Winning Powerball Ticket Bought In Gary Expires Thursday

Jul 6, 2021

GARY - Whoever bought a certain winning Powerball ticket in Gary, has until Thursday to claim it or the $50,000 payoff will no longer be available to the winner.

Lottery officials told the "Times" that players should check to see if they have the winning ticket, which was purchased as part of the January 9th drawing from the Speedway gas station at 3201 Grant Street.

The winning ticket must be claimed by 4:30 Eastern Standard Time Thursday at the Hoosier Lottery Prize Payment office in Indianapolis.

Gary/Chicago International Airport

GARY - The Gary/Chicago International Airport is getting a $3.5 million dollar grant  from the U.S. Department of Transportation, that will be used to rehabilitate a taxiway that is an approach to the main runway.

The "Times" reports the announcement on Tuesday fueled great optimism among federal, state and local officials that the move means a step closer to propelling Northwest Indiana's economy to great heights.

The money will complete ongoing improvements to Taxiway Alpha by adding a 14-inch concrete overlay 75 feet wide and 350 feet long.

Methodist Hospitals

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Methodist Hospital has a new person on staff that will serve to help guide women and children entering the health care system.  Marla Hoyer-Lareau, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer told Lakeshore Public Radio the hospital has named Tracie Shelton to the position.  Shelton is the new Service Line Director of Women and Children's Services at Methodist Hospitals.  We spoke to Shelton and Hoyer-Lareau about how and why the Service Line Director role is important to the Region and how Methodist Hospital campuses are taking part in the continued fight against C

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Gas prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just under 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.91 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 stations in the Region.  Gas prices in Gary are just under 12 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Gary is priced at $2.74 per gallon on Monday while the most expensive is $3.29 per gallon.  

The national average price of gasoline has risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.89 per gallon on Monday.

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy said the nation's gas prices perked up again last week as oil prices advanced to fresh multi-year highs on Covid improvements overseas and the switch to summer gasoline, which is basically now complete.

De Haan said last week saw the national average hit its highest level in two years, and with continued recovery in gasoline demand, the increase in price is likely to continue into the future.

He added that Americans may now want to brace themselves for the possibility of a $3 per gallon national average in the weeks ahead, as demand remains strong as Americans take to the roads.

City of Gary / City of Gary

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is satisfied with the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.  

In a released statement Prince said he, like most Americans, was horrified at the way Chauvin tortured and killed George Floyd. Prince said in this case, the jury made the right decision and showed we can achieve moments of justice in our country.

Gary HRC may Protect Age Class

Apr 15, 2021


The Gary Human Rights Commission may start hearing cases dealing with age-based complaints, if the Gary Common Council approves a proposed amendment to the city’s civil rights ordinance.

The Public Safety Committee discussed the amendment on Tuesday that would give the Gary Human Rights Commission the ability to hear any case referred from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


NORTHWEST INDIANA -  There's some new leadership in place at one of the Region's hospitals.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Hoosiers in northwest Indiana – and across northern Indiana – will soon have access to more COVID-19 vaccination opportunities. 

GARY -  Gary Mayor Jerome Prince may use federal COVID-19 relief money to improve infrastructure in the city.  On Friday Prince said he will form a planning team to potentially use the $83 million relief package funds to improve infrastructure throughout Gary, set up a reserve fund, and to generate new sources of revenue for the City.

Prince said the planning team will develop a comprehensive spending plan to get the most out of the relief funds and will study the legislation to ensure each step is in line with legislators’ intent.

GARY- Gary Police Officers responded at about 10:25 Monday morning to the 5100 block of Georgia Street for a death investigation. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered an unresponsive infant male.

Officers immediately began trying to resuscitate the child. Gary Medics arrived and took over the care of the child while transporting him to the hospital.

Gary P.D. Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Dawn Westerfield said in a news release that all efforts were exhausted, but the child was pronounced dead at the hospital.


GARY - The Gary Common Council is considering changes to its approval process of day care businesses in the city.

The "Times" reports there has been a steady stream of applications being submitted to the Common Council for in-home day cares. According to the latest data available, there are already 55 registered in the city, as of last fall.

Councilwoman Tai Adkins, Democrat from the 4th district, said she noticed day care applications coming before the council nearly every month that they meet.

City of Gary

GARY - The city of Gary is activating its warming centers with the upcoming cold weather that's moving into the area, once the outside temperature drops to 32 degrees and below.

Michael Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the city of Gary says several Gary city employees worked together to provide the needed service even with the new challenges this year.

Gary Police Department

GARY- Gary Police are looking for information in connection to a shooting of a 15 year-old.
According to Gary Police Department Public Information Officer Lieutenant Dawn Westerfield, officers responded to the 800 block of West 36th Avenue at around 9:15 a.m. Thursday for reports of a gunshot victim. 

"When the officers arrived they did discover a 15 year-old male from Gary who had a gunshot wound to the leg.  That victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment and we had information that the suspect was in the wooded area nearby," Westerfield says.

U.S. Steel Restarting Blast Furnace

Dec 3, 2020

GARY - U.S. Steel is restarting a blast furnace at its plant in Gary earlier than expected after it shut down in April for a maintenance project then stayed idled due to COVID.

The "Times" reports at the time, U.S. Steel warned the state it would temporarily furlough up to 3,800 steelworkers at Gary Works and at the Midwest Plant in Portage.

U.S. Steel executives warned  investors it likely would keep the No. 4 blast furnace at Gary Works and blast furnace A at Granite City Works in Illinois idled through at least the end of 2020.

United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund

UNDATED -Beachfront Dance School in Gary has received a $15,000 dollar grant.  The organization is one of an additional sixty-one Midwestern arts and culture organizations that received COVID-19 relief grants Tuesday from Arts Midwest.  The funds come from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund.

County Judge Strikes Down Gary Immigration Ordinance

Nov 24, 2020
Justin Hicks / IPB News

A Gary, Indiana, ordinance that limited how city officials could cooperate with federal immigration authorities was struck down recently by a Lake County judge.

City of Gary

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince on Monday laid out new COVID-19 restrictions in his city to help mitigate the spread of the virus.  Last week Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb designated Lake County as a red county, which means the county has to adhere to the highest level of restrictions, and locally mayors and other city leaders are free to implement higher restrictions than set by the state.  After discussing the matter with his administration, Prince announced the rules being imposed on the residents and businesses in the city of Gary.

Opioid Treatment Center Gets to Stay in Gary Neighborhood

Nov 20, 2020

GARY - An opioid treatment center that has relocated in Gary's Miller neighborhood is unwelcomed by several area residents, who took their concerns to city administration.

Merrillville Man Charged in Fatal Crash on IU Campus

Nov 19, 2020

GARY - A Merrillville man has been arrested for fatally striking another man with a vehicle on Monday.  The man who was hit was working as a private contractor for a Gary construction company on the campus of IU Northwest.  The alleged victim, 29 year-old Jacob Moore, was working on a renovation project in Marram Hall.

The "Times" reports 29-year old Gregory Phillips is accused of causing the death of  Moore.

Phillips is charged with a felony count of reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. He was being held at Lake County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) became the new Senate minority leader Friday – the first Black leader of a legislative caucus in state history.

Gary/Chicago International Airport Teams with UPS

Nov 2, 2020
Gary/Chicago International Airport

GARY - UPS will be a regular customer at the Gary/Chicago International Airport.  The company began operations at the airport Monday.

The "Times" reports UPS and the airport entered a lease agreement earlier this year that will have a jet make the round-trip between Gary and Louisville each weekday as part of UPS's Next Day Air service.

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The YWCA of Northwest Indiana, which was founded in 1920, will celebrate its 100th Anniversary with a virtual Mask-Querade Gala on Saturday, October 31, 2020. “Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte recently spoke with Caren Jones, the executive director of the organization about the history of the organization as well as all of the festivities planned for the free event including a silent auction to support fundraising efforts for programming support live music, dancing, and building improvements and more.

Brandon Smith / IPB News

Indiana House and Senate Democrats want the governor to call a special session of the General Assembly to meet in August.

United State Environmental Protection Agency

GARY - A 30-day public comment period with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now underway on the proposed cleanup plan for the Cline Avenue Ditch Site in Gary.

The site, located near the northeast corner Gary Avenue and Cline Avenue (Indiana Route 912), has been impacted by oil entering the ditch and ultimately discharging into the Grand Calumet River.

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is forming an advisory commission on police reform.  He made the announcement of the executive order at 10 a.m. Thursday.  Mike Gonzalez, Media Spokesperson, for the city says the task force will be looking at several aspects.

Indiana Casinos Get Green Light From State To Reopen

Jun 9, 2020
Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana’s casinos have been given the green light to reopen after COVID-19 shut them down for nearly three months.

City of Gary

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is working on the city's next steps in reviewing policing policies.

In a released statement the mayor says he is signing an executive order establishing a commission of civic and business leaders, community activists, faith leaders and community organizations to propose meaningful police reform.  As part of its work, the committee will investigate what, if any, policing responsibilities can and should be shared or shifted to other departments.

He says in the interest of public safety, he is open to considering new public safety models.


Aaliyah Stewart, a 19 year old Merrillville teen is looking to build a youth center in her native Gary. She is the founder of ASW Foundation, an organization she started following the tragic murders of her two brothers Anthony White, Jr and James Anderson at ages 16 and 20 respectively. “Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte recently spoke with her about her goal to raise $50,000 to rehabilitate a building and open the center by this fall.

GARY- The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority is now part of the UPS air network and air shipment operations are expected to begin later this year.

The "Times" reports the airport entered into an agreement with UPS on Wednesday.
It comes with 14,000 square feet of office space for UPS in the airport’s passenger terminal and a 150,000 square foot ramp with space to park two Airbus A300s.

GARY - Many Indiana counties are in the process of reopening but Lake County is one of three that is staying behind.  Also holding off is the city of Gary. 

Michael Gonzalez, Communications Director for the city of Gary says Mayor Jerome Prince has decided to push Gary's reopening out a little further to enable city administration to monitor the rate of new Coronavirus cases in the city.

Gonzalez says city operations will return on May 18th and businesses will be able to reopen also on May 18th under certain restrictions that are still to be released by the city.