Reading proficiency is an important precursor to success in school. In fact, kids who read proficiently by third grade are more likely to graduate high school. Yet, only 36% of fourth-grade students in the United States are proficient (or better) in reading according to National Assessment of Educational Progress. It’s a troubling statistic and one that can have dire consequences on our children’s success in school, work, and life.
Thomas G. Lemmon 80, of Westville, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at home. He was born February 25, 1938 in Gary, Indiana to Forest George and Lydia (Williams) Lemmon. In 1995 he married his wife Ellen Lemmon who passed away September 12, 2012. Tom is survived by his children: Robert (Kathy) Lemmon of Dawson, Illinois, Charlene (Tom) Govert of Schererville, Indiana, Carolyn Scurlock of Gary; his sisters Mary Kestle of Valparaiso, Ruth Nehemiah of LaPorte, Betty (Jim) Vogel of Texas, and his brother Jim Lemmon of Westville. Six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren also survive him. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John. Tom is a retired welder. He was a member of the Christadelphian Church in LaPorte and was a member of Agape in Action, an organization that sponsors children in Africa to support education and...
For those who have lived in the area long enough, or conducted business in and around Michigan City, many are familiar with Reprographic Arts, Inc. location at 1017 Franklin Street. Reprographic Arts is the place to call when you are in need of custom t-shirts for a school function, printed signs for a promotion, or banners to advertise sponsors at a fundraising event. Most recently though, you may have noticed the “We have moved” sign outside of the Franklin Street building. Reprographic Arts is happy to announce their new location at 2824 East Michigan Boulevard, and still located in Michigan City.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb on Tuesday delivered his 2018 State of the State address to a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly. While continuing his focus on five key pillars, the governor’s remarks highlighted his commitment to developing a skilled, ready workforce and detailed several milestones he expects the state to meet.
“Our greatest challenge is that too many Hoosiers lack the education and skills for the jobs that are here today and being created tomorrow—nearly all of which require a post-secondary education. It’s a challenge faced by every state and a major concern for every business,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This is the issue of the decade, and we don’t have a day to waste.”
In his address, Gov. Holcomb outlined the following workforce-related goals:
· Help at least 25,000 of the 700,000+ Hoosier adults with some...
Voter turnout is a concern across the country, but it’s especially concerning in Indiana. It’s been low in Indiana for years, but it hit rock bottom in 2014 when, by many measures, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout of all the states. By the 2016 Presidential elections, there was improvement, but Indiana was still rated as 38th out of the 50 states, with 59.7% of registered voters casting ballots.
To cap off 2017, we compiled the top business, sports, health, community, and entertainment articles along with the top photo galleries and videos that were on LaPorteCountyLife in the last year.
Travel Advisory for La Porte County
Over the past two and a half hours, La Porte County has been receiving very heavy lake effect snow. It appears that the band coming off of Lake Michigan has been directly impacting our area. We have heard reports of 9" of snow accumulation this afternoon.
SNOW REMOVAL CONDITIONS
We would like to remind the citizens of Michigan City about our City ordinances regarding snow removal and parking restrictions. When winter weather arrives, it is important to understand and follow snow removal guidelines for everyone’s safety. Below are explanations of terms you may hear this winter season.
Snow Removal Parking Restrictions
Michigan City is being hit with heavy lake effect snow. In order to remove the heavy snow off of the streets, Mayor Ron Meer has declared the following:
In this day and age when we are dealing with crime and drug problems, you often hear about “packing” and “cracking,” but I’m asking you to think about those terms in a different way—as gerrymandering techniques. “Packing” is when the party in charge of redistricting tries to “pack” voters from the rival party into as few districts as possible, to minimize the number of seats the opposition is likely to win. “Cracking” is when blocs of opposition voters are parceled out among several districts, to achieve the same goal. In either event the general public loses. Proliferation of these techniques makes the need for redistricting reform even more important.