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Lowell adds police officer, upgrades fire equipment

LOWELL | The town will be adding another police officer and upgrading equipment at the fire station using the local option income tax.

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Tri-Creek Schools look at tight budget

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Board's recent 2015 budget hearing  was a lesson in revenue losses and changing expenses.

September 27, 2014 4:58 pm

Lowell parks agency need revenue source, council told

LOWELL | The caution light should be on as the town moves fiscally into the new year and beyond, the town's financial consultant told the Town Council.

September 22, 2014 9:26 pm

Luncheon slated Oct. 5 to honor state Sen. Landske

CEDAR LAKE | An Oct. 5 luncheon is scheduled to honor Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake, for her service as a state senator.

September 21, 2014 6:55 pm

Lowell scheduled branch, leaf pickups in October; no bags

LOWELL | The town's street department has scheduled a final branch pickup to begin Oct. 13 and has tentatively scheduled a leaf pickup to begin a week later.

September 21, 2014 12:05 am

Lowell plans to annex treatment plants, property

LOWELL | The Town Council gave preliminary approval Monday to annexing water and wastewater treatment plants and the 287 combined acres on which they sit.

September 08, 2014 8:55 pm

Winners selected from Lowell Labor Day Kiddiei Parade

LOWELL | Winners have been selected from the Lowell Labor Day Kiddie Parade.

September 07, 2014 12:05 am
Local agribusiness brings fresh, specialty hops to craft brewers

Local agribusiness brings fresh, specialty hops to craft brewers

A home brewer of beers for several years, Justin Arthur's appreciation for those he met at craft brewing shows and his desire to be part of the growing industry have sent him into the field, literally.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lowell Labor Day Parade celebrates dance

Lowell Labor Day Parade celebrates dance

LOWELL | A dance troupe performed Monday atop a pretty-in-pastels, frothy float paying tribute to "The Joy of Dancing," this year's theme for the 95th Annual Lowell Labor Day Parade.

September 01, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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The march of time: Generations of Kiddie Parade participants keep tradition alive

The march of time: Generations of Kiddie Parade participants keep tradition alive

LOWELL | Angelina Chilcott, 8, of DeMotte, stood prettily posed as a ballerina in a jewelry box on Sunday in the 61st Lowell Kiddie Parade.

August 31, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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Development experts vow to aid Lowell

LOWELL | With a comprehensive plan in place, annexation plans adopted and zoning laws refined, the town is primed to put its best foot forward and add to its tax base.

August 28, 2014 9:02 pm

Lowell's first paid firefighter sworn into office

LOWELL | Matt VanDrunen has been sworn in as Lowell's first paid firefighter.

August 28, 2014 8:21 pm
Garage sale kicks off Lowell Labor Day celebration

Garage sale kicks off Lowell Labor Day celebration

LOWELL | Grabbing up a couple of Bishop Noll Institute commemorative plates from 1966, Sharon Speichert paid for her purchase, then perused items in a nearby booth.

August 28, 2014 7:36 pm Photos

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Lowell places resource officer in Tri-Creek schools

LOWELL | Despite unanswered jurisdiction concerns, the Town Council approved a memo of understanding Monday with Tri-Creek Schools that will put a Lowell police officer in the schools 20 hours a week.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am

Lowell readies for five-day Labor Day celebration

LOWELL | Lowell's five day Labor Day celebration kicks off Thursday and offers two parades, a fireworks show, a circus and plenty of live entertainment.

August 25, 2014 7:00 pm

Tri-Creek schools' advertised 2015 budget less than 2014

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Corp. advertised budget for 2015 will include an operating budget $1 million less than that advertised last year.

August 15, 2014 6:59 pm

Tri-Creek schools won't fill two posts

LOWELL | Two top Tri-Creek Schools administrators' positions will not be filled this school year, a move that provides considerable savings to the district for a time.

August 14, 2014 8:45 pm

Lowell students 'Dream Green' in video contest

LOWELL | Tri-Creek students captured honors in a "Dreaming Green" video contest.

August 11, 2014 12:00 am

Lowell council might back school resource officer

LOWELL | It appears the Lowell Town Council is willing to provide a school resource officer to Tri-Creek Schools, including those outside the town, if the School Board and county sheriff sign off on it.

August 06, 2014 10:30 pm

Lowell drafts job requirements for first full-time firefighter

LOWELL | The Town Council has given preliminary approval to the job requirements for the town's first full-time firefighter.

August 04, 2014 12:00 am
Horses and ponies strut their stuff at Lake County Fair

Horses and ponies strut their stuff at Lake County Fair

CROWN POINT | With the upbeat "Anything Goes" as the musical background, a bevy of equine beauties and their riders strutted their stuff Sunday during the costumed portion of the Society All Breed Classic Horse and Pony Show at the Lake County Fair.

August 03, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Tri-Creek School Board elects officers

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Board will continue to be led by Doug Ward as president.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
Bean there: Participants launch legumes at Lake County Fair event

Bean there: Participants launch legumes at Lake County Fair event

CROWN POINT | Standing and concentrating with dad Tony Jaynes at her side, 3-year old Rozlyn Jaynes gave a mighty spit, placing her bean at three feet, three inches.

August 02, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Tri-Creek hopes to place resource officer back in schools

LOWELL | The Town Council tabled consideration of an agreement with the Tri-Creek School Board on Monday that would put a resource officer back into the schools.

July 31, 2014 7:45 pm
Rains wash away hopes of good corn crop in NWI

Rains wash away hopes of good corn crop in NWI

While time will tell whether cooler temperatures have hurt corn yields across the state, most region farmers already know heavy rains here drowned out hopes of a good crop.

July 30, 2014 12:45 pm Photos

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Tri-Creek accepts out-of-district enrollments through Friday

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Board has set a Friday deadline for out-of-district students to apply for enrollment.

July 28, 2014 7:35 pm

Ford decision impacts Mobility Vehicle

WINAMAC | After 38 years, the final Paratransit commercial vehicle from BraunAbility will be made in October.

July 25, 2014 11:12 am

Lowell checking ledgers before hiring more police officers

LOWELL | Police commissioners and the chief were disappointed Monday when the Lowell Town Council did not act on a recommendation to hire new officers.

July 14, 2014 9:15 pm

Tri-Creek School Board forced to scuttle Lake Prairie school addition

LOWELL | Factors outside their control have forced the Tri-Creek School Board to make several changes to capital project plans.

July 13, 2014 8:30 pm
Entrepreneur put Lowell in business

Entrepreneur put Lowell in business

LOWELL | Time and distance may separate Earl Black from his ancestor, Melvin Halsted, who founded Lowell, but the Alabama native said Wednesday during his first visit to the town, "I feel like I'm home."

July 09, 2014 7:14 pm Photos

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Tri-Creek shops for four new school buses

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Corp. board is soliciting bids for four new buses as part of its 25-year plan.

July 06, 2014 5:09 pm

Tri-Creek cuts one, spares two other teachers

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Corp. board cut one teacher in response to decreased enrollment and reduced funds, school officials said.

June 24, 2014 5:00 pm

Lowell to improve east-west traffic flow

LOWELL  Getting from here to there, now and in the future, should be easier as the town moves forward with its thoroughfare plan.

June 23, 2014 9:05 pm
Local grain farmers say plantings off to a good start

Local grain farmers say plantings off to a good start

Farm fields are greening up as young corn and beans shoot upward in the beginning of a growing season viewed with optimism after a late start for some local grain farmers.

June 17, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Lowell commission advances thoroughfare plan

LOWELL | The Plan Commission on Thursday recommended a thoroughfare plan be adopted by the Town Council.

June 12, 2014 10:00 pm

Annexation of 500 acres off the table in Lowell

LOWELL | The Town Council decided to table further discussion on annexing nearly 468 acres south of the town. 

June 09, 2014 9:45 pm
Volunteer firefighter shortage spreads like wildfire

Volunteer firefighter shortage spreads like wildfire

In days gone by, neighbors, farmers and local merchants handled firefighting duties because their communities could not afford a paid firefighting force.

June 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lowell recognized for disability awareness

LOWELL | No matter how this south Lake County town develops and grows, it will have a tool in place to help make its infrastructure and facilities accessible to those with disabilities.

May 31, 2014 5:22 pm
NWI STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: Lowell woman develops tasty lip conditioner

NWI STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: Lowell woman develops tasty lip conditioner

When Marisa Alonso felt her creative self aching to be expressed in November, she melded her artistic and scientific experiences to create a clear, unisex lip conditioner flavored in tequila lime.

May 31, 2014 3:15 pm Photos

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Lowell endorses water conservation plan

LOWELL | The Town Council is aiming at greater water conservation, but it doesn't plan to cause hardship to residents or businesses.

May 27, 2014 8:42 pm

TEST 2: Teacher cutbacks loom in Tri-Creek School Corp. (copy)

LOWELL | Decreased funds and a declining enrollment have dealt a double whammy to the Tri-Creek School Corp. not known for cutting teachers.

May 26, 2014 11:00 pm

Teacher cutbacks loom in Tri-Creek School Corp.

LOWELL | Decreased funds and a declining enrollment have dealt a double whammy to the Tri-Creek School Corp. not known for cutting teachers.

May 26, 2014 11:00 pm

Lowell High Honor Society sponsors cancer walk

LOWELL | The Lowell High School National Honor Society chapter is sponsoring its first walk to support the American Cancer Society.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am

Tri-Creek seeks bids for transportation center

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Board is seeking bids on the construction of a transportation center next to Lowell Middle School at Cline Avenue and Belshaw Road.

May 24, 2014 12:00 am

Lowell joins pool for health care coverage

LOWELL | The Town Council is joining forces with other communities to reduce the cost of health care for its employees and the town.

May 19, 2014 12:00 am
Voyageurs bring history to life at Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park

Voyageurs bring history to life at Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park

HEBRON | Frolicking in stocking feet and 18th century dress, a young girl pulled a carved, wooden horse behind her as young lads in coonskin caps with faux flintlocks took aim.

May 17, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Dust Bunnys Maid Service

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Dust Bunnys Maid Service

Gertrude Navikas is proud of the work she and her employees accomplish for her Dust Bunnys Maid Service clients.

May 17, 2014 12:43 pm
State police remember fallen comrades

State police remember fallen comrades

LOWELL | With a darkening sky in the distance, the drone of bagpipes set the tone Tuesday for the Indiana State Police annual memorial service to honor fallen comrades.

May 13, 2014 6:56 pm Photos

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Lowell prepares water conservation measures

LOWELL | The Town Council will wait two weeks before putting water conservation measures onto the books for year-round enforcement.

May 12, 2014 8:56 pm

Tri-Creek faces prospects of teacher cuts

LOWELL | While the Tri-Creek School Corp. board has discussed for some time ways to boost student numbers and the district's pocketbook, the board is now faced with the possibility of cutting teaching positions for the bottom line.

May 10, 2014 5:15 pm
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