5 things to know for your Wednesday in Indiana
Elkhart County facing tough choice — deep budget cuts or higher taxes
Elkhart County faces an estimated $4.6 million budget shortfall next year. The board of commissioners is looking for some creative budget cuts, but they may have to increase local income tax between 0.5 and 1.25 percent.
Robin Williams' death starts conversation about depression, who suffers from it
“I am extremely good at masking my symptoms when I am in a depressive state. But that doesn’t mean I’m not struggling,” wrote Elkhart Truth community blogger Adrianna Collins.
The death of comedian Robin Williams started a national conversation about depression. Community blogger Adrianna Collins has shared her experience struggling with clinical depression throughout her adult life. She has some suggestions on finding help and supporting people who suffer from depression.
Indiana state health department adding required immunizations for students
The state department of health has new immunization requirements for kids in kindergarten, sixth grade and 12th grade. Parents can check with their primary health care provider or the county health department if they’re not sure their child has received all of the required vaccinations.
Sellers of synthetic pot targeted Elkhart's poorer areas, community leaders say
Five of the six Elkhart gas stations raided by police this summer for selling synthetic marijuana were within one mile of south-central Elkhart. Community leaders say selling synthetic pot there was a predatory business practice, because owners were selling to residents of neighborhoods with lower-than-average income levels. Gas stations on the city’s edge instead of its core were not raided, despite being owned by people whose south-central stores were under scrutiny.
Man charged with molesting 5-year-old Elkhart girl
A Mishawaka man was arrested Monday on charges of child molestation. David Earl Hamilton, 75, was booked at the Elkhart County Jail with a $100,000 bond. He is accused of molesting a 5-year-old female relative.