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Elkhart County 4-H Fair officials announce the event's concert line-up and more stories to start your day.

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:43 a.m.

1. 3 Doors Down, Danielle Bradbery, Tyler Farr to perform at 2014 fair

The concert line-up for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair was announced on Wednesday night. The concert will kick off with rock band 3 Doors Down. Other performances at this year's fair include Christian musician Francesca Battistelli and country artists Tyler Farr, Parmalee, Danielle Bradbery, The Swon Brothers, Justin Moore and Joey Hyde.

The fair board chose performers who they thought would appeal to a "wide range of fairgoers", according to board president-elect Rich Utley. 

2. Elkhart City Council approves most of Moore's $2.3 million spending plan

The Elkhart City Council unanimously voted for most of the resolutions in Mayor Dick Moore's $2.3 million dollar spending plan, except for the one about the colored wood chip program.

The program is part of the city's organic recycling program that was established last fall, but Republicans David Henke and Brian Dickerson strongly opposed plans to buy equipment to make and sell colored wood chips. Henke argues that it goes beyond the core services to the public and the program would compete with the private sector.

3. Downtown Elkhart merchants worry about loss of parking due to sewer project

Downtown Elkhart merchants voiced their concerns at a public meeting on Wednesday about how the installation of a large sewage holding tank in the city center would affect parking.

They are concerned about where their customers will park their cars once the Gause lot off Waterfall Drive and Jackson Boulevard is closed temporarily for the installation of the tank. The city plans to open a 28-space lot south of Dairy Queen and other parking accommodations are in the works.

4. Elkhart county council approves $550k agreement for traffic signal updates

The Elkhart County Council approved an interlocal agreement on Tuesday to use $550,000 of federal aid money to upgrade traffic signals in Elkhart, Goshen and the rest of the county.

Some of the funds will add backplates to traffic signals to block out sun light, increase the number of traffic lights per travel lane and adjust the timing of yellow interval traffic lights.

5. Hiring event draws hundreds in Goshen

Hundreds attended a job fair on Wednesday in Goshen for the chance to work for RV supplier Lippert Components Inc. Work One and MBC Staffing conducted hundreds of on-the-spot interviews with applicants at the event.

Some of the workers will be hired as MBC temporary employees who will work with Lippert Components Inc., while others could be hired directly by Lippert. The positions will pay $9 to $12 an hour.

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