Elkhart

Elkhart Posts Stong Economic Numbers in First Quarter

May 21, 2018

 

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.

Bike to Work Week Michiana Winds Down

May 17, 2018
Bike Michiana Coalition

 

Bike to work week in Michiana is coming to a close. Organizers say it has been successful despite some wet weather early on.

Bike to Work Week Michiana did have to move there usual South Bend pancake breakfast from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Karen Haun is on the board for the Michiana Bike Coalition. She said the week is a great chance for biking co-workers to form groups.

Trump Talks Up Indiana Republicans at Elkhart Rally

May 11, 2018
Jennifer Weingart

 

President Donald Trump gave a few minutes at the podium to GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun at his rally in Elkhart last night.

Primary winner Braun tied himself to the president at the rally, as he did during the race.

 

President Donald Trump touched on the rallying points he’s had since he announced his candidacy: border security, repealing Obamacare, and the second amendment. But his big message of the night was electing more Republicans to Congress.

Trump Unveils New Campaign Slogan at Elkhart Rally

May 11, 2018
Jennifer Weingart

 

  President Donald Trump unveiled a new slogan at his rally in Elkhart and hurled insults at the democrats. He asked the crowd to vote Republican in November. They didn’t need convincing.

The crowd chanted ‘USA’ and ‘build that wall’ before President Donald Trump even entered the building.

Trump used tonight’s  rally to unveil his slogan for his 2020 re-election campaign.

“Make America Great Again wouldn’t work out too well, right? It’s going to be Keep America Great because that’s exactly where we’re heading.”

Before Trump Rally Supporters Line Up Around the Block

May 10, 2018
Jennifer Weingart

Ahead of the Rally in Elkhart tonight, supporters of President Donald Trump are lined up outside the Northside Gym, waiting for the doors to open.

Supporters from as far away as Florida and California wait in line, decked out in Trump gear. At the rally tonight the president is expected to talk about his tax plan and support local Republican candidates.

The rally starts at seven, but Bruce Spratling has been here since 9 a.m.. He’s from Florida but winters in Michigan. He’s got a Trump flag draped around his shoulder and a sign that says ‘stop H-1B visas.’

Former Union Leader Talks Jobs Under President Trump

May 9, 2018

Retired union leader Chuck Jones believes President Donald Trump has not kept his promises to Hoosier workers. Jones’s statements come ahead of the president’s Thursday visit to Elkhart, a city that depends heavily on manufacturing jobs. 

According to Jones, Indiana residents don’t have to look further than the lost jobs at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis to see the President’s impact on Hoosier jobs.

While Jones said he appreciated the president making jobs a central campaign issue, he argues not much more has been done for workers since.

 

Elkhart Community Schools has released a statement about President Donald Trump’s use of North Side Middle School Gym for a rally on Thursday.

The Trump rally was originally slated to be in South Bend. The location was changed over the weekend. The school board has since been protested by people angry that the public school would be used for a partisan political rally.

The statement read in part, “the Board of School Trustees acknowledges and respects the office of the President, regardless of party affiliations and positions.”

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

Northeast Indiana's congressional delegation and recreational vehicle business leaders gathered in Elkhart for the sixth annual RV Industry Power Breakfast today. 

The group celebrated record March sale numbers, as well as looked ahead to the future of RV manufacturing how to appeal to a broader consumer base.

U.S. Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly were in attendance, as well as U.S. Representatives Jim Banks and Jackie Walorski. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was unable to attend as had been anticipated.

Organizers look to 2019 now that Idea Week is finished

May 3, 2018
The University of Notre Dame

 

Over 10 days and more than 30 events The University of Notre Dame executed their first ‘Idea Week.’ Now that it’s over organizers are looking forward to next year.

Around 16 thousand people went to at least one event during Idea Week.

Things like the McCloskey New Venture Competition, or talks by Daymond Johns and Adam Savage, concerts from The Chainsmokers and Itzhak Perlman.

Nick Swisher is the director of communications at the Idea Center. He said they were glad to see the local residents at the events.

The Elkhart Police Department today announced they will offer sign-on bonuses for qualified lateral transfers, as a way to recruit new and experienced officers.

 

Sgt. Chris Snyder is the Elkhart Police Department Spokesperson. He said lateral transfers help department cut costs in various ways as well as training time for new officers.

 

Local debates see higher attendence

Apr 11, 2018

More Indiana voters are turning out for candidate debates this primary season.

After more than 450 people showed up for the  debate between the Democratic candidates for the second congressional district in South Bend, organizers moved the final debate from the IUSB Elkhart Center to the Lerner Theatre. More than 350 came to the debate in Elkhart.

Center for Community Justice receives grant

Apr 10, 2018
Jennifer Weingart

 

Elkhart’s Center for Community Justice has received a $100,000 grant from the county to support its work.

The Center for Community Justice runs a victim offender reconciliation program, a program to help those recently released from jail re-enter society, and educational programs on restorative justice for schools and workplaces.

The Center is supported mainly by grants. Over the last few years, funding has been down.

 

The Democratic candidates for Indiana’s second congressional district will debate for the second time tonight. They will be at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart.

The League of Women Voters and American Democracy project will host this final debate before the primaries. The three active candidates for the Democratic nomination; Mel Hall, Pat Hackett and Yatish Joshi will participate.

The debate was moved to the Lerner Theatre because more people have been coming to the debate events this year than have before.

Kidde, a manufacturer of smoke detectors, has recalled two popular models. A cap left in during the manufacturing process can keep the alarm from sounding to alert consumers to a fire.

The Elkhart Police Department is encouraging people to check their detectors. A step-by-step of how to do that.

Elkhart Dam sleighted to come down

Apr 5, 2018

 

A grant from the Army Corp of Engineers will fund a project to remove the Elkhart River dam near Waterfall Drive.

 

The dam was built in the late 1800’s. It currently works, but a review by the Army Corp of Engineers found that it’s likely to fail in the next few years.

Daragh Deegan is the aquatic biologist for the city of Elkhart. He said the dam isn’t really a dam anymore.

Elkhart Jazz Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

Mar 29, 2018

The headliner for the 31st annual Elkhart Jazz Festival will be guitarist Lee Reitnour, a Grammy Award winner, and 19 time Grammy nominee, who’s recorded more than 40 albums.

Also on this year’s lineup is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band- a New Orleans style septet that’s currently on tour with Arcade Fire.

David Smith is the Executive Director of the Lerner Theatre and festival co-chair. He’s said while they typically look for local, regional and national acts, this year they’re expanding their reach.

Mayor Neese Delivers Elkhart State of the City Address

Mar 29, 2018
Barb Anguiano / WVPE

 

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese delivered his State of the City address yesterday at the Lerner Theater.

Among the topics covered in the address, Mayor Neese gave special recognition to city emergency first responders for their work during last month’s flooding.

Elkhart Mayor Addresses Flood Recovery

Feb 26, 2018
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

As Elkhart residents begin the process of recovery after days of flooding, Mayor Tim Neese addressed related concerns today in the city. Police Chief Ed Windbigler and Fire Chief Chad Carey joined the mayor as he addressed the press.
 

Neese commended the support the city has received from local communities, and the work that city departments have done since the flooding. .
 

He said the main focus now is on recovery and cleanup.
 

Elkhart residents spend the weekend cleaning up flood damage

Feb 26, 2018
The river swells to cover houses and a pavillion in water
Jennifer Weingart

 

As flood waters continue receding some people are able to get back into their homes to clean-up, but other houses are still underwater.

On top of that, power is still shut off for safety and some areas have to deal with looting.

Generators hum all through formerly flooded neighborhoods in Elkhart as residents pump out water and work on drying their basements.

There’s no electricity here. The power was shut off to prevent electrical fires.

Rivers Continue to rise, mayors warn of water dangers

Feb 21, 2018
Lime Bike in water in howard park
Jennifer Weingart

 

  Some schools and roads around the area are closed as rivers continue to rise. About five or six inches of rain in the last 48 hours has put area waterways above flood stage and flooded roads, homes and businesses. Rain is not predicted for Wednesday but could fall again along with snow on Thursday and Friday.

Elkhart, St. Joseph River pass flood stage

Feb 20, 2018
Geese swim in overflow from the St. Joseph River,
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE

 

The city of Elkhart is offering residents sandbags to combat the rising water from snowmelt and Tuesday’s rain.

Sandbags are available at the Elkhart Street Department or by delivery by calling Elkhart’s Emergency Management Department at 970-7996.

Suspect Identified in Mishawaka Pipe Bomb Cases

Feb 15, 2018
Elkhart Police Department

Jacob Ryan Underwood, 22, from Elkhart has been charged by criminal complaint with possession of a destructive device in an arrest that may have a connection with the pipe bombs found in Mishawaka in late January.

 

Underwood is also accused of watching two other pipe bombs be made and later throwing them out of a car window in Mishawaka.  

Investigators linked Underwood to an explosion outside of his home, and also with assisting in the construction of a pipe bomb.

 

 

  Icy road conditions across the area this morning resulted in many crashes and part of US 20 being closed.

Yesterday’s rain froze to roadways and new freezing rain fell making roadways treacherous this morning.

US 20 was closed between State Road 19 and County Road 17 to clear accidents and lay down salt and sand to prevent new ones.

ADEC looking for buddies for it's ball

Jan 24, 2018

 

ADEC, a Bristol-based non-profit that works with people with disabilities, is looking for community members to accompany its clients to a ball in April. A program it’s calling 'buddies.'  

The buddies are not really volunteers. They still need to purchase a ticket to the ball but they will accompany one of ADEC’s clients to the event.

The buddy pairs will also take part in a choreographed dance at the ball.

CoreCivic to Withdraw Detention Center Plans

Jan 22, 2018
Coalition Against the Elkhart Immigration Detention Center / Facebook

 
The private company CoreCivic today announced it will formally withdraw plans to build a multimillion dollar detention center just south of Elkhart.
 

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder said company representatives called to let him know about the change in plans late this morning.
 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

Community leaders and immigrant advocates gathered yesterday to voice concerns regarding CoreCivic’s proposal to build a hundred million dollar immigration detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement in Elkhart County.

Community organizer Richard Aguirre says the event was intended to send not only a strong message of opposition to CoreCivic’s proposal and but also a message of unity amongst diverse segments of the community.

Fate of Elkhart Crossing Guards Still Unknown

Dec 21, 2017
Letter sent to Troy Thomas
Courtesy of Troy Thomas

As students leave for holiday break, the fate of Elkhart crossing guards is still unknown. The city of Elkhart cut funding for school crossing guards when they adopted their new budget in October. The cost to fund crossing guards for a year is about $222,000.

The kerfuffle over who should pay for crossing guards is not new to Elkhart. Most people say it’s a often a disagreement between schools and city officials but usually settled quickly.

Non-profit Hosts Protest Seminar in Elkhart County

Dec 11, 2017
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

The recent announcement of a proposal by CoreCivic, a private, Tennessee-based company, to build an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Elkhart County has some residents in search of ways to make their opposition known. The immigrant advocacy group, Elkhart-Goshen Sanctuary Coalition, hosted a seminar Saturday in Elkhart to discuss protest techniques with residents.  

 

Elkhart PD grows beards and collects food

Dec 1, 2017
EPD officers with facial hair
Courtesy photo: EPD

 

Officers at the Elkhart Police Department are back to well shaven after a month of growing beards and collecting food for the Salvation Army.

For the month of November Elkhart police officers could forgo shaving and bring in a non-perishable food item each day to wear a beard.

Officers are allowed to have a mustache under their dress code, but no other facial hair.

Department spokesperson Chris Snyder says it was fun seeing all the different types of facial hair.

CoreCivic Eyes Elkhart County for Detention Center

Nov 17, 2017

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder confirmed Thursday that CoreCivic of  Nashville, Tennessee has expressed interest in Elkhart County property to for a new Immigration and Customs Detention Center in Indiana. County Commissioners will have final approval over the facility if a final proposal is presented.

Richard Aguirre, Founder of Elkhart County HOPE, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, said community leaders found out about CoreCivics’ interest in property last Friday.

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