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HNHS student becoming real-life ‘guitar hero’ with talent, hard work

Originally published March 23, 2017.

Jesse Gonzales, by his own admission, is “music illiterate,” meaning he can’t read music. And he didn’t come from a family possessing any musical abilities. However, there is nothing not musical about him.

“My parents don’t play any instruments; my grandparents don’t,” he says. “I don’t know where I got it from.”

Gonzales’ interest in playing guitar sparked when he was in eighth grade — a late age, by comparing many who have reached his level of talent.

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Aiming for the top

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Huntington University mascot Norm the Forester is in the finals of the inaugural NAIA Mascot Challenge, facing off against Pikey the Bear of the University of Pikeville. Voting in the championship round takes place on Twitter over a 24-hour period starting today, Monday, March 27, at 11 a.m. Votes can be cast via Twitter at @NAIA_News. Norm finished second in the Crossroads League mascot challenge and received an at-large bid to the national challenge, winning 51 percent of the vote in the quarterfinals and advancing to the final four.

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Markle council learns VFW post closing

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6671 Quartermaster Rick Waikel (left) presents Markle Town Council President Jeff Humbarger with two sets of flags, to be flown at Veterans Park, during a town council meeting on Wednesday, March 22. The sets include a U.S. flag, service flags and the POW/MIA flag. The Markle VFW post will merge with the Huntington VFW Post 2689 sometime in April.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Perhaps the saddest news from the Markle Town Council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, March 22, was the announcement that the town is losing its Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

VFW Post 6671 Commander Larry Jenks made the announcement after Post Quartermaster Rick Waikel presented the council with two sets of flags for Veterans Park in downtown Markle.

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Foresters go 2-1 in weekend series against SAU

Huntington University pitcher Tanner Wyse gets ready to fire one home against visiting Spring Arbor University on Friday afternoon, March 24. Wyse got the win as the Foresters triumphed 10-6.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University baseball team went 2-1 against visiting Spring Arbor University in a three-game series played on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25.

The Foresters kicked off the trio of games with a 10-6 win on Friday. The Cougars evened the series with a 10-9 triumph later on Friday before Coach Mike Frame’s squad came back to win the rubber match on Saturday in dominant fashion, 19-3.

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Easter Bunny to visit libraries in Markle, Huntington

The Easter Bunny will visit the Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library this year for the annual Stories with the Easter Bunny and the Baby Bunny Bash.

The bunny will visit the Markle library on Friday, April 7, at 4:45 p.m. and the Huntington library  on Saturday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. for Stories with the Easter Bunny.

The Easter Bunny will read stories to children ages preschool and up, and will be available for pictures after story time.