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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.
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Community Schools board got a look at more of the preliminary concepts of what will be needed to provide a 21st century education Thursday.
VALPARAISO | Plans to build a small commercial center at the northwest corner of Froberg Road and Vale Park Road have been abandoned, and the developer plans to build more condos instead.
VALPARAISO | The city collected a lot of ideas during last week's three public "big idea" gathering sessions for its Valpo Next planning effort, but it still hopes to get more.
VALPARAISO | The controversy surrounding the proposal to enroll up to 30 Chinese students in the senior class at Valparaiso High School next year continued at last week's council meeting.
GARY | A Portage woman received injuries to her face early Saturday when she reportedly drove her car off a Cline Avenue ramp and hit a bridge abutment.
CHESTERTON | A steady stream of visitors braved frigid weather for the annual Maple Sugar Time at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm, but the sap used to make the sweet treat is still a no-show.
VALPARAISO | The public works department needs to find a way to get rid of 30 years of accumulated street sweepings.
VALPARAISO | As bids for the second phase of the Chautauqua Park flood control project were opened at Tuesday's utilities board meeting, the numbers started out good and got better.
VALPARAISO | The last time the city's Utilities Department had to thaw water lines was 2007, but this year they have had to remove ice blockages from 32 of them.
VALPARAISO | Quick, cool action by a V-Line passenger prevented a tragedy recently when the bus driver had a heart attack.
VALPARAISO | Plans to turn a 25-by-35 barn that's "kind of an eyesore" into a gun shop apparently have been shot down.
VALPARAISO | The next major stormwater control plan the city wants to develop is for the downtown, almost all of which is served by sewers that collect both storm and sanitary water.
VALPARAISO | Plans for the $1.2 million renovation of ValPlayso and the surrounding park will be finalized in the next week or two, but Valparaiso's Park Board received a preview of what it will look like Tuesday.
VALPARAISO | The city had another growth spurt Monday as the council approved the annexation of 32 acres as part of The Lakes of Valparaiso development between Evans Avenue and Vale Park Road east of Ind. 49.
ValPlayso: The Next Generation is not your grandfather's playground.
VALPARAISO | A number of foreign students spending the winter months in Valparaiso are getting a crash course from Mother Nature in snow.
VALPARAISO | Two more help wanted signs have gone up at the Valparaiso Community Schools offices.
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso schools contract with Lumenus USA to bring up to 30 Chinese students into the senior class in the fall is off the table but was very much on the minds of about 100 people at Thursday's School Board meeting.
VALPARAISO | The campaign to get playground equipment for handicapped children into Valparaiso's parks is getting some help from members of the city's Mayoral Advisory Council on Disability.
HEBRON | More than half Hebron's economic development income tax money for the next two years will be going toward infrastructure -- past and future.
HEBRON | Given approval earlier Tuesday by the Porter County Election Board, the Hebron School Board voted Tuesday night to put a referendum on the May 6 primary ballot.
VALPARAISO | Jeff Good's name remains on the ballot for the GOP primary in May. For now.
VALPARAISO | The snow on the ground isn't the only problem for the city this winter. There's the frozen pipes under the ground.
VALPARAISO | When they aren't plowing fresh snow from the streets, Valparaiso city crews are pushing back the old snow or hauling it away to make room for the next storm.
VALPARAISO | A group of Valparaiso area women believe that every child should have the chance to play, even those with special needs.
VALPARAISO | The city is ready to obtain the right of way for extending the Vale Park Road pathway between Keystone Commons and Beauty Creek Estates.
VALPARAISO | The city's Redevelopment Commission approved funding Wednesday for upgrading traffic signals and signage at 20 intersections, including the one at LaPorte Avenue and Harmel Drive.
VALPARAISO | The city is hauling away snow in dump trucks, but it's going to need street sweepers to clean up the sandy aftermath of the winter once the spring thaw comes.
VALPARAISO | The questions a lot of Valparaiso residents don't really want to know the answer to — Where's the next roundabout going to be built? — will be answered in the next couple of months.
VALPARAISO | With the expansion of Pratt Industries and the expected growth along the Ind. 49 and U.S. 30 corridors, Valparaiso's Utilities Board is expecting more sewage in the coming years.
VALPARAISO | A short-handed Plan Commission recommended a rezoning Tuesday that is meant to correct a mistake and help John Deuy sell a house he owns on South Morgan.
VALPARAISO | It's been more than a year since The Lakes of Valparaiso was first introduced to the council, and it will be another few months before work can actually begin on the development.
VALPARAISO | A proposal to admit up to 30 Chinese students at Valparaiso High School has been withdrawn.
CENTER TOWNSHIP | For the first time in 33 years, Center Township will have a new trustee.
VALPARAISO | When a parks department playground set retires, it isn't thrown in a landfill. It gets a face-lift and then travels the world.
VALPARAISO | The annual list of the the 10 intersections with the most accidents is out, and while many names have been on the list before, several are on the city's radar for improvements.
LaPorte Avenue/Ind. 49 - 61 accidents U.S. 30/Washington Street - 44 accidents Eastgate roundabout - 25 accidents Calumet Avenue/Vale Park Road/Roosevelt Road - 25 accidents (tie) U.S. 30/Strongbow Centre Drive - 19 accidents Silhavy Road/Evans Avenue - 16 accidents U.S. 30/Lincolnway - 15 …
VALPARAISO | It's payback time for most of those days Valparaiso's schools were closed because of the cold and snowy weather.
VALPARAISO | Two issues were on the minds of the about 250 people attending Thursday's Valparaiso School Board workshop at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
VALPARAISO | The first phase of the Chautauqua Park stormwater control project is complete and succeeding, and the city's Utilities Board hopes to begin the second phase this spring.
VALPARAISO | The city hopes to go to the Regional Development Authority later this month to seek funds to construct a new Transit Oriented Development downtown.
VALPARAISO | The past decade brought a lot of changes to the city's landscape, but city officials want to know what residents want for the city for the next decade or decades.
PORTAGE | Concerned he might not be able to drive on the snow-covered streets but wanting to hear what his legislators had to say, Jerald Balta hiked the 2 miles from his home to Portage City Hall Saturday.
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