lake

Rain douses Highland’s inaugural Labor Day Fest

thumbnail

HIGHLAND — Austin Guerra happily chomped on his ear of corn, basking in the joy of the day. A member of Highland’s cross county team, which placed second at the Hammond High Invitational earlier Saturday, Austin, 16, with pals Sam Pizzuto and Liam Curran, both …

Recession, smoke ban slam bingo revenues

thumbnail

The thrill of yelling, “Bingo!” in a hall full of players appears to be waning across the state, and in Northwest Indiana. The glory days of packed banquet halls at churches and nonprofits on bingo nights are gone, some organizers say, hurt by the one-two …

Bigger tents come in handy for Griffith Rock ’n’ Rail fest

thumbnail

GRIFFITH — At this point, Griffith’s annual Labor Day festival could be renamed “Rock ’n’ Rain Fest,” and it would be just as appropriate. Fortunately for the crowded festival, a new configuration saved visitors from the storms that raced through the area early Saturday evening. …

Far from harm’s way, Navy vet recalls tension of Vietnam

thumbnail

GRIFFITH – Al Pulido was like millions of young men to go before and after him. When he turned 17, he signed up with Uncle Sam’s Navy and started the real process of growing up. “I really liked it,” Pulido said of his 10 years …

State’s oldest Labor Day  parade marks 95th year

LOWELL — Fireworks Sunday and the longest-running Labor Day parade in Indiana on Monday are among the highlights of Lowell’s annual Labor Day Parade and Festival. The event, co-sponsored by the Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lowell, centers around the 95th annual …

Cal Ripken project getting started in Crown Point

CROWN POINT – Work to remove fencing, some concrete, small structures and trees at the Cal Ripken Fields will soon begin. The work is a first step in the next phase of renovations to the city’s ball fields and Sportsplex facility funded in part by …

Visclosky won’t give up on Cedar Lake for rail extension funding

thumbnail

CEDAR LAKE – Unlike most of its neighbors, a divided town council recently said Cedar Lake will not financially support the South Shore extension, but U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky hasn’t given up on the town. The town council was the first to outright reject signing …

Veteran library director retires after 14 years

thumbnail

CROWN POINT — Community members said farewell Thursday to the Crown Point Community Library director credited with bringing the new building at 122 N. Main St. to fruition. Lynn Frank, who has been with the city’s library system for 26 years, 14 as director, announced …

Gary hosts lake music fest Sunday

GARY — The city is sponsoring a Labor Day Lakeshore Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Marquette Park. The free event features local and national musical performances of gospel, jazz, and R&B. Featured performer Lalah Hathaway takes the state at 4 …

Hammond man faces rape, battery charges

A Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with rape, sexual battery and false informing. Antonio Pierre Jones, 26, of the 7400 block of Monroe Avenue, is charged with sexually assaulting the woman on Monday at the residence where his children’s mother and …

Gary church renovation shines light on local hiring

thumbnail

GARY — About the time crews finish demolishing the long-vacant Sheraton Hotel, a downtown eyesore, in November, other crews will put the finishing touches on converting the fellowship hall of an iconic church across town into a home for more ministries. The $3.2 million Rev. …

Cocaine sale brings man 2-year prison sentence

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez has sentenced a man to two years in prison for selling cocaine. The judge also ordered Carlton D. Dixon to serve two years in the Lake County Community Corrections alternative sentencing program after his release from prison and then …

Gary courthouse to be closed ‘until further notice’

GARY — The Lake County Courthouse in Gary will be closed indefinitely following a small fire Thursday that damaged a key electrical component. Lake County Commissioner Michael Repay, D-Hammond, said Friday the minimal smoke issues from the fire have been repaired, but a vital component …

Official: Lowell water problem resolved

LOWELL -– A cloudiness level above acceptable drinking water standards Tuesday posed no health risk to residents and has been resolved, an official said. Daniel Meyers, water superintendent for Lowell, said Friday a small amount of particulate was noticed in the water prior to its …

Crown Point man gets probation for thefts

A Crown Point man on federal court supervision has been sentenced in Lake Superior Court to two years’ probation for retail theft. “I know this is my last chance,” Brian M. Kurth said Friday at his sentencing hearing Kurth, 32, told Judge Salvador Vasquez that …