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Inland stream trout season opens Saturday

Nearly 22,000 trout are being stocked by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife in 16 different streams across Indiana for inland trout season, which starts at 6 a.m. local time on Saturday, April 30. The stocked trout come from Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station in LaGrange County and average roughly 11 inches in length. To find a stocked stream near you, see the second page of the trout stocking plan at bit.ly/36XmSgi. Trout will bite on a variety of artificial baits such as spinners and flies, but natural baits such as worms and bee moths tend to be the

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Harry Peterson to replace George Douglas on Valparaiso City Council

The City of Valparaiso announced Monday that Harry Peterson has been sworn in on the Valparaiso City Council, as an at-large member. Peterson was chosen by a unanimous Republican caucus to replace George Douglas who resigned on April 1 to accept the position of Development Director for the City of Valparaiso. Douglas was elected to the City Council in 2020 and had served as City Council President. Councilman Casey Schmidt has been named the new City Council President, elected at the council’s April 11 meeting. Peterson serves as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Porter County Prosecutor’s office. He was appointed

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Duneland School Corporation announces winners for Teachers of the Year and Employee of the Year

The Duneland School Corporation on Monday announced the winners of the 2022 “Teachers of the Year” and “Employee of the Year” Recognition Program.  Elementary Teacher of the Year goes to Becky Holmen of Westchester Intermediate School. Secondary Teacher of the Year goes to Justin Martinson of Chesterton High School and Employee of the Year goes to Danny Dolph, a DSC Bus Driver.  Students, former students, parents, colleagues, administrators, or members of the community were able to nominate a DSC teacher and/or classified employee for this recognition program earlier this year. A selection committee made up of DSC administrators, teachers, students, parents,

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Police conduct multi-agency enforcement targeting vehicle thefts, drugs, violent crimes in Lake County

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office recently released information about a multi-agency overnight enforcement targeting vehicle thefts, drugs, and violent crimes, which occurred last Thursday.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Department announced its Special Operations Unit along with more than a half dozen other police agencies conducted the overnight enforcement.  The enforcement yielded multiple arrests for various offenses. Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested residents from Illinois and Wisconsin for offenses including felon in possession of a firearm, and drug charges.  Lake County officers also arrested an Indiana resident on a warrant.  Officers cited an Illinois resident for reckless driving and a

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Center for Creative Solutions, Inc. announces sixth annual poetry showcase winners for World Creativity and Innovation Week 2022

The Center for Creative Solutions, Inc. announced its sixth annual poetry showcase winners for World Creativity and Innovation Week 2022. Northwest Indiana Poetry Showcase had no official theme. Nevertheless, applying their imaginations, nearly 150 young poets and four adults submitted entries. “Our creative partner, Ester, founder and owner of The Nest in Michigan City, came up with an ‘Inspiration List’ that was designed to help jog a memory or spark an idea for an original poem,” said Bill Halliar, Co-Chair of this year’s World Creativity and Innovation Week celebration. The results were poems on animals, outer space, boxes, toys, clouds,

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Franciscan Health to host memorial service for perinatal loss in Michigan City

Franciscan Health says it recognizes the pain that families go through in perinatal loss and provides services to those seeking care and comfort. Twice a year, Franciscan Health Michigan City holds a memorial service to remember these children. The public is invited to take part in “Remembering Our Babies” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, 1015 Greenwood Ave. in Michigan City. “Continuing Christ’s ministry in our Franciscan tradition means respect for life through all stages. This memorial service is held in accordance with Franciscan Health Michigan City’s faith and commitment, including the unborn child, their

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

PNW hosting annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, donations encouraged

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will host its annual Day of Giving fundraiser this Wednesday, April 27. The 24-hour event is consistently the university’s most successful campaign for growing student scholarships, supporting existing scholarships and enhancing support to programs that benefit students and the community. Donors are encouraged to mark their calendars and visit dayofgiving.pnw.edu on April 27 to contribute to PNW and help the Pride expand the many resources available to earn a high-quality college education. “This is an important day for donors, alumni, faculty, staff and students to come together and demonstrate just how much they value the university’s

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

City of La Porte Community Development Block Grant Program seeking proposals for Public Services Program

The City of La Porte, Indiana, Office of Community Development, is seeking proposals for its Public Services Program (October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023). The city says proposed projects must be able to demonstrate a clear role in improving the quality of life for low and moderate-income citizens of La Porte and must further the goals of self-sufficiency and self-reliance for La Porte residents. The proposal acceptance deadline is Friday, June 17, by noon. A technical assistance meeting for those organizations that are new to the process will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

April 25th, 2022|Local News|

Nelson Deuitch Launches Campaign for Michigan City Mayor

Angie Nelson Deuitch announced her intention to become the next Mayor of Michigan City at a rally Friday in Michigan City. Surrounded by family and supporters, Nelson Deuitch said, “The foundation of Michigan City is built on our people. We have a diverse population of community members and leaders with a love for our great city. It’s important to prepare and strengthen our families, students, businesses, and government employees for the opportunities ahead.” Nelson Deuitch’s campaign tagline, “Reimage Michigan City: Our People, Our Place, and Our Future,” represents her goal of making Michigan City the premier place to live, work,

April 25th, 2022|Local News|

2 dead after police pursuit ends in crash in East Chicago

Two people died after a police pursuit in East Chicago early Saturday, according to police.  At approximately 3:00 a.m.  officers attempted to stop an “older model” Toyota Corolla, in the area of 138th / Euclid Avenue. According to police, the vehicle refused to stop and officers pursued the vehicle.  A preliminary investigation indicated that the Corolla lost control during the pursuit, in the area of Columbus Drive and Butternut Street. The vehicle then struck a cement planter and came to an abrupt stop. Both the driver and passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle by the East Chicago Fire

April 25th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte LakeFest to return this summer

The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department announced that LakeFest is coming back July 29-31. The event is three days of music, art, food and fun on La Porte’s Pine, Stone and Clear lakes. The department says to look for more details coming soon.

April 23rd, 2022|Local News|

Over 150 volunteers collect litter at Indiana Dunes National Park for Earth Day 

Despite inclement weather, Indiana Dunes National Park says their annual Earth Day park-wide cleanup on Friday was a huge success. Over 150 volunteers came out to collect litter on the park’s beaches, trails, and roadsides.  The event wrapped up National Volunteer Week at the park.

April 23rd, 2022|Local News|

Indiana State Police reminding public to remain alert for farm equipment on Indiana roads during planting season

The Indiana State Police are reminding the public that planting season is approaching for Indiana’s 94,000 farmers. Police say with the warm weather and sunshine, Hoosier motorists will also see more large slow-moving farm equipment traveling Indiana’s rural roads and highways. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police and Hoosier Ag Today want to encourage motorists to slow down, be alert and be patient on rural roadways this spring. While the term “farm equipment” encompasses a wide range of vehicles, the most common types motorists will encounter during planting

April 23rd, 2022|Local News|

Valparaiso Police mourn the loss of retired assistant chief

Valparaiso Police Chief Jeffrey Balon on Friday announced that retired Assistant Chief William “Buddy” Collins lost his life in a motor vehicle crash Thursday at 325 East and U.S. Highway 30. Assistant Chief Collins served the citizens of Valparaiso for 35 years, from 1969 to 2005. Balon said of Collins, "He was beyond proud to be a VPD Officer, and he exemplified that pride by wearing his trademark gold necklace with a miniature Valparaiso Police Department badge charm. Even after his retirement, it was clear that he loved, and continued to love, each and every member of the VPD family.

April 23rd, 2022|Local News|

Chicago man arrested after pursuit from Indiana into Illinois

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released information about a police pursuit that occurred on April 19, in which a man was arrested after a pursuit that went from Indiana into Illinois. Just before 12:40 p.m., a Lake County Sheriff’s Department officer observed a Dodge Charger exceeding the posted 30 mph speed limit near Georgia Street and East 40th Avenue in Gary. The vehicle also had an expired Illinois license plate. When the officer attempted to make a traffic stop, the vehicle accelerated in an attempt to flee. The driver disregarded several stop signs, then headed eastbound on Ridge

April 23rd, 2022|Local News|

La Porte Park Board adopts “zero tolerance” policy on umpire abuse 

Citing increasing numbers of incidents involving coaches, players and parents abusing game officials, the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department announced Thursday that the Park Board has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy on umpire abuse. The department says this is in an effort to create a positive experience for participants, volunteers and staff. The policy calls out penalties for actions that make an umpire feel physically threatened, verbally intimidated or emotionally humiliated. For more information on the policy, visit www.laporteparkandrec.com.

April 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Lane closures to occur on U.S. 30 in LaPorte and Starke counties

Bridge preventative maintenance work will result in alternating lane closures at two locations in LaPorte and Starke Counties on U.S. 30 on or after Monday, April 25.  U.S. 30 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Thompson Street and County Road 1350 South over Hunsley Ditch in LaPorte County and between County Road 750 East and County Road 500 North over Jain Ditch in Starke County. The right lanes and shoulders will be closed during phase one, which will be in place for around two weeks. Work will be ongoing through late May.

April 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City man sentenced to 7 years in prison for firearm offense

A Michigan City man was sentenced to 7 years in prison for a firearm offense according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  Sentenced was 33-year-old Colton Crawford, on his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Crawford was sentenced to 7 years (84 months) in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. During a traffic stop in August 2020, police discovered a handgun, magazines, and a holster, which DNA verified Crawford possessed according to documents in this case.  Crawford has a June 2015 felony conviction in LaPorte County Superior Court which prohibits him from

April 21st, 2022|Local News|

NIPSCO announces 2022 environmental action grant winners

NIPSCO announced Thursday the recipients of its 2022 environmental action grant program, which awarded $69,100 to 17 local organizations that applied earlier in the year. In its seventh year, NIPSCO’s Environmental Grant program has donated more than $392,000 to date, helping 109 projects across northern Indiana. This year’s projects focus on pollinators including monarch butterflies, bluebirds and bees, use of native plants for sustainable food sources and habitats, as well as corresponding education programs for communities and citizens of all ages. Additionally, funding is provided to support the airing of an environmental documentary on public media, and for special environmental-related

April 21st, 2022|Local News|

Gov. Holcomb Announces $65 million in trail grants for communities across Indiana

Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Bortner on Wednesday announced that 38 communities and non-profit organizations will receive a combined $65 million for 77 miles of new trail development as a part of the third round of the Next Level Trails program. With matching funds from applicants, this round is expected to generate a total investment of more than $102 million. The grants awarded in the third round include 17 regional projects and 21 local projects. The list of awards, project descriptions, and a map are posted at on.IN.gov/NLT-round-3. The third-round grant recipients are contributing

April 21st, 2022|Local News|
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