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National Leader of the VFW to Stop in the Region

The National Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be making a visit to the VFW Post 717 in St. John Thursday morning, April 24, 2014.   According to the St. John VFW, Commander William A."Bill" Thien (photo) will be...
 

Tip Leads Police to Underage Drinking Party

A police tip of an underage drinking party in Highland on Saturday leads to 27 arrests.  Police reports say upon arrival to the 3600 block of 38th St., Highland police were able to see 40 to 45 people and a...
 

Obama Signs Indiana Disaster Declaration

Those in certain counties in the region whose property was ravaged by severe winter storms in January received good news today.  President Obama declared a major disaster in the State of Indiana ordering federal aid on Tuesday to supplement state...
 

Valparaiso Indiana Reaches out to Valparaiso Chile

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Valparaiso Indiana is reaching out to help its namesake city in Chile where nearly two weeks ago a devastating fire took at least 15 lives and destroyed over 2-thousand homes, making tens of thousands homeless.
During a Tuesday press conference...
 

Annual Arbor Day Tradition continues in East Chicago

To inspire the East Chicago Community to plant, take care of and celebrate trees, the City's park board is holding its annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony this Friday.
The event will be held from 10am to 11am at MacArthur...
 

Pence Commends Coats on Sound Regulation Act

Governor Mike Pence sent a letter today commending Indiana Senator Dan Coats for his work on the Sound Regulation Act, that was written to help Hoosier businesses focus on creating jobs instead of federal regulations.  Governor Pence says, that, "Every...
 

Railcats High School Challenge Schedule Update

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Hold on to those tickets from last night's game between Kouts and Morgan Township as the game has been postponed until Wednesday, May 7th at 5pm.  That's when, according to a Railcats press release, the game will pick up in...
 

Jasper, Newton Receive FEMA Grants for January Storm

Two northwest Indiana counties will receive Federal Emergency Management Agency grants to assist local governments for damage from the winter storm that impact much of the state in early January. Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced today that the grants will...
 

EDCMC Finalizes Long Term Strategic Initiative

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The Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City today announced it has finalized a long-term strategic initiative that outlines action towards creating a local sustainable business environment. Executive Director Clarence Hulse told the Region News Team Michigan City has many great...
 

Valpo Works to Assist Valpo, Chile After Devastating Fire

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A press conference will be held at 1pm this afternoon at Valparaiso City Hall regarding efforts to assist the city of Valparaiso, Chile, which is recovering from a devastating fire on Saturday. The fire killed at least 12 people and...
 

Portage FD Seeking Applications for Firefighters

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The Portage Fire Department reports they are currently seeking applications for firefighters through May 16 th . Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 35 and an Indiana Certified EMT at the date of hire. Application forms are...
   

ATI Castings in LaPorte Announces Its Closing in June

A die castings maker in LaPorte reports it is closing its doors on June 18 th due to poor economic conditions. ATI Castings, located in the 300 block of Philadelphia Street, employs about 120 people. City officials state a meeting...

   

Education Roundtable Approves New Education Standards

On Monday the Education Roundtable approved new Indiana education standards to replace the national “Common Core” education standards. Indiana Governor Mike Pence called the new standards, “uncommonly high” and were written by Hoosiers for Hoosiers, crafted through a transparent process...

   

Several Mayors in Lake County Recognized

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Several mayors in Lake County recently received certificates for their efforts to learn how to better run their city's government. Hoosier mayors are invited to participate in the Mayors Institute in Indianapolis to achieve certification through enhanced leadership training and...
   

AUDIO: March of Dimes March for Babies Events

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Various March of Dimes “Walk for Babies” events taking place this weekend in northwest Indiana. Our own Steve Zana has more in this addition of the “219” with Courtney Nicole Jurick. 
To hear the interview, click News Audio On Demand...
   

Griffith Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

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An investigation continues into a fatal shooting in Griffith Monday afternoon. Griffith Police report 42 year old Nina Castro, of Chicago, was discovered dead in the parking lot of Saint Mary's School, in the 500 block of North Broad Street,...

   

B-ball Great to Deliver Inspirational Speech in Gary

Next Monday, April 28, 2014, the Gary Community School Corporation is teaming up with a legendary NBA player to host a special event at the Genesis Convention Center.  
Chelsea Whittington of the City of Gary says Former Los Angeles Laker...
   

Taltree Arboretum to Celebrate Earth Day Arbor Day

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In celebration of National Earth Day, visitors can enjoy free admissionTuesday, April 22, 2014 at Taltree (tall-tree) Arboretum and Gardens in Valparaiso--and the nature observances continue this weekend .  According to a Taltree press release,  on Arbor Day, Friday, April...
   

Meals On Wheels NWI Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

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A lot of volunteers keeps the Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana rolling along and all of them are to be honored at a luncheon at at the Avalon Manor, Merrillville, on Wednesday, April 23,2014.
The organization's website says more...
   

Gary, State Rep. Brown to Receive Legislative Award

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State Representative Charlie Brown of Gary is one of eight Indiana legislators named a recipient of the 2014 Legislative Champion Award.  The award given out by the Indiana Association of Area Agencies for specific efforts made by lawmakers during the...
   

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