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ELKHART — While the U.S. is in its second-largest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of cases in Elkhart County has begun to increase, July locally had the fewest virus-related deaths of any month since the outbreak began.

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GOSHEN — Elkhart County 4-H Fair President Trent Hostetler is feeling proud these days; it’s been a challenging few years for everyone involved, but finally they were able to put on the event the way they wanted.

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GOSHEN — It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to master something. Perhaps that’s what made the Senior Talent Showcase at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair so enjoyable Tuesday; at least one of the performers has been practicing since the early 1950s.

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ELKHART — The RV industry set a new record of shipments in each of the last four quarters, the RV Industry Association said Monday.

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SOUTH BEND — The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership plans to make recommendations at the end of August on some of the 170 submissions that came in for $50 million in state funding.

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GOSHEN — Local 4-H members and fairgoers strolled through the fairgrounds Friday morning, enjoy the camaraderie all but lost last year because of COVID-19.

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ELKHART — The number of Elkhart County residents getting vaccinated for COVID-19 has dropped to about 200 a day. That includes people getting their first and second doses, meaning that the group of fully vaccinated residents grows by about 0.05 percentage points per day.

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GOSHEN — Road improvements at the future site of the consolidated courts building are estimated to cost $5.3 million, exceeding the escape clause built into a city-county agreement.

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GOSHEN — Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County is marking 35 years with a new build just a few blocks from where it began.

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BRISTOL — Bristol has updated its master plan to take the town into 2030.

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ELKHART — Community-wide Independence Day celebrations are planned in the area this weekend, in addition to an untold number of family cookouts and gatherings, on and around the Fourth of July.

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ELKHART — The number of new COVID-19 infections in Elkhart County continues to decline, causing the county’s weekly coronavirus score to turn blue, meaning it is mild, for the first time since early March.

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GOSHEN — Elkhart County’s joint courts complex will be a four-story facility containing 13 courtrooms under a site plan announced Tuesday.

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GOSHEN — County officials are giving a second chance to a New Paris RV maker that received financial incentives when it moved to Syracuse.

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ELKHART — The local coronavirus outbreak is as mild as it has been in more than a year, with a seven-day average of 11 new infections per day; the last time Elkhart County had such a low average was on May 4, 2020.

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BRISTOL — When it was built in the 1830s, the historic Bonneyville Mill near Bristol was state-of-the-art. Who could have guessed it would have its most profitable year for grain sales nearly 200 years later during a global pandemic.

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GOSHEN — The flag high atop the Elkhart County Courthouse will fly from a pole on the ground after a decision by county officials.

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GOSHEN — The county is catching up on some of the paving that was cut last year amid fears that road funding would be down by a third.

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ELKHART — A planned expansion of the Manor Estates subdivision on Elkhart’s northeast side could add 93 single-family homes. Some neighbors are concerned that the size of the new homes could hurt their property values.

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GOSHEN — A mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic opened its doors at Goshen High School gym on Thursday morning. Walk-ins are welcome and the Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for children as young as 12, is one of two available vaccines.

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ELKHART — While new data show improvement on several coronavirus fronts, low vaccine uptake in the area, and particularly in LaGrange County, will result in another visit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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ELKHART — Lacasa Inc., in collaboration with Lifeline Youth Ministries, got the ball rolling on their State Street Project on Wednesday aimed at revitalizing the city’s neighborhood and providing affordable housing.

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