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Valpo celebrates start of Lakes of Valparaiso project

Valpo celebrates start of Lakes of Valparaiso project

Developer Don Weiss, left, and Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas pose for a photo Wednesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lakes of Valparaiso, a 146-acre project that includes luxury apartments, a business park and commercial development.

August 13, 2014 5:33 pm
Crowds brave rain to see hot rods, classic cars and trucks

Crowds brave rain to see hot rods, classic cars and trucks

Phil Schmidt, a Crown Point native who now lives in Florida with his wife, Sue, brought his 1948 Cloverleaf Dairy milk truck to the show Wednesday at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point.

June 11, 2014 2:56 pm
Merrillville church

Merrillville church

Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church hopes this sign, including the odd starting time, attracts visitors who can't make the regular Sunday service.

June 06, 2014 12:41 pm
Rain, wind don't deter installation of new sculptures

Rain, wind don't deter installation of new sculptures

One of the new sculptures installed Friday on Cumberland Crossing Drive as part of the Valparaiso Art Walk.

May 09, 2014 5:14 pm
Rain, wind don't deter installation of new sculptures

Rain, wind don't deter installation of new sculptures

Sculptor Todd Kime, left, helps a workman with Midwest Sculpture Initiative erect the works of another artist as part of the Valparaiso Art Walk display for the coming year. Kime's sculpture "The Parade" also is on display.

May 09, 2014 2:01 pm
Soldiers get training at job boot camp at Gary armory

Soldiers get training at job boot camp at Gary armory

Career coach Mark Zimmerman, left, talks with Jeff Ficaro, branch manager for Standard Bank and Trust, of Oak Forest, Ill., during Saturday's veterans career boot camp at the Gary National Guard Armory. Both men provided veterans with advice on ways to improve their chances of getting jobs.

May 03, 2014 12:07 pm
Erika Tapia

Erika Tapia

Army National Guardswoman Erika Tapia

May 03, 2014 12:02 pm
William Reese

William Reese

Army National Guardsman William Reese

May 03, 2014 11:59 am
Valpo joining relief effort for Valparaiso, Chile, fire

Valpo joining relief effort for Valparaiso, Chile, fire

Julie Maddox, Valparaiso University director for Study Abroad Programs, talks about the university's support for fundraising efforts on behalf of Valparaiso, Chile, during a news conference Tuesday. She is flanked by photos of the fire that devastated the Chilean city April 12.

April 22, 2014 5:25 pm
Region leaders' retreat helps frame top 10 priorities

Region leaders' retreat helps frame top 10 priorities

Work crews install a storm sewer on Roosevelt Road last May in the first phase of the five-points roundabout project at Roosevelt, North Calumet Avenue and Vale Park Road in Valparaiso. "Expand and repair local infrastructure, including mass transit" tied for fifth place on the One Region li…

October 13, 2013 12:00 am
LifeTrail provides fitness for all ages

LifeTrail provides fitness for all ages

City Projects Manager Don McGinley, right, and other city workers put the finishing touches on one of the equipment stations at Fairgrounds Park.

October 10, 2013 3:42 pm
LifeTrail provides fitness for all ages

LifeTrail provides fitness for all ages

Exercise stations on the new LifeTrail Advance Wellness System in Fairgrounds Park are installed and ready for the public to use beginning Saturday. There are 150 exercises that can be done at the seven stations.

October 10, 2013 3:40 pm
Special liquor licenses helped revive Valpo's downtown

Special liquor licenses helped revive Valpo's downtown

Connor Mohlke, 3, and his mother, Meredith, of Valparaiso, enjoy some gazpacho before the main course at Don Quijote restaurant in downtown Valparaiso. Don Quijote has been in business for 28 years, and it was one of the first to obtain one of 10 special downtown historical district licenses…

August 01, 2013 6:07 pm
Barney of Mayberry

Barney of Mayberry

Barney of Mayberry (Scott Epperson) enjoys a deep fried Milky Way bar at the Porter County Fair on Monday.

July 22, 2013 3:50 pm
Porter County Fair opening day

Porter County Fair opening day

"Speed" is one of the new rides at the Porter County Fair.

July 18, 2013 6:00 pm
Roundabout work

Roundabout work

Work crews install a new storm sewer on Roosevelt Road on Tuesday in the first phase of the five-points roundabout project at Roosevelt, North Calumet Avenue and Vale Park Road. The project is expected to be completed by fall.

May 21, 2013 3:03 pm
Roundabout work

Roundabout work

Storm sewer pipes await installation on Roosevelt Road. More than 80 percent of the cost of the two-lane roundabout is being paid using federal funds.

May 21, 2013 3:07 pm
New art walk sculptures arrive in Valpo

New art walk sculptures arrive in Valpo

William Walther watches as a crew places his sculpture "To Hope" on concrete pads along the Valparaiso Art Walk.

May 10, 2013 2:03 pm
New art walk sculptures arrive in Valpo

New art walk sculptures arrive in Valpo

Artist James Havens polishes the stainless steel finish on his work "Big Dance," which sits next to the main entrance to the Valparaiso YMCA. It is one of the 15 sculptures on the city's art walk.

May 10, 2013 1:46 pm
New art walk sculptures arrive in Valpo

New art walk sculptures arrive in Valpo

Artist Todd Kime works to mount his sculpture "Bounce" along Cumberland Crossing Drive Thursday as part of Valparaiso's art walk.

May 10, 2013 1:41 pm
New art walk sculptures arrive in Valpo

New art walk sculptures arrive in Valpo

Ken Thompson, rear, of the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, and workmen position the work "To Hope" by William Walther near the corner of Cumberland Drive and Vale Park Road as part of the Valparaiso art walk's new series of sculptures.

May 10, 2013 1:38 pm
Valparaiso Woman's Club

Valparaiso Woman's Club

Valparaiso Woman's Club, 102 Washinton St., Valparaiso

February 06, 2013 5:35 pm

PHIL WIELAND: Big wind brings blowhard Wielando's annual visit

It's an ill wind that blows no good, and this week's storm blew in the no-goodest prognosticator of them all: The Amazing Wielando.

December 28, 2012 12:00 am
Valparaiso police officers recognized

Valparaiso police officers recognized

The Valparaiso Police Department honored three officers Monday at the Valparaiso City Council meeting for their efforts during a hostage crisis on May 25. From left, Detective Sgt. Jeff Balon, Officer Jerame Simpson and Officer Keith Perez were recognized.

December 18, 2012 2:26 pm
Service honors brave who preserved land of free

Service honors brave who preserved land of free

Linda Kolarik and Michael Wooden place a wreath in front of the Vietnam War Memorial on Saturday during Veteran's Day ceremonies at Stoney Run County Park in Leroy.

November 11, 2012 12:00 am
William Kadar

William Kadar

William Kadar, a World War II veteran and former German prisoner of war, looks at photos with his granddaughter Arleen Haas.

November 09, 2012 5:01 pm
Valpo officials get preview of St. Mary clinic

Valpo officials get preview of St. Mary clinic

The main entrance to the new St. Mary Medical Center Valparaiso Health Center now under construction at Ind. 49 and Burlington Beach Road.

October 11, 2012 5:16 pm
Greg Stephan

Greg Stephan

Greg Stephan

September 11, 2012 3:28 pm
Chip Yanta

Chip Yanta

Chip Yanta

September 11, 2012 3:31 pm
Cindy Mundell

Cindy Mundell

Cindy Mundell

September 11, 2012 3:24 pm
Nancy Harrington

Nancy Harrington

Nancy Harrington

September 11, 2012 3:26 pm
Little Free Library

Little Free Library

Mary Beth Witcher, of Valparaiso, looks at a book at the Little Free Library outside her home on Park Avenue across from Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Residents may borrow books at no cost, and they are encouraged to leave books for others to read.

June 27, 2012 7:01 pm
Tree is not company for development's paving plans

Tree is not company for development's paving plans

A 100-year-old cottonwood tree, which sits in the middle of Glade Street in Valparaiso, is heaving the street. The owners of the private drive have approached the city about changing traffic within the development.

June 17, 2012 7:30 pm
Tree is not company for development's paving plans

Tree is not company for development's paving plans

A huge cottonwood tree is buckling the pavement on Glade Street in Valparaiso.

June 14, 2012 3:41 pm
Gene Wiggins

Gene Wiggins

Former Valparaiso Technical Institute instructor Donald Eugene "Gene" Wiggins

March 27, 2012 3:50 pm
Historic road

Historic road

Lori Cravens, left, and Candy Yurcak prepare to film an interview for movie a dealing with areas historical roads.

February 10, 2012 4:15 pm
David Peeler

David Peeler

David Peeler, candidate for Hebron Town Council At-Large

October 27, 2011 2:32 pm
Jeff Grogan.jpg

Jeff Grogan.jpg

Jeff Grogan, Hebron Town Councilman

October 13, 2011 3:50 pm
Jeff Grogan

Jeff Grogan

Jeff Grogan, candidate for Hebron Town Council

October 13, 2011 3:50 pm
A model firefighter

A model firefighter

Valparaiso firefighter/paramedic Stephanie Hart is one of the female firefighters who will be featured in a calendar produced by America's Female Firefighters Inc., a national nonprofit organization. The calendar helps raise funds to benefit burn victims.

June 20, 2011 12:00 pm

Portage, Valpo municipal elections likely to bring new faces

Residents of Portage and Valparaiso are likely to see new officials in municipal office next year as some candidates already have announced intentions to run.

January 16, 2011 12:00 am
Man, 68, killed in apparent hit-and-run in Hebron

Man, 68, killed in apparent hit-and-run in Hebron

HEBRON | A pair of shoes and a jacket were the first hint Kimberly Smith had that her father might be the person lying in the middle of Main Street, the apparent victim of an accident early Wednesday morning.

January 12, 2011 8:41 am Photos

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Public works director has found his passion

Public works director has found his passion

Matt Evans, Valparaiso public works director.

November 24, 2010 4:05 pm
Kras remembered for humor, dedication

Kras remembered for humor, dedication

Mike Kras speaks Wednesday at Valparaiso City Hall in a ceremony honoring his son, Matt Kras, who died in May. The city built a garden in memory of Matt Kras, who was the city's stormwater engineer.

November 24, 2010 1:53 pm
U.S. 30: The region's road

U.S. 30: The region's road

From the developed corridors on the Indiana-Illinois border to open space near the LaPorte County line, a person could live his or her whole life on U.S. 30 in the Calumet Region.

October 03, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Meeting minutes from 150 years ago showing signs of age

Meeting minutes from 150 years ago showing signs of age

The book containing the minutes from meetings dating back to 1857 is showing signs of age as the pages slowly deteriorate from the acid in the paper and are in danger of being lost forever. Phil Wieland | The Times

June 29, 2010 4:37 pm
Sharon Swihart hopes to preserve Valparaiso record books

Sharon Swihart hopes to preserve Valparaiso record books

Valparaiso Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Swihart examines a book with the meeting minutes from 1857 to 1865 when the city was still a town. It is one of seven books of old records she hopes to have preserved. Phil Wieland | The Times

June 29, 2010 4:31 pm

PHIL WIELAND: Tea Party column generates another protest

Reactions to last week's column about the Tea Partiers was pretty evenly split between those who thought I was a bonehead and those who thought I was a complete idiot.

April 24, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Tea Partiers need to rally around reality

The Tea Party rallies in Valpo and Crown Point remind us of the importance of free speech, even if the speech has no basis in reality.

April 17, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Indiana's policy on health care is sick

Every year Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, tries to pass a law banning smoking in most public places, and every year, like his comic strip namesake, the legislative Lucys snatch the ball away and laugh when he falls flat on his backside.

April 03, 2010 12:00 am
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