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Plan maps South Shore's future

Plan maps South Shore's future

A South Shore train bound for Chicago stops for passengers at the downtown Gary Metro Center station. The South Shore extension to Dyer and improvements to the Gary station could get an airing as the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission updates it 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
Gary South Shore station

Gary South Shore station

Passengers at the Gary Metro Center South Shore station board a train bound for Chicago. The South Shore extension to Dyer and improvements to the Gary station could get an airing as the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission updates it 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
Gary/Chicago International Airport

Gary/Chicago International Airport

The baggage claim area stands empty at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The Northwest Indiana Regional Development is required by state law to assist in development of the airport.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
Girls Volleyball, Hanover Central at Wheeler

Girls Volleyball, Hanover Central at Wheeler

Wheeler's Kaitlyn Bell tries to make a point in a recent match against Hanover Central. After spending most of her junior season on the JV squad, the senior has played well on varsity for the 18-4 Bearcats. "It was always in the back of my head that I was going to show (Coach Brown) that I d…

September 16, 2014 8:37 pm
Kelsey Tyler, Kailee Schoof, Alison Mundell

Kelsey Tyler, Kailee Schoof, Alison Mundell

New Prairie's Kelsey Tyler, left, LaPorte's Kailee Schoof and Valparaiso's Alison Mundell race toward the finish line at last year's Chesterton Sectional. Schoof will be one of the favorites to win the title this season.

August 29, 2014 5:00 pm
NWI Preps app brings action and stories to your fingertips

NWI Preps app brings action and stories to your fingertips

Crown Point High School's Abby Kvachkoff played volleyball, basketball and tennis for the Bulldogs. She earned The Times' Indiana female athlete of the year honors.

August 29, 2014 12:00 am
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 61: Challenger Learning Center

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 61: Challenger Learning Center

Mission Cmdr. Karen Kovach, left works with Communications Director Ashley Immig, 12, a Kahler Middle School student, during a mission on  the "space ship" in last winter at the Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet.

August 26, 2014 11:45 am
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton's Shelby Snyder, left and Sammi Ostrom celebrate a point in the season opener at Andrean. Ostrom is also a cellist in the school's advanced orchestra.

August 25, 2014 9:26 pm
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton's Sammi Ostrom, left, looks to spike over Andrean's Meranda Garcia in a recnt game against Andrean. Ostrom's other love is playing cello.

August 25, 2014 8:12 pm
M4A1E8 Sherman Medium Tank

M4A1E8 Sherman Medium Tank

A young girl salutes with her brothers both during the rededication of the Griffith War Memorial and Sherman Tank, in 2009.

August 25, 2014 12:18 pm
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Visitors to Kregal's Pumpkin Patch in Lowell pick out their perfect pumpkin. There's an event for everyone in The Times Fall Calendar.

August 24, 2014 9:45 pm
Community Conversation on Education, Gary

Community Conversation on Education, Gary

State Sen. Earline Rogers, center, is joined by state Rep. Vernon Smith, left, and Gary teacher Denise Johnson for last May's Community Conversation on Education to discuss strategies to advance learning, enhance student engagement and improve schools.

August 12, 2014 12:00 am
U.S. Steel shrinks loss despite weather woes

U.S. Steel shrinks loss despite weather woes

The Donald C. tug boat broke through ice in the Port of Indiana in January. Earlier this year, U.S. Steel had to curtail steelmaking operations at Gary Works because the ice conditions on the Great Lakes were so bad ships were not able to deliver iron ore. U.S. Steel said the weather's impac…

July 29, 2014 3:22 pm
Michigan City East Pier Light house

Michigan City East Pier Light house

Michigan City's East Pier Lighthouse, a 110-year-old steel and concrete structure, is one of the few on the Great Lakes still in possession of its original ironwork raised walkway.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Dillinger Museum escaping to Crown Point

Dillinger Museum escaping to Crown Point

Photographs and artifacts fill the John Dillinger Museum at the Indiana Welcome Center, home to the South Shore Convention and Visitors Center, in Hammond. The SSCVA Board of Directors on Thursday approved an eight-year contract to move the museum to the Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown P…

July 17, 2014 5:41 pm
John Dillinger's wooden gun

John Dillinger's wooden gun

The John Dillinger Museum's most valuable relic is the original wooden colt pistol said to have been carved from wood by Dillinger and used to make his escape from the Crown Point jail on March 3, 1934.

July 08, 2014 6:17 pm
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 1: The dunes

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 1: The dunes

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 1: The dunes

July 04, 2014 1:58 pm
Lake County property tax sale

Lake County property tax sale

Bob Golding, of Munster bids on a propterty during the 2009 tax sale at the Lake County Government Center. Since then, tax-delinquent properties have been sold online.

June 30, 2014 12:00 am
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 7: Fireworks

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 7: Fireworks

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, consumer sales of fireworks surged to $662 million in 2013, up from $284 million in 1998.

June 24, 2014 1:50 pm
Fronius building in Portage's AmeriPlex at the Port business park.

Fronius building in Portage's AmeriPlex at the Port business park.

A sign directs visitors to the Fronius building in Portage's AmeriPlex at the Port business park.

June 22, 2014 7:00 am
Lake Central High School pool

Lake Central High School pool

A high dive and four low-diving boards are featured in the new 50-meter olympic-sized pool at Lake Central High School. Whether at school, a YMCA or elsewhere, swimming lessons can save lives.

June 18, 2014 12:00 am
U.S. flag

U.S. flag

The U.S. flag

June 10, 2014 2:40 pm
David Neville is an Olympic gold medalist

David Neville is an Olympic gold medalist

Olympic medalist and 2002 Merrillville grad David Neville III is the new track and field coach at Taylor University.

June 06, 2014 7:51 pm
Matt Colomes

Matt Colomes

Griffith's Matt Colomes broke the school record for doubles this season with 14. He leads his team with a .456 batting average.

June 05, 2014 6:00 pm
Hanover Central's Ashley Yoways is Miss Softball candidate for District 1

Hanover Central's Ashley Yoways is Miss Softball candidate for District 1

Hanover Central's Ashley Yoways is one of 10 area players who will compete in Saturday's North-South All-Star game in Carmel. The Iowa-bound pitcher is District 1's Miss Softball candidate. The winner will be announced in between Saturday's doubleheader at Cherry Tree Softball Complex.

June 03, 2014 8:21 pm
Brandon Murray, Hobart

Brandon Murray, Hobart

Hobart's Brandon Murray was drafted in the 30th round of the 2014 MLB Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

June 02, 2014 8:01 pm
The Brickie Bowl

The Brickie Bowl

Rain that deluged the region throughout a weekend in 2008. Hobart's Brickie Bowl was completely underwater.

May 30, 2014 11:24 am
Nick Podkul

Nick Podkul

Andrean shortstop Nick Podkul makes a throw from his knees during a game in May against Munster.

May 12, 2014 7:21 pm
Indiana Toll Road

Indiana Toll Road

A truck approaches the toll booth at the eastbound entrance of the Indiana Toll Road in Portage in April. The toll road operator is looking at filing for bankruptcy and selling the right to operate the 157-mile road.

May 09, 2014 4:35 pm
Indiana Toll Road operators declare bankruptcy

Indiana Toll Road operators declare bankruptcy

The operators of the Indiana Toll Road declared bankruptcy on Sunday, leaving the fate of the 157-mile road in the hands of a federal judge and creditors.

May 09, 2014 11:03 am
Valparaiso No.2 singles player Madisen Kammerer slams a return to Crown Point's Abby Kvachkoff on Thursday.

Valparaiso No.2 singles player Madisen Kammerer slams a return to Crown Point's Abby Kvachkoff on Thursday.

Valparaiso's Madisen Kammerer has played like a veteran for the Vikings this season.

May 08, 2014 7:06 pm
Port of Indiana

Port of Indiana

Longshoremen work to unload coils of steel from the hold of the Federal in mid April in the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor. Business at the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor continues to grow with more ships use the facility this year and more cargo tonnage processed.

April 17, 2014 6:26 pm
Indicted daughter of Lake Station mayor seeking travel approval

Indicted daughter of Lake Station mayor seeking travel approval

Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist, left, leaves the Hammond Federal Courthouse with his wife Deborah, center, and the mayor's stepdaughter, Miranda Brakley. All pleaded not guilty to charges in an 11-count criminal public corruption indictment.

April 17, 2014 1:42 pm
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk is the newest addition to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is owned by the National Park Service and managed by the City of Portage.

April 17, 2014 11:07 am
Prep Baseball, 2013 TF North vs TF South at U.S. Steel Yard

Prep Baseball, 2013 TF North vs TF South at U.S. Steel Yard

T.F. South's Brian Seymour, right, said he is excited to play under the lights at Gary's U.S. Steel Yard. The Rebels play rival T.F. North at 7 p.m. today.

April 15, 2014 11:43 pm
Steve Kearney, Chesterton

Steve Kearney, Chesterton

Steve Kearney, right, will be retiring as Chesterton girls track coach after this season. Kearney is a Chesterton graduate and has spent his entire teaching and coaching career at the school.

April 15, 2014 2:23 pm
Unemployment holds steady in Indiana, falls in Illinois

Unemployment holds steady in Indiana, falls in Illinois

In April, job recruiters from nearly 50 local businesses met with job candidates during the Indiana University Northwest 13th annual Career Fair in the Savannah Center gymnasium. Indiana's jobless rate held steady in May. Unemployment in Northwest Indiana increased slightly to 7.3 percent, w…

April 11, 2014 1:18 pm
Cooking Class

Cooking Class

Alexander Yadron, 8, of Crown Point cuts green pepper with help from chef Jason Delgado during a Lil Chef's Cooking Class at the Crown Point Civic Center. Getting kids involved in the kitchen may help them be more flexible with trying new foods.

April 03, 2014 8:00 am
Teaching Garden

Teaching Garden

Milka Atchley, from ArcelorMittal's Burns Harbor, plants celery with South Haven Elementary School kindergarten student, Hunter Reid, 6, last spring as part of the school's Teaching Garden.

April 03, 2014 7:30 am
Porter County Annual Home and Lifestyle Show

Porter County Annual Home and Lifestyle Show

Embrace spring by updating and improving your home! Many ideas can be found at local home and garden shows. Here, Debi Sawa, of Chesterton, left, talks with Jean Carter, of Fashion Flooring & Llighting in Valparaiso Friday during the Porter County Annual Home and Lifestyle Show at the Po…

March 23, 2014 9:15 am
Fronius building in Portage's AmeriPlex at the Port business park

Fronius building in Portage's AmeriPlex at the Port business park

A sign directs visitors to the Fronius building in Portage's AmeriPlex at the Port business park. Much of the recent business development in Northwest indiana has been taking place in modern business parks, including AmexiPlex at the Port in Portage, Lake Business Center in Munster and North…

March 19, 2014 11:18 am
Merrillville gymnast Taylor Woods

Merrillville gymnast Taylor Woods

Merrillville's Taylor Woods performs a floor exercise at the Valparaiso Regional on Friday. Woods and teammate Kristina Goodman have led Merrillville to its first state championship appearance in over a decade.

March 17, 2014 7:11 pm
Partnerships credited for improved water quality

Partnerships credited for improved water quality

An egret flies over Roxanna Marsh in East Chicago while feeding last summer. The Grand Calumet River, once dubbed "the filthiest stream in the world," is improving, thanks to multiagency partnerhips and dredging projects.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Porter County on the move

Porter County on the move

More than 300 employees of Urshel Laboratories Inc. break ground on the outline of the Urshel Labs logo as they participate in a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of what will be the new manufacturing and global headquarters near Coffee Creek in Chesterton.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Portage Chief of Police Troy Williams displays a flashlight that converts into a pipe used to smoke drugs during Breaking the Silence, a free event last December at the Porter County Expo Center that targeted substance abuse and addiction issues.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Portage Police Chief Troy Williams talks about drug paraphernalia with Valparaiso Assistant Police Chief Rich Spicer as parents and their children participate in a program called Breaking the Silence, a free event last December at the Porter County Expo Center that targeted substance abuse a…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
It's a new tax year for NWI residents and workers

It's a new tax year for NWI residents and workers

Crown Point Republican Kim Krull displays yard signs she gave away during a rally in opposition to the Lake County income tax.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
We're pushing for positive changes in region

We're pushing for positive changes in region

NIRPC Chairman David Uran, mayor of Crown Point, speaks in December as members prepare to vote overwhelmingly in favor of a proposal to build the Illiana Expressway, a southern route near Lowell that would connect I-65 with I-55 near Wilmington, Ill. At left is Hobart Mayor and NIRPC Vice Ch…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
National, state parks showcase history, nature and outdoor activities

National, state parks showcase history, nature and outdoor activities

Tyna Bianco-Jessen, of Chesterton, helps work on a dragon and castle creation called "una volta," which is Italian for "one time," during a sand sculpture contest in July sponsored by the Friends of Indiana Dunes group at Indiana Dunes State Park.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
McLegends XI basketball, boys game

McLegends XI basketball, boys game

Thornton's Marsean Vercher guards 1995 Thornton grad Tai Streets during the McLegends XI all-star basketball game in April 2013

March 14, 2014 11:05 pm
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