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Domestic violence panel separates myth from reality

Domestic violence panel separates myth from reality

EAST CHICAGO | The National Football League has made the wrong kind of headlines regarding domestic violence in recent weeks, and a panel of legal professionals gathered Wednesday to weigh in on the issues, myths and facts.

October 22, 2014 8:10 pm
Survivors share stories of domestic abuse at St. Jude House vigil

Survivors share stories of domestic abuse at St. Jude House vigil

There were a few signs at first, Alicia Smith (not her real name), a domestic abuse survivor said, but she didn’t recognize them at the time.

October 21, 2014 10:15 pm Photos

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Chili takes chill off Oktoberfest

Chili takes chill off Oktoberfest

Crown Brewing Owner Dave Bryan, left, chats behind the makeshift Crown Brewing bar front. The brewery supplied eight different beers, including fall seasonal specials, for Saturday's Oktoberfest.

October 18, 2014 8:04 pm
Chili takes chill off Oktoberfest

Chili takes chill off Oktoberfest

The Crown Point Oktoberfest's chili cook-off had six entries and four competitors. The cook-off has been a part of Oktoberfest for six years, according to Mayor David Uran.

October 18, 2014 7:58 pm
Crown Brewing caps C.P. Oktoberfest

Crown Brewing caps C.P. Oktoberfest

CROWN POINT | Pumpkin and hot cider may be the unofficial flavors of fall, however Oktoberfest adds a little flavor of its own: hops.

October 18, 2014 8:22 am Photos

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Speak-easy themed gala raises funds, awareness for mental health

Speak-easy themed gala raises funds, awareness for mental health

The Roaring '20s came back into swing for a good cause Friday night, fedoras, sequins, pinstripes and all.

October 17, 2014 9:21 pm Photos

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Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk unites families

Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk unites families

MERRILLVILLE | In celebration of breast cancer survivors, Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville turned into a sea of pink on Sunday afternoon for the annual Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

October 12, 2014 8:20 pm
Hot air balloon lifts Mommy’s Haven benefit hopes

Hot air balloon lifts Mommy’s Haven benefit hopes

Fire roared into the hot air balloon’s 55-foot-wide span, lifting it up to 100 feet in the crisp fall air Saturday at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point.

October 11, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Nazareth Home Gala raises funds for foster children

Nazareth Home Gala raises funds for foster children

MERRILLVILLE | Potty training, helping a child take their first steps, putting the kids to bed at night are some of the things Ernestine Edwards says are her favorite moments as a foster mom for Nazareth Home, a foster home in East Chicago.

October 09, 2014 9:20 pm Photos

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Sauk Village hosts fall family events for October

As October begins and autumn gets into full swing, Sauk Village and other communities are hosting several events celebrating fall, family and community.

October 06, 2014 12:00 am
Historical cemetery walk introduces the living to the dead

Historical cemetery walk introduces the living to the dead

HAMMOND | The rows upon rows of tombstones at Oak Hill Cemetery tell the names of thousands of people who lived here over the last century and a half. But they do not tell their stories.

October 05, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Wise guise: 10 clever costume ideas for Halloween

Whether wanting to be more than the gaudy, generic pirate at the Halloween party again or brainstorming one-of-a-kind costume ideas for the kids this year, Halloween is more than just grabbing a costume off a sales rack.

October 05, 2014 9:45 am

Sauk Village now caught up on all union negotiations

SAUK VILLAGE | Sauk Village board members took their final step in getting up to date with union negotiations at their meeting last week.

September 29, 2014 12:00 am
Stepping up to the plate: pumpkin pie eating contest brings families together

Stepping up to the plate: pumpkin pie eating contest brings families together

At the Covered Bridge Harvest Fest at the Lake County Fairgrounds, pumpkins are picked, painted, rolled like a bowling ball and putted. However for some people, the best thing to do with a pumpkin is to eat it.

September 27, 2014 7:21 pm

Covered Bridge Harvest Fest celebrates all things pumpkin

CROWN POINT | Marking the beginning of fall, the 8th annual Covered Bridge Harvest Fest salutes everything autumn with family activities today through Sunday.

September 25, 2014 8:15 pm

Medical marijuana dispensary applies for permit in Lynwood

LYNWOOD | A medical cannabis dispensary has applied for a permit to operate in Lynwood, village officials said.

September 25, 2014 2:00 pm
Wizard's chess game gets players on the board

Wizard's chess game gets players on the board

With a touch of magic, young chess players became the pieces in a game of “Wizard's Chess” on Saturday at the 9th Annual Downtown Hammond Council Bizarre Bazaar.

September 20, 2014 3:15 pm Photos

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Officers begin hostage rescue training at Gary airport

Officers begin hostage rescue training at Gary airport

GARY | Fourteen officers ran from the wing of the Bowing 737 aircraft through the plane’s emergency doors, sweeping through the narrow aisles, their firearms at the ready.

September 17, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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A total of 27 officers from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan trained Wednesday with the Indiana SWAT Officers Association on Wednesday at Gary Airport.

September 17, 2014 8:42 pm
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Officers train under retired FBI SWAT leader Chuck Smith at the Gary Airport Wednesday to handle emergency situations on an aircraft. They will train on a Southshore train and a Gary bus today.

September 17, 2014 8:40 pm
Horseshoe Casino donates van to Meals on Wheels

Horseshoe Casino donates van to Meals on Wheels

HAMMOND | Meals on Wheels, a national nonprofit organization, can now serve 50 more senior citizens each day thanks to the donation of a new van on Monday. 

September 08, 2014 7:20 pm Photos

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Little Heroes walk with fans to fight cancer

Little Heroes walk with fans to fight cancer

CEDAR LAKE | Youthful firefighters, police officers, soldiers and superheroes gathered Sunday afternoon to unite with families in the fight against childhood cancer.

September 07, 2014 7:50 pm Photos

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Bus barn gets new lease on life

EAST CHICAGO | The city of East Chicago and the Schools City of East Chicago reached an agreement after the city sent a letter canceling the bus barn lease with the Schools City of East Chicago earlier this summer.

August 21, 2014 9:30 pm
Demo derby fans pack fair grandstand

Demo derby fans pack fair grandstand

CROWN POINT | Smoke, fire, booming crashes and mud flinging through the air, the demolition derby drew its largest crowd in years at the Lake County Fair.

August 10, 2014 8:33 pm Photos

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Rally inspires East Chicago families for start of school

Rally inspires East Chicago families for start of school

EAST CHICAGO | The School City of East Chicago, local businesses and families came together Saturday to make East Chicago kids not only prepared, but excited for the end of summer and start of school.

August 09, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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Hot dog-eating contest pushes competitors to limits

Hot dog-eating contest pushes competitors to limits

CROWN POINT | By the numbers, it was 140 hot dogs, six cases of water and 13 people determined to eat their way to victory.

August 08, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Going hog wild at Lake County Fair

Going hog wild at Lake County Fair

CROWN POINT | Hooves kicking up dust, the Loin Ranger and Swillery Rodham Clinton raced ham to ham around the U-shaped track for the ultimate pig racing prize: an Oreo.

August 01, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Lake County Fair gives taste of fest for preview night

Lake County Fair gives taste of fest for preview night

CROWN POINT | While the line for discounted wristbands was long, lines for the rides themselves were short and sweet. Food vendors were just heating up grills and preparing deep fryers for the long haul.

July 31, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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Cuisine holds special ties to the ‘old country’

Cuisine holds special ties to the ‘old country’

WHITING | Seven buscias, hair rollers secured in place by babushkas, shared their cooking wisdom and zany sense of humor during the Buscia Cooking Show on Saturday morning at the Main Stage as part of Whiting's annual Pierogi Fest.

July 26, 2014 7:59 pm Photos

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International Polka Parade packs comedic punch

International Polka Parade packs comedic punch

WHITING | The Pieroguettes flitted past in their red dresses and pierogi shawls, their hats adorned with potatoes, cheese and other pierogi fillings.

July 25, 2014 9:09 pm Video Photos

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New bike trail leg bridges Munster, Hammond

New bike trail leg bridges Munster, Hammond

HAMMOND | A newly completed pedestrian and bike trail bridge symbolizes the benefits of cooperation between Hammond and Munster, officials of both municipalities said Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 5:36 am Photos

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Park Full of Art a colorful region tradition

Park Full of Art a colorful region tradition

GRIFFITH | Central Park transformed into a canvas for artists’ imaginations for the annual Park Full of Art in Griffith on Saturday. This was the 40th year for the weekend event, with almost 70 artists participating.

July 19, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Park Full of Art celebrates 40th year

GRIFFITH | When it began four decades ago, Park Full of Art was created to be a hub for local artists.

July 17, 2014 6:21 pm
Festival of the Lakes opens in Hammond

Festival of the Lakes opens in Hammond

The temperatures didn't reflect the Caribbean island music Wednesday as the Festival of the Lakes opened in Hammond.

July 16, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Campout brings friends, families to stay the night at Wicker Park

Campout brings friends, families to stay the night at Wicker Park

HIGHLAND | The open space between the Splash Pad and pavilion at Wicker Memorial Park was dotted with clusters of tents Friday night for the second annual Summer Wicker Park Camp-Out.

July 11, 2014 9:02 pm Photos

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Elegance Wedding says 'I Do' to military brides

Elegance Wedding says 'I Do' to military brides

HIGHLAND | For bride-to-be Tracy Batten, a white lace-layered dress is big change from the U.S. Army uniform she wears five days a week.

July 08, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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March, block party oppose Gary violence

March, block party oppose Gary violence

Broadway Street in Gary rang with the shouts of “Stop the violence,” "Peace,” and “Put down the gun” as residents rallied at the second annual Stop the Violence and Prayer for Peace March and Block Party.

July 05, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Parades a Fourth of July staple

Parades a Fourth of July staple

HOBART | The brass and drum rhythms of marching bands boomed, and parade sirens blared Friday during the annual Hobart Fourth of July parade.

July 04, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Hobart parade

Hobart parade

David Wortsman, of Schererville, proposed to Aleah Turner, of Valparaiso, during the Hobart Fourth of July parade Friday.

July 04, 2014 6:16 pm
Twilight Parade lights up Highland

Twilight Parade lights up Highland

HIGHLAND | Amid the sirens of parading emergency vehicles, revving of vintage cars and roaming lions, tigers and bears (all costumed mascots) the annual Twilight Parade in Highland lit up Thursday evening.

July 03, 2014 8:38 pm Photos

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Black Oak Baptist Church marks 75th anniversary

Black Oak Baptist Church marks 75th anniversary

GARY | When Senior Pastor Bob Parnell began working at Black Oak Baptist Church in 1989, other men of the cloth told him if he wanted the church to succeed, he needed to move it out of Gary.

June 25, 2014 7:12 pm Photos

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No run of the mill marriages in Crown Point

No run of the mill marriages in Crown Point

CROWN POINT | With each step, the bride, arm and arm with her father, not only made her way to her smiling groom, but into longstanding tradition. This had been two years in the making for Karla Ortegon and Craig Hoskins, of Crown Point.

June 20, 2014 9:02 pm Photos

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YOUNG VOICES: Stand by soldiers’ side at home, on battlefield

YOUNG VOICES: Stand by soldiers’ side at home, on battlefield

For every joyful image of a soldier embracing their family after a long deployment, we must not forget the flag-covered caskets returning home. On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice miles away from their homes.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am
Trinity Lutheran student heads to second National Geography Bee

Trinity Lutheran student heads to second National Geography Bee

CROWN POINT | Sean Ives has been to places like Paris, Rome, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Vienna and New York City.

May 16, 2014 8:00 pm
YOUNG VOICES: Continue war on poverty, don't target poor

YOUNG VOICES: Continue war on poverty, don't target poor

While the welfare drug testing bill recently died in the Indiana Senate, animosity against those in poverty is still very much alive.

March 24, 2014 12:00 am
YOUNG VOICES: Let's give trickle-up economics a chance

YOUNG VOICES: Let's give trickle-up economics a chance

The new year has brought minimum wage raises in 13 states to as high as $9.32 an hour. However, the question still remains for the rest of us: Is $7.25 enough to live on?

January 20, 2014 12:00 am
YOUNG VOICES: Good people overpower bad in face of tragedy

YOUNG VOICES: Good people overpower bad in face of tragedy

For three long years, my family's life has been on hold. Will we lose or keep the home we have lived in for 55 years? The verdict came a few weeks ago — arriving hand-in-hand with winter’s chill.

November 18, 2013 12:00 am

Memorial planned for bike trail near Harrison Park

HAMMOND | To honor soldiers fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, a group of veterans has banded together to create a memorial near Harrison Park.

August 11, 2013 8:39 pm

East Hammond-Pullman crime watch to celebrate six years

HAMMOND | The East Hammond-Pullman Neighborhood Crime Watch is celebrating its sixth year.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am

HUD awards nearly $21M in grants to Gary, E.C., Hammond

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding public housing authorities in Indiana almost $21 million in annual capitol funding.

August 08, 2013 7:00 pm
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