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Opera House gets $20K from county commissioners

VALPARAISO – The Porter County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to provide $20,000 to the Memorial Opera House out of CEDIT funds to offset expenses. Artistic director Scot MacDonald told commissioners that the facility’s largest productions are in October and December and while the opera …

Porter County Labor Day roundup nets 18 suspected of drunken driving

VALPARAISO -- Eighteen allegedly drunken drivers were booked at the Porter County Jail over the Labor Day weekend. Among those arrested from Friday through early Tuesday, three were repeat offenders and face felony drunken driving charges, according to the jail roster. Porter County Sheriff’s Police …

Commissioners look for health insurance fix

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VALPARAISO – The Porter County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to provide $2 million in income tax funds to help cover the cost of health insurance, but not before telling the County Council they will have to come up with additional funds to cover the …

Michigan City man faces battery charge

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VALPARAISO – A 24-year-old man will be charged with battery to his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter after reportedly manhandling her when she wouldn’t get out of the rain Saturday night at the 49er Drive-In. The girl was treated at the hospital for a badly sprained ankle. …

Families turn out for Labor Day parade, despite weather

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MALDEN — The heavy rain Monday waited until the Malden Labor Day Parade was about finished. Its threat did mean less entrants, and many noticed the calliope and the Shriners were missing, while Batman put T-tops back on his Batmobile during drizzle and bowed out. …

Lake, Porter law enforcement remain grounded in use of drones

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A new Indiana law became effective July 1, requiring law enforcement agencies to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect evidence.

But there’s not much reason to think the law, or the need for a search warrant, will be an issue in …

Cops: Homeowner fires weapon during burglary interruption

PORTAGE – A 19-year-old man allegedly brought a 41-year-old accomplice to break into a neighbor’s shed at about 12:26 a.m. Saturday. The victim, however, who had gotten out of bed for a glass of water, saw a flashlight through his kitchen window and ran outside …

Malden Labor Day parade open to all who show up

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VALPARAISO — There’s still time to get your float, vehicle or decorated bicycle into the Malden Labor Day parade. “We have one of the easiest rules — show up,” Lee Kleist, the parade’s current co-chair and Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer. “If they don’t …

Recession, smoke ban slam bingo revenues

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The thrill of yelling, “Bingo!” in a hall full of players appears to be waning across the state, and in Northwest Indiana. The glory days of packed banquet halls at churches and nonprofits on bingo nights are gone, some organizers say, hurt by the one-two …

Dems look to fill Hebron Town Council seat

HEBRON — The Porter County Democratic Party will hold a Sept. 12 caucus to fill the Second District seat on the Hebron Town Council because of the resignation of Joyce Kaczmarski. Interested applicants must be Democrats in good standing with the party and live within …

Fundraising for Valplayso park reaches $800K

VALPARAISO — The donations for Valplayso park have reached the $800,000 mark, but parks officials believe they can raise $400,000 more.

The people in charge of securing funds are still talking to 24 major donors, and there are other fundraising events planned, said John Seibert, …

Law & Order: CVS store in Valpo gets fake bomb threat

VALPARAISO CVS store gets  fake bomb threat The CVS store, at 1805 Calumet Ave., was evacuated about 5:15 p.m. Thursday after someone called in a bomb threat, police reported. A store manager told police the caller said there was an explosive device in the store …

Lift station upgrades to be determined during project

VALPARAISO — How much work gets done on the city’s biggest sewer lift station will be decided as the project goes along. Valparaiso City Utility crews will decide what upgrades are necessary when works begins this fall on the Horseprairie lift station that moves sewage …

Crowdfunding effort for local TV show tops goal

VALPARAISO – A crowdfunding campaign for a locally filmed and produced TV pilot raised $8,235 by Thursday’s deadline, well over the $6,000 goal. “It was a success, I’d say,” said Carly Smith, one of the principals for Smith Donovan, a Chesterton marketing firm undertaking the …

Sunset Hill Farm playground plan to be unveiled

VALPARAISO — The Native American-themed first installment of a new natural playground at Sunset Hill Farm County Park caught the eye of a national park association and, as a result, has been selected as one of 10 projects across the country to participate in a …