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HIGHLAND - Dollar General now has a new location in Highland.  The grand opening of its newly-relocated store at 3325 45th Street is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, June 30th.

Public Relations Manager for Dollar General, Mary Kathryn Colbert says the company thought the town of Highland could be served better with a bigger store.

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Authorities in Indiana are continuing an investigation into a weekend shooting that wounded two off-duty police officers.

The Times reports that both officers were patrons at Growlers Bar in Highland, Indiana, when they were shot early Saturday.

The officers are from East Chicago and Gary.

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HIGHLAND - A Highland art teacher is one of the latest recipients of a grant from the Highland Education Foundation.  She was awarded for her idea that is changing the way STEM education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is viewed.  

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2017.


This edition of "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" originally aired on July 21, 2017

The Highland Parks & Recreation Department present the live theatre presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's timeless musical "STATE FAIR" for six performances on the town's Gazebo Stage in Main Square Park.

Live in studio for this program was the production's director, PEGGY GLENNIE.  Performances are free to the public and take place July 27, 28 & 29 and August 3, 4 & 5.

Highland - Employees and customers got the  bad news that they were hoping would not come. The Ultra Food store in Highland is closing in several weeks. Lakeshore public radio’s Steven Lattimore has the story.


  This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on  Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Guests:  LIZ & JOHN BRESLIN of The Highland Council of Community Events

Musical Guest:  LeANN STUTLER of the CAPERNAUM band

Town Council Cancels Town Theatre Renovations

Jan 31, 2017

The Highland Town Council Monday night voted against a proposal to renovate the long vacant Town Theatre.  The goal of the project was to create an arts and culture district in Highland, with hopes the renovated theatre would spur economic development in the area. The town council rejected the plans because of the high cost of the project.  Director of Redevelopment Cecile Petro says there are now only two options left. The first is for a private contractor to purchase the theatre.

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Today:  Clarence Hulse, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corp. of Michigan City, talks about a proposal to transform a section of Franklin Street in the downtown district into a public plaza,  "a community space for concerts, shows, exhibitions, vendors, street musicians and other activities."  A petition on Change.org is asking for citizen support of the project before the city's Redevelopment Commission.


A northwest Indiana attorney is closing his law practice, as he prepares to head to Indianapolis to become the next Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor.

Bill Fine was appointed by Governor-Elect Eric Holcomb last week to take the position held for the past eight years by David Stippler.  Stippler retired effective Jan. 1st.  Fine begins his new job on Monday, January 9th.  I talked with Mr. Fine on Tuesday for "Regionally Speaking."  Here's the conversation.