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Drug-free grant money awarded

LaGrange County Commissioners agreed to award more than $6,000 from the Drug-Free LaGrange County Grant at their Monday meeting.

The largest amount will go to the newly formed LaGrange County Drug Court, which will get $4,700. An additional $1,232 will be awarded to a drug education program at Prairie Heights, and $500 will go to Reason for Hope.

Commissioners also agreed to spend $8,800 for bridge inspections. The eight structures involved are short-span and do not technically qualify as bridges.

Randy VanWagner, highway department superintendent, received permission to replace the body on a service truck in his department. The $5,066 service bed will come from Auto Truck in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Agreements for teen court and community service were approved.

Commissioner Dennis Kratz noted that Bruce Bowman needs to be commended for his effort in helping to organize a community league in Stroh. “The group meets the first Tuesday of every month at the fire station,” he noted.

Commissioners approved official bonds for the county clerk and county treasurer and a blanket bond that covers other elected officials and department heads. Affidavits from various officials declaring that they have not had any conflicts of interest during the last year and that they have not violated the nepotism rules set forth by Indiana law.