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Friday,  August 29, 2014

Town of Chesterton: BZA stalls Bross decision for open air market again as Duneland Chamber urges rejection

Porter County: Auditor to correct hospital bill for redevelopment fee by $400K

Libraries: Local libraries offer story time fun for children

Indiana: More Indiana options coming on health insurance exchange

Pence gets new workforce chief for $31,000 more

Mourdock stepping down as Indiana treasurer

Indiana gets one year waiver of federal schools law

Community: Bike for VNA at Lorie's Lakeside Century

Environment: Study: Bait dumping offers invader species path to Great lakes

Region: NIRPC sets public meetings to gather input on updates to 2040 Regional Plan

Sports: Trojan Girls Golf beats LaPorte

Blake Pieroni competing at Pan Pac Swim Meet

Late run dooms Chesterton in DAC volleyball opener

Duneland Swim Club Fall / Winter signups set

Obituary: Richard Coleman, Sr., services Wednesday

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/082914 White Oak Cons Dist 2015 Budget.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Westchester Twp Budget 2015 Hearing.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 West Porter Twp Fire Protection 2015 Budget.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Twin Creeks Cons Dist 2015 Budget.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Town of Porter Technical Advisory Meeting.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Porter County SW District 2015 Budget.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Porter County Highway Dept Bids Foundation System.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Porter County Commissioners Ordinance No 14-12.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Porter County Commissioners Ordinance No 14-11.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Porter County Airport Authority 2015 Budget.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Porter County Additional Approps.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Porter County 2015 Budget.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Portage Twp Schools CPF Adoption.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Indian Boundary Cons Dist 2015 Budget.pdf

Legal Notices/082914 Center Twp 2015 Budget.pdf


Thursday,  August 28, 2014

Community: Taste of Duneland is Saturday in Chesterton

Porter County: Porter County Council budget hearings to begin September 10

State sets hearing for Porter County CCD tax rate increase for September 25

Education: Discovery Charter School buys land for US 20 entrance and new buildings

Feds approve Indiana No Child Left Behind waiver for 1 year

Duneland schools install dozens of new aides

Region: Blast at NWI BP refinery sparks fire and rattles homes

Town of Chesterton: Public hearing September 15 on engineering for Fox Chase sanitary sewer extension

Utility close to accepting credit cards for payments

Police / Fire: Charge sought following apparent heroin OD

CFD responds to smoke at Omni Health and Fitness

Environment: Bait dumping offers invader species a path to into Great Lakes

DNR proposes waterfowl season dates

Sports: CHS boys soccer team knocks off Valpo with flawless execution

CHS Girls beat Portage in golf

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/082814 Porter TWP 2015 Budget.pdf

Legal Notices/082814 Valparaiso Lakes Area Cons Dist 2015 Budget Hearing.pdf

Legal Notices/082814 WPL Budget 2015 Hearing.pdf


Wednesday,  August 27, 2014

Porter County: Tourism board eyes giving tax dollars to for-profit businesses

County seeking citizens to serve on new foundation committee

Council eying County CEDIT funds for closing health insurance gap

Town of Porter: Town of Porter learns spending cuts working

Porter RDC donation greenlights South Shore train feasibility study

Town of Chesterton: Contractor for Ind 49 utility corridor project still submitting claims for work

Police: Shopping cart full of liquor stolen at Jewel

Flatbed trailers stolen

Community: Boys and Girls Clubs welcome new board members

State / Region: Indiana inmate asks judge to have him executed

Sports: Lindahl's OT goal lifts Chesterton over Valpo in soccer

CHS Boys Cross Country wins Jack Bransford Invite

Trojan Girls 2nd at Jack Bransford Invite

Trojan Boys Tennis beats Wheeler 4-1

Obituaries: David L. McDonald dies at age 64

Donald C. Treadway, Sr. dies at age 87

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/082714 Duneland School Corp Budget Hearing 2015.pdf

Legal Notices/082714 Duneland School Corporation Bus Replacement.pdf

Legal Notices/082714 Duneland School Corporation CPF.pdf

Legal Notices/082714 IDEM 30 day period Monosol.pdf

Legal Notices/082714 Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission Hearing.pdf

Legal Notices/082714 Jackson Twp 2015 Budget Hearing.pdf

Legal Notices/082714 Valparaiso Community Schools 2015 Budget Hearing.pdf


Tuesday,  August 26, 2014

Education: Duneland School Corporation enrollment and budget inch up

Back to school tips on helping kids cope with cliques and bullies

Town of Chesterton: Council renews contract with Able Disposal with 2015 rate same as 2014

Floodplain map appeal must be filed by Friday

John Jarka named permanent Chesterton Fire Chief

Community: New Ruge Meat owners sought as Bruce and Tom tell retirement plans

Town of Porter: Porter Town Council to talk 2015 budget and South Shore trolley money

Region: Alcohol banned on South Shore trains for Jazz Fest

Indiana: Judges blast Indiana and Wisconsin gay marriage bans

Attorneys want right-to-work cases combined

Sports: Chesterton Volleyball improves to 3-0

Obituaries: Memorial service for Gayle Polakowski to be September 6

Michael John OMalley service September 7

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/082614 Twin Creek Cons Dist Storm Sewer Bids.pdf

Legal Notices/082614 Town of Burns Harbor Budget 2015 Notice.pdf


Monday,  August 25, 2014

Porter County: Election Board fails to approve South County early voting site

Council to vote on using $5 million in hospital money for health insurance

County 911 director John Jokantas to leave post next month

Schools / Elections: Ayres and Stone unopposed in School Board races

Community: Get your tickets for Chesterton Feed and Garden Summer Soiree Friday

Business / Labor: USW and Visclosky laud ITC in antidumping ruling

United Steelworkers demand end to discriminatory law enforcement profiling

State: Indiana Excise Police arrest 134 in three college towns

Excise Police remind college students of perils of underage drinking on campus

Health policy consultant also works for contractor

Sports: Late turnover and field goal doom Chesterton Football in season opener

Trojan Boys Soccer improves to 3-0 with shutout

Trojan Boys finish 5th at Carmel Classic

Chesterton Girls XC 5th at Carmel Classic

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/082514 Washington Township Budget 2015 Hearing.pdf


Friday,  August 22, 2014

Schools / Elections: Rich Whitlow files to challenge Mike Trout in School Board race

Town of Chesterton / Business: Developer eyes amenity-rich nursing home at Coffee Creek Center

Porter County: Hospital owes $600K to county but also has tax refunds coming

Weather: Heavy rains cause localized flooding

Police: Elder siblings found dead in their South Haven home

PCSP: Pregnant woman charged with huffing and neglect of a dependent

School is in session; kids and drivers be careful, be safe

Environment: Check maple trees for Asian beetle infestation

Sports: Chesterton Volleyball sweeps Mishawaka

Obituary: Janet Cypra dies at 66

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/082214 Porter County Commissioners Ordinance No 14-11.pdf

Legal Notices/082214 Porter County Commissioners Ordinance No 14-12.pdf

Legal Notices/082214 Westchester Twp Budget 2015 Hearing.pdf


Thursday,  August 21, 2014

Town of Porter: BZA denies petition to build addition to Porter Beach home

Paperwork snafus scotch Porter public hearings

Proposed changes to PUD eyed cooly by Porter planners

Porter FD awarded $5K grant for gear

Community: SLYCE selects CHS students for participation

Indiana: Watchdogs cite flaws in state ethics laws in wake of $1.7M DOE purchase

Sports: CHS boys soccer team opens DAC play with strong victory

Chesterton Girls Golf beats Lake Central

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/082114 WPL Budget 2015 Hearing.pdf


Wednesday,  August 20, 2014

Schools: Huge frosh class at CHS first day goes smoothly

Porter County: Chesterton firm hired to review county employee health plan

County residents sought to sit on new Stormwater Management Board

Police / Fire: Duneland fire departments assist in search for man found dead in Portage campground lake

Economy: Jobless rate steady in Indiana plummets in most places in NWI

Sports: CHS Boys Tennis beats Highland 4-1

Trojan Girls Soccer blasts Michigan City


Tuesday,  August 19, 2014

Schools / Community / Police: First day of school Wednesday; watch for school buses

Town of Burns Harbor: Burns Harbor funds Park Board request; town marshal prepares for school start

Town of Porter: Porter zoning boards slate eight hearings Wednesday

Police / Fire: Hogs perish in Pine Township barn fire

Police / Business: Porter hospital owner says patient IDs stolen in cyberattack

Police: Valpo Schools employee pleads guilty to theft

Community: Opportunity Enterprises CEO resigns; board names interim chief

Community / Porter County: Habitat for Humanity Home on Porter County BZA agenda

State: Indiana's first woman chief justice takes office

Indiana Legal Services head retiring after 44 years

State asks jusge to reinstate limits on abortion pill

Sports: CHS Boys Soccer opens season with a bang

CHS Volleyball season opens at home tonight

CHS Boys Tennis opens against Highland today

Obituary: Piera Marie Fischer dies at age 34


Monday,  August 18, 2014

Porter County: Commissioners to make final vote on stormwater board ordinance

Education: Clock is ticking on school board races; filing ends at noon Friday

Traffic / Police: Police say woman killed when semi hits car on I-65

ISP: Semi crash on I-94 east of Michigan City

Semi slams into Indianapolis police car on I-465

Sports: Trojan football players get kinks out against Lafayette Jeff

CHS Girls Soccer starts tomorrow night

CHS Boys Soccer kicks off season tonight

Duneland Swim Club gathers 28 medals at Age Group State Meet

Obituary: Former Clerk-Treasurer Gayle Polakowski dies at 67

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/081814 Washington Township Budget 2015 Hearing.pdf


Friday,  August 15, 2014

Township Library: WPL renews literacy support; Baugher receiving state award

Environment: Mount Baldy to remain closed

Police: Motorcyclist and passenger injured in accident in Burns Harbor

Local man recharged with sexual misconduct

Phony $100 bills popping up in Valpo

Indiana / Education / Politics: Pence administration warns of more cuts to public universities

Health: Report CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

Environment: Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers

84 miles per gallon three wheeled Elio closer to going on sale

Region: Indiana Farm Bureau PAC endorses Visclosky

Lake Michigan: Chicago police: Missing boater found dead in lake

Sports / Community: Register for State Park Little League Fall Ball Saturday

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/081514 Porter County Additional Appropriations.pdf


Thursday,  August 14, 2014

Police: Burns Harbor motorcyclist seriously hurt in crash at Indiana Boundary and North Calumet

Valpo man charged with OWI in July 4 crash that killed his wife

Scammer fails to dupe Val's owner in 'NIPSCO' con

Education: Duneland names new CMS coaches and aide appointments for 2014-15

Environment: Geologists studying Mount Baldy find another hole

Local History / Community: Kankakee Valley Historical Society to host river festival with County Parks

Community: Windiana concert Saturday at Coffee Creek Conservancy

Chamber Party in the Park Saturday

Sports: CHS Football Scrimmage opens 2014 season Friday

South Shore trains to stop at 18th St. for Bears games


Wednesday,  August 13, 2014

Community: Chamber Party in the Park Saturday

Deadline for artists and vendors to apply to Hooked on Art August 31

Town of Porter: Reuse and recycle nets Town of Porter real savings, council learns

Duneland Schools: New school year off to smooth start; no surprises expected for 2015 budget

Police: Valpo Promenade project getting FBI scrutiny, auditor says

Town of Chesterton: Don't neglect businesses east of Indiana 49, council told again

Work could begin soon on new signal at Indian Boundary and Calumet

State: Indiana lawmaker who faced ethics inquiry selling family nursing home businesses for $2.3 billion

Chicago: O'Hare Airport sees increase in cargo volume

Downtown Chicago bridge closing

Obituary: Services Thursday for William Long, Jr.

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/081314 Duneland School Corporation Annual Financial Report 2013.pdf

Legal Notices/081314 Porter TWP 2015 Budget.pdf


Tuesday,  August 12, 2014

Business / Economy: Urschel's new facility has some real leg room, eye on efficiency (photos)

US Postal Service loses $2B this spring

Large corn and soybean crops expected in Indiana and US

Town of Chesterton: Road salt prices go through the roof, Chesterton Town Council is told

Schools: No challengers yet in Duneland school board races; 10 days left to file

Library tutoring program to resume this fall

Teachers and students facing new state school standards

Police: State's top court to hear McCowan appeal of murder conviction in Amanda Bach case

Community: Smart Start Preschool has openings

Sign up now for United Way Day of Caring; deadline August 15

Sports: Trojan Golfers 2nd at KV Invite

Obituary: Services Thursday for Lorraine Mohnssen

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/081214 Valparaiso Community Schools Annual Financial Report 2013.pdf


Monday,  August 11, 2014

Police: Michigan woman sends Porter Fire Department on wild goose chase

PCSP: Backyard shooter apparently hits window

Man breaks Portage city hall windows seeking 'help'

David Luna once again Fugitive of the Week

Health: Indiana's 1st 2014 human West Nile case confirmed in Porter County

Education: School board to review 2015 budget, ISTEP scores, public hearing for rainy day fund

Report: 9,000 plus public school bullying cases reported in Indiana

Community / Environment: Take a bus tour with Shirley Heinze Land Trust August 23

Duneland Seniors to visit BrinckaCross gardens

Environment: Study: Oceans more tainted with man-made mercury

Region: Input sought on US judge's reappointment

Class Reunion: CHS Class of 1977 to meet and greet Saturday

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/081114 White Oak Conservancy Dist Proposed Rate Hearing.pdf

Legal Notices/081114 Town of Porter Notice to Bidders Dunes Kankakee Trl.pdf

Legal Notices/081114 Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission Sept 11 Hearing.pdf


Friday,  August 8, 2014

Porter County: County parks could get more land in Pine Township; MOU approved for Kankakee River site

County Park department seeks food vendor for Sunset Hill

County endorses statewide bike path crossing Chesterton and Porter

Health: Indiana's 1st 2014 human West Nile case confirmed in Porter County

Region / Indiana: State agency refusing to honor contracts with adoptive parents

New Carlisle town mourning firefighter's death

Economy: Few new housing starts in July in Town of Chesterton

Police: Local woman gets 10 years in prison for burglaries

Duneland police blitzing roads in the run-up to Labor Day weekend

2 killed in Gary when train strikes car

Community: Chesterton blood drive Tuesday

Take a bus tour with Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Town of Chesterton: Summer program a success, Park Board told

Obituaries: Paul Byrnes, III services Saturday

Max R. Hall service Saturday

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/080814 Porter County BZA Lazorik Hines.pdf

Legal Notices/080814 Twin Creeks Conservancy Dist Additional Approp.pdf

Legal Notices/080814 Porter County Recycling Waste Reduction Public Hearing.pdf

Legal Notices/080814 Porter County BZA Scherrbaum.pdf

Legal Notices/080814 Porter County BZA Radosevich.pdf

Legal Notices/080814 Porter County BZA Habitat for Humanity.pdf

Legal Notices/080814 Porter County BZA Asher.pdf

Legal Notices/080814 City of Valpo Improvements to Sewage Works.pdf


Thursday,  August 7, 2014

Community: PNC Chancellor authors children's book 'The Dog and the Dolphin'

Party in the Park coming August 16

Preschool and After School art classes at Chesterton Art Center

Porter County Park system offers a lot to do in August

Bethlehem Lutheran welcomes new pastor

Economy: July was a busy month at ports along the Saint Lawrence Seaway

Porter County: Auditor: Citizens have until August 29 to petition against county CCD tax rate

Health: FDA warns that tattoo inks can cause infections

Indiana: Rush is first woman Indiana Supreme Court chief justice

 Indiana agrees $3M settlement in school test hitch

Indiana 2 between Valpo and Hebron to close next week

Lack of diversity among state university trustees draws scrutiny


Wednesday,  August 6, 2014

Indiana: New Carlisle firefighter dies at business fire

Mother charged with abandoning newborn in trash

Porter County: Hospital interest funds sought to pay for county health insurance

Retiring county roads boss gets fond farewell

Conservationists and residents give input for proposed county stormwater board

Texting to 911 available in county, but call if you can

Kankakee River land on county park board agenda Thursday

Community: Taste of Duneland seeking vendors

Police: PCSP: Two deaths appear to be ODs

Duneland man charged with theft at Denny's

Cats rounded up from Porter house

Sports: CHS golfers finish 3rd at Lafayette Jeff

Obituary: John A. Skiba service Saturday


Tuesday,  August 5, 2014

Chesterton High School: CHS yearbook distribution at High School registration

Police / Traffic: CPD: Two injured in 3 vehicle crash on Indiana 49

Community: Discovery Trackers 4H Club begins fifth year

Environment: Celebrate the s'more on Friday at Dunes State Park

Region: Amtrak expands project that allows pets on trains

Business / Steel: ArcelorMittal furnace in Indiana ramping back up

Health: Gluten free labeling standards kick in

Poll: Obama health law is a tale of 2 Americas

Indiana: Report: Indiana solar industry surged in 2013

Indiana eyes moving state archives to Legion Mall

Police say 12-year-old crashed stolen school bus

Sports: CHS Girls Golf tees up season today

Obituary: Mary Clemons services Thursday


Monday,  August 4, 2014

Education / Schools: Duneland Schools show ISTEP improvement

Region: NICTD studying fare hikes to encourage electronic South Shore ticket purchases

Police: ISP: Impaired driver injures trooper in crash

Excise Police active in Michigan City at Super Boat Grand Prix

Gary PD: Chesterton woman left infant alone in vehicle in strip club parking lot

Valpo woman pleads guilty to federal theft charge

Beer truck overturns on I-65

Driver arrested after fatal moped crash

Traffic: 1050N to be repaved; avoid it if possible

Class Reunion: CHS Class of 1977 to gather Saturday

Obituaries: Evanna M. Collins services Thursday

Glenn Nicholson services Wednesday

Judith L. Fant services Tuesday (revised)

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/080414 Town of Porter Notice to Bidders Dunes Kankakee Trl.pdf

Legal Notices/080414 White Oak Conservancy Dist Proposed Rate Hearing.pdf


Friday,  August 1, 2014

Community: Art Fair leads busy August schedule at Porter park

'Alexis Ronan' TV pilot filming in Chesterton and Indiana Dunes

Business / Economy / Steel: ArcelorMittal posts first profit of year

United Steelworkers lauds Obama executive order

Police: CPD: Attempted armed robbery of the Broadway smoke shop

Burglary spree on CR 700 in Liberty

Sentenced to 10 years in child molesting case

Sports: CHS Fall Sports in full swing beginning Monday

Obituaries: Angelo 'Dino' Ponda dies at age 53

Raymond F. Germain service is Monday

Douglas Ian Moodie service set for Tuesday

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/080114 Twin Creeks Conservancy Dist Additional Approp.pdf



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