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La Porte Community School Corporation School Board Members Honored by Indiana School Boards Association

Press Release, La Porte Community School Corporation: This week, two school board members for the La Porte Community School Corporation have been recognized by the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) with the Exemplary Governance Award for calendar year 2023. Ryan Seaburg, Board President and Jim Arnold, Board Member and Past President, received the distinction for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to professional learning and student success. The Exemplary Governance Awards (EGA) are conferred annually by the Indiana School Boards Association to school boards and school board members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to professional learning and student success. Awards are

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

MCHS student ranked nationally in French competition

Michigan City High School senior Jess Buetow has earned a bronze medal for his high score in the "Le Grand Concours," a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Buetow achieved a score that placed him between the 75th and 84th percentile among the 45,000 students who took the test in March. Students were evaluated for their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French. For more information about the National French Contest, visit www.frenchteachers.org/concours.

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.® Announces A. K. Smith Career Center Scholarships and Student Innovation Awards during World Creativity and Innovation Week

Press Release, Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.: Northwest Indiana students proved again, these words don't exist: “it can’t be done” or “it’s too hard to do,” or “I’m afraid to fail.” Instead, their innovations inspired a crowd gathered at the A. K. Smith Career Center in Michigan City on Friday (April 12). The community breakfast kicked off the regional celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Week, sponsored by the Center for Creative Solutions. “Our community was one of the first to recognize the week. When it started 15 years ago, about 40 communities in the world organized events,” noted Cynthia

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

Baldoni recognized for over three decades served as judge of LaPorte Superior Court 3

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. — Wednesday night at the county commission meeting, there was a proclamation recognizing the late Judge Paul Baldoni. Judge Baldoni served as the judge of LaPorte Superior Court 3 for over three decades. “It’s quite possible he is the longest serving Judge in LaPorte County’s history,” former La Porte County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Kellems said in a statement. The entire county judiciary was present Wednesday night as were several retired judges.

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

Gov. Holcomb, INDOT, ISP mark start of 2024 construction season, urge drivers to travel safely in work zones

The Indiana Department of Transportation on Wednesday officially marked the start of its 2024 construction season and emphasized the critical importance of work zone safety as construction and road maintenance projects begin across the state. INDOT Commissioner Mike Smith was joined by Indiana State Police, Indiana Constructors Inc., agency employees and industry partners at INDOT's Indianapolis Subdistrict office for an event marking the seventh year of delivering Governor Eric J. Holcomb's Next Level Roads plan, which invests $60 billion over 20 years to improve existing roads and bridges and finish major projects in Indiana. The plan was enacted with bipartisan

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

Bridge work to close State Road 912 ramps to I-94

An Indiana Department of Transportation contractor will have ramp closures at State Road 912/Cline Avenue and I-94 beginning on or after Tuesday, April 23. The ramp from southbound State Road 912 to westbound I-94 will close first and remain closed through late May. When that ramp reopens, the ramp from southbound State Road 912 to eastbound I-94 will close. These closures are to conduct bridge deck overlay work on the ramp bridges over 25th Avenue. The project will conclude in late June. There will also be a temporary lane closure on southbound State Road 912/Cline Avenue between I-94 and Ridge

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

Lake County Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s help identifying suspects in shooting that injured man inside apartment

Detectives with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department are asking for the public’s help in locating suspects in a shooting where a stray bullet wounded a man inside an apartment building nearby. Police say it happened Saturday, April 13 sometime after 1:30 p.m.  A group of young men, possibly in their early 20s had been playing basketball and gathering near the court at the Tiberon Trails apartment complex at 1240 W. 52nd Drive in unincorporated Merrillville. Surveillance images appear to show a disturbance beginning on the court.  When one of the men walked away and drove out of the leasing office

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte Community School Corporation Announces Expansion of Online Programming Through Launch of La Porte Online School

Press Release, La Porte Community School Corporation: At Monday evening’s board of school trustees meeting, the La Porte Community School Corporation announced the expansion of their online programming through the launch of La Porte Online School. In collaboration with Edmentum, a leading provider of educational technology solutions, La Porte Online School will offer a well-rounded and fully supported homeschooling program to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. This program will provide an enriching online learning environment where state-certified teachers deliver personalized, curriculum-aligned education. Key features of La Porte Online School include: Personalized Learning Approaches: Utilizing Edmentum’s programming to customize educational

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

Purdue University Northwest plans annual Day of Giving on April 24

News Release, Purdue University Northwest: Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites the community to support students during the 11th annual PNW Day of Giving 24-hour fundraiser on Wednesday, April 24. PNW Day of Giving is the university’s most successful campaign supporting student scholarships, academic and athletic programs, and resources that benefit PNW students. Donors are encouraged to save the date and visit dayofgiving.pnw.edu on April 24 to make a gift of their choice to PNW and help expand the many resources that allow the university’s students to experience a high-quality college education at the region’s premier metropolitan university. “I cannot overemphasize the importance

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

MC Salvation Army to Recognize Volunteers of the Year


Press Release, Salvation Army of Michigan City:  The Salvation Army of Michigan City will celebrate National Volunteer Month by hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to recognize the hardworking individuals who volunteer at the non-profit organization throughout the year. This luncheon is free and open to anybody who has volunteered with The Salvation Army of Michigan City over the past year. It will take place on Friday, April 26 at The Salvation Army, 1201 S. Franklin Street, Michigan City, from 11:30am to 1:00pm. “April is National Volunteer Month and a great time for us to recognize those who give of their

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

South Shore Line Carroll Avenue Station, Millennium Station ticket offices to close permanently

The South Shore Line announced Tuesday that it will be permanently closing its Carroll Avenue and Millennium Station  ticket offices. The offices will close Friday, April 26. “After careful consideration and review of usage, the closures will allow the SSL to better allocate ticket agent resources,” the South Shore Line said in a statement. “Currently, nearly 85% of SSL ticket purchases are digital (including 62% via the mobile app and 22% via station Ticket Vending Machines). Ticket agent sales make up just 4% of total ticket sales.” After April 26, passengers may continue to purchase train tickets via any station

April 17th, 2024|Local News|

Three juveniles arrested after pursuit in Michigan City

Indiana State Police arrested three juveniles after a pursuit Monday night in Michigan City. At about 10:15 p.m., a was patrolling in Michigan City when a dispatch went out of a shooting that had just occurred in Michigan City.  The suspect vehicle was reported stolen and described as a white Volkswagen Jetta. At about the same time, the trooper observed a white Volkswagen Jetta traveling southbound on Franklin Street near the Meijer store.  The vehicle and license plate matched the description of the suspect vehicle that had been involved in the earlier reported shooting. The trooper attempted to make a

April 17th, 2024|Local News|

Gov. Holcomb, IDHS announce next round of personal protective equipment for volunteer fire stations across Indiana

Press Release, Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb: Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security today announced a $10 million state investment in new personal protective equipment (PPE). This new equipment will allow volunteer firefighters across Indiana to better serve their communities. Most Indiana communities are served by volunteer fire departments, and many operate on shoestring budgets and with dilapidated equipment. Some wear protective gear and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that may be more than a decade old. Through Gov. Holcomb’s 2023 Next Level Agenda, $17.7 million was allocated to firefighters through PPE and new training facilities

April 17th, 2024|Local News|

Duneland Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker

Press Release, Duneland Chamber of Commerce: (Chesterton, IN) — The Duneland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the keynote speaker and 2024 board members for its upcoming Annual Meeting, scheduled for April 24th from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Spa Special Event Center. Keynote Speaker Vanessa Green Sinders, the first female President and CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, will introduce herself and deliver the keynote address. Sinders brings a wealth of experience in business and economic development. New Board Members The Duneland Chamber's 2024 Board of Directors are as follows: Laura Zaranski, East Wind Acupuncture Bob Kollar,

April 17th, 2024|Local News|

Gaston coordinates EDCMC offices as new team member

Tristan Gaston has joined the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City team as Special Projects Coordinator. He is responsible for connecting community members to the correct resources and tools, addressing inquiries on EDCMC services and offerings, synchronizing all aspects of the office and its team members, bookkeeping and preparing of necessary marketing materials and presentations. “I enjoy my role simply because I am using my talents to help grow our community,” he said. “I look forward to helping create opportunities for others to flourish here in Michigan City.” EDCMC Executive Director Clarence Hulse said he is honored to have Gaston as

April 17th, 2024|Local News|

Registration Now Open for Free Salvation Army Summer Camp

Press Release, The Salvation Army of Michigan City: Registration is now open for The Salvation Army’s annual free summer camp opportunities. Children ages 6 to 17 who reside in Michigan City are eligible to attend camp through The Salvation Army, including fivedifferent camps that will take place at Hidden Falls Camp in Bedford, IN. The experience will be a four- to six-dayovernight visit, depending on the camp. Teen Camp will be held June 10-14 for campers ages 13-17; Jr. Kids Camp, for children ages 6-8, will take place June 17-20; Kids Camp will be held June 24-28 for children ages

April 17th, 2024|Local News|

U.S. 31/20 Bypass and U.S. 31 interchange to have restrictions for punch list work

An INDOT will be conducting work at the U.S. 31/20 bypass and U.S. 31 interchange to wrap up their bridge contract which first began in 2022. Beginning on or after Monday, April 22, there will be alternating lanes closures on U.S. 31/Michigan Street from Jackson Road to just south of Ireland Road, and the ramps from westbound U.S. 20 to southbound U.S. 31 and eastbound U.S. 20 to northbound Michigan Street will be closed. These closures will be in place through late May for bridge painting. The outside shoulders of the U.S. 31/20 bypass bridge will also be closed in

April 16th, 2024|Local News|

U.S. Marshals, FBI Urge Public: Report Phone Scams

Press Release, U.S. Marshal's Service: The United States Marshals Service (USMS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are alerting the public to several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be representatives of the Marshals Service, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. The USMS is are urging people to report the calls to their local FBI office and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement. Scammers use many tactics to sound and appear credible, sometimes

April 16th, 2024|Local News|

Stop arm violation awareness campaign urges drivers to prioritize school bus safety

The Valparaiso Police Department made the following statement about a stop arm violation awareness campaign on its Facebook Page Monday: “As part of a cooperative effort with the Valparaiso Community Schools, the Valparaiso Police Department, Porter County Sheriff's Department, and the Indiana State Police will be participating in a week-long campaign to bring awareness to stop arm violations.  The campaign will take place between April 15, 2024, through April 19, 2024, in and around the City of Valparaiso.  The goal is to educate drivers about the dangers of illegally passing a school bus when its stop arm is extended, putting

April 16th, 2024|Local News|

State Road 55 to close south of State Road 2

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - State Road 55 will be closed between State Road 2 and State Road 10 on or after Monday, April 22 through late June for two consecutive projects. State Road 55 will first be closed between 191st Avenue and 203rd Avenue for a bridge deck overlay over Griesel Ditch. This project will take approximately one month, and then the closure will be between 203rd Avenue and 205th Avenue for a bridge deck overlay over Singleton Ditch. Motorists should seek alternate routes. The official detour for both closures will follow State Road 2, I-65 and State Road 10.

April 16th, 2024|Local News|

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