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A front end loader is used to clear debris after the fire was out. ---- The new year didn't start off very good for a Nappanee home owner when his garage caught fire and spread into the house Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014 at 501 Heather Boulevard. The Nappanee Fire Department was helped out by the Bremen Fire Department. The fire was West of town. ---- (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)
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Posted on Jan. 1, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

Elkhart schools’ students, teachers grieving in wake of tragic year

Elkhart Community Schools suffered multiple losses of students and coaches in 2013.

Three students and three coaches died this year, leaving teachers and fellow students who must continue the school year without them.

How does a school adjust in situations like this? Memorial principal Mark Tobolski said that after a death, students just want normalcy.

Two Elkhart residents welcome New Year’s baby

Two Elkhart residents are the proud parents of one of the first babies born in 2014.

Sarah and Sean McPeak welcomed Benjamin Roy into the world shortly after midnight at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, reports The Elkhart Truth’s news partner WNDU.

Benjamin weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces and is 20 inches long.

Two departments respond to Nappanee house fire

Nappanee and Bremen fire departments responded to a house fire on Heather Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 1.

A call came in at 2:45 p.m. for the house at 501 Heather Blvd. that had caught fire.

The garage on the side of the house was destroyed and crews were busy on the scene removing the debris after the fire had been put out.

First Resolution Run hopes to benefit Middlebury Food Pantry in a big way

Nearly 170 people braved the snow and cold to run or walk in the first Resolution Run.

Runners gathered at First Mennonite Church for the 5K run and 1-mile walk that began at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, and wound throughout the town.

The event was organized by Barb Holaway and Amy Checkley, running partners who wanted to help out the Middlebury Food Pantry.

Elkhart soldier’s upcoming funeral garners support, stirs controversy

An Elkhart soldier who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan will be remembered at events Thursday and Friday.

Rumors were quickly flying across social media Wednesday, Jan. 1, about a controversial church group protesting at U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams’ funeral, and a group organizing a post-funeral dinner for the family is seeking money to cover the costs.