Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 things to know for your Saturday in Indiana

Elkhart police and residents meet following recent tension, the second day of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair kicks off and more.

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair enters second day in full swing

It’s the second day of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, and Saturday’s schedule offers attendees a chance to try new foods, flex their muscles and take a walk on the wild side.

Think you can match the strength of other fairgoers? There’s a strongman competition at 9 a.m. in the Farmstead Barn and an arm wrestling competition from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Activities Pad. Here’s when you have to register to show other attendees you’re no pushover.

There’s also a free concert by rock band 3 Doors Down, a band you may remember from their popular single “Kryponite”. They’re playing at 8 p.m. at the Grandstand.

If you want a thrill but do not want to break a sweat, there’s a Bengal tiger exhibition with shows at 1, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Family Entertainment Center.

Elkhart police, residents meet to discuss how to better relationship

Representatives of the Elkhart Police Department and residents of a south side neighborhood met Friday night, July 18, to discuss the strained relationship between law enforcers and the predominantly black community.

Many who attended the meeting called for mutual respect from both sides. One woman suggested that police be trained to better understand ethnic communities. City councilman Brent Curry also called for residents to start neighborhood associations and include police in meetings and activities.

The meeting ended with police and around 80 people holding hands and praying for better relations.

Elkhart plans to extend streetscape to the north

Elkhart city officials plan to extend the downtown streetscape to the north.

The streetscape in the downtown business district involved the construction of new streets, underground utilities, sidewalls, curbs, lighting and other amenities. But this extension from Jackson Boulevard to Simonton Street wouldn't need any reconstruction of the street or replacement of underground utilities.

The city development commission has hired an engineering firm to begin planning the extension.

Elkhart County jobless rate rises with more entering workforce

Elkhart County’s jobless rate continues to climb for the second month, up from May’s 5.2 percent to June’s 5.6 percent. There were 1,929 more people working in that period of time, but there were also 2,404 more people in the labor force.

IU grad student killed in Malaysia Airlines crash Thursday

Indiana University Bloomington graduate student Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in eastern Ukraine, according to a press release from IU. Keijzer, who is from Amsterdam, was studying chemistry at the doctoral level in the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

All 298 passenger on the flight died in Thursday’s crash, CNN reports.

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