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
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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. 

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


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.

City of Elkhart

The planning phase for a long-awaited overpass project on Hively Avenue in Elkhart is underway and officials are looking for the public’s feedback. The city of Elkhart and INDOT will be hosting a Zoom meeting tonight and an open house for in person interaction Thursday. Corinne Straight-Reed is the Director of Communications for the city and she explained what people could expect in these meetings.

Amtrak Service Reductions Take Effect In Indiana

Oct 9, 2020
(Adam Pinsker, WFIU/WTIU News)

The passenger rail line announced a reduction in service for several long distance routes, including two that run through Indiana.

Amtrak officials say the cuts became necessary after funding under CARES Act, which passed on March 27th, ran out.

Effective this week, Amtrak is reducing service on the Capitol Limited and Lakeshore Limited from 7 to 3 days a week.

Both routes travel through Ft. Wayne, Waterloo near Elkhart, and South Bend.

The Capitol Limited originates in Washington, D.C. and ends in Chicago, while the Lake Shore runs from Boston to Chicago.

The City of Elkhart has announced that City Hall is closed until Monday due to two employees testing positive for the coronavirus. 


The City of Elkhart has announced it will move forward with trick-or-treating on Halloween this year. 

Elkhart Police Dept.

Elkhart Police have just released information about a body that was found this morning in a parking lot in the city. 

BREAKING NEWS: 3-Year-Old Hit By Car In Elkhart

Jul 18, 2020
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Elkhart Police have released information about a child hit by a car Saturday evening in the city.

Weekend Events Canceled In Elkhart Due To COVID-19

Jul 17, 2020
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The Elkhart Mayor's office has announced the cancellation of multiple weekend events due to the pandemic.

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The Indiana State Dept. of Health is hosting the following free drive-thru clinics next week: This comes after some clinics in Indiana have been impacted by the recent heat and have had to curtail hours. 



Team Rehabilitation

223 Chicago Ave.

July 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.



North Side Gymnasium

300 Lawrence St.

July 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The City of Elkhart has closed a pool and spray park due to the coronavirus outbreak.

(You can read the Elkhart Mayor's announcement below.) 

The state of the COVID-19 outbreak in Elkhart County that warranted action from the state has led to this decision.

Sunday night Elkhart authorities released details of a killing in the city of Elkhart.

Pandemic Spurring Rise In RV Sales In Northern Indiana

Jun 28, 2020
(Mount Comfort RV)

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Dealerships in northern Indiana that sell recreational vehicles are seeing a surge in demand for RVs as people eye summer road trips with their families in place of air travel and cruises amid the coronavirus pandemic. Darryl Searer is president of the RV Museum and Hall of Fame. He says RV manufacturers in Elkhart southern Michigan have worked extensively to fulfill orders for customers tired of being stuck at home. He added that the RV industry saw record sales last month at dealerships in Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona.

Andrew Kreider

It was twenty-five years ago.  Pastor Duane Beck of Belmont Mennonite Church had just done a funeral for a young man in the neighborhood who had died from a gunshot wound.  At the service, Pastor Duane told the young man’s friends: If you would like to do something to bring meaning and change from this death, then I’ll help you organize yourselves.  Out of that offer, a local movement began – it was entirely youth led, and it called itself Drop Your Guns.  Over the next number of months, DYG organized themselves into a hopeful force in Elkhart.  They spoke to local businesses, to churches,

Deadly Shooting In Elkhart

Jun 23, 2020

Elkhart Police have released information on a deadly shooting that occurred Monday night. 

Elkhart Police Search For Missing Woman

Jun 10, 2020
Photo provided by Elkhart P.D.

Elkhart Police are seeking help from the public in locating a young woman in Elkhart who has been missing since June 6. 

Thor Industries: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot

Jun 8, 2020
(AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) _ Thor Industries Inc. (THO) on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $24.1 million.

The Elkhart, Indiana-based company said it had profit of 43 cents per share.

The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 43 cents per share.

The recreational vehicle maker posted revenue of $1.68 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.42 billion.

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Indiana State Police say an Elkhart man has been charged after injuring a Trooper during protests in Fort Wayne on May 30. 

(You can read the ISP release below.)