South Bend

Sid Shroyer

The story is well known. In 1988, Sister Maura started the Chapin Street Clinic in a vacant garage, to provide health care for people who are uninsured. She nurtured its growth into a modern building across the street in 1998, and then lent it her name in 2006. Thousands of patients, and hundreds of volunteers and employees have benefited from her vision.

NEW: "Red For Ed" Will Close Goshen Schools Nov. 19, Schools Closing Statewide

Nov 6, 2019
Michael Conroy/AP Photo/File


Friday Goshen Schools announced that there will be no class on Nov. 19 when teachers will rally at the Indiana Statehouse for "Red For Ed" Day. 

Today the school posted the following on its website: 

In order to support GCS teachers and staff who wish to participate in the Indiana State Teachers Association Call to Action Day at the IN General Assembly Organization Day, GCS will be closed on Tuesday, November 19. The number of staff members planning to attend the Call to Action Day is high enough that GCS is unable to procure sufficient substitute teachers for the day in order to have a safe and productive day of instruction. We realize that closing school creates complications for our families and therefore we wanted all to be aware of this decision as soon as possible.  The make-up day will be on Friday, February 14, 2020.

GCS appreciates the support from the Goshen community with the passing of an operating referendum to help offset the lack of funding GCS receives from the state of Indiana. However, the GCS staff is planning to attend the event in Indianapolis to stand up for all public education in the state. Traditional public schools in Indiana have not been adequately funded, while charter schools and vouchers have seen increases in funding. GCS should not have to ask the community for a referendum in order to help pay teachers better salaries and to keep class sizes at manageable levels, but with the significant funding losses GCS has experienced, there was no choice.

Therefore, GCS teachers and staff are standing up for students, for reasonable class sizes, for more qualified teachers in the state’s classrooms, and for better funding for all traditional public schools


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — School days are being called off for tens of thousands of Indiana students as their teachers make plans for attending a union-organized Statehouse rally.

Some school district officials say so many teachers are taking personal time off for the Nov. 19 rally that they wouldn't be able to find enough substitute teachers to cover classrooms. But they also say they support the push by teachers for a bigger boost in school funding.

The president of the Indiana State Teachers Association says at least 4,000 teachers have registered for the Statehouse lobbying effort on the day legislators are gathering for organization meetings ahead of their 2020 session starting in January.

The union says more than 30 school districts have canceled classes or are having students work online from home that day.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


The city of South Bend cut two ribbons Wednesday on the Technology Resource Center at Innovation Park.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg got handed a virtual lightsaber, really a VR controller, to cut a ribbon coded by the South Bend Code School.

On the screen the ribbon turned into blue balloons. They also cut a real ribbon with the usual golden scissors for good measure.

WATCH VIDEO: Mueller Wins South Bend Mayoral Race

Nov 5, 2019
Justin Hicks/WVPE

Unofficial vote totals from the St. Joseph Co. Clerk's office indicate that with over 99% of precincts counted, Democrat James Mueller winning the race for South Bend mayor over Republican Sean Haas. Mueller got about 65% of the vote while Haas received approximately 34.9%.

Mueller told his supporters, “I want to give credit to my opponent and my grade school friend Sean for making this race more competitive, but it is important that we won resoundingly to send a message that Trumpism has no place in South Bend.”

Jennifer Weingart/WVPE

Not many cars were parked in the parking lot at Elkhart's North Side Gym. That is just one of the polling sites in the city where residents may vote today in municipal elections.

White letters on red brick on the outside of the St. Joseph County Public Library main branch in South Bend
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


The Main Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library is now closed as of today. Its last day open was October 31. It’ll be closed for at least a year and a half for a major renovation. 

Library spokesperson Jennifer Henecke said there are plenty of other libraries in South Bend and St. Joseph County for people to use during the renovations.

“We have 10 locations which is actually fairly unique for a city of our size to have so many branches. And this is a great opportunity for people to, kind of, explore their own city.”

Mayors For Pete: Buttigieg Hunts For Support In City Halls

Oct 31, 2019
Peter Ringenberg

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As Pete Buttigieg works to prove the leader of a city of roughly 100,000 people is ready to assume the American presidency, he's relying on help from politicians who would know best: his fellow mayors.


The South Bend Common Council passed an ordinance Monday night that bans drivers from using their cell phones within city limits. 

It’s already illegal to use a cellphone while driving in a school zone but this ordinance will make it illegal to use your phone while driving anywhere in the City.

Annacaroline Caruso/WVPE News

About 50 AmeriCorps members from northern Indiana were sworn into service  Tuesday morning. 

AmeriCorps is a program that sends volunteers across the country to help with various community needs.

A Conversation With South Bend's Mayoral Candidates

Oct 29, 2019

South Bend voters go to the polls Nov. 5 to choose a new mayor for the city. WVPE's Michael Linville is speaking with both candidates looking to replace Pete Buttigieg who is not seeking re-election as he pursues a presidential run.

Here are Michael's conversations with Democrat James Mueller and Republican Sean Haas. 

You can listen to it here. 


Annacaroline Caruso/WVPE News

The City of South Bend began its 2019 Fall ReLeaf Program Monday. Some new technology is making it easier for residents to track the leaf pickup.

Photo provided by the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office

NEW: Raymond M. Dotson, Jr. turned himself in this morning. 


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has announced charges against one man following a deadly weekend shooting at a South Bend gas station.

Raymond M. Dotson, Jr. is alleged to have used a semiautomatic weapon to kill a man he got into an argument with. The man who died was carrying an "air soft" toy gun. Police say surveillance video shows the whole thing. 

Photo Of The Week: 'Along The St. Joseph River'

Oct 17, 2019
Anne Brown, South Bend

You never know what you might see when walking along the St. Joseph River in South Bend. Anne Brown captured this image on the morning of October 13th. Anne says she was walking near the South Bend Farmer's Market when her husband, Dean Alvis, spotted a double-crested cormorant sharing a log with two large turtles. She says Dean joked that it brings to mind the famous painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware!”

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Annacaroline Caruso/WVPE News

The weather is getting colder here in Michiana but not everyone has a warm place to call home. A group of women are using theater to show people what it’s like being homeless in South Bend.

Residents crowded into a community center in the Near Northwest Neighborhood over the weekend to watch a theater production called “Tracy Talks.” It was a stage reading written by someone who had experienced homlessness in South Bend.