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Local grandmothers take their titles ‘seriously’

Officers of the Happy Grandmothers Club prepare to celebrate the club’s 63rd birthday on Monday, May 18, during a dinner in the Parkview Huntington Hospital cafeteria. The officers are (from left) Kathy Bogert, president; Rosa Van Ness, secretary; Shirley Love, treasurer; and Bev Burkhart, vice president.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published May 25, 2015.

It takes a couple of years to get to grandmotherhood.

But once you’re there, you’re a member of an unofficial club.

In Huntington, there’s an official club, too.

The Happy Grandmothers Club — where the only requirement for becoming a member is becoming a grandmother — has been meeting for decades.

Six-point-three decades, to be exact. And the 28 current members of the club celebrated their 63rd birthday with dinner and a cake on Monday, May 18.

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Roanoke Lions to serve as RVFD support team

The Roanoke Lions Club, with support from the Jackson Township trustee’s office and Lassus Brothers Handy Dandy, will deliver sandwiches and hot drinks to the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department when the firefighters are on the scene of a major structure fire. Cementing the partnership are (from left) Jackson Township Trustee Sheila Hines, Roanoke Fire Chief Chad Taylor and Roanoke Lions Club members Charlie Crawford and John Perkins.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the Roanoke Lions Club have volunteered to serve as a support team for the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department and will soon be responding to major structure fires, bringing sustenance for the firefighters.

The project, Roanoke Lion Doug Clark explains, emulates a partnership between the Bippus Lions Club and the Volunteer Fire Department. That partnership began early this year, and the Bippus Lions have so far supplied food and drink to firefighters at “three or four” incidents, he says.

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Area residents, businesses with flood insurance could see price break

Huntington city and county officials hold the certificates admitting the county and four municipalities, Huntington, Andrews, Roanoke and Warren, into the FEMA Community Rating System. They are (from left) Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, City of Huntington Director of Community Development and Redevelopment Bryn Keplinger, Huntington County Community Development Executive Director Mark Mussman and Huntington County Emergency Management Deputy Director Jim Guy.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Residents and business owners in Huntington County and four communities who carry flood insurance will soon get a price break, after a collaboration between the city and county officials gained admittance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS).

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Homestead ends Lady Vikes' sectional title streak at 4 with 13-4 win

Alyssa Voght (left), a freshman on the Huntington North softball team, smacks a double, bringing home three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning of the Homestead Sectional Championship Game, against Homestead, on Thursday, May 28.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Homestead ended the Huntington North softball sectional championship streak at four straight titles by beating the Lady Vikings, 13-4, in the Homestead Softball Sectional Tournament championship game on Thursday, May 29.

Finishing at 12-18 on the season, the Lady Vikings fought back from a 6-0 deficit to trail just 6-4 after four innings before the hosts, 24-6, put up six insurance tallies in the sixth inning.

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Photo by Scott Trauner.

James Poplin (left), of CaptionCall, talks with Nancy Bredemeyer, of Roanoke, at the business' booth at the Huntington County Senior Expo on Thursday, May 21, at the Huntington University Merillat Physical Education Center.