1. Winter storm warning issued for Elkhart County, northern Indiana
If you haven't stepped outside yet, Northern Indiana is expected to experience heavy snow and high winds until 5 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service said that the area could see between five to nine inches of snow. Drifting and blowing snow, as well as snow fall rates of up to two inches per hour, could make driving difficult. Strong winds may cause downed tree branches and power outages, according to the weather service.
2. Nathan Palmer tweets that he is returning to Elkhart for an R&B concert
Nathan "Napalm" Palmer is no longer just the receiver for the Denver Broncos, but an R&B musician who has written and recorded his own original music. Palmer tweeted on Tuesday that he is coming home to Elkhart in April to debut his upcoming EP.
The performance will take place on Saturday, April 12, at the Northern Indiana Events Center. You can listen to Napalm's music on Soundcloud or iTunes.
3. Forecast sees 2014 as a year of growth for the RV industry
Recreational vehicle shipments were expected to increase by 5.7 percent this year over last year, according to a report by an industry expert. While that's not as high as the increase between 2012 and 2013, it will be enough to see industry output reach its highest levels since 2007.
While motorhome, conventional and fifth-wheel travel trailer shipments are expected to post gains, sales are currently slow because of the frigid weather and larger home heating bills.
4. Controversial Elkhart County wood grinder to halt operation under tentative court accord
A four-year-old federal lawsuit concerning a controversial wood-grinding operation west of Elkhart may soon end.
Neighbors living around Soil Solutions Inc. and the company have reached a tentative agreement, which will require Soil Solutions to clean the massive mounds of wood and wood waste at the Old U.S. 33 location in Baugo Township. Soil Solutions will have five years to complete the cleanup and then wrap up their wood-grinding operation.
The accord is still subject to final approval at a June 16 U.S. District Court Hearing in Hammond.
5. Redevelopment commission ratifies $150,000 loan for Goshen Theater purchase
Repairs for water damage inside the Goshen Theater have pushed back the closing date to sell the historic building to a nonprofit organization. The current owners, Epic Ministries, are currently considering options for repairing the leaks in the building, which may include seeking insurance money or patching it up themselves.
The Goshen Redevelopment Commission has ratified a $150,000 loan to Goshen Theater Inc. on Tuesday. The non-profit will also raise another $50,000 from a fundraising campaign. That's the amount of money Goshen Theater Inc. will need at closing, previously expected to be at the end of March.