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Retiree leads veterans group

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VALPARAISO — Surviving the Vietnam War came with free admission to the post-tour buffet. On offer were unlimited amounts of health and emotional challenges. Each veteran has a slightly different heaping helping on his plate. For Charlie Hicks, an army veteran in Valparaiso who was …

Boone Grove compost site open Sunday for storm cleanup

The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County has opened the Boone Grove compost site, 546 S. 400 W., today until 4 p.m. to give residents the opportunity to dispose of branches and trees as a result of Saturday’s storm, according to a press …

Powerful storm downs trees in Valparaiso

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VALPARAISO — Two blocks on Monroe Street between Valparaiso Street and College Avenue saw a lot of damage in a short amount of time Saturday as storms ripped across the city. Two cars were crushed and others were damaged by healthy trees felled by strong …

Race in Valpo honors National Guardsmen killed in Afghanistan

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VALPARAISO — The first Sapper Six Memorial Race wasn’t just another run and walk through downtown Valparaiso. Any of the people at the race, held Saturday at Central Park Plaza, could say why, including the volunteers whose family members gave their lives while serving in …

Severe thunderstorm watch issued until 9 p.m.

Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. as a severe system of storms makes its way through the region.

Bill Nelson, observation program leader with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, Illinois, said the severe weather is …

Beaver dam removed, but flood issues remain for Duck Creek homes

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — The township trustee says Porter County officials told him they’ve removed a beaver dam that caused severe flooding recently in the Duck Creek subdivision, but residents have more questions and a regional water expert said other measures could be taken to reduce …

Erosion plan set for lakeshore; funding a question

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PORTER — There’s sand on the beach, but there should be more, and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has a plan to do something about it. The plan calls for sand and small, natural stones to be replaced along the beach near Mount Baldy, at …

Drug panels look for reasons why people use marijuana

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VALPARAISO — With marijuana legal in Colorado and Washington, and medical marijuana legal in 23 states so far, panelists from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties met Friday for a sweeping discussion of why people use the drug. About 120 people attended “The Blunt Truth About …

May date for Valparaiso school referendums off the table

VALPARAISO — Valparaiso Community Schools won’t set May 2015 as the time to pursue two referendums to make up for lost funding and to make necessary building improvements. The School Board didn’t vote on a referendum date at Thursday night’s meeting, but the members were …

Porter County Council approves auditor’s budget minus raises

VALPARAISO — Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski’s budget for the coming year generated scrutiny during the County Council’s budget hearing Thursday.

Though Wichlinski cut his office budget by 15.7 percent for 2015, well beyond the council’s request to department heads of 10 percent, he included …

Law & Order

PORTER COUNTY Man accused of throwing phone A resident of rural Valparaiso has been charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child after getting into a fight Tuesday night with his pregnant wife, Porter County sheriff’s police said. Ernest Barrientez, 31, became angry …

Law & Order

VALPARAISO 4th moped stolen and recovered, suspect arrested Shane Velasquez, 23, of Valparaiso, was arrested at 12:15 a.m. Thursday for felony theft, with a prior conviction, after he was discovered with a moped stolen earlier that night, police said. Police saw the blue moped with …

RDA study supports trauma centers, but not teaching hospital

Northwest Indiana can support at least two Level II or III trauma centers, but a new teaching hospital isn’t economically feasible, according to a study accepted Thursday by the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Compiled by the Indianapolis accounting firm of Katz, Sapper & Miller, …

Porter County, Valparaiso edge closer to TIF deal

VALPARAISO — Porter County and Valparaiso are taking steps to partner for a tax increment finance district around Porter County Regional Airport. The Porter County Redevelopment Commission set a goal Thursday of having more information about what that partnership might look like by its next …

Porter Co. prosecutor says he’s exempt from anti-nepotism laws

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VALPARAISO — Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel’s sons are working in his office, taking files home and digitally scanning them so they can be archived.

Gensel said he isn’t covered by a state law or a county ordinance against nepotism in public offices and doesn’t …