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Boys & Girls Club ballerinas preparing for holiday show with help from grant, community businesses

Joy Hersey (left) takes her ballet class students at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County through a move at the barre on Monday, Nov. 6, in preparation for the troupe’s upcoming Christmas performance. Her students include (from left) Esther Michelle Messenger, 10; Avorie Monroe, 11; Alexis Smith, 10; Adreonna Monroe, 9; Kimora Bradin, 9; and Savannah Tyler, 9.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Nov. 16, 2017.

The curtain will rise on 10 local ballet hopefuls this holiday season, young ladies who might not otherwise have had an opportunity to learn the intricacies, nuances and plain ol’ fun of classical dance.

Nine girls in third through sixth grades are members of “Miss Joy’s” ballet class, a new program at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.


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Trinity UMC to host Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23

Members of Trinity United Methodist Church display the 31 turkeys, totaling 660 pounds of meat, they will cook and serve at the church’s annual free community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pictured (from left) are Lee Ann Smith, Liz Godts, Jim McDonald, Jim Wilson and Rev. Steven McPeek. This is the 32nd year that Trinity UMC has sponsored the dinner, which is open to the public.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Trinity United Meth-odist Church will have its annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

This is the 32nd year that Trinity has sponsored the meal, which is open to the public and free of charge. Last year 655 meals were served, with 125 people volunteering from 14 churches.

Carry-outs will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for those who wish to take meals home.


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Markle water, wastewater rates closer to increase

Water and wastewater ordinances were formally introduced in their first reading during the Markle Town Council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15, bringing rates one month closer to being raised after several years.

The water utility would raise customers’ rates by 20 percent, from $19.25 to $23.10 for the minimum 5,000 gallons monthly charge. The rates would go up again after one year from $23.10 to $26, reflecting a 35 percent increase advised by consultants at H.J. Umbaugh & Associates in order to pay for maintenance of the water towers and other expected utility costs.


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Johnson leads Lady Viking hoopsters past Northfield

Huntington North High School center Maddy Robrock goes up with a short shot against Northfield on Saturday night, Nov. 18. Robrock scored 13 points in the Lady Vikes' 50-44 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Rileigh Johnson scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team past visiting Northfield, 50-44, on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Junior Maddy Robrock added 13 points and six rebounds to help coach Heidi Lawson’s crew climb above .500 at 3-2 on the season.

The Lady Vikes trailed 12-11 after the first quarter and 28-27 after two quarters, but pulled ahead, 38-35, by the end of the third frame.


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Santa Claus to make first official stop in Huntington County Friday in Warren

Santa Claus, shown here on his arrival in Warren last year, will arrive in the town Friday evening, Nov. 24, and kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the town Christmas tree.
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The community of Warren will welcome Santa Claus on Friday, Nov. 24, and kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the town Christmas tree.

Santa, riding in a horse-drawn wagon escorted by the Warren Volunteer Fire Department, is set to arrive on Friday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m.

His first stop will be outside the Warren Town Hall at 132 N. Wayne St., where he’ll spend a few minutes greeting the people who have come out to meet him. After overseeing the lighting of the tree, he’ll lead the crowd down 2nd Street to the Knight Bergman Center at 132 N. Nancy St.