Top 10 Community Stories on LaPorteCountyLife in 2016

Top 10 Community Stories on LaPorteCountyLife in 2016
By: Brett Fuller Last Updated: December 21, 2016

We published several hundred community articles to the LaPorteCountyLife.com Community section this year. Articles about local schools, parks and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

Have a good story to share? It is still as easy as ever to share your story with us! Just send an email to share@nwindianalife.com and we’ll be on it!

Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are your Top 10 Community Articles in Northwest Indiana from 2016!

MCHS-grand-march-2016-1Michigan City High School's Grand March Creates New Tradition to Inspire the Future
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Michigan City High School students put a twist on the graduation grand march by walking it out in style and fanfare. The entire senior class, along with the MCHS Marching Band walked the halls of their high school giving waves, high fives, and the occasional hug to the teachers, students, and staff who were an integral part of their four-year student journey.

MichCityPolPolice, Community to Come Together for a United La Porte County
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In a time where tragedy seems to divide us, it takes strength for a community to come together and set aside their differences to talk about their fears, worries, and concerns in order to heal.

TomblinSingsatCellular-1La Porte County Middle Schooler Abigail Tomblin Dazzles Fans at White Sox Game with her Rendition of the Star Spangled Banner
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Abigail Tomblin used to be a Cubs fan. A pretty big one, too. But when the White Sox came calling, she had a change of heart.

Charlie-Roberts123Horizon Bank's Charlie Roberts Committed to Building Business, Leaders in Community
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Business loans are often made in New York or Ohio, but Horizon Bank does it right here in La Porte so they can adapt them to the needs of the community. It’s all part of being a local business made up of local employees.

Jermaine-1Walk, Bike or Ride: Community Unites to Help Man Walking to Work
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Most of us are skeptical when it comes to giving rides to strangers on the side of the road. We all know the risks, and so does Chad Addie; But when he saw a young man walking for the second time on the same hot July day, he felt a call to stop. Chad was the first citizen of LaPorte County to offer Jermaine assistance but he was not the last

MCAS-OneCity-2016-3'One City One Sound' Brings Together Entire MCAS Community
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Hundreds of students came together in Michigan City High School’s gymnasium Thursday night to help the entire community ring in the holiday season.

LarrySwanFull Circle: The Story of Larry Swan, an Original Slicer
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Larry Swan is the first face you’ll always see upon entering La Porte High School. A gatekeeper to all who enter these storied halls. Not a day passes that a teacher, student or parent doesn't see his face greeting and welcoming all to Slicer headquarters.

LaPorteStateoftheCity16-5City of La Porte Holds Optimism for Future with State of the City Address
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Every year local government implements policies and creates change to improve the community for everyone. Their efforts often go unnoticed. That is why the La Porte Chamber of Commerce established an annual State of the City luncheon in conjunction with City Hall. April 1st, 2016 was the 14th meeting of its kind.

Horizon-Bank-Slicer-Branch-2016La Porte High School & Horizon Bank Creating Opportunities for Students Through “Slicer Branch”
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Preparing high schoolers to go off to college or enter the workforce after graduating is an incredibly important part of the high school experience. To ensure that students have the greatest chance for success, La Porte High School and Horizon Bank have teamed up to promote financial literacy and prepare students for the future.

unity-park-celebration-2016-1Power of Community Celebrated as Unity Foundation of La Porte County Gifts Unity Park to City of La Porte
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Around 200 people gathered at the newly-minted Unity Park on September 27, 2016 to celebrate the gifting of Unity Park to the City of La Porte from the Unity Foundation of La Porte County. To go along with the gifting, the La Porte City Park Foundation celebrated the establishment of a $100,000 endowment to go toward the park’s ongoing care.