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Girl Scout leaders applauded for volunteering

VALPARAISO | More than 500 Girl Scouts in the Valparaiso area would like to thank the volunteer adults who help them become stronger, smarter and better young women.

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You can help local nonprofits on May 6

You can help local nonprofits on May 6

VALPARAISO | May 6 will be a special day in Porter County. It’s Give Local Porter County Day and on this one day only (from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.) gifts to Porter County nonprofit organizations can go further to help more than 50 local nonprofit organizations.

April 14, 2014 12:00 am
You can be a philanthropist on May 6

You can be a philanthropist on May 6

VALPARAISO | Back in 1914, a group of bold Midwesterners got an idea: They established the first community foundation, designed to bring donors and nonprofit organizations together to do even more for the community.

April 07, 2014 12:00 am
In Tune: A blend of bluegrass and Mass

In Tune: A blend of bluegrass and Mass

“Bluegrass” and “Mass”? Those two words don’t seem to have much in common (except 3 letters!). But in American composer Carol Barnett’s wonderful creation, "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" these two words and the genres of music they represent come together to form a joyous piece that h…

March 30, 2014 6:00 am

In Tune: A wonderful concert for families

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March 12, 2014 12:00 am

IN TUNE: A wonderful concert for families

Our next Symphony concert is going to be a wonderful concert for families! It certainly will be a super concert for anyone who loves the piano or is studying the piano.

March 09, 2014 8:30 am

IN TUNE: The ultimate romantic date for Valentine's evening

Hello everyone and a Happy Valentine’s Day to each and every one of you!

February 09, 2014 8:30 am

E.C. police chief describes frustration in fight against gang violence

East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said conflicts among gangs, and between gangs and police boil down to one thing: frustration.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am Related

Gang members on path of 'assumed destiny' — dying by age 20

I retired from the Gary Police Department after 23 years as the deputy chief of police.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am Related
A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

By late 2008, Javier Solis Jr. was tired of living the gangster lifestyle.

February 03, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

Julius Solis and his older brother had been hanging out with Imperial Gangsters since before they could walk.

February 02, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Former member: Gangs are terrorist organizations

Former member: Gangs are terrorist organizations

We need to quit looking at gangs as just some neighborhood nuisance. They are a terrorist organization looking to make your child a domestic terrorist.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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With nowhere to go, some youth end up lost for life

Julius Solis was 6 years old the first time he saw someone murdered.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Related
A price to pay

A price to pay

Some little boys dream of growing up to be cowboys, or firefighters, or police officers.

February 01, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Is it just winter blues?

Mental Health America of Porter County is getting ready to embrace the upcoming winter months.

January 10, 2014 12:00 am

Getting by good enough for Illiana Christian

Through two games at the Kankakee Holiday Tournament, the Illiana Christian Vikings have done just enough to get by.

December 27, 2013 10:03 pm
Illiana Christian holds off Momence

Illiana Christian holds off Momence

KANKAKEE | Just when it looked like Momence had momentum going its way, Illiana Christian slammed the door.

December 26, 2013 9:30 pm

Giving back

It is the season of giving, and Mental Health America of Porter County would like to remind people of the importance of giving back, and the many ways in which they can do so.

December 23, 2013 12:00 am
Crossover segment suits travel needs

Crossover segment suits travel needs

Santa’s trip from the North Pole this week has me thinking. If Santa’s aging sleigh were to break down, what would he replace it with?

December 21, 2013 4:50 pm

IN TUNE: Our joyous northwest celebration and tradition

Hello friends! Happy holidays to each and every one of you! I hope that I will be able to greet you all after the Holiday Pops concert this Thursday evening.

December 08, 2013 8:30 am
Point. Click. Give to benefit Porter County kids

Point. Click. Give to benefit Porter County kids

VALPARAISO | Thursday is Porter County GIVE Day and this year it benefits kids. On this single day,  gifts can go further to help improve literacy, healthcare, safety, and quality of life for local youth. A portion of every donation made during the 24-hour event will be matched to benefit 25…

November 06, 2013 12:00 am
‘I Found A Safe Place to Play and Learn’

‘I Found A Safe Place to Play and Learn’

PORTER COUNTY | Last year when Garrett came to live with his great aunt Audry Bobo, he was a timid first grader and she was an out-of-practice mother. “I raised three kids, but my youngest is 33,” laughed Bobo. “One of my biggest challenges was making Garrett feel safe and comfortable around…

October 30, 2013 12:00 am
‘We do our best when we feel our best’

‘We do our best when we feel our best’

VALPARAISO | When Valerie Johnson moved to Valparaiso to attend law school, she was working toward a brighter future – for herself and for her two children, Vashara, 14, and Charles, 11. She has worked hard to excel at Valparaiso University and provide a good example to the children about wo…

October 22, 2013 5:00 pm
IN TUNE: Back by Popular Demand - Symphony Halloween Concert!

IN TUNE: Back by Popular Demand - Symphony Halloween Concert!

Here's wishing you a ghostly "BOO!" to start your Halloween season!

October 21, 2013 8:30 am
‘They’re like rock stars’

‘They’re like rock stars’

VALPARAISO | Owen Sejna, of Valparaiso, is lot like his twin brother, Ethan. Except that Owen, 8, has always been a step behind.

October 15, 2013 6:15 pm
From the fair to the future

From the fair to the future

As 4-H parents, James and Tammie Ringas, of Chesterton, have many stories to tell. Like the model rocket that caught fire before launch, the dog that relieved himself in the performance ring, and the two years they worked together to bring a hopping 45 projects to the Porter County Fair. Eac…

October 09, 2013 12:00 am

IN TUNE: Jugglers, Contortionists and Aerialist, Oh My!

I was wondering the other night what Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz would have thought of our upcoming concert CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE!

September 15, 2013 8:30 am

Back-to-school plans should include Internet safety discussion

CHICAGO | Pencils, notebooks, folders, new clothes, haircuts — a list that starts out like this can only mean one thing: it’s back-to-school time. While our list of things to do are long for this annual event, we should add one more thing to it: a discussion on Internet safety with our children.

August 16, 2013 11:15 pm
Concept vehicles drive future design

Concept vehicles drive future design

CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Winners of the 12th annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards were recently unveiled.

July 27, 2013 4:18 pm
Fiat increases its 500 lineup

Fiat increases its 500 lineup

Fiat delivers distinctive Italian style and more room with the 2014 Fiat 500L. 

July 16, 2013 2:39 pm
Marquette Park, June 2012

Marquette Park, June 2012

Marquette Park aerial, June 2012.

June 10, 2013 12:00 am

IN TUNE: Put away these dates for our summer concerts

This year we got lucky and with Easter still in our hearts and minds, we will have the opportunity to share this spiritual and uplifting piece of music with you.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am
Portage Township employee celebrates 31 years of service

Portage Township employee celebrates 31 years of service

PORTAGE | Eva Cloyd, bookkeeper for the Portage Township Trustee’s Office, celebrated her 31st anniversary with fellow staff members.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am

IN TUNE: Like the music in heaven

This year we got lucky and with Easter still in our hearts and minds, we will have the opportunity to share this spiritual and uplifting piece of music with you.

April 07, 2013 12:00 am
Russian steelmakers to focus on reducing costs

Russian steelmakers to focus on reducing costs

An observation point in the center of Magnitogorsk, Russia, provides a breathtaking view of the Ural River, with gray and orange smoke rising above the rows of pipes on the opposite bank.

April 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Marian Catholic players

Marian Catholic players

Marian Catholic players KI-Jana Crawford, Terrone Parham and Johs Cohn react after losing 68-49 to Edwardsville during the IHSA Class3A super-sectional Tuesday in Normal.

March 12, 2013 10:53 pm
Marian Catholic guard Tyler Ulis

Marian Catholic guard Tyler Ulis

Marian Catholic guard Tyler Ulis attempts a shot during the IHSA Class 4A Supersectional on Tuesday against Edwardsville at Redbird Arena in Normal.

March 12, 2013 10:50 pm

IN TUNE: Just plumb crazy, or the most romantic man who ever lived?

Yep. Hector Louis Berlioz was either plumb crazy or they just do not make men like that anymore — regarding romancing a woman, that is.

March 03, 2013 12:00 am
Annual wildgame feast planned

Annual wildgame feast planned

VALPARAISO | History was in the making when Steve Davis participated in an Elks wild game dinner in Columbia City, Ind., in 1989.

February 14, 2013 12:00 am

IN TUNE: My (and now your) favorite violin concerto

This Friday evening at the Auditorium at Bethel Church in Crown Point the Symphony will be performing my favorite violin concerto - the Korngold Violin Concerto. I am convinced that, after the concert, it will also be YOUR favorite violin concerto!

February 03, 2013 12:00 am
Ferrari

Ferrari

Visitors to the Chicago Auto Show will trill at an up-close look of such exotic brands as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari (shown here), Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, McLaren and Rolls-Royce. The Italian-built Bugatti also is expected to make an appearance.

January 24, 2013 4:22 pm
A Day in the life of a Calumet band member

A Day in the life of a Calumet band member

GARY | After loading up the truck and buses, the marching band left at 12:10 p.m. on a recent Saturday from Calumet New Tech High School, heading to the Sears store in Valparaiso. Accompanying the band were members of Calumet’s color guard (dance team).

January 16, 2013 2:15 pm

IN TUNE: My conversation with Santa and his crew

HOLIDAY GREETINGS EVERYONE!

December 02, 2012 12:00 am
Indiana colleges look to revise campus smoking policies

Indiana colleges look to revise campus smoking policies

Many of Indiana’s largest universities are preparing stricter smoking rules, putting teeth behind smoke-free policies that -- to now -- have been at least partly hot air.

November 27, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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2013 Nissan Sentra.

2013 Nissan Sentra.

Dependability, quality and driveability are hallmark with the 2013 Nissan Sentra.

November 12, 2012 11:53 am
Point, Click, Give!

Point, Click, Give!

PORTER COUNTY | Thursday has been named a holiday in Porter County: It’s Porter County GIVE Day. This special 24-hour giving holiday will raise funds to reduce homelessness in Porter County. On this single day, gifts to 17 local nonprofit organizations will receive matching funds through a p…

November 07, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Parties working together on Indiana campuses

MUNCIE | Democrats and Republicans may be at each other’s throats elsewhere, but some Indiana college students have declared a truce and are working together this election season.

November 04, 2012 9:00 pm
From happy to homeless… and back

From happy to homeless… and back

For Missie Summers, life looked good. She had a degree in psychology, two healthy boys and was engaged to be married. The small family lived together in Valparaiso and Missie was working on a master’s degree, while caring for her sons, 1, and 14. Overnight her world changed. “My fiancé left …

October 31, 2012 2:51 pm

No Bull-y

Mental Health America of Porter County is joining the community in supporting National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Bullying is aggressive behavior. A young person is targeted by one or more youths with repeated negative actions such as name-calling, making faces, obscene gesturing, …

October 31, 2012 12:00 am
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