Friday, October 24, 2014

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Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers distances himself from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after racial remarks, EPA determines that 200 Elkhart homes require safeguards against groundwater contamination and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 12:15 a.m.

Sheriff Rogers distances himself from Bundy after racial comments, but questions whether he's a racist

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers is putting some distance between himself and Cliven Bundy after the Nevada rancher made controversial racial comments. Rogers said in a post on his Facebook page that he didn’t know if Bundy was racist and doubted that he is. However, he condemned his comments on slavery.

“...I consider his comments unacceptable and horrendous that he would suggest that people would be better in slavery. That conclusion flies in the face of the history and documented experiences about slavery,” Rogers’ Facebook page said.

Rogers visited Bundy’s ranch from April 18 to 20 where the rancher’s land dispute with federal officials is unfolding.

EPA targets 200 Elkhart homes for safeguards against groundwater contamination

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that around 70 properties on the city’s near-west side should be connected to city water because of groundwater contamination. The agency also suggested that 200 homes inside the Lusher Superfund site need to have vapor removal systems to reduce dangerous vapors related to the contamination. These are only interim steps which are expected to cost $2.8 million.

Long-term cleanup of the contaminated ground is being considered, but the agency has not identified the sources of the contamination.

Miller leads the way in fundraising in the District 48 Indiana House race, Kubacki leads District 22 funding

Doug Miller leads the two other GOP candidates in fundraising for the District 48 seat in the Indiana House, while incumbent Rep. Rebecca Kubacki leads Cut Nisly in the District 22 race. There were larger combined contributions to the hopefuls in the District 22 race, totalling $71,450.37 through April 11. Funds generated by the three District 48 Indiana House hopefuls totaled $32,236.84. The Elkhart Truth reporter Tim Vandenack broke down the numbers for both races.

Medieval-themed U.S. 20 truckstop taking shape

A new Gallops truck stop at the intersection of U.S. 20 and S.R. 15 has a castle-like exterior and will soon have medieval-themed decor. The $10 million project covers 15 acres, has 24 gas pumps for passenger vehicles and 12 diesel pumps for semi-trucks. There will also be room for 38 semis to park overnight, 11 showers, a Subway, a McDonald’s, a premium coffee counter and leather furniture.

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame celebrates 13th Women's Induction Class

Phyllis Tubbs couldn’t play sports growing up because she was a girl. She’s now the assistant athletic director at Elkhart Memorial High School, but Tubbs remembers a time when there weren’t any girls basketball jerseys, teams or real tournaments. In fact, the Indiana High School Athletic Association only recognized girls basketball as a sport in 1976.

Things are different now. There are teams, game uniforms and scholarships for girls basketball. Tubbs was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 for her work to gain equal opportunities for girls athletics. On Saturday, former Jimtown player Kim Barrier McGuire received that same distinction. You can hear them tell their stories in this video.

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