Thursday, August 28, 2014

 James Byrd, Jr., right, gets a helping hand from his son James, 2, as he mows the lawn on his property on Main Street near the construction work for the Prairie Street overpass Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

An Elkhart County Health Department rep, meanwhile, says precautionary measures minimize the potential threat.

Posted at 4:00 a.m.
 City crews were called to the 300 block of Union Street in Elkhart around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, for a gas leak.

NIPSCO has repaired a leak that happened around 10:30 a.m. after public works employees struck a gas line.

Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.
 An Elkhart firefighter sprays water on the cab of a burned out Himco trash truck Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The truck was collecting trash from behind a facility near C.R. 6 on Ada Drive when it caught fire. The driver escaped uninjured.

The Elkhart Fire Department is working on determining the cause of the blaze.

Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 3:13 p.m.
 Nexus RV in Elkhart built this van, called the Golden Roamer, for Visit South Bend-Mishawaka. It will be debuted on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.

Nexus RV of Elkhart produced the custom-built recreational vehicle to serve as a visitor center on campus.

 Christiana Creek flows past Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The creek's small rapids make a great place for kayaking.
Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

When you’re kayaking along Christiana Creek, it can be easy to forget you’re in the middle of a city and haven’t floated into a nature preserve. Kyle Hannon shared the story of a recent float along the creek in SoMa’s community blog, Gateway Mile. 

 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, center, in a screen grab from her campaign ad,
Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

Walorski cites her role in the bipartisan VA reform measure while Bock points to her role in the government shutdown last year.

 From left: Chris Beyer, Morgan Minisee-Lowe, Jon Kirkton, Sonia Araujo, Randy DeShone, Ivette Sifuentes and Jennifer Trovatore were among new Elkhart Community Schools teachers hired for the 2014-15 year.
Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 5:13 p.m.

Elkhart appointed new teachers at 19 buildings this year.

 The boat launch at the Six Span Bridge no longer has a pier. The county removed it after damage by boaters rendered it unusable.
Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.

The aluminum structure was badly damaged by careless boaters over the past several years.

 Elkhart County Jail Warden Stephanie Bigler, front, checks inmates after they finish working in the jail's laundry facility Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Participants in the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Criminal Justice Citizens Academy will go on tours of the jail, the prosecutor's office and other areas essential to the criminal justice system in the county.
Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 9:51 a.m.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill is offering a  free citizens academy for people interested in finding out how the local courts system works.

Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

Incident reports from the Elkhart Police Department from Thursday, Aug. 21, to Sunday, Aug. 24.

 Robert Morris guard Karvel Anderson (15) celebrates with fans following a 59-57 win over Kentucky during a first-round NIT college basketball game on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. Anderson, an Elkhart, Ind., native has signed a contract to play professionally in Italy in fall 2014.
Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Elkhart Memorial and Robert Morris University graduate Karvel Anderson will play professional basketball for Andrea Costa Imola.

 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski speaks to graduating seniors at Bethel College on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Walorski has received endorsements from two key business groups in her 2014 re-election campaign.
Posted on Aug. 25, 2014 at 7:26 p.m.

Her Democratic opponent, meanwhile, was to be joined by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri at a campaign event.

 Adults help escort young children home from classes at Roosevelt School on Aug. 20, 2014. The group was walking along Benham Avenue in Elkhart's south central neighborhood.
Posted on Aug. 25, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.

Amanda Irons, a teacher at an alternative school, cites the importance of connecting with people in the neighborhood.

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