Ask the Truth: What happened to the railroad hotel across from the train depot in Elkhart?
Readers wanted to know whatever happened to the railroad hotel across the train depot. The history of the Railroad YMCA on Tyler Avenue dates back to the late 1890s, when it served as a home away from home for railroad workers. The building was first erected in 1885 in a joint effort between the YMCA of Elkhart County and the railroad. It had a library, a reading room and “homelike and sanitary living accommodations,” according to “A Standard History of Elkhart County, Indiana”. The Railroad YMCA moved a few blocks away to Franklin and Third streets in 1929, where there were billiards, temporary living quarters, a swimming pool and a cafeteria. A tragic death nearly closed the building down in the 1940s, but it continued to stay open for another three decades. The original building along Tyler Avenue was razed in the 1960s to make way for the post office.
Mishawaka native Adam Driver receives nomination for Emmy
Adam Driver, an actor who spent many years in Mishawaka, was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role on the HBO comedy series, “Girls.” This is the second time Driver has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Driver plays Adam Sackler, the love interest of the protagonist.
County council approves funds for road paving, repair of Nappanee bridge
The aging Summit Bridge in Nappanee will get a facelift now that the Elkhart County Council has given its final approval of a $200,000 appropriation to fund the design, construction and inspection of the bridge. The council also approved other appropriations, including $50,000 for highway department vehicle repairs and $12,000 to pay a temporary public defender while a staff attorney is on leave. It also accepted a $122,506 grant from the Indiana Department of Corrections to Elkhart County Community Corrections.
Court joins Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage cases
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago combined Indiana and Wisconsin’s gay marriage cases Friday, July 11, which puts both on the fast track. The move came a day after the Wisconsin Attorney General filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. That came two weeks after the court put a hold on a federal judge’s ruling that struck down Indiana’s own ban on gay marriage.
Kansas Bible Company featured on Billboard, plans to release third album in 2015
Twelve-piece rock band Kansas Bible Company, which started in 2008 when several of its members attended Goshen College, was featured on music publication Billboard’s website. The band told Billboard it plans to release its third album in early 2015. Kansas Bible Company also performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in June, joining a roster of musicians that includes Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White.