1. Westview Warriors come up short in Class 2A title game
The Westview Warriors lost 84-57 to the Park Tudor Panthers in the 2014 IHSAA state basketball game Saturday, March 29. The Warriors had several fouls and trailed 35-27 by halftime. In the end, Westview's dreams of a boys basketball title were buried under Park Tudor's 3-pointers.
IHSAA presented Warrior senior Jamar Weaver and his family with the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award after the game.
2. Local schools could see a property tax cap relief under new state law
A new state law could ease school administrator's worries about predicted property tax cap losses for 2014.
In 2012, Indiana lawmakers voted for schools to pay two debt funds with property tax revenues before any money can be put into other funds. Schools that are short on money because of the caps still have to pay the regular amount to the debt funds.
However, a new law signed by Gov. Mike Pence last week would allow a three-year reprieve for school districts that are expected to lose more than 10 percent of their property tax funds, according to the Associated Press.
3. Rep. Walorski gives weekly Republican address, focuses on veterans' issues
US. Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana gave the weekly Republican address Saturday, March 29, calling on President Barack Obama to support H.R. 4031. The bill would allow for the removal of top VA officials based upon their performance. According to a release from House Speaker John Boehner, the bill was developed in response to the claims backlog that has left veterans waiting months, at times, for their benefits.
4. Elkhart County Sheriff's Department requires citizen to report minor crimes online
The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department now requires citizens to report minor crimes online, according to a department news release issued Friday, March 28. Sheriff's officers spend an average of 60 minutes filling out reports for minor thefts and vandalism, and online reporting is expected to save them 1,000 hours a year.
This would allow them to spend more time patrolling and responding to emergency calls, according to the release.
5. Notre Dame's Achonwa a complete package in domineering win over Oklahoma State
Notre Dame won 89-72 over Oklahoma State in the regional semifinal of the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Purcelli Pavillion in South Bend Saturday, March 29. Forward Natalie Achonwa dominated the game with strong rebounding and sure-handed passing. Her conditioning and speed were so impressive that Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell likened her to a Thoroughbred.
Notre Dame now has their sights set on second-seeded Baylor in the Elite Eight matchup on Monday.