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The real estate group that owns Elkhart’s Concord Mall is being ordered to pay almost $7 million dollars in unpaid expenses. 

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Michiana firefighters and EMS workers are getting some hands-on training on handling railroad accidents involving hazardous materials this week after Norfolk Southern’s training train made a stop in the company’s Elkhart yard on Tuesday.

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Since the 1970s, Hotel Elkhart has served as an assisted living facility, low-income apartments, an office building and more. But as of Tuesday, the newly-renovated building is back in business as a boutique hotel.

City of Elkhart

The Elkhart Common Council dedicated $6.6 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to two city infrastructure projects at its meeting Sept. 13. 


The first project, estimated to cost $3.6 million, will install new water and storm sewer mains in the area of Lasalle Street, McKinley Avenue and Benham Avenue. 


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An Elkhart police officer shot and killed a man Friday morning who police say was suspected of shooting and killing a toddler a few minutes earlier. Elkhart police say they responded to a report of a shooting with injuries at 514 West High Street at 10:22 a.m. on Friday.

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Starting Thursday, masks will be mandatory for students, staff and visitors at all Elkhart Community Schools. The ECS school board approved the mandate Tuesday in a 4-3 vote. 

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Updated 2:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13.

Several days of severe weather this week left thousands across Michiana without power. At the peak of the storms, more than 15,000 households and businesses in the Elkhart area lost power. 


Elkhart County Emergency Management Director Jennifer Tobey says severe weather is normal this time of year, but the series of storms and accompanying extreme heat complicated cleanup and restoration efforts. 


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The trend towards youth apprenticeships in Indiana is continuing despite challenges from the pandemic as a program in northern Indiana recently received $500,000 to continue paid career training for high schoolers. 

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Indiana lawmakers held hearings across the state this weekend to get public input on redistricting, or the process of redrawing legislative boundaries. The group held its last meeting of the weekend Saturday in Elkhart. 

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The Elkhart Common Council dedicated $2.8 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to two city infrastructure projects at its meeting on Aug. 2. 


A panel of experts from cities around the U.S. offered their recommendations on how to revitalize downtown Elkhart Thursday. 

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The Tolson Community Center has served south-central Elkhart almost continuously for the last 30 years. This weekend, Tolson officials and alums are gathering to celebrate the community center’s past and offer an update on its future.

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A federal labor board sided with an Indiana union Wednesday in a dispute over a display outside of a trade show in Elkhart. It signals government support for a classic labor protest symbol, known by many as Scabby the Rat.

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Following back-to-back shootings in Elkhart earlier this month, Mayor Rod Roberson issued a video statement on Monday denouncing gun violence in the city.


Roberson extended the city’s condolences to the loved ones of the shooting victims, and encouraged community members to support one another. 


Image of Dave Miller posted Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 on his campaign's Facebook page. Credit https://www.facebook.com/MayorDaveMiller/

Updated May 24, 2021 at 6:28 PM

Former Elkhart Mayor Dave Miller has died, according to a press release from current Mayor Rod Roberson's office, which said Miller died at Elkhart General Hospital Sunday due to complications from COVID-19. He was 62.


The City of Elkhart just announced a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for this weekend. The city is partnering with Walgreens, the county health department, First Presbyterian Church and the Hispanic and Minority Health Coalitions to host a clinic at the Tolson Community Center on Saturday.

Health department and Walgreens staff will administer the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine from 1 to 7 p.m. About 600 doses will be available, and unlike previous clinics, walk-in appointments are welcome. 


Photo Of The Week - Student Sunrise

Apr 1, 2021

A class assignment resulted in a great photo recently at the Elkhart Academy. ​The science class headed outside to look for beauty in nature, and a sunrise image is what ​student Savannah Tennison came up with. Thanks to the academy science teacher and Savannah for sharing this photo.

What are you taking photos of? 

Email them to us at photo@wvpe.com

Elkhart RV Maker Plans Luxury RV Expansion, 650 New Jobs

Mar 16, 2021

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A recreational vehicle manufacturer plans to expand production of luxury RVs at its northern Indiana campus and create up to 650 new jobs by 2023. Alliance Recreational Vehicles announced Tuesday that it will invest $33 million to expand its Elkhart campus, which opened in 2009. The company plans to create up to 650 new jobs by the end of 2023, and says it has already hired 75 new workers. If Alliance RV reaches its job-creation goal, it will receive up to $9.3 million in tax credits, pending the approval of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.


(AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (AP) — Two northern Indiana companies are collaborating with a New Jersey city to turn old school buses into laundry and shower facilities for homeless women. Infinity Trailers in Elkhart and Diamond Trailers & Specialty Vehicles in Middlebury are revamping two school buses purchased from Joliet, Illinois, into mobile shower and laundry vehicles. Each bus has two showers, a washer, dryer and couches and can house about eight people at a time.

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man charged in the February killing of a 19-year-old man fatally shot outside a convenience store is awaiting extradition to Indiana following his arrest in Tennessee. Twenty-six-year-old Darius K. Thomas was arrested without incident last week in Memphis, Tennessee. The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office says the Middlebury, Indiana, man was found with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service. The Elkhart Truth reports he was charged last month with murder in the Feb. 5 death of Shamar Barnes.

Elkhart's Mayor Gets COVID-19 Vaccine

Feb 24, 2021
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Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson just got his COVID-19 vaccine today. WVPE's Gemma DiCarlo is covering this. Listen for her report on 88.1 WVPE this afternoon during 'All Things Considered.' She talked with Roberson about why he thinks all community members should get vaccinated




INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislative leaders have sidelined a proposed ban on adopting local housing design standards in Indiana cities and counties. The move comes after ethics experts questioned whether Republican Rep. Doug Miller of Elkhart should take the lead in pushing the bill, given that he owns a homebuilding company and represents Indiana in the National Association of Homebuilders. Miller has said his proposal aims to increase affordable housing options and restrain local government overreach. Republican House Speaker Todd Huston said Thursday that the proposal doesn't have enough support among GOP lawmakers.

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Nine cities in Indiana will work on projects to reduce their impact on the planet: Bloomington, Carmel, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Gary, Goshen, Richmond, West Lafayette and Zionsville. They’re taking the next step after completing their greenhouse gas inventories.

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NEW: According to Elkhart Police they have confirmed that Maria and Sasabino have returned home and are safe.  


Elkhart Police say that a couple in their 90's has gone missing and police are seeking help from the public to locate them. 

Late Friday, the Elkhart Co Prosecutor released new information into the month-long investigation into the killings of two teen sisters in Elkhart and the death of their father. Investigators say Jeffrey Marvin killed his two children, Lexis (age 18) and Haley (age 15.) 

Photo Of The Week - Cardinal In Winter

Jan 7, 2021
Larry Ford

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week features a Northern Cardinal sitting in an ice-covered bush. Thanks to Larry Ford for sharing this image that he took on January 2nd in his back yard in Elkhart County just south of Elkhart. Larry says the bird's crest was raised and that it often sits in this bush if its mate is at the bird feeder. Larry says the male cardinal maintains a lookout for her.


We'd love to see what you are taking photos of.

Email Photo of the Week submissions to us at wvpe@wvpe.org.

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Today Indiana Landmarks announced a number of grants to preserve "meaningful places" in the Hoosier State. Here's a look at some of the grants that will support places in the WVPE listening area: 

Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grants

Efroymson Family Endangered Places grants can be used for architectural and structural assessments, rehab cost analysis, reuse studies, and fundraising planning. The fund honors the Efroymson family for its significant support for our endangered places programs.


(Samantha Horton/IPB News)

Even after shutting down for about two months in the spring, the recreational vehicle industry is going to outpace the previous year. In 2020, production increased about 4 percent.

Three Elkhart County cities have committed to enforcing the county’s COVID-19 protocols. The mayors of Elkhart, Goshen and Nappanee will each bring an ordinance to their city councils next week.

The ordinances will recognize and support the county health department’s COVID-19 orders, which limit gathering sizes and mandate face masks, among other things. They will also support the County Commissioners’ ordinance that establishes fines for violating those health orders.