Sen.-elect Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon) became the state senator for Senate District 7 after taking the oath of office on Monday, Feb. 12. He was sworn in by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

On Tuesday, February 6 at approximately 3:57 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a four-vehicle crash on State Road 10 near County Road 650 West.

LAPORTE — The Lady Kougars must have felt they were staring into a funhouse mirror image of themselves on Saturday, Feb. 10 when they took on the Lake Central Lady Indians in the first game of the LaPorte Regional — only is was a slightly bigger, slightly taller version of the Kougars. The K…

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HAMMOND, IN - Terry Edward Branstrom, age 69, of Hammond, passed away on February 16, 2018, at his home with his family by his side following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Terry is survived by his long-time companion, Linda Connolly; two wonderful sons, Mark (Angie) Branstrom of Macon, Georgia, and Rick (Kate Scheffel) Branstrom of Hammond; two loving grandchildren, Jaidyn Brown and Tristan Branstrom; one sister, Wendie (Darryl) McKnelly of Seligman, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lura (Lungren) Branstrom, and his half brother, George Branstrom, Jr. Terry will forever be in our hearts and memories.

VALPARAISO, IN - Keith R. Brink, 61 of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018. He was born March 23, 1956 in Hammond to Raymond R. and Barbara N. (Kell) Brink. Keith was a graduate of Portage High School. He worked as a Machinist and then as a Quality Assurance Specialist for ArcelorMittal. He always helped anyone in need and could bring a smile to anyone's face. Keith enjoyed boating, camping, and traveling with family and friends over the years. He loved the outdoors and watching the Blackhawks. Keith was a loving son, husband, father, and proud grandfather.

IN LOVING MEMORY JUDITH MCAULIFFE ON HER 17TH ANNIVERSARY IN HEAVEN 9/28/1939-2/19/2001. You lived an active and full life sharing your immense creativity with the world around you. You touched many people with your warm smile and made the world a better place just by being in it. You left us with thousands of beautiful memories. You will always remain close to us in our thoughts and hearts. With Love, Don; Son, Steve (Kathi); Granddaughters: Danielle Jude and Amelia Eileen; Daughter, Crystal.

LANSING, IL - Floyd Mills, age 73 of Lansing, Illinois passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018. He is survived by his beloved wife Sandra (nee Gifford) Mills. Loving father of: Mary (Frank) Diaz, Jamie (Mark) Zacok, and Todd (Karla) Gifford. Cherished grandfather of: Veronica and Nicholas Diaz, Andrea, Zachary (Rebecca), Craig (Meghan), Kyle and Olivia Zacok, Brook and Jacob Gifford, and great grandfather of: Emmie and Lydia Zacok. Also surviving are aunt Pat, many nieces and nephews, brother-in-law Rev. Lowell Knauss and sister-in-law Laurie. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents John and Amanda Schultz and brothers and sister.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MYRNA QUINN ON HER FIRST ANNIVERSARY IN HEAVEN. We loved her in life and in our hearts you will always remain.

“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy.” John Sawhill,