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Former HNHS golfer still has bag on shoulder -- as PGA caddy on tour

Former Huntington resident Tom Maples (right) stands with professional golfer Patrick Rodgers at a Web.com Tour event in Columbus, OH, in 2014. Maples is Rodgers’ caddy and travels to golf tournaments across the country and beyond on the Web.com and PGA tours.
Photo by Jake Thompson, courtesy of the Hendricks County Flyer.

Originally published July 20, 2015.

Tom Maples had a golf bag slung over his shoulder for four years at Huntington North High School, a member of the boys’ golf team.

Seventeen years later, he’s still got a golf bag slung over his shoulder. This one just happens to belong to a golfer on the PGA Tour.

Maples, a 1998 Huntington North graduate, is Patrick Rodgers’ caddy. Rodgers, a fellow Hoosier hailing from Avon, became a professional golfer last summer, following his junior year at Stanford University.

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Upcoming LES kindergarteners get early taste of real thing

Lincoln Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Dawne Pearson (right) encourages her young pupils Adaline VerBryck (left) and Lienna Pearson to share their summer experiences Wednesday, July 22, during Kinder Kamp, a pilot kindergarten readiness program. Thirty children participated in the two-week camp, funded by Huntington County United Way.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Prior to the start of the real thing, some 30 kids at Lincoln Elementary School are getting a feel for what kindergarten will be like during the school’s two-week Kinder Kamp.

The pilot program, funded by a grant from the United Way of Huntington County and the Indiana Association of United Ways, aims to help youngsters transition to a school environment, especially those who haven’t been in a classroom previously, according to local United Way Executive Director Jenna Strick.

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‘Humble’ Stoffel earns state’s top sheriff award

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel displays his 2015 Sheriff of the Year award. He was presented with the award on Saturday, July 18, by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association. Stoffel has served since 2011 and has worked proactively in the fight against synthetic drugs.
Photo by Lauren Frischman.

If there is one word that Sheriff Terry Stoffel would use to describe his recent sheriff of the year award, it would be “humbling.”

Stoffel was honored as the 2015 Sheriff of the Year on July 18 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association. He has served as the Huntington County sheriff since January 2011.

Chief Deputy Chris Newton nominated Stoffel for the award.

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Forest Glen renovations

Photo by Steve Clark.

Tim Krumanaker of Dirt Excavating works a backhoe at the entrance of Forest Glen Park on Thursday, July 23, prepping the area for concrete that will be poured for the base of a decorative archway.

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Several grab championships in Huntington County 4-H Sheep Show

Mickensey Parker maneuvers her sheep into place during the 2015 4-H Sheep Show. She competed in the Class 1 Commercial Ewe Lambs (109-125 pounds) and again in the Class 21 Champion and Reserve Natural Color Market Lamb (117-142 pounds) Saturday, July 25.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The results of the 4-H Sheep Show, which was held on Saturday, July 25, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, have been announced.

They are:

Kenyon Buckland, supreme champion ewe.
Dylan Miller, reserve supreme champion ewe.

(All Other Breeds)
Kenyon Buckland, champion AOB yearling ewe.
Ty Miller, reserve champion AOB yearling ewe.