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Food drive benefits Porter Township Food Pantry

PORTER TOWNSHIP | Christine Wallace admits her “crazy idea” came to her while driving her bus for elementary school children in the Porter Township School Corp., a job she enjoys as much as her other work as director of the Porter Township Food Pantry.

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Hebron man carves statue of the Blessed Mother

Hebron man carves statue of the Blessed Mother

HEBRON | When Robert Bragiel of Hebron attended an event for the Sisters of St. Francis in 2010, he never imagined that visiting with his friend of two decades, Sister Helene, would produce the labor of love he hopes to present one day soon.

September 14, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Luring kids to the hobby of fishing

Luring kids to the hobby of fishing

SOUTH HAVEN | Jim Holman held a rope above the group of children assembled at a picnic shelter at Field of Dreams Park on a chilly Saturday morning, explaining how to tie a knot for a fishing hook or lure.

September 13, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Never Forget

Never Forget

CHESTERTON | Members of the community gathered at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve with first responders, firefighters, police officers, EMS, and active and retired military for the sixth-annual 9/11 Tribute Concert to pay respect to those whose lives were lost that tragic day 13 years ago.

September 11, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Porter prepares for playgrounds

PORTER | Since May, the Porter Parks Department has been fundraising for upgrades at two of their parks — Hawthorne and Porter Cove — and during Tuesday night’s council meeting, Director of Parks Brian Bugajski said it hopes to add to its coffers through upcoming events.

September 09, 2014 10:00 pm

Duneland Schools budget moves forward

CHESTERTON | The Duneland School Board held three public hearings Monday on the 2015 bus replacement fund budget, the capital projects budget, and the overall budget. All were met with no comment either in favor or against.

September 08, 2014 9:00 pm
Marriage proposal halts Popcorn Festival parade

Marriage proposal halts Popcorn Festival parade

VALPARAISO | Jeff Klingseisen, a volunteer at the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, said the weather, crowds and activities all were perfect at tje event Saturday, but one unexpected event stood out — a marriage proposal.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Valparaiso pastor takes helm at new non-profit

Valparaiso pastor takes helm at new non-profit

VALPARAISO | Garner Tullis has served at Bethel Church for 20 years as senior pastor, but he recently left that post to take on a position he said he felt was his calling, working full-time for Our Greater Good, a new non-profit service organization.

September 06, 2014 6:30 pm
Popcorn Parade to become steer stampede

Popcorn Parade to become steer stampede

VALPARAISO | He has been called “Valpo’s most audacious steer” and was once serenaded by Mayor Jon Costas, and he has been a landmark in the community for decades, so it is utterly fitting that Howie will make a celebrity appearance during Saturday’s Popcorn Festival Parade as he mooooves th…

September 04, 2014 3:02 pm Photos

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John Jarka named Chesterton fire chief

CHESTERTON | With members of his family and fellow fire personnel in attendance, Interim Fire Chief John Jarka was appointed official fire chief by the Chesterton Town Council Monday night.

August 25, 2014 10:30 pm
Porter County Museum hosts antique cars

Porter County Museum hosts antique cars

VALPARAISO | When brothers Jim and Don Obermeyer, of Valparaiso, decided to restore their grandfather’s 1908 Model F Buick, they say they knew it would be a lot of work, but they had no idea it would take so long.

August 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Cops and Kids program helps ready families for school

Cops and Kids program helps ready families for school

VALPARAISO | Jennifer Harris, of Kouts, placed packages of lined paper into her grocery cart at Walmart on Saturday as her children selected their pencils and colorful folders as part of the Cops and Kids program.

August 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Portage Chamber hears from new superintendent

Portage Chamber hears from new superintendent

PORTAGE | Members of the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce heard from Richard Weigel, Portage Township Schools’ new superintendent who said that it takes an entire community, including the business sector, to help children succeed in education.

August 14, 2014 4:25 pm

Porter officials outline upcoming events

PORTER | During a brief meeting on Tuesday night that saw little business, Porter Town Council members heard updates from department heads and received a check from Metro Recycling.

August 12, 2014 8:30 pm

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

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
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