Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Two signs underscore changes at the old Rainbo Lanes bowling alley Monday Jan. 20, 2014, at 2401 Middlebury St., Elkhart. A nightclub had been operating there recently, but has been closed down because of various fire, zoing and building codes, Elkhart city officials said Monday.
5 things to know for Tuesday in Indiana
Posted on Jan. 20, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

1. The Arena shut down for fire code violations

With violations that are "potentially a recipe for disaster" The Arena was shut down and will likely remain closed for several weeks.

Among other violations, officials found four or five exists, but three were behind the bowling lanes, which had been modified into a dance floor and none of the exits were handicap accessible, said Elkhart Fire Marshal Kent Stouder.

2. Community describes Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy in three words

Several community members attending the Elkhart Black Expo Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration this morning shared what effect Dr. King has had on them in three words. Later, other members of the community joined in via Facebook and Twitter.

For other stories from MLK Day, click here and here.

3. Lake effect storm will likely miss Elkhart area

While areas west of Elkhart County could very well be blasted with lake-effect snow Tuesday, Elkhart County will see very little accumulation.

Tuesday includes a chance of snow after 2 p.m. Otherwise, it will be sunny and cold with a high near 12. New snow accumulation is expected to be about a half inch.

4. One of Martin's shooting victims was dedicated to Blazer basketball

Rachelle Godfread wasn't associated with the Elkhart Central boys high school basketball program long, but she made an impression anyway.

Godfread was killed by a gunman in Martin's Super Market on 3900 E. Bristol St. Wednesday, Jan. 17. Her son Joe, transferred to Central from Evansville North as a senior in mid-November of 2011, right during the opening week of basketball practices for the 2011-12 season.

“I think she was just trying to soak in as much as she could as far as being around her son,” then-Central coach Matt Windy said of Rachelle Godfread's presence at a couple early practices. “She was the nicest person, and man, I think she would've done anything for her son.”

5. Goshen building to be remodeled for office space, apartments

A company plans to renovate the Hawks building in Goshen to make space for offices and apartments.

The redevelopment commission agreed to donate the property to LaCasa in June in order to increase the agency's odds of securing outside funding for their project.