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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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Angeline I. "Angie" Kinney | Local Obituaries |

SCHERERVILLE, IN - Angeline "Angie" I. Kinney, age 88, of Schererville, passed away August 16, 2019. She was born on October 21, 1930 to Louis H. and ...

Emilie A. Krysinski | Local Obituaries |

VALPARAISO, IN - Emilie A. Krysinski, 75 of Valparaiso, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Avalon Springs Health Campus. She was born March 1, ...

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.

PROFESSIONALS TO WATCH: Mayor Brian Snedecor stays the course

Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor credits his late father, Charles, with being his central role model and mentor.

Sam Bianco | Local Obituaries |

VALPARAISO, IN - Sam Bianco, age 91, of Valparaiso, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

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 ...

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.

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*.

'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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Despite training with just four hurdles, Williams is first state qualifier in Lighthouse history  The Times of Northwest Indiana

With the help of her devoted coach, Myles Tolliver, Lighthouse senior Jaylynne Williams will participate in the IHSAA girls track & field state meet Saturday.

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 ...

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 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.

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.

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 ...

John Wayne Russell | Local Obituaries |

CLINTON, IN - John Wayne Russell, born in Clinton, IN in 1939, passed on June 17, 2019. John graduated from Dana High School and Indiana State University.

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.

WGU Indiana creates alternative higher education opportunities for working adults

CROWN POINT — Stacy Hickman works full time at Bickford Senior Living in Crown Point. The Gary native regularly balances 12-to 16-hour shifts, with class ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Church withdraws bid for Lew Wallace  Chicago Tribune

Plans for a community center at the former Lew Wallace High School are dimming.

'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.

Prince acknowledges tough job ahead of him at Gary forum

GARY — As Jerome Prince walked into a stripped-down version of his mayoral campaign headquarters at 3885 Broadway — save for the two election posters ...

Freeman-Wilson loses re-election | The Crusader Newspaper Group  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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Gary police search for missing 59-year-old man

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

List of school shootings in Indiana since 1880  Indianapolis Star

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

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.

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 ...

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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kenneth J. Allen fights for people in need of an advocate

Attorney Kenneth J. Allen gives credit for his successful law practice to his late father.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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.

Lew Wallace's Branden Dawson | Digital Exclusives: Video

This video from the archives shows Branden Dawson during his time at Lew Wallace High School.

Online courses open higher education for working adults  SFGate

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Stacy Hickman works full time at Bickford Senior Living in Crown Point. The Gary native regularly balances 12- to 16-hour shifts, ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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...

Reunions: Horace Mann Class of 1968 | Lake County News

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

John Visclosky loved Gary and people | The Crusader Newspaper Group  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.

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.

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.

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 ...

Biography of Rebecca King-Crews| Parents |Net Worth |Family & Kids  Tales Buzz

Here is your exclusive guide to learn more about Rebecca-King Crews. Family and career life of Rebecca and her husband, Terry Crew.

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 ...

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

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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.

'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.

Indiana school shootings: A comprehensive list of the last 130 years  WRTV Indianapolis

The history of school shootings in Indiana goes back more than 100 years, but the state has been spared the type of violence that has occurred at other schools ...

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

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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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Gary Legends honors two in the city's medical field | The Crusader Newspaper Group  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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

US Attorney David Capp resigns  Chicago Tribune

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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