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Gov. Holcomb’s gives State of the State Address

Governor Eric Holcomb addressed a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly on Tuesday as he delivered his 2022 State of the State Address. The Governor’s progress report celebrated accomplishments and focused on next steps to enhance the quality of life for all Hoosiers by strengthening the economy, reskilling the workforce and expanding the state’s infrastructure. The Governor’s Office released a statement with highlights including:  The 2021 state fiscal year closed with $3.9 billion in reserves resulting in an automatic taxpayer refund and reduction of pension obligations. The Governor reported the state is experiencing its lowest unemployment rate in 21

January 12th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Arrest Made Shots Fired 5800 Block Franklin St

On January 10th, 2022 at approximately 2:30pm, the LaPorte County Regional Dispatch Center, dispatched Officers from Uniform Patrol Shift 2 to the 5800 Block of Franklin St in reference to shots being fired. With the assistance of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, Officers canvased the area and began gathering evidence and obtaining statements. Several witnesses were interviewed by officers on scene to gather more information regarding this incident. Officers learned the suspect was a black male, wearing a red, white, and blue jacket, and had possibly fled on foot towards Super 8 Motel. As officers continued their investigation, they located a suspect matching the description of the shooter along

January 11th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership Announces Ready2Work Childcare Voucher Program

The La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership is pleased to announce a new program launch for 2022. To help local job seekers and our local business partners, LEAP is committed to providing childcare assistance on behalf of qualified individuals within the City of La Porte who have been unable to return to work or find new employment due to obstacles related to childcare. The qualified candidate must demonstrate and provide proof that they have actively pursued and obtained full-time employment in the Greater La Porte area to be considered. A LEAP representative will work with the employer to confirm employment status and eligibility. If

January 11th, 2022|Local News|

Red Cross: National blood crisis may put patients at risk

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a concerning risk to patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments, and donors of all blood types – especially type O − are urged to make an appointment now to give in the weeks ahead. In recent weeks, the Red Cross had less than a one-day supply of critical

January 11th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department asking residents if they want a “dog beach” 

The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department is asking residents if they would like a “dog beach” at Washington Park Beach. Potential rules are posted on the survey and a map of where this section of the beach would be. The entrance would be from Fedder’s Alley parking lot using the east public access beach path. The dog beach would be 400 feet wide by 50 feet deep or 20,000 square feet.  Take the survey here.  

January 11th, 2022|Local News|

Get winter weather road condition updates sent to email or phone from Porter County Highway Department

The Porter County Government announced that you can now get the Porter County Highway Department’s winter weather road conditions updates sent to your email inbox and/or phone. Go to the link on the bottom of this story, enter your email address, click Sign In, choose whether you want them sent to your email address and/or phone, then scroll down to the Alert Center section and click on the email or phone icon next to Winter Weather Road Conditions Updates. Porter County Government says you might want to sign up for Travel Alerts while you are there.  Get started at: https://www.porterco.org/list.aspx

January 11th, 2022|Local News|

Washington Park Hiring for Lifeguards

Michigan City is in need of Lifeguards at the Washington Park and Beach. See flyer for more details.

January 10th, 2022|Local News|

Attorney General Todd Rokita takes further action to protect Hoosiers against foreign robocallers

Attorney General Todd Rokita today called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to put measures in place to better prevent foreign-based illegal robocalls aimed at scamming Americans. “Hoosiers are sick and tired of getting scam calls, along with everyone else in the country,” Attorney General Rokita said. “Bad actors who willfully or blindly enable illegal robocalls have no place in the calling ecosystem. We will continue to fight to stop those calls. We will keep working to protect Hoosiers’ privacy and hard-earned money.” In October, Attorney General Rokita filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against an Indiana company that allegedly acted as a gateway into the

January 10th, 2022|Local News|

Purdue, IU partner with Ascend Indiana to grow state’s economy and increase ‘brain gain’

Indiana’s top two public research universities are joining forces to keep more graduates in the state and fill the Hoosier talent pipeline with highly skilled workers. Purdue University and Indiana University have partnered with Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, Purdue and IU will be able to more effectively connect students with Indiana career opportunities that match their skill sets and interests, as well as offer increased one-on-one career guidance and job search support. This partnership provides Indiana’s leading employers with a unique platform for

January 10th, 2022|Local News|

Weed Torch Causes Fire in Jackson Township After Attempting to Melt Snow on Roof

Firefighters were called just before noon on Sunday, January 9, 2022 after a fire broke out inside a residential barn-style home after a weed torch was used to melt snow on the roof. Fire Officials arrived on scene and began their initial investigation and found smoke and flames on Charlie side of the structure. Liberty Township Fire Chief Brian Duncan requested for an initial Tanker Plan to be activated after Washington Township Fire Chief Rob Huffstodt reported a working structure fire. Multiple fire crews made an offensive fire attack heading inside on the second and third floors of the structure

January 10th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Area Schools partners with HealthLinc to host another COVID vaccine clinic

Michigan City Area Schools is partnering with HealthLinc to host another COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.  The clinic will be at Joy Elementary School on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 3:15pm to 6:15pm Pfizer vaccines and booster available. Anyone ages 5 and up are welcome. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. Call (219) 872-6200 ext.3400 to schedule your appointment.

January 8th, 2022|Local News|

Portage High School Engineering & Technical Education classrooms receive $100,000 grant

The Engineering & Technical Education classrooms at Portage High School will be receiving a makeover thanks to a grant in the amount of $1000,000 from the City of Portage Redevelopment Commission.  The grant will outfit the PHS Manufacturing Lab, Construction Lab, and STEM Multi-Lab. Upgrades to the labs include tools, machinery, and technology to benefit the manufacturing, construction, Project Lead the Way, engineering, computer integrated manufacturing, industrial technology, advanced manufacturing, and automation and robotics pathways and courses. There are 1,700 students enrolled in these courses in grades 6-12. Additional details and information can be found on the Portage Township Schools

January 8th, 2022|Local News|

Healthcare Foundation of La Porte accepting grant applications

The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) has announced the opening of its grant portal for 2022 Cycle 1 grants. To advance its mission and vision, HFL invites grant proposals for health and wellness projects and programs, through Feb. 25. The HFL says their mission is to empower La Porte County residents to live healthy and well to achieve the vision of La Porte County becoming one of the 10 healthiest communities in Indiana by 2030. For more information, contact HFL at 219.326.2471 or contact@hflaporte.org, or visit HFL’s website at hflaporte.org.  

January 8th, 2022|Local News|

Valparaiso Police swear-in three new officers

The Valparaiso Police have added three additional officers with the swearing-in of Sean Liesenfelt, Craig Lundy, and Jacob Schleyer Friday. Mayor Matt Murphy performed the ceremony within the council chambers of City Hall.  Chief Balon, with numerous officers and civilian staff, joined the families and friends of the new officers, who were in attendance to witness the event.  During the ceremony, Chief Balon welcomed the new hires to the Valparaiso Police Department family and congratulated them on their appointments.

January 8th, 2022|Local News|

Update: Indiana State Police Investigating fatal crash on I-80

The Indiana State Police-Lowell Post Friday gave an update to the fatal crash that occurred on I-80  earlier that day. Police stated. “It has been determined that this same vehicle was involved with three pursuits from Indiana law enforcement in as many months.  One pursuit the driver eluded law enforcement into Illinois, the second was apprehended by Lake County Sheriff and todays crash.” Original update from Indiana State Police-Lowell Post:  At the request of Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, the Indiana State Police Lowell Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to I-80 westbound 5.7 mile-marker for a crash that involved a police

January 7th, 2022|Local News|

COVID update from LaPorte County Health Department

The following is a COVID update from the LaPorte County Health Department: "The FDA has issued an extension of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allowing the use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 5 years of age and older. The La Porte County Health Department is offering the Pfizer pediatric vaccine at our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic located at 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte, IN. No appointment is necessary. Pfizer Boosters have been approved for Hoosiers 12-15 years old who have received their second dose of vaccine at least five months ago. La Porte County is again designated as RED this week. Total positive cases for La Porte County: 21,634 public

January 7th, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line to temporarily bus passengers on select trains

The South Shore line has announced that temporary busing will occur Jan. 11 through Jan. 13 for weekday westbound trains 14, 116, 18, 118, 20; weekday eastbound trains 7, 107, 9, 109. between Carroll Ave. and Dune Park stations. Service to Beverly Shores is suspended during busing. Michigan City 11th Street Station is temporarily closed.   

January 7th, 2022|Local News|

One dead in Thursday morning crash on I-94 in Michigan City

One person died in a multi-vehicle crash on I-94 early Thursday in Michigan City.  A trooper was dispatched at 5:30 a,.m. to a single vehicle rollover crash on the eastbound lanes of I-94 at the 36.8 mile-marker.  The vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Ram, had rolled to a rest in the far-right lane.  The driver, exited his vehicle and was standing away from it when his vehicle was struck by a Chevrolet cargo van.  After hitting the truck, the van spun directly into the path of a semi tractor-trailer.  That semi then struck the passenger side of the van.  The driver

January 7th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Music Director Carolyn Watson in demand with All-State Orchestras

La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Music Director Dr. Carolyn Watson is keeping her conducting schedule filled with guest appearances this season. In addition to her duties as the LCSO’s Music Director and the Director of Orchestra Studies at the University of Kansas, she has guest conducted the Amarillo Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Austin (TX) Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra as well as her long standing association with Interlochen. The La Porte County Watson is also in demand as the guest conductor of several All-State Orchestras. This season alone, she has been asked

January 7th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City High School Student Council presents food drive traveling trophy to Knapp Elementary

The Michigan City High School Student Council presented the official food drive traveling trophy to students and staff at Knapp Elementary School on Wednesday. The final tally of results showed that Knapp collected the most food per student in the annual Food Drive, which was hosted by the MCHS Student Council. The district-wide food drive is organized by the Student Council every year as a community service effort, and every school in the district participates. This year, the 11 MCAS schools collected more than 4 tons of food, in total. Knapp collected the most at 2,684 pounds of food (or

January 6th, 2022|Local News|
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