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Four square off in Pine Township board GOP primary

Four Republican candidates are vying for three seats on the Pine Township Board in the May 6 primary election. Political newcomer Dianna Himan will attempt to unseat one of the incumbents — Margaret Richardson, Daniel Timm or Tom Lipinski — for a chance to seek …

Newcomer, incumbent face off in D-1 Porter County Council race

VALPARAISO – Both Republican candidates for the District 1 seat on the Porter County Council would like to see some of the proceeds from the sale of the old county hospital invested, and the rest be loaned to municipalities within the county for economic development. …

Good Friday tradition returns to Valpo

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VALPARAISO — It’s been two years since Jesus last walked through downtown, carrying his cross to the crucifixion site at Valparaiso University. It still draws people to their front porches as the procession passes, and most people had their smartphones out to record the event. …

Paved school lot OK’d

VALPARAISO — The Porter County Board of Zoning Appeals heeded neighbors’ concerns and told a representative of Victory Christian Academy the school could expand its parking lot but only if it was paved. Paul Erspammer, a board member for the private school, came to the …

Law & Order

PORTER COUNTY Shoplifter arrested  at dollar store Police arrested Chrissy Lopez, 30, of Portage, for felony theft at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday. An employee stocking shelves at Family Dollar, at 6040 Central Ave., told police she saw Lopez hide merchandise in her purse, despite paying for …

Law & Order: Six-year sentence for Portage home burglary

A man who broke into a Portage house September 2012 was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for felony burglary.

Newcomers join incumbents in GOP bid for Union Twp. Board

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UNION TOWNSHIP —Four Republican candidates face off in May for the three Union Township Board places on the November ballot.

Incumbents James Foreman, George J. Topoll, and Robert D. “Bob” Emery and political newcomer Bryan Waisanen are vying to be come the Republican candidates for …

Porter Airport TIF district moves ahead

VALPARAISO — The Porter County Redevelopment Commission moved a county-sponsored special taxing district another step forward Thursday, supporting a district around Porter County Regional Airport with an amendment that provides extra protection for school corporations. A public hearing on the tax increment financing district, which …

Budget dilemma spotlight of Dist. 4 GOP battle

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VALPARAISO — Budget woes and how best to handle investing $159 million in proceeds from the sale of the county hospital top the list of concerns for candidates for the District 4 seat on the Porter County Council. Three Republicans face one another during the …

Tempers flare even as NIRPC, group reach tentative settlement

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PORTAGE — Despite an agreement in principle announced Thursday that could end a federal lawsuit, Everybody Counts’ leader Teresa Torres continued to clash with the officials from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Plan Commission.

Torres engaged in a shouting match with Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor as …

Court says Lake judge must seal Valpo man’s record

INDIANAPOLIS — A local judge must seal a former convict’s criminal record under a 2013 state law, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. In a 3-0 decision, the state court reversed a Lake County judge’s ruling that rejected a Valparaiso man’s request to have …

Porter County absentee votes trickle in

VALPARAISO — Early voting in Porter County is off to a slow start, which isn’t unusual for a primary, an official with the Voter Registration Office said Wednesday. “Walk-ins have been very slow,” said Sundae Schoon, Republican director in the office, adding that on Monday …

Graduation rates show improvement

Most Northwest Indiana school districts improved their graduation rates in the 2012-2013 school year, but statewide the number declined slightly. In Lake County, 11 districts increased their overall graduation rates from the 2011-2012 school year, while five districts in Porter County improved their rates. Statewide, …

Holy Week connects Christians to Jesus’s passion

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For Christians, this is a time of sacrifice, reflection and redemption. Holy Week began on Palm Sunday, tracing Jesus’ tortuous journey to the cross where he was crucified on Good Friday. Churches are busy this week holding special services to also mark Maundy Thursday or …

Events put spotlight on organ donation

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Winamac resident Rhonda Berger lost her daughter, Jennifer Spurgeon, in an apartment fire in January 2009. Berger and the rest of Spurgeon’s family were devastated by the loss, but Spurgeon’s decision to become an organ donor has allowed a piece of Jennifer to live on. …