Thursday, July 24, 2014

 Ellie Lengacher showed the calf pictured at the 4-H fair this year. She won senior showmanship, first in her class and medium weight champion.

Ellie Lengacher, who shows calves at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, says 4-H is about learning responsibility, building community and supporting fellow participants. 

Posted at 10:29 a.m.
 The crowd at the Bridges Out Of Poverty Hispanic

Recently, a group of women graduated from a YWCA program aimed at teaching them to achieve their goals and escape poverty. Read on for more information about the class and how you can get involved in ones like it. 

Posted at 9:48 a.m.
 In this archive photo from April 1, 2014, Goshen College student Ryan Smith looks at the message on his t-shirt, meant as a show of support for the school's employment policy that says sex should only be between married heterosexual couples. Goshen College is a Mennonite institution and debate is growing in the church about same-sex marriage. The issue figured in Clinton Frame Mennonite Church's recent decision to cut ties with the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.

Clinton Frame Mennonite Church cited several reasons for leaving the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, including other congregations’ acceptance of same-sex marriage.

Updated at 12:57 p.m.
 Kim Williams holds Johnny Riblet after he used a lift chair to get into the pool at Pierre Moran Pool in Elkhart Thursday. At left is the chair and to the right is a new stairs designed to assist people with disabilities. The equipment was unveiled Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Posted 1 hour ago

Lift chair and special stairs ready for use at Pierre Moran Pool in Elkhart. 

 Local hospitals and midwives announce recent births.
Posted on July 24, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

New parents announce recent births.

 The 2014 Cass County (Mich.) 4-H Fair opens on July 27.
Posted on July 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Highlights from the annual event’s one-week run include a demolition derby, a tractor pull and children-oriented activities.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:34 p.m.

Annie Garau ditches cosmetics for a year to focus on what lies within. 

 In this file photo, Open Arms Childcare and Preschool Ministry students play on a playground at the Division Street school in Elkhart in 2008.
Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.

The United Way of Elkhart County recently gave Early Childhood Alliance a $27,100 grant to embark on a project to improve and expand child care in Elkhart County.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

News from the Elkhart Breakfast Optimist Club, Elkhart Lions Club, Elkhart Rotary Club, Elkhart Women’s Connection, Goshen Maple City Kiwanis Club and more.

 Customers wander through the streets of the Nampo-dong market.
Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

One of Busan’s attractions is a huge shopping area that brings fancy department stores, fish markets and old-fashioned street vendors together, along with countless customers. Blogger Clinton Stamatovich, who is living in South Korea, shared his story about it. 

 In this file photo, Adrian Cox, right, holds a yellow block to his nose and looks down a string at other blocks reporting the colors to Elkhart Area Career Center student and helper Brittany Vandemark during a preschool workshop at Woodland Elementary School Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday, July 22, 2014 that Elkhart County is not one of the five Indiana counties that will receive financial assistance for pre-K programs.
Posted on July 22, 2014 at 6:34 p.m.

Five Indiana counties are getting part of the $10 million Indiana set aside for pre-K assistance. Elkhart County was a finalist but didn't make the final cut.

 In this archive photo, Krystal Anderson of Heart City Health Center, center, talks with Menessah Nelson, also of Heart City, while helping Kim Berkel of Elkhart navigate the Obamacare online exchange. The Heart City employees and others offered exchange assistance to the public on Feb. 24, 2014, at an informational session at Harrison College in Elkhart.
Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.

Two courts offered contradictory rulings on whether enrollees may tap federal subsidies to help cover health insurance costs.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.

Want to compete on the show for a chance to win up to $1 million? Here’s what you need to know.

 Kat Neal, 21, chose in November 2013 to beat alcohol and prescription drug addiction through healthy lifestyle and diet changes. Now, she coaches others looking to make their own transformations.
Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.

Kat Neal, 21, chose in November 2013 to beat alcohol and prescription drug addiction through healthy lifestyle and diet changes. Now, she coaches others looking to make their own transformations.


 Food is prepared at a past beer dinner hosted by LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:27 a.m.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.
 Harriet Monteith's painting was once a part of her home on Beardsley Avenue. Now, it's housed in Arts on Main in Elkhart.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:36 a.m.
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