1. Elkhart County government, schools search for solutions to property tax cap woes
After they lost massive amounts of funding due to property tax caps, local schools and government entities are scrambling to find a solution to fill the holes left in their finances. Elkhart and Goshen are interested in a common option – urging state lawmakers to approve a new local option income tax, or LOIT.
In fact, the Elkhart County Council will likely receive chunks of money from Elkhart, Goshen and one area school to help pay a pair of lobbyists to help with the matter.
We know this tax stuff can be a little confusing, so turn to this Q&A on the topic if you have questions.
2. Elkhart company holds job fair Tuesday, hopes to hire 30
MOR/ryde International, a rapidly expanding Elkhart company, will be holding a job fair from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 in hopes of hiring about 30 new workers to meet its growing needs.
The company is looking for welders, quality inspectors, painters, general assembly and machine operators. It is also willing to train entry-level assembly workers to become welders, if hired.
The job fair will be held at the company's plant, 23205 Cooper Drive.
3. Can you guess the winners of the Golden Globes better than we can?
Just to let you know, the answer is probably yes. So, jump on the chance to one-up us with your movie savvy and participate in our Golden Globes pick-the-winner game!
The show's 71st installment will broadcast live on NBC at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12., so be sure to send in your guesses by then.
4. Police seek sex offender for failure to register
The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is asking the public for help finding Michael George Fitch Jr., an Elkhart sex offender who has not registered his location since August 2013 and has three warrants out for his arrest.
Fitch is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds, has brown hair and has hazel eyes. To see a picture of him, click here.
5. Elkhart County to gift Ivy Tech $500,000
The Elkhart County Council voted to contribute half a million dollar's to Ivy Tech's $14 million campus expansion, which will include a center for training and certifying people for careers in the automotive and recreational vehicle industries.
The council made the decision on Saturday, Jan. 11. Councilman David Foutz said he hopes the presence of a state-of-the-art facility like the one Ivy Tech plans to build will draw more commercial development to the area.