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LaGrange County finished 2017 with the lowest unemployment rate in the state, according to information released by Indiana Workforce Development.

Dr./Col. Jim Benson, USMC (Ret.)., Superintendent of Howe Military Academy, has announced Dr./Col. Tom Tate, USA (Ret.), as Commandant of the Howe Military Academy Corps of Cadets.

The LaGrange County Public Library has a full month of activities inside planned for February.

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    Donna Belle Metz, 85, Coldwater, Mich., died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Laurels of Coldwater.

John C. "Cork" Woodcox, 69, Long Beach Lake in Fremont, Ind., died Monday, January 22, 2018 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Caroline L. Barkey, 97, Elkhart, Ind., died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Eastlake Terrace.

Ann L. Jones, 92, Goshen, Ind., died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Courtyard of Goshen.

Doris V. Davis, 102, Ft. Wayne, Ind., formerly of Shipshewana, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at The Heritage of Fort Wayne.

Candidates continue to file for area offices. Those who had filed for an elected position as of Thursday morning were (in order of filing):

The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill that would streamline certain requirements and qualifications for professional licenses.

On Tuesday, Congressman Jim Banks (IN-3) officially filed his candidacy for re-election to represent Indiana's Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lakeland High School will induct the second class into its Sports Hall of Fame this Friday between the varsity girls and boys basketball games against Garrett.

Westview will again host the local IHSAA wrestling sectional tournament this Saturday.

Shirley M. McKee, 87, Howe, died Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Parkview Randallia Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Joseph L. Raber, 81, Shipshewana, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at his residence.

Brent M. Burlew, 40, LaGrange, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at his parents’ residence.

Katie Mae Eash, 76, LaGrange, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

B. William Yoder, 90, Lutz, Florida, formerly of Goshen, died Jan. 20 in Tampa, Florida.

Rex Lane, 94, Three Rivers, Mich., formerly of White Pigeon, Mich., died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Three Rivers, Mich.

Michael M. Miller, age 27, of Howe, IN passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in LaGrange County, IN. He was born on September 6, 1990 the son of Marion E. and Clara Miller.