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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

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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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
Chesterton student organizes breast cancer walk-a-thon in honor of her mother

Chesterton student organizes breast cancer walk-a-thon in honor of her mother

PORTER | When Sofia Winski, a sixth-grader at Chesterton Montessori School, had to select a cause to support for her school community service project, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness was an obvious choice. Her mother, Brenda, is a breast cancer survivor.

May 17, 2014 8:45 pm

Porter Town Council hears from chicken petitioners

PORTER | Porter resident Laura Madigan asked the Porter Town Council on Tuesday night to allow backyard chickens for residents of the town.

May 14, 2014 11:30 am

Chesterton fire chief retiring

CHESTERTON | During Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Fire Chief Mike Orlich announced his retirement effective Friday afternoon.

May 12, 2014 9:00 pm
Plowing up the past

Plowing up the past

VALPARAISO | Modern farming equipment may be quick, dependable, and efficient, but don’t tell that to members of the Northern Indiana Historical Power Association, who spent Saturday morning using antique tractors, plows, and disc machinery to prepare fields at Sunset Hill Farm County Park f…

May 10, 2014 12:00 am
Local bartenders, servers learn role in preventing DUIs

Local bartenders, servers learn role in preventing DUIs

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Bartenders, servers and liquor store clerks gathered Tuesday at the Porter County Expo Center to learn how to balance responsibility with the ability to make money.

May 06, 2014 11:35 am Photos

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Duneland School Board hears of performance, handbook

CHESTERTON | Assistant Superintendent Jim Goetz reported during Monday night’s Duneland School Board meeting the annual performance report statistics showed 84.3 percent of Duneland students end up going to college.

May 05, 2014 11:00 pm
Prison time ordered in engagement ring fraud case

Prison time ordered in engagement ring fraud case

VALPARAISO | Judge Mary Harper minced no words Monday afternoon when she sentenced Kale Christman, 37, of Valparaiso, to prison time plus formal probation for his role in faking the loss of a $25,573 engagement ring to fraudulently collect $30,000 in insurance money.

May 05, 2014 5:30 pm
Chesterton’s European Market Opens for Season

Chesterton’s European Market Opens for Season

CHESTERTON | The weather was perfect for the season opening of Chesterton’s European Market on Saturday as locals and visitors clamored for a taste of their beloved pastries, chutneys, and cheeses.

May 03, 2014 7:13 pm
A No-Text Trance

A No-Text Trance

WASHINGTON TWP. | Sophomore Lauren Kleist cried, her mouth open, her hands grasping her face as she saw the three bodies stretched out, motionless beside her and the horrid news delivered.

May 02, 2014 7:47 pm Photos

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Marine injured in Iraq speaks about faith at prayer breakfast

VALPARAISO | Josh Bleill told his audience at Strongbow Inn that his faith was tested multiple times after he lost both legs to a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq on October 15, 2006.

May 01, 2014 1:36 pm

Chesterton Town Council raises police officer retirement age

CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously during Monday night’s meeting to amend town code to fix retirement age for police officers at 65 years of age, an increase from the age set in 1977 at 60 years.

April 28, 2014 10:00 pm
Rebuilding Together tackles South Haven home

Rebuilding Together tackles South Haven home

SOUTH HAVEN | Jason Reber, a contractor who has volunteered for Rebuilding Together Portage for two decades and now sits on their board, heard the story of Gary Spurlock and his son William Spurlock and knew he had to give their home all of the labor and resources he could find.

April 28, 2014 4:18 pm Photos

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Valpo offers roundabout tips to cyclists

VALPARAISO | Now that it’s spring and many locals are dusting off their bicycles and headed for the great outdoors, knowing how to properly navigate the roundabouts in Valparaiso may be cause for a little anxiety.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am
Portage chamber promotion turns into market

Portage chamber promotion turns into market

PORTAGE | Even though Rich Huff’s business is in Oak Park, Ill., he still thought it was important Thursday to showcase his work, the restoration of a 1991 Hurricane pinball machine, at the 11th annual Portage Community and Business Night at Woodland Park.

April 24, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Roadside cleanups May 10 still need Porter volunteers

PORTER | Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said department employees and volunteers will conduct roadway cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, working on the north side of U.S. 12 and the beach area.

April 22, 2014 8:20 pm

Speech and Debate team lauded

CHESTERTON | Members of the Chesterton High School Speech and Debate team, led by coach Chris Lowery, appeared before the Duneland School Board on Monday night to thank them for their support.

April 14, 2014 10:00 pm

Chesterton considers bird sanctuary

CHESTERTON | The Porter County Parks Foundation is looking at creating the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Chesterton.

April 14, 2014 9:00 pm
'Grimefighters' help spruce up homes

'Grimefighters' help spruce up homes

VALPARAISO | Teenagers Nathan Sloan and Arthur Goine sat on the curb outside a home in Williamsburg Manor on Saturday afternoon, taking a break from their labor by enjoying a can of Mountain Dew and re-energizing before getting back to work.

April 12, 2014 7:49 pm Photos

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Conduit to Recovery

Conduit to Recovery

CHESTERTON | For many who seek treatment for substance abuse, the challenge isn’t getting clean, it’s staying clean.

April 11, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Chamber to partner with council for Porter fireworks again

PORTER | The Duneland Chamber of Commerce once again will partner with the Town Council to present a Fourth of July fireworks display.

April 08, 2014 8:15 pm
World Premiere: Valparaiso University Jazz Festival debuts two commissioned pieces

World Premiere: Valparaiso University Jazz Festival debuts two commissioned pieces

The Valparaiso University Jazz Festival will feature two pieces commissioned by renowned jazz composers, written solely for the festival and performed for the first time at the festival. These two pieces seek to demonstrate that jazz can be performed by as few as three pieces or as many as 4…

April 03, 2014 4:31 pm Photos

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Valparaiso University Jazz Festival: Origins and evolution of a musical sensation

Valparaiso University Jazz Festival: Origins and evolution of a musical sensation

This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Valparaiso University Jazz Festival which has grown from modest beginnings into a nationally-recognized six-day extravaganza of sound. The festival was the vision of Jeff Brown, instructor of percussion and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Valparaiso…

April 03, 2014 12:30 pm Photos

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Porter Town Council hears of spring park events

PORTER | During Tuesday night’s town council meeting, Park Director Brian Bugajski updated members on a number of upcoming events.

March 25, 2014 9:03 pm

12 longtime Chesterton employees recognized

CHESTERTON | Twelve town employees were recognized with a longevity award at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

March 24, 2014 8:36 pm
Teachers, students ham it up for new reading program

Teachers, students ham it up for new reading program

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Students at Liberty Elementary School walked through the doors into the gymnasium for an assembly on Friday morning and gasped at what they saw.

March 21, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Vigil held for Chesterton man missing in Colorado

Vigil held for Chesterton man missing in Colorado

CHESTERTON | Members of the community gathered at St. Patrick’s Church in Chesterton on Thursday night to pray for Dr. James McGrogan, 39.

March 20, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Genetically modified food issues debated

Genetically modified food issues debated

VALPARAISO | Students from Valparaiso and Chesterton high schools displayed debating talents Monday at the Porter County Administration Center as they went head to head over genetically modified organisms.

March 17, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Fiscally responsible growth touted in Lake County

Fiscally responsible growth touted in Lake County

CROWN POINT | Over the past year or two, Lake County has counted a number of successes that benefit residents and business.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Advances in economic development, planning lauded

Advances in economic development, planning lauded

Sure Porter County government has seen its share of challenges lately, some of them pretty large, but there have been enough successes over the past year or two and planning for the future to shed a little sunshine on the efforts of all involved.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Porter council discusses budget, purchases

PORTER | Webb Ford in Highland was the lowest bid plus trade-ins for two 2014 Ford utility trucks for the Police Department, Chief Jamie Spanier told the Town Council on Tuesday.

March 12, 2014 5:51 pm

Chesterton amends zoning ordinance

CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance to amend portions of its unified comprehensive zoning and subdivision control ordinance which governs signs in town.

March 10, 2014 10:00 pm
Vendors, visitors thinking spring at annual lifestyle show

Vendors, visitors thinking spring at annual lifestyle show

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | People sat in lawn chairs outside on their patio, stood in front of their garage doors, or sat on tractor lawn mowers.

March 07, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Academic Super Bowl challenges students' versatility

Academic Super Bowl challenges students' versatility

WESTVILLE | Students from eight of the nine high schools in Porter County gathered at Purdue University North Central on Wednesday evening for the Porter County Academic Super Bowl Invitational.

March 05, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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