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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
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
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
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
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
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
Tyler Ulis, Josh Cohn, Marian Catholic

Tyler Ulis, Josh Cohn, Marian Catholic

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.

March 13, 2014 5:23 pm
Gary RailCats

Gary RailCats

Rusty, the RailCats' mascot, entertains fans in July at the U.S. Steel Yard.

March 10, 2014 2:41 pm
Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

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.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

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.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
5 ideas to build a better Northwest Indiana

5 ideas to build a better Northwest Indiana

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.

March 07, 2014 12:00 am
Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat

Joan Martin library assistant Becky Juzwicki reads from the Dr. Suess book, "Cat in the Hat."

March 01, 2014 10:00 pm
Bryce Drew

Bryce Drew

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.

March 01, 2014 6:17 pm
Porter Show

Porter Show

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.

March 01, 2014 7:00 am
Jill Rosenbaum, South Central

Jill Rosenbaum, South Central

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.

February 18, 2014 10:43 pm
Tyreon Gates, Bishop Noll

Tyreon Gates, Bishop Noll

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.

February 18, 2014 8:23 pm
Playgrounds much more than swings, slides today

Playgrounds much more than swings, slides today

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.

February 17, 2014 11:46 am
The Times Editorial Board agenda for 2014

The Times Editorial Board agenda for 2014

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.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am
Bruce Lindner

Bruce Lindner

Former Portage High School and Valparaiso University basketball star Bruce Lindner.

January 28, 2014 6:29 pm
Anika Johnson, Bloom Township

Anika Johnson, Bloom Township

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.

January 27, 2014 5:49 pm
Travel woes continue; extreme cold on the way

Travel woes continue; extreme cold on the way

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.

January 26, 2014 5:02 pm
NWI casino

NWI casino

January 10, 2014 4:43 pm
NWI casino revenues get frosted in December

NWI casino revenues get frosted in December

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.

January 10, 2014 4:01 pm
Steelmaking idled at Gary Works

Steelmaking idled at Gary Works

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.

January 10, 2014 3:57 pm
Ivy Tech continues consolidation to save money

Ivy Tech continues consolidation to save money

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.

January 07, 2014 2:30 pm
Deep River Ice Skating

Deep River Ice Skating

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.

January 02, 2014 7:45 am
LaPorte's Jaclyn Heath

LaPorte's Jaclyn Heath

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."

December 27, 2013 8:26 pm
Jeremiah Ochoa, E.C. Central

Jeremiah Ochoa, E.C. Central

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.

December 26, 2013 8:38 pm
Airport authority takes first step in privatization deal

Airport authority takes first step in privatization deal

The baggage claim area stands empty in March at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. 

December 23, 2013 6:00 pm
Why home buyers cross the line

Why home buyers cross the line

Many people are choosing to move to northwest Indiana because of the strong, family oriented community we have here.

December 22, 2013 10:00 am
NWI home sales cool off in November

NWI home sales cool off in November

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…

December 19, 2013 11:37 am
Home sales off to fast start this year

Home sales off to fast start this year

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 …

December 19, 2013 11:37 am
Target: 40M card account may be breached

Target: 40M card account may be breached

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.

December 19, 2013 6:39 am
Girls basketball practice, Marian Catholic

Girls basketball practice, Marian Catholic

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.

December 10, 2013 9:01 pm
Invasive plants as a business model?

Invasive plants as a business model?

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 …

December 03, 2013 10:34 am
Black Friday: It's all in the planning

Black Friday: It's all in the planning

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

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
NWI native Philip Purevich

NWI native Philip Purevich

Philip Purevich talks turkey with the parade mascot prior to the 2011 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.

November 26, 2013 12:00 am
Chris Palombizio, Chesterton

Chris Palombizio, Chesterton

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…

November 23, 2013 12:00 am
Stacy Adams, E.C. Central

Stacy Adams, E.C. Central

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…

November 22, 2013 8:57 pm
Martayveus Carter, E.C. Central

Martayveus Carter, E.C. Central

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.

November 22, 2013 8:23 pm
Valparaiso roundabout

Valparaiso roundabout

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.

November 18, 2013 2:24 pm
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