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John Paul Blackburn, 84, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the home where he was born.

    He was born August 19, 1929 to Ross and Gladys (Johnson) Blackburn.

The LaGrange County unemployment rate moved upward during June, rising to 5.1 percent. May’s rate was 4.5 percent.

In June 2013, the unemployment rate stood at 6.6 percent.

On July 17, the LaGrange Dollar General was reportedly robbed by a female who had allegedly come into the store carrying a knife and demanding money.

On July 18, the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Steven Kitchen who had found unauthorized use of his account for an online purchase.

At least three homes on Third Street in Howe were broken into recently, according to reports from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department.

Sister Ursula Stample, 101, Wolcottville, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her residence.

Visit the horticultural exhibits at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 1-17. Bring gardening questions to the Purdue Master Gardener booth in the DuPont Food Pavilion.

Assistant Program Leader of Economic and Community Development, Purdue Extension Senior Associate, Purdue Center for Regional Development

Visit the Indiana State Fair

Dear friends,

Richard Norman Kraft,83, Sturgis, Mich., died Friday, July 18, 2014 at his residence.

    Owen Daniel Whetstone, 35, Goshen, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

    The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department was contacted on July 17 regarding a vehicle burglary in the town of Howe.

Sharon M. Ringler, 72, Mongo, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Natural talent is a good start. And plenty of hard work will take you further. But add a love of what you do, when it’s not hard work but passion, and major goals can be reached.