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Michigan City Area Schools Launches App

Parent and community engagement enhanced with new district mobile app The latest news and information from Michigan City Area Schools is now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launched recently. MCAS is partnering with Blackboard to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is now available in the online iTunes® and Google Play® app stores for free. The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of district news and events with photos and links to the district’s website. Other features include quick access to student grades and attendance, school menus, a tip

September 19th, 2019|Local News|

La Porte Hospital Announces Support Group Meetings in October

Diabetes Support Group The Diabetes Support Group provides a place to share ideas, experiences, and problems related to diabetes for those with diabetes, as well as their support team. The group meets from 11 a.m. – Noon, the fourth Monday of the month (Oct. 28), in the Heart & Vascular First Floor Conference Room, 901 Lincolnway, La Porte, or from 11 a.m. – Noon, the fourth Tuesday of the month (Oct. 22) in the First Floor Conference Room at Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Road, Knox. Contact 219-326-2478 for details. Parkinson’s Support Group Supporting those with Parkinson’s disease, their families,

September 18th, 2019|Local News|

Hulse honored at statewide economic development conference

Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA) presented its first Shining Star Award to Clarence Hulse, Executive Director, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City. The Shining Star Award was created to highlight professionals in economic development that are creative and committed to professional economic development in Indiana and have a track record of significant accomplishment. Hulse has a track record in two Indianan communities, Michigan City and Jeffersonville in creating sustainable solutions for economic issues and has demonstrated his commitment to excellence in the field of community and economic development. Wendy Dant Chesser, Chair of IEDA stated “We are excited about this award,

September 18th, 2019|Local News|

South Shore Line announces 18th Street schedule for Bears 2019 home games

To accommodate passengers attending Chicago Bears home football games, the South Shore Line plans to stop select trains at Metra’s 18th Street Station, which connects passengers directly to the Soldier Field entrance via a pedestrian walkway. In addition to our regular service to nearby Museum Campus/11th Street, the following trains will also serve 18th Street Station for all upcoming home games. Please note the addition of an extra eastbound train for the Sept. 29 and Oct. 20 games departing Millennium Station at 7:10p (no Van Buren St. stop; Museum Campus at 7:15p): For a complete look at the schedule check out the South Shore tab

September 18th, 2019|Local News|

Recent Crashes Into School Buses Lead To Extra Extra Patrols In Portage

According to the Portage Police, during the last ten days, there have been three motor vehicle accidents involving Portage Township School buses, none of which were the fault of the bus drivers.The first occurred on September 6th on Crisman Road. The bus was in the southbound lane and stopped for a passing train. The motorist immediately behind the bus was also stopped, but had fallen asleep and let his foot slip off the brake causing his vehicle to strike the bus from behind. There were no injuries or damage.The second occurred on September 11th on Airport Road. The bus was

September 18th, 2019|Local News|

Operation Pullover Blitz #99, Save & Dui Task Force Results

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office recently participated in and completed three traffic safety projects. The grant funded projects allowed for additional deputies to work overtime hours to increase traffic safety and public awareness. The three projects, Operation Pullover (OPO) Blitz #99, SAVE and DUI Task Force, produced significant results.OPO Blitz #99 patrols occurred between August 9th and September 2nd. A total of 100 hours was worked by nine deputies. Two-hundred vehicles were stopped that resulted in 57 citations and 205 warnings being issued. Citations were issued for exceeding the posted speed limit, driving while suspended, no seatbelt and open

September 18th, 2019|Local News|

The MAAC announces the kickoff of its Community Capital Campaign

In support of Northwest Indiana’s First Responders On Friday, September 20th at the MAAC in Valparaiso, law enforcement officers, police and fire chiefs, along with State Senator Ed Charbonneau, State Representative Ed Soliday, State Representative Lisa Beck, and State Representative Michael Aylesworth will hold a press conference in support of a $1.0 million capital campaign to support the construction of training structures and additional classroom space on the MAAC campus. Since inception, the MAAC’s sole focus has been to meet the training demands of the men and women who chose to wear the uniform. “We are committed to this vision,

September 17th, 2019|Local News|

11 Schools Celebrate Implementation of Evidence-Based Curriculum through HFL Funding

Last Friday, the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) awarded eleven schools grant funding for the Partners in Prevention initiative. The initiative, totaling over $2.8 million, will be spread over three-years to implement evidence-based curriculum to help develop, identify, implement and sustain substance use prevention programs. The programs will impact more than 13,000 LaPorte County students and will help foster positive relationships and social competencies, address addictive behavior, bullying and violence, all while increasing school attendance, self-esteem and more.In response to the recommendation from the La Porte County Opioid Study, HFL identified the community’s need for providing adequate prevention, treatment,

September 17th, 2019|Local News|

Active shooter training Wednesday at Franciscan Health Michigan City

The public can attend an active shooter training educational session at Franciscan Health Michigan City on Wednesday, Sept. 18, presented by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department.The session will be from 6 to 8PM in the Mother Maria Theresia Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at 3500 Franciscan Way in Michigan City. LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd will facilitate the training. For additional information, call (219) 877-1842.

September 17th, 2019|Local News|

Speed Limit Change On US 20 In Rolling Prairie

Motorists traveling along US 20 in northeast La Porte County should take notice of a reduction in the speed limit. On Friday afternoon, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officially reduced the speed limit of US 20 from 55 MPH to 45 MPH in the area of Rolling Prairie.The new 45 MPH zone is located between CR 400 East and CR 450 East, for eastbound and westbound US 20 traffic. Motorists should adjust their driving behaviors accordingly and adhere to the new 45 MPH signage.

September 17th, 2019|Local News|

PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon joins board of La Porte County Symphony Orchestra

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Chancellor Thomas L. Keon has been elected to the board of directors of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra (LCSO).The LCSO has served the residents of La Porte County and beyond for 47 years with its esteemed orchestra of 60 musicians. The orchestra performs a variety of acclaimed concerts, including the annual Holiday at the Pops event, as well as educational concerts for the children of La Porte Community Schools and nearby school corporations, senior living centers, and agencies working with individuals with disabilities.Keon is a longtime advocate of engaged partnerships between universities and local communities

September 16th, 2019|Local News|

Bulbs, Buzzers, and Silk Wires: Electrifying the Barker Mansion

In Michigan City, Bulbs, Buzzers, and Silk Wires: Electrifying the Barker Mansion is taking place Wednesday, September 18th, 7-8:30 pm. This tour explores the history of electricity through the Barker Mansion. Guests will see the inner working of original electrical outlets in the floors and walls as well the 1905 switchboard, hidden call buttons in the walls, Tiffany lamps, nickel-plated telephones, and many more details normally hidden to the public. The tour will use the original work orders and contracts used by the Barkers' electricians in 1905. Cost is $5 for general admission.

September 16th, 2019|Local News|

Michigan City’s Grand Prix Hits the Jackpot With Biggest Earnings and Attendance Records

The decision to expand Michigan City’s 2019 Great Lakes Grand Prix with both new and additional races paid off in a big way for the community, with this year’s event setting all-time records for both attendance and earnings, according to a report released by Visit Michigan City LaPorte Convention & Visitors Bureau. A total of 212,600 people visited the 11th annual event held Aug. 2-4, generating $13.6 million for LaPorte County’s economy. “Attendance was over the top, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Jack Arnett, Executive Director of Visit Michigan City LaPorte. “We had visitors from around the world, representing

September 15th, 2019|Local News|


Homecoming season is officially upon us and the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is increasing enforcement and presence throughout the County in an effort to keep students and motorists safe.  For the next several weeks, New Prairie, Michigan City, South Central and La Porte High Schools will be celebrating their homecomings, and each is a week-long celebration culminating with football games and dances.  Traditionally, class rivalries and competitions occur during this week and at times have carried over in the form of incidents of underage drinking, reckless driving and criminal behavior such as vandalism.  The Sheriff’s Office reminds students and

September 15th, 2019|Local News|

Walorski Statement on Reports of Fetal Remains Found on Property of South Bend Abortion Doctor

Remains Found on Illinois Property After Death of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, Who Performed Abortions for Decades in Indiana U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on reports that more than 2,000 fetal remains were found on the Illinois property of Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer, who for decades performed abortions in South Bend, Ft. Wayne, and Gary, Ind.: “Reports that more than 2,000 fetal remains were found on the property of longtime South Bend abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer are sickening beyond words. He was responsible for thousands of abortions in Indiana, and his careless treatment of human remains is an

September 15th, 2019|Local News|

Statewide Hiring Fair for Seasonal Plow Drivers to be Held Tuesday, Sept. 17

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hosting a statewide hiring fair Tuesday, Sept. 17th, for seasonal plow drivers. There are a number of locations statewide, including three right here in the Northwest District: Gary, LaPorte and Plymouth. All fairs run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time. These seasonal positions pay $16 per hour and offer $250 sign-on and $500 retention bonuses for eligible candidates. Applicants need a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and a high school diploma or GED certificate is preferred, but not required. More information is available at indotjobs.com and interested candidates are encouraged to

September 14th, 2019|Local News|

Indiana Secures Grant to Assist Small Businesses in Reaching Global Markets

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced Indiana as the recipient of a $495,000 State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant,  supporting the state's efforts to develop and expand export-related activities among small businesses and open up new markets for Hoosier-made goods around the world. The STEP program, which is administered by the SBA's Office of International Trade, is designed to increase the number of small businesses that export goods and to increase the value of exports from small businesses. Since its initial launch, the STEP program has awarded  approximately $157 million in grants to U.S. small businesses. Under

September 12th, 2019|Local News|

Health Officials Urge Precautions Against Mosquitoes As Rare Virus Is Detected In Northern Indiana

State health officials are urging Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites in response to the detection of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus activity in northern Indiana.Since mid-August of this year, three horses and one group of mosquitoes from Elkhart County have tested positive for EEE virus. No human cases of EEE virus disease have been reported in Indiana in 2019; however, three human cases have been reported in southwest Michigan this year, one of which was fatal.State health officials recommend the following preventive measures:-Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early

September 12th, 2019|Local News|

New La Porte Hospital Tops Out, Ceremony Held

La Porte Hospital reached another milestone yesterday, with a Topping Out celebration. Construction tradition celebrates the last steel beam being hoisted into place during a Topping Out ceremony. In just over three months, more than 3 million pounds of steel have been assembled to create the structure of the new La Porte Hospital.  Hospital leadership, volunteers, board members, contractors, and construction workers attended the event as the last beam was placed at the top of the structure. The beam, which was placed inside the lobby of the existing hospital earlier this week, was signed by many employees, community members and others.

September 12th, 2019|Local News|

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Investigates US 20 Crash

On Wednesday, September 11, at approximately 1:50 P.M. (CST), deputies were dispatched to the area of US 20 and Wiley Road reference a personal injury crash. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a passenger vehicle wedged underneath a trailer that was being pulled by a semi-tractor. The crash investigation determined both vehicles were traveling west on US 20 in the construction zone of the “Dogbone” interchange project.  The semi-tractor, a Freightliner, was slowing for congested traffic in the westbound single lane of travel. Evidence and further obtained statements revealed the passenger vehicle, a 2006 Pontiac, driven by 30 year old Zachery Sims

September 12th, 2019|Local News|


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