City By City Report for July 10, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Tuesday July 8, 2014:

St. Joseph

A new veteran support group will hold its first meeting Thursday in St. Joseph. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, "At Ease" will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Center on Main Street. Vets are encouraged to come and share their stories, and hear from mentors.

South Bend

A coffee company on the mission to help save animals' lives has been a great success already. "Grounds and Hounds" donates 20% of its proceeds to rescues across the country, including Pet Refuge, and in the first one hundred days of business they've generated $5,000 in donations to those shelters. Pet Refuge received 15% of their national total. Click on this link to learn more about "Grounds and Hounds".

You can grab a glass of lemonade and help kids fight cancer. "Alex's Lemonade Stand" will be set up at the Key Bank Plaza in downtown South Bend from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. It's all to raise money for the "Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation" to fight childhood cancer.


The Bridgman Fire Department is hosting its annual street dance fundraiser starting Thursday. Thursday night is the teen dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday will be the adult dance from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. It’s all taking place in the city hall parking lot downtown.


The city is updating its policies on tall grass and weeds. Previously, if your grass was 6 inches tall, you'd get a warning. Now the Knox council has approved an 8 inch limit. According to our reporting partners at WKVI, the property has 5 days to mow the grass or the city will do it for them, and send a bill. The fine for violations will also increase to $75. There will be a final reading of the new ordinance on July 22.

Starke County

Starke County will now charge some jail inmates $15 per doctor's visit for routine care. According to our reporting partners at WKVI, commissioners approved new rules applying to inmates with commissary accounts. They say no one will be denied care, but money can be deducted from their account when they visit the doctor. The money will be put into a fund to provide medical services for other inmates.


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