2014 Fair Week breaks records for auction sales, food sales
Attendance at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair is expected to be comparable to last year’s 280,175, according to fair board members. Vendors, who saw an increase in sales this year, attribute part of their success to the weather, which only reached a high of 88 degrees Tuesday.
The last day of the fair featured motorcycle races and the Demolition Derby, which brought a crowd of 8,000 to the grandstand. The night ended with a fireworks display by Mad Bomber.
Elkhart Youth Fest & Food Drive draws crowds and entertainment
The Tolson Community Center sponsored a youth festival and a food drive Saturday, July 26, for a second consecutive year. The event featured food, games, dance performances and magic shows.
Jeremy Greenlee, a volunteer with Granger Community Church, said he saw the day as on opportunity to push back against violence and community tensions with something good.
Elkhart responds to unaccompanied minors from Honduras
Local community leaders such Bob Schrameyer, Citizens for Immigration Law Enforcement president, and local immigration attorney Felipe Merino spoke in response to recent news of an influx of unaccompanied minors coming from Central America and settling in northern Indiana and across the country.
Elkhart has one of the highest Honduran populations in the state. As of June 30, there were more unaccompanied minors coming from Honduras than any other Central American country.
Man hospitalized after water heater explosion in Middlebury
A man was flown to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center after he was injured in a water heater explosion Saturday morning, July 26, in Middlebury.
Firefighters were called to 61190 S.R. 13 around 9:15 a.m. A man in his 20s tried to light the water heater, which had run out of gas, and used too much fuel, according to the Associated Press.
Ask the Truth: What's up with all of the black squirrels?
Elkhart Truth reporter Sarah Duis spoke with a local naturalist and a wildlife biologist to find out where all the black ninja mutant squirrels are coming from.
Experts also addressed the question of whether black squirrels are more aggressive than the other native breeds in this area.