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Neighbors not overjoyed with new Valparaiso subdivision plan

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VALPARAISO — City officials touted last week’s groundbreaking for The Lakes of Valparaiso as good for the future, but neighbors think otherwise. SBJZ Holdings made concessions because they presented plans in 2011 for the luxury apartments and business park, but many residents feel the rezoning …

Death at campground in Portage ruled drowning

PORTAGE — Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris ruled Wednesday that a Portage man died after drowning at a lake in a local campground. The body of Charles Gritton, 52, was recovered Tuesday afternoon by dive teams with the Portage, Chesterton and Porter fire departments after …

Portage man drowns at campground lake

PORTAGE — A Portage man drowned Tuesday in Lake Minnehaha at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort on the city’s north side, authorities said. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris identified the man as Charles Gritton, 52, and said he will conduct an autopsy and toxicology …

Police defend use of old military equipment

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While law enforcement personnel use former military vehicles to patrol the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and body armor-clad police officers launch tear gas and smoke canisters into demonstrators and rioters, local police officials said it is better to have military grade equipment and not need …

Porter County insurance to get consultant review

VALPARAISO — Porter County’s health insurance costs are going to get another set of eyes. The Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to hire Steve Brady of the Heritage Advisory Group, in a contract not to exceed $5,000, to review the county’s coverage and benefits and …

Local patients also victims in hospital information theft

A criminal attack targeting Porter Regional Hospital’s parent company did steal some personal information for local patients, according to the hospital. Community Health Systems Inc. announced Monday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the attack, believed to have taken place …

Law & Order: Man accused of harassing wife, her boyfriend

A Lake Station man has been charged with violating a protective order after he contacted his estranged wife on Saturday and aggressively followed her boyfriend in his vehicle earlier that day and threatened to harm him, Porter County sheriff’s police said.

Resale shop, medical   offices to fill building

VALPARAISO — The former Calumet Avenue home of Home Mountain Printing is getting some development after being dormant for years. Part of it will be medical offices built on empty ground on the south side. New Creation Men’s Center, which plans to turn the old …

Opportunity Enterprises CEO resigns; interim named

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VALPARAISO — Opportunity Enterprises’ board of directors announced Tuesday that David Stupay has resigned as the non-profit agency’s chief executive officer. Ellen DeMartinis has been named interim CEO. The agency, which serves more than 1,1000 people with disabilities, has seen a number of leaders since …

Porter County man victimized by con game

PORTER COUNTY — A 59-year-old Porter County man lost $1,480 to a con scheme that started with him answering a job ad in a newspaper, according to Porter County sheriff’s police. The victim told police that he responded in July to a job listing for …

Pair of fests coming in Kouts

KOUTS — The seventh annual Aukiki River Festival, on the grounds of Collier Lodge along the Kankakee River outside of Kouts, will be the largest festival so far. Mary Hodson, secretary of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society, which puts on the event each year, said …

Smokey Bear gets 70th birthday celebration

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CHESTERTON — It took a few shouts of “Happy birthday, Smokey!” before the reluctant guest of honor came out of the woods to celebrate his birthday.

But when Smokey Bear arrived Sunday at the Nature Center at the Indiana Dunes State Park, he was greeted …

Chesterton marks start of school year with party

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CHESTERTON – Garrett Jones, 2, twirled in a stream of bubbles, clutching a green balloon that nicely matched his hat and glasses. Dad Jeff Jones, of Chesterton, said his family came to the Party in the Park Saturday at Thomas Centennial Park and sponsored by …

Field of Foam charity event cleans up for sorority

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VALPARAISO — Joey Meyers was covered with foam, head to toe. Bubbles encased his blue shirt and his blue and orange swim trunks, stuck to his hair and covered his face and his limbs. Lifting his goggles during a break in the foamy fun, Joey, …

Valpo superintendent says more information to come

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VALPARAISO -- The Valparaiso Community Schools superintendent plans to have numbers for school improvements by September’s regular school board meeting. Superintendent Ric Frataccia said at the conclusion of the third community input session for “Phase II: Considerations for K-12 21st Century Learning” that he would …