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Mayor Duane Parry files charges to remove Michigan City Housing Authority Commissioners

The following is a press release from the City of Michigan City regarding Mayor Duane Parry filing charges to remove four Michigan City Housing Authority Commissioners: Mayor Duane Parry, the Appointing Authority of the Michigan City Housing Authority, served four MCHA Commissioners today with charges for their removal as Commissioners on the MCHA Board. The Michigan City Housing Authority works to provide housing stability for the families they serve while assisting the community with implementing long-term goals for affordable housing. The MCHA Board of Commissioners is the governing body of the agency and is responsible for the oversight of its

April 27th, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line (NICTD) Double Track NWI project construction update

The following is an update from the South Shore Line on Double Track NWI Project construction: GARY- MILLER STATION AREA All buildings have been demolished for the construction of the station and parking lots in Miller. New sewer work has begun in both the west and east parking lots. Parking is available but temporarily restricted while work near Miller Station progresses. Vehicular and pedestrian access from Melton Road (US 20) will be closed, the driveway from Old US 12/Dunes Highway will remain open. Construction activities may be taking place on the shoulder of Dunes Hwy. NIPSCO will have periodic lane closures

April 27th, 2022|Local News|

Franciscan Health’s Social Impact Partnership Program works with nonprofits to serve at-risk populations

Franciscan Health announced on Tuesday that it has received funds to support healthcare-related programs for non-profit, health and human service organizations in at-risk communities. The funds will be allocated through Franciscan’s Social Impact Partnership Program (SIPP). "SIPP funding applications will be accepted from May 4 through May 31. Partner agencies will be announced mid-July. Organizations may apply for up to $9,750 in monetary support. Organizations may complete an application located at www.franciscanhealth.org/communityhealth." “Qualified non-profit agencies must benefit vulnerable populations in communities served by Franciscan Health with a preference toward areas with high Area Deprivation Index scores identified on BroadStreet, a

April 27th, 2022|Local News|

Applications open for the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest’s Leadership Northwest Indiana program

The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest has opened applications for the 2022-23 Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI) program. The program will include in-person sessions of instruction and activities, a 360-leadership assessment and custom one-on-one coaching. LNI provides evidenced-based learning experiences to strengthen leadership skills and give strategies to be a better leader in the community, workplace and at home. The program begins in September 2022 and runs through May 2023. Participants will meet for eight monthly, half-day in-person session on Purdue Northwest’s Westville campus (1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville, IN). PNW says, “Leadership Northwest Indiana is well-regarded as a great place

April 27th, 2022|Local News|

NIPSCO contributes $60,000 to Urban League of Northwest Indiana

NIPSCO announced Tuesday that it has partnered with the Urban League of Northwest Indiana for a fourth consecutive year to host the 2022 NIPSCO Energy Ambassador (NEA) Program. In support of the college and career readiness program, NIPSCO presented $60,000 to Urban League of NWI president Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud. The program, slated to begin in June, will consist of virtual workshops and activities geared towards educating and encouraging professions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). In addition, the rising Junior and Senior-level high schoolers will learn from NIPSCO leaders who volunteer their time to educate students about gas and

April 27th, 2022|Local News|

Lubeznik Center for the Arts receives support from Dale E. Landsman Foundation

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) announced Tuesday that it was once again awarded with a grant from The Dale E. Landsman Art Foundation which supports LCA’s Teen Arts Council (TAC). This time LCA generously received a three-year grant to help plan for the future of TAC. In 2017, LCA founded TAC hoping it would become an inclusive and experiential program for young creative leaders across the region and offer exceptional opportunities for a diverse group of high school students interested in deepening their understanding of the art world as well as themselves.  The program is free thanks to

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Inland stream trout season opens Saturday

Nearly 22,000 trout are being stocked by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife in 16 different streams across Indiana for inland trout season, which starts at 6 a.m. local time on Saturday, April 30. The stocked trout come from Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station in LaGrange County and average roughly 11 inches in length. To find a stocked stream near you, see the second page of the trout stocking plan at bit.ly/36XmSgi. Trout will bite on a variety of artificial baits such as spinners and flies, but natural baits such as worms and bee moths tend to be the

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Harry Peterson to replace George Douglas on Valparaiso City Council

The City of Valparaiso announced Monday that Harry Peterson has been sworn in on the Valparaiso City Council, as an at-large member. Peterson was chosen by a unanimous Republican caucus to replace George Douglas who resigned on April 1 to accept the position of Development Director for the City of Valparaiso. Douglas was elected to the City Council in 2020 and had served as City Council President. Councilman Casey Schmidt has been named the new City Council President, elected at the council’s April 11 meeting. Peterson serves as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Porter County Prosecutor’s office. He was appointed

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Duneland School Corporation announces winners for Teachers of the Year and Employee of the Year

The Duneland School Corporation on Monday announced the winners of the 2022 “Teachers of the Year” and “Employee of the Year” Recognition Program.  Elementary Teacher of the Year goes to Becky Holmen of Westchester Intermediate School. Secondary Teacher of the Year goes to Justin Martinson of Chesterton High School and Employee of the Year goes to Danny Dolph, a DSC Bus Driver.  Students, former students, parents, colleagues, administrators, or members of the community were able to nominate a DSC teacher and/or classified employee for this recognition program earlier this year. A selection committee made up of DSC administrators, teachers, students, parents,

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Police conduct multi-agency enforcement targeting vehicle thefts, drugs, violent crimes in Lake County

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office recently released information about a multi-agency overnight enforcement targeting vehicle thefts, drugs, and violent crimes, which occurred last Thursday.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Department announced its Special Operations Unit along with more than a half dozen other police agencies conducted the overnight enforcement.  The enforcement yielded multiple arrests for various offenses. Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested residents from Illinois and Wisconsin for offenses including felon in possession of a firearm, and drug charges.  Lake County officers also arrested an Indiana resident on a warrant.  Officers cited an Illinois resident for reckless driving and a

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Center for Creative Solutions, Inc. announces sixth annual poetry showcase winners for World Creativity and Innovation Week 2022

The Center for Creative Solutions, Inc. announced its sixth annual poetry showcase winners for World Creativity and Innovation Week 2022. Northwest Indiana Poetry Showcase had no official theme. Nevertheless, applying their imaginations, nearly 150 young poets and four adults submitted entries. “Our creative partner, Ester, founder and owner of The Nest in Michigan City, came up with an ‘Inspiration List’ that was designed to help jog a memory or spark an idea for an original poem,” said Bill Halliar, Co-Chair of this year’s World Creativity and Innovation Week celebration. The results were poems on animals, outer space, boxes, toys, clouds,

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

Franciscan Health to host memorial service for perinatal loss in Michigan City

Franciscan Health says it recognizes the pain that families go through in perinatal loss and provides services to those seeking care and comfort. Twice a year, Franciscan Health Michigan City holds a memorial service to remember these children. The public is invited to take part in “Remembering Our Babies” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, 1015 Greenwood Ave. in Michigan City. “Continuing Christ’s ministry in our Franciscan tradition means respect for life through all stages. This memorial service is held in accordance with Franciscan Health Michigan City’s faith and commitment, including the unborn child, their

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

PNW hosting annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, donations encouraged

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will host its annual Day of Giving fundraiser this Wednesday, April 27. The 24-hour event is consistently the university’s most successful campaign for growing student scholarships, supporting existing scholarships and enhancing support to programs that benefit students and the community. Donors are encouraged to mark their calendars and visit dayofgiving.pnw.edu on April 27 to contribute to PNW and help the Pride expand the many resources available to earn a high-quality college education. “This is an important day for donors, alumni, faculty, staff and students to come together and demonstrate just how much they value the university’s

April 26th, 2022|Local News|

City of La Porte Community Development Block Grant Program seeking proposals for Public Services Program

The City of La Porte, Indiana, Office of Community Development, is seeking proposals for its Public Services Program (October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023). The city says proposed projects must be able to demonstrate a clear role in improving the quality of life for low and moderate-income citizens of La Porte and must further the goals of self-sufficiency and self-reliance for La Porte residents. The proposal acceptance deadline is Friday, June 17, by noon. A technical assistance meeting for those organizations that are new to the process will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

April 25th, 2022|Local News|

Nelson Deuitch Launches Campaign for Michigan City Mayor

Angie Nelson Deuitch announced her intention to become the next Mayor of Michigan City at a rally Friday in Michigan City. Surrounded by family and supporters, Nelson Deuitch said, “The foundation of Michigan City is built on our people. We have a diverse population of community members and leaders with a love for our great city. It’s important to prepare and strengthen our families, students, businesses, and government employees for the opportunities ahead.” Nelson Deuitch’s campaign tagline, “Reimage Michigan City: Our People, Our Place, and Our Future,” represents her goal of making Michigan City the premier place to live, work,

April 25th, 2022|Local News|

2 dead after police pursuit ends in crash in East Chicago

Two people died after a police pursuit in East Chicago early Saturday, according to police.  At approximately 3:00 a.m.  officers attempted to stop an “older model” Toyota Corolla, in the area of 138th / Euclid Avenue. According to police, the vehicle refused to stop and officers pursued the vehicle.  A preliminary investigation indicated that the Corolla lost control during the pursuit, in the area of Columbus Drive and Butternut Street. The vehicle then struck a cement planter and came to an abrupt stop. Both the driver and passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle by the East Chicago Fire

April 25th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte LakeFest to return this summer

The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department announced that LakeFest is coming back July 29-31. The event is three days of music, art, food and fun on La Porte’s Pine, Stone and Clear lakes. The department says to look for more details coming soon.

April 23rd, 2022|Local News|

Over 150 volunteers collect litter at Indiana Dunes National Park for Earth Day 

Despite inclement weather, Indiana Dunes National Park says their annual Earth Day park-wide cleanup on Friday was a huge success. Over 150 volunteers came out to collect litter on the park’s beaches, trails, and roadsides.  The event wrapped up National Volunteer Week at the park.

April 23rd, 2022|Local News|

Indiana State Police reminding public to remain alert for farm equipment on Indiana roads during planting season

The Indiana State Police are reminding the public that planting season is approaching for Indiana’s 94,000 farmers. Police say with the warm weather and sunshine, Hoosier motorists will also see more large slow-moving farm equipment traveling Indiana’s rural roads and highways. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police and Hoosier Ag Today want to encourage motorists to slow down, be alert and be patient on rural roadways this spring. While the term “farm equipment” encompasses a wide range of vehicles, the most common types motorists will encounter during planting

April 23rd, 2022|Local News|

Valparaiso Police mourn the loss of retired assistant chief

Valparaiso Police Chief Jeffrey Balon on Friday announced that retired Assistant Chief William “Buddy” Collins lost his life in a motor vehicle crash Thursday at 325 East and U.S. Highway 30. Assistant Chief Collins served the citizens of Valparaiso for 35 years, from 1969 to 2005. Balon said of Collins, "He was beyond proud to be a VPD Officer, and he exemplified that pride by wearing his trademark gold necklace with a miniature Valparaiso Police Department badge charm. Even after his retirement, it was clear that he loved, and continued to love, each and every member of the VPD family.

April 23rd, 2022|Local News|
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