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Ask the Truth finds out if there were secret tunnels used by the Underground Railroad in Bristol, a local nonprofit finalizes its purchase of The Goshen Theater and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 3:25 a.m.

1. Ask The Truth: Is there a house in Bristol with a secret tunnel used by the Underground Railroad?

There are rumors that slaves used tunnels beneath Elkhart County’s historic brick houses to escape to the river, but most of the houses were built after the Civil War. In fact, local historian Ervin Beck said that second-hand accounts report escaped slaves singing and dancing at night or travelling north by wagon during the day.

2. Goshen Theater Inc. finalizes purchase of historic downtown property

Local nonprofit Goshen Theater Inc. has finalized its purchase of The Goshen Theater Friday, June 13. The nonprofit purchased the property for $200,000 from Downtown@8:08, a Goshen church. Goshen Theater Inc. plans to renovate and open the theater to the public as a performance space.

3. Elkhart annexation veers toward election year

Earlier this month, Elkhart city council members voted to pass all four of the areas that represent the second phase of its annexation plan. As a result, new residents will be able to vote in city elections. However, some of the upcoming residents who opposed annexation have threatened to vote against the re-election of council members in the upcoming municipal election. The Elkhart Truth reporter Dan Spalding looks at how annexation will shape the 2015 municipal elections and the different council districts.

4. Central Ohio youth group helps LaCasa fix two Goshen homes, Hawks building

Twenty teenagers and six counsellors with the Ecumenical Youth Group from Delaware, Ohio, helped LaCasa Inc. with much-needed repairs to two Goshen homes and the historic Hawks building. The two houses were located in the 1300 block of West Avenue and the 700 block of North Fifth Street. The teenagers were 14 to 18 years old.

5. What rides will be at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair?

North American Midway is the company that provides all the food, rides and employees in the midway at Elkhart County 4-H fair. Co-CEO Danny Huston also gets to pick out the fair midway rides. Huston told The Elkhart Truth that fairgoers can expect a mix of old and new rides at this year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair, including the “Crazy Mouse” roller coaster and the new “Traffic Jam” fun house.

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