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Portage City Council approves veterans preference hiring policy

PORTAGE | The City Council on Wednesday night unanimously approved a hiring policy that gives preference to veterans.

May 07, 2014 8:45 pm

Portage schools looking to save on insurance costs

PORTAGE | Thanks to a good claims record over the last two years and a few tweaks to their present policy, Portage Township Schools could save some $161,000 this coming year on its property/casualty insurance.

April 23, 2014 10:00 pm

Applications sought for Portage school board member

PORTAGE | The Portage Township School Board will immediately begin taking applications to replace board member Bill Fekete.

April 11, 2014 6:00 pm

NEO considers buying building from Portage schools

PORTAGE | Neighbors' Educational Opportunities Inc., the nonprofit group that operates adult education programs here, is considering purchasing the former Garyton Elementary School from Portage Township Schools.

March 15, 2014 5:00 pm

Portage schools move closer to 1:1 technology

PORTAGE | If everything falls into place, all Portage Township Schools students in grades six through 12 will be using iPads in their English and math classes next fall.

March 06, 2014 8:28 pm

Portage superintendent search will expand to three states

PORTAGE | The Portage Township School Board approved expanding the search for a new superintendent to Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

February 25, 2014 12:00 am

Portage council's attorney says mayor acted beyond powers

PORTAGE | Mayor James Snyder acted beyond the powers of his office by sending snow plows to neighboring Gary, according to a legal opinion rendered by the City Council's attorney.

February 06, 2014 6:15 pm

Portage School Board sidesteps parks panel appointment issue

PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools board members were able to sidestep voting on who would represent them on the city's Park Board Thursday night.

January 09, 2014 7:50 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Be smart on crime, not just tough

GUEST COMMENTARY: Be smart on crime, not just tough

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the new criminal code bill (HEA 1006) and the expungement bill (HEA 1482), he said he wanted Indiana "to be the worst place in America to commit a serious crime and the best place, once you've done your time, to get a second chance."

October 23, 2013 12:00 am

3 suspended Portage Street Department employees retain attorney

PORTAGE | Three of the five Portage Street Department employees suspended last week have retained an attorney.

August 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Portage schools to change book rental collection method

PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools will no longer use their attorney to collect past due book rental fees.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am
Elwood reappointed chief public defender

Elwood reappointed chief public defender

VALPARAISO | Attorney Ken Elwood has been reappointed as Porter County's chief public defender.

June 21, 2012 7:45 pm

Vendor claims he was railroaded out of jail

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials stand accused of cutting the heart out of a Hobart medical business that cared for county jail inmates until it fell out of political favor.

February 28, 2012 7:30 pm

EDITORIAL: A big splash in the insurance pool

Officials in Lake and Porter counties are looking at the cost of health insurance and trying to figure out how to solve the looming problems. A mirror might help, but it isn't the only answer.

February 05, 2012 12:00 am
Portage mayor-elect begins forming administration

Portage mayor-elect begins forming administration

PORTAGE | With four weeks to go before taking office, Mayor-elect James Snyder is beginning to put his new administration in place.

December 03, 2011 8:55 pm

City of Portage settles federal lawsuit against officer

PORTAGE | The City Council on Tuesday approved a settlement in a federal lawsuit involving brutality charges against one of its police officers.

October 05, 2011 1:15 pm

Portage modifies dangerous dog ordinance

PORTAGE | The City Council this week modified its dangerous dog ordinance.

September 08, 2011 12:00 am

Portage Fire Department eyes 'floating fire engine'

PORTAGE | The Portage Fire Department has received a $298,460 U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency grant through its Port Security Grant Program to purchase a 36-foot Lake Assault dive and rescue fire boat.

July 12, 2011 12:00 am

Wastewater plant workers seek union

PORTAGE | The Utility Services Board approved recognizing the Operating Engineers Local 150 as the bargaining agent for city workers at the sanitary sewer plant.

April 14, 2011 12:00 am

Portage City Council OKs settling three legal claims

PORTAGE | The City Council on Tuesday approved settling three legal claims against the city on the recommendation of the Advisory Claims Board.

April 07, 2011 12:00 am
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