1. Elkhart home catches fire during early afternoon.
Firefighters were called to a home at 25786 N. Park Ave. around 1:35 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, after a blaze broke out towards the back of the house. Though around $1,000 worth of damage was done to the residence, no one was injured and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within 30 minutes.
The cause of the fire was unknown as of Sunday night.
2. Elkhart County chapter of Indiana Young Democrats to hold meeting
The Elkhart County Young Democrats is working to rally new members between the ages of 18 and 39 in hopes of reorganizing the organization's local involvement. The group participates in campaign events and fundraisers, as well as raising awareness for issues its members care about.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
3. Vouchers, teaching of creationism raise questions
Indiana's private school voucher program, which helps families pay for their children to go to private schools across the state, is expanding rapidly. However, the expansion is leading many to ask whether or not the state's funding of private schools that teach creationism is legal.
We posted a story on the issue yesterday that roused a debate on our website and Facebook page. You can read the story and readers' opinions here.
4. Hop Notes: Beer is a great gift for your valentine
Still scrambling to find the perfect Valentine's Day present for that certain someone? Our beer blogger, Eric Strader, suggests putting a spin on that whole box of chocolate trend and gifting chocolate beer instead.
Check out Strader's blog post, which lists a variety of chocolatey brews.
5. Pence continues to push for state-funded preschool
Gov. Mike Pence is pushing for the passing of a piece of legislation that would provide low-income Indiana families with vouchers to send their kids to preschool.
The legislation is a scaled-down version of Pence's original plan to dole out about 41,000 vouchers. Families that earn less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would be eligible for the program.