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GOSHEN — The Elkhart County 4-H Fair has announced its 2021 concert lineup, headlined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ZZ Top and wrapping up with “America’s Got Talent” singer and ventriloquist Darci Lynn.

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SOUTH BEND — The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership is preparing to apply for up to $50 million of $500 million that is becoming available in state funding for economic development.

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ELKHART — Coronavirus-related restrictions were eliminated in Elkhart County and elsewhere on Monday after state legislators overrode Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of a bill that requires county elected officials to approve any health orders that are more stringent than the state’s.

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GOSHEN — The vaccination rate in Elkhart County is increasing by only 1 percent a week as hospitalizations of non-vaccinated COVID-19 patients remain high.

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ELKHART — A mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Tolson Center was supposed to administer 2,700 doses last week; the number of people actually getting immunized was 540.

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GOSHEN — Buggy lanes will be added when a two-mile section of C.R. 38 is rebuilt and widened this year.

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ELKHART — The Community Foundation of Elkhart County’s Board of Directors approved $1,793,999 of new and multiyear grants to nonprofits and programs throughout Elkhart County.

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ELKHART — The Elkhart County mask mandate and limitations on event capacities will end if Gov. Eric Holcomb signs S.B. 5, a bill that would move power to implement restrictions from the county health officer to the county Board of Commissioners.

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GOSHEN — County officials are imposing a $71,000 fine on a company that violated storm water rules for site construction, though the bulk of the penalty is suspended.

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NEW PARIS — Residents are invited to celebrate spring by trading their spare seeds, bulbs and perennials with fellow gardeners to bring home something new from the Spring Plant Exchange.

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GOSHEN — County parks will benefit from an endowment fund named in honor of a volunteer who passed away.

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ELKHART — The RV Industry Association announced Monday that the first quarter of 2021 was the best-ever first quarter for wholesale RV shipments, as March – with more than 50,000 units shipped – was the best month of the year so far.

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WAKARUSA — After a year’s hiatus from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival returned over the weekend, with officials declaring it a success and perhaps showing the way for other public events.

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ELKHART — The COVID-19 advisory level for Elkhart County was upgraded from yellow to orange Wednesday as a result of an uptick in new infections and the county’s positive test rate.

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MIDDLEBURY — Dozens of people interested in the widening of U.S. 20 through Middlebury showed up to a public hearing to see maps and, in some cases, to learn exactly how the project might affect their property.

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ELKHART — The Indiana State Department of Health is boosting the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Elkhart this week, and health officials hope to better reach minorities and others who may be hesitant to get vaccinated.

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MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to speak at a hearing Wednesday evening for the section of the U.S. 20 widening project that is located in Middlebury.

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BRISTOL — A historical museum presentation about an ongoing event may be a bit unusual. Nevertheless, the Elkhart County Historical Museum will present “Virtual Stories of Elkhart: The COVID-19 Pandemic” next week to chronicle how the county has been impacted.

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ELKHART — As the federal government and the state have paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination efforts in Elkhart County will be somewhat affected.

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ELKHART — Elkhart County on Tuesday reported its highest number of COVID-19 infections in a single day since mid-January, and the county’s positive test rate has climbed above 10 percent.

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ELKHART — The Elkhart County Health Department announced three COVID-19 vaccination clinics coming up in April and May.

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GOSHEN — A new documentary tells the story of two Goshen merchants, a father and son, who risked their business and livelihood to provide a vital passage for German Jews to escape the Holocaust and come to America.

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ELKHART — The local Amish population faces barriers to getting vaccinated for COVID-19 that other groups do not, as Hoosiers generally need to make vaccination appointments online or by phone and clinics are located in towns and cities.

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ELKHART — A new coronavirus variant was found in Elkhart County over the weekend, the Elkhart County Health Department announced Wednesday after being notified by the Indiana Department of Health.

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WESTVILLE — A man who was convicted at age 17 for his role in a violent home invasion has filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment in the Elkhart County Jail 10 years ago.

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ELKHART — RV manufacturers experienced their most productive February ever, according to new data released by the RV Industry Association.

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ELKHART — County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait has canceled a news conference scheduled for Friday morning, in which she was expected to say what level of coronavirus-related restrictions the county would have come April 6, when the statewide restrictions end.

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ELKHART — Seventy percent of Elkhart County’s 16-and-older population should be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of June, Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait said Tuesday.

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