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City of Valparaiso shares roadway and sidewalk enhancements schedule

The City of Valparaiso is sharing an aggressive schedule of infrastructure projects this season, working strategically to maximize the miles and lifespan for surfaces citywide. Paving Projects: Following up on last year’s projects which resurfaced some of the city’s most traveled roadways of Calumet Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Morgan Boulevard, this year’s program will enhance the surfaces of nearly seven miles throughout the city and neighborhoods. This work, on 14 roadways, will provide structural resurfacing, which extends the life of a roadway. Roads are selected for resurfacing based on a combination of factors, including overall wear, safety and traffic level

July 28th, 2022|Local News|

New NIPSCO Natural Gas Rates to take effect beginning September

Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO) received a decision from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to adjust its natural gas rates, effective Sept. 1, 2022. The utility, which has been Indiana’s lowest cost natural gas provider on average over the last ten years, will phase in the newly approved rates over a two-step process expected in Sept. 2022 and March 2023 – with the majority of the increase occurring in Sept.*  “Customers expect service that is dependable and rates at the lowest cost possible,” said Mike Hooper, NIPSCO’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “This balanced outcome demonstrates a

July 28th, 2022|Local News|

Franciscan Health Michigan City bariatric program achieves accreditation, meeting standards for patient safety and quality care

Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality in the greater Michigan City area. Thomas Shin, MD, FACS, medical director of the Bariatric Program at Franciscan Health Michigan City, announced Wednesday that its bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

July 28th, 2022|Local News|

Mobile operations to take place overnight on I-65 and I-94

LAKE, JASPER, PORTER & LAPORTE COUNTIES, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Transportation announces overnight rolling lane closures on I-94 and I-65 for approximately three weeks beginning on or after Sunday, July 31 for pavement marking and crack sealing operations. INDOT contractor Traffic Control Specialists Inc will conduct overnight mobile operations on I-65 in Lake and Jasper Counties. Slow moving maintenance vehicles will be refurbishing raised pavement markings on several sections of I-65 from mile marker 201 (near U.S. 24/Remington) north to 262 (north of I-94 near the Indiana Toll Road). Work will be conducted during the overnight hours of

July 27th, 2022|Local News|

Closures and restrictions at Soldiers Memorial Park for this weekend’s La Porte LakeFest

The La Porte Park and Recreation Department announced closures or restrictions at Soldiers Memorial Park for this weekend's La Porte LakeFest.  Stone Lake and the adjoining launches and docks will be closed from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the running of the La Porte LakeFest AquaX Grand Prix. Watercraft leaving the launches or docks must do so before 9 a.m. and will not regain access to the lake until after 5 p.m. While still accessible to the public, Stone Lake Beach will be limited to LakeFest events from 6 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday. Grangemouth Road

July 27th, 2022|Local News|

Franciscan Health Michigan City’s ‘Fan Out Diabetes’ program works with local churches

For the second year, Franciscan Health Michigan City is partnering with local churches to educate their parishioners on diabetes prevention and detection, targeting a health issue more likely to impact those in the African American and Hispanic communities. The free “Fan Out Diabetes” program is offered in two companion sessions following Sunday church services. At the first session, diabetes educators will provide a presentation on diabetes with information on healthy eating and exercise tips. Free screenings will be offered, along with insurance enrollment assistance and healthy snacks and giveaways. Guests are asked to also attend a second session where the

July 27th, 2022|Local News|

Second arrest made in 2021 Michigan City shooting investigation

The Michigan City Police Department announced Tuesday that a second arrest has been made in connection to a shooting that resulted in the death of 34-year-old Michigan City resident Leland Collins. Police said 40-year-old Clarence Sims of Michigan City was arrested on July 20 as a result of the homicide investigation. On July 21, probable cause was found to charge Sims with one count of aiding, inducing or causing murder.  On August 9th, 2021, just after 7:30 p.m. officers were called to a parking lot in the 1500 block of East Michigan Boulevard regarding a person who was shot. Officers

July 27th, 2022|Local News|

Westbound U.S. 12 closed through Thursday in Ogden Dunes

The Ogden Dunes Police announced that U.S. 12 Westbound will be closed through Thursday July 28, for NIPSCO work related to the double track project. Police say that drivers will be able to take U.S. 12 east out of town. However, when returning to town drivers will need to take the frontage road.  

July 27th, 2022|Local News|

Update: Silver Alert canceled for woman missing from Warsaw

Update: Silver Alert 098-2022 issued on Monday, July 25, 2022 on Rachel Deboard has been canceled as of Tuesday, July 26, 2022. For more information on this cancellation, please contact the Warsaw Police Department at 574-372-9511.   Original: A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared for a woman missing from Warsaw. The Warsaw Police Department is investigating the disappearance of 50 year-old Rachael Deboard, described as a white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, with brown hair with and brown eyes. Deboard was last seen wearing a white/green tie dye shirt, grey sweatpants and black slides. Rachael

July 26th, 2022|Local News|

Scam alert from the Indiana State Police

The Indiana State Police have issued a scam alert involving a text message claiming to be the Department of Workforce Development.  Indiana State Police issued the following: "Detectives from the Indiana State Police Indianapolis District have recently received complaints about a potential scam in the form of a text message. The messenger claims to be from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and indicates the recipient has unclaimed money from the state. The message gives instructions to click a link, that link will take them to a webpage asking for personal / confidential information. "Detectives have communicated the Indiana Department

July 26th, 2022|Local News|

Hoosiers can help DNR estimate Indiana’s wild turkey population

Hoosiers can help the Department of Natural Resources estimate Indiana’s wild turkey population by counting turkeys for our 2022 Wild Turkey Brood Survey. The DNR says if you see a female turkey (hen) with and without poults (young turkeys) now through Aug. 31, report them online. Observations help the DNR better understand Indiana’s wild turkey populations and guide future management decisions. Report your sighting online at on.IN.gov/turkeybrood.

July 26th, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line information for Lollapalooza weekend

The South Shore Line has published information about service this weekend for Lollapalooza.  The SSL published the following:  The following South Shore Line service updates will be in effect to accommodate passengers attending Lollapalooza, taking place Thursday, July 28, through Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Grant Park.   TEMPORARY SOUTH BEND-DUNE PARK BUSING:  Due to the anticipated large ridership for Lollapalooza, passengers will be bused between the South Bend International Airport and Dune Park stations from July 28-31. There will be no train service to and from Hudson Lake during this time. There will be no bikes transported via bus. The

July 26th, 2022|Local News|

Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers help put out fire in Gary

A pair of Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers helped put a fire out in Gary after encountering a firefighter who needed help. Just before 1 p.m. Monday, Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to assist at a call for a home engulfed in flames in the 2000 block of West 48th Place in Gary. Two officers with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department arrived and encountered a firefighter with the Lake Ridge Fire Department who police say was somewhat fatigued and overcome by smoke. Two Lake County Sheriff’s Department police officers offered to help and extinguished the flames. Preliminary information suggests

July 26th, 2022|Local News|

City of La Porte to host Friday Night Live: Cheeseburger in Paradise

The City of La Porte will host Friday Night Live: Cheeseburger in Paradise Friday, Aug. 19 at La Stitch at the corner of Lincolnway and Monroe. The City of La Porte is calling on all Jimmy Buffet fans and cheeseburger connoisseurs. Atendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite tourist garb — Hawaiian shirts are encouraged — and spend the evening dancing, eating and shopping. Local food vendors go head-to-head for the title of ‘Best Cheeseburger,’ and jam out to the musical stylings of South of Disorder, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. There will be local food and beer

July 23rd, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line to bus passengers between South Bend and Dune Park

The South Shore Line will bus passengers between the South Bend Airport and Dune Park stations from July 28 through July 31. There will be no train service to and from Hudson Lake during this time. See the “News” section on MySouthShoreLine.com for details and extra train service information.

July 23rd, 2022|Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff’s seeking 3 men for owing excessive amounts of back child support

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office warrants division is seeking three men who have active body attachments for owing excessive amounts of back child support. Thomas L. Heitz, 39, owes $19,426.19. Jeremy D. Bennett, 50, owes $18,934.48. Bradin M. Drewes, 22, owes $9,076.35. Police say if you know the whereabouts of any of them, you are encouraged to provide your anonymous tip (s) to Deputy Troy Ryan at (219) 326-7700, ext. 2427or tryan@lcso.in.gov.

July 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Citywide Back to School Rally set for July 30

Michigan City community organizations have again joined forces to host the “Citywide Back to School Rally,” providing school supplies and an end-of-summer celebration for Michigan City families. The rally will take place on Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Elston’s Gill Field, 317 Detroit St. in Michigan City. Approximately 2,000 students and their families are expected to attend this year, and each student will receive a backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies. Also available at the Back to School Rally will be free food, exhibits, and activities, as well as COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. To attend,

July 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Intersection of 3rd and F Streets closed next week in La Porte

The City of La Porte announced the intersection of 3rd and F Streets will be closed all of next week as the Water Department makes necessary infrastructure improvements. The city says the work is part of the infrastructure plan that was proposed a couple of years ago to bring their water and wastewater systems into the 21st century. The city asks the public to seek an alternative route during this time.

July 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Chamber Inviting public to participate in strategic planning process

The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to participate in its strategic planning process. The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce recently held its first Breakfast with the Board at Agave Mansion. Board Members and key stakeholders gathered to hear about recent successes and look to the future of the Chamber. Dr. Cynthia Roberts, Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University Northwest, was also in attendance to lend her expertise as she assists the Chamber in their strategic planning efforts.  “As we emerge from the pandemic, and the resulting changes in the economic climate,

July 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Mayor Parry appoints new board members to Michigan City Housing Authority

Mayor Duane Parry, on Thursday announced appointments to the Michigan City Housing Authority Board, replacing the recently removed members. The Mayor’s Office says, “Ms. Virginia Keeting is a well-respected Michigan City Attorney, and past member of the Housing Authority Board and current President of the Michigan City Board of Public Works. Ms. Keating will bring not only experience to this board but also her expertise in law and city management.”  “Mr. Michael Vinson is a current member of the Board of Works and is very thorough in his thinking and objective outlook for the community of Michigan City. He is

July 22nd, 2022|Local News|
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