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The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross Offers Free Home Fire Safety Resources

The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is encouraging residents to pledge to prepare to protect their homes and families from the deadly threat of home fires by signing up for free preparedness resources during a push for fire safety this spring. Local Red Cross volunteers are encouraging people to sign up for free home fire preparedness resources – including escape plans and tips for talking with children – as part of the national “Sound the Alarm. Save a Life” campaign to educate people about home fire safety. Preparedness appointments will be handled virtually, in an effort to safely

April 15th, 2021|Local News|

Nipsco Shares Energy Efficiency Programs and Tips in Honor of Earth Day 2021

To celebrate the planet this Earth Day, April 22, NIPSCO customers can take advantage of energy efficiency offers and tips to help save energy and money at home as the weather turns warmer.   New to NIPSCO.com is the Home Online Marketplace. NIPSCO residential customers can take advantage of instant discounts of up to 75% off Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices when they replace their energy - hogging light bulbs, thermostats, power strips and sink/ shower fixtures with more energy efficient products. In addition to the every day NIPSCO instant discount, now through April 22, residential customers can take advantage of

April 15th, 2021|Local News|

A Teachable Ride

Students in the Automotive Technology program at the AK Smith Career Center in Michigan City have a “new” vehicle to work on, thanks to a donation from Auto Park Ford La Porte.   The LaPorte County Career and Technical Education Program received the donation, a 2013 Ford Focus, through Ford’s Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) program, which provides repurchased vehicles to automotive education programs through dealer partnerships.   Auto Park Service Manager Joe Gannuscio and Ford Motor Company Field Service Engineer Chris Lowe stopped by the Career Center on Tuesday, April 13, to present the keys to A.K. Smith Automotive instructor

April 15th, 2021|Local News|

IU Northwest hosting fourth annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 23 pairing teachers with more than 20 schools and school corporations in Northwest Indiana

The School of Education and the Office of Career Services at Indiana University Northwest are hosting the fourth annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on Friday, April 23. This year, the event will be held virtually, with two sessions available for participants to choose from: 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty school corporations, which includes multiple schools, as well individual public, charter, and private schools throughout Northwest Indiana will be actively recruiting candidates during the fair to fill available positions for teachers, administrators, and more. Due to the pandemic, several schools are urgently seeking to hire teachers

April 14th, 2021|Local News|

Indiana Transitions to New High School Equivalency Exam

The Department of Workforce Development and Indiana Adult Education will transition to a new high school equivalency test on July 1. Used in more than 25 states and territories, HiSET® will become the state’s new HSE credential and another way for Hoosiers without a high school diploma to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. A product of ETS, a leader in assessment, the HiSET® exam is consistent with the curricular emphasis found in today’s high schools, aligns with the College and Career Readiness Standards for adult education, and maintains rigor while providing another path to a new future. According to Marilyn

April 14th, 2021|Local News|

May monthly ticket update

The South Shore Line announces it will continue its “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” promotion to include May monthly tickets. All monthly tickets purchased for the month of May 2021 will remain valid throughout June.  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 as Wage Works or Commuter Benefit Solutions, these passengers should not order

April 14th, 2021|Local News|

WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING MOTOR VEHICLE PURSUIT

On April 13, 2021, at 8:16 AM, deputies were advised of a reckless driver traveling eastbound on US 20 from the area of CR 400 West. The vehicle was reported as traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of US 20. While traveling north on Fail Road to the area, Deputy Bobby Greer observed a vehicle traveling southbound matching the description of the reckless driver and passing another motorist in a no passing zone. Deputy Greer had to pull over onto the shoulder of Fail Road to avoid a head-on collision with the reckless driver. A traffic stop was initiated on

April 14th, 2021|Local News|

FATALITY CRASH UPDATE – KINGSBURY MAN CHARGED AND ARRESTED

On July 24, 2020, at 11:54 AM, deputies were dispatched to the 8200 east block of US 6, rural Johnson Township, refence a personal injury crash. Deputies arrived and found one of the involved drivers unresponsive with no pulse. That driver, Taren E. ABAIR (29 YOA) of Grovertown, Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene. Given the circumstances and dynamics of the crash, the Sheriff’s Office Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) was activated to assist with the investigation. Following their initial response, FACT members continued with the crash investigation for several months. As a result of their investigation, on March

April 14th, 2021|Local News|

SOUTH SHORE TO CLOSE 11th STREET STATION

South Shore announced that they will be CLOSING the 11th Street Station and parking lots beginning May 1st and will not re-open until the construction is completed in 2024. Additionally, the two 11th Street parking lots will be closed as they begin the staging for the new station and platforms. The footprint of the east and south parking lots will be used for laydown, staging, and contractor mobile offices. The train will no longer stop at this station. Carroll Avenue Station and parking will remain open throughout the construction into 2024. South Shore will coordinate with our Transportation Director Robin

April 13th, 2021|Local News|

Memorial service for perinatal loss in Michigan City recognizes the grief families feel after a lost pregnancy

While pregnancy is a time of excitement and anticipation, the loss of a pregnancy or newborn is a heartbreaking experience, especially for the child’s parents. Franciscan Health 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 is held to remember these children. The public is invited to take part in “Remembering Our Babies” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, 1015 Greenwood Ave. in Michigan City. Attendees are requested to wear facemasks and observe social

April 13th, 2021|Local News|

HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO PAUSE USE OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE; MEDIA AVAILABILITY SCHEDULED

The Indiana Department of Health is proactively notifying all vaccination clinics using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to pause its use following news reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for additional review of its safety. The state has not received official notification of a directive to pause but is doing so out of an abundance of caution. The health department will be sending the two-dose Moderna vaccine to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is conducting mass vaccination clinics today, so that Hoosiers can continue to get vaccinated without interruption. The department is also working

April 13th, 2021|Local News|

Northwest Health – La Porte Expands Cancer Care Services

Northwest Health – La Porte announced that it is now offering Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) imaging services in La Porte. The PET/CT unit saw its first patient on March 19. A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan is a test to detect and measure disease processes in the body such as cancer. It uses a safe, radioactive tracer to show biochemical changes taking place in the body. PET scans can detect disease, like cancer, before it is visible on other imaging tests. “With the growth of our Cancer Care services and our continued dedication to keeping patients close to home

April 13th, 2021|Local News|

One dead from an early morning crash involving a semi-tractor trailer

One person was deceased at the scene this morning of a horrific crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and passenger vehicle, the Chesterton Fire Department is reporting. As of 7:30 a.m. today the victim’s name had not been released and emergency services were still at the scene. Interim Fire Chief Eric Camel said that all east- and westbound lanes of U.S. 20 were closed to traffic between Tremont Road and C.R. 200E, to expedite reconstruction of the crash as well as cleanup of the scene. The CFD responded to the scene at 4:17 a.m. Camel was unable to comment on the

April 13th, 2021|Local News|

State Road 149 to be closed at Lenburg Rd/CR 1050 N

PORTER COUNTY, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that State Road 149 from Lenburg Rd/C.R. 1050 N north to Joliet Ave will be closed beginning Monday, April 19. Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow U.S. 20, State Road 49 and U.S. 6. The intersection of Lenburg Rd and State Road 149 will be open for motorists to travel east or west on Lenburg Rd or south on State Road 149.

April 12th, 2021|Local News, Traffic|

CENTER FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING EDUCATION ROLLS OUT MOBILE UNIT

Indiana Department of Health’s Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education has launched a mobile unit to better reach Hoosier children who are deaf or hard of hearing and in need of services and support.   “The center continues to eliminate barriers and ensure that members of Indiana’s deaf and hard of hearing community can access resources that may not have been easily accessible in their community,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “By visiting school districts directly, center staff can collaborate with the school’s existing staff and resources and come together to help students get the

April 12th, 2021|Local News|

City of La Porte Fire Department offers lifesaving CPR classes

The City of La Porte residents looking to become certified in CPR can do so through the city's fire department, according to Fire Chief Andy Snyder.   Beginning this month and lasting through the end of this year, the department will be offering a monthly CPR class. The class is free to all LaPorte County residents, and participants walk away with their certification. Snyder said becoming certified in CPR can give people the ability and confidence to help in emergency situations.   "CPR is a great skill to have in your arsenal, regardless of your age or profession," Snyder said.

April 12th, 2021|Local News|

Purdue Northwest offers summer engineering camps

Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering will offer summer enrichment camps for middle and high school students interested in learning more about mechanical and civil engineering disciplines. The Purdue Northwest Summer Engineering Camps will take place in June and July. Camp attendees can choose to attend virtually (via Zoom), or in-person at PNW’s Hammond Campus, where university social distancing guidelines will be followed. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of civil and mechanical engineering through interactive, laboratory and classroom experiences, including the opportunity to visit the new PNW Design Studio. Participants will engage in hands-on activities

April 12th, 2021|Local News|

Keeping Moms and Babies Safe During the Pandemic

The delivery of babies has been a happy event for the labor and delivery teams at Northwest Health over the past year. Thousands of infants have taken their first breath at one of the Northwest Health hospitals and been a welcome sight in the midst of the global pandemic. While the virus has changed many things in the world – the hospitals’ birthing centers are a pleasant constant, located in a separate, enclosed area to provide specialized care and services. A dedicated team of nurses, certified nurse midwives and board certified obstetricians work exclusively with the moms and babies through

April 12th, 2021|Local News|

MOBILE COVID- 19 VACCINATION CLINIC COMING TO LA PORTE

The Indiana Department of Health is hosting a free mobile vaccination clinic as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. WHEN : 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT, April 13 to 17 WHERE : Rural King, 1340 St. Rd. 2 West HOW : Register online by visiting ourshot.in.gov or call 211 (866-211- 9966) and a representative will schedule an appointment for you from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT daily. Appointments are encouraged, but walk -ins are accepted while vaccine supplies last. This site will offer the Pfizer vaccine. “As we continue the fight against COVID

April 9th, 2021|Local News|

LA PORTE COUNTY SHERIFF RELEASES 2020 ANNUAL REPORT AND STATISTICS

La Porte County Sheriff John T. Boyd is announcing the release of the 2020 Annual Report. The 2020 Annual Report contains crime related and statistical information in the following categories: calls for service, information in the areas of offenses, arrests, crashes, citations, the Jail Division, the Warrants Division, and the Civil Division. “This year’s annual report year reveals some major reductions in certain areas of major crimes, such as robberies and burglaries. However, just as there were some reductions, there were also increases in certain statistical areas,” stated Sheriff Boyd. The number of calls for service in 2020 decreased by

April 9th, 2021|Local News|
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