Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday, January 29, 2014:
The council approved a resolution in support of future funding for new tennis courts. The current courts were built in 1973 and are used by schools and summer leagues. According to 1050AM The Chief, the council committed to putting $750,000 into the project. They hope that other stakeholders will be inspired to do the same.
A new barbecue restaurant is now open for business. The Prized Pig is located at the corner of Bell Rd and U.S. 12 in Niles. The Niles Daily Star reports that all the food is slowly smoked in house and covered in homemade barbeque sauce. The chef, Jeremy Vohwinkle, has won several barbeque awards, and he won the chili cook-off earlier this month at the Hunter Ice Festival.
A Penn High School graduate earned a national title last weekend. The Elhart Truth reports that Sarah Hildebrandt is currently a junior at King University in Bristol, Tenn. She earned the title in the 123-pound wrestling finals for the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association.
Trine University is developing a new medical program. Students will soon be able to earn a physician assistant master-level degree. The School of Health Sciences is partnering with Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne on the program. An accreditation review is pending.
The PGA Championship is all set with volunteers. Nearly 2,000 people have signed up to help with the tournament. They come from 23 states and provinces and range in age from 16 to 87. The PGA Championship takes place Memorial Day weekend.
A public hearing regarding Community Development Block Grant funds in Benton Harbor has been delayed to Wednesday, Jan. 29. The weather postponed it. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, the program awards funds to help provide decent housing, among other things. Wednesday’s hearing will be in city hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. They're asking citizens for ideas on what projects they thing need to be funded.
Couples' whose bank accounts have been holding them back from saying "I do" are in luck. Our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth say Trinity United Methodist Church in Elkhart is offering free weddings on Valentine's Day. They are trying to promote the positive aspects of marriage. Couples can choose from three different locations. The sign-up deadline is February 1.
If you're feeling blue during the doldrums of winter, this might help. A free seminar on Saturday will help you unleash the “Power of Color, Inside Your Home. It’s part of a series presented by Linton’s Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart. The seminar starts at 10 a.m. A second seminar this Saturday starting at noon will teach you how to deer, mole and rabbit proof your yard and landscaping.
St. Joseph and Elkhart counties are combining efforts to create the Michiana March for Babies. This year, everyone will get together at the same location for the annual event. It's going on May 17 at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium. You can sign up now. We have details on the Big Red Bar. The money raised funds lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies through the March of Dimes.