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Mayor Pete Buttigieg Skypes Trio of Interviews from Afghanistan

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg sat down for a trio of interviews with local television stations this morning. The mayor, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan for a six month tour, took to Skype to talk about his experiences in uniform and show his appreciation for the city’s leaders to fill in his shoes while…

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Henry Davis Jr. Taking Leave of Absence from South Bend Common Council

Councilman Henry Davis Jr. is taking a medical leave of absence from the South Bend Common Council. As we previously reported, Henry Davis Jr. was arrested on two misdemeanor OWI charges on July 19. His court date is set for August 11. Davis Jr. was accused of driving on the wrong side of the bypass…

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Hundreds Turn Out for Free Downtown South Bend Screening of Frozen

Friday night was filled with family fun in downtown South Bend. Close to a thousand fans of Disney’s hit animated film Frozen showed up for a free showing on the grid iron at the former College Football Hall of Fame. Families packed the field with blankets and popcorn for the 9:30 pm showing. Hundreds of…

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St. Joseph County, Facing Shortfall for 2014 and 2015, Cuts Budget 3 Percent Immediately

The St. Joseph County Council and Commission sent out a memo on Thursday notifying department heads that the county would need to cut both the current 2014 budget and the upcoming 2015 budget. The memo is signed by County Commission President Andrew Kostielney, Council President Rafael Morton, and County Auditor Peter Mullen. According to the…

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Experience Serbian Culture at South Bend’s Serb Fest on Saturday

This weekend is your chance to experience a little piece of Serbia right here in South Bend. Serb Fest is being held on Saturday, July 26 from 4 pm until midnight at Saints Peter & Paul Serbian Orthodox Church on the south side of South Bend. Eleven families who immigrated from the Balkans founded Saints…

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Is South Bend Really 3rd Unhappiest City in US? An Analysis of Harvard’s Unhappy Cities Study

Many of you might have woken up yesterday to some pretty surprising news. Local media outlets in the South Bend area reported on a new Harvard study that purports to show that our community is the third unhappiest in the United States. (For those curious, the researchers claim that New York City is the unhappiest…

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Elkhart County Residents Face Stiff Fines for Broad Noise Ordinance

Elkhart County’s noise ordinance just got a bit stiffer. The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment to the county’s existing noise ordinance on Monday. It now requires increasing fines for repeat offenders. While the past ordinance gave judges discretion on the fine, the amended law sets a minimum and maximum for repeat offenders….

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Trial Date Set for Alleged Drunk Driver Who Killed Mother of Three

A driver who left the scene of a deadly accident had his initial hearing today. Kyle T. Papa, 23, appeared before St. Joseph Superior Court Judge John M. Marnocha. Papa is facing five separate counts in the case. Papa was allegedly driving a van on June 15, 2014 with a twenty-four year old female passenger,…