City By City Report for Feb. 19, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday, February 19, 2014:

Benton Township

Officials are expressing some doubt about the prospects of creating a library district with Benton Harbor. The township library is struggling without an annual cash contribution from the township. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, they lost 40 percent of revenue because of it; but township officials are concerned that creating a district library would cost too much. Representatives from both the township and the city of Benton Harbor are now looking into the matter.

South Bend

Nearly 5,000 Catholic school students will gather at Notre Dame's Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday to celebrate the 22nd annual “all schools mass”. This year's theme is "Catholic schools: Communities of faith, knowledge and service." Students and educators from 21 area schools will attend the mass. They will bring food to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

South Bend's anti-violence commission is holding a public meeting Wednesday. The group unites law enforcement, social services and religious organizations around one common mission: saving lives by making South Bend a safer place to live. The meeting will be held at the Charles Martin Youth Center starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday.


Applications are available for the South Bend Police Department's Spring Citizens Police Academy. The nine week program starts on March 25 and classes are held every Tuesday night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. You will get an understanding of how the police department works as well as its policies and the issues they face every day. The goal is to foster a spirit of cooperation between police and the public. You can find an application in the police department lobby or on their website, just click here.


For the second year in a row, Indiana's distinguished young woman hails from Elkhart County. Elkhart Central senior Christine Medin was named the 2014 distinguished young woman. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, she will compete in the national finals in Alabama in June. Erin Weber, a senior at Northridge High School, made the top 10 at the state competition.


Parents plan to voice their concerns Wednesday night about a budget-cutting measure at Mishawaka schools. A meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Emmons Elementary School. Faced with a multi-million dollar shortfall, the school board has been looking at what can be done. Under their "immediate" list is turning Battell Elementary into a central hub for kindergarten, head start and early childhood students. But Battell parents are concerned about making their kids move to different schools. The school board is expected to allow public comment and take questions at Wednesday night’s meeting. Another hot topic that's been up for discussion is closing Hums Elementary.


Another local business has its products on sale at Whole Foods in Mishawaka. You can now find Korean Teriyaki Sauce and Kimchee Seasoning from Sunny's Korean Restaurant and Gourmet Products. Sunny's Restaurant is on Spring Street in Mishawaka. Whole Foods is located on Grape Road.


A Stevensville lawmaker is urging his colleagues to pass a supplemental budget bill to repair potholes in the state. Republican State Representative Al Pscholka says they're debating spending between $100 and $115 million on the project. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, he's hoping they can bypass the department of transportation and give the money directly to local road agencies.


Time is running out to vote for two Michiana schools in a Battle of the Fans. The Michigan High School Athletic Association's (MHSAA) student advisory council is putting it all on. Both Bridgman and Buchanan are finalists, with Buchanan hoping to defend its champion title from 2013. The other schools on the list are Beaverton, Frankfort, and TC West. Voting ends Thursday at 4 p.m. We have details on the Big Red Bar.

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