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Major traffic woes ahead for U.S. 30

PORTAGE | Major traffic tie-ups along U.S. 30 on both sides of the state line are expected to occur later this month.

July 08, 2014 5:40 pm

NWI casinos experience more declines in revenue

Total revenues at Northwest Indiana’s five casinos dropped 8.4 percent in June, one of the worst declines since the first quarter of the year when the harsh winter severely affected the numbers.

July 08, 2014 3:43 pm
McDermott signs SSCVA sponsorship letter for Festival of the Lakes

McDermott signs SSCVA sponsorship letter for Festival of the Lakes

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. has signed the letter of acceptance for the $40,000 sponsorship of Festival of the Lakes required by the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors. The money will be on its way, the board chairman confirmed Monday.

July 07, 2014 6:00 pm

Deal for SSCVA sponsorship of Festival of the Lakes uncertain

HAMMOND | It has come down to a matter of verbal acceptance vs. written acceptance, and a $40,000 sponsorship of the city’s Festival of the Lakes may be dead in the water.

July 03, 2014 8:30 pm

Mickey, Minnie Mouse expected to draw thousands to Whiting parade

WHITING | The Magic Kingdom comes to Whiting Friday with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse headlining the city’s 95th Annual 4th of July Parade.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am

Gary man found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated battery

CROWN POINT | After deliberating for less than five hours, a jury on Monday found Shelben T. Curtis, 47, of Gary, guilty of felony Class A voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon and felony Class B aggravated battery.

June 30, 2014 9:45 pm

SSCVA board OK’s $40,000 sponsorship of Festival of the Lakes

HAMMOND | Following an apology June 19 from the Hammond mayor -- and despite some misgivings from board members -- the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors voted to provide a $40,000 sponsorship for the 2014 Festival of the Lakes.

June 30, 2014 8:00 pm

Murder trial begins for 17-year-old Gary man

CROWN POINT | A jury was selected and opening arguments began Monday in Lake County Criminal Court in the murder trial of Donnell D. Wilson, 17, of Gary.

June 30, 2014 4:30 pm
Munster rabbi prepares to commemorate international Jewish icon

Munster rabbi prepares to commemorate international Jewish icon

MUNSTER | Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are set to gather Tuesday in a New York City borough of Queens to honor the 20th anniversary of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson’s death.

June 28, 2014 9:41 pm Photos

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Art creates community connections

Art creates community connections

GARY | Novice and professional artists worked side by side Saturday to create both a mural and community connections at The Stewart House Urban Farm & Gardens, in a collaborative project that started germinating a year ago.

June 28, 2014 7:22 pm Photos

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Building dreams in Michael Jackson’s neighborhood

Building dreams in Michael Jackson’s neighborhood

GARY | In the five years since Michael Jackson’s death, his childhood home at 2300 Jackson St. has become a magnet, drawing family members and fans to honor his beginnings and his legacy.

June 25, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Creating family fun with art, music & theater

Creating family fun with art, music & theater

MUNSTER | Princesses reigned supreme during Sunday’s Family Arts Festival at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

June 22, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Celebrating personal empowerment for mind, body and soul

Celebrating personal empowerment for mind, body and soul

GGRY – Music, movement and medical screenings blended Friday during the Juneteenth celebration at the Gary Neighborhood Services Center attended by families and individuals from throughout the area.

June 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Crown Point family honored with trip to Wisconsin Dells

Crown Point family honored with trip to Wisconsin Dells

MERRILLVILLE  | Before Laura and Kenny Kolanowski were married, they briefly talked about adopting.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am
No sign of retirement in this 90-year-old's future

No sign of retirement in this 90-year-old's future

MERRILLVILLE | At 90 years old, Bill Vermillion strides along the hallways of the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, handling guests’ luggage and running errands at a pace that leaves younger people hurrying to keep up.

June 19, 2014 7:30 pm Video Photos

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A half century working for civil rights

A half century working for civil rights

MERRILLVILLE | “Are we there yet?”

June 18, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Roller Dome building on the auction block

Roller Dome building on the auction block

HAMMOND | For nearly six decades, generations of area teens made the social scene at The Roller Dome Skating Rink. On Saturday, that piece of the city’s history goes on the auction block.

June 17, 2014 12:00 pm
Photos window to Hammond's past, father's legacy

Photos window to Hammond's past, father's legacy

HAMMOND | For decades, the cache of historic photos and negatives of downtown Hammond taken by Alfred Uhle, a leading commercial and portrait photographer from 1919 to 1963, lay waiting to be discovered in an old metal milk delivery box.

June 14, 2014 7:29 pm Photos

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Airport land development presents opportunities, challenges

GARY | Developing the Gary/Chicago International Airport and surrounding property presents vast opportunities and serious challenges that require vision, coordinated cooperation, time and money.

June 13, 2014 7:30 pm

Ex-One Region bookkeeper gets another hearing date

CROWN POINT | Yet another court date of Aug. 7 has been set for the former bookkeeper for One Region, who is charged with stealing more than $33,000 from the social action organization housed in The Times Media Co. Munster headquarters.

June 12, 2014 5:18 pm
Act of honesty celebrated

Act of honesty celebrated

HOBART | The moment he saw the wallet on the Prompt Ambulance shuttle bus, Branden Day said he knew it was “lost.”

June 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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How to money, prevent being victim of fraud

How to money, prevent being victim of fraud

GARY | Being a wise consumer involves staying alert, doing your homework and knowing when to walk away from a transaction. It also means knowing how technology can help and hurt consumers and businesses.

June 09, 2014 3:10 pm
Newest group of region leaders speak out

Newest group of region leaders speak out

During the impact session prior to lunch, LNI grads explained how the program has influenced their own leadership and how they will use these lessons personally and professionally.

June 06, 2014 2:54 pm

Combined sewer systems suspect in Little Cal leakage

It’s a tale of two meters and who is responsible for notifying the Indiana Department of Environmental Management about sewer overflow problems.

June 04, 2014 7:45 pm
Hairline crack found in sanitary line near Little Cal levee

Hairline crack found in sanitary line near Little Cal levee

HIGHLAND | A hairline crack has been detected in an 18-inch sanitary line that runs either side of the levee along the Little Calumet River at Kennedy Avenue.

June 03, 2014 6:18 pm Photos

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Operating Engineers reach accord with two contractor groups

MERRILLVILLE | The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 reached tentative agreements Monday afternoon with both the Four County Highway Contractors Group and the Northwest Indiana Contractors Association.

June 02, 2014 7:29 pm
From no symptoms to Stage 4 cancer

From no symptoms to Stage 4 cancer

MUNSTER: | “I used to say I’m never going to get breast cancer. I was determined. Then I got a different kind of cancer.”

June 01, 2014 7:00 pm
Cancer Survivors Day creates camaraderie

Cancer Survivors Day creates camaraderie

MUNSTER | An old-fashioned ice cream social, bingo and a ukulele concert created a celebratory atmosphere during Sunday’s Cancer Survivors Day event at Veterans Memorial Park pavilion.

June 01, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Gary airport authority hears about positive changes

GARY | Members of the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority heard a series of reports about finances, new maintenance programs and improved communications during Thursday’s meeting, and gave their approval to the news.

May 29, 2014 2:07 pm
East Chicago dedicates street in honor of Helen Ahmad

East Chicago dedicates street in honor of Helen Ahmad

EAST CHICAGO | Love for the late Helen Ahmad filled the air Wednesday as the street where she lived and raised her three children was dedicated in her honor.

May 28, 2014 8:24 pm Photos

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Honoring those who gave some and some who gave all

MUNSTER | A sea of red, white and blue filled the Edward P. Robinson Community Veterans Memorial as hundreds gathered Monday to honor “those who gave some and some who gave all.”

May 26, 2014 6:37 pm
Letters from home: Man’s letters to WWII GIs provide glimpse into experiences

Letters from home: Man’s letters to WWII GIs provide glimpse into experiences

Letters from home helped those serving during World War II cope with the often violent experiences of fighting on land, at sea and in the skies, and with the loneliness of long separations from family and friends.

May 25, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Learning healthy eating habits from the ground up

Learning healthy eating habits from the ground up

WHITING | A new generation of vegetable and fruit lovers is blooming along with the produce they are growing at Nathan Hale Elementary School, 1500 Center St.

May 23, 2014 7:37 pm Photos

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Ex-One Region bookkeeper gets new hearing date

CROWN POINT | June 12 is the next court date for the former bookkeeper for One Region charged with stealing more than $33,000 from the social action organization that is housed in The Times Media Co. Munster headquarters.

May 22, 2014 6:42 pm
Strangers unite to rescue dog on Borman

Strangers unite to rescue dog on Borman

Frogger is one lucky dog.

May 21, 2014 5:53 pm Photos

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Former GOP chair's hearing deferred again

CROWN POINT | Former Lake County Republican Chairman Kimberly Krull will have to wait until June 17 to have a hearing before the Lake County Board of Elections and Voter’s Registration.

May 20, 2014 7:00 pm

Bald is beautiful at St. Baldrick’s event

HIGHLAND | Bald was beautiful Sunday during a St. Baldrick’s event in the parking lot at Traditions Restaurant and Pub.

May 18, 2014 7:32 pm
'No shortcuts to success,' Times editor tells grads

'No shortcuts to success,' Times editor tells grads

WHITING | Change, challenges, trials and triumphs await each day and will define life itself.

May 17, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Cardinal Francis George salutes the Carmelite Home’s 100th anniversary

Cardinal Francis George salutes the Carmelite Home’s 100th anniversary

SCHERERVILLE | Walking with a slight limp Thursday evening, Cardinal Francis George, of the Archdiocese of Chicago, inspired those attending the 100th anniversary celebration of St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home with his presence and his determination in the face of cancer and chemotherapy.

May 15, 2014 8:43 pm Photos

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Munster Donut closes temporarily after car hits building

Munster Donut closes temporarily after car hits building

MUNSTER | Longtime and new customers continue to stream into the Munster Donut parking lot a week after the longtime business had to close after a customer accidentally drove a car through the building, causing structural damage.

May 14, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Ex-One Region bookkeeper fails to appear for court date

CROWN POINT | The former bookkeeper for One Region, charged with stealing more than $33,000 from the social action organization, failed to appear Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court for a scheduled omnibus hearing.

May 13, 2014 6:48 pm Related

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Transfer students welcomed in Munster; board names new superintendent

MUNSTER | The 200 transfer students currently enrolled in the School Town of Munster will continue to be welcomed for the 2014-15 school year.

May 12, 2014 9:49 pm
Marktown residents protest demolition of historic buildings

Marktown residents protest demolition of historic buildings

EAST CHICAGO | Marktown residents raised their voices and signs in protest Monday as a hotel that for decades housed new workers in surrounding industries fell to the wrecking ball.

May 12, 2014 7:49 pm Photos

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Family builds strong bonds in face of mother's adversity

Family builds strong bonds in face of mother's adversity

SCHERERVILLE | For 20 years, Cyndi Vanek, 44, has battled a rare brain structure disorder called Chiari malformation, which are structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance, located near the brain stem.

May 10, 2014 3:51 pm Video Photos

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Professor: Understanding culture, context of youth violence key

Professor: Understanding culture, context of youth violence key

GARY | Understanding the culture and context in which youth violence occurs will do more than any program, research study or diagnostic approach, according to the keynote speaker at Friday’s Youth Violence Prevention Conference at Indiana University Northwest.

May 09, 2014 7:03 pm Photos

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Neighborhood turns out to welcome Marine home

SCHERERVILLE | Sirens, the roar of Patriot Guard motorcycles and the cheers of neighbors in the Saratoga subdivision announced the arrival Thursday morning of a Marine corporal for a 10-day visit with family and friends.

May 08, 2014 8:30 pm

Gary councilman set to report to prison Tuesday

GARY | Gary Councilman Ronier Scott will report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Indiana by 2 p.m. Tuesday to serve his three-month sentence, according to his attorney and the United States Marshals Service.

May 05, 2014 12:00 am

Hammond man sentenced for crime involving children

CROWN POINT | A Hammond man accepted a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors for a Class C felony of attempted criminal confinement and was sentenced to a 7.5 year prison term Monday in Lake County Criminal Court.

April 28, 2014 6:00 pm
Holocaust memorial service in Munster remembers 1.5 million child victims

Holocaust memorial service in Munster remembers 1.5 million child victims

MUNSTER | The voices of children, raised in song and in the spoken word, filled Congregation Beth Israel Sunday as five Jewish congregations from Indiana and Illinois and the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana joined to remember those who perished in the Holocaust.

April 27, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Hammond man being sought for rape

CROWN POINT | On Thursday, a grand jury indicted a Hammond man on multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged sexual attack on a woman on Oct. 20, 2013.

April 25, 2014 5:02 pm
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