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Huntington County sheriff’s ‘challenge coins’ have unique stories, uses and looks

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel shows off some of his collection of challenge coins, medallions he’s collected from other law enforcement agencies — as well as non-police groups — from across the country.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Oct. 16, 2017.

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel pulls a handful of shiny medallions from his desk drawer and starts spreading them out on his desk.

Each of the medallions — he calls them “challenge coins” — has a story.

Some came from other law enforcement agencies, including local, state and federal agencies; a couple came from political parties.

And police K-9s, including the HCSPD dog, Zeek, have also gotten in on the act.


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SA to start taking applications for Christmas assistance Oct. 27

The Salvation Army will accept applications for Christmas assistance beginning Friday, Oct. 27.

Applications will be accepted from Huntington County residents on Fridays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 1424 E. Market St., Huntington.

Those applying for assistance must bring a photo ID for the head of household and proof of address, in the form of a piece of mail or a lease.


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Roanoke council hires engineering firm for street improvement project bid documents

The Roanoke Town Council hired civil engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink to prepare the bid documents for street improvement projects in town next year at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The town will pay $49,992 to Fleis & VandenBrink for its services, which will include the drafting of bidding paperwork, drawings and specifications for the projects, of which there will be six.

Roanoke was awarded a Community Crossings Matching Grant totaling $567,232.50 in September that will fund the majority of the work. The total cost of the projects will be $756,310.


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HU booters beat Grace

Huntington University's Matheus Louzada maneuvers with the ball on what turned into a scoring run in the first half of the Foresters soccer game against visiting Grace College on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 18. HU won 3-1.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington University men’s soccer team dispatched visiting Grace College, 3-1, on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The Foresters scored twice in the opening half and once in the second before their guests finally got on the board to avoid the shutout.

Noah Stanford scored Huntington’s first goal. The freshman then provided an assist on the second score, which came courtesy of junior Matheus Louzada.

Junior Ty Sproat rounded out the team’s offensive effort, scoring off an assist from junior Travis Hurtis.


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'Plein air' painting


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Dennis Albertson, of Hamilton, does some "Plein Air" painting at the annual Renaissance in Roaonke on Saturday, Oct. 14, in downtown Roanoke. The event featured "Plein Air" competitions, music, entertainment, food and children's activities.