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Merrillville awaits word on Old Mill

Merrillville awaits word on Old Mill

MERRILLVILLE | Town officials could soon learn if the former Old Mill building is fit for remodeling or if it will face a wrecking ball.

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Merrillville officials want Rain Ultra Club to close

MERRILLVILLE | A discussion about Rain Ultra Club became heated at times Wednesday night and included expletives from a Town Councilman, but several Merrillville officials made it clear they want the establishment to shut down.

August 20, 2014 10:00 pm

Work continues for possible second E-911 site

A proposed site for a second Public Safety Answering Point has been developed and budget estimates for the center that would serve St. John, Schererville and Cedar Lake are in place.

August 20, 2014 7:00 pm

Music venue concept presented in S’ville

SCHERERVILLE | Addressing noise and traffic concerns could be key factors in determining whether a possible outdoor entertainment venue could catch a tune in Schererville.

August 18, 2014 9:11 pm
Drive-in nostalgia at the Merrillville history musuem

Drive-in nostalgia at the Merrillville history musuem

MERRILLVILLE | Those interested in reliving nostalgic memories of Merrillville's former Y&W outdoor theater will have to go indoors.

August 17, 2014 7:00 pm Photos


Family overcoming issues with community's support

Family overcoming issues with community's support

MERRILLVILLE | Facing a number of challenges, a volunteer Merrillville firefighter and his family are focusing on survival -- and leaning on their family and community for help.

August 15, 2014 6:00 pm

Merrillvillle commission eying grants to schools from redevelopment funds

MERRILLVILLE | Infrastructure projects are among the regular issues handled by the Merrillville Redevelopment Commission, but the panel is breaking ground in another direction.

August 15, 2014 10:47 am

Hobart's Lakefront Festival highlights weekend activities

HOBART | Live music, food, fireworks shows and a variety of activities are all featured during the city’s 23rd annual Lakefront Festival, slated to run through Sunday.

August 14, 2014 7:26 pm

S'ville looking at radio purchases

SCHERERVILLE | The town continues reviewing the purchase of radios needed for E-911 consolidation efforts.

August 13, 2014 9:15 pm

Merrillville officials urged to revoke nightclub's license after 3 wounded in shooting

MERRILLVILLE | Police Chief Joseph Petruch wants the town to revoke the business license for Rain Ultra Club following a shooting that injured three people there early Monday.

August 12, 2014 9:35 pm

Lowell to hire first paid firefighter

LOWELL | The Lowell Fire Department has council approval to hire the town’s first full-time firefighter.

August 12, 2014 4:47 pm
Church helps families prepare for school in Gary

Church helps families prepare for school in Gary

GARY | The need for a back to school event Monday in Gary was evident before the program got started.

August 11, 2014 8:37 pm Photos


Hobart mayor wants residents to maintain properties

HOBART | Mayor Brian Snedecor isn’t pleased with the condition of the frontage of some residential and commercial properties in Hobart.

August 10, 2014 1:00 pm

Hobart to complete trash, recycling program

HOBART | The city plans to have its automated garbage and recycling program in full operation by the end of the year.

August 09, 2014 5:26 pm

Demolition authorized for Hobart building

HOBART | Hobart is planning to raze a dilapidated structure on the city’s south side.

August 09, 2014 5:21 pm

Merrillville paving work could be completed by fall

MERRILLVILLE | A town project to repave dozens of streets could be finished in late September or early October, Town Manager Bruce Spires said.

August 08, 2014 6:45 pm
Youngsters give it their all in pedal pull at Lake County Fair

Youngsters give it their all in pedal pull at Lake County Fair

CROWN POINT | Tractors used during Thursday’s youth pedal pull competition weren’t motorized, but the children pedaling them had no problems revving up the crowd of onlookers.

August 07, 2014 11:30 pm Photos


Hobart employees could receive raises in 2015

HOBART | Raises could be in store for Hobart employees in 2015.

August 06, 2014 9:48 pm
K-9 officers help lure Night Out crowds

K-9 officers help lure Night Out crowds

There wasn’t a lack of participation Tuesday at National Night Out events.

August 05, 2014 9:55 pm Photos


S'ville panel discusses residential development plans

SCHERERVILLE | The Plan Commission spent much of Monday's study session discussing entrances to a proposed residential development near 77th Avenue and Ontario Street.

August 04, 2014 9:14 pm

M'ville continues planning vacant, abandoned homes project

MERRILLVILLE | The town has already identified more than 100 vacant and abandoned homes in Merrillville, and officials believe there are many more that will be added to that list.

July 31, 2014 5:57 pm

Merrillville still updating parks master plan

MERRILLVILLE | Efforts continue to update the master plan for Merrillville’s Parks and Recreation Department, town officials said.

July 27, 2014 7:18 pm

M'ville, Gary dispute over sewer overflow aired Aug. 11

MERRILLVILLE | Court proceedings are scheduled for a Gary Sanitary District sewer overflow that allegedly occurred in Merrillville.

July 27, 2014 6:30 pm

Proposed ordiance would put teeth in blighted buildings enforcement

MERRILLVILLE | Town officials are pursuing better results from Merrillville’s unsafe and blighted properties hearings by compelling the owners of troubled properties to attend hearings.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Hobart officials use public input to shape long-term plan

HOBART | The city is reviewing information provided by residents as Hobart officials continue developing potential projects for the city’s 10-year comprehensive plan.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Restaurant may replace Merrillville nightclub

MERRILLVILLE | There are plans to open a Gaucho’s Brazilian Steakhouse and Seafood location in Merrillville.

July 23, 2014 9:08 pm
Merrillville police salute retiring chaplain

Merrillville police salute retiring chaplain

MERRILLVILLE | The Police Department is bidding farewell to one of its longtime chaplains.

July 22, 2014 8:59 pm Photos


New Hobart fire chief takes oath

New Hobart fire chief takes oath

Stephen C. McKown is sworn in Monday as the new chief of the Hobart Fire Department.

July 21, 2014 4:06 pm
New Hobart fire chief takes oath

New Hobart fire chief takes oath

HOBART | Mayor Brian Snedecor lauded Monday's swearing in ceremony of new Fire Chief Stephen C. McKown as a day to celebrate the Fire Department's future.

July 21, 2014 3:57 pm

Hobart Council approves tax abatement requests

HOBART | Real estate tax abatement requests for two buildings proposed for the NorthWind Crossings development received final approval from the City Council Wednesday.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Hobart approves South Shore interlocal accord

HOBART | The City Council affirmed Hobart’s support of the South Shore commuter rail extension Wednesday by joining an interlocal agreement associated with the project.

July 17, 2014 5:50 pm

Retired Hobart firefighter is next chief

HOBART | The search for a new fire chief in Hobart ended Wednesday.

July 16, 2014 9:45 pm
Attorney: Lawsuit seeking $60M to be filed in boys' drownings

Attorney: Lawsuit seeking $60M to be filed in boys' drownings

HOBART | A law firm representing the family of two Gary boys who drowned last month in an excavation pit in Hobart said Wednesday it plans to file a lawsuit seeking $60 million.

July 16, 2014 8:57 pm Photos


Planners delay votes on proposed M'ville developments

MERRILLVILLE | Developers of two projects proposed in Merrillville need more time to accommodate requests made by the Plan Commission.

July 15, 2014 9:37 pm
Schererville's Cline Avenue project on schedule

Schererville's Cline Avenue project on schedule

SCHERERVILLE | Work continues for a safety enhancement project on a stretch of Cline Avenue in Schererville.

July 15, 2014 5:02 pm
Safety village chief receives Sagamore of the Wabash

Safety village chief receives Sagamore of the Wabash

SCHERERVILLE | Bill Jarvis knew the Tri-Town Safety Village would be recognized during Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, but what happened next took the executive director of the facility by surprise.

July 09, 2014 9:47 pm Photos


Safety village chief receives Sagamore award

Safety village chief receives Sagamore award

Bill Jarvis, executive director of the Tri-Town Safety Village, received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award on Wednesday night. Presenting him the award is state Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville.

July 09, 2014 9:40 pm
Safety village chief receives Sagamore award

Safety village chief receives Sagamore award

Bill Jarvis, executive director of the Tri-Town Safety Village, received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award on Wednesday night.

July 09, 2014 9:42 pm

Merrillville still identifying vacant, abandoned homes

MERRILLVILLE | As town leaders continue efforts to fill longtime vacant and abandoned properties in Merrillville, a committee overseeing the project already has several homes it could target.

July 09, 2014 8:38 pm

M'ville councilman urges guardrail near ditch

MERRILLVILLE | Town Councilman Shawn Pettit believes a recent incident along Taft Street near 73rd Avenue proves a guardrail should be installed in that area.

July 08, 2014 9:36 pm

Ethnic festivals open Friday in Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE | Two popular ethnic festivals kick off this week in Merrillville.

July 08, 2014 9:37 pm

Hobart provides property for E-911 tower

HOBART | The city’s Board of Public Works has decided to grant a portion of city property to Lake County so it can create a communication tower there for the E-911 consolidation.

July 05, 2014 6:55 pm

Approval sought for assisted living facility

MERRILLVILLE | The building proposed for a new assisted living facility in Merrillville received praise from town officials during a recent Plan Commission workshop, but the panel’s president wants a guarantee the project won’t cause flooding problems in a nearby residential area.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am

Police ask celebrants to follow fireworks rules

It’s inevitable consumer fireworks will be used to celebrate Independence Day, but area police want to ensure residents are complying with laws in place.

July 03, 2014 7:30 pm

New hearing officer selected in Hobart officer case

HOBART | A new hearing officer has been selected to oversee proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct against Hobart officer Kirk Homoky.

July 02, 2014 9:25 pm

Town considers approval of residential development

MERRILLVILLE | A proposed residential development in Merrillville could advance with assistance from the town.

July 01, 2014 9:35 pm

High speed chase ends in empty gas tank for Lake Station suspect

MERRILLVILLE | A high-speed pursuit on Interstate 65 late Tuesday was a gas guzzler, Merrillville police said.

June 25, 2014 5:23 pm

New law trumps M'ville blight hearings

MERRILLVILLE | The town is tweaking procedures for its unsafe and blighted properties hearings so it can pursue a new state law that could help fill abandoned homes in Merrillville.

June 24, 2014 9:30 pm

Hobart officials discuss, plan transporation needs

HOBART | Relieving traffic congestion in Hobart could involve projects promoting nonmotorized transportation, city officials said.

June 24, 2014 5:10 pm

Hobart pleased with NorthWind Crossing plans

HOBART | The City Council is pleased with plans for two new buildings that would be constructed in the NorthWind Crossings development.

June 23, 2014 12:00 am
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