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The number of people in Elkhart County working in manufacturing has rebounded but the job pay less, the Elkhart Jazz Festival kicked off Friday and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 1:08 a.m.

Manufacturing jobs in Elkhart County are rebounding, somewhat, but they're paying slightly less, BLS numbers indicate

There are fewer people in Elkhart County working in manufacturing and production, and their wages are down too. There were 46,510 people with manufacturing jobs in 2006 at the base level. That dropped to 28,120 in 2009 and rebounded to 38,830 in 2013. Their annual average wage of $30,620 in 2006 edged up to $34,040 in 2009 but dipped to $29,630 in 2013.

Elkhart Jazz Festival: Broncos' Palmer sings national anthem and other scenes from downtown Elkhart

The Elkhart Jazz Festival kicked off Friday, June 20, in downtown Elkhart. The Mardi-Gras themed parade was cancelled due to rain, but Denver Broncos wide receiver and Elkhart native Nathan “Napalm” Palmer still performed the national anthem during opening festivities for the festival. Palmer recently released his debut EP last April at a record release party in Elkhart.

Despite inconvenience, Elkhart residents support synthetic marijuana raids, closings

Parts of West Franklin Street in Elkhart are no longer the magnet of activity it once was after two convenience stores along the road were raided June 9 over alleged illegal drug sales. The Burger Dairy store and Marathon gas station are now boarded up and silent, but members of its community said the closings already has had a positive impact on the community. The raids ended with 20 people arrested in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

14-year-old Elkhart boy upgraded to fair condition after crash on U.S. 33

A 14-year-old Elkhart boy injured in a two-car crash on U.S. 33 is now in fair condition, according to staff at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. Mark Rich was taken by Medflight to the hospital June 7 after he suffered a possible head injury.

Should Goshen High School get rid of its 'Redskins' mascot?

After the Washington Redskin’s trademark registration was cancelled by a federal board, sports teams with the same name have considered changing their own names. Native American groups have protested the name for years, arguing the term is derogatory. There are four high schools in the state with the “redskins” name, including Goshen High School.


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