Sunday, July 13, 2014
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 Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, The Elkhart Truth is looking at how it affected Elkhart County for better and for worse.

It was Elkhart County that led the country in a downward spiral into the Great Recession. And it was Elkhart County to lead the charge back up. Where are we now?

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.
 Osolo Township, Cleveland Township and Bristol fire departments responded to a fire at 54432 Adams Street in Elkhart late Saturday night, July 12, 2014.

A fire that broke out at an Elkhart plastics company left little damage to the company’s property, but firefighters were battling flames into the early morning.


Posted at 3:23 p.m.
 A total of 37 people were reported arrested in Elkhart County from July 7 to July 11, 2014.

Preliminary charges include public intoxication, driving with a suspended license and theft. 


Posted at 9:26 a.m.
 Do you have a question you'd like to ask the Truth? Email it to us at askthetruth@elkharttruth.com.
Posted at 4:19 p.m.

It’s time to vote for the reader-submitted question you’d like to see us answer next. 

 Middlebury's Chandos Hickman starts the running segment of the 10th annual Kids & Teens Try-athlon as volunteer Stan Atkinson watches the transition area Saturday morning at Shanklin Park in Goshen.
Posted at 3:19 p.m.

Children of all ages took over Shanklin Park Saturday morning for the Goshen event

 Yamilette Ochoa-Colon, right, and her mom Linda Delgado celebrate during a graduation party at their home May 17 in Elkhart. Both walked across the stage to receive their diplomas a week earlier, Linda earning an Associate of Science in Business Management from Ivy Tech Community College North Central and Yamilette a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

Yamilette Ochoa-Colon, featured in MSNBC’s “The Elkhart Project,” is working on her master’s degree in social work. Her story is part of a project on Elkhart five years after the Great Recession. 

 James Bacon and his wife Michelle are shown here June 16 at their home in Goshen. While Bacon works fulltime as a welder, the couple and their two of three children who live at home still struggle with making ends meet.
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

James Bacon, of Goshen, for instance, has a full-time job as a welder but still relies on social service agencies to get by.

 Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, The Elkhart Truth is looking at how it affected Elkhart County for better and for worse.
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

While some employers say workers would rather collect government benefits than work, data shows a surprising contradiction to that notion.

 Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, The Elkhart Truth reporters are doing a three-part project that looks at how the downturn affected Elkhart County. Who are we now, what did we learn and where is our future headed?
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

The unemployment rate is lower, but data on the work force, wages and the demand for assistance from food banks and food stamps shows a different side of economic recovery.

 Jessica Miller, one of 10 Elkhart County Highway Department workers let go Friday March 21, 2014, has since found work. After getting the news last March, she and others gathered at Granma's House of Pancakes in Elkhart.
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

When let go in March, the workers — casualties of a funding dip due in part to the down economy — expressed disbelief, anger. Where are they now?

 A photo of the Railroad YMCA at its original location on Tyler Street. The building was erected in 1885 and occupied community and YMCA organizations, according to Elkhart Truth archives.
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

The Elkhart Truth delves into the history of the old hotel that used to serve railroad workers as early as the 1880s, Mishawaka native Adam Driver receives an Emmy nomination and three other stories you need to know to start your day.

 Area fire departments are at the scene of a fire at Adams and Bristol streets in Elkhart on Sunday morning, July 13.
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 12:17 a.m.

Bristol, Osolo and Cleveland responded to the scene. 

 Germany's Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won 1-0 to win the World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Updated at 3:01 p.m.

Mario Goetze scores late to give Germany its 4th World Cup title with 1-0 win over Argentina.

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