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Roanoke Beautification Foundation still making positive impact on town

Deco Illusions Owner and Roanoke Beautification Foundation Board Member Rick Fischer shows off one of the historic streetlamps strung with lights for the holidays. The streetlamps along First Street are one of the recent projects that the Roanoke Beautification Foundation has completed.
Photo by Joni Knott.

Originally published Nov. 24, 2014.

Created as a means to enhance and revitalize the historic character of Roanoke, the Roanoke Beautification Foundation was established in 1999 and works to make a positive impact on the community.

“The beautification is a 501c3 and it was originally established when the town was going through some renovations, remodeling and updates as a way to create resources,” said Deco Illusions Owner and Roanoke Beautification Foundation Board Member Rick Fischer.

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Fruit for the holidays

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Lions Club member Herb Mills (left) helps Joe Diehl, of Huntington, with a box of citrus fruit while his wife, Cheryl Diehl, holds a summer sausage they plan to purchase Saturday, Nov. 22. The club’s annual Christmas tree and fruit and summer sausage sale is on, located at the scout cabin across from Memorial Park in Huntington.

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Hamm grads Army basic at Ft. Jackson

Army Pfc. Kyle C. Hamm has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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Hacker, Cozad lead HNHS swimmers past Canterbury in opener

Huntington North's Zane Cozad rips through the water on the butterfly leg of the 200-yard individual medley during the Vikings' season-opener on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Vikings won big, 114-48.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Walter Hacker and sophomore Zane Cozad each won two individual events and participated on two winning relay teams to lead the Huntington North High School boys' swim team over visiting Fort Wayne Canterbury,114-48, on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The Vikings kicked off their season in fine style, winning 11 of the 12 events.

Hacker won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.19 to lead HNHS to a top-three sweep as Canterbury didn't have any swimmers in the event. The senior then came back to win the 500-yard freestyle, in 5:51.68.

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Santa to make first stop in county in Warren Friday

Santa Claus arrives in Warren for last year’s Christmas festivities in a horse-drawn wagon driven by Jay Walters. A Santa-centered celebration will return to Warren Friday evening, Nov. 28.
TAB file photo.

Santa Claus will make his first stop of 2014 in Huntington County on Friday, Nov. 28, arriving in Warren at 6 p.m.

In a break from previous years, Santa will proceed directly to the Knight-Bergman Center, 132 N. Nancy St., in Warren, rather than making an initial stop downtown.

Santa will arrive in a horse-drawn wagon, escorted by the Warren Fire Department, to oversee the lighting of the Knight-Bergman Center’s Christmas displays.