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The St. Joseph County Public Library broke ground Friday morning on its major renovation and expansion project. 

When finished the main branch of the SJCPL in downtown South Bend will cover a whole block. There will be new outdoor spaces and a community learning center and auditorium.

Notre Dame Announces Another Stadium Concert

Feb 21, 2020
Provided by the University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame has announced another country music concert for Notre Dame Stadium, this time with George Strait in August. 

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Students from the first class at the RV Technical Institute in Elkhart completed their training Wednesday. The school opened in September to solve a shortage of certified RV mechanics. 

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association invested $10 million into the school to reduce a weeks-long wait period for customers to get repairs. They say it’s because there aren’t enough technicians.

Although 26 students are in the first cohort, two retirees were the first to complete written and practical tests to earn a Level 2 Technician certification.

Photo provided by Musical Arts Indiana

WVPE is a media sponsor of Musical Arts Indiana which will bring young voices to the stage at LangLab in South Bend on Leap Day, Saturday, Feb. 29. LangLab is located at 1302 High Street, South Bend, IN.

The event which starts at 7:30pm will feature Broadway and and opera stages. Music from Les Miserables, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Godspell, Lord of the Rings and The Polar Express will be featured.

As for opera, choruses by Puccini, Bizet, Mascagni and Verdi will be performed. 

UPDATE: NASCAR Driver & South Bend Native, Ryan Newman, Released From Hospital

Feb 18, 2020

NEW: Roush Fenway Racing has posted to their Facebook page that Ryan Newman has been released from the hospital. 

Buttigieg's Record On Race Gets A Closer Look

Feb 13, 2020
Justin Hicks/WVPE

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing a more intense spotlight on his past leadership on issues of race and policing as he tries to translate his strong showing in Iowa and New Hampshire into support in looming contests in more diverse states.

University of Notre Dame press release sent on Feb. 11th

The Robinson Community Learning Center is having an event Friday to celebrate its 19th anniversary. It will be the last time they celebrate in the current building on Eddy Street in South Bend before moving.

The Robinson Center is a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and the community to offer different classes and activities.

Biden Mocks Rival Buttigieg's Record As Small City Mayor

Feb 8, 2020
AP Photo/Elise Amendola


Joe Biden is escalating his criticism of Democratic presidential rival Pete Buttigieg. Biden is mocking Buttigieg's experience as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Purdue Gets $5.9M Contract To Develop Mach 8 Wind Tunnel

Feb 8, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Purdue University a $5.9 million contract to develop the world’s first Mach 8 quiet wind tunnel.

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The City of Elkhart unveiled a new plan for the Tolson Community Center at a public meeting Thursday night.

Elkhart residents got the chance to learn about the new plan for the Tolson Center and ask questions.

Notre Dame's 'Old2Gold' Sale Changing

Feb 3, 2020

Today Notre Dame announced that the 'Old2Gold' sale as most people know it will cease to exist. Instead, ND is partnering with Goodwill to collect all year-end student donations and those will then be re-sold at the 23 regional locations operated by Goodwill Industries of Michiana. 

Previously the university sold all the items left behind by students during a one day sale that was most recently held at the St. Joseph Co. Fairgrounds. 

Here is ND's release: 


The St. Joseph County Public Library’s annual Science Alive event is happening this weekend at Notre Dame. 

It's designed to get kids engaged and excited about science. Science Alive was created by library staff and board members to address what they consider a lack of STEM education in the U.S.


ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana woman who pleaded guilty for her role in a hit-and-run crash that killed three people has been returned to jail after violating probation.

Forty-three-year-old Penelope Grosswiler pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for hiding evidence related to the August 2017 crash, in which a vehicle driven by her husband, Leonard Grosswiler, struck and killed a man and two children in Elkhart.

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South Bend residents packed inside the County-City building Sunday night for a vigil for a local homeless man who died on Jan 18th.

They used the vigil to send a bigger message to the city. The crowd joined in singing 'Amazing Grace' to remember Darrell Bradberry.

He’s the second homeless man to die of the cold in South Bend in less than a month. 

'The Tempest' Comes To Notre Dame February 5-7

Jan 26, 2020

Shakespeare's The Tempest comes to the stage at Notre Dame February 5-7. The Tempest will be performed at Notre Dame's Washington Hall by Actors From The London Stage. The five-actor ensemble cast is touring the U.S. and each actor portrays multiple roles. Tickets are available for three 7:30pm performances on Wednesday, Feb. 5; Thurs., Feb. 6 and Fri., Feb. 7. Ticket information is available here.