Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 30, 2013

2013 in Review Part 2 - May through August

Goshen News

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1 — Todd A. Stewart, 35, Bristol is charged with the September 2012 murder of his tattoo shop business partner, Mark A. Miller. Miller’s body was found stuffed in a barrel under the Six Span Bridge in Elkhart.

2 — Daniel Pennington, 32, of Elkhart, who pleaded guilty in April to neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice for his role in the 2011 death of 19-month-old Mariah Gibson of Goshen, fails to show up for his sentencing hearing.

4 — Former Indiana Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Otis “Doc” Bowen dies at the age of 95. He is laid to rest six days later in his hometown of Bremen.

11 — Gael Ibarra, an 8-month-old Ligonier boy was killed a one-vehicle crash at the Noble/Elkhart county line.

13 — A transportation study group recommends cuts in bus routes, as well as other measures, to help close a transportation budget shortfall of $350,000 for Goshen Community Schools.

15 — Arellano Eustolia, 40, of Middlebury is killed in a two-vehicle crash at Ind. 13 and C.R. 20

16 — Navistar Inc. officials announce that it had sold the Monaco and Holiday Rambler brand RVs manufactured in Wakarusa to Allied Specialty Vehicles and that production by 520 employees would move to Decatur, Ind.

21 — Indiana Lt. Gov. Susan Ellspermann made stops in Goshen and Middlebury as part of her quest to visit all 92 of the state’s counties.

22 — More than 50 students were injured — none seriously — and a bus driver airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital following a chain-reaction crash involving four Wawasee Community School buses near Wawasee Middle School in North Webster.

24 — It is announced that recent Census population numbers show that Goshen’s population eclipsed the 32,000 mark for the first time in its history.

24 — 87 students graduate from Westview High School

28 — The Goshen School Board approves $350,000 in future cuts to its transportation/busing program.

30 — Gaylene Beaird, 18, of Goshen, is sentenced to 65 years in prison for the December 2012 murder of 76-year-old Norma Hopper in her Elkhart home.

30 — The Goshen Community School administration has an Indian chief statue removed from the high school gym in preparation of 2013 commencement ceremonies out of respect for those who may be offended by the stereotypical use of the Native American image. A teacher snaps a photo of the removal and posts it on Twitter, causing a social media outcry to have the statue returned.


2 — 124 Fairfield High School students and 31 Bethany Christian High School students graduate.

2 — Citing a lack of community support, organizers of a $35 million Goshen community center/school remodeling proposal, withdraw their request for the project. The project was set to go to a community referendum on Nov. 5.

4 — Goshen Community Schools’ Superintendent Diane Woodworth announces that the wooden Native American chief statue will be placed back in the gym in time for graduation.

7 — 315 Concord High School students and 205 NorthWood High School students graduate.

8 — 210 Wawasee High School students graduate.

9 — 405 Goshen High School, 286 Northridge High School students and 141 West Noble High School students graduate.

10 — Following the withdraw of the community center proposal, Goshen Community Schools trustees decide to pursue their own $17.15 million renovation and construction project that would construct a new pool and add and improve space for cafeteria, physical education and music facilities at the high school and middle school.

14 — The Oakwood Inn on Lake Wawasee in Syracuse reopens after closing in 2008.

18 — The Goshen City Council votes to not help fund construction of additional sidewalks following a request from Goshen Community School officials after the decision was made to increase the walking zones around elementary schools.

21 — Craig Wallen, president of CTT Communications, announces a purchase agreement for the former American Countryside Market along C.R. 26. Wallen wants to build a baseball stadium on the site and attract a minor league baseball team to the area.

24 — More than 87,000 NIPSCO customers are left without power after severe storms slam the area.


1 — Better World Books in downtown Goshen opens at its new location at 215 S. Main St., the former Town & Country Appliances store. The Electric Brew, a fixture at the northeast corner of Main and Washington streets since 1996, would eventually move to the former Better World location at 118 E. Washington St.

5 — An estimated 15,000 to 18,000 people cram Main Street for the fifth annual First Fridays Goshen Cruisin’ Reunion. It is believed to be the largest turnout ever for a First Fridays event.

9 — The Goshen Redevelopment Commission approve a resolution to allow the commission to work with multiple developers when considering a plan for Goshen’s River Race redevelopment project.

10 — Roger Nafziger is appointed to the Goshen Board of School Trustees, replacing Jon Jesse who resigned after 11 years of service to relocate outside of the corporation’s boundaries.

16 — Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman proposes and ordinance that would allow the mayor to appoint a deputy mayor to be empowered to make decisions during the absence of the mayor. The ordinance is table to allow for further review and discussion.

17 — The McKinley Family of Elkhart is named the Elkhart County 4-H Family of the Year.

17 — Local and state officials approved the wording that will appear on ballots regarding the Nov. 5 referendum on the Goshen Community Schools $17.15 million building project. The Elkhart County Election Board would later approve the referendum.

19 — The 2013 Elkhart County 4-H opens. Fairfield graduate Sierra Walter is crowned Fair Queen. Former Goshen resident Fanceon Resler is crowned Senior Fair Queen.

22 — More than 11,000 people pack in and around the main grandstand to see a concert by emerging country music superstars Florida Georgia Line.

23 — Country music legend Vince Gill performs at the fair.

27 — Fair officials announce that record Monday and Wednesday gate traffic numbers were set at 39,296 and 46,718 respectively. The 4-H livestock auction also hit a record of $1,042,127, the first time ever it hit the $1 million mark.


3 — Linda Hochstetler, 65, of Middlebury is struck by a car and killed after she stopped to check on a groundhog that was hit by a vehicle on Ind. 13 near Yoder Drive in Middlebury.

7 — Two masked men rob the Key Bank located at 121 E. Vistula St., Bristol

10 — Elkhart County Council members approve a $1.5 million loan request by the town of Bristol for a road construction project aimed at rerouting truck traffic connected to the relocation of Utilimaster from Wakarusa to Bristol.

11 — Sarah M. Fields, 31, Elkhart is killed in a car crash on U.S. 33 just north of C.R. 146.

11 — Music legend Kris Kristofferson performs at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart.

12 — A fire causes about $150,000 at the vacant Goshen Motor Inn, 1375, Lincolnway East. Three teens were later charged with arson.

13 — The Indiana Department of Transportation scales back the proposed linkup of the Waterford Mills Parkway from Regent Street to Ind. 15 from a four-lane bridge to a two-lane bridge.

19 — The trial of three teens charged with murder in the death of their accomplice during a robbery attempt in Elkhart on Oct. 3, 2012 begins at the Elkhart County Courthouse. Levi Sparks, 18, and Blake Layman, 17, both of Elkhart and Anthony Perez Sharp Jr., 19, Goshen, are all charged with felony murder. Their friend, Jose Quiroz, was shot and killed during a robbery at 1919 Frances Ave., Elkhart by homeowner Rodney Scott.

22 — Just minutes before midnight a jury rules that Sparks, Laymen and Perez Sharp Jr. are guilty of felony murder.

24 — Officials at IU Goshen Health Hospital host an open house to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Goshen Hospital.

26 — The Mohler Family of Millersburg — founders of Sweet Corn Charlie’s — is honored as the 2013 Farm Family of the Year by the Elkhart County Agricultural Society. Goshen’s Dave Hess is awarded the Uncle Elmer Award.