5 things to know for your Saturday in Indiana

Elkhart’s Mayor embraces the idea of vest cams for police officers, high schools ring football season and three other stories to start your weekend. 

Posted on Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:34 a.m.

Elkhart’s Mayor Dick Moore embraces idea of police vest cams

In a press conference held on Friday morning, Aug. 22, Mayor Dick Moore said the city is ’absolutely considering’ purchasing vest cams for police officers to wear. The proposal has come up several times since an fight between an officer and Chicago man broke out July 3 and since an 18-year-old was shot and killed by an officer in Ferguson, Mo. 

Moore estimated the cost of purchasing vest cams would be about $40,000,

“I believe it's good for the officer and the public,” he said. “We can find the money,” Moore said.

High School Football kicked off under Friday night lights 

Rainy skies didn’t stop crowds coming out en masse to wear their colors and cheer on their football teams at high school football. 

After a rough and tumble game, Elkhart Central took the Mangy Lion home in its opener against Elkhart Memorial with a score of 28-12. 

Check out our scoreboard for a full list of games and winners

Farm-to-table idea in Elkhart County involves use of jail kitchen

An effort to bring more locally-grown food to local tables year-round is gathering momentum and could receive a boost from jail inmates. 

Several Elkhart County leaders hope to use extra space in the jail’s kitchen to prepare and store local produce, which then can be used at local schools and other places throughout the year. 

Need a tasty activity for Saturday? Taste of the Garden happens Saturday

Elkhart’s Wellfield Botanic Gardens is hosting an foodie celebration this Saturday, Aug. 23 and it’s only $5 to get in.

There will be 18 Northern Indiana restaurants offering bite-size samplings of their best dishes. To see the full list, check out Flavor574.com.

Bomb unit called to Elkhart City Hall Friday afternoon — police believe it was a gift

The Elkhart City Hall was evacuated for about an hour-and-a-half Friday afternoon after someone called in a suspicious package on the first floor. 

The Elkhart Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit determined the package wasn’t dangerous. In fact, it was likely a gift. 

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