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Pair of HNHS grads leaving ‘Blessings’ to next generation

Huntington County Blessings in a Backpack founders Emily Johnson (far right) and Hollyn Anderson (second from right) symbolically hand off the ministry to members of the local committee during work time Wednesday, May 30, at Café of Hope at Life Church. Johnson and Anderson are graduating from Huntington North High School this year. Celebrating the occasion are (front row from left) Ashlynn Goster, Kate Gradeless and Autumn Anderson; and (back row from left) Dairian Goelz, Katie Melcher, Hannah Smith, Peyton Miller  and Meg McDonald.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Back in 2011, when Hollyn Anderson and Emily Johnson were in sixth grade at Crestview Middle School, they had no idea that they would make such a huge impact on the world around them – specifically, on hundreds of hungry children in Huntington County.

Their desire to feed kids has turned into a major charity in Huntington County, growing each year of its operation and bringing in thousands of dollars to make it happen.


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Vintage and Handmade Market


Photo by Steve Clark.

Linda (left) and Dave Fuller look over some merchandise at the Ronaoke Vintage and Handmade Market in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, June 16.


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Huntington council hears about extra life at landfill

The Huntington Common Council discussed the future of the Huntington landfill at its meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

Anthony Goodnight, the city’s director of public works and engineering services, estimated that the landfill had nine years of life remaining. Council remarked that that estimate represented a departure from his projection as recently as last September that the landfill had five years of viability left. Goodnight responded that he amended his estimate because a large hauler had stopped bringing its waste to the landfill, thereby lengthening its life.


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Under pressure


Photo by Steve Clark.

With a crowd looking on, Aidan Hosler, a member of the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team, attempts a three-point basket in a shooting showdown with a teammate during the Huntington North Boys’ Basketball Camp on Friday, June 8. Youths from elementary school through middle school learned the fundamentals of basketball at the camp, which ran for four days.


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Eric Clancy Jazz to again provide JeFFFest music

Edward Jones financial advisors are the sponsors of Eric Clancy Jazz, the musical entertainment at JeFFFest, set for June 24 in downtown Huntington from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pictured are (from left) Scott Atkinson, Trent McBride, Nicole Johnson, Jim Ditzler and Jim Scheiber. Advisors not pictured are Chuck Harris, Adam Harris, John Nelson and Jim Warner.
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Eric Clancy Jazz will provide the music for this year’s JeFFFest, set for June 24 in downtown Huntington from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The jazz group has performed at JeFFFest every year since 2009. Vocalist Shannon Persinger will join the ensemble.

Edward Jones financial advisors are sponsoring the music.

Tables and chairs will be set up on Jefferson Street to help accommodate the crowd, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating to be assured of having a place to sit.