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Mayors Update on Comprehensive Approach to Crime

GARY — A little more than two weeks ago, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson announced the appointment of a new police chief, and shared the new comprehensive approach of how the city will address crime. One of the components in the plan focuses on the upgrade of equipment for police, fire and emergency services.

“We understand that our public safety employees need reliable and updated …

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Governor Makes New Appointments

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Mike Pence today named Courtney Schaafsma as the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance and Gabe Paul as the Administrative Law Judge for the State Employees’ Appeals Commission (SEAC). He also reappointed Chairwoman Linda Hamilton, among other members, to the Indiana Workers Compensation Board.…

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Marketing Strategies

Reaching consumers through social media, public relations and word of mouth.

by Jane Bokun

Successfully marketing your company is one of the most important business goals your company can achieve.

Some companies send out more than 8,000 emails per day, while others prefer to send information through the mail. Still others use social media. Whatever the strategy, marketing your company is priority one in today’s …

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Purdue Peace Project Educates Citizens about Ebola

WEST LAFAYETTE — Members of the group the Pen-Pen Peace Network, are organizing with local groups and are assisted by the Purdue Peace Project, a peacebuilding and research program that works with local citizens in West Africa to help prevent political violence in their communities. No Purdue representatives from the Purdue Peace Project are currently in Liberia.…

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Hoosier Hospitality Award Presented to Bumgardner

INDIANAPOLIS — Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented Brad Bumgardner of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources with a 2014 Hoosier Hospitality Award for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Indiana State Fair. Eighteen representatives of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry earned the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs …

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Elevate Ventures Founder and CEO Resigns

Elevate Ventures Founder and CEO Steve Hourigan announced his intention to resign his position as CEO. The Elevate Ventures Board of Directors will conduct a national search to find a new leader for the organization and has asked Steve to assist with the transition of a new CEO and to provide strategic advice and counsel to Elevate throughout the coming months. He will continue to …

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Porter Regional Hospital Names New Director

Aundrea Siebert, RN, BSN, CNML, CMSRN, has been named the new Immediate Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit director at Porter Regional Hospital.

Siebert previously served at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City for 18 years, in various roles such as nursing director and local project manager for the facility’s electronic health record implementation. She brings more than 22 years of experience in …

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Hobart Unveils Cleaner, Greener CNG Garbage Truck

HOBART — Lake County, Indiana’s first garbage truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) was unveiled at a news conference in Hobart. Mayor Brian Snedecor and city officials along with representatives from BP Whiting Refinery, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, South Shore Clean Cities and others involved in the acquisition and fueling of this garbage truck will attend the event, which begins 10:00 …

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A Special Place

Gary’s U.S. Steel Yard, home of the RailCats, where a child’s game is a way of life.

by Ben Smith

Dreams are not born here, not in this small gem of brick and wrought-iron, not in this lovely green space springing up in the lee of toll roads and train tracks and belching smokestacks. Dreams don’t even grow to manhood here.

What they do is …

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IPL Phases Out Coal At Harding Street Plant

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) today announced its plans to cease burning coal at the local Harding Street coal-fired power plant by 2016, marking an enormous victory for Indianapolis community groups and residents who have led a campaign to protect clean air and public health by urging IPL to phase out coal in Marion County.

IPL’s Harding Street coal-fired power plant was responsible …

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