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Trio to start roasted coffee bean business in Valpo

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.

15 hours ago

Valpo OKs bonds for water, sewer plant improvements

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.

July 28, 2014 7:26 pm

Porter County hears high-speed rail pitch

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.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Biden makes historical visit to Porter County airport

Biden makes historical visit to Porter County airport

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | For the second time in two years, the Porter County Municipal Airport served as host to Vice President Joe Biden.

July 24, 2014 6:30 pm Photos


Council OKs judge's help wanted request

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.

July 22, 2014 11:00 pm

4 area communities among safest in Indiana

Four Northwest Indiana communities were among the top 10 safest communities in Indiana in a ranking done by Movoto, the real estate research site.

July 08, 2014 7:00 pm

Battle over gas station variance brewing again in Crown Point

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.

July 05, 2014 5:19 pm
How do you celebrate a 'miracle?' With lots of hugs

How do you celebrate a 'miracle?' With lots of hugs

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.

July 05, 2014 3:00 pm Photos


Crown Point buys building, land for public works campus

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.

July 02, 2014 5:18 pm

St. John acts on road bond measures

ST. JOHN | The town is several steps closer to issuing $5.2 million in bonds to pay for about 20 miles of road improvements.

June 26, 2014 8:27 pm
Senior living complex in St. John may start in fall

Senior living complex in St. John may start in fall

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.

June 25, 2014 7:30 pm Photos


Crown Point cops want to connect with kids - in a good way

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.

June 23, 2014 2:53 pm

Winfield seeks consultant to draw pedestrian plan

WINFIELD | Winfield is still a small town but it is a busy one, which creates problems for pedestrians in its downtown.

June 16, 2014 8:35 pm

C.P. board OKs pact to move oil pipeline

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.

June 11, 2014 7:30 pm
Crowds brave rain to see hot rods, classic cars and trucks in Crown Point

Crowds brave rain to see hot rods, classic cars and trucks in Crown Point

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.

June 11, 2014 5:45 pm Photos


There's more than corn at Crown Point Hometown Festival

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.

June 10, 2014 7:15 pm

CP Plan Commission OKs Old Town Village changes

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.

June 09, 2014 10:00 pm

U.S. Army Corps moving ahead with Hermit Lake sewer

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.

June 09, 2014 6:45 pm
Merrillville church hopes short, evening service will catch on

Merrillville church hopes short, evening service will catch on

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?

June 09, 2014 12:00 am

Suspect held in Merrillville Chase Bank robbery

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.

June 06, 2014 11:45 pm

Valpo to buy 'Big Dancer' sculpture next to YMCA

VALPARAISO | Orville Redenbacher is about to get a dancing partner.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am

Hebron OKs carriage rides, Road Apple Derby

HEBRON | The Hebron Town Council has approved proposals for a little horsing around.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo approves rain gardens, other drainage contracts

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.

May 21, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo, East Porter use grants for technology

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.

May 20, 2014 8:00 pm
Portage JROTC performs for veterans' support group

Portage JROTC performs for veterans' support group

PORTAGE | The members of the Portage High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps performed their well-practiced drills before a special audience Tuesday.

May 20, 2014 7:00 pm Photos



Kouts raises some fees, could raise more

KOUTS | The fee for filing a request before Kouts plan commission or board of zoning appeals went up Monday -- and other fees could soon follow.

May 19, 2014 9:00 pm

Students present ideas for dome, Urschel site

VALPARAISO | Not all the big ideas are being included in the city's ValpoNEXT vision project. Some are coming from students at Washington Township High School.

May 19, 2014 2:12 pm

Valpo forced to change wellfield plans

VALPARAISO | The city's plans for a new wellfield to the north have taken a turn to the southeast.

May 19, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo school board beefs up bullying policy

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso School Board approved changes in the district's bullying policy Thursday, updating and beefing it up to comply with the latest changes in the state law.

May 18, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo committee to look for holes in fluoridation issue

VALPARAISO | The city's water has been fluoridated for about 60 years, but a committee has been formed to help determine whether that should continue to be the case.

May 16, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo wins first round of condos vs parking lot battle

VALPARAISO | The city got the plan commission's endorsement Tuesday for the rezoning to turn a parking lot into condos, but the loss of the parking caused concern for the Chicago Street Theater and an area businessman.

May 16, 2014 12:00 am
Frataccia named Valpo schools superintendent

Frataccia named Valpo schools superintendent

VALPARAISO | After reviewing applications from more than 20 superintendent candidates, the Valparaiso Community Schools board chose a city resident to succeed Michael Berta. Again.

May 15, 2014 8:54 pm Photos


Connection to Hatch Lake shakes up Shamrock residents

VALPARAISO | Connecting the Shamrock Subdivision with the Hatch Lake planned unit development via Galway Drive was the biggest objection of the about 70 people who attended Tuesday's plan commission public hearing on the Hatch Lake plan.

May 14, 2014 12:21 pm
Valpo native on Purdue's winning Rube Goldberg team

Valpo native on Purdue's winning Rube Goldberg team

VALPARAISO | Zipping one's zipper might seem like a fairly mundane, simple task -- until it's put in the hands and minds of the entrants of the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.

May 13, 2014 7:00 pm Video Photos


Valpo creates grant to improve downtown fire safety

VALPARAISO | To encourage local business owners install fire alarms and sprinkler systems, the Valparaiso City Council approved the creation of the downtown fire safety grant program Monday.

May 12, 2014 10:30 pm

Summit to let residents vote on ValpoNEXT ideas

VALPARAISO | After several months of collecting more than 1,000 big ideas from Valparaiso residents as part of the ValpoNEXT strategic vision process, they now get to pick the best of those ideas for the city's future.

May 11, 2014 8:30 pm

Time to order rain barrels in Valpo

VALPARAISO | Now that the weather finally has warmed enough that we can expect less snow and more rain, Valparaiso announced it is again offering rain barrels for residents.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo playground to help heal abused girls

VALPARAISO | The old playground equipment at Bicentennial Park is being restored so it can be sent to Guatemala to help restore the childhoods of sexually abused girls.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am
Rain, wind don't deter installation of new sculptures

Rain, wind don't deter installation of new sculptures

VALPARAISO | The weather might not have been an artistic success Friday, but that didn't stop crews from installing the latest series of sculptures on Cumberland Crossing Drive for the city's art walk.

May 09, 2014 4:36 pm Photos


Train depot moving route, road closing approved

VALPARAISO | Almost everything is set for moving the former Canadian National depot from its current location to the Porter County Career and Technical Center property July 7.

May 09, 2014 4:01 pm
Leonard, Berner honored for Valpo parks work

Leonard, Berner honored for Valpo parks work

VALPARAISO | Selfless dedication to Valparaiso's parks is typified by the reaction of Bruce Berner to hearing he was to receive Art Malasto Legends Award from the Parks Foundation.

May 08, 2014 9:00 pm Photos


Sister Hazel to perform at Valpo festival

Sister Hazel to perform at Valpo festival

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Events office announced Thursday that Sister Hazel will headline the second annual Summer Jam and Music Festival on June 21 at Central Park Plaza.

May 08, 2014 5:15 pm

Laborers to dedicate new meeting, training building

VALPARAISO | The Laborers International Union of North America Local 81 will celebrate the move to its new headquarters in Eastport Centre May 17 with a keynote address from LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan.

May 08, 2014 12:00 am

Center Twp. to limit board appointee terms

VALPARAISO | By a unanimous vote, the Center Township Board agreed to make an unwritten rule limiting the terms of its appointee to the Valparaiso School Board a written rule.

May 07, 2014 5:45 pm

Snyder, Evans clash over order to vacate office

VALPARAISO | Visitors to the Porter County Assessor's Office might find the staff sitting in the hall soon.

May 07, 2014 5:45 pm
Jessen tops Polarek for County Council seat

Jessen tops Polarek for County Council seat

As election results showed Michael Jessen mounting a bit of a lead for the District 4 Porter County Council race, County Council President Dan Whitten teased that he could start picking out furniture.

May 06, 2014 9:59 pm Photos


Center Twp. votes to keep trustee job for now

Center Twp. votes to keep trustee job for now

CENTER TOWNSHIP | In a close race, Republican Party Co-chairman Doug Miller squeaked by former Valparaiso Councilman Bob McCasland, who in the past was kicked out of the party for not being Republican enough, in the primary for Center Township trustee.

May 06, 2014 8:45 pm Photos


Valpo board gets input on 21st century education

VALPARAISO | Offering foreign languages at all grade levels received public support at the school board's special meeting Monday, but the closing of Central Elementary did not.

May 05, 2014 5:50 pm
Conover, Barone battle for Porter County 3rd district seat

Conover, Barone battle for Porter County 3rd district seat

A budget that doesn't balance and the fate of the $160 million from the sale of Porter hospital are some of the major issues facing the winner of Tuesday's Republican primary battle between incumbent District 3 Porter County Councilwoman Karen Conover and Russell Barone.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos


Valpo schools put further limits on snacks

VALPARAISO | The days of parents bringing a cake to their elementary school child's class to celebrate a birthday or other event apparently are over.

May 03, 2014 6:00 pm
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