LaPorte County

LaPorte County

LAPORTE COUNTY - The LaPorte County Commission is giving 27 small businesses a lifeline grant from Phase 1 of the COVID-related LaPorte County Action Fund.

This program is funded by a grant LaPorte County applied for from the State of Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

President of the LaPorte County Commissioners Sheila Matias, announced on Wednesday that final approval had been received.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - The Porter and LaPorte county fairs have been canceled because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fair manager Don Stoner told the "Times" the decision was made due to the risk involved and safety precautions that would have to be imposed.  He also doesn't believe with the social nature of the fair, being a time when friends get together, that social distancing would be possible.

The LaPorte County Fair, was scheduled for July 12-18 and is Indiana’s oldest county fair.

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LAPORTE COUNTY - After many years of working on it, LaPorte County will soon have an industrial park that can be served by two Class One rail carriers and it'll be a one-of-kind in the midwest. 

The county has entered into an agreement with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation for a $1 million performance-based grant to support the connection of LaPorte County's $6 million rail spur at Kingsbury Industiral Park with the CSX mainline.  The CSX mainline is adjacent to the park's southern border.

Two thousand racing pigeons burned to death in a bird loft in LaPorte County early Sunday. The fire, which destroyed the facility, housed birds from around the world.

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Today:   Scott Pelath with the Kankakee River Basin Commission talks about the history of the Kankakee and Yellow Rivers in northwest Indiana, including the flooding issues that climaxed in a bill that is now law that will re-make the multi-county government organization tasked with overseeing the rivers.  A new commission, smaller in the number of members, will review a proposed long-range plan and will be able to assess property owners along the rivers in eight counties, to pay for studies and to obtain federal funds for flood control projects.   

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - There’s Two New Dogs in Town, police dogs, for the Indiana State Police.  The department recently held a graduation ceremony at the Indiana State Police (ISP) Museum in Indianapolis, for the ISP K-9 Class and K-9 officers. Nikan and Rogue are partnered with Troopers Justin Hansen and Jason Pratt respectively.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - The Northwest Indiana Forum, the seven-county economic development organization is taking part in creating a regional economic development strategic playbook.

The organization serves Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski and Starke Counties.  Heather Ennis, President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, says the development of a regional economic development plan will work to serve all the partners in a more combined fashion.

IDEM Predicts High Ozone In Indiana On Thursday

May 23, 2018

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management predicts high levels of ozone for most of the state on Thursday May 23. This means children, seniors, and anyone with a heart or lung condition should avoid strenuous work or exercise outside. 

People are said to experience food insecurity when they do not have access to enough food for all family members to live a healthy, active life. An annual report measures the rate of food insecurity in Indiana slightly under the national average, almost 14 percent of the population. 

The county where the Map the Meal Gap report found the highest rate of food insecurity is Marion County, at 18.3 percent. The county with the lowest measured rate is Hamilton County, at 8.8 percent.  

Report: Indiana Air Pollution Hurts Hoosier Health

Apr 17, 2018

A new national report outlines the impact of pollution in Indiana on public health and finds communities across the state register significant negative impacts.

Indianapolis, South Bend and Madison rank low for communities that experience poor air quality leading to asthma, respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. American Lung Association Senior Vice President Paul Billings says factors like vehicle traffic impact air quality in northern and central Indiana. 

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Some property owners in Northern Indiana are preparing to face eminent domain battles as plans for South Shore Rail Line improvements move forward this year.

 

The Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad will invest about $600,000 dolalrs into railroad improvements in LaPorte County from Wellsboro to LaCrosse.

 

The six hundred thousand dollars earmarked for infrastructure improvements across the approximate 28 miles of railroad come from a mix of grants from the Indiana Department of Transportation and private funds. Railroad officials say they are trying to keep up with business demands in the area.
 

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Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable we feature "Times of Northwest Indiana" investigative reporter Marc Chase (who is also a columnist) and his colleague, Statehouse reporter Dan Carden, and Jon Gard of the  LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" about their stories posted online and in print.  "Chicago Reporter" education reporter Kalyn Belsha also joins us to talk about her online story this week of a Chicago family who moved from a crime-ridden neighborhood to northwest Indiana, and how they are coping with issues of being in the Gary Community School Corp.

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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.

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LA PORTE COUNTY - The suspect involved in Friday morning's burglary and manhunt is now in custody.  LaPorte County Sheriff's Department Captain Michael Kellems says the person was caught shortly before 9:30am Friday.  Kellems says the incident unfolded just after midnight.

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Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable edition of "Regionally Speaking,"we talk with Dan Carden and Rob Earnshaw of the "Times of Northwest Indiana," Greg Tejeda of the "Post-Tribune," Stan Maddux -- a LaPorte County correspondent for the "Times" and "South Bend Tribune" as well as newsman for two Laporte radio stations -- and we also have conversations from northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente and Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

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Today:  it's Reporter Roundtable Thursday, where we ask reporters from the local media to talk about the stories they wrote for print and the Web.  This time, Bill Dolan of the Times of Northwest Indiana talks about his coverage of the John Buncich federal court trial, business reporter Joseph Pete is with us to talk about the major local business stories of the week and Jon Gard of the LaPorte Herald-Argus has a number of LaPorte County stories to go into detail. 

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LA PORTE COUNTY - A car went off the road and crashed into a house at about 6 o'clock Friday morning. Captain Michael Kellems says it happened at 4058 N US 35, about two miles north of La Porte.  There were several people in the home at the time of the crash, including children; none of them were injured.  La Porte County Sheriff's deputies responded and found a gray 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer had left the roadway and struck the residence.