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Porter County seeks better way to report storm damage

When the weather's strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?

7 hours ago
Runners weather the storm to honor Sapper 6

Runners weather the storm to honor Sapper 6

VALPARAISO | Near tornadic winds and torrential rains delayed but did not prevent the Sappers 5K run from being held Saturday to honor the six members of the Indiana National Guard 713th Engineer Company, referred to as Sappers, killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

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Frataccia outlines $150 million building plan for Valpo schools

VALPARAISO | A $150 million facilities plan for Valparaiso's buildings was presented to the school board and the public Thursday that Superintendent Ric Frataccia said should serve the district for the next 25 years.

September 18, 2014 9:30 pm

Valpo schools plan receives positive response

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Schools board members expressed initial support for the building concept plans presented Thursday by Superintendent Ric Frataccia that could result in a $150 million referendum in November 2015.

September 18, 2014 8:40 pm
'Big Dancer' stars at Valpo Y ceremony

'Big Dancer' stars at Valpo Y ceremony

VALPARAISO | It took three years, but the first sculpture on the city's art walk has been sold, and a dedication ceremony was held Thursday in front of the Valparaiso YMCA for "The Big Dancer."

September 18, 2014 5:08 pm Photos

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Hebron takes action to prevent the obvious

HEBRON | It seemed like a fairly obvious precaution, but the Hebron Town Council had a good reason for amending its building demolition ordinance Tuesday.

September 17, 2014 4:45 pm

Hebron accepts grant for eco-friendly lighting

HEBRON | The town received a $15,000 grant from the Porter County Economic Development Alliance to replace solar lights on four signs at the entrances to Hebron.

September 16, 2014 8:23 pm

Porter County ups recycling fee by $5

VALPARAISO | For the first time since Porter County instituted a fee for recycling, businesses will have to pay along with residents beginning in January.

September 16, 2014 5:30 pm

Donations to fuel Kouts firetruck repair

KOUTS | The town's Fire Department has gotten its money's worth out of a 1993 Kenworth semi trailer it had converted into a tanker truck seven or eight years ago and, with the help of a lot of pork chop dinners, hopes to get many more miles out of it.

September 15, 2014 8:30 pm

VU finally takes possession of former hospital site

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University officially took possession of all the former Porter Regional Hospital properties in the city last week and will begin converting them for its own uses.

September 01, 2014 11:15 pm

Valpo awaiting RDA decision on TOD funding

VALPARAISO | The city hopes to learn in the next couple of weeks whether its plans for a transit-oriented development downtown will get a big financial boost from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo moving quickly to repair Harrison Blvd. bridge

VALPARAISO | Curiosity killed the cat, but the city is concerned its going to lead to some humans getting injured at the washed out Harrison Boulevard bridge.

August 30, 2014 12:15 am

VU adding physician assistant program

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University College of Nursing has a new name and a new program.

August 29, 2014 12:16 pm

Valpo parks budget includes 3 percent raises

VALPARAISO | The city's Park Board approved a $2.78 million 2015 budget Tuesday that includes 3 percent raises for all employees.

August 29, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo to start excavation for new Valplayso playground

VALPARAISO | As excavation begins to prepare for construction of Valplayso: the Next Generation park on Glendale Boulevard, project organizers already are working hard to get more donors and more volunteers.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo golf courses trying hard to stay afloat

VALPARAISO | The city's Parks Department might have to introduce water polo to its program choices in order to make any money from Creekside Golf Course for a while.

August 27, 2014 12:12 pm

Valpo board to vote on fluoride use in 2 weeks

VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board is expected to vote in two weeks on a recommendation to the council on whether Valparaiso should continue to add fluoride to the city water supply.

August 26, 2014 8:45 pm
Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

A recent news story made it appear Indiana is gaining more tourists by spending less, but region tourism leaders say the article virtually ignored how much is spent at the local level to make up for the lack of state dollars.

August 26, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Hebron clerk vows to renew early voting site request

HEBRON | Hebron Clerk-Treasurer Terri Waywood promises she will return to the Porter County Election Board in January, if necessary, to renew her request for an early voting site in Hebron.

August 26, 2014 6:45 pm

Valpo hopes to speed bridge repairs

VALPARAISO | The city is moving as quickly as possible to repair or replace the two bridges damaged by flooding caused by heavy rains Friday.

August 25, 2014 7:34 pm

Hebron to decide on new police chief by year's end

HEBRON | The town could begin accepting applications for the police chief's position in October but the job apparently belongs to Tony Frencl until the end of the year.

August 24, 2014 8:30 pm

Valpo to open bids for Central Park II in September

VALPARAISO | The city's Parks Department already is getting inquiries about renting the William Urschel Pavilion being built in the expansion of Central Park Plaza and scheduled to open next August.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo annexation raises notification questions

VALPARAISO | The city's Plan Commission will consider two issues at the September meeting that resulted from the August public hearing on a request to annex 160.5 acres south of U.S. 30 and west of County Road 450 East.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo board takes action on pathway projects

VALPARAISO | Two city pathway projects got action from the Board of Public Works and Safety on Friday.

August 23, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo schools seek $61.2 million budget in 2015

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Schools employees will get a 1.5 percent raise if the School Board's 2015 budget is approved as presented to the state.

August 21, 2014 9:00 pm

Smith fails to appear on stalking charge

VALPARAISO | A hearing on whether former Valparaiso mayor candidate Scott Smith violated a no-contact order was not held Thursday because Smith failed to appear.

August 21, 2014 8:30 pm

Valpo fire board holds first meeting to talk budget, equipment

VALPARAISO | In its first meeting, the Valparaiso Fire Protection Territory Board recommended approval of the 2015 budget Thursday along with the purchase of a new fire truck and a new ambulance.

August 21, 2014 4:49 pm

V-Line ridership takes summer dip

VALPARAISO | Ridership on the V-Line fell slightly below the goal of 10,000 a month in July, but the city is looking at ways to implement recommendations of a RLS & Associates study to improve the service in the future.

August 20, 2014 5:34 pm

Hebron's Kaczmarski resigns from town council

HEBRON | The Town Council started Tuesday's meeting by announcing it was seeking applicants for vacancies on the park board and the plan commission and ended it by announcing a vacancy on the council itself.

August 20, 2014 2:30 pm

Hebron finally getting fire station addition

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.

August 19, 2014 8:23 pm

Kouts to open bids for stormwater project Thursday

KOUTS | The town will open bids Thursday on a major storm sewer construction project estimated to cost $475,000.

August 18, 2014 7:21 pm

Army Corps grant to fund $1M in sewer relining

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.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo gets $5,000 grant to replace ash trees

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.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 40: 49'er Drive-in

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 40: 49'er Drive-in

Once the staple of summertime date nights, drive-in theaters have gradually disappeared from the American landscape, but the 49'er Drive-in remains.

August 14, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo commission vows to cooperate with FBI

VALPARAISO | The city's Redevelopment Commission issued a statement Wednesday promising full cooperation with the FBI investigation of the University Promenade project.

August 13, 2014 7:25 pm

Hamstra wants to build in downtown Valpo again

VALPARAISO | Another building hole in the city's downtown could be filled by Hamstra Group soon.

August 13, 2014 6:37 pm

Valpo utilities panel OKs design contract for sewer plant

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.

August 13, 2014 5:00 pm
Valpo celebrates start of Lakes of Valparaiso project

Valpo celebrates start of Lakes of Valparaiso project

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.

August 13, 2014 3:40 pm

Valpo offers free bag dispensers for pet waste

VALPARAISO | The city is again offering free pet waste bag dispensers to city residents.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am

Annexation, rezone plan draws crowd in Valpo

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.

August 12, 2014 8:32 pm

Valpo to borrow $15M to fund redevelopment projects

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.

August 11, 2014 8:01 pm

Valpo to use report to improve V-Line service

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.

August 09, 2014 4:30 pm

H & G low bidder for Evans Ave. pathway

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.

August 09, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo panel recommends continued use of fluoride

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.

August 07, 2014 6:33 pm

Study shows roundabout best option at Silhavy/LaPorte

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.

August 07, 2014 3:21 pm

Pratt gets needed variances for paper mill

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.

August 07, 2014 1:28 pm
Pratt paper mill plans head to Valpo BZA

Pratt paper mill plans head to Valpo BZA

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.

August 05, 2014 5:00 pm

Lakes of Valparaiso slates groundbreaking

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.

August 05, 2014 2:04 pm

Evans Avenue pathway work to begin soon

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.

August 05, 2014 1:45 pm

Dick's, Ross, Five Below proposed for Porter's Vale Shopping Center

VALPARAISO | Three new stores totaling about 70,000 square feet of retail space are being planned for Porter's Vale Shopping Center.

August 05, 2014 12:00 am
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