1. It's gonna get cold again
A cold stretch arriving Tuesday night, Feb. 25, will likely be a record-setter.
Though temperatures aren't expected to dip as low as they did in January, we're still going to be dealing with chilly conditions. The highs and lows for the remainder of the week, respectively, are 20 and 2 on Tuesday; 10 and 2 on Wednesday; 14 and minus 3 on Thursday; 16 and 3 on Friday and 14 and -1 on Saturday.
2. How has minimum wage changed throughout the years?
Debate has been stirring among community members and lawmakers over whether minimum wage should be increased.
We took some time to look into the numbers surrounding the issue. Check out our infographic on the subject, which delves into current minimum wage compared to the past's, cost of living and costs per hour of work.
3. Jayco buying smaller competitor Open Range RV
Middlebury's Jayco Corp. announced Monday, Feb. 24, it would be purchasing Open Range RV, which is based in Shipshewana.
Open Range entered the partnership after it became clear doing so would help maintain its annual growth rate.
"The two companies are a natural match," Open Range President Randy Graber said. "Culturally speaking, both Jayco and Open Range enjoy strong relationships with their dealer body recognizing the importance of maintaining a partnership-style association."
4. Nautic Global Group hiring more workers to meet rising demand
Good news for area job seekers – Nautic Global Group, which makes boat parts, is planning to fill 70 open positions in its Elkhart and Syracuse locations.
The company will be accepting applications and conducting "open interviews" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. The available positions include fiberglass lamination employees, industrial sewer employees, upholsterers, assemblers with air tool experience, maintenance technicians and aluminum TIG welders.
5. Bomb threat keeps New Paris kids from walking home
After police received bomb threats for the area, administrators at New Paris Elementary School decided not to let students walk home.
In a Facebook post, Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers said the department had received "non-specific and generalized bomb threats for New Paris."
"The (sheriff's) department was investigating and without specific information at hand as we were preparing to dismiss, we felt we would not release walkers into town without knowing anything more certain," Fairfield Community Schools Superintendent Steve Thalheimer said in an email.