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Friday, February 27, 2015

Indiana Dunes / Lake Michigan: State Park Pavilion rehab begins as part of restaurant deal (Photo and Story)

Lawmakers renew push for measures to stop invasive carp (Photo and Story)

Lake Michigan smelt: Hatchling survival rate on upswing but mature fish are smaller

Police: Suspected acid spill on I-94 turns Indiana Boundary Road into heavy truck route (Photo and Story)

Business / Steel: Updated: USS to close Gary Works coke batteries

Duneland Schools: School board to OK bond, set summer school fees

CHS presents 'Haphazardly Ever After' February 27, 28 and March 1

Region: IU Health LaPorte Hospital flushes water pipes after treating two with Legionella

Indiana Legislature: Cancer prevention bill killed over vaccination fears

Debate on cold medicine Rx lingers in Indiana Legislature

Sports: Lohse and Voiers named Indiana High School Bowling All Tourney


Monty Terance Reynolds dies at age 42

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/022715 NICTD Bids Platform Replacement.pdf

Legal Notices/022715 Porter County Public Library Annual Report.pdf


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Town of Porter: Porter to hear new uses for Seven Peaks Waterpark

Community: State Park Little League Pancake Breakfast Saturday

4th Street Theater presents 'Waiting for Godot' beginning Friday

Sign up with Rebuilding Together to volunteer on April 25 work day

Education: Discovery Charter lottery ends with 26 on waiting list academic team wins

Porter County: County to start up drainage work again; foundation committee meets

Town of Chesterton: TIF board to spend $30K on new sidewalk next to Thomas Park

Police: Southbound Interstate 65 reopens after semitrailer crashes

Chesterton Police officers put CPR skills to use

VPD: Man steals the same car twice

Business / Steel: US Steel to idle Gary Works coke plant

Environment: Leak at BP refinery in Whiting 2nd malfunction this week

Scientists witness carbon dioxide trapping heat in air

Indiana: HIV outbreak in Indiana linked to needle sharing

Indiana eyes ways to reverse declining highway funding

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/022615 Town of Chesterton Notice to Bidders Dump Truck Snow Plow.pdf

Legal Notices/022615 Town of Chesterton Notice to Bidders Pumper Firefighting Apparatus.pdf


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Porter County: County Council opposes common wage repeal, favors Sunday library hours

Town of Porter: Porter takes to the clippers another year to fight cancer

Town of Chesterton: Bids are ball-park for Fox Chase project

Police: CPD: Web job posting leads to phony check scam costing woman $3.500

Valparaiso businessman sentenced to probation for defrauding Vermont utility

Train vs. vehicle today in Valparaiso

School bus hit today no injuries

Indiana Legislature: House backs school funding plan, defies Pence on casinos

Senate defeats proposed farming amendment

Senate to take up repeal of construction wage law

Indiana / Schools: Indiana ISTEP battles puts spotlight on testing challenges

Politics: Chicago Mayor Emanuel forced into runoff election


Warren Ray Wheelock services Friday, February 27

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/022515 Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission March 12 Hearing.pdf

Legal Notices/022515 NICTD Request for Bidders Railroad Rail and Railseal.pdf


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chesterton High School: CHS Japanese Olympiad team wins State Championship

Town of Chesterton: Town candidates urged to attend meetings to learn process

Town Council hears complaint of icy sidewalks downtown

Police: ISP: Victim in fiery I-65 crash identified as Valparaiso woman

CPD: Burglar floods home on Emerald Drive

Indiana Legislature: House Republicans advance state budget proposal

GOP led Senate advances bill protecting religious objections

Indiana House backs repeal of construction wage law

Lawmaker kills Sunday alcohol sales legislation

Pence signs bill to shorten ISTEP testing time

Indiana / Schools: Indiana school voucher rolls up 47% to 29,000 this year

Business: CME Lending Group aims to lower mortgage costs

Obituary: Services Thursday for Janet Louise Adams

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/022415 Porter County Plan Minor Subdivision Hall.pdf

Legal Notices/022415 Westchester Public Library 022415.pdf


Monday, February 23, 2015

Indiana Legislature: Local lawmakers weigh in on education board, state budget and wages at teachers forum

Indiana library funding restored in newest budget

Lawmakers put off vote on Sunday alcohol sales

Porter County: Fair board willing to chip in for improvements at Expo Center

Chesterton High School: CHS Speech hosts Skeffington Memorial Invitational

Police / Traffic: ISP: Body from fiery I-65 accident not yet identified

ISP: Chesterton motorist cited in I-94 crash; road worker has close call

Indiana: IU trustees approve room and board rate hikes

Sports: Trojan Boys win 17th straight Swim Sectional title

Andrew Davison 5th at Wrestling State Finals


Darrel Hoover, Sr. services Wednesday, February 25

William 'Bill' Walsh services Wednesday

Services Wednesday for Russell E. Klett, age 91

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/022315 Duneland School Corp Additional Approps.pdf

Legal Notices/022315 Duneland School Corp Notice Issue Bonds.pdf

Legal Notices/022315 NICTD Invitation Competitive Proposals PTC.pdf


Friday, February 20, 2015

Porter County: New Auditor cuts consultant costs; Commissioners raise inmate fee

Town of Chesterton: Utility will be communicating with Fox Chase homeowners about connecting to sewers

Environment / History / Region: Obama praises conservation as US ideal as he disignates three new national monuments

Indiana: Educators say cuts to students testing time not enough

INDOT; Region roads still treacherous; drive cautiously

Purdue frats vote to ban hard liquor

Indiana Legislature: Rep. Soliday to attend forum Saturday

Indiana library funding restored in newest proposed budget

Police: PCSP: Westville man reports being robbed at Whispering Sands in Liberty

ISP: Car skids under semi trailer on I-94

Business / Labor: Postal Service and union open talks on new contract

Sports: Trojan Boys set up for Sectional Swim title

Big Ten gauging interest in making freshmen ineligible for sports

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/022015 Porter County Pub Lib Bid Structure Removal.pdf

Legal Notices/022015 NICTD Bids Platform Replacement.pdf


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Porter County: Porter County Commissioners split over latest health insurance plan

Duneland Schools: School Board votes to bond for $7.5 million in building projects

CHS student Rachel Fredenburg wins IN Bookmark Contest

Weather: New record low? Black-iced I-94 risky

Indiana Legislature: Casino tax break added to bill

Bill banning abortion due to gender and disability advances

House rejects changes to Sunday alcohol sales bill

Indiana panel sidetracks US constitutional convention call

Indiana Department of Education notifies schools of test changes

State News: Indiana aims to revoke South Bend abortion clinic license

Outdoors: Register now for inaugural Indiana Dunes Birding Festival May 7 thru 10

Police: FBI seeks armed robber of Merrillville bank

Region: Survey finds Gary has 12,000 blighted structures

Sports: CMS Benefit Game set for February 27

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/021915 IDEM 30 Day Period Urschel Labs.pdf

Legal Notices/021915 Liberty Twp Annual Financial Report.pdf

Legal Notices/021915 Town of Burns Harbor Annual Financial Report.pdf

Legal Notices/021915 Town of Chesterton Notice to Bidders Dump Truck Snow Plow.pdf

Legal Notices/021915 Town of Chesterton Notice to Bidders Pumper Firefighting Apparatus.pdf


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Porter County / Property Taxes: Higher assessed values lower tax rates in Duneland and county for 2015

Indiana Legislature / Education: Retired teachers to host legislative forum Saturday

Senate passes bill allowing board to replace Ritz as leader

Indiana: Senate panel quickly advances religious freedom bill

House panel backs repealing Indiana public projects wage law

House backs legalizing Indiana fenced-in hunting preserves

Chesterton High School: CHS presents 'Haphazardly Ever After' February 27, 28 and March 1

CHS speakers win 10-team tourney

Business: NiSource posts solid earnings in 2014

Sports: Chesterton Boys blast Munster 76-60

Palombizio nominated for National 3-point contest

Lohse and Voiers headed for Bowling State Finals


Services Wednesday for Theresa Errichiello, age 89

Services Saturday for William F. Snyder, 75

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/021815 NICTD Request for Bidders Railroad Rail and Railseal.pdf


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Duneland Schools: Hearing Wednesday on Duneland School bond issue

Traffic / Chesterton: Avoid Porter Avenue and South Calumet Road

Porter County: Porter County Commissioners to hear options for health insurance

Police: Local defrauded of $5K in check scam

Avoid Porter Avenue and South Calumet Road

Indiana: Supporters of public schools rally for Ritz

House GOP budget plan calls for school spending boost

Obituaries: Services Saturday for William F. Snyder, 75

Edward Carrington Meyer dies at age 73

Private services for Roberto R. Canales

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/021715 Burns Harbor Ordinance 259-2014.pdf

Legal Notices/021715 Burns Harbor Plan Commission Public Hearing.pdf


Monday, February 16, 2015

Elections: No touch screen voting for Porter County this year or next

Election board pressured to penalize late campaign committee reports

Police / Courts: Guilty pleas entered in federal court

Valpo felon gets probation on federal charge

Region: Evacuate Chicago? Study to see if it can be done in emergency

Indiana / Legislature /Education:

House Republican budget plan doubles Pence increase for schools

Indiana schools chief: Cut test time by cutting questions

State: GOP making push to repeal Indiana public projects wage law

Indiana lawmakers aim to restrict access to meth ingredients

'Spit Out' targets smokeless tobacco use

Treacherous travel conditions in snowy southern Indiana today

Whiteout conditions cause numerous crashes on state roads over the weekend

Sports: Chesterton girls swim to 3rd place finish at IHSAA State Finals

Andrew Davison punches State Finals ticket in wrestling

CHS Boys fall to No 1 Mishawaka Marian

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/021615 IDEM 30 Day Period Nipsco Bailly Station.pdf

Legal Notices/021615 NICTD Invitation Competitive Proposals PTC.pdf


Friday, February 13, 2015

Police: Jackson Township man charged with wife's murder in January

Man who fought PCSP officer then had medical emergency dies

Business / Steel: ArcelorMittal trims annual loss in 2014

Indiana / Education: Ritz says ISTEP testing time can be shortened by 3 hours

Porter County: Porter County government units receive 2015 Budget Orders

Township Library: Westchester Library board hears staffing changes

Community: Duneland Y accepting preschool enrollment

Duneland Y offers nurturing infant care

Sports: Trojan Gymnasts fall on Senior Night to Merrillville

Late free throws lift Portage over Chesterton


Tori Larissa Harter dies at age 44

Thomas Andershock, formerly of Chesterton, dies

Services Monday for Helen Loncaric

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/021315 Porter County Auditor Additional Appropriations.pdf


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Indiana: Computers freeze up during ISTEP stress test

Sunday alcohol sales bill comes with a catch

Panel backs allowing inland moves for riverboat casinos

House panel backs ending straight ticket voting option

Coats IRS nonprofits bill goes to full Senate

Guest Commentary: Better men must stand up and speak out: Commercial sex fuels human trafficking

Guest Commentary: Other States Outpacing Indiana When It Comes to Preschool

Police: Feds file child porn and other charges against South Haven man as case grows

Town of Burns Harbor: Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission ready to move forward with master developer and grants

Sports: Duneland staff and CHS athletes to face Harlem Wizards February 26

Valparaiso 3s knock out Trojans

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/021215 Porter Co Parks and Rec Solicitation Food Vender Qualifications.pdf

Legal Notices/021215 VLACD Cash & Inv.pdf


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Region: NIRPC 'Bikes on Trains' survey ready on Web

Town of Porter: Porter Town Council to speed pay for police working extra patrols

Business / Labor: Valpo man hurt in 2013 accident at ArcelorMittal facility sues the company

Police: Porter woman sentenced to probation in fatal shooting of ex-husband in 2011

Weather / Traffic: Wind risk: Indiana Toll Road bans long and high trucks

Indiana Legislature: Senate panel takes up bill to curb Indiana meth production

House panel amends Sunday alcohol sales bill

House panel backs proposed Indiana ethics law overhaul

Ritz proposes 1 year freeze on school accountability grades


Chesterton Gymnasts beat Lake Central

IHSAA cancels Griffith and Hammond seasons over basketball game brawl


Jane Meeks Celebration of Life is Thursday, February 12

Odell Hampton service Saturday in Dickson Tennessee

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/021115 Union Twp Annual Fin Report.pdf


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Community: Dave Kasarda named Duneland Y's new executive director and CEO

Alley-Oop for Autism at halftime of CHS basketball game Thursday

Police: Bond set for Porter resident involved in break ins leading to fatal Portage shooting

Health / Science: Measles cases turn attention to benefits of childhood vaccines

Town of Chesterton: Schnadenberg reports cost of clearing the snow about $1,000 per inch

Pay hike discussion splits Town Council

Indiana: House passes bill replacing Ritz as board of education chair

Pence orders shorter ISTEP exams, to hire consultant

DOE spokesman: Pence-backed tougher state standards driving longer ISTEP

Indiana business against religious freedom law Pence backs

Indiana joins Illinois in suspending work on Illiana Expressway

Business: NIPSCO offers energy saving tips and bill payment options

Robots replacing humans at faster pace

In Memoriam

Memorial service February 12 for Adam 'Taylor' MacDonald


Monday, February 9, 2015

Chesterton High School: CHS Debate team wins back to back state titles

CHS Speech team wins Munster tourney

Education / Indiana: Pence orders shorter ISTEP exams, to hire consultant

DOE spokesman: Pence-backed tougher state standards driving longer ISTEP

Police: ISP: Three dead in 'horrific' crash on I-94

PCSP: Masked man robs South Haven smoke shop

Portage Police: Speedway gas station robbed by two

Chesterton Police: BBs fired at vehicles in CHS lot

Two visitors at Westville prison charged

Valpo man found injured in street; Valparaiso Police seek help

Sports: Tolin and Davison win Regional Wrestling titles

CHS Girls swim to 16th straight Sectional title


Niki Quasney dies at age 38

Memorial service February 12 for Adam 'Taylor' MacDonald

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/020915 Dune Acres Annual Financial Report.pdf

Legal Notices/012915 Porter County 2014 Gross Wages Report.pdf


Friday, February 6, 2015

Porter County: Design plans for Sunset Hill Park education center move forward

Town Elections: More contested races as deadline passes to file for town elections

Police: Gary strip-club dancers charged with prostitution

PCSP: South Haven man orders his dog to attack officer

DNR: Two snowmobilers hurt trying to jump ditch

Business / Digital Dangers: Anthem warns about phishing emails after massive hack

Attorney General urges credit freeze in FAQs on Anthem Inc security breach

Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

Indiana Legislature: House passes Moseley bill expanding transparency in homeowners groups

House panel backs bill seeking to boost industrial hemp crop

Schools: CHS Speech team third at Elkhart Winter Frolic

Sports: CHS girls swim team sets up for Sectional title at prelims

Trojan Girls fall at Gary West


Memorial service February 12 for Adam 'Taylor' MacDonald

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/020615 Duneland School Corp Hearing.pdf

Legal Notices/020615 Town of Porter Annual Financial Report.pdf



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Community: Benefit Sunday for Wendi Balda, Bailly Mom fighting cancer

Elections: Town election filing deadline is noon, Friday; Swickard, Pomeroy, R. Poparad in

Business / Economy / Fraud: Hackers access records for millions of Anthem customers

Postal Service eyes new ways to make money

Police: Kouts nurses face numerous charges

Fire Department: Chesterton Fire Department releases activity report for last 30 days

Environment / NIPSCO: Elevated arsenic levels found in Town of Pines

Environment / Hunting: Public hearings scheduled on proposed DNR rule changes on deer hunting, more

Indiana Legislature: Indiana House votes to delay date of Ritz removal

Indiana / Purdue: Hotel developer White resigns from Purdue trustees


Services Friday, February 6 for Woflgang Pflughaupt

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/020515 Porter County Plan Use Var Bennett Storage.pdf

Legal Notices/020515 Porter County Plan Rich.pdf

Legal Notices/020515 Porter County Plan Gariup.pdf

Legal Notices/020515 Porter County Plan DSV Bennett Storage.pdf

Legal Notices/020515 Porter County Plan Czupryn.pdf

Legal Notices/020515 Porter County Plan Waters.pdf

Legal Notices/020515 Pine Township Annual Financial Report 2014.pdf


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Police: South Shore train hits SUV stuck on tracks in Ogden Dunes after driver abandons it

Sheriff Reynolds creates Heroin Overdose Response Team to trace drug to its source

Local man labeled sexually violent predator sentenced for child molesting

Duneland Schools:CHS picks homecoming royalty

Three teachers retiring with over 78 years experience at Duneland

Indiana Legislature: Soliday county asset bill passes out of House committee

House panel passes bill adding oversight to state agencies

Senate backs allowing religion-based hiring by contractors

Chicago: Pregnant dolphin at Shedd Aquarium due this summer

Sports: Chesterton Boys swim past Highland 143-33

CHS Girls Hoops beats Highland on Senior Night


Private services for LaDonna R. Elson, 87

Services Thursday for Charlotte Marie Phillips, 91

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/020415 Boone Twp Annual Financial Report.pdf

Legal Notices/020415 Chesterton Utility Notice to Bidders.pdf

Legal Notices/020415 Jackson Twp Annual Financial Report.pdf

Legal Notices/020415 Pleasant Twp Annual Financial Report.pdf


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Duneland Schools: School board sets hearing on financing for maintenance projects

State funding for Duneland below average; charters get the most

Police / Traffic: ISP: Local man hurt in I-94 accident here today

ISP: Driver injured after rearending semi on I-65

One badly hurt in crash on I-65 near Merrillville

Indiana: Senate backs allowing religion based hiring by contractors

Pence announces changes at BMV amid $2M in overcharges

Panel backs allowing state board to replace Ritz as leader

Court rules state can't regulate fenced-in deer hunting preserves

Indiana House backs new rules after nursing home scandal

House panel passes bill adding oversight to state agencies

Business / Economy: Ports of Indiana handled record volume of cargo in 2014

Indiana to get $21.5M share of S&P settlement

Signups underway for expanded Healthy Indiana


Timothy John Clites services Thursday, February 5

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/020315 IURC Prehearing Conference Cause No 44587.pdf

Legal Notices/020315 Westchester Township Annual Financial Report.pdf


Monday, February 2, 2015

Weather / Traffic / Community: 15 inches (and counting) of wet snow slows plowing efforts

Schools: CHS debate team wins district tourney

Educators worry revamped ISTEP test will take too long

Town Elections: Stinson and Lopez running for Porter Council; filing deadline is Friday at noon

Region: NICTD to introduce limited stop express rush hour train in March

Sports: CHS Wrestling wins IHSAA Sectional Title

CHS Boys Swim to 19th straight Duneland Conference title

Trojan Boys hold on to beat Lake Central 56-53

Chesterton Girls Hoops beats Andrean

CHS Gymnasts finish 2nd at CHS Invitational


Donald Keith Lee dies at age 75

Robert 'Ken' McMeans services Wednesday, February 4

Richard N, Downey, Sr., Celebration of Life February 8

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/020215 Porter County Municipal Airport Rehabilitate Runway Bidderspdf.pdf

Legal Notices/020215 Ogden Dunes Cash & Inv.pdf


2014 in review:

In like a lion out like a lamb as Duneland, county build for the future


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