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Northcote Avenue Bridge undergoing unique rehab

Northcote Avenue Bridge undergoing unique rehab

Sandbagging Northcote Avenue Bridge as seen here in 2008 will no longer be required once rehab is completed in the fall.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Artie Equihua, Crown Point

Artie Equihua, Crown Point

Crown Point quarterback Artie Equihua eludes the rush of Lowell's Adam Felder in their Aug. 22 opener.

August 30, 2014 5:00 pm
Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Parade Float Sculpture

Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Parade Float Sculpture

Valparaiso artist and designer Kathy Brown, who has been creating popcorn parade floats for 25 years, places glasses on an Orville Redenbacher figurine, constructed entirely of corn products on a paper mache base, during the construction of Purdue University North Central's 2011 entry for th…

August 30, 2014 12:00 am
Comedienne Joan Rivers with Times Columnist Philip Potempa on July 22, 2014 in Chicago

Comedienne Joan Rivers with Times Columnist Philip Potempa on July 22, 2014 in Chicago

Comedienne Joan Rivers with Times columnist Philip Potempa at a party July 22 in Chicago.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am
Kelsey Tyler, Kailee Schoof, Alison Mundell

Kelsey Tyler, Kailee Schoof, Alison Mundell

New Prairie's Kelsey Tyler, left, LaPorte's Kailee Schoof and Valparaiso's Alison Mundell race toward the finish line at last year's Chesterton Sectional. Schoof will be one of the favorites to win the title this season.

August 29, 2014 5:00 pm
NWI Preps app brings action and stories to your fingertips

NWI Preps app brings action and stories to your fingertips

Crown Point High School's Abby Kvachkoff played volleyball, basketball and tennis for the Bulldogs. She earned The Times' Indiana female athlete of the year honors.

August 29, 2014 12:00 am
NWI Preps app brings action and stories to your fingertips

NWI Preps app brings action and stories to your fingertips

Kouts' Jake Bekelya, left, celebrates after scoring the winning run against Morgan Township at the IHSSA Class A Westville Baseball Sectional. His best friend Max Everaert, shown running out to greet him, is scheduled to undergo surgery today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago afte…

August 29, 2014 12:00 am
Chesterton's Sammi Ostrom goes up for a block against Lake Central's Victoria Gardenhire

Chesterton's Sammi Ostrom goes up for a block against Lake Central's Victoria Gardenhire

Chesterton's Sammi Ostrom goes up for a block against Lake Central in a recent game. She earned a spot on a talented varsity roster and made the school's advanced orchestra as a cellist in her freshman year.  

August 28, 2014 8:53 pm
8. LaPorte (NR) 1-0

8. LaPorte (NR) 1-0

LaPorte's Charles Salary ran for 336 yards and scored six touchdowns in last week's season opener. He leads the region in both those categories, plus points.

August 28, 2014 3:30 pm
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton's Shelby Snyder, left and Sammi Ostrom celebrate a point in the season opener at Andrean. Ostrom is also a cellist in the school's advanced orchestra.

August 25, 2014 9:26 pm
Mount Carmel team captains

Mount Carmel team captains

Mount Carmel team captains hoist the 7A State championship trophy in DeKalb last November.

August 25, 2014 9:20 pm
Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton vs Andrean, Girls volleyball

Chesterton's Sammi Ostrom, left, looks to spike over Andrean's Meranda Garcia in a recnt game against Andrean. Ostrom's other love is playing cello.

August 25, 2014 8:12 pm
M4A1E8 Sherman Medium Tank

M4A1E8 Sherman Medium Tank

A young girl salutes with her brothers both during the rededication of the Griffith War Memorial and Sherman Tank, in 2009.

August 25, 2014 12:18 pm
Fall Calendar

Fall Calendar

Visitors load themselves and their pumpkins onto a tractor after visiting a pumpkin patch at County Line Orchard in Hobart.

August 24, 2014 9:50 pm
PUMPKINS02, Pumpkin harvest strong this year

PUMPKINS02, Pumpkin harvest strong this year

Visitors prepare to walk their finds back to a tractor after visiting a pumpkin patch at County Line Orchard in Hobart.

August 24, 2014 9:51 pm
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Visitors to Kregal's Pumpkin Patch in Lowell pick out their perfect pumpkin. There's an event for everyone in The Times Fall Calendar.

August 24, 2014 9:45 pm
Zac Mitchell

Zac Mitchell

Zac Mitchell slides into second for a double as Kansas City's Vladamir Frias watches for the throw during a regular-season game at U.S. Steel Yard. The RailCats missed the playoffs by one game.

August 24, 2014 3:59 pm
Tim Echols, Hammond

Tim Echols, Hammond

Hammond's Tim Echols fights for extra yards after a reception against E.C. Central in the Wildcats 34-21 win over the Cardinals last Friday. Echols finished with three catches for 134 yards and one score.

August 22, 2014 9:57 pm
Artie Equihua, Crown Point

Artie Equihua, Crown Point

Crown Point quarterback Artie Equihua finds an open gap in the Lowell defense on his way to an 86-yard run. The Bulldogs junior has over 200 yards rushing and passing in two games.

August 22, 2014 9:39 pm
Artie Equihua, Crown Point

Artie Equihua, Crown Point

Quarterback Artie Equihua shouts to teammates during Crown Point's game against Lowell.

August 22, 2014 9:38 pm
Bowman Academy at Hanover Central

Bowman Academy at Hanover Central

With 287 yards and three TDs in last week's season opener, Bowman Academy quarterback Brandon Boatner leads passers in the region.

August 22, 2014 9:22 pm
Michael Hubbard, Bowman Academy

Michael Hubbard, Bowman Academy

Bowman Academy's Michael Hubbard looks down field for an opening as he runs the ball against Hanover Central last Friday night. He is also an honor roll student at Bowman.

August 22, 2014 9:21 pm
Hanover Central has only one title to shoot for

Hanover Central has only one title to shoot for

Teammates celebrate after Hanover Central's Daquon McDonald scored a touchdown in Week 1 against Bowman Academy. With the Wildcats not joining the state tournament until 2015, the only championship they can win is the GSSC's South Division.

August 22, 2014 9:22 pm
Clark-Whiting

Clark-Whiting

This may not be at the top of the state's chart, but walk down 119th Street for this "Battle" it will seem like Pierogi Fest on steroids. It is tied for the second longest continuous rivalry in the state, 80 straight years. In recent years the opener of the neighborhood slugfest has been pla…

August 22, 2014 8:10 pm
Boone Grove-Wheeler

Boone Grove-Wheeler

The rivalry is actually rooted in basketball and the Porter County Conference, of which neither are a member in football, though they now are both part of the South Division of the Greater South Shore Conference. About 11 miles and 20 minutes separate the schools, which began playing footbal…

August 22, 2014 12:00 am
Hobart-Lowell

Hobart-Lowell

It's doubtful Lowell fans, today, remember 1994. It's quite sure Brickies fans do. That was the year little-known Lowell beat the mighty Brickies 28-25 in the regional and advanced to the semistate. That kick-started Lowell football. Now, the programs are in the same conference and play bone…

August 22, 2014 12:00 am
Lake Central-Munster

Lake Central-Munster

Another neighborhood rivalry that has lasted the test of time. Both programs have had "up" years, but strangely it seems to alternate. Both teams were good last year and the Mustangs shocked the state by pounding the Indians 27-9. The house was rocking so don't bother knocking. Like C.P.-Low…

August 22, 2014 12:00 am
Chesterton-Valparaiso

Chesterton-Valparaiso

It's 6.8 miles of Meridian Road between the Porter County schools, which are two of three charter members of the Duneland Athletic Conference. Valpo has won 38 of the 60 meetings dating back to 1961, but it's even over the last dozen meetings. Chesterton had five coaches during the Valpo ten…

August 22, 2014 12:00 am
Griffith-Andrean

Griffith-Andrean

Like most of us, this one isn't what it once was. From the mid 1990s through 2011, this one was No. 1 in the area. Nicknamed "Catholics vs. Convicts" by some in the former era, some of these games were instant classics, ramped up when the two were in the same sectional. Tommy Finn is still a…

August 22, 2014 12:00 am
River Forest-Lake Station

River Forest-Lake Station

Once nicknamed "The Hillbilly Army-Navy game," due to the large number of steel workers in the two districts up from Dixie, this may be the fiercest of 'em all. Rivals live across the street and sometimes on bunk beds. While neither program has been dominant in recent years, this one still i…

August 22, 2014 12:00 am
Crown Point-Lowell

Crown Point-Lowell

This rivalry first kicked off in 1906, when Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House. C.P. dominated early and holds a 61-40-2 advantage, but since Kirk Kennedy rebuilt Lowell's program in the early 1990s it's been a closely contested 'Dog fight ever since. "The Leather Helmet Game" has a p…

August 22, 2014 12:00 am
T.F. South quarterback Cody Petrich runs the ball against Lemont

T.F. South quarterback Cody Petrich runs the ball against Lemont

T.F. South quarterback Cody Petrich, shown here in a 2013 game against Lemont, said he took a hit last year in a game against Bremen and missed a whole series.

August 21, 2014 9:49 pm
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Nate Wallace, of Westfield, eats a hot dog with his family last year at the annual Popcorn Festival in Valparaiso. This year's event is Sept. 6.

August 21, 2014 4:21 pm
U.S. Sen. Richard "Dick" Lugar

U.S. Sen. Richard "Dick" Lugar

Former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind.

August 21, 2014 12:00 am
Hoosier Lottery hits jackpot with record sales, profits

Hoosier Lottery hits jackpot with record sales, profits

The Hoosier Lottery marked record sales and profits in 2013 through an agreement with a private firm, with ticket sales reaching the $1 billion mark for the first time.

August 19, 2014 12:25 pm
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 32: Meyer's Castle

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 32: Meyer's Castle

The South Shore in 100 Objects: Meyer's Castle

August 19, 2014 12:00 am
Chicago skyline

Chicago skyline

The Chicago skyline can be seen from Whiting in this photo.

August 18, 2014 5:59 pm
Habitat groups build on success

Habitat groups build on success

Star Washington partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana to receive a home in Hammond.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Habitat groups build on success

Habitat groups build on success

Javaze Hart, right, of Lansing, and her children, Keith Johnson Jr., 9, and Artenice Johnson, 20, stand in front of their new home in Lansing in November 2013. The home was constructed through the Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs organization.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Ritz visits Munster High

Ritz visits Munster High

In this April 2014 photo, Indiana State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz, right, gets a tour of Munster High School, including the pool area, from Principal Mike Wells, left, and then Munster Schools Superintendent Richard Sopko.

August 15, 2014 7:00 pm
Diamond Cody Cooper

Diamond Cody Cooper

Diamond Cody Cooper, who reopened a well-known Gary tattoo parlor in 2013 formerly owned by his father, was killed in a traffic crash in July in Hobart.

August 15, 2014 8:26 am
Carmelite Monastery in Munster

Carmelite Monastery in Munster

Father Bruno works near a monument to Pope John Paul II at the Carmelite Monastery in Munster. Among the items at the shrine are a papal vestment worn by the pope.

August 15, 2014 12:00 am
Torian Lewis in action

Torian Lewis in action

T.F. South's Torian Lewis said he prefers hitting rather than waiting five days to get into pads.

August 14, 2014 11:22 pm
Mark Barnhizer, Gavit

Mark Barnhizer, Gavit

New Gavit athletic director Mark Barnhizer speaks with his Elkhart Memorial squad at Valparaiso University in the 2010 Region Roundball Rumble. Barnhizer replaces Brandon Ridenour as athletic director and boys basketball coach.

August 12, 2014 8:47 pm
Jerry Houston in 2013 Class 4A title game

Jerry Houston in 2013 Class 4A title game

Mount Carmel's Jerry Houston crosses home plate against Libertyville during the sixth inning of the 2013 Class 4A state title game in Joliet. Houston transferred from Oregon to Missouri.

August 12, 2014 6:34 pm
Something That Works: Corporate partnerships with healthcare centers are a win-win for employees

Something That Works: Corporate partnerships with healthcare centers are a win-win for employees

Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness instructor Heather Hanas mixes activities with free weights and a step bench for the Body Pump Class.

August 12, 2014 9:00 am
Community Conversation on Education, Gary

Community Conversation on Education, Gary

State Sen. Earline Rogers, center, is joined by state Rep. Vernon Smith, left, and Gary teacher Denise Johnson for last May's Community Conversation on Education to discuss strategies to advance learning, enhance student engagement and improve schools.

August 12, 2014 12:00 am
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 33: Cedar Lake

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 33: Cedar Lake

If it's the 4th of July, it's time for Cedar Lake Summerfest and the Great American Cardboard Boat Race on the lakefront of the Park of the Red Cedars at the Cedar Lake Town Complex. Crews race cardboard boats, held together with glue and prayers, while hundreds of landlubbers pack the shore…

August 07, 2014 12:00 am
Valpo's Radio One stations sold to Adams Group

Valpo's Radio One stations sold to Adams Group

Len Ellis, right, stands with son Leigh Ellis in the main studio of Radio One Communications' headquarters in Valparaiso in November 2009.

August 06, 2014 1:00 pm
Jim Nabors (center) with Times Columnist Philip Potempa (right) and his Mother Peggy Potempa (left)

Jim Nabors (center) with Times Columnist Philip Potempa (right) and his Mother Peggy Potempa (left)

Jim Nabors (center) with Times Columnist Philip Potempa (right) and his mother Peggy (left) in 2000.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am
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