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VALPARAISO | The public has suggestions on how to improve the V-Line intracity bus service, and now it is up to the consultants to find the solutions.
VALPARAISO | The timing seemed right to refinance a couple of bond issues, but Valparaiso's Utilities Board had no idea how right until recently.
VALPARAISO | After looking at the various pathway projects under consideration, the city's Redevelopment Commission agreed Wednesday to start small in 2014 until it has a better idea of costs and revenue.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso's Utilities Board and the utilities department are acting to reduce the amount of uncollected bills.
VALPARAISO | The Miller Mart will be getting a $360,000 to $400,000 facelift in 2014, and its owners hope Valparaiso will provide a portion of that in the form of a $50,000 facade grant.
VALPARAISO | The city's Board of Public Works and Safety is expected to award contracts Friday to construct the new Public Works Department campus on land at the city's sewage treatment plant.
VALPARAISO | A new business is opening in vacant space in the building with Coco's Canine Cabana is, perhaps appropriately, a flea market.
VALPARAISO | With a brief agenda and a room full of high school students, Valparaiso officials used Monday's City Council meeting as a classroom in local government.
VALPARAISO | The city's Park Board could vote on the first lease agreement for the operation of one of its golf courses.
VALPARAISO | The century-old Victorian building at 60 Jefferson St. that housed the Needle and Thread gave way to the wrecker's claw Thursday.
VALPARAISO | It didn't open in time for Thanksgiving, as planned, but a few days of almost Indian summer were just what was needed to complete the final touches on the five-points roundabout Monday.
VALPARAISO | After having a front row balcony seat to observe all the improvements being made in the city's downtown, Patrick Lyp is going to step onto the stage to be part of making new things happen as the city's economic development director.
VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Department is reducing the bill for its billing.
VALPARAISO | When you are a stranger in a strange land, it's good to have someone to help you acclimate to your new surroundings and culture, and sometimes a turkey dinner with all the fixings is a part of that.
VALPARAISO | The time to get ready for the future is now, and Valparaiso's Utilities Board approved a $298,000 contract this month with Arcadis U.S. Inc., of Indianapolis, to do just that.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Fire Chief David Nondorf admits he was not looking forward to attending the opening cermony for the city's new Central Park Plaza on Aug. 6, 2011. So, he was glad when he was called away to a house fire.
HEBRON | For the first time in five years, the town's Police Department will receive raises in January.
The Lake Calumet Airport is still "dead, dead, dead," but it enjoyed a brief, meteoric rise and fall during the long, continuing battle over construction of a third Chicago area airport.
VALPARAISO | The citywide vision plan has a name — Valpo Next — and a color scheme — blue and green. All it needs is the input of about 30,000 city residents to be complete.
HIGHLAND | Theresa Pecsek was only 2 when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, but she developed an unusual connection to this watershed moment in U.S. history.
KOUTS | The Town Council will hold a special meeting Thursday to award a rubbish pickup contract.
VALPARAISO | If the ghost of William E. Urschel, founder of Urschel Laboratories, still lives in the house he built at Indiana Avenue and Napoleon Street, he will soon be able to look out the front windows at the new pavilion/skating rink to bear his name in Central Park Plaza.
KOUTS | The ordinance requiring vehicles in residential areas of Kouts to be parked on hard surfaces is back on the books, in an amended form from the original -- but it was not an action the Town Council seemed eager to take Monday.
VALPARAISO | With Valparaiso's first two-lane roundabout set to open Friday, a few changes had to be made -- including removing contaminated soil from an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp.
MERRILLVILLE | During the peak of the Cold War, Robert Deliget, of Merrillville, was stationed in Hanau, Germany, when he learned President John F. Kennedy would be visiting the base.
VALPARAISO | The groundwork for developing a vision of the city's future resumes Thursday with the second meeting of the planning committee.
It was 50 years ago this Friday that President John F. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas. Several local public figures recalled their reaction to the assassination and its aftermath.
As a veteran, top-ranked marathon runner and triathlete, Bill Pauley is used to racing against time, but he's been involved in a different race this year. A race to save lives.
Fifty years ago this Friday I was preparing to make my stage debut as the town drunk in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" when the shots range out in Dallas and everything changed.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso enters a new dimension in its evolution into the roundabout era Friday with the opening of the five-points two-lane roundabout at North Calumet Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Vale Park Road.
VALPARAISO | Despite getting more than 40 bids for the variety of work needed to build the new public works department campus, the city will seek more bids in four areas.
VALPARAISO | The city plans to spend about $4.4 million for stormwater work in 2014 headed by the second phase of the Chautauqua Park project estimated to cost $1.5 million.
VALPARAISO | The city's economic development team took another hit Wednesday with the resignation of Stuart Summers as executive director of the city's Redevelopment Commission effective Jan. 1.
VALPARAISO | Plans for a 14-lot shovel-ready industrial development site were presented Tuesday to the city's Plan Commission.
VALPARAISO | The flashing signal at LaPorte Avenue and Harmel Drive will be changed to a fully operational one during the first quarter of 2014.
VALPARAISO | The city will feel the first impact of the new fire protection territory next month when, in addition to borrowing to pay the bills for the general operating expenses of the government, it also has to borrow to pay the bills for the fire territory.
VALPARAISO | My taking part in a demonstration of how stupid it is to text and drive is about like my taking part in a demonstration of the stupidity of skydiving without a parachute.
VALPARAISO | Forty tried and 40 died.
VALPARAISO | About 16 years ago, Robert Palumbo got the idea of taking something nobody wants — basically, rust — and using it to produce something almost everybody can use — hydrogen — using solar energy.
VALPARAISO | The V-Line buses that critics once said were filled with invisible riders now carry so many people the city is extending hours and adding routes to try to accommodate them.
VALPARAISO | The Forgotten War. The No-Win War. The "died for a tie" war.
HEBRON | Keith Cunningham, a 29-year-old employee of Republic Services in Crown Point, won the Republican caucus vote Monday to replace Travis Gearhart as the town's third district councilman.
PLEASANT TOWNSHIP | The historic bridge on Ind. 49 over the Kankakee River, which has been restricted to one lane for almost two years, is slated to be rebuilt in 2014.
VALPARAISO | The city took the first step toward acquiring the vacant former Natural Ovens dome Friday.
VALPARAISO | George Uzelac, owner of George Uzelac and Associates in Valparaiso, filed suit Wednesday against his son, Todd, and four others -- all of whom formerly worked for George Uzelac -- accusing them of stealing company information to set up a competing tax consulting company.
VALPARAISO | The city's Parks Department is doing a regional search for someone who "has a passion for numbers and finance" to fill the position of business operations director.
VALPARAISO | Creekside Golf Course has been a success since opening in 2000, but it is not successful enough to pay the debt service on the bond to build it.
VALPARAISO | The first council district added a lot of territory and potential property tax value but not a lot of population on Monday.
VALPARAISO | The plan to increase water and sewer rates in a three-phase schedule starting Jan. 1, was introduced at Monday's council meeting.
VALPARAISO | Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Swihart is the only elected official who will receive a pay increase in 2014 under the salary ordinance approved by the City Council.
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