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Valpo state of the schools getting better

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Schools Superintendent Michael Berta gave the council an update on the state of the school system that included helpful hints on the type of person the council should be seeking for its annual appointment to the school board on Monday.

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Valpo adopts plan for Ind. 49 corridor development

VALPARAISO | A presentation on how the land alongside the Ind. 49 corridor should be developed, including how some of it should be preserved, was presented Monday to members of Valparaiso's Plan Commission, Redevelopment Commission and Council.

April 14, 2014 9:30 pm

Valpo schools dealing with new laws on transfer students

VALPARAISO | Recent changes in state law could force Valparaiso Community Schools to refuse students from outside the township, including some it now accepts.

April 14, 2014 12:30 am

Valpo schools to expand wireless at 3 buildings

VALPARAISO | By the time school starts again in August, all the classrooms at Valparaiso High School, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson middle schools should have wireless connectivity.

April 13, 2014 5:55 pm

Valpo utilities looking at online billing, payment system

VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board could vote later this month on a plan to provide customers with the option of switching to online billing and payment as well as expanding payments with debit or credit cards.

April 13, 2014 5:40 pm
Valpo prepares to move historic train station

Valpo prepares to move historic train station

VALPARAISO | Jon Groth is looking forward to "an amazing day" on July 7.

April 12, 2014 10:00 pm

Valpo awards Chautauqua Park second phase contract

VALPARAISO | One major storm sewer project is about to begin, and a smaller one is expected to get approval soon despite bids that were higher than expected.

April 12, 2014 12:00 am
VU president touts past success, future promise

VU president touts past success, future promise

VALPARAISO | After experiencing a record-breaking year in 2013, Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler didn't sound like a man willing to rest on those laurels during a speech before the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

April 10, 2014 2:37 pm Photos

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Valpo board balks at detention basin proposal

VALPARAISO | Having detention basins that are more than simple holes in the ground means the city has to do more to maintain them so they don't become unsightly.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Plan for Chicago Street condos criticized

VALPARAISO | The city's plan to sell two lots it owns on Chicago Street to have condominiums built on them was opposed at Tuesday's Plan Commission meeting.

April 08, 2014 9:04 pm

Valpo could give parents more say in challenging materials

VALPARAISO | In answer to concerns from residents, the Valparaiso Community Schools board is considering changing a policy for challenging educational materials.

April 08, 2014 5:56 pm

Valpo School Board to seek public input on buildings

VALPARAISO | The School Board has heard the reports from consultants on where the student population will be in the coming years and what needs to be done with its buildings to provide its students with a 21st century education.

April 07, 2014 8:19 pm

Valpo schools considering change to public comment policy

VALPARAISO | Public comment has long been a controversial topic at Valparaiso Community Schools board meetings, and a change in the board's policy on public comment already is drawing more public comment.

April 07, 2014 7:04 pm

Valpo plans Earth Day fun at Thorgren basin

VALPARAISO | Students at a couple of elementary schools will get a combination environmental lesson and Easter egg hunt on Earth Day April 22.

April 07, 2014 12:30 am

Fees having an impact again in Valpo

VALPARAISO | The impact of the parks' impact fee on the city's parks department budget is growing again after going through a couple of years when the fee was waived to try to encourage development.

April 05, 2014 8:23 pm

C.P. eighth-grader again proves to be best at two bees

INDIANAPOLIS | Just call Sean Ives' geography and spelling talents bee-utiful.

April 04, 2014 7:54 pm

Robber hits Roselawn bank branch

ROSELAWN | A man described as being in his late 20s and about six feet tall with minimal facial hair is being sought by police for the robbery of the DeMotte State Bank branch in Roselawn on Friday.

April 04, 2014 7:31 pm

Valpo board sets criteria for choosing new superintendent

VALPARAISO | The selection of the next Valparaiso Community Schools superintendent now has a list of criteria the School Board will use in evaluating candidates.

April 03, 2014 8:59 pm

Hebron council gets good news on sewer rate

HEBRON | As a financial consultant, it's not often Ted Sommer gets to share good news, especially when he's asked to do a study of water and sewer rates.

April 02, 2014 8:57 pm

Residents protest Lakes of Valparaiso plans

VALPARAISO | A request for approval of the preliminary plan for the business park portion of the Lakes of Valparaiso development creating 32 salable lots drew about 15 protesters to Tuesday's special Plan Commission meeting.

April 02, 2014 6:25 pm
Valpo extends V-Line route study time limit

Valpo extends V-Line route study time limit

VALPARAISO | The V-Line route study is going to take a little longer than originally planned, but that means the extra hours of service on the Purple and the Brown routes will continue for at least another six months.

April 02, 2014 5:25 pm

Retired-Marine, son look to start glass blowing shop in Valpo

VALPARAISO | A retired Marine and his son plan to open a glass blowing business in Valparaiso.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo OKs contract for pedestrian crossings at CN tracks

VALPARAISO | The city's Board of Public Works and Safety approved a contract with TranSystems Friday to design pedestrian crossings at seven Canadian National railroad tracks locations.

March 28, 2014 3:00 pm
Pence inks infrastructure bill during visit at VU

Pence inks infrastructure bill during visit at VU

VALPARAISO | Indiana's infrastructure got a financial boost Thursday when Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation designating up to $400 million for road projects during an appearance at the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Valparaiso University.

March 27, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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Robins supposed to be bobbin' along, not the road

VALPARAISO | Strolling on County Road 500 North, Public Works Director Matt Evans had a spring in his step, but it wasn't because of spring break or the prospect the snow might finally be winding down for the winter.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo council taking care of business ... quickly

VALPARAISO | The City Council broke the four-minute meeting record Monday.

March 24, 2014 8:10 pm
Valpo men's homeless shelter seeks volunteers

Valpo men's homeless shelter seeks volunteers

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Men's Overnight Homeless Shelter Coalition has more clients than it can handle, and it needs more volunteers to handle the ones it does care for.

March 23, 2014 6:20 pm Photos

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Porter County heroin deaths up but suicides down

VALPARAISO | Heroin deaths were up, but suicides were down. Murders were down, but motor vehicle fatalities were up.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo superintendent's pay package called too high

VALPARAISO | Should the next superintendent of Valparaiso Community Schools get more in salary and benefits than a member of the U.S. Cabinet or the directors of the CIA and the FBI?

March 21, 2014 7:02 pm

Porter County early voting site battle goes on

VALPARAISO | Despite both parties saying they wanted to be reasonable and find a compromise location for the early voting location in Valparaiso, neither side wanted to accept the other's proposals.

March 21, 2014 4:19 pm
Search for missing doctor turns to recovery mission

Search for missing doctor turns to recovery mission

EAGLE COUNTY, COLO. | After an extensive five-day search for Dr. James McGrogan, of Chesterton, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office announced late Wednesday the efforts are now focused on recovery rather than rescue.

March 19, 2014 7:23 pm Photos

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February not short on riders for V-Line, Dash

VALPARAISO | February was a short, cold, snowy month, which could be the reason V-Line ridership in Valparaiso was down a little bit, but it continued a trend begun in August of averaging more than 12,000 riders a month.

March 19, 2014 4:23 pm

Hebron still looking for fire station funding

HEBRON | The shutdown of the federal government last fall apparently is still having an impact.

March 18, 2014 9:00 pm
Valpo, Portage police share video training device

Valpo, Portage police share video training device

VALPARAISO | A police officer responding to a suspicious person call approaches a man standing next to his car. The car's hood is up, and the man says something to the officer, who turns and begins to walk away when the man suddenly whips out a gun and prepares to shoot at nearly point blank range.

March 17, 2014 5:45 pm Video Photos

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Valpo cautiously awards flood contract

VALPARAISO | With a total bid almost $250,000 below its nearest competitor and $671,717 lower than the engineer's estimate, G.E. Marshall was an easy choice to do the second phase of the Chautauqua Park flood control project Tuesday.

March 16, 2014 6:30 pm
Where's the beef? A lot of it is in Brazil

Where's the beef? A lot of it is in Brazil

The invasion of illegal human immigrants isn't the only problem along our southern border.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Farm living really grows on generations of Goetzes

Farm living really grows on generations of Goetzes

Chris Goetz has at least one answer to the musical question: "How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm?"

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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King corn gives Indiana an earful

King corn gives Indiana an earful

There might be more than corn in Indiana, but corn is still the king of the crops.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Drones could soon be used for agriculture

Drones could soon be used for agriculture

With all the high-tech equipment available today, Old McDonald probably isn't just farming. He's doing precision agriculture.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Porter election board to buy electronic poll books, printers

VALPARAISO | By approving only two early voting locations in Porter County, the county's Election Board reduced the number of printers it will need to buy for the primary election.

March 15, 2014 5:52 pm

Left turn lag prompts more efficient traffic flow

You might have noticed that some of your favorite traffic signals have developed new habits in the past year or so.

March 15, 2014 4:49 pm

Election Board rejects Valpo early voting sites

VALPARAISO | Interparty squabbling prevented the Porter County Election Board on Friday from approving an early voting location in Valparaiso for the May 6 primary.

March 14, 2014 5:15 pm

Valpo finalizes design contract for Central Park Plaza

VALPARAISO | The city's Board of Public Works and Safety approved a contract Friday with Design Organization for $812,585 for developing the final design and construction plans for the expansion of Central Park Plaza.

March 14, 2014 11:29 am
Porter County seeing increase in kids in poverty

Porter County seeing increase in kids in poverty

VALPARAISO | Children in Porter County fare better than the state average in most statistical areas, but the number of those in poverty has increased dramatically in the past few years.

March 13, 2014 2:35 pm Photos

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AM Stabilizers has plans to grow in Valpo

VALPARAISO | The beer tap is gone, replaced by labs with chemicals and testing equipment for developing additives to a variety of vinyl products.

March 12, 2014 8:25 pm

School Board issues concern Valpo City Council, mayor

VALPARAISO | The backlash continues over Valparaiso Community Schools' January approval of a contract with Lumenus USA that would have enrolled up to 30 Chinese students in the fall.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am

As winter wanes, potholes, flooding problems increase

VALPARAISO | Assuming Public Works Director Matt Evans is right and it won't continue to snow forever, the problem becomes one of dealing with the damage to the streets.

March 10, 2014 8:30 pm

Warring, Rev. Porter named to Valpo ethics panel

VALPARAISO | The city's Ethics Commission has two new members.

March 10, 2014 1:44 pm

Porter County debates moving early voting sites

VALPARAISO | The debate over moving the early voting locations out of the voter registration office in Valparaiso and the Porter County clerk's office in Portage could also impact the Chesterton early voting site and a proposed south county one.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am

Porter County clerk proposes big election savings

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Election Board will meet next Friday to decide whether to buy an e-pollbook system and printer that County Clerk Karen Martin said could save thousands of dollars a year now spent on unused ballots.

March 07, 2014 6:30 pm
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