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First Merchants Bank wears blue jeans for blue "Club" doors

bgc&fmOn Friday, May 17 – employees of First Merchant’s Bank dressed casual for a cause. As part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Blue Jeans for Blue “Club” Doors, employees paid a small fee to wear Blue Jeans on Friday, May 17. By wearing Blue Jeans, employees raised $450 which they proudly donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana.

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Prestigious Indiana University alumni award bestowed to lifelong Northwest Indiana educator


The Indiana University Alumni Association (IUAA) awarded five individuals with the prestigious President’s Award at a ceremony in Bloomington in June.

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State to honor 334 local high schools at third annual FAFSA Completion Awards Ceremony


Tomorrow, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Indiana Department of Education, and INvestEd will recognize high-achieving Hoosier high schools at the Indiana Statehouse for the third annual FAFSA Completion Awards Ceremony.

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Nothing like a cold beer and America’s Pastime


Strong organizations tend to gravitate to each other, and the resulting partnership strengthens each company in turn. As distributor for the South Bend Cubs, Indiana Beverage is ecstatic to align themselves with a partner that provides entertainment, communion, and revitalization to the Region.

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Girl Scouts Celebrate Highest Awards


The Girl Scouts of Valparaiso and Washington Township recently celebrated the completion of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards for five of its members at the Annual Girl Recognition event held at St. Paul Catholic School.

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Gov. Holcomb meets with agriculture leaders regarding delayed planting season

holcomb-1Gov. Eric J. Holcomb convened leaders from the state’s agriculture sectors on Thursday to receive an update on unprecedented weather conditions that have impacted farms and other agriculture businesses statewide. As of this week, only 84 percent of Indiana’s corn crop and 64 percent of soybeans have been planted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That is an increase from the start of month, but both crops are usually at 100 percent planted for this time of year.

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Youth summer golfing community thrives thanks to Northwest Indiana Junior Golf Association


For 17 years, young golfers across Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties have enjoyed accessible, competitive, and supportive sports events, thanks to the Northwest Indiana Junior Golf Association (NIJGA).

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Duneland School Corporation Announces Chip Pettit as New Superintendent


The locally elected School Board of the Duneland School Corporation has named Chip Pettit as the new Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Pettit is a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. He graduated from Crown Point High School and Valparaiso University and earned his master’s degree from Indiana University Northwest. Mr. Pettit will finish his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Ball State University at the end of July.

Mr. Pettit was formerly the principal at Crown Point High School for seven years, a public school with over 2,750 students and over 200 staff members. During his tenure as principal, Mr. Pettit worked with students, parents, teachers, staff and community residents that resulted in Crown Point being named the #1 public high school in Indiana by Newsweek. Mr. Pettit built effective educational and community partnerships that helped 75% of...

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Neighbor's New Vistas Students graduate with high hopes


More than 275 students from Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities (NEO) in Portage graduated Thursday night with their high school diplomas or HSE’s (high school equivalency). NEO offers both high school and adult education classes for any individual who needs an alternative path in their education.

NEO’s public high school, New Vistas, had 57 graduates. Student speaker JhoryAnne Nevers noted that the structure of New Vistas is incredibly unique, allowing students to return to high school to earn their diplomas no matter their age or circumstances they’ve faced earlier in life. Nevers, who previously left high school to travel across the United States, said the relationships she made at New Vistas felt like family.

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RailCats activate Savage from Disabled List

pexels-photo-1661950The Gary SouthShore RailCats activated infielder Will Savage from the Disabled List and placed right-handed pitcher David Griffin on the 7-Day Disabled List with right forearm tightness retroactive to June 19th before Wednesday’s game against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Savage has missed 16 of the RailCats 28 games with concussion-like symptoms but is back in the lineup tonight, batting second and starting as the designated hitter.

Savage started in the first five games of the year and was 1-for-14 with two runs, a double, a stolen base and an RBI before being placed on the Disabled List. Savage signed his Independent Professional Baseball (IPBF) contract with Gary on June 3rd, 2018, and slashed a career-best .309/.384/.397/.781 with 24 runs, 42 hits, seven doubles, one triple, one home run, nine extra-base hits, 16 RBIs, four hit by...

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Movie being filmed in NW Indiana July 2019 : Pardoned by Grace

pardoned-newA film based on the true story of a former prisoner turned preacher, is being filmed in NorthWest Indiana.

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