Thanks to the volunteer work of union carpenters of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters, Tri Town Safety Village in Schererville has a new building. According to a press release, union carpenters help to frame out and build Tri Town Safety Village's newest business--NIPSCO. The building features a classroom which will allow Tri Town to expand their curriculum to help kids learn about gas and electric safety.
Mike Stavitzke, IKORCC Senior Manager, says, “We were happy to play a role in building the NIPSCO structure. Tri Town Safety Village is the first facility of this type to educate children about gas and electric safety. As carpenters we understand the severe importance of this and are happy to do our part to help educate our local kids and hopefully prevent a lot of accidents."
William Jarvis, Tri Town's executive director praised the carpenters union saying, “Without the continued support of the Carpenters Union I did not know how we would be able to build this classroom.”
According to the release, Tri Town Safety Village in Schererville, is a “child-sized” town, complete with houses, roads, replicas of local businesses, and operational street lights and railroad crossings. This model city is a hands-on learning experience for local children, educating them on an array of safety topics such as fire, traffic, railroad, and police safety. The safety village serves the Schererville, St. John and Dyer area.
The NIPSCO building is slated for completion in late March, 2014. For more information about Tri Town’s Safety Village, please visit: http://safetyvillage.us/
The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 32,000 professional tradespeople in 43 locals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee. A proud affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which has a century-plus tradition of representing the best of the building trades, the council works in partnership with more than 30,000 contractors, helping them find the best possible talent for their projects. The hallmark of the regional council is three-fold: training, professionalism and partnerships for economic development.
To discover more about IKORCC log onto: https://www.ikorcc.com/
Just in time for Christmas, several Gary residents have received some great news that they are the recipients of a home for one-dollar. Chelsea Whittington director of communications says Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will be announcing the first round results of the City's dollar home program during a brief press conference to be held on Tuesday morning, Christmas Eve at City hall....
There's been a development in connection to the stabbing and robbery of an elderly man and his wife in the parking lot of popular outlet mall in Michigan City. Police say the two suspects, identified as Willie Jones and Kenisha Simpson now face formal charges of Robbery, Aggravated Battery and Fraud--all felonies.
Cpl. Tim Baker conducted a probably cause hearing in front of Honorable Judge Lange in Superior Court today (Friday). According to published reports, with the assistance of Chief Deputy Prosecutor Robert Neary, probable cause was found by testimony presented by Cpl. Baker.
Both suspects have been issued a 100-thousand dollar cash only bond....
The Indiana State Board of Education has approved the release of the 2012-2013 A-F accountability grades. Responding through a statement, Governor Mike Pence thanked all the education board members including Superintendent Ritz, for "working together to complete this important task and for all their efforts on behalf of Hoosier kids."
The governor went on to say "Today's release of the...accountability grades demonstrate that our schools have risen to the challenge of improving outcomes across the state of Indiana and our kids are better for it."
Pence also said, "Education in Indiana is improving every day and our kids, our teachers and our schools deserve to be commended." ...
The Indiana Department of Transportation is alerting holiday weekend travelers of the potential for changing road conditions due to different weather conditions expected in the Region.
INDOT's Matt Deitchly says that the Region is experiencing some rain this afternoon and with the snow that is already out there is melting, "and there is a serious risk of high water conditions throughout Northwest Indiana." Deitchly is encouraging drivers to plan ahead and if you do see high water on the roadways, "obviously never drive through that it could be a very dangerous situation because you don't know how deep that water is."
The INDOT spokesman also says the department stays current with changing conditions monitoring different forecasts prepared just for INDOT. He adds, "if it looks like were getting to that time where the temperature is dropping, we'll have trucks on the road patrolling just watching to see where things are icing up." Once the road begins icing up the crews will get right to work on that salt.
Freezing road surfaces are not drivers only concern as the National Weather Service Dense fog advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. CST Friday. The latest forecast for Saturday is calling for freezing rain possible in the morning with snow and sleet possibly mixing with freezing rain Saturday afternoon, with temperatures near 34 degrees.
For the latest major road conditions in Northwest Indiana log onto: http://pws.trafficwise.org/ipws/nw/index.html...
Traffic westbound on the Borman (I-80/94) is currently backed up from before the Broadway exit due to a two vehicle crash near Chase St. A traffic tipster reporting a vehicle landed in the right hand ditch and another vehicle was stopped on the left hand shoulder. Drivers should be alert to stopping traffic and delays westbound on I-80/94.
Along with a dense fog advisory in effect until 7p.m. CST for the Region, the Indiana Department of Transportation is warning drivers to be on the lookout for high water now as well, and potentially slick conditions later this weekend due to changing weather patterns being forecasted.
During this afternoons commute drivers are being advised to allow extra driving time, to increase the distance between them and other vehicles and to be sure they are driving with their vehicles headlights on.
A memorial marker is being placed at the location where Indiana State Police Trooper Scott Patrick of Wheatfield was killed in the line of duty in Gary ten years ago. Police say Trooper Patrick was responding to help a stranded motorist at the Grant Street exit of the Borman Expressway on December 22nd, three days before Christmas 2003, when he was fatally shot. The marker will be unveiled Saturday night in a ceremony beginning at 8 pm (Sat Dec 21) that will include special guest speakers, Indiana State Police Honor Guard and the Scott Patrick family. Gary State Representative Dr. Vernon G. Smith filed a naming resolution which was passed by both chambers of the Indiana legislature and resulted in the declaration dated January 13, 2013. Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say these efforts were enhanced with the assistance of Crown Point State Representative Shelli VanDenburgh and INDOT Deputy Commissioner Robert Alderman. Gary Police and Fire will set a traffic pattern southbound on Grant Street to close the right lane for overflow parking and divert south traffic into the left lane. ...
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana gained 25,300 private sector jobs in November, the largest one-month increase in The Hoosier State on record. All employment sectors saw significant growth, with the exception of the leisure and hospitality sector, which was unchanged for the month. Employment sectors experiencing the largest increases in hiring over the month were Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+6,800), Construction (+5,400), Manufacturing (+4,800), and Professional and Business services (+4,700). Indiana was responsible for nearly 13 percent of the nation’s private sector job growth in November.
Indiana’s unemployment rate declined in November as well, dropping 0.2 percent to 7.3 percent, lower than all neighboring states. Fewer Hoosiers are now unemployed (232,400), than in November of 2008 (240,600).
"Today's job numbers are welcome news to every Hoosier and are a testament to the hard working people of our state and the businesses that power Indiana's economy every day", said Governor Mike Pence. "The continued downward trend in unemployment and the significant growth in private sector jobs demonstrate that Indiana's economy is strong and growing stronger every day," said Governor Mike Pence.
“November was a historic month of job growth in Indiana,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “It is encouraging that fewer Hoosiers are unemployed than in November of 2008, and the unemployment rate has dropped by more than a percentage point over the past few months. However, we need to keep the ball moving by strengthening Indiana’s pro-growth climate.”
Sanders also noted claims for unemployment insurance continue to be at their lowest levels since 2000. [News Release/Graphs Indiana Dept of Wokrforce Development]...
Indiana Governor Mike Pence continued detailing his 2014 legislative proposals, focusing on Hoosier families and communities during remarks at the Boys and Girls Club in Fort Wayne Thursday. Pence's plan, which he calls his 2014 Roadmap, calls for vouchers for a pre-K program for low-income families, a state tax credit for any individual or family who adopts a child, and increasing the income tax exemption for Hoosiers, including dependent children, in Indiana's tax code. Pence says Indiana's average individual exemption is one-thousand dollars, compared to an average of nearly three-thousand dollars in other states. [Photo/courtesy Governor's office]...
A food drive designed to collect cans of low-sodium soup for children and seniors begins next month. During a recent Region News Makers interview, Northwest Indiana Food Bank Executive Director Arleen Peterson says they will be holding their first ever “Souper Bowl” food drive from January 6th through February 14th.
To hear more of interview with Peterson, visit http://regionnewsteam.com/...
The numbers of homes sold in northwest Indiana were up slightly from this time a year ago, but home sales from October to November were down. The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors reports sales of single family units in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton Counties combined rose one-point-nine percent from November 2012 to November 2013, with the median selling price up one-point-two percent. Units sold between October to November fell 16-point-five percent, with the median selling price over that period dropping three-point-four percent. Even though the increase was small, it still marks 29 consecutive months of growth in year-over-year comparisons. ...
Authorities in LaPorte are seeking help from the public to locate a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident at CVS. LaPorte Police report they were dispatched to the 14-hundred block of Lincolnway just before 12:30am today and, according to the victim and witnesses, an older, dark-colored Ford truck pulled into the parking lot, backed up and struck a concrete pillar, then pulled forward and backed up again, striking the victim's truck and causing damage to the rear passenger side of the vehicle. Police report the suspect truck then left the parking lot heading north. Anyone with any information regarding this hit-and-run incident is asked to contact LaPorte Police....
Portage police announced today that a 34 year old man was arrested on Monday and charged with two-counts of felony burglary for a December 3rd burglary on Joseph Street. Police report the homeowner foiled Michael Oelling's attempt to burglarize the home and provided officers a license plate number of the suspect vehicle. Police say they were able to identify Oelling as the suspect in a burglary on Fallen Timbers Avenue in Portage and items stolen from that burglary were recovered. Chief Troy Williams he wants the community to know they make every effort to keep residents safe and informed and wants to assure the community they have and will continue to address any and all issues as swiftly as possible. ...
- Rolled Over Semi Blocks Traffic at Indiana Toll Road
- LaPorte Police Seek Help to Located Wanted Man
- Elderly Man Stabbed at Michigan City Outlet Mall
- Griffith Officers Catch Burglars in the Act
- Search Continues for Missing Michigan Doctor
- LAC Utilities Announces Boil Order for N Burlington Beach Rd
- Agreement Reached Over 'Petcoke' Piles
- Rollover Tanker Blocking EB Indiana Toll Road
- Robbery at Little Caesar's Pizza in Portage
- Governor Statement on Passing of Hoosier Soldier
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