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Monday, March 30, 2015

Police: Driver dies in Ransom Road crash; infant in safety seat survives

Look for new flashing yellow arrow at US 6 and US 30 traffic signals

State Prison correctional officer charged with attempted trafficking

Indiana: Indiana plans language to clarify religious objections law

Ballard tells lawmakers to repeal religious objections law

Religious law has Chicago mayor wooing Indiana businesses

Indiana Democrats seek repeal of religious law

University leaders say religious law damaging to Indiana

Indy rally challenges new religious law as discriminatory

Existing casinos concerned about proposed South Bend project

House panel passes needle exchange bill

Environment: National parks call on Americans to 'Find Your Park'


Edgar J. Lewandowski services Wendesday

Gloyeske family asks donations go to Porter County Cancer Society

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/033015 Porter County Ordinance No 1501.pdf

Legal Notices/033015 Porter County Tax Rate Chart for web_Layout 1.pdf


Friday, March 27, 2015

Community: Holy Week: Duneland area Church Listings

Duneland Chamber 2015 Facade Grant Program now taking applications

Low income seniors can sign up for hunger relief program

Porter County: County planners recommend looser billboard requirements

Region / Police: US: Chicago area cousins planned US terrorist attack

Indiana: Star Trek star George Takei calls for Indiana boycott

NCAA to monitor impacts of Indiana religious law

Police: String of yard vandalism reported in neighborhood

Health: White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic resistant germs

Region: More time for public comment on NIRPC plan

Class Reunion: CHS Class of 1955 plans 60th reunion


Services Monday for Jean Marie Alexander

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/032715 NICTD Competitive Proposals Broker Services.pdf

Legal Notices/032715 NICTD Competitive Proposals.pdf

Legal Notices/032715 Porter County Public Library System Addl Approps.pdf

Legal Notices/032715 Valparaiso City Utilities Intent to Sell Bonds.pdf


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Police: Indiana Supreme Court upholds McCowan conviction and sentence in murder of Amanda Bach

Environment / Indiana Dunes: DNR and Pavilion Partners to unveil designs for Dunes State Park beach conference center at open house Monday

Indiana: Indiana governor overrides law to authorize needle exchange

Indiana Governor Pence signs religious objections bill as backlash from business grows

NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious bill

ACLU Disappointed in Indiana religious objection law

House committee removes public record search fee from bill

Town of Porter: Spring clean up starts Monday in Porter; parks get donation from Lions

Town of Chesterton: Jim Ton Effort afoot at NIRPC to be less bureaucratically opaque

Great Lakes: Soo Locks opened for the start of this year

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/032615 Duneland School Corp Bidders Roof Restoration.pdf

Legal Notices/032615 Town of Burns Harbor Addl Approps.pdf


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Town of Chesterton: Town Council told nursing home moratorium bill would not affect Mainstreet project

Town of Chestrton Spring Cleanup Week coming April 20-24

Town of Porter Porter mulls $3.5 million TIF bond for roads and building

Police / Fire: Porter Fire Department K9 dog Harley goes on 3 mile track

Indiana Revenue Department warns Hoosiers about tax scam

Business / Stee: USS to idle Granite City hitting 2080 jobs there

Indiana Legislature: Indiana lawmakers send religious objection bill to governor

Convention and church conference eye Indiana pullout over religious objections bill

Pence signs right-to-try experimental drugs bill into law

Indiana lawmakers to revisit baby boxes bill in 2016

Lawmakers Search fee for records to be removed from bill

Indiana / Schools: High court: State Constitution doesn't require school bus service


Services Saturday for Charlotte Mildred Anderson

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/032515 Alcohol Tobacco Commission April 9 Hearing.pdf


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Town of Chesterton: NIRPC awards town $120K grant for Westchester/Liberty Trail along 1100N

Porter County bridge project to close East Porter Avenue Wednesday

Environment / Indiana Dunes: Park Service says $30M in needed maintenance at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been deferred for lack of money

Police: Woman struck and killed by SUV on US 20

Indiana: With GOP votes Indiana House passes religious objection bill

House panel weighs giving equal access to adoption records

Politics / Indiana: Republican Senator Coats to retire will not run in 2016

Business: Iron ore shipping season begins on Great Lakes

Port of Indiana Burns Harbor honored for 2014 season

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/032415 Valparaiso Community Schools 2014 Annual Performance Report.pdf

Legal Notices/032415 Valparaiso Community Schools Bidders Buses copy.pdf


Monday, March 23, 2015

Police / Fire: CPD: Gun incident resolved peacefully today

Spring snowstorm snarls traffic in Region today

Chesterton firefighters respond to chimney fire Friday

Chesterton Police: calls for service kept officers on the hop in 2014

VPD: Marijuana bricks found at vehicle fire

Environment: Shirley Heinze fund unveils first ever capital campaign to raise $3.5 million

Weather: 15 inches of snow in upper Midwest

Economy: US gas prices head lower

State News: Indiana calls in CDC to help with HIV outbreak

Indiana moves to standardize state fire training system

Lawmaker with casket firms helped kill biocremation bill

Indiana House passes religious objections bill

Sports: Raffin finishes 3rd at HSR Indoor Track Finals


Services Thursday for Matthew Gloyeske, age 54

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/032315 Porter County Ordinance 1503.pdf

Legal Notices/032315 Porter County Ordinance No 1501.pdf

Legal Notices/032315 Porter County Ordinance No 1502.pdf

Legal Notices/032315 Porter County Tax Rate Chart for web_Layout 1.pdf


Friday, March 20, 2015

Town of Chesterton: Chesterton Plan Commission hears proposal for $35 million development near Toll Road and 49

Council to mull reduced park impact fee at Monday meeting

Chesterton High School: CHS BPA students win awards at state conference

CHS to mark 125th anniversary of school's first graduating class

Police / Fire: Chesterton and Burns Harbor fire departments respond to ArcelorMittal mill today

ISP: Tons of cheese block I-65 offramp this morning

Work Zone Awareness Week to mark start of roadwork season

Indiana Dunes: National Park Service tells spring season prescribed burns

State: Tallian inmate training bill heads to governor's desk

Indiana 2nd grader hospitalized with meningitis


Services Tuesday for George W. Roberts age 96

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/032015 NICTD Competitive Proposals.pdf

Legal Notices/032015 Town of Burns Harbor Ordinance 260-2015.pdf

Legal Notices/032015 Valparaiso City Utilities Intent to Sell Bonds.pdf


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Town of Porter / Business: Porter BZA permits year round activities at Seven Peaks Waterpark

Police / Health: Substance Abuse Council: Dispose of unwanted Rx meds at dropoff locations

Business: Principals in Dunes State Park Pavilion rehab are well known to local business community

Poll: Public unaware health law is in jeopardy

Guest Commentary: Fast Track trade policy road to nowhere for Region steelworkers

Environment: Winter sets global heat record despite US East big chill

IDEM will test your well for free as part of ground water assessment study

Indiana: State schools superintendent requests shift in House budget funds to help public schools

Indiana education board to weigh call to reduce student tests

Foes say Indiana religious objections bill threatens day care rules

Pence seeking to add more than 100 child welfare workers

Sen. Donnelly urges Indiana and feds to work together on Amtrak line

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/031915 Duneland School Corp Bidders Roof Restoration.pdf


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Police: Two die in head-on crash with school bus on Ind. 8; kids okay

Victim in fatal US 20 crash was Liberty man

Business / Economy: Area jobless rates spike as more seek work

Bankrupt Toll Road execs to share $2.5M bonus

Traffic / Regi0n: INDOT Westbound Toll Road on-ramp from I-80/94 closed at Lake Station

NIRPC seeking pubic input on update to 2040 regional plan

Porter County Commissioners: Sheriff Reynolds proposes free phone app for alerts

County insurance plan reducing costs as claims hold steady

Town of Chesterton: IURC okays town to intervene in Fox Chase receiver's emergency rate case

Schools: Correction: Stone Freeman is National Speech qualifier for CHS

Community: Apply for Chesterton/Porter Rotary Scholarships by Friday, April 10


Services Saturday for Ruth M. Antrim, age 99


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Police: Man dies in crash on US Highway 20

Frost Law in effect; trucks banned from county roads

Environment / Weather: Photo: Signs of spring

Major solar storm hitting Earth, may pull northern lights south

Observe Fix-A-Leak Week by fixing a leak

Indiana: Indiana House panel endorses religious objections bill

Indiana joins 10 states in opposing tougher EPA ozone limits

State tries to reduce infant deaths after poor showing in report

Indiana considers $20 search fee for public record requests

Region: Hobart man arrested after gun found in bag at Chicago airport

Gunman fires on truck on Dan Ryan


Services Thursday for Pauline Solley, age 90


Monday, March 16, 2015

Porter County: Animal Control ordinance taken off County Commissioners agenda

Chesterton High School: CHS qualifies nine more for national speech and debate tourney (Total 19)

Town of Porter: Hearing for Seven Peaks paintball ice skating gocarts on Porter BZA agenda

Elections: Candidates get final warning on late reports

South Porter County still without early voting site

Police: Liberty Township mobile home damaged in fire

New officer to join Chesterton Police

Former township official in LaPorte County sentenced

Outage affects Valpo shopping mall district

Man shoots self in the foot accidentally

Sobriety checkpoint in Duneland Tuesday

NIPSCO: Winter gas shutoff moratorium ended Sunday but bill assistance still available

Indiana Dunes: Mt Baldy to stay closed this summer as dune hole investigation continues

Sports: Valpo U staying close to home for NCAA tournament

Chesterton boys volleyball wins openers

CHS Gymnasts end season at Regionals


Services Thursday for Joseph T. Trella age 78

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/031615 Porter County Tax Rate Chart for web_Layout 1.pdf


Friday, March 13, 2015

Police: CPD working to make the Wilson Street detour safer

Region: South Shore's new express commuter run to begin Monday

Township Library: Library board begins interview process for new director

Town of Burns Harbor: Burns Harbor hears request from Portage PD to use closed firing range

Business: 83 new hires at USS Gary Works terminated

Coats bill would permit fed agencies to enter into longterm utility contracts

Indiana: Universities request more funding to keep tuition affordable

Sports: Colin Kenney is state K of C free throw champion


Services Saturday for Elfaye MacDonald, age 85

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/030615 Duneland School Corp Notice of Intent to Sell Bonds.pdf


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Police: Woman charged with stealing thousands from former employer in Burns Harbor

Charged in 2014 with theft of $1.5M; now accused of stealing from disabled child

Monthly restitution payments lowered for couple who stole from local widow

Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam

Community: Relay For Life: Local business support needed to help in fight against cancer

Town of Burns Harbor: CCD funds to replace baseball fence at Burns Harbor park

Environment / Indiana Dunes: Guest Commentary: Public deserves answers on privatization of State Park pavilion and conference center at beach

Indiana: Sen Coats asks feds not to dump IndyChicago Amtrak service on INDOT

Sports: CHS honors winter sports athletes


I. Lois Kruk dies at age 93

Services Saturday for Elfaye MacDonald, age 85

Kenneth Lester Zerby dies at age 77

William P. Cummings service Friday in Arizona

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/031215 Porter County Plan Appeal M & M Farms.pdf

Legal Notices/031215 Porter County Plan Commission Amend UDO.pdf

Legal Notices/031215 Porter County Plan Commission Zone Amend Sandstone Ridge Villas.pdf

Legal Notices/031215 Porter County Plan UDO Ord 0705.pdf


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Environment / Indiana Dunes: Izaak Walton opposes banquet center next to State Park Pavilion

Town of Chesterton: Planner Kowalski questions selection of park impact fee consultant

New eatery to open at 321 Broadway

Town of Porter: Beach permits selling fast in Porter; egg hunt grows

Indiana: Australian company buys bankrupt Toll Road firm

Mandated testing dosn't come cheap: Indiana eyes $134 million in student testing contracts

Senate committee advances right-to-try trial drugs bill

Chesterton High School: CHS Speech team qualifies 32 of 39 entries to state tournament

CHS Show Choirs earn honors

Police: Blocked dryer lint trap leads dangerous to CO buildup in Chesterton home

Business / Steel: ArcelorMittal named GM Supplier of the Year


David Kessinger dies at age 64

Services Friday for Therese Mangine, age 84

Services Saturday for Elfaye MacDonald, age 85

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/031115 IURC Cause No 44587.pdf


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chesterton Town Council: Sharon Darnell against Common Wage Law repeal

As East Porter Avenue bridge project looms; traffic headaches expected to mount

Replacement of Downtown sidewalk to be expedited in runup to Euro Market

Police: Be a saint, drive sober during St. Paddy Day celebrations

CPD: Woman confronts burglar in her Sandpiper Drive garage

VPD to aggressively blitz Indiana 49; man in Saturday 500N crash critical

VPD: Woman trapped under vehicle in building reported in serious condition

Portage convenience store robbed at gunpoint

Excise Police execute search warrants at three tobacco retailers in Gary

Chesterton High School: Chesterton High School Winter Guard wins Midwest Invitational

CHS Jazz Band earns Gold award at ISSMA


Services Wednesday for David B. Halpin age 63

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/031015 NICTD Req Bidders.pdf


Monday, March 9, 2015

Porter County: Ducks, turkeys and rabbits coming to Sunset Hill Farm Park

Police: Hebron mother and daughter killed in crash in Kentucky when trucker hits vehicle

Badly injured at Indiana 49 and 500N when trucker slams into vehicle

49 rollover this morning spills debris on road

CFD: Crocker dryer fire damages home

Portage man killed in shooting during dispute in Munster

VPD: Drunk driver crashes into building and injures woman inside

PCSP: Man okay after being accidentally shot

State News: Indiana baby box bill sparks backlash from some groups

Indiana has a lot at stake in health care subsidy lawsuit

VA hospital manager's email draws fire from vets


Late rally lifts Trojans past Merrillville; Crown Point is too much in final

Chesterton Gymnasts finish 5th at IHSAA Sectional

Hundreds pack funeral for White Sox great Minnie Minoso

No. 1 Valpo U tops Cleveland St 60-55; heads to Horizon Final against No. 2 UW/Green Bay


Michael J. Williamson services Tuesday

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/030915 Chesterton Plan Commission Ordinance Establish Impact Fee.pdf

Legal Notices/030915 Chesterton Plan Commission Zoning and Subdivision Control Ord Changes.pdf


Friday, March 6, 2015

Porter County: Deer hunting programs favored by County Park Board

Schools: Duneland students selected for Porter County Arts-A-Budding art show

Police: Alert Chesterton Police officer apprehends suspect in Speedway burglary

Woman injured when Jeep crashes into Valparaiso office today

CPD: Hilton guest charged with burglary

Community: Duneland Girl Scouts to hold canvas party Saturday at Hawthorne Park

Turn clocks ahead Saturday and check smoke alarms

Weather: Coast Guard: Warmup could make frozen Lake Michigan and waterways dangerous

State: Indiana Senate budget chief says school funding under review

Indiana to end Indianapolis to Chicago Amtrak line in April


Services Monday, March 9 for Mary Peggy Gibson

Ricky E. Martin services Saturday

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/030615 Duneland School Corp Notice of Intent to Sell Bonds.pdf

Legal Notices/030615 Porter County Annual Financial Report.pdf


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Business / Community: NorthShore Health to open in Chesterton

Town of Chesterton / Local History: NIPSCO crew hits foundation of forgotten building on East Porter Ave.

Education / Community: : Public Comment: A Tale of Two Schools

Community: Chesterton motorcycle team wins National award

Rose Davison Schubert reaches milestone of 100

Environment / Weather: El Nino finally here but this one is weak, weird and late

Health: Flu winds down; FDA aims for better vaccine next year

Legislature: Indiana lawmakers advancing rules for e-cigarette liquids

Senate panel passes ban on plastic beads polluting lakes

Sports: Chesterton Boys win Sectional opener 87-68


Leon R. Fickel services Saturday

Kenneth L. Zerby dies at age 77

Joanna Lynn Hammar (Nolen) is mourned

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/030515 Porter County Plan Diveley.pdf

Legal Notices/030515 Porter County Plan Learman.pdf

Legal Notices/030515 Porter County Plan Pressel.pdf

Legal Notices/030515 Porter County Plan Shorewood Forest.pdf

Legal Notices/030515 Porter County Plan Worldwide Shippers.pdf

Legal Notices/030515 Town of Beverly Shores Addl Approps.pdf


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Porter County: County Park zoning and jail fee approved

Deer kill report on County Park Board agenda

Duneland School Board: Legislation watch continues for Duneland School board

Community: Disposable Theatre offers local improv classes starting March 15

VU Professor Emeritus Lutze publishes memoir about civil rights movement

Business: Seven Peaks Waterpark proposes paintball and year-round activities

Steelworkers converge on DC to oppose fast track

Apple and Android vulnerable to FREAK attack

Environment: DNA tool helping biologists find elusive or invasive species

DNR added 32 million fish to Indiana waters in 2014

Region: Visclosky urges VA chief to improve veterans' health care


Services Saturday for Earl J. Graves, 83

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/030415 Porter County Municipal Airport Annual Financial Report.pdf


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Duneland Schools: CHS planning anniversary celebration for 125th graduation

Whitlow grills Duneland School Board on public comment policy

Young engineer, reading programs make learning fun at LIS Bailly

CHS Speech takes second at Valpo with two individual champions

The Digital Jungle We Live In: Police say couple's account mysteriously plundered

Environment: Save the Dunes lobbying Congress to maintain Great Lakes Restoration funds

Indiana: Guest Commentary: Lawmakers risk lowering voter turnout with proposed bills

Indiana contractors and workers fight to keep prevailing wage law

Consultants map out steps to avoid repeat of testing uproar

Indiana AG office appeals synthetic drugs ruling

Anti-crime bills imposing longer sentences advance to House

IU adopts new policy on sexual misconduct and harassment

Purdue holds off on leave policy changes after backlash


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

Donations needed for Rebuilding Together Duneland April work day

Duneland YMCA Member Appreciation Week March 2 through 6

Duneland Resale scholarship applications due by April 6

Legal Notices

Legal Notices/030315 Town of Chesterton Annual Fin Report.pdf

Legal Notices/030315 NICTD Req Bidders.pdf

Legal Notices/030315 IDEM Cargill AgHorizons.pdf


Monday, March 2, 2015

Porter County:

County Commissioners to finalize Aukiki park zoning, inmate fee

Indiana Legislature

Legislature at midpoint: GOP pushes budget plan, divisive issues

A look at major issues in the Indiana Legislature


Two counties to decide on plan for Indiana Toll Road

Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes newborn gorilla

Police / Fire / Emergency:

DNR: Snowmobiler hurt in accident near Wolf Lake


Chesterton Boys finish 11th at State Swim Finals

Trojan Boys basketball team ends regular season with 70-50 win


William Kish services Wednesday

Visitation Tuesday for Wanda Jane Beile 86

Legal Notice

Legal Notices/030215 Duneland School Corp Notice Issue Bonds.pdf


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