5 things to know for your Thursday in Indiana

Posted on Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 16, 2014 at 7:08 a.m.

1. Elkhart police kill gunman who killed two women in Martin's Super Market

Armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a large knife, a local man shot and killed two women in a Martin's Super Market in Elkhart before being shot and killed by Elkhart police officers Wednesday night, Jan. 15.

The unidentified shooter, who was in his 20s, entered the grocery store and killed an employee in her late teens or early 20 and a customer in her 40s.

2. City of Elkhart releases estimated cost of recent storm

Michiana's recent bout of winter weather didn't come cheap for the city of Elkhart, which expects around $179,074 were spent on cleanup efforts. The estimate includes costs for labor, overtime, equipment and de-icing materials.

Though there is a chance Elkhart could be reimbursed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the chances are slim, city grant administrator Robin Wenger said.

3. Jayco adding 60 new jobs with toy hauler expansion

The growth in Middlebury-based Jayco Inc.'s toy hauler sales has prompted the company to expand and created 60 new jobs, it announced Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Jayco is the world's largest recreational vehicle maker. Thirty new jobs have been created already, and the other 30 are expected to be filled over the next 12 months.

4. State Department of Education releases school corporation grades

Though local schools were recently graded, the state released school corporation grades Wednesday, Jan. 15. Four Elkhart County school corporations – Baugo, Middlebury, Elkhart and Goshen – raised their grades this year.

See how your child's school performed here.5. Food stamp use doubled at Indiana's farmers market

More farmers are accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamps as payments, which has proved beneficial for the local economy, the United States Department of Agriculture said.

More than $2,000 in SNAP benefits were spent at Goshen Farmers Market in 2013, one of its managers said.


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