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Volunteers Needed for July 12th Valpo Triathlon

The Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation are putting out a call for volunteers for the Valpo Triathlon to be held the morning of July 12th.  Race Director Barbie Johnson says volunteers are needed for all areas of the sprint...

Airport Community Planning Session Open to Public

Region residents who wish to express their pinon on plans to develop the area around the Gary/Chicago International Airport can weigh in.  The City of Gary, the Airport Authority and AFCO/AvPorts will host a land planning charrette (shuh-ret) at Indiana University Northwest today to bring together local and regional public officials, businesses, educators, real estate professionals, community leaders and representatives to craft a vision around development in and around the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

Only four months after the approval of the historic public-private partnership at the airport, which includes a $100 million long-term investment, this charrette establishes a broad development vision to lay the foundation for achieving specific job and revenue creating activities in and around Gary.

The morning will consist of sessions with key stakeholders working together in small groups to address topics in five critical subject areas. The groups will present their findings and ideas for review and discussion to a panel including:

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, City of Gary

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Rep. Ed Soliday, State of Indiana, Transportation Committee Chairman

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Denise Dillard, Gary/Chicago Airport Authority Board Member & Lake County Appointee

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Harley Snyder, Regional Development Authority, Board Member and PPP Ad Hoc Committee Member

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  A representative from the Gary Redevelopment Commission

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Michael Zonsius, Chief Financial Officer, Chicago Department of Aviation

The public is invited to participate in the review of the recommendations from 1:00p.m. – 4:30p.m. in Raintree Hall Main Auditorium, Room 102. Community participants will be able to provide comments in each of the subject areas: on-airport development, off-airport development, workforce development and local hiring, environment and sustainability, and transportation.

The land planning charrette is timely given the recently announced partnership with Carmeuse Lime, the City of Gary, and the Gary Redevelopment Commission.


“The City of Gary is building momentum in attracting the types of private sector partners that provide job growth and business opportunities for Gary residents,” said Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “This charrette collects our ideas and in partnership with the public, private partners, and subject matter experts, we can bring these ideas from concept to reality.”


The event’s organization and execution was supported significantly by IUN, NIRPC , the Tri-State Regional Alliance, and the Chicago Central Area Committee.  Following the charrette, a vision document will be produced summarizing the results, comments and feedback attained from the event. The completed document will be posted on the City of Gary web page and available at Gary City Hall in printed form.

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Cancer Survivors Face Significant Economic Burdens

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A person who beats and survives cancer faces another daunting challenge.   According to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, along with facing physical, emotional, psychosocial, employment and financial...

Hoosiers: Purchase Fireworks from Licensed Vendors

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With fireworks season on the horizon, the Indiana State Fire Marshall reminds Hoosiers to purchase fireworks only from licensed fireworks vendors.  According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, fireworks vendors of any kind must be licensed to sell fireworks in Indiana, and must have a permit from the I-D-H-S's Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the StateFire Marshall.  Fireworks vendor permits must displayed on the wall in the stores.  Officials say, if you don't see a permit, ask an employee to see it.  If the permit can't be produced, call the State Fire marshall at (317) 232-2222.

Only those 18 years of age orlder can purchase fireworks.  Without a special permit, it is only legal to buy 1.4G consumer fireworks.  This includes bottle rockets and fire crackers, among others, according to the IDHS.

For information on Indiana's fireworks law, visit

Tips to Lake County Crime Hotline Lead to 4 Arrests

Information to the Lake County Sheriff's Department Report a Crime Hotline that triggered an investigation leads to drug related arrests in Gary and Hammond.  Police reports say, the Lake County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence...

Juvenile Faces Weapons Charge in La Porte

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A La Porte juvenile is facing a weapons charge after police investigate suspicious activity in a La Porte neighborhood early Thursday morning.  According to reports, at around 3 am, La Porte Police responded to a report of a subject attempting...

Actions of Alert Region Resident Results in Arrests

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Highland Police credit an alert resident who acted quickly for helping nab three burglary suspects in Highland.  Reports say on Tuesday the police department received a call from a Highland resident who reported glass breaking and saw suspects entering a...

Mayor Meer Seeks Applicants for Homeland Patriot Medal

Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer is seeking qualified applicants for the Homeland Patriot Medal. The medal will be awarded to service personnel on the 4 th of July who have earned hazard duty pay (imminent danger duty) since September 11 ...

Indy Woman Arrested for Trafficking with Offender

An Indianapolis woman was arrested on Tuesday for felony trafficking at the Westville Correctional Facility. Officials at Westville Correctional Facility report Danica Canady was visiting her friend, inmate Dariel Jones, when during the visit she was observed attempting to pass...

Valpo FD Engine Catches Fire

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Eastbound lanes of US 30 remain closed in Valparaiso after a Valparaiso Fire Department engine caught fire this morning. A firefighter on the scene said the fire truck was having engine...

Portion of Weston St. in Valpo Closed for Asphalt Repair

Asphalt repair today in Valparaiso will result in the closure of Weston Street, between Jefferson Street and Lincolnway. Officials report the closure is in effect until 3pm and motorists are asked to use Wayne Street, one block east, as a...

Stormwater Master Plan Being Put to Use in Merrillville

For the first time decades, the Town of Merrillville has updated their Stormwater Master Plan. Merrillville Stormwater Utility Executive Director Matt Lake told the Region News Team, during a recent Region Newsmakers interview, that they strategically looked at nine drainage...

NHTSA Investigating Airbags That Could Cause Injuries

Federal investigators are looking at more than a million vehicles for problems with airbags that could cause injuries. ABC News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it got six complaints about rupturing airbags. In one of them, a...

Hartsford Village Contributes $9700 to Dementia Services

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Sue Huttel, Rachel Hedderman, Carolyn Hedderman, Jennifer Bohlin, Tiffany Serratore,
Jackie Watkins, Jayne Heft, Nan...

24 Year Sentence for Woman Who Sold Her Child

A 25 year old woman from Gary who pleaded guilty earlier this year to selling her infant daughter for use in child pornography, and allowing the infant and her other daughter to be used in the production of child pornography,...

Knox Man Charged in Death of His Estranged Wife

A 57 year old Knox man accused of killing his estranged wife has been charged with her death. Starke County Prosecutors have charged Gary Chavez with murder, kidnapping and car jacking for the events that took place last week on...

New Junior Environmentalist Program Takes Root

A new partnership program between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana, the Dunes Learning Center and National Park Services is taking root. According to the boys and girls club, the Dunes Learning Center chose the organization to receive...

DNR's Lake Michigan Coastal Prgm seeks Public input

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The Department of Natural Resource's Lake Michigan Coastal Program is seeking public input on how to spend funds for the 2015 funding cycle.  According the DNR, funds may be spent a variety of ways including public access or habitat improvements,...

Starting Friday: Hometown Festival Days in Crown Point

A sure sign summer is coming back to Northwest Indiana, is the smell of roasting sweet corn wafting through the air signaling the start of Hometown Festival Days  in downtown Crown Point.   According to the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce,...

World Rowing Title Stays in Munster

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For the fifth year in-a-row, Community Hospital's Fitness Pointe Team clinches the World Rowing title by rowing over 21-million-300-thousand meters-or roughly 13-thousand 270-miles--the distance from Northwest Indiana to Tokyo, Japan and back!  Community Hospital says the event sponsored by Concept2,...

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