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DNR Director Cameron Clark has announced that 60 rural and volunteer fire departments from 36 Indiana counties have been awarded more than $250,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

Garland "Rusty" Slone, 84, Kendallville, Ind., died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Cynthia C. Nickells, 42, Big Turkey Lake, LaGrange, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at her residence.

Colton Strawser from LaGrange County has been appointed to the Serve Indiana Commission by Gov. Mike Pence.

Dear friends,

Be on the lookout for special dogs roaming around town through the month of September, one might end up in your yard.

Magdalena "Maggie" LeCount, 85, LaGrange, died Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.

Justin Patrick Smeltzer, 30, Bristol, Ind., died Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Justin Patrick Smeltzer, 30, Bristol, Ind., died Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Carl Erick Bergstedt, 81, Shipshewana, died Thursday, August 25, 2016 at his residence.

LaGrange County Commissioners recently approved a 12-day holiday schedule for 2017. Seven of the holidays will be observed on Mondays.

Three exciting new vegetables were chosen as All-America Selections (AAS) winners for 2017, based on superior performance in test gardens throughout the country.

LaGrange County’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in July, back to 3.6 percent. It returns to the same rate is was in July 2015. June’s rate was 3.8 percent.

The LaGrange County Plan Commission approved a site plan for Aqua Zone, represented by David Nyhof, to build four 12,000 sq. ft. buildings east of SR 9 on CR 200N.

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Prepare storage areas for overwintering tender flower bulbs and garden produce.

A couple of times a week, you will find LaGrange resident Bob Heltzel out at Pine Knob County Park with his bow in hand, going around the 3D archery trail.

Jack R. Witham, 78, died Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Bethlehem Woods Rehab Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Lakeland scored its second varsity boys tennis victory of the season Tuesday night by a 4-1 count over visiting Churubusco.

Northridge handled Westview, 4-1 in varsity boys tennis Tuesday.

Earning the lone Warrior point was No. 3 singles player Trey Zabona, who beat Gabe Rodino, 6-4, 6-4.

Lakeland shaded Westview (25-30) and lost to Northridge (20-41) in varsity girls cross country action Tuesday evening in LaGrange.

The Westview boys cross country team scored impressive wins over Lakeland (15-47) and Northridge (17-38) Tuesday evening in LaGrange.