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Fighting with each stride

Fighting with each stride

VALPARAISO | Jenna Elder was only 29 when diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago.

October 19, 2014 9:07 pm Photos

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Keeping a promise: Speaker tells of starting a movement

Keeping a promise: Speaker tells of starting a movement

VALPARAISO | When his father died two years ago of small cell lung cancer, Alex Sheen titled his funeral eulogy "because I said I would" and created a promise card in his memory.

October 14, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Panda Express to open in Valparaiso in 2015

VALPARAISO | Locals hungry for American Chinese cuisine from Panda Express are in luck.

October 14, 2014 4:00 pm

Developer eyes three-story building for downtown Valpo

VALPARAISO | Plans to build a $2.4 million three-story commercial and residential building in the downtown proceeded Tuesday as local architect Brent Wagner came before Valparaiso's Site Review Committee.

October 14, 2014 2:58 pm
Volunteer work on ValPLAYso playground complete

Volunteer work on ValPLAYso playground complete

VALPARAISO | Margaret Haggerty and her son, Corey, 11, were among the hundreds of volunteers who came to lend a hand to complete work on the nearly completed ValPLAYso playground.

October 12, 2014 6:25 pm Photos

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Woman who inspired 'Blind Side' film encourages giving

Woman who inspired 'Blind Side' film encourages giving

VALPARAISO | "The Blind Side," when released as a movie at test locations in 2009, wasn't a sure bet, Leigh Anne Tuohy said.

October 10, 2014 11:30 pm
St. Patrick's celebrates Blue Ribbon win

St. Patrick's celebrates Blue Ribbon win

CHESTERTON | News that St. Patrick School had been named a Blue Ribbon School for 2014 traveled all the way to Vatican City.

October 09, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Local teachers urged to engage students

VALPARAISO | Literacy expert Stephanie Harvey told educators their professions are "extraordinary" and "a true calling."

September 28, 2014 12:02 am
Heart walk raises funds, awareness

Heart walk raises funds, awareness

CHESTERTON | Brad Sult, of Portage, was only 25 when he began experiencing symptoms doctors thought initially might be caused by stress.

September 27, 2014 5:03 pm

Pakistani counsul general tells VU students his country seeks stability

VALPARAISO | The important relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan is one that's experienced many ups and downs, Pakistani Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi said.

September 19, 2014 5:11 pm
Speakers warn against pot use

Speakers warn against pot use

VALPARAISO | The stoner stereotype of a clueless guy who habitually sits around his house smoking pot may be true, Tony Coder said.

September 19, 2014 1:24 pm
Throwback (to 1994) Thursday

Throwback (to 1994) Thursday

VALPARAISO | Kaye Frataccia opened a 1994 park-related time capsule Thursday while referencing a social media term unknown then.

September 11, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Valpo students challenged to be more kind

Valpo students challenged to be more kind

VALPARAISO | Some 300 Northview Elementary students laughed, clapped and listened intently on Tuesday as motivational speaker Brian Williams challenged them to be more kind.

September 09, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Proposed Valpo building lauded

VALPARAISO | A majority of City Council members indicated Monday they would approve a five-year tax abatement for a new building to be constructed in the downtown.

September 08, 2014 9:15 pm
TV pilot to be filmed in Chesterton

TV pilot to be filmed in Chesterton

CHESTERTON | The concept for the pilot episode of a television series set at the Indiana Dunes was the result of a brainstorming session between two first-time filmmakers.

September 05, 2014 7:15 pm

Commissioners praise outgoing E-911 director

VALPARAISO | Porter County's outgoing E-911 department head received a round of applause after he gave his goodbye speech to the Porter County Commissioners.

September 02, 2014 7:15 pm
Porter Township girl sells lemonade to help friend battle cancer

Porter Township girl sells lemonade to help friend battle cancer

Natalee Meinert, 8, holds a sign at her lemonade stand outside her Division Road home in Porter Township. Meinert is raising money with the stand for family friend Kylee Yeomans, who is battling cancer.

August 25, 2014 12:00 am
Volunteers show they care

Volunteers show they care

VALPARAISO | Greg and Liz Farrell enlisted the help of their three children to spruce up and clean up the landscaping at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice.

August 22, 2014 1:19 pm Photos

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Panel wants to move forward with airport zone

Panel wants to move forward with airport zone

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Redevelopment Commission hopes plans for an airport development zone can still take flight.

August 21, 2014 11:00 pm
Porter Township girl sells lemonade to help friend beat cancer

Porter Township girl sells lemonade to help friend beat cancer

PORTER TOWNSHIP | Cars speed by her Division Road home but Natalee Meinert, 8, doggedly hoists a sign urging motorists to stop at her lemonade stand.

August 21, 2014 7:30 pm

Decision time approaches for Valpo schools

VALPARAISO | Public input has been gathered and it's time to move forward with the next phase of long-term plans for Valparaiso Community Schools.

August 14, 2014 8:34 pm
Volunteers teach local kids how to fish

Volunteers teach local kids how to fish

VALPARAISO | Talk about beginner's luck.

July 26, 2014 2:45 pm Photos

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Volunteers teach local kids how to fish

Volunteers teach local kids how to fish

Alliyah Ortiz, 7, left, looks for bait Saturday with Dave Morgan in a program that taught members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County how to fish.

July 26, 2014 2:38 pm
Volunteers teach local kids how to fish

Volunteers teach local kids how to fish

Brianna Cox, 11, left, of Portage, wants no part of the fish being handled by Jim Coons. Volunteers on Saturday took members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County fishing.

July 26, 2014 2:40 pm

More than 2,000 still without power in Portage

PORTAGE | Some 2,100 households remained without power Tuesday following the two storms that slammed through the city the previous night, Joseph Calhoun said.

July 01, 2014 9:05 pm
Weigel welcomed as new superintendent

Weigel welcomed as new superintendent

PORTAGE | The introduction on Monday of Richard Weigel as the new Portage Township School superintendent was met with applause and a standing ovation by well-wishers.

June 30, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Duneland Relay for Life attracts 230 participants

Duneland Relay for Life attracts 230 participants

CHESTERTON | Some team members skipped, some ran and some held hands as they took part Saturday in the American Cancer Society's Duneland Relay for Life.

June 29, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Valpo City Council interviews board candidates

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso City Council on Monday interviewed four applicants for the Valparaiso Community Schools Board with questions ranging from why they wanted to serve to whether or not they favored a referendum.

June 09, 2014 8:00 pm
Celebrating the little things

Celebrating the little things

HEBRON | Don't discount the little things in life, English literature teacher Jared Grigsby told Hebron High School graduates during Thursday's commencement.

June 05, 2014 9:02 pm Photos

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Local man cave gets national attention

Local man cave gets national attention

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Jamie Wineland calls his eclectic collection of bygone days his way of maintaining history.

June 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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AmeriCorps worker shares her story at Central Elementary

AmeriCorps worker shares her story at Central Elementary

PORTAGE | Jessica Lawson, sporting a sparking tiara on top of her long, wavy hair, received royal treatment Friday from the students and staff at Central Elementary School.

May 23, 2014 5:10 pm Photos

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Commission awards contract for park improvements

PORTAGE | Major improvements at two city parks can move forward following action taken earlier this week by the city's Redevelopment Commission.

May 22, 2014 11:00 pm
Jim Dandy's diner to close May 31

Jim Dandy's diner to close May 31

HOBART | Jim Dandy's, a 50s style diner, has served as a weekly date night for Denise and Tom Potts for 25 years.

May 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Firms set to design, plan Portage parks projects

PORTAGE | The Portage Park Board agreed Monday to use the professional services of two companies to solidify, plan and design work projects at Woodland and Countryside parks.

May 19, 2014 9:00 pm
Porter County police honor their own during service

Porter County police honor their own during service

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. told Porter County Sheriff Department officers of a childhood ritual lovingly forced upon him by his mom, whose brother was a policeman.

May 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Region schools heading to National Science Olympiad

Region schools heading to National Science Olympiad

Munster High School science teacher Patrick O'Neill is confident the Science Olympiad team he helps coach has a shot at bringing home a first-place win from the national finals.

May 15, 2014 2:22 pm Photos

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Valparaiso police receive thanks for their service

Valparaiso police receive thanks for their service

VALPARAISO | The police officers who work to keep the city safe lined up in their dress blues Wednesday to be honored and to honor fellow officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

May 14, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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Launching careers: Family Express Corp. hosts tour for Boys & Girls Club

Launching careers: Family Express Corp. hosts tour for Boys & Girls Club

VALPARAISO | Freshly baked doughnuts served at the conclusion of a tour of the Family Express distribution center hit the spot for Bailey Ranta.

May 11, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Students learn danagers of drinking and driving

Students learn danagers of drinking and driving

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso High School freshmen Matthew Klemm and Alec Kessler said they don't ever plan to drive while drunk.

May 07, 2014 6:45 pm Video

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Hebron voters OK higher taxes for schools

HEBRON | The second time proved the charm for MSD Boone Township as the township residents voted in favor to a referendum seeking a property tax hike to help the Hebron schools make up for state cuts in education funding.

May 06, 2014 9:45 pm
Lake Station residents demand answers after mayor indicted

Lake Station residents demand answers after mayor indicted

LAKE STATION | Residents who stormed the City Council meeting room Thursday expressed anger and disappointment and demanded answers in light of the multiple criminal charges filed against Mayor Keith Soderquist, his wife and stepdaughter.

April 17, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Students hear two sides of global warming debate

VALPARAISO | Hebron High School junior Kasie Sass said Thursday's World Affairs Conference held at Ivy Tech Community College was the first time she had heard both sides of the heated global warming issue.

April 17, 2014 12:12 pm
Porter Regional Hospital recognizes organ donors

Porter Regional Hospital recognizes organ donors

VALPARAISO | Rhonda Berger's 19-year-old daughter, Jennifer Spurgeon, died in an apartment fire five years ago.

April 15, 2014 5:28 pm Photos

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Oppose EPA's 'war on coal,' REMC chief says

Oppose EPA's 'war on coal,' REMC chief says

VALPARAISO | The Environmental Protection Agency "is trying to establish rules that will drive up costs of electricity to our homes, businesses and communities," Dennis Weiss warned a gathering Tuesday celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Kankakee Valley REMC.

April 08, 2014 8:59 pm Photos

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Wildlife rehabber warns against 'rescuing' baby animals

Wildlife rehabber warns against 'rescuing' baby animals

VALPARAISO | When it comes to raising baby deer, rabbits or other wildlife, their moms know best so in most cases leave the animals alone.

March 30, 2014 11:23 pm
Chasing Dreams overtaking Down syndrome myths

Chasing Dreams overtaking Down syndrome myths

VALPARAISO | There was no stopping the fun Friday night as Chasing Dreams families launched blue and yellow balloons in the sky, danced to pop music and welcomed superheroes.

March 21, 2014 8:35 pm Photos

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County still exploring community foundation option for hospital sale funds

VALPARAISO | How to best invest proceeds from the sale of Porter hospital remains the $159 million question Porter County officials still need to answer.

March 12, 2014 8:30 pm
Community service for shelter cats?

Community service for shelter cats?

Mike Williams, a volunteer at the Humane Society of Hobart, poses with Betty, a feral cat who is up for adoption at the shelter.

December 17, 2013 2:58 pm
Hobart man seeks help after house was hit

Hobart man seeks help after house was hit

The bedroom where Curtis Asher's young daughter was sleeping was heavily damaged Nov. 17 when a car hit their home. The family has hired a contractor to repair the bedroom.

December 10, 2013 4:28 pm
Hobart man seeks help after house was hit

Hobart man seeks help after house was hit

A car came to rest in the bedroom of Curtis Asher's 3-year-old daughter after hitting his house Nov. 17. Asher has asked the Hobart Board of Public Works to have a guardrail placed near his property.

December 10, 2013 4:08 pm
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