Thursday, July 24, 2014


An Elkhart County Sheriff Deputy looks inside of a van after it was struck by a train on the Norfolk Southern tracks along U.S. 33 just west of C.R. 13 Friday, May 2, 2014. The driver of the van was pronounced dead on the scene. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)
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Posted on May 3, 2014 at 3:15 a.m.

Police identify man killed in car and train crash near C.R. 13 and C.R. 45

One man is dead after a car and train crash on Friday morning at the railroad crossing near the intersection of C.R. 45 and C.R. 13. Michael McMannis, 33, of Elkhart was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Witnesses said they saw McMannis drive his van around the gates at the crossing into the path of the train. The railroad crossing was closed for several hours while police conducted an investigation.

MERS virus: First case in U.S. hospitalizes man in Indiana, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that a man has been hospitalized in Indiana for Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. This is the first reported case in the United States. The man fell ill after returning from Saudi Arabia a week ago where he is a health worker. MERS has killed a third of the people it has sickened, as reported by the Associated Press. It can spread from person to person, but not everyone who is exposed to the virus gets infected. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. It can later lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.

Lacrosse helps Sam Grewe, teen cancer survivor, improve his health

Northridge High School freshman Sam Grewe has started playing lacrosse on the Northridge JV lacrosse team after recovering from osteosarcoma last year. He is not the fastest player on the team because his prosthetic leg makes it difficult for him to run, but Grewe makes up for it in fervor. Grewe’s struggle with cancer began when he was first diagnosed in 2011 and ended with the final cancer-free scans in 2013. His story gained national attention when the Notre Dame football team “adopted” him in 2012.

Alternative school plans five new locations, closes two

The Crossing Education Center, which is based in Elkhart County, will be opening four new campuses this summer. The new locations will be in Plymouth, Knox and two will be in Indianapolis. They will also be closing their schools in South Bend and Pierceton. The Crossings Education Center is an alternative school which helps students who can’t or won’t make it through regular school. The focus of their school is on work training and faith.

Elkhart homeowners face double whammy — higher sewer rates and, if school referendums pass, higher property taxes

The upcoming proposals for Elkhart and Concord school district property tax hikes could make the cost of living in Elkhart more expensive. Residents living within the boundaries of the Elkhart Community Schools’ boundaries, may end up paying $209 dollars per year with new sewer fees and school property taxes by 2017 if the two Elkhart schools’ referendums pass.