1. New restaurants, Jazz Festival performer and other developments announced for downtown Elkhart
South Main Street in Elkhart is expecting two new restaurants, high end apartments and other improvements on a block that has been long considered one of the most troubled storefronts in the downtown business district.
The news came from a new conference held by SoMa on Friday morning, Feb. 14.
Other than new business announcements, SoMa also announced that singer Aaron Neville will perform at the Elkhart Jazz Festival this summer.
2. One month after Martin's shooting, investigators continue search for answers
Investigators have been working full-time to gather details about a deadly shooting at the Cobblestone Martin's Super Market from Jan. 15. The Indiana State Police said they plan to wrap up their investigation by early March and turn the case over to the Elkhart County Prosecutor's office for review.
In the meantime, the Elkhart community has started several movements to honor victims Krystle Dikes and Rachelle Godfread.
3. Penn senior swimmer posts two fastest times at state swimming and diving finals
Bethany Galat, a senior swimmer from Penn High School, wasn't seeded first for her events at the IHSAA Swimming and Diving State Finals but proved she could defend her titles from 2013 and 2012 just the same.
Galat posted the fastest time in the 200-yard individual medley at 1:59.97 and in the 100 breaststroke at 1:00.67.
4. HJR-3 sponsor stirs Twittersphere with defense of constitutional marriage ban
Indiana Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, stirred Twitter users Friday by defending why he believes adding a state constitutional ban on gay marriage is the right move for Hoosiers.
The conversation evoked opinions from his constituents, foes and proponents of HJR-3.
5. RV Hall of Fame bounces back from brink of closure
After two years of financial woes, the RV/MH Hall of Fame is finally in stable health again.
Among other improvements, the nonprofit’s debt has been reduced from $5.5 million to about $2.5 million, and the hall made its May 2014 loan payment in November, six months ahead of schedule.