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Using the 'Buddy' system to raise awareness about Down syndrome

CROWN POINT | A petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, balloon launch and much more await participants in Sunday’s 10th annual Buddy Walk sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

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Protsman tour? Been there; seen that

Protsman tour? Been there; seen that

DYER | So many residents already toured the new Protsman Elementary School since January that Sunday’s official grand opening ceremonies and tours of the school drew few residents.

September 28, 2014 5:47 am Photos

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Melczek applauds Cardinal George, new archbishop

Melczek applauds Cardinal George, new archbishop

MERRILLVILLE | On a recent bright fall morning, Bishop Dale Melczek sat in his office at the Catholic Diocese of Gary pastoral center reflecting on changes coming to the neighboring Chicago Archdiocese.

September 27, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Making learning about money fun

Making learning about money fun

GARY | Learning about money and how it works can be fun. Just ask 54 kindergartners at Frankie W. McCullough Academy for Girls.

September 26, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Computer recycling creates job for TradeWinds workers with special needs

Computer recycling creates job for TradeWinds workers with special needs

MUNSTER | Properly recycling computer equipment creates security for the donors, an eco-friendly solution to dumping in landfills and, for those involved in TradeWinds’ Secure Computer Destruction & Recycling program, employment opportunities for eight workers with special needs.

September 25, 2014 8:30 pm
Educating NWI about the Holocaust

Educating NWI about the Holocaust

MUNSTER | Teaching today’s students about the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and genocide provides challenges for educators at all levels.

September 23, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Rosh Hashana heralds beginning of High Holy Days

Rosh Hashana heralds beginning of High Holy Days

At sundown Wednesday, the most sacred 10 days in Jewish spiritual life begin as Rosh Hashana ushers in the Jewish New Year with traditions that date back thousands of years.

September 23, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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WWII vet receives French Legion of Honor medal

WWII vet receives French Legion of Honor medal

HIGHLAND | As war raged in Europe in 1944, 21-year old John Benedict, of Griffith, boarded the Queen Mary liner along with some 20,000 servicemen, dodging Nazi U-boats in the Atlantic Ocean on the first leg of a journey that would eventually lead many of them to Normandy Beach on D-Day.

September 21, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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Paradigm shift needed in school takeovers, educators say

Paradigm shift needed in school takeovers, educators say

GARY | Creating an educational environment where every student can succeed will take a paradigm shift to partnerships and collaboration between every stakeholder and away from all punitive actions and antagonism.

September 19, 2014 7:08 pm Photos

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NIRPC green lights transportation programs

PORTAGE | The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission approved a resolution involving transportation improvement projects for 2014 through 2017 during the full commission meeting Thursday.

September 18, 2014 1:22 pm
Catering for homeless, indigent Gary citizens

Catering for homeless, indigent Gary citizens

GARY | After being fed spiritually through Bible study, more than 40 of the city’s indigent and homeless experienced the street food popular in Mediterranean countries during a specially catered meal.

September 17, 2014 2:48 pm Photos

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ECIER Foundation program at JWA Boys & Girls Club encourages youth to seize the opportunities

ECIER Foundation program at JWA Boys & Girls Club encourages youth to seize the opportunities

GARY | The carpe diem message of “seize the opportunities and run with them” echoed throughout the kickoff of the Educational Innovative Youth Program held Tuesday at the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club.

September 16, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Local sports stars bring message of literacy to E.C.

EAST CHICAGO | Administrators at McKinley Elementary School are hoping some local star power will increase literacy among their students.

September 16, 2014 7:15 pm
Pomp, sacred ceremonies honor K of C Abraham Lincoln Assembly

Pomp, sacred ceremonies honor K of C Abraham Lincoln Assembly

MERRILLVILLE |  Pomp and sacred ceremonies dating back to 1882 come to the Radisson at Star Plaza this weekend as hundreds of Knights of Columbus members from six states gather to honor the centennial of the Abraham Lincoln Assembly.

September 12, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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RDA seeking firms to apply for EPA grants

Cleaning up contaminated brownfield sites in East Chicago, Gary and Hammond takes on new focus thanks to two federal grants.

September 12, 2014 3:50 pm

Home for the Holidays?

MERRILLVILLE | Even though half of the $90,000 still needs to be donated for the Veterans Build home, disabled American veteran Danna Carter and his two teenage sons will be in their new permanent, affordable residence by the holidays.

September 11, 2014 5:39 pm
Indiana’s first Veterans Build brings affordable home for American vet

Indiana’s first Veterans Build brings affordable home for American vet

MERRILLVILLE | Sunshine broke through the dark storm clouds Wednesday as dozens of supporters gathered on the grass of an undeveloped lot on Roosevelt Street to kick off Indiana’s first Veterans Build.

September 10, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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Transportation funding undergoing changes

PORTAGE | The world of federal funding for transportation improvement projects throughout Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties looks vastly different, according to a report heard Tuesday by the Transportation Policy Committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

September 09, 2014 1:11 pm

Mayor touts Gary’s economic development efforts

GARY | Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson packed the house at the Gary Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday at Majestic Star Casino, offering updated information about the city’s economic development initiatives.

September 08, 2014 3:55 pm
Patriotic fervor fills old courthouse

Patriotic fervor fills old courthouse

CROWN POINT | American patriotism came alive in speech, song, prayer and pledges during Sunday’s 2014 Patriot Brunch in the Maki Ballroom in the historic Old Lake County Courthouse.

September 07, 2014 7:29 pm Photos

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State auditor candidate wants to be watchdog of Indiana finances

SCHERERVILLE | According to a Democratic candidate for Indiana state auditor, corruption in Indiana government costs taxpayers millions of dollars.

September 05, 2014 6:00 pm

Little Heroes Walk helps local families battle childhood cancer

CROWN POINT | September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sunday people of all ages can promote awareness and raise funds to help area families whose children battle cancer.

September 04, 2014 7:00 pm

Where to go with the dogs

Dog parks and dog-friendly facilities dot the area from Chicago’s beaches through Porter County. Most charge an annual membership fee and all require proof of up-to-date immunization for the canine family member.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am
Dog parks give pets, their owners a place to exercise, socialize

Dog parks give pets, their owners a place to exercise, socialize

Stony, aka “The Sheriff,” barrels up and down the steep grassy hill, breaking up any rough-housing he sees.

September 01, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Striking a chord with the community

GARY | Music is the universal language, and on Sept. 13 members of the city’s police, fire and public safety departments will burst into song during a concert at West Side High School auditorium

August 31, 2014 5:52 pm

It's in the bag: Temple Beth-El fundraiser sells purses, accessories for good cause

MUNSTER | Finding bargains on great accessories, such as purses and jewelry, now ranks among the most popular national pastimes, and has even spurred competitions among consumers to find the best at the lowest price.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Making connections for employment

Making connections for employment

MUNSTER | Hundreds of adults from throughout Northwest Indiana and Chicago's south suburbs in Illinois gathered Friday morning at Family Christian Center, seeking to connect with job opportunities.

August 29, 2014 3:03 pm Photos

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Planting seeds of future for developmentally disabled trainees

Planting seeds of future for developmentally disabled trainees

SCHERERVILLE | Like the tomatoes and peppers they’re growing in an adjacent half-acre field, 10 male residents of Campagna Academy diagnosed with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities are blossoming thanks to a partnership with Planting Possibilities and the Legacy Foundation.

August 28, 2014 7:27 pm Photos

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Lake E-911 system on a fast pace

CROWN POINT | Lake County’s consolidated E-911 system took a giant leap forward Thursday with the approval of a more than $10 million budget for 2015 and news that full-time dispatchers will be hired in the next few weeks.

August 28, 2014 6:52 pm

Microbrew supporters all wet, still faithful

HIGHLAND | Torrential downpours and a flooded parking lot at Wicker Memorial Park couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of hundreds of craft beer lovers who gathered Saturday at the park’s social center for Pints in the Park.

August 23, 2014 7:35 pm
'The people of God dropped the ball'

'The people of God dropped the ball'

GARY | “You don’t just find justice like it’s sitting on a shelf at Wal-Mart. You demand it. You create it.”

August 23, 2014 6:32 pm Photos

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Ports commission hears positive news about Burns Harbor

Ports commission hears positive news about Burns Harbor

PORTAGE | Business at the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor continues to grow with more ships use the facility this year and more cargo tonnage processed.

August 21, 2014 3:21 pm Photos

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Father Pfleger to deliver message at Saturday fundraiser

GARY | It’s a message that echoes throughout the United States and the world – end the violence that destroys neighborhoods and nations, and provide access to good education and employment for all people regardless of race, national origin or abilities.

August 20, 2014 7:50 pm

Lake drainage board receives project bids

CROWN POINT | Four sanitary sewer and ditch maintenance projects moved forward a step with bids opened at Wednesday’s meeting of the Lake County Drainage Board.

August 20, 2014 4:16 pm

Clash erupts again over jail repair costs

CROWN POINT | Another clash about the cost of the federally mandated overhaul of Lake County Jail erupted at the Lake County Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 3:50 pm
Merger of GFS, Market Day expands fundraising potential

Merger of GFS, Market Day expands fundraising potential

Stopping by after school one day a month to pick up frozen Market Day items ordered from a printed flyer has been a tradition for many local families for decades.

August 20, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Election board dismisses requirement for Elgin’s campaign records

CROWN POINT | Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin no longer needs to provide her pre-primary election campaign finance reports to the Lake County Election Board after that group voted unanimously Tuesday to dismiss the issue.

August 19, 2014 6:45 pm
Welders spark fire at Lake County Government Center

Welders spark fire at Lake County Government Center

CROWN POINT | Welding work at the Lake County Government Center sparked a fire about 10 a.m. Tuesday, filling the facility with an acrid smell and closing Building A for the remainder of the day.

August 19, 2014 6:45 pm
Quinn breaks ground for grade separation project along U.S. 30 near state line

Quinn breaks ground for grade separation project along U.S. 30 near state line

LYNWOOD | As a thunderstorm moved in Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Pat Quinn and dozens of state and local officials gathered to break ground for a $29.6 million major grade separation of the Canadian National tracks along U.S. 30.

August 19, 2014 3:31 pm Photos

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Indiana Ballet Theatre brings French flair to Bastille Day celebration

Indiana Ballet Theatre brings French flair to Bastille Day celebration

CROWN POINT | Torrential rains on July 17 washed out the Indiana Ballet Theatre’s outdoor Bastille Day fundraiser on the grounds of the future Classical Arts Centre, a historical building a block north of the Lake County Government Center.

August 17, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Inaugural Patriot Brunch to raise money for historic courthouse

CROWN POINT | American patriots serve their country and community, frequently at their own expense and without recognition.

August 17, 2014 7:15 pm
Gas prices continue roller coaster ride

Gas prices continue roller coaster ride

The roller coaster ride continues with gas prices spiking once again this week in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan area, including Cook and Will counties.

August 16, 2014 12:25 pm Photos

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Munster schools face financial woes

MUNSTER | The School Town of Munster is in rough financial straits, including being behind on NIPSCO bills, according to information provided at Monday’s School Board meeting.

August 11, 2014 10:30 pm
E.C. clinic 'health care reform in action'

E.C. clinic 'health care reform in action'

EAST CHICAGO | Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at the city’s HealthLinc facility at 1333 W. Chicago Ave. signaled a new era of bringing affordable primary medical and behavioral health care to the community.

August 11, 2014 7:28 pm Photos

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Changing the way business is conducted in Gary

Changing the way business is conducted in Gary

GARY | Bringing companies with high-paying jobs to Gary will take the restoration of the city’s image as a good place to do business where the payment of fees or favors to officials isn’t necessary.

August 11, 2014 1:58 pm

Polish heritage, Catholic faith celebrated at 27th annual Polish Pilgrimage

MUNSTER | This weekend brings thousands of Polish Catholics to town as part of a two-day, 33-mile pilgrimage from St. Michael Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side to Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Merrillville.

August 07, 2014 6:25 pm
Lawson touts efforts to help Hoosier businesses

Lawson touts efforts to help Hoosier businesses

MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson on Wednesday touted the efforts of her office to consolidate business services, investigate investment fraud and help Hoosier businesses connect with credible investors.

August 06, 2014 6:20 pm
Scott-Manna to be retried in September after first trial ended with hung jury

Scott-Manna to be retried in September after first trial ended with hung jury

CROWN POINT | Ahkeem Shakur Scott-Manna’s first murder trial in early March ended with a hung jury.

August 04, 2014 7:45 pm

Jury selection begins in child molestation case

CROWN POINT | Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Gary man charged with molesting the daughter of a former girlfriend over a period of years.

August 04, 2014 6:15 pm

Judge sentences Shelben Curtis to total of 50 years in prison

CROWN POINT | “Mr. Curtis brought a gun to a fist fight,” said Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas Friday in sentencing Shelben T. Curtis, 47, to a total of 50 years to be served in the Indiana Department of Correction for voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
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