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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Crown Point Republican Kim Krull displays yard signs she gave away during a rally in opposition to the Lake County income tax.
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…
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.
Thornton's Marsean Vercher guards 1995 Thornton grad Tai Streets during the McLegends XI all-star basketball game in April 2013
Marian Catholic's Tyler Ulis looks to pass to Josh Cohn while Bloom Townships Jamal Parks defends during Tuesday's Class 4A Thornton Sectional semifinal. Ulis had 40 points in the win. The Spartans face rival Homewood-Flossmoor tonight for the championship.
Rusty, the RailCats' mascot, entertains fans in July at the U.S. Steel Yard.
The Donald C. tug boat breaks through ice in the Port of Indiana in January. Forecasters say the ice cover on the lake and runoff from snowpack on the land will help bring lake levels back near average.
Port of Indiana Operations Manager Nick Szymarek stands in January on a break wall overlooking a frozen Lake Michigan on the west side of the port. The ice on the lake is expected to linger, causing cooler air temperatures as spring begins.
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."
Valparaiso's head coach Bryce Drew watches from the sidelines in the second half as the Crusaders play Cleveland State last month. Drew confirmed Tuesday that he'll stay at his alma mater despite rumors that he was linked to the coaching search at Tulsa.
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.
The Donald C. tug boat broke through ice in the Port of Indiana in January. U.S. Steel has temporarily curtailed steelmaking operations at Gary Works because the ice conditions on the Great Lakes are so bad ships have not been able to deliver iron ore.
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 coach Stacy Adams talks with quarterback Carlos Fernandez in the first half of the Cardinals Class 4A Northern Semistate game with Fort Wayne Dwenger. E.C. Central was one game short of making the state championship game. Adams' last day at E.C. was today. He was hired as the new…
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.
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