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HAMMOND | With fall-like temperatures hovering at 48 degrees, a hearty group of adults and children took to the shores, paths and waters of Wolf Lake on Saturday for the first day of the Wetlands, Wind & Water Festival.
EAST CHICAGO | A party spirit filled Club Ki-Yowga on Friday as more than 100 East Chicago public school paraprofessionals and their well-wishers celebrated new union membership and the draft of their first contract.
ST. JOHN | Artistic talent finds many expressions — a fact demonstrated by Lake Central High School students during contests this school year.
ST. JOHN | Textbook rental fees will increase next school year for Lake Central School Corp. students enrolled in kindergarten through fourth grade.
WINFIELD | William Bobey, developer of the Wynbrook subdivision, stormed out of the Plan Commission meeting Thursday after commissioners told him his application for phase two of the subdivision was incomplete.
CROWN POINT | Consolidating Lake County’s E-911 networks into one countywide system isn’t an option; it’s state law. And it will cost all 17 municipal units most of their public safety funds whether officials agree with the mandate or not.
Natural disasters such as the tornadoes that ripped apart communities in Texas and Oklahoma and the tragedies of Boston and Cleveland bring out an American spirit of giving, especially money to help with relief efforts.
MERRILLVILLE | Gander Mountain’s new focus on firearms debuts Friday at the Westfield Southlake Mall store.
MUNSTER – The Redevelopment Commission is exploring how to fund ongoing maintenance at Centennial Park and other municipal parks.
MERRILLVILLE | “It’s a great day because the world is waiting for you. Don’t listen to all the talking heads about how the nation’s best days are behind us.”
SCHERERVILLE | Education and school reform in Indiana mean different things to state legislators and those responsible for educating students in the state’s public schools.
To stay competitive globally and to grow, the North American steel industry needs reasonable, streamlined and effectively enforced policies from the U.S. and Canadian governments, top steel executives said.
A new “back to the land” movement is starting to sprout in region elementary schools.
MUNSTER | Calumet Council Boy Scouts of America saluted Times Media Co. Publisher Bill Masterson Jr. on Wednesday as 2013 Distinguished Citizen of the Year in his last public appearance before starting his new position with Berkshire Hathaway in Oklahoma.
MUNSTER | Beginning to end the traffic gridlock on Calumet Avenue at the Canadian National railroad tracks is still three or four years away, but progress is being made on the first phase of the project, said Town Manager Tom DeGiulio.
MUNSTER | Capital projects totaling more than $5.9 million received the green light from the town’s Redevelopment Commission.
WINFIELD TOWNSHIP | The Lakes of the Four Season Clubhouse will be closed for an undetermined amount of time after a man drove a van in reverse into the building on Sunday, authorities said.
GARY | Investment by all layers of government, economic development agencies and private industry is what’s needed to secure the future of the U.S., Indiana and Northwest Indiana, said U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky at Monday’s Gary Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
MUNSTER – A long block of green space will replace the older brick duplexes that line Manor Avenue from Ridge Road to Broadmoor Avenue.
If you are sneezing, coughing, have itchy swollen eyes and feel tired all the time, you’re in good company.
GRIFFITH | Rather than nourish her small body, food threatens Charlee Prutsman’s life.
GARY | Families who have lost loved ones to gun violence gathered Saturday with political and community leaders and law enforcement for the sixth annual Mother’s Day Stop the Violence March and Rally.
ST. JOHN | It was a night of recognitions at last week's Lake Central School Board meeting.
GARY | “Life is full of days that seem like they’ll never come. This is one many of us never thought would come."
HAMMOND | A group of Latino students who left Clark High School during classes Wednesday morning staged a protest across Sohl Avenue from the Hammond Area Career Center, where Glenda Ritz, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, was talking with administrators and teachers.
Referendums to add money to shrinking public school budgets, such as those held Tuesday in Lake and Porter counties, will be the wave of the future as long as the Indiana General Assembly controls funding.
MUNSTER | Jubilation filled a room at Charleyhorse Restaurant on Calumet Avenue as the school referendum votes from the town’s 25 precincts were displayed on a big screen.
WEST LAFAYETTE | Teams from three Northwest Indiana high schools took top medals at the Academic Super Bowl state finals held Saturday at Purdue University.
ST. JOHN | State Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, delivered a legislative update to the Lake Central School Corp. board about school funding during Monday’s meeting.
HIGHLAND | A man who allegedly exposed himself to several girls during separate incidents along the Erie Lackawanna Trail last week is being sought by police.
ST. JOHN | Hundreds came together Sunday on the Clark Middle School track for the Walk/Run for Kailey.
CROWN POINT | More than 1,600 runners, many dressed in what one registration worker called “wow yellow,” took off Sunday from the courthouse square for the 33rd annual Hub Run hosted by the Southlake Family YMCA.
MUNSTER | Thousands of car lovers descended on Community Park on Saturday for the 15th annual Car & Cycle Show.
EAST CHICAGO | Three residents who work to create a shared vision of a united and healthy urban community on Thursday were named Pillars of the Community.
Bands from Munster, Valparaiso and LaPorte high schools will head to Indianapolis to compete with bands from 13 other schools in Saturday’s ISSMA concert band finals at Butler University.
WINFIELD | The town plans to take on spring cleaning Saturday with the annual Spring Clean-Up.
MUNSTER | What began as a sewer separation project along White Oak Avenue has turned into a driving and walking challenge for motorists, schoolchildren and residents, town officials concede.
ST. JOHN | Residential building permits for this year are running ahead of last year.
MUNSTER | The Christian Reformed Church at 214 Ridge Road can move ahead with plans to relocate, add and demolish structures now that the Town Council has approved rezoning the land into a single commercial planned unit development.
ST. JOHN | The Lake Central School Corp. board examined Monday whether the public comment portion of School Board meetings should be modified and how the district’s new strategic plan will be produced.
SCHERERVILLE | Kailey Florkiewicz enjoys donning her leotard and taking dance classes at Patti’s All-American in Dyer with her younger sister, Kenzie, 8.
ST. JOHN | More water mains will be replaced this year in two areas of town, members of the Board of Water Works have been told.
GARY | Max sniffed the chairs, floor and people sitting in the waiting room at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana as if reacquainting himself with the place where he began to heal from the neglect he experienced last year.
MUNSTER | Three major economic development projects are now possible because the Town Council recently amended the Munster Economic Development Area, town officials said.
ST. JOHN | The proposed Bramblewood subdivision tot lot park is now history.
MUNSTER | The Town Council has modified the 2013 municipal budget of $47.7 million to match transfers between funds authorized earlier this month.
MUNSTER | The annual Walk With Israel took on a special celebratory spirit Sunday as the more than 100 participants honored Israel’s 65th anniversary as a modern nation.
ST. JOHN | St. John will save more than $750,000 by refinancing two municipal building corporation bonds issued in 2005 and 2006, town officials said.
HOBART | “Leadership is not about popularity. It’s about being effective. Those we honor are those who are the founders, the risk takers and doers and the shakers.”
GARY | The dozens of names engraved on the waist-high, three-sided wall on the U.S. Steel Gary Complex Workers’ Memorial date back to 1908 and are a stark reminder that not everyone who leaves home to work returns to loved ones.
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