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Notre Dame has announced that the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will close for maintenance Dec. 26-Jan. 10. 

No services will be held during that time.

The Basilica will reopen for the 5pm Vigil Mass on January 11, 2020. 

Justin Hicks

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attended his final Common Council meeting as mayor Monday night.

People packed into the South Bend Common Council room to watch Buttigieg give his farewell address.

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Notre Dame has announced it will play in the Camping World Bowl against Iowa State on Saturday, Dec. 28 (Noon ET, ABC).

The Fighting Irish are headed to a bowl game for the ninth time in 10 seasons.


Notre Dame (ranked 15th) and Iowa State (unranked) have never met in football. The Cyclones will become the 148th different opponent for Notre Dame. 



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana driver’s manual will be translated into four more languages in order to settle a federal lawsuit.

The agreement will have the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles provide the manual in Arabic, Burmese, Chin and Mandarin by March 2021.

That deal resolves a lawsuit filed last year by immigrant assistance group Neighbor to Neighbor of South Bend, which claimed the BMV was discriminating by providing the manual in only English and Spanish.


WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the Broadway Theatre League now announcing that Disney's The Lion King will be at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend for a three week run in 2020. 

Elkhart P.D. Reports Attempted Kidnapping

Dec 6, 2019
Elkhart P.D.

Elkhart Police report there was an attempted kidnapping Thursday evening in the 2600 block of S. Nappanee Street at a car wash. It was reported that the victim and her 8 year old daughter and 4 year old son were cleaning their vehicle. The mother look over to see a white male 60-70 years old with a grey beard with pock marks or scars on his cheeks in a late 90s tan GMC Safari Van. The male was sitting in the driver’s seat of the van and had his arm out the window with candy in his hand talking to the children.

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About 50 local activists faced the cold Friday morning for a climate strike at Howard Park in South Bend. It was meant to invoke a sense of urgency among city officials about the climate change crisis.

Activists sang songs about climate change and spoke about their own experiences before marching from Howard Park to the County-City Building.

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Just Goods is a local store popping up for the holidays from now through December 29th offering organic, sustainable, and naturally produced goods from near and far.

It's located with Brain Lair Books at 714 E. Jefferson Blvd. in downtown South Bend. It's two holiday shopping experiences in one location. Shop near the newly reopened Howard Park which is just steps away. 


The Brain Lair this holiday season and year round is dedicated to helping children and teens see themselves in a new light through handpicked books featuring characters from all walks of life. 

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An event designed to show that there is support in the local South Bend African American community for Pete Buttigieg, at one point devolved into protest.

Some of the community members who had gathered to speak in favor of Buttigieg included Karen White and Sharon McBride who are on the South Bend Common Council, Gladys Muhammad with the South Bend Heritage Foundation and Michael Patton who is a local pastor. 


The South Bend School Board approved a plan to get a referendum on the ballot in Spring. The referendum could raise money for the school district which has been losing millions from tax caps, decline in student population, and more.

Trevor Noah Joining Notre Dame's Idea Week In 2020

Dec 3, 2019

Today Notre Dame announced that Trevor Noah, who hosts The Daily Show, will be part of Idea Week 2020. 

Noah will perform Sun., Apr. 19 at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. 

Notre Dame also announced that Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, will also participate in Idea Week.

Ohanian will deliver a keynote address on Thurs., Apr. 23 at the Renaissance District in downtown South Bend.

ND has also announced it will host the university's first official esports tournament during Idea Week as well. 

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The City of Elkhart officially renamed the Donor Lobby of the Lerner Theatre after Art Decio, a local philanthropist.

The City of Elkhart aimed to honor Decio, an Elkhart native who’s a major supporter of the Lerner Theatre.

City of Elkhart logo on the sidewalk in front of city offices.
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The city of Elkhart is running a final training in a series on fair housing this week.

This training is specifically on discrimination within the lending process. It will cover an overview of fair housing laws and then dive in to the common forms of lending discrimination, redlining and the dangers of rent-to-own transactions. 

Abby Wiles is with the city. She said anyone is welcome, but they’re hoping to reach out to people who deal with housing transactions daily.

Courtesy Sotheby’s via AP

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Officials at a northern Indiana museum say it was "a very pleasant shock" that a 19th-century sculpture it had owned for more than 40 years ago recently sold at auction for $7.55 million, exceeding estimates for the work.

Southold Dance Theater Presents "The Nutcracker"

Dec 1, 2019

Southold Dance Theater continues the tradition this holiday season by offering multiple opportunities for the community to see The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend.