City By City Report for September 4, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Thursday September 4, 2014:

South Bend

In honor of Hunger Action Day on Thursday, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana is giving away bags of food to those in need. You can stop by at 5 p.m. The bags will be available while supplies last. One bag will be given per person and that bag will feed one person for 1 to 2 days. The food bank is located at 702 Chapin Street in South Bend.


The Humane Society of Elkhart County is looking for volunteers. If you're interested you can learn more at a volunteer meeting next Saturday morning, September 13. You must register ahead of time to attend -- by calling 574-848-4225.

St. Joseph

There will be a meeting Thursday afternoon regarding the ongoing debate over a new CVS in St. Joseph. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, the planning commission will discuss the possible extension of Napier Avenue by a few hundred feet past Niles Avenue. They say it is the last hurdle to cross for developers before a final vote on the issue. The land is currently owned by Florin Funeral Home.


Finally preparations are underway for St. Joseph's Fall Festival. It runs from September 25-27. According to our partners at WSJM, the annual bed race will highlight Friday's activities. Money raised will go to help the Sunrise Rotary Youth Programs and Slumberland's 40 Winks program.


A new class hopes to help people who want to be more tech savvy. The internet basic class will be held Thursday night, at the LaGrange County Public Library's Topeka branch. The course starts at 6 p.m. and it is for beginners. It's also free and open to the public. You do need to register, just call the library at 260-593-3030.


Construction on the new Starke County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center should wrap up next spring. That's according to our reporting partners at WKVI. The metal addition to the rear of the existing building on state road eight, east of Knox, is 80 percent finished. Workers hope to add a roof to that structure within four to six weeks. Right now, they're finishing up some interior wiring on that section.


Downtown Goshen is welcoming September with fashionable clothes and cars. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, the city's "First Friday" theme is high fashion. It will include a scavenger hunter, discounts at several downtown stores, food vendors and live music. That event is coming up this Friday Sept. 5.

Winona Lake

An area college is reporting record breaking enrollment numbers, according to our partners at 1480 News Now. Grace College announced that nearly 2,200 students are signed up for classes at the Winona Lake based institution. School officials say that's a jump of 14.9% since last year. They say caring faculty, accelerated degree programs and affordability are the reasons why. Grace offers degree programs in Detroit, Fort Wayne and Indy.


Good news if your child is going through a growth spurt. More than 300 sellers will be on hand at the Wakarusa Children's Resale. Fall and winter clothing are up for grabs. The sale runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday, at the Wakarusa Missionary Church.

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