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At least $107,000 in annual salary and compensation, a $600-per-month government funded take-home vehicle and a district credit card used for thousands of dollars in meal purchases and gas annually could all be at risk Wednesday.
Jeff Langbehn's 21-year tenure as director of the Lake County solid waste district has survived a multimillion-dollar lawsuit settlement, a failed trash-to-ethanol contract costing taxpayers thousands more and a nearly successful legislative attempt to strip his agency's taxing authority.
Full disclosure: I now may have to admit a conflict of interest. And I've never been so excited before to admit I may have been wrong.
A government-funded Chevrolet Avalanche SUV is parked in the garage of Jeff Langbehn, Lake County Solid Waste Management executive director, on Friday. Agency expense reports show the district pays about $600 per month to Ally Bank to fund this take-home vehicle for Langbehn. It's among the …
The region's most recognizable architectural icon is a homegrown historical collage of a who's who marriage mill, post-Civil War development and the early Northwest Indiana court system.
Sometimes folks with the biggest hearts lack comparably sized pocketbooks.
At least four Lake County solid waste district board members are calling for a review of an agency tuition reimbursement program after learning it wasn't created by board vote and isn't written in any official district policies.
Some of us spend the late days of summer mourning the impending passing of another warm season. The parents among us also look ahead with hopes of a successful school year for our children.
A $751.14 designer purse and matching accessories weren't the only perks a Lake County solid waste district employee received -- at taxpayer expense -- for completing her master's degree, a Times review shows.
If a Times reporter collected a local government paycheck on the side, would that hamper your trust in the journalist's ability to fairly cover local government news?
Lake County officials plan to meet in executive session Monday to discuss the future of an agency director who bought a $751.14 designer purse and accessories as a gift for a subordinate using a government credit card.
At least four Lake County solid waste district officials said they were misled last month by district Executive Director Jeff Langbehn regarding the purchase of a $751.14 graduation gift for a female government employee.
Back-to-school time in Northwest Indiana is a prime opportunity for reflection on that good old-fashioned grit which so thoroughly characterizes our region and the people who built it.
Amid greasy food, stomach-churning rides and wafting livestock smells came a question I've never before faced.
Oh baby, baby, it's a wild world.
Nine chiefs of police in eight years. It's not exactly a mark of stability.
A sign outside of the Ace Hardware in Winfield notifies customers it is still open after a fire Monday damaged the store.
God might give us only what we can handle, but that doesn't mean the Lake County justice system should up the ante.
Bill Marvel, 70, of St. John, holds a photo of his wife, Sandra, who was killed in 2012 when a vehicle driven by Michael Knezevich, then 26, of Chesterton, slammed into the Marvels' vehicle on U.S. 41 in St. John. Police said Knezevich's blood-alcohol content tested at .271, more than three …
Lake County's Range Line Road bridge is a throwback in every sense of the word.
On its face, it's certainly not a period of history to be celebrated.
Questionable expenses using taxpayer money are creeping back into Lake County Solid Waste Management District financial reports, and some officials are trashing the practice.
How does it feel to be swinging over a barrel, Lake County? Is the redness in our faces from the blood-rush of hanging upside down over the barrel, or is it the hot facial plume of embarrassment?
Most of us know of the "scared straight" programs. You know, where troubled youths visit with locked-up convicts, witness morgue autopsies or experience the fallout of any number of tragedies induced by lives of crime.
Tragedy is immense when the strong and brave fall within our communities.
A tow truck tries to bring upright a BP firetruck stuck in a ditch Tuesday on Mississippi Street near St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville.
Crews watch as a tow truck attempts to remove a BP firetruck from a ditch Tuesday afternoon on Mississippi Street near St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.
Storybook endings aren't always the things of, well, storybooks. Sometimes they're real and right in our neighborhood sandlots.
Coaching youth baseball isn't exactly rocket science. It won't cure cancer either.
Gabe Rottier, 8, of Crown Point, begins his run to first base after cracking his team's first hit of the Cal Ripken League championship game Monday.
Gabe Rottier, 8, of Crown Point, blasts his team's first hit Monday -- a single into right field -- during the Cal Ripken League championship game.
Crown Point's Cal Ripken League Coach Joe Cimarolli gives his youth team, the Nationals, a pep talk Monday ahead of the team's championship game.
Gabe Rottier, 8, of Crown Point, lunges to catch a pitch Monday during his Cal Ripken League team's championship game in Crown Point.
Crown Point's Cal Ripken League Coach Joe Cimarolli helps his pitchers warm up Monday in preparation for the league's championship game.
Laurie Rottier, 40, of Crown Point, displays the pink breast-cancer awareness ribbon on the back of her 8-year-old son Gabe's Cal Ripken League baseball cap. Rottier is being treated for breast cancer, and her son's coach, Joe Cimarolli, had the ribbons embroidered on his team's caps in supp…
They're important physical connections reaching across time and reminding us of our own potential impact on history.
A 1911 letter inviting Valparaiso Civil War Pvt. John Hayes to a 50th anniversary reunion of the 4th Indiana Light Artillery.
Jack Houser, 81, of Valparaiso, holds up a photo of his great-grandfather, Civil War Pvt. William Houser.
A bullet found in a metal canister belonging to Valparaiso Civil War veteran John Hayes.
Photos, letters, spectacles and a Civil War-era bullet found in an old metal canister belonging to Valparaiso Civil War veteran John Hayes, of the 4th Indiana Light Artillery.
Gratitude has no expiration date.
A cannon keeps ceremonial watch over Union soldiers' graves at Stones River National Cemetery in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Sgt. William Holland, a freed slave who served in the 111th U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War, is buried near Civil War graves he helped maintain during his military service and later as a laborer at the Stones River National Cemetery.
A ceremonial sign pays homage to the Union dead at Stones River National Cemetery, established on the site of the Battle of Stones River — the eighth bloodiest of the Civil War.
Thousands of graves of Union soldiers who died in various Tennessee battles during the Civil War fill the Stones River National Cemetery in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The cemetery was established on the site of the war's eighth bloodiest battle.
The first light of day hits headstones of Union Army volunteer soldiers buried near Hazen's Monument at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Hundreds of Northwest Indiana men fought in this location of the battlefield, nicknamed Hell's Half Acre. Black soldiers, most of w…
With a bullet in his rib cage, another in his arm and men dying all around him, Valparaiso's Col. Isaac Suman was in the virtual depths of hell.
HAMMOND | Going beyond the letter of federal disability laws and striving for universal access at schools and other public facilities will be front and center Tuesday at a free Purdue University Calumet conference.
Hazen's Monument, the large square structure on the left, is named for Col. William B. Hazen's Brigade, which was the only portion of the Union line to hold its ground on Dec. 31, 1862, never retreating during the first day of the Battle of Stones River. Northwest Indiana men of the 9th Indi…
The sun rises last week over the graves of Union soldiers buried near Hazen's Monument at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
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