Sunday, September 21, 2014

5 things to know for your Monday in Indiana

Did you miss out on yesterday's top headlines from around the area? Not to worry – here's a recap.

Posted on Feb. 10, 2014 at 5:30 a.m.

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.

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 Former Army Reserve Sgt. Xavier Watt visits his grandfather's grave, who served in the U.S. Air Force,  on Memorial Day at the Houston National Cemetery on May 26, 2014, in Houston.  Like hundreds of thousands of soldiers back from the war in Iraq, Watt has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and is finding that complicates things in the workplace. He takes medication to control his dark moods, he's had extensive counseling to help him cope with conflict and he leans on his supportive family as he wrestles with scarring memories earned a decade ago far away.  He says he is OK to return to work and that he's got medical reports to prove it. So far, SunEdison won't let him back.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates 400,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have some form of PTSD.  (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

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 ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 21- In a fall 1987 file photo, Paul Florence, vice-president of the Drive-In Theater Corp., looks at the back side of the movie screen at the Airport Drive-In Theatre in Marquette, Mich., shortly before the Marquette County Board approved purchasing and razing the theatre. Plowed under by an ever-building wave of technology, Marquette County's once popular three outdoor theaters reside in what's known today as the drive-in theater

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