1. Education foundation wants to help kids find their "spark"
The Elkhart Education Foundation, a newly formed program, hopes to help area kids find that one thing that will get them excited about going to school.
The group's focus is to get Elkhart students involved in extracurricular activities and to provide financial help to those who can't afford them.
"I believe this is going to be a solution to many of the problems we face in our school systems," co-founder Hayley Boling said.
2. Bristol plant will have openings for new workers this year
Chassix, a company formed by the merge of SMW Automotive and Diversified Machine Inc., is experiencing significant growth – so much so that its plant in Bristol will be hiring 105 new employees by the end of the year.
Hourly pay rates will range from $11.25 to $26 per hour, depending on the position.
Three factors are driving the company's growth: the resurgent U.S. auto industry, new federal fuel efficiency standards and the plant's ability to both cast and machine the parts it makes for automotive chassis.
3. Elkhart couple wins $200,000 through lottery scratch-off
An Elkhart couple won $200,000 with a $5 scratch-off ticket on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Beth and Chuck Bueter purchased the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 25014 C.R. 6 in Elkhart. Amazingly, this is Chuck Bueter's second lottery win – last year, he redeemed another scratch-off for $5,000.
The couple plans to use their earnings to vacation to Florida and help their kids pay off student loans.
4. Penn digs in, rallies past Logansport for shot at state title
Following a semi-state nail-biter against Logansport High School, Penn High School's girls basketball team will be competing for the state title March 8.
Though the Kingsmen watched their 12-point lead evaporate by the end of the game's third quarter, the team was able to rally and flourish during the fourth.
By the time the buzzer sounded, Penn led Logansport 44-41.
5. Predict this year's Academy Award winner for a chance to win free movie tickets
Do you think you can accurately predict the outcome of the Oscars?
We're giving readers the chance to tell us their best guesses. The two people who have the most correct answers by the end of the show Sunday night will win free movie tickets.