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NWI Communities extending Beverly Hillbillies lookalike contest til July 10

NWI Communities extending Beverly Hillbillies lookalike contest til July 10

"Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Jed. A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed. And then one day he was shootin' at some food, and up through the ground came a-bubblin' crude. Oil that is..."

July 03, 2014 6:00 pm
And the winner of the NWI Communities Father's Day Contest is...

And the winner of the NWI Communities Father's Day Contest is...

More than 20 readers shared with NWI Communities details about why their dads are simply the best, and we have to agree. These local dads sound like amazing folks!

June 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Map: NWI bike trail bridges

Map: NWI bike trail bridges

Bicycle and pedestrian bridges are slowly populating the region, changing the look of some neighborhoods and inviting outdoor types to try out a region mainly known for its gritty industrial heritage. Here are some of the most recent ones constructed in the region:

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
NWI Communities' Father's Day Contest

NWI Communities' Father's Day Contest

There was this one day when I was a kid that I remember clear as day. The house we lived at was maybe a block away from Reavis Elementary School in Lansing. My dad took me to the park to play. Neither of my brothers joined us. It was just the two of us and my stuffed bunny, and I was thrilled.

June 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Interact: Price of poverty

Interact: Price of poverty

This interactive infographic provides a deeper look at poverty in Northwest Indiana and beyond.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
Map: Poverty in Northwest Indiana

Map: Poverty in Northwest Indiana

Federal poverty threshold guidelines say that a single person who makes $11,670 or less annually and a family of four who makes $23,850 or less annually lives in poverty.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
NWI Communities is hosting a Father's Day Contest

NWI Communities is hosting a Father's Day Contest

There was this one day when I was a kid that I remember clear as day. The house we lived at was maybe a block away from Reavis Elementary School in Lansing. My dad took me to the park to play. Neither of my brothers joined us. It was just the two of us and my stuffed bunny, and I was thrilled.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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NWI Communities is hosting a Father's Day Contest

NWI Communities is hosting a Father's Day Contest

Times Digital Producer Laura Lane and her dad David Lane smile for a photo.

May 22, 2014 2:03 pm
NWI Communities is hosting a Father's Day Contest

NWI Communities is hosting a Father's Day Contest

Times Digital Producer Laura Lane and her dad David Lane share a moment in the early 1990s.

May 22, 2014 1:53 pm
Show us your spring colors

Show us your spring colors

It took long enough, but it seems as though spring has finally sprung in Northwest Indiana! So while you're out enjoying this gorgeous weather, snap a few photos of spring colors and email them to Times Digital Producer Laura Lane at laura.lane@nwi.com. She'll add them to a gallery online at…

May 11, 2014 12:00 am Related
Map: Potholes around the region

Map: Potholes around the region

If you happen to notice a pothole while you're out and about, let us know! Email Times Digital Producer Laura Lane at laura.lane@nwi.com with an address or details about the location where the pothole is located. If you're able to safely take a picture of the pothole, be sure to send that ov…

May 08, 2014 3:58 pm
And the NWI Communities Mother's Day Contest winner is...

And the NWI Communities Mother's Day Contest winner is...

After reading through the 21 submissions entered for the NWI Communities Mother's Day Contest, it's safe to say there are quite a few phenomenal moms out and about in the Region.

May 08, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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NWI Communities hosting Mother's Day Contest

NWI Communities hosting Mother's Day Contest

I went to college in Chicago. Living at home and commuting seemed like a more reasonable idea than moving to the city. At the very least, it saved me quite a bit of money.

May 07, 2014 12:30 pm Photos

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NWI Communities hosting Mother's Day Contest

NWI Communities hosting Mother's Day Contest

I went to college in Chicago. Living at home and commuting seemed like a more reasonable idea than moving to the city. At the very least, it saved me quite a bit of money.

May 04, 2014 12:30 pm Photos

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Gallery: T.F. South bands perform at spring concert

Gallery: T.F. South bands perform at spring concert

T.F. South High School Director of Bands Mike Madonia honors the graduating seniors who are in band and winterguard during the school's spring concert April 23.

April 24, 2014 12:02 pm
Gallery: T.F. South bands perform at spring concert

Gallery: T.F. South bands perform at spring concert

The T.F. South High School concert band performs under the direction of Mike Madonia during the school's spring concert April 23.

April 24, 2014 11:30 am
Gallery: T.F. South bands perform at spring concert

Gallery: T.F. South bands perform at spring concert

T.F. South High School Director of Bands Mike Madonia gets ready to direct the school's concert band during a spring concert April 23.

April 24, 2014 11:30 am
Map: The great train shift

Map: The great train shift

Check out this map to see how Canadian National Railway train traffic has shifted on local tracks since it won approval for its purchase of the EJ&E line in late 2008. All incidents mapped tally how many times vehicle crossings were blocked for 10 minutes or more during the month of February…

April 13, 2014 12:00 am

Changes coming to NWI Communities sites

We've been doing some sprucing up on nwi.com and the NWI Communities sites lately, Some of you may notice some of those changes right away, but we just wanted to share some of the highlights:

March 03, 2014 12:00 am
Toni's Girls to host fundraising event for the 2014 Avon Walk

Toni's Girls to host fundraising event for the 2014 Avon Walk

WHITING | Twenty years have passed since Toni Rodriguez died of breast cancer, and her family is doing what they can to honor her memory and help raise money to find a cure for breast cancer.

February 24, 2014 11:09 am Photos

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And the winner of the NWI Communities Valentine's Day Contest is...

And the winner of the NWI Communities Valentine's Day Contest is...

I told you all about the elementary school heartthrob who couldn't even spell my name right on the Valentine's Day card he gave me. I was so completely heartbroken. However, it did make me feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one around the Region who has an embarrassing albeit hila…

February 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Share your funniest Valentine's Day stories for NWI Communities contest

Share your funniest Valentine's Day stories for NWI Communities contest

When I think of funny Valentine's Days memories, one in particular stands out to me.

February 10, 2014 4:10 pm
Share your funniest Valentine's Day stories for NWI Communities contest

Share your funniest Valentine's Day stories for NWI Communities contest

When I think of funny Valentine's Days memories, one in particular stands out to me.

February 10, 2014 3:45 pm
Dreaming of sunshine and warmth

Dreaming of sunshine and warmth

Tom Carlson of Bolingbrook plays football at one of the beaches at Indiana Dunes State Park.

February 05, 2014 11:03 am
Share your funniest Valentine's Day stories for NWI Communities contest

Share your funniest Valentine's Day stories for NWI Communities contest

When I think of funny Valentine's Days memories, one in particular stands out to me.

January 31, 2014 11:00 am
Map: South Shore Line, Metra Electric Line

Map: South Shore Line, Metra Electric Line

Commuters from around the region generally use both the South Shore Line and the Metra Electric Line to get to Chicago if they go by public transportation.

January 19, 2014 12:00 am
Potholes

Potholes

Potholes are prominent along Oakwood Avenue between 186th and 188th streets in Lansing. Some of the worse potholes have been filled in.

January 08, 2014 3:08 pm
Potholes

Potholes

Potholes are prominent at Oakwood Avenue between 190th and 191st streets in Lansing.

January 08, 2014 3:04 pm
Potholes

Potholes

Potholes are prominent at Oakwood Avenue between 190th and 191st streets in Lansing.

January 08, 2014 2:59 pm
Potholes

Potholes

Potholes are prominent at Oakwood Avenue between 190th and 191st streets in Lansing.

January 08, 2014 2:56 pm
Potholes

Potholes

Potholes are prominent along Oakwood Avenue between 186th and 188th streets in Lansing. Some of the worse potholes have been filled in.

January 08, 2014 2:48 pm

Talk to us: What are your experiences with the potholes on Cline Avenue?

We asked our followers on The Times Facebook Page to comment on their experiences with the potholes on Cline Avenue. Check out their responses and add yours.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am
Map: 2013 Gary homicides

Map: 2013 Gary homicides

This is a map showing the locations of all the Gary homicides in 2013. There were a total of 55 homicides compared to the 43 homicides in 2012.

January 02, 2014 11:20 am
MAP: Local warming centers

MAP: Local warming centers

Local communities are offering warming centers due to the excessive cold temperatures. Be sure to call beforehand to ensure the warming centers are open.

December 11, 2013 12:30 pm
Runners take off at Gobbler Classic

Runners take off at Gobbler Classic

DYER | Faith Church in Dyer held a 5K run for members and nonmembers alike Thursday morning.

November 28, 2013 9:37 am Photos

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What are you thankful for?

What are you thankful for?

It's tradition for many families to share what they're most thankful for as they sit around the dinner table before digging into a delicious homemade Thanksgiving meal.

November 21, 2013 12:00 pm
Winners for decorating, costume contests announced

Winners for decorating, costume contests announced

NWI Communities recently held two spooktactular Halloween-themed contests: the Halloween House Decorating Contest and the Halloween Costume Contest. We asked for photos, and you provided.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am Video Photos

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Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Times Digital Producer Laura Lane captures fall colors as she hikes along a trail in a forest preserve in Tinley Park, Ill. on Nov. 3.

November 04, 2013 10:48 am
Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Times Digital Producer Laura Lane captures fall colors as she hikes along a trail in a forest preserve in Tinley Park, Ill. on Nov. 3.

November 04, 2013 10:50 am
Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Times Digital Producer Laura Lane captures fall colors as she hikes along a trail in a forest preserve in Tinley Park, Ill. on Nov. 3.

November 04, 2013 10:51 am
Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Times Digital Producer Laura Lane captures fall colors as she hikes along a trail in a forest preserve in Tinley Park, Ill. on Nov. 3.

November 04, 2013 10:51 am
Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Times Digital Producer Laura Lane captures fall colors as she hikes along a trail in a forest preserve in Tinley Park, Ill. on Nov. 3.

November 04, 2013 10:52 am

Deadline Nov. 1 at noon for NWI Communities Halloween contests

MUNSTER | The deadline is drawing near for some awesome fun and incredible prizes.

October 31, 2013 2:00 pm Video Related
Interactive: Halloween House Decoration Locations

Interactive: Halloween House Decoration Locations

NWI Communities asked readers to submit photos of their spooky Halloween decorations, and they did! All the haunted homes are mapped out here for you to find and maybe drive by, if you're brave enough!

October 29, 2013 2:40 pm
Interactive: Homicides Nationwide

Interactive: Homicides Nationwide

Per capita homicide rates measure the number of homicides in a municipality per 100,000 residents. The FBI cautions against making comparisons based on per capita ratings, saying a host of issues including population size, demographics and circumstances surrounding the crimes must be taken i…

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
Interactive: Gary Homicides 2013

Interactive: Gary Homicides 2013

Homicides in Gary are on the rise in 2013. There were 43 homicides total in Gary in 2012. As of Oct. 14, 2013, there have been 43 homicides.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
Wine tasting, garage sale held to raise money for Avon Walk

Wine tasting, garage sale held to raise money for Avon Walk

A sign hangs over the entrance for a wine tasting fundraiser held in Lansing Saturday. The fundraiser was held to help Lansing resident Debby Janssen, Whiting resident Micki Boland and Robin Rotolo raise money for the 2014 Avon Walk.

September 12, 2013 6:03 pm
Wine tasting, garage sale held to raise money for Avon Walk

Wine tasting, garage sale held to raise money for Avon Walk

A guest at the wine tasting fundraiser held in Lansing Saturday looks at pictures that were displayed. The fundraiser was held to help Lansing resident Debby Janssen, Whiting resident Micki Boland and Robin Rotolo raise money for the 2014 Avon Walk.

September 12, 2013 6:04 pm
Wine tasting, garage sale held to raise money for Avon Walk

Wine tasting, garage sale held to raise money for Avon Walk

LANSING | Debby and Jim Janssen of Lansing held a wine tasting fundraiser Saturday to help raise money for the 2014 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Santori's Liquors in Lansing donated their services for the wine tasting, which featured 30 different wines.

September 12, 2013 5:58 pm Photos

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