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LaPorte County Purdue Extension Salutes Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

This week the LaPorte County Purdue Extension is celebrating the volunteers that are instrumental in carrying out the mission of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the Extension Service, including determining the needs of the local residents, planning and implementing programs to address these needs, securing resources, and evaluating programs in areas of 4-H, Ag & Natural Resources, Community Development, and Health and Human Sciences. Their volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during the 50th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, 2024. “We are appreciative

April 22nd, 2024|Local News|

Railroad crossings to close in Chesterton

The Town of Chesterton has announced the railroad crossing on 15th Street will close on Wednesday April 24 with the crossing on Jackson Boulevard to follow two days later. The Norfolk Southern grade-crossing on North 15th Street will be closed on Wednesday, April 24. The closure will remain in effect for approximately 10 days as crews complete the asphalting of the grade-crossing. NORTH JACKSON BLVD.: Then, on Friday, April 26, the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing on North Jackson Blvd. will also be closed. This latter closure is expected to last only a portion of the day, but as of Thursday, April

April 21st, 2024|Local News|

John Seibert named to City of Valparaiso Ethics Advisory Commission

John Seibert has been named as the City of Valparaiso’s representative to the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission, announced Mayor Jon Costas. Seibert was nominated by Mayor Costas and approved by the Valparaiso City Council to sit on the commission, which brings ethics awareness and training to communities throughout Porter and Lake counties. “John Seibert has demonstrated a commitment to ethics and the highest community standards. We are grateful to have him serve in this advisory role,” said Mayor Costas. Seibert served the City of Valparaiso for more than 34 years, retiring as Parks Director in 2023. Under his leadership, the

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

MCPD probationary officer graduates form Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

The Michigan City Police Department is congratulating Probationary Officer Alexander Henry on his graduation from the 232nd Class of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Officer Henry completed 16 weeks of training at the academy in Plainfield and will continue his training in the department’s Field Training Program for the next several months. WIMS congratulates Officer Henry.

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

Roadwork at Ameriplex in Portage

The Portage Streets and Sanitation Department announced on their social media that starting Monday April 22, crews will be lane striping in the Ameriplex east of U.S. 249. The department is asking drivers to expect delays and to use extreme caution if you must travel in the area. The department did not specify how long this work will take.

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

Lowell trooper named “Trooper of the Year” for 2023

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter has announced the recipient of the 2023 Indiana State Police Trooper of the Year. “This honor is bestowed upon a deserving Trooper that exemplifies the department’s lofty standards and expectations as related to the overall mission," the ISP said in a press release. “Leadership, productivity, service to the community both on and off duty, and assigned responsibilities are just a few areas taken into consideration when nominated.” The 2023 Indiana State Police Trooper of the Year is Trooper Dennis L. Griffin. “Trp. Griffin’s performance and accomplishments during 2023 are worthy of such recognition,

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

Cedar Lake woman injured in Center Township crash

A Cedar Lake woman was treated for serious injuries after the SUV she was driving crashed into a tree near 109th and Bell in Center Township.  The crash happened April 18 just after 11 p.m.  A preliminary investigation revealed the Volkswagen Tiguan was traveling westbound on West 109th Avenue near the 7000 block when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  The SUV came to rest in a ditch. When officers with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department arrived, they had to break a window to check on the driver.  Police say she was unresponsive and seemed to be struggling

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

Nominations Now Accepted for MC Humanitarian of the Year

The Michigan City Human Rights Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Humanitarian of the Year. This award was first presented by the Michigan City Human Rights Commission in 1981 to Charles Westcott. The most recent award recognized Nila Williams in 2019 and has not been presented in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Commission has decided to reinstate this prestigious award. Nomination forms are available by visiting www.emichgiancity.com/253/Human-Rights-Commission and paper copies of the nomination form are available at City Hall. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 17. Nomination forms must be returned

April 20th, 2024|Local News|

South Shore Line announces implementation of new double track train schedule

News Release, South Shore Line: South Shore Line is pleased to announce the implementation of a new train schedule effective Tuesday, May 14, 2024. This new schedule is the result of the capital improvements made to the South Shore Line infrastructure by the Double Track NWI project. Click here to view the full schedule of train times. “The final completion of Double Track allows for the addition of 14 weekday trains, revised times, reduced travel times and new, limited-stop express service,” said Michael Noland, President of South Shore Line. “In addition to new weekday trains, portions of weekend train times

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte Community School Corporation School Board Members Honored by Indiana School Boards Association

Press Release, La Porte Community School Corporation: This week, two school board members for the La Porte Community School Corporation have been recognized by the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) with the Exemplary Governance Award for calendar year 2023. Ryan Seaburg, Board President and Jim Arnold, Board Member and Past President, received the distinction for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to professional learning and student success. The Exemplary Governance Awards (EGA) are conferred annually by the Indiana School Boards Association to school boards and school board members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to professional learning and student success. Awards are

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

MCHS student ranked nationally in French competition

Michigan City High School senior Jess Buetow has earned a bronze medal for his high score in the "Le Grand Concours," a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Buetow achieved a score that placed him between the 75th and 84th percentile among the 45,000 students who took the test in March. Students were evaluated for their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French. For more information about the National French Contest, visit www.frenchteachers.org/concours.

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.® Announces A. K. Smith Career Center Scholarships and Student Innovation Awards during World Creativity and Innovation Week

Press Release, Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.: Northwest Indiana students proved again, these words don't exist: “it can’t be done” or “it’s too hard to do,” or “I’m afraid to fail.” Instead, their innovations inspired a crowd gathered at the A. K. Smith Career Center in Michigan City on Friday (April 12). The community breakfast kicked off the regional celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Week, sponsored by the Center for Creative Solutions. “Our community was one of the first to recognize the week. When it started 15 years ago, about 40 communities in the world organized events,” noted Cynthia

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

Baldoni recognized for over three decades served as judge of LaPorte Superior Court 3

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. — Wednesday night at the county commission meeting, there was a proclamation recognizing the late Judge Paul Baldoni. Judge Baldoni served as the judge of LaPorte Superior Court 3 for over three decades. “It’s quite possible he is the longest serving Judge in LaPorte County’s history,” former La Porte County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Kellems said in a statement. The entire county judiciary was present Wednesday night as were several retired judges.

April 19th, 2024|Local News|

Gov. Holcomb, INDOT, ISP mark start of 2024 construction season, urge drivers to travel safely in work zones

The Indiana Department of Transportation on Wednesday officially marked the start of its 2024 construction season and emphasized the critical importance of work zone safety as construction and road maintenance projects begin across the state. INDOT Commissioner Mike Smith was joined by Indiana State Police, Indiana Constructors Inc., agency employees and industry partners at INDOT's Indianapolis Subdistrict office for an event marking the seventh year of delivering Governor Eric J. Holcomb's Next Level Roads plan, which invests $60 billion over 20 years to improve existing roads and bridges and finish major projects in Indiana. The plan was enacted with bipartisan

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

Bridge work to close State Road 912 ramps to I-94

An Indiana Department of Transportation contractor will have ramp closures at State Road 912/Cline Avenue and I-94 beginning on or after Tuesday, April 23. The ramp from southbound State Road 912 to westbound I-94 will close first and remain closed through late May. When that ramp reopens, the ramp from southbound State Road 912 to eastbound I-94 will close. These closures are to conduct bridge deck overlay work on the ramp bridges over 25th Avenue. The project will conclude in late June. There will also be a temporary lane closure on southbound State Road 912/Cline Avenue between I-94 and Ridge

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

Lake County Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s help identifying suspects in shooting that injured man inside apartment

Detectives with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department are asking for the public’s help in locating suspects in a shooting where a stray bullet wounded a man inside an apartment building nearby. Police say it happened Saturday, April 13 sometime after 1:30 p.m.  A group of young men, possibly in their early 20s had been playing basketball and gathering near the court at the Tiberon Trails apartment complex at 1240 W. 52nd Drive in unincorporated Merrillville. Surveillance images appear to show a disturbance beginning on the court.  When one of the men walked away and drove out of the leasing office

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte Community School Corporation Announces Expansion of Online Programming Through Launch of La Porte Online School

Press Release, La Porte Community School Corporation: At Monday evening’s board of school trustees meeting, the La Porte Community School Corporation announced the expansion of their online programming through the launch of La Porte Online School. In collaboration with Edmentum, a leading provider of educational technology solutions, La Porte Online School will offer a well-rounded and fully supported homeschooling program to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. This program will provide an enriching online learning environment where state-certified teachers deliver personalized, curriculum-aligned education. Key features of La Porte Online School include: Personalized Learning Approaches: Utilizing Edmentum’s programming to customize educational

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

Purdue University Northwest plans annual Day of Giving on April 24

News Release, Purdue University Northwest: Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites the community to support students during the 11th annual PNW Day of Giving 24-hour fundraiser on Wednesday, April 24. PNW Day of Giving is the university’s most successful campaign supporting student scholarships, academic and athletic programs, and resources that benefit PNW students. Donors are encouraged to save the date and visit dayofgiving.pnw.edu on April 24 to make a gift of their choice to PNW and help expand the many resources that allow the university’s students to experience a high-quality college education at the region’s premier metropolitan university. “I cannot overemphasize the importance

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

MC Salvation Army to Recognize Volunteers of the Year


Press Release, Salvation Army of Michigan City:  The Salvation Army of Michigan City will celebrate National Volunteer Month by hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to recognize the hardworking individuals who volunteer at the non-profit organization throughout the year. This luncheon is free and open to anybody who has volunteered with The Salvation Army of Michigan City over the past year. It will take place on Friday, April 26 at The Salvation Army, 1201 S. Franklin Street, Michigan City, from 11:30am to 1:00pm. “April is National Volunteer Month and a great time for us to recognize those who give of their

April 18th, 2024|Local News|

South Shore Line Carroll Avenue Station, Millennium Station ticket offices to close permanently

The South Shore Line announced Tuesday that it will be permanently closing its Carroll Avenue and Millennium Station  ticket offices. The offices will close Friday, April 26. “After careful consideration and review of usage, the closures will allow the SSL to better allocate ticket agent resources,” the South Shore Line said in a statement. “Currently, nearly 85% of SSL ticket purchases are digital (including 62% via the mobile app and 22% via station Ticket Vending Machines). Ticket agent sales make up just 4% of total ticket sales.” After April 26, passengers may continue to purchase train tickets via any station

April 17th, 2024|Local News|

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