Friday, September 19, 2014
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 Miguel and Christy Reyes pose for a portrait surrounded by a few of Miguel's favorite Bears memorabilia at their home Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Miguel was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June and has been under going treatment. Miguel will be honored at the Concord football game Friday.

Start your Friday with these top stories from Elkhart, Goshen and Bloomington. 


Posted 1 hour ago
 Newly appointed Elkhart Police Chief Laura Koch reacts during a city council review of her 2015 police budget Thursday night, Sept. 18, 2014.

Some suggested pay for top employees should have been frozen so that more could be used to help lower paid city workers.


Posted at 12:17 a.m.
 Derrick Perkey
Posted 1 hour ago

Derrick Perkey admitted he accidentally started a fire at an apartment complex while manufacturing methamphetamine.

 Cody Cousins, who has been charged with killing Purdue University student in a classroom, has filed an insanity defense.
Updated at 3:41 a.m.

The sentencing hearing for Cody Cousins, 24, is set for Friday afternoon in Lafayette. His attorney says he’ll ask the judge to rule Cousins guilty but mentally ill.

Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.

The council will vote Sept. 30 whether to raise income taxes by 0.5 percent. The decision to consider the raise came after days of difficult budget hearings.

 Phyllis Herczeg laughs as she tells a story about her students during an interview in her Elkhart home Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Herczeg retired from Elkhart Community Schools this year after nearly 40 years teaching.
Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 6:14 p.m.

Phyllis Herczeg didn't choose teaching — it chose her. She spent almost 40 years at several different Elkhart elementary schools. 

 Nathan Munet is an Elkhart Central standout — as a cross country and track runner and as a student. The senior is the son of Elkhart County Sports Hall of Famer Albert Munet, a state champion 800-meter runner at Elkhart Memorial.
Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.

Central’s No. 1 runner is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist who studies each running course as much as he studies his school books. 

 FILE PHOTO: ADEC client Angie Reed, right, and ADEC Direct Service Provider Adrianna Scherer use an ipad with an app for teaching how to count money. Reed hopes to get a job that requires her counting money after mastering the app. The local agency is using iPads with a variety of apps to help teach clients skills such as how to make coffee and also to Skype with their families. ADEC received a total of $213,000 in health grants from United Way of Elkhart County this week.
Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

Readers reacted to news that Elkhart County government officials were considering cutting or discontinuing its share of funding for ADEC, which helps with developmental and cognitive disabilities.

 Truth Radio 1340 will launched May 5, 2014.
Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 4:22 p.m.

Highlights from Thursday’s Truth Radio 1340 Early Edition.

 Carmen Kingsley (top) and Peter Gilbert rehearse in preparation of the fifth annual Art in the Barn community art show. The show is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.
Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.

The fifth annual community art show will feature aerial performers and display other forms of art along the Millrace Canal. 

 There was a reported robbery at a BP station on S.R 120. Three men stole 10 packs and four cartons of cigarettes.
Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.

Three men with at least one hand gun robbed a BP station Thursday. The men stole 10 packs and four cartons of cigarettes. Authorities are still investigating. 

 You don't have to get as dressed up as these buccaneers and the beauty to get free donuts and discounted rum on International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.
Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Hacienda and Krispy Kreme are giving away free food to buccaneers who talk like a pirate Friday, Sept. 19.

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