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Frisbee golf course volunteer developers issue concerns

PORTAGE | Volunteer developers of a disc golf course at Countryside Park are raising concerns about a trail being constructed at the park they fear may interfere with the game.

19 hours ago

FBI reviews Hammond traffic stop, unreasonable force allegations

HAMMOND | Region FBI agents are reviewing the recent Hammond police traffic stop that led to allegations of unreasonable force.

19 hours ago

Road closings loom in Hobart; motorists advised of detours

HOBART | A storm sewer installation project will close portions of 49th Avenue and LaSalle Street through Nov. 21.

October 20, 2014 12:05 am

Dyer accepts applications for boards, commissions

DYER | The town is accepting applications for board and commission appointment until Nov. 14.

October 20, 2014 12:05 am

New fees raise compensation for Dyer's building inspectors

DYER |  Raising the building department fees means that town inspectors will no longer be working for what translates to minimum wage, Town Administrator Rick Eberly said.

October 20, 2014 12:05 am

Sauk Village will pay off IEPA loan with $4.8M state grant

SAUK VILLAGE | Village President David Hanks said the village will use a $4.8 million state grant to pay off a loan used to improve its drinking water supply.

October 20, 2014 12:00 am

CVS to locate at long-vacant Dyer corner

DYER | A development deal on the northeast corner of Hart and U.S. 30 is expected to close this month and construction of a new CVS store at that site would begin soon after.

October 19, 2014 8:27 pm

Cedar Lake planners review new storage facility proposal

CEDAR LAKE | The Plan Commission has reviewed a plan for a new storage facility business on Wicker Avenue.

October 19, 2014 12:05 am

City to open ValPLAYso by Sunday

VALPARAISO | The rubber that famously hits the road is hitting the concrete base beneath the ValPLAYso playground equipment this weekend.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am

Ill. attorney general seeking info on Sauk Village town hall meetings

SAUK VILLAGE | The Illinois attorney general's office has contacted the village about possible Open Meetings Act violations, the village attorney told the board Tuesday.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am

Center Twp. looking into new park south of U.S. 30

CENTER TOWNSHIP | A lot of development has occurred south of U.S. 30 in Center Township, but one thing the area needs is a park, Township Board Member Scott Tuft said.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am
New online tool makes region crime data available to all

New online tool makes region crime data available to all

An innovative crime mapping tool used by law enforcement agencies across Northwest Indiana to track and solve everything from car break-ins to homicides now can be accessed by anyone using their home computer or mobile device.

October 16, 2014 11:15 pm Photos



Cedar Lake approves 2015 budget

CEDAR LAKE | The Town Council has approved the 2015 budget, suspending the rules to approve the budget on first and second reading.

October 16, 2014 7:58 pm

Whiting looks at $7.5 million budget

WHITING | The Whiting City Council is looking at a $7,509,622 civil city budget for next year.

October 16, 2014 5:40 pm

Merrillville considers buying flood storage properties

MERRILLVILLE | The town is exploring the possibility of acquiring privately owned flood storage properties throughout Merrillville.

October 16, 2014 5:26 pm

State funding cuts could reduce bus rides for seniors, disabled

VALPARAISO | Facing a $40,000 cut in the state public mass transportation funds for 2015, Porter County Aging and Community Services is looking to the county for additional money to prevent further cuts in service.

October 16, 2014 5:15 pm

Portage board opens bid to repair sewage plant tank

PORTAGE | The Utility Services Board opened a single bid to repair an approximate 190,000-gallon clarifier tank at the treatment plant.

October 16, 2014 2:29 pm

'Battle of Bulge' film shown Sunday at museum in M'ville

MERRILLVILLE | The Merrillville/Ross Township Historical Society will have its final meeting of the year at 1 p.m. Sunday at its museum, 13 W. 73rd Ave.

October 16, 2014 12:05 am

Merrillville continues discussing clean fill facility Wednesday

MERRILLVILLE | The Town Council will continue its discussion about a proposed clean fill facility during a workshop session at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 7820 Broadway.

October 16, 2014 12:05 am

Crete awards contract for roadway improvement project

CRETE | The Village Board awarded a contract Monday to a Monee-based company for improvements and a utility extension project for Old Monee Road.

October 16, 2014 12:00 am

Woman reduces number of dogs in Hobart home

HOBART | Hobart resident Diane Link Polgar has reduced the number of dogs in her home by 12 after city officials told her she could no longer keep more than two dozen dogs in her home.

October 15, 2014 6:48 pm

Pratt project projected to boost utilities revenue

VALPARAISO | The water and sewage treatment budgets presented Tuesday for the city's Utilities Board to consider for 2015 calls for modest increases in revenue and expenses, but it might be considered a worst case scenario.

October 15, 2014 2:28 pm

Former bank to become Dolton Village Hall

DOLTON | Village officials on Wednesday officially took over the one-time MB Financial Bank building at 14122 Chicago Road to serve as Village Hall.

October 15, 2014 1:50 pm
New park, new name unveiled in Porter County

New park, new name unveiled in Porter County

Porter County's newest park has a name courtesy of a group of Morgan Township Elementary School fourth-graders.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos


Griffith eyes $18.9 million budget for 2015

GRIFFITH | Griffith is looking at an $18.9 million budget for 2015.

October 14, 2014 8:00 pm

Historic Valpo building facade grant request backed

VALPARAISO | A request for a facade grant for one of the downtown's historic buildings got a quick and easy endorsement from the city's Plan Commission on Tuesday.

October 14, 2014 7:38 pm

Munster wants time to study clubhouse repairs

MUNSTER | Town officials want a little more time to study the options available to repair the Centennial Park Clubhouse.

October 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Panda Express to open in Valparaiso in 2015

VALPARAISO | Locals hungry for American Chinese cuisine from Panda Express are in luck.

October 14, 2014 4:00 pm
Valpo approves controversial 160-acre annexation

Valpo approves controversial 160-acre annexation

VALPARAISO | The City Council completed the annexation of the 160-acre property south of U.S. 30 between County Roads 400 and 450 East on Monday.

October 14, 2014 2:59 pm Related

Portage paving project nearing completion

PORTAGE | The city's massive paving project is winding down and officials believe contractors will complete most of the work before winter weather hits.

October 14, 2014 12:39 pm

Waste district chairman lauds passing marks for compost facility inspection

The chairman of Lake County's solid waste board credits a typically unheralded employee in the agency's ranks with good marks recently bestowed on the district by a state environmental inspector.

October 14, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo city, school budget draw no public comments

VALPARAISO | On a night when public hearings at the Valparaiso City Council meeting were held on two budgets totaling more than $90 million, it could be a $100,000 request to pay for road salt for the coming winter that most will remember.

October 13, 2014 11:30 pm

Dyer takes up texting system to keep residents in the loop

DYER | The town has come up with a new way to keep its residents informed: texting.

October 13, 2014 6:00 pm

Hobart fire chief resigns

HOBART | Stephen C. McKown has stepped down as fire chief only three months after accepting the position.

October 13, 2014 4:45 pm

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Hoosiers don't have to wait until Nov. 4 to cast their ballots in this year's general election.

October 13, 2014 12:54 pm

Niemeyer mulls renewed waste district legislative reforms

A region lawmaker who once chaired Lake County's waste district board said it may be time to renew a legislative push to reform the controversial government agency's business practices.

October 13, 2014 12:00 am

M'ville panel prods Indian American, subdivision accord

MERRILLVILLE | The Plan Commission has given the developer of the proposed Hunter’s Glen subdivision a deadline to complete an agreement with the Indian American Cultural Center.

October 12, 2014 8:41 pm

Griffith BZA schedules special session Oct. 27 at Town Hall

GRIFFITH | The Griffith Board of Zoning Appeals meets in special session at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at Town Hall, 111 N. Broad St.

October 12, 2014 12:05 am
Clancy, Thompson seek Portage Township Trustee seat

Clancy, Thompson seek Portage Township Trustee seat

PORTAGE | Both candidates for Portage Township Trustee say they have a passion for helping people, especially those in need.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos


Portage council approves lease agreement for proposed bond issue

PORTAGE | The City Council this week approved a lease agreement between the Redevelopment Commission and Redevelopment Authority bringing the $8.25 million bond to fund a new fire station and refurbish the police station closer to reality.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

IACT plan saving communities on insurance costs

VALPARAISO | It didn't take an act of God to correct the city's spiraling health insurance costs. It took an act of IACT.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

Whitng revises handicap parking ordinance

WHITING | The City Council has approved an ordinance amending residential handicapped parking procedures.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

Pay cuts planned for Center Twp. trustee, board

VALPARAISO | The new Center Township trustee and the board members will be paid less under the proposed 2015 budget introduced last week.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

Cal City could vote Oct. 23 to hike water rates

CALUMET CITY | The City Council this week delayed a decision regarding a water rate increase.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

Dyer hires three firefighters who clear nepotism review

DYER | Dyer hired three additional firefighters at a special meeting recently.

October 11, 2014 5:39 pm

Valpo OKs dome demolition deal with Marshall

VALPARAISO | It's now just a matter of time before the Natural Ovens Bakery dome walls come tumbling down.

October 10, 2014 8:28 pm
Valparaiso Site Review Committee

Valparaiso Site Review Committee

Valparaiso Site Review Committee meets Oct. 14.

October 10, 2014 12:48 pm
Valparaiso Plan Commission

Valparaiso Plan Commission

Valparaiso Plan Commission meets Oct. 14.

October 10, 2014 12:47 pm

Quinn in Sauk Village on Saturday to address suburb’s water quality issues

SAUK VILLAGE | Gov. Pat Quinn will be in the south suburb on Saturday to address issues of water quality the state has tried to address in recent years.

October 09, 2014 4:31 pm

Valpo redevelopment panel to borrow up to $15 million

VALPARAISO | The city's Redevelopment Commission began the process of issuing up to $15 million in bonds for a series of projects, including possible incentives for a major business prospect the city hopes to land.

October 09, 2014 1:00 pm
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