Thursday, August 21, 2014

 A U.S. magistrate has agreed with prosecutors' motion to jail James LeDonne until his July 14 trial because of the risk that he'll find new victims or flee the area.

James LeDonne has pleaded for his freedom, saying he misses his children and needs to prepare his defense but a judge denied that appeal. A trial is set for January.

Posted at 1:42 p.m.
 Middlebury-based Jayco Corp. will build a new 208,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to meet growing demand for this Entegra Coach, a luxury RV, the company announced Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The company is expanding to help meet the demand for its luxury motorhome.

Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
 A NIPSCO spokeswoman says it's too early to tell whether proposed federal regulations to reduce carbon emissions will drive up electricity bills in Elkhart County.

How regulations to reduce carbon emissions will affect prices unclear to industry experts.

Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 9:47 p.m.
Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.

Families approved for Comcast’s Internet Essential program now through Sept. 20 will receive six months of free broadband internet service.

 This undated photo shows Nell Ward (right).
Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 7:52 a.m.

Nell Ward managed the fair’s baby animal barn for 40 years, but has been slowed by health concerns.

 Job applicants fill a room at the Hilton Garden Inn in Elkhart on July 31, 2014 at a hiring event hosted by KIK Custom Products, which was looking to hire 100 people.
Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.

The jobless rate in Elkhart County fell in July, signaling the local economy’s best performance since before the recession.

 Keystone RV Company was set to request site plan approval from the Goshen Plan Commission Tuesday, Aug. 19 for a new manufacturing facility north of C.R. 40 and south of the company's current plant on Hackberry Drive.
Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.

The new facility would employ 400 workers but it’s unclear if those would be new jobs or transfers from other facilities. The commission approved the plans Tuesday, Aug. 19.

 This photo taken Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, shows Duncan Systems, 29391 Old U.S. 33, Elkhart, Ind., which Lippert Components recently acquired.
Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.

Lippert Components said the acquisition will not threaten anyone already employed at Duncan Systems Inc. 

 This photo from WNDU shows a stretch of U.S. 31 that is part of an upgrade. The Bike Michiana Coalition planned a bike ride on the new stretch on June 14, 2014.
Posted on Aug. 18, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.

Drivers will be able to use the new highway to bypass La Paz and Lakeville on their way to central Indiana.

 A construction crew prepares the ground for Dometic's doubling of its Goshen distribution center northeast of Century Drive and Kercher Road Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.
Posted on Aug. 18, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

The company will double the size of its Goshen warehouse in an effort to keep up with demand from the recreational vehicle industry.

 One of the many food tents set up at the Taste of the Gardens event at Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart was decorated with miniature hot air balloons Aug. 24, 2013. The event featured live music, food and drinks, vendors, as well as walking through the entirety of the gardens.
Posted on Aug. 18, 2014 at 6:08 a.m.

A cool festival, a big calzone, a new Japanese steakhouse and a video of how to make a Stella Moo burger are part of this week’s Quick Bites.

 Michelle Singletary
Posted on Aug. 17, 2014 at 8:16 a.m.

American Tax Relief was selling a lot of hope. Unfortunately, desperate people will do desperate things.

 Customers at The Grind have an closeup view of construction outside of the coffee shop's front window.
Posted on Aug. 17, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Work on a huge underground tank project and overpass on Prairie Street will continue through much of 2015.

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