Ask the Truth: Are there any reported haunted houses or places in the area?
Readers wanted to know about reported haunted houses or places in Elkhart County, and there were quite a number of ghost stories around the area. Several local building were rumored to be haunted, including the Bristol Opera House, the Ruthmere, the Winchester Mansion and the Lerner Theatre. Reporters were able to debunk some of these supposed hauntings, but some other incidences remain unexplained.
New Heart City Health Center clinic now open
Nonprofit community health center Heart City opened a second clinic Saturday, May 31, in Elkhart. SCENIC Health is expected to provide affordable healthcare to an additional 3,500 patients, mostly those who are uninsured or in the low-income bracket. The new facility will be funded by a federal grant that is part of an Affordable Care Act funding package. Five other Indiana health centers also received funding as part of this package.
Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau director defends using Indianapolis ad firm
Elkhart’s downtown revitalization group SoMa received $250,000 to conduct a large-scale marketing campaign for 2014, which includes branding the immediate downtown as “The Gateway Mile”. A small portion of that money was spent on hiring Indianapolis’ Axiomport for a creative advertising project. However, the move upset two Elkhart advertising companies.
Relay For Life of Elkhart County walkers raise money in memory of grandparents, uncles, friends
More than 350 walkers participated in the Relay For Life of Elkhart County, walking in honor of family and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. 48 teams registered for the event, and at least one member of each team has to be walking on the Goshen High School track over the course of the 24-hour event. The event managed to raise $40,000, which will be donated towards causes looking to end cancer.
Indiana farm confirms second outbreak of deadly pig virus
An Indiana farm is the first to publicly confirm that it has had a second outbreak of a deadly pig virus, which killed up to 7 million pigs and drove up pork prices in the last year. The owners of the farm did not wish to be identified, but they allowed the farm’s veterinarian to acknowledge that the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus had the same strain that infected pigs in May 2013 and March 2014.