1. Photographer of 1965 Palm Sunday twin tornadoes recalls deadly day
A series of tornadoes ripped through Elkhart County on April 11, 1965, leaving homes and lives destroyed in its wake. It was one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in Indiana history, killing 271 people and injuring around 1,500 around the state. A total of 47 tornadoes touched down across the Midwest from central Iowa to central Ohio.
When The Elkhart Truth journalist Paul Huffman and his wife Betty Huffman saw the tornadoes forming while they were driving down U.S. 33, he pulled the car over to the side of the road to take photographs. The decision would lead to Huffman capturing one of the most iconic photos of the twin tornadoes that day.
2. Notre Dame reveals 'The Shirt' for 2014
The University of Notre Dame revealed the 2014 edition of 'The Shirt' on Friday, April 11. Following tradition, head football coach Brian Kelly unveiled 'The Shirt' on stage to hundreds of fans.
The front of the shirt reads "Then. Now. Forever." over a picture of Notre Dame Stadium, and the back reads "We are ND" over the university's football field.
3. Indigo Girls, ‘Prairie Home Companion,’ Lyle Lovett announced as part of Goshen College Performing Arts Series
Goshen College revealed their line-up for their 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series on Friday night, April 11. The series will kick off with Grammy-award winning musicians Indigo Girls this September and end with Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" in May 2015. Upcoming performers include other Grammy award winners such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Lyle Lovett and Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay.
4. 5 questions about meth trash with Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers
Roadside trash is now more apparent after a snowy winter, but the Indiana State Police are warning that it may include the remnants of meth-cooking kits. Police recommend that people leave the trash alone, which may include 20-ounce soda bottles and new gasoline cans, and call the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department to pick up the items.
The Elkhart Truth asked Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers about the growing prevalence of meth trash on the side of the road. He said that the one-pot system that results in such trash is cheaper to make and for personal use. Rogers said the increasing popularity of this method is due to law enforcement and meth supply lines from Chicago and Detroit drying up.
5. Anti-violence advocates plan Palm Sunday Peace Parade
A local group working to end violence in the city will hold a parade on Sunday. The Elkhart Advocates for Peace and Justice will hold its fourth annual peace parade on April 13. The parade will begin at the Hively Avenue Mennonite Church on 800 E. Hively Ave. and end at the Civic Plaza on Main Street, where participants will sing songs and pray together. The names of people who died violent deaths in Elkhart over the last several years will also be read in a moment of remembrance.