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Donald E. Bontrager, 63, Joplin, Mo., formerly of Bristol, died Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Mo.

William D. “Billy” Bates, 51, Howe, died Thursday, December 29, 2016.

Mary Stewart, 86, LaGrange, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

Jerry W. Rabe, 73, LaGrange, passed away Friday December 30, 2016 at the Elkhart Hospice House. He was born June 8, 1943 in San Luis Obispo, CA to Charles & Laura (Cory) Rabe.

State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) announced the Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the Page Program.

There are some new faces at Topeka Pharmacy over the past few weeks as owners Tom and Morag Miller welcomed Trevor Thain and Cassie Garrard to the Topeka Pharmacy family.

Dear 2017 Friends,

Gary A. Lautzenhiser Sr., 70, Hamilton, Ind., died Monday, December 26, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Twyla Mae Haarer, 75, Goshen, Ind., died Monday, December 26, 2016, at The Maples at Waterford Crossing.

    Melissa L. Baldridge, 46, Rome City, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, in Albion, Ind.

Sharon Ann Yoder, 75, Bridgeview, Ill., died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Palos Hospital in Palos Heights, Ill.

Prairie Heights successfully defended its 1A championship in the IHSWCA State Duals Tournament held last Friday at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

Icy road conditions were a factor in a Christmas Eve crash that injured one person.

A Shipshewana man was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated on Christmas Eve.

On December 24 around 12:28 a.m., a deputy with the LaGrange County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the area of US 20 and CR 925W for a vehicle that had driven off the roadway.

The 16th annual Northern Indiana Grazing Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, 2017.

The LaGrange County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) handled several year-end variance requests at their meeting on December 20.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Rostochak, 56, Leesburg, Ind., died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his residence.

Barbara Jean Neeley, 82, Ft. Wayne, Ind., died Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Coventry Meadows.

Harold R. Weppler, 74, Goshen, Ind., formerly of Dallas Lake, died Sunday, December 25, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor of LaGrange.

Jack Dwayne Nichols, 78, Kendallville, Ind., died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind.