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 NWIndianaLife, 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!
Cancer Survivor Series: Rachel Boose
At just 29 years old and with no family history of breast cancer, Rachel Boose was shocked when doctors found a tumor visible on her mammogram. She was sent for a second mammogram which confirmed her worst fears.
A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Danny Lackey
Danny Lackey is the Director of Diversity and Student Support Services at Merrillville Schools. To him, a life well lived is a life of service. He gives back to his community by listening and supporting students with an open heart.
A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Kyle Belec
"There's an unfortunate disconnect between the police and the public," said Hebron Police Department Detective Sergeant Kyle Belec. "I think if people understood what we deal with on a daily basis and the fact that things can change in a heartbeat, there'd be more understanding. We really need to improve communication."
Cancer Survivor Series: Ann Peters
When diagnosed with cancer, reaching out to other survivors is one of the best ways to foster the strength to overcome the disease. Fortunately, local women that face breast cancer can find refuge at the Pink Ribbon Society, founded by Ann Peters, a 41 year breast cancer survivor.
A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Kirk Muspratt
When it comes to conducting, Kirk Muspratt's presence is electric. Watching him command performances of the Northwest Indiana Symphony makes the experience of watching music come to life that much more magical. Once the curtain closes, though, Muspratt's magic lies in his interactions with audience members.
A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Carrie Bedwell
Carrie Bedwell can still remember the day she received the fateful phone call from the adoption agency she and her husband had been working with for over two years.
A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Zofia Barick
At the tender age of nine, many can reflect on the joys of being carefree. There was no paying of bills, scheduling doctor appointments or any mundane "adult" tasks and few kids take the time to think much about engaging in philanthropic acts. However, one local girl will forever have the memory of shaving her head, not because she had to but because she wanted to.
Cancer Survivor Series: Barbara Phelps
It was in April of 2006 when Crown Point resident Barbara Phelps started her day feeling under the weather and soon got a headache like one she had never felt before. After calling twin daughters Kathleen and Elizabeth Brown and asking that they return home from their dad's a few blocks away to feed the dogs, Barb quickly started showing uncharacteristic behavior that raised concern in the sisters.
#1StudentNWI Writers Gather at Camp Life for a LIFER Luau
The #1StudentNWI program here at Ideas in Motion Media is full of great kids writing amazing stories. With 32 dedicated student writers, the program aims to give them exposure, a portfolio, and a great group of people whom they can share ideas with. The challenge: they live across Northwest Indiana, from Whiting to LaCrosse.
A Northwest Indiana Life In the Spotlight: Mark Waywood
Mark Waywood says that what he enjoyed most about teaching was the student-teacher interaction, and he should know, since he spent most of his life in the classroom.