City By City Report for April 2, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday, April 2, 2014:

South Bend

A major announcement is expected Wednesday from the South Bend Silver Hawks. The team will hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon at Four Winds Field alongside Deputy Mayor Mark Neal and the director of South Bend Parks and Rec. Four Winds Casino and Resorts COO will also be on hand. The Silver Hawks open their season at home on Tuesday, April 8.


Pay raises are on tap for Watervliet Township officials. They'll get a 6% boost, according to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium. It's their first raise in six years. Salaries for the three positions are right around $19,000 per year. Trustees will also be paid an extra $15 for each meeting.


If you're doing a little spring cleaning, you can get rid of your unwanted items this weekend. Goodwill and WNDU are hosting a "Fill a Truck" donation drive on Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Grape Road retail store. Donors will get a discount shopping coupon and kids get a free stuffed animal. There will also be free vision screenings from the Lakeville and Mishawaka Lions Clubs and Starbucks is handing out coffee.


Your child can learn about healthy foods and nutrition at whole foods' "Kids Club Story Time" in Mishawaka. It starts at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Each week there will be different games and activities. The store is also holding a fundraiser for "The Res" in Mishawaka coming up on Tuesday. Five percent of sales will be donated.


April is child abuse prevention month and CASA of Kosciusko County is selling blue pinwheels to bring awareness. This Friday, at “First Fridays”, you can buy one for just $2. All proceeds will be donated to programs in the county that fight child abuse. Their "Light of Hope" candlelight ceremony is coming up on Tuesday, April 8.


A new art gallery opens Wednesday in Elkhart. The gallery, called "Arts on Main," is in the old Wirt and Zell building on Main Street. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, it has eight art studios on the second floor. There is an open house planned for Wednesday night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to show off the new business.

Elkhart County

Taco Bell may be opening another location in Elkhart County. The chain has reportedly filed plans with state fire safety officials for a store at old U.S. 20 and Ash Road near Osceola by the Wal-Mart there. That's according to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth. So far, Taco Bell has not commented about the property or lease, which has not been finalized.


A local high school music program is among the best in the nation. Plymouth High School is one of just 96 schools to receive the "Support Music Merit Award." According to our reporting partners at WKVI, the award recognizes school and community efforts to support music education. Five Indiana schools received the honor.


The Little Shop of Horrors is coming to Amish Acres in Nappanee. The show will run from April 9 through May 25. It’s based on the film by Roger Corman and rated PG 13.

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