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Friday St. Joseph County and South Bend leaders provided an update on an ever worsening situation with COVID-19 locally.

Dr. Mark Fox, Deputy Health Officer for St. Joseph County, says he expects the county will move into a "red" designation from the Indiana State Dept. of Health by the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. County Commissioner Andy Kostielney echoed that concern saying that he is also concerned about hospitals being able to provide care. 


COLUMBIA. S.C. (AP) — Lou Holtz has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 83-year-old former college football coach confirmed the test Thursday to Columbia TV station WOLO. Holtz led Notre Dame to the 1988 national title in a Hall of Fame career. He has worked for ESPN and campaigned for President Donald Trump. Holtz is set to receiver the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump.

South Bend City offices and St. Joseph County offices in the County-City Building and the Courthouse will be restricting access starting next week through the end of 2020 due to COVID-19.

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Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday will be in full force at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend. 

The Studebaker National Museum and Gift Store will be open seven days a week for shoppers looking for apparel, holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. 

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During the weekly COVID-19 update provided by Indiana state government Wednesday, Sarah Paturalski, Beacon's VP of Nursing and Clinical Services, provided a gripping description of what it's like on the inside of area hospitals right now. 

"This is not normal."

She said that Beacon  is averaging one death a day and Beacon's staff has taken a vow for no one to die alone. 

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The South Bend Community School Corporation has announced that two schools will now be online only until after Thanksgiving due to large numbers of staff having to quarantine. The schools impacted are Lincoln Elementary and the Dickinson Fine Arts Academy.

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.

Kelly Earns 100th Win, No. 2 Notre Dame Rolls Past BC 45-31

Nov 14, 2020
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BOSTON (AP) — Ian Book passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Notre Dame overcame an early deficit to roll to a 45-31 victory over Boston College. The Fighting Irish's eighth straight win in the series between the FBS's only Catholic institutions gave coach Brian Kelly his 100th career victory at the school, tying him with Lou Holtz for second all-time. He is now just five behind coach Knute Rockne. A week after upsetting Clemson, Notre Dame racked up a season high 561 total yards led by Book, who finished 20 of 27 for 283 yards.


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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. 

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Hoosier hospitals are bearing the brunt of Indiana’s surging COVID-19 case numbers. 

NFL Hall Of Fame Running Back Paul Hornung Dies At 84

Nov 13, 2020
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Paul Hornung, the dazzling "Golden Boy" of the Green Bay Packers whose singular ability as a runner, receiver, quarterback and kicker helped turn the team into an NFL dynasty, has died. He was 84. Hornung won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame, then headed to the Packers. He was the NFL MVP in 1961 and played on four championship teams. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

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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.

No. 2 Notre Dame Brings Unbeaten Season To Boston College

Nov 12, 2020
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BOSTON (AP) — Second-ranked Notre Dame is looking to avoid another historic loss to Boston College as it tries to continue its journey to the College Football Playoff. The two schools will square off Saturday in the 26th edition of college football's Holy War. Boston College has some history of spoiling good seasons for the Irish, who come into the game with a 7-0 mark. The Irish beat Clemson at home in double overtime in their last game. The Eagles are 5-3 and nearly knocked off Clemson two weeks ago.


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.

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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.


UPDATE: Notre Dame Mandates Virus Testing After Football Celebration

Nov 9, 2020
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UPDATE (Nov. 9): 

The University of Notre Dame began COVID-19 exit testing for its students Monday ahead of the holiday break. After this weekend’s football game -- where students gathered for pre-game parties and rushed the field in violation of social distancing -- penalties have increased for students who don’t get tested.

In an email to students, University President Fr. John Jenkins called the conduct “disappointing” and laid out the new guidelines: if students don’t report for COVID-19 testing, they won’t be able to register for spring classes. They’re also not allowed to leave South Bend until they receive their results and know they're virus-free. 


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. 

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The University of Notre Dame is reporting a record 220 active COVID-19 cases on its Dashboard. Its seven-day moving average, at 26, is also the highest it’s been since the campus was locked down in August.

With the university’s football game against Clemson on Saturday, St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Mark Fox expressed concern about off-campus gatherings.

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. 

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Those were some of the words St. Joseph Co. Health Officer, Dr. Mark Fox, used to describe his reaction to the latest COVID-19 stats the county is facing.


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. 

PHOTO/VIDEO GALLERY: Election Day 2020 - Polls Have Closed In Indiana And Michigan

Nov 3, 2020
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Election Day 2020 is finally here. In Indiana the polls opened at 6am and close at 6pm. In Michigan polls opened at 7am and close at 8pm. 

WVPE's Justin Hicks reports that in the first hour of voting there were already long lines at McKinley School in South Bend. 

At the voting site at the Century Center in South Bend early this morning, voters seemed to be moving through fairly quickly.

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.

BREAKING: Another Shooting Death In South Bend

Nov 1, 2020

The St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unite has been activated to investigate a shooting death that occurred early Sunday morning in South Bend. 

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ATLANTA (AP) — Kyren Williams ran for two touchdowns, Ian Book passed for another score and No. 4 Notre Dame stifled Georgia Tech 31-13. Book completed 18-of-26 for 199 yards in another efficient performance for the 6-0 Fighting Irish. Williams shook off a fumble that Georgia Tech returned 93 yards for a touchdown to score on two short runs. Georgia has lost three in a row to drop to 2-5. Next up for Notre Dame: a showdown against No. 1 Clemson. 

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.