1. Goshen agrees to contribute $25,000 to kickstart city marketing campaign
The Goshen city council voted Tuesday night, April 1, to contribute $25,000 towards a marketing campaign that will highlight the city as an "uncommonly great" place to live, work and visit. The campaign was also pitched to the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Goshen Community Schools and Goshen College. The contribution will come from city's Economic Development Income Tax fund.
Local marketing, advertising, multimedia and communications company Eyedart Creative Studios will head the campaign, which will center on storytelling. Eyedart plans to tell 48 stories over the course of a year that will highlight Goshen's positive features.
2. Looming sewer work in Elkhart, including downtown tank installation, will cost around $23 million
Elkhart is in the midst of overhauling its sewage treatment plant and underground network of pipes that carry stormwater and sewage to the facility, following stricter federal guidelines. The next phase of its upgrades, including the installation of an underground tank in downtown Elkhart, will cost an estimated $23.26 million.
No one from the public spoke out against the plans during a public hearing on Tuesday, April 1. However, some downtown merchants have previously voiced their concerns about the planned installation of the underground tank disrupting downtown activity.
3. Notre Dame will dig deep to replace injured star Natalie Achonwa in the Final Four
Notre Dame won 88-69 over Baylor on Monday, March 31, but lost one of their stars to a knee injury.
Coach Muffet McGraw said that forward Natalie Achonwa tore her anterior cruciate ligament during the NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final game at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend.
The Fighting Irish is now tasked with trying to find a replacement for Achonwa as they move on to Nashville for the Final Four.
4. Indiana is home to the most meth labs found in 2013
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol showed that Indiana had the highest number of meth-related incidents in the United States last year. There were 1,797 incidents in 2013, which includes reports of meth labs, dump sites, glassware and chemical seizures.
Meth is not out of control in Elkhart County, according to patrolman Matthew Walsh of the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. However, he said it is a noticeable problem.
5. Goshen City Council revives conversation about urban chickens
Goshen city council revisited an ordinance which would allow residents to keep chickens within city limits on Tuesday, April 1. They added several amendments which, if passed, would allow the city to issue up to 50 permits for urban chickens over a two-year trial period.
However, residents seeking this permit will need to collect signatures from surrounding property owners and pay a $25 registration fee every two years.