Vidette-Messenger of Porter County from Valparaiso, Indiana on December 31, 1986 · 7
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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Wednesday, December 31, 1986
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The Vidette Messenger, Valparaiso. Indiana, Wednesday, DecembenBl, 1986 7 City Council member runs for Senate by Jeff Mayes Staff writer . - After polling nearly 40 percent of the statewide vote in an underfunded, underadvertised " campaign, Jill Long is going home. , ; , The , Valparaiso . city coun-cilwoman and Valparaiso Uni- versity professor shocked a lot of people by getting over 39 percent of the vote in tier bid to unseat Incumbent UJS. Sen. Dan Quayle. ' Long's Democratic machine -raised just over $100,000 after she entered the race in January. By election time, Quayle's campaign chest had accumulated well over $2 million. : With little statewide name recognition and not enough money to ; campaign heavily, Long was expected to lose the race by margins of up to 70-30. That she ended up losing by a record margin anyway could not dent a good showing. A 34-year-old Whitley County native, the VU assistant professor of business entered the race ; as a last-minute replacement for a candidate undergoing heart r surgery. . ,, ' Quayle and Long made only two jo! it campaign appearances and this also hurt her ability to be seen and heard throughout the state. In December, she announced her resignation from the council and the VU staff, saying she ; would return to Whitley County to help run her parents' farm. Long says she will run for public office again. . Charles A. Halleck Earl Landgrebe Jill Long Pa 40 years of service Within a four-month period, death took two men who represented Porter County in Congress for 40 years. Charles A. Halleck, who died March 3 at the age of 85, was named 2nd District representative in a special election in 1935. He was re-elected 16 times before retiring in 1963. , Halleck's 34-year service in Congress was followed by Earl Landgrebe, who served six years. Landgrebe, also a Republican, died at age 70 June 29 in his home south of Valparaiso. Halleck came within a whisker of the House speakership and a vice presidential nomination. In 1948, he seconded the nomination of New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for the presidential nomination, expecting to be Dewey's choice for running mate on the ticket against Harry S. Truman. But Dewey chose California Gov. Earl Warren instead. . , A lifelong Jasper County resident, Halleck served as majority leader in Congress when the GOP took control after the 1952 presidential vic tory of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Halleck's longtime administrative assistant was Robert G. Allett, who was managing editor of The Vidette-Messenger before joining Hal-, leek in the early 1950s. Allett died two months after Halleck. Landgrebe, after serving three terms in the Indiana Senate, succeeded Halleck as 2nd District representative by beating Democrat Edward Kelly by 20,000 votes in 1968.; Landgrebe was re-elected In 1970 and '72. In 1974, after his ardent support of President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, Landgrebe lost by 35,000 votes to Purdue professor Floyd Fithian, the man he had beaten by 19,000 votes two years earlier. Landgrebe, who owned and operated a (rucking company here, never wavered from his loyalty to Nixon. In a 1984 interview with The Vidette-Messenger, he said, "Show me the merchandise. Show me an impeachable offense... Compare it to the wonderful things for this country this man had done. Put it in context." ; 11 Citing lack of support from county government, members of the county's Hazardous Materials Council said they may cease operations. 1 12 The Porter Memorial Hospital Board raised PMH employees' salaries 3 percent, increasing the minimum wage to $5.15 an hour. Yl Albert Castronovo, 49, who led the Chesterton High School marching band to national prominence, died of injuries suffered in an Indianapolis traffic accident. ' 19 A new effort to combine Chesterton and Porter was launched. The proposal may be put to voters. 21 Construction of the U.S. 30-Indiana 49 interchange in connection with the 49 bypass project will begin soon and several roads in the area will be closed. 23 NIPSCO had the highest commercial electric rates in Indiana in 1985 and the fourth highest in the nation, a consumer magazine said. 24 Mark Reshkin, an Indiana University Northwest professor, was named to the Valparaiso School Board. 25 Darwin Wiseman of Chesterton was appointed to the County Council, succeeding John LundahL who moved to Tennessee..,.,..!', 28 r-. Valparaiso joined other cities in the . fight against NIPSCO s . request to increase electricity rates 16 percent over four years. . 30 Former U.S. Rep. Earl Landgrebe, 70, who gained fame for his loyalty to Richard Nixon in the Watergate era, died at his Valparaiso home. July 1 The National Park Service may build a campground in the area of the old Beverly Shores golf course between routes 12 and 20. 2 City Councilman Fred Kruger will retire as Valparaiso University vice president for business affairs and will be succeeded by Dorothy Smith. . , : 5 Two companies of Indiana's 9th Infantry Regiment dedicated a stone marker on the Valparaiso site where the 9th Infantry camped in 1863 while recruiting members to fight for the Union forces. 8 U.S. Steel Corp. announced a change of its name to USX. Steelmaking operations will be known as USS. 10 Harold Heinold is out as chief executive officer of Heinold Hog Market, which he founded in 1950. Gary Oxenrider, 37, Bluffton, was named principal of Boone Grove Junior-Senior High School. - - ' 11 T- Bette Smith said she is quitting as license branch manager and bowing out of Republican politics. i 15 The Chesterton Town Board voted to vacate a portion of Coffee Creek Road right of way, thus preventing Fairhaven Baptist Church from building a road. Morningside subdivision residents asked for the vacation. 16 Michael Sexton, publisher of the Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, Mo., was named publisher of The Vidette-Messenger. 19 -. A spelling bee was added to the county's sesquicentennial events.' 25 Jesse Lopez, 42, Knox, termed by prosecutors the "main man" in the biggest drug deal in Porter County history, was sentenced to 40 years in prison by Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford. 29 Kristin Lee Trumble, 16, Washington Township High School junior, was crowned county fair queen. 30 Lowenstines' store, founded 101 years ago, will be sold to an unidentified corporation and managed by Loeb s, Inc., a Lafayette-based specialty chain. 31 Two 20-year-old men were killed in a motorcycle accident on Harrison Boulevard near the scene of a 1984 crash that killed three Valparaiso High School students. . ; August 6 The county's three license branches were selected for a test froject to determine the effects of a new state law removing them rom political-party control. 7 Ivy Tech will move its Valparaiso and Westville classes to the vacant Klubhaus building at Marquette Street and Valley Drive. 8 A County Court jury found Ronald Sappenfield, owner of an adult bookstore, guilty in the distribution of obscene material. He faces up to four years in jail and a $20,000 fine. 12 The House voted to add 863 acres to the Dunes National Lakeshore at a cost of $17.8 million. s 15 A Wanatah couple and a Medaryville man were charged with passing counterfeit money. Authorities confiscated a printing press, plates and $600,000 in bogus $100 bills. 22 The prosecutor's office is polling county residents on whether video store owners should be prosecuted for renting X- rated films to adults. . -" ' 26 Lightning struck The Vidette-Messenger building, causing major damage to computer and other equipment. 27 NIPSCO said it is willing to grant a refund of $29 million as a compromise in the debate over paying for the abandoned Bailly plant. September 3 While a majority of county residents oppose pornography, an even greater majority feel that what they watch or read in their own homes is no one else s business. That was the major finding In a poll conducted by the prosecutor's office. 6 State officials approved major cuts in South Shore commuter train service. 17 The level of Lake Michigan rose nearly 3 inches during a week of rain and storms. 23 Tom Gahl, a federal probation officer formerly of Valparaiso, Was shot and killed by a gunman in Indianapolis. Union Twp. teachers work without contract by Toni Griffith Staff writer No news was not good news for Union Township teachers, who ended the year as they began it without a contract. The old pact expired Dec. 31, 1985, and numerous bargaining talks, including marathon sessions Nov. 7 and Dec. 9, failed to produce a settlement. Positions of both the Union Township Teachers Association and the School Board remained essentially unchanged. Talks snagged on issues of salary, control of class size, just cause for dismissal and payment of a fee to the union by non-union members for representation. Teachers were asking for a multi-year contract with an 8.2 percent pay hike the first year and 4.4 percent increments the second and third year. The board had offered a single-year contract with a 4 percent increase. Picketing by teachers' union members at her workplace forced the resignation of school board member Shirley LaFe-ver. The case will be deliberated by a state panel. Elsewhere in the county, a teachers' strike was averted at Portage Township Schools when llth-hour talks resulted in a contract. .Teachers had been working without a contract for 2 months. The agreement was hammered out just 30 minutes before the strike deadline. The two-year contract brought a 6.1 percent pay hike for 1986 and a 5.75 percent raise for 1987. Salary for beginning teachers was $15,503; for the top end of the scale, $31,006. Porter Township teachers also won a two-year pact with 6 percent raises in each year. Starting salary there was set at $16,552; top-of-the-line came to $32,470. Porter County schools gave their teachers a 7.29 percent hike, resulting in a beginning I El ZF"J . i. U., 4 J? - b--r ;v -yt .re union Township teachers picket a school parents' night in September. (V-AA: Rick Taylor) 5.5 percent raise, bringing starting salaries to $17,540 and top-end pay of $34,110. pay of $15,271 and maximum salary of $29,496. Val paraiso teachers gained a National Can will move its Wanatah plant to Valparaiso where production in a new plant will begin early in 1987. 29 A state-funded commission is recommending $59 million in development along Lake Michigan, including a $6.6 million marina in Portage. 30 Porter-Starke Services will use a $525,000 loan to create low-income housing here for chronically mentally ill people. Ralph Snyder, a Liberty Township steelworkef, won $1.2 million in the Illinois Lottery. Snyder, 33, said he will use part of the money to go back to college and get a business degree. October 2 The Red Lantern Inn on the shore of Lake Michigan in Beverly ; Shores will close: The restaurant was built in the 1920s. 7 The Porter County Council on Aging will launch a fund drive for a hew senior service center on the north side of Valparaiso. County fair gate receipts in 1986 were $6,000 more than last year. 9 Porter Memorial Hospital will raise rates 8 percent to support its planned spending in 1987. 10 Several citizen groups urged a public takeover of Northern , Indiana Public Service Co., saying the utility cannot solve its own problems. 13 Four persons died in a Michigan City house fire. 18 A bill adding 900 acres to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore got final congressional approval. 23 Six Portage youths had planned an armed takeover of Porter-Starke Services where they hoped to release a patient, police said. 25 A copper box in the courthouse cornerstone that was sealed 100 years ago, was opened and yielded photographs, newspapers and documents in remarkably good condition. 30 Special Judge Gary Germann ruled that Indiana's emissions-testing law was unconstitutional. Idled USS Gary Works employees will receive unemployment benefits, the state announced. November 3 United Way, 10 percent shorts of its goal, extended its campaign two weeks. 4 - Porter-Starke Services may take over management of the County Home, which would still be administered by the county. 5 Porter County voters again leaned heavily to Republican candidates. The only Democrats living in the county who won major offices were incumbents state Rep. Esther Wilson and Commissioner Larry Sheets. Democrat Jim Jontz of Brookston defeated Kokomo's Jim Butcher in a close race for the 5th Congressional District seat. 7 The city paid $30,000 to settle its portion of a civil-rights suit between two contractors on the $20 million city wastewater treatment plant project. 12 Bank chairman Joseph W. Bibler was presented the Community Leader Award by the Chamber of Commerce. 15 United Way announced a record $1,227,000 was raised in its campaign, $46,000 more than in 1985. 19 The school district may spend $10 million on renovations and additions to its secondary schools. 21 Items placed in the courthouse cornerstone before it was resealed included a wooden nickel from the 1936 county centennial. It was provided by former Mayor Elden Kuehl. 25 A key witness in the trial of a Hobart man charged with dealing cocaine seems to have disappeared. A deputy prosecutor accused the defense of bribing and secluding the witness. The defendant, Michael Poxon, later was found innocent by a Superior Court jury. 26 Don and Norma Husband will retire as County Home administrators after 29 years at the facility. December 3 NIPSCO has far more electrical generating capacity than it needs, according to a study of 805 utilities. A senior citizen center opened in Porter, but the police chief said the building has no occupancy permit and has not received state fire marshal approval. 5 Local governments will have to come up with more money if the South Shore commuter service is to survive, state Rep. Walter Roorda told officials. 8 Developer Robert B. Coolman, 71, former president of Northern Indiana Bank, died in Indianapolis. City Council member Jill Long, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, said she will move back to Whitley County where she pwns a farm. 9 Repair work will begin on the 66-year-old Sedley Bridge in Union Township that was damaged by a vehicle. 10 City officials said they will go to court to collect more than $12,000 in overdue parking fines. 12 Some 150 cats may be evicted from their home in Pine Township, not long after suffering the same fate in Michigan City. The county Plan Commission voted against granting a special exception to the shelter. 16 Janet Goin, wife of Robert Goin, Republican mayor of Portage, will be new manager of the Portage license branch Jan. 1 when a state commission takes over the operation of branches in Porter County. 17 Morgan Township Principal Paul Knauff was named principal of Jefferson Middle School, succeeding William Vorwald, who will retire in June. 19 The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District proposed a public buyout of the South Shore's passenger service by the end of 1988. 22 NIPSCO omitted its stock dividend a fifth consecutive quarter. 23 The Portage School Board may sue the county to recover interest from late tax draws. Officials of other school systems also said they are troubled by delays in receiving tax money distributions. 24 A Superior Court jury found a motorcycle gang leader guilty of dealing in drugs. 27 Some 7,000 notices were sent to car owners who failed to comply with the vehicle-emissions testing program. 29 The gym and racquetball areas of a 1984 YMCA addition were heavily damaged by fire. More retrospectives on 1986 on page 10. PMH marks a year with construction by Pal Randle Staff writer ' Porter Memorial Hospital moved forward with two parts of its building program and decided to scale back the third part in 1986. . There was progress on two of the major building projects. PMH's new Portage out-, patient treatment center opened in December with an open house for area residents. The ,ncw building, on Wil-lowcreek south of U.S. 6, is open to treat- non-emergency : medical problems at all hours except 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. , In early 1987, the , building will open its outpatient surgi-, cal facilities. 1 A two-floor addition to the , hospital's went wing will open ! this week. The addition will , house 38 patient beds. v PMH employees started moving Into one of the two new floors this week. "' The ' two floors they are moving out of, 1 and 2 South, The new Porter Memorial Hospital Convenience Center In Portage opened fn December for non-emergency medical treatment, and a section for outpatient" surgery Is scheduled to open In early 1987, . (V AA: Rick Taylor) ,, will be used as offices and storage temporarily. During the third phase of the hospital's program, which should get under way in 1987, ! the space will be transformed. The second floor will hold the Eediatrics ward, and the first oor will house a doctors., lounge and pharmacy, maintenance, medical records and thepharmacy. The Hospital Board voted in April to scale back the third pnase of the program, a ftlanned $20 million rcnova-ion, to about $17.5 million. The board cut the increase in space available for several departments and decided not to relocate several other departments. - Addition of a heliport was delayed when the truck carrying the helipad drove off the road in Texas, damaging its cargo. Also under construction is a cardiac catheterization laboratory. The board approved the lab in February, and in . October agreed to borrow $600,000 to build it. The lab is in its final stages of remodeling. The board approved an 8 percent increase in hospital fees tor 1987 after raising fees 7 percent In 1986. Part of the increases will go to pay for the building programs.

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