Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 The new U.S. 31 between Plymouth and South Bend opened Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  The stretch of road allows drivers to bypass La Paz and Lakeville.

Reporter Lydia Sheaks gives the new stretch of highway between South Bend and Plymouth high marks.

Lydia Sheaks

Posted on Aug. 21, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.
 This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Mark Wahlberg, from left, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor in

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” star Mark Wahlberg has been in some movies so bad even his charm and tough-guy persona couldn't redeem them.

Lydia Sheaks

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.
 Harold and the Purple Crayon is about a little boy who draws places and things in his imagination with his purple crayon...and they come alive. It was first published in 1955.

Reporter Lydia Sheaks writes about five children’s books that use magical stories to get kids interested in reading.

Lydia Sheaks

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
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Posted on June 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

School employees in Indiana will be allowed to pack heat starting in July, and a nearby school corporation is considering a similar decision.

 In this screenshot of the White House Tumblr page, President Barack Obama jokes with Tumblr founder David Karp following a live Q&A session on education at the White House on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Posted on June 10, 2014 at 8:23 p.m.

The President of the United States talked about student loan debt, school shootings and his plans after he leaves office in a live Tumblr session on June 10, 2014.

 In this file photo, State Superintendent of Public Education Glenda Ritz gestures as she addresses Matt Furfaro’s U.S. government class at Concord High School on Thursday, Oct 3, 2013.
Posted on June 5, 2014 at 8:35 p.m.

Education reporter Lydia Sheaks looks at what’s happened over a year of Indiana education changes.

 Elkhart Memorial students Olivia Ferguson, Tonisha Maddox and Ashayla Mills compete in a Jeopardy-style game in JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) class on Monday, May 12, 2014. JAG is for students at high risk of dropping out of high school.
Posted on May 19, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.

Some Elkhart students need help getting to graduation. Here’s what education reporter Lydia Sheaks thinks of a program designed to do that.

 Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) argue about whether to rescue Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977).
Posted on May 4, 2014 at 5:32 p.m.

Reporter Lydia Sheaks shares why the new Star Wars movie won't live up to her expectations — and why she plans to go see it anyway.

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Posted on May 4, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.

Author Jeannette Walls shares how she cut her family some slack and discovered their redeeming qualities while writing her memoir, "The Glass Castle."

Lydia Sheaks
Lydia Sheaks
Lydia Sheaks, education reporter, writes about finding adventure in the everyday, her opinions of current events and trends and occasionally her two cats.

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Reporter Lydia Sheaks writes about education and family issues for the Elkhart Truth.