1. Get ready for a bumpy spring
This year's bitterly cold winter is about to turn into an equally bumpy spring.
Road officials around the county agree that as the temperature rises, Elkhart County's roads are going to be seeing a large number of potholes form. Because of the constant onslaught of wintery weather the area has seen, county crews are already behind schedule patching potholes.
"We've had a really, really nasty winter, so it's much worse than normal," Goshen's assistant street commissioner said.
2. National weather service issues snow storm watch for Elkhart County
A new round of winter weather is expected to hit late Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon and could drop as much as 8 inches of snow on the area.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch that will be in effect from Tuesday night, March 11, through Wednesday afternoon, March 12. Heavy snow is expected to fall in excess of an inch per hour at points – this, combined with heavy winds, could create dangerous driving conditions Wednesday.
3. History trip has space for more students
Elkhart County's high schoolers have a chance to hitch a ride with Elkhart Central High School for a history trip some of its students are going on in June.
The trip, which could earn students history credit if combined with a two-week class, will take local kids to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Pa., Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C.
The cost of the trip is $650. Any high schooler in the county can attend, as space permits.
4. Goshen couple gives $1 million to community for medical education scholarships
A local couple's estate doled out a significant gift to the Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation, which will be used to help students pursue careers in medicine.
Ned and Agda Farber designated $1 million to local students who want to enter medical fields such as primary care, physical therapy and more.
"They lived a very humble life," the foundation's executive director and CEO said. "Their magnificent gift to the community is something they wanted to do so they could help make it a better place for everyone else – forever. It's an incredible story. We'll never forget them."
5. Goshen railroad work could affect traffic
Construction work on Norfolk Southern's Chicago Line in Goshen is expected to create delays for area drivers this week.
Norfolk Southern's work replacing railroad tracks will start Wednesday morning, March 12, and could run through either Thursday, March 13 or Friday, March 14.
For more information on traffic delays and which areas they're expected in, see our full story. Norfolk Southern plans to keep the city updated on its construction's progress.