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Thursday, April 17, 2014

 A Rieth-Riley Construction worker uses heavy machinery to break up concrete in the northbound lanes of S.R. 19 between Lusher Avenue and the railroad underpass Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The work, one of several Indiana Department of Transportation projects this construction season, is the final leg of the overall upgrade to the heavily traveled roadway. Traffic can travel in both directions, but in one lane only.

The ongoing upgrades of S.R. 19 and U.S. 20 are perhaps the most visible INDOT projects, but they're not the only ones.

Tim Vandenack
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:12 p.m.
 In this file photo, Elkhart County Highway Department project engineer Katie Niblock talks with a reporter during a tour of the Johnson Street Bridge project. The highway department will oversee several road and bridge projects during the spring and summer of 2014.

Upcoming construction by the Elkhart County Highway Department will include several road and bridge projects and a small structure removal.

Sarah Duis
Posted on April 11, 2014 at 7:13 p.m.
 Elkhart City Engineer Mike Machlan, right, discusses the planned installation of a giant underground sewage holding tank beneath a downtown parking lot. He was at a public meeting on the project, March 19, 2014, at the Lerner Theatre, Elkhart.

Popular free parking spaces will be torn up this summer as construction begins on an underground sewage tank in downtown Elkhart. Officials have identified additional spaces to offset those losses.

Tim Vandenack
Posted on March 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
 Some of the worst potholes I've found are on S.R. 19, where it transitions from Bristol Street to Nappanee Street in northwest Elkhart.
Posted on March 6, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

They're plentiful where Bristol Street transitions into Nappanee Street in northwest Elkhart. These are probably the worst in the area, if you ask me and I have video to show it.

 An Elkhart County highway crew puts new chip and seal on C.R. 37 south of S.R. 4 on Monday, Aug. 12. The Elkhart County Highway Department is exchanging surplus materials to a local company for services. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Updated on Nov. 18, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.

The Elkhart County Highway Department plans to exchange extra supplies and equipment for services from a local contractor.

Updated on Nov. 3, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.

Sheriff's Department investigation indicates brakes may have failed on one of the vehicles.

 Northridge's Olivia Golden (923) races to third place in the NLC conference meet Saturday, Oct. 5 at Ox Bow Park.
Updated on Oct. 18, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.

With running, children discover the great joy of immersing in something greater than themselves.

 Long days require refreshment. Dick Lehman’s traveling espresso kit was used during the loading Saturday, Sept 7.
Updated on Sepp. 26, 2013 at 5:43 p.m.

Wood-fired pottery by four local artists made in "Dante" offered rich and wonderful opportunities to create photographs. 

 One woman carries a package on her head.  Perfectly balanced, the white bag was carried with what looked like years of experience and ease.
Updated on Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.

A perfectly balanced package is a heartwarming display of grace and a reminder that we are a nation woven from the threads of many different experiences.

 The workbench in my workshop.
Updated on Aug. 12, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.

Out in my small workshop this weekend I was reflecting on the state of organization of that space. Organization is perhaps an overly generous way to refer to the almost controlled mess that characterizes my shop.

 Trace Hughston rides during the saddle bronc competition during the rodeo at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26.
Updated on Aug. 5, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

It turns out I’ve been photographing rodeo at the fair for as long as rodeo has been showing up at the fair.

 The Osolo senior girls softball team watches as an Illinois player is treated after an injury.  Osolo was playing in the Central Regional Monday, July 29, at South Bend's Belleville Park.
Updated on Aug. 2, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.

When injury halts play, Osolo girls talk about what they can do to to reach out to injured opponent.

 Jim Austin drives his vintage coupe in the two wheel drive truck class at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair tractor pull Thursday, July 25.  The Austin Motor Sports coupe is made up of Chevrolet and Ford parts, a combination the builder calls a mutt, according to Austin.  Austin is from Arcola, Ill.
Updated on July 29, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.

Saturday was the close of the 29th Elkhart County 4-H Fair that I have photographed. Every year is a little different both with what happens at the fair and how we at the Truth report on the fair. But there are also parts of the fair that stay the same every year.

J. Tyler Klassen
J. Tyler Klassen
Photographer Tyler Klassen writes about life in Elkhart County, including recumbent bicycling, reading and his experiences.

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