Valparaiso class looks to study Hilltop Neighborhood

The table used every day for breakfast. The TV across from the couch. The number of windows kept open in the summer. All these little day-to-day things share something about the way you live. And while you’re setting your coffee down on the table nearest …

Dome demolition bids studied; decision expected Oct. 10


VALPARAISO -- The planned demolition of the dome that once housed Livemercial and before that Natural Ovens has had a hiccup, but not enough of one to stop city crews from cleaning it out Wednesday.

One of the four bids sent to the city went …

Feds subpoena more Valparaiso records

VALPARAISO -- Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Swihart has been served with a federal subpoena for records, City Economic Development Director Patrick Lyp said Wednesday.

“This is the only subpoena received by any entity associated with the City and no other subpoenas were served on anyone, nor have …

Munster, Chesterton schools named national Blue Ribbon winners

Frank H. Hammond Elementary in Munster and St. Patrick School in Chesterton are among nine Indiana schools named Tuesday as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The schools will be recognized at a ceremony Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. Each school will receive a plaque and …

Couple’s fight ends with arrest of wife


VALPARAISO — A 56-year-old Liberty Township woman threw a steak knife at her husband, puncturing the skin of his chest but not leaving a deep wound, police said.

Marija Haring was arrested for felony battery with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor domestic battery for the …

Auditor’s deputy admits sending campaign email on county computer


VALPARAISO – The chief deputy in Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski’s office used his work email in late September to send a candidate questionnaire, apparently at Wichlinski’s behest.

The federal court system has statutes against campaigning during business hours, said Bob Ramsey, supervisory special agent …

Law & Order

VALPARAISO 2 accused of child neglect Two people were arrested and two children, ages 5 months and 2 years, were taken into protective custody Monday afternoon after police answered a call of marijuana being smoked at an apartment at Housing Opportunities, 2001 Calumet Ave., police …

Central Park expansion gets official start in Valparaiso


VALPARAISO -- Mayor Jon Costas saw Monday’s warm weather as important for the upcoming William Urschel Pavilion addition to Central Park.

“I think this is a portent of things to come,” Costas said during his speech at the groundbreaking.

The city hopes to have the …

Business storage site proposed in Valparaiso

VALPARAISO -- The city’s growing ability to attract businesses may increase in spring with 12,000 square feet of business storage on the west side of town.

Ken Blaney Sr., the former owner of Kelsey’s Steak House, presented plans at Tuesday’s Site Review Committee for a …

Passenger in Toll Road pot bust enters guilty plea

VALPARAISO -- An Ohio man who was a passenger in a van moving 12 pounds of marijuana through Porter County has pleaded guilty to a lesser felony.

Carl Lewis Herman II, 33, of Massillon, Ohio, won’t serve additional imprisonment for his plea Friday to Class …

Law & Order: Porter County

DUI driver blames child for bad driving

A Valparaiso woman was arrested for drunken driving and driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop Thursday night at Ozark and Springwood drives, east of Lakes of the Four Seasons, Porter County sheriff’s police reported.

Teresa …

Fest shows art as an aid in addiction recovery


CHESTERTON — Brandi Arcuri’s artwork at the third annual Hooked on Art Festival attracted passersby, who stopped to look at her paintings and occasionally ask questions.

Arcuri, 33, is in recovery from addiction, and has been involved in Frontline Foundations’ recovery program for four months. …

$159M hospital proceeds key in 2nd District Commissioners race


VALPARAISO – The county’s financial challenges and investing proceeds from the 2007 sale of the county hospital are part of the discussion in a race for the Center District seat on the Porter County Board of Commissioners.

Democrat Sylvia Graham, an at-large member of the …

Kouts girls team up to get iPads for town’s autistic kids


KOUTS -- An plan to buy iPads for autistic students was realized recently for Olivia Birky, a senior at Kouts High School, and Megan Gauler, now a sophomore at Valparaiso University.

Eleven iPads were recently presented to Kouts special education teachers as hundreds in the …

Heart-scare survivors walk to help others


CHESTERTON — When Brad Sult was 25, he started getting tired all the time, couldn’t sleep, was vomiting, retaining water and losing weight.

“Nothing added up,” said Sult, now 44 and living in Portage.

After three months, he went in for an X-ray and found …