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News for Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Posted on Dec. 16, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Final vote on Elkhart city contracts delayed

Attempts to gain the Elkhart City Council’s approval for new union contracts for police and fire ended in some heated exchanges during and after Monday night’s council meeting.

Council tabled discussion of both contracts, with some council members claiming they received details about changes in the contracts shortly before Monday’s meeting, Dec. 16.

Despite the bickering, council members afterward agreed to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday to possibly approve the contracts.

Local economy looks strong for coming year

The local economy, continually buoyed by the manufacturing recovery, will enjoy stronger production and personal income growth than the rest of Indiana and the nation next year, according to a forecast by Ball State University economists.

Gross domestic product, meaning the value of all goods and services produced, in North Central Indiana will grow 4.6 percent in 2014 over this year, more than double the 2.2 percent rate projected for Indiana and 2.1 percent nationally, Michael Hicks, director of Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research, said Monday, Dec. 16.

Goshen leaders ask for patience in future snow removal

Goshen mayor Allan Kauffman said Monday, Dec. 16, at the Board of Public Works meeting that he’d fielded some calls from residents concerned about the amount of snow on their streets the day after the weekend’s significant snowfall.

Kauffman said crews must keep the main roads open before attending to less-traveled streets, such as side streets, neighborhood streets and alleys. He reminds residents to be patient when waiting for snow removal and to drive carefully.

Newlywed stops to help teacher stuck in snow, both struck and killed

William “Riley” Knight, 49, of Crown Point and his wife Nikki, were driving back from their wedding reception Saturday, Dec. 14, when they saw a vehicle had slid off the road into the snow.

Knight stopped to help Linda Darlington, 42, a teacher of Crown Point, while Nikki Knight remained inside their truck, reports Elkhart Truth’s news partner WNDU.

The groom and the teacher were standing by the side of the road when they were hit by one vehicle, and then two more, the Lake County Sheriff’s office said. The two were pronounced dead at the scene.

Cause of deadly mobile home fire still unknown

Authorities are still looking into the cause of a mobile home fire where two people were found dead inside.

Elkhart County Coroner John White determined Cindy Kabay, 67, died of natural causes related to a long history of health problems before the fire started,

Kabay’s son, Chad Russell, 42, had died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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