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Porter County $1.3 million behind in insurance payments

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VALPARAISO — Six weeks worth of unpaid health insurance claims, totaling nearly $1.3 million, is putting Porter County’s discounted rates from providers at risk, Board of Commissioners President John Evans, R-North, said Wednesday, the day after the County Council learned Auditor Bob Wichlinski has not …

Valparaiso panel nears recommendation on fluoride in water

VALPARAISO — A recommendation on whether the city should continue to fluoridate its drinking water will come in two to three weeks. The Valparaiso City Utilities Fluoride Commission will make a decision at its fifth meeting and formulate a report on it for the City …

Autopsy results pending in trampoline death

CHESTERTON — A representative from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday it could be two weeks before a conclusion is reached on why a 2-year-old Chesterton boy died after a fall from a trampoline. The Chesterton Police Department was called to assist the …

Veterans look back on a decade of 4-H in Porter County

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VALPARAISO — Joel Johnson has spent the last 10 years of his life in 4-H. That comes to an end with the Porter County Fair this week. Wednesday, he and other 10-year 4-H’ers prepped their livestock for the beef cattle show, and reflected on what …

Law & Order: Oops! Auction goods not for sale

A Seattle man who was vacationing in Mexico got a disturbing surprise this week — some of his personal possessions were for sale online by a Chesterton auction firm, according to Chesterton police.

Mayor’s campaign finance reports taken in Portage

VALPARAISO – Agents with the FBI spent about 10 minutes in the Porter County Voter Registration Office Monday, getting copies of campaign finance reports for Portage Mayor Jim Snyder. All of the information is public record and is available on the county’s website, at www.porterco.org, …

Grant to help pay for Valpo sewer repairs

VALPARAISO — By winter, the city will have more than 19,361 feet — roughly three miles — of sewer line repaired. It will cost the city about $325,000, thanks to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grant of $1 million. The sewers Valparaiso will repair …

Councilwoman: Porter County behind on insurance payments

VALPARAISO — Porter County is behind on paying its health insurance, which is the responsibility of Auditor Bob Wichlinski. Council Vice President Karen Conover, R-3rd District, said at the end of Tuesday’s meeting that the county is six payments behind on the insurance, including one …

Nature preserve doubles in size; restoration planned

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VALPARAISO — Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, a former Girl Scout camp north of Valparaiso owned by the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, has more than doubled in size after the purchase of 80 acres of adjacent land. Meadowbrook, in Liberty Township on County Road 700N, has grown …

Fair vendors keep cool while selling their wares

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VALPARAISO — From gourmet food to bathroom remodeling, the commercial building at the Porter County Fair is a one-stop shop for just about anything. Clothing, jewelry, sweets — it’s all available, and that’s not to mention the free stuff, like candy, pens and refrigerator magnets …

Valparaiso traffic signals to get upgrade

VALPARAISO — The city’s traffic signal system will be modernized, beginning next summer. The board of works has approved an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation for the $351,900 project, in which 80 percent of the cost will be covered by federal funds. The …

Law & Order: Chronic traffic violator in trouble again

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A Porter man faces a felony charge of being a habitual traffic offender after Chesterton police pulled him over for speeding and found out he did not have a driver’s license to operate a motorcycle, according to police.

Porter County Commissioners seek options for hospital sale

VALPARAISO — The Porter County Commissioners and the county council will move forward with exploring legislation to gain greater flexibility for investing some of the proceeds of the sale of the county hospital, while continuing to work toward a private foundation to handle some of …

Wings of Freedom  visits Porter Co. airport

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VALPARAISO — Tony Cook took a break from peering out of the windows of a B-17 Flying Fortress making a loop toward Lake Michigan and back to Porter County Regional Airport. The plane was loud, and the hatch over the radio room was open, bringing …

Portage cops use app for finding a cellphone to nab suspect in attack

Portage police used an app for finding a cellphone to locate a Portage man Sunday night and arrest him for allegedly attacking his estranged, pregnant wife and violating an order of protection, according to police. Thomas Childers Jr., 34, faces felony charges of battery and …