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Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

This 2013 Chevrolet Silverado truck is issued to Lake County Solid Waste Management District waste specialist Leonard White as a business and take-home car. White operates the waste district's Gary compost facility, among other duties.

October 03, 2014 3:39 pm
GMC Terrain

GMC Terrain

This 2012 GMC Terrain is one of two business and take-home vehicles issued to Lake County Solid Waste Management District recycling educators.

October 03, 2014 3:37 pm
GMC Terrain

GMC Terrain

This 2012 GMC Terrain is one of two business and take-home vehicles issued to Lake County Solid Waste Management District recycling educators.

October 03, 2014 3:34 pm
Chevrolet Malibu -- Clifford Duggan

Chevrolet Malibu -- Clifford Duggan

This 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is the vehicle issued by the Lake County Solid Waste Management District to the agency's full-time attorney, Clifford Duggan, to use as a business and take-home car.

October 03, 2014 3:32 pm
Chevrolet Avalanche -- Jeff Langbehn

Chevrolet Avalanche -- Jeff Langbehn

A 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche owned by the Lake County Solid Waste Management District is parked outside the district's Merrillville office last week. The vehicle was previously used as a take-home and business vehicle by the agency's former Executive Director Jeff Langbehn, who returned the tr…

October 03, 2014 3:30 pm
Chevrolet Avalanche -- Jeff Langbehn

Chevrolet Avalanche -- Jeff Langbehn

A 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche owned by the Lake County Solid Waste Management District is parked in the Munster garage of the agency's former Executive Director Jeff Langbehn in late August. The vehicle is one of 36 the waste district has purchased over the years for use as business vehicles an…

October 03, 2014 3:25 pm
Jeff Langbehn's government-funded take-home vehicle

Jeff Langbehn's government-funded take-home vehicle

A government-funded Chevrolet Avalanche SUV is parked in the garage of Jeff Langbehn, Lake County Solid Waste Management executive director, on Friday. Agency expense reports show the district pays about $600 per month to Ally Bank to fund this take-home vehicle for Langbehn. It's among the …

August 29, 2014 10:54 pm
Workers using torch to kill weeds set Winfield hardware store ablaze

Workers using torch to kill weeds set Winfield hardware store ablaze

A sign outside of the Ace Hardware in Winfield notifies customers it is still open after a fire Monday damaged the store.

July 28, 2014 6:22 pm
Bill Marvel

Bill Marvel

Bill Marvel, 70, of St. John, holds a photo of his wife, Sandra, who was killed in 2012 when a vehicle driven by Michael Knezevich, then 26, of Chesterton, slammed into the Marvels' vehicle on U.S. 41 in St. John. Police said Knezevich's blood-alcohol content tested at .271, more than three …

July 25, 2014 12:22 pm
Firetruck in ditch closes Mississippi Street in M'ville

Firetruck in ditch closes Mississippi Street in M'ville

A tow truck tries to bring upright a BP firetruck stuck in a ditch Tuesday on Mississippi Street near St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville.

July 08, 2014 1:02 pm
Firetruck in ditch closes Mississippi Street in M'ville

Firetruck in ditch closes Mississippi Street in M'ville

Crews watch as a tow truck attempts to remove a BP firetruck from a ditch Tuesday afternoon on Mississippi Street near St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.

July 08, 2014 1:01 pm
Gabe Rottier gets the first hit

Gabe Rottier gets the first hit

Gabe Rottier, 8, of Crown Point, begins his run to first base after cracking his team's first hit of the Cal Ripken League championship game Monday.

July 01, 2014 11:04 am
Gabe Rottier gets the first hit

Gabe Rottier gets the first hit

Gabe Rottier, 8, of Crown Point, blasts his team's first hit Monday -- a single into right field -- during the Cal Ripken League championship game.

July 01, 2014 11:01 am
Coach Joe Cimarolli

Coach Joe Cimarolli

Crown Point's Cal Ripken League Coach Joe Cimarolli gives his youth team, the Nationals, a pep talk Monday ahead of the team's championship game.

July 01, 2014 10:55 am
Gabe Rottier playing catcher

Gabe Rottier playing catcher

Gabe Rottier, 8, of Crown Point, lunges to catch a pitch Monday during his Cal Ripken League team's championship game in Crown Point.

July 01, 2014 10:57 am
Coach Joe Cimarolli

Coach Joe Cimarolli

Crown Point's Cal Ripken League Coach Joe Cimarolli helps his pitchers warm up Monday in preparation for the league's championship game.

July 01, 2014 10:53 am
Lauri Rottier

Lauri Rottier

Laurie Rottier, 40, of Crown Point, displays the pink breast-cancer awareness ribbon on the back of her 8-year-old son Gabe's Cal Ripken League baseball cap. Rottier is being treated for breast cancer, and her son's coach, Joe Cimarolli, had the ribbons embroidered on his team's caps in supp…

June 30, 2014 3:06 pm
John Hayes artifacts

John Hayes artifacts

A 1911 letter inviting Valparaiso Civil War Pvt. John Hayes to a 50th anniversary reunion of the 4th Indiana Light Artillery.

June 28, 2014 11:58 am
Jack Houser

Jack Houser

Jack Houser, 81, of Valparaiso, holds up a photo of his great-grandfather, Civil War Pvt. William Houser.

June 28, 2014 12:00 pm
John Hayes artifacts

John Hayes artifacts

A bullet found in a metal canister belonging to Valparaiso Civil War veteran John Hayes.

June 28, 2014 11:56 am
John Hayes artifacts

John Hayes artifacts

Photos, letters, spectacles and a Civil War-era bullet found in an old metal canister belonging to Valparaiso Civil War veteran John Hayes, of the 4th Indiana Light Artillery.

June 28, 2014 11:52 am
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

A cannon keeps ceremonial watch over Union soldiers' graves at Stones River National Cemetery in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

June 24, 2014 2:45 pm
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Sgt. William Holland, a freed slave who served in the 111th U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War, is buried near Civil War graves he helped maintain during his military service and later as a laborer at the Stones River National Cemetery.

June 24, 2014 2:39 pm
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

A ceremonial sign pays homage to the Union dead at Stones River National Cemetery, established on the site of the Battle of Stones River — the eighth bloodiest of the Civil War.

June 24, 2014 2:35 pm
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Thousands of graves of Union soldiers who died in various Tennessee battles during the Civil War fill the Stones River National Cemetery in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The cemetery was established on the site of the war's eighth bloodiest battle.

June 24, 2014 2:30 pm
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

The first light of day hits headstones of Union Army volunteer soldiers buried near Hazen's Monument at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Hundreds of Northwest Indiana men fought in this location of the battlefield, nicknamed Hell's Half Acre. Black soldiers, most of w…

June 24, 2014 2:27 pm
Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield

Hazen's Monument, the large square structure on the left, is named for Col. William B. Hazen's Brigade, which was the only portion of the Union line to hold its ground on Dec. 31, 1862, never retreating during the first day of the Battle of Stones River. Northwest Indiana men of the 9th Indi…

June 20, 2014 11:58 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

The sun rises last week over the graves of Union soldiers buried near Hazen's Monument at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

June 20, 2014 12:02 pm
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

Graves of Hoosier volunteer soldiers of the "Bloody 9th" Indiana Infantry rest near Hazen's Monument at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

June 20, 2014 11:56 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

A photo of Valparaiso Col. Isaac Suman sits on the stone wall outside of Hazen's Monument, the oldest standing Civil War monument in the country. Suman, who commanded the "Bloody 9th" Indiana Infantry near this Murfreesboro, Tenn., location in 1862 and 1863, helped conceive of the monument w…

June 20, 2014 11:38 am
Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield

This cannon marks the position where hundreds of Northwest Indiana men helped repel four brutal waves of Confederate attacks on New Year's Eve 1862 during the Battle of Stones River. This area of the battlefield became known as Hell's Half Acre because of the brutal fighting that occurred there.

June 20, 2014 11:33 am
Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield

The first light of day hits a farm field at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last week. Though a peaceful part of the National Park Service today, this field was the site of some of the Civil War's most brutal fighting on New Year's Eve 1862. The Battle of Stones Riv…

June 20, 2014 11:29 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

A cannon serves as a ceremonial sentry at Stones River National Cemetery, which is connected to the national battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn. More than 3,000 men from both sides of the Civil War died at the Battle of Stones River in early 1862 and late 1863. This area later became one of t…

June 20, 2014 11:25 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

During the Civil War Battle of Stones River, an artillery unit at this position helped repel brutal attacks by the Confederate Army on New Year's Eve 1862 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The unit was known as the Chicago Board of Trade Battery as it was funded by its namesake.

June 20, 2014 11:20 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

A misty fog descends on Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last week. This field was among the battlegrounds where Union soldiers from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties helped repel attacks from the Confederate Army in some of the most brutal fighting of the Civil War.

June 20, 2014 11:15 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

A predawn misty fog covered this farm field at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last weekend. On Dec. 31, 1862, Confederate soldiers attacked the Union Army across this field. Soldiers from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties were among the men who stood firm and repel…

June 20, 2014 11:09 am

Cost of not addressing poverty could surpass current cost

Millions of dollars in federal and township poor relief flood Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties every month, outpacing statewide rates, a Times computer-assisted analysis of state, federal and local data shows.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Related
Betty Brier

Betty Brier

Elizabeth "Betty" Brier

May 20, 2014 4:25 pm
Betty Brier in assisted living

Betty Brier in assisted living

World War II Navy veteran Elizabeth "Betty" Brier, a longtime Gary and Highland resident who now lives in Valparaiso, discusses her application and appeal for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to aid in the expense of her assisted-living apartment.

May 20, 2014 4:22 pm
Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Chicago Blackhawks Center Jonathan Toews moves past defenders on his way to a goal, which would later be overturned on a controversial interference call during game 1 of the Western Conference finals Sunday. The Hawks won 3-1 over the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

May 20, 2014 3:12 pm
Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks Center Jonathan Toews faces off with Los Angeles Kings Center Anze Kopitar Sunday during the opening of game 1 in the Western Conference Finals.

May 20, 2014 2:03 pm
Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks teammates celebrate their game 1 win Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Finals.

May 20, 2014 1:59 pm
Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

The Blackhawks form a victory line, congratulating each other Sunday on their victory over the Los Angeles Kings in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

May 20, 2014 1:52 pm
Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

"Hawks win!" proclaims the jumbo screen above the United Center rink Sunday after the Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

May 20, 2014 1:42 pm
Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Bryan Bickell skates in to celebrate a goal with teammates during the Hawks' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.

May 20, 2014 1:36 pm
Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks players celebrate a goal Sunday in their win over the Los Angeles Kings in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

May 20, 2014 12:20 pm
Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, Game 1

Chicago Blackhawks Center Jonathan Toews goes airborne Sunday after being shoved while going in for a score against the Los Angeles Kings during Sunday's Western Conference Finals playoff game at the United Center. Though initially ruled a goal, the point from this play was taken off the boa…

May 20, 2014 12:14 pm
Defining Poverty

Defining Poverty

"A lot of what we see is a lack of understanding or ability to use the money they have. A lot of people we see can make ends meet on low income but just don't know how."-- Natasha Stearns, interviewer for the Portage Township trustee's office, which provides poor relief in Porter County

May 01, 2014 4:29 pm
Defining Poverty

Defining Poverty

"I don't think you can put a strict money figure on it. Sometimes it's people who are homeless, about to lose their jobs or about to lose their homes. If you made $60,000 a year but just lost your job and could lost your house, you're facing poverty."-- Brendan Clancy, Portage Township trust…

May 01, 2014 4:25 pm
Defining Poverty

Defining Poverty

"It's the people who come in, their shoulders drooping because they have the weight of the world on their shoulders -- because they can't meet their basic needs or provide for their families."-- Judy Fabian, life coach at First Contact Ministry, a group of 53 Porter County churches providing…

May 01, 2014 4:20 pm
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