The Sixers missed out on their big free agency prizes Sunday and quickly turned their attention to what remains — inking sharp-shooting J.J. Redick to a one-year, $12 million contract for next season.The core is set, with the starting line up of Ben Simmons, Redick, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid slated to return next season, but the rest of the makeup of the 2018-19 Sixers is still murky.Youngsters Markelle Fultz, Zhaire Smith, Landry Shamet, Richaun Holmes and a few others remain on the team as well and could work their way into big minutes in the rotation (if they aren't used as trade chips). Other pieces that became household names like Ersan Ilysova and Marco Belinelli have left for new opportunities leaving the bench thin.The star hunting promised by head coach and acting GM Brett Brown will need to come in the form of a trade. As for the remaining cap space of roughly $20 million after the Redick deal, there aren't too many head-turning names left … [Read more...] about NBA Rumors: Free agent targets for Sixers include Tyreke Evans, Jabari Parker
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CROWN POINT — Lake County Councilman Eldon Strong is mulling a recount after his two-vote loss in Tuesday's Republican primary.County election officials said the incumbent councilman will have to weigh the possibility of a miscount in an era when electronic voting reduces counting errors, against the cost, which could amount to thousands of dollars and the possibility a recount won't change the outcome.The unofficial final canvas for the spring primary shows Christian Jorgensen, of St. John, received 2,219 votes and Strong 2,217, to represent the 7th District, which includes Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Lowell, Schneider, Winfield and rural south county.Strong said Wednesday he wanted to thank those who voted for him, but is putting off a decision on a recount until after the May 18 election board meeting when election officials rule on the validity of any provisional and other questionable votes that could change the final totals.He would then have a four-day window to meet a May 22 … [Read more...] about Lake County Councilman Eldon Strong signals that Tuesday night’s closest primary race — decided by just 2 votes — may not be over
INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, likely will be succeeded at the Statehouse by the daughter of the man who inspired Brown to enter Hoosier politics decades ago.Gary City Councilwoman Ragen Hatcher appears to have prevailed Tuesday in the Democratic primary for House District 3 against community activist Jessica Renslow.Hatcher is the daughter of former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, the first black mayor of a major American city and a mentor to Brown, who is leaving the Indiana House after 36 years of service.Ragen Hatcher currently is unopposed in the November general election as no Republican has yet filed to run in the heavily Democratic district spanning Gary's downtown and east side, Lake Station, New Chicago and Hobart.If elected, she plans to use her six years of experience as a local government official to “bring a new perspective to the Statehouse” and halt state policies that harm her district."There are a host of issues that are … [Read more...] about Hatcher wins Gary House contest, Hammond’s Mrvan on track to become longest-serving Indiana senator
Voters in Lake County showed their support for school referendums in a big way.At 8:45 p.m. with the majority of precincts reporting, support for the Crown Point Community School Corp. referendum was overwhelming with more than 70 percent of voters supporting it.The vote was a little tighter among Lake Central school district voters in Dyer, Schererville and St. John, where the winning percentage was just over 53 percent.Crown Point school officials sought an extension of a school funding referendum voters initially approved in 2011.Crown Point Community School Corp. Superintendent Teresa Eineman said last month the extension provides funding to continue support for teachers, school nurses and hundreds of extracurricular activities.Eineman repeatedly told voters and various groups that she is not asking for any new taxes.The vote was a renewal of the 21-cent-per $100-of-valuation referendum passed by voters of the district in 2011 and currently funds more than 70 teachers, more than … [Read more...] about Voters support referendums in Crown Point and Lake Central School Corps.
CROWN POINT — Oscar Martinez appears to have broken away from a pack of seven Democratic challengers in his campaign to keep the Lake County sheriff stars he has been wearing since last fall.The 24-year veteran of the Lake County police force has overcome cancer and two previous electoral defeats to win the Democrat nomination for sheriff.Unofficial vote totals gave him a significant lead over: Betty Dominguez, Nate Hall, Richard D. Ligon, David A. Dowling, Wally M. DeRose, Lake County Clerk Mike Brown and Maria D. (Garcia) Trajkovich.He will face fellow county police officer Dan Bursac, of Merrillville, who was unopposed on the GOP ballot to run for a fifth attempt to win the office.Martinez, of Crown Point, made his name arresting drug couriers on local interstate highways during two decades on the county police force. He ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in the 2010 and 2014 Democratic primary elections, defeated both times by former Sheriff John Buncich."I was transferred … [Read more...] about Oscar Martinez takes the Lake County sheriff’s race