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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.

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Production continues at BP's Whiting Refinery after explosion

Production continues at BP's Whiting Refinery after explosion

A spokesman for BP said production continued Thursday at the Whiting Refinery following a Wednesday night explosion and fire that sent one employee to a local hospital. The employee was treated and released.

August 28, 2014 7:01 am
Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Volunteers work on the construction of new home in the 2300 block of Jackson Street Wednesday as part of the Jackson Street if Dreams project. The Fuller Center of Gary is hosting the volunteer projects where a total of four homes in 2300 and 2400 blocks of Jackson St. will be built/renovate…

August 27, 2014 8:38 pm
Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Volunteer Tony Strahler, of Greenvile, SC measures a board in preparation for cutting as she helps with the renovations of a house in teh 2400 block of Jackson St. Wednesday as part of the Jackson Street of Dreams project.

August 27, 2014 8:33 pm
Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Volunteer Tony Strahler, of Greenvile, SC cuts a board in preparation as she helps with the renovations of a house in teh 2400 block of Jackson St. Wednesday as part of the Jackson Street of Dreams project.

August 27, 2014 8:35 pm
Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

Josh Lowery, of Evansville, and Morgan Whitmer, of Gereseo, Ill., relax on the beach recently at Indiana Dunes State Park.

August 27, 2014 7:26 pm
Jackson Street of  Dreams redefines Gary neighborhood

Jackson Street of Dreams redefines Gary neighborhood

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence tours a new home in the Jackson Street of Dreams project. Volunteers working on the house have left messages written on the wall studs in the home being built by The Fuller Center of Gary.

August 27, 2014 6:30 pm
Jackson Street of Dreams redefines Gary neighborhood

Jackson Street of Dreams redefines Gary neighborhood

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence visits Wednesday afternoon with Jackson Street resident Linda Dixon during a tour of the Jackson Street of Dreams project. "I've been praying on this street that a miracles happens," said Dixon.

August 27, 2014 6:30 pm
Jackson Street of Dreams redefines Gary neighborhood

Jackson Street of Dreams redefines Gary neighborhood

Gov. Mike Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson talk Wednesday afternoon with volunteer Charles Bon, of Robinson, N.D., during a tour of one of the houses being renovated as part of the Jackson Street of Dreams project.

August 27, 2014 6:30 pm
Jackson Street of Dreams redefines Gary neighborhood

Jackson Street of Dreams redefines Gary neighborhood

Gov. Mike Pence drives a nail into the siding of a new house in the 2300 block of Jackson Street while Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson looks on during a tour the Jackson Street of Dreams project Wednesday afternoon. The Fuller Center of Gary is hosting the volunteer projects where one home w…

August 27, 2014 6:30 pm
Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson drives a nail into siding on a home in the 2300 block of Jackson St. while Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left and David Snell, president and co-founder of The Fuller Center For housing look on during a tour of the Jackson Street of Dreams project Wednesday afternoo…

August 27, 2014 5:24 pm
Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence visits with Jackson St. resident Sabriya Dixon, 11 during a tour of the Jackson Street of Dreams project Wednesday afternoon.

August 27, 2014 5:26 pm
Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Jackson Street of Dreams project with Gov. Pence and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Volunteers look into a house as Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence tour inside. The Governor visited the Jackson Street of Dreams project Wednesday afternoon, and the mayor has been working on the project along with many volunteers. The Fuller Center of Gary is hosti…

August 27, 2014 5:25 pm
Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Joann Boulles, of Griffith, reshelves books Wednesday morning at the Griffith-Calumet Township branch of the Lake County Public Library.

August 27, 2014 2:29 pm
Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Anya Gonzalez, 2, of Griffith, plays with a scarf during the Mother Goose on the Loose children's program Wednesday morning at the Griffith-Calumet branch of the Lake County Library. The program meets at 10:30a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

August 27, 2014 2:17 pm
Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Benjamin Dunbar, 19 months, of Munster, smiles while participating in the Goose on the Loose children's program Wednesday with is mother Aziza Dunbar, right and his aunt Sandra Khanam at the Griffith-Calumet Township branch of the Lake County Public Library. Babies and toddlers up to 23 mont…

August 27, 2014 2:17 pm
Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Benjamin Dunbar, 19 months, of Munster participates in the Goose on the Loose children's program Wednesday morning at the Griffith-Calumet Township branch of the Lake County Public Library. The program helps promote pre-reading skills, socialization and motor skills, said Melissa Boothe, ass…

August 27, 2014 2:09 pm
Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Griffith-Calumet toddlers hear stories

Melissa Boothe, assistant librarian at the Griffith-Calumet Township branch of the Lake County Public Library, reads to toddlers Wednesday morning during the Mother Goose on the Loose children's program. Babies and toddlers up to 23 months, accompanied by a caregiver, listen to stories and r…

August 27, 2014 2:09 pm
Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

Jon and Melissa Vinovich, of Lakeville, Minn., walk the dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park recently with their dog, Nitchke.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am
Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

Josh Lowery, of Evansville and Morgan Whitmer, of Gereseo, Ill. lay on the beach a recent Saturday at Indiana Dunes State Park.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am
Orville Redenbacher statue, Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza

Orville Redenbacher statue, Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza

A statue of gourmet popping corn namesake Orville Redenbacher sits in Valparaiso's Central park Plaza.

August 26, 2014 4:53 pm
Crown Point Library Chess Club

Crown Point Library Chess Club

Kenjiro Nangin, 21, of Merrillville plays chess against Gideon Joseph, 16, Tuesday during the Chess Club at the Crown Point Library. The club meets in the community room each Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. Hosted by Crown Point High School student Gideon Joseph, an avid chess player, the club bega…

August 26, 2014 4:31 pm
Crown Point Library Chess Club

Crown Point Library Chess Club

Kenjiro Nangin, 21, of Merrillville, center, plays chess against Gideon Joseph, 16, while Connie Betz, of Crown Point looks on Tuesday during the Chess Club at the Crown Point Library. The club meets in the community room each Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. Hosted by Crown Point High School studen…

August 26, 2014 4:31 pm
Sea surgeon

Sea surgeon

When he is not sailing, Dr. Michael Leland is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Lakeshore Bone an Joint Institute. The two-time Race to Mackinac winner has performed more than 800 anterior hip surgeries during his career.

August 25, 2014 10:00 pm
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Andrean's Aileen Boyle tries to hit past Chesterton's Abby Moon while Jenna Tarnowkis backs her up in the second game of Monday's match. Chesterton won.

August 25, 2014 8:12 pm
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton's Aubrey Nagdeman, elft, and Sammi Ostrom defend against a slam from Andrean's Danielle Moynihan in the second game Monday night at Andrean.

August 25, 2014 8:12 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 the second game Monday night at Andrean.

August 25, 2014 8:12 pm
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Andrean 59ers celebrate a point in the second game against Chesterton Monday night at Andrean. From left to right are: Adnrean's Mary Stazinski; Meranda Garcia ; Kathryn Mirabella; Danielle Moynihan;  and Korie McCrea.

August 25, 2014 8:12 pm
Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

Hailey Rishing, 3, of Portage plays among the "dinosaurs bones" in the Dinodig area at Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center at Three Rivers County Park in Lake Station.

August 25, 2014 7:53 pm
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton's Shelby Snyder tips to teammate Abby Moon while Andrean's Aileen Boyle defends during Monday's match at Andrean.

August 25, 2014 7:54 pm
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Andrean's Meranda Garcia winds up for a return while teammates Kathryn Mirabella, left and Jssica Pruitt look on during Monday's match with Chesterton.

August 25, 2014 7:53 pm
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton's Emily Maarcus slams past an Andrean defense of Korie McCrea, left, and Aileen Boyle Monday night. Chesterton won.

August 25, 2014 7:54 pm
Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

Jacob Marvin, II, 3, of Valparaiso, makes bubbles Monday at Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center at Three Rivers County Park in Lake Station with Zoe Kietman, program lead at the center.

August 25, 2014 7:50 pm
Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

Hailey Rishing, 3, of Portage, left, gets help on the seesaw from her mother, Brandi, while Leo Marinari, 3, of Crown Point, climbs on with help from his father, Joe Monday, at Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center at Three Rivers County Park in Lake Station. The center is open 10am-5pm, Mo…

August 25, 2014 7:51 pm
Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

Jacob Marvin, II, 3, of Valparaiso, makes bubbles Monday at Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center at Three Rivers County Park in Lake Station. His mother Nicole stands with his one-year-old sister, Brooklyn in the background. At right is Hailey Rushing, 3, of Portage.

August 25, 2014 7:49 pm
The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

The staff at The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers in Merrillvillle prepare to take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Monday in the parking lot at the center. About 20 staff members and 2 doctors at the center took the challenge.

August 25, 2014 7:26 pm
The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

Receptionist Tiffini Stedman prepares to take the Ice Bucket Challenge along with physicians and staff at The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers Monday outside the Merrillville center.

August 25, 2014 5:17 pm
The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

Doctors Chirage Patel, center left, and Richard Cristea look at each other before dumping ice and water on themselves along with members of their staff at The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers Monday at the Merrillville center. "The longer we keep the momentum, the more funds th…

August 25, 2014 5:16 pm
The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

Docotor Richard Cristea, center, of The Neurological Institute & Specialty Centers took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Monday along with Dr. Chirag Patel and members of their staff outside the Merrillville center.

August 25, 2014 5:17 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
Area roads recovering from difficult winter

Area roads recovering from difficult winter

Lansing Public Works employees use asphalt to patch an intersection at Oakwood and 184th avenues in Lansing. The patch follows repair work to a water main, but crews have been working nonstop to patch streets around the village following last winter's snow removal efforts. From left are Kevi…

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Area roads recovering from difficult winter

Area roads recovering from difficult winter

Lansing Public Works employees Rick McFarland, left, and John Groen spread asphalt over a street repair at the intersection of Oakwood and 184th avenues earlier this month. Crews have been working non-stop working to repair the roads around the village.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Area roads recovering from difficult winter

Area roads recovering from difficult winter

Lansing Public Works employees lay asphalt at the intersection of 184th and Oakwood avenues earlier this month following a water main repair, but crews have been busy repairing potholes throughout the village. From left are Rick McFarland, Kevin Schreiber and John Groen.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Mishawaka at Portage

Mishawaka at Portage

Portage Nathan Cherry begins a 75-yard touchdown run in the first half of the Indians game against the Mishawaka Cavemen Friday at Portage.

August 22, 2014 9:31 pm
Mishawaka at Portage

Mishawaka at Portage

Portage fans cheer as the Indian's Nathan Cherry runs a 75-yard touchdown in the first half of their game against the Mishawaka Cavemen Friday at Portage.

August 22, 2014 9:31 pm
Mishawaka at Portage football game

Mishawaka at Portage football game

Portage's Nathan Cherry slips through the grasp of Mishawaka's Luke Campbell (5) and Kirk Standridge (40) as he runs 35 yards for a touchdown in the second half of the Indians' game against the Cavemen Friday at Portage.

August 22, 2014 9:23 pm
Mishawaka at Portage football game

Mishawaka at Portage football game

Portage's Nick Chandler sacks Mishawaka's Darian Phillips during Friday night's game at Portage.

August 22, 2014 9:15 pm
Mishawaka at Portage football game

Mishawaka at Portage football game

Portage's Nathan Cherry tries to break a tackle by Mishawaka's Adam Heatherly, left, and Jared Mackowicz in the second half as the Indians play the Cavemen Friday at Portage.

August 22, 2014 9:08 pm
Mishawaka at Portage football game

Mishawaka at Portage football game

Portage's Ahmad Harris finds a hole to run through during the second half of the Indians' opening game against the Mishawaka Cavemen Friday at Portage.

August 22, 2014 9:08 pm
Mishawaka at Portage football game

Mishawaka at Portage football game

Portage's Nick Chandler grabs Mishawaka's Darian Phillps on a quarterback keeper in the first half of Friday night's game at Portage.

August 22, 2014 8:15 pm
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