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Schools dispute claims that no marching bands registered for Labor Day parade, Elkhart police salaries lag behind other Indiana agencies and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on Aug. 31, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

High schools dispute claim that no marching bands had registered for parade

Several Elkhart band leaders disputed claims that marching bands had not applied to participate in the city’s Labor Day Parade, which was canceled because of a lack of entries.

Employees with the parks department checked paperwork Friday morning, Aug. 29, and superintendent Karin Frey said they had none from any marching bands. Frey said the department only received nine applications and the decision to cancel the parade had more to do with the lack of entries rather than marching bands.

Elkhart police salaries lag behind many other Indiana agencies

The entry level pay for Elkhart police ranked ninth when compared to 10 local agencies and five other police departments of similar size, according to a new study. The starting salary for local police is $43,067 and 18.8 percent of the salary for first-year officers goes toward insurance.

The Elkhart Police Department prepared the study, according to Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore. He said during an Aug. 22 news conference that revenues are expected to shrink for 2015, making it impossible to significantly increase pay for police.

Southside Family Fun Fest to feature food, entertainment, vendors and more

A new festival this Labor Day weekend in Elkhart’s south side will feature a barbecue contest that will raise funds for a Friday night movie program at the Roosevelt Center. The Southside Family Fun Fest will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Roosevelt Park.

Jason Moreno, a community organizer with LaCasa Inc., said organizers ordered 600 pounds of meat and 600 ears of corn for the event. Visitors can also purchase and taste some of the food from the contest.

Fish sandwiches will be available, and police will offer free hot dogs and water as well. The event will also feature other vendors, such as frozen yogurt store Twisted Cow.

Notre Dame grounds Rice Owls in season opener

The Fighting Irish beat the Rice Owls in its season opener 48-17 Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Notre Dame Stadium.

This was Everett Golson’s first game back after being gone for a season, and he finished the game with 14-of-22 for 295 passing yards and two touchdowns and 41 rushing for three touchdowns.

Golson's return was balanced by a healthy dose of running backs Cam McDaniel, Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant, who churned up big yardage on the ground.

Goshen rallies in support of Ferguson, Mo.

A small crowd rallied at the Elkhart County Courthouse on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 30, in Goshen to support minorities in Ferguson, Mo.

There were between 35 to 45 people who participated to be “in solidarity with the community of Ferguson and other communities experiencing the uglier side of life,” according to rally attender Jeremy Friesen.

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