City By City Report for Oct. 29, 2013

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013:

Starke County

The county has just approved a new salary for the sheriff. According to our reporting partners at WKVI, beginning in 2015, he'll make $87,500. State law requires the sheriff to make at least 60% of the prosecuting attorney's salary, which is set by the state. The sheriff could bring in 6 figures though because of extra revenue from tax warrants.


A recovered drug addict will talk about how he started using marijuana at age 13 and ended up addicted to meth. The drugs led him to a suicide attempt, which he survived and now he's helping others avoid the destructive path. The event starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Knox Community Center.


Students at two Goshen elementary schools are flexing their taste buds, trying out a new fruit or vegetable every week, all thanks to IU Health Goshen. The hospital is funding the program at Chandler and West Goshen; two schools with the highest number of students on reduced-price lunches.


Students are mixing it up at lunch on Tuesday. Elkhart Central is one of the many schools nationwide that will participate in a day encouraging students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. The goal is to meet someone new at lunch and help put a stop to bullying. You can learn more about National Mix-it Up at Lunch Day on the Big Red Bar.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is hosting its first public meeting next week so residents can voice their concerns, as officers work to reduce violence. According to our partners at the Elkhart Truth, the first meeting is at Concord High School on November 4 and 6:30 p.m. Here all of the dates/times from the Truth:

*Concord Township, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Concord High School, Media Center Door 1, 9117 Minuteman Way, Elkhart.

*Washington Township, 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at Zion Lutheran Church, 53013 C.R. 19, Bristol.

*York Township, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at York Elementary School, 13549 S.R. 19, Bristol.

*Baugo Township, 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Baugo Township Fire Department, 57955 C.R. 3, Elkhart.

*Cleveland Township, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, at the Cleveland Township Fire Department, 51233 C.R. 5, Elkhart.

*Osolo Township, 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Osolo Township Fire Department, 24936 Buddy St., Elkhart.

*Jackson and Benton townships, 6: 20 p.m. Nov. 5 at Fairfield High School administration building, 67240 C.R. 31, Goshen.

*Jefferson and Middlebury townships, 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Northridge High School, 56779, Northridge Drive, Middlebury.

*Elkhart and Clinton townships , 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Brenneman Memorial Church, 61115 S.R. 15, Goshen.

*Olive, Harrison, Locke and Union townships, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Harrison Township Fire Department, 63061, C.R. 13, Goshen.

Benton Harbor

Tickets for the 2014 Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores will go on sale in a few weeks, on November 12. But according to our partners at WSJM, to buy them, you must register on the web site by November 11. The PGA Championship will be held May 20-25.

St. Joseph

Tuesday night, you can learn everything you need to know about financial aid and scholarships. The free workshop will be presented by Shannon Price from the Michigan Department of Treasury. It starts at 6 p.m. in the St. Joseph High School student center. Parents are asked to call the school’s guidance office to RSVP at 269-926-3210. Everyone is welcome, regardless of where you live.

South Bend

Now is the time to start thinking about your entry for the annual gingerbread contest. Gather your friends or family and design a one-of-a-kind gingerbread house or other novelty item by December 2. All of the materials must be edible. Prizes will be awarded in four categories. Residents of St. Joseph, Marshall, LaPorte and Elkhart counties in Indiana are eligible as well as Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties in Michigan. We have more details on the Big Red Bar.

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