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Excel Center Accepting Enrollment Applications

The Excel Center, a free public high school for adults, is currently accepting Enrollment Applications for Term 4 of the 2021-2022 School Year. Classes begin February 1st at Excel’s Gary, Hammond and South Bend locations and February 7th at Elkhart. Applications are accepted at any time throughout each term and new students are integrated into […]

Region Lake Effect Snow Update, Record Cold in Chicago on this Date 37 Years Ago

A couple of weather observations this morning… first, regarding the rapidly changing conditions lake effect snow can bring to the Region and area roadways… Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Northwest tweeted a photo showing nearly six inches of snow in Westville, noting that someone else commented they also live in Westville and barely got a […]

State Funding Available to Help Small Businesses with Growth and Improvement Projects

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) today announced applications are open for the Indiana Technical Assistance Program (INTAP) through February 20, 2022. A news release said eligible small businesses may apply for up to $15,000 to support app or technology development, business management systems, grant writing services and more. The statewide initiative has assisted […]

Indiana Sees Record Monthly Number of COVID-19 Cases

Indiana is seeing more COVID-19 cases in January 2022 than in any other month so far. The Indiana Department of Health reports over 195-thousand cases of the virus through January 16th. The previous high was over 173-thousand cases in a month in December 2020. Here is a link to the Indiana COVID-19 website.

Hobart Humane Society Hosts Celebration in Honor of Betty White

The Humane Society of Hobart kicks off a 100th birthday party celebration to honor the lifesaving advocacy of Betty White. Join the Hobart Humane Society from noon – 4pm on Monday January 17th on East State Road 130, Hobart, Indiana for cake, door prizes, adoptable pets and celebrate by pledging your lifesaving donation of $5.00 […]

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Northwest Indiana Hospitals Unite in Response to High-Volume Emergency Visits

A statement sent out by the Indiana Hospital Association says as of Thursday January 13, 2022, hospitals across Northwest Indiana have collaborated and will no longer go on bypass until otherwise indicated. Bypass, or ‘diversion,’ happens when hospitals reach capacity, prompting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to take patients to alternative facilities. The announcement said, “The […]

Weather Creates Sand Sculptures on the Beach

The elements have reportedly combined to form intriguing and unusual beach features along the Lake Michigan shoreline in the St. Joseph, Michigan area. The variously-shaped sand sculptures, some of which look a little like spinning top toys from the 70s, are seen in various social media photos shared by meteorologists.

Bald Eagles on Cedar Lake

Have you seen bald eagles in the Region, one photographer has  — two bald eagles were spotted this week on the frozen Cedar Lake by hobbyist and photographer Michael Rice. His Facebook posted pic shows both birds. More photos are posted for you to see on our Facebook page.

Cline Avenue Bridge Marks One-Year Anniversary, Serves One Million Vehicles

In Lake County, it was just over a year ago that the new Cline Avenue Bridge opened to motorists, providing a direct route between Northwest Indiana and Chicago. The toll bridge in East Chicago also celebrated another milestone in December — its one-millionth vehicle. In its first year since opening, Cline Avenue Bridge says it […]

Valparaiso Completes New Strategic Plan

In Valparaiso, Mayor Matt Murphy says the city has completed a new strategic plan, making the announcement at this week’s City Council meeting. “A strategic plan is a valuable tool to help us align our priorities and resources to ensure we’re working toward common goals,“ Murphy said. “I look forward to navigating the road ahead […]