Quick response by neighbors helps victims of Elkhart house fire escape
Several neighbors pulled a woman out from a house fire in downtown Elkhart on Wednesday afternoon, April 30. They saw smoke coming out of the upstairs apartment of the house at 823 N. Main Street around 1 p.m. and rushed into the building to help Connie Buck. Buck recently fractured her hip and was unable to make it out of the building on her own. The neighbors also flagged down a firetruck that happened to be passing by the area. The Elkhart Fire Department said that the fire was contained to one room on the second floor and was quickly extinguished. The upstairs tenant was not at home, and all other tenants made it out without any injuries.
Elkhart County has four of the best high schools in Indiana
Fairfield, NorthWood, Goshen and Concord made it to the U.S. News and World Report’s list for the top 50 high schools in Indiana. Fairfield was ranked 25th, NorthWood 28th, Goshen 29th and Concord 32nd. U.S. News and World Report ranked the schools based on data from the Indiana Department of Education, looking at how schools did on state assessment proficiency, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests and how “college-ready” students are.
Road repair seems simple until the numbers get crunched
Former The Elkhart Truth reporter Trevor Wendzonka wrote about how the real challenge for road repairs may not be state funding but the increasing cost of the materials needed to pave and patch streets. The money supplied directly to Elkhart County’s highway and street fund last year was about $6.1 million. However, the cost of fixing roads has gone up. The county highway department could pave a road for about $50,000 per mile in 2000 but the figure rose to $74,000 in 2007. Elkhart County Commissioner Frank Lucchese said during a candidate forum last week that the bill could now run $100,000 per mile.
In-person absentee voting offered through May 5
In-person absentee voting will continue to be offered to residents until Monday, May 5. Voters can vote on Saturday, May 3, at Middlebury Town Hall at 418 N. Main St. in Middlebury and First Brethren Church at 1600 N. Main St. in Nappanee. They can also vote on Monday, May 5, at the County Administration Building and the County Courts Building. Voters should bring photo identification that displays his or her photo, name and an expiration date. IDs must be current or have expired after Nov. 2, 2012, and be issued by the state or the federal government.
Witness to Mark Miller murder trial testifies in court
The third day of the Todd Stewart jury trial concluded on Wednesday, April 30. Stewart faces a murder charge in connection with the death of his business partner Mark Miller. Matt Howard, one of the tattoo artists working at Miller’s tattoo shop, testified on Wednesday. The jury also heard from Barry Coy, the previous owner of a red pickup truck that police suspect was used by Stewart at the time of the homicide. They also examined some of the evidence collected at the scene of the crime, including the barrel that Miller’s body was found in. The trial will continue at noon on Thursday.