1. Elkhart schools' employees could be getting extra money soon
Elkhart schools' teachers haven't seen a pay raise in five years. This year will be no different.
However, the school district came into some money recently that it's decided to dole out to its employees in the form of one-time stipends up to $800. Find out which employees are going to be receiving money here.2. Gov. Mike Pence delivers State of the State address
Gov. Mike Pence delivered his State of the State address today, touching on a wide variety of topics including education, job growth and health care. Little was said about HJR-3, the controversial proposal making its way through state government that would ban marriage or anything similar to it for same-sex couples.
Click here for a topic-by-topic recap of the speech and a link to its full text.
3. Health department to hold four flu vaccination clinics
After noticing an increase in flu cases this season, the Elkhart County Health Department has decided to hold four flu vaccine clinics within the next month.
The health department said everyone over 6 months old should be vaccinated annually. Young children, the elderly and people with certain pre-existing health conditions are especially at risk for serious complications from the flu.
4. History in Headlines: Explosion at the Accra Pac Plant
In honor of our 125th anniversary this year, the Truth will be publishing a "history in headlines" story each month. January's chronicles the 1976 explosion of the Accra Pac Plant in Elkhart, which killed five and injured 50.
"It looked like an atom bomb had gone off," Larry Tebo, an Elkhart Truth staff photographer who witnessed the event, said.
Click here for pictures, videos and more about the historic explosion.5. One driver sent to jail, another to hospital after two-car crash in
On Monday, Ben Mireles rear-ended Stephanie Johnson at an Elkhart intersection. Johnson was taken to the hospital; Mireles was sent to jail.
It turned out Mireles was driving with a suspended learner's permit and had been drinking prior to the crash. His blood alcohol level was .13.