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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

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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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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
Man missing in water at Whihala Beach

Man missing in water at Whihala Beach

Diver work Thursday at Whihala Beach in Whiting after a man went missing in Lake Michigan.

July 18, 2013 8:24 pm
Munster animal shelter recovers from blaze

Munster animal shelter recovers from blaze

Donations have begun to come in to the Humane Society Calumet Area shelter. Karen Grenda, human resources manager, said blankets, towels, rugs, toys, dog beds and cat litter pans are needed.

July 04, 2013 12:00 am
Association celebrates Old Lincoln Highway's 100th anniversary with cross-country tour

Association celebrates Old Lincoln Highway's 100th anniversary with cross-country tour

Some of the most recent markers along the Old Lincoln Highway are displayed at the Woods Historic Grist Mill in Hobart. Newspaper clippings and artifacts were also on display for a group that stopped by Thursday during a tour to celebrate the road's 100th anniversary.

June 28, 2013 12:00 am
Association celebrates Old Lincoln Highway's 100th anniversary with cross-country tour

Association celebrates Old Lincoln Highway's 100th anniversary with cross-country tour

An original marker from the Old Lincoln Highway is displayed at the Woods Historic Grist Mill in Hobart. The Lincoln Highway Association stopped by the mill Thursday during a cross-country tour to celebrate the 100th anniversary of America's first transcontinental highway.

June 28, 2013 12:00 am
Association celebrates Old Lincoln Highway's 100th anniversary with cross-country tour

Association celebrates Old Lincoln Highway's 100th anniversary with cross-country tour

Motorists on a tour to celebrate the Old Lincoln Highway's 100th anniversary make a stop Thursday at the Woods Historic Grist Mill in Hobart. A total of 72 cars registered for the Lincoln Highway Association's eastern tour, which spans from New York to Nebraska.

June 28, 2013 12:00 am
Association celebrates Old Lincoln Highway's 100th anniversary with cross-country tour

Association celebrates Old Lincoln Highway's 100th anniversary with cross-country tour

Andrew Harvey, of Clarion Pa., leans on his 1940 Lincoln Zephyr. Harvey stopped at the Woods Historic Grist Mill in Hobart on Thursday while on a tour to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Old Lincoln Highway. Harvey said his favorite part of the tour so far was when the drivers were gre…

June 28, 2013 12:00 am
Hammond commission approves deal for brewpub at Oxbow Landing

Hammond commission approves deal for brewpub at Oxbow Landing

HAMMOND | The city has secured a deal with the owners of a popular Illinois restaurant and brewery to build a second location at Interstate 80/94 and Kennedy Avenue.

June 18, 2013 8:30 pm Photos

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Highland couple injured as fire sweeps through home

Highland couple injured as fire sweeps through home

Firefighters work to control a fire Thursday at 3105 Highway Ave. in Highland.

June 13, 2013 7:39 pm
Highland couple injured as fire sweeps through home

Highland couple injured as fire sweeps through home

Neighbor Emily Leep holds the cat of Douglas and Lorraine Shelbourne after the pet was rescued by firefighters Thursday. Leep took the cat to a local animal hospital.

June 13, 2013 7:35 pm
Highland couple injured as fire sweeps through home

Highland couple injured as fire sweeps through home

Firefighters battle a blaze Thursday at 3105 Highway Ave. in Highland. Firefighters from Schererville, Griffith and Munster got the fire under control after two hours.

June 13, 2013 7:29 pm
S'ville building's future uncertain after blaze

S'ville building's future uncertain after blaze

A charred building could be seen Friday, a day after a fire ripped through a Schererville condominium building.

May 31, 2013 8:49 pm
Lake Area United Way campaign raises nearly $5 million

Lake Area United Way campaign raises nearly $5 million

Lake Area United Way's 2012-13 Annual Community Campaign exceeded organizers' expectations by raising $4.973 million. More than 300 companies raised money in contributing campaigns and 7,500 people gave to the Annual Community Campaign.

May 31, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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