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Chesterton - Restaurant cook Will Hill breaks ice on the sidewalk outside Peggy Sue's Diner after a blizzard in Chesterton to get ready for customers that will bear the weather.
Valparaiso - Porter Hospital Intermediate Care Unit Director Cathy Pera, left, and Certified Nursing Assistant Kelly Edwards look over nurse scheduling in the Intermediate Care Unit, Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
After playing sparingly his first three years on Broadway, Andrean's Donovan Chandler has stepped up big time as a senior. Heading into today's Class 3A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium against Indianapolis Brebeuf, Chandler 41 receptions for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Shoppers purchase merchandise at J.C. Penny's inside Southlake Mall in Hobart on Black Friday, November 23, 2012.
Shoppers walk into the Lake County Target store after it opened at 4 a.m. for Black Friday in 2010.
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn throws the ball against Heritage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game. The 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has been compared to Finn…
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn rushes the ball against Heritage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game. The 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has been compared to Finn…
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn runs the ball against Heritage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game, which the 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has been compared to …
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn celebrates after a fumble recovery against Hertitage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game. The 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has b…
Keenan SimmonsSchool: Michigan CityGrade: SeniorHeight: 6-7Position: WingNickname: KeenoColleges recruiting me: Committed to Southern Illinois EdwardsvilleMy favorite basketball player, why: Kevin Durant, because he is such a unique player and has made being a positive role model for young p…
Andrean wide receiver Tylor Petkovich, 35, helped lead the 59ers to last year's Class 2A Northern Semistate against Fort Wayne Luers, a 35-21 loss. On Friday against West Lafayette, Petkovich said last season's pain will be a driving force in the 3A semistate.
Andrean wide receiver Tylor Petkovich, 35, has been driven by last year's Class 2A Northern Semistate loss to Fort Wayne Luers. On Friday, he wants to change the picture against West Lafayette in the 3A semistate.
The MonoSol operations plant in Portage. The growing company plans to hire 100 more employees over the next 18 months and to build another manufacturing facility.
Chicago - Munster resident Donna Sopko, a Bears season ticket holder since 1970, tailgates outside of Soldier Field in Chicago Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011.
Andrean's Ramon Guerrero helped lead his 59ers to the semistate last year as an offensive standout. This year his success has changed to the defensive side of the field.
In this August 2012 file photo, beachgoers enjoy the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Portage. An effort is underway attempting to link the Indiana Dunes with the Pullman State Historic Site on the city's South Side to create a Calumet Heritage Area for tourism to the region.
Phil Potempa: “Spending a relaxing weekend at the farm.”
Andrean volleyball coach Julie Wiejak, shown at last year's Plymouth Semistate, resigned from her post Monday and will return to the position Wednesday. No explanation was given for her resignation or return.
Andrean coach Julie Wiejak celebrates a point with her team during last season's Plymouth Semistate semifinal against Fairfield. Wiejak coached at Andrean for three seasons, her teams reaching the semistate both years. She resigned Monday.
Valparaiso's Fall Harvest Festival takes place in downtown Valparaiso on Oct. 25.
United States Senator Dan Coats talks with the Times Editorial Board, Friday, April 20, 2012.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore closed for business Tuesday due to the federal government shutdown. Campers were told to seek alternate accomodations.
Merrillville's Maggie Connelly has improved her focus this season by having fun on the course, thereby eliminating any pressure.
Longshoremen unload pieces of the world's most powerful crawler crane from a ship in summer 2012 at the Port of Indiana in Portage. Legislators are studying whether Northwest Indiana needs a second port.
Andrean's Lauren Stazinski, center, celebrates a point during the 2012 Class 3A Plymouth Semistate semifinal match against Fairfield. The senior played her best at the end of last season and has continued that success into her 2013 campaign.
Hobart quarterback Andrew Barras has carried on the tradition of his older brother, Matt Barras, who graduated in 2009 as a Brickie QB. Hobart is off to a 2-0 start heading into tonight's game against Griffith.
Brad Bumgardner, an Indiana Dunes State Park interpretive naturalist, kneels next to the propeller salvaged from the J.D. Marshall, a wooden sand sucker that shipwrecked just off the shoreline in June 1911.
A display on the J.D. Marshall tells Michigan City Lighthouse Museum visitors about the shipwreck in Lake Michigan off the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Hammond coach Eric Schreiber, left, stands on the sidelines during the Wildcats' game against Lowell last fall. The Griffith grad knows Hammond's great history and is working hard to get the 'Cats back on top. The daily grind of inner-city life has been a drain on his program building.
E.C. Central football coach Stacy Adams led his Cardinals to a school-record 9-2 season last fall and was named The Times Coach of the Year. With 23 seniors and a roster filled with talent, Adams hopes to lead the Cardinals to their first sectional championship in school history.
High school boys cross country numbers in the region are down at many schools this season except for powerhouse programs like Valparaiso, Chesterton, Crown Point and Lake Central.
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Merrillville - Linda Woloshansky, president and CEO of The Center of Workforce Innovations in Valparaiso, speaks to the crowd gathered at the Northwest Indiana Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Friday, March 9, 2012. Woloshansky and four others were selected for the 2012 honor.
February 1998: Gary Mayor Scott King unveils redevelopment plan for downtown Gary, pitching it as “everybody's neighborhood.” Plan includes steel, art and civil rights museum and possibly a minor-league baseball stadium between 8th and 9th avenues.
Waves driven by high winds pummel the historic lighthouse at Washington Park beach in Michigan City.
Michigan City - People walk around restoration areas at Mt. Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Michigan City - A sign warns people to stay out of a protected area at Mt. Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Erosion at Mt. Baldy is pushing the dune away from the lakeshore.
Crown Point offensive lineman Sean Jones, shown here at last year's Times Preseason All-Area photo shoot, will play in the North-South All-Star game on Friday. His father, Christopher, died May 19, 2012. Sean plans on giving everything he has to honor his dad.
Valparaiso - Contestants in the 4-H rooster crowing contest stand around a circle of tables and roosters during the competition at the Porter County Fair.
Hebron - Stone Ridge training center owner Dave DeWell washes a stallion named Cbar at the center in Hebron.
Russ and Nancy Adams sold the Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso to the Luke Co.
A Bass Pro Shops anchors commercial land at Ameriplex at the Port in Portage. Bass Pro is considered to be a draw for other retail development, but construction at Ameriplex slowed after the recession began in 2008.
Bass Pro Shops opened at the Ameriplex at the Port in Portage in February 2007, and Quaker Steak and Lube, Longhorn Steakhouse and Country Inn and Suites all followed with construction before the Great Recession hit. The owner of Ameriplex, Holladay Properties, only this year again started l…
Michigan City - Onyx Brick Chicken, front, with a braised short rib appetizer at William B's Steakhouse in the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.
Valparaiso resident Ed Byrne takes photographs of daffodils at Ogden Gardens in Valparaiso.
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