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Michigan City Police Department participating in Drug Take Back

The Michigan City Police Department will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency for their 26th "Prescription Drug Take Back." The department will be "Taking Back" any expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs on April 27 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This program is for pills only, and the department will not accept any liquids, needles, or any sharps of any kind. MCPD is also reminding the public that the department has a "Pill Drop Box" where pills can be dropped off any day from 8am-10 p.m.

April 12th, 2024|Local News|

Franciscan Health Michigan City to conduct perinatal loss memorial service

Press Release, Franciscan Health: Franciscan Health Michigan City is offering comfort and support to families who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy or newborn with a memorial service. Remembering Our Babies will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, 1015 Greenwood Ave. in Michigan City. Franciscan Health Michigan City conducts perinatal memorial services twice a year. The services support the values of the Franciscan Health ministry, which include compassionate concern and respect for life through all stages, including unborn and newborn children, their parents and their extended families. For more information about memorial

April 12th, 2024|Local News|

Indiana Launches New Tools to Understand and Support Kindergarten Readiness

Press Release, Indiana Department of Education: The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) presented to the State Board of Education a new system of measuring and supporting kindergarten readiness. These new tools will help provide educators with actionable data in order to differentiate instruction and provide targeted support in the early childhood setting, as well as inform families about their child’s strengths and abilities. Through a request for proposal process, Johns Hopkins University was identified as the vendor for a system of early learning tools and assessment, which will include: ISPROUT For children ages two and under: Educator observations aligned to

April 12th, 2024|Local News|

Holcomb awards READI 2.0 funding for communities around the state

Governor Eric Holcomb announced plans to award $500 million to 15 regions representing all 92 counties to support quality of place and quality of life initiatives statewide. The funding, made available through the expansion of the Indiana Regional Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI), was approved Thursday by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) board of directors at a special session hosted by the governor and Secretary of Commerce David Rosenberg. “READI 2.0 will grow the state’s overall program commitment to $1 billion, marking an unprecedented state-led investment in cultivating vibrant, modern and sustainable communities that attract and retain top talent,”

April 12th, 2024|Local News|

Motorists encouraged to exercise caution with increasing farm equipment on roadways

As Indiana’s planting season approaches, the Indiana State Police is emphasizing the importance of cautious driving and having heightened awareness when encountering farm equipment on the roads. With farmers preparing to work their fields, large agricultural machinery will soon become a common sight along roadways. These machines are often large, slow-moving, and may obstruct visibility. Police say it is imperative for all road users to remain vigilant and patient. To ensure the safety of everyone on the road, the Indiana State Police offer the following tips: Stay Alert: Keep a lookout for slow-moving farm equipment, especially on rural roads. Be

April 11th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office address commercial motor vehicles disregarding state detour signage

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office shared the following statement to its Facebook page on Wednesday regarding Commercial Motor Vehicles disregarding state detour signage: “As expected, the US 6 / US 421 South Junction closure for the roundabout project has created additional traffic on nearby county roadways in Clinton and New Durham Townships. "Motorists of passenger vehicles are understandably utilizing nearby roadways to navigate around the temporary inconvenience of the state closure. These drivers are reminded to abide by the posted speed limits as many of the roadways have young children residing in homes throughout the area. “Much more problematic

April 11th, 2024|Local News|

U.S. 41 to have lane closures in Schererville

An Indiana Department of Transportation contractor will have lane closures on U.S. 41 between 77th Avenue and 82nd Lane beginning on or after Monday, April 15. U.S. 41 will be reduced to one lane in each direction through mid-June for a pipe replacement project. Lane closures will alternate so motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns. INDOT encourages drivers to allow extra time when driving through this area and follow traffic directions carefully. Motorists should slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

April 11th, 2024|Local News|

Attorney General Todd Rokita launches lawsuit against manufacturers of PFAS Chemicals

Attorney General Todd Rokita Wednesday announced a lawsuit against 22 companies that, contrary to law, continued manufacturing substances known as “forever chemicals”, also known as PFAS. “We’re taking action today to hold these companies accountable for their clear violation of laws designed to protect human health,” Attorney General Todd Rokita said. “For decades, they sought to hide research showing that their products were extremely dangerous to people everywhere, including Hoosiers. And they did it so they could make million-dollar profits at the cost of our health and well-being.” According to a press release from Rokita’s office, the companies manufactured a

April 11th, 2024|Local News|

Update: Man charged in fatal Michigan City shooting

A Michigan City man has been charged in the fatal shooting that took place on April 8 in Michigan City. On April 8, at 12:53 p.m. the LaPorte County E-911 Regional Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls of a person shot in the parking lot of Advance Auto Parts in the 100 block of East U.S. Highway 20. Officers responded to the scene and located 27-year-old La Porte resident Dylan Andersen suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers provided life saving measures to Andersen before he was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital for emergency medical treatment. Andersen eventually died

April 11th, 2024|Local News|

Volunteers Needed for Duneland Chamber’s 8th Grade Reality Check

Chesterton, IN - 8th Grade Reality Check is set for May 10, 2024, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Chesterton Middle School, located at 651 W Morgan Ave. For more than 20 years, this event has been preparing 8th grade students from the Duneland area on how to be successful in life after graduation. Students are given a predetermined salary that they would earn in their chosen profession at age 28.  During 8th Grade Reality Check, they visit tables where they pay such expenses as taxes, housing, childcare, etc. Some do end up in bankruptcy, while others may have

April 11th, 2024|Local News|

South Shore Line Buy One Get One Free monthly ticket promotion extended

The South Shore Line’s Buy One Get One Free monthly ticket promotion is extended through June 2024 due to ongoing busing and construction related to the Double Track NWI Project. All monthly tickets purchased for the month of May 2024 will remain valid for June 2024. Passengers purchasing a paper May monthly ticket should plan to keep that ticket and use it through June, and passengers purchasing a digital May monthly ticket via the mobile app will see a June ticket uploaded to their accounts prior to June 1. For passengers who receive tickets through an employer benefit program such

April 10th, 2024|Local News|

U.S. 30 to have lane closures between state line and U.S. 41

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - An INDOT contractor will have lane closures on U.S. 30 between the Illinois State Line and U.S. 41 beginning on or after Monday, April 15. This is a concrete restoration project, with full depth patching and joint repairs. There will also be a preventative maintenance bridge deck overlay done on the Plum Creek bridge between Hart St and Moeller St. Work will be ongoing through mid-May, with alternating lane closures and changing traffic patterns. During phase one, the left passing lane and left turn lanes will be closed in both directions. INDOT encourages drivers to allow

April 10th, 2024|Local News|

High school students encouraged to register for Preview PNW information session

News Release, Purdue Northwest: Prospective college students and their families are invited to join Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) Preview PNW campus information session on April 27 to learn more about attending the region’s premier metropolitan university. Located just 30 miles from Chicago, PNW is where academic excellence meets real-world experience. Preview PNW allows prospective students to explore campus and discover how a PNW experience will help build hands-on skills, create connections with professors who care and Power Onward to their career goals. PNW offers more than 70 areas of study, nearly 60 student organizations and 21 athletic teams on two

April 10th, 2024|Local News|

Bi-annual hydrant flushing slated to begin this weekend in La Porte

The City of La Porte Water Department's spring water system flushing is set to begin this weekend, according to La Porte Water Superintendent Tim Werner. Beginning Sunday, Apr. 14 and continuing for four to five weeks, crews will be out to flush fire hydrants throughout the community Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Werner reminds residents that this process is a critical part of maintaining the city’s water quality and infrastructure. “While we know this process can present an inconvenience to our citizens, it is a very necessary and important part of maintaining our

April 10th, 2024|Local News|

City of La Porte receives Baby Box

The City of La Porte is receiving Indiana’s 119th Safe Haven Baby Box. La Porte Fire Station #2 is inviting the community to attend the blessing of their Safe Haven Baby Box on April 11. The event will occur at 115 E. Shore Court, in La Porte at noon. La Porte Fire Chief, Andy Snyder stated, “Installing a Safe Haven Baby Box has been a goal of our department for quite some time now, and we are so glad to finally have this incredible resource in our community. We are very grateful to the family of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski for

April 10th, 2024|Local News|

LCSO reminds motorists to put away distractions while behind the wheel

News Release, La Porte County Sheriff's Office: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching a national high-visibility enforcement effort this month to deter distracted driving. "Distractions behind the wheel can have devastating consequences,” said Devon McDonald, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Executive Director. “We urge all motorists to focus on the road and avoid any activity that takes their attention away from driving safely." Law enforcement officers nationwide will work together to enforce texting and distracted-driving laws and remind people to put away distractions while on the road. This effort comes during National Distracted Driving

April 10th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte Becomes First Indiana Community to Achieve HEARTSafe Designation

Press Release, Health Foundation of La Porte: La Porte, Indiana — Years of committed work have culminated in a milestone achievement: La Porte is the first city in Indiana to achieve HEARTSafe Community designation. Earning this designation makes La Porte an official part of the HEARTSafe Community initiative, a national preparedness program dedicated to improving outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest led by the Citizen CPR Foundation. La Porte joins other cities and communities — most recently Johnson County, Iowa; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and La Crosse, Wisc. — in achieving HEARTSafe Community status. The La Porte HEARTSafe Community team decided

April 9th, 2024|Local News|

I-94 to have overnight lane closures in Lake County

An INDOT contractor  will have overnight lane closures on I-94 between State Road 912/Cline Avenue and State Road 53/Broadway starting on or after Monday, April 15. Overnight lane closures will be in place from approximately 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly through the end of April. Crews will be installing ITS equipment at several locations on eastbound and westbound I-94. This work is weather dependent so the schedule is subject to change. INDOT says to be alert for overnight lane closures through this area.

April 9th, 2024|Local News|

Indiana Sheriffs’ Association announces 44th Annual Youth Leadership Camp

The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) announced information for their 44th Annual Youth Leadership Camps this year. The first session, serving the northern part of the state, will be held June 17 - 20, at Pine Creek Camp in Pine Village, Indiana (Warren County). The second session, serving the southern part of the state, will be held July 1 - 3, at Waycross Episcopal Camp in Morgantown, Indiana (Brown County). The ISA Youth Leadership Camps are a program for boys and girls who are currently in the 7th or 8th grade of school and are interested in learning more about a

April 9th, 2024|Local News|

Bridge work to cause lane, ramp closures on I-94

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - An INDOT contractor will begin bridge deck overlay preventative maintenance projects on I-94 near U.S. 41/Indianapolis Boulevard and Kennedy Avenue on or after Monday, April 15. Work will begin at the I-94 bridges over U.S. 41/Indianapolis Boulevard and over Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad just west of Kennedy Avenue. There will also be future work at the eastbound I-94 to northbound State Road 912/Cline Avenue ramp bridge. This work will be conducted in phases and will be ongoing through late August. During phase one, the right lane of I-94 eastbound will be closed between U.S. 41/Calumet Avenue

April 9th, 2024|Local News|

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