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ELKHART — As the mayors of Elkhart and Apan, Mexico, signed agreements to become sister cities, family members of the Apan-born Elkhart resident Alvaro Marquez, who died in December, were present on both sides of the border.

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MIDDLEBURY — Two more school districts have decided to require masks inside their buildings following state rules encouraging local officials to adopt such requirements.

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ELKHART — Two large infrastructure projects could claim about a third of the city’s American Rescue Plan funds if the City Council approves the spending at its next meeting.

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ELKHART — All towing companies hired by the city have been charging fees not permitted in their contract, but when the city found out, it changed the contract to allow higher fees.

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ELKHART — More than 20 properties, most of them homes, would be demolished under a plan for a railroad overpass at Hively Avenue.

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ELKHART — Following what appeared as unanimous demands at a public hearing of about 100 people, state Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, promised redistricting transparency but said it’s too late to have a non-partisan committee lead the effort to draw the state’s new districts for congressional…

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ELKHART — Activity like street racing, burnouts and reckless driving that allegedly takes place at a Nappanee Street parking lot is not as bad as what has been stated at recent City Council meetings, participants say.

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ELKHART — The busiest intersection in town and a “forgotten” section of Main Street will be upgraded next year if the City Council appropriates a combined $2.8 million for the projects.

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ELKHART — Converting one-way streets to two-ways, closing part of Waterfall Drive and filling out the “knocked-out teeth” that are the many downtown parking lots are just a few of the ideas – and not the highest reaching – for revitalizing a nine-block section of downtown Elkhart.

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ELKHART — The proposed transfer of the Tolson Center from the city to the nonprofit that will run the center appears likely to become reality.

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ELKHART — A vacant section of the old Miles Laboratories campus will be busy once more, as a local RV industry supplier plans to invest $17.6 million in a new facility at the site.

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ELKHART — Two City Council members are challenging the legality of Mayor Rod Roberson’s executive order from last week, which gives city employees who are vaccinated for COVID-19 two additional paid days off.

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GOSHEN — Goshen College administrative faculty member Richard R. Aguirre was chosen on Thursday to be the city’s new clerk-treasurer.

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GOSHEN — Richard R. Aguirre, a Goshen College administrative faculty member, announced he is seeking to replace Adam Scharf as clerk-treasurer for the City of Goshen.

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ELKHART — A City Council majority favors relinquishing city ownership of the Tolson Center, which is to be rebuilt for about $12 million and operated by the non-profit organization Tolson Center for Community Excellence.

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GOSHEN — City Clerk-Treasurer Adam Scharf announced his resignation Friday, a little more than 18 months after winning the position.

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ELKHART — Dollar General’s hopes of building another store in Elkhart, at C.R. 6 and Stryker Street, were crushed at City Hall this week, as a City Council majority voted against a proposed rezoning.

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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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ELKHART — Former Mayor Dave Miller, who died Sunday at Elkhart General Hospital after a weeks-long battle with COVID-19, was remembered by friends and former colleagues as a warm man who always sought to do what he thought was right for the city, his family and God. He was 62.

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ELKHART — As local coronavirus-related restrictions were undone last week and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its recommendation for who should wear masks and where, fully vaccinated individuals can now leave facial coverings behind in many instances.

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ELKHART — Police now have live access to monitor Elkhart Housing Authority surveillance cameras at Washington Gardens from the police headquarters, according to a new agreement between the Housing Authority and the Elkhart Police Department.

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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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ELKHART — An electric scooter company has launched operations in Elkhart, giving residents and visitors a chance to get around without a bike, bus or car.

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ELKHART — In a bipartisan though not unanimous vote, the City Council approved a resolution encouraging residents of Elkhart and people who work in the city to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

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ELKHART — City police are about to get new tasers, virtual reality training equipment, body cameras, dashboard cameras and interview room cameras after the City Council unanimously voted in favor of a $3.4 million five-year deal with Axon late Monday.

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ELKHART — A city councilman is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the conviction of people stealing yard signs encouraging people to vote no in the Elkhart Community Schools referendum on May 4.

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ELKHART — Despite expectations at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that the City of Elkhart’s finances would suffer, the city grew financially stronger in 2020.

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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 — All of C.R. 17 within Elkhart city limits will be resurfaced this year, following a $1.1 million appropriation by the Elkhart City Council on Monday evening.

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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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ELKHART — A $1 million appropriation for acquisitions related to the Hively Avenue overpass project is on the Elkhart City Council’s agenda Monday.

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ELKHART — The moratorium on late fees and utility shutoffs for Elkhart utility customers will end next month, the city announced.

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ELKHART — Mayor Rod Roberson has appointed his predecessor’s chief of staff to come back to the role after a 15-month break.

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