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Cost leads to Evansville air show cancellation

EVANSVILLE (AP) — The Navy’s Blue Angels stunt team won’t be flying over Evansville next summer after festival organizers have decided they can’t afford to … Read More

 

Wintery weather, gusting winds challenge Northwest Indiana

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High winds and a mixture of snow and rain knocked out power to tens of thousands of Northwest Indiana residents, marking an unwelcome start to Halloween. As of 3 p.m., nearly 20,000 NIPSCO customers had lost power, including more than 4,000 in Gary, 2,400 in …

GOP election complaint against sheriff candidate attacked

VALPARAISO — Porter County sheriff’s candidate David Reynolds, a Democrat, and the county’s Republican party will have 21 days to address concerns brought up by the Republicans about Reynolds’ campaign finance reports. The election board made the ruling during an emergency meeting Friday and noted …

Veteran police officers vie for sheriff’s office

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VALPARAISO – The two candidates for Porter County Sheriff in Tuesday’s general election would bring different approaches to the office if elected.

Democrat David Reynolds, 64, of Portage, served as sheriff from 1999 to 2006, and currently works for an international security firm serving US …

Tax abatement one step closer for Valparaiso developer

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VALPARAISO -- The request for tax abatement would be the third financial incentive for the Thormahlen family and new partners, the Hamstra Group Inc. of Wheatfield, to build at the southeast corner of Lincolnway and Michigan Avenue.

The City Council on Monday approved a resolution …

Porter County Council approves $36.5M general fund budget

VALPARAISO — With a split vote, the Porter County Council on Thursday approved a $36.5 million general fund budget that includes $9 million for health insurance and a salary increase for four employees in the auditor’s office, but no raises for other employees.

The budget …

Chicago-Detroit high-speed rail plans outlined

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GARY — Northwest Indiana residents on Thursday got a chance to see how a proposed high-speed passenger rail line between Chicago and Detroit could take shape.

A public hearing provided an opportunity for residents to comment on several proposed routes for the Great Lakes Rail …

Valparaiso announces sewer, stormwater projects for 2015

VALPARAISO — Three areas in the city are scheduled for storm sewer or stormwater upgrades in 2015, some directly relieving flooding. City Engineer Tim Burkman identified the projects as being a storm sewer at Kenwood Avenue, a storm sewer along Northview Drive and the replacement …

Donors still being courted for Valplayso funding

VALPARAISO — With the manual labor of volunteers over and the playground of Valplayso in place, the Department of Parks and Recreation is still looking to secure $200,000 in donations for the entire park. Parks Director John Siebert said more donations should come in now …

INDOT boss: ‘full speed ahead for winter’

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GARY — The calendar doesn’t recognize the first day of winter until Dec. 21, but Indiana Department of Transportation officials declared their readiness on Thursday. A few hours after their opening volley, Mother Nature fired back with a winter weather advisory citing the threat of …

House Dist. 4 candidates debate schools funding, vouchers

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The candidates for the Indiana House Dist. 4 both say education in the state needs to change but disagree on how that should happen and what role vouchers and charter schools should play.

Democratic challenger Deb Porter is taking on Republican incumbent Ed Soliday for …

Police to check on Porter County sex offenders

VALPARAISO — Local police agencies are asking parents to be wary of sex offenders as they send their trick-or-treaters out the door. The Porter County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a blitz, checking 109 sex and violent offenders to make sure that all are in …

Election complaint targets Dem sheriff candidate

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VALPARAISO — Porter County Republicans have filed a complaint with the county’s election board, claiming David Reynolds, Democratic candidate for sheriff, did not properly itemize the donations he received during a fundraising golf outing, which raised $53,778. The election board has scheduled an emergency meeting …

Session on public transportation brings call for regional cooperation

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HIGHLAND — Frustration often bubbled to the surface during a public transportation hearing held by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday afternoon, but the message was clear: the patchwork bus service currently available does not adequately meet the needs of residents, particularly for …

Status of auditor’s non-reverting fund questioned

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VALPARAISO – The expenditures from Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski’s non-reverting fund have outstripped the income for all but the first year he was in office, in 2011.

Additionally, more than one-third of the $1.97 million spent out of the fund since then went to …

Jasper, Porter investigating fatal crash on bridge

PLEASANT TOWNSHIP — The Porter County coroner’s office and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a fatal head-on collision that occurred at 6:33 p.m. Tuesday on Indiana 49 along the bridge that separates the two counties on the Kankakee River. Timothy Jacobs, 52, of …