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Airport Road to close Monday in Portage

The City of Portage announced that due the inclement weather Wednesday, Airport Road will be closed to through traffic on Monday, June 10 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for NIPSCO pole placement. A diagram of the suggested detour route can be found  attached to this page. Follow WIMS on Facebook and continue checking WIMSradio.com for the latest roadwork updates.

June 7th, 2024|Local News|

LaPorte County Health Department and water laboratory moving back to City of La Porte

The LaPorte County Health Department announced that on the week of June 17 their office and water laboratory will be moving back to 809 State Street, Suite 401A in the LaPorte County Complex / Annex Building. Since December 2022 the Health Department has been located at 302 W. 8th St. in Michigan City.  

June 6th, 2024|Local News|

Valpo to Launch Record Paving Season

Press Release, City of Valparaiso: The City of Valparaiso is embarking on its largest-ever paving season, appropriating $8.8 million to fund an aggressive schedule of sidewalk and roadway improvements that include collector, arterial and neighborhood streets. “Historically, over the past several years, we have been committing about $3.5 million annually to road maintenance. This aggressive budget of nearly $9 million reflects a renewed priority on roadways,” said Mayor Jon Costas. In further good news, the bids for projected projects came in lower than expected. “Due to the quality bids we received at lower rates than anticipated, we’re pleased to announce

June 6th, 2024|Local News|

Ogden Dunes statement on door to door solicitation

The Ogden Dunes Police Department made the following statement about a companies going door to door soliciting: "It has come to our attention that there is a Pest Control Company going door to door. Ogden Dunes has an Ordinance that prohibits solicitation unless they apply for and receive a permit from the town. Currently, the town has NOT issued any of these permits. This company has been informed that they cannot be soliciting door to door. If anyone comes to your door soliciting, please call Porter County Dispatch non-emergency at 219-477-3170. There is an Ogden Dunes Officer on duty 24

June 6th, 2024|Local News|

Compost pickup delayed in Michigan City

The City of Michigan City is announced that compost pickup is delayed in Michigan City this week. The Refuse Department will be out collecting compost on Saturday in order to catch up. Follow the WIMS Facebook and WIMSradio.com for the latest happenings in Michigan City.  

June 6th, 2024|Local News|

Update: U.S. 231 to close west of Crown Point

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - An Indiana Department of Transportation will close U.S. 231 between Bell Street and Tenbrook Drive on or after Wednesday, June 12 through mid-August for two consecutive projects. U.S. 231 will first be closed between Hendricks Place and Tenbrook Drive for a pipe lining project. After the first project is complete, the closure of U.S. 231 will be between Bell Street and Fathke Road for a small structure replacement project. Motorists should seek alternate routes. The official detour will follow U.S. 41, U.S. 30 and State Road 55. U.S. 231 has been closed between Hendricks Place and

June 6th, 2024|Local News|

Michigan City man charged with child exploitation

LaPorte County- The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division at the Lowell Post received a cyber tip of an individual that was possessing and sharing images of child pornography. During the investigation, detectives determined that the suspect had been using the social media platforms of Snapchat and Discord to obtain and share the images.  A thorough investigation showed that the images were being sent from an individual in Michigan City.  The suspect was determined to be William H. King III, 21, from Michigan City, IN. A warrant was issued for Mr. King’s arrest for the charge of Child Exploitation, a

June 6th, 2024|Local News|

U.S. 30 to have lane closures in Dyer

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Superior Construction Co Inc will have lane closures on U.S. 30 between Lake St and Clark Rd beginning on or after Monday, June 10. U.S. 30 will be reduced to one lane in each direction through late July for a bridge deck overlay preventative maintenance project at Plum Creek. Lane closures will alternate so motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns in the area. A detour will be in place for trucks wider than 11ft. Motorists should also be advised that there is a reduced speed limit of 35 mph

June 5th, 2024|Local News|

New facility to strengthen steel industry service provider

Press Release, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City: MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Family-owned D. Martin Enterprises is laying the groundwork for expanded offerings with a more than $20 million investment in a new manufacturing facility to serve the local and national steel industry. D. Martin Enterprises Vice President of Operations Cassie Martin Graham said the new building will include 112,350 square feet of manufacturing space as well as 4,000 square feet of office space. The company is expected to initially add 30 new employees with the opportunity to hire more workers in the first two years of operation. “My grandfather opened

June 5th, 2024|Local News|

U.S. 31 to have lane closures south of South Bend

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - An Indiana Department of Transportation contractor will have lane closures on U.S. 31 for three bridge projects between Kern Road and County Line Road / Tyler Road beginning on or after Monday, June 10. U.S. 31 will have alternating lane closures through late September for bridge deck overlay preventative maintenance projects at Roosevelt Road, State Road 4 and Heston Ditch. Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns in the area and delays during peak times. INDOT encourages drivers to allow extra time when driving through this area and follow traffic directions carefully. Motorists should

June 5th, 2024|Local News|

Franciscan Health Crown Point’s Family Birth Center recertified for complex obstetric, perinatal care

CROWN POINT – The Indiana State Department of Health recertified Franciscan Health Crown Point’s Family Birth Center as a Level III obstetric and neonatal Level of Care facility. Level III hospitals are equipped to care for complex maternal medical conditions and obstetric complications as well as infants requiring neonatal intensive care. “Expectant families and new parents alike can rest easy knowing mothers and their babies receive comprehensive care in a new, state-of-the-art facility right in their own backyard,” said Carrie Renschen, MSN, RNC-NIC, C-ONQS, director of the Family Birth Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Franciscan Health Crown Point.

June 5th, 2024|Local News|

PNW redesignated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest (PNW), through its College of Technology, has again earned redesignation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “This is the third time PNW earned the CAE-CD designation by DHS and NSA, affirming the quality and rigor of our cybersecurity curriculum that meets the national standard,” says Keyuan Jiang, chair of the PNW Computer Information Technology and Graphics department. “We are proud to be a CAE-CD institution producing graduates to meet the growing demand of the cybersecurity workforce.” The

June 5th, 2024|Local News|

Singing Sands Sculpting Festival 2024 this weekend

Singing Sands Sculpting Festival 2024 will be in full swing this weekend, starting Friday, June 7th with the fun continuing until Sunday, June 9th. Check the events tab on WIMSradio.com and Michigan City Special Events facebook page for more information. Team WIMS will be live all weekend long! Thank you to our broadcast sponsors Visit Michigan City LaPorte, Michigan City Special Events, NIPSCO Arnett Construction & Roofing, Derrick Wayne Arnett, Paladin, Inc., Chesterton Physical Therapy, Inc., Reprographic Arts Inc  

June 5th, 2024|Local News|

UPDATE: FATAL CRASH INVESTIGATION / OWI ARREST

New developments as WIMS follows a fatal accident on June 3rd (Check out WIMS facebook post on June 4th): On Monday, June 3rd, at 8:50 PM, deputies responded to the area of State Road 2 and CR 150 East, reference a motor vehicle crash with injuries. The initial on-scene investigation completed by Deputy Jared Buford and assisting deputies determined the following had occurred. A blue 2012 Honda motorcycle, being driven by Larry CUMMINGS (82 YOA) of Fort Myers, Florida, had been traveling east on SR 2. A silver 2006 GMC sport utility vehicle (SUV), being driven by Angel ALMARAZ (32

June 5th, 2024|Local News|

MAAC Foundation celebrates 39 new Fire Academy graduates

VALPARAISO, IN - In partnership with the Northwest Indiana District 1 Firefighter Training Council, the MAAC Foundation is proud to announce the graduation of our latest Fire Academy. The ceremony will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024, at 6:00 PM CST at the Ivy Tech Community College Auditorium. The 39 graduates represent Cool Spring, Cedar Lake, Schneider, Lake of Four Seasons, Kouts, Union, Griffith, St. John, Munster, Boone Grove, Highland, Crown Point, Rensselaer, Lake Hills, Lowell, Morgan, and Dyer Fire Departments. These recruits have completed a rigorous 11-week training program that included instruction in fire suppression, hazmat operations, and

June 5th, 2024|Local News|

Senator Braun addresses members of Indiana National Guard

Camp Atterbury, Ind.—On Friday, May 31st, Senator Mike Braun addressed soldiers from the Indiana National Guard 252nd Support Maintenance Company, as well as their families and friends, at their departure ceremony before the unit deploys to Kuwait. Senator Braun’s remarks below. “I am so proud of the strong National Guard presence we have here in Indiana. Our National Guard are called to action to serve the Hoosier state and the country at a moment’s notice. We cannot thank you enough for your service and sacrifice.”   “The rigorous training and preparation you have endured has prepared you for this very moment.

June 5th, 2024|Local News|

Gov. Holcomb announces plans for new $1B Microsoft Data Center in Northwest Indiana

Gov. Holcomb announces plans for new $1B Microsoft Data Center in Northwest Indiana Announcement marks $14.8B committed to Indiana’s technology infrastructure in 2024, accelerating global cloud and AI innovation LA PORTE, Ind. – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced that Microsoft will invest $1 billion to establish a new data center in northwest Indiana. The new facility, which will create up to 200 new jobs by the end of 2032 in La Porte, will accelerate cloud computing infrastructure to support growth in technology and artificial intelligence worldwide. “Indiana is committed to being a central hub in the global economy of the future,

June 4th, 2024|Local News|

Paving taking place on Tilden Avenue in Michigan City

Weather permitting, Tilden Avenue will be paved today, Tuesday June 4, and Royal Road and Mayfield Avenue will be milled. To opt in for text message alerts about updates or changes in activity, please text MC2024 (no spaces) to 833-236-7421. Follow WIMS on Facebook and check out WIMSradio.com for more roadwork updates.

June 4th, 2024|Local News|

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office alerts residents of scam phone calls representing themselves as a JCSO Deputy

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office is alerting residents of scam phone calls where the scammer represents themselves as a JCSO deputy. The JCSO says these calls request personal information and provide a telephone number to call back. “If you have not requested the Sheriff's Office assistance for service please do not respond to these calls or provide any information and feel free to contact our dispatch center to verify the authentication of any calls from us,” the JCSO said on their Facebook page.  “If our Deputies or Dispatchers are attempting to contact you, our main outgoing telephone numbers are 219-866-7344

June 3rd, 2024|Local News|

Washington Park Zoo reminding public of Sticker Office hours and fees

MICHIGAN CITY - The Washington Park Zoo is reminding the public of updated Washington Park fees and sticker pick up hours. The zoo says it does not handle parking so they ask the public to forward questions to the Park Office. The deadline to pick up your annual sticker is July 3. See information on Sticker Office hours and fees below:      

June 3rd, 2024|Local News|

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