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Economic Development Corporation Michigan City’s Hulse receives economic development honor

Economic Development Corporation Michigan City Executive Director Clarence  Hulse recently received the honor of Fellow Member status by the International Economic Development Council. The status is given to IEDC members who have displayed unusual stature in the field of economic development or related disciplines. This level of stature emerges through significant contributions to the profession by serving through the IEDC as well as academic endeavors. Hulse was recognized at the IEDC annual conference held Oct. 3 through 6 in Nashville, Tenn. Hulse’s journey in the field has included stops in Florida and North Carolina before landing in Michigan City. He

October 7th, 2021|Local News|

Indiana State Department of Health COVID county advisory levels updated

The Indiana State Department of health updated their weekly COVID county advisory level map on Wednesday. LaPorte County has moved down from a score of 2 with an orange level to a score of 1.5 with a yellow level. Porter County has moved down from a score of 2.5 with an orange level to a score of 1.5 with a yellow level . Lake County remains at a score of 1.5 with a yellow level. St. Joseph and Jasper counties remain at a score of 2 with an orange level. Starke County has moved down from a score of 3

October 6th, 2021|Local News|

Goodwill’s Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique is back and better than ever

Presented by Gerard Media and Impact Technologies, Goodwill’s Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique will be held on Thursday, October 21st at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.  Stylist and Image Consultant, Kathy Friend, will produce the program featuring the latest looks for fall.  She will be joined by Ric Federighi, Gerard Media Owner and On-air Personality with WIMS and WHFB.  Doors open at 3:30 pm for shopping 50% OFF in the Goodwill Boutique.  The Fashion Show begins at 5:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres and desserts.  The Boutique will re-open after the fashion show.  Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased at: https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_379d5c59-c61e-11e6-bb7f-024e165d44b3&WidgetId=7391232&fbclid=IwAR0AY43BicmdoXd6MwibmMPTlujkt1rHd4Um9C0aYgMFQqAzFA6dGP4Saiw  For more information, visit

October 6th, 2021|Events, Local News|

Michigan City Police Depart release photo of attempted robbery suspect

Michigan City Police have released pictures of the suspect involved in the attempted robbery of Members Advantage Credit Union, which occurred Sept. 29, at around 1:50 p.m. Preliminary investigation indicated that the suspect entered the bank and requested money. Police say the suspect left prior to obtaining any currency from employees. Officers determined that the suspect had fled north on foot towards St. John Road. If you know the suspect pictured or have any additional information about the incident, contact Lieutenant Anna Painter at (219) 874-3221; Extension 1077 or email at apainter@emichigancity.com .

October 6th, 2021|Local News|

La Porte: COVID-19 testing site at Rural King Plaza parking lot closed until further notice

The La Porte County Health Department announced Tuesday that the Indiana Department of Health/Gravity COVID-19 testing site located in the Rural King Plaza parking lot, will be closed until further notice.  The health department says that in the meantime visit one of the La Porte COVID testing sites including: CVS Location:    1407 Lincolnway, La Porte Location Availability:   Appointment Required.   Visit https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing to schedule. Cost:   Free Test:    Diagnostic Lab    Health Linc Location: La Porte Civic Auditorium, La Porte Location Availability: Mondays, 7am-2pm Other Notes: Appointment Required.  Call 219-326-0043 ext 3100   Northwest Health Urgent Care Location:

October 6th, 2021|Local News|

Statement from Mayor of Michigan City Duane Parry to City Council

The following is a statement from Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry to the City Council, which was released on Tuesday and signed by Parry:   Good Evening Mr. President and Council Members,   I am here tonight to talk about a very serious matter. Last week, the 2nd of 5 scheduled Finance Committee 2022 Budget Hearings was suddenly adjourned, and all remaining meetings suspended, without completing any of the 13 budget reviews scheduled. Department Heads on the schedule were present and prepared to discuss their proposed Budgets. The meeting adjournment, and suspension of future meetings was conducted abruptly, by unanimous

October 6th, 2021|Local News|

Franciscan Health adopts wire-free radar localization technology to improve the surgical experience for breast cancer patients

Franciscan Health says the Franciscan Health Breast Care Center Crown Point continues to offer the most advanced treatment options to breast cancer patients by adopting the Savi Scout® Wire-Free Radar Localization System to provide easier, more compassionate care with less discomfort. The Scout system is a zero-radiation, wire-free solution for marking tumors, lymph nodes and biopsy sites. The traditional process to mark tumors is wire localization, placing a wire inside the breast tissue immediately before surgery. Because the wire sticks out of the breast, patients must restrict their movement. The Scout system, however, places a tiny “reflector” into the tumor

October 6th, 2021|Local News|

Porter County Sheriff’s Department warning citizens of more phone scams involving people claiming to be law enforcement

The Porter County Sheriff’s Department says it has again been receiving reports that citizens have been getting telephone calls in which people were fraudulently claiming to be Law Enforcement Officials recently. 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, police say. The Sheriff's Department says if you receive a call from a person claiming to be one of their Officers and are concerned they are not who they say they are, hang up and call 219-477-3000 to verify their identity. Police say

October 6th, 2021|Local News|

LCSO’s Watson to direct “A Jazzy American Salute” on November 13; Holiday At The Pops now on sale

The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) will open their 49th Season with Music Director Dr. Carolyn Watson , on November 13 at La Porte’s Civic Auditorium . “A Jazzy American Salute” will feature works of Leonard Bernstein, Artie Shaw, William Grant Still and new and upcoming composer, Kevin Day. Single tickets are available at www.lcso.net , Roxy Music, the Civic Auditorium or in the lobby the night of the concert.  Balcony tickets for the November 13 concert are $22 (Adults) and $20.00 (Seniors 60 and older). Holiday at the Pops is December 11th. For information check out www.lcso.net.   

October 5th, 2021|Events, Local News|

Northwest Health now incorporates artificial intelligence system for enhanced colonoscopy screenings

Northwest Health – Porter is the first hospital in Indiana to offer patients receiving a colonoscopy an enhanced screening with the aid of artificial intelligence built into a new endoscopy module. This new module employs artificial intelligence (AI) to help physicians detect polyps—a powerful new ally in the fight against colorectal cancer.  The advanced AI software highlights suspicious polyps with a visual marker in real time—serving as the gastroenterologist’s ever-vigilant second observer with a sensitivity rate per lesion of 99.7%. Studies have shown that AI-assisted colonoscopy can increase polyp detection rates, and every 1% increase in adenoma detection rate reduces

October 5th, 2021|Local News|

Portage Police seeking information on hit and run 

The Portage Police Department is seeking information on a hit and run. Police are asking for anyone who was at the Rusty Nail Sports Bar and Grill, located at 2420 Dombey Road, on the night of  Friday, Oct. 1 into Saturday Oct. 2, to contact Detective Heuberger at 219-764-5707 or email at nheuberger@portage-in.com .

October 5th, 2021|Local News|

Duneland Chamber’s Vino al Fresco October 23

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce will be hosting this event– tickets available at IndianaOnTap.com The Duneland Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Vino al Fresco event on Saturday, October 23, from 5 pm to 9 pm. Set in Chesterton’s beautiful Thomas Centennial Park, the Vino al Fresco will gather local wineries for this fall tasting. This event is a fundraiser for the Duneland Chamber of Commerce. Vino al Fresco will feature tastings from wineries, live music, and food for purchase. We also encourage everyone to visit our local shops and restaurants within walking distance of the event. This is

October 4th, 2021|Events, Local News|

Meals on Wheels La Porte County announces TRIVIA through the DECADES

Meals on Wheels La Porte County is excited to announce our TRIVIA through the DECADES fundraiser on October 23, 2021 at the La Porte Civic Auditorium, Trivia starts at 7 pm. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help support the Meals on Wheels program of La Porte County.  We provide daily hot healthy meals delivered by caring volunteers to support the elderly, home-bound and/or disabled members of our community that may otherwise go without. We strive to help keep members of our community in the homes they love and we need your help! TRIVIA through the DECADES will be a great

October 4th, 2021|Events, Local News|

Michigan City Police investigating robbery of bank and attempted robbery of credit union 

Michigan City Police are investigating the robbery of a bank and attempted robbery of a bank. The incidents occurred two days apart.  On Wednesday Sept. 29, at around 1:50pm, Michigan City Police were dispatched to a bank alarm at Members Advantage Credit Union, located at 3064 Ohio St. Officers immediately spoke to witnesses involved. A preliminary investigation indicated that the suspect entered the bank and requested money.  The suspect left prior to obtaining any US Currency from employees.  Officers canvassed the area and determined that the suspect had fled north on foot towards St. John Road, but were unable to

October 2nd, 2021|Local News|

Exhibit represents partnership between Opportunity Enterprises and Art Barn

Art Barn School of Art, located in the Valparaiso area, is partnering with Opportunity Enterprises (OE), whose organization is well established in the community for providing programs that serve adults with disabilities. The specialized art education program brings OE clients to Art Barn for weekly art education programs. OE offers five different educational curriculum-based programs for small groups of 4-10 people with a variety of educational modules including art, music, technology, cooking, science, reading, exercise, and opportunities to be social with friends. Art Barn provides art instruction for one of these modules. The course includes individual and group projects and

October 2nd, 2021|Local News|

Chesterton European Market voted first in Indiana for best farmers market 

The Chesterton European Market has been voted the number 1 farmers market in Indiana by the public. The vote was put on by the American Farmland Trust. The market placed fifth in the Midwest and 21st nationwide.   Chesterton’s European Market every Saturday through the end of October in downtown Chesterton from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The market is at Broadway and Third Street, next to Thomas Centennial Park.

October 2nd, 2021|Local News|

Update: Michigan City Police announce arrest made in armed robberies of Wendy’s and Burger King 

The Michigan City Police Department announced Friday that  an arrest was made in the case of two armed robberies that recently occurred at Wendy’s and Burger King in Michigan City.   On Sept. 28, an officer located a dark SUV matching the suspect vehicle used in the Burger King robbery, near the old Marquette theatre.  A traffic stop was performed, and the driver was identified as 59-year-old Michigan City resident Vincer Lee Mitchell. Detectives from the Investigative Division were in the area and came to assist. A search was conducted of the SUV and officers “located evidence connected with both robberies.” 

October 2nd, 2021|Local News|

Local police departments advising of DEA Public Safety Alert regarding fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine

The Valparaiso Police Department and Chesterton Police Department are advising that the DEA has issued a rare Public Safety Alert warning of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.  The DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit pills that are mass-produced by criminal drug networks in labs, deceptively marketed as legitimate prescription pills, and are killing unsuspecting Americans at an unprecedented rate. Police say to please be safe and continue to use prescription medication in the proper

October 1st, 2021|Local News|

Statewide Silver Alert for two Mishawaka girls

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared for two Mishawaka girls.  The Mishawaka Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Lilli Davis, described as a 14-year-old black female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 125 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing blue jeans with a hole in the knee and gray Nike Jordans, and Ashley Taulbee, described as a 16-year-old white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 140 pounds, blond hair with green eyes, last seen wearing a blue tie-dye shirt, black and gray jogger pants and black tennis shoes. Lilli and Ashley were last seen on Tuesday,

October 1st, 2021|Local News|

Lane and ramp closures for I-80/94 in Lake County

In Lake County, there will be overnight lane closures between mile marker 2 and 5 (Kennedy Ave).  The schedule is subject to change but is currently as follows: On the evenings of October 1 and October 2, one left lane of westbound I-80/94 will be closed and two left lanes of eastbound I-80/94 will be closed (one lane after 8 p.m., two lanes after 10 p.m.).  On the evening of October 4, three left lanes of eastbound I-80/94 will be closed (one lane after 8 p.m., two lanes after 10 p.m. and three lanes after 3 a.m.). On the evenings

October 1st, 2021|Local News|
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