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Valpo OKs buying more public works equipment

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.

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ValPLAYso to be ready for kids on Monday

ValPLAYso to be ready for kids on Monday

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.

October 24, 2014 10:45 pm Photos

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Pence stops in Valpo for coffee and selfies

Pence stops in Valpo for coffee and selfies

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.

October 22, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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Hebron joins Dunes-Kankakee trail agreement

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.

October 22, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo employees food drive coming Nov. 3-8

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.

October 20, 2014 4:44 pm
Feds announce indictments in NWI heroin trade

Feds announce indictments in NWI heroin trade

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.

October 20, 2014 3:55 pm Photos

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City to open ValPLAYso by Sunday

VALPARAISO | The rubber that famously hits the road is hitting the concrete base beneath the ValPLAYso playground equipment this weekend.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am

Center Twp. looking into new park south of U.S. 30

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.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am
Annual chamber night all about business - and bugs

Annual chamber night all about business - and bugs

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.

October 16, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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State funding cuts could reduce bus rides for seniors, disabled

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.

October 16, 2014 5:15 pm

Committees look for right plan at right cost for Valpo schools

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.

October 15, 2014 8:30 pm

Pratt project projected to boost utilities revenue

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.

October 15, 2014 2:28 pm
New park, new name unveiled in Porter County

New park, new name unveiled in Porter County

Porter County's newest park has a name courtesy of a group of Morgan Township Elementary School fourth-graders.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Historic Valpo building facade grant request backed

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.

October 14, 2014 7:38 pm
Valpo approves controversial 160-acre annexation

Valpo approves controversial 160-acre annexation

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.

October 14, 2014 2:59 pm Related

Valpo city, school budget draw no public comments

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.

October 13, 2014 11:30 pm
ValPLAYso building very special walls

ValPLAYso building very special walls

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.

October 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Keeping an army of volunteers fed was easy

Keeping an army of volunteers fed was easy

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."

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

IACT plan saving communities on insurance costs

VALPARAISO | It didn't take an act of God to correct the city's spiraling health insurance costs. It took an act of IACT.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

Pay cuts planned for Center Twp. trustee, board

VALPARAISO | The new Center Township trustee and the board members will be paid less under the proposed 2015 budget introduced last week.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo OKs dome demolition deal with Marshall

VALPARAISO | It's now just a matter of time before the Natural Ovens Bakery dome walls come tumbling down.

October 10, 2014 8:28 pm
Visclosky gets quick course in Ivy Tech progress, needs

Visclosky gets quick course in Ivy Tech progress, needs

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.

October 10, 2014 5:04 pm Photos

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Just call him The Count

Just call him The Count

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.

October 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Valpo redevelopment panel to borrow up to $15 million

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.

October 09, 2014 1:00 pm
Preserve getting makeover along with Valplayso

Preserve getting makeover along with Valplayso

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.

October 09, 2014 12:05 am

Valpo panel endorses dome demolition bid, funding

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.

October 08, 2014 6:26 pm
Westfall just tooling along at ValPLAYso build

Westfall just tooling along at ValPLAYso build

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.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo begins effort for incentives for Thormahlen building

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.

October 07, 2014 5:00 pm
Rains come but ValPLAYso volunteers carry on

Rains come but ValPLAYso volunteers carry on

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.

October 07, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Hebron Dial-A-Ride still giving free rides

Hebron Dial-A-Ride still giving free rides

HEBRON | For 20 years, a group of stalwart volunteers has been taking Hebron residents for a ride.

October 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Video testimony barred from murder trial

Video testimony barred from murder trial

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.

October 06, 2014 4:51 pm
ValPlayso big build off to enthusiastic start

ValPlayso big build off to enthusiastic start

VALPARAISO | Before the children get a chance to enjoy the new incarnation of ValPLAYso, the adults get the fun of sharing in building it.

October 06, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Valpo buses appear headed for ridership records

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.

October 06, 2014 6:15 am
3,000 volunteers expected for ValPlayso's Big Build

3,000 volunteers expected for ValPlayso's Big Build

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.

October 04, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Downtown Valpo residents request permit parking

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.

October 02, 2014 4:45 pm
Valpo receives subpoena for University Promenade project

Valpo receives subpoena for University Promenade project

VALPARAISO | The FBI delivered a subpoena to the city clerk's office Tuesday asking for documents related to the University Promenade project.

October 01, 2014 4:15 pm Related

Misplaced bid opened for dome demolition

VALPARAISO | A mislabeled envelope might end up being the low bid for the demolition of the former Natural Ovens Bakery dome.

October 01, 2014 11:41 am
Central Park Plaza project hits ground running

Central Park Plaza project hits ground running

VALPARAISO | The expansion of Central Park Plaza is such a big project for the downtown that one groundbreaking just wasn't enough Monday.

September 29, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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VU building lockers, restrooms for softball, tennis

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University hopes to break ground soon on a building to house lockers and restrooms for the softball and tennis teams.

September 29, 2014 12:01 am

Valpo ready to order Harrison bridge culvert

VALPARAISO | The city ordered the concrete box culvert Friday that is needed to replace the Harrison Boulevard bridge destroyed by the Aug. 26 rainstorm.

September 29, 2014 12:01 am

Voting still open for ValpoNEXT initiatives

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.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
Hanging a vacancy sign on LaPorte County schools

Hanging a vacancy sign on LaPorte County schools

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.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Valpo awards contract for Central Park expansion

VALPARAISO | Berglund Construction Co. is expected to begin construction of the pavilion, skating rink and activity building at Central Park Plaza by next week.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo tries again to lease golf course operation

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.

September 27, 2014 9:15 pm

Valpo gets bids for dome demolition

VALPARAISO | The dome is doomed.

September 26, 2014 5:45 pm
Voting on ValpoNEXT initiatives will decide priorities

Voting on ValpoNEXT initiatives will decide priorities

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.

September 24, 2014 7:07 pm Photos

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Valpo to award contract for Central Park expansion

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.

September 24, 2014 4:07 pm

Valpo board sends fluoride recommendation to council

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.

September 24, 2014 11:35 am

Valpo gearing up for ValPLAYso's 'Big Build'

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.

September 23, 2014 8:12 pm

Valpo plans 3 percent raises for employees in 2015

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.

September 23, 2014 2:25 pm
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