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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 …

Porter County Council outlines eligibility for foundation board

VALPARAISO — The Porter County Council has advanced a plan to create a nonprofit foundation to handle $159 million from the sale of the county hospital, approving preliminary requirements for a seven-member committee that will help establish the foundation “I want us to start taking …

Sheriff’s department staff meets icy charity challenge

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VALPARAISO — Bathing suits, T-shirts and flip-flops are not typical attire for members of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department. Then again, getting doused with ice water isn’t typical, either. Sheriff David Lain and members of the department were in for an icy treat Thursday, as …

Union pickets Pratt construction site

VALPARAISO -- Although a picket line has stalled work on the new $260 million Pratt Industries paper recycling plant, both sides are supposed to meet Friday morning. Laborers International Union of America Local 81 set up a picket Thursday morning where construction of the 250,000-square-foot …

More health insurers lining up for business in Indiana

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Indiana residents will have three times the amount of health insurance plans to choose from when the Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment period starts in November, according to a state insurance official. Indiana Department of Insurance general counsel Tina Korty also warned the Indiana …

Hearing set for proposed Porter County tax hike

VALPARAISO – The state’s Department of Local Government Finance will hold a hearing next month on a proposed increase in the Porter County’s cumulative capital development tax rate, after a petition for a remonstrance generated more than enough signatures to qualify for the hearing. The …

New service for Porter County veterans

VALPARAISO — Porter County Recorder Jon Miller, in partnership with Fidlar Technologies, has a new service for local veterans called Honor Rewards. Veterans can sign up at the recorder’s office or online to receive an Honor Rewards card, which qualifies them for discounts and incentives …