Mary G. Johnson

Mary G. Johnson, 78, of Huntington, IN, died Monday, May 22, 2017, at 5:10 p.m. at Parkview Hospital Randalia, in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Johnson had worked in production at Magnetek, in Huntington, and as supervisor of housekeeping at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born June 13, 1938, in Kenton, OH, to Walter and Mary Markley Rogers.

Survivors include three daughters, Deb Gearhart and Mary A. Johnson, both of Huntington, and Kathy Johnson, of Madison, AL; a brother, Walt (Nancy) Rogers, of Huntington; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

James O. Young

James O. Young, 86, of Huntington, IN, died Friday, May 19, 2017, at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation.

Mr. Young worked as a machinist with Kellwood Manufacturing, in Spencer County, WV, for 46 years. He attended the Huntington First Church of the Nazarene and was a former member of the Spencer Baptist Temple, where he served as a deacon and choir member.

He was born July 31, 1930, to Romeo and Estelle Starcher Young. He married Betty Brickman on Dec. 5, 1958, in West Virginia, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 2017.

Claudia R. 'Rosie' Bouchez

Claudia R. “Rosie” Bouchez, 70, of Bluffton, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Thursday morning, May 18, 2017, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center, in Bluffton.

Mrs. Bouchez graduated from Huntington High School. She worked at Johnson Control, in Ossian, for 10 years and retired from Pretzels, in Bluffton.

She was born Feb. 1, 1947, in Huntington to Noble G. and Lucille O. DeHaven Pinkerton. She married Cliff M. Bouchez on Oct. 30, 1999, in Bluffton, and he survives.

Mary E. 'Betty' Kephart

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Kephart, 98, of Bluffton, IN, died Monday morning, May 15, 2017, at Markle Health and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Kephart graduated from Dormont High School in 1936 and earned a degree in mathematics from Bicknell University in 1940. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, in Bluffton, and the United Methodist Women. She was active in Foltz Reading Club, P.E.O. and Psi Iota Xi. She served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Indiana State Medical Association from 1968 to 1969.

Biblical Alliance to host program on persecution

The Biblical Alliance for Truth will host guest speaker Dave Brackemyre with Voice of the Martyrs, addressing the topic of worldwide persecution of Christians, today, Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church.

Brackemyre will speak about causes for increased persecution of Christians, what nations are involved and what can be done. A question and answer period will follow.

The public is invited to attend this free program. A free will offering for Voice of the Martyrs will be received.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus celebrates 52nd birthday of Early Head Start

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters reads a story to an Early Head Start class at Pathfinder Kids Kampus on Community Reading Day, Thursday, May 18, in celebration of Head Start’s 52nd birthday. P
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An Early Head Start classroom at Pathfinder Kids Kampus joined the National Head Start Association (NHSA) to celebrate Head Start’s 52nd birthday by kicking off Community Reading Day on Thursday, May 18, with Huntington’s mayor.

Across the country, 1,400 local Head Start programs hosted community reading day celebrations featuring visits from local officials and community leaders to read to children.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus has offered Early Head Start to families who qualify since 2010.  

Golf outing raises $11,000 for Kids Kampus

Directed by pre-K teacher Sheila Crawford (far left), the 4 and 5-year-olds of the “Creators” classroom at Pathfinder Kids Kampus sing a lively song during lunchtime at the 26th annual golf outing to support Kids Kampus on Wednesday, May 17. The outing raised funds for the Kids Kampus scholarship program for children served by the Early Head Start and pre-K programs at the child care facility.
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The 26th annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus golf outing, sponsored by David Culp and Co., was held Wednesday, May 17, at Norwood Golf Club. Lunch and appetizers were sponsored by SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and golfers were treated to complimentary food at the turn thanks to NACCAP.  

First place in the outing went to the team from Wings, Etc. with members Bryan Burcroff, Alex Hentgen, James Willett and Tom Wright. The Wings, Etc. team had a score of 48.  

Blood drives coming up in county

The American Red Cross has announced blood donation opportunities in Huntington and Roanoke.

They are:

• Sunday, May 28, from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church/School, 860 Cherry St., Huntington.

• Wednesday, June 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 160, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke.

• Friday, June 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160W-500N, Huntington.

First Federal earns two awards at Indiana Bankers conference


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First Federal Savings Bank received a Five Star Award from the Indiana Bankers Association during the Association’s Mega Conference held May 2 through 4 in Indianapolis.  

First Federal Savings Bank was one of 41 banks statewide granted the Five Star Award in recognition of commitment to the association in the areas of political awareness, issues advocacy, life-long learning, volunteerism and Preferred Service Provider utilization.  First Federal Savings Bank has received a Five Star Award every year since 2004 when the award was introduced.

MAXI Award


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Amber R. Van Til (right), president and CEO of the Indiana Bankers Association, presents the MAXI Award to Satin Lemon, marketing director of First Federal Savings Bank.

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