Merrillville Community School Corporation

The Merrillville Community School Corporation released a statement Wednesday saying that it will work to try and maintain an in-person learning environment for the 2021-2022 school year.

Superintendent of Schools Nicholas Brown says for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, masks will be required.  Brown says this aligns with the recommendations of the CDC, State Department of Health, and Lake County Department of Health.  The new state guidelines leave the decision on mask mandates at the local level.


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

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MERRILLVILLE - First graders from Fieler Elementary School in Merrillville are having their own March Madness through reading.

The experience is courtesy of their teacher, Miss Talian.  She set up a bracket with 16 books, and each student gets to choose the winning book in each bracket.

A virtual bracket posted in their Google Classroom has a read aloud for each book linked to the document, so students can listen to stories before they cast their votes on Fridays.

Merrillville Community Schools Corporation

MERRILLVILLE - The Merrillville Community School Corporation is unveiling its re-entry plan, which includes students going back to school on-schedule, if their parents choose to return them to campus.

The Board of Trustees approved the 2020-21 plan, proposed by Superintendent Nick Brown at Tuesday’s meeting.  Brown says there are several components to the plan.

White Lodging Laying off 100 Workers

May 26, 2020

MERRILLVILLE - White Lodging is laying off 100 workers at it corporate headquarters in Merrillville.  

The "Times" reports the hospitality company told the Indiana Department of Workforce Development the layoffs will be permanent.

In a letter to the state of Indiana, Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Fischer said the layoffs are due to unforeseeable, dramatic and unprecedented downturn in business and occupancy arising from the coronavirus public health crisis.


MERRILLVILLE - An organization that offers a variety of services for individuals with disabilities is looking for sewing machine operators to produce personal protective equipment for local healthcare workers and first responders.

Lynn Strohl, Director of Industries for Tradewinds in Merrillville says the idea to produce PPEs came from community need.

 Strohl says from one week Tradewinds went from idea, to prototype to actually getting gowns and masks to first responders and the community.  

New Development Could be Coming to Merrillville

May 12, 2020

MERRILLVILLE - Some new developments are on the horizon for Merrillville.

Town manager Patrick Reardon told the "Times" that a massive facility is considering locating in the AmeriPlex at the Crossroads complex at Broadway and 93rd Avenue.

The facility could be up to 225,000 square feet and construction could begin in the fall.

It was not disclosed what or who the new tenant could be or it the company is looking for incentives from the town.

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Behind a nondescript strip mall in Carmel, Indiana, a short line of cars gathers mid-afternoon next to a large tent. Medical professionals stand out front, dressed head to toe in blue medical gear. People in the cars -- many of them first responders -- drive up to get checked for COVID-19. 

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Merrillville - Drive-thru testing at Merrillville High School, 276 E. 68th Place, will continue until next Monday or Tuesday, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box.

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Northwest Indiana will have a drive-thru testing site, beginning Wednesday for health care workers, long-term care workers, first responders, and essential workers who are symptomatic with COVID-19. The drive-thru testing is through a joint partnership with the Lake County Health Department, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box.

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MERRILLVILLE - A long line of vehicles were waiting to get cheap gasoline at Sam's Club in Merrillville and attendant Anthony Brown passes out gloves to everyone waiting to pump gas on Thursday, March 12, 2020.   The gloves are being passed and sanitizer is being circulated due to concerns over COVID-19.

Merrillville Wants Korean Pharmaceutical Company In Town

Dec 17, 2019

MERRILLVILLE -  A Pharmaceutical company from Korea that creates medical products may be moving into the former Fieldhouse building in Merrillville.  

Town Councilman Shawn Pettit told the "Times" that the company, Oh Pharmaceutical, has submitted a floor plan for the site.

It has been leasing the property at the AmeriPlex at the Crossroads for years and is now looking to purchase the former Fieldhouse building, so it can begin remodeling.  

NW Indiana man admits killing girlfriend's mom and brother

Jul 31, 2019

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana man faces up to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty in the fatal shootings of his girlfriend's brother and mother.

Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Stewart pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter and reckless homicide charges in the December 2017 killings .

Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss murder charges and firearm enhancements Stewart had also faced.

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 On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on an inmate that escaped from the state prison in Michigan City, State Senator Eddie Melton and  Indiana Schools Chief Jennifer kicked off a statewide listening tour focusing on education, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg updates the city’s Common Council on the handling of the police shooting , Carter Barrett reports on the push for work requirements -- and the pushback for Medicaid recipients, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Father Mike Surfurska pastor of Holy Name Cathedral.

Former Gary technology chief sentenced for computer thefts

May 29, 2019
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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former government employee in northwestern Indiana has been sentenced to more than five years in prison after being convicted of use municipal funds to buy more than $1 million worth of computer equipment that she then resold.

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced 47-year-old Monique Bowling-Boyd of Merrillville to 63 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release. She was found guilty in January of one count of theft from local government receiving federal funds.

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GARY/MERRILLVILLE -  The 27th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is on Saturday, May 11th and Northwest Indiana post offices are taking part.

Merrillville and Gary residents are asked to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox to do their part in the fight against hunger.

Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter Sharon Jackson spoke to Sam Eaton, the Merrillville/Gary Coordinator of this year's drive and got more details about the drive and how people can help.

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana woman who told police she "watched the love of her life commit suicide" now faces a murder charge alleging that she killed her boyfriend and staged his death as a suicide.

Alycia Caparelli of Merrillville was arrested Tuesday in Timothy Riley's December 2017 death. The 33-year-old told police she saw Riley shoot himself in the head and that he'd been depressed.

Riley was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Lake County coroner ruled his death a homicide after determining he was shot from at least 2 feet away.

Priest who claimed attack on leave amid sex allegation

Oct 25, 2018

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana Catholic priest who claimed he was attacked by an assailant mentioning clergy sex abuse is on leave after church officials deemed a 2004 abuse claim against him to be "credible."

Attorney James Niehaus for the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, Ohio, tells the Post-Tribune that church officials received new information supporting the woman's claim that Rev. Basil Hutsko abused her as a child.

Counties Want Out Of New Indiana Abortion Lawsuit

May 2, 2018
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky CEO Christie Gillespie (left) and ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk discuss a recent victory in an abortion lawsuit. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday -- a look at some of the major stories of the week in northwest Indiana, from the reporters who researched, wrote and posted them online and in print.  Our guests this week are Dan Carden and Ed Bierschenk with the Times of Northwest Indiana, Carole Carlson of the Post-Tribune and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore.

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GARY - State Representative Charlie Brown is working toward putting an end to food deserts in Indiana.

"I am in the process of writing a letter to Jewel/Osco that says 'why not Gary, Indiana?  I'm in the process of sending a letter to CVS saying 'fill that void being left by Walgreens.  You can make money off of the city of Gary by locating within the corporate limits of Gary.'"

Upcoming High School Graduation Traffic

May 24, 2017
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Upcoming Graduations will cause an increase in traffic on many Region roadways during the first week of June. Crown Point and Merrillville High Schools will be hosting their respective graduations at the Star Plaza off of US 30.

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Jamal Washington takes his job as a Lake County Councilman very seriously, and his passion about the concerns of his constituents comes through in his conversation on Monday on "Regionally Speaking."  He represents Merrillville, Gary’s Miller and Eastside neighborhoods, and precincts in Schererville and Griffith.

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Today:   Valerie Thorn, the executive director of the RecoveryWorks treatment facility in Merrillville, talks about the latest concerns that law enforcement, addiction treatment centers and the public face in the battle against opioids -- "gray death."  It's a deadly concoction of gravel-like heroin that was first reported in Southern states and is spreading across the country.


It's that time of year again, the Super Bowl!  And to many Northwest Indiana Hoosiers it could be a big "who cares" because there's no Bears and no Colts in Super Bowl 51.  Who is in it are the New England Patriots, who have won four Super Bowls and all within recent history, in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015.  The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons, who have never won a Super Bowl.  But they did make it to the big game in 1999.  Does the game hold any interest people in the Region?  The Lakeshore finds out.



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MERRILLVILLE -  His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and his wife, Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia visited Northwest Indiana to carry-on their humanitarian work for the Princess' charity organization, Lifeline Chicago.

The Region leg of their tour included a stop at at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, where church leaders and Reverend Father Parish Priest Marko Matic welcomed them.