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New history book chronicles 'Downtown Gary: Millrats, Politics and U.S. Steel'

A new book looks back at the history of downtown Gary back when it was "the social, cultural and political center of the blue-collar industrial community."

Fuller, Gary M. 1937-2019 | Obituaries  News-Press Now

SAVANNAH, Mo. - Gary Max Fuller, 81, Savannah, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Living Community of St. Joseph. He was born ...

Vincent Vargas | Local Obituaries |

GARY, IN - Vincent Vargas, age 70 of Gary, passed away April 11, 2019. He graduated from Horace Mann High School, Class of 67, and served for the U.S. ...

John Oliver Stiles | Local Obituaries |

OGDEN DUNES, IN - John Oliver Stiles, age 87 of Odgen Dunes, passed away on March 31, 2019. He was a husband, father, attorney, teacher, world traveler ...

Gary schools hit the real estate market | Crime and Courts  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 ...

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.

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.

Stanley "Stas" Kordys | Local Obituaries |

MERRILLVILLE, IN - Stanley "Stas" Kordys, age 86 of Merrillville, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019.

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 ...

Fire set at Vacant Horace Mann school under investigation

GARY — An investigation is underway after fire crews responded early Wednesday to a fully involved fire at the vacant former Horace Mann High School.

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.

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 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.

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 ...

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

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

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.

Art Angotti, champion of effort to bring Major League Baseball to Indy, dies at 74  Indianapolis Business Journal

Art Angotti, a decorated veteran and multifaceted businessman who in the mid-1980s tried to bring a big league baseball to Indianapolis, died on Wednesday ...

Gary schools mulling six property bids | Lake County News  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 ...

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.”

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 ...

Students give free health screenings at IUN  Chicago Tribune

Health students are providing free screenings in Gary this month.

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 ...

Donald L. Welch Sr. | Local Obituaries |

MERRILLVILLE, IN - Donald L. Welch Sr., 85, of Merrillville, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Methodist Hospital - Southlake Campus. He was born ...

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 ...

Former Lake County Judge George Paras dies | Crime and Courts

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

Avelino 'Al Cortizo Vidal | Local Obituaries |

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 ...

Debbie Rodriguez (nee Phillipov) | Local Obituaries |

VALPARAISO, IN - Debbie Rodriguez (nee Phillipov), age 68 of Valparaiso, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. She is survived by three sons: John ...

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.

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 ...

Art Angotti, the man who almost brought Major League Baseball to Indianapolis, dies  Indianapolis Star

Art Angotti, who was known in Indianapolis as the "ultimate entrepreneur" and worked to bring a Major League Baseball team to the city in 1985, has died after a ...

Nicholas Matsis | Local Obituaries |

Nicholas Matsis passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Nick was born in Gary, IN on August 13, 1937 and attended Horace Mann High School. He served ...

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 ...

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, ...

Cash-strapped Gary schools barely surviving | Porter County News

GARY | Leaders of the broken Gary Community School Corp. believed selling closed school buildings would be a way to raise money to pay its bills and better ...

Gary picks developers for three major redevelopments | Lake County News  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 ...

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.

The 939 NJ Superintendents, Principals Who Earned $150K Or More  Point Pleasant, NJ Patch

Salaries Of 939 NJ Superintendents, Principals - Point Pleasant, NJ - These 939 top-paid NJ school superintendents and principals earned $150K, even if their ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Vandy fires coach Bryce Drew after 9-23 year, winless in SEC  The Times of Northwest Indiana

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The worst season in the history of Vanderbilt men's basketball has cost coach Bryce Drew his job.

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.

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.

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 ...

Tom Harmon

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

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 ...

EDITORIAL: A needed do-over for Gary's schools

To call Gary Community School Corp. an agency in crisis is hardly an understatement. It needs help, and pronto.

Neighbors around shuttered Gary schools envision repurposed school buildings

GARY | Lonnie Mitchell can look out her kitchen window and see the massive, decaying building that was once Emerson High School, Gary's first school, built in ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

PROFILES IN SUCCESS: 'The Hammer:' thug with an intellect

In a world that strives to be politically correct, Fred Williamson is as blunt as an elbow to the head.

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 ...

Gary leaders, educators focus on closed school buildings

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

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.

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.

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

Four USC Upstate students killed in overnight crash.

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 ...

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

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

Man dies from wounds in Gary shooting | Lake County News

GARY — A man found with a gunshot wound to the neck earlier this month in the city's Horace Mann neighborhood died last week at an Illinois hospital, officials ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

Abandoned Apples  Macworld

For whatever reasons, humans eventually vacate the places they inhabit, and in doing so, things are left behind. Some of those things happen to be Apple ...

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 ...

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 ...

Furman freshmen awarded Max Heller scholarships  Greenville News

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

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 ...

Local students awarded scholarships  Fond du Lac Reporter

Local students are earning scholarships from schools and organizations.

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 ...

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 ...

Convicted bomber petitions for pardon; didn't hit Little Rock Nine student's home, he says  Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A man convicted nearly six decades ago of bombing the home of one of the students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock has asked the state ...

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 ...

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.

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.

Toxicology Reports Questioned Of USC Upstate Students Killed In Crash

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

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 ...

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.

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

Slideshow: A look back at your Celebrations in 2016

The Times wants to celebrate your milestones — everything from births, birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and more. Submit your ...

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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