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Former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind.
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.
Al Piening, of Beverly Shores, is lifted by train personnel Thursday onto a South Shore train at Dune Park with a wheelchair-accessible lift.
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.
Voters cast their ballots at Center Township precincts 26 and 34 inside Valparaiso Fire Station 2, Nov. 6, 2012.
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.
The Iroquois Bio-Energy plant in Rensselaer produces approximately 50 million gallons of ethanol a year.
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.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Gary.
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.
Greens like lettuce and Swiss chard are fairly easy for beginner gardeners to plant from a seed and grow.
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.
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.
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 sold 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.
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