COVID-19 UPDATES

INDIANAPOLIS — Vaccine demand locally and across the state continues to drop, as fewer and fewer first-time recipients are receiving the vaccine.

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AUBURN — “This is God’s event,” said Erma Casselman, county coordinator of the 30th annual DeKalb County prayer rally Thursday at the Kruse Plaza south of Auburn.

Indiana Sen. Mike Braun walks to Tiffany’s Restaurant in Topeka with local business owner Fritz Helmuth Wednesday afternoon. Braun was on a tour of northeast Indiana.

A bunch of students at an Ontario Amish school didn’t let a little fog stop them from playing softball Friday morning, as a neon green ball flies overhead in low visibility.

WATERLOO — A Republican caucus to fill a vacancy on the Waterloo Town Council will take place May 25 at 6 p.m. in Grant Township Public Library, 300 S. Wayne St., Waterloo

ANGOLA — Thirty-four seniors in Trine University’s Allen School of Engineering & Technology were inducted into the Order of the Engineer during a Wednesday ceremony.

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The initial wave of pent-up demand and enthusiasm for the COVID-19 vaccine has started to fade and now health officials are put in the unusual spot of having to try to convince people to take the vaccine to protect themselves and others.

AVILLA — Immanuel Lutheran Church invites area children to their Vacation Bible School June 21-25, at the church at 113 W. Albion St., Avilla, from 9-11:30 a.m. each day.

Cinco de Mayo just passed, the American-Pseudo Mexican holiday that brings warmer days to mind. The holiday is mostly associated with tequila and margaritas. Great beverages, however, another cocktail should come to mind, the Michelada.

Common Grace Ministries of Noble County celebrated its volunteers with a banquet Friday night hosted by First Christian Church, Kendallville. Executive director Angie Kidd shared a number of heartwarming stories and her gratitude for blessings amidst the challenges. Associate Pastor Michael …

On land and water, people responded to Sunday's sun with outdoor walks, runs and rides of various sorts. Here a Canada geese family waddles back into Kendallville's Bixler Lake Sunday after sunning themselves. The rain that followed Monday was weather for ducks.