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Luke and Pete Bochniak, of Valparaiso, work on a sand sculpture from the nursery rhyme, "There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe," last July as they participate in the 16th annual sand sculpture contest at Indiana Dunes State Park.
Joan Martin library assistant Becky Juzwicki reads from the Dr. Suess book, "Cat in the Hat."
A variety of lawn ornaments are part of the Small's Garden Center exhibit at last year's Home and Lifestyle show at the Porter County Expo Center.
Four-year letter-winner Jill Rosenbaum started 80 of 81 games at South Central and finished her career with 1,068 points -- the third Satellite player in school history to surpass 1,000 points.
Bishop Noll's Tyreon Gates goes up for a shot against Griffith last Tuesday. The Warriors senior isn't quite 100 percent as he recovers from a broken foot this past summer. But the do-it-all stat guy is ready to help lead his team into the state tournament.
Ellie Wagoner, 11, of Hebron, plays on the playscape in Valparaiso's Valplayso playground last June. The Valparaiso Parks Department will replace the equipment in Valplayso this year.
A South Shore train bound for Chicago stops for passengers at the downtown Gary station. Extending South Shore service to Dyer, and eventually to Lowell and Valparaiso, will have an enormous economic development impact on the region.
Former Portage High School and Valparaiso University basketball star Bruce Lindner.
Bloom Township's Anika Johnson grabs a rebound from Illiana Christian's Jann Vree during the season opener. Johnson has been a leader on a young Blazing Trojans team.
A visitor to Michigan City's Washington Park braves below-zero wind chills Jan. 7 while walking along the break wall to the lighthouse. Another deep freeze is expected to settle into the region Monday, bringing a high of 3 degrees below zero and wind chills as cold as minus 45.
Overall revenues at Northwest Indiana casinos declined last year for the third year in a row. Here is the slots scene at Ameristar Casino, which is one of the market share leaders in the greater Chicago region.
Jordan Miller, of Merrillville, works during a basic electric class at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso. Ivy Tech on Tuesday announced plans to further consolidate its regional campuses.
0102098jtl0103ICERINKS1 JOHN LUKE | The Times MERRILLVILLE Skaters take to the ice at the ice plaza in Deep River Waterpark Friday. The rink is open Thursday through Sunday through Feb. 23 and offers skate rental as well.
LaPorte's Jaclyn Heath, right, occasionally butts heads with her coach, who is also her father, Skeeter Heath. "There have certainly been times we’ve gotten on each other’s nerves a little bit,” Skeeter Heath said with a laugh, “but I wouldn’t trade it for the world."
E.C. Central's Jeremiah Ochoa grabs a rebound in a game against Chesterton earlier this season. Hard work in the weight room during the offseason has helped to make the Cardinals point guard a power around the rim.
The baggage claim area stands empty in March at the Gary/Chicago International Airport.
Many people are choosing to move to northwest Indiana because of the strong, family oriented community we have here.
A home is shown for sale in Portage. Overall, 693 homes were sold in November in the five counties covered by the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors, as compared to 680 homes in the same period last year. The median selling price increased to $127,500, a 1.2 percent increase f…
A home is shown for sale in Portage. Minakshi Ghuman, a Realtor with ReMax Pace Realty in Valparaiso, says there has been a positive mindset among buyers and sellers. From the sellers point of view in some cases, there was a shortage of listings in certain price ranges and they were feeling …
Shopper are seen lining up for deals at the Target store in Highland on Black Friday. Target announced some 40 million debit and credit cards may have been breached this holiday shopping season. Federal authorities are investigating.
Marian Catholic's new girls basketball Dan Murray works with Mercedes Winfrey and other Spartans at a November practice. The Spartans play two games Saturday.
Wheeler High School students pull Asian bittersweet vines, an invasive species, from along trails at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in September during United Way's Youth Day of Caring. Ecologist John Ervin thinks harvesting invasive plants for use in business would be a better solution to …
About 50 Black Friday shoppers lined up early Thursday hoping to cash in at midnight on super low prices at the Highland Target store on a recent Black Friday
Philip Purevich talks turkey with the parade mascot prior to the 2011 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.
Chris PalombizioSchool: ChestertonGrade: JuniorHeight: 6-6Position: GuardNickname: BeezColleges recruiting me: Committed to Western MichiganMy favorite basketball player, why: JJ Redick because of his ability to shoot the ballMy favorite pro/college team: Bulls/GonzagaMy dream job: Euro Bask…
E.C. Central's Martayveus Carter led the Cardinals to the Class 4A Northern Semistate. Carter signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Northern Illinois on Wednesday.
A field inspector measures the pavement thickness of the $2.27 million five-points roundabout in Valparaiso just before its opening in November. The new traffic intersection replaced traffic lights at Calumet, Vale Park and Roosevelt Road.
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 multi-agency partnerhips and dredging projects.
An employee checks beer and wine stock November at a small business in Griffith. Intuit's December Small Business Indexes showed that companies with fewer than 20 employees added a total of 20,000 jobs in December.
Porter County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Manteuffel checks Kouts police officer Dan Ball for live ammunition and weapons before he enters Wheeler High School to participate in active shooter training hosted by the Porter County Sheriff's Department.
Police officers from Porter County practice a hallway search for an armed assailant at Wheeler High School on Thursday as they participate in the Porter County Sheriff's Department's active shooter training at Wheeler High School
Jill RosenbaumSchool: South CentralGrade: SeniorPosition: FNickname: RoseyColleges recruiting me/where I've committed: IU Northwest, not committed yetMy favorite basketball player, why: Larry Bird, he's from Indiana and the coaches say I play offense like him.My favorite pro/college team: Bu…
South Central's Jill Rosenbaum is the sixth player in school history to reach 900 points.
NIPSCO's R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield is a coal-fired power plant. Thomas Easterly, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, said on Wednesday that pending federal regulations will all-but ban coal-fired power plants.
Hobart's Drey Devereaux has been a remarkable leader off the field for coach Ryan Turley. He has been a mentor for young boys in his community one high five after another.
The Art Theater in Hobart, Ind.
A dry-erase board on the refrigerator serves as a reminder of the children's allergies, denoted by their initials placed next to their allergy. Learning about food allergies, keeping a close eye on food labels and being careful of preventing cross-contamination can prevent mild to severe all…
A home for sale is shown in October in Portage. By year-end, Realtors in the region had closed deals on 9,447 homes, as compared to the 7,943 homes sold in 2012, according to sales figures from the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.
Lake Central won a sectional title last season with a five-game win over Munster in the championship game. With Monday's IHSAA draw, the two teams learned that should they meet again in the postseason, it'll be in the semifinal round.
Portage High School senior Max Almedina, left checks out a diesel airbrakes exhbit with Justin Crawford, also a PHS student who was working at the Porter County Career Tech exhibit this month at Portage High School during the Portage Economic Development Corp's first National Manufacturing a…
Hoosier Bat Co.'s Dave Cook demonstrates how bats are sanded after being cut on a lathe at the Valparaiso bat manufacturer. A survey of Indiana manufacturers found they are now more likely to invest in facilities, equipment and employees.
Crown Point's Alyssa Kvarta has been pursued by colleges since she was a freshman. Now that she's in her junior season, she's narrowed her choices to two.
Crown Point's Alyssa Kvarta has narrowed her college choices to two -- Iowa State and East Tennessee State -- hoping to make the decision before the end of the month.
Munster's Rachel Jones works hard to balance school work and athletics for the Mustangs.
Munster junior Drew Hackett verbally committed to play basketball at UIC last week. The combo guard said with this weight off his shoulders he can relax and focus on Mustangs basketball alone the next two seasons.
West Side junior quarterback Ramone Atkins threw five touchdown passes at Hobart on Friday night.
VALPARAISO | Elena Williams uses an iPad to play a phonics game while Sam Dolson, 7, left and David Gonzalez, 7 watch in Laura Doran's first grade students at Central Elementary School as Central participated in Digital Learning Day in February, a national celebration of educators that shine…
Lake Central's Kiana Jongsma qualified for the state finals last season. On Monday, she carded a 75 at the DAC Invitational.
Former Lowell football coach Kirk Kennedy led the Red Devils to three state championship games, including winning the Class 4A state title in 2005. After a tough stop at Bloomington South, Kennedy is pumped for today's first practice at North Judson, where he is now head coach.
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