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Marilyn Kmak has a fire in her heart for service that most of her friends find "extraordinary."
Nestled between the great state of Tennessee and the Tar Heel state of North Carolina is the wonderment of forest ridge upon forest ridge that makes up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Albert's Diamond Jewelers' owner Fred Halpern may be known for his business savvy, outrageous commercials and witty billboards, but closest to his heart is his charitable work for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
MUNSTER | On Wednesday, July 23, during their week-long Daycamp at the Munster Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Munster Mints Girl Scouts visited the Munster Historical Society for a special day at the Kaske House.
Chicago Cubs prospect and Highland native Jordan Minch has pitched in numerous high pressure situations throughout his career, but never as nerve-wracking as pitching against the Munster Challengers.
MERRILLVILLE | From business strategies to community awareness campaigns to investing in the future if education, the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce has prided itself on making a difference in the region.
MUNSTER | Gary's Crystal Taliefero has been a touring musician with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon and Piano Man Billy Joel since 1989. In that time, she's gained a wealth of experience in the music industry and she's made it her primary focus to share it with aspiring musicians and students.
Region native Crystal Taliefero has been touring with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon and Piano Man Billy Joel since 1989. In that time, she's gained a wealth of experience in the music industry and she's made it her primary focus to share it with aspiring musicians and students.
With no knowledge of their parents and abandoned by their grandfather, brothers Moises and Aaron were fending for themselves on the streets of the Dominican Republic since they could remember.
Some of the stories are action highlights of the competition like the winning touchdown, the perfect kill with the game on the line, the line drive diving catch that stopped the rally in the bottom of the last inning, or perhaps it's the inspiring story of family and friends that rally behin…
DYER | John's Pizzeria owners Maria and Nik Mileusnic's story plays out like a fairy tale.
DYER | Celebrating her 45th year in the business, Patti Komara says the key to her success remains the same as it was when she opened her doors at 16 years-old.
Rock and roll's most formidable stories and its greatest influences of all time can be found in one spot.
MERRILLVILLE | The TradeWinds Consumer Choir not only stole the show, they also captured the hearts of the hundreds in attendance at the organization's annual Ports of Call Gala held earlier this year at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza.
In today's technologically driven world, it can be overwhelming for small businesses to compete in today's market. Or is it?
TINLEY PARK | Forty years ago, inspired by Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls, KISS took the concert experience to all new levels featuring pyrotechnics, smoke bombs and outrageous light shows.
When Lynwood native Curtis Granderson first put on a baseball glove and cap in Little League, his parents never dreamed he would later become an All-Star major leaguer. They were simply content knowing he found something he enjoyed doing, was making friends and developing relationships.
LAPORTE | Some compete in the LaPorte Family YMCA Triathlon to push their bodies, some to test their endurance, some to raise money and bring awareness to causes, and some even to challenge their culture.
EAST CHICAGO | When community leaders Margaret Gomez and Rosa Rodriguez put their heads together in an effort to spark enthusiasm for their culture in Hispanic youth, the result was the Union Benefica Mexicana's first Tiny King/Queen Pageant.
NEW CARLISLE | Hundreds lined the street to catch a glimpse of the floats that paraded through downtown New Carlisle on Saturday for its annual Hometown Days festival.
There was an electricity in the air at Soldier Field on Thursday night and it wasn't for the Monsters of the Midway.
HIGHLAND | Al Whitaker fought in World War II as a gunner for the Navy, yet his most devastating nightmare would come decades later when his doorbell rang on a cold winter's night on Feb. 15, 1969.
EAST CHICAGO | When community leaders Margaret Gomez and Rosa Rodriguez put their heads together in an effort to spark a younger enthusiasm for their culture, the result was the Union Benefica Mexicana's first Tiny King/Queen Pageant.
EAST CHICAGO | When 22-year-old Rosalyn L. Weems passed away in 1995, her parents Captoria and George vowed to keep her legacy alive.
SCHERERVILLE | Jose Canseco is still a huge presence. Just ask the more than 100 fans Saturday who crowded the entrance of Baseball Card Exchange to seek autographs and photos.
EAST CHICAGO | When 22 year-old Rosalyn L. Weems passed in 1995, her parents Captoria and George vowed to keep her legacy alive.
MUNSTER | Chris White, publisher of The Times, said the news industry is "constantly changing" and reiterated that the most successful organizations "strive to understand the needs of their audience."
VALPARAISO | The tragic death of their daughter Amanda will always be a nightmare for the Bach family. But there is bittersweet comfort in knowing that her legacy will live in the hearts and minds of those who cared and continue to care for her.
MERRILLIVILLE | For some at body builders at Universal Fitness, working out is a way of life for those dedicated to health and fitness, for others it was a way to stay off the streets.
CROWN POINT | Drew Perschon and the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation hold a special place in the hearts of Crown Point High School students.
SCHERERVILLE | Cedar Lake resident James Miller beamed with pride as he told his 10-year-old grandson and namesake that he saw Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas pitch in person and witnessed his no-hitter on television.
The term hero is thrown around quite easily these days.
The term hero is thrown around quite easily these days.
MUNSTER | Do you have an historic photo of your downtown, an old school that still resonates passion in your heart, a favorite place you loved as a child or a picture with your favorite athlete/celebrity that visited the region?
EAST CHICAGO | Community hero Keon Kendall Brown has had quite the past couple months and appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today with a huge surprise.
ST. JOHN | Ernest Fruehauf lights up when he talks about his first recollections of growing up in Bavaria, Germany. That is until 1938, when his life was turned upside down when his family’s café was destroyed and his father was ripped away and taken to the Dachau Concentration Camp.
HOBART | Making the transition from middle to high school can be a daunting experience. New surroundings, kids, teachers and subjects can cause a bit of anxiety for incoming freshman.
MUNSTER | Times tour director Nicole Certa has hosted dozens of community schools, organizations, clubs, etc., in the past couple months.
HIGHLAND | Hundreds of loved ones filled the gymnasium and halls of Warren Elementary School on Friday, May 9 to celebrate Special Person's Day.
HOBART | The Early Learning Center at George Earle School celebrated the the Month of the Young Child in April, so named by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child.
WATERBURY, CT | As multi-instrumentalist, Rock N' Roll aficionado, and Region native Crystal Taliefero gazed into the crowd of 3,000 youth at the legendary Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT, her message was clear-"Don't be afraid to fail, but most importantly don't be afraid to succeed."
HOBART | The Early Learning Center celebrated the National Association for the Education of the Young Child's (NAEYC) month of April, coined as the Month of the Young Child.
GARY | It's only fitting that one of the NBA's all-time assist leaders came to the city to provide another dish — this time to the Gary School Corp.
SCHERERVILLE | Lake County Coordinator captain Rebecca Simmons touted the efforts of volunteers Thursday during the Salvation Army's first ice cream social.
CROWN POINT | The girls didn't worry about who looked better in their dresses and none of them would've been devastated if someone had the same one.
HOBART | School City of Hobart staffers spent a recent day with authors Darrell Scott and Dr. Bob Marzano learning how to "Awaken the Learner."
EAST CHICAGO | Heroes don’t only exist in movies or comic books, and an East Chicago teen proved this Sunday when he saved a woman and her young son after their car crashed into his house.
CROWN POINT | Sophia Burns is fed intravenously, undergoes daily breathing treatments and battles seizures.
HOBART | Former NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations team member Michelle Ham has a great passion for education. She is even more dedicated to sharing her extensive knowledge.
HAMMOND | Former Latin King member Patrick Sabaitis still walks the streets of Maywood Avenue and Indiana Street just east of the Calumet Bridge, but now for a much different purpose.
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