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City of La Porte Dumpster Program begins

The City of La Porte announced its Dumpster Program is now available on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The hours will remain 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The city asks residents to remember the following: No tires No piling trash on the ground If the fence is closed, the dumpster is full - please try again later. The city says to be prepared to show proof of residency in the City of La Porte. This program is for city residents only.

March 17th, 2024|Local News|

Mrvan announces 2024 Congressional Art Competition

Representative Frank Mrvan announced the details of the 2024 Congressional Art Competition for high school students from Indiana’s First Congressional District. Each year, the Congressional Institute and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor the Congressional Art Competition as an opportunity to promote the artistic talent in each Congressional District. Congressman Mrvan stated, “I am proud to host the Congressional Art Competition in Indiana’s First Congressional District again this year to showcase the wonderful artistic talents of students across our region.  I encourage all interested high school students to participate in this unique opportunity to create a work of

March 16th, 2024|Local News|

Porter County Sheriff’s Office introduces new therapy K9

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is introducing their new therapy K9, Porter. He is an Australian Labradoodle and the department’s first certified therapy dog. His primary handler will be Patrol Commander Praschak. Also certified were backup handlers Case Manager Kerry Slaga and Chief Tim Mantueffel. Porter will be used to comfort those in crisis in a multitude of situations. He made a visit to the Jail Division on Friday. Porter was purchased using leftover money from a previous K9 fundraiser and from a donation from Ralph and Sue Neff.

March 15th, 2024|Local News|

Health Foundation of La Porte Names Eric DeWald CEO

Press Release, Health Foundation of La Porte: Following a comprehensive national search, the Board of Directors of Health Foundation of La Porte is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric DeWald as the organization’s next President & CEO. DeWald brings over two decades of exemplary leadership experience within foundations committed to community health and well-being. DeWald has been President of HealthPath Foundation of Ohio for the past eight years, based in Cincinnati. Previously, he served for 15 years as CEO of Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (now Community Giving Foundation), in Berwick, PA. DeWald succeeds Maria Fruth, HFL’s founding CEO, whose

March 15th, 2024|Local News|

Mayor’s Charitable Gala

Press Release, City of Michigan City: “Connecting Youth to Opportunities” is the theme of Mayor Angie Nelson Deuitch’s inaugural charitable gala, which is set for April 19 at the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive. Open to the public, the Mayor’s Charitable Gala is black tie optional, and seeks to provide attendees with a night to remember while raising funds for various youth-serving organizations in Michigan City. “This year we’re doing things a little differently,” the mayor said. “Our goal is to push out grants to youth-serving organizations. In years past, they only went to

March 15th, 2024|Local News|

Three people dead after shooting in unincorporated Griffith

Three men have died after a shooting at a home in unincorporated Griffith, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, police officers were dispatched to a home in the 600 block of Colfax. They found two men who were deceased and a third in critical condition; all suffered apparent gunshot wounds. The third man was taken to an area hospital where he died. Lake County Sheriff’s Department detectives are investigating several factors including whether the incident may have been a murder/suicide. No further information will be released at this time.

March 15th, 2024|Local News|

Work resumes at Exits 3 and 10 on Indiana Toll Road

ITR Concession Company LLC (ITRCC) announced that work will resume in the area of Exit 10 in Gary as part of the Northwest Indiana Bridge Rehabilitation Project. The final item in this area to be completed, is the upgrade to the lighting infrastructure, the ITRCC said. There will be single-lane closures and shoulder closures on the mainline in addition to short-term closures of the Exit 10 ramps. The closures will be taking place periodically over the next several months. There will also be toll plaza aesthetic and safety enhancements projects taking place during the same time. For specific details about

March 15th, 2024|Local News|

Indiana Dunes National Park receives $22 million for restoration of iconic historic buildings

News Release, National Park Service: Indiana Dunes National Park has received approximately $22 million from the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) Legacy Restoration Fund to stabilize and restore three nationally significant historic buildings. This spring, restoration efforts will begin on the Bailly Homestead, the Good Fellow Camp Lodge, and the Century of Progress District’s House of Tomorrow. “Through the restoration of these iconic buildings, we are preserving key elements of the park's cultural heritage and creating opportunities for current and future visitors to experience the beauty and history of the park,” said Deputy Superintendent Chris Pergiel. The Bailly Homestead, a national historic landmark,

March 14th, 2024|Local News|

Ground broken for The Franklin at 11th Street Station in Michigan City

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Thursday for The Franklin at 11th Street Station in Michigan City. The Franklin at 11th Street Station is the upgraded South Shore Train Station with apartments, a parking garage, more than 5,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The Double Track project will reduce total travel time between Michigan City and Chicago to about 65 minutes. “The project was originally envisioned as only a parking garage but is now another plat- form for housing and amenities to our residents, guests and South Shore riders,” EDCMC Executive Director Clarence Hulse said. The apartments will

March 14th, 2024|Local News|

What to know if visiting a DNR property for eclipse

News Release, Indiana DNR: Much of Indiana will be in the zone of totality for the total solar eclipse on April 8, including 54 properties managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that will provide an excellent vantage point for viewing the once-in-a-lifetime event. “We look forward to welcoming thousands of Hoosiers and guests to see and feel the effects of this amazing astronomical event with the wonderful backdrop our public lands provide,” said DNR director Dan Bortner. “We have guests coming in from across Indiana, the country, and the globe to camp, stay at our inns, or

March 14th, 2024|Local News|

Franciscan Health hospitals in Northwest Indiana, South Suburbs honored by CareChex®

Franciscan Health hospitals across Northwest Indiana and Chicago’s south suburbs have been rated among the top 10% in their states, and in some cases, the top 10% in the nation, for 2024 by CareChex® Awards, an information service of Quantros, Inc. Franciscan Health hospitals ranked among the top 10% in the nation include Franciscan Health Dyer for heart attack treatment; Franciscan Health Michigan City for cardiac care and Franciscan Health Munster for interventional carotid care. “It is exciting to see that CareChex recognized our Franciscan Health hospitals for being in the top 10 percent in the nation for these services,”

March 14th, 2024|Local News|

Washington Park Zoo hosting special Wild Spring Preview

The Washington Park Zoo will open daily for the 2024 season starting on April 1. However, this year they will be hosting a special Wild Spring Preview on March 30 and 31 with the gates open from 10:00 am to 3 p.m. This season, the zoo will host a range of special events and camps for eager learners. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $8 for kids ages 2 to 11 years, $9 for seniors ages 62 and older, and free for kids ages two and under. Washington Park Zoo members get in for free on regular admission dates. For

March 14th, 2024|Local News|

South Shore Line: Eastern half of Hammond Station platform to close

The South Shore Line is advising passengers that platform work in conjunction with the West Lake Corridor Project will be ongoing at Hammond Station and will impact platform availability, effective Friday, March 15, 2024. Beginning March 15, the eastern half of the Hammond platform will be closed. Passengers must enter/exit the Hammond platform via the west entrance only. Train service will operate as regularly scheduled from the west end of the platform. This construction is an element of the eventual demolition of Hammond Station in anticipation of the transition to the new Hammond Gateway Station (located at 4530 Sheffield Ave.)

March 14th, 2024|Local News|

Chesterton Fire Department announces participation in Home Fire Campaign

The Chesterton Fire Department has announced its participation in the Home Fire Campaign launched by the American Red Cross, which aims to prevent fire-related deaths and injuries. The Home Fire Campaign consists of the installation of 10-year life lithium battery smoke alarms and providing residents with home fire safety information, including how to create an escape plan. The Chesterton Fire Department says the goal of the Chesterton Fire Department and the American Red Cross is to provide these items free of charge to all Chesterton residents who request this service. The Chesterton Fire Department Smoke Detector Hotline phone number to

March 13th, 2024|Local News|

City of Valparaiso to host blood drive with American Red Cross

The City of Valparaiso will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, April 5, 2024 at Valparaiso City Hall, 10 am to 4:00 p.m. To schedule your appointment, visit redcrossblood.org. According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors.

March 13th, 2024|Local News|

Card skimming device found at South Haven business

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office says a skimming device was located at the South Haven Save-A-Lot. Police say if you used your debit or credit card at this business between the dates of Feb. 9 to Feb. 27 they would recommend you cancel that card and get a new one immediately. Anyone with information in reference to this case, are asked to submit a tip via the Porter County Sheriff’s Office website or app.    

March 13th, 2024|Local News|

Ramp closures planned at I-65 and Ridge Road

In Lake County, there will be ramp closures at Ridge Road for fiber optic work beginning on or after Wednesday, March 20. The ramp to Ridge Road from the I-94 eastbound to I-65 southbound off-ramp will be closed. Traffic from eastbound I-94 will still be able to exit to I-65 southbound. The ramp from I-65 southbound to Ridge Road will also be closed. These closures will be in place on or after March 20 through early April. Beginning on or after April 1, the ramp from Ridge Road to northbound I-65 will be closed. This closure will be in place

March 13th, 2024|Local News|

Commissioner swears in Franciscan Health’s spring VASIA class

Press Release, Franciscan Health: Franciscan Health’s partnership with the Lake County Courts to provide volunteer advocates for elderly and incapacitated adults who are unable to represent themselves now has three new members. Lake Superior Court Probate Commissioner Ben Ballou swore in a class of three Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) in a ceremony March 11. The new advocates are LaFayette Boone of Crown Point, Steven Bowling of Portage and Dr. Celeste McGill of Chicago. The court collaborates with Franciscan Health to provide trained, supervised volunteers to serve as court-appointed agents to assist elderly and incapacitated adults. The

March 13th, 2024|Local News|

Update: Motorist detained for questioning in fatal road rage shooting released from custody

The motorist detained for questioning in the fatal road rage shooting on I-80/94 early Wednesday morning, March 6, has been released from custody, the Indiana State Police is reporting. The Town of Chesterton Facebook page released the following quotes: “The individual who was in custody for questioning has been released,” the ISP said in a statement released on Friday, March 8. “No other information regarding this incident is able to be released. Again, this investigation remains open and detectives continue to investigate in coordination with the Lake County Prosector’s Office.” The victim of the shooting has been identified as 55-year-old

March 12th, 2024|Local News|

Valparaiso City Services to Propose Water & Sewer Rate Adjustments

Press Release, City of Valparaiso: To continue providing safe, reliable and uninterrupted water, sewer, stormwater and fire utilities at a competitive cost while supporting responsible growth and maintaining environmental compliance, Valparaiso City Services (VCS) has been reviewing its rate structure to keep pace with the future. “Investment in our utilities' infrastructure provides clean drinking water, a cleaner environment and important safety features – all necessary in maintaining Valparaiso's quality of life,” said Steve Poulos, VCS Executive Director. A significant number of water and wastewater treatment process units within the City of Valparaiso are 35 to 60 years old and approximately

March 12th, 2024|Local News|


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