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Hoops junkie, local native Harrell heading to hall of fame thanks to innovation, effort

Huntington native John Harrell (left) stands with a plaque presented to him by Huntington North High School athletic director Kris Teusch commemorating his status as the recipient of the 2016 Indiana Fever Silver Medal Award. The award, which is handed out by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, recognizes outstanding contributions made to high school basketball by someone other than a player or coach. Harrell, the founder of JohnHarrell.net and a longtime sportswriter, received the plaque during a basketball game at HNHS on Feb. 26. He will be inducted into the hall of fame at a ceremony in Indianapolis on April 30.
Photo provided by Patrick Mericle.

Originally published April 21, 2016.

For someone whose life is so immersed in basketball, John Harrell attends remarkably few basketball games.

Harrell, a Huntington native, is too busy running his website, JohnHarrell .net. The site, which he launched in 2000, documents boys’ and girls’ high school basketball in Indiana. Anyone with an investment in the sport – players, coaches, fans – has come to depend on it for schedules, results, standings and more.


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Nerf Busters, food pantry winners of week-long Nerf War

Kenny Butler (left) and Jack Doughty are the masterminds behind the Nerf War that had 260 high school students firing foam darts at the “enemy” throughout Huntington County and beyond.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The war has ended.

A week-long Nerf War involving 260 high school students came to a close Sunday night, with the Nerf Busters — along with the food pantry at the Huntington Church of the Nazarene — emerging as the victors.

And the spoils for the Nerf Busters?

“Just bragging rights,” says Nerf War co-organizer Jack Doughty.

The church, though, came away with 2,060 donated items to help stock its food pantry.


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Only 17 of 36 GOP precincts have candidates filed for committeemen

Primary Election Day is May 3, and with the responsibility that comes with choosing national and state representatives, there is also the civic duty of voting for Republican precinct committeemen.

But out of the 36 precincts in  Huntington County, only 17 have any candidates filed, and 14 of those precincts have candidates running unopposed.

Democrats do not elect precinct committeemen this election cycle.


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Lady Vikes dispatch CC on diamond

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team dispatched host Columbia City, 8-3, on Wednesday, April 27.

The Lady Vikings got the scoring started with three runs in the third inning. The visitors then scored once in the fourth and three times in the fifth before the Lady Eagles finally got on the board with a trio of runs in the sixth. It was too little, too late, though, and a solo tally by Huntington North in the seventh brought the game’s scoring to a close.


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Salamonie Summer Festival seeks festival vendors

The Salamonie Summer Festival committee is seeking marketplace vendors to take part in the festival, which will be held the weekend of July 4.

Anyone who deals in antiques, crafts, collectibles, flea market items, hobby items or home party items may participate.

Spaces start at 10 feet by 10 feet, with larger spaces available. Cargo trailers are allowed as long as they open from the side to display items. Electrical service is available on a first come, first served basis.