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RENSSELAER — Residents gathered at the eMbers Venue Thursday to take part in a town hall event covering numerous topics of concern to local communities. 

VALPARAISO — On Aug. 7, 2019, the Indiana Sheriff’s Association honored Porter County Officer Nathan Graf with the Deputy Sheriff Officer of the Year award after he received the Porter County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Honor in July for his role in saving two officers from a man wielding a bo…

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RENSSELAER — Crossroads CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Director, Katie Hall, received recognition from the Indiana Supreme Court Justices for her service to the Indiana Supreme Court Advisory Commission on Guardian Ad Litem / Court Appointed Special Advocates.

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DEMOTTE — The Kankakee Valley School Board of Trustees met Monday night after a public hearing on collective bargaining in deciding teachers’ wages. An update on the athletic fields was presented to the board, including an opportunity for the board to consider adding storage for hand tools a…

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DEMOTTE — Over 160 vehicles registered on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 10 to be judged as part of the largest Touch of Dutch Car Show ever. Jeff Glotzbach of Otterbein, would emerge as the overall Best in Show winner for his 1955 dark green GMC truck.

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DEMOTTE — The Touch of Dutch festival turned out to be a great day at the park, with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The beginning of the annual fest saw over 400 runners in the 37th Rotary Ramble. The runners had faster times this year due to the lower temperatures and lower humid…

The end of summer can only mean one thing: school is back in session. School buses will be back on the road and troopers with the Indiana State Police posts will be hitting the roads to watch for stop-arm violations.

DEMOTTE — Adjacent to the finish of the Rotary Ramble 5k Walk and Run and in the shadow of the Fairchild House, a series of smaller “races” were held just after the main race.

WHEATFIELD — The Kankakee Valley High School Interact Club, a Rotary sponsored club, recently collected its one millionth drink tab to donate to the Chicago Ronald McDonald House, but they are not done yet. The group will be at the DeMotte McDonalds on Wednesday, Aug. 28 between 5 and 8 P.M.…

FAIR OAKS — Fair Oaks Farms announced the first harvest from its apple orchard, which the company described as being “four years in the growing.” According to a recent press release, FOF will be donating all proceeds from that harvest to a local charity for the next two weekends.

DEMOTTE — The 39th Annual DeMotte Rotary Ramble kicked off at 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday, Aug. 10. In just under 16-and-a-half minutes and five kilometers later the first runner crossed the finish line. The race was under the direction of Greg Fieldhouse for the second year and, just like last…

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As the summer season was coming to a close, a new opening was being introduced at the Touch of Dutch Festival this year. Rick Klompmaker, a shoemaker from Holland, Michigan, visited us at the festival to demonstrate the art of wooden shoemaking. This was Rick’s first year at the Touch of Dut…

On Aug. 24, 1919, Jaradean “Jane” Vernice was born to Jess and Effie Wynkoop. Jane was one of nine siblings. She married Leo Ambrose Stalbaum on June 28, 1946. This year marks her 100th birthday, a birthday that took 10 decades to reach; 100 years of memories; 100 years of life.

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JASPER COUNTY — The Keener Township Volunteer Fire Department announced Thursday that it had received new SCBA equipment. These new air packs will replace the department’s current models that are now out of date and unable to get their annual tests performed.

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RENSSELAER — Autumn Trace, a new assisted-living community for those of a certain age, marked its grand opening Saturday by welcoming in approximately 400 to 500 people.

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WHEATFIELD — As if the scrimmage to start football season at KV isn’t enough to draw fans by itself, Coach James Broyles has two more tricks up his sleeve for the Friday, Aug. 16 match-up. The scrimmage will be played in the new stadium, and former NFL’er Jared Tomich will be on hand to help…

WHEATFIELD — The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Monday afternoon after arresting two more stemming from a domestic incident that occurred on July 22 at a residence in rural Wheatfield.

PHOENIX - Chaos. Insanity. Launch angle. It's hard to know what to believe anymore when watching a sport where hitting a ball over the fence was once an accomplishment worth celebrating. Up until this season, it would have been all-too-easy to write that surely, neither San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy nor Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo had seen anything like what took ...

LOS ANGELES - U.S. Customs and Border Protection's computer system suffered a breakdown for a few hours Friday that slowed international passenger processing at airports nationwide. Friday afternoon, Customs tweeted that "affected systems are coming back online ... " but no reason was given for the problem. L.A.'s airport on Friday afternoon tweeted that Customs systems were "slowly getting ...

WASHINGTON - Senior Democratic members of Congress are considering action against top emissaries of the Israeli government and the Trump administration for their roles in Israel's decision to bar two House members from entering the country. About a dozen lawmakers, including senior Jewish members, began discussions on Friday morning over ways to communicate a "deep lack of confidence and ...

NEW YORK - A state judge on Friday blocked an attempt by the National Rifle Association to stifle Oliver North when its ousted president answers tough questions next week from the state attorney general about the gun group's finances. The NRA, at war with North over a rumored coup, was trying to lay down legal cover to keep him from talking about its inner operations. The gun group filed a ...