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Valpo board takes action on pathway projects

VALPARAISO | Two city pathway projects got action from the Board of Public Works and Safety on Friday.

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Valpo schools seek $61.2 million budget in 2015

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Schools employees will get a 1.5 percent raise if the School Board's 2015 budget is approved as presented to the state.

August 21, 2014 9:00 pm

Smith fails to appear on stalking charge

VALPARAISO | A hearing on whether former Valparaiso mayor candidate Scott Smith violated a no-contact order was not held Thursday because Smith failed to appear.

August 21, 2014 8:30 pm

Valpo fire board holds first meeting to talk budget, equipment

VALPARAISO | In its first meeting, the Valparaiso Fire Protection Territory Board recommended approval of the 2015 budget Thursday along with the purchase of a new fire truck and a new ambulance.

August 21, 2014 4:49 pm

V-Line ridership takes summer dip

VALPARAISO | Ridership on the V-Line fell slightly below the goal of 10,000 a month in July, but the city is looking at ways to implement recommendations of a RLS & Associates study to improve the service in the future.

August 20, 2014 5:34 pm

Hebron's Kaczmarski resigns from town council

HEBRON | The Town Council started Tuesday's meeting by announcing it was seeking applicants for vacancies on the park board and the plan commission and ended it by announcing a vacancy on the council itself.

August 20, 2014 2:30 pm

Hebron finally getting fire station addition

HEBRON | It took a couple of years, but Santa Claus finally is going to make good on that new fire station Hebron Fire Chief Chad Franzman has been asking for.

August 19, 2014 8:23 pm

Kouts to open bids for stormwater project Thursday

KOUTS | The town will open bids Thursday on a major storm sewer construction project estimated to cost $475,000.

August 18, 2014 7:21 pm

Army Corps grant to fund $1M in sewer relining

VALPARAISO | The third and final phase of the Green Acres flood relief project is going to get completed a lot sooner than expected thanks to a million-dollar grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo gets $5,000 grant to replace ash trees

VALPARAISO | The city's battle with the emerald ash borer beetle goes on, but it got some reinforcements recently in the form of a $5,000 grant from the Alliance for Community Trees to pay for replacement trees.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 40: 49'er Drive-in

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 40: 49'er Drive-in

Once the staple of summertime date nights, drive-in theaters have gradually disappeared from the American landscape, but the 49'er Drive-in remains.

August 14, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo commission vows to cooperate with FBI

VALPARAISO | The city's Redevelopment Commission issued a statement Wednesday promising full cooperation with the FBI investigation of the University Promenade project.

August 13, 2014 7:25 pm

Hamstra wants to build in downtown Valpo again

VALPARAISO | Another building hole in the city's downtown could be filled by Hamstra Group soon.

August 13, 2014 6:37 pm
Valpo celebrates start of Lakes of Valparaiso project

Valpo celebrates start of Lakes of Valparaiso project

Developer Don Weiss, left, and Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas pose for a photo Wednesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lakes of Valparaiso, a 146-acre project that includes luxury apartments, a business park and commercial development.

August 13, 2014 5:33 pm

Valpo utilities panel OKs design contract for sewer plant

VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board approved two contracts Tuesday totaling more than $300,000 for improvements to the sewage treatment plant and replacing a sanitary sewer main on U.S. 30.

August 13, 2014 5:00 pm
Valpo celebrates start of Lakes of Valparaiso project

Valpo celebrates start of Lakes of Valparaiso project

VALPARAISO | The gold (painted) shovels flashed in the Wednesday afternoon sun for the groundbreaking of Lakes of Valparaiso, the $100 million development planned by Don Weiss just east of Ind. 49 between Vale Park Road and Evans Avenue.

August 13, 2014 3:40 pm

Valpo offers free bag dispensers for pet waste

VALPARAISO | The city is again offering free pet waste bag dispensers to city residents.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am

Annexation, rezone plan draws crowd in Valpo

VALPARAISO | About 60 people attended a public hearing at Tuesday's Plan Commission meeting to protest the proposed annexation of 110 acres to the city.

August 12, 2014 8:32 pm

Valpo to borrow $15M to fund redevelopment projects

VALPARAISO | The City Council approved borrowing up to $15 million for the Redevelopment Commission to meet its upcoming obligations and have a cushion to lure a couple of prospects to the city in the near future.

August 11, 2014 8:01 pm

Valpo to use report to improve V-Line service

VALPARAISO | Without funding to expand Valparaiso's V-Line bus service beyond its city limits, Valparaiso is interested in a consultant's recommendations for improving the service within its borders.

August 09, 2014 4:30 pm

H & G low bidder for Evans Ave. pathway

VALPARAISO | H & G Underground, of LaPorte, is the apparent low bidder for the portion of the Evans Avenue pathway project from Roosevelt Road to the Calvary Church.

August 09, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo panel recommends continued use of fluoride

VALPARAISO | In a 5 to 2 vote, the city's Fluoride Commission recommended the city continue to add fluoride to the water system, but the group unanimously agreed the issue should be addressed again in no more than five years.

August 07, 2014 6:33 pm

Study shows roundabout best option at Silhavy/LaPorte

VALPARAISO | A study by DLZ confirmed the best solution for improving traffic flow at the Silhavy Road/LaPorte Avenue intersection is a two-lane roundabout similar to the one operating at the Calumet Avenue, Vale Park Road and Roosevelt Road intersection.

August 07, 2014 3:21 pm

Pratt gets needed variances for paper mill

VALPARAISO | The only complaint Pratt Industries' various variance requests garnered Thursday was from Tom Stoner, the farmer who sold the property on which Pratt is building its $200 million paper mill.

August 07, 2014 1:28 pm
Pratt paper mill plans head to Valpo BZA

Pratt paper mill plans head to Valpo BZA

VALPARAISO | Construction on the Pratt Industries paper recycling mill is underway, and the company will be in front of the city's Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday to seek several variances for the $290 million project.

August 05, 2014 5:00 pm

Lakes of Valparaiso slates groundbreaking

VALPARAISO | It's been almost two years since plans for The Lakes of Valparaiso were first brought to the city for consideration, but the project is finally ready for a groundbreaking next week.

August 05, 2014 2:04 pm

Evans Avenue pathway work to begin soon

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso will open bids Friday for construction of a 450-foot section of the Evans Avenue pathway from Roosevelt Road to the Calvary Church entrance.

August 05, 2014 1:45 pm

Dick's, Ross, Five Below proposed for Porter's Vale Shopping Center

VALPARAISO | Three new stores totaling about 70,000 square feet of retail space are being planned for Porter's Vale Shopping Center.

August 05, 2014 12:00 am

Study offers options for improving V-Line service

VALPARAISO | A study by RLS and Associates Inc. of the V-Line intracity bus service recommends several additions to the routes and the hours of operation to meet the demands of riders, but city Planning Director Tyler Kent said Valparaiso can't do much without added funding.

August 02, 2014 6:30 pm
App has lowdown on what's going down downtown

App has lowdown on what's going down downtown

VALPARAISO | If you are looking for things to do during a night on the town in Valparaiso, the city has an app for that.

July 31, 2014 8:30 pm
IUN program provides unique look at human body

IUN program provides unique look at human body

GARY | You'd expect to see students of various medical disciplines carefully cutting on the cadavers in the Indiana University Northwest International Cadaver Prosection Program.

July 30, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Orville losing title role at Popcorn Festival

VALPARAISO | This year's Popcorn Festival will take on a whole new flavor. Actually, 250 new flavors.

July 30, 2014 4:30 pm

St. John seeking ghosts of furniture past

ST. JOHN | If you have some furniture that's giving you nightmares, maybe you should consider donating it to the St. John haunted house.

July 29, 2014 6:49 pm

Trio to start roasted coffee bean business in Valpo

VALPARAISO | The aroma of fresh-roasted, gourmet coffee beans could soon be wafting over the east side of the city from a new business planned by a trio of former coffee shop workers.

July 29, 2014 12:01 pm

Valpo OKs bonds for water, sewer plant improvements

VALPARAISO | It took the city Council barely five minutes to cast the final votes Monday approving more than $20 million in bonds for the improvements to the sewage treatment plant, the expansion of the airport water treatment plant and the drilling of additional wells.

July 28, 2014 7:26 pm

C.P. commission endorses Porter Street Station

CROWN POINT | The city's Plan Commission has encouraged plans for redeveloping the apartment complex at the northeast corner of Indiana Avenue and North Street.

July 27, 2014 6:42 pm

PHIL AT THE PHAIR: Before I hit the road, a last odiferous fair ode

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | This is traditionally the day when my Porter County Fair column goes from bad to verse. Prepare to be rhymed.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Porter County hears high-speed rail pitch

VALPARAISO | A 38-minute high-speed rail commute to downtown Chicago was part of the incentive offered to encourage the Porter County Council to approve a $20,000 contribution toward the cost of an environmental impact study of a route from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

PHIL AT THE PHAIR: All of a sudden, I'm in the fair shows

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | The performers in the free shows at the Porter County Fair are picking on me.

July 25, 2014 4:50 pm
Biden makes historical visit to Porter County airport

Biden makes historical visit to Porter County airport

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | For the second time in two years, the Porter County Municipal Airport served as host to Vice President Joe Biden.

July 24, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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PHIL AT THE PHAIR: Only Polaroid produces a picture faster than this man

PHIL AT THE PHAIR: Only Polaroid produces a picture faster than this man

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | There's an old saw that artists are only famous after they die. If that's the case, Robin Walker has at least a head start on the artistic fame game.

July 23, 2014 3:37 pm

Council OKs judge's help wanted request

VALPARAISO | After some hesitation, the Porter County Council agreed to approve Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford's request for $11,979 to pay for a new employee.

July 22, 2014 11:00 pm

PHIL AT THE PHAIR: Living creatures should be prized, not prizes at fair

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | An aquarium might become a permanent fixture in the Porter County Fair office because fair personnel keep finding Nemo, or his relatives, in the trash bins.

July 21, 2014 6:50 pm

C.P. moving ahead with Delaware Parkway extension

CROWN POINT | The Redevelopment Commission has endorsed plans for extending Delaware Parkway north of 109th Avenue to 107th Avenue.

July 21, 2014 6:08 pm
PHIL AT THE PHAIR: You can smell the schmaltz at the Porter County Fair

PHIL AT THE PHAIR: You can smell the schmaltz at the Porter County Fair

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | After missing the opening days of the fair while I did some reporting in Lake County, it was good to get back in time to see the Porter County Fair and all the sights, smells, sounds, smells, tastes, smells, schmaltz and ... what the heck is that smell anyway?

July 21, 2014 5:09 pm

Crown Point panel narrowly OKs Orchard View plat

CROWN POINT | The Orchard View Subdivision primary plat has barely made it out of the city's Plan Commission with a 4-3 vote and a list of conditions.

July 21, 2014 12:09 pm
Area churches change with times in quest for new members

Area churches change with times in quest for new members

It's not exactly a holy war, but churches have been forced to develop a new battle plan to recapture people's interest from the myriad other obligations, attractions and distractions vying for their time and attention.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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St. John variance for home's sport court

ST. JOHN | LeBron James won't be coming to play basketball in St. John, but, if he were, the Sahi home on Winding Trail might be the court fit for the NBA star.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Crown Point funds security cameras for Sportsplex

CROWN POINT | With the city's showcase Sportsplex nearing completion, just in time for two major baseball tournaments with almost 260 teams coming to town this week, the city's Redevelopment Commission approved funding for a camera security system to keep an eye on it.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Crown Point building its own fields of dreams

CROWN POINT | They really know how to play ball in Crown Point, and that means they need a lot of ball fields.

July 17, 2014 7:41 pm
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