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December 3, 2015 by Stanley Pankiewicz Payne (Register to contact)

To whom it may concern,
I just celebrated my 79th birthday on December 2.
I graduated on June 9, 1955.

Where is Bruce Arehart (old friend) ? He graduated with me.

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Jerome A. Prince Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Gary, Indiana  GlobeNewswire

GARY, Ind., April 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Jerome A. Prince, who currently serves as the Assessor for ...

Fire causes minor damage at vacant Lew Wallace High School in Gary

GARY — A suspicious fire in the auditorium at the vacant Lew Wallace High School in the city's Glen Park section caused minor damage to the building, a fire ...

Paul K. Johnson | Local Obituaries |

HOBART, IN - Paul K. Johnson, 91, of Hobart, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2019. He graduated from Lew Wallace High School, in Gary, in 1945, ...

Fire damages three classrooms at vacant high school building in Gary  Chicago Tribune

Gary firefighters put out a blaze inside shuttered Lew Wallace High School on Friday night.

Volunteers come together for cleanup at closed Lew Wallace school  Chicago Tribune

Tall grass was cut and garbage picked up Saturday in a volunteer cleanup at the long-closed Lew Wallace High School in Gary.

Richard "Rick" L. Ban | Local Obituaries |

HOBART, IN - Richard "Rick" L. Ban, age 68, of Hobart, passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on March 25, 2019. He was a 1968 graduate of.

Michele Paula (Hrnjak) Feinstein | Local Obituaries |

CHESTERTON, IN -. Michele Paula (Hrnjak) Feinstein, of Chesterton, died peacefully in her sleep on March 18, 2019 at her home surrounded by family. Michele ...

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.

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.

Mold, trash and broken trophies: Group says Lew Wallace school 'empty playground' for vandalism  Chicago Tribune

Despite community interest, the former Lew Wallace High School in Gary is crumbling.

'Suspicious' fire probed at closed Gary high school  Chicago Tribune

A "suspicious" fire Sunday night burned the closed Lew Wallace HIgh School in Gary's Glen Park neighborhood.

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 ...

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.

Difference-makers: Tyrell Anderson. Decay Devils want 'youth to come back and invest in our city'  Chicago Tribune

As an urban explorer, seeing beauty in abandoned structures evolved into looking to revive one of Gary's iconic landmarks for Tyrell Anderson. As president of ...

2 arrested in burglary at former Lew Wallace school, police say

GARY | Charges filed Thursday allege two men burglarized the former Lew Wallace High School earlier this week and led Gary police on a brief car chase.

Mom wants Lew Wallace track team remembered  Chicago Tribune

Arlinda Tarver wants to make sure the track accomplishments of her three state champion daughters and the shuttered Lew Wallace High School aren't forgotten ...

Lew Wallace football field revived by Gary Steelers Pop Warner  Chicago Tribune

Gary Steelers Pop Warner kicked off its season last Sunday at Lew Wallace's field. Coaches, parents, community members and even players have helped ...

Closing of Lew Wallace saddens many former Hornet athletes

Dave Templin grew up on the east side of Gary, near the steel mills. Before graduating from Emerson in 1966, a blue-collar lunch-pail district, he would drive ...

Jerry "Bubba" Sprague

Jerry "Bubba" Sprague passed away on March 8, 2019 at the young age of 73. He attended Lew Wallace High School in Gary Indiana, married his high school ...

Lake County clerk switches over to Gary council  Chicago Tribune

With only weeks remaining before Mike Brown would be leaving his office as Lake County Clerk because of term limits, he became a member of Gary's Common ...

Abandoned buildings 'lost to time' fascinate Crown Point videographer  Chicago Tribune

Joel Henderson, 38, of Crown Point, has shot videos in more than two dozen abandoned schools in Gary, Indiana, for his "Lost to Time" YouTube show.

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 ...

Phillip Derr | Local Obituaries |

GARY, IN - Phillip Derr, 82, of Gary, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019 with his loving family by his side. He was born December 11, 1936 to Edford ...

'Everybody wants justice, but it's just us': Family of man killed in Gary wait for answers  Chicago Tribune

Family of Robert Sanders, 30, who was fatally shot Jan. 15 in Gary, talk about his life and waiting for answers about his death.

Former Wallace football head coach dies after collapsing at school

Many students at Lew Wallace High School had tears in their eyes on Wednesday and heavy hearts at the Glen Park school. Thomas Powell, a math teacher ...

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.

Art work forgotten in shuttered Gary school  Chicago Tribune

GARY — A tip from an art collector led auctioneer Jonathan Kraft to look for a half-dozen paintings by prominent artists that were left behind in Lew Wallace High ...

Church withdraws bid for Lew Wallace  Chicago Tribune

A local church has withdrawn its $100,000 offer to purchase the shuttered Lew Wallace High School, dashing plans to transform it into a community center.

Gary police search for missing 59-year-old man

GARY — Police are searching for a 59-year-old man last seen Aug. 21.

Gary manages just one bid out of 33 dilapidated schools; district rethinking asking prices  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Of the 33 shuttered Gary schools that hit the real estate market last month, only one received an offer in the first round of bidding, according to Peggy Hinckley, ...

Elaine L. Hales | Local Obituaries |

MUNSTER, IN - Elaine L. Hales, age 92, of Munster, IN passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019. She is survived by two sons; one daughter; seven grandchildren; ...

M'ville teen pleads guilty to killing Lew Wallace teacher

CROWN POINT | A Merrillville teen pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge of voluntary manslaughter in the July slaying of an 80-year-old Gary high school ...

Late, great Muhammad Ali had Region ties  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Jimmy "The Fighting School Teacher" Holmes, now a retired professional boxer who runs the DeMotte Boxing Club in Demotte, remembers getting a ...

Son remembers Hobart father's life as he confronts brother's murder charge  Chicago Tribune

John E. Yakubec reflected on his father's life as his brother is charged with the 80-year-old's murder.

Gary man shot in back, shoulder after argument in city's Miller section  The Times of Northwest Indiana

GARY — A 28-year-old man was wounded in a shooting Sunday in the city's Miller section, police said.

High school home economics changes, classic recipes remain  Chicago Tribune

High schools and middle schools refer to the home economics classes of yesteryear as family arts and consumer sciences courses today.

Charles D. Marvin  The Republic

Charles D. Marvin HOPE Charles Donald Marvin, 84, passed away at 10:54 a.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. He was the youngest of 2 children and ...

List of school shootings in Indiana since 1880  Indianapolis Star

Here's a list of fatal and nonfatal K-12 school shootings.

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 ...

Mayor: Port authority benefitting Gary  Chicago Tribune

The Gary Common Council postponed action on bylaws for the port authority, but Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said the board already is proving its worth.

Police: Man filled cart at dollar store, pulled gun on employee trying to stop him during Gary robbery

GARY — A man filled a shopping cart with merchandise at a Dollar Tree store, walked by the register without paying and pointed a gun at an employee who ...

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 ...

Student Says Security Officer Beat Him  NBC Chicago

School officials in Gary, Ind., on Wednesday said they were investigating a scuffle that left a student and an off-duty police officer injured.

J’s Breakfast Club in Gary offers a more Southern approach  Chicago Tribune

This is actually my third restaurant that I've done in the community (of Gary),” said Joslyn RW Kelly, owner and operator of J's Breakfast Club. “I just want to be ...

TEACHER OF EXCELLENCE: GlenEva Dunham, Kindergarten, Beveridge Elementary School, Gary, Indiana

About GlenEva Dunham: Graduate of Lew Wallace High School. Bachelor degree from Purdue University West Lafayette. Active in the teacher's union, PTA and ...

Purdue hires first diversity chief since 2015; how John Gates plans to define that role  Journal & Courier

Q&A: John Gates steps into a diversity position Purdue is reviving after killing it in 2015. Gates explains what diversity should mean for Purdue.

Reunions: East Chicago Roosevelt Class of 1968

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80-year-old Hobart man killed last week remembered as hardworking, dedicated to family  The Times of Northwest Indiana

HOBART — An 80-year-old man who died last week — by his own son's hands, police allege — was cut from the fabric of the Calumet Region, another son said.

County going after Gary official for back taxes

CROWN POINT — A Gary School Board member fending off county efforts to collect thousands in back taxes will appeal an unfavorable court decision.

Local author to sign her latest book as part of a fundraiser for the historic Crown Point Court House

When Rosemary Gard was growing up in Gary, she asked for and was given a typewriter for her 12th birthday — a Remington portable in a gray hard cover ...

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 ...

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.

Cynthia Polakis McLeod | Local Obituaries |

CROWN POINT, IN - Cynthia Polakis McLeod, age 61, passed away on August 22, 2018 after a courageous and resilient 15-month battle with cancer. She was ...

Several burglaries, burglary attempts reported in Griffith

GRIFFITH — Police are following up on leads after several burglaries and attempted burglaries, an official said.

Judy Ream | Local Obituaries |

PORTAGE, IN - Judy Ream, age 79, of Portage, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Reunions: Horace Mann Class of 1968 | Lake County News

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Mary J. Svetich

Mary J. Svetich. CROWN POINT, IN - Mary J. Svetich, age 95 of Crown Point, IN, passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2019, surrounded by her cherished ...

Rebecca Crews On How Her Alter Ego, Regina Madre Reinvented Her Destiny  Black Girl Nerds

Rebecca Crews is no stranger to the spotlight. A musician, singer and former Miss Gary (she won the pageantry title in 1984 during her senior year at Lew ...

Two women's voices sing praises of education  Chicago Tribune

Raven Osborne and Awanii Nicholson have never met and likely never will. Their paths almost crossed earlier this week when I met with them just minutes apart ...

Reunions: Chesterton High School Class of 1983

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Gary man charged in shooting death of Merrillville man  Chicago Tribune

Justin Summers, 19, of Gary, has been charged with homicide in connection to the shooting death of Ray Lewis, 24, of Merrillville, police said. Summers also ...

Elizabeth "Betty" Morgavan

CROWN POINT, IN - Elizabeth "Betty" Morgavan, age 88 of Crown Point, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 with her family by her side. She is ...

'Who could be the Judas?': For 2 years, mom tries to find son's killer  Chicago Tribune

The family of Dwayne Momon is still looking for answers after he was fatally shot Dec. 7, 2015, in Gary.

Marianne Rossi (nee Chlopek) | Local Obituaries |

MERRILLVILLE, IN - Marianne Rossi (nee Chlopek) age 74 of Merrillville, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018. She is survived by her two daughters: ...

Former U.S. Attorney David Capp: 'They were crooks and corrupt politicians'  The Times of Northwest Indiana

HAMMOND — David Capp says an effective U.S. Attorney is a good listener.

Alice 'Baba' Mamala

HAMMOND, IN - Alice 'Baba' Mamala age 86, of Hammond, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by ...

Indiana killer Paula Cooper: The Executioner Within  Indianapolis Star

Paula Cooper was only 16 when she was sentenced to death for the grisly murder of her elderly neighbor. The world fought to save the troubled teen, but Paula ...

From death row to freedom, Paula Cooper dead of apparent suicide

INDIANAPOLIS | Paula Cooper, a Gary native who at age 16 was the youngest death row inmate in the United States before an international outcry helped ...

Teen boys get downhill 'Upportunity' of a lifetime  Chicago Tribune

A group of Gary boys were recently treated to a trip to Aspen, Colo.

State school chief tours closing Gary middle school

GARY | Dunbar-Pulaski Principal Vera Blount said she was shocked when she heard the State Board of Education voted last week to close the middle school.

Special Ed. Teacher Killed in Her Home  NBC Chicago

Police are on the lookout for a 2003 silver Cadillac DeVille belonging to an 80-year old special education teacher from Gary, Ind., who was found dead ...

Gary finds no substitute for licensed teachers  Chicago Tribune

The Gary Community School Corp. is recruiting 18 licensed teachers to replace long-term substitute teachers on the school district's roster.

Take a closer look at the Lake County Sheriff candidates  The Times of Northwest Indiana

The Times, Lakeshore Public Radio and the League of Women Voters are hosting a primary debate for the Lake County Sheriff candidates Monday at 6 p.m. The ...

Former Gary mayor, 'Johnny V,' turns 100  Chicago Tribune

He goes by "Johnny V." "Most everyone calls him this," said U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, about his father, John Visclosky. "If we were out having ...

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 ...

Law & Order: Lake Station man, 21, girlfriend charged in separate attacks  Chicago Tribune

Lake Station man, 21, girlfriend charged in separate attacks. A Hobart man has been charged in connection with a knife attack in Lake Station. Antonio Miguel ...

Mayes named managing editor of The News-Dispatch  News Dispatch

MICHIGAN CITY – Veteran journalist Jeff Mayes has been named managing editor of The News-Dispatch after serving as assistant sports editor for the last ...

Quentin P. Smith devoted his life to country, education and community

Former state Sen. Earline Rogers remembers the first time she met Quentin P. Smith when she was a student at Roosevelt High School in Gary.

Steven John Bazin | Local Obituaries |

CROWN POINT, IN - Steven John Bazin, age 80,of Crown Point, IN and Drummond, WI, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Two more men shot to death in Gary  Chicago Tribune

Two more men died violently in Gary, both victims of gunshot wounds in separate homicides, late Monday and early Tuesday. The shooting deaths of Ray Lewis, ...

Gabrielle Douglas a hit with high schoolers at Gary event

GARY | Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas greeted Gary high schoolers Monday with words of advice.

12 Gary schools cited for fire code violations, officials say  Chicago Tribune

An inspection of Gary's 12 operating schools found fire code violations in each, officials said.

House of Bianco salon owner of 50 years: 'It's time to close'  Chicago Tribune

After nearly 50 years in business, House of Bianco hair salon closes for good, leaving behind clippings of fond memories and bittersweet emotions.

EDITORIAL: Gary schools must secure property from inside, outside threats

With all of the vandalism and looting of abandoned Gary public school buildings in recent years, thieves from within are the last thing the beleaguered school ...

John Visclosky loved Gary and people  The Chicago Cusader

By Erick Johnson and Carmen Wray-Woodson, Gary Crusader For many people in Gary and Northwest Indiana, John S. Visclosky was the real deal.

'Legacy of Lifting': Athletic background helps teach leadership  SCNow

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Pee Dee resident Toyinda L. Smith makes it her goal to be a champion in every area of her life.

Meet Michelle Dickerson  IU Northwest

The next time you're mingling with colleagues at an Indiana University Northwest meeting or function and you spot Michelle Dickerson across the room, don't be ...

Former Gary Mayor John Visclosky remembered fondly for his charm, dedication  Chicago Tribune

Former Gary Mayor John S. Visclosky was remembered Saturday as a man of the people, an old-school politician who had a love for the city of Gary and its ...

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.

Why Not High School Boys in Girl Scouts?

A group of high school students from Gary, Indiana is suing the Girl Scouts for not admitting teenage boys to a local troop. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court ...

State votes to close Gary's Dunbar-Pulaski  Chicago Tribune

INDIANAPOLIS — In a stunning move, the State Board of Education voted 6-4 Thursday to close the Dunbar-Pulaski Middle School in Gary. The only school in ...

If Romeo Langford chooses that path, spurning the state of Indiana wouldn't be new  News Sentinel

When New Albany senior Romeo Langford makes his decision on April 30 on where to play college basketball, his surface struggle is not new. A college choice ...

Clippers Sign Branden Dawson

The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has signed forward Branden Dawson. The Clippers acquired the rights to the 56th overall pick in the 2015 NBA ...

Lake County's new sheriff reaches from within the ranks to name his commanders

CROWN POINT — Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. has promoted veteran county police officers to his new command staff.

Gary Legends honors two in the city's medical field  The Chicago Cusader

By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader During the recent Gary Common Council meeting, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced that it was ...

Decades-in-the-works genealogy book chronicles family's roots from Mexico to Gary  Chicago Tribune

Pablo and Francesca Ornelas immigrated to this region in 1920, raising 10 kids on a laborer's wages and the daily mantra of family strength.

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.

Strangulation charges filed against Lake County councilman

CROWN POINT | A Lake County Councilman is charged with two felony counts of strangulation and one count of domestic battery in an incident involving his ...

Charles Koehler  Sentinel-Tribune

Charles Allen Koehler, 83, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

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