KOUTS | The town will open bids Thursday on a major storm sewer construction project estimated to cost $475,000.
Pictured are guests enjoying a dance with historic musicians Susan and Gary Brown.
KOUTS | Kankakee Valley Historical Society, in partnership with Porter County Parks & Recreation, presents the 7th annual Aukiki River Festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1097 Baum's Bridge Road.
VALPARAISO | Funnel clouds spotted Tuesday night near Kouts and Wanatah looked ominous, but posed no significant danger, a meteorologist said.
PORTER | The 56th annual Chesterton Art Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday at Hawthorne Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and the admission charge is $5 per person. Parking is free.
Most early Kankakee River settlers trapped, hunted, farmed and logged. All of these activities required a means to get their product to market. The river met most of those needs. The problem was that the Kankakee was a rather slow and cantankerous waterway. Steamboats solved this predicament.
Pictured is a picnic at Baum's Bridge.
The Baum's Bridge area in south Porter County has had continuous occupation for more than 11,000 years. In early times, it was a Native American encampment; later it was the site of a ferry crossing where today a bridge from Jasper to Porter counties is located.
Cortney Anderson of Kouts and Ron Donahue of Highland
Tassinong has been identified the "oldest gathering place for humans in Porter County" by Vidette-Messenger reporter A. J. Bowser in a piece he wrote in 1934.
The Times is celebrating our region's rich history. Check out our gallery on nwi.com and share historic photos with us today by emailing Celebrate@nwi.com. Pictured are people waiting for train at Benkie Drug Store circa 1890 in historic Kouts.
UNION MILLS | "These girls live, breathe and eat softball," said John Carr, president of the Porter County Girls Softball Association.
KOUTS | Researchers will continue to peel back the layers of history at Kankakee Valley Historical Society's Collier Lodge this summer.
The Times is celebrating our region's rich history. Check out our gallery on nwi.com and share historic photos with us today by emailing Celebrate@nwi.com. Shown is Baum's Bridge on the Kankakee River circa 1885.
KOUTS | More than a decade after progress doomed a 1920s Kankakee River bridge in Lake County, the Kankakee Valley Historical Society will give the bridge new life.
KOUTS | An 18-year-old Kouts man was arrested Wednesday on an accusation of burglarizing the local Dollar General store during the early morning hours of May 28.
KOUTS | The Porter County Highway Department will close County Road 50 South today from County Road 450 East to County Road 800 East for grinding and paving. Local residential traffic only is allowed during this period.
Pictured is a man on the Kankakee River.
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