1. Nathan Palmer celebrates debut EP release with concert in Elkhart
Broncos wide receiver and Elkhart native Nathan Palmer performed songs from his debut EP "R.I.P. 2 to my Heart" at the Northern Indiana Event Center's ballroom Saturday night, April 12. The concert in Elkhart is Palmer's first concert since he released his EP, which he worked on over the last year. The proceeds from the show will go towards the Napalm Summer Camp, a summer program for children that Palmer started in 2013.
2. Ex-highway workers speak out at Elkhart County Council meeting
Former employees of the Elkhart County Highway Department attended the Elkhart County Council meeting Saturday morning, April 12, to address what they feel are injustices and wasteful spending at their former workplace. The group of 10 included some highway workers who were laid off in March.
They challenged Elkhart County Brad Rogers' request to change an ordinance which would increase the hourly pay for corrections and patrol officers. Some of the former employees did not think it was fair to raise wages for sheriff's department employees when 10 highway workers were just let go. However, Rogers said that 66 employees left in the past year seeking better-paying jobs.
The ex-highway workers also spoke out against a request from the highway department to add another truck driver to its staff. The council tabled the request.
3. Council approves tax phase-in for new business
The Elkhart County Council also approved a resolution on Saturday morning that confirmed Alliance Sheets LLC has met the requirements to be considered for a property tax deduction and phase-in for new manufacturing and information technology equipment. The decision will get the ball rolling for the construction of a corrugated packaging plant in Bristol, which is expected to bring 40 full-time jobs to the area.
4. Goshen percussion wins world championship
Goshen High School's percussion concert group beat out 17 other teams to claim the first place at the 2014 Winter Guard World Championships on Friday, April 11. The group won 94.800 points in the finals. The group also placed first at the state championships. Goshen's marching band placed seventh in the semifinal round on Friday and finished 14th place in the final round.
5. Elkhart family hopes to win handicap-accessible van for daughter
The family of Janel Ruvalcaba, 16, is hoping to win a handicap-accessible van through a contest sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. She has cerebral palsy, a disability which severely limits her movements. Janel could win if she gets in the top 10 percent of nominees through people's votes in the nationwide contest. There were 1,225 people that participated in the contest last year.