1. Local charity raises money for 18-year-old shooting victim's funeral
Elkhart Advocates for Peace and Justice has begun collecting donations to help 18-year-old Devonte Patrick's mother, Angela Tanner, pay for a funeral she might otherwise not be able to afford for her son.
Tanner was blindsided by her son's murder on Dec. 23 and hadn't saved up any money to cover the unexpected cost of burying her child.
"I couldn't live with myself not to have (a funeral)," Tanner said. "It would mean everything."
Click here to see how you can help.2. Plan B One Step emergency contraceptive might not work for all women
Earlier this month, a study was released showing that a pill identical to Plan B One Step, one of the most widely used contraceptives in the country, started losing effectiveness for women who weighed 165 pounds and was completely ineffective for women who weighed 176 pounds.
Considering the average weight of women in the United States is 166.2 pounds, several Elkhart County women had some things to say about the finding and how it will affect them.3. Warm weather brought droves of people, difficult carving conditions to Shipshewana Ice Festival
Although a large crowd made its way to Shipshewana for the annual ice carving festival, the competition was made more difficult for artists trying to sculpt more quickly than their ice could melt.
See pictures of the professional ice carvers' sculptures here. 4. Elkhart's Boecher embraces the risk of DEI's new challenge
Earlier this month, Dan Boecher left his banking job for what he considers a dream position – director of Downtown Elkhart Inc.
The new director told our reporter some of his plans as well as why he's excited to take on the risks and challenges that come with the position.5. Goshen Police Department proposal goes before council
The Goshen Police Department might be shuffling its structure around a bit – that is, if Police Chief Wade Branson's proposal is approved at Monday's city council meeting.
The Goshen City Council will be meeting for a special, year-end session to hear Branson's request for the creation of two more positions at the police department. The positions will be in the lower tier of the upper policy-making staff, Branson said.