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John Milton “Johnny Milt” “Milt” Garlets, 77, Harrietta, Mich., died Tuesday, January 2, 2017 at his residence.

Norma M. Abel, 80, LaGrange, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at her residence.

Matthew Ryan Lehman, 33, Shipshewana, died Monday, January 2, 2016 at Goshen Health Hospital.

Toni L. Raber, 62, Angola, Ind., died Wednesday, January 3, 2017, at her residence.

Charles Johnson, 71, died Monday, January 2, 2017 at Miller’s Merry Manor of LaGrange.

The 16th Annual Northern Indiana Grazing Conference (NIGC) will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, 2017.

Lakeland High School has revealed the members of the first class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame later this month.


Westview beat DeKalb and lost to host Plymouth last Tuesday in the four-team Plymouth Shootout varsity boys basketball event.

The Lakeland and Westview gymnastics teams began their seasons last week at the Elkhart Central Invitational.

Strong play in the first and third quarters carried Westview to a 57-41 victory over host Sturgis in varsity girls basketball last Friday night.

Lakeland lost to host Plymouth and DeKalb in a four-team varsity boys basketball event held last Tuesday.

Riley Rasler, Jed Levitz and Joey Blakeley wrestled their way to runner-up honors in their weight divisions last Friday in the Al Smith Invitational held at Mishawaka High School.

Jarrod Curtis of Lakeland claimed the 106-pound division championship at the Whitko Invitational wrestling tournament last Friday.

Lakeland edged Concord, 47-45 in the third-place game in its own varsity girls basketball tournament this past Friday.

The Shipshewana Town Council began their last meeting of 2016 by honoring two of its police officers who responded to an incident during the annual light parade in November.

Thomas A. “Tom” Carteaux, 87, Auburn, Ind., died Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn, Ind.

Donald E. Bontrager, 63, Joplin, Mo., formerly of Bristol, died Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Mo.

William D. “Billy” Bates, 51, Howe, died Thursday, December 29, 2016.

Mary Stewart, 86, LaGrange, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

Jerry W. Rabe, 73, LaGrange, passed away Friday December 30, 2016 at the Elkhart Hospice House. He was born June 8, 1943 in San Luis Obispo, CA to Charles & Laura (Cory) Rabe.

State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) announced the Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the Page Program.

There are some new faces at Topeka Pharmacy over the past few weeks as owners Tom and Morag Miller welcomed Trevor Thain and Cassie Garrard to the Topeka Pharmacy family.

Dear 2017 Friends,