Bishop objects to Notre Dame gay marriage policy

FORT WAYNE — A northern Indiana Catholic bishop said he believes University of Notre Dame leaders should have waited before deciding to extend benefits to … Read More


Valplayso park to open Monday


VALPARAISO -- The grand opening of the new Valplayso park is Monday.

Originally scheduled to open Sunday, the rubber surface poured Friday needed another day to cure because of cool temperatures, installer Surface America told the Valparaiso Parks Department.

“Timing is fortunate in that Valparaiso …

Personnel file deal with former Hebron chief finds way to civil case

HEBRON – Where are former Hebron Police Chief Steven Sibbrell’s personnel records?

What happened to those records is now part of a federal lawsuit filed against the town and two of its former officers, Anthony Dandurand and Travis Thomas, who have since moved on to …

Solutions for homelessness eyed in Porter County

VALPARAISO – The concept is simple enough: Provide homeless people with permanent housing, and that stability will improve their mental health, making it easier to solve the challenges of addiction, mental illness, and poor physical health.

Nonie Brennan, chief executive officer of All Chicago, an …

Moseley faces retired Marine in 10th House District

VALPARAISO — The race for Indiana’s 10th House District is between Democrat incumbent Chuck Moseley and Republican John W. Johnston.

Moseley has held the office since 2009, and Johnston, a retired Marine Corps major, most recently oversaw the Marine Corps ROTC program at Portage High …

Law & Order

PORTAGE Angels can’t help alleged thief A Hobart man was charged with theft for stealing angel lawn decorations on Thursday from two houses on Oakwood Street, police said. Jason Branik, 34, was arrested after police stopped a car at Boulder and Oakwood and recovered a …

ValPLAYso grand opening postponed until Monday

VALPARAISO — The grand opening of the new ValPLAYso park has been postponed from Sunday to Monday because the rubber surface poured Friday needed another day to cure because of cool temperatures, installer Surface America told the Valparaiso Parks Department.

“Timing is fortunate in that …

Coroner candidates want to speak on the dangers of drugs


VALPARAISO -- Both candidates for the Porter County Coroner are licensed funeral home directors with years of experience and with additional qualifications and certifications.

Republican incumbent Chuck Harris is running for his second term against Democrat Chuck Scheuer.

For both, the big issue for the …

Recorder candidates set goals in race


VALPARAISO -- In the Porter County Recorder’s race, Republican incumbent Jon C. Miller faces Democrat Scott Williams.

Miller has lived in the county for more than 50 years and prior to becoming the Recorder in the last election, Miller worked 28 years for the Porter …

Liberty Township man beaten by his former drug dealer

VALPARAISO – A 47-year-old Liberty Township man was treated at Porter Regional Hospital after his former drug dealer reportedly beat him up over a $30 debt.

The injured man told police that about 9:42 a.m. Wednesday, a man he bought marijuana from approximately eight or …

Porter County employees face hefty insurance cost hike

VALPARAISO – A new health insurance plan for Porter County employees, though still self-insured, reaps a savings of $2.1 million for the coming year but comes with higher expenses for those on the plan.

The Board of Commissioners heard a report Thursday from Stephen Brady, …

Law & Order

VALPARAISO Man flees one  caretaker, attacks another A mentally ill resident has been charged with battery after escaping Monday from his caretaker and attacking a second caregiver who came to help calm him, according to police. They said Jerry Geary, 33, is a client of …

Men’s center, resale shop to relocate to former printing facility

VALPARAISO — A building that’s been vacant since 2006 will soon be the site of the expansion of two city enterprises. The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a lot-size variance Tuesday that will allow New Creation Men’s Center and its Campbell Street resale shop to …

Law & Order: Cash stolen from motorcycle store in Portage Township

The owner of Thomas Honda and Kawasaki told sheriff’s police that he had $6,159 stolen from a file cabinet in his office.

Mail fraud charges added against Valparaiso man

A Valparaiso man already charged with stalking a California woman who sued him for embezzling the money she invested with him now faces a new count connected to the embezzlement.

William D. Cantrell Jr. was charged last week in the U.S. District Court in Hammond …

Portage Township candidates eye South Haven flooding problem


PORTAGE TOWNSHIP -- The race for Portage Township Trustee is between business owner and Democrat incumbent Brendan Clancy and Realtor and Republican Jim Thompson.

The office’s duties are to take care of township parks and three cemeteries, run the fire department and provide emergency financial …