Neese to help identify Tolson’s needs.
 

Jennifer Weingart

 

Three months after February’s record breaking floods, Michiana is still cleaning up the mess left behind. Disaster centers in the region are working to help residents with recovery efforts.

The FEMA disaster recovery centers in Elkhart and South Bend have only been open for about a month. So far $2.3 million dollars in aid has been handed out to nearly 1,900 registrants.

Jennifer Weingart

 

While Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Northern Indiana on Wednesday he visited the FEMA disaster assistance center in Elkhart.

The center in Elkhart is one of three in Northern Indiana providing help for those impacted by record flooding in late February.

Residents can apply for FEMA assistance, or for loans and help from the U.S. Small Business Association.

Holcomb greeted all the workers in the center, as well as a few people getting assistance.

 

Economic development started in Elkhart in 2017 is continuing into 2018. Economic numbers in the first quarter are up.

The city of Elkhart has issued permits for 48 million dollars in new construction and upgrades so far in 2018. If that continues it will outpace 2017’s 144 million in developments. In 2016, less than 60 million dollars was put into such investments.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said the city still faces problems with getting qualified people for available jobs.

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