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    Two people were arrested for drug possession after a traffic stop recently.

Susie Ellen "Sue" Kurtz, 68, LaGrange, died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at her residence.

Maxine L. Soblotne, 94, Kokomo, Ind., died Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at The Legacy at Waterford Place.

Mary "Lynne" Christenson, 74, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Pollie N. Beechy, 87, Topeka, died Friday, December 9, 2016 at her residence.

Beverly June Skeels, 84, Mongo, died Friday, December 9, 2016 at Miller’s Merry Manor of LaGrange.

Janis Lee Mattingly, Farmers Branch, Texas, died Thursday, December 1, 2016, at her parents’ residence in Dallas, Texas.

Dear friends,

The ball simply wouldn’t fall for the Westview varsity girls basketball team Tuesday night, as the Lady Warriors dropped a 36-30 NECC result to visiting Garrett.

Prairie Heights stuck Homestead, 51-18 in varsity wrestling action Wednesday night in Brushy Prairie.

Elkhart Christian sent Prairie Heights to its fifth loss to start the boys basketball season Tuesday night by the count of 68-45.

Fairfield dashed Lakeland’s hopes to gain its first win of the 2016-17 boys basketball season Tuesday night in LaGrange by taking a 61-59 overtime victory over the Lakers.

Public defender contracts for 2017 will be extended to three of the four current contract holders. The fourth has declined the offer to be of service to the county in 2017.

Della E. Bassett, 88, Sturgis, Mich., died Monday, December 5, 2016 at Sturgis Hospital.

Carol Ann Hovarter, 54, Clay Township, Mich., died Sunday, December 4, 2016 at her residence.

Teresa Lynn Caldwell, 50, Angola, Ind., formerly of Colon, Mich., died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Northern Lakes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Angola, Ind.