Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Boys basketball: Lowell finishes best regular season in more than 20 years ]]> Lead story image

A lot of Indiana high schools have past glory years in basketball. At Lowell, you just have to go back a few extra years to find the glory. Lowell defeating Merrillville 41-39 in two overtimes Friday night meant that the Red Devils had won 16 games for the first time in 21 years since winning 18 in 1993 when they won the school’s last sectional championship. The win, clinched when senior Zach Van Hook blocked Demetrius McKeethen’s follow shot at the end of the second four-minute overtime, meant the Devils had posted their first win over Merrillville since 1989, another … ]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:26:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crown Point mulls amount to support South Shore rail line expansion ]]>

CROWN POINT — In a reversal from the norm, the Crown Point City Council recently was asked for help by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, who at the April 7 meeting asked the council to support the eight-mile expansion of the South Shore commuter rail line to Munster and Dyer. Normally, it’s the city getting help from the Congressman. But the council did pass a resolution to support the rail line extension without committing a specific dollar amount. It scheduled a special meeting for April 16 to work out the amount the city is willing to commit to the project. … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:53:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lake County GOP, Dems at odds over student recruitment ]]>

CROWN POINT — The recruitment of high school students to work the polls on Election Day was at the center of a dispute at the Lake County Board of Elections meeting on April 7. Board of Elections member Dennis Hawrot, the Dyer Democratic town chairman, wanted Republican Mary Tanis, a Dyer councilwoman who is running for re-election, to explain her recruiting tactics, which he said were intimidating to students. Both parties are looking for poll workers from Lake Central High School. Hawrot objected to Tanis, a retired teacher, reaching out to students, he said, by calling them out of class … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:52:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crown Point firefighter promoted to lieutenant ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Mayor Dave Uran recently pinned a lieutenant’s badge on firefighter/paramedic Mark Baumgardner, Jr. in front of a packed house. Baumgardner was next in line on top of the promotion list, Fire Chief Greg DeLor told the city Board of Public Works and Safety members at its April 9 meeting. According to DeLor, the department gives a promotion test every two years. All officer candidates have to be certified and take a training class. “Mark is the top candidate,” DeLor said. “He has been very active on the 911 Technical Commission, is a command training instructor.” The promotion … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:51:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Officials: City may land Bagger Dave’s restaurant ]]> Lead story image

A dispute over parking spaces could bag the proposed Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, if a deal isn’t reached by later this month, city officials said. City officials are giving the owners of the proposed restaurant Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern until later this month to reach a parking deal with Kite Realty, or risk having to restart the approval process. If both the Crown Point Plan Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals do not have a signed agreement for additional parking being made available for patrons of the proposed Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern by the time the get to the … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:51:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Almanac: This week in south Lake County history ]]> Lead story image

100 years ago March 20, 1914 Dr. Ralph Hayden and wife, of Chicago, have come into the limelight again. Dr. Hayden was raised to manhood in West Creek township and is widely known there. The Haydens’ career has been stormy at times. It will be remembered that Mrs. Hayden was a member of an automobile party that raided through West Creek township two years ago, foraging considerable amounts of eatables, linen, dishes and other property. Owing to acquaintances and her husband’s relatives, the matter was adjusted by returning all the goods stolen, an action the foragers called a joke. From … ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:41:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]> Lead story image

Happy Birthday March 22: Mike Goletz Jr. March 23: Christy Yoder Congratulations to Kat Keller and her parents Dana & Paul Keller of Crown Point. While she will always remain Kat to her family and friends, she is now Army National Guard PFC Kat Keller. She is in Monterey, Calif., studying French but wants to learn Korean or Farsi, and would love to be in the U.S. Army. She graduated from Crown Point High School in 2013. Her younger brother Mike will be presiding over the Junior Classical League State Latin Convention in Bloomington this weekend. It is a great … ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:41:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crown Point Swim Club holding swimmer evaluations ]]>

The Crown Point Swim Club is holding new swimmer evaluations on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18 & 19 from 5:45-8:00 p.m. at the Crown Point High School pool. Swimmers should come prepared for a brief in-water evaluation with a suit, towel, & goggles (if needed). Swimmers need to be able to complete one length of the pool (25 yards) without assistance and be at least 5-years old. Parents need to bring a copy of the swimmer’s birth certificate for proof of age for Indiana Swimming. Any questions or for more information, please contact Head Coach John Krick at (219) 838-3294 … ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mayor gives State of the City report ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Mayor Dave Uran gave the State of the City Address on March 5. He said: “The State of our city is strong. 2013 was another great year in the city of Crown Point.” The city has been recognized in many areas. Some of those include being rated among the top five communities in metro Chicago in positive growth, rated No. 3 in Indiana as the most exciting place to live, No. 9 in the state in job creation, and the city has team and individual national and state championship teams. Mayor Uran told everyone that the was … ]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:18:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ City marks land for 3 economic development areas ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Over the objections of Councilman Bill Feder, D-At-Large, the Crown Point City Council passed the final step in creating three new economic development districts. The first one is just 20 acres on South Main Street across from the high school where a new nursing facility is set for construction this spring. The land is zoned for business. It will be a multiuse nursing facility with assisted living for seniors as well as short-term nursing care. No. 2 on the list is 103 acres on the west side of North Main Street south of the Lake County Government … ]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:18:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kitty’s Scratching Post: St. Patrick’s Day and fish-fry time ]]> Lead story image

Happy Birthday March 15 Fay Iorio March 16 Jim Quirk March 18 Sheri in Patti Olson’s office March 19 Claire Long is 7 March 17 Happy St. Patrick’s Day On Aug. 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected in the dead of night and for 28 years until Nov. 9, 1989, it kept East Germans from fleeing Soviet oppression to the West. Their own city was divided. The wall stretched over 100 miles to keep people IN East Berlin, where they were controlled by the Soviet Union (Russia united). The wall was concrete slabs reaching nearly 12 feet high and … ]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:29:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Whose birthday wish is that outside the police station? ]]>

CROWN POINT — Many people have been wondering why the sign outside the Crown Point Police Department building says “Happy Birthday Tyler Seddon.” The police officers are sharing a wish for a sick 7-year-old who lives in Pascoag, R.I. Though Tyler’s parents are both firefighters, he told them he loves police officers. Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land says his department has joined other departments around the county to send support to the boy who is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Tyler was diagnosed when he was 3 years old. He beat the disease then but in November he went back … ]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:29:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Regional Development Authority delivers annual report to Lake County ]]>

CROWN POINT — When Randy Palmateer was appointed to the Regional Development Authority, the business manager for the AFL-CIO Northwestern Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council promised to give an in-person annual update as to what is being done. He also would present the future plans of the RDA to the Lake County Council and commissioners. In February he was able to bring all three commissioners together and give them the review. “The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority was created to partner with local communities in the heavy lifting required to develop the infrastructure that will make Northwest Indiana economically … ]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:18:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ NIPSCO offering home energy assessments ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — NIPSCO has hired Energizing Indiana to help customers make their homes more energy efficient. It has been in the Crown Point area doing energy assessments for residential property. Energizing Indiana technician Javier Colon has been assigned from Indianapolis to work here. The organization has been going door-to-door setting up appointments. The energy technician comes with a supply of energy-efficient light bulbs. They are being offered free of charge to replace the traditional incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. According to Colon, the CFLs can save the user about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s … ]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:29:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Townships want cut of income tax revenue ]]>

CROWN POINT — The Center Township Board on Feb. 25 signed an interlocal agreement with ten other townships to request the Lake County Council and Board of Commissioners to distribute the townships’ share of the Local Option Income Tax based on the population of their unincorporated areas. Center Township Trustee Paul Bremer said, “Whatever we get we would use for the Crown Point Fire Department.” He added, “We are just looking to have this go back to Jan. 1, 2014. We are not going back to 2013.” The townships’ request will be brought before the Lake County Council at a … ]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls basketball: Cp hosts another semistate without a hitch ]]> Lead story image

The two big winners at Saturday’s second Crown Point girls basketball semistate were Class 1A No.1 Oregon-Davis, 67-48 over Lafayette Central Catholic, and Northern Indiana Conference champion Penn, 44-41 over Logansport. The third winner was Crown Point High School. Not only did the five-hour semistate doubleheader go off without a visible hitch, the event was a near sellout at the 4,800-seat gym. The latter was somewhat of a surprise to many outsiders, because only O-D, a tiny public school, was located anywhere near Crown Point. “It went really well,” said CPHS athletic director Bill Dorulla, who handed the championship trophies … ]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:26:57 -0500