City By City Report for March 6, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Thursday, March 6, 2014:


The city’s chicken ordinance has made it past a first reading. The city council unanimously approved the reading, but suggested some minor changes before it is put to a final vote in two weeks. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, the ordinance allows chickens within city limits. Some council members want stricter rules about where they can be placed, and how many chickens residents can have. As it stands, the ordinance would not allow chicken owners to sell the eggs for profit.


Downtown will be covered in purple this weekend as hundreds of runners put on their Sarah Strong t-shirts, for a 5K race. It is a fundraiser for the Sarah Strong Foundation created in memory of 15-year-old Sarah Crain, who bravely battled cancer. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, registration for the run is still open. It costs $30. The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.


As spring nears, more student athletes will be getting ready to compete. South Bend Orthopaedics is sponsoring a seminar for parents, trainers and coaches to learn more about common injuries. It will be held on Wednesday, March 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. at their office in Mishawaka, located at 60160 Bodnar Blvd.


Check your pantry. Cub scouts in Lakeville are holding a food drive this weekend. Pack 247 will be at United Methodist church on U.S. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday.


We want to remind you about a job fair coming up this weekend at Amish Acres. They're looking to fill positions like wait staff, hostesses, box office personnel and tour guides. It will be held at Amish Acres on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Benton Harbor

Six high school staff members were laid off recently, in order to cut costs. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, the state has mandated the spending cuts and since staff salaries make up more than 80% of the school's budget, the district says there was no way to avoid layoffs.


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