1. Goshen holds final public meeting to shape its comprehensive plan
About 40 people attended a final meeting on Monday evening, March 24, to weigh in on the future of Goshen's land, transportation and infrastructure.
The group had a few suggestions, including building more bicycle lanes and improving public transportation. Attendees' recommendations will be considered for the plan, which will help guide Goshen's physical and economic development.
According to an assistant planner for the city, Goshen's last comprehensive plan resulted in 275 sidewalks being built, MapleHart and Pumpkinvine trails being connected and 16 bike racks being installed downtown.
2. 65 jobs up for grabs at Grand Design RV in Middlebury
Grand Design RV in Middlebury announced it would be looking to fill 65 new positions, which adds it to a growing list of Elkhart County employers hiring new workers. The decision came after the RV manufacturer added a third production line.
The new hires will be "miscellaneous production associates," and hourly rates for the positions have not been disclosed.
3. After $5,000 theft, Santa's Pantry aims to help Cub Scout Pack 762
After a local Cub Scout leader stole $5,000 her troop earned selling popcorn, an area nonprofit will be helping the pack earn its money back.
Santa's Pantry and the Pay It Forward 4-H Club will be hosting a chili dinner fundraiser on April 4. Attendees are asked to make donations in exchange for their meals. All proceeds will go to Cub Scout Pack 762.
4. Sauk Trail on 17 closes down
After seven years in the restaurant business, Sauk Trail on 17 will be closing for good this weekend.
In part the restaurant, which employed about 25 people, is closing because its three owners were busy with different things, co-owner and manager Ray Stults said. "I got to the point I didn't want to do it anymore," he said.
Sauk Trail's owners are working on figuring out how they'll handle gift cards people still have. They'll be releasing more information in the coming days.
5. Methane explosion causes extensive damage to Goshen water treatment plant
A methane explosion at Goshen's wastewater treatment plant Monday, March 24, did major damage but did not affect operations.
The explosion moved the wall facing west about 6 inches, broke glass windows and warped plastic coverings on lights hanging from the ceiling. Fortunately, no one was injured.
The explosion was caused by gas that had built up in the plant's sludge thickener building.