City By City Report for August 28, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Thursday August 28, 2014:

Berrien County

Parents with school children in the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency, check your mail. The system has been mailing out applications for their free and reduced lunch program. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, you can apply any time throughout the year. Those with differing financial situations will be asked to provide differing information.

Berrien/Cass Counties

Southwest Michigan residents are being asked to help in the war against invasive plants. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, the Department of Natural Resources is setting training days. Volunteers will learn how to identify invasive species and remove them from state parks. If you're interested in attending, we'll have a link to more information on the Big Red Bar.


A Goshen landmark will soon become a new medical center and on Thursday morning, they break ground. The ceremony will be held at Abshire Mansion on North Main Street starting at 10 a.m. The mansion will become home to a second Maple City Health Care Center. Officials say the renovations will expand access to primary care services for the Elkhart County community all while preserving the historic presence of the mansion.


More than twenty positions are up for grabs during a job fair in Elkhart Thursday. Manpower is looking to fill the openings in the Elkhart, Goshen and Bristol areas. All shifts start at $10 an hour. The job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce board room, located at 418 South Main Street. Ideal candidates will have one year of manufacturing experience and reliable transportation. A clean background check and pre-drug screening is required.


Winamac residents will see a hike in their electric rates. According to our reporting partners at WKVI, hose in city limits now pay $122 minimum while those outside will pay $127 minimum. Of course, rates will vary depending on how much you use. The rate increase is 11.2 %.


The 48th annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival officially gets underway Friday in Plymouth. But good news -- the carnival opens Thursday night. It will be open from 5-10 p.m. We'll have a full schedule and guide on the Big Red Bar.

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