News

I-65 crash near Crown Point sends driver to hospital

A crash on I-65 sent one person to the hospital Tuesday afternoon. At 1:45 p.m., a state trooper responded to a crash on I-65 southbound at the 246.8 mile-marker. Preliminary investigation showed that a 2010 Ford Focus was traveling southbound in the far left lane when the driver, 36-year-old Jaime L. Wheeler, of Wheatfield, lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway. The Ford then struck the trailer of a semi that was traveling in the center lane. The Ford was wedged under the trailer resulting in injuries to the driver, who was transported to the Franciscan Health Hospital

September 22nd, 2021|Local News|

NiSource Companies launch mobile apps to enhance customer experience

NiSource, one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, announced the launch of the Columbia Gas and NIPSCO mobile apps by its operating companies. The apps are now available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  The mobile apps closely mirror the functionality available on the respective operating company customer-focused websites, including bill payment, managing enrollments (e.g., Paperless Billing, AutoPay and Budget Plans), examining usage, reporting an electric outage (NIPSCO only) and viewing bill history. The mobile apps also include the newly released start, stop and move service feature. Jennifer Montague, senior vice president

September 22nd, 2021|Local News|

La Porte County Health Department announces first positive identification of West Nile Virus

The La Porte County Health Department (LPCHD) has received confirmation from the Indiana State Department of Health that a pool of mosquitoes submitted for testing has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first positive identification of West Nile Virus in La Porte County this year. The La Porte County Health Department stated the following, “The species most likely to transmit the virus are those that prefer to breed in containers therefore it is important to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes that may potentially carry viruses. Avoid leaving standing water in yards and around homes. Clean birdbaths and

September 22nd, 2021|Local News|

Hobart man charged and arrested in fatality crash

A Hobart man has been charged in a fatality crash that occurred on June 13, at 6:28 PM, deputies were dispatched to the area of US 20 and Pinetree Drive, reference a personal injury crash. Deputies arrived and found one of the involved drivers trapped inside his vehicle and unresponsive. That driver, 19-year-old Malachi R. Young of Michigan City, 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 investigating the crash.  As a

September 21st, 2021|Local News|

Purdue University Northwest announces fall discussion series on ‘Race, Racism, Anti-racism’

Faculty members from Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will present a series of interdisciplinary lectures and discussions this fall on critical race theory, racism and teaching evaluations, ethics of protest, and who is hurt by racism. In its second year, the successful free, educational series, “Race, Racism, Anti-racism,” will feature four lectures presented by PNW faculty members from the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences. Karen Bishop-Morris, associate professor of English at PNW, will act as moderator for the series. This series fosters dialogue to contribute to the deeper understanding of race, racism and race relations within the United States and

September 21st, 2021|Local News|

FALL Into FUN with TomFoolery!

The Tomfoolery Fun Club is pleased to once again partner with Orak Shrine in Michigan City, IN for an evening of comedy and live music! Comedian sensation Gwen La Roka headlines a star-studded lineup of comedians who are ready to bring the laughter! Gwen headlines in many comedy clubs throughout the nation. Also on the lineup card include rising star Soli Santos and "old school" comedian Sharkie! On the musical front, Audley Reid and band are ready to keep things alive throughout the evening. Audley, an accomplished saxophonist, leads the band of highly energetic and extremely talented musicians! Tom and

September 21st, 2021|Events|

Versiti blood drives planned at Franciscan Health facilities

Versiti Blood Center says there is an urgent need for blood and is asking the public to donate at blood drives this month and next at Franciscan Health hospitals in Crown Point and Michigan City and Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Schererville. A blood drive at Franciscan Health Crown Point is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. The location is Suite C and D in the Marion Education Center at the hospital, 1201 S. Main St. Franciscan Health Fitness Centers, at 221 U.S. Highway 41 in Schererville, will host blood drives from 9 a.m. to

September 21st, 2021|Local News|

Overnight lane closures on I-80/94 in Lake County

In Lake County, during the overnight hours of approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, three lanes of westbound I-80/94 will be closed for bridge painting between mile marker 4.9 and 3.0 (Kennedy Ave). Closures will start with one lane around 8 p.m., two lanes after 10 p.m. and three lanes after 3 a.m.  The schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

September 21st, 2021|Local News|

State Police encourage safe driving during fall harvest

The Indiana State Police is reminding the public that farmers will begin harvesting this year’s crops which means more slow-moving agricultural equipment will be traveling on Indiana’s rural roads and highways. Police want to remind everyone to stay alert and be courteous to ensure we all get home safely. In 2019 in Indiana, farm equipment vehicles (other than trucks) were involved in three accidents, with one fatality, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration. Farm equipment during harvest season could include tractors, combines, grain carts, grain wagons and large trucks hauling agricultural products. These vehicles are wide and sometimes take

September 21st, 2021|Local News|

2021 Michigan City Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy

The Michigan City Police Department is looking for members of the community who would like to experience the inner workings of what it is like to be a police officer. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6pm - 8:30 pm, they will be sponsoring an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Department. The Michigan City Police Department Citizen's Police Academy (MCCPA) brings the police and the community together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant. Academy Participants will receive two and a half

September 20th, 2021|Local News|

PNW receives $3.8 million for TRIO Educational Talent Search

Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) TRIO program was awarded renewed grants from the U.S. Department of Education for its federally funded Educational Talent Search programs to continue serving first-generation and economically disadvantaged college students. The pre-college programs provide counseling, aptitude assessment, career exploration, financial assistance information, college visits, college application help and more at the Hammond and Westville campuses. The program coordinators service students in Lake, La Porte, Porter, and Starke counties. The new five-year grant cycle for September 2021 to August 2026 awarded around $2 million for Hammond and $1.8 million for Westville. The grants are increased from $1.2 million and $1.5 million, respectively, in

September 20th, 2021|Local News|

Northwest Indiana Walk to End Alzheimer’s events exceed fundraising goal

Hundreds of residents participated in this year’s Northwest Indiana Walk to End Alzheimer’s – both in person in Lake County on Sept. 12 and Porter County on Sept. 18. Other participants watched an online ceremony and walked from home in their own neighborhoods. Participants raised $91,077 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association – exceeding this year’s goal of $85,000. This was the first year the event was held in Porter County. Fundraising will continue through the end of the year, and those who didn’t participate can still donate to the Walk at act.alz.org/nwindiana. The final

September 20th, 2021|Local News|

Michigan City Community Enrichment Grant applications now available

Grant Applications are now available for the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation’s 2022-2023 grant cycle which began Monday, September 20th at 9:00 am. The deadline for submitting the grants is Tuesday, November 30th at 11:59 pm CST. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Online Grant Applications are available at www.mccec.com. In March of this year, the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation awarded 40 grants totaling $639,206.00 to Michigan City Area charitable organizations. Of those 40 grants, 20 of them were for $10,000 or less. The Grant Applications totaled $1.128 million dollars. These grants are very competitive. Since the Board’s inception in 1997, the Enrichment Corporation has awarded over

September 20th, 2021|Local News|

South Shore Line to promote education and spread awareness during Rail Safety Week

The South Shore Line, in partnership with Indiana Operation Lifesaver, is once again participating in National Rail Safety Week this week. Their teams will continue to spread awareness of rail safety to the surrounding communities where they operate. On Thursday, South Shore representatives will be present at Millennium Station throughout the morning commute, distributing educational materials about train and grade-crossing safety, answering any questions, and listening to commuters' safety concerns. The blitzes are part of their ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of safe behavior around their trains and tracks. The rail safety programs include free presentations by

September 18th, 2021|Local News|

Valparaiso Police Department seeking assistance in search for missing person

The Valparaiso Police Department is seeking assistance in the search for 33 year old Nicole J. Narug, of Valparaiso. Nicole was last seen on Wednesday, September 15 at approximately 12:00 p.m. in a 2000 block of Calumet Ave.  Nicole was further contacted by phone on this day at approximately 1:30 p.m.   Police say Nicole has medical needs that require medication, and it is unknown if she has doses of the medication in her possession.  Nicole is described as a white female, 5’7, 161 pounds, with brown hair, and blue eyes. There is no current clothing description available on Nicole.   If

September 18th, 2021|Local News|

La Porte Police Department congratulates Corporal Joe Toth on retirement

On Friday the La Porte Police Department congratulated CPL. Joe Toth on his retirement from the LPPD. Over the last 20 years, Toth served in the detective bureau, as well as an Emergency Response Team Leader and as a day shift supervisor.  The La Porte Police Department said on their Facebook page, “You would be hard pressed to find a more respected, caring and harder working police officer. The void left by his retirement will be felt for sometime and we are better as a community for having had him serve with LPPD. Thank you, Joe, for your many years of

September 18th, 2021|Local News|

August unemployment report for Indiana released by Department of Workforce Development

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development recently released the state’s unemployment report for August. Indiana’s unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4.1 percent for August, and the national rate is 5.2 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 2,499 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 813 unemployed residents and a decrease of 1,686 employed residents.  Indiana's total labor force,

September 18th, 2021|Local News|

Commissioner Haney Issues Response to President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate: “No.”

The following is a statement from Joe Haney of The La Porte County Board of Commissioners, District 3: I have three daughters and one of things I've taught them is that “No” is more than just a single word. “No” is a complete sentence. I don't need to give any further explanation to someone sitting 700 miles away, unconstitutionally writing things down on a piece of paper and trying to impose his will over the free will of 80,000,000 plus Americans. I do however, want to speak directly to the over 110,000 citizens of La Porte County who have entrusted me with the office of County

September 17th, 2021|Local News|

A. K. Smith Construction Program Receives “State Earn and Learn” Certification

Representatives of Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development visited the LaPorte County Career & Technical Education’s Construction Technology program at the A. K. Smith Career Center on Friday, September 10, to recognize it as a State “Earn and Learn” (SEAL) program. SEAL certification is granted to career centers, high schools, and/or employers that have developed comprehensive work-based learning programs with education and industry partners. The A. K. Smith Construction Technology program was the first in the state of Indiana to integrate a “Career Connections” curriculum developed by the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund, a program of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC). The material, which includes units

September 17th, 2021|Local News|

La Porte Community Schools superintendent issues response to anti-mask demonstrations

The Following is a statement from La Porte Community Schools Superintendent Mark D. Francesconi: We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation this week as we transition to the updated COVID-19 Intervention Plan. Our schools have demonstrated their commitment to keeping healthy students in the classroom. As always, we respect direct feedback from our school community, and have received numerous phone calls and emails from people voicing their support, as well as concern regarding the face covering requirement. This week we received a petition against the face covering requirement stated in the recent COVID-19 plan. As well, a peaceful

September 17th, 2021|Local News|
Go to Top