City By City Report for July 17, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Thursday July 17, 2014:

Benton Harbor

Lake Michigan College has set aside a new space just for its veteran students in Benton Harbor. Liberty Hall is a room for students to study or relax. The college says veteran and National Guard enrollment has been growing. They currently have more than 135 vets. You can access the new room by getting a code from LMC’s veterans' affairs office.

Elkhart County

Bad news for a plan to create a highway between the toll road and U.S. 20 that would have swung around just west of Middlebury. A state government panel has been researching the issue in Elkhart County but ultimately decided there were more pressing projects to tackle. The panel put the project on a list of things to be tackled within the next ten years.


Thursday is the last day to get discount tickets to the upcoming Elkhart County 4H Fair, which starts Friday. The advance tickets cost $6. That's $2 off the usual admission price. You can also get ride wristbands for $18 as opposed to $22. Keep in mind that kids 9 and under get into the fair for free. We have a link to locations where you can pick up these advance tickets on the Big Red Bar. This year the fair will once again collect non-perishable goods, hoping to set a world record for the largest single-day food drive. That will start on Sunday at 1 p.m. and end on Monday at 1 p.m. The donation drop-off will be near Gate 2. The current record was set in North Carolina in March of 2011 when a school collected 559,885 pounds of food. All donations will benefit the food bank of Elkhart County, a program of Church Community Services. Christine Karsten will be live at the fair coming up Friday on 16 Morning News.


Better World Books is hosting a “Just for Teens” dice tournament Thursday night. It starts at 6 o'clock and there will be prizes. The store is located at 215 South Main Street in Goshen and offers a different event for teens every Thursday evening.


The Google street view car will be in downtown Warsaw on Thursday. According to Stacey Page Online, images of area storefronts will be updated. This is all part of a new program called "My Town" that creates an interactive virtual walk down the main streets of small towns and cities across the U.S. There is no charge for businesses to participate but if they want the inside of their stores to be included, they can pay a small fee. If you'd like to see an example of "My Town" click on the Big Red Bar.


So much of our life is connected to farming - but how much do you know about the history of farm life. Winimac is giving younger generations a chance to experience that with their 37th annual power from the past event. It's this weekend, running Thursday through Sunday at the town park. The event will also feature antiques and lots of food.


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