1. Elkhart native crowned Miss Indiana USA 2014, promises to help Bashor Children's Home
Mekayla Diehl was "still on cloud 9" when she walked into her living room Monday morning and laid eyes on her banner and crown. The Elkhart native was crowned Miss Indiana Sunday evening and will spend the next year fundraising and promoting Bashor Children's Home in Goshen. She will compete in June 2014 for the title of Miss USA contest.
2. Goshen schools want voters to pass referendum for $17.15-million for renovations
If you live in voting precincts Elkhart 1 through Elkhart 21 and you are a registered voter, then you're invited to vote Tuesday for a referendum that would, among other things, pay for a new pool and improvements to the music program.
You may call Elkhart County voter's registration at 535-6469 or 534-5671 to find your polling place, or find your polling place online.
3. Michigan lawmaker wants to loosen laws on scalping tickets
A Michigan state representative introduced a bill last week that would allow scalpers to resell tickets at a price above their face value, reports the Detroit Free Press. Saginaw Township Republican Tim Kelly said it's a "common sense measure that would let the free market decide the price of a ticket."
To read the entirety of the proposed legislation, click here.
4. South Bend's honey from Unity Gardens causing statewide buzz
Honey made from bees kept at Unity Gardens in South Bend recently earned statewide attention for winning several awards, reports The Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU. Beekeeper Tim Ives said "Honey from the Hood" earns its flavor from growing strong bees, and letting them eat some of their own honey versus pure sugar. The Unity Gardens hope to send Ives to the National Beekeepers Meeting in New Orleans to represent Michiana. They just started a fundraiser with a goal of $2,500 to do so.
5. Lerner Lecture on assassination of Kennedy will mark 50th anniversary, raise money for local charities
An IU alum who has studied the assassinations of John F. and Robert Kennedy for 35 years will give a speech Nov. 7 at the Lerner Theatre on the deadly shooting of the 35th President. Jack Gordon, who was a consultant to NBC and British Central TV during production of the miniseries “Kennedy," contacted Alcohol and Addictions Resource Center, and the Child and Parents Service (CAPS) and suggested money from ticket sales go to those charities.