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Are we truly appreciating the living connections with our past before they themselves pass into history?
HAMMOND | A group portraying a region fighting unit from America's bloodiest war will continue live demonstrations Sunday during a special Civil War exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.
Civil War re-enactors Mike Kaptian, of Dyer, and Tre Manchester, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, both in the foreground, tell the history of the 20th Indiana Infantry to John and Merri Loker, both of Valparaiso, and their 8-year-old grandson Andrew Christman. The re-enactors, who portray an ac…
Mike Kapitan, of Dyer, left, and Tre Manchester, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, tell the history of the 20th Indiana Infantry to spectators Saturday at the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln Civil War exhibit. The exhibit at Hammond's Indiana Welcome Center commemorates Northwes…
As the mayor of the region's biggest city eyes a run for higher office, he might want to consult a neighboring school district on social media etiquette.
Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin keeps driving home the need for the very state law she seeks to relegate to the scrapyard.
Michael Miller, left, who portrays Crown Point's Civil War Col. John Wheeler for a Lake County-based re-enactment group, and Charlie Wheeler, the great-great-grandson of Col. Wheeler, pose behind a Civil War veteran headstone in July at Historic Maplewood Cemetery, Crown Point. Photos of the…
Get the chip off your shoulder, Region Rats. Many of you sorely underestimate the meaningful roles your forefathers played in one of our nation's most pivotal eras.
Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit banner.
If pictures truly say a thousand words, a photo from Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's State of the City address last week should generate enough verbiage to fill this column — and region political reform advocates — with hope.
HAMMOND | The draw of Northwest Indiana volunteers to the Civil War banner of Abraham Lincoln goes on display Monday through a special exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.
Stacy Klingler, director of local history services for the Indiana Historical Society, helps set up The Faces of Lincoln traveling exhibit Wednesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The state-loaned exhibit is part of this years Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhib…
Stacy Klingler, director of local history services for the Indiana Historical Society, affixes panels to The Faces of Lincoln traveling exhibit Wednesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The state-loaned exhibit is part of this year's Civil War exhibit, exploring Northwest Indiana's…
Alan Rowe, coordinator of local history partners for the Indiana Historical Society, helps set up The Faces of Lincoln exhibit Wednesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The traveling exhibit will be included this year in the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit …
The Faces of Lincoln, a traveling exhibit of the Indiana Historical Society, will be included in this year's Northwest Indiana Civil War exhibition at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln opens Monday and runs through April. It tells the sto…
Who knew doing the right thing actually pays off? It happened in Lake County this week to the tune of about $1.3 million in taxpayer savings, according to government estimates.
It takes sharp, active minds and reduces them to voids in which fathers don't know daughters and wives don't know husbands.
Marsha Moore, 42, of Portage, holds a photo and U.S. Army scrapbook that belonged to her stepfather, Raymond Moore. He died of Alzheimer's disease in 2008 after a five-year struggle with the brain-degenerative disease.
Sometimes failure creates the perfect opportunity to get back to one's roots — to discard the distractions of ill-advised ventures.
At its worst, it's like plugging your nose and sucking air through a narrow cocktail straw.
By the time a 2001 chest X-ray detected a mass in then-47-year-old Donald Koppers' lung, it may have been too late, according to region physicians.
The biggest cause of death in the region often follows a circuitry of life choices and genetics, with the final kill switch thrown by the victims themselves.
Many of Northwest Indiana's top killers lurk in our refrigerators, drive-thru lines and convenience stores.
Growing up, did you ever call your parents mean or heartless for buying you off-brand shoes or jeans instead of a pair of Nikes and Levi's?
Carrie Skripac, 37, of Hobart, holds a photo her father, Donald Koppers, of Crown Point. The photo was taken of Koppers — posing with his grandson and his prized Chevelle — shortly before he died of lung cancer in 2005. Koppers was 52.
Perhaps Lake County Republicans aren't endangered species after all. Maybe it's time to retract the characterization I've made in past columns of a minuscule number of conservatives wandering the region.
A crowd of local Republicans gather at the Halls of St. George in Schererville Friday for a pre-dinner reception with national GOP political strategist and former presidential adviser Karl Rove. About 400 people attended the Lake County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser…
GOP political strategist and former presidential adviser Karl Rove addresses about 400 people who attended the Lake County Republican Party's 2014 Lincoln Day Dinner fundraising event Saturday evening. Rove brought a message of party unity to the event, even in Lake County where Democrats co…
Karl Rove, right, shakes hands with Lake County Republican Party member Rebecca Holwerda on Saturday during a reception at the Halls of St. George in Schererville. Holwerda and her husband, Steve, center, were among about 400 people who attended the Lake County GOP's annual Lincoln Day Dinne…
Cindy Dernulc, left, and her daughter, Lauren Kotynski, of Highland, speak Saturday night with Republican political strategist and former presidential adviser Karl Rove at the Halls of St. George in Schererville. Dernulc and Kotynski were among about 400 people who attended the Lake County R…
Karl Rove, left, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, signs copies of his book Saturday for attendees of the Lake County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser. More than 400 people attended the event, including Kyle Babcock, far left, and his son Lucas, 9, who traveled to…
HAMMOND | The owner of a Munster tree-trimming business will spend a year in federal prison for paying kickbacks to a former Hammond councilman in exchange for city work, court records show.
Have you validated your children's feelings lately? Do you listen to them, speak with them about what they're doing at school, with friends or during hours when you're not around?
For most people slogging along an economic landscape wrought with tar pits, a healthy cash windfall would be welcomed with cheers, not apprehension.
Using claims of racism — a true scourge on society — as a shield against good fiscal governance is deplorable. So is wasting taxpayer money to legally defend the waste of the same taxpayer money.
For Glen Ellis, it's a felony drug conviction and subsequent release from prison.
Plenty of government blunders in the region deserve bitter-cold responses.
HAMMOND | A federal judge sentenced a convicted bank robber with a criminal history spanning four decades to nearly 22 years in prison this week.
Conventional wisdom dictates rampant political corruption radiating from certain members of a county political party — coupled with excessive government taxing and spending — should create the perfect environment for fresh faces to sweep into elected offices.
Few words inspire such a literal holding of noses as the word "landfill."
HAMMOND | A Hammond bank robbery suspect led a 40-year life of crime, including a past murder conviction, his attorney conceded in Hammond federal court documents filed Friday.
HAMMOND | To keep the faces fresh and the customers interested, operators of a prostitution business imported and rotated women in and out their region-based spas on a regular basis, federal court documents unsealed this week allege.
What if state excise police conducted a gambling raid at a business in your town within the past year, that gambling case remained pending, and the same business sued your town within the past two years regarding a separate contract dispute? Would you expect the business owner would be named…
Last week's polar vortex threw a stone-cold uppercut into the region's chin, shutting down schools, roads and snarling any traffic caught in the middle of the snowy deluge.
HAMMOND | Three more East Chicago street gang members pleaded guilty Friday for their roles in a violent wave of murder, drug sales and street violence.
HAMMOND | An Illinois man will have 18 months in federal prison to think about his financial betrayal of region business owners who had tried to help him, a judge concluded Friday.
It's pretty hard to find humor in the deep-freeze winter deluge burying us Regionites recently, but a state employee deserves thanks for thawing some of the agony with a little laughter.
Every now and again, my broader industry needs a good jolt back to center after stepping over the line of decency.
Anyone who's ever undertaken the operations of a small business knows the figurative land mines scattering the path to success.
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