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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


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


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


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

Annexation proposal brings more protests over zoning

VALPARAISO | The crowd of those opposed to the planned annexation of 160.5 acres near Porter County Regional Airport was considerably less Monday than the past but the anger and frustration had not abated at the City Council meeting.

September 22, 2014 9:15 pm

ValpoNEXT wants public to prioritize proposed plans

VALPARAISO | Hundreds of ideas for what the city should look like over the coming decades have been collected and condensed into 44 initiatives. Now it's up to the public to pick the top priorities from that list.

September 22, 2014 8:00 pm

Porter County police seek driver of suspicious van

SOUTH HAVEN | A South Haven woman reported to the Porter County Sheriff's Department that her two sons were approached by a man in a van as she biked with them Friday evening.

September 22, 2014 7:00 pm
Valpo store offers new Evolution in sweets

Valpo store offers new Evolution in sweets

VALPARAISO | After years of creating award-winning desserts at top Chicago restaurants and developing taste-tempting treats in the corporate world, Richard Cusick now is tantalizing the sweet tooth of Valparaiso-area residents.

September 22, 2014 12:00 am

Porter County seeks better way to report storm damage

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

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
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.

September 20, 2014 10:30 pm Photos


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


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


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
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