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HEBRON | It took a couple of years, but Santa Claus finally is going to make good on that new fire station Hebron Fire Chief Chad Franzman has been asking for.
KOUTS | The town will open bids Thursday on a major storm sewer construction project estimated to cost $475,000.
VALPARAISO | The third and final phase of the Green Acres flood relief project is going to get completed a lot sooner than expected thanks to a million-dollar grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
VALPARAISO | The city's battle with the emerald ash borer beetle goes on, but it got some reinforcements recently in the form of a $5,000 grant from the Alliance for Community Trees to pay for replacement trees.
Once the staple of summertime date nights, drive-in theaters have gradually disappeared from the American landscape, but the 49'er Drive-in remains.
VALPARAISO | The city's Redevelopment Commission issued a statement Wednesday promising full cooperation with the FBI investigation of the University Promenade project.
VALPARAISO | Another building hole in the city's downtown could be filled by Hamstra Group soon.
VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board approved two contracts Tuesday totaling more than $300,000 for improvements to the sewage treatment plant and replacing a sanitary sewer main on U.S. 30.
VALPARAISO | The gold (painted) shovels flashed in the Wednesday afternoon sun for the groundbreaking of Lakes of Valparaiso, the $100 million development planned by Don Weiss just east of Ind. 49 between Vale Park Road and Evans Avenue.
VALPARAISO | The city is again offering free pet waste bag dispensers to city residents.
VALPARAISO | About 60 people attended a public hearing at Tuesday's Plan Commission meeting to protest the proposed annexation of 110 acres to the city.
VALPARAISO | The City Council approved borrowing up to $15 million for the Redevelopment Commission to meet its upcoming obligations and have a cushion to lure a couple of prospects to the city in the near future.
VALPARAISO | Without funding to expand Valparaiso's V-Line bus service beyond its city limits, Valparaiso is interested in a consultant's recommendations for improving the service within its borders.
VALPARAISO | H & G Underground, of LaPorte, is the apparent low bidder for the portion of the Evans Avenue pathway project from Roosevelt Road to the Calvary Church.
VALPARAISO | In a 5 to 2 vote, the city's Fluoride Commission recommended the city continue to add fluoride to the water system, but the group unanimously agreed the issue should be addressed again in no more than five years.
VALPARAISO | A study by DLZ confirmed the best solution for improving traffic flow at the Silhavy Road/LaPorte Avenue intersection is a two-lane roundabout similar to the one operating at the Calumet Avenue, Vale Park Road and Roosevelt Road intersection.
VALPARAISO | The only complaint Pratt Industries' various variance requests garnered Thursday was from Tom Stoner, the farmer who sold the property on which Pratt is building its $200 million paper mill.
VALPARAISO | Construction on the Pratt Industries paper recycling mill is underway, and the company will be in front of the city's Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday to seek several variances for the $290 million project.
VALPARAISO | It's been almost two years since plans for The Lakes of Valparaiso were first brought to the city for consideration, but the project is finally ready for a groundbreaking next week.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso will open bids Friday for construction of a 450-foot section of the Evans Avenue pathway from Roosevelt Road to the Calvary Church entrance.
VALPARAISO | Three new stores totaling about 70,000 square feet of retail space are being planned for Porter's Vale Shopping Center.
VALPARAISO | A study by RLS and Associates Inc. of the V-Line intracity bus service recommends several additions to the routes and the hours of operation to meet the demands of riders, but city Planning Director Tyler Kent said Valparaiso can't do much without added funding.
VALPARAISO | If you are looking for things to do during a night on the town in Valparaiso, the city has an app for that.
GARY | You'd expect to see students of various medical disciplines carefully cutting on the cadavers in the Indiana University Northwest International Cadaver Prosection Program.
VALPARAISO | This year's Popcorn Festival will take on a whole new flavor. Actually, 250 new flavors.
VALPARAISO | The aroma of fresh-roasted, gourmet coffee beans could soon be wafting over the east side of the city from a new business planned by a trio of former coffee shop workers.
VALPARAISO | It took the city Council barely five minutes to cast the final votes Monday approving more than $20 million in bonds for the improvements to the sewage treatment plant, the expansion of the airport water treatment plant and the drilling of additional wells.
VALPARAISO | A 38-minute high-speed rail commute to downtown Chicago was part of the incentive offered to encourage the Porter County Council to approve a $20,000 contribution toward the cost of an environmental impact study of a route from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | For the second time in two years, the Porter County Municipal Airport served as host to Vice President Joe Biden.
VALPARAISO | After some hesitation, the Porter County Council agreed to approve Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford's request for $11,979 to pay for a new employee.
Four Northwest Indiana communities were among the top 10 safest communities in Indiana in a ranking done by Movoto, the real estate research site.
CROWN POINT | The request for a variance for a gas station/convenience store at Burrell Street and Ind. 55 was deferred at last month's Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, but it isn't going away and neither are residents opposed to it.
MICHIGAN CITY | The grand marshal at Saturday's Michigan City Summerfest parade probably would rather have been catching frogs, but that's what 7-year-olds like Nathan Woessner do.
CROWN POINT | The city's Board of Public Works and Safety took the first steps Wednesday to acquire what will become the first part of the new public works campus on Industrial Boulevard.
ST. JOHN | The town is several steps closer to issuing $5.2 million in bonds to pay for about 20 miles of road improvements.
ST. JOHN | If final plans are approved as expected by the town's Plan Commission next week, construction could begin by fall on the first phase of what is expected to be a $50 million senior living complex on U.S. 231.
CROWN POINT | To help young children connect with police officers in a less formal, even fun, setting, the city's Parks Department is offering a new program called, appropriately enough, Connect Kids with Cops.
WINFIELD | Winfield is still a small town but it is a busy one, which creates problems for pedestrians in its downtown.
CROWN POINT | An oil pipeline inhibiting development along the south side of 109th Avenue will be moved after an agreement was approved Wednesday by the city's Board of Public Works and Safety.
CROWN POINT | For Crown Point native Phil Schmidt and Bartlett, Ill., resident Bob Ray, being part of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour is an item they now can cross off their bucket list of things to do before they die.
CROWN POINT | The fun season swings into high gear in Crown Point the next two weekends with the annual Hometown Festival Days sponsored by the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce.
CROWN POINT | The city's Plan Commission recommended approval of a major change in the planned unit development for the second and third phases of Old Town Village on Monday.
CROWN POINT | The project to replace the Hermit Lake sewage treatment plant with a regional pumping station and construction of a force main connection to the Crown Point sanitary sewer system is on track to begin by late fall.
MERRILLVILLE | If people just don't have time to attend a lengthy Sunday morning church service, why not give them a shorter service in the evening?
MERRILLVILLE | A 52-year-old man who described himself as homeless is in custody and facing charges of robbing the Chase Bank at 7925 Taft Street on Friday.
VALPARAISO | Orville Redenbacher is about to get a dancing partner.
HEBRON | The Hebron Town Council has approved proposals for a little horsing around.
VALPARAISO | Whatever the future use of Central Elementary School, either as a school or the school district's new administration center, it will include two rain gardens.
VALPARAISO | A total of $600,000 in education challenge grants for technology for the Valparaiso and East Porter County school districts was approved by the city's Redevelopment Commission last week.
PORTAGE | The members of the Portage High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps performed their well-practiced drills before a special audience Tuesday.
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