Opioid addicts can now walk into the Schererville Police Department and get into drug treatment.
As opioid addiction continues to spread in Northwest Indiana and the state as a whole, the demand for drug counselors is intensifying.
MUNCIE, Ind. — Heather Lamb and Jessica Johnson were like tag-team partners on a December day at the Open Door Health Services clinic.
As soon as I became The Times' health reporter in October 2014, I started hearing about infant mortality.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Andrea Daniels held her baby son as he drew his last breaths. She rocked him and sang, God has smiled on me ... He has set me free ... God has smiled on me ... He's been good to me.
It might sound like highlights from the classic syndicated newspaper feature-turned-TV show of the 1980s "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"
Lora Saczawa doesn’t want to see any more people die.
The fate of Carrie Gosch Elementary School in East Chicago is tied to the neighborhood and land the various school buildings have been part of. Here is a partial history of the school in all its embodiments over the years.
EAST CHICAGO — East Chicago school Superintendent Paige McNulty believes she’s making headway in her conversations with legislators across the state regarding the issues surrounding the Carrie Gosch Elementary School building.
ST. JOHN — The scores of empty shoes on the stage presented a striking image. Each pair represented a life lost to heroin.
EAST CHICAGO — The EPA said last week it plans to test four basements in East Calumet to determine if flooding or water seepage has carried any lead or arsenic inside homes within the USS Lead Superfund site.
Sitting on one another’s steps this summer, Martiza Lopez and her neighbors in East Chicago’s Calumet neighborhood have realized they’re not alone.
EAST CHICAGO — Residents living in the lead- and arsenic-contaminated USS Lead Superfund site plan to meet Saturday to continue working on plans to form a Community Advisory Group.
EAST CHICAGO — A coalition of pro bono lawyers on Saturday told Calumet residents living on toxic soil they will advocate on their behalf with local, state and federal officials now in high gear to confront a century’s worth of pollution that still lingers in the city.
EAST CHICAGO — Residents living within the city’s lead- and arsenic-contaminated Calumet neighborhood can learn more about available resources during a public meeting Saturday.
EAST CHICAGO — Indiana’s education leader Glenda Ritz said East Chicago school officials have done a remarkable job in a short time period transforming the West Side Middle School building into the new Carrie Gosch Elementary School.
EAST CHICAGO — In a newly released plan to move more than 1,000 residents from lead-contaminated housing, local officials described the relocation as “aggressive,” but added they believe it could be done with identified resources.
EAST CHICAGO — Residents packed inside the Riley Park Recreational Center on Saturday, eager to ask how the EPA plans to remove lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil in the Calumet neighborhood.
EAST CHICAGO — Residents in areas of the Calumet neighborhood where EPA will soon begin removing lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil will have an opportunity to talk to EPA officials about cleanup plans and network with each other Saturday during an open house.
SCHERERVILLE — For Donna Okleshen, her son's death came as a relief of sorts.
EAST CHICAGO — The EPA said Friday it will begin removing soil at a minimum of 20 properties in an area of the Calumet neighborhood where funding for a Superfund cleanup of lead and arsenic contamination had not previously been identified.
Nearly 20 years after an EPA project manager told state and federal health officials about a long-demolished lead smelter that once operated on the site of a public housing complex and elementary school in East Chicago, residents are just learning the full extent and magnitude of the contamination in the land some of them have lived on for generations.
Here's a timeline that takes a look at the lead problems in East Chicago, going all the way back to 1906.
LAPORTE — Joe Pumroy keeps gobbling up first-place finishes at the LaPorte County Fair.
GARY — Spectators watched wide-eyed from the Lake Michigan beachfront Saturday as members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team leaped earthward from a C-31 military airplane.
LAPORTE — Country music superstar Martina McBride will headline the LaPorte County Fair, which opens it annual run on Sunday.
GARY — This weekend will mark the first appearance of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at the Gary Air Show.
HAMMOND —Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation are partnering with Walgreens to offer ticket deals to the upcoming Festival of the Lakes.
I love Gary, Indiana. I really do. Its history is unmatched in Northern Indiana and its promise remains the same.
GARY — City officials are the final stretch of preparation for the 2016 Gary Air Show.
When people ask me where I’m from, it’s always with a sense of pride that I say “Da Region.”
I grew up in Crown Point and left home to go to college.
From our partners at the National Institute for Civil Discourse:
MERRILLVILLE — Many communities in America are being ravaged by an opioid epidemic, and Northwest Indiana is not immune.
Did you miss our latest Making the Grade stories? This slideshow features all the stories that have run in the series for the 2015-2016 school year in Northwest Indiana.
As I watched my friend and colleague Rene Ray teach high schoolers at the A.K. Smith Area Career Center in Michigan City how to craft a cover letter, resume and dress for a job interview, I could not help but think of the power of our connections.
One of the best parts of summer is attending one of the many festivals in the Region.
Editor's note: Civility in the Classroom, a pilot class written by The Times and educators in the community was held this semester at Lighthouse College Prep Academy in Gary. The class wrapped up last week. The following is an essay submitted by one of the students. Find out more at nwi.com/civilitycounts.