5 things to know for your Monday in Indiana

    Power restored in South Bend, the next round of Ask the Truth voting concludes today and three other stories to start your day.

    Posted on May 19, 2014 at 6:03 a.m.

    Power restored to South Bend downtown after outage

    Utility crews restored electricity to downtown South Bend on Sunday after nearly three days off the grid, as musicians at a local pub played “Here Comes the Sun.”

    Power was restored shortly after noon, Indiana Michigan Power Co. spokesman Brian Bergsma said, but crews stayed on to monitor the restored power lines to make sure there were no lingering issues.

    At Fiddler’s Hearth, a duo played the hit Beatles song and the brunch crowd celebrated with toasts after co-owner Carol Meehan saw the street lights starting to blink.


    Truth editorial: In Elkhart County, a reason to celebrate and a need to diversify

    Figures released Friday, May 16, show Elkhart County unemployment at 5 percent in April, a number that hasn’t been that low since February 2007.

    But in many ways, we’re still relying on the same economy that peaked at 20.2 percent unemployment in March 2009.

    While the local economy expanded fast enough to reduce unemployment by 15.2 percent in five years, it remains vulnerable.


    Elvis tribute artists perform at the Lerner Theatre

    The audience got a double dose of Elvis as not one, but two of the world's top Elvis tribute artists performed at the Lerner Theatre on Saturday, May 17.

    Rock ’n’ roll history was brought to life by Shawn Klush and Cody Ray Slaughter for many fans of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.


    Ask the Truth: Which question would you like to see answered next week?

    In last week’s edition of Ask the Truth, our reporters answered this reader-submitted question: What are the oldest things in Elkhart County? What is the oldest building, house, restaurant or bar, and person?

    Now, it’s time to vote for the question you’d like so see us answer next week. There are four questions to choose from, or you can submit a question for a future Ask the Truth.


    Financial support needed for dredging plans on Simonton Lake

    Plans for an extensive dredging project on Simonton Lake have been approved by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and the association has received a $200,000 grant for the work through the Indiana Lake and River Enhancement fund.

    But the project is expected to cost close to $500,000 and John Lendman, chairman of the Simonton Lake Area Homeowners Association’s environmental committee, says they’ll have to rely on donations for the rest.


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