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VALPARAISO | The city hopes to learn by the end of the month if it will receive a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to purchase two new rubbish trucks.
VALPARAISO | ValPLAYso is "taking the cure" this weekend so it will be ready for what is expected to be a rush of eager children on fall break Monday when the playground reopens after reconstruction.
VALPARAISO | Jimmy's Cafe is no stranger to visits by the state's governors, and on Wednesday the Valparaiso eatery was packed with local pols eager to meet and greet with Gov. Mike Pence.
HEBRON | The Town Council approved an interlocal cooperative agreement Tuesday to develop the Dunes-Kankakee Trail, which is planned to have one terminus in town.
VALPARAISO | The city employees' annual food drive will be held Nov. 3-8 and will include a Pitch In Party Nov. 8 at Martini's Restaurant.
MICHIGAN CITY | Law enforcement officials announced the arrests and indictments of nine people Monday for their alleged roles in a heroin distribution conspiracy in Porter and LaPorte counties.
VALPARAISO | The rubber that famously hits the road is hitting the concrete base beneath the ValPLAYso playground equipment this weekend.
CENTER TOWNSHIP | A lot of development has occurred south of U.S. 30 in Center Township, but one thing the area needs is a park, Township Board Member Scott Tuft said.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | A sold-out crowd of about 130 businesses were set up at the Porter County Expo Center on Thursday, all with one goal in mind: more business.
VALPARAISO | Facing a $40,000 cut in the state public mass transportation funds for 2015, Porter County Aging and Community Services is looking to the county for additional money to prevent further cuts in service.
VALPARAISO | Eighty people working in eight committees will attempt over the next three weeks to come up with a plan for upgrading the schools at a cost the community will support.
VALPARAISO | The water and sewage treatment budgets presented Tuesday for the city's Utilities Board to consider for 2015 calls for modest increases in revenue and expenses, but it might be considered a worst case scenario.
Porter County's newest park has a name courtesy of a group of Morgan Township Elementary School fourth-graders.
VALPARAISO | A request for a facade grant for one of the downtown's historic buildings got a quick and easy endorsement from the city's Plan Commission on Tuesday.
VALPARAISO | The City Council completed the annexation of the 160-acre property south of U.S. 30 between County Roads 400 and 450 East on Monday.
VALPARAISO | On a night when public hearings at the Valparaiso City Council meeting were held on two budgets totaling more than $90 million, it could be a $100,000 request to pay for road salt for the coming winter that most will remember.
VALPARAISO | The "Big build" at the ValPLAYso playground officially ended Sunday, but work goes on and, for two of the park's most personal features, will continue into next year.
VALPARAISO | How do you plan meals for about 3,000 volunteers over the seven-day construction of the ValPLAYso playground build? According to Jeanne Baird, it was "pretty easy."
VALPARAISO | It didn't take an act of God to correct the city's spiraling health insurance costs. It took an act of IACT.
VALPARAISO | The new Center Township trustee and the board members will be paid less under the proposed 2015 budget introduced last week.
VALPARAISO | It's now just a matter of time before the Natural Ovens Bakery dome walls come tumbling down.
VALPARAISO | As a former business law teacher at Ivy Tech during the 1970s, Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., said he was impressed with the changes that have occurred at the college since then.
VALPARAISO | The first pieces of the new ValPLAYso playground equipment began arriving Sept. 26, and it didn't stop until many tons and tens of thousands of parts later in preparation for this week's big build by volunteers.
VALPARAISO | The city's Redevelopment Commission began the process of issuing up to $15 million in bonds for a series of projects, including possible incentives for a major business prospect the city hopes to land.
VALPARAISO | The sign at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Roosevelt Road says it's a nature preserve and wildlife area, but lately it's mostly been home to chain saws and trucks.
VALPARAISO | The former Natural Ovens Bakery dome's days apparently are dwindling down to a precious few following action by the city Redevelopment Commission on Wednesday, but a new downtown building could be starting construction soon.
VALPARAISO | It takes a lot of tools to keep about 3,000 volunteers working at the ValPLAYso big build this week, and that's Bob Westfall's job.
VALPARAISO | In the first step needed to offer incentives for a $2.4 million, three-story building at Lincolnway and Michigan Avenue, the city's Economic Development Commission recommended creation of an economic development target area for the downtown.
VALPARAISO | A heavy morning rain shower temporarily interrupted the work by volunteers Tuesday at the big build for ValPLAYso - The Next Generation, but it didn't halt the project. Nor did intermittent showers in the afternoon.
HEBRON | For 20 years, a group of stalwart volunteers has been taking Hebron residents for a ride.
VALPARAISO | A motion to withhold the video testimony of a deceased witness in the murder trial of Sheaurice Major was granted Monday by Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford.
VALPARAISO | Before the children get a chance to enjoy the new incarnation of ValPLAYso, the adults get the fun of sharing in building it.
VALPARAISO | After a typical lull during the summer when Valparaiso University students are gone, ridership on the city's V-Line intracity bus service has picked up again and should be headed for another record year.
VALPARAISO | Construction of ValPLAYso — The Next Generation, a.k.a. "the Big Build," begins at 8 a.m. Monday, but the site hasn't exactly been abandoned since the original playground was removed in early August.
VALPARAISO | After all the consultant's studies, the creation of two-hour and three-hour zones and the building of additional lots, the downtown parking solution is still a work in progress.
VALPARAISO | The FBI delivered a subpoena to the city clerk's office Tuesday asking for documents related to the University Promenade project.
VALPARAISO | A mislabeled envelope might end up being the low bid for the demolition of the former Natural Ovens Bakery dome.
VALPARAISO | The expansion of Central Park Plaza is such a big project for the downtown that one groundbreaking just wasn't enough Monday.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University hopes to break ground soon on a building to house lockers and restrooms for the softball and tennis teams.
VALPARAISO | The city ordered the concrete box culvert Friday that is needed to replace the Harrison Boulevard bridge destroyed by the Aug. 26 rainstorm.
VALPARAISO | Residents who missed "The Launch" of the ValpoNEXT vision session last week still have a few days to get their votes counted on the 43 initiatives in nine categories up for consideration.
While schools in Lake and Porter counties struggle to match limited classroom space with shifting student populations, LaPorte County schools are subtly hanging vacancy signs, hoping to attract more students.
VALPARAISO | Berglund Construction Co. is expected to begin construction of the pavilion, skating rink and activity building at Central Park Plaza by next week.
VALPARAISO | For the second year in a row, the city's Parks Department is looking for someone to take over operation of Creekside Golf Course, but this time it is taking a slightly different approach.
VALPARAISO | The dome is doomed.
VALPARAISO | The candidates were presented to the public Wednesday, and now everyone will have to wait to see how the vote turns out and what direction the city takes for the next 20 to 30 years.
VALPARAISO | As volunteers are lining up at the north end of town for the ValPlayso playground construction project the week of Oct. 6, the city will break ground Monday downtown for the expansion of Central Park Plaza.
VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board on Tuesday voted to send to the council its recommendation to continue fluoridation of the city's water supply.
VALPARAISO | With the "big build" scheduled to start Oct. 6, the city's Parks Department is still looking for volunteers interested in helping put together ValPLAYso The Next Generation, as well as donors of both tools, time and money for the project.
VALPARAISO | The 2015 budget and salaries ordinances were introduced at Monday's council meeting calling for 3 percent raises for all employees but no increases for elected officials.
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