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WAKARUSA — David Eby’s pilots were already in the air on Tuesday afternoon, getting ready to cover 350,000 acres of northern Indiana in the fight against Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, at night.

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ELKHART — A new forecast for RV wholesale shipments projects that 2020 will surpass 2019 despite the coronavirus shutdown, while 2021 is projected to become the best year on record.

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GOSHEN — A $132.5 million spending plan approved for Elkhart County government in 2021 is about 12.5 percent higher than the 2020 budget, a bump of about $14.8 million.

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GOSHEN — The Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board of Directors has voted to re-elect the 2020 executive officers and extend their year of service for an additional year due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 Fair, the organization announced Monday.

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GOSHEN — Elkhart County Council followed up on a nearly $1.5 million contribution to Ivy Tech’s new technology lab with a $150,000 investment in workforce development.

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BRISTOL — The Elkhart County Historical Museum will present the “Virtual Stories of Elkhart: The County Home” program on two occasions this week, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, and 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

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ELKHART — An annual motorcycle ride to honor police officers, firefighters and veterans will be on Elkhart County roads Sunday.

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ELKHART — Construction is under way on the new Ivy Tech iFlex Lab, a facility that will help transform Elkhart County and make the area a national leader in advanced manufacturing.

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GOSHEN — County officials say they sympathize with frustrations over the COVID-19 pandemic, though they have no more idea than anyone else when the public health crisis will be over.

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ELKHART — Late artist Kelby Love’s mural on a wall of 1045 S. Main St. is now City of Elkhart property.

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ELKHART — The number of COVID-19 deaths in Elkhart County topped a milestone Tuesday, and although health officials are encouraged by a leveling of infections locally they also urge residents to brace for a second wave.

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GOSHEN — Several state-sponsored COVID-19 testing sites will be replaced by community sites next month, as health officials hope Elkhart County residents will continue to get tested in high numbers.

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GOSHEN — A number of residents spoke at the end of the Elkhart County Health Board meeting Thursday night to voice their displeasure with the mask mandate and share a view that the pandemic isn't as serious as it's often portrayed.

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ELKHART — County park organizers are inviting residents to join two events in the weeks ahead, one involving board games and the other yoga.

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GOSHEN — The coronavirus pandemic may have altered county fairs and livestock shows, but it could not affect the generosity of the community when it comes to 4-H’ers.

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GOSHEN — Home internet service using the county’s fiber optic network is on the horizon, though how to reach it and what it might cost still have to be determined.

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BRISTOL — A 64-year-old Bristol man died in a motorcycle crash on Wednesday, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

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GOSHEN — Nearly 40 acres at the west edge of Elkhart County were rezoned Monday to reflect the business nature of the area and steer future development away from manufacturing.

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ELKHART — A recent spike in the Elkhart County positive test rate for COVID-19 suggests community spread could be increasing, though it is too early to say with much certainty, according to the county Health Department.

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GOSHEN — County leaders on Saturday took a step forward on what could be a five-year road to building a consolidated courts facility.

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ELKHART — Elkhart County students can go back to in-person instruction at the beginning of the new school year, despite hearing Thursday that they would have to wait weeks.

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ELKHART — Some parents are relieved. Others are frustrated and dumbfounded. Students in Elkhart County should not start the school year with in-person learning, the county's top health official says.

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ELKHART — The four Elkhart Public Library branches need renovations, the library’s board believes. A $4 million bond issuance came one step closer to reality at this week’s Elkhart City Council meeting.

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GOSHEN — County officials voted to appropriate over $2 million for costs related to a consolidated courts building.

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GOSHEN — The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners opened four bids for a cell expansion that's expected to add a few years to the life of the landfill.

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ELKHART — Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Lydia Mertz on Monday evening defended her decision to recommend that schools resume in-person instruction.

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GOSHEN — Sections of C.R. 18 and C.R. 19 near U.S. 20 will be closed for road work starting Friday or early next week, according to Rieth-Riley Construction.

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GOSHEN — All school districts in Elkhart County have submitted reopening plans as they get the green light to resume classes, but some private schools are still pending, county health officials learned Thursday.

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ELKHART — County officials charged with leading the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic have some residents confused.

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GOSHEN — Local 4-H’ers are showcasing their year’s work at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds this week.

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ELKHART — The Cummins Foundation has issued a $10,000 COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Grant to United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties to assist families and children impacted by the crisis.

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ELKHART — Another three Elkhart County residents have died of COVID-19, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

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GOSHEN — The fight against an invasive algae that has a foothold in local waters is going to be pricey, the county storm water board has learned.

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GOSHEN — County officials on Monday chose a $1.62 million bid to build a courtroom and other interior spaces at the criminal justice complex.

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ELKHART — Elkhart County Sheriff Jeff Siegel said his department will not enforce a statewide mask order that goes into effect Monday.

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GOSHEN — Though the in-person Elkhart County 4-H Fair is canceled, fair and 4-H organizers are coming up with ways to host activities that people can safely participate in.

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