Elkhart County

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Starting Tuesday face masks will be required in Elkhart County in public when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. This order comes after a continued surge of COVID-19 cases in the county.

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The Indiana State Dept. of Health announced it would offer more free COVID-19 testing next week in Elkhart County. Elkhart County will remain in Stage 4 through July 17 as the rest of the state moves to Stage 4.5 of the 'Back on Track' plan to reopen Indiana's economy. 



According to the latest figures released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health on Wed., June 24 Elkhart County saw a day that tied its second highest yet for new COVID-19 cases. The county reported 101 new cases. That ties the case count on June 12.  June 17 remains the day the county saw its highest case count yet, with 112 new cases on that day. 

Justin Hicks / WVPE

Elkhart County recently moved into position as having the 3rd highest COVID-19 case count of all counties in Indiana. Local hospitals are starting to feel the impact of the surge.

During Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's regularly scheduled COVID-19 news conference Wednesday, one of the first topics addressed was the surge of COVID-19 cases being experienced in Elkhart and LaGrange Counties.

Justin Hicks / WVPE Public Radio

UPDATE: As of Thursday, Elkhart County has no plans to implement a face mask mandate or hold the County back from entering the next stage of Governor Eric Holcomb’s back-on-track plan. 


NEW (June 18):

New data from the Indiana State Dept. of Health indicates Elkhart County has reached its highest daily case count yet for COVID-19. The county saw at least 121 cases on Wed., June 17. Tuesday state health officials visited Elkhart County to meet with government and health leaders about the ongoing case surge. On Wednesday the state set up a free pop-up testing site for that one day only in Goshen. 

Currently, Elkhart County has 2,400 COVID-19 cases and has seen 36 deaths from the virus. 

Elkhart County now ranks third among all Indiana counties for the highest number of cases. Only Lake County and Marion County have more cases. 

Justin Hicks / WVPE Public Radio

Many Indiana counties are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases as restrictions ease, but Elkhart County is seeing new cases at one of the highest rates in the nation. That’s according to data released by the New York Times earlier this week. 

Photo Of The Week - Bonneyville Mill

May 21, 2020
Candice Parker

A building at Bonneyville Mill County Park in Elkhart County is framed by blossoming tree branches in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.    

Thanks to Candice Parker of Granger  for this submission. 

The  photo was taken on Candice's drive home from work in Shipshewana on May 15th. 

Bonneyville is home to Indiana's oldest continuously operating grist mill that still produces stone-ground flour.  

Are you capturing images of spring and nature in bloom or of area landmarks? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man faces welfare fraud and other charges alleging that he hid his father’s body for two years so that he could cash his benefit checks.

Irvin Nicholson Jr. was charged Tuesday with three counts of felony welfare fraud and one misdemeanor count of failure to report a dead body.

Justin Hicks

Normally around this time of year, you would expect to start seeing garage sales. Warm weather is right around the corner and many people have more time to clean out their homes with the shelter in-place order.

Barbara Brosher


Health Departments across the country are working hard to get information about the coronavirus out to people to help slow the spread of the disease. But what if all the modern methods of communication, from the internet down to phone and radio aren’t an option?

There’s a sizable community of Amish people in Elkhart County. The County Health Department does have ways to communicate with them even during normal times. 

UPDATE: 6 Hoosier COVID-19 Deaths

Mar 21, 2020
Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Alissa Eckert, MS


On the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, the Indiana State Dept. of Health announced two more coronavirus deaths in the state.

The Goshen News is reporting that Goshen Health has 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Saturday Elkhart County announced its first case of the disease. Indiana State Health Dept. data so far does not reflect the additional cases in Elkhart County.

Meantime, St. Joseph County Sheriff William Redman announced on social media Sunday that, "My department is complying with Governor Eric J. Holcomb's Executive Order suspending all eviction and residential foreclosure proceedings during this state of emergency." 

Indiana Public Broadcasting has learned that a press briefing has been scheduled by the Indiana Governor's Office for Monday at noon.  The Governor's briefing will be about 15 minutes in length and will emanate from a location in front of his office doors.

Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE Public Radio

The City of Elkhart announced it’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Friday. Mayor Rod Roberson signed an executive order this morning putting some changes in place.

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Lacasa cut the ribbon on a new office located in downtown Elkhart Thursday. Lacasa is a local community outreach organization and is celebrating 50 years in Elkhart County. 

Elkhart County Moves Forward with Courts Consolidation

Feb 25, 2020


Elkhart County is moving forward in the planning process to consolidate County Courts into one location.


The plan is to eliminate the Elkhart and Goshen courthouses and instead  have all the County’s courts in one space.

“Both buildings are old," County Commissioner Mike Yoder said. "And especially the building in Elkhart has become a maintenance dollar blackhole, it’s not a good work environment for our employees, and there’s no way to meet current Indiana Supreme Court guidelines for security.”

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A traveling Smithsonian exhibit that highlights rural America has made a stop at the Elkhart County Historical Museum. 

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” It’s an exhibit that’s travelling around the country to educate visitors about rural communities.

Elkhart Woman Pleads Guilty To Fatally Shooting Man

Feb 9, 2020

A northern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty in the fatal 2018 shooting of a man whose body was dumped in a wooded area.

Indiana State Police


Today the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's office released new information in the pursuit and fatal crash from Friday that followed a police chase. The driver police were chasing is still at large and has not been named, but some of the others who were riding with him have been charged. Charging documents provide some more clues as to why police may have been chasing the vehicle in the first place. The documents indicate that those who have been arrested are accused of having a role in setting up a meeting with a victim by using Tinder with a plan to to lure the victim in with the promise of exchanging sex for money, but once the victim gave over the money, to run away with it before any sexual activity took place. The victim told police he dove from his own moving vehicle for fear of being murdered. 

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Elkhart County residents gathered at the Lerner Theatre Wednesday night for something called “The Big Event.” It was a chance for people to show their pride in Elkhart .

The Vibrant Communities Organization hosted the event. It’s an initiative that aims to highlight all the good things about Elkhart County and continue to make improvements.

Sgt. Ted Bohner, Indiana State Police

Indiana State Police responded to a Toll Road crash in Elkhart County on New Year's Eve morning that left a semi dangling after the cab of the truck fell onto railroad tracks below.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Office released information via Facebook on a Christmas Day dog attack. 


Elkhart County officials opened bids Monday for a contract to demolish the former juvenile detention center in Goshen. 

The old county jail is connected to the juvenile detention center. The old jail has been empty for about 14 years but the juvenile inmates were recently transferred to a new center that opened in Elkhart.

Friday morning United Way of Elkhart County officially merged with United Fund of LaGrange County in hopes to have a greater impact on the entire community. 

United Way is a national nonprofit that tries to create solutions for health, education, and financial stability.

Teresa Crawford/AP Photo


Some families in Michiana will soon have extra support thanks to a program through Goodwill Industries.

The Nurse-Family Partnership Program is specifically for low-income, first-time mothers in Elkhart, St. Joseph and LaPorte counties. Registered nurses with the program will do home visits throughout a pregnancy and until a child’s second birthday.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb today has granted clemency to Berto N. Dooley. age 40, who was convicted in Elkhart County in 2003 for possession of cocaine and being a habitual substance offender. 

According to the executive order issued by Holcomb, Dooley had less than two years remaining on the executed portion of his sentence and has gotten a bachelor's degree while incarcerated. 

Jennifer Weingart/WVPE

Complete election night results from St. Joseph County are available here.

Complete election night results from Elkhart County are available here.


An individual in Elkhart County has died from EEE, eastern equine encephalitis according to the State Dept. of Health in Indiana.

$52 Million Plan Would Create 250 Jobs In Elkhart County

Sep 16, 2019

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a metal forming company plans to invest $52 million and create 250 jobs in northern Indiana.

Chris Stager, president of the Elkhart County Economic Development Corp., says Brinco wants to use a former Chassix facility in Bristol that's been vacant since 2017.

The Elkhart Truth reports that the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021 and they plan to hire 150 new employees during the first phase.

Elkhart County Sheriff's Office via Facebook


BREMEN, Ind. (AP) — An Elkhart man with felony rape and child molestation convictions on his record has been charged with sexually assaulting an Amish woman last month in Marshall County.

49-year-old Michael Middaugh is charged with rape, burglary with an armed weapon and criminal confinement.

The woman told the Marshall County Sheriff's Department that she was home with her 2-year-old child on Aug. 28 when a man pulled up in a car asking for directions before he grabbed her and raped her at knifepoint.