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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|

Joy Elementary dedicates new Multisensory Environment room

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- Joy Elementary on Wednesday dedicated its new Multisensory Environment (MSE) room in memory of Caitlin Foreman. The school says the special room serves students with sensory needs, providing a comfortable setting to help them build self-regulation skills that contribute to their peace and success. Joy thanked the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte and the Foreman family for their support in funding equipment for the room. The school also thanked MSE experts Maurits Eijgendaal, who traveled from Denmark and Dr. Anthony McCrovitz for their guidance. Additionally Joy thanked PT Assistant Robin Krassow and OT Assistant Chris Kiser

November 18th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Police mourn loss of former officer

The Michigan City Police Department is mourning the loss of former officer Ed Bohle, who passed away on Sunday. Bohle first began his law enforcement career at Long Beach Police Department in 1973 and later came to serve with the Michigan City Police Department for many years. Michigan City Police stated, “We want to thank the Bohle Family for Ed's dedicated service to the Michigan City Police Department and for serving our community. We would also like to send our deepest condolences to the Bohle family during this difficult time. Rest in peace, brother, you will be missed…”

November 18th, 2022|Local News|

Franciscan Health sixth annual Diaper Drive collects over 17,000 diapers to assist local families

Franciscan Health’s Northern Indiana hospitals collected more than 17,000 diapers to support families battling diaper insecurity this October during the sixth-annual Diaper Drive. Franciscan Health Michigan City, Dyer, Munster, Hammond and Crown Point collected a total of 17,296 diapers throughout Diaper Insecurity Month this October. This was the first year the Diaper Drive expanded to include other hospitals across the Franciscan Alliance system. In total, the drive collected 30,758 diapers, enough for nearly 350 families. One of the drive’s goals was to help relieve the stress and financial strain of the silent crisis of diaper insecurity for families in need

November 18th, 2022|Local News|

Duneland Chamber to host Hometown Holiday Celebration on Nov. 26

Duneland’s Hometown Holiday Celebration will take place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Event celebrations are coordinated by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Chesterton, the Chesterton Police and Fire, Parks and Street Departments, and the Chamber organizations and volunteers. Enjoy shopping at our holiday themed Chesterton’s European Market starting at 8:00 a.m. and running until 2:00 p.m. in the Chamber parking lot at 220 Broadway in Chesterton. The Twilight Christmas Parade will step off from Chesterton Middle School at 5:15 p.m. Floats will populate this night-time parade, including all manner of lighted cars, trucks, and

November 17th, 2022|Local News|

DNR provides information on Lake and River Enhancement information

The Indiana DNR is informing that applicants wanting to receive Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) grant funding can apply until Jan. 15, 2023. LARE strives to protect and enhance aquatic habitat while ensuring usage of Indiana’s publicly accessible lakes, rivers, and streams by reducing nonpoint sediment and nutrient pollution. Qualifying projects can include logjam removal, streambank stabilization, wetland creation, or more. Learn more about LARE and how to apply at bit.ly/2023lare.

November 17th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte County Family YMCA closed this Sunday

The La Porte County Family YMCA is reminding its La Porte branch members that the facility will be closed this Sunday Nov. 20. They will have a brand new website coming in 2023, and the media team will be coming to film a virtual tour of the entire branch. Regular hours will resume Monday morning at 5 a.m.

November 17th, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line November Holiday Service information

This weekend kicks off the holiday season along the South Shore Line with extra eastbound service on Saturday. The South Shore Line has made their November train and ticket office schedules available in advance. See details on WIMSradio.com Holiday Train Schedule Wednesday, Nov. 23: A weekday schedule will be in effect on the day before Thanksgiving. Thursday, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day): A weekend/holiday schedule will be in effect in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Friday, Nov. 25 (Black Friday): A weekday schedule will be in effect on the Friday following Thanksgiving.   Extra eastbound service Saturday, Nov. 19 (Magnificent Mile Lights

November 17th, 2022|Local News|

Valparaiso Police swear-in new officer

The Valparaiso Police added an additional officer Wednesday with the swearing-in of James Bilder. Mayor Matt Murphy performed the ceremony within the council chamber of City Hall. Chief Jeff Balon, with numerous officers and civilian staff in attendance, joined the family of the new officer to witness the event. During the ceremony, Chief Balon welcomed the new hire into the Valparaiso Police Department family and added his remarks on how hiring new police officers has been one of his favorite assignments as Chief of Police. This will be the final swearing-in ceremony Chief Balon will oversee for the Valparaiso Police

November 17th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Area Schools hosting district-wide food drive

Michigan City Area Schools are hosting a district-wide food drive Saturday, December 10  from 9 a.m. to noon at Ames Field.  Each December, Michigan City Area Schools traditionally hold a food drive for the Salvation Army. Last year this event generated 4.6 tons of canned goods and other nonperishable items for those in need in our community. This year, the MCHS Student Council is once again hosting a “drive-through” collection. Food will be weighed and credited for each school. The school donating the most food (adjusted for school size) will be awarded our traveling trophy.  All food collected will be

November 16th, 2022|Events, Local News|

Downtown Chesterton snow parking ban to take effect on Friday

The Town of Chesterton is reminding the public that the seasonal snow parking ban in the downtown business district will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18. The Town Council voted unanimously to enact the ban at its meeting Monday night, at Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s request. The ban prohibits parking on select streets between 12 and 8 a.m. during or after snows of two inches or more.   The streets affected by the ban are: -South Calumet Road between Porter Avenue and the Norfolk Southern railroad grade-crossing. -Broadway between South Calumet Road and Sixth Street. -Second and

November 16th, 2022|Local News|

Roadwork taking place on Evans Avenue in Valparaiso

The City of Valparaiso has announced Evans Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Calumet Avenue and Roosevelt Road on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 16-17 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weather depending. This closure is required for storm sewer improvements. Follow WIMS on Facebook and check back on the WIMS website for the latest local roadwork updates.

November 16th, 2022|Local News|

Valparaiso Police seeking identification of suspects in wallet theft

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of a wallet from an elderly victim that occurred Friday, Nov. 11 at Meijer, located at 405 Porters Vale Boulevard.  The individuals then proceeded to use the victim's credit cards at multiple stores in the Valparaiso area. The Valparaiso Police Deaprtment  provided photos of the suspects.  Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Sgt. Melanie Sheets at 219-462-2135.  Information can also be texted to TIP411 (847-411) and enter "Valpo" in the message field prior to sending the message.  Use the word "credit" in the first line of your tip to identify which

November 16th, 2022|Local News|

Update: Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for portions of the area

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for parts of the WIMS listening area.  The following is Tuesday night's update from the National Weather service:  "337 AM EST Wed Nov 16 2022 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST /9 AM CST/ THURSDAY... * WHAT...Heavy, wet lake effect snow. Total snow accumulations of   5 to 10 inches. Locally higher amounts around 1 foot possible   near the Indiana, Michigan stateline in northern La Porte and   southern Berrien counties. Peak snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches   per hour possible this afternoon into early tonight. * WHERE...Portions of northern

November 16th, 2022|Local News|

Whiting man injured after tree stand fall in Cass County

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a tree stand fall that occurred Saturday morning in Cass County. At just after 9:30 a.m., county emergency dispatch received a call of a hunter getting injured after falling from a tree stand near the area of 200 West and 1000 North. A 71 year-old man from Whiting, was deer hunting from the stand when he lost his footing on the platform and fell. Not wearing a full body safety harness at the time, he fell approximately 14 feet, sustaining serious leg, arm, and torso injuries.   The man was transported via ambulance to a hospital

November 15th, 2022|Local News|

Five La Lumiere School seniors sign NCAA National Letter of Intent

La Lumiere School announced Saturday the signing of seniors Ashlynn Shade, Kaleb Glenn, Zaide Lowery, Trenton Walters, and Gus Yalden to a national letter of intent to play NCAA Division 1 basketball during the early signing period. A native of Noblesville, Indiana, Shade signed with the University of Connecticut. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Glenn signed with the University of Louisville. A native of Springfield, Missouri, Lowery signed with Marquette University. A native of Frisco, Texas, Walters signed with Radford University. A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Yalden signed with the University of Wisconsin “We are proud of these five student

November 15th, 2022|Local News|

Update: Additional work needed to railroad crossing in Valpo

The City of Valparaiso announced Monday that the railroad has determined that additional work is required on the Roosevelt Road crossing, which will happen at a later date. The City says it continues to work with Canadian National to make these crossings safer and better for motorists. Visit the WIMS Facebook page and website for the latest local roadwork updates.    

November 15th, 2022|Local News|

Local Porter County teens plan display to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco

Porter County teens involved in the local VOICE youth empowerment group are planning a public display to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking and vaping in honor of the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17 at Boone Grove High School. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public will be able to view shoes placed outside of the school to represent the number of people who die, on average, every day from preventable tobacco-related illnesses. The Great American Smokeout event is on the third Thursday in November every year. It is the perfect day to quit smoking. Quitting isn’t easy,

November 15th, 2022|Local News|

Portage Police Chief releases statement on Nov. 8 crash investigation

Portage Police Chief Michael Candiano released a public statement on Monday regarding last week’s six-vehicle crash at the intersection of Willowcreek Road and Lute Road.  Chief Candiano stated the following:  “Sadly, the City of Portage has experienced several tragic and fatal crashes over the last several weeks.  While each one had different contributing circumstances and factors, they were all devastating to those involved and affected.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone, whose life has been so drastically changed.   “As most of you are aware, PPD responded to a devastating crash on Tuesday November 8th, 2022 at approximately 5:45pm

November 15th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City High School hosts military drill competition, earns awards

The Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) hosted a military drill competition on Nov. 12. The Wolves competed against the traditional powerhouse schools of Portage, Indianapolis Ben Davis, and Romeoville, IL. They earned a 2nd place trophy in the Armed Regulation category, and finished third in Unarmed Regulation, Unarmed Exhibition, and Armed Exhibition. The University of Notre Dame Navy/Marine ROTC provided the judges. “This is early in the year to host a drill meet, but our cadets rose to the challenge and represented our school well,” said Senior Marine Instructor Major Tom McGrath.

November 14th, 2022|Local News|
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