Five things to know for your Friday in Indiana

Law enforcement will be busy this holiday weekend making sure the roads stay safe for Independence Day festivities. 

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

There are plenty of fireworks shows and Fourth of July festivities around Michiana. 

With clear skies and temperatures hovering around 75 degrees for most of the day, there’s no reason not to get out and celebrate America’s birthday at one of the many festivals, firework shows or events happening in Michiana this weekend. If you still haven’t nailed down solid plans, there’s still time to check out what shows are going on in your area

But be cautious and plan ahead, because... 

Elkhart County law enforcement will have extra patrols on hand to keep impaired drivers off the road this Fourth of July weekend. 

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership is stepping up patrols and monitoring a DUI checkpoint on the north side of town tonight. 

Elkhart County Undersheriff Sean Holmes offered a handful of tips to keep everyone safe and happy this weekend, including: 

  • Planning ahead for a sober driver 
  • Making arrangements for friends to get home safe 
  • Contacting police if you see a drunk driver on the road

The “I Grew Up in Elkhart” Facebook group has more than 11,000 members and is playing a part in completing families and lives. 

Elkhart Memorial High School alum Andrew Campbell posted in the “I Grew Up in Elkhart” Facebook group in an effort to reconnect with his father. They have both since been reunited, but Campbell’s not the only one trying to reconnect with lost family members through the Facebook group.

Mishawaka’s Jared Sharkey is making waves in the trick water skiing scene. 

Sharkey is taking a small break from practicing trick water skiing on the St. Joseph River to make his professional debut in the Netherlands.

The 23-year-old will join other athletes at the Dutch Masters Shortboard event in just over a week from now. 

If you can’t make it across the pond (that’s okay, neither can we), watch the video below to get an idea of what Sharkey will be showcasing. 


You’ve had coffee from a drive-thru, but has that drive-thru ever been part of a church? 

Granger Community Church plans to add a drive-thru coffee service for the general public at its Elkhart campus. Campus Pastor Gene Troyer said East Bristol Street would benefit from a coffee shop. It would function as a meeting place and provide coffee for the 19,000 motorists that frequent the area each day, thus helping the church to raise funds. 

The proposal awaits approval from the city’s board of zoning appeals, which will meet again Thursday, July 10. 

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July. 

Recommended for You


Posted at 6:58 p.m.
Saving Coal-1

Posted at 6:45 p.m.
Back to top ^