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Indiana Education Scholarship Account: Application period now open

Now through Sept. 1, 2024, Hoosier parents of children with disabilities can apply for the Indiana Education Scholarship Account for the 2024-2025 school year. More than 180,000 Hoosier students in Indiana navigate life with disabilities, and many are potentially eligible for funding to help customize their education to meet their individual needs. “Having walked this journey with my own family, we know how crucial it is for parents to have options and support to meet their children’s unique education needs that come with disabilities,” said Indiana Treasurer of State Daniel Elliott. Elliott said parents caring for children with disabilities often

March 2nd, 2024|Local News|

MCAS launches Kindergarten Roundup

Michigan City Area Schools is ready to welcome the Class of 2037! Kindergarten enrollment is now open online for the 2024-25 school year. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by August 1, 2024. Parents and guardians can visit www.EducateMC.net/kindergarten to begin the enrollment process. Once basic information about the student is received by MCAS, parents will be provided with instructions on setting up a PowerSchool account to finalize enrollment.

In addition to completing forms in PowerSchool, parents/guardians should bring the following documents to the school that their child will attend: the child’s official birth certificate, parent/guardian’s driver’s license or state

March 2nd, 2024|Local News|

City Students Place 2nd in Statewide Japanese Olympiad

Michigan City High School students Lorenzo Panozzo and Alejandro Aguirre placed 2nd in the state at the Japanese Olympiad held on February 25 at Ball State University. This duo competed at Level 4, the division for students in their fourth year of Japanese.

“While Lorenzo competed last year, Alejandro made a brave rookie appearance at the Japanese Olympiad this year and scored well,” said MCHS Japanese teacher Mike Tsugawa. “They competed well and we are very proud of them.” MCHS also competed at Levels 2 and 3 in the Japanese Olympiad. At Level 3, MCHS was represented by Hannah Parker, Aaverie

March 2nd, 2024|Local News|

Ohio man arrested for alleged methamphetamine dealing after traffic stop on Toll Road

An Ohio man is facing a charge of dealing in methamphetamine after being arrested Thursday on the Indiana Toll Road, according to the La Porte County Sheriff's Office. At about 12:07 p.m., a highway interdiction deputy began traveling behind a westbound passenger vehicle near the 49 mile-marker on the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90).  The deputy paced the vehicle and determined it to be traveling in excess of the posted speed limit. A traffic stop on the vehicle was initiated by the deputy in the area of the 48 mile-marker.  The driver was identified as 26-year-old Kortney D. Moore Jr. of

March 2nd, 2024|Local News|

City of Michigan City announces Government Leadership Program Internship Pilot

Undergraduate and graduate students seeking municipal work experience soon will have the opportunity to apply for paid summer internships through the City of Michigan City’s Government Leadership Program Internship Pilot. Interested students are invited to attend the Michigan City Government Leadership Program Fair in the Emergency Operations Center on the lower level of City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd., between 12-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. “Our goal is to introduce students to careers in local government,” Director of Education and Workforce Development Kila Ward said. “Project submissions from our department leaders are evaluated for opportunities for the interns to

March 1st, 2024|Local News|

CN Railway Awards $50,000 Grant to The MAAC Foundation, a nonprofit First Responder Training Campus to support first responder training

VALPARAISO, Ind. – The MAAC Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant of $50,000 from CN. This funding will go directly toward supporting the MAAC’s mission to facilitate training and skill enhancement on a comprehensive campus that is safe and inclusive to all first responders and the community. "We are incredibly grateful to CN for their partnership and generous support," said Celina Weatherwax, President & CEO at the MAAC Foundation. "This grant will make a significant impact on our ability to expand our services and reach more first responders. With this funding, we will

March 1st, 2024|Local News|

La Porte Urban Enterprise Association outlines 2023 accomplishments

Press release, La Porte Urban Enterprise Association: Last year was one full of successes for the La Porte Urban Enterprise Association, according to Board President Mike Riehle. Formed in 2002, the La Porte UEA awards grants each year to local businesses and residents residing within the Urban Enterprise Zone. In 2023, the UEA was proud to award more than $123,000 to aid 13 business owners. These monies historically have been used to make façade renovations and to improve the outward appearance of buildings within the zone. Last year, Riehle said the UEA unanimously voted to expand the programs to include

March 1st, 2024|Local News|

Franciscan Health Family Birth Centers welcome Leap Day babies

Franciscan Health Family Birth Centers in Northwest Indiana had some extra special deliveries on Thursday with the arrival of Leap Day babies. One Mom with a baby born this Leap Day has a special Leap Year birthday connection. Carly Dobin of DeMotte gave birth to her daughter, Molly Grace, just after midnight on this Leap Day at Franciscan Health Crown Point. Carly’s late grandfather, Martin Kinney, was also a Leap Year baby. Kinney, who passed away last February, would have been 96 today. Carly’s mother, Kathy O’Connor of Hebron, said her father loved his Leap Year birthday. The late Crown

March 1st, 2024|Local News|

Purdue University Northwest shares Women’s History Month events

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will recognize Women’s History Month throughout March with a slate of events that highlights chapters in women’s history, facilitates inspiring guest speakers, addresses women’s issues and celebrates women leaders. The festivities kick off March 4 with a Women’s History Month trivia night, offering a light evening of learning women’s history and friendly competition. Later that same week on March 7, PNW’s College of Nursing will host a Women’s Historical Health Achievements tabling event. Nursing students and faculty will offer educational resources on pertinent topics for college-age women, including stress relief, eating habits, physical activity and breast

February 29th, 2024|Local News|

Hoosier Coho Club to host general meeting March 2

There will be a Hoosier Coho Club general meeting Saturday March 2 at American Legion Post 21 in Westville. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the meeting starts at 4 p.m. The meeting is open to HCC members and the general public. See addition details on the flyer for the meeting.  

February 29th, 2024|Local News|

Man leads conservation officer on foot pursuit in Portage

A 22 year-old man is facing a new charge of resisting law enforcement, in addition to his pre-existing aggravated battery warrant, after an Indiana Conservation Officer on a short foot pursuit while checking fishermen in the Portage area, according to the Indiana DNR. The suspect hid in a wooded area for a short time before surrendering. The officer was assisted by the Portage Police Department, Burns Harbor Police Department, the Porter County Sheriff's Office, and the Indiana State Police-Lowell Post.

February 29th, 2024|Local News|

Creating calmer kennels for shelter dogs at Michiana Humane Society

News release, Michiana Humane Society: Starting on Friday, March 1, 2024, life will be much calmer for the kenneled dogs at Michiana Humane Society (MHS). That’s because visitors will now be matched individually with shelter dogs in a private room or outside. The kennel area will be for staff and volunteers only. MHS Behavior Coordinator Calli Beal notes, “our goal is to reduce the stress our dogs experience. We want to make meeting potential adopters a happy time for the dogs, and we want to make sure that the family and the dog are a good match.” She goes on

February 29th, 2024|Local News|

Porter County Community Foundation awards $11,000 grant to MAAC Foundation

The Porter County Community Foundation (PCCF) has awarded an $11,000 grant to the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation to support their First Responders Mental Health Initiative. The funds will help integrate mental health resources into the existing MAAC Foundation offerings including bringing international speaker military/first responder health and wellness advocate, Travis Howze. Howze is a touring speaker, author, and motivational wellness educator who spent 14 years in the military and emergency services as a U.S. Marine, police officer and firefighter, and he will be hosting an empowering course on leadership, mental wellness and resiliency. The First Responder Mental Health

February 29th, 2024|Local News|

LPCSC Addresses Declining Enrollment and Financial Sustainability at Special School Board Meeting

On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, the La Porte Community School Corporation convened a special school board meeting to discuss data surrounding declining enrollment, future enrollment forecasts, and the financial impact on the district. Amid concerns over decreased numbers, district leadership sought expertise from McKibben Demographic Research, LLC to give them insight into what enrollment will likely look like over the next decade and beyond. Dr. Jerome McKibben, a leading demographer, presented their forecast to the school board members. His analysis provided a view of the demographic shifts affecting school enrollment, highlighting the need for proactive measures to align resources with

February 29th, 2024|Local News|

Career Scholarship Account Program Now Accepting Applications to Connect Employers to Indiana Students

The State of Indiana is now accepting applications for Career Scholarship Account (CSA) programs and providers. The first-in-the-nation CSA program provides $5,000 annually for tenth- through twelfth-grade students enrolled in eligible work-based learning programs. “By partnering with our schools and investing in our future workforce, employers are helping to support students as they explore, engage and experience a variety of career options,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “Indiana’s CSA program provides an incredible opportunity to help students overcome barriers, and ultimately, increase access to quality work-based learning experiences across the state, as well as credentials of value

February 28th, 2024|Local News|

HUD and VA Awards More Than $143,000 to Help Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Housing in Indiana

Press release, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Midwest: In an effort to help homeless Veterans and their families find permanent housing, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded $14 million in HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers to 66 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) across the country for over 1,400 vouchers. The City of Evansville Housing Authority was awarded $143,255. Please see the full list of awardees here. “HUD is committed to ending Veteran homelessness once and for all,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “These HUD-VASH voucher awards

February 28th, 2024|Local News|

MCAS Seeks Nominations for Wall of Fame

Michigan City Area Schools is seeking nominations for the 2024 Michigan City Area Schools Wall of Fame.This annual award, first presented in 1976, honors former school employees who have made outstanding contributions to the children of the Michigan City Area Schools. Employees from every area are eligible: administrators, custodians, food service personnel, instructional assistants, maintenance personnel, paraprofessionals, teachers, transportation staff, and secretarial staff. To qualify for nomination, the candidate must have been employed by the Michigan City Area Schools for a minimum of 15 years. Special circumstances may be considered for those not meeting the 15-year requirement due to hardship

February 28th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte man arrested after beating man with bat

A La Porte man was arrested after calling police on himself for allegedly beating another man with a baseball bat, according to the La Porte County Sheirff's Office. On Feb. 25 at 5:04 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to a residence located in the 7700 south block of U.S. 35 reference a disturbance / battery that had just occurred. The reporting person, 35-year-old Matthew I. Castaneda of La Porte, stated he had battered the homeowner with a baseball bat. Upon the deputy's arrival Castaneda was taken into custody. The victim was located inside the residence with upper body injuries. In

February 28th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte County Residents in Need Can Apply to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher List Beginning April 1, 2024

Beginning April 1, 2024, La Porte County residents can apply to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List at: https://www.waitlistcheck.com/IN1806-2494 The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is also open for Lake, Porter, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski, and Starke County residents. Northwest Indiana Community Action (NWICA) administers the Section 8 HCV program on behalf of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Section 8 HCV program is available to income eligible individuals and families and exists to assist with rent payments to provide decent, affordable, sanitary, and

February 28th, 2024|Local News|

Franciscan Health Dyer nurse helps deliver Dad, daughter 28 years apart

Press release, Franciscan Health: Franciscan Health Family Birth Center Dyer nurse Cynthia Ippolito has helped deliver more babies than she can count, but one baby born this Valentine’s Day is a little girl she won’t soon forget. Ippolito assisted in the birth of Fletcher Lainey Voss on Feb. 14, 2024. Fletcher is the daughter of Tara and Matthew Voss of Crown Point. Ippolito also assisted in Matthew’s birth in June 1995 at Franciscan Health Dyer. Matthew’s mother, Kristen Voss, is also a nurse in the Franciscan Health Family Birth Center Dyer. Matthew and Tara said they were both thankful for

February 28th, 2024|Local News|

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