Five La Lumiere School seniors sign NCAA National Letter of Intent

La Lumiere School announced Saturday the signing of seniors Ashlynn Shade, Kaleb Glenn, Zaide Lowery, Trenton Walters, and Gus Yalden to a national letter of intent to play NCAA Division 1 basketball during the early signing period. A native of Noblesville, Indiana, Shade signed with the University of Connecticut. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Glenn signed with the University of Louisville. A native of Springfield, Missouri, Lowery signed with Marquette University. A native of Frisco, Texas, Walters signed with Radford University. A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Yalden signed with the University of Wisconsin “We are proud of these five student

November 15th, 2022|Local News|

Update: Additional work needed to railroad crossing in Valpo

The City of Valparaiso announced Monday that the railroad has determined that additional work is required on the Roosevelt Road crossing, which will happen at a later date. The City says it continues to work with Canadian National to make these crossings safer and better for motorists. Visit the WIMS Facebook page and website for the latest local roadwork updates.    

November 15th, 2022|Local News|

Local Porter County teens plan display to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco

Porter County teens involved in the local VOICE youth empowerment group are planning a public display to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking and vaping in honor of the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17 at Boone Grove High School. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public will be able to view shoes placed outside of the school to represent the number of people who die, on average, every day from preventable tobacco-related illnesses. The Great American Smokeout event is on the third Thursday in November every year. It is the perfect day to quit smoking. Quitting isn’t easy,

November 15th, 2022|Local News|

Portage Police Chief releases statement on Nov. 8 crash investigation

Portage Police Chief Michael Candiano released a public statement on Monday regarding last week’s six-vehicle crash at the intersection of Willowcreek Road and Lute Road.  Chief Candiano stated the following:  “Sadly, the City of Portage has experienced several tragic and fatal crashes over the last several weeks.  While each one had different contributing circumstances and factors, they were all devastating to those involved and affected.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone, whose life has been so drastically changed.   “As most of you are aware, PPD responded to a devastating crash on Tuesday November 8th, 2022 at approximately 5:45pm

November 15th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City High School hosts military drill competition, earns awards

The Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) hosted a military drill competition on Nov. 12. The Wolves competed against the traditional powerhouse schools of Portage, Indianapolis Ben Davis, and Romeoville, IL. They earned a 2nd place trophy in the Armed Regulation category, and finished third in Unarmed Regulation, Unarmed Exhibition, and Armed Exhibition. The University of Notre Dame Navy/Marine ROTC provided the judges. “This is early in the year to host a drill meet, but our cadets rose to the challenge and represented our school well,” said Senior Marine Instructor Major Tom McGrath.

November 14th, 2022|Local News|

Theatre at the Center hosts “Dickens’ Christmas Carol Dinner Show.”

Theatre at the Center is hosting "Dickens' Christmas Carol Dinner Show" running from December 1st-11th. Cash bar and meal options available! For tickets, call the Theatre at the Center box office at 219-836-3255 or visit

November 14th, 2022|Events|

Duneland Chamber hosts “Mistletoe Market.”

Join Ric Federighi and Duneland Chamber of Commerce in downtown Chesterton on Saturday, December 3, from 8 am to 2 pm to experience this year’s Mistletoe Market. This beloved holiday market is moving outside this year, giving the event a more European feel. The Mistletoe Market will feature many of the regular season vendors, from the European Market. There will be mulled wine, and live music along with photo props for the whole family to enjoy. Santa will even be in attendance too! Find that perfect, one of a kind holiday gift and experience a little bit of Europe in

November 14th, 2022|Events|

Robbery suspect taken into custody after escaping Lake County Community Corrections Kimbrough Work Program

Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. is alerting the public about a robbery suspect who was taken into custody just over an hour after he escaped from the Lake County Community Corrections Kimbrough Work Program. The program provides work release and residential services for nonviolent felony offenders. Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, 19-year-old Laveris Swanagan, of Gary,  was being searched for contraband when he fought with officers and ran out of a door to the facility. Police officers from the Lake County Police Department, Crown Point Police Department and Merrillville Police Departments searched an area near 93rd and Main Streets

November 14th, 2022|Local News|

FOP Dunes Lodge 75 hosts Comedy Night

Mark your calendars for "Comedy Night" on November 19th at FOP Dunes Lodge #75 - Michigan City ! General Admission is $12.00 and VIP Stage Seating is $25.00. You can purchase your tickets directly at FOP Dunes Lodge 75 in Michigan City.

November 12th, 2022|Events|

Michigan City High School JROTC cadets host Veterans Day Ceremony

This past Friday the Michigan City High School JROTC cadets hosted the annual MCHS Veteran’s Day Ceremony, featuring the MCHS band and choir. The ceremony, with guest speaker Senator Mike Bohacek, recognized local veterans for their service to our country. See more photos on the Michigan City Area Schools Facebook page.

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

DNR emphasizing safety on hunter tree stands

The Indiana DNR is emphasizing hunter safety, reminding the public that every year, tree stand accidents are the leading cause of hunting related injuries in the state. The DNR is asking hunters to wear a full-body safety harness attached to the tree as soon as they begin to climb to ensure safety.  A video covering the basics when erecting, ascending and descending a stand was posted on the DNR's Facebook page.

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

Unity Foundation Awards $15,000 to Michigan City area teachers

Unity Foundation of La Porte County is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2022‐2023 cycle of grants for Michigan City educators. These grants support teachers as they find innovative ways to make learning more engaging for students.  Since the mid‐1990s, three grant programs, established by caring donors who believed in teachers as the  critical factor for learning, have awarded grants to over 1,000 teachers for projects of their own design.  This year’s group of recipients is receiving approximately $15,000.   “Our local schools are full of exceptional teachers who go above and beyond for their students. Unity is honored to

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

Railroad crossing at Roosevelt Road closed Monday in Valparaiso

The City of Valparaiso announced the Canadian National railroad crossing at Roosevelt Road will close for maintenance for one day, on Monday, Nov. 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., weather permitting. A detour will be posted. Follow WIMS on Facebook for the latest local roadwork updates.    

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

La Lumiere School senior Sean Egan wins Heisman High School Scholarship

La Lumiere Senior Sean Egan has been named the school winner in the Heisman High School Scholarship Competition, awarded by The Heisman Trophy Trust. The Heisman High School Scholarship extends the Heisman prestige to our nation’s most esteemed high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set an example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them.

November 12th, 2022|Local News|

Crash on I-94 leaves one person with serious injuries

A crash on I-94 left one person with serious injuries Thursday morning, according to Indiana State Police. Troopers responded to an injury crash on I-94 at the entrance to the eastbound scales. This is at the Chesterton weigh station. The investigation showed that a straight truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was driving in the ramp lane. The driver of the straight truck had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Pine Township Fire Department and was flown by Lutheran Air II to Chicago for treatment of serious injuries. Indiana State Police did not state the status of the driver

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

Veterans and their families now able to visit Indiana Dunes National Park park for free with the new Military Lifetime Pass

Starting Veterans Day, veterans and their families will be able to visit the park for free with the new Military Lifetime Pass available, with proper identification, at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, the Indiana Dunes National Park announced. The pass provides free entrance to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. This pass does not expire and covers entrance fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle. Click here for more information. Military Annual Passes will also be available for current members of the US Armed Forces. Click here for more information.

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

Firefighters battle blazes throughout La Porte County

Volunteer fire department personnel from various townships were battling fires throughout La Porte County on Thursday, the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page. In the social media post from Thursday afternoon, police said the fires, initially containing just fallen leaves, had been spreading out of control due to the dry and breezy conditions. In addition, the fires were forcing deputies to close roadways while fire personnel worked to contain the spread of the fires, according to police. Property owners were being asked to refrain from burning leaves any further on Thursday. No further updates were posted

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

New City Connect program helping Michigan City High School students prepare for college, workforce, military

Students at Michigan City High School are being introduced to one more avenue of support as they make post-graduation plans. City Connect is a new program, piloted last year, that has officially launched to help City students. Angie Nelson Deuitch, owner of Diversity Squared, is coordinating this initiative at Michigan City High School, focusing on soft skills, job placement, training programs, post-secondary education, and more. “The purpose is to identify students who want to stay local and pursue education or jobs or go into trades,” Nelson Deuitch said. “Our team of career counselors will give them support and walk alongside

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City woman dies after being struck by vehicle in parking lot 

A Michigan City woman died after being struck by a vehicle in a parking lot Tuesday morning, according to the Michigan City Police Department. The incident happened in the rear parking lot at the Michigan City Fire Department Administration Building at 2510 East Michigan Boulevard. Officers encountered 92-year-old Michigan City resident Virginia Bobillo who was unconscious and suffering from a severe head injury. Responding officers immediately began life saving measures until LaPorte County EMS and Michigan City Fire Department personnel arrived on scene. Bobillo was transported from the scene to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital with life threatening injuries. Bobillo

November 11th, 2022|Local News|

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor: Winter heating season is here, but it’s not too late to prepare

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is informing the public that it's not too late to prepare for the winter heating season. The office says all consumers should be aware of the tools they can use to mitigate winter heating bills, with utilities throughout Indiana and the United States projecting higher energy costs over the next few months. They gave the following tips and information: Financial Assistance If you need financial assistance, resources are available. The federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists qualifying consumers each winter. State statute protects participating customers, and those who have applied

November 10th, 2022|Local News|
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