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Students arrive for the first day of school at Central Elementary School in Portage

Students arrive for the first day of school at Central Elementary School in Portage

Kindergarten students at Portage's Central Elementary School recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Wednesday as classes start up following summer break. Over 500 Central Elementary School students - some came by bus, others with caregivers - made their way from their parents' arms to the classr…

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Students arrive for the first day of school at Central Elementary School in Portage

Students arrive for the first day of school at Central Elementary School in Portage

Melissa McCulloch, kindergarten teacher at Central Elementary School in Portage, leads her class on a tour of the school with student Dominick Nicholson on Wednesday morning during the first day of school.

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Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson welcomes HUD Secretary Julian Castro to Gary

Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson welcomes HUD Secretary Julian Castro to Gary

HUD Secretary Julian Castro speaks as Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson listens Wednesday while standing in the shadow of demolition work that is continuing on the Sheraton Hotel at the base of Broadway in Gary.

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Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson welcomes HUD Secretary Julian Castro to Gary

Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson welcomes HUD Secretary Julian Castro to Gary

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and HUD Secretary Julian Castro watch demolition work at the old Sheraton Hotel on Broadway in Gary Wednesday before a news conference.

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Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson welcomes HUD Secretary Julian Castro to Gary

Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson welcomes HUD Secretary Julian Castro to Gary

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson applauds as HUD Secretary Julian Castro puts on a t-shirt the mayor gave to him during a news conference Wednesday ion Broadway near the Genesis Center in the shadow of demolition work that is continuing on the old Sheraton Hotel.

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Lowell Torbit with dog Rocky at Harold Rogers Park in Valparaiso.

Lowell Torbit with dog Rocky at Harold Rogers Park in Valparaiso.

Lowell Torbitt, of Valparaiso, walks Rocky the dog at Harold Rogers Lakewood Park on Tuesday in Valparaiso.

August 19, 2014 5:01 pm
Man drowns at Portage Lake

Man drowns at Portage Lake

Emergency workers responded to reports of a drowning at Yogi Bear's Jelly Stone Park in Portage just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. Divers recovered the body of a man just after 4:30 p.m.

August 19, 2014 5:01 pm
Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Valparaiso University student Tommy Liu looks at a small helicopter Tuesday at the Porter County Regional Airport during a National Aviation Day celebration at Blue Sky Financial Partners.

August 19, 2014 4:30 pm
Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Visitors to Blue Sky Financial Partners at the Porter County Regional Airport have lunch Tuesday during a National Aviation Day celebration.

August 19, 2014 4:30 pm
Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Spencer Wooten, 2, of Valparaiso puts on his flight helmet with his mother Alicia as they celebrate Aviation Day on Tuesday at the Porter County Regional Airport. Pilots and other locals were invited for lunch and to view several aircraft on display.

August 19, 2014 4:29 pm
Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Valparaiso University students Tommy Liu, left, and Juan Salvador look over an airplane Tuesday at Porter County Regional Airport during Blue Sky Financial Partners' National Aviation Day celebration. Several aircraft were on exhibit while pilots and other locals enjoyed lunch, music and pri…

August 19, 2014 4:29 pm
Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Aviation Day at Blue Sky Financial in Valparaiso

Spencer Wooten, 2, of Valparaiso, wears a flight suit while his mother Alicia holds his helmet as they celebrate Aviation Day on Tuesday at Blue Sky Financial Partners at the Porter County Regional Airport. Pilots and other locals were invited for lunch and to view several aircraft on display.

August 19, 2014 4:29 pm
Remote controlled plane enthisiasts at the Midwest Sundowners field

Remote controlled plane enthisiasts at the Midwest Sundowners field

Paul Vandenburgh, of Crown Point, starts the engine on his Piper Cub model airplane Monday at Rainford Field in Wheeler.

August 18, 2014 4:18 pm
Remote controlled plane enthisiasts at the Midwest Sundowners field

Remote controlled plane enthisiasts at the Midwest Sundowners field

Stan Zolodz, of Crown Point, brings his battery-powered remote controlled plane in for a landing Monday at Rainford Field field in Wheeler. Zolodz is a member of the Midwest Sundowners Radio Controlled Model Aeronautics Club.

August 18, 2014 4:19 pm
Hobart unveils county's first CNG-fueled garbage truck

Hobart unveils county's first CNG-fueled garbage truck

The City of Hobart unveiled the first Lake County garbage truck powered by compressed natural gas Monday at the Hobart Sanitation Department.

August 18, 2014 12:52 pm
Hobart unveils county's first CNG-fueled garbage truck

Hobart unveils county's first CNG-fueled garbage truck

Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities, talks Monday about the City of Hobart's new garbage truck powered exclusively by compressed natural gas at the Hobart Sanitation Department.

August 18, 2014 12:48 pm
Hobart unveils county's first CNG-fueled garbage truck

Hobart unveils county's first CNG-fueled garbage truck

Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor, left , talks about the the City of Hobart's acquisition of a garbage truck powered by compressed natural gas, the first in Lake County, Monday at the Hobart Sanitation Department. With him is John Dubach, director of public works.

August 18, 2014 12:44 pm
East Chicago citywide rumage sale.

East Chicago citywide rumage sale.

Mike and Claire Ryan, left, of East Chicago look at pictures offered for sale by Stephanie Williams, top, at the citywide rummage sale Saturday in East Chicago.

August 16, 2014 4:55 pm
East Chicago citywide rumage sale.

East Chicago citywide rumage sale.

Shoppers peruse items for sale Saturday at the citywide rummage sale in East Chicago at the Annex Building. Hundreds of items were offered for sale, including clothing, toys, electronics, jewelry, and much more.

August 16, 2014 4:44 pm
East Chicago citywide rumage sale.

East Chicago citywide rumage sale.

Gloria Gonzalez, of Portage, left, and Virginia Mendez, New Chicago work a booth for the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) Saturday at the citywide rummage sale in East Chicago. NACOPRW provides scholarships for high school students entering college. About 60 vendors offeri…

August 16, 2014 4:43 pm
East Chicago citywide rumage sale.

East Chicago citywide rumage sale.

Manuela Chavez, left, and Gloria Ocanan, both of East Chicago escape the sun using umbrellas while offering items for sale Saturday during the citywide rummage sale in East Chicago at the Annex Building. "This is the fifth organized in East Chicago," said Keith Speaks, of Neighborhoods Inc. …

August 16, 2014 4:43 pm
Goose flights of fantasy

Goose flights of fantasy

Allysin Vis, of Cedar Lake, sings songs with her daughter, Sophie Grace, 2, during the Mother Goose on the Loose children's program Friday at the Lake County Public Library's Cedar Lake branch. "It (the program) helps with motor skills, speech development and pre-reading skills," said Alissa…

August 15, 2014 4:04 pm
Goose flights of fantasy

Goose flights of fantasy

Alissa Tsaparikos, assistant children's librarian at the Lake County Public Library's Cedar Lake branch, leads children and their caregivers in song and movement during the Mother Goose on the Loose children's program. It meets at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. the first and third Friday of each month…

August 15, 2014 4:05 pm
Renovations at Lake Central High School

Renovations at Lake Central High School

A worker frames an exterior wall of the new administrative offices area at Lake Central High School.

August 14, 2014 5:06 pm
Renovations at Lake Central High School

Renovations at Lake Central High School

The new auditorium at Lake Central High School is part of the second phase of the renovation project at the school.

August 14, 2014 5:07 pm
Renovations at Lake Central High School

Renovations at Lake Central High School

The new choir room at Lake Central High School is part of the second phase of renovations at the school.

August 14, 2014 5:06 pm
dune holes investigation update

dune holes investigation update

An area of Mt. Baldy is taped off where researchers have been investigating depressions and holes in the dune.

August 14, 2014 4:35 pm
dune holes investigation update

dune holes investigation update

G. William Monaghan, senior research scientist at the Indiana Geological Survey, carries a soil sample at Mt. Baldy on Thursday.

August 14, 2014 4:30 pm
dune holes investigation update

dune holes investigation update

Dr. Tidd Thompson, director of research for the Indiana Geological Survey, left, talks with media representives about their recent work investigating the development of depressions and holes in the dunes at the park.

August 14, 2014 4:31 pm
dune holes investigation update

dune holes investigation update

Dr. Erin Argyilian, associate professor of geology at Indiana Univeristy Northwest speaks to media representatives Thursday about the research that she and other scientists are conducting at Mt. Baldy dune following an incident where six-year-old Nathan Woessner fell into a hole in the dune …

August 14, 2014 4:31 pm
dune holes investigation update

dune holes investigation update

A worker gathers soil samples using a geoprobe at Mt. Baldy Thursday Morning. Geologists from Indiana University joined members of the National Park Service at the dune to talk about their recent work investigating the development of depressions and holes in the sand following an incident la…

August 14, 2014 4:29 pm
dune holes investigation update

dune holes investigation update

A dead tree reaches out of the dune at Mt. Baldy. Trees buried years ago by the shifting dune sands that then rot while buried are one possible cause of re-occurring holes found in the prominent dune near Michigan City.

August 14, 2014 4:32 pm
Linda Perez-Gallegos, new executive director of St. Jude House shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

Linda Perez-Gallegos, new executive director of St. Jude House shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

Linda Perez-Gallegos is the new executive director of St. Jude House shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

August 14, 2014 4:13 pm
Linda Perez-Gallegos, new executive director of St. Jude House shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

Linda Perez-Gallegos, new executive director of St. Jude House shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

Linda Perez-Gallegos is the new executive director of St. Jude House shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

August 14, 2014 4:12 pm
Michigan City job fair

Michigan City job fair

Tiffany Tager, of Gary, reviews her resume while she waits in line with hundreds of job seekers Thursday during a job fair at Michigan City's Blue Chip Casino. Goodwill Industries of Michiana Inc. partnered with Ivy Tech Community College and the Blue Chip to host the event. Held in Blue Chi…

August 14, 2014 3:56 pm
Michigan City job fair

Michigan City job fair

Drew Gast, of Michigan City, reviews positions open at U.S. Steel while Linda Woods, employee representative for the steelmaker stands at left. U.S. Steel was one of more 60 local businesses during a job fair Thursday at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. Gast was one of over 300 job seekers…

August 14, 2014 3:56 pm
Michigan City job fair

Michigan City job fair

Hundreds of job seekers stand on line Thursday as they wait to visit with business representatives during a job fair at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.

August 14, 2014 3:57 pm
Unemployment stays steady in Indiana, falls in Illinois

Unemployment stays steady in Indiana, falls in Illinois

Hundreds of job seekers stand in line last week as they wait to visit with business representatives during a job fair at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. Unemployment in Indiana stayed steady at 5.9 percent last month.

August 14, 2014 3:57 pm
Unemployment drops in Northwest Indiana

Unemployment drops in Northwest Indiana

Hundreds of job seekers stand on line last week as they wait to visit with business representatives during a job fair at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.

August 14, 2014 3:57 pm
Researchers find new hole at Mt. Baldy dune

Researchers find new hole at Mt. Baldy dune

Researchers lead media on a tour of Mount Baldy Thursday morning. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore park remains closed a year after a 6-year-old boy was rescued from a hole in the dune.

August 14, 2014 9:59 am
Coffee with a Cop comes to Central Park Plaza

Coffee with a Cop comes to Central Park Plaza

Valparaiso police Officer Todd Kobitz wears a bite suit while colleague John Cordova and his K-9 partner Sabre demonstrate apprehension techniques Tuesday morning in Central Park Plaza during Valparaiso Police Department's Coffee and Chocolate Milk With a Cop event.

August 12, 2014 12:28 pm
Coffee with a Cop comes to Central Park Plaza

Coffee with a Cop comes to Central Park Plaza

Sandi Anderson, center, and Elizabeth Camplem, both of Valparaiso, stop to visit with Valparaiso police Officer John Cordova and his K-9 partner Sabre Tuesday morning as the Valparaiso Police Department hosted Coffee and Chocolate Milk With a Cop in Central Park Plaza. The social event is de…

August 12, 2014 12:27 pm
Coffee with a Cop comes to Central Park Plaza

Coffee with a Cop comes to Central Park Plaza

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Jim Burkhart visits with Laura Venstrom and her 14-month-old son Samuel Tuesday morning during the Valparaiso Police Department's Coffee and Chocolate Milk With a Cop in Central Park Plaza.

August 12, 2014 12:27 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
Beveridge students improve IREAD-3 scores

Beveridge students improve IREAD-3 scores

Victoria Hannah, right, works with her third grade students on language arts toward the end of the 2013-14 school year.

August 10, 2014 11:47 am
Nipsco VP Mike Hooper at Valpo Sunbstation construction

Nipsco VP Mike Hooper at Valpo Sunbstation construction

Mike Hooper, NIPSCO senior vice president for major projects, left, surveys work underway at the new Valparaiso substation with Jason Stypula, project manager. The substation is being built in part to help service the Pratt Industries expansion in Valparaiso.

August 09, 2014 8:00 pm
Nipsco VP Mike Hooper at Valpo Sunbstation construction

Nipsco VP Mike Hooper at Valpo Sunbstation construction

NIPSCO workers set steel beams in July at the new  Valparaiso substation. It is part of the utility's $1.1 billion electric modernization project, which will take place through the next six years.

August 09, 2014 8:00 pm
Nipsco VP Mike Hooper at Valpo Sunbstation construction

Nipsco VP Mike Hooper at Valpo Sunbstation construction

NIPSCO Project Manager Jason Stypula, left, and Mike Hooper, NIPSCO senior vice president for major projects, survey the work at the new Valparaiso South Substation. The substation is being built in part to help supply service to the expanding Pratt Industries in Valparaiso. It is part of NI…

August 09, 2014 8:00 pm
Griffith installing field turf on high school football field

Griffith installing field turf on high school football field

Workers lay sections of new SprintTurf at Griffith High School's football field.

August 09, 2014 1:49 pm
Griffith installing field turf on sideline with 'sewing machine'

Griffith installing field turf on sideline with 'sewing machine'

Workers stitch sections of artificial turf together along the sideline of the new Griffith High School football field.

August 09, 2014 1:46 pm
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