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Esther R. Lantz, 76, Goshen, Ind., died Monday, February 1, 2016 at Greencroft Healthcare.

Dear friends,

by Marlin Stutzman

Candidate for United States Senate

The House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to pass State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill protecting foster families in Indiana.

Hoosiers who have unused gift cards from former retailer RadioShack can now file claims seeking to recover any remaining balances, according to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Breakfast with the Birds…

The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously voted in support of a bill co-authored by State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) that would classify stolen valor as a Class A misdemeanor.

Gerald F. Priestley, 80, Shipshewana, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at his residence.

Arthur “Gene” Hall Jr., 63, Angola, Ind., died Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola, Ind.

Shortly after 9 p.m. on February 2, an officer from the LaGrange Police Department made a traffic stop on a 1992 Acura for following too closely on US 20 in the area of CR 200E.

James P. “Jamie” Denaway, 41, Bowling Green, Ohio, died Monday, February 1, 2016 in LaGrange.

Terry J. Hite, 75, Sarasota, Fla., died Friday, January 29, 2016 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Roy Allen Rink, 43, Middlebury, died Friday, January 29, 2016 at his residence.

   He wasborn July 19, 1972, in Goshen, to Phil andLeAnn (Rink) Perry.

The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department is seeking the driver of a truck and trailer following a hit-and-run incident Saturday.

County commissioners approved eight locations for polling places in the 2016 elections at their Monday morning meeting. The recommendations came from LaGrange County Clerk Bonnie Brown.

Highland Ridge RV, a manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles (RVs), announced plans Monday to expand its operations in Shipshewana, creating up to 65 new jobs by 2019.