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A local veteran and former POW will be named on a City Hall memorial, an Elkhart native moves on in ’America’s Got Talent’ and more.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 7:53 a.m.

Elkhart native flies through first round of 'America's Got Talent'

A dance group featuring an Elkhart native was a hit with judges on Sunday’s episode of America’s Got Talent. Elkhart Central grad Jason Whicker and the Mothmen Dance Group will advance to the judgment round thanks to a unanimous vote from judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel.

Elkhart businesses raked in the sales during the jazz festival

The 2014 Elkhart Jazz Festival broke records for attendance, which meant strong sales for downtown businesses. The Black Crow on Main, a furnishing and home decor store, reported doing two to three weeks worth of business in one weekend.

Elkhart mayor moves to get WWII vet's name on memorial

Theresa Lewis has been lobbying for years to get the name of her dad, U.S. Army veteran and former prisoner of war Leon Anglemyer, on a City Hall memorial. This week, Mayor Dick Moore confirmed records of Anglemyer’s service and turned up more details about his time in the military.

Elkhart-based Welch Packaging grows its leaders from ground up

Welch Packaging CEO Scott Welch loves training new talent — his employees start work on the factory floor and work their way up to management.

“To me, you can’t sell a product if you don’t know the product,” said employee Adam Cantwell. “Being on the factory floor and knowing the machines and the business will help you sell the product. I think it’s an excellent program.”

Jazz Fest veterans honored for volunteering, sponsorship

Top Elkhart Jazz Festival volunteers and sponsors were given awards for their work Saturday. Honorees included Fest-favorite musician Dave Bennett as well as volunteers Dave and Sandra Willis, who asked to share their award with the entire Jazz Fest production crew.

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