1. Free and affordable things to do over spring break in Michiana
Even if spending spring break vacationing on a warm beach wasn't in the cards, that doesn't mean staying home has to be a drag.
Organizations around Michiana are hosting a number of cheap, fun activities over the course of the week that can make a vacation at home a bit more exciting.
Check out our list of events going on around the area this week that won't break your budget.
2. New IDOE system measures teacher performance
Determining how teachers are performing can be tricky to do. However, Indiana created an initiative to try and do just that – under a 2011 law, schools are now required to report teacher effectiveness ratings to the Indiana Department of Education.
Area schools' ratings were released Monday, April 7. While schools found most teachers were effective or highly effective, a few employees fell into the rating system's ineffective category.
Read the full story to see how your child's school performed and learn how teachers are being evaluated.
3. Cause of death for Michiana doctor ruled accidental
Last month, a doctor at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center went missing while hiking near Vail, Colo. His body was found earlier this week, and following an autopsy, it was determined an accidental fall caused his death.
According to our news partner WNDU, James McGrogan suffered multiple injuries, including at least one to his head.
4. Two road closures planned for Elkhart area
Two projects aimed, in part, at improving sewer systems will result in road closures this week.
The 800 block of Thomas Street will be closed Wednesday, April 9, for sewer repairs. The road's crossings at Scott and Lafayette streets will be affected. The road is expected to re-open Thursday, April 10.
A larger project that will work to improve sewer and water systems, as well as roadways and sidewalks, will close Eighth Street between Harrison and Mason streets Tuesday, April 8. A portion of Mason Street east of Eighth Street will be closed as well.
Eighth Street and its intersection with Mason Street could remain closed for up to 90 days, while the intersection of Eighth and Harrison streets is expected to only be closed for a few weeks.
5. Goshen students spend spring break readying cars for upcoming competition
Even though it was the first day of spring break, some Goshen High School students were in class Monday, April 7, to prepare for an international competition.
The students are building two prototype high-efficiency cars that will be judged against others for fuel efficiency in Houston later this month.
Though the highest miles per gallon a Goshen car has achieved in the competition is 728, students are hoping to hit 1,000 miles per gallon this year.