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Holcomb selects Judge Derek Molter to join Indiana Supreme Court

Governor Eric Holcomb Friday announced he has selected Court of Appeals Judge Derek Molter as the next member of the Indiana Supreme Court. Molter will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Steven David. Molter was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Holcomb and began his service on Oct. 1, 2021. During his time on the Court of Appeals, Judge Molter has remained active as an officer in the Appellate Section of the Indiana State Bar, including recently leading an effort to organize an all-day continuing legal education seminar regarding state constitutional law. Before joining the Court of Appeals, Molter

June 10th, 2022|Local News|

Streets bordering Soldiers Memorial Park and Small Road from Garden Street to 700 West in La Porte closed Saturday morning

On Saturday, the La Porte County Family YMCA will be hosting its 42nd annual triathlon beginning at 8 a.m. in Soldiers Memorial Park. The race should conclude by 10:30 a.m. The road course for the race includes the streets bordering Soldiers Memorial Park and Small Road from Garden Street to 700 West. The course will be closed to through traffic beginning at 7:45 a.m. Police and course monitors will be turning away traffic, except for residents who live along the course. The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department says to please exercise extreme caution when approaching intersections or

June 10th, 2022|Local News|

City of Portage Street Department begins training with new pothole patcher

The City of Portage Street Department began training on its newest piece of equipment called the Vortex Total Patcher. The city says operators initially underwent classroom training and then got some hands-on training at the former Garyton School building. The patcher, operated with a three-man crew will be used to fill potholes throughout the city. The city says the process not only allows potholes to be filled quickly, but doesn't require tamping or rolling. Vehicles can drive over the patched area immediately after it is completed, according to the city. Additionally, the machine, which cost approximately $90,000, will also be

June 10th, 2022|Local News|

Lane closures for  I-94 in LaPorte County

Lane Closures for  I-94 in LaPorte County Watch for lane closures on I-94 between U.S. 421 and the Michigan State Line beginning on or after Tuesday, June 14. Lane closures will be in place in two locations - just east of U.S. 421 and just west of the Indiana Welcome Center. The right outside lane and shoulder will be closed in both the eastbound and westbound directions. Two travel lanes will remain open in each direction. Work will be ongoing through the end of June.

June 10th, 2022|Local News|

Holcomb proposes returning $1 billion to Hoosier taxpayers

Governor Eric Holcomb Thursday announced a plan to return $1 billion of state reserves to Hoosier taxpayers, following higher than expected revenue performance this fiscal year. The Governor’s office says each taxpayer would collect about $225 in addition to $125 Hoosiers are currently receiving from the state’s automatic taxpayer refund (ATR). Each eligible Hoosier would receive about $350; a married couple filing jointly would receive about $700. The state’s reported revenues for May, released Thursday, were $209 million over forecast. For 11 months of the fiscal year, revenues are $1.075 billion over forecast. The governor’s office says if approved, an

June 10th, 2022|Local News|

Purdue Northwest process to turn food waste into hydrogen licensed to energy company

A Purdue Northwest process to turn food waste into sustainable hydrogen has been licensed to an energy company. The Purdue Research Foundation recently completed the agreement with an international energy company for the commercialization of a new process discovered at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) for the biological production of hydrogen from food waste. A second licensing agreement with a company in Indiana is under negotiation. Purdue says the new process uses food waste to biologically produce hydrogen that can be used as a sustainable energy source for producing electricity, as well as for chemical and industrial processes or as a

June 10th, 2022|Local News|

Over 245 tons of sand spread along Stone Lake Beach in La Porte

The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department maintenance staff Tuesday and Wednesday morning spread over 245 tons of sand along Stone Lake Beach. The park department thanked the La Porte Park Foundation for funding this project on its Facebook page.  At Stone Lake Beach Lifeguards on duty and concession stand open from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through August 14.  

June 9th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte County holds Youth and Law Enforcement Workshop

On Saturday, June 4, community partners who share a passion for justice joined with the Pennsylvania Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) group to hold a workshop to help youth and law enforcement better understand how the other half lives. Erika Stallworth, Director of the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center, Mary Lake, Chief of Staff for the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office, and Kris Pate, Director of United Way of LaPorte County, joined with the PA DMC group to present useful information to teenaged participants and members of the local law enforcement community, and to have participants engage in role-reversal exercises to better

June 9th, 2022|Local News|

PNW designates new Center for High Energy Physics

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) announced it has designated a new Center for High Energy Physics (CHEP). The center will include the university’s particle and high energy physics research and community outreach programs. PNW says that high energy physics is a subfield of physics that seeks to better understand the fundamental particles and forces of nature. The center will leverage its existing programs and promote PNW’s unique status as a member in several circles of world-class physics research. The center will operate under the leadership of Dr. Neeti Parashar, professor of Physics and the center’s founder and director. Joining her will

June 9th, 2022|Local News|

Indiana Board of Education approves Indiana’s new science and middle school civics standards

The Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) Wednesday approved new K-12 Indiana Academic Standards in science and computer science, as well as academic standards for a new middle school civics course.  The Indiana Department of Education stated “Indiana’s new science standards reflect similar content areas as Indiana’s previous 2016 standards, with an increased focus on supporting active student engagement in science learning.”  The department says this includes updates to Indiana’s science standards that:  -Reflect science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world;  -Build logically from kindergarten through grade 12;  -Focus on deeper understanding as well as application

June 9th, 2022|Local News|

Indiana Destination Development Corporation and Visit Indiana launch tourism marketing campaign

Visit Indiana and the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) Wednesday launched the ‘IN Indiana’ marketing campaign, a unique effort to tell the Hoosier State’s authentic story. Visit Indiana has developed an extensive customizable toolkit of resources available free of charge to every business, small town, big city, and destination in the state. “In keeping with our great state’s spirit of innovation, this campaign gives tools and a voice to everyone, making Indiana stronger together,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “From Indiana’s shoreline to the hills in southern Indiana, there is something for everyone here IN Indiana.”  The IN Indiana marketing

June 9th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Area Schools congratulates staff for new positions, sends best wishes to retiring teacher

Michigan City Area Schools Tuesday congratulated Kevin McGuire, who was recently named Chief Financial Officer for Michigan City Area Schools. MCAS says that Kevin has served as MCAS Director of Technology for the past 20 years and that they welcome him into this new role. MCAS also congratulated Ms. Neal, new Principal of Marsh Elementary for next school year. Additionally they congratulated and gave best wishes to Mrs. Tappan, who is retiring as Marsh Principal after 26 years of service.

June 8th, 2022|Local News|

NICTD gives update on track work at U.S. 12 and LaPorte / Porter County Line Road

Construction work was recently completed near U.S. 12 and NICTD's tracks at LaPorte/Porter County Line Road. U.S. 12 had a short-term road closure as this work occurred. Additional road closures will occur moving westward throughout the project.  

June 8th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte Police Department declares Tuesday’s traffic blitz a success

The La Porte Police Department announced that Tuesday’s traffic blitz was a success.  With nine officers the blitz yielded 46 traffic stops, 31 written warnings, 20 citations, one drug arrest, and one traffic arrest.  Police said the blitz was necessary in order to make the roads of La Porte safer and reduce traffic accidents.  The department said comments received Monday helped to identify locations where citizens have concerns of traffic in their neighborhoods. They also said this will help direct their next blitz and daily patrolling.  

June 8th, 2022|Local News|

Horizon Bank announces promotion of Kenneth A. Whisenton as Senior Community Development Officer

Noe S. Najera, Horizon Bank’s Executive Vice President, Senior Retail and Mortgage Lending Officer, Tuesday announced the promotion of Kenneth A. Whisenton as Senior Community Development Officer. Whisenton will lead, manage, and administer Horizon Bank's CRA, Fair Lending, and Diversity & Inclusion outreach programs. This position will support the oversight of the Bank's CRA Lending, Community Development, and CRA Investment activities throughout Horizon Bank’s footprint.  Horizon says Whisenton came to the company with a firm belief that access to capital, financial education, and wealth-building financial services should be assessable to all. As a Community Reinvestment Officer, he worked closely with

June 8th, 2022|Local News|

Free at-home COVID-19 Test Kits available from LaPorte County Health Department

The LaPorte County Health Department announced that COVID-19 at-Home test kits are available for free at both the La Porte and Michigan City offices during normal office hours. The La Porte Office is located at 809 State Street 4th floor of the County Complex building. The Michigan City Office is located at 300 Washington Street, Suite 106 on the first floor of the courthouse. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Test kits will be available while supplies last. Please contact their office with any questions.

June 8th, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line Double Track NWI Project construction update

The following is an update from NICTD on the South Shore Line (NICTD) Double Track NWI Project construction that is ongoing: GARY- MILLER STATION AREA All buildings have been demolished for the construction of the station and parking lots in Miller. New sewer work is underway in both the west and east parking lots. Parking is available but temporarily restricted while work near Miller Station progresses. Vehicular and pedestrian access from Melton Road (US 20) will be closed, the driveway from Old US 12/Dunes Hwy will remain open with some lane restrictions. Construction activities may occur on the shoulder of Old

June 8th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Police Violent Crime Reduction Patrols yield 4 arrests and 4 guns

The Michigan City Police Department continues extra Violent Crime Reduction patrols to combat a recent uptick in gun violence. While out conducting patrols officers seized four handguns, drugs, and made four arrests over the weekend. On Friday, an officer observed a traffic infraction on Barker Avenue near Cloud Street on a Ford SUV. After catching up with the vehicle in the 1300 block of E. Michigan Boulevard a traffic stop was conducted, and six individuals were identified inside the vehicle. After further investigation a search was conducted by officers and four handguns were located in the vehicle. One of the

June 7th, 2022|Local News|

Valparaiso Police seeking identification of people of interest in theft case

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of money from the Valparaiso Casey’s General Store, located at 2004 Morthland Dr. The theft occurred on May 20, at around 7:00 p.m. Police say the male subjects are people of interest in the theft, as they were known to have the currency in their possession before leaving the area in a dark colored SUV. Police say if you have information regarding the subjects or vehicle in the posted photos, contact Detective Josh Biggs at 219-462-2135. Information can also be texted to TIP411 (847-411) and enter “Valpo” in the message field prior to sending

June 7th, 2022|Local News|

Lane shifts and overnight lane closures set for I-65 in Lake County

Overnight lane closures are scheduled for this evening, June 7, for pavement repairs ahead of ongoing construction on I-65 between U.S. 30 and I-80/94. Overnight lane closures on or after Thursday, June 9 will be used to set up the new maintenance of traffic. Starting on or after the morning of June 10, three travel lanes will be open to traffic but will be shifted to make room for the work zone. INDOT says motorists should follow lane markings carefully through these traffic shifts. The ramp from southbound I-65 to Ridge Road and ramp from Ridge Road to I-65 northbound

June 7th, 2022|Local News|
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