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Golden to run for Hammond 4th District seat

Golden to run for Hammond 4th District seat

HAMMOND | After falling just four votes short in the 2007 primary, Democrat Phil Golden said he's ready for another run at Hammond's 4th District City Council seat held by Republican Kim Poland.

December 10, 2010 12:00 am

Vet gets Purple Heart after 41 years

HAMMOND | He'd waited more than 40 years for the recognition he deserved, but when Vietnam War veteran James DePersia received his Purple Heart last week from the U.S. Army, he knew the wait was worthwhile.

December 06, 2010 12:00 am

Misdeeds tolerance running on empty

HAMMOND | Even though all has been relatively quiet since a once crime-ridden downtown gas station reopened last month, the city's Police Department wants a close eye kept on it to ensure promised security measures are working.

December 05, 2010 12:00 am

Little Cal Commission leaving Portage for Munster

MUNSTER | The Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission will be moving westward in 2011, leaving its longtime home in Portage for leased space in Munster.

December 03, 2010 12:00 am

Panel: Little Cal flood control done

MUNSTER | Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission officials said Wednesday evening that levees from Gary to Munster are ready to protect residents from floodwaters.

December 02, 2010 12:00 am

Gas station refining its image

HAMMOND | A number of security improvements at a downtown gas station have resulted in a steep drop in police calls in the surrounding area.

November 27, 2010 8:00 am

Buncich warns gangs, drugs casting wide net

HIGHLAND | Sheriff-elect John Buncich said drugs and gangs are putting a stranglehold on Lake County's youth and more has to be done to end their influence.

November 27, 2010 12:00 am

Operation SOS to send 500 care packages to troops overseas

HIGHLAND | Volunteers with Operation SOS will help provide the comforts of the home for 500 region military members serving overseas during the holiday season.

November 27, 2010 12:00 am

Neighbors halt Walgreens liquor push

HAMMOND | The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission upheld a Lake County decision to deny the sale of packaged liquor at two Hammond Walgreens stores.

November 24, 2010 12:00 am
Shrine Circus a Thanksgiving tradition

Shrine Circus a Thanksgiving tradition

HAMMOND | One by one, trailers full of tigers, ponies, acrobats and jugglers from the George Carden International Circus pulled into the Hammond Civic Center parking lot Tuesday afternoon, ready for what has become a Thanksgiving tradition.

November 24, 2010 12:00 am Photos


Hammond council OKs fake pot ban

HAMMOND | Barring a mayoral veto, the sale of synthetic marijuana at the city's convenience stores soon will be illegal.

November 23, 2010 12:00 am

Councilman willing to chip in to demolish Calumet Theater in Hammond

HAMMOND | Demolition of the long-abandoned Calumet Theater could happen sooner than later after Hammond City Council President Anthony Higgs questioned a recent lack of action.

November 22, 2010 12:00 am
Lowell historian dies at 94

Lowell historian dies at 94

LOWELL | Dick Schmal may have been named Lowell's official town historian in 1997, but he unofficially held the position for decades.

November 21, 2010 12:00 am

Man shot dead on Chicago Heights street

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Police are investigating the Saturday morning shooting death of a Chicago Heights man.

November 20, 2010 10:30 pm
Family, friends remember missionary 'called to serve'

Family, friends remember missionary 'called to serve'

HOBART | Ben Uskert died the same way he lived -- for others.

November 20, 2010 7:21 pm Photos


Oak Hill owners are no-shows in Hammond court

HAMMOND | The owners of Oak Hill Cemetery failed to appear Wednesday evening in Hammond City Court to answer questions about the deteriorating maintenance of the hallowed grounds.

November 18, 2010 12:00 am

Little Cal chair takes issue with Highland rail closure

MUNSTER | Before he steps down at the end of the year, Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission Chairman Dan Dernulc said he wants to make sure a floodgate in Highland is ready to protect residents and businesses.

November 16, 2010 7:00 pm

Bakery owner seeks Hammond mayor job

HAMMOND | While it appears Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. will sail smoothly through the May primary in his quest for a third term, the Republican ticket to choose his eventual challenger continues to get crowded.

November 15, 2010 1:45 pm
City orders Oak Hill Cemetery owners into court

City orders Oak Hill Cemetery owners into court

HAMMOND | After months of failing to respond to multiple requests from the city to clean up the historic property, partners in Oak Hill Cemetery are expected to appear in court Wednesday.

November 14, 2010 12:00 am Photos


Carson's to lead Woodmar revival?

HAMMOND | After years of inaction at the former Woodmar Shopping Center, Hammond has high hopes that a new commitment to the area will result in creating a shopping destination for northern Lake County residents.

November 14, 2010 12:00 am

Downtown Hammond revamp on the way

HAMMOND | The city soon will start a revitalization of its long-ailing downtown district.

November 12, 2010 12:00 am
Burglars steal man's late wife's ashes from Hessville home

Burglars steal man's late wife's ashes from Hessville home

HAMMOND | In the six months since Tracy Francisco-Washington's death, coping hasn't been easy for her husband and young son.

November 12, 2010 12:00 am Photos


Dyer vet earns France's highest honor for WWII valor

DYER | When Joseph Longa describes the honors he earned as a young soldier in the European Theater during World War II, the pride in his voice is unmistakable.

November 10, 2010 8:00 pm

Hammond maps business-luring strategy

HAMMOND | Guaranteed property tax caps may provide the incentive needed to lure new businesses to the Calumet Region.

November 10, 2010 7:00 pm

Former bar bounces back as physical therapy clinic

HAMMOND | A former Woodmar-area bar was brought back to a much quieter life Tuesday afternoon, as APT Plus Physical Therapy opened its new location at the former McTavern's Deli and Bar.

November 09, 2010 3:08 pm

Hammond's cash-for-gold stores to follow pawn rules

HAMMOND | Stores offering quick cash for scrap jewelry will have to follow the same rules the city's pawn shop owners have followed for years.

November 09, 2010 12:00 am

Robertsdale Walmart may open in July

HAMMOND | Shoppers could be filling the aisles of a new Robertsdale Walmart store this summer.

November 08, 2010 12:00 am

Fake marijuana ban in Hammond won't include paraphernalia

HAMMOND | An ordinance prohibiting the sale and consumption of so-called synthetic marijuana won't include paraphernalia.

November 07, 2010 12:00 am

South Hammond contamination could be clear by spring

HAMMOND | Officials hope a South Hammond neighborhood affected by a cracked BP gasoline distribution pipe buried beneath its streets will return to normal soon.

November 07, 2010 12:00 am

Woodmar permits issued, work starts

HAMMOND | After more than four years of delays, permits have been issued and heavy machinery is on site at the former Woodmar Mall.

November 04, 2010 8:30 pm

Hegewisch man crashes into North Hammond pub

HAMMOND | A man from Chicago's Hegewisch neighborhood was arrested on a litany of charges late Tuesday night after he crashed his car into a North Hammond bar and resisted arrest, police said.

November 03, 2010 4:15 pm

Republicans rule in Newton County

KENTLAND | Election night belonged to Republican Party candidates in Newton County.

November 03, 2010 12:00 am
Mrvan: Fifth term will be challenging

Mrvan: Fifth term will be challenging

HAMMOND | State Sen. Frank Mrvan coasted to re-election Tuesday night over Republican challenger David Spudic, but the 1st District Democrat said his fifth term may very well be a lonely one.

November 02, 2010 9:00 pm
Dems sweep North Township Board race

Dems sweep North Township Board race

HIGHLAND | Democrat Pete Auksel will join incumbent Democrats Richard Novak and Ralph Flores Jr. on the North Township Board.

November 02, 2010 5:00 pm Photos


Incumbents sweep Cal Township races

CALUMET TOWNSHIP | Voters overwhelmingly threw their support behind Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin and the three incumbent board members.

November 02, 2010 4:56 pm

McDermott: Park improvements on the horizon

HAMMOND | An empty field behind the former Miller Elementary School in Hessville is set to become the city's premier soccer complex next year.

November 02, 2010 12:00 am

Southmoor residents brace for floodwalls

HAMMOND | While a group of Forest Avenue residents along the Little Calumet River is taking flack for not signing over property easements to repair levees in their backyards, another group that for decades questioned the need for floodwalls is bracing for what now appears inevitable.

November 01, 2010 1:00 pm

NIPSCO pruning horrifies Hessville

HAMMOND | Some Hessville residents said with the way their trees recently were trimmed, there was no need for Halloween decorations this year.

October 31, 2010 12:00 am

Six vie for three North Township Board seats

HAMMOND | With its entire territory consisting of incorporated municipalities, some North Township residents wonder why the township still exists.

October 30, 2010 12:00 am

Ghost hunters believe spirits may roam haunted house

HAMMOND | Each year for the past two decades, thousands enter the Reaper's Realm Haunted Mansion for a frightening thrill, but owner John Hluska said paying customers aren't the only ones who've been scared.

October 30, 2010 12:00 am

Financial struggles await Cal Township Board winners

CALUMET TOWNSHIP | With a rapidly shrinking township budget, candidates running for the three Calumet Township Board seats believe improving the township's financial situation will be of vital importance in the next four years.

October 29, 2010 12:00 am

Collins unopposed for Calumet Twp. assessor

CALUMET TOWNSHIP | Longtime assessor's office employee Jacquelyn "Jackie" Collins is running unopposed to replace her boss, Booker Bloomenberg.

October 29, 2010 12:00 am

Elgin, Brown battle for Calumet Twp. trustee

CALUMET TOWNSHIP | When Mary Elgin was first elected Calumet Township trustee, she had an annual budget of $24 million. As she wraps up her second term, that budget stands at about $5 million.

October 29, 2010 12:00 am Related

Hammond police investigate possible child abduction

HAMMOND | Police are investigating a possible child abduction in South Hammond.

October 29, 2010 12:00 am
Hammond puts first federal rehabbed residence for sale

Hammond puts first federal rehabbed residence for sale

HAMMOND | Just three months ago, the stone-clad house on the corner of 175th Street and Magnolia Avenue stood vacant and deteriorating. Now, it has been rehabbed and is ready for a family to call home.

October 26, 2010 12:00 am Photos


Council seeks restitution from juvenile vandals, holds on fake pot vote

HAMMOND | An ordinance prohibiting the sale and consumption of so-called artificial marijuana in the city stalled Monday night, as the sponsor said he'd like to add to the ban.

October 26, 2010 12:00 am

Rehabbed home given new life

HAMMOND | The first home rehabbed with federal economic recovery dollars in Hammond will hit the market this week.

October 25, 2010 12:00 am

Commission provides funding for incubator staff

HAMMOND | The Hammond INnovation Center's staff may stay in place after the city takes over administering the small business incubator from Purdue University Calumet.

October 25, 2010 12:00 am

Hammond expected to join communities banning fake pot

HAMMOND | Sales of synthetic marijuana at the city's convenience stores could come to an end this week, as Hammond City Council members are expected to pass an ordinance banning its sale and consumption.

October 23, 2010 4:00 pm

Closed Hammond gas station can reopen

HAMMOND | In a 2-1 vote, Board of Public Works and Safety members agreed to allow Muhammad Raja Yaqub to reopen his Marathon gas station, but with a guarantee that he'll improve security measures in the next 60 days.

October 22, 2010 12:00 am
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