2018 was full of great news stories from all over the area! We took a look at our top articles from 2018 and were amazed by the sheer number of events, activities, and positive moments we were able to share.
Looking back on the year at LaPorteCountyLife, it’s truly amazing how many good things are constantly happening in our community. We’ve profiled hundreds of people for Life in the Spotlight articles, snapped photos of ribbon cuttings, festivals, and parades, and generally been around to find the good news happening in the community.
We had a good 2018 and are looking forward to making 2019 even better! Before you put the year totally in the past, take a look back at our best articles from 2018!
Lessons in 'Becoming'
I sat in the passenger seat on the Indiana Toll Road headed for Chicago with my fingers anxiously twirling a strand of my curls, when my friend who was driving gently pushed my hands to my lap and encouraged me to not be nervous.
#1StudentNWI: Westville Celebrates Veterans and Anticipates Thanksgiving
What's Recently Happened?
With the school year finally underway, students and staff have finally gotten comfortable with the routine. Recently, students and parents sat down with teachers for parent teacher conference night. The night was helpful for parents, especially if they have any questions or concerns regarding their student. It was a great night for parents to chat with the teachers.
Cancer Survivor Series : Sue Ebeltoft
Overall, my life changed the most when I found out that I was a lot stronger than what I thought I was, said Sue Ebeltoft.
Sue Ebeltoft was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's Disease, otherwise known as Lymph Node Cancer, in 1999 at the age of 24.
A La Porte County Life in the Spotlight: Doug Ross
There's a lot of good that is done in the process of being a storyteller, said Doug Ross.
A La Porte County Life in the Spotlight: Dawn Zigler
Dawn Zigler grew up in rural La Porte County and spent a lot of time in La Porte growing up. She attended La Porte High School and studied at Purdue North Central after graduation. Now, she is celebrating 16 years at Meridian Title Corporation and currently works as a Senior Account Manager.
A La Porte County Life In The Spotlight: Meghan Johnson
Meghan Johnson has lived in La Porte for most of her life. Even as a young girl, Johnson has lived there with her family and now continues to live in the city she calls home with her two daughters.
A La Porte County Life in the Spotlight: Nick Otis
It takes a certain kind of person to be in an occupation that is constantly evolving and keeping you on your toes. It takes compassion and a desire to learn everything you can in order to help people with your new found knowledge. Nick Otis, a lawyer at Newby, Lewis, Kamniski & Jones, LLP in La Porte, strives to be that person every day, from working with those in need of representation to seeing the world from a different perspective.
A LaPorte County Life In The Spotlight: Brett Binversie
You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who loves La Porte more than Brett Binversie, a lifelong resident of La Porte. Director of La Porte Civic Auditorium and La Porte Events Coordinator for the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), Binversie speaks of his hometown and career with great affection and dedication.
A La Porte County Life In The Spotlight: Kaitlyn Steinhiser
Kaitlyn Steinhiser, a sophomore at Valparaiso University, knows the importance of being involved with her community. Balancing internships, college classes, and part-time jobs, she personally demonstrates the ability of an individual to speak up and have a role in active government despite how busy they might be. She finds passion in encouraging women to take an active role in local government, whether it be running for office or maintaining active citizenship through voting and staying informed.
Cancer Survivor Series: Margaret Vanna
Everyone knows someone who is struggling or has struggled with cancer. Whether a friend, family member, or co-worker, cancer always hits close to home. Margaret Vanna, 69, is not only a survivor of kidney cancer, but also the grandma of one of our Lifers, Justin Luna.