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A group of students sang hymns to peacefully protest the preachings of a couple from Texas who visited Goshen College's campus on Thursday, April 24, 2014 to warn students to repent for sins or face hellfire. (Angelle Barbazon/The Elkhart Truth)
5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana
Posted on April 25, 2014 at 2:33 a.m.

1. Lepelley couple of Open Air Holiness Ministries preach at Goshen College, students protest

Goshen College students responded Thursday, April 24, to a couple preaching about “hellfire that sinners face if they don’t repent” by singing hymns at them. Chris and Catherine LePelley, members of Open Air Holiness Ministries in Texas, apparently visits colleges around the country to preach to students. Goshen College student Bobby Switzer organized an impromptu choir to sing hymns at the LePelleys in response to their preaching.

2. Family of fallen Indiana soldier Jesse Williams receive Purple Heart in Granger ceremony

Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams was honored at a Purple Heart ceremony on Thursday morning, April 24. Around 20 people gathered in the lobby of Granger Community Church in Mishawaka to watch a congresswoman, a judge, a pastor and military officials award the Purple Heart to the mother and daughter of Staff Sgt. Williams. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who are wounded or killed in action. Staff. Sgt. Jesse Williams was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq last December.

You can view other photographs from the ceremony here.

3. Consultant outlines Elkhart County's path toward higher-paying jobs, diversification in local economy

Elkhart County’s per capita income has dropped from 101 percent of the U.S. average in 1970 to 78 percent in 2012, according to Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County president and CEO Dorinda Heiden-Guss. She spoke at the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce's annual economic development luncheon Thursday, April 24, about the need to attract higher paying jobs in a wider array of fields. Chris Steele, hired by the EDC last year to help diversify the economy, also spoke at the event about how Elkhart County needs to promote its “fabulous point in geography” given how close it is to Chicago and Detroit. Under Steele’s advice, the EDC has stopped courting light-assembly operations that pay less than $20 an hour.

Goshen getting new Indian, Thai restaurants

Two new ethnic restaurants will be opening soon in Goshen.

Maple Indian Cuisine is moving into the former Noodle Heads/Il Forno location at 127 S. Main St. in Goshen. Bobby Singh will open the restaurant this summer, looking to bring “the flavors of India to Goshen”.

A sign outside of the former Golden Monkey location at 1301 Lincolnway East in Goshen said that the next restaurant will be called Sawadee and offer Thai cuisine.

Elkhart area Little Leagues need people, not finger-pointing

The Elkhart Truth posted a question to social media on Wednesday, April 23, asking readers why families and their children are not participating in local Little League programs.

The combined numbers from Cleveland, Baugo, Elkhart FOP, Goshen and Bristol programs show a 15 percent drop in registrations.

There were three popular responses to this question: the cost to play, perceived internal politics and summer travel teams.

The Elkhart Truth sports editor Bill Beck chimed in saying that if Little League programs are to survive, there needs to be people and understanding, not finger-pointing. Parks need volunteers to help with these programs and the cost of hiring people to fill positions (such as umpires) add up.

You can read Bill Beck’s full article here.