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Hammond teen surprised with $25K scholarship  WLS-TV

Morton High School Senior Jenna Frezza thought she was attending an ordinary college planning assembly Monday afternoon.

Ernestine A. 'Tina' Piotrowski | Obituaries  Cadillac News

CADILLAC — Ernestine A. “Tina' Piotrowski, of Cadillac, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, at Samaritas Senior Living. She was 82.

Police: Former Morton High School student arrested in Hammond rape

CROWN POINT — An 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday after being charged last week in a woman's rape at a Hammond party, authorities said.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Lake Central to hold baseball camps

Hessville Little League to hold signups: Signups for Tee-ball, softball and baseball for players aged 4 to 16 (must be 4 by Aug. 31) will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. ...

Hammond school board eyes action plan after lead levels found in some drinking water sources

HAMMOND — School board members were eager to craft an action plan Monday night after receiving a lengthy summary report hot off the presses that detailed ...

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Heat 'Unlivable' In Some Hammond Schools, Lack Water Fountains  WFYI

More than 50 water fountains have been shut off in Hammond schools due to high lead levels. Teachers say fewer fountains and faulty air conditioning makes it ...

Police ID man shot dead just north of Morton High in Hammond

HAMMOND — Police are investigating after one person was killed in a shooting Friday night just north of Morton High School.

School City of Hammond releases lead report  Chicago Tribune

The School City of Hammond released an outside report showing where detectable lead levels were found inside seven buildings last month.

Lead found at 7 Hammond school district buildings; students will get bottled water  Chicago Tribune

The School City of Hammond will provide bottled water to students in buildings where elevated lead levels were found in drinking water tested earlier this month.

120 Hammond seniors to announce college plans at Blueprint Signing Day

HAMMOND — Some 120 School City of Hammond high school seniors will announce their fall college plans Thursday at the Hammond Education Foundation's ...

Hammond police: Suspect in custody in connection with Friday's shooting near Morton High

HAMMOND — Police say they have an 18-year-old in custody in connection with Friday's fatal shooting just north of Morton High School.

PREP FOOTBALL: No. 9 Morton dominates in all three phases against East Chicago Central  The Times of Northwest Indiana

No. 9 Morton remained undefeated against Great Lakes Athletic Conference foes and claimed at least a share of the title with a 56-9 home win against East ...

Hammond police investigate threats against Morton High | Lake County News

HAMMOND | Hammond police said Wednesday they will be providing additional security at Morton High School for at least two days because of threats made ...

7 arrested after brawl outside Morton High School | Lake County News |

HAMMOND | Five juveniles and two adults were arrested after "a mob-type fight scene" Thursday outside Morton High School, an official said.

Hammond APA announces spring musical | Lake County News

The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts presents its musical, "Sister Act!"

Man, 18, charged in woman's rape after bonfire at Hammond home

CROWN POINT — An 18-year-old man is accused of raping a woman last month after a bonfire in Hammond.

Boy, 16, charged as adult in two rapes and murder in Hammond

CROWN POINT — A 16-year-old boy will face trial as an adult on allegations he murdered a 25-year-old woman and committed two rapes last summer in ...

UPDATE: Copper wire theft forces Gavit football game to Saturday; alumni night canceled

There were no Friday night lights at Gavit High School this week as the Hammond school had to reschedule its football game against East Chicago Central due ...

North Township trustees meet at Hammond's Morton High to teach students about local government

HAMMOND — Morton High School seniors got a live lesson in government Tuesday, when North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan and the trustee board held a ...

With a second chance, Excel Center grads savor completing high school  Chicago Tribune

Moments before they were set to walk the stage at the Hammond Civic Center, Synthia White, 20, turned around and saw a classmate get emotional. “Are you ...

Morton High teacher accused of seeking, possessing inappropriate photos of students

HAMMOND | A Morton High School math teacher is facing a federal complaint alleging he requested several underage female students send sexually explicit ...

Construction of new high school on Hammond High grounds signals new era

With the striking of shovel on dirt, the School City of Hammond took a big step towards the 21st century, simultaneously marking the beginning of the end for the ...

Indiana State Police Lowell Post welcomes five new troopers

Lt. Terry Gose, commander of the Indiana State Police Lowell District, welcomed five new troopers to the Lowell District.

Snow sentenced to 130 years for 'monstrous' murder of parents just outside Lowell; father was retired Hammond Morton shop teacher  The Times of Northwest Indiana

CROWN POINT — Thomas J. Snow was sentenced Friday to 130 years in prison for the brutal murder of his parents, Clifford and Joyce Snow, at the family's ...

Dancing with the Hammond Stars

The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts at Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana will present Dancing with the Hammond Stars at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at ...

Griffith, Morton honored with top Advanced Placement awards

GRIFFITH — Two Northwest Indiana high schools were honored with top state awards for advanced placement classes by the University of Notre Dame's ...

Morton’s graduation embraces tradition, performances

HAMMOND — More than 260 seniors graduated from Morton High School in Friday night. There were tears, photo-ready smiles, and, most of all, shouts of “class ...

New class enters Hammond Sports Hall of Fame

HAMMOND — Next time you run a marathon or need to drop weight because you haven't seen your feet in years, give John Bobalik a call.

3 teens, 2 adults receive felony charges after Hammond teen beaten, robbed outside the Jean Shepherd Center

UPDATE: The felony charge of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury against Marcelo Mendiola was dismissed May 24 in Lake Criminal Court.***

Mourners salute slain Morton shop teacher, his wife

HAMMOND | Laughter, smiles and tears mingled Sunday during a memorial *service* for a former Morton High School teacher and his wife who were killed last ...

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Court docs: Hammond man accused in Family Dollar robbery is found sleeping on couch, is being held without bond

HAMMOND — A 37-year-old man with a criminal record is being held without bail after he allegedly robbed a Family Dollar store at gunpoint Tuesday.

Residents get early look at $17 million Hammond Sportsplex  Chicago Tribune

There are still finishing touches to complete on the 138000-square-foot, $17 million complex that took over the majority of the land that used to be home to the ...

Hammond drops plans to consolidate Gavit High School  Chicago Tribune

After public pushback, the Hammond School Board announced it will drop plans to consolidate Gavit High School as part of a $110.6 million capital referendum.

Families, school mourn teens

HAMMOND — Two mothers sat Monday in their homes, 6 miles apart, surrounded by family and friends, dealing with the grief as they mourned sons of whom ...

Hammond's Morton High falls 48-12 in city's first semistate since '89

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. stood on the sideline of a packed Maury Zlotnik Field looking like a proud father a few days after his first child was ...

Management Team Named for Hammond Sportsplex  Inside INdiana Business

A management team has been named to lead the Hammond Sportsplex. Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. announced James Taillon II has been named General ...

Hammond Morton AD placed on leave

HAMMOND | The athletic director and popular football coach at Morton High School in Hammond has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Marilyn Evers (nee Rymarczyk) | Local Obituaries |

HAMMOND, IN - Marilyn Evers, age 64 of Hammond, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 20, 2018 after a long illness.

Places to pump, park and change a diaper are scarce at Purdue Northwest, student moms say  Chicago Tribune

Halfway into her pregnancy, Julia Cook-Jones remembers walking into a bathroom at Purdue Northwest during summer school and discovered it had no ...

Former teacher, Hammond schools agreed to dismiss lawsuit

HAMMOND | An agreement was filed Wednesday to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a former Hammond teacher who was acquitted of engaging in a sexual ...

Immigration conference in Hammond starts conversation on policy, cultural sensitivity

HAMMOND — Region native and former U.S. ambassador Carolyn Curiel on Saturday blasted President Donald Trump's plans for a merit-based immigration ...

State chess championship teaches lessons far beyond winning and losing  Chicago Tribune

The little girl played with the frayed end of her braid while her mom, indignant, presented her case on her daughter's behalf. "The boy she was playing against ...

Morton basketball coach Chinn faces child seduction charges, denies allegations

HAMMOND | A Morton High School boys varsity basketball coach and teacher was arrested Tuesday on felony charges alleging he engaged in sexual activities ...

Local Roofers 26, others aid Hessville nonprofit's Old Hansen Library restoration project; Color Run 5K set for Aug. 11

HESSVILLE — A neighborhood organization's mission to restore a Great Depression-era library into a resource center is well on its way thanks to the ...

2 Hammond teachers in one year accused of having sex with students

Two teachers have been are accused of having sexual relationships with female students at Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana. Last June, 26-year-old ...

Hammond celebrates Mexico's independence in grand style  Chicago Tribune

Mariachis, ballet folkloric dancers, Mexican cowboys on dancing horses, motorcyclists, cheerleaders and souped-up cars, trucks and Jeeps all turned out in ...

Former teacher sentenced to 12 years in prison | Hammond News

HAMMOND | A former Morton High School teacher was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

Three Goshen chess teams in top five at state  Goshen News

HAMMOND — Three chess teams from Goshen finished in the top five in the state Saturday at the Scholastic Chess of Indiana Team Finals at Hammond Morton ...

Roy Richards cleared, but resigns as Morton football coach and AD  Chicago Tribune

It's over for Roy Richards at Morton High School. Richards, the spirited, charismatic coach who had a knack for connecting with urban kids and making them ...

Norman H. Lohse

MERRILLVILLE, IN - Norman Howard Lohse, age 72, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 30, 2018. He was born on November 29, 1946 in ...

Greg Jancich walks away after 49 years at Morton

HAMMOND | Retirement can be scary. Greg Jancich never doubted he was ready, at age 76. On Wednesday, he'll walk out the door at Morton High School for ...

Hammond School Board meeting gets heated following lead contamination reports  The Times of Northwest Indiana

The School City of Hammond School Board had a heated public meeting on Tuesday following reports of lead found in the schools' drinking water.

Two from region win state civil rights awards  Chicago Tribune

A mother from Gary and the principal of Hammond Morton High School are among the honorees Thursday at Indiana's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration ...

Gallery: Veteran Appreciation Day Parade in Hammond | Lake County Newsletter

First Lieutenant David Lutz, Army National Guard, pulls his daughter Charlotte, 3, and is accompanied by his daughter Madeline11 as they walk the parade route ...

Colts claim postseason success | Community News  The Beverly Review

With the playoffs around the corner, Mt. Greenwood Colts Coach Anthony DePaola figured it was as good a time as any to talk to his Super Pee Wee team ...

Hammond students return to the classroom

HAMMOND | Morton High School English teacher and department chair James Hoelzel greeted students who walked into his class, telling the group of nearly 30 ...

Police, schools react to clown threat warning  Chicago Tribune

Neither the School City of Hammond nor the Hammond Police Department are laughing over threats against several schools received over the past few days by ...

Local celebrities will compete with student partners for trophy

HAMMOND | Local celebrities will slip on their dancing shoes Saturday as the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts at Morton High School presents its ...

Hammond voters appear to favor school capital improvement plans  Chicago Tribune

Voters in Hammond appear to have approved property tax hikes to pay for a new high school and boost the school district's budget, according to unofficial vote ...

2 Boys Found Shot to Death in Car in Gary  NBC Chicago

Two teenage boys were found shot to death Friday night inside a parked car in Gary, Ind.

Reunions: Lowell, Gavit and Hobart High

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Hammond nears vote on school funding referendum  Chicago Tribune

Hammond is expected to vote May 30 on a bid to have a funding referendum in November.

Reunions: Gavit, Hobart High and Bishop Noll

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Kids lost when Morton coach Roy Richards was forced to resign  Chicago Tribune

For 16 years, he was a difference-maker for the football team and for the football players.

Hey, did you meet the new teacher? | Features  News Dispatch

MICHIGAN CITY — A new school year means new faces in the classroom, some of them right up in the front. New Michigan City Area Schools teachers were ...

Lake Central wins sectional championship and defends home court  Medill Reports: Chicago

Erik Alcantar Medill Reports Lake Central High School (St. John) defeated Oliver P. Morton High School (Hammond) 75-46 to claim the school's 11th Sectional.

Mayor McDermott Announces Management Team for Sportsplex

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announces that James Taillon, II has been named General Manager for the Hammond Sportsplex and Kymberli Roberts, ...

Maureen McGovern headlining Lakeshore Community Concerts’ new season  Chicago Tribune

Maureen McGovern headlines the 2018-2019 season of the Lakeshore Community Concert series. She will perform on Sept. 7 at Munster High School.

Susan 'Susie' Beth Knaver

VALPARAISO, IN - Susan 'Susie' Beth Knaver age 73, of Valparaiso, IN, formerly of Chico and Elk Grove, CA, was taken home by our Lord on September 30, ...

Lake Central and Munster victorious in first round and face off Friday night  Medill Reports: Chicago

Erik Alcantar Medill Reports Lake Central High School (St. John) defeated Crown Point High School (Crown Point) 42-29 in the first sectional game Wednesday.

Hammond to seek school referendums in November  Chicago Tribune

The School City of Hammond will seek capital projects and operating referendums on the Nov. 7 ballot to finance construction projects and bolster the budget.

Mock trial regionals begin Saturday | 2018-02-09  Indiana Lawyer

Starting this weekend, more than 350 high school students from around the state will demonstrate their courtroom prowess during the 2018 Indiana Mock Trial ...

Mock crash training exercise at Gary airport helps agencies prepare for disasters  Chicago Tribune

The Gary/Chicago International Airport hosted a training exercise Thursday for local agencies to practice responding to an aircraft accident.

Hammond Area Career Center offers a multitude of programs  The Times of Northwest Indiana

HAMMOND — With a hard hat on and safety glasses, Lake Central High School junior Taylor Walla is learning the basics of welding.

Hammond Academy for Performing Arts to open its dance season

The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts at Morton High School will open its dance performance season with their fall concert Falling Into Dance at 7 p.m. ...

Sister and father's friend testify at trial for man accused in parents' killing

CROWN POINT — The sister of a 38-year-old man charged in their parents' killing testified against her brother at his murder trial Tuesday.

Renovation work continues at local schools

The largest school renovation project in Northwest Indiana continues in the Lake Central School Corp., where voters in the district approved a $160 million ...

Volunteers lift the spirit of Hammond

HAMMOND — Former Sixth District Councilman Mike Opinker said it takes special people to be willing to give up part of their weekend to help the community ...

Reunions: Bishop Noll, T.F. North, Hobart High

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Police looking for missing Hammond teenager

HAMMOND — Police are looking for a 15-year-old boy reported missing last month.

Secrets from the library lines: 5 ways schools can boost digital engagement  eSchool News

Learn how in just one year of having a digital collection, checkouts from the district's digital library increased by 184 percent.

Gavit High students capture first place team honors

Gavit Middle-High School's chess team returned victorious from the 17th annual Hammond Invitational Chess Tournament, winning the first-place high school ...

Judge Rules Hammond Teacher Facing Sex Charges Must Stay In Jail  CBS2 Chicago

HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) — A former northwest Indiana algebra teacher accused of having sex with one student and possessing sexually explicit photos of at least ...

Reunions: Thornton Fractional South, River Forest High School

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Hammond Sports Hall of Fame to induct 8 in Class of 2016

HAMMOND — Eight individuals from Hammond's athletic past will be inducted into the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame during the 30th annual induction dinner ...

Teacher pay in Indiana continues its downward slide  The Times of Northwest Indiana

As a national and local teacher shortage continues, many are blaming a corresponding decline in teacher pay for part of the problem across Northwest Indiana ...

Former Wildcats star starts basketball school

HAMMOND | It's a long way from Hammond, Ind., to the port city of Larnaca, Cyprus.

Teams face a wide open tournament in the Lake Central Sectional  Medill Reports: Chicago

By Erik Alcantar Medill Reports The 2018 Lake Central Sectional is one of the most wide open sectional tournaments in recent memory. The field features only ...

Man facing trial in Hammond murder pleads guilty to federal gun charge

CROWN POINT — A man charged with murder in Lake Criminal Court pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal firearm offense.

Morton's Rippy Morales feels blessed at first day of football practice

HAMMOND | It was a summer of discontent in Hessville in the Morton Governors football camp. Longtime coach Roy Richards resigned at the school under ...

Two teens charged in deadly Halloween shootout in Hammond

CROWN POINT — A robbery by two Chicago teens caused a chaotic and deadly shootout Halloween day in Hammond, according to court documents.

City of Hammond events | Lake County News |

Labor Day observance. City offices will be closed on Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Mayor's night out. Join Mayor McDermott and his executive ...

Dispute with Hammond forces team's move to Merrillville  Chicago Tribune

For the first time in more than 20 years, Dave Sutkowski has a new summer routine, and it's been a bit of an adjustment. "It's been a lot less stressful this summer ...

Nearly 20 percent of Indiana students in special education

Sixteen percent of Indiana students in kindergarten through 12th grade are in special education programs, according to the Pew Center on the States.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Greer taking his place in Hammond Hall of Fame

Spencer Greer said he can finally tell his daughter Amy that he has caught up with her.

Merrillville students capture first place in regional mock trial competition  The Times of Northwest Indiana

MERRILLVILLE — It may not be exactly like television's popular "Law and Order" series, but a group of students at Merrillville High School are learning all about ...

Victims of war: Hammond man among growing number of military suicides

HAMMOND | Army Spc. John Chrzanowski escaped sniper fire and the threat of roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and countless hazards of war in ...

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