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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
Hobart chamber director retiring at end of month

Hobart chamber director retiring at end of month

Hobart Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Adams is stepping down at the end of the month.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
Some area homeless choose to live on the streets

Some area homeless choose to live on the streets

Hobart police Cmdr. Jeremy Ogden stands near a wooded area north of Toys R Us off U.S. 30 in Hobart where the remains of a yet-to-be identified man were found in late September. Ogden believes the person may have been a homeless man or someone sleeping there at least overnight.

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
Hobart shop owner donates 18 bikes to Toys for Tots

Hobart shop owner donates 18 bikes to Toys for Tots

Jeff Chas, owner of Southlake Auto Body in Hobart, recently delivered 18 bikes to the Hobart Chamber of Commerce for a Toys for Tots luncheon. The bicycles filled two truck beds. Chamber Executive Director Mike Adams said Chas has donated bicycles for the event for three years, increasing th…

November 27, 2013 12:00 am
Lake Station dogs in fire rescued twice

Lake Station dogs in fire rescued twice

A truck parked in front of the house in the 2800 block of Clay Street has stickers on either side with the insignia and phone number of Homeward Hound Rescue. Many of the animals rescued in the garage fire on Sunday had been previously rescued by that group, a spokeswoman said.The homeowner …

November 25, 2013 6:05 pm
Federal agents execute search warrants at Lake Station City Hall

Federal agents execute search warrants at Lake Station City Hall

Four federal agents from the FBI and IRS execute a search warrant inside the offices of Mayor Keith Soderquist in November.

November 15, 2013 5:35 pm
Federal agents execute search warrant at Lake Station City Hall

Federal agents execute search warrant at Lake Station City Hall

An FBI van sits outside Lake Station City Hall in November.

November 15, 2013 5:35 pm
Carson's gets store facelift, new product lines

Carson's gets store facelift, new product lines

Carson's remodeling includes visual enhancements such as new light fixtures ad mannequins, store officials said.

November 11, 2013 4:44 pm
Carson's gets store facelift, new product lines

Carson's gets store facelift, new product lines

Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor, left, was one of several officials who toured the newly remodeled Carson store on Friday with store manager Shelly Jones.

November 11, 2013 4:39 pm
Carson's gets store facelift; new product lines

Carson's gets store facelift; new product lines

Caron Pirie Scott manager Shelly Jones takes city officials and media on a tour of the newly remodeled store.

November 11, 2013 4:35 pm
Hobart resident hopes to curb traffic problems

Hobart resident hopes to curb traffic problems

Resident Larry Brown said he is worried that squared off curbing at the median on Old Ridge Road may prove a traffic hazard. He asked the city to look into the matter and officials have agreed.

November 08, 2013 6:32 pm
Police nab burglary suspects; neighboring schools taken off lockdown

Police nab burglary suspects; neighboring schools taken off lockdown

HOBART | A three-hour police manhunt ended shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, when the last of three suspects sought for questioning in a home burglary was captured, police said.

November 06, 2013 4:10 pm
New Chicago water system improvements on schedule

New Chicago water system improvements on schedule

Work on the first phase of the New Chicago water improvement project is more than 50 percent complete, officials said. Workers this week were laying lines and hooking up service on streets just west of Town Hall.

November 03, 2013 4:20 pm
Remembering Lake Station's worst day

Remembering Lake Station's worst day

The railroad crossing, at Marquette Street and Grand Boulevard, was unmarked and marred by overgrowth on Oct. 31, 1971 when a church bus heading south was hit by a 74-car freight train. The driver of the bus didn't stop and wasn't required to at the time of the accident, according to newspap…

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
Remembering Lake Station's worst day

Remembering Lake Station's worst day

The grave of Rebecca Tucker, 13, who is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Portage.

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
Remembering Lake Station's worst day

Remembering Lake Station's worst day

The grave of Merralee Meler, 9, who was one of four victims of the Lake Station train/bus crash. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery.

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
Remembering Lake Station's worst day

Remembering Lake Station's worst day

The grave of Donna Marie Breckman, 13, who is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Portage.

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
LS fire destroys landmark store

LS fire destroys landmark store

Fire destroyed the J & A Foods, 4325 E. 27th Ave.

October 15, 2013 4:58 pm
LS fire destroys landmark store

LS fire destroys landmark store

A weekend fire destroyed J & A Foods, a landmark convenience store and restaurant located in the Little Mexico neighborhood for 30 years.

October 15, 2013 4:53 pm
Fire destroys landmark store

Fire destroys landmark store

A weekend fire that swept through J & A Foods destroyed the landmark store in the Little Mexico neighborhood of Lake Station.

October 15, 2013 4:36 pm
Unsightly New Chicago house upsetting to neighbors

Unsightly New Chicago house upsetting to neighbors

Debris litters the yard of Fred Janizek's New Chicago property. 

September 18, 2013 6:30 pm
Unsightly New Chicago house upsetting to neighbors

Unsightly New Chicago house upsetting to neighbors

Items fill a car and areas around a New Chicago house whose owner has been cited on a near-daily basis for the almost two years. Officials — and neighbors — say he has failed to clean up his house and yard in the 100 block of Arthur Street.

September 18, 2013 6:30 pm
Crews being Lake George weed cleanup

Crews being Lake George weed cleanup

Hobart resident Lynn Stephens makes it a habit to take a rake and clean up seaweed and other vegetation that builds up near her boat dock on Lake George.

August 27, 2013 12:00 am
Work on target at Lake Station's new water plant

Work on target at Lake Station's new water plant

Work on the first phase of the Lake Station water improvement project is on target, resident project representative Don Grimstad said. Crews on Thursday were pushing to complete the new treatment plant in the 2800 block of Union Street.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am
Hobart residents hope sewer work ends flooding

Hobart residents hope sewer work ends flooding

The 200 block of South Virginia Street is closed while Rex Construction completes replacement of sewer pipes in the South Mundell area of Hobart. Residents said they've had flooding issues for more than 50 years.

July 31, 2013 4:49 pm
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