HELP WANTED

By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader Their applications were submitted and the interviews were done. Now came the wait. Will 15-year-old Chauncy Hood and his 16-year-old brother Terrance from the South Shore neighborhood beat out thousands of applicants for a job with the ultra competitive One Summer Chicago program? The answer came...
By Louise Scott, Gary Crusader By the year 2017, car owners in the city of Gary will be charged a wheel tax of $25 as a way to generate funds to maintain roads throughout the city. The Gary Common Council passed the ordinance on June 15 by a 8-0 vote. Councilwoman...
The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that due to high interest in the program the agency is extending the application deadline for the Community Crossings matching grant program to Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. The extension gives Indiana cities, towns, and counties an additional two weeks...
KeyBank, in partnership with TWG Development, LP, has provided a $7.5 million construction loan for Village of Hope Apartments, a 40-unit permanent supportive housing complex located in Gary, IN. The newly constructed, three-story building targets individuals and families with 30-60% area median income (AMI) and will provide housing to...

END OF AN ERA

By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader Sitting next to a lake at Oak Woods Cemetery in Woodlawn is a stunning million-dollar marble crypt that contains the remains of John H. Johnson, the founder of his namesake publishing empire that produces Ebony and Jet magazines. It’s been 11 years since America’s first media...
By Louise Scott, Gary Crusader When Thea Bowman Leadership Academy lost its bid for charter authorization back in March, it left the school and more importantly, its students with nowhere to turn to for the upcoming year. The Indiana Charter School Board had rejected the school’s way of being governed, in...
In less than two weeks, parishoners at St. Mark will attend the final mass at Gary’s oldest catholic church. After 95 years, the church is closing its doors after years of mounting debt and rising maintenance costs. A church spokeswoman said the aging facility at 505 W. Ridge Road, needed...
The City of Gary received news this week that the Gary Fire Department will be a recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will allow the department to upgrade its emergency response equipment. Gary will be awarded $758,044 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant...
Gary Crusader staff report As dozens of leaders across the country descend on Gary to revisit the historic 1972 National Black Convention, Blacks are falling way behind as the nation that rapidly advances in the fields of health, technology and education. These issues were not a problem when the some 8,000...
Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence, Indiana’s Bicentennial Ambassador, recently joined the U.S. Postal Service to celebrate the issuance of the Indiana Statehood Forever Stamp at a first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse. “In our state’s bicentennial year, it is altogether fitting that we memorialize the...