5 things to know for your Wednesday in Indiana

    Concord High School’s dean of students and head football coach turns to the game in the face of adversity, Elkhart County makes alternative plans to increase the quality of pre-K education and three other stories to start your day. 

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:32 p.m.

    Concord High School coach Tim Dawson turns to his family and his love for football to heal the loss of his son. 

    Tim Dawson wears many hats: Concord High school dean of students, head football coach and father. After his son Timothy J. Dawson Jr. passed away in May after a struggle with illness and addiction, Dawson turned to the one thing he always understood for comfort: football

    Dawson was back in the locker room last week at the Grange Insurance All-Star game in Indianapolis and found a safe haven even in the face of hurt and loss — all while keeping his son’s spirit alive. 

    “Things happen in life and this is adversity. It’s not the crisis, it’s how you respond to it ... ” Dawson shared with his players before they took to the field, “TJD” adorning their helmets in memoriam. 

    Elkhart County was not chosen as one of the five Indiana counties to receive pre-K funding 

    Though Elkhart County was selected as one of 18 counties that were finalists, it was not ultimately chosen as a county to receive state preschool vouchers. 

    Nonprofit education organization Horizon Education Alliance said 1,172 Elkhart County children are currently under-served by preschool programs, but gave suggestions for increasing the quality of these services. Horizon plans to host a teacher training session next month where 20 classrooms will collaborate on a preparatory program. 

    Now is your chance to be a millionaire

    Do you want to be a Hoosier millionaire? To celebrate it’s 25th anniversary, Hoosier Lottery is hosting a free show at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Lerner Theatre. Six contestants will go head-to-head and the top cash winner will advance to the finals at the Indiana State Fair next month. 

    If competing isn’t your thing, you might also catch hosts Mark Patrick, Tony Lamont and Barbara Hobbs, who will be meeting audience members and signing autographs — so really everybody is a winner. 

    The Eash family meets continued success at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair harness races 

    Driver and trainer Don Eash is no stranger to the fair or to horse racing and he certainly didn’t let Tuesday’s heat stop him from taking four of nine races on Tuesday, July 22. 

    With 25 years of driving experience at the fair, Eash said “sweat and muscle” along with clean horse bloodlines are a victorious partnership for any race horse. 

    Elkhart County Fair board keeps bike racks at the ready for fairgoers 

    Now that the Monroe Street Trail in Goshen is complete, fair board personnel anticipate an influx of fairgoers arriving to the grounds via bicycle. The board added a bike parking lot near Gate 2 and have 10 donated racks temporarily installed. 

    Wayne Kramer, advertising director at the fair board and coordinator of the Bike to the Fair event, said the number of bicycles has not exceeded the number of parking slots thus far, but he said he expects to see an increase of bike traffic to the fair in the future. 


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