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Elkhart gets new city controller

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese announced Tuesday that Rita Huffman has joined his administration as the new city controller. As controller, Huffman will serve as the city’s chief financial officer, overseeing the city’s annual budget.

Huffman has served as the first deputy clerk-treasurer in Goshen since 2005. Prior to her years in municipal finance, she also served as a controller in the private sector.

“Rita’s public management skills and background in both public and private finance made her the ideal candidate for this position,” Neese said. “In addition to immediately beginning preparations on the 2018 budget, I have also tasked Rita with building a rapport with the local business and philanthropic community. I am confident she is up to the task and believe she will be a great asset to the city.”

Huffman’s first day with Elkhart was Monday. Jamie Arce, who previously served as interim controller, will continue as deputy controller.


Set out bags of food by mailbox

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive will take place Saturday by putting non-perishable food items in a bag or box next to mailboxes by 9 a.m. and the food will be collected, weighed and delivered to local food pantries. The food drive is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

The best items to donate include peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned soups or stews, crackers, pasta noodles, canned fruit and cereal.


Parents without partners invited to dance

The South Bend Parents Without Partners dance will take place from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the South Bend Elks Club, 3535 McKinley Ave., South Bend. Admission is $9. For more information, contact 574-259-6381.


Antique Outboard motor show May 20

The 2017 Spring Antique Outboard Motor Show and Swap Meet will be held at 10 a.m. May 20 at North Webster’s Community Park (Dixie tour boat dock) on the west shore of Webster Lake. For more information, contact Dave Tranter at 260-213-1945 or


Local students on dean’s list

The following students were named to the Bob Jones University spring dean’s list. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must achieve a grade-point index of 3.75 or better on a 4.0 scale. Students include Joshua Balasa, Middlebury; Allyson Jenkins and Mykayla Newman, Nappanee; and Sarah Lawlor, Warsaw.

Elkhart resident presents research

Taylor Nelson of Elkhart, a Buena Vista University biology student, presented research at the 129th Iowa Academy of Science annual meeting April 21 and 22 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.


Indiana Eta Chapter Delta Theta Chi Sorority

Meeting date/place: April 22, South Bend Chocolate Co. Factory

Awards/recognition: Pat Fawley and Jane Sickman, hostesses

Speaker: Amber Rose

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