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.

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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
Gemma DiCarlo/WVPE

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.

(Chris Light/Wikimedia Commons)

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.


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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.

Elkhart Cancels Holiday Events Due To COVID-19

Nov 16, 2020
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The City of Elkhart has announced the cancellation of two holiday events as Elkhart County continues to see surging COVID-19 cases.

Monday the city issued the following statement: 

Due to the high rate of spread of COVID-19 in our community, the City of Elkhart has made the decision to cancel Breakfast with Santa and the Winterfest Parade for 2020.

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After contentious lengthy debate Saturday morning, the Elkhart County Council voted to move forward with consolidating the county's courts at a single location and that would remove the presence of the courts from the downtown areas in Elkhart and Goshen. Several of the council members abstained from voting altogether. 

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Hoosier hospitals are bearing the brunt of Indiana’s surging COVID-19 case numbers. 

WVPE Staff

Elkhart’s Lerner Theate aennounced late Thursday afternoon that they would cancel all remaining events at the facility through the end of the year. In a statement posted on their Facebook page, officials said that, while The Lerner Theatre’s events can be considered commercial or special events under Governor Holcomb’s new COVID-19 restriction guidelines, the Lerner Management and Governing Board made the decision to cancel all remaining events through the end of 2020.

UPDATE: On Sunday Indiana Reports Nearly 7,000 New COVID-19 Cases, 22 Deaths

Nov 12, 2020

NEW (Nov. 15):

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Public health officials have reported another 6,844 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 22 additional deaths. The Indiana State Department of Health on Sunday reported 53,776 administered tests with an 11.3% average positive test rate over seven days. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 251,597 confirmed cases in Indiana and 4,660 deaths. Starting Sunday, most of the state will fall under a new governor’s order reinstating limits on crowd sizes after weeks of steep increases in coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations. 

Elkhart Honors 99-Year-Old WWII Vet On Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2020
Photo provided by the City of Elkhart


On Veterans Day in Elkhart the city honored WWII veteran, Arden Miller.

Arden, who will turn 100 on December 3rd, was at the city's annual Veterans Day event at Rice Cemetery to receive a certificate of recognition from Mayor Roberson.

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

A former Elkhart resident was sentenced Monday to 78 months in prison after pleading guilty to financing terrorism in a case that has gained national attention.



The City of Elkhart released news today that a long-time business leader and philanthropist, Art Decio, died at age 90. Decio founded Skyline Corporation which contributed to the city's role in becoming a leading location for the production of RVs and manufactured housing. 

Elkhart Police have released information that two people have died following a crash Thursday morning on Cassopolis St. between a Jeep and a motorcycle.

The two people who died were both on the motorcycle. The motorcycle driver who died was Justin Walker, 22, South Bend. Walker's passenger also died. She is identified as Courtney Short, 30, Elkhart. 

The driver of the Jeep was not injured. 

Police say the crash happened Thursday around 8am near the intersection of Cassopolis and Sunset Ave. as the Jeep pulled out of a parking lot colliding with the motorcycle.

Photo Of The Week - Just Look Up

Nov 5, 2020
Todd Efsits

This week's WVPE Photo of the Week reminds us that if you just look up, you may see something beautiful.  Todd Efsits of Elkhart did just that on October 22nd in front of his home by the St. Joseph River. Blue skies, sunshine and autumn leaves combined to create the image Todd captured. 

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

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NEW (Nov. 3): On the same day that Elkhart's Mayor learned he tested positive for COVID-19, Elkhart County reached a new high in daily cases. According to data from the Indiana State Dept. of Health, on Nov. 2nd Elkhart County reported 243 new cases of coronavirus, the most ever on any single day yet for the county. The county also reported four new deaths. 

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — An auction of hundreds of rare and antique automobiles that once belonged to a northern Indiana businessman has generated more than $44 million in proceeds in a bankruptcy case. Last weekend's auction of the 240 autos as well as memorabilia once owned by former Interlogic Outsourcing Inc. CEO Najeeb Khan drew more than 2,500 bidders worldwide. RM Sotheby's said the auction grossed just under $44.4 million.

Elkhart Police Dept.

Elkhart Police report that two individuals have been arrested for the June 29th robbery of a man in a wheelchair at 418 W. Franklin Street. After the crime occurred, police posted security camera footage of what happened. In the video you can also see the suspects hitting the victim. 


ELY, Minn. (AP) — An Indiana man is safe after rescuers found him cold, wet and alone in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. Authorities received a call Saturday night from an outfitter that had dropped off 34-year-old Chori Rummel, of Elkhart, Indiana, earlier for his first trip into the wilderness. The solo paddler used a handheld device to send an SOS signal, and a message stating “Help Wet and Cold.” Rescuers broke through ice to reach his campsite and bring him to safety.