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Roosevelt School kindergartner Markeese Gandy, looks at his partner as he tries to move a tennis ball without touching it during a science experiment Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. The students used straws to direct air on the balls to send them across the hall to their partners. Some students used tennis balls and others used ping pong balls. ---- (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
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Posted on Dec. 8, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Boys and Girls Club writes holiday wish list

'Tis the season of giving.

The Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County is in need of donations to help kids at four locations as well as its before-and-after school program. What's on their lists? Click here to find out.

It's the last year for giant Goshen Christmas tree

Gene Stutsman has faithfully spruced up a 70-foot tall tree in front of his house at 802 S. Indiana Ave. for 28 years.

But this Christmas season will be the last for the tower of lights, as the tree has been attacked by a fungus known as cytospora canker. The fungus occurs on plants that are slightly stressed and works from the bottom of the tree upward, according to the Colorado State University extension.

Elkhart school adopting innovative approach to teaching

The 2014-15 school year is bringing big change to Roosevelt Elementary School.

Students will wear uniforms. The school day will be shorter. And teachers will be teaching in a new way. The focus on certain subjects also means that teachers will be more like facilitators — encouraging students to work in groups and find their own, hands-on ways of solving problems.

Summer of trouble puts spotlight on Elkhart neighborhood

Residents and city officials believe the entire neighborhood surrounding Roosevelt Park along Indiana Avenue and east of Benham Avenue is in need of attention following a summer that included a homicide across the street from the apartments and numerous complaints of crime.

The topic surfaced last Monday night when councilman Rod Roberson was alarmed to see minutes from a park board meeting that included a reference to closing the park.

Questions surround Indy child's fatal shooting

A 3-year-old Indianapolis boy died Saturday after he pulled a loaded gun off a kitchen counter and shot himself in the head.

The Indianapolis Star reports the boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition and died just before midnight. As of Sunday night, a spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said a preliminary investigation indicated the child's death was accidental and no charges have been filed in connection to his death.