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“Drive Through” Food Drive to Take Place at Ames December 11: MCHS Student Council spearheads food collection effort

The Michigan City High School Student Council is once again coordinating a “drive through” collection of non-perishable food items at Ames Field. The food drive will take place Saturday, December 11 from 9am to noon. The community is encouraged to help by “driving through” the Ames Field parking lot with a donation. All items collected will go to The Salvation Army of Michigan City food pantry. Every year, right before the holidays, the high school – along with Michigan City Area Schools elementary and middle schools – participate in a districtwide food drive that benefits The Salvation Army. For several years running, the drive has generated

November 29th, 2021|Local News|

Purdue University Northwest fall Class of 2021 to be honored at two commencement ceremonies

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will host its fall commencement ceremonies in-person, with appropriate health and safety protocols, on Saturday, Dec. 11, at its Westville campus. A total of 995 candidates are eligible to receive degrees during the two commencement ceremonies, including one doctorate degree candidate, 218 master’s degree recipients and 776 earning undergraduate degrees. Purdue Northwest will hold ceremonies on its Westville campus on Dec. 11 in the H.D. Kesling Gymnasium inside the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex. Graduates in the College of Business, College of Engineering and Sciences, and College of Technology will participate in the 11

November 29th, 2021|Local News|

Bank Robbery at Horizon Bank Michigan City

On November 29, 2021, at approximately 10:00am, LaPorte County E-911 Regional Dispatch Center dispatched Michigan City Police Department Uniform Patrol Shift One to a bank alarm at 515 Franklin St (Horizon Bank). Officers responded to the area and immediately spoke with witnesses involved in the event. A preliminary investigation indicated that the suspect had received an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and fled on foot prior to officer’s arrival. Officers canvassed the area and located a subject matching the description of the suspect involved near 6th St and Washington St. The subject was detained and evidence from the robbery was

November 29th, 2021|Local News|

Laporte County Sherriff’s Deputies Investigate US 35 Fatality Crash

Saturday morning at 6:43 AM, deputies were summoned to the area of US 35 and CR 400 North, rural Center Township, reference a crash.  Sergeant James Lear was the first to arrive on scene and confirmed the driver of the vehicle was deceased.  The initial crash investigation completed by Deputy Bobby Greer and assisting deputies determined the following had occurred.   A red 2002 Ford Focus had been traveling southbound on US 35.  For an unknown reason, the vehicle crossed the double yellow line, traveled into the northbound lane, began to lose control and drove back into and across both of the southbound lanes

November 29th, 2021|Local News|

Shipshewana on the Road at the Porter County Expo Center December 11th and 12th

SHIPSHEWANA is back here at the Porter County Expo Center Saturday and Sunday December 11th and 12th. Gift, Food and Craft Show is a weekend of fun where you'll find anything and everything under the sun! Looking for something fun to do this weekend? How about a day of shopping for the most unique trinkets and treasures under the sun? For the past two decades, Shipshewana On The Road Gift, Food and Craft Show has brought the most interesting, most innovative, most creative and just plain awesome products to our customers. You’ll find thousands of unique items that you may

November 27th, 2021|Events, Local News|

Indiana Dunes National Park Creates audio version of map and guide

The National Park Service has created an audio version of Indiana Dunes National Park’s official map and guide, making it accessible to visitors who have visual impairments and cannot read the printed version. The audio description can be accessed by visiting the Audio Described Brochure webpage on the park’s website, or by downloading the UniDescription mobile app on both Apple and Android devices. Audio files of the park’s brochure are available for download as well. The apps provide park brochures in acoustic media, designed for people who are blind, visually impaired, print dyslexic, or who prefer learning through sound. The

November 25th, 2021|Local News|

Chesterton announces snow parking ban downtown

The Town of Chesterton has announced the annual snow parking ban on designated streets downtown will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. According to the Town of Chesterton Facebook page, the ban prohibits parking on select streets in the Downtown between 12 and 8 a.m. during or after snows of two inches or more on: -South Calumet Road between Porter Ave. and the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing. *Broadway between South Calumet Road and Sixth Street. -Second and Third streets between Broadway and West Indiana Ave. The town says signage will be posted on the affected streets.

November 25th, 2021|Local News|

Valpo Police and Porter County Sheriff’s Office partner in ‘Cover the Cruiser’ event benefiting Special Olympics

The Valparaiso Police Department and the Porter County Sheriff's Office have partnered together and invite the public to a 'Cover the Cruiser' event benefiting Indiana Special Olympics on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. They will be on the south side of the Valparaiso Courthouse on Indiana Avenue.  By making a donation, (cash or via QR code), participants will receive an icon to personalize and tape to one of the two cruisers.  All proceeds go to support Special Olympics sports, health, and community programs right here in Indiana. Special Olympics Indiana has grown to more than 18,000

November 25th, 2021|Local News|

Indiana State Department of Health COVID county advisory levels updated

The Indiana State Department of health updated their weekly COVID county advisory level map last Wednesday.  La Porte and Porter counties remain with a score of 2.5, in the orange level.  Lake County has moved up from a score of 1.5, in the yellow level to a score of 2, in the orange level. St. Joseph, Starke, Jasper and Newton counties all moved up from a score of 2, in the orange level to a score of 2.5 in the orange level.  In the past week positivity has risen in all of the counties mentioned.

November 25th, 2021|Local News|

Michigan City Park Department to Present 5-Year Master Plan

The Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department is currently writing their 5-year Master Plan (2022-2026). Public input is vital to the planning process to know the wants and needs of the community to be able to successfully plan for the future development of parks and programming. The 1st draft of the Master Plan will be presented at the December 1, 2021 Park Board meeting at 5 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd, Michigan City, IN. A public input session will follow the presentation. The plan will be available for final public review and comment

November 24th, 2021|Local News|

City of Valparaiso reminding residents of delayed trash and recycle, City Services closed Thursday and Friday

The City of Valparaiso is reminding residents that due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday’s trash and recycle will be picked up on Friday, Nov. 26 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Valparaiso City Services offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26, resuming regular hours on Monday, Nov. 29. You may call 1-844-296-6810 in the event of an emergency.

November 24th, 2021|Local News|

Additional details for Michigan City Festival of Lights Celebration

The Michigan City Festival of Lights Celebration will take place on Dec. 4 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Senior Center in Washington Park. There will be a cash bar, live music by Pointing Fingers Band , and a chili challenge where Michigan City Police and Fire Departments will face off, as well as a “Service Club Showdown.” A five dollar donation to Meals on Wheels is needed to sample the chili and vote. The admission fee to enter the celebration at the Senior center is one unwrapped toy donation. Also on Dec. 4 will be the Snowflake Parade at

November 24th, 2021|Local News|

Indiana State Police emphasizing safe driving to the public

The day before Thanksgiving is typically the largest traffic volume day of the year, the Indiana State Police-Lowell Post says.  The Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Transportation: Northwest are encouraging everyone to use extra caution while traveling to your Thanksgiving Day destinations. State police will have extra patrols out to assist motorists and if needed, stop those who choose to drive in a dangerous manner. Indiana State Police emphasized to the public to wear seat belts, don't tailgate, drive the speed limit and be patient.   

November 24th, 2021|Local News|

Wolf Pack Roundup informational session for eighth-grade students at Michigan City High School

Eighth-grade students from Michigan City and beyond are invited to attend Michigan City High School’s annual Wolf Pack Roundup. This informational session will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 5:00 p.m. at Michigan City High School, 8466 W. Pahs Road. Wolf Pack Roundup is an opportunity for students and their families to take a tour, meet school counselors and administrators; hear more about classes, extracurriculars, dual credit, and much more. The event will also feature an Athletics Open House so that students can meet coaches and learn more about playing sports in high school. The Roundup is open to

November 24th, 2021|Local News|

Deputy nearly shot during fight outside of residence, police say

A La Porte County Sheriff’s deputy was nearly shot after intervening in a fight outside of a residence, according to police.  During the afternoon of Nov. 17, Sergeant Jon Burger was off-duty and located near a residence along Dogwood Drive in rural Center Township. He heard loud music coming from the area of the residence, observed the occupants of a passenger vehicle exit and saw a subject emerge from the home. Soon after, two males began to physically fight in the lawn of the residence. Sergeant Burger proceeded to the residence and identified himself as a Sheriff’s Deputy. By then,

November 23rd, 2021|Local News|

Purdue, Ag Retailers Association, ASU to Host Management Academy

Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business, the Agricultural Retailers Association and Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business will partner again to present the 2022 ARA Management Academy on Jan. 25-27. The program will be held at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. The ARA Management Academy provides valuable take-home tools for management practices to agribusiness professionals through interactive exercises, faculty-led presentations and group collaboration. During the academy, managers and leaders within agronomic organizations and those who expect to have more management responsibilities in the future enhance their skills and management capabilities while networking with industry peers. "While we have created some great remote learning experiences

November 23rd, 2021|Local News|

Salvation Army Offers Free Thanksgiving Meal

The Salvation Army of Michigan City will host its annual Thanksgiving Community Meal on Thursday, November 25 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Majors Dale and Becky Simmons who oversee the local Salvation Army, remind the public that this meal is free and open to anyone in the community. This year they will be offering curbside pickup and dine-in options on a first come, first-served basis. “To us, Thanksgiving is about people being together,” Major Becky Simmons said. “We serve this meal so that everyone has an opportunity to eat a delicious traditional meal, but the most important part is spending time

November 23rd, 2021|Local News|

Charges filed from weekend pursuit in Chesterton

Detectives with the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division and the Chesterton Police Department Monday afternoon formally filed charges that stemmed from a weekend pursuit that resulted in the serious injuries sustained by Porter Police Corporal Scott Cornelison.  Twenty-nine-year-old Samuel A. Kuhl from Kalamazoo, Mich. has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, carrying a handgun without a license, resisting law enforcement,, resisting law enforcement and false informing Twenty-five-year-old Aries E. Atlas from Kalamazoo, Mich. has been charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, two counts of leaving the scene

November 23rd, 2021|Local News|

Red Cross lowest blood supply in more than a decade, offering several incentives

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many Americans are beginning to mark the start of a busy holiday season. This year, the American Red Cross is heading into the holidays with its lowest blood supply in more than a decade at this time of year and asks those who are eligible to give blood to help ensure patients can enjoy all this season has to offer. As a thank-you, all those who come to give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a private screening of the epic new film The Matrix Resurrections for the

November 23rd, 2021|Local News|

Injury Attorney Kenneth J. Allen donates 1,200 Thanksgiving dinners to Northwest Indiana families

Injury Attorney Kenneth J. Allen and the Allen Law Group donated Thanksgiving Day meals to 1,200 Northwest Indiana households, a tradition they have held for decades. Meals were distributed on Sunday, November 21 to families, individuals and area nonprofits. The event was coordinated by United Way of Northwest Indiana staff with assistance from more than 80 volunteers. “Thanksgiving should be a joyous time for everyone. But sometimes good people face real hardship, especially during these difficult times,” said Injury Attorney Kenneth J. Allen. “We’re blessed to be in a position to lend a helping hand so that vulnerable families can

November 22nd, 2021|Local News|
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