Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 Zoey Kehler, 2, smiles as officials measure her frog's leap in the frog jump contest at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The fairgrounds was busy with plenty of games and competitions as part of Kids Day.

We asked kids to imitate fair animals — the results were positively adorable.

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 Political commentator Bill Maher has his eyes on U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski as part of his Flip a District campaign. She's one of 16, all Republicans, on the list for possible targeting ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Photo is a screen grab from the YouTube video of the June 25, 2014,

The liberal commentator’s Flip a District campaign aims to unseat a Republican incumbent in November elections.

Posted at 1:24 p.m.
 This undated photo shows an Elkhart police car.

Recent public meetings between Elkhart officials, neighborhood residents and advocates reveal a willingness to dialogue, but also underlying animosity.

Posted at 10:56 a.m.
 The 2014 Cass County (Mich.) 4-H Fair opens on July 27.
Posted 37 minutes ago

Highlights from the annual event’s one-week run include a demolition derby, a tractor pull and children-oriented activities.

 Jerry Thacker, Superintendent of Penn-Harris-Madison Schools
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The policy applies to individual classrooms and buildings. 

 Anna, Lydia and Mary Smucker color butterflies with the Purdue Extension master gardeners at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Master gardeners set up activities to get kids interested in gardening.
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In addition to playing with the kids, the master gardeners offered a few tips on gardening with children.

 Leah Jennings, 18, plants a smooch on her llama, Winter Coal. She's been caring for him since he was 4 months old and says they have a great relationship.
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Leah Jennings says her relationship with her llama, Winter Coal, is built on respect, love and friendship.

 Teddy Evans, 6, gives an enthusiastic wave to onlookers on the ground as he rides the planes and helicopters ride on the midway at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Wednesday was busy on the midway as it was Kids Day.
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View a gallery of photos from families having fun at Kids Day at the fair.

 Two adjacent houses on South Second Street were reviewed by a hearing officer Wednesday, July 23. The house on the left, 1032 S. Second St., is being repaired, according to the owner. The owner of  the other house, 1034 S. Second St., did not attend the meeting, and a demolition order was issued.
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Hearing officer reviewed 10 cases referred from building commissioner Wednesday.

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Annie Garau ditches cosmetics for a year to focus on what lies within. 

 In this file photo, Open Arms Childcare and Preschool Ministry students play on a playground at the Division Street school in Elkhart in 2008.
Posted at 2:51 p.m.

The United Way of Elkhart County recently gave Early Childhood Alliance a $27,100 grant to embark on a project to improve and expand child care in Elkhart County.

 Mya Fenner, 5, holds her frog Leapster right after the frog jumped 11 inches during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair's frog jump Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Posted at 2:32 p.m.

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair celebrated kids Wednesday, July 23, with plenty of activities including a frog jump contest.

 Customers wander through the streets of the Nampo-dong market.
Posted at 2:10 p.m.

One of Busan’s attractions is a huge shopping area that brings fancy department stores, fish markets and old-fashioned street vendors together, along with countless customers. Blogger Clinton Stamatovich, who is living in South Korea, shared his story about it. 

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