Here's a recap of our City By City report from Monday, February 3, 2014:
New officers are on the table in the Elkhart city council. The council deadlocked on the vote in mid-January and will re-vote Monday night; then, according to our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth, they have a handful of other resolutions to consider -- including one that would oppose eliminating the business personal property tax at a state level.
The community is showing support for a fifth grader who is fighting a rare form of leukemia. "Paws, Pedicures and Prayers for Daija" is happening Tuesday at Clayview Animal Clinic on U.S. 31 north from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. They will have a bake sale, pet photographs, pet nail trims, a raffle and more. Donations can also be made for Daija Lawson on the Prayers for Daija Facebook page.
Thieves have struck a Van Buren county business. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, they stole tools, copper and other electrical items at Newkirk Electric Association in Waverly Township. The thieves arrived in and got away on snowmobiles. The stolen goods have a value of $10,000.
If you love cats and dogs, consider volunteering at the Elkhart County Humane Society. You can learn more at a meeting Tuesday night at the shelter on County Road 19 in Bristol from 6:30 to 8 p.m. You must be an adult, 18 or older. You can sign up to help at the shelter, with fundraising projects, adoption events and more.
A local school district has been named an academic state champion. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, the Center for Education in Michigan recognized Lakeshore Public Schools, along with 53 others. The award uses a value-added raking system, adjusting test scores for student family income.
St. Pius Catholic Church in Granger is about to embark on a $20 million project to build a new church and expand the school. According to our reporting partners at 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel, the new church will have nearly double the seating space. They'll also build a new rectory and expand the parish education center.
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