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U.S. Sen. Richard "Dick" Lugar

U.S. Sen. Richard "Dick" Lugar

Former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind.

August 21, 2014 12:00 am
Illinois communities scramble to find road salt; Indiana in better shape

Illinois communities scramble to find road salt; Indiana in better shape

A City of Valparaiso truck spreads salt along a roadway in this file photo. After last winter's heavy snowfall, area road agencies are already planning for the next snowfall.

July 28, 2014 9:09 pm
Disability access targeted at PUC conference

Disability access targeted at PUC conference

Al Piening, of Beverly Shores, is lifted by train personnel Thursday onto a South Shore train at Dune Park with a wheelchair-accessible lift.

June 20, 2014 2:49 pm
Marc Bruner

Marc Bruner

Wheeler softball coach Marc Bruner announced his resignation after seven seasons with the team. He is transferring to Portage and will be an assistant girls basketball coach and assistant football coach with the Indians.

June 01, 2014 12:34 pm
Live coverage: 2014 Indiana primary election

Live coverage: 2014 Indiana primary election

Voters cast their ballots at Center Township precincts 26 and 34 inside Valparaiso Fire Station 2, Nov. 6, 2012.

May 05, 2014 5:13 pm
Portage's Senior Health Fair takes spotlight on Thursday

Portage's Senior Health Fair takes spotlight on Thursday

Portage resident Sue Hadan, right, has her blood pressure checked by St. Mary's Medical Center wellness coordinator Tammy Reibly during a previous Senior Health Fair at Woodland Park.

April 28, 2014 12:00 am
Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

The Iroquois Bio-Energy plant in Rensselaer produces approximately 50 million gallons of ethanol a year.

April 21, 2014 4:37 pm
Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

In this 2009 photo, Iroquois Bio-Energy General Manager Keith Gibson stands next to a large pile of distillers grains at the Rensselaer plant. Distillers grains are a by-product of the ethanol production process.

April 21, 2014 4:34 pm
Paul H. Douglas Center

Paul H. Douglas Center

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Gary.

April 17, 2014 11:26 am
Ray's take vegetables to Valpo food pantry

Ray's take vegetables to Valpo food pantry

Most beginner gardeners should be successful at growing hybrid tomato plants, some root vegetables and greens. Here, Audrey Carrillo, front, and sister Caroline of Chesterton collect vegetables and fruits from their home garden in Chesterton before taking them to the Valparaiso food pantry.

April 12, 2014 12:00 am
Vegetables

Vegetables

Greens like lettuce and Swiss chard are fairly easy for beginner gardeners to plant from a seed and grow.

April 11, 2014 8:30 pm
Malfunction at BP's Whiting Refinery sends oil into Lake Michigan

Malfunction at BP's Whiting Refinery sends oil into Lake Michigan

In this September 2012 file photo, BP's Whiting Refinery is seen with the Lake Michigan shoreline in the background. A malfunction Monday afternoon caused an unknown amount of oil to spill into Lake Michigan. The discharge took place in a cove near the refinery's water treatment plant.

March 25, 2014 11:00 am
Donovan Chandler, Andrean

Donovan Chandler, Andrean

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.

November 28, 2013 7:48 pm
Black Friday: It's all in the planning

Black Friday: It's all in the planning

Shoppers walk into the Lake County Target store after it opened at 4 a.m. for Black Friday in 2010.

November 27, 2013 7:00 pm
Tommy Finn, Andrean

Tommy Finn, Andrean

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…

November 26, 2013 12:49 pm
Tommy Finn, Andrean

Tommy Finn, Andrean

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…

November 26, 2013 12:51 pm
Tommy Finn, Andrean

Tommy Finn, Andrean

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 …

November 26, 2013 12:52 pm
Tommy Finn, Andrean

Tommy Finn, Andrean

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…

November 26, 2013 12:51 pm
Keenan Simmons, Michigan City

Keenan Simmons, Michigan City

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…

November 23, 2013 12:00 am
Tylor Petkovich, Andrean

Tylor Petkovich, Andrean

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.

November 20, 2013 7:57 pm
Tylor Petkovich, Andrean

Tylor Petkovich, Andrean

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.

November 19, 2013 8:02 pm
Ramon Guerrero, Andrean

Ramon Guerrero, Andrean

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.

November 05, 2013 6:00 pm
Tourism activists seek Calumet Heritage Area

Tourism activists seek Calumet Heritage Area

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.

October 29, 2013 12:00 am
Andrean volleyball coach Julie Wiejak

Andrean volleyball coach Julie Wiejak

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. 

October 15, 2013 7:15 pm
Andrean volleyball coach Julie Wiejak

Andrean volleyball coach Julie Wiejak

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.

October 14, 2013 7:15 pm
MV's Maggie Connelly

MV's Maggie Connelly

Merrillville's Maggie Connelly has improved her focus this season by having fun on the course, thereby eliminating any pressure.

September 17, 2013 5:21 pm
Lake Michigan ports proposals floated

Lake Michigan ports proposals floated

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.

September 12, 2013 12:00 am
Lauren Stazinski

Lauren Stazinski

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.

September 09, 2013 12:15 pm
Andrew Barras, Hobart

Andrew Barras, Hobart

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.

September 05, 2013 5:00 pm
Porter Co. shipwreck site poised to be state's first underwater preserve

Porter Co. shipwreck site poised to be state's first underwater preserve

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.

September 05, 2013 12:00 pm
Porter Co. shipwreck site poised to be state's first underwater preserve

Porter Co. shipwreck site poised to be state's first underwater preserve

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.

September 05, 2013 12:00 pm
Eric Schreiber, Hammond

Eric Schreiber, Hammond

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.

August 22, 2013 8:11 pm
Stacy Adams, E.C. Central

Stacy Adams, E.C. Central

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.

August 22, 2013 4:58 pm
Boys cross country

Boys cross country

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.

August 19, 2013 3:48 pm
Washington Park Beach

Washington Park Beach

The historic lighthouse at Washington Park beach in Michigan City.

July 28, 2013 10:00 am
Sean Jones, Crown Point

Sean Jones, Crown Point

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.

July 12, 2013 12:18 am
Strongbow Inn

Strongbow Inn

Russ and Nancy Adams sold the Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso to the Luke Co.

July 01, 2013 5:01 pm
Bass Pro Shop's impact delayed because of recession

Bass Pro Shop's impact delayed because of recession

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.

June 30, 2013 12:00 am
Bass Pro Shop's impact delayed because of recession

Bass Pro Shop's impact delayed because of recession

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…

June 30, 2013 12:00 am
BLUECHIP - William B's

BLUECHIP - William B's

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.

June 24, 2013 12:00 am
Snapshots from everyday life

Snapshots from everyday life

Valparaiso resident Ed Byrne takes photographs of daffodils at Ogden Gardens in Valparaiso.

June 17, 2013 10:40 am
Valparaiso golfer Bobby Jacobs

Valparaiso golfer Bobby Jacobs

Valparaiso golfer Bobby Jacobs

May 31, 2013 3:32 pm
Andrean's Jack Musgrave

Andrean's Jack Musgrave

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.

May 29, 2013 5:00 pm
Jonathan Nalli

Jonathan Nalli

Porter Health Care System CEO Jonathan Nalli

May 09, 2013 12:00 am
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent to retire

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent to retire

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Constantine "Costa" Dillon stands behind the park headquarters in 2010. Dillon on Tuesday announced plans to retire in August.

May 08, 2013 12:35 pm
Valparaiso's Kyle Meihofer

Valparaiso's Kyle Meihofer

Valparaiso golfer Kyle Meihofer has committed to Illinois State.

April 30, 2013 5:00 pm
Ivy Tech merges north central, northwest regions

Ivy Tech merges north central, northwest regions

Ivy Tech Community College students work in an anatomy and physiology class at the college's Valparaiso campus.

April 12, 2013 5:04 pm
Portage enjoys both commerce, recreation

Portage enjoys both commerce, recreation

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.

April 07, 2013 12:00 am
Rough road to recovery for Griffith boy

Rough road to recovery for Griffith boy

Griffith resident Blake Loudenber, pictured here in March 2012 when he was 8, continues to recover from surgery that gave him a new kidney. 

March 28, 2013 12:00 am
Justin King, Bowman Academy

Justin King, Bowman Academy

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.

March 22, 2013 9:00 pm
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