Officials Announce Cancellation of 2020 Lake County Fair

In Crown Point, the Lake County Fair Board has announced they are canceling this year’s Lake County Fair. A letter posted at the Fair Board’s Facebook page said that many health and safety requirements are impossible to achieve at this time. The announcement said next year’s fair has been scheduled for August 6th through the […]

Indiana Dunes National Park Offers Beach Parking Information Line

With severe shoreline erosion along Lake Michigan and the need for social distancing due to COVID-19, Indiana Dunes National Park announces they will assist the public in finding an open beach with a new telephone line. Recorded messages will alert residents about available parking at National Park beaches and nearby Indiana Dunes State Park.  The information […]

Most of Indiana Entering Stage 3 of Back on Track Plan

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced that because health indicators remain positive, most of the state will advance to stage 3 of the Back On Track Indiana plan on Friday, May 22. Indiana Back On Track has five stages. For Cass, Lake and Marion counties – which started Stage 2 after other counties — stage […]

Alliance Steel Moves Headquarters and Processing Facility to Gary

Alliance Steel has moved its headquarters and steel processing facility to Gary. A news release from the company says Alliance Steel, a leader in flat-rolled steel supply and coil processing for over two decades, was previously located in Bedford Park, Illinois. The steel service center says Alliance plans to compliment the NWI steel community with […]

Newton County Fair Board Update on 2020 Pun’kin Vine Fair

The Newton County Fair Board has announced at this time they are continuing with 2020 fair preparations. They said they hope to continue with events and activities they organize and manage, which include Grandstand Events, Free Stage entertainment, Earth Night, and Antique Tractor Barn. The Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair works with Purdue Extension Newton […]


COVID-19 Testing Information from State Department of Health, Additional Drive-Thru Clinics in NW Indiana

From the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH): Hoosiers who have symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been exposed and need a test to return to work are encouraged to visit a state-sponsored testing site for free testing. Individuals without symptoms who are at high risk because they are over age 65, have diabetes, […]

Purdue Develops Agricultural Supply-Risk Tool

Purdue University is allowing citizens to keep track of the risks COVID-19 has placed on agricultural products. Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics—in collaboration with Microsoft—has created the Purdue Food and Agricultural Vulnerability Index, an online dashboard that quantifies potential risks to agricultural commodities. Supply vulnerability depends on the number of farmers and agricultural workers affected, […]

Additional Assistance Arriving for Many Hoosier Families via the ‘Pandemic EBT’ Program

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced today that families whose children receive free or reduced-cost meals at school will receive “Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer” benefits beginning this week. The benefits are meant to reimburse the families for the cost of meals that their children were unable to receive due to COVID-19-related school closures. […]

Ivy Tech Community College Announces Plans for Fall Semester

Ivy Tech Community College has announced its plan for Fall semester. Classes will be offered in-person, online, and with hybrid options. Should new guidelines from the Governor or federal regulations be released prior to the August start date then adjustments will be made accordingly. Ivy Tech also says it is taking all necessary steps to […]

LaPorte County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event and Gas Can Exchange

Residents of La Porte County can help keep Northwest Indiana’s air clean by exchanging their old gas can for a new, environmentally friendly one during a drive-thru household hazardous waste collection event happening Saturday May 16th, 9 am to 2 pm at the La Porte County Fairgrounds on State Road 2, where La Porte County residents […]