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Long-time Andrews resident smitten with town’s history

Janice Harshbarger displays a copy of her recently published book, “Only in Andrews,” which recounts the early history of the Huntington County community.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published June 23,  2016.

Janice Harshbarger knew nothing about the town of Andrews when she moved there as a young teen.

“We knew it was a small town in Indiana that had a parsonage,” she says.

Now, she could write a book about what she knows.

Wait — she did.

“Only in Andrews” details the goings-on in the small Huntington County community from the 1880s through 1916, starting with a Miami village and tracing the town’s growth as first Antioch, and then Andrews.

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Music in the City

Photo by Ehren Wynder.

Huntington folk group O'Sister Brother plays on stage in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 25, in the second of the Music in the City series. Group members are (from left) Kyle Jackson, Bennett Spickelmier and Tyler Gault.

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Roanoke council okays pair of projects at meet

In a shortened meeting of the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, June 21, Supervisor of Operations Phil Hibbert presented the agreements for the Commercial Street rebuild project and the Cow Creek Siphon Project.

The council approved commissioning Wayne Asphalt and Ironclad Excavation for Commercial Street and Cow Creek, respectively, during a special meeting on June 1. Hibbert presented the council with agreements in writing and permission for both companies to start on the projects.

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New Belts

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Students were awarded certificates by Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana Dojo at Champs Academy after passing examinations on June 4. Pictured are (from left) Sensei Dawn Anderson; Lextin Keefer, yellow belt; Aiden Miller, yellow belt; Jaiden Kirk, purple belt, one stripe; and Olivia Anderson, purple belt, one stripe.

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49th annual Salamonie Summer Festival shows competitive edge this year

Urban Legend will bring some of the music to the Salamonie Summer Festival in one of two concerts set for Friday, July 1, the first night of the celebration. Urban Legend plays at 9 p.m. on the downtown stage, and Joe Bachman & The Tailgaters play after the parade in the Wagon Wheel parking lot. The festival continues through Monday, July 4.
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This year’s Salamonie Summer Festival will introduce a couple of events tailor made for anyone with a competitive streak — and an affinity for the out-of-the-ordinary.

First, there’s a “porcelain chariot” race utilizing, you guessed it, toilets.

Then there’s the Rough Mudter, a race so grimy that there’s a shower station at the end.

“It’s going to be awesome,” says Brittney Morton, manager of Warren Health and Fitness, sponsor of the Rough Mudter.