Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ValpoNEXT initiatives to be unveiled Wednesday at middle school ]]>

VALPARAISO — About a year after the ValpoNEXT process officially started, the plan for the city’s next 20 or more years is in a final form. The city will unveil the nine initiatives after months of input from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 1600 Roosevelt Road. Residents will also have the chance to give their input on the initiatives. “This reflects what the community told us they would like to see, and we’re not done listening,” said Elizabeth Lynn, ValpoNEXT co-chair. “The next step is to develop platforms for action ... Ways to organize people to act … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:48:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Portage Township school panel questions campaign email from former colleague ]]>

PORTAGE — A campaign email sent to the school board, staff and teachers of Portage Township School Corp. raised questions from board members about what, if anything, can be done about it. School board member Rhonda Nelson raised the question Monday at the Portage Township School Board meeting. John Johnston, former director of the Portage High School Marine ROTC program, sent what can be viewed as a campaign email using his personal gmail account to an unknown number of Portage school administrators, faculty, staff and board members. Johston, a Republican, is running for the District 10 state representative seat held … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:56:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police need help identifying woman killed by semi ]]>

VALPARAISO — The Porter County Coroner’s Office and the Porter County Sheriff’s Department are asking the public to help identify a woman who was struck by a semitrailer and killed on U.S. 30 Monday night. The accident occurred at 8 p.m. by County Road 325E, near the Pilot gas station. Eyewitnesses told officers that a semitrailer was traveling westbound on U.S. 30 when a woman was seen entering the lane of traffic and was struck. The woman had no identification and a positive identification has not been made. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman is described … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:58:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lost original bond document stalls Portage paving project ]]>

PORTAGE -- With the whereabouts of a seven-year-old bond document missing, the Portage Board of Works and Safety is facing a roadblock in the paving of a city subdivision. The $41,500 bond is a performance bond held by the city from Hiller Construction to guarantee that work carried out for the construction of the Austin Hills subdivision is completed in a timely fashion. The bond, a letter of credit that authorizes payments to the city from Porter Bank, was originally issued on Oct. 17, 2005, according to Sandy McDaniel, project manager for the department of Community Development. After seven years … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:57:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Porter County, Michigan City airports get fed funding ]]>

Porter County Regional Airport is receiving a Federal Aviation Administration grant of $2.15 million to maintain and enhance the facility, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville. “This funding enables the Porter County Regional Airport to begin to reconstruct its most important infrastructure asset, its primary east-west runway, which allows the airport to safely and effectively continue to provide its air transportation accessibility to our community and region,” said airport director Kyle Kuebler. Michigan City Municipal Airport received a $541,250 grant from the FAA as well. The grants, according to Visclosky’s office, are part of a … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:44:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Portage orchestra honored at school board meeting ]]>

PORTAGE -- Music played by the chamber ensemble of the award-winning Portage High School orchestra greeted the Portage Township School board members as they assembled at Jones Elementary School Monday night for the monthly school board meeting. The Portage music program received board recognition for winning the statewide, “All Music Award,” presented by the Indiana State School Music Association for the 2013-2014 school year. Portage was one of only nine school districts statewide to win the prestigious award. “I’m very proud of the music department,” said Superintendent Richard Weigle, who has undergarduate and graduate degrees in music. “music is such … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Empower Porter County event aims to connect people ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Jamie Szumanski heard about Empower Porter County’s “Around the Table” event through the child care program at the Valparaiso Family YMCA, which her son Chandler, 2, attends. Sunday, she went to check out the event, sponsored by Empower Porter County and held at the Y’s outdoor pavilion. After hot dogs, cookies and chips, Chandler sat on her lap, and daughter Chloe, 8, was nearby as they joined others in doing a scavenger hunt, asking around to find people who spoke a foreign language or had other characteristics outlined in the game. “I get to learn about people I … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Law & Order ]]>

PORTage Township Five arrested for alleged underage drinking Sheriff’s deputies arrested five people, including two 16-year-olds, on misdemeanor charges of underage drinking after police responded to a loud music complaint shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday. Police were called to a residence in the 700 block of Governor Road and loud music, loud voices and a commotion in the garage, where they also found several varieties of beer. Police arrested Ryan Brown, 20, of Lake Station; Justin Warren, 20, of Lake Station; and McKenzy Rivas, 18, of South Haven. The two juveniles were released to their parents. Cash, jewelry reported missing … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2-year-old boy hurt in car crash ]]>

SOUTH HAVEN — A 2-year-old boy was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital late Monday morning after a two-car accident in which two other people were injured. The Porter County Sheriff’s Department said the boy, who was in a child safety seat, suffered a head injury. His condition was not immediately known. Kaitlin Crum, 23, of Crown Point, suffered internal and head injuries and was transported by ambulance to Methodist Hospital Northlake in Gary. The boy was in her car. Karen Leary, 42, of Valparaiso, suffered leg and abdominal pain and was taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso for … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Retiree leads veterans group ]]> Lead story image

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 drafted in September 1969, the biggest part of his emotional diet has been survivor’s guilt. “I know myself I had a large problem for a long time feeling you weren’t there for your brothers,” Hicks said. “I’ve known a few guys with that issue.” It didn’t help the guilt complex that Hicks feels he had … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:00:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boone Grove compost site open longer for storm cleanup through Wednesday ]]>

The Boone Grove compost site will have extended hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sept. 24 to give residents the opportunity to dispose of branches and trees as a result of Saturday’s storm, according to a press release from the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County. The site is at 546 S. 400 W. It also was open Sunday so residents could begin cleaning up after the storm, the release said. Staff report … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:39:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Powerful storm downs trees in Valparaiso ]]> Lead story image

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 winds, and a house had its roof crushed when a red maple was downed by lightning. About 1,500 Northwest Indiana residents still were without power at 9:30 p.m. In Valparaiso, 358 customers were still in the dark. In Crown Point, 305 were without electricity, according to NIPSCO. The storm left scattered small scale outages across … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:36:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Race in Valpo honors National Guardsmen killed in Afghanistan ]]> Lead story image

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 the 713th Engineering Company, based at the Indiana National Guard Armory in Valparaiso, and the soldiers who served beside them. In 2012, the company lost six soldiers in two deadly incidents in Afghanistan, the most deadly loss for a unit in the history of the Indiana National Guard. “For me, it’s to carry on his … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:01:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 expected to linger in the area. “Then there may be some more showers later in the evening. Right now this looks to be the main activity,” Nelson said Saturday afternoon. The tornado warning is radar indicated and also includes LaPorte, Marshall and Starke counties until 4 p.m. … ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:59:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 flooding problems. Trustee Brendan Clancy said county officials told him that beavers built a dam near a standpipe in one of the nearby ponds, which worsened flooding of the subdivision’s streets and some homes about four weeks ago, when the area was hit with 6 inches of rain over two days. Clancy said county workers … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:01:38 -0500