INDIANA STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT & NOBLESVILLE INDIANA POLICE OFFICIALS DELIVER SCHOOL SAFETY PRESENTATION

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Thursday morning dozens of officials converged on the Michigan City Police Department to hear a presentation delivered by Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt and Noblesville Police Assistant Chief Scott Kirby. In front of a capacity filled room of nearly 50 people, the trio delivered a two hour presentation surrounding the May 25th, 2018 shooting tragedy at Noblesville West Middle School. The presentation contained valuable information for those in attendance. Following the presentation, Superintendent Carter, Chief Jowitt and Assistant Chief Kirby fielded questions from the attendees. Those in attendance included school officials from the La Porte County School Safety Commission which has representatives from every school district countywide, La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan City Police Department, La Porte City Police Department, Trail Creek Police Department, Indiana State Police, La Porte and Michigan City Fire Departments, and La Porte County EMS.

Indiana Students Continue Graduating Better Prepared for College as AP Exams Offered, Taken, and Passed Increases Again

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

In partnership with the College Board and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced Thursday another year of increases in the number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams offered, taken, and passed.

For the 2017-2018 school year, Indiana reported the following increases:
For the 2018 graduating class, 25,892 Indiana public school students took an AP exam, compared to 24,659 in the class of 2017.
Since 2008, the percentage of Indiana public school graduates taking an AP exam during high school increased from 20.0 percent to 38.9 percent.
In the past 10 years, the number of Indiana public school students scoring 3 or better on at least one AP exam has increased from 6,284 to 13,403.
In the past three years, the number of Indiana public school students scoring 3 or better on at least one AP exam has increased 12.6 percent.

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office: Last Week’s Wanted Felon Arrested

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Members of the La Porte County Fugitive Apprehension Street Team (FAST), along with the U.S. Marshal Service, announce the arrest of last week’s wanted felon, Cordaroll D. Hicks. On Tuesday, just four days after the announcement that Hicks was being sought, he was taken into custody. Hicks was arrested within the City limits of Michigan City. Hicks remains housed in the La Porte County Jail on a $10,005 cash bond through Superior Court I and a hold for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The FAST Team and Marshal’s Office located Hicks by acting on several leads received from the public following last Friday’s release of information from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.

Residents of Michigan City are Urged to Apply Immediately for Free Home Repairs to Houses Built Before 1978

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Mayor Ron Meer is proud to announce the City of Michigan City’s recent inclusion in the State of Indiana’s Lead-based paint remediation program which is sponsored by Medicaid and administered through the Indiana State Department of Health. Home owners, Landlords, and Renters who live in a home, or own a home, built before 1978 can receive a free home inspection to determine if the residents are being exposed to lead-based paint hazards. Homes providing child care are also eligible for this service. If lead-based paint exists, this program will also pay for removal of the lead hazard. To be eligible for this free service, the home must have a Michigan City mailing address, the home must be built before 1978, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance must be paid, at least one person living in, or frequently visiting the home, must be under the age of 19, and at least one person living in, or visiting the home, must be receiving Medicaid assistance. Applications to participate in this program are available at the Michigan City Sanitary District, located at 1100 E. 8th Street, Michigan City, Indiana, or at http://www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/sanitary. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible as funding opportunities may end in April, 2019. Please call Destiny Morris, at 219 874-7799, if you need more information about this important program or you can find information on facebook at: www.facebook.com/MCLeadCommittee/

U.S. 35 Bridge in LaPorte Set for Deck Replacement

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that a bridge deck replacement project is set to begin March 4 on U.S. 35 in the City of LaPorte. The bridge, which is adjacent to the courthouse in downtown LaPorte and just north of State Road 2 (Lincoln Way), will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of the project. During the first phase, traffic will use the southbound side of the bridge while crews work on the northbound side. The eight-span bridge is approximately 1,100 feet long. The $9.3 million project is set to finish by the end of October.

AG Curtis Hill: Continued access to Lake Michigan beaches serves the public interest

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand decision by Indiana Supreme Court
After the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a case involving access to Lake Michigan’s beaches, Attorney General Curtis Hill expressed satisfaction that the ability of the general public to enjoy the natural beauty of Indiana’s shoreline remains protected.
In February of 2018, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that the State of Indiana under existing law possessed “public trust title” to the bed of Lake Michigan up to the ordinary high water mark (OHWM). The ruling rejected challenges by former owners of beachfront land who claimed the state’s ownership extended only to the water’s edge at any given time. The plaintiffs petitioned for certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Soliday’s proposal to bring data centers to IN advances

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) legislation incentivizing data centers to locate in Indiana recently advanced out of the House of Representatives. Data centers house servers that collect, store and process large amounts of data. According to Soliday, data centers can lead to significant economic growth through job creation and development of other data-dependent industries. Under this legislation, cities and counties may offer property tax exemptions and the state may offer sales tax exemptions to data centers planning to invest at least $25 million.

Pep Rally, Fire/Police Department Escort Planned for Marquette Friday Morning

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Michigan City Marquette Blazer fans can get their final glimpse of the Lady Blazer basketball team Friday morning before they hit the hardwood Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Principal Allyson Headd has called an all-school assembly for Friday morning at 8:45 am inside the Scholl Center. Students are to report to their first-hour class for attendance before being dismissed to the gymnasium.
The team is scheduled to depart from campus at approximately 9:15 am with Michigan City Police and Fire Department officials escorting the bus out of town.
Marquette is slated to face Vincennes Rivet for the Class A crown on Saturday morning at 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tickets, which are $15 each, remain on sale in the athletic office through 4:00 pm on Thursday. Fans can receive a ticket and a t-shirt for $20 if purchased before Thursday.

Franciscan Health Michigan City celebrates Horizon Bank and NIPSCO for donations to hospital’s community room and café

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Franciscan Health Michigan City and the Franciscan Health Foundation saluted Horizon Bank and NIPSCO last week for their generous gifts to two community spaces at the new hospital.
Horizon Bank’s $25,000 gift went to support the Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel Community Room, a meeting space on the hospital’s first floor. NIPSCO’s $25,000 gift supports the Dunes Café, the hospital’s dining area. Violet Sistovaris, executive vice president and president for NIPSCO, said when the organization was thinking about how they could enhance the Dunes Café, they tapped a talented NIPSCO employee, Ishmael Muhammad Nieves. He worked with students at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts to create paintings portraying scenes of the dunes and Lake Michigan shoreline that are displayed in the café.

Semi Crashes and Catches Fire

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

A semi crashed on I-80/94 early Wednesday morning, then caught fire destroying its tractor and damaging its trailer. Preliminary investigation by Sergeant Dwayne Dillahunty revealed at approximately 1:25 a.m., a Kenworth tractor pulling a loaded low boy trailer (industrial washer), and driven by a 61 year old Arizona man, was eastbound on I-80/94 when he entered the far right merge lane to I-80/90 (Indiana Toll Road). The semi ran off the roadway and struck the impact attenuator. The impact resulted in the tractor catching fire that totally destroyed the tractor and the front end of the trailer sustained damage.  The industrial washer (load) appeared undamaged. The driver had no injuries. The eastbound lanes of traffic were closed until approximately 3:00 a.m., when the inner shoulder and left lane were open to traffic.

Application Period Open for 2019 National Youth Preparedness Council

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On Tuesday, FEMA announced the application period is now open for the 2019 National Youth Preparedness Council. This program brings teens together from across the country who are interested in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for emergency preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply. Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form, provide two letters of recommendation, and academic records. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific, March 31. New council members will be announced in May. To access the application materials, read about the current Council members, and for more general information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council. FEMA Region V—which includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin—has been represented on past national councils with participants from Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

South Shore Line to Offer Discounts to Monthly Pass Holders

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

South Shore Line will be offering 10% discounts on monthly passes during the month of March.
During the polar vortex, South Shore Line services were suspended for several days due to the extreme temperatures. Crews ran tests throughout the day and night during this time to determine whether rail lines were safe. Unfortunately, the record-breaking temperatures caused problems ranging from downed electrical lines on South Shore Line’s tracks to damage on Metra Electric District tracks that the SSL runs on in Illinois, resulting in cancelled service on both train lines. Metra and South Shore Line crews worked around the clock to fix the issues in an expedited fashion. South Shore Line recognizes the strain and inconvenience that suspended services have on commuters. Therefore, as a way to say thank you, South Shore Line is offering a 10% discount on monthly pass purchases for the month of March. Discount pricing will automatically be applied at the time the March pass is purchased. In addition, South Shore Line is offering free Westbound rides on all off-peak and weekend trains through February 18 right in time for the Chicago Auto Show and Valentine’s Day. If you obtain your monthly pass through WageWorks, WiredCommute, or RTA, the South Shore is working with these vendors to make sure your discount is applied. For more information on train schedules, discounts and to plan a trip, please visit mysouthshoreline.com or download the SSL app (available for iPhone and Android).

Residents of Michigan City are Urged to Apply Immediately for Free Home Repairs to Houses Built Before 1978

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Mayor Ron Meer is proud to announce the City of Michigan City’s recent inclusion in the State of Indiana’s Lead-based paint remediation program which is sponsored by Medicaid and administered through the Indiana State Department of Health. Home owners, Landlords, and Renters who live in a home, or own a home, built before 1978 can receive a free home inspection to determine if the residents are being exposed to lead-based paint hazards. Homes providing child care are also eligible for this service. If lead-based paint exists, this program will also pay for removal of the lead hazard. To be eligible for this free service, the home must have a Michigan City mailing address, the home must be built before 1978, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance must be paid, at least one person living in, or frequently visiting the home, must be under the age of 19, and at least one person living in, or visiting the home, must be receiving Medicaid assistance. Applications to participate in this program are available at the Michigan City Sanitary District, located at 1100 E. 8th Street, Michigan City, Indiana, or at http://www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/sanitary. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible as funding opportunities may end in April, 2019. Please call Destiny Morris, at 219 874-7799, if you need more information about this important program or you can find information on facebook at: www.facebook.com/MCLeadCommittee/

First Phase of Reconstruction To Begin On La Porte Overpass

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Starting on Monday, March 4, 2019, the first phase of reconstruction will begin on the U.S. Hwy 35 (Simcox) overpass in La Porte. During this time, northbound travel lanes will be closed. North bound traffic will be diverted over to the south bound lanes. Travel lanes will be 10 ft. wide, and will still be accessible to semi and larger truck traffic. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians. Motorists and pedestrians should prepare themselves for increased traffic congestion and traffic delays in the downtown area and along U.S Hwy 35, (Indiana and Pine Lake avenues), especially during peak traffic hours. Motorists who drive this route are encouraged to allow themselves enough travel time and/or to take an alternate route. The reconstruction project is expected to be completed in October 2019.

Two Wisconsin Men Arrested On Toll Road

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Two men from Wisconsin were arrested late last night when they were stopped on the Indiana Toll Road for traffic violations.
Preliminary investigation by Troopers Ala’a Hamed and Logan Hensley revealed that just after 11:30 p.m., Monday, while driving westbound on the Indiana Toll Road at the 5.3 mile marker, they noticed a pick-up in the left lane going at a slow rate of speed in a posted 70 mile per hour zone, weaving from side to side, and making multiple unsafe lane movements. The pick-up which had a Wisconsin plate on it had been expired since June 2018. Hamed and Hensley initiated a traffic stop and when the driver lowered his window an overwhelming odor of suspected marijuana and alcohol was smelled. While the troopers were conducting their investigation the driver became non-compliant and began to resist, causing the troopers to use force and place him under arrest. The driver, later identified as 43 year old Tommy R. Hines, of Wisconsin, was not injured. Further investigation revealed Hines had two baggies of suspected heroin and one baggie of suspected marijuana in his pocket. His passenger, later identified as 38 year old Carl A. Winters, of Wisconsin, became uncooperative, lunged at the troopers, and at one point striking Hamed’s hand. He too had to be restrained after refusing to comply. Hines refused to take a certified breath test. Troopers also found two open containers of alcohol inside the pick-up. Hines and Winters were taken to Lake County Jail in Crown Point and charged.

Porter County Accepting Applications for Registrar in Health Department

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Porter County is accepting applications for the full time position of Office Manager / Chief Deputy – Registrar (Health Department). The incumbent serves as Office Manager/Chief Deputy-Registrar in the Health Department and as direct supervisor of the Nursing Secretary/Vital Records Team Leader as well as maintaining all the accounting and bookkeeping operations for the department. To view the complete job description and to download an application visit: www.porterco.org/jobs.aspx?jobID=177

NIPSCO Encourages Local Non profits to Apply for Environmental Action Grant

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

NIPSCO  is accepting  applications for its environmental action grant to support local non profit organizations with environmental initiatives. In its fourth year, NIPSCO’s Environmental Action 
Grant aims to provide funding for restoration and education projects throughout northern Indiana.
Grants  are available  in the amount of $500  to $5,000 for organizations  seeking funds for environmental restoration  projects and education pro grams.  Applications  will be accepted  through April 5, 2019,  with grant awards announced the week of Earth Day, April 22.
Nonprofit organizations  with an environmental restoration  or education project  are invited  to submit a grant request through NIPSCO’s online request portal at NIPSCO.com/Community.  To learn about what else you can do to help support the environment, and to see what NIPSCO is doing, visit  NIPSCO.com/Environment. 

Roll Over Crash Injures Three In Lake County

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

A single vehicle crash on I-65, Monday evening, injured all three people when their car rolled over. Investigation showed that just before 10pm Monday evening, a Hyundai was south bound on I-65, about one mile south of the Lowell exit, driven by 18 year old Kenneth Dean, of Chicago, when for unknown reasons went off the road to the right. The Hyundai traveled a ditch and rolled over numerous times, coming to rest in an open field. Dean sustained head injury which he refused medical treatment.  Two passengers, from Kentucky also sustained injuries and both also refused medical treatment. The Hyundai was totaled. Dean was cited for Learner Permit Violation and Expired License Plates.

Wednesday Weather

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Snow and freezing rain before 11am, then rain expected throughout the day with a high temp near 37.  A Winter Weather Advisory is also in effect until 11am today.

South Shore Line to Offer Discounts to Monthly Pass Holders

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

South Shore Line will be offering 10% discounts on monthly passes during the month of March.
During the polar vortex, South Shore Line services were suspended for several days due to the extreme temperatures. Crews ran tests throughout the day and night during this time to determine whether rail lines were safe. Unfortunately, the record-breaking temperatures caused problems ranging from downed electrical lines on South Shore Line’s tracks to damage on Metra Electric District tracks that the SSL runs on in Illinois, resulting in cancelled service on both train lines. Metra and South Shore Line crews worked around the clock to fix the issues in an expedited fashion. South Shore Line recognizes the strain and inconvenience that suspended services have on commuters. Therefore, as a way to say thank you, South Shore Line is offering a 10% discount on monthly pass purchases for the month of March. Discount pricing will automatically be applied at the time the March pass is purchased. In addition, South Shore Line is offering free Westbound rides on all off-peak and weekend trains through February 18 right in time for the Chicago Auto Show and Valentine’s Day. If you obtain your monthly pass through WageWorks, WiredCommute, or RTA, the South Shore is working with these vendors to make sure your discount is applied. For more information on train schedules, discounts and to plan a trip, please visit mysouthshoreline.com or download the SSL app (available for iPhone and Android).

Residents of Michigan City are Urged to Apply Immediately for Free Home Repairs to Houses Built Before 1978

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Mayor Ron Meer is proud to announce the City of Michigan City’s recent inclusion in the State of Indiana’s Lead-based paint remediation program which is sponsored by Medicaid and administered through the Indiana State Department of Health. Home owners, Landlords, and Renters who live in a home, or own a home, built before 1978 can receive a free home inspection to determine if the residents are being exposed to lead-based paint hazards. Homes providing child care are also eligible for this service. If lead-based paint exists, this program will also pay for removal of the lead hazard. To be eligible for this free service, the home must have a Michigan City mailing address, the home must be built before 1978, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance must be paid, at least one person living in, or frequently visiting the home, must be under the age of 19, and at least one person living in, or visiting the home, must be receiving Medicaid assistance. Applications to participate in this program are available at the Michigan City Sanitary District, located at 1100 E. 8th Street, Michigan City, Indiana, or at http://www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/sanitary. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible as funding opportunities may end in April, 2019. Please call Destiny Morris, at 219 874-7799, if you need more information about this important program or you can find information on facebook at: www.facebook.com/MCLeadCommittee/

First Phase of Reconstruction To Begin On La Porte Overpass

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Starting on Monday, March 4, 2019, the first phase of reconstruction will begin on the U.S. Hwy 35 (Simcox) overpass in La Porte. During this time, northbound travel lanes will be closed. North bound traffic will be diverted over to the south bound lanes. Travel lanes will be 10 ft. wide, and will still be accessible to semi and larger truck traffic. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians. Motorists and pedestrians should prepare themselves for increased traffic congestion and traffic delays in the downtown area and along U.S Hwy 35, (Indiana and Pine Lake avenues), especially during peak traffic hours. Motorists who drive this route are encouraged to allow themselves enough travel time and/or to take an alternate route. The reconstruction project is expected to be completed in October 2019.

2019 Home & Lifestyle Expo – March 2nd and 3rd

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Bring your plans, project ideas, or maintenance issues to the 2019 Home and Lifestyle Expo on March 2nd from 9am-5pm and March 3rd 9am-4pm at Bluechip Casino.

Talk with professionals and get ideas and answers to all your project or maintenance challenges. From kitchens and baths, floors to doors, heating and cooling, sun-rooms, patios and yard, furnishings, electrical, crafts and more, you will find the products and advice you need! Admission is FREE! Learn more at www.homelifestyleexpo.com

Lake County WorkOne Re-Entry Specialist ready to help move people into work

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

According to the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board (NWIWB), many who have been incarcerated and are released from the judicial systems are finding it challenging to return to the workforce. Debi Baughman, chair of the NWIWB, said that according to the Department of Corrections, reintegrating returning citizens into society, and helping create a path that provides them an opportunity to improve their lives in a sustainable way through work, is essential.
WorkOne will assist at no cost, with employer readiness skills, up-skilling, developing job search skills, resume building, interviewing skills and other proficiencies related to obtaining, holding, and advancing in a chosen career, as well as job placement. For further information on WorkOne re-entry assistance in Lake County, please call Richard Nash at (219) 981-1520, ext. 365. For general WorkOne information, visit www.gotoworkonenw.com.

Gov. Holcomb announces $750,000 in grants to local coalitions to combat drug crisis

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Yesterday, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced the State of Indiana will award $750,000 in grants to support local coalitions across the state in their efforts to combat the drug crisis.
Substance use coalitions in the following 10 counties will each receive a $75,000 grant to develop, improve and enhance their collaborative, evidence-based treatment and recovery initiatives:
· Bartholomew County: Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County;
· Cass County: Four County Counseling Center;
· Clark County: Clark County Cares
· Dearborn County: One Community One Family, and Dearborn County Recovery Oriented System of Care;
· Hancock County: Hancock Health;
· Howard County: Turning Point;
· Knox County: Samaritan Center;

Marion County: INSTEP;
· Scott County: Scott County Partnership, and Get Health Scott County; and
· St. Joseph County: St. Joseph County Health Improvement Alliance, and Partnership for the Education and Prevention of Substance Use.

The grants will help coalitions identify gaps in services, measure outcomes, build capacity, and develop recovery-oriented systems of care. Funds to support navigators who provide case management services and guide individuals and families through the recovery process will help communities coordinate public and private services. Reducing barriers to treatment by funding services, including transportation, housing and childcare, the grants will help people with substance use disorder who are engaged in treatment.
Grant recipients were selected from applications received in response to a request for funding announcement from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The one-year grants are effective March 1.
View a list of Gov. Holcomb’s actions to combat the drug crisis by visiting the Next Level Recovery website at Recovery.IN.gov.

Nationwide Girls Go CyberStart competition includes Indiana

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Yesterday, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart challenge, a skills-based competition designed to encourage girls to pursue cyber-based learning and career opportunities. Registration is now open.
Indiana was one of 16 states to participate in the inaugural event hosted in 2018 by the SANS Institute. More than 6,500 girls participated, including more than 400 Hoosier high school students. This year, the program has expanded to 26 states, including a collegiate competition, and the organization provides free cybersecurity resources to interested schools.
“Indiana is a proven cybersecurity leader and continues to grow its reputation as a national leader in technology,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We should encourage our young people to know and pursue tech-based skills to help develop critical thinking skills and find fulfilling careers in a high-wage, high-demand field.”
The country faces a deep shortage in computer science and cyber trained workers, although experts predict these to be some of the highest paying, in-demand jobs. Since 2010, cyber jobs have increased by more than 75 percent, outpacing the talent pool and resulting in more than 1 million unfilled cyber positions nationwide. In Indiana, an estimated 2,300 jobs are unfilled, according to the Cyberseek jobs tool.
Girls Go CyberStart centers on a fun and thought-provoking game to inspire young women to test their aptitude in cyber skills. Female students in grades 9-12 can participate for free, either as individuals or as part of a school-based team. As part of the CyberStart challenge, participants will take on the roles of agents in the Cyber Protection Agency, where they will develop forensic and analytical skills and deploy them to sleuth through challenges and tackle various online cybercriminal gangs.
As they work their way through the game, players will be challenged to solve puzzles and be introduced to a broad spectrum of cybersecurity disciplines, including forensics, open-source intelligence, cryptography and web application security.
In 2018, a team from Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis took home the first-place finish from among nearly 400 Hoosier students who participated. For a quick look at some of the challenges, visit the CyberStart website.
This year, college students can participate in a separate challenge called Cyber FastTrack, which allows students who excel in both the CyberStart Game and CyberStart Essentials (an online course that extends the learning of CyberStart Game) to be eligible to win $2.5 million in scholarships for advanced cybersecurity training and to be introduced to employers for internships and jobs in the field.
High school girls may register for Girls Go CyberStart now through March 20, when the games begin. College students may register for Cyber FastTrack beginning on April 5 and will be able to start playing immediately. Participating students do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge or IT experience. All that is required is a computer and an Internet connection. 
More information may be found at girlsgocyberstart.org for Girls Go CyberStart and at cyber-fasttrack.org for Cyber FastTrack.

IDHS encourages Hoosiers to get involved with Radiation Awareness Week

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages Hoosiers to take the time to learn more about the effects of radiation and its safety implications as part of Radiation Awareness Week. 
“Most people are unaware of the fact that there is radiation all around us,” said Kaci Studer, radiation programs director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program. “It occurs naturally in our environment, industries, hospitals and even our own homes.” 
According to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), people receive most of their average annual radiation from natural sources in the environment, while approximately 48 percent comes from medical procedures. 
Aside from learning about the different sources and types of radiation, Radiation Awareness Week is also an excellent time to become familiar with radiological emergency preparedness. 
“Many Hoosiers living in the northwestern counties of Indiana are in the ingestion pathway zone of a nuclear power plant,” Studer said. “That’s why IDHS is always actively maintaining radiological emergency preparedness.” 
The ingestion pathway zone is the 50-mile radius around a nuclear power plant where the general public may be at risk of ingesting contaminated food and water during the events of a radiological incident created by the power plant. Indiana is considered part of the emergency preparedness zones for four commercial nuclear power plants, two in Michigan and two in Illinois. 
“Although it’s highly unlikely a radiological incident will occur from one of these four power plants, it’s still something the State of Indiana needs to prepare for,” Studer said. 
For more information on the REP program at IDHS, visit https://www.in.gov/dhs/3523.htm.
To learn more about the different types of radiation and the impacts it has on human health, visit https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/.

Tuesday Weather

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Partly sunny, with a high near 30 degrees. Snow is expected to start in the overnight hours.

Guardrail, Fiber Optic Repair Work Set for I-65 in Lake County

Posted on: February 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that guardrail and fiber optic repairs will take place Monday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 22, on I-65 in Lake County.
Work will take place between mile markers 239 and 247, or between U.S. 231 and State Road 2. As a result of this work, some shoulder and lane closures will be in place.
During the day, approximately 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Both the southbound and northbound inside shoulders will be closed while crews repair guardrail between SR 2 and U.S. 231.
The southbound right shoulder will be closed for a two-mile stretch in that corridor – from mile markers 243.6 to 241.6 – for fiber optic repair.
Additionally, overnight, approximately 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.:
The northbound left lane will close from mile marker 246.0 to 247.0, just south of U.S. 231, for guardrail repair.

Young, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Improve Medicare Coverage for People Living with Lymphedema

Posted on: February 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and 28 colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation to improve Medicare coverage for lymphedema patients. The Lymphedema Treatment Act would increase and improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with lymphedema by requiring Medicare Part B to cover physician-prescribed compression therapy garments, which are essential in the effective treatment of lymphedema.
The Lymphedema Treatment Act would close an existing coverage gap and improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with lymphedema by ensuring that Medicare covers physician-prescribed compression therapy items under a new Durable Medical Equipment category. These items include multi-layer compression bandaging systems, custom or standard fit compression garments, non- or low-elastic compression garments and wraps, and other compression items determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to be effective in preventing or treating lymphedema.
Lymphedema is an incurable but treatable condition affecting between three and five million Americans. It is a chronic condition caused by injury, trauma, or congenital defects in the lymphatic system. If left untreated or inadequately treated, it can lead to complications including loss of function, disability, and in some cases, death.
The Lymphedema Treatment Act has broad, bipartisan support in Congress. The bill is also supported by a wide range of advocacy groups, including the Lymphedema Advocacy Group, American Medical Association, and the American Cancer Society.