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Purdue University Northwest announces wide range of summer camp programs for K-12 students

Parents looking for fun and engaging programs for their children for summer 2024 can check out more than 20 programs serving a variety of interests for K-12 students. PNW summer camps allow participants to have fun while gaining memorable hands-on experiences. Various camps’ themes and activities will include robotics, artificial intelligence, forensics, nursing, leadership, environmental sciences, psychology, sports and more. Students can explore their areas of interest, deepen their knowledge, meet peers with similar interests, engage with knowledgeable PNW faculty members, and build their skills for future education and work careers. Several PNW summer camps are made possible by Lilly

April 23rd, 2024|Local News|

UPCOMING SOLID WASTE DISTRICT/RECYCLING 7 IN 1 COLLECTION

UPCOMING SOLID WASTE DISTRICT/RECYCLING 7 IN 1 COLLECTION When: May 11, 2024 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Where: LaPorte County Fairgrounds 2851 W. State Rd. 2 Please be advised, there will be a limit of 25 tires accepted at this event. If you have more than 25 tires, please contact our office directly at 219-326-0014, Ext. 1.

April 23rd, 2024|Local News|

City of La Porte seeking input from residents for Community Development Block Grant

City residents are invited to share their thoughts on how federal grant dollars ought to be spent within La Porte, according to CDBG Program Manager Mary Ann Richards. The City of La Porte is set to receive federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant program to be used effective October 1 of this year. Historically, these funds have been used for a variety of projects targeting low- and moderate-income areas within the community. Richards said residents with ideas are encouraged to attend an upcoming public hearing to share their thoughts. “These funds have had a major impact on several

April 23rd, 2024|Local News|

MAC Children’s Art Scholarships & Art Instructor Applications Available for 2024

Children's Art Scholarships Thanks to a generous donation of $2,000 from the Rotary Club of Michigan City MAC will be able to award some children's art scholarships. The Michigan City Public Art Committee, created in 2011 by the Michigan City City Council, has established a scholarship fund to assist Michigan City children in taking art instruction. Visual art classes or individual art instruction for qualified children between 5 and 18 years of age will be funded. The maximum grant request per individual is $200. Funds will be available for instruction in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, collage, crafts such as

April 22nd, 2024|Local News|

CAPTRUST recognized for Franciscan Health Foundation support

The Franciscan Health Foundation of Northern Indiana is thanking CAPTRUST for its recent donations totaling $4,166 in support of the Franciscan Health Michigan City Prenatal Assistance Program for vulnerable mothers with children under the age of one. The Prenatal Assistance Program, located at 301 Homer St., provides a variety of services including pregnancy education, counseling, peer support and enhanced access to public assistance programs, community services and local hospital programs. The program also runs the Diaper Pantry, which provides diapers, wipes, formula, bottles and other supplies to qualifying families in need. “One of CAPTRUST’s core values is community and with

April 22nd, 2024|Local News|

𝐔𝐒 𝟔 𝐅𝐀𝐓𝐀𝐋 𝐂𝐑𝐀𝐒𝐇 𝐈𝐍𝐕𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐆𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍

𝐔𝐒 𝟔 𝐅𝐀𝐓𝐀𝐋 𝐂𝐑𝐀𝐒𝐇 𝐈𝐍𝐕𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐆𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 The #LCSO is investigating a fatality hit and run crash involving a pedestrian. At 6:03 AM this morning, deputies were dispatched to the 11000 west block of US 6 for a subject who had been struck by a vehicle. At 6:12 AM, Captain Derek Allen arrived and located the scene in the 11800 west block. A deceased adult male was found lying off the westbound lane of travel near a ditch. A citizen who had been traveling along US 6 located the subject and contacted authorities. Additional personnel, including members of the agency’s Fatal Alcohol

April 22nd, 2024|Local News|

LaPorte County Purdue Extension Salutes Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

This week the LaPorte County Purdue Extension is celebrating the volunteers that are instrumental in carrying out the mission of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the Extension Service, including determining the needs of the local residents, planning and implementing programs to address these needs, securing resources, and evaluating programs in areas of 4-H, Ag & Natural Resources, Community Development, and Health and Human Sciences. Their volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during the 50th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, 2024. “We are appreciative

April 22nd, 2024|Local News|

Railroad crossings to close in Chesterton

The Town of Chesterton has announced the railroad crossing on 15th Street will close on Wednesday April 24 with the crossing on Jackson Boulevard to follow two days later. The Norfolk Southern grade-crossing on North 15th Street will be closed on Wednesday, April 24. The closure will remain in effect for approximately 10 days as crews complete the asphalting of the grade-crossing. NORTH JACKSON BLVD.: Then, on Friday, April 26, the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing on North Jackson Blvd. will also be closed. This latter closure is expected to last only a portion of the day, but as of Thursday, April

April 21st, 2024|Local News|

John Seibert named to City of Valparaiso Ethics Advisory Commission

John Seibert has been named as the City of Valparaiso’s representative to the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission, announced Mayor Jon Costas. Seibert was nominated by Mayor Costas and approved by the Valparaiso City Council to sit on the commission, which brings ethics awareness and training to communities throughout Porter and Lake counties. “John Seibert has demonstrated a commitment to ethics and the highest community standards. We are grateful to have him serve in this advisory role,” said Mayor Costas. Seibert served the City of Valparaiso for more than 34 years, retiring as Parks Director in 2023. Under his leadership, the

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

MCPD probationary officer graduates form Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

The Michigan City Police Department is congratulating Probationary Officer Alexander Henry on his graduation from the 232nd Class of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Officer Henry completed 16 weeks of training at the academy in Plainfield and will continue his training in the department’s Field Training Program for the next several months. WIMS congratulates Officer Henry.

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

Roadwork at Ameriplex in Portage

The Portage Streets and Sanitation Department announced on their social media that starting Monday April 22, crews will be lane striping in the Ameriplex east of U.S. 249. The department is asking drivers to expect delays and to use extreme caution if you must travel in the area. The department did not specify how long this work will take.

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

Lowell trooper named “Trooper of the Year” for 2023

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter has announced the recipient of the 2023 Indiana State Police Trooper of the Year. “This honor is bestowed upon a deserving Trooper that exemplifies the department’s lofty standards and expectations as related to the overall mission," the ISP said in a press release. “Leadership, productivity, service to the community both on and off duty, and assigned responsibilities are just a few areas taken into consideration when nominated.” The 2023 Indiana State Police Trooper of the Year is Trooper Dennis L. Griffin. “Trp. Griffin’s performance and accomplishments during 2023 are worthy of such recognition,

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

Cedar Lake woman injured in Center Township crash

A Cedar Lake woman was treated for serious injuries after the SUV she was driving crashed into a tree near 109th and Bell in Center Township.  The crash happened April 18 just after 11 p.m.  A preliminary investigation revealed the Volkswagen Tiguan was traveling westbound on West 109th Avenue near the 7000 block when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  The SUV came to rest in a ditch. When officers with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department arrived, they had to break a window to check on the driver.  Police say she was unresponsive and seemed to be struggling

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

Nominations Now Accepted for MC Humanitarian of the Year

The Michigan City Human Rights Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Humanitarian of the Year. This award was first presented by the Michigan City Human Rights Commission in 1981 to Charles Westcott. The most recent award recognized Nila Williams in 2019 and has not been presented in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Commission has decided to reinstate this prestigious award. Nomination forms are available by visiting www.emichgiancity.com/253/Human-Rights-Commission and paper copies of the nomination form are available at City Hall. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 17. Nomination forms must be returned

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

South Shore Line announces implementation of new double track train schedule

News Release, South Shore Line: South Shore Line is pleased to announce the implementation of a new train schedule effective Tuesday, May 14, 2024. This new schedule is the result of the capital improvements made to the South Shore Line infrastructure by the Double Track NWI project. Click here to view the full schedule of train times. “The final completion of Double Track allows for the addition of 14 weekday trains, revised times, reduced travel times and new, limited-stop express service,” said Michael Noland, President of South Shore Line. “In addition to new weekday trains, portions of weekend train times

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte Community School Corporation School Board Members Honored by Indiana School Boards Association

Press Release, La Porte Community School Corporation: This week, two school board members for the La Porte Community School Corporation have been recognized by the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) with the Exemplary Governance Award for calendar year 2023. Ryan Seaburg, Board President and Jim Arnold, Board Member and Past President, received the distinction for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to professional learning and student success. The Exemplary Governance Awards (EGA) are conferred annually by the Indiana School Boards Association to school boards and school board members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to professional learning and student success. Awards are

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

MCHS student ranked nationally in French competition

Michigan City High School senior Jess Buetow has earned a bronze medal for his high score in the "Le Grand Concours," a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Buetow achieved a score that placed him between the 75th and 84th percentile among the 45,000 students who took the test in March. Students were evaluated for their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French. For more information about the National French Contest, visit www.frenchteachers.org/concours.

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.® Announces A. K. Smith Career Center Scholarships and Student Innovation Awards during World Creativity and Innovation Week

Press Release, Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.: Northwest Indiana students proved again, these words don't exist: “it can’t be done” or “it’s too hard to do,” or “I’m afraid to fail.” Instead, their innovations inspired a crowd gathered at the A. K. Smith Career Center in Michigan City on Friday (April 12). The community breakfast kicked off the regional celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Week, sponsored by the Center for Creative Solutions. “Our community was one of the first to recognize the week. When it started 15 years ago, about 40 communities in the world organized events,” noted Cynthia

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

Baldoni recognized for over three decades served as judge of LaPorte Superior Court 3

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. — Wednesday night at the county commission meeting, there was a proclamation recognizing the late Judge Paul Baldoni. Judge Baldoni served as the judge of LaPorte Superior Court 3 for over three decades. “It’s quite possible he is the longest serving Judge in LaPorte County’s history,” former La Porte County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Kellems said in a statement. The entire county judiciary was present Wednesday night as were several retired judges.

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

Gov. Holcomb, INDOT, ISP mark start of 2024 construction season, urge drivers to travel safely in work zones

The Indiana Department of Transportation on Wednesday officially marked the start of its 2024 construction season and emphasized the critical importance of work zone safety as construction and road maintenance projects begin across the state. INDOT Commissioner Mike Smith was joined by Indiana State Police, Indiana Constructors Inc., agency employees and industry partners at INDOT's Indianapolis Subdistrict office for an event marking the seventh year of delivering Governor Eric J. Holcomb's Next Level Roads plan, which invests $60 billion over 20 years to improve existing roads and bridges and finish major projects in Indiana. The plan was enacted with bipartisan

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

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