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Franciscan Health Michigan City to host LaPorte County COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Franciscan Health Michigan City is hosting multiple COVID-19 vaccine clinics in LaPorte County in partnership with Beacon Health through year’s end. From 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Franciscan Health Legacy Campus, 301 W. Homer St. in Michigan City From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at the Coolspring Branch of the LaPorte County Public Library, 6925 W 500 N in Michigan City; From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at the LaPorte County Main Library, 904 Indiana Ave. in LaPorte; From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at Dunebrook, 7451 W.

November 26th, 2022|Local News|

Center For Creative Solutions announces Innovation Forum 2022: “Fashion: The Language Of Creativity”

“I don’t design clothes. I design dreams,” fashion icon, Ralph Lauren, once said. On December 7th, Northwest Indiana’s Innovation Forum 2022 will explore those dreams that propel creativity and everyday fashion. “Fashion: The Language of Creativity” will look at fashion history, its social and commercial value, and its individual expression of innovation. The Emerson House, 3634 North 700 West, La Porte, will host the free, networking event at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. The Center for Creative Solutions annually sponsors the Innovation Forum. Area resident, Dale Cooper, will kick off the program with a commentary about the fashion industry of

November 25th, 2022|Local News|

Kankakee Valley REMC partnering with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

Kankakee Valley REMC is partnering again this year with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Help them assist local families in need by donating a new toy in the collection box located in the cooperative’s lobby.  Donations will be accepted until Dec. 9. This program is just one more way to give a little back to the community and help children have a joyous holiday season.

November 25th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Wolves fans get $1 off admission when bringing nonperishable food item to any athletic event

Michigan City High School Athletics is supporting The Salvation Army Michigan City Corps and Community Center food pantry this holiday season. Now through Dec. 9, you can get $1 off admission to any athletic event when you bring a nonperishable food item. In addition, don't forget the big "Drive Through Food Drive" at Ames Field on Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.

November 23rd, 2022|Local News|

La Porte County Family YMCA calling on swimmers for Day of Giving

The La Porte County Family YMCA is calling on swimmers to join them at their La Porte branch Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for their Day of Giving Swim-A-Thon. The event is to help raise money to provide free swim lessons to 4th graders throughout La Porte County. See the flyer from the La Porte County Family YMCA or their website for more details.  

November 23rd, 2022|Events, Local News|

Unity Foundation awards $265,000 in Community Grants

Unity Foundation of La Porte County is supporting area nonprofit and community service agencies with its most recent round of ‘Power for Good’ Community Grants, totaling over $265,000 for 91 local projects throughout La Porte County. This surpasses past grant amounts made by Unity. These grants will help local organizations provide vital access to education, literacy, prevention and supportive services for local residents. “Community organizations are doing incredible work throughout La Porte County, and Unity is proud to support their efforts.” said Shannon Walker, Unity Foundation Vice President. This year, Unity Foundation increased the amount of funding available for projects

November 23rd, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City City High School Drama Club presents, “The Addams Family: School Edition” musical

The Michigan City High School Drama Club will present the musical, "The Addams Family: School Edition" on Dec. 2, 3, and 4 at Michigan City High School, 8466 W. Pahs Road. Performances will take place at 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students.  

November 23rd, 2022|Events, Local News|

Lt. Gov. Crouch, Indiana Broadband Office designates The City of Gary as a Broadband Ready Community

Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Broadband Office announced that the City of Gary is now designated as an official Broadband Ready Community. The Broadband Ready Communities Program was created as a tool to encourage broadband development throughout Indiana. The Broadband Ready Community certification sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that a community has taken steps to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure investment. “It is communities like Gary that are trailblazing and making a difference within the connectivity space,” Crouch said. “The many cities, counties and towns throughout the state that are collaborating on behalf of their

November 23rd, 2022|Local News|

Overnight lane closures – I-80/94 in Lake County

There will be overnight lane closures tonight into Wednesday from approximately 7 p.m.-6 a.m. on I-94 between Burr Street and the Illinois State Line, according to INDOT. The closures will be to switch traffic back to the normal configuration as construction wraps up for the year. Work in this area on I-80/94 will continue in early Spring to finish out the contract. Construction has also wrapped up for the year on I-65 in Lake County, with contractors continuing that work next Spring as well.

November 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Salvation Army of Michigan City in need of volunteer bell ringers

The Salvation Army of Michigan City  is in need of volunteer bell ringers to stand at each of their locations. Many of the locations will remain vacant because they have no one to fill them. Go to registertoring.com and sign up for one, two hours or the whole day. The Salvation Army says for questions, call 219-874-6885 and say, "I want to volunteer to ring bells and we will make that happen."

November 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Indiana State Police ramping up patrols during peak Thanksgiving travel

Indiana State Police are ramping up patrols during peak Thanksgiving travel. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. AAA is predicting 54.6 million people will be heading out for the holiday. Of those, nearly 49 million will be traveling by car, a rebound to almost pre-pandemic levels. This time of year is also associated with higher drinking rates, which combined with the sheer number of drivers on the road, makes it an especially dangerous time for motorists. To prevent crashes, the Indiana State Police Lowell Post will be ramping up enforcement as part of the Safe

November 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City man sentenced to over 7 years for firearm offense

A Michigan City man was sentenced to over 7 years after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Santana Miller, 37, was sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. According to documents in the case, in April 2022, Miller possessed a handgun and a rifle while in Michigan City. At that time, he was on federal supervised release for a controlled substance conviction. Miller’s criminal history revealed he has four prior felony convictions and is therefore prohibited from possessing these firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

November 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Portion of 300 North closed in Michigan City

In Michigan City, crews are closing 300 North Just west of 950 West from 7:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. today for water main installation. The intersection will be open to the East of 950 West and North & South of 300 North. A detour for 300 North will be set up 421 South to 200 North, East to 950 West, North to 300 North.

November 22nd, 2022|Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office investigate fatal crash on Johnson Road 

One person died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Johnson Road at County Road 500 West, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office. At 4:16 p.m., an off-duty deputy, came upon a two-vehicle crash on Johnson Road at CR 500 West. The crash investigation determined a 2009 Hyundai, driven by 65-year-old Dwayne Nash of Michigan City, was traveling north on County Road 500 West.  Nash disregarded the stop sign on County Road 500 West at Johnson Road.  The vehicle traveled onto Johnson Road and collided with an eastbound vehicle. The vehicle traveling eastbound on Johnson Road, a 2021

November 20th, 2022|Local News|

Evans Avenue closed again for one final time Monday in Valparaiso

In Valparaiso, Evans Avenue will be closed again on Monday, Nov. 21 (between Calumet Avenue and Roosevelt Road) for one final time, according to the city. This closure is for final safety and surface upgrades. Follow WIMS on Facebook for more local roadwork updates.

November 20th, 2022|Local News|

Citizens Concerned for the Homeless distributing 1,0000 turkeys in Michigan City and La Porte

Citizens Concerned for the Homeless will be distributing 1,000 turkeys on Monday, Nov. 21 provided through the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. The first 500 turkeys will be distributed at Marquette Mall in Michigan City from 9-11 a.m. The second 500 will be distributed at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds in La Porte from 12:30-2 p.m. There will be one offering per household.

November 19th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Festival of Lights event to take place on Dec. 3

The Michigan City Festival of Lights Celebration is back. Join the festivities Saturday, December 3 starting at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy the parade, watch the lighting of the official Michigan City Christmas Tree, visit Santa at his Michigan City Workshop (710 Franklin St.) and drop off your wish list to the big man himself, help pick the Chili Challenge champions, and support Meals on Wheels LaPorte County and Toys for Tots. Space is still available in the parade. See more on the Michigan City Special Events Facebook page ot at https://www.emichigancity.com/1252/Festival-of-Lights.  

November 19th, 2022|Events, Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff’s Deputies participate in U.S. 20 enforcement project

Deputies from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office participated in a traffic safety project this past Tuesday along U.S. 20 in La Porte County. Deputies Alex Clemons, Jon Sikorski and Justin Gorny joined forces with law enforcement officers from the six states of Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio for the one-day project aimed at improving traffic safety along 1,300 miles of U.S. 20. Deputies worked the project during peak travel and commuter times on Tuesday. Their combined enforcement efforts produced 13 citations and 17 warnings for various traffic infractions. This was the third U.S. 20 enforcement project since

November 19th, 2022|Local News|

Intersection of 300 North and 950 West temporarily closed in Michigan City 

In Michigan City the intersection of 300 North and 950 West will be closed Friday, Nov. 18 from 7:00 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. The intersection will be open to the East of 950 West and South of 300 North. Access to 950 West North of 300 North will be over a temporary road installed West of the intersection. A detour for 300 North will be set up 421 South to 200 North, East to 950 West, North to 300 North.

November 18th, 2022|Local News|

Indiana Health Department reports first monkeypox-related death

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has reported the first death of an Indiana resident in which monkeypox was a contributing factor. The ODOH noted that the individual had multiple other health conditions that contributed to the death. No additional information about the patient will be provided due to patient privacy laws. “Although monkeypox cases in Indiana have declined significantly as a result of the availability of vaccine, it is important to remember that this disease is still circulating and can cause severe illness and death,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Our hearts go out to the

November 18th, 2022|Local News|
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