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Purdue University Northwest earns recognitions in U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) earned notable accolades among the best regional universities in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges rankings, released Monday, Sept. 13. PNW’s School of Engineering ranks 53rd nationally among engineering schools whose highest awarded degrees are bachelor’s and master’s. PNW moved up from 60th in the 2021 rankings. PNW’s College of Nursing is included in the first-ever rankings by U.S. News & World Report of undergraduate nursing programs. PNW’s computer science program in the College of Engineering and Sciences was also included in the rankings by U.S. News & World Report of undergraduate computer science programs. This is only the second time U.S. News has rated computer science programs. PNW

September 13th, 2021|Local News|

Porter County Health Department reopening Covid-19 testing facility at Porter County Fairgrounds

The Porter County Health Department is reopening its Covid-19 testing facility on Monday in the 4-H Building at the Porter County Fairgrounds. To schedule a test go to: scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov To schedule a vaccine go to: vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov You can call (219) 465-3525 for further information.  A video with more information was posted on the Porter County Health Department Facebook page.

September 10th, 2021|Local News|

Purdue Students facing disciplinary action for failing twice to comply with required COVID-19 test

Purdue University announced that 84 students are facing disciplinary action for failing twice to comply with required COVID-19 tests.  The University says that the vast majority of Purdue University students are in compliance with the Protect Purdue guidelines by either uploading their vaccine status or submitting to regular surveillance testing.  Three weeks into the semester, 84 students are receiving disciplinary action for failing to comply with the Protect Purdue surveillance testing requirement after a prior warning. Purdue says that after the first week of testing, over 700 students were out of compliance, but ongoing communication to that group resulted in

September 10th, 2021|Local News|

Valparaiso begins multi-mile road improvement project 

The City of Valparaiso is preparing to begin an ambitious multi-mile project that will improve more than four miles of the city’s most traveled roadways, including Roosevelt Road, Calumet Avenue and Morgan Boulevard. The roadways to be improved are Calumet Avenue from Morgan to Bullseye Lake, Roosevelt Road from LaPorte to Calumet and Morgan Boulevard from Lincolnway to Calumet. Work will include structural resurfacing that will substantially extend the life of the roadway, plus pavement markings, curb repairs, sidewalk repairs along the roadway, including ADA ramps to improve accessibility. While preliminary work has begun, the full project will launch after

September 10th, 2021|Local News|

Michigan City Police Department swears in new probationary officer

On Wednesday a new Probationary Officer was sworn in at the Michigan City Police Department. Rachel Ewart has undergone an extensive hiring process which began with over 30 potential candidates. Ewart will endure 6 weeks of in-house training with the Division of Professional Standards. Upon completion of this training, she will begin the Field Training Officer Program where she will be working within the community with their respective training officers until spaces are available for her to attend the 15-week Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Course.  Ewart is a graduate from South Central High School and received her Bachelors degree

September 10th, 2021|Local News|

Come Make A Difference at Stuff A Bus!

Come and make a difference, as the Michigan City Salvation Army, First Trust Credit Union, Al’s Supermarkets, local radio stations, and the Michigan City School Corporation celebrate 18 years of hosting the “STUFF A BUS” food drive for The Salvation Army Food Pantry. Now through September 25th, you can make a monetary donation or donate non-perishable food items at First Trust’s Michigan City Branch at 950 E. U.S. Highway 20. In addition, on Saturday, September 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., volunteers will be filling Michigan City school buses with bags of food donated by YOU (the local community)

September 9th, 2021|Events, Local News|

Indiana Medicaid recovers $1.8 million under national settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Indiana Medicaid has recovered $1.8 million as part of a $75 million national civil settlement resolving allegations that Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. overcharged state Medicaid programs for drugs. Of the $1.8 million, nearly $747,000 goes directly to the state, and the remainder goes to the U.S. federal government. The Medicaid program is administered jointly by the federal government and the individual states. Bristol-Myers Squibb, a New York-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, settled with the states and the federal government following an investigation arising from a whistleblower action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under the federal False

September 9th, 2021|Local News|

Survey Aims to Better Understand Unmet Needs of IN Caregivers

Indiana officials are seeking responses to a survey from unpaid caregivers for people 55 and older. They say it will help them better address caregivers' unmet needs, especially after the pandemic highlighted nationwide workforce shortages and high turnover in the direct-care industry. Darcy Tower, director of consumer success, strategy and operations, Family and Social Services Administration Division of Aging hopes the survey will help Indiana better meet those needs. She says if you are a family member, friend, neighbor or community volunteer providing care, companionship, transportation or financial or medical help to somebody 55 or older without the expectation of

September 9th, 2021|Local News|

Portage Township YMCA announces 21st Annual Turkey Trot

The Portage Township YMCA will host it’s 21st Annual Turkey Trot on November 25. The Turkey Trot is a competitive and professionally timed 5K walk or run with a Free Kids 1K Fun Run. Races begin at 8:00 AM Thanksgiving morning and typically wrap-up with race awards by 11:00 AM. Registration for the race can be found online only, at www.runsignup.com. Race registrations through November 7, 2021, will be guaranteed a long-sleeve commemorative shirt and finisher medal. Despite the ongoing pandemic, in 2020, the Portage Township YMCA was able to host its annual event, but it looked quite different than

September 9th, 2021|Local News|

Valparaiso awards grants to businesses in VIB program

The City of Valparaiso has awarded 50 Valparaiso businesses with Valparaiso Invests in Business (VIB) grants in an innovative program to support businesses with the added expenses they have incurred to maintain their workforce during the pandemic.  The Valpo Invests in Business (VIB) grant was designed to help businesses maintain operations and retain their workforce, with a priority for low- to moderate-income jobs. The City worked to create this program by securing a grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) with additional support from the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission. The City received more than 60 applications for

September 9th, 2021|Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office receive NIPSCO grant approval for drone program

Wednesday morning, La Porte County Sheriff's Detective Jake Koch and Deputy Austin Howell were officially notified of their grant approval from NIPSCO in the amount of $5,000 for the LCSO Unmanned Aerial Systems (drone) Program.   The La Porte County Sheriff's Office said that it is extremely grateful for all the support from their friends and partners with NIPSCO and the NiSource Foundation.  

September 8th, 2021|Local News|

Indiana American Water breaks ground for $24.5 million water main replacement project in Gary

On Wednesday, Indiana American Water Company, joined Gary Mayor Jerome Prince, community leaders and project partners at a groundbreaking ceremony to officially kick off a $24.5 million water main replacement project in Gary. The project, which will replace or retire older steel and cast-iron pipe that has experienced numerous breaks, will be constructed along 6th and 7th Avenue from Wabash Avenue to Kentucky Street as well as several north-south streets in the area. The work will retire approximately five miles of water mains from the early 1900s and install nearly 11 miles of new water mains, ranging in size from

September 8th, 2021|Local News|

Former Purdue University Northwest chemistry professor leaves legacy gift for students

 A retired Purdue University Northwest (PNW) professor who passed away earlier this year has left more than $700,000 to the university. The generous estate gift left by Maria O. Longas, PNW professor emerita of Chemistry, will go towards student scholarships. In 2017, while still a full-time professor at PNW, Longas committed to supporting the university through her estate plans. At the time, she requested that her planned gift remain anonymous until after her death. “Dr. Longas wanted to leave a legacy for Purdue Northwest students,” said Jamie Manahan, executive director for development and major gifts officer for PNW. “She cared

September 8th, 2021|Local News|

Dunes Arts Foundation names new Artistic Director, board members

Dunes Arts Foundation has named Steve Scott as Artistic Director. Scott has directed four Dunes Summer Theatre productions, including this season’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Cabaret at the Gardens.”   Scott is an artistic associate at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, where he was an award-winning producer for 30 years before retiring in 2017. He takes over the Artistic Director position left by Tito Sanchez-Williams, who is pursuing a full-time teaching career. Scott is a member of the DAF Board of Directors and chairs the Theatre Management, Programming and Technology committee. He has begun programming discussions for the 2022 season, with plans

September 8th, 2021|Local News|

Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department receive and seek funds for restoration of Historic Washington Park Bandstand

The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department has received a donation from the Michigan City Historical Society that will go towards the restoration of the Historic Washington Park Bandstand. The department hopes this will spark an interest by other community minded organizations to join this project to raise the funds needed to preserve this icon of Michigan City history. The original Bandstand, donated by John H. Barker in the 1890’s was destroyed by fire in 1911. The current structure was designed by City Engineer H. M. Miles and dedicated on July 6, 1911. This Bandstand was the home of the

September 8th, 2021|Local News|

Beach Hazards Statements for our area

Multiple Beach Hazards Statements are in effect for our area. High wave action, strong currents, and dangerous swimming conditions expected. Piers will be heavily swamped by waves. For La Porte and Berrien counties these hazards run through Wednesday evening. For Porter County the hazards run through Wednesday afternoon.  Strong currents can pull swimmers into deeper water and high waves can sweep people off piers.Waves 3 to 6 feet tonight into Wednesday evening. Moderate swim risk conditions will linger Wednesday night into Thursday. The National Weather Service is telling the public to remain out of the water to avoid hazardous swimming

September 8th, 2021|Local News|

City of Michigan City Government Buildings to remain open to the public by appointment only due to Covid increase

Tuesday, Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry issued an Executive Order implementing measures attempting to reduce the spread of the recent surge of COVID-19. This order is now in effect and will continue until further notice. This order includes but is not limited to: All Michigan City Government buildings be open to the general public by appointment only With the exception of the Water Department, Sanitation Department and Port Authority, all Michigan City Boards and Commissions to meet by virtual means with no in-person meetings. All public meetings will be conducted via ZOOM and will be live streamed via Facebook for

September 7th, 2021|Local News|

La Porte Police Department ramping up aggressive driving and stop arm violations

La Porte Police Department is ramping up enforcement this fall to protect students going to and from school. The month of September, officers with the La Porte Police Department will be conducting extra patrols looking for Aggressive Driving behaviors and School Bus Stop Arm Violations. In Indiana, it’s against the law for motorists to pass a bus that’s stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop-arm extended. This applies to all roads, with one exception. Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier, such as a cable barrier, concrete wall or grassy median, are required

September 7th, 2021|Local News|
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