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After playing sparingly his first three years on Broadway, Andrean's Donovan Chandler has stepped up big time as a senior. Heading into today's Class 3A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium against Indianapolis Brebeuf, Chandler 41 receptions for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Shoppers walk into the Lake County Target store after it opened at 4 a.m. for Black Friday in 2010.
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn throws the ball against Heritage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game. The 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has been compared to Finn…
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn rushes the ball against Heritage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game. The 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has been compared to Finn…
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn runs the ball against Heritage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game, which the 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has been compared to …
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn celebrates after a fumble recovery against Hertitage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game. The 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has b…
Keenan SimmonsSchool: Michigan CityGrade: SeniorHeight: 6-7Position: WingNickname: KeenoColleges recruiting me: Committed to Southern Illinois EdwardsvilleMy favorite basketball player, why: Kevin Durant, because he is such a unique player and has made being a positive role model for young p…
Andrean wide receiver Tylor Petkovich, 35, helped lead the 59ers to last year's Class 2A Northern Semistate against Fort Wayne Luers, a 35-21 loss. On Friday against West Lafayette, Petkovich said last season's pain will be a driving force in the 3A semistate.
Andrean wide receiver Tylor Petkovich, 35, has been driven by last year's Class 2A Northern Semistate loss to Fort Wayne Luers. On Friday, he wants to change the picture against West Lafayette in the 3A semistate.
Andrean's Ramon Guerrero helped lead his 59ers to the semistate last year as an offensive standout. This year his success has changed to the defensive side of the field.
In this August 2012 file photo, beachgoers enjoy the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Portage. An effort is underway attempting to link the Indiana Dunes with the Pullman State Historic Site on the city's South Side to create a Calumet Heritage Area for tourism to the region.
Andrean volleyball coach Julie Wiejak, shown at last year's Plymouth Semistate, resigned from her post Monday and will return to the position Wednesday. No explanation was given for her resignation or return.
Andrean coach Julie Wiejak celebrates a point with her team during last season's Plymouth Semistate semifinal against Fairfield. Wiejak coached at Andrean for three seasons, her teams reaching the semistate both years. She resigned Monday.
Merrillville's Maggie Connelly has improved her focus this season by having fun on the course, thereby eliminating any pressure.
Longshoremen unload pieces of the world's most powerful crawler crane from a ship in summer 2012 at the Port of Indiana in Portage. Legislators are studying whether Northwest Indiana needs a second port.
Andrean's Lauren Stazinski, center, celebrates a point during the 2012 Class 3A Plymouth Semistate semifinal match against Fairfield. The senior played her best at the end of last season and has continued that success into her 2013 campaign.
Hobart quarterback Andrew Barras has carried on the tradition of his older brother, Matt Barras, who graduated in 2009 as a Brickie QB. Hobart is off to a 2-0 start heading into tonight's game against Griffith.
Brad Bumgardner, an Indiana Dunes State Park interpretive naturalist, kneels next to the propeller salvaged from the J.D. Marshall, a wooden sand sucker that shipwrecked just off the shoreline in June 1911.
A display on the J.D. Marshall tells Michigan City Lighthouse Museum visitors about the shipwreck in Lake Michigan off the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Hammond coach Eric Schreiber, left, stands on the sidelines during the Wildcats' game against Lowell last fall. The Griffith grad knows Hammond's great history and is working hard to get the 'Cats back on top. The daily grind of inner-city life has been a drain on his program building.
E.C. Central football coach Stacy Adams led his Cardinals to a school-record 9-2 season last fall and was named The Times Coach of the Year. With 23 seniors and a roster filled with talent, Adams hopes to lead the Cardinals to their first sectional championship in school history.
High school boys cross country numbers in the region are down at many schools this season except for powerhouse programs like Valparaiso, Chesterton, Crown Point and Lake Central.
Waves driven by high winds pummel the historic lighthouse at Washington Park beach in Michigan City.
Crown Point offensive lineman Sean Jones, shown here at last year's Times Preseason All-Area photo shoot, will play in the North-South All-Star game on Friday. His father, Christopher, died May 19, 2012. Sean plans on giving everything he has to honor his dad.
Russ and Nancy Adams are selling the Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso to the Luke Co.
A Bass Pro Shops anchors commercial land at Ameriplex at the Port in Portage. Bass Pro is considered to be a draw for other retail development, but construction at Ameriplex slowed after the recession began in 2008.
Bass Pro Shops opened at the Ameriplex at the Port in Portage in February 2007, and Quaker Steak and Lube, Longhorn Steakhouse and Country Inn and Suites all followed with construction before the Great Recession hit. The owner of Ameriplex, Holladay Properties, only this year again started l…
Michigan City - Onyx Brick Chicken, front, with a braised short rib appetizer at William B's Steakhouse in the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.
Valparaiso resident Ed Byrne takes photographs of daffodils at Ogden Gardens in Valparaiso.
Valparaiso golfer Bobby Jacobs
Andrean's Jack Musgrave carded a 77 at last season's Valparaiso Sectional. The 59ers junior will lead his team into Friday's highly-competitive Lake Central Sectional.
Porter Health Care System CEO Jonathan Nalli
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Constantine "Costa" Dillon stands behind the park headquarters in 2010. Dillon on Tuesday announced plans to retire in August.
Valparaiso golfer Kyle Meihofer has committed to Illinois State.
Ivy Tech Community College students work in an anatomy and physiology class at the college's Valparaiso campus.
Portage Food Bank volunteer Charlie White pulls a cart of donated food inside a room at the pantry last October. Portage volunteers are a vital part of the city's character.
Griffith resident Blake Loudenber, pictured here in March 2012 when he was 8, continues to recover from surgery that gave him a new kidney.
Bowman Academy's Justin King tries to grab a defensive rebound against Park Tudor in last year's Class 2A state championship game. The last two seasons the Eagles have ended their run with bad losses. Coach Marvin Rea said now is the time to finish.
Michael Griffin is Highland's clerk-treasurer.
Valparaiso resident Bob Cunningham and his son Tyler play in the splash pad at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso last May .
V-Line bus driver Dorian Quinn departs from a transfer at the Heart Center parking lot at Glendale Boulevard and Roosevelt Road in Valparaiso last May.
Jack Powers, left, Jeremy Powers, center, and Ben Powers, all from South Carolina, walk on the Indiana Dunes State Park beach while a cargo ship sails over Lake Michigan behind them last spring.
The new Porter Regional Hospital officially opened Aug. 25.
Ride operator Dewayne Williams sings "Go Dinosaur, Go Dinosaur" to children on his ride last summer at the annual Nativity Church Festival in Portage.
Jennifer Gonzalez, of Valparaiso, laughs with Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last living munchkins from the film "The Wizard of Oz," during an autograph session last September at the start of the Oz Fest in Chesterton.
Portage Mayor James Snyder, at left, along with St. Mary Medical Center CEO Janice Ryba, front right, and kids from the Portage YMCA cut a ribbon dedicating the American Heart Association walking path near the Portage YMCA.
Various officials pose for a photo during a ceremony last fall breaking ground on the new $1.6 million Construction Safety Institute building at the Construction Advancement Foundation in Portage.
Lorenzo Rivera, 9, of Portage, washes-off after a day at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore last summer.
A car is stopped along Smoke Road in Valparaiso while a large tree sits over the road and power lines just south of Division Road after a strong midsummer storm moved through the area.
A strong storm moves over Valparaiso last summer.
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