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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.

The Topeka Volunteer Fire Department honored several members at the department’s annual Christmas Banquet held December 5 at the new fire station.  

50 Years Ago

in the Standard

December 8, 1966

Richard Earle Kane, 82, Sturgis, Mich., died Sunday, December 4, 2016 at his residence.

Rodney H. “Rod” Lowe, 58, Kendallville, Ind., died Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Kendallville, Ind.

Gordon Michael Jordan, 75, LaGrange, died Monday, December 5, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Betty L. Hicks, 77, Howe, died Saturday, December 3, 2016 at her residence.

Eli M. Chupp, 87, Shipshewana, died Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Sophomore Elijah Hales canned 30 points and freshman Charlie Yoder drained 26 in leading Westview to an 82-60 NECC boys basketball victory at Churubusco last Friday.