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Student council members share successes with school board

BOONE GROVE | Members of the Porter Township school board were schooled by a group of fifth-graders at the October meeting Thursday evening.

October 13, 2014 5:20 pm
The Running Dead

The Running Dead

VALPARAISO | Both the living and the “undead” ran for their lives in the 5K Running Dead walk/run and Scream Fest at Central Park Plaza Saturday.

October 04, 2014 6:37 pm
Rachel's Challenge comes to Hebron

Rachel's Challenge comes to Hebron

HEBRON | Parents of Hebron school students got a firsthand look Tuesday evening at a program that teaches children compassion and kindness.

September 30, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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George Will, longtime Cubs fan, famous author attends Sinai Forum

George Will, longtime Cubs fan, famous author attends Sinai Forum

MICHIGAN CITY | At its new digs at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino, the Sinai Forum welcomed Pulitzer Prize winner, author, columnist and television commentator George Will at the second program of its 60th season.

September 27, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Heritage Dinner celebrates museum's milestones

Heritage Dinner celebrates museum's milestones

VALPARAISO | Friends of the Porter County Museum celebrated the organization’s year of milestones and “listened to history” at its annual Heritage Dinner at Parea restaurant Friday evening.

September 27, 2014 6:01 pm
Hundreds participate in Out of Darkness walk for suicide prevention

Hundreds participate in Out of Darkness walk for suicide prevention

CHESTERTON | Hundreds filled the grounds of Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve on Sunday to preserve and honor the memory of someone they love.

September 21, 2014 9:00 pm
Weather dampens annual cookoff

Weather dampens annual cookoff

MALDEN | Chris Birky tried hard to rally the group standing before him with glum faces.

September 20, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Hundreds pack OE for annual event

Hundreds pack OE for annual event

VALPARAISO | More than 600 people gathered at the annual Opportunity Enterprises Pack-A-Thon Saturday morning and proved that work can also be a lot of fun.

September 20, 2014 12:16 pm Photos

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Porter Twp.school board hears safety briefing

BOONE GROVE | At its meeting Thursday, the Porter Township school board heard a safety report from staffers Ben Parrish and Kerrie Schludecker and Porter County Sheriff’s detective Matt Boone, the middle school resource officer.

September 14, 2014 7:05 pm
Valparaiso opens door to world culture

Valparaiso opens door to world culture

VALPARAISO | Central Park Plaza was transformed into a stage of global proportions Saturday at the sixth annual World Cultural Festival, sponsored by the Valparaiso International Center.

September 13, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Hebron school board hears financial update

HEBRON | No public comments were aired at the Boone Township School Board’s public hearings on the 2015 budget general fund, the 2015-2026 school bus replacement plan, or the 2015 capital projects fund plan Tuesday evening.

September 10, 2014 6:17 pm
Lim promotes workplace happiness

Lim promotes workplace happiness

CHESTERTON | The pursuit of happiness is the career goal of the guest speaker at the first program of the 61st season of the Sinai Forum on Sunday afternoon at the Chesterton High School auditorium.

September 07, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Hour Glass museum hosts Ogden Dunes Stories Project

Hour Glass museum hosts Ogden Dunes Stories Project

OGDEN DUNES | The history of a Northwest Indiana beach community was on display Sunday at the Hour Glass Museum.

August 31, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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BBQ in the Park a savory fundraiser

BBQ in the Park a savory fundraiser

VALPARAISO | Barbecue under the stars was the highlight of BBQ in the Park, a fundraiser to benefit Family House programs.

August 30, 2014 6:38 pm
Neighborlink links those in need with those willing to help

Neighborlink links those in need with those willing to help

CHESTERTON | Judy and Larry Alders have the best volunteer job around, making people happy by solving their problems.

August 24, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Aukiki River Festival brings past to life

Aukiki River Festival brings past to life

KOUTS | Expansion and new features characterized the 7th annual Aukiki River Festival on the banks of the Kankakee River Saturday.

August 23, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Pigs take center stage at Kouts festival

Pigs take center stage at Kouts festival

KOUTS | A big pig got a little kiss Saturday at the 38th annual Pork Fest in downtown Kouts.

August 23, 2014 7:39 pm Photos

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Tender loving care breathes life into miracle dog

Tender loving care breathes life into miracle dog

VALPARAISO | A resilient little dog, some good medicine and lots of love has resulted in what some are calling a miracle.

August 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hebron school board thanks outgoing superintendent for service

HEBRON | Boone Township school board members and teachers showered gratitude on outgoing superintendent George Letz, who presided over his last school board meeting Tuesday evening.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am
Sunset Hill Farm County Park entertains with field of foam

Sunset Hill Farm County Park entertains with field of foam

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | What do you get when you pump air into Dawn dish detergent mixed with 500 gallons of water?

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Chesterton hosts Party in the Park

Chesterton hosts Party in the Park

CHESTERTON | Neighbors and friends enjoyed a relaxing evening of good food and family entertainment Saturday evening at Party in the Park under the shade trees of Thomas Centennial Park.

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm

School board to vote on superintendent's contract

BOONE GROVE | No members of the public spoke at the Porter Township school board’s public hearing to extend the superintendent’s contract at its August meeting Thursday.

August 15, 2014 5:00 pm
Moraine wildlife center fills need in helping animals

Moraine wildlife center fills need in helping animals

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | A brown bat nibbles mealworms as an opossum snoozes.

August 12, 2014 8:30 pm
NBA's Hummel gives back to community

NBA's Hummel gives back to community

VALPARAISO | NBA Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel made some kids' dreams come true as he hosted the 2nd annual Robbie Hummel Basketball Camp at the Valparaiso Family YMCA Saturday.

August 09, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Charitable yard sale bigger than ever

VALPARAISO | What began in 2007 as a humble yard sale to help local nonprofits has mushroomed into an annual fundraising event.

August 06, 2014 7:57 pm
Photographer donates time to Porter County Animal Shelter

Photographer donates time to Porter County Animal Shelter

VALPARAISO | One local woman’s love of photography is benefiting area animal shelters and rescues – and has helped her focus on her passion.

August 04, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Pilots fly pets to shelters across country

Pilots fly pets to shelters across country

VALPARAISO | It was the end of the road for Sasha, a 4-year-old Great Pyrenees.

August 03, 2014 10:00 pm
Family Fun at ValPLAYSO

Family Fun at ValPLAYSO

VALPARAISO | Kids and their families shook, shimmied and bounced during ValPLAYso Family Fun Night at Central Park Plaza on Saturday evening.

August 02, 2014 5:33 pm Photos

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Stuff the Bus gets kids ready for school

Stuff the Bus gets kids ready for school

SOUTH HAVEN | It’s time to break out the paper, pens, crayons and rulers.

August 01, 2014 5:38 pm Photos

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Kleefisch will lead Boone Twp. schools

HEBRON | Nathan Kleefisch, assistant superintendent of the Tri-Creek School Corp., was named superintendent of Boone Township schools during a special School Board meeting Wednesday night.

July 30, 2014 7:34 pm
Support for moms with 'baby blues'

Support for moms with 'baby blues'

VALPARAISO | When her first child, Noah, was born in 2010, Natalie Ladra and her husband, Nick, were “euphoric.”

July 28, 2014 2:35 pm Photos

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Patience, perseverance par for the course

Patience, perseverance par for the course

VALPARAISO | Dennis Walters’ life is golf.

July 27, 2014 8:36 pm Photos

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Sunset Hill celebrates 80 years

Sunset Hill celebrates 80 years

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A Porter County landmark celebrated its 80th birthday Saturday.

July 26, 2014 4:45 pm Photos

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Mother Nature, planning key to fair's success

Mother Nature, planning key to fair's success

VALPARAISO | Mother Nature should be very happy after hearing her praises sung by Porter County Fair officials this week.

July 26, 2014 4:42 pm Photos

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Rodeo event offers slice of Wild West at Porter Co. Fair

Rodeo event offers slice of Wild West at Porter Co. Fair

Washington Township | On one side of the pen were lanky cowboys in plaid snap shirts, creased blue jeans, well-worn boots, and summer straw Stetsons. On the other, dusty black and brown bulls and bucking horses pushed against each other impatiently.

July 21, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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Best of the best compete at 4-H Music Project recital

Best of the best compete at 4-H Music Project recital

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Little Kaitlyn Whitaker listened intently as her violin teacher gave her last-minute instructions.

July 20, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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School district's medical plan to increase 8 percent

BOONE GROVE | At the Porter Township school board meeting Thursday evening, Boone Grove Middle School principal Robert Lichtenberger introduced Cora Boender, a new eighth-grade science teacher.

July 19, 2014 9:00 pm

Report: Valplayso volunteers 'making it happen'

VALPARAISO | Organizers hope to sign up 3,000 volunteers to be involved in the renovation of Valplayso, said John Seibert, of the Valparaiso Parks Department, at the Valparaiso City Council meeting Monday evening. *

July 14, 2014 9:15 pm

Hebron school board recognizes retirees

HEBRON | Two long-time employees' retirements were recognized at the Boone Township school board meeting Tuesday.

July 14, 2014 12:00 am
Valpo women form group to help those in addiction recovery

Valpo women form group to help those in addiction recovery

VALPARAISO | Two women and their shared passion for working with those in the throes of addiction is helping people in recovery stay that way.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am

Chesterton woman overcomes traumatic accident to help others

CHESTERTON | Sara Franiak has heard every cliche in the book.

July 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Lightning Bug Music Festival off and rockin'

Lightning Bug Music Festival off and rockin'

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Hundreds flocked to Sunset Hill Farm County Park on Sunday for an afternoon of eclectic music and local food truck fare and to support kids at summer camp.

July 06, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Local 'fairies' help children believe

Local 'fairies' help children believe

VALPARAISO | Creating magic is what she’s after.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Inaugural Lightning Bug Music Festival takes place Sunday

VALPARAISO | Grammy-nominated musicians will perform at Sunset Hill Farm County Park Sunday afternoon.

July 04, 2014 10:00 pm
Packing the house for the homeless

Packing the house for the homeless

VALPARAISO | Central Park Plaza’s Orville Redenbacher statue was engulfed by hundreds of bottles of shampoo, laundry detergent, and deodorant Sunday evening.

June 29, 2014 8:51 pm Photos

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'A man of big ideas'

'A man of big ideas'

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso legend was honored Saturday evening at Test Drive and Taste, a dining event in Central Park Plaza hosted by Grieger's Motor Sales.

June 28, 2014 11:45 pm Photos

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Valparaiso garden walk

VALPARAISO | Beds of lacy green Japanese tassel ferns, “guacamole” hostas, purple cranesbill geraniums, orange coneflowers, towering ash trees, red leaf Japanese maples, gurgling bird-attracting fountains, graceful patios and bountiful vegetable gardens were displayed Saturday during the 11t…

June 28, 2014 5:40 pm
VIC program features world-class runner

VIC program features world-class runner

Valparaiso | A world class marathon runner was the guest speaker at the Fourth Friday program at the Valparaiso International Center Friday evening.

June 27, 2014 10:00 pm

Cender returned to Valpo school board

VALPARAISO | Karl Cender has been reappointed to the Valparaiso Community Schools Board of Education by the Valparaiso City Council.

June 24, 2014 10:42 am
It's a block party at Porter County Museum

It's a block party at Porter County Museum

VALPARAISO | Staff of the Porter County Museum demonstrated some neighborly hospitality by hosting its second annual block party Sunday afternoon.

June 22, 2014 5:58 pm Photos

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