Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 The participants in the Latina version of the YWCA in Elkhart County's Bridges out of Poverty program discuss the transition to life here. From left are Ofelia Perez and Isabel Mancilla, both of Elkhart; Araceli and Jazmin Garcia, sisters from Goshen; and Claudia Diaz of Osceola. All originally come from Mexico.

A new YWCA program aims to help them with the transition, providing a boost in self-esteem and more.

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.
 This screenshot of a Google Map shows the approximate boundaries of the Orchard Subdivision. Residents have asked the city to extend water and sewer services to their home.

Failing septic systems in the area just outside of Goshen have plagued residents for decades.

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.
 Center for Healing and Hope Executive Director, Clare Kraybill, accepts a check for $25,000 from Bill Rieth, President of the United Way of Elkhart County.

The Center for Healing and Hope is working to fund a staff nurse practitioner.

Posted at 6:42 p.m.
 People wanting to tour the Hawks Building line up outside Thursday April 17, 2014.  An alleyway near the building will be closed until the fall for paving to be lifted from it as part of the construction project.
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 6:38 p.m.

The Goshen Board of Public Works approved for the alleyway to be closed until the River Rave Drive construction project is completed.

 Police are investigating a report of a 59-year-old man who flashed his privates at a 15-year-old boy at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

Police say a 59-year-old man exposed himself to a 15-year-old boy on Saturday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

 Joyce Bontrager Lehman delivers the commencement address. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. Great Value Colleges ranked Goshen College as the 8th most affordable private college in the Midwest.
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.

Great Value Colleges ranked public and private Midwestern schools based on quality and the cost of tuition minus average financial aid.

 (From top left) Levi Sparks, Blake Layman, Anthony Sharp and Jose Quiroz were sentenced to 45 to 55 years in prison after being convicted of felony murder.
Posted on July 26, 2014 at 11:32 p.m.

The story was featured on ABC’s “Nightline Prime” on Saturday night, July 26. 

 Estrellita Alvarado learns how to plant herbs at the Girl Scout booth.
Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:49 p.m.

The Tolson Community Center sponsored a youth festival that is pushing back against community tensions and violence with a positive experience.

 The Beer family with Treg's steer, Blue Moon. (Left to Right: Amy, Treg, Jeff, Liz and Jessica). Treg and Liz competed this year. Jessica was previously a 4-H member and came home from college to help her family with fair week and for an internship this summer.
Posted on July 26, 2014 at 1:38 p.m.

The Beer family of Milford had all hands on deck this week, showing that 4-H is about family, dedication and teamwork. 

 Demonstrators march in front of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 7, 2014, following a news conference of immigrant families and children's advocates responding to the President Barack Obama's response to the crisis of unaccompanied children and families illegally entering the US.
Posted on July 26, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.


The Elkhart County community responds to an influx of unaccompanied minors around the area and across the country.

 Players from the 2012 Elkhart Youth Football League compete in league Sunday, Oct. 7, at Rice Field.
Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.

Sign-ups for 2014 set for 1 p.m., parent meeting at 2:30 p.m. at Elkhart Central High School.

 CTS Corp. Plant Manager Tim Masters talks to city council members on July 7 about a proposed tax abatement for a new production line involving accelerator pedals. Council put the brakes on tax abatement plans earlier this week after learning the company was cutting staff.
Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:44 p.m.

Job cuts came just 11 days after council took first step toward granting tax breaks for the company.

 Timothy Heiser, 36, passed away in January 2014 from a lifelong battle with epilepsy. Now, his mom is opening a consignment shop in his memory with proceeds benefiting service animals and members of the military.
Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:36 p.m.

Pat Heiser is opening Scrappy’s Rescue on Cassopolis Street to honor her son, Tim, who loved helping animals and service members.

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