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 Adults help escort young children home from classes at Roosevelt School on Aug. 20, 2014. The group was walking along Benham Avenue in Elkhart's south central neighborhood.

Amanda Irons, a teacher at an alternative school, cites the importance of connecting with people in the neighborhood.


Posted on Aug. 25, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.
 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Republican.

The Indiana GOPer made a preliminary list of 16 but apparently didn’t inspire enough of Maher’s wrath to make it further.


Posted on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:10 p.m.
 U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., left, and Dan Coats, R-Ind.

A Methodist Indiana group, meanwhile, asks for a ’humane and generous’ response to aid the immigrants.


Posted on Aug. 1, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.
 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, right, with Lisa Wilken, who advocates on behalf of military sexual assault victims, in a screen grab from the lawmaker's latest political ad, on YouTube at youtube.com/watch?v=c8W85wUhZPs.
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

It’s the second ad of the political season for the GOP lawmaker, seeking her second term.

 In this archive photo, Laura Macias bags groceries at Cueramaro supermarket in Elkhart on Jan. 28, 2013. The Hispanic woman was discussing proposed immigration reform, a big topic for the growing Latino population in Elkhart County.
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.

The Latino population increased by 82.9 percent from 2000 to 2013, while the white non-Hispanic segment went up by 0.08 percent.

 Political commentator Bill Maher has his eyes on U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski as part of his Flip a District campaign. She's one of 16, all Republicans, on the list for possible targeting ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Photo is a screen grab from the YouTube video of the June 25, 2014,
Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

The liberal commentator’s Flip a District campaign aims to unseat a Republican incumbent in November elections.

 In this archive photo, Krystal Anderson of Heart City Health Center, center, talks with Menessah Nelson, also of Heart City, while helping Kim Berkel of Elkhart navigate the Obamacare online exchange. The Heart City employees and others offered exchange assistance to the public on Feb. 24, 2014, at an informational session at Harrison College in Elkhart.
Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.

Two courts offered contradictory rulings on whether enrollees may tap federal subsidies to help cover health insurance costs.

 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Republican.
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:39 p.m.

The Republican had $901,200 in campaign funds as of June 30, compared to $277,479 for Democrat Joe Bock.

 An excavator travels in a section of U.S. 20 to be widened, just west of S.R. 15, on March 23, 2014. Some local officials have touted construction of a bypass just east of this road section that would lead to the Indiana Toll Road, but a state panel in a July 9, 2014, report nixed the idea, at least in the near term.
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 3:48 p.m.

Some locals have long talked of the proposal, but the panel deemed other state projects more worthy.

 Riverview Elementary School students take the bus home May 30, 2013. Losses due to property tax caps reduced funding in Elkhart Community Schools for transportation, though a property tax hike approved via referendum on May 6, 2014, will help offset that.
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.

Losses due to caps in Elkhart County totaled $42.63 million in 2014, up from $2.58 million in 2009.

 Davidy Kindy, second from right, helps distribute free sandwiches and food at The Window in Goshen on June 2, 2014. Kindy, a volunteer, says offerings like The Window's help many, including some workers, make ends meet.
Posted on June 23, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

Places such as Susanna’s Kitchen, Church Community Services and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana are still busier than before the Great Recession.

 In this archive photo, Brandon Baker, left, trims sheets of paneling for the recreational vehicle industry at Genesis Products on Feb. 7, 2013. The Elkhart company is one of many RV suppliers that are growing.
Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:50 p.m.

The number of people holding top managerial posts is on the rise, as well, and they’re also getting more.

 In this archive photo from Feb. 7, 2013, Irene Zubia Chavira feeds a laminator that produces interior paneling for the recreational vehicle industry at Genesis Products Plant 1. The Elkhart company is one of many growing RV suppliers. Still, the overall number of people in Elkhart County with jobs still lags peak levels from the mid-2000s.
Posted on June 19, 2014 at 8:51 p.m.

The unemployment rate is down, for sure, but that only tells part of the story.

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