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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.
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.
VALPARAISO | Recent changes in state law could force Valparaiso Community Schools to refuse students from outside the township, including some it now accepts.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | Jon Groth is looking forward to "an amazing day" on July 7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | In answer to concerns from residents, the Valparaiso Community Schools board is considering changing a policy for challenging educational materials.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | Students at a couple of elementary schools will get a combination environmental lesson and Easter egg hunt on Earth Day April 22.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS | Just call Sean Ives' geography and spelling talents bee-utiful.
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.
VALPARAISO | The selection of the next Valparaiso Community Schools superintendent now has a list of criteria the School Board will use in evaluating candidates.
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.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | A retired Marine and his son plan to open a glass blowing business in Valparaiso.
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.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | The City Council broke the four-minute meeting record Monday.
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.
VALPARAISO | Heroin deaths were up, but suicides were down. Murders were down, but motor vehicle fatalities were up.
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?
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.
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.
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.
HEBRON | The shutdown of the federal government last fall apparently is still having an impact.
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.
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.
The invasion of illegal human immigrants isn't the only problem along our southern border.
Chris Goetz has at least one answer to the musical question: "How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm?"
There might be more than corn in Indiana, but corn is still the king of the crops.
With all the high-tech equipment available today, Old McDonald probably isn't just farming. He's doing precision agriculture.
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.
You might have noticed that some of your favorite traffic signals have developed new habits in the past year or so.
VALPARAISO | Interparty squabbling prevented the Porter County Election Board on Friday from approving an early voting location in Valparaiso for the May 6 primary.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | The beer tap is gone, replaced by labs with chemicals and testing equipment for developing additives to a variety of vinyl products.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | The city's Ethics Commission has two new members.
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.
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.
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