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LIVE: RailCats vs. T-Bones, Central Division showdown continues

LIVE: RailCats vs. T-Bones, Central Division showdown continues

GARY | As expected, the RailCats signed Bishop Noll grad and former Whiting resident Andy Loomis to a contract, anticipating making him a closer.

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LIVE: RailCats vs. KC, rumble in the Central Division

LIVE: RailCats vs. KC, rumble in the Central Division

GARY | The RailCats enter the second game of the four-game stand against Kansas City enjoying a win Wednesday and a loss by the Lincoln Saltdogs.

July 31, 2014 5:00 pm

LIVE: RailCats vs KC, push for postseason begins

LIVE: RailCats vs KC, push for postseason begins

GARY | The RailCats return from their two-day all-star break with the biggest of big homestand series at U.S. Steel Yard.

July 30, 2014 5:00 pm

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 31, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 31, 2014

Check out a range of creative options this weekend around Lake Michigan including NISO outdoor concerts, alt-rockers in Three Oaks and chalk art in St. Joe.--- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

July 30, 2014 2:00 am

LIVE: RailCats vs Winnipeg, rubber match edition

LIVE: RailCats vs Winnipeg, rubber match edition

GARY | The RailCats haven't lost a series since dropping three straight to Kansas City June 27-29.

July 27, 2014 2:00 pm

LIVE: RailCats vs. Goldeyes, No. 1 vs. No. 1

LIVE: RailCats vs. Goldeyes, No. 1 vs. No. 1

GARY | The RailCats and Winnipeg Goldeyes remain No. 1 in their respective American Association divisions, but neither is safe.

July 26, 2014 5:00 pm

LIVE: RailCats vs Goldeyes, pump up the volume on a weekend series

LIVE: RailCats vs Goldeyes, pump up the volume on a weekend series

GARY | After winning five straight series, the RailCats return home from Sioux City with their first series tie since June 30-July3.

July 25, 2014 4:30 pm

Starcast: July Part 2

Starcast: July Part 2

Welcome to “Starcast” – an absorbing look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. Here’s a good thought. No matter how dull, how uneven, or how uninspired a day may seem – know this. Life – your Life – is constantly moving for…

July 24, 2014 9:00 am

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 24, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 24, 2014

Get to know historic Benton Harbor on foot; experience the ultimate in glamping and rare photos of Bob Dylan are on exhibit in South Haven, Michigan.--- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

July 23, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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LIVE: RailCats vs Sox, series finale with sweep on the line

LIVE: RailCats vs Sox, series finale with sweep on the line

GARY | Should the RailCats sweep the weekend series against Amarillo, it will be the second sweep in four series, the last against Fargo-Moorhead.

July 20, 2014 1:30 pm

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NWI and Beyond

NWI and Beyond

The blog that gives you more than your every day news. Find extra content, special features and more.

Multimedia

Multimedia

Each week view our photographer's favorite photos.

Sports

Inside Prep Sports

Inside Prep Sports

Find exclusive coverage from The Times award-winning sportswriters that see, document and report on the Region's most talked-about sports.

Inside VU Sports

Inside VU Sports

Follow The Times behind the scenes of Crusaders athletics. Get the scoop on everything from basketball to soccer to softball to the stats, standings and shenanigans of the Horizon League.

Inside the RailCats

Inside the RailCats

Follow the RailCats live during home games and through all of the off-season activity that only the Northern League can cook up.

Shore Magazine Blogs

Adventures in Everyday Living

Adventures in Everyday Living

Shore's Associate Publisher and Editor Pat Colander brings you up-to-date on what's going on in the Shore universe-evenings, weekends and all times in between issues.

The Culinarian

The Culinarian

Columnist and features writer Jane Dunne never runs out of ideas when it comes to cooking for family, entertaining at home or dining out.

Starcast with Fran Smith

Starcast with Fran Smith

As with Shorecast by Fran Smith, which appears regularly in Shore magazine, the 12 sun-signs are highlighted; here, the focus is on how every planetary move affects each of the 12 sun-signs. Its contents include specific-and fun-information that readers won't find anywhere else.

Will Travel For Food with Jane Ammeson

Will Travel For Food with Jane Ammeson

Food correspondent-at-large Jane Ammeson will travel far and near to write about her latest foodie finds. From tastings to chef profiles, Jane will whet your appetite.

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Robert Blaszkiewicz

Robert Blaszkiewicz

Robert Blaszkiewicz is a Northwest Indiana native and joined The Times in 1994. He has filled a variety of roles, including night editor, Porter County editor, features editor and new media coordinator. His current position is assistant managing editor for operations.

Al Hamnik

Al Hamnik

Al Hamnik has been a reporter and columnist in Northwest Indiana for 42 years and is a member of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, as well as a winner of the Indiana sportswriter of the year award, an IHSAA media award winner, a Corky Lamm Award winner and a three-time HSPA winner.

Steve Hanlon

Steve Hanlon

Steve Hanlon was the Prep Beat writer for The Times from 1995 through 2000 before he went to work at the Indianapolis Star. Upon returning to The Times in 2004, he covered Valparaiso University for one season before he took back the Prep Beat beat in 2005.

Jim Hunsley

Jim Hunsley

Jim Hunsley covers a menagerie of sports as a reporter in the Times.

John Luke

John Luke

John Luke discovered photography while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from a small Michigan college. John transferred to an art school in Detroit where he was hired to work in the photo lab at one of the dailies, and five years later, "promoted" to photojournalist.

Tony V. Martin

Tony V. Martin

Tony V. Martin shoots on location in the Midwest and around the world. His editorial credits include ESPN, Sports Illustrated, American Theatre, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Reader and other publications in the U.S. and abroad.

Jonathan Miano

Jonathan Miano has been a photojournalist in the Chicago area since 2003 and started with The Times at the beginning of 2011. He has covered the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Paul Oren

Paul Oren

Paul Oren is a beat reporter for Valparaiso University as well as various high school sports throughout the Region. He has covered NCAA tournaments in basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, along with numerous IHSAA state championship events.

Jim Peters

Jim Peters

Jim Peters graduated from Andrean (Class of 1981) and Purdue (1985), where he met and worked with current Porter County Assistant Sports Editor Greg Smith. He spent the first 10 or so years of his professional career at a chain of Northwest Indiana weeklies that covered Merrillville, Andrean, Hobart, Portage, Lake Station and River Forest before catching on at the Times in the summer of 1998. Jim covers high school sports in Porter County.

Philip Potempa

Philip Potempa

Philip Potempa is a Shore writer who is also a daily food and entertainment newspaper columnist for The Times Media Company.

Doug Ross

Doug Ross

Doug Ross has been covering Northwest Indiana for 30 years, including two decades at The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Hillary Smith

Hillary Smith

Hillary Smith has covered prep, pro and college sports -- and even a Dixie Baseball World Series -- for newspapers north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line since 1995.

John J. Watkins

John J. Watkins

Began his career as a photojournalist at The Times in 1985, first as a freelancer and later that year as a staffer. He was a late bloomer at the age of 29 and sometimes has to laugh because many of his colleagues were not even born when he started working at the paper.

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