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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

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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

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
Judge: 183 years for Gary teen in murder of brothers

Judge: 183 years for Gary teen in murder of brothers

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez Friday sentenced 17-year-old Donnell D. Wilson to a total of 183 years in prison for murdering two brothers in Gary on March 17, 2013, a robbery while armed of another man, and conspiracy to commit criminal gang activity.

August 02, 2014 3:00 pm

Peace march to shed light on East Chicago killings

EAST CHICAGO | Gun violence in the city continues to claim lives and, at 6 p.m. tonight, a Peace Walk to end that violence will bring together political and business leaders as well as families of victims.

August 01, 2014 12:00 am

Officer’s grand jury indictment can be amended

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors will be able to amend the grand jury indictment against a Lake County police officer to include a charge of conversion, thanks to a ruling Thursday by Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.

July 31, 2014 6:56 pm
Judge sentences 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison

Judge sentences 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison

CROWN POINT | Lake County Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced an 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison Thursday for two crimes he admitted committing in Gary on March 17, 2013.

July 31, 2014 6:30 pm

Juvenile record plays role in sentencing of 19-year-old

CROWN POINT | As a juvenile, Timothy S. Shannon bounced around the criminal justice system, accumulating multiple arrests in Lake and Cook counties.

July 31, 2014 1:40 pm
Blount pleads not guilty in cop slaying

Blount pleads not guilty in cop slaying

CROWN POINT | Carl Blount, 26, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the shooting death of Gary police Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield in Lake County criminal court.

July 30, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Yes! Shakespeare plays funny ... for all audiences

Yes! Shakespeare plays funny ... for all audiences

HAMMOND | Romantic entanglements, a magical forest ruled by fairies, a mischievous spirit who loves to bedevil humans and fairies alike and puns that can be downright bawdy – it’s all part the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.

July 29, 2014 6:32 pm Photos

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Lake County Fair kicks off Friday

Lake County Fair kicks off Friday

CROWN POINT | The 2014 Lake County Fair showcases agriculture as it has for 162 years, but there’s much more, from the  carnival and live entertainment to grandstand shows and food.

July 28, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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Symphony's open-air performances strike summer chord

Symphony's open-air performances strike summer chord

“The music is fun, the atmosphere, the camaraderie …"

July 27, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Lessons of dedication, hard work through dance

Lessons of dedication, hard work through dance

MERRILLVILLE | Dancing for four to nine hours a day over two weeks requires dedication and stamina.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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NIPSCO manager leads state's panel on Social Status of Black Males

NIPSCO manager leads state's panel on Social Status of Black Males

GARY | Eddie Melton said his two young sons especially inspire him to make a difference in the lives of African-American men and boys in Indiana.

July 25, 2014 6:04 pm
Franciscan hospital undergoing multimillion expansion

Franciscan hospital undergoing multimillion expansion

MUNSTER | A $60 million to $70 million expansion project has begun at Franciscan Healthcare-Munster to create a medical center campus.

July 25, 2014 5:15 pm
Man charged with Gary officer’s death arraigned

Man charged with Gary officer’s death arraigned

CROWN POINT | Carl Le’Elllis Blount, who was charged Thursday by Lake County prosecutors with killing Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield, appeared Friday for his arraignment in the Lake County Jail magistrate’s court.

July 25, 2014 4:06 pm Video Related

Parking lot melee breaks out after Garza hearing

CROWN POINT | A melee in the parking lot outside Lake Criminal Court followed an omnibus hearing Thursday for Hammond resident David Garza, who faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges for driving while intoxicated in a fatal traffic crash in Hammond in November.

July 24, 2014 6:07 pm

Judge cuts $200K bond in half for Gary man

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez reduced by half Thursday the $200,000 bond for a Gary man being held in Lake County Jail on multiple felony charges for attempted armed robbery, but the defendant will remain in custody.

July 24, 2014 5:51 pm
Munster Strack & Van Til unveils new look

Munster Strack & Van Til unveils new look

MUNSTER | It took an intensive around-the-clock construction effort lasting nearly 4 1/2 months, but the Strack & Van Til at 12 Ridge Road now boasts a new look, a new focus on fresh foods and a new brand of energy-efficiency.

July 23, 2014 1:08 pm Photos

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Prepare for traffic headaches on U.S. 30

Whether caused by long trains or construction, traffic back-ups along U.S. 30 near the Indiana-Illinois state line create headaches for drivers, municipal officials, law enforcement and emergency services personnel.

July 19, 2014 9:00 pm
Checkmate

Checkmate

HAMMOND | Jumbo plastic chess pieces set up Saturday in the gym at the Jean Shepherd Community Center during the Mayor’s Open Chess Tournament proved to be larger than many of those playing the game.

July 19, 2014 7:46 pm Photos

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Trial date set for former Highland teacher accused of sexual misconduct

CROWN POINT | A former Highland High School teacher and coach charged in late 2011 with six felony counts of inappropriate relationships with three students goes on trial Feb. 16, if a plea agreement can’t be hammered out.

July 18, 2014 11:15 pm

Gary man sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing close friend in 2010

CROWN POINT | Lake County Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray on Friday sentenced 39-year-old Gary resident Steven L. Walker to 35 years in prison, with the last three years to be served on probation for killing his close friend George L. Lewis on Oct. 1, 2010.

July 18, 2014 11:15 pm
And the walls came tumbling down

And the walls came tumbling down

GARY | Like the enormous T-Rex of movie fame, the 160-ton excavator tore through the house at 2331 Jackson St. on Tuesday, reducing it to rubble in about 10 minutes.

July 18, 2014 6:40 pm

Prosecutor: Crime knows no borders

PORTAGE | Crime knows no borders, but science, technology and cooperation between law enforcement can solve crimes and bring those who commit them to justice.

July 17, 2014 7:25 pm

More projects brought into the fold

PORTAGE | The lack of a quorum on Thursday for the full Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission didn’t stop unanimous approval by the NIRPC executive board of three amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program.

July 17, 2014 3:38 pm

Festival of the Lakes kicks off today

HAMMOND | Free live musical entertainment, food, contests and the biggest carnival in its history are part of the Festival of the Lakes package, which opens at 5 p.m. today at Wolf Lake Park.

July 15, 2014 6:22 pm
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