2022-05-24 E-Edition

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Kenneth Allen wants billboard in Coffee Creek to go electric

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Kenneth J. Allen & Associates wants to convert its billboard at Coffee Creek along Ind. 49 into a dynamic, electronic sign. Associate Town Attorney Charles Parkinson during the May 19 Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission meeting characterized it as a “simple request, but complicated.” Allen is building offices for his law firm at Coffee Creek and as a result acquired rights […]

‘Allow these heroes who are keeping us safe to do what they were intended to do’

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Porter County will be one of four sites in the state for a new program targeting mental health needs that will take the burden off of police officers. Indiana Supreme Court Justice Christopher Goff, the keynote speaker for the Porter County Sheriff’s Office’s annual police memorial program, told attendees Thursday at the Porter County Expo Center that he asked several […]

The buzz in Porter: Bees are livestock

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Bees are considered to be livestock within the Town of Porter. At least that’s the definition they fall under in the town’s current animal ordinance. And livestock are also not allowed to be kept at a residence under regulations of R-1 or R-2 zoning. The Indiana State Legislature in 2019, though, changed the state law to allow bees to be […]

Good Samaritan praised for assisting sheriff’s deputy

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William Cassoday and his wife were on their way to his mom’s house in Portage heading north on Swanson Road on May 16 when he slowed down for a Porter County Sheriff’s Department squad car on the side of the road with its lights on. “Just as I was passing, the guy was swinging on the cop and his face,” […]

CHS commencement details released

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The 132nd annual Chesterton High School commencement exercises will be hosted at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 at the CHS Football Stadium, June 2 in case of inclement weather. Student Government officers are Celia Faroh, President of Student Affairs; Chad Berdine, Vice President of Student Affairs; Helen Jackson, Treasurer; and Senior WHIP, Sofia Portugal. Senior class senators are Madelin […]

Alumni, family and friends celebrate final day at Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club

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On Thursday, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana hosted an alumni event for the closing of their Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club building, which served the youth of Porter County in the old Gardner School for over 50 years. The event, hosted by the Valpo Capital Campaign Community Outreach Committee, saw roughly 150 alumni and friends tour the […]

News briefs

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County compost sites closed May 30 The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County’s compost sites will be closed to commemorate Memorial Day. The district office, Valparaiso, Portage & Boone Grove compost sites will be closed on Monday, May 30, for the federal holiday. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, May 31, at all locations. Standard operating hours for […]

Shirley Jean (Luke) McCall

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Shirley Jean (Luke) McCall, age 88 of Chesterton, IN passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at home. She was born on January 7, 1934 in Altoona, PA to Robert and Evelyn (Boyles) Luke. Shirley is survived by her husband of 63 years, Charles Robert McCall; sons, Mark Robert (Kendra Grant) McCall and Matthew Charles (Marian) McCall; daughters, Mary Catherine […]

Voice of the People

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Just a few comments: 1. I can still smell the stench of the State Park Pavilion lease deal from Valparaiso all the way to the Statehouse. 2. It’s about time to re-name Chicago “West Gary”. 3. I’m sick of hearing full-time Porter County election officials complaining about “how hard they Voice of have to work” for 2 weeks, twice a […]