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Indiana Department of Homeland Security now accepting storm damage reports from LaPorte County

LaPorte County has been added to the counties the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is accepting severe storm damage from Monday, July 15. Residents of LaPorte, Porter and Elkhart counties are asked to contact Indiana 211 by calling 866-211-9966 to report severe storm damage from Monday. To help establish a comprehensive assessment of damage, residents can call 866-211-9966 or visit the Indiana 211 website. Collecting assessments via this process will help IDHS determine damage estimates and develop the next course of action in the disaster recovery process. Currently, only residents in LaPorte, Porter and Elkhart counties should utilize Indiana 211

July 19th, 2024|Local News|

Indiana Leaders Share More About Ongoing, Collaborative Work to Develop New Diploma Seals

Press release, Indiana Department of Education: Indiana leaders on Wednesday outlined the ongoing, collaborative process to develop new diploma seals in response to stakeholder feedback, as well as continued partnership opportunities to ensure all students have access to rigorous courses and experiences. Under the current proposal, students could earn an individual readiness seal or combination of readiness seals to support their unique post-graduation goals of enrollment, employment or enlistment leading to service. The readiness seals would be reflected on a student's transcript to signify their preparedness for success in their unique path ahead. “High school is a time when we

July 19th, 2024|Local News|

Lubeznik Arts Festival to Host Over 78 Artists in August

Press release, Lubeznik Arts Festival: MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – The 42nd annual Lubeznik Arts Festival will bring over 78 artists from around the United States in a variety of media to Michigan City, Ind. on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. The festival draws children and adults from the Northwest Indiana region, Southwest Michigan and beyond to Lubeznik Center for the Arts' (LCA) grounds and galleries at 101 W. 2nd Street. Festival-goers can enjoy fine arts and crafts from artists across the nation, indoor exhibits by contemporary artists, family activities, free art

July 19th, 2024|Local News|

Purdue University Northwest unveils plan to establish major quantum commercialization center as part of Hammond’s revitalization effort

HAMMOND, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will join the Chicago region’s Bloch Tech Hub, a coalition of industry, academic, government and nonprofit stakeholders led by the Chicago Quantum Exchange and its focus on driving the nation’s quantum economy, university officials announced Thursday (July 18, 2024). PNW Chancellor Kenneth C. Holford also revealed that the university is working with other members of the Bloch on a quantum commercialization center as part of the Roberts Impact Lab, a regional technology transfer and commercialization hub under development by PNW. The impact lab, which will be located at 5454 Hohman Ave. in Hammond, is

July 19th, 2024|Local News|

Update: U.S. 12 open in Porter County

U.S. 12 in Porter County is now open between Hillcrest Road and Midwest Steel Highway. It was originally expected to be closed through Monday. Follow WIMS radio on Facebook or check back at WIMSradio.com for more roadwork updates.

July 18th, 2024|Local News|

LPHS Fieldhouse Strength and Conditioning Project Underway to Enhance Athletic Training Facilities

La Porte - The La Porte Community School Corporation (LPCSC) is excited to announce the Field House Strength and Conditioning Project, a significant initiative aimed at providing a modern, functional, and state-of-the-art athletic training space for student-athletes. This project responds to the findings of the 2020 Facility Study, which identified critical district needs, including upgrades to the aging field house. Initially constructed in 1998, the field house has experienced considerable wear and tear over the years due to its extensive use by various extracurricular groups, including physical education classes, winter guard, spring sports teams, strength and conditioning programs, gymnastics, and

July 18th, 2024|Local News|

Finalists Announced for NWIIWA 2024 Influential Women Awards

Crown Point, IN – The Northwest Indiana Influential Women Association (NWIIWA) today announced the 226 finalists for the 13th annual Influential Women Awards, featuring women from many leading regional companies. During the awards banquet, two winners will be selected in 12 different industry categories: one Up and Coming Winner and one Influential Woman winner. Additionally, special awards will be given in other categories like Community Leader of the Year and Supporter of the Year. "On behalf of the NWIIWA board, I’m honored to announce the finalists for this year’s Influential Women Awards,” said Mary Wright, NWIIWA board chair. “These extraordinary

July 18th, 2024|Local News|

Local power outage update

NIPSCO said in an update Thursday night that service to more than 90 percent of the estimated 110,000 homes and businesses affected by Monday evening's damaging storm event has been restored, as they continue to focus on every one of the 10,800 customers remaining without electric service from this original event. All available NIPSCO, contractor and mutual aid resources are continuing to work around-the-clock in support of this restoration effort. A list of estimated restoration times can be found on nipsco.com/outages. Kankakee Valley REMC’s website is now showing no outages. See kvremc.com for more information. As of Wednesday night I&M

July 18th, 2024|Local News|

Special Events Parking Fees: XInsurance Great Lakes Grand Prix

The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department announces that there will be a special events parking fee on Sunday, August 4, 2024 for the XInsurance Great Lakes Grand Prix. Cars and motorcycles without a Washington Park parking sticker will be charged $40 to park. All other vehicles WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE PARK due to very limited parking; this includes trucks w/trailers, buses, and motorhomes. Regular parking fees will resume on Monday, August 5, 2024. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 219-873-1506 or online at www.emichigancity.com  

July 18th, 2024|Local News|

2024 ILEARN Results Released

Most Grade Levels See Slight Increase in English/Language Arts Proficiency; Math Proficiency Slightly Decreases Following Significant Growth in Recent Years INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) today presented results from the spring 2024 administration of the Indiana Learning Evaluation and Readiness Network (ILEARN). Most grade levels had a slight increase in English/language arts (ELA) proficiency, while math proficiency slightly decreased following significant growth since the pandemic. “While many grades have seen increases in both ELA and math proficiency over the past three years, we must continue to keep our foot on the gas pedal to ensure all students

July 17th, 2024|Local News|

Portion of U.S. 12 to close for 5 days in Porter County

NIPSCO will close U.S. 12 between Hillcrest Road and Midwest Steel Highway for approximately 5 days starting on or after Monday, July 22 to perform utility work. INDOT says motorists should seek alternate routes. The official detour will follow State Road 249 and U.S. 20.

July 17th, 2024|Local News|

Power outage update from Monday storms

For the latest NIPSCO outage information check out www.nipsco.com and view the outage map. To check on the area services by KVREMC visit www.kvremc.com and visit the outage maps. For Indiana Michigan Power customers visit www.indianamichiganpower.com and view the outage maps as well.

July 16th, 2024|Local News|

Porter County Sheriff’s Office warning citizens of phone calls from people fraudulently claiming to be law enforcement officials

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office says they have recently been receiving reports that citizens have been getting telephone calls in which people were fraudulently claiming to be law enforcement officials.  Sometimes callers can mask the caller ID information to make it appear as if the call is coming from a police department or other government entity. “If you receive a call from a person claiming to be one of our Officers and are concerned they are not who they say they are, please hang up and call 219-477-3170 to verify their identity,” the Porter County Sheriff’s Office said in a

July 16th, 2024|Local News|

Indiana 211 accepting damage reports for July 15 severe storms in Porter and Elkhart counties

Residents of Porter and Elkhart counties are asked to contact Indiana 211 by calling 866-211-9966 to report severe storm damage from July 15, 2024. To help establish a comprehensive assessment of damage, residents can call 866-211-9966 or visit the Indiana 211 website. Collecting assessments via this process will help IDHS determine damage estimates and develop the next course of action in the disaster recovery process. Currently, only residents in Porter and Elkhart counties should utilize Indiana 211 for July 15, 2024, damage reports. Other counties should reach out to their local emergency manager. Agricultural damage should be reported to the

July 16th, 2024|Local News|

Gary Police Chief Cannon and Congressman Mrvan announce $264,000 in funding for the Gary Police Department

Gary, IND. – On Monday, July 15, in a press conference within the Gary Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center, Congressman Frank Mrvan (IN-01) and Chief Derrick Cannon announced GPD will receive $264,000 in Community Project Funding. The funding will allow for the acquisition of stationery and mobile License Plate Reader (LPR) cameras. These LPR cameras will be used to continue the modernization of the Gary Police Department’s policing tactics and enhance public safety. Ellis Dumas, Chief of Staff for the Office of Mayor Eddie Melton, spoke on behalf of Mayor Melton, who was unable to attend the press conference.

July 16th, 2024|Local News|

Horizon Bank donates $3,000 to Franciscan Health Michigan City’s Center of Hope

MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana – The Franciscan Health Foundation of Northern Indiana recently received a $3,000 donation from Horizon Bank to support the Franciscan Health Michigan City Center of Hope program. “When you think about corporate sponsorship in the community, you think about Horizon and Franciscan,” said Steve Kring, regional president for Horizon Bank – Northwest Indiana. “We love to give back to the community by supporting programs that make a meaningful impact in people’s lives.” The Center of Hope program provides a safe environment for survivors of violence, sexual abuse and trauma, including pediatric victims. Financial support for the Franciscan

July 16th, 2024|Local News|

Motorist charged with meth possession after K9 alerts following traffic stop

A 39-year-old Crown Point resident was arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop on Saturday, June 29, the Chesterton Police Department is reporting. According to police, at just after 9:40 p.m. Sgt. Eric Lisoski was northbound on Tremont Road when he observed a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction pass him “at a high rate of speed.” Lisoski executed a U-turn and stopped the vehicle in the westbound lanes of U.S. 20. Lisoski, accompanied at the scene by Officer Darren Conley, made contact with the driver, who was unable to find her license, stating that

July 16th, 2024|Local News|

Cops Cycling for Survivors TOUR continues throughout Indiana.

Cops Cycling for Survivors TOUR continues throughout Indiana. Mike Kellems has been sharing his journey with pictures and insights with Ric Federighi both on and off the air and with the WIMS extended family. Safe Travels. Hello from the campus at Indiana State University in Terre Haute… we arrived here safe and sound and extremely sweaty. As previously mentioned, this is a long pull and with temps in the 90’s and humidity backing it up along with a steady headwind it was a tough day. Nonetheless, these cyclists, who never cease to amaze, pushed through and here we are. We

July 16th, 2024|Local News|

Michigan City Police Department to host National Night Out

The Michigan City Police Department will be hosting National Night Out here in Michigan City on August 6, from 5:00pm to 8:00 p.m. The goal of this event is to build neighborhood unity, awareness, safety and police-community relationships. The location of the event will be Civic Plaza lots at 7th/Franklin Streets.

July 16th, 2024|Local News|

Storms rip through the area causing power outages

Severe weather rips through the area Monday evening causing major power outages everywhere. For the latest NIPSCO outage information check out www.nipsco.com and view the outage map. To check on the area services by KVREMC visit www.kvremc.com and visit the outage maps. For Indiana Michigan Power customers visit www.indianamichiganpower.com and view the outage maps as well. Be careful on your journey. Please report downed lines and problems with your service to your provider. Please check on your loved ones, friends and neighbors. Be safe.

July 16th, 2024|Local News|

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