Friday, December 19, 2014


Spray-painted arrows are in place on Valley View Drive south of the Elkhart city limits Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The neighborhood has the markings on the street and small color-coded flags placed in yards mapping the area for public utility workers if they are called on to disconnect the residents from the city sewer line. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth, File)

Terry Rodino, an Elkhart County commissioner, shakes hands with an official from the Chinese city of Jinhua during a visit there in March 2011. The image comes from a news item on the visit on 36tv.cn, a Chinese website. According to a suit filed by a pair of Rodino’s estranged business partners, the handshake came after Rodino and his counterpart from Jinhua signed a “friendly-city-relations agreement and memorandum of commercial understanding.” (Photo Supplied)

Dan Spalding, reporter for The Elkhart Truth (The Elkhart Truth)

Tim Vandenack, reporter for The Elkhart Truth (Jen Shephard)
Vandenack, Spalding of The Elkhart Truth honored by Local Media Association
Posted on April 8, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

ELKHART — Two Elkhart Truth writers earned honors from the Local Media Association editorial contest.

Tim Vandenack won three awards — a second place in Local Business/Economic Coverage for stories involving Elkhart County commissioner Terry Rodino and his business dealings with China, a second place in Best Feature Series on Elkhart County area immigration, and a third place in Best Feature Series for coverage on the local recession.

Dan Spalding was recognized with a second place in the Best In-Depth Reporting category for his story on Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore's public relation issues regarding the Valley View subdivision sewer debate.

The Elkhart Truth competed with other news organizations across the country in a category for daily papers of up to 25,000 in circulation.