Don't forget to fall back today as Indiana moves to Standard Time
1. Daylight Saving Time is now over. If you haven't already, turn back your clocks one hour. It's also a good time to make sure the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working. If the thought of falling back and cold weather is bringing you down, just remember that we'll be springing forward on March 9, 2014.
Two new taxes could be introduced in Elkhart County soon
2. County comissioner Mike Yoder spoke to the county council on Saturday about a countywide food and beverage tax and a local option income tax. Both taxes would be used to offset budget shortfalls stemming from local property tax caps. Yoder warned the council that the county's budget may not see a noticeable improvement until 2018, and money is needed for the general fund. The county council and commissioners will discuss the two taxes again in February.
South Bend native captures Michiana's beauty in time-lapse video
3. South Bend native Ryan Blaske posted a time-lapse video showcasing the beauty of Michiana on Thursday. The Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU reported that Blaske's video has gone viral. "I always thought the Midwest was very beautiful," Blaske said. "So, I wanted to show people a lot of this landscape is right in your backyard. You don't need to go to a large city or out west or anywhere to find these beautiful landscapes." The video is called "Homegrown - A Midwest Timelapse." You can watch it in its entirety on Blaske's Vimeo page.
A Supreme Court case could challenge prayer at government meetings in Indiana
4. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a case involving open prayer prior to government meetings, a practice widely debated throughout the country. The Indianapolis Star reports that the Supreme Court's decision stems from a case out of Greece, N.Y., and it could affect prayer before government meetings in Indiana. Indiana Attorney Greg Zoeller, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats and other Indiana lawmakers have spoken out in favor of allowing prayer before government meetings.
"A Christmas Story" is immortalized in bronze in Hammond
5. The famous scene of Flick getting his tongue frozen to a flag pole in the iconic holiday movie A Christmas Story has now been immortalized with a bronze statue. ABC57 News reports that the statue was unveiled recently and the statue is on permanent display in the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Scott Schwartz, who played Flick in the movie, attended the unveiling. "I'm pretty much speechless at this point," he said.