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Michigan City High School JROTC cadets host Veterans Day Ceremony

This past Friday the Michigan City High School JROTC cadets hosted the annual MCHS Veteran’s Day Ceremony, featuring the MCHS band and choir. The ceremony, with guest speaker Senator Mike Bohacek, recognized local veterans for their service to our country. See more photos on the Michigan City Area Schools Facebook page.

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

DNR emphasizing safety on hunter tree stands

The Indiana DNR is emphasizing hunter safety, reminding the public that every year, tree stand accidents are the leading cause of hunting related injuries in the state. The DNR is asking hunters to wear a full-body safety harness attached to the tree as soon as they begin to climb to ensure safety.  A video covering the basics when erecting, ascending and descending a stand was posted on the DNR's Facebook page.

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

Unity Foundation Awards $15,000 to Michigan City area teachers

Unity Foundation of La Porte County is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2022‐2023 cycle of grants for Michigan City educators. These grants support teachers as they find innovative ways to make learning more engaging for students.  Since the mid‐1990s, three grant programs, established by caring donors who believed in teachers as the  critical factor for learning, have awarded grants to over 1,000 teachers for projects of their own design.  This year’s group of recipients is receiving approximately $15,000.   “Our local schools are full of exceptional teachers who go above and beyond for their students. Unity is honored to

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

Railroad crossing at Roosevelt Road closed Monday in Valparaiso

The City of Valparaiso announced the Canadian National railroad crossing at Roosevelt Road will close for maintenance for one day, on Monday, Nov. 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., weather permitting. A detour will be posted. Follow WIMS on Facebook for the latest local roadwork updates.    

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

La Lumiere School senior Sean Egan wins Heisman High School Scholarship

La Lumiere Senior Sean Egan has been named the school winner in the Heisman High School Scholarship Competition, awarded by The Heisman Trophy Trust. The Heisman High School Scholarship extends the Heisman prestige to our nation’s most esteemed high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set an example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them.

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

Crash on I-94 leaves one person with serious injuries

A crash on I-94 left one person with serious injuries Thursday morning, according to Indiana State Police. Troopers responded to an injury crash on I-94 at the entrance to the eastbound scales. This is at the Chesterton weigh station. The investigation showed that a straight truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was driving in the ramp lane. The driver of the straight truck had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Pine Township Fire Department and was flown by Lutheran Air II to Chicago for treatment of serious injuries. Indiana State Police did not state the status of the driver

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

Veterans and their families now able to visit Indiana Dunes National Park park for free with the new Military Lifetime Pass

Starting Veterans Day, veterans and their families will be able to visit the park for free with the new Military Lifetime Pass available, with proper identification, at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, the Indiana Dunes National Park announced. The pass provides free entrance to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. This pass does not expire and covers entrance fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle. Click here for more information. Military Annual Passes will also be available for current members of the US Armed Forces. Click here for more information.

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

Firefighters battle blazes throughout La Porte County

Volunteer fire department personnel from various townships were battling fires throughout La Porte County on Thursday, the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page. In the social media post from Thursday afternoon, police said the fires, initially containing just fallen leaves, had been spreading out of control due to the dry and breezy conditions. In addition, the fires were forcing deputies to close roadways while fire personnel worked to contain the spread of the fires, according to police. Property owners were being asked to refrain from burning leaves any further on Thursday. No further updates were posted

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

New City Connect program helping Michigan City High School students prepare for college, workforce, military

Students at Michigan City High School are being introduced to one more avenue of support as they make post-graduation plans. City Connect is a new program, piloted last year, that has officially launched to help City students. Angie Nelson Deuitch, owner of Diversity Squared, is coordinating this initiative at Michigan City High School, focusing on soft skills, job placement, training programs, post-secondary education, and more. “The purpose is to identify students who want to stay local and pursue education or jobs or go into trades,” Nelson Deuitch said. “Our team of career counselors will give them support and walk alongside

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City woman dies after being struck by vehicle in parking lot 

A Michigan City woman died after being struck by a vehicle in a parking lot Tuesday morning, according to the Michigan City Police Department. The incident happened in the rear parking lot at the Michigan City Fire Department Administration Building at 2510 East Michigan Boulevard. Officers encountered 92-year-old Michigan City resident Virginia Bobillo who was unconscious and suffering from a severe head injury. Responding officers immediately began life saving measures until LaPorte County EMS and Michigan City Fire Department personnel arrived on scene. Bobillo was transported from the scene to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital with life threatening injuries. Bobillo

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor: Winter heating season is here, but it’s not too late to prepare

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is informing the public that it's not too late to prepare for the winter heating season. The office says all consumers should be aware of the tools they can use to mitigate winter heating bills, with utilities throughout Indiana and the United States projecting higher energy costs over the next few months. They gave the following tips and information: Financial Assistance If you need financial assistance, resources are available. The federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists qualifying consumers each winter. State statute protects participating customers, and those who have applied

November 10th, 2022|Local News|

Porter Police announce passing of K9 “Kilo”

The Porter Police Department announced the passing of K9 “Kilo” on Wednesday.  Kilo passed away peacefully beside his handler, Porter Police Corporal Scott Cornelison at  approximately noon on Wednesday, according to PPD.  The Porter Police department released the following statement Wednesday: “Cpl. Cornelison and Kilo were the Porter Police Department’s sole K-9 Unit from 2012-2021 and were responsible for numerous missing persons and narcotic searches. “Just after retiring Kilo last year, Cpl. Cornelison was involved in a head-on collision while pursuing a kidnapping suspect in November of 2021. While Cpl. Cornelison has fought diligently at overcoming the injuries sustained from

November 10th, 2022|Local News|

Veterans and Active Duty Military ride free on South Shore Line Nov. 11-14

The South Shore Line invites all veterans and active-duty military personnel to ride free of charge on all trains Friday, Nov. 11, through Monday, Nov. 14. At the time of fare collection, passengers are to inform train personnel of veteran or active military status in order to take advantage of the free passage; no identification will be required. On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, trains will follow the regular weekday train schedule. NOTE: Temporary busing to stations between Gary and Michigan City remains in effect. Up to three children 13 years of age and under may ride free with each

November 10th, 2022|Local News|

Veterans memorial statues to be unveiled at Michigan City cemeteries

Mayor of Michigan City Duane Parry has announced two Veterans memorial statues will be unveiled Friday at Greenwood Cemetery and Swan Lake Cemetery. On Memorial Day, Mayor Parry announced during the Veteran Memorial Ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery that he will use the proceeds from his Golf Outing, to purchase and dedicate a statue to the memory of “ALL THAT HAVE SERVED” Due to the overwhelming response from donors, the city was able to purchase two statues. One statue will be unveiled in Greenwood Cemetery this Friday at 11:00 a.m. At the conclusion of that unveiling, officials will be escorted by

November 10th, 2022|Local News|

Crash in Portage claims life of Chesterton Middle School teacher

The Duneland School Corporation is mourning the passing of Chesterton Middle School teacher Lauren Thompson, who lost her life in a motor vehicle crash in Portage late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Town of Chesterton.  The Town of Chesterton released the following on its Facebook page Wednesday: “Chesterton Middle School has experienced a great loss this morning with the unexpected passing of one of its teachers, Lauren Thompson,” DSC said in a statement released Wednesday. Thompson was in her second year of teaching eighth-grade English at CMS. “Lauren was a shining star on the CMS faculty and was loved by

November 10th, 2022|Local News|

Barker Welfare Foundation gifts chamber membership to local entrepreneur

As part of their investment with the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, The Barker Welfare Foundation recently gifted a full year chamber membership to Chef Quayla of Predictable Foodz. At a recent gathering of friends at the Barker Mansion, Chef Quayla catered lunch with a variety of sandwiches, sides, and dessert. Susan DeMaio, Executive Director of The Barker Welfare Foundation was on hand and presented a classic membership package to Quayla shortly after the lunch ended. Predictable Foodz was founded and created in Michigan City, IN by Chef Quayla.  They are a mobile hospitality company that specializes in offering a

November 10th, 2022|Local News|

Franciscan Health Michigan City to host LaPorte Co. 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. The clinics will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Al’s Supermarket East LaPorte, 702 E. Lincolnway in LaPorte; from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Grace Learning Center, 1007 W. 8th St. in Michigan City; from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the VFW Post 1130, 181 W. McClung Road in LaPorte; from 1-2:30 pm. Sunday, Nov. 20 at New Hope Baptist Church, 730 W. Sixth St. in Michigan

November 10th, 2022|Local News|

Installation of the play structure at Ben Rees Park in La Porte completed

Installation of the play structure at Ben Rees Park in La Porte was completed Tuesday morning. The structure, funded by the La Porte Park Foundation, includes three slides and a number of climbing options. Additionally, La Porte Park and Recreation maintenance staff recently stained the pavilion and plan to make further repairs this fall.

November 9th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City High School honors the United States Marine Corps

The Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) honored the 247th birthday of the United States Marine Corps by conducting the traditional Marine Corps birthday ceremony. Marines always celebrate November 10th, the day the Marine Corps was founded in Philadelphia in 1775 prior to the start of the Revolutionary War.  Whether at peace or at war, in combat or training in the field, on ship or ashore, Marines always find a way to celebrate the traditions of the Marine Corps.  MCHS MCJROTC did that at the Pine Grove Banquet Hall in LaPorte.  The cadets

November 9th, 2022|Local News|

Work on Vale Park Road scheduled overnight in Valparaiso

The City of Valparaiso announced that due to wet pavement Friday night, the contractor was unable to stripe Vale Park Road as scheduled. The work is now scheduled for overnight on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, weather depending. The city is asking the public to use the detour route during this overnight period.

November 9th, 2022|Local News|
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