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Roy Garcia

HOBART, IN - Roy Garcia, age 67, of Hobart, passed away December 20, 2018. He was a graduate of Horace Mann High School; retired from Gary/Hobart ...

Gary schools hit the real estate market  The Times of Northwest Indiana

GARY — Vandalism, looting and arson have plagued abandoned Gary public school buildings for years amid dwindling enrollment, towering debt and tax liens ...

Photographic tour of Indiana basketball gyms stops at Gary's vacant schools  Chicago Tribune

Two photographers are capturing images of historic gymnasiums across Indiana, providing a glimpse of the melding of history, sports, culture and architecture.

Realtor: Gary school buildings should be sold for a $1 per square foot or less

One of Northwest Indiana's most prominent commercial real estate agents said Gary schools are asking far more for shuttered school buildings than what the ...

Gary's empty schools have seen vandalism, arson and neglect. Now, they're going on the real estate market.  Chicago Tribune

Some 33 vacant Gary schools and properties, spanning nearly 600 acres, are now on the market.

IUN students offer health information to Gary residents  Chicago Tribune

After ending pop-up health screenings at Horace Mann, IUN has set up a health fair for Nov. 6 where residents can get various tests for free or minimal cost.

Official: Arson likely cause of fire at Gary Horace Mann  Chicago Tribune

Gary Fire Department is investigating a suspicious fire that began in the auditorium of long-shuttered Horace Mann High School early Wednesday, officials said.

Public bidding begins for Gary's 33 shuttered schools  Chicago Tribune

Public bidding is now open on 33 closed Gary schools offered for sale until 3 p.m. Aug. 24. The asking price on seven schools has been lowered after Calumet ...

Transcripts, textbooks, trophies: Cleaning up lost items at vacant Gary schools  Chicago Tribune

As many as 30 Gary schools are vacant with many considered eyesores, but they can't be sold because of liens invoked by the Internal Revenue *Service*.

Gary's early schools set standard for education  The Times of Northwest Indiana

A century ago, the Gary school system drew worldwide attention for its innovative instructional methods.

GALLERY: 'Trump's Da Man' graffiti painted over in downtown Gary

A look at Horace Mann High School, where a graffiti artist recently tagged 'Trump's Da Man' on the side of the building only to see it promptly painted over.

Gary school boasted official and unofficial nicknames | Gary News

As someone once said, or should have, there is aristocracy in all classes. Most schools prior to World War II had a “Four Hundred.”

Gary's Wirt-Emerson school recommended for closure at end of school year  The Times of Northwest Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — The Gary schools emergency manager is recommending Wirt-Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in the Miller neighborhood ...

Gary's forsaken schools offer sober lessons in blight  Chicago Tribune

An American flag swirls in shredded tatters above Gary's deserted Brunswick Elementary School on West 7th Avenue where the grass hasn't been mowed this ...

Honorable George C. Paras (Paraskevopoulos)

GARY, IN - Honorable George C. Paras, age 70, of Gary 'Miller Beach' passed away peacefully on September 14, 2018. He was born July 18, 1948 to Christos ...

Finley Jr. remembered by family members | News  News Dispatch

La PORTE — Friends, family members and business colleagues are remembering Charles Oscar Finley Jr., the owner of a string of Wendy's restaurant ...

Gary schools mulling six property bids  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Gary Community School Corp. School attorney Tracy Coleman said the district's emergency manager is reviewing six bids made on six properties in a sale that ...

Former Lake Circuit judge George Paras dies  Chicago Tribune

Former Lake County Circuit Court Judge George C. Paras is being remembered as a caring and respected lawyer and jurist.

Thomas Anthony Pappas

VALPARAISO, IN - Thomas Anthony Pappas, 67 of Valparaiso, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018. He was born May 10, 1951 in Gary to Eddie and ...

Potempa: Theater icon Bill Wellman among ‘legends’ inducted this year  Chicago Tribune

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will honor region entertainment icon Bill Wellman among the 2018 inductees for The South Shore Wall of ...

Avelino 'Al Cortizo Vidal

MERRILLVILLE, IN - Avelino 'Al' Cortizo Vidal, age 87 of Merrillville, passed away November 20, 2018. He was born in Galicia, Spain and immigrated to the ...

Local students plan to walk out Wednesday in solidarity  Fond du Lac Reporter

FOND DU LAC COUNTY - Students in North Fond du Lac will join with teachers Wednesday for a mid-morning school walkout in solidarity against school ...

Renowned Winter Haven basketball coach Jack Deedrick dies at 95  The Ledger

WINTER HAVEN — Jack Deedrick loved basketball. He loved coaching and was a fixture at the college final four for decades until he stopped going in 2016 at ...

Remembering . . . a lost year  Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The integration crisis at Little Rock Central High School did not end on May 28, 1958, when Ernest Green walked across a stage to become the school's first ...

Eats for Education: 15th annual Cooking for College a tasty way to raise scholarship money  Arkansas Online

College students may only wish they could eat this well while at school. But at least those who benefit from Cooking for College have help with their education ...

James 'Tike' Skapes (Murdakes)

HOBART, IN - James 'Tike' Skapes (Murdakes), age 84, of Hobart, formerly of Gary, passed away November 15, 2018. He was a graduate of Horace Mann High ...

Gary lawmaker questions marketing effectiveness of city's public schools

INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, is concerned that the Gary Community School Corp. is not effectively reaching out to parents and ...

Students give free health screenings at IUN  Chicago Tribune

Health students are providing free screenings in Gary this month.

Don McKay

Don McKay. NEW YORK CITY, NY - Don McKay - World War II combat veteran and star of stage and screen - died on December 27, 2018, at the age of 93, ...

Gary firefighters respond to small fire inside now-shuttered Dunbar-Pulaski Middle School

Gary firefighters responded to a small fire Tuesday afternoon inside Dunbar-Pulaski Middle School.

For the sum of $1, Gary couple taking on ultimate fixer upper  Chicago Tribune

The Aliceas purchased their three-bedroom, two-bath home for $1 in the city's Dollar Home program and hope to celebrate Christmas there with their three kids.

21 abandoned Gary schools add to urban decay

GARY | The wreckage of 21 brick behemoths pockmark struggling Gary neighborhoods, providing sanctuary for crime and urban decay.

Gary picks developers for three major redevelopments  The Times of Northwest Indiana

GARY — Three companies have been selected as master developers for different sections of the city, although there is no timeline yet on when actual ...

Former Little Rock high school basketball coach continues to touch lives  Arkansas Online

It was only natural for Kerry Joe Briggs to have the last word. That was how it always had been at Hall High School in Little Rock: Oliver B. Elders would address ...

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Mann's DeSoto grateful for learning from great coaches

When Joe DeSoto returned to Lansing in early September for a football reunion, his memories were not limited to his days as T.F. South High School's football ...

Gary school district wins state permission to approach IRS with debt settlement offer

INDIANAPOLIS — The Gary Community School Corp. is preparing a settlement offer to clear off its books the more than $8 million it owes the Internal Revenue ...

First Black NFL Draftee George Taliaferro Reunites With High School Rival

Their friendship was cemented with a handshake on a high-school football field in a segregated steel-mill town — a white player reaching across an invisible ...

THE DRUM MAJOR AWARD  The Chicago Cusader

By Dana Rettig, Gary Crusader The Gary Frontiers *Service* Club annually recognizes individuals who have shown a personal commitment and dedication to ...

HIGH PROFILE: Little Rock School District Arts Director Danny Fletcher helps students students change their lives through music  Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

At the age of 6, Danny Fletcher became the man of the house.

Tom Harmon

Tom Harmon was a natural athlete who some say was the best all-around athlete the Region has ever produced.

Returning to Gary, Hinckley faces daunting challenges securing schools' future  Chicago Tribune

Gary native Peggy Hinckley may be facing the most challenging problem of her career as she attempts to secure a real future for the Gary schools.

Gary funeral director returns from cemetery, dies  Chicago Tribune

Longtime Gary funeral home owner and director Paul A. Robinson died Feb 24 as he returned home from a funeral. He was 58.

Uncertain future as state poised to take over Gary schools  Chicago Tribune

Even before talk of a state takeover, Kenan Maxey and his wife were already examining other options if they needed to move their 6-year-old daughter to ...

South Holland shooting victim from Gary 'always had a smile on his face'  Chicago Tribune

A Gary man "who always had a smile on his face" and was known for his skills at bowling alleys and on softball diamonds in northwest Indiana was shot and ...

Slideshow: 50 famous athletes from the Region | Sports |  The Times of Northwest Indiana

A list of some of the most famous athletes to have ever called Northwest Indiana home.

J.L. Mann graduate among those killed in crash  Greenville News

Four USC Upstate students killed in overnight crash.

NIPSCO exec named to State Board of Education  Chicago Tribune

Eddie Melton, a community relations manager for the Northern Indiana Public *Service* Co., is one of five new members on the newly reconstituted State Board of ...

Northwest Indiana opponents say GOP's federal tax plan would have harsh impact on cities, schools  Chicago Tribune

Detractors of the proposed GOP tax bill say it threatens to stifle growth in cities and hamper municipalities and school boards from refinancing debt to take ...

Fountain Inn High School construction delayed again  Greenville News

Greenville County Schools has decided to delay again the opening of a new high school in Fountain Inn in an effort to lessen the tax burden on county residents ...

Lorie Banker  Mesabi Daily News

Lorie Banker, 54, of Apple Valley died peacefully Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at her home in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She was born December 15, 1963, ...

Some Gary school buildings to get a new life

GARY | Three of 11 vacant Gary school buildings have been sold and another building is under negotiation.

No time to cry: 23rd Psalm kept Little Rock Nine's Melba Pattillo Beals alive  NWAOnline

By the time she was 3, Melba Pattillo Beals knew the 23rd Psalm and the Lord's Prayer by heart.

Gary woman's multicultural background paying off in career  Chicago Tribune

Jessica Sosa doesn't speak Spanish, but is fluent in German. She is head of legal and human resources for Fronius USA LLC in Portage.

That guy did what? And he has Parkinson's?  The Jewish Standard

Bret Parker will talk about running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days at the Jewish Home in Rockleigh.

Voters get the chance to change the makeup of Lake County Council

Voters Tuesday could bring about the greatest change in several decades to the membership of the Lake County Council.

Gary leaders, educators focus on closed school buildings

GARY | Gary Community School Corp. will begin the 2012-13 school year with 12 closed buildings.

Chicago Weather: Storm could dump up to 1 foot of snow on area by Friday night  WLS-TV

The Chicago area is bracing for the biggest snowstorm of the season starting Thursday night.

West Side Theatre Guild presents magic, music of 'The Wiz'  Chicago Tribune

Telling the story of a whirlwind journey to Oz, "The Wiz" rolls out Dorothy's surreal adventures in a rollicking, contemporary musical. Running Wednesday ...

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Valparaiso walk-on Langston Stalling perseveres through adversity  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Langston Stalling, who earned a full-tuition scholarship to any Indiana university, is walking onto the Valparaiso basketball team.

Manes: Pawnbroker comes from a long line of survivors  Chicago Tribune

Feature column by Jeff Manes on pawnbroker David Zacharias of Chesterton.

Former Lake County Judge George Paras dies

CROWN POINT — Former Lake County Circuit Court Judge George Paras died this week following an undisclosed illness.

Fond du Lac's 'Project G.R.I.L.L.' marks 10 years

FOND DU LAC (WLUK) -- An annual student contest that cooks up both food and innovation is marking its 10th year Friday.Project G.R.I.L.L. will have more than ...

Tom Smith: the collection of a historic journey  Griffon News

Early life of a Hoosier. Coach Smith has been coaching basketball for over 20 years. He first began coaching at the University of Central Missouri in 1975.

Seven drown in Richland County floodwaters  The State

Alex Holmes called a friend early Sunday morning in a panic, explaining over the phone that her car was filling with water and that she couldn't get out, said ...

HIGH PROFILE: Entrepreneur, lawyer, businessman, civil-rights pioneer and politician Richard Mays  NWAOnline

Richard Mays isn't dressed like your typical high-powered lawyer this particular morning. In a tropical-print shirt, dark jeans and cognac-colored cowboy boots, ...

3 inductees into Wall of Legends helped shape NWI, the nation

HAMMOND — Three men whose contributions shaped Northwest Indiana and the nation were honored at the Wall of Legends induction ceremony Wednesday ...

US Nats Finalist Ali Galyer To Represent New Zealand At Pan Pacs  SwimSwam

Three days after placing 8th in the U.S. National 200 back final, Ali Galyer has been named to New Zealand's team for the Pan Pacific Championships, as the ...

Vanessa Allen marks five years as Urban League chief  Chicago Tribune

Vanessa Allen has been on the move almost from the moment she was sworn in as president and CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana in 2010 at a ...

Where Are They Now? Jim Dailey

Jim Dailey remembers nearly every second, every basket and every whistle of the 1969 IHSAA state basketball state championship.

Local students awarded scholarships  Fond du Lac Reporter

Local students are earning scholarships from schools and organizations.

100 years young, with advice for us all  Chicago Tribune

Helen Plinovich isn't your average 100-year-old person. Nor is she your stereotypical centenarian, regardless of whatever image your mind creates. She's active ...

Wall of Legends to induct 3

The South Shore Wall of Legends will induct a World War II hero, a world-renowned journalist and author and a legend in the hospitality and entertainment ...

Throwback Thursday: A stroll down memory lane | Digital Exclusives: Photo Galleries  The Times of Northwest Indiana

A series of blasts from the past, in the form of photos shared by Calumet Regional Archives.

School districts struggle to find subs to fill in  Fond du Lac Reporter

A shortage of substitute teachers is a challenge for school districts at this time of year. The pool of candidates is dwindling, not just for area schools, but across ...

Toxicology Reports Questioned Of USC Upstate Students Killed In Crash  WJBF-TV

Spartanburg County Coroner's Office received toxicology results from decedent's of the crash that occurred In October on 4th Street at Valley Falls.

A Different View on School Desegregation  Huffington Post

The initial reaction in most liberal circles about the recent Supreme Court decision on so-called voluntary desegregation plans does not surprise me.

OFFBEAT: Reader looking to locate actor Mark Harmon

A reader wrote to me with a question about one of our "honorary Hoosier sons," actor Mark Harmon. "Rather than a phone call, I decided to just write you for the ...

Furman freshmen awarded Max Heller scholarships  Greenville News

Furman awarded $20000 scholarships to 14 freshmen students from Greenville County.

Merrillville youngster already feeling the draw to college football

Five years ago, Henry Johnson was playing some backyard football with his son, JoJo, a scene replicated in yards across America.

John Cain: Executive Director/Top Performer Building South Shore Arts for Two Decades

Today, hundreds of people will gather at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana, to hear a baldish twinkly-eyed, fifty-ish fellow with round ...

Gary man fatally shot during domestic dispute

GARY | A domestic dispute turned deadly late Saturday when a 27-year-old Gary man was shot to death, officials said.

Region broadcaster, TV personality Tom Higgins dies at 82

Tom Higgins, a longtime Northwest Indiana broadcaster and newsman known for his wry sense of humor and quick wit, died Tuesday at age 82 after a ...

New York Special Needs Dinner Honors Teenage Volunteers

The Friendship Circle chapter on Manhattan's Upper East Side honored 46 local teenagers for their dedication to children with special needs.

Dirty retired teacher, 88, admits he had sex with at least three students at troubled New York City prep schoo  Daily Mail

Retired English teacher Tek Young Lin, of California, had come clean about his trysts with students at Horace Mann High School on the heels of an expose that ...

Times Business & Industry Hall of Fame 2017: Johnson casts wide web in computer security  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Nestled in a hub of businesses on winding streets off Broadway near U.S. 30, Cimcor, a global cybersecurity company, would fit right into California's Silicon ...

In remembrance: Locals who passed on in March  Bloomington Pantagraph

March 2017 obituaries and announcements in the Bloomington–Normal area. View obituaries any time at

6-Time State Champ Bindi Verbally Commits to Florida Gators  SwimSwam

6-time Florida High School State Champion Tori Bindi has verbally committed to the Florida Gators. That gives Gregg Troy's women's team their 6th swimming ...

Michelle Stabach Jensen: Teacher facing sexual battery charges  Daily Mail

Michelle Jensen, 40, had already resigned over charges that she sent sexually explicit photos to a student, before it emerged she had let another student fondle ...

Olympic Trials Qualifier Savanna Faulconer Commits To Florida  SwimSwam

Olympic Trials qualifier and Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club swimmer Savanna Faulconer has made the decision to swim for the Florida Gators in the fall of 2016, ...

Kentucky Women Get Verbals From Game-Changers Winstead, Galyer For Class of 2016  SwimSwam

Madison Winstead (left) and Ali Galyer (right) have both verbally committed to Kentucky as part of the class of 2016.

Slideshow: Professionals on the move | Digital Exclusives: Graphics  The Times of Northwest Indiana

News on the Region's movers and shakers in the business world.

Samuel 'Si' Newhouse dies at 89 in his New York home  Daily Mail

Chairman of the parent company of some of the nation's most prestigious magazines, Samuel 'Si' Newhouse Jr, died Sunday at the age of 89.

Female sheriff’s commander forged her way in a man’s world, mentoring other woman and youth

Lake County Sheriff's Commander Sharon Bennett's law enforcement career has spanned 37 years. During that time she has accomplished much: establishing ...

Longtime region cardiologist John T. Scully dies at 89

VALPARAISO | Cardiologist Dr. John T. Scully, 89, is being remembered as a distinguished physician, a dedicated teacher and mentor and a devoted family ...

South Carolina Teacher Busted in Undercover Prostitution Sting  Gossip On This

A high school teacher from Greenville, South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave as of Saturday morning after he was was busted in an ...

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