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Freeman-Wilson names new interim chief of staff

GARY | Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has named an interim chief of staff, following B.R. Lane's departure to direct the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

October 13, 2013 4:53 pm

Northwest Indiana communities see decline in federal grant

Northwest Indiana communities benefiting from a federal grant aimed at bolstering development have experienced a decline in their allocations.

October 12, 2013 6:30 pm
Munster Steel breaks ground on new facility in Hammond

Munster Steel breaks ground on new facility in Hammond

HAMMOND | Munster Steel broke ground Wednesday on the company's new home in Hammond, marking an approximately $8 million investment at the West Point Plaza Industrial Park near White Oak Avenue and Gostlin Street.

October 09, 2013 6:15 pm Photos


Work on Harrison Park tennis courts complete

HAMMOND | The new tennis courts at Harrison Park are complete, following a $572,800 project to revamp the facility.

October 07, 2013 2:20 pm
Hammond hopes legal move will spur development at Gateway Promenade

Hammond hopes legal move will spur development at Gateway Promenade

HAMMOND | Visions for Gateway Promenade once called for a multiscreen movie theater, then a Burlington Coat Factory. Those were plans that never came to fruition as the development at Interstate 80/94 and Indianapolis Boulevard stalled and then became locked in foreclosure proceedings.

October 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos


Work on Hammond street projects wrapping up

HAMMOND | Work on several street projects is wrapping up in preparation for winter.

October 06, 2013 5:45 pm

Hammond considers 10-year extension for College Bound program

HAMMOND | The city is hosting three public forums to gather input on a possible 10-year extension of the College Bound program.

October 03, 2013 7:30 pm

Pence calls government shutdown a disappointment

MUNSTER | Gov. Mike Pence called the partial shutdown of the federal government a disappointment Wednesday as the stalemate in the nation's capital continued for a second day.

October 02, 2013 7:00 pm
Land O'Frost breaks ground on new corporate headquarters

Land O'Frost breaks ground on new corporate headquarters

MUNSTER | Land O'Frost broke ground Wednesday on a new $6.4 million corporate headquarters, a project that will shift 50 jobs to the town after the company outgrew its office in Lansing.

October 02, 2013 6:00 pm Photos


Former McDermott chief of staff now with Hammond Sanitary District

HAMMOND | A former chief of staff for Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. is now the interim head of the Hammond Sanitary District while the district manager is out on leave.

October 01, 2013 5:08 pm

Enbridge project to remove trees in Griffith

GRIFFITH | Enbridge will remove about a dozen trees in South Park to clear the way for its pipeline project, an action garnering mixed reaction from residents.

September 30, 2013 7:30 pm

Hammond looks to boost recycling

HAMMOND | Increasing recycling in Hammond is on the radar of city administrators, according to comments Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. made at a recent city event.

September 28, 2013 6:15 pm

Hammond police plan to purchase 12 new vehicles

HAMMOND | The Hammond Police Department plans to purchase 12 new police vehicles next year with gaming revenue set aside in the 2014 budget proposal.

September 27, 2013 7:00 pm
New senior housing opens in Gary

New senior housing opens in Gary

GARY | Residents of The Gardens on Carolina were officially welcomed home Thursday, as the new housing facility for low-income seniors was dedicated.

September 26, 2013 7:30 pm Photos


Hammond passes local hiring ordinance

HAMMOND | Public works projects in the city now will have to employ a set percentage of Hammond residents under a new requirement passed by the Hammond City Council.

September 25, 2013 8:41 pm

Hammond awards $3.3 million contract to construct bike bridges

HAMMOND | The Hammond Board of Public Works and Safety has awarded a $3.3 million bid to Gary-based Superior Construction to build two pedestrian bike trail bridges.

September 24, 2013 9:15 pm

McDermott: Corporation counsel salary raised by executive order

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. increased the salary of the Hammond corporation counsel by executive order, according to an explanation he offered City Council members Monday.

September 23, 2013 9:13 pm

Land sale, bond finalized for Munster Steel project

HAMMOND | Major steps in moving the Munster Steel development forward are now complete.

September 21, 2013 7:23 pm

Hammond City Council weighs 2014 budget

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council will weigh the city's 2014 spending plan Monday, which provides raises for city employees and realizes a projected $1 million in savings from creating a consolidated public works department.

September 21, 2013 7:00 pm
Bizarre Bazaar brings pony rides, wacky hats to downtown Hammond

Bizarre Bazaar brings pony rides, wacky hats to downtown Hammond

HAMMOND | Pony rides, pumpkin bowling, wacky hats and a stilt walker filled Harrison Park on Saturday for the city's eclectic Bizarre Bazaar.

September 21, 2013 6:55 pm Photos


Hammond neighbors question if construction project caused flood

Hammond neighbors question if construction project caused flood

HAMMOND | About 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Tina Cruz and David Velasco walked to their back door to check out the storm.

September 19, 2013 6:30 pm Photos


Carmelite Home in East Chicago celebrates 100 years

Carmelite Home in East Chicago celebrates 100 years

EAST CHICAGO | On the wall of the St. Joseph's Carmelite Home hangs a photo from 1913. It shows some of the first children admitted to the organization, standing on the porch of one of its original frame houses on Grasselli Avenue.

July 02, 2013 12:00 am Photos


Development around Hammond Cabela's site expected to pick up

Development around Hammond Cabela's site expected to pick up

HAMMOND | Almost two years after the removal of a major obstacle to development at the Cabela's site, the area around the store appears ready to land its first tenant.

June 29, 2013 7:00 pm Photos


Two former Lake County police officers sentenced in federal court

Two former Lake County police officers sentenced in federal court

HAMMOND | U.S. District Judge James Moody contended money and greed drove two former Lake County Sheriff's Department officers to use their positions on the department to buy restricted machine guns and laser sights in sentencing the men Thursday.

June 27, 2013 12:27 pm Photos


Two former Lake County lawmen face sentencing

HAMMOND | Two former Lake County police officers are scheduled to face a federal judge Thursday for sentencing on public corruption charges.

June 26, 2013 9:40 pm

Harrison Park tennis court improvements to be done by August

HAMMOND | Improvements to the tennis courts at Harrison Park likely will be completed in August.

June 24, 2013 4:34 pm

McDermott: City may explore new benchmark for College Bound program

HAMMOND | Upcoming discussion on the possible renewal of the city's College Bound program may include benchmarking the scholarship amount to the tuition of a local campus, Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said.

June 22, 2013 6:30 pm

Construction on Dowling Park athletics complex to begin in fall

HAMMOND | Construction of the new outdoor sports complex at Dowling Park to house Purdue University Calumet's growing athletics program is expected to begin by fall.

June 20, 2013 7:30 pm

Hammond asks judge to bar fireworks stand from operating

HAMMOND | The city is asking a judge to bar a fireworks stand from operating in South Hammond following confirmation the stand is selling goods despite lacking a business license, court records show.

June 19, 2013 8:30 pm

Gary seeks to partner with nonprofits to address animal control issues

GARY | Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced Wednesday the city hopes to partner with a nonprofit to potentially build or renovate a facility for Gary Animal Control to accommodate animals needing to be quarantined.

June 19, 2013 6:30 pm

169th Street project to begin impacting traffic on Columbia Avenue

HAMMOND | The 169th Street reconstruction project will impact traffic on Columbia Avenue through early July.

June 17, 2013 8:15 pm
$25 million project to bring retail, restaurants to North Hammond

$25 million project to bring retail, restaurants to North Hammond

HAMMOND | Retail and restaurants will spring up on a busy stretch of Indianapolis Boulevard near the Horseshoe Casino and the Walmart Supercenter under an agreement given final approval by the Hammond City Council.

June 15, 2013 7:15 pm Photos


Hammond to launch new mobile phone app for residents to report city issues

HAMMOND | Hammond is preparing to launch a new mobile phone application in August allowing residents to send real-time information to officials on potholes, graffiti and other issues in the city.

June 14, 2013 6:30 pm

Hammond, South Shore CVA partner to collect festival marketing data

HAMMOND | A partnership was announced Thursday between the city and the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority that hopes to gain insight into those who attend Festival of the Lakes.

June 13, 2013 8:00 pm
Hammond Boys & Girls Club celebrates new technology lab

Hammond Boys & Girls Club celebrates new technology lab

HAMMOND | The Hammond Boys & Girls Club unveiled a new technology lab Thursday made possible by a $20,000 donation from Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.

June 13, 2013 7:15 pm Photos


Insurance company files complaint over alleged fraternity hazing

HAMMOND | An insurance company for the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity filed a complaint Wednesday in Hammond federal court relating to alleged hazing activity at a local chapter of the fraternity.

June 12, 2013 6:41 pm

Gary residents charged in child pornography case plead not guilty

HAMMOND | A Gary mother and the man she reportedly met on an online dating website pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges surrounding the alleged use of two girls for child pornography.

June 12, 2013 5:30 pm

Hammond City Council debates prayer at government meetings

HAMMOND | Marking a change in tradition, the Hammond City Council observed a moment of silence at Monday's meeting — instead of a prayer.

June 11, 2013 7:30 pm

Hammond schools' superintendent crashes into playhouse

HAMMOND | Hammond's school superintendent ran off the road in a district vehicle Saturday near a city doughnut shop, striking a brick wall, a garage and ultimately plowing into a wooden playhouse in the yard of a residence, police said.

June 11, 2013 6:45 pm

Two men arrested in fight at Forsythe Park

HAMMOND | Police arrested two men Monday after a fight broke out in the parking lot of Forsythe Park, creating a “mob-like” scene, court records state.

June 11, 2013 6:07 pm

Hammond City Council approves library funding

HAMMOND | The Hammond Public Library gained access Monday to the funds necessary to repair the broken air-conditioning system and complete other maintenance items at its downtown building.

June 10, 2013 10:00 pm

State working on detailed analysis of Robertsdale glitter

HAMMOND | State investigators confirmed Friday the glittery substance reported in a Robertsdale neighborhood this week is different from the particle common in the steelmaking process called kish graphite.

June 07, 2013 8:00 pm
BP Whiting Refinery project still on target to meet 2013 end date

BP Whiting Refinery project still on target to meet 2013 end date

WHITING | The $4.2 billion modernization project at the BP Whiting Refinery is on target to end this year, bringing to close a project heralded as the largest single private investment in state history.

June 07, 2013 7:30 pm Photos



Whiting landlords, businesses prepare for end of BP refinery project

The impact on the region of BP's modernization project at its Whiting Refinery is so big, five years down the road it's hard to quantify, Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura said.

June 07, 2013 7:15 pm

Opinker to halt prayer at Hammond City Council meetings

HAMMOND | Hammond City Council President Michael Opinker said Thursday he will end the practice of prayer at City Council meetings pending the U.S. Supreme Court's review of prayer at local government meetings.

June 06, 2013 9:00 pm

Gary pair face additional charges in federal child porn case

HAMMOND | Additional charges were filed Wednesday against two Gary residents in a case dealing with the sale and purchase of a child to create pornography.

June 05, 2013 9:00 pm

Hammond councilman vows to continue prayer before meetings

HAMMOND | City Councilman Anthony Higgs said he will continue to offer a prayer at Hammond City Council meetings, amid the U.S. Supreme Court's review of the practice at local government meetings.

June 04, 2013 7:30 pm

State to investigate glittery substance in Robertsdale

HAMMOND | The state will send investigators to a Robertsdale neighborhood Wednesday after receiving a complaint of a black and silver glittery substance in lawns.

June 04, 2013 4:30 pm

Uylaki wins seat on Hammond City Council

HAMMOND | Lifelong city resident Jack Uylaki easily won a seat on the Hammond City Council on Monday by unanimous support from a caucus of 2nd District Democratic precinct committee members.

June 03, 2013 9:11 pm

4 candidates to vie for Hammond City Council seat in caucus Monday

HAMMOND | Four candidates will vie to represent the city's 2nd District on Monday as a Democratic caucus meets to fill the vacancy on the Hammond City Council.

June 02, 2013 8:29 pm
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