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The Gateway Mile Loyalty Card can be used at more than 30 stores along South Main Street in downtown Elkhart. (Dan Spalding/The Elkhart Truth)
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Downtown Elkhart merchants tout loyalty card, hope participation picks up

The new Gateway Mile loyalty card has been available for free for several weeks, and the program features close to 30 participating merchants around South Main Street in Elkhart.

The loyalty card program is organized by SOMA, the downtown Elkhart revitalization group. The card program coincides with a large marketing effort to brand the downtown business district and tourist spots as the Gateway Mile.

Back 2 School Elkhart still provides school supplies for hundred of local children

Back 2 School Elkhart began giving away school supplies in 2009, when many area residents struggled with high unemployment rates. The organizers rounded up other local groups with similar goals to create the big school supply giveaway.

Co-founder and president James Taylor said they usually see about 4,000 to 5,000 people, but the numbers dwindled to 3,000 to 3,500 in the last year. That’s a good thing.

The next school supply giveaway will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in the Concord Mall parking lot in Elkhart.

3 killed in shooting outside N. Indiana business

Three people are dead following a shooting outside a furniture plant in the city of Monticello, said White County Sheriff Patrick Shafer to WLFI-TV. Shafer said detectives found a box and a handgun at the scene at Jordan Manufacturing. Authorities did not provide the names of the victims.

Elkhart board prohibits left turns from Beardsley onto Riverside

The Elkhart Board of Public Works voted Tuesday, Aug. 5, to prohibit left turns for westbound motorists on Beardsley Avenue onto Riverside Drive.

The goal of the road restriction is to reduce the number of incidents at the crossing. There were nine reported crashes at where Beardsley Avenue splits off into Riverside Drive, and eight of the incidents involved westbound vehicles turning left into the path of eastbound traffic.

The changes, which will include signage, is expected to go into effect within the month, according to city engineer and board president Mike Machlan.

Restrictions on Lexington and Waterfall begin Wednesday in Elkhart

Access to streets around the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Waterfall Drive will be limited Wednesday, Aug. 6, given restrictions to the direction of traffic.

The intersection of Lexington Avenue and Waterfall Drive will be closed for the construction of a water main. Westbound traffic on Lexington Avenue between Waterfall Drive and Main Street will be closed until Sept. 1. Northbound traffic on Waterfall Drive between High Street and Jackson Boulevard will be also be closed until Sept. 1.