Hobart

HOBART, Ind. (AP) — An Illinois company plans to build a manufacturing plant for the logistics industry in northwestern Indiana, creating up to 580 new jobs.

Elk Grove, Illinois-based Wynright Corp. announced plans Tuesday for the $26 million, 320,000-square-foot plant at a Hobart business park. The new plant will make material handling systems for the logistics industry.

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The remains of a soldier from Gary who was captured and killed during the Korean War have been identified.

The remains of Army Pfc. David Baker will be buried Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park in Hobart.

Baker was 18 when he went missing in action in November 1950.

The Times reports the Defense Department use mitochondrial DNA analysis, anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence to identify the remains. They were included in 34 boxes of remains sent to the Central Identification Laboratory in Honolulu.

Governor's Workforce Cabinet Meets For The First Time

May 1, 2018

A couple of months after being created by lawmakers, the newly-formed Governor’s Workforce Cabinet met for the first time Tuesday.

A mixture of government and education officials, as well as business leaders from across the state make up the 21-person cabinet. Chairman Danny Lopez says the cabinet must be results-driven to work. 

HOBART, Ind. (AP) — The former treasurer of a defunct northern Indiana funeral home faces felony charges for allegedly misusing funds set aside for customers' funerals.

A Lake County judge entered a not guilty plea Monday on 67-year-old Jacqueline Kraft's behalf. She faces theft, corrupt business influence and other charges.

Prosecutors allege that between 2003 and 2015 customers paid Kraft Funeral Home funds intended for their funerals or cremations when they died.

All But One First-Time School Funding Referenda Pass

Nov 7, 2017

UPDATE: Nearly all of Tuesday’s ballot measures passed. The LaGrange County Clerk’s office confirmed the levy for Westview schools received overwhelming support from voters with a 92 percent approval rate. Hobart and Hammond schools also received voter approval for their proposals. Meanwhile, 70 percent of voters in the West Clark School community rejected their $95 million referendum for major renovations at Silver Creek High.

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we turn to "Post-Tribune" reporters Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon, "Times" healthcare reporter Giles Bruce and LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard for the stories they've worked on, posted online and put into print.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Wikipedia

On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we find out more about the major news stories of the week from the reporters who covered them.  With us in the studio is Post-Tribune reporter Javonte Anderson and by phone are his Post-Tribune colleagues Carrie Napoleon and Greg Tejeda and -- from the LaPorte Herald-Argus and Michigan City News-Dispatch -- reporter Jon Gard.  

Shovels pierced the dirt to commemorate the start of a mitigation project that has been years in the making in Hobart, with a goal of ultimately restoring nearly 350 acres of various native wooded and wetland habitat types.  

Rep. Pete Visclosky says the project will improve the environment and the overall economy of the area.

"Two often we look at places such as this as a dumpsite in Northwest Indiana," said Visclosky.  "I'm convinced that what you have done today is change that.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

 

In-Studio Guest:  DAVID DILLARD of THE BLUZ BROTHERS