1. D-Day 70th anniversary remembered by White Pigeon veteran
D-Day veteran Robert Kreager was 17 when he enlisted, following two older brothers into military service. He served with the Army’s 238th Engineer Combat Battalion. The former construction machine operator landed on Utah Beach on June 6, 1944, carrying soldiers and equipment in a tank landing ship. The Elkhart Truth interviewed Kreager about his memories of that day on the 70th anniversary of one of the largest seaborne invasions in U.S. military history.
2. Elkhart business owners react to Main, Prairie Street closures
Elkhart business owners are concerned that the Main and Prairie street closures will affect their profits. Leslie Biek, the city right-of-way-engineer, said businesses can contact contractor Rieth-Riley and city officials about putting up extra signs to inform customers of the detour. However, she said the city will not provide subsidies.
3. Drivers face double detour off Main Street in Elkhart after miscommunication
Motorists faced a detour to their detour in Elkhart Thursday, June 5. Northbound traffic on Main Street had to turn onto Indiana Avenue to move around construction work along Main Street. However, Indiana Avenue was also closed for part of Tuesday and Wednesday for work on the road. Motorists then had to find another detour off Indiana Avenue.
4. Elkhart County school systems get grant money for school safety
Gov. Mike Pence announced Wednesday, June 4, more than 250 Indiana schools will receive $9 million to improve safety. Seven Elkhart school corporations will also receive part of the grant money to conduct threat assessments, purchase equipment which restricts access to the school or notifies first responders efficiently or hire school resource officers. Baugo schools will use their money to install a rapid responder crisis management system. The Department of Homeland Security expects schools to receive the money within three to six months.
5. Indiana needs to get its education act together
The Elkhart Truth education reporter Lydia Sheaks reflects on changes to Indiana education over the last year, and she says it is a mess. She offers seven reasons, from a public official accused of manipulating one school’s grade to Indiana repackaging the Common Core. She adds that schools are trying to meet state requirements, but things may be changing too quickly for educators and students to catch up.