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Learning from Sandy Hook

VALPARAISO | Teachers, administrators, and professionals gathered at Strongbow Inn on Thursday to hear from Lisa Petrovich, a resident of Sandy Hook, Conn. for the past two decades and learn how to provide safe and secure learning environments for the children of Porter County.

July 31, 2014 6:05 pm

Chesterton council awards employee raises

CHESTERTON |  Town Councilman Emerson DeLaney proposed an ordinance Monday  to increase the salaries of town employees, which was met with unanimous approval.

July 28, 2014 9:00 pm
Duneland Chamber hosts community awards

Duneland Chamber hosts community awards

CHESTERTON | Business leaders and community members gathered Wednesday at Sand Creek Country Club for the annual State of the Chamber Community Awards Luncheon to recognize those who have made exceptional contributions to the Duneland area.

July 23, 2014 4:27 pm Photos

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Porter Town Council derails historic rail line study

PORTER | Richard Riley with the South Shore Heritage Foundation, and Bob Harris, owner of historic South Shore railroad equipment, gave a follow-up presentation to the Porter Town Council on Tuesday night to request $4,300 from the town in partial funding for a feasibility study.

July 22, 2014 4:45 pm

Joint commissioner council meeting hears advice on hospital proceeds

VALPARAISO | Porter County Board of Commissioners and the County Council met during a joint session Monday to hear from attorney Brian Burdick to gain insight on how to best deal with the $160 million in proceeds from the sale of Porter Hospital.

July 21, 2014 9:00 pm
Unearthed vault yields historical treasure at Porter County Fair

Unearthed vault yields historical treasure at Porter County Fair

WASHINGTON TWP. | Officials began searching for buried treasure on the Porter County Fairgrounds nine days ago, with little luck.

July 19, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Chesterton leaders updated on projects

CHESTERTON | Town officials were updated on several public works issues at Monday night's council meeting.

July 14, 2014 8:45 pm

Residents roiled over board's soccer coach move

CHESTERTON | Members of a standing-room-only crowd attending Monday's Duneland School Board meeting, hoping to speak out about the replacement of the varsity girls soccer coach at Chesterton High School, erupted after it adjourned with no time for public comments.

July 14, 2014 8:30 pm
Rain is no damper for Bark in the Park

Rain is no damper for Bark in the Park

CHESTERTON | It may have rained all Saturday morning for the seventh annual Bark in the Park, but don’t tell that to the dogs who came to enjoy the festivities — they seemed not to even notice.

July 12, 2014 5:16 pm Photos

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Valpo School Board meets

VALPARAISO | Attorney David Hollenbeck began Thursday night’s Valparaiso School Board meeting by swearing in Karl Cender as a member after he was reappointed by the Valparaiso City Council at the end of June.

July 10, 2014 5:58 pm

Porter Council: Backyard chicken idea is for the birds

PORTER | Members of the Porter Town Council discussed backyard chickens during Tuesday's meeting after a resident requested to change the ordinance in May.

July 08, 2014 9:00 pm
Family 4th Fest Parade kicks off holiday

Family 4th Fest Parade kicks off holiday

PORTER | Savannah Costello, 11, and Hannah Rushing, 11, both of Porter, stood in the parking lot at Yost Elementary School early Friday in glittering red and blue hats and uniforms bearing Girl Scout badges with troop number 30428 as they readied for the Family Fourth Fest parade in downtown Porter.

July 04, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Portage parade brings out thousands

Portage parade brings out thousands

PORTAGE | Sydney Morris, 7, of Valparaiso, sat on a blanket with her mother, Maria Lance Morris and friends, waiting for the start of the annual Fourth of July parade along Willowcreek in Portage.

July 04, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Chesterton council OKs extending sanitary sewer lines

CHESTERTON | Members of the Chesterton Town Council met in special session Thursday to approve extending sanitary sewer services within four miles outside of its corporate boundaries in all directions, pursuant to Indiana code.

July 04, 2014 12:00 am
Valpo couple celebrating 70 years of wedded bliss

Valpo couple celebrating 70 years of wedded bliss

VALPARAISO | Herb and Mary Ella Barber seem like an old married couple — teasing each other, completing each other’s sentences and smiling when they see each other.

July 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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More time granted for Portage man's defense

More time granted for Portage man's defense

VALPARAISO | A Porter County judge granted a request Tuesday by a Portage man's attorney to delay a trial after additional charges were brought against his client.

June 24, 2014 5:00 pm
Man pleads guilty to role in Portage burglaries

Man pleads guilty to role in Portage burglaries

VALPARAISO | A Portage man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to his role in two burglaries.

June 24, 2014 4:57 pm
Portage woman gets 3 years in prison for fatal hit-and-run

Portage woman gets 3 years in prison for fatal hit-and-run

VALPARAISO | A Portage woman received a sentence of six years — with three of those years to be served on probation — for a hit-and-run that killed a LaPorte man.

June 24, 2014 3:55 pm

Chesterton approves childcare center

CHESTERTON | During Monday night’s meeting, members of the Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously to approve a planned unit development for a childcare center at the southwest corner of C.R. 1100N and 11th Street across the street from Chesterton High School.

June 23, 2014 8:48 pm
A look ahead with Mayor Jon Costas

A look ahead with Mayor Jon Costas

The past year has brought a number of successes for the city of Valparaiso as well as starts to a number of projects that will continue to hold the city in solid well-being for decades to come. This prosperity comes at the hands of hours and hours of planning, from city administrators, busin…

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm
Big Time Fun: Valparaiso's Parks and Recreation

Big Time Fun: Valparaiso's Parks and Recreation

Don’t blink when you look at parks and recreation in the city of Valparaiso, because you might miss all of the great things that are happening—and they’re happening fast! John Seibert, director of parks and recreation says that over the past few years they have seen a number of changes to th…

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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Summer arts flourish in Valpo

Summer arts flourish in Valpo

This summer, Valparaiso is the place to be with plenty of arts to take place in, or to just sit back and enjoy. There are a number of venues and spaces around the city that cater to every genre of art—from photography to funk, from decoupage to drama, and from Shakespeare to Shake, Rattle, &…

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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The Business of Attraction and Expansion: Economic development in Valparaiso

The Business of Attraction and Expansion: Economic development in Valparaiso

Last September, Pratt Industries announced their plans to build a $260 million, 250,000-square-foot paper recycling plant next to its cardboard box plant. It was only possible through the months and months of work from city officials working with business leaders to find the right parcel of …

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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New faces lead Valparaiso into the future

New faces lead Valparaiso into the future

Valparaiso is fortunate to have a wealth of talented individuals at the helm of organizations and businesses in the community, contributing to a solid foundation that will serve all in the region for many decades to come. The city is pleased to welcome two new faces, although one is a welcom…

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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Transportation is on the move in Valpo

Transportation is on the move in Valpo

Valparaiso owes much of its success to its location. Nestled in the shadow of the Indiana Dunes, Valparaiso is just miles from Chicago and so the mobility of its residents to jobs both near and far is essential to maintaining the quality of life afforded by this location. To that end, Valpar…

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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Volunteers are essential to the community

Volunteers are essential to the community

Volunteers are an essential element of any community, but here in Valparaiso, organizations that serve the community are especially fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers with a love for the region.

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan

Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan

The blowing winds and shifting snows also had another effect, this one on the shores of Lake Michigan. It unearthed a shipwreck.

June 10, 2014 11:50 am Video Photos

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Local girl reaches out to offer equal opportunities

CHESTERTON | Natalie Petro, a junior at Chesterton High School, has spent time in gym class working with children with special needs, and has an aunt diagnosed with autism, so she has made it her mission to help bring the community together through education and understanding.

June 02, 2014 10:52 am
Porter restaurant manager to show artistic side on TV show

Porter restaurant manager to show artistic side on TV show

PORTER | When Taylor Ricks was approached by a motorcycle designer from Dayton, Ohio, and asked to paint his bike for a television show, she didn't take him seriously at first.

May 30, 2014 11:08 pm Photos

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Doing business in Dyer

Doing business in Dyer

The Town of Dyer is home to over 50 restaurants and hundreds of businesses who serve every need, from prom dresses to kitchen pipe. Helping to foster the growth of the business community is the Dyer Chamber of Commerce, an association of business, industry and professional leaders organized …

May 29, 2014 1:49 pm Photos

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Calling Dyer Home

Calling Dyer Home

The Town of Dyer offers a quality of life that attracts people from all over the region, as well as from out of state. Town Administrator Rick Eberly says there are many factors that contribute to this. “The schools are a big part of that,” Eberly says. “Lake Central is a high-ranked school …

May 29, 2014 11:03 am
Development in Dyer

Development in Dyer

Dyer is growing in many ways—with additional parks and facilities, new businesses, and new homes, Dyer is booming. Town Administrator Rick Eberly says they focus on maintaining and building infrastructure to take care of the needs of the community, while also attracting new people to the tow…

May 29, 2014 11:03 am
Dyer Police Department dedicated to safety

Dyer Police Department dedicated to safety

Dyer Police Chief David Hein says that their town’s low crime rate is due to the dedication and expertise of the officers, but it really comes down to working hand-in-hand with residents. “One of our successes is that we work really well with the community. They listen to us and we listen to…

May 29, 2014 11:03 am
Dyer Parks: A green oasis for all

Dyer Parks: A green oasis for all

With 22 parks, the centerpiece of which is known as the beautiful Central Park, Dyer is the place for fitness, sports, activities, and just plain fun and relaxation. Mark Heintz, director of parks and recreation for Dyer says they have been working hard to make sure that their parks are grow…

May 29, 2014 11:03 am Photos

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Town of Dyer boasts storied heritage

Town of Dyer boasts storied heritage

The Dyer Historical Society museum offers many interesting attractions on the origins and evolution of the Town of Dyer including historical pictures, video history, audio interviews on tape, a wide range of albums, newspapers, and pictures, and school scrap books. They have compiled a writt…

May 29, 2014 11:03 am
Dining in Dyer

Dining in Dyer

Dyer is delicious, so head out for dinner, lunch, or breakfast to taste all that Dyer has to offer when it comes to dining and food.

May 29, 2014 11:03 am Photos

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Dyer Public Works employs eco-friendly means to keep the town running

Dyer Public Works employs eco-friendly means to keep the town running

You may not think about public works on a daily basis, but without their services, Director of Public Works David Proud says you sure would miss them! “Public works is underappreciated but it’s a lot of work and people don’t question it until they turn their tap on and there’s no water or th…

May 29, 2014 11:03 am Photos

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Town of Dyer Summer Fest brings fun in the sun

Town of Dyer Summer Fest brings fun in the sun

The Town of Dyer Summer Fest takes place this year on Thursday, June 5th and runs through Sunday, June 8th at Pheasant Hills Park, 2301 Hart St. in Dyer. Enjoy carnival rides and midway games by Alpine Amusement, nightly live entertainment, the VFW Post 6448 Beer Garden, food vendors, Knight…

May 29, 2014 11:03 am Photos

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Dyer Fire Department keeps residents safe

Dyer Fire Department keeps residents safe

The Dyer Fire Department is second to none, and Fire Chief Thad Stutler says that comes from a combination of town support for their equipment needs, as well as a well-trained and skilled force. Stutler says, “We are a volunteer force and the town classifies us as part-time on-call employees…

May 29, 2014 11:03 am Photos

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The Future of Duneland: The Duneland Difference

The Future of Duneland: The Duneland Difference

When it comes to the Duneland School Corporation, the Duneland Difference is many things, including its excellent teaching staff and administration, a challenging curriculum, parents who support their children’s academics and extracurricular activities, facilities that foster growth in the c…

May 28, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Doing Business in Duneland

Doing Business in Duneland

Duneland is a great place to call home, as any resident of the towns of Chesterton, Porter, and Burns Harbor will tell you, with superior schools, proximity to Chicago, jobs in the medical sector, and a beauty of the Dunes second to none. But businesses also find that Duneland is a great pla…

May 28, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Living healthy in Duneland

Living healthy in Duneland

With a location nestled in the Dunes, it’s no wonder that the Duneland community has many ways to focus on health and wellness. From taking a hike up Mt. Tom, the enjoying the peaceful sounds of waves washing up on the shore, Duneland is a picturesque community for the body, mind, and spirit…

May 28, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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NIRPC: Planning for the Future of Duneland and the Region

NIRPC: Planning for the Future of Duneland and the Region

NIRPC is a regional council of local governments serving the citizens of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties in Northwest Indiana. NIRPC provides a forum that enables the citizens of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment and community, and ec…

May 28, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Duneland Parks: The jewel of the region

Duneland Parks: The jewel of the region

When you think of the town of Porter, there’s no doubt that you envision gorgeous parks—beautifully maintained, full of family fun, and ready to accommodate year-round outings. Porter’s six properties include Hawthorne Park, Porter Cove, Indian Springs, the Stephens Property, Lake George, an…

May 28, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Chesterton approves $1.5M bond for paving

CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Town Council unanimously approved a $1.5 million bond issue from Porter County at 2 percent interest for road construction after a harsh and destructive winter.

May 27, 2014 9:15 pm

United Way of Porter County offers online report on education, health

VALPARAISO | The United Way of Porter County has launched the Community Report Card tool on its website that allows users to find out how the community is doing in the areas of education, income and health.

May 27, 2014 3:30 pm
VU appoints Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion

VU appoints Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University has named Professor Phillip Powell as Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion beginning June 1.

May 27, 2014 12:00 am
Portage Memorial Day Parade is a sweet experience

Portage Memorial Day Parade is a sweet experience

PORTAGE | Lawn chairs and colorful sun umbrellas dotted the sidewalks Monday afternoon along Central Avenue in Portage for the annual Memorial Day Parade as bicyclists stopped and minivans opened their back hatches to play country music.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Meeting focuses on drug, alcohol problems

Meeting focuses on drug, alcohol problems

CHESTERTON | Teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, police officers, business owners, civil servants, parents and youth gathered at the WaterBird Banquet Center on Wednesday to talk about underage drinking and heroin use in the county.

May 21, 2014 9:00 pm
Still Saving the Dunes

Still Saving the Dunes

Herb and Charlotte Read have spent a lifetime involved in conservation of the Indiana dunes. As a young boy, Herb took walks with his family in the singing sands, identifying prickly pear cactus, hairy puccoon, and pitcher plant. He fell in love with the dunes, and so when he met and fell in…

May 18, 2014 8:24 am Photos

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