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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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Mom still looking for daughters’ Gary track trophies  Chicago Tribune

The mother of three Gary Lew Wallace High School track stars is still searching for missing trophies and state championship banners that represent their ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

'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'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.

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 considers lowering minimum age for hiring firefighters to 18  Chicago Tribune

The Common Council's Finance committee reviewed a proposal to lower the minimum age for applying for a Fire Department job from 21 to 18.

Primary vote Tuesday will decide which of 9 candidates for Gary mayor moves forward  Chicago Tribune

Gary voters Tuesday will decide whether Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will continue to be the Democratic candidate to lead the Steel City or if one of her eight ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Jerome Prince takes lead over Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson in Democratic primary  Chicago Tribune

Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince is poised to win the Gary Democratic mayoral primary, and appeared to knock Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson off the ballot.

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 ...

Jerome Prince preparing for transition as Democratic Gary mayoral nominee  Chicago Tribune

Gary Democratic mayoral candidate Jerome Prince is beginning to assemble a transition team and says he intends to remain focused on what city residents ...

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

In recent years, artist and urban explorer group has organized volunteer efforts in Gary including Union Station revitalization and Gateway Park cleanup.

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 | Lake County News |

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

EDITORIAL: Prince is best choice for urgently needed change in Gary

In a field of nine candidates, only three appear to be serious contenders for the 2019 Democratic primary nomination in May.

Gary police search for missing 59-year-old man

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

Freeman-Wilson loses re-election  The Chicago Cusader

Jerome Prince stuns two-term mayor in primary By Giavonni Nickson Two-term Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson lost the Democratic primary in a stunning ...

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

The asking price for seven Gary shuttered schools has been lowered due to updated assessment information as the second round of bidding starts on a total of ...

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.

School Shootings List in Twenty Years Since Columbine: 240 and Counting  Westword

Twenty years ago tomorrow, on April 20, 1999, two seniors at Columbine High School killed twelve students and a teacher before taking their own lives in an ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

'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.

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 ...

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.

Steven Fadell | Local Obituaries |

PORTAGE, IN - Steve Fadell, age 89 of Portage, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Survived by three children: Sandra Himden, Barbara (David) Lisak, ...

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, ...

Late, great Muhammad Ali had Region ties | Lake County News  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 ...

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 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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

'Secret Millionaire' coach helps kick off fundraising campaign

GARY | With a pledge Monday to "challenge the community to support this cause," coach Tony Branch of ABC's "Secret Millionaire" fame donated seed money ...

Gary sailor continues 74 years of Seabee tradition | Lake County News |

We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U.S. Navy's Construction Force, known as the “Seabees,” for the past 74 years. Today, Gary native and a 2014 ...

Elizabeth "Betty" Morgavan | Local Obituaries |

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 ...

Several burglaries, burglary attempts reported in Griffith | Crime and Courts

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

Rebecca Crews Has Relaunched Her Singing Career Under a New Alias  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 a...

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: Horace Mann Class of 1968 | Lake County News

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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 ...

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.

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.

Reunions: Chesterton High School Class of 1983 | Lake County News |

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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 ...

Reunions: East Chicago Roosevelt Class of 1968 | Lake County News |

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Gary man charged in shooting death of Merrillville man  Chicago Tribune

A Gary man is in custody and has been charged with the shooting death of a Merrillville man earlier this week. Justin Summers, 19, has also been charged with ...

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.

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

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

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.

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 ...

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.

Northwest Indiana Business & Industry Hall of Fame: Ron McColly helps people find their dream home

Ron McColly's strong work ethic goes back to his early years growing up in Gary.

Two more men shot to death in Gary  Chicago Tribune

Two men shot to death in separate incidents in Gary late Monday and early Tuesday.

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 ...

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.

Gary School Board moves closer to shutting down five schools

GARY | A decision on whether to shut down five schools is expected to be made Tuesday -- with the current recommendation containing some changes from one ...

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 ...

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. Advertisement.

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.

'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.

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 ...

Tychina Scott, Bowman make do with no home track

GARY — Every afternoon at 4 p.m., Bowman Academy athletes take 35-minute rides, step over shards of glass, jagged metal trash and potholes two-feet wide ...

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 ...

J. Stuart Pritchard, MD | Obituaries  The Missoulian

OLYMPIA, Washington — J. Stuart Pritchard's earthly life of 95 years ended peacefully on Feb. 23, 2017, at Bethany Adult Family Home in Olympia, Washington.

Gary teen charged in rape of woman, 68, at South Shore train shelter  Chicago Tribune

A Gary, Ind., 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the rape and robbery of a 68-year-old homeless woman earlier this month at the Miller South ...

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.

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 ...

US Attorney David Capp resigns  Chicago Tribune

U.S. Attorney David Capp on Saturday announced his resignation at the request of the Trump administration.

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 ...

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.

Mentoring program helps match mentors with kids in need

Mentoring has always played a huge role in Eddie Melton's life, and the Gary-born man is devoted to creating mentoring opportunities for young men and ...

Charles Koehler  Sentinel-Tribune

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Former Gary Mayor John S. Visclosky dies | Local News  The Times of Northwest Indiana

WASHINGTON — Former Gary Mayor John S. Visclosky died Friday night. He was 101. He was the father of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.

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 ...

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.

Charges filed against five after drug raid, police in Gary say

GARY | Five people were formally charged Thursday in connection with a drug raid earlier this week at a home in Gary's Glen Park section, police said.

On the Job: John McClendon, trucker | Lake County News

MERRILLVILLE | A truck driver's work starts early and is almost never done.

AL HAMNIK: Life is good for Bob Kuechenberg

It's great to have friends at the top. Trouble is, those media old-timers who pushed for Bob Kuechenberg's selection to the pro football Hall of Fame each year ...

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