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Ervin Jay Hershberger, 69, Elkhart, Ind., died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Kalkaska Memorial Health in Kalkaska, Mich.

A hot shooting effort by Camron Bontrager propelled the Lakeland varsity boys basketball team to its first win of the season Saturday night at Bethany Christian.


In a battle of northern Indiana boys basketball heavyweights, NorthWood held off Westview, 60-57 last Thursday night in Nappanee.

Sydney Freeman fired in 21 points to lead Central Noble past Westview, 49-32 in NECC girls basketball action last Friday night in Albion.


The Prairie Heights varsity boys basketball team remains in search of its first win of the season after dropping a 55-42 result to NECC foe Eastside Saturday evening in Brushy Prairie.

Eastside out scored Prairie Heights, 36-14 in the middle two quarters en route to a 57-31 NECC girls basketball victory over the visiting Lady Panthers last Friday night.

    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.