City By City Report for Feb. 20, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Thursday, February 20, 2014:

South Bend

Kids can take public transit for a discount this summer. The youth summer travel pass goes on sale this Saturday, during the Michiana Summer Camp Fair at the Century Center. The $30 pass is available for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and provides unlimited travel from June through August. They'll be on sale at the TRANSPO administrative offices on Monday.


Michiana's Rising Star competition is coming up. Applicants can submit a DVD or web link until March 28, demonstrating their talents. The grand prize is $1,000 and the chance to co-host an episode of "Experience Michiana" on WNIT. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, Dara Marquez won last year's competition, reading poetry.


One-thousand dollar scholarships are available for students in St. Joseph County. The South Bend West Side Memorial Day Parade Committee is accepting applications through April 30. High school seniors are eligible. You must include letters of recommendation, a transcript of grades, and a written essay about the importance of veterans on Memorial Day. You can find a copy of the scholarship application at your high school guidance office.


It may not look like much is happening at the former NIPSCO building on Washington Street in but it is about to take on a very different persona. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, the Goshen Brewing Company is moving in, and hopes to begin transforming the building at the north end of the mill race canal into a brewpub this spring. The owner hopes to open by early fall.


The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is holding a "Concealed Carry" class next month. It will teach citizens about their second amendment rights and those who attend the program will have fingerprint fees waived when applying for a gun permit. All instructors are certified. The class is on March 10 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department’s Law Enforcement Center. For more information, click here.

Benton Harbor

There's a candidate up for consideration in the May 6 recall election of Mayor James Hightower in Benton Harbor. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, Commissioner Marcus Muhammed announced yesterday he's running for office. Muhammed released his potential plans for the city on his election Facebook page. The deadline for candidates to file is Friday at 4 p.m.


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