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A Northwest Indiana resident wants to preserve some small-town, big-screen Hoosier basketball history. Ron Niess is on the board of the Milan 54 – Hoosiers Museum, which is going into an old bank building in downtown Milan, about 240 miles south of the Region. Milan is a small town that a lot of people know thanks to their 1954 high school boys basketball upset of Muncie Central for the state championship during the days of the single-class tourney, and the season and game are chronicled in film history in the movie Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman as the team's coach. Niess says the museum has the unique opportunity to purchase the “Hoosiers Collection”... the largest collection of Hoosiers movie props and uniforms known in existence... and they need to raise 40-thousand dollars by March 31st:
The museum is scheduled to open June 6th, and they hope to have the producer and writer of “Hoosiers” there for the festivities. You can hear our interview with Ron Niess here at our website at On Demand. For more info on donating toward the purchase of the movie uniforms and props, visit www.milan54.org or call 812-530-6789 .
Sgt. Blayne Peterson, a health care specialist from 7203rd Medical Support Unit, Hobart, Ind., takes a written exam part of the Army Reserve Medical Command’s prestigious “Best Warrior Competition” at the C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park, Fla., March 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Marnie Jacobowitz/Released)
A Region native is among soldiers selected to compete in the Army Reserve Medical Command's prestigious “Best Warrior Competition” in Florida this week. 21-year-old Sgt. Blayne Peterson, a health care specialist from 7203rd Medical Support Unit in Hobart is a 2010 graduate of Winamac Community High School, and currently works as a physician substitute with Saturn Bio-Medical, working toward becoming a nurse practitioner at IUPUI.
Story by Lt. Col. Michele Sutak
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - Sgt. Blayne Peterson, a health care specialist from 7203rd Medical Support Unit, Hobart, Ind., is competing in the Army Reserve Medical Command’s prestigious “Best Warrior Competition” here and Camp Blanding, Fla., March 22-30, 2013. He is one of only 10 soldiers of the 9,500-strong AR-MEDCOM Warriors to be selected to compete for this honor.
Peterson, 21, a Winamac, Ind., native, is representing Central Medical Area Readiness Support Group from Fort Sheridan, Ill., besting more than a thousand soldiers from that command to advance to the next level.
“I wanted to be the best at what I do,” said Peterson, who deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. “This competition allows me to go against other great competitors and see how I stack up against the rest of the force.”
As a 2010 graduate of Winamac Community High School, he currently works as a physician substitute with Saturn Bio-Medical, and is working toward becoming a nurse practitioner at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Being a civilian one day and serve my country the next day is very rewarding,” said Peterson, whose following in the footsteps of his grandfathers, great uncles, uncles and two brothers, serving in the military. “I will always be a soldier first, and I get to share that with my civilian friends and family as well.”
The Best Warrior Competition was developed by retired Sergeant Major of the Army Jack Tilley in 2002 as a test of a soldier’s physical endurance, military knowledge, current events, and mental perseverance. The competition is an opportunity for Warrior’s to highlight their military skills in a competitive environment and measures how well they perform under stress.
The grueling five day event competition taxes each soldier mentally and physically. It includes a timed written exam, physical fitness test, and a number of mentally and physically challenging exercises including a 10 kilometer road march, M-4 rifle qualification, urban warfare orienteering, an Army Combatives Tournament –and a Mystery Event.
Peterson began the competition at unit level, rising to command level and continuing on to higher command intended to select the noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier of the Year for AR-MEDCOM. The winner advances to train and prepare through U. S. Army Reserve Command, and upon winning will go on to represent the Army Reserve Command to the Army wide ‘Best Warrior’ Competition to be held later in the year.
The Army Reserve Medical Command has been represented at the top Army event in 2009 by Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler, a medical logistics NCO from Three Forks, Mont., at the Department of the Army level competition.
Here's some Hoosier Lottery history for Powerball: the Hoosier state has seen 38 Powerball jackpot wins. A Hoosier Lottery player laid claim to the very first Powerball jackpot win in the first Powerball drawing in April 1992, and since then, Hoosier Lottery retailers have gone on to sell jackpot-winning Powerball tickets 37 more times -- more than any other jurisdiction.
Two of the game’s top ten ranking jackpots -- $314.3 million and $295 million -- were also scored in Indiana.
TOP POWERBALL JACKPOTS WON IN INDIANA:
1. $314.3 million won by Coterel-Hiles Family of Dayton, Ohio, on a ticket purchased at Speedway in Richmond in August 2007
2. $295.7 million claimed by Lucky 13 Trust on a ticket purchased at Speedway in Richmond in July 1998
3. $221.7 million won by Darin Fox and Todd Reardon on a ticket purchased at Circle K in Clarksville in April 2011
4. $165 million claimed by GMTR Investments, LLC on a ticket purchased at Circle K in Lawrenceburg in January 2009
Saturday’s jackpot is the largest in the game since last November’s historic $587.5 million run culminated with jackpot winners in Missouri and Arizona. Powerball is now played in 42 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Powerball tickets in Indiana stays in Indiana.
Roads are slick and snow-covered this morning around the Region. Some areas, especially southern portions of northwest Indiana, still have Winter Weather Advisories posted, with Winter Storm Warnings still in effect south of Newton and Jasper Counties. Interstate 65 is icy south of the Crown Point/Lowell area and State Road 2.
(National Weather Service Chicago)
About four days into Spring, the Region is in for a Winter storm, but varying amounts of snow are expected. Then, we could get lake effect. The National Weather Service in Chicago says this system is expected to bring a Spring snow storm to Mid-America late Saturday evening through Monday morning. Accumulating snowfall is possible north of Interstate 80, while in far southern counties heavy snow is possible. Forecasters with the National Weather Service also say widespread snow may become lake enhanced resulting in locally higher amounts from Chicago south and in far Northwest Indiana.
Hebron-native Brandon Fisel, Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University, says initially we may see one-to-three inches of snow on Sunday, with a total of three-to-six inches by Monday morning due to lake effect snow Sunday night. Hear more of our interview with Fisel here at our website at On Demand.
The Senate pulled an all-nighter, passing a three-point-seven billion dollar budget proposal early this (Saturday) morning. It's a very different proposal than the the budget approved the House, and the two will need to be reconciled. Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly issued a statement this morning, after voting in favor of the Senate spending plan:
“I think we need to cut spending and make changes to our tax code as we work our way back to a balanced budget. The budget proposal I voted for today is not perfect, but it is balanced: it would cut spending by nearly $1 trillion and close tax unnecessary loopholes. Even more important, it would not balance the budget by turning Medicare into a voucher program or by raising taxes on middle class families.
“There is no issue greater than getting more Hoosiers back to work, so I was pleased to vote for two important amendments during this debate, both of which passed the Senate, to help create jobs for Hoosiers. I was joined by every Republican senator and 32 of my Democratic colleagues in voting to repeal the medical device tax, which is inhibiting the growth of some of Indiana’s most important jobs creators. I also supported a bipartisan amendment advocating for the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which would create tens of thousands of jobs and help lessen our dependence on foreign oil. I will continue focusing on job creation when I travel across Indiana next week meeting with community leaders to discuss how we can continue to grow our state’s economy.
“Now it is time for both parties to come to the table to make the tough choices necessary to further cut spending and move toward a balanced budget as we aim to create a stronger country for our children and grandchildren.”
A Lake County woman has claimed a 150-thousand dollar Hoosier Lottery prize. Lottery officials say Melissa Watts of Munster walked into a Citgo on 45th Street in Munster Wednesday to buy a Powerball ticket., and while she was in there, decided to try her luck on a Lucky Loot ticket as well... and the scratch-off was a big win. No one hit the Powerball jackpot that night, so it's now up to an estimated 320-million dollars for tonight's drawing.
First District Congressman Pete Visclosky has joined a bipartisan group of legislators in supporting the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act of 2013, a measure designed to crack down on foreign currency manipulators. Visclosky says the bill would help to level the playing field for American workers by providing the administration with the ability to combat the artificial devaluation of currency. Visclosky says currency manipulation policies significantly hamper domestic job creation, allowing foreign countries to export their products at below-market prices.
“For Northwest Indiana workers, each and every single day is a fight against foreign nations like China that illegally prop up their industries with artificial currency controls,” Congressman Visclosky said. “I will not stand aside while we welcome illegally-subsidized imports into the country at the expense of American workers. I urge my colleagues to pass this commonsense, bipartisan legislation and send it to the President’s desk without delay.”
Currency manipulation policies significantly hamper domestic job creation, allowing foreign countries to export their products at below-market prices. The Peterson Institute for International Economics noted that "half or more of excess U.S. unemployment – the extent to which current joblessness exceeds the full employment level – is attributable to currency manipulation by foreign governments.” The nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute estimates that the U.S. trade deficit with China alone cost over 2.7 million jobs from 2001-2011.
Pelath says while Indiana's unemployment rate inched up a third of a percent, there have been no efforts to create a significant number of jobs. Pelath says Republicans have spent public tax dollars for business tax deductions, abatements, and loan guarentees, yet nothing has been down to empower consumers or workers.
State Representative Chuck Moseley, of Portage, last week expressed a similar frustration, after legislation to assist Indiana's steel industry with reduced income tax rates and additional economic incentives to encourage the manufacture of wind turbines components using steel produced in Indiana, instead in China, was shot down by House Republicans.
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For a third time since taking office as Indiana's 50th top executive, Governor Mike Pence was back in the Region this afternoon to honor former Senator Richard Lugar and local business leaders at the Times Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame luncheon at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville.
Governor Pence, Congressman Pete Visclosky and junior Congressman Todd Rokita all lavished praise on the former senator, who received a lifetime achievement award.
The governor said, “today we're paying one small deposit in a debt of gratitude to American statesman.” The governor acknowledge the former senator's lengthy career in public service including
serving on a school board and two terms as mayor of Indianapolis for which Lugar was cited for starting voluntary desegregation.
Senator Lugar expressed his appreciation to the mainly business audience, “I thank you especially for this opportunity to express the love I have for Northwest Indiana, for each of you who have done so much to bring new insight to me and to all who have counted upon you.”
Along with the former senator's award, area business leaders were honored at the luncheon for leaving an “indelible mark on the Region.” Those leaders acknowledged included Tom Collins Sr. of Luke Oil and County Line Orchard in Hobart, Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes of Edgewater Systems, Tom Sourlis, of Mortar Net, and Stephen Teibel of Teibel's Restaurant.
You can hear the award ceremony luncheon available On Demand at: http://www.regionnewsteam.com
Times, Bill Masterson Jr., Governor Mike Pence, Congressman Pete Visclosky, Jr. Congressman Todd Rokita
Times, Bill Masterson Jr., and former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar
It seems Old man Winter isn't done with us quite yet, as a storm system is expected to blast the region Sunday into Monday. Meteorology Graduate Student at Iowa State University, Brandon Fisel, says initially, we can see one-to-three inches of snow on Sunday, with a total of three-to-six inches by Monday morning due to lake-effect snow Sunday night.
Fisel says while this could make for a another rough start to the work week, it will tapper off making the evening commute much easier. As for the rest of the March, the Hebron native says expect below-average temperatures, and dryer conditions, with no accumulating precipitation until April. The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Storm Watch for parts of the region, Sunday through Monday morning.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 20 year old Calumet City man charged with killing a 15 year old Hammond girl and wounding her 19 year old cousin over the weekend, had his bond set at ten-million dollars today. Published reports say Eric Brown, who was apprehended by authorities on Thursday, is charged with two-counts of murder, and one-count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Ashaya Miller and Dahnyah Williams were in the kitchen of the William's Calumet City home Sunday night, when they were shot at through a window. Miller was pronounced dead at an Oak lawn hospital, while Williams at last check remains hospitalized. The family is reportedly holding a vigil tonight, outside the home where shooting occurred.
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An investigation into a small jet that crashed into a South Bend neighborhood Sunday, killing two-people, including University of Oklahoma football legend, 60-year-old Steve Davis, continues. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board results of their preliminary investigation are anticipated to be released sometime next week.
The small fixed wing multi-engine plane crashed right into homes after the pilot of the plane reported loss of power and hydraulics. The crash happened near the South Bend regional airport. Two other people on the plane and one person on the ground were at last word still hospitalized.
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An appeal made to keep the Gary/Chicago International Airport tower open was rejected today by the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport is one of 149 across the country will close on April 7th, as part of the agency's sequestration implementation plan. Published reports say despite the loss of the control tower, Allegiant Air will continue two flights a week from Gary to Florida.
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- Indiana Pearl Harbor Survivor Passes Away
- Indiana Recovers Insurance Proceeds
- Two Armed Robberies in Portage Today
- Spring? Here? Where?
- Gary Schools Ordered to Lease Building
- Responders Build 'Wall' in Flood Drill
- High Court Halts Lake Co Judge Move
- Purdue Cal Child Center Staying Open
- Hammond Police Warn of Scammers
- Heavy Snow on the Way?
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