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Paid Internships Available with the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus

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The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid, spring-semester internships to college students, recent college graduates and graduate students during the 2019 legislative session.

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Newhard Funeral Home Announces the Passing of Thomas Lemmon of Westville at Age 80


Thomas G. Lemmon 80, of Westville, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at home. He was born February 25, 1938 in Gary, Indiana to Forest George and Lydia (Williams) Lemmon. In 1995 he married his wife Ellen Lemmon who passed away September 12, 2012. Tom is survived by his children: Robert (Kathy) Lemmon of Dawson, Illinois, Charlene (Tom) Govert of Schererville, Indiana, Carolyn Scurlock of Gary; his sisters Mary Kestle of Valparaiso, Ruth Nehemiah of LaPorte, Betty (Jim) Vogel of Texas, and his brother Jim Lemmon of Westville. Six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren also survive him. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John. Tom is a retired welder. He was a member of the Christadelphian Church in LaPorte and was a member of Agape in Action, an organization that sponsors children in Africa to support education and...

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Bartholomew Funeral Home Announces the Passing of Ronald Eugene Podell of Valparaiso at Age 72


Ronald Eugene Podell, 72, of Wanatah, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018 at home. He was born March 16, 1946 in Valparaiso to Roger Raymond and Mary Catherine (Shireman) Podell. Surviving are his wife Ellen (Saylor) Podell, his children Ronald Podell, Jr. of Laramie, Wyoming, Sean Podell of Valparaiso, two sisters Carol Uhlman of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Rita Matanich of Louisville, Kentucky, and his half brother Ted Bolles of Lore City, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his first wife Bonnie and his parents. Ron was retired from McGill Manufacturing in Valparaiso after almost 44 years of service there. He was a member of the American Legion Post #94 S.A.L. in Valparaiso, the Elks B.P.O.E. Lodge 500, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, both in Valparaiso also. Visitation for Ron will be on Tuesday, April 10th from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Bartholomew...

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Agenda for a Better Community


Project Neighbors is initiating an effort to start building a consensus around the commitments necessary to build the best possible Valparaiso. This effort has resulted in the first draft of the “Agenda for a Better Community” (ABC). Over the coming weeks and months, discussions will be held with individuals and organizations throughout the community (including those who have been traditionally left out). Actions will be prioritized based on potential for coalitions of committed people. Project Neighbors will be building vehicles, including a dynamic website, for facilitating communication and organizing activity.

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The Season Is Over... We Grieve, But We Do It Together as a Team and a Family


The season is over... it hurts. People on the outside say, " It is just a game." Even the people you think get you, So how do you explain it? Or maybe it isn't worth explaining? But what is it then??? They ask these questions, honestly baffled by our grief. The team that shared blood, sweat and tears are,in fact brothers ... and my kids brothers, and my adopted sons.

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Congratulations to the Entire Region High School Gymnastics Community!

congratulations-to-the-entire-region-high-school-gymnastics-community_01The Region has proved, once again, that this is the hotbed of high school gymnastics in our State. Chesterton and Valparaiso dominated the team competition, with Chesterton winning the Team State Title with 114.4, the second highest total ever at a State meet. Valparaiso recorded the 4th highest score, with a 113.95, to place second. Third place Columbus North was a distant third at 110.4. Results for the individual awards were also dominated by these two teams, with 22 of the 33 individual medals won by Chesterton and Valparaiso gymnasts!

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My Great Grandma's 100th Birthday


On Saturday, Feb. 17, lifetime Valparaiso resident Alice Flitter will be surrounded by five generations of family coming together to celebrate a century of life, mere days before her 100th birthday.

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BridgePoint Church: Unexpected Provision

BridgePoint-ChurchThis past Sunday, January 21st, our church treasurer was anxious to meet with the our Leadership Team prior to our worship services. Typically, we might expect this request to be related to a technical or operational decision needing to be made. This Sunday was different. We had no idea the surprise our church was about to experience. There had been an unexpected capital gift made to BridgePoint Church of $100K!!! This was just what was needed to completely finish paying off the mortgage for our building. (which most in town would remember as the old YMCA down town.)

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Holcomb’s 2nd State of the State Emphasizes Workforce, Presents Goals for Progress in 2018

HolcombINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb on Tuesday delivered his 2018 State of the State address to a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly. While continuing his focus on five key pillars, the governor’s remarks highlighted his commitment to developing a skilled, ready workforce and detailed several milestones he expects the state to meet.

“Our greatest challenge is that too many Hoosiers lack the education and skills for the jobs that are here today and being created tomorrow—nearly all of which require a post-secondary education. It’s a challenge faced by every state and a major concern for every business,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This is the issue of the decade, and we don’t have a day to waste.”

In his address, Gov. Holcomb outlined the following workforce-related goals:
· Help at least 25,000 of the 700,000+ Hoosier adults with some...

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Time for New Approaches to Address Indiana’s Voter Turnout Problems

Leigh-Morris Voter turnout is a concern across the country, but it’s especially concerning in Indiana. It’s been low in Indiana for years, but it hit rock bottom in 2014 when, by many measures, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout of all the states. By the 2016 Presidential elections, there was improvement, but Indiana was still rated as 38th out of the 50 states, with 59.7% of registered voters casting ballots.

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Top 10 Overall Stories on ValpoLife from 2017


2017 was full of great news stories from all over the area! We took a look at our top articles from 2017 and were amazed by the sheer number of events, activities, and positive moments we were able to share.

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