5 stories of the week from Goshen

    A revised plan of the U.S. 33 northern connector will spare Goshen High School’s baseball field, Maple City and IU Health break ground for the health center’s second location, and three other stories that came out of Goshen this week. 

    Posted on Aug. 29, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

    Maple City Health Care Center ready for new location

    Maple City Health Care Center and IU Health Goshen held a groundbreaking ceremony at the Abshire Mansion Thursday, Aug. 28, where they plan on building a second location for the health center. 

    The house, which got its name after it was purchased in the 1920s by former Goshen Mayor John Abshire, was sold to IU Health by The Fourth Freedom Forum, under the agreement that the hospital would lease it to Maple City Health. 

    The plan is to start offering services by April or May, and the goal for now is to double the 5,000 patients Maple City Health currently has. 

    After many false starts, new Goshen Wal-Mart Supercenter plans are back on again

    Wal-Mart initially submitted plans to expand its store at 4024-2 Elkhart Road in 2007. Seven years and at least three plans submissions later, the store filed plans again in July.

    According to the new plans, Wal-Mart will build a new, larger store directly behind the existing one. The new store will include a larger grocery section, a drive-through pharmacy, a shelter for horses and a retention pond behind Sam’s Club.

    The existing store will remain open until the new one opens. It will then be demolished and turned into a parking lot. 

    U.S. 33 rerouting around downtown Goshen clears federal review

    The U.S. 33 construction project that will clear some traffic from the downtown Goshen area will spare Goshen High School’s baseball field under revised plans. 

    The plan is to extend U.S. 33 from the intersection of Pike and Main streets eastward, connecting it with the existing route of Monroe Street.

    The new route will also include three overpasses at Cottage Avenue, Lincoln Avenue and the railroad spur that runs north and south along the east side of Ninth Street.

    According to the revised plans, the new route will require demolition of 31 homes and five businesses. Construction work is slated to begin in 2016 and finish by 2018, and the cost is estimated at between $20 million and $25 million.

    John Hall True Value Hardware, downtown Goshen stalwart, honored as asset to community

    At age 8, Jeff Hall knew he wanted to work at the hardware store his father, John Hall, opened in 1970. Now 52, Jeff says he can’t see himself ever doing anything else. 

    For Jeff, helping his customers is more rewarding than the money. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Jeff received the Agri-Business Award of Excellence from the Elkhart County Agricultural Society. 

    “They are truly an economic and trustworthy asset to Elkhart County,” said Nancy Borkholder, secretary at Elkhart County Purdue Extension. “If you can’t find it at John Hall’s, it is probably not made.”

    Who took the ALS ice bucket challenge this week?

    Several Goshen officials took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for the nervous system disease and money for the ALS Association.

    On Saturday, Aug. 23, Goshen College President Jim Brenneman accepted the challenge from the Goshen College Women’s Soccer Team and challenged Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman. 

    Kauffman, along with three other city officials, took the challenge on Monday, Aug. 25. 

    That same day, Goshen High School Principal Barry Younghans braved the ice-cold water after he challenged his students to raise $500 for the cause.

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