1. Mayor Dick Moore recognizes Elkhart officers, dispatcher for response to Martin's shooting
Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore brought Elkhart Police officers Jason Tripp and Cody Skipper and dispatcher Justin Yoder on stage shortly before the Sunday, May 4, performance of "Les Miserables" at the Lerner Theatre.
He praised the three for acting quickly the night of Jan. 15, when Shawn Bair entered a Martin's Supermarket on the northeast side of Elkhart and fatally shot two women.
Skipper and Tripp arrived on the scene within minutes thanks to guidance from dispatcher Yoder, Moore said. The officers shot Bair in the heart.
"They knew the day they took the oath that this day could come," Moore said. "'Yes, (the officers) were trained. Yes, they were equipped. But the major ingredient that day was them."
2. 7-year-old Shipshewana boy dies in farming accident
A child was killed in a farming accident in Shipshewana on Saturday, May 3.
The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department said that Kevin Jon Lambright, 7, fell from farm equipment he was riding on and died, according to The Goshen News.
Police are investigating the incident.
3. Elkhart County children set up shop for Lemonade Day
Kids in Elkhart County learned a pretty sweet lesson this weekend as they embraced the entrepreneurial spirit of Lemonade Day.
Students from all corners of the county set up lemonade stands Saturday, May 3, for Lemonade Day, an innovative program that teaches kids about opening their own business.
Sisters Zoey and Tegan Myers, both students at Concord South Side Elementary, took turns working at their lemonade stand to benefit the local homeless shelter.
“I’m selling lemonade at Concord Mall, and I have three flavors – normal lemonade, strawberry lemonade and the twist,” Zoey said. “The twist is made with normal lemonade, strawberry lemonade and little bit of lemon.”
4. Cass County ballot will have four proposals
Four proposals will be on the May 6 ballot in Cass County, Mich.
The proposals are for funding for Edwardsburg Public Schools, St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, White Pigeon Community Schools and Marcellus Community Schools.
Voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6.
5. U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski addresses Bethel College graduates at commencement ceremony
Passion was the buzzword at Bethel College’s graduation ceremony this weekend featuring U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski.
Walorski delivered a commencement speech to students Saturday afternoon, May 3, at the college’s Mishawaka campus. The class of 2014 included 533 graduates who participated in Bethel’s two commencement ceremonies. Author and Bethel alumnus Todd Gongwer spoke to the adult program graduates earlier in the day.
“Do your thing,” Walorski told the graduating seniors. “Whatever your passion is down inside of you, there’s no more days to ask permission. There’s no more tests to take. It’s your time, graduates. This is your day. This is your future. Go do what you’re going to do to change your part of the world.”