Tribute to flag-raising memorial

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Edith Harmon (left), an intern in the Huntington County Veterans Service Office, reads a tribute remembering the boys — most under 20 years old — depicted in the memorial to the 1945 flag-raising at Iwo Jima, which took place 70 years ago. Three of the Marines were killed in action, she said, just days after Joe Rosenthal took the famous photo that provided the basis for the memorial, seen behind Harmon. At right is Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Bruce Stanton.

Saluting their comrades

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 members (from left) Jerry Walling, Mike Smith and Rodney Funk salute their fallen comrades during the Huntington County Memorial Day service Monday evening, May 25. The service was held at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington.

Placing wreaths

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County and city officials stand behind the wreaths they placed on the stage at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington, during the Huntington County Memorial Day service Monday evening, May 26. Representatives of local veterans organizations also placed wreaths, paying tribute to the men and women who were victims of war. Standing with the wreaths are (from left) Huntington County commissioners Tom Wall, Larry Buzzard and Rob Miller, along with Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Bruce Stanton reflects on the sacrifices of the men and women who have served their country. Stanton spoke during a Memorial Day service Monday evening, May 25, at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington, paying tribute to the 134 Huntington County men who lost their lives during wartime as well as the 95 veterans from the county who died in 2014.

Mary L. Griffith

Mary Lou Griffith, 76, of Elsmere, KY, and a former resident of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, in Edgewood, KY.

She was born Jan. 8, 1939. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert Griffith.

Larry L. Wright

Larry L. Wright, 79, of Warren, IN, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at midnight.

Mr. Wright was retired from the Veterans Administration, where he had worked for 29 years and served as the head of four departments. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.

He was born in Marion, a son of Onie and Margaret Botkin Wright. He was married to Jo Ann Peterson, and she preceded him in death.

Robert E. Rider

Robert E. Rider, 85, of Sidney, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Rider graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1948. He retired in 1994 from Gatke Corporation, in Warsaw, where he had been employed for 36 years. He was also a farmer and was a charter member of the Sidney Lions Club.

He was born May 20, 1930, in Silver Lake to John A. and Ruth A. Cole Rider. He married Donnabelle Hudson on Nov. 19, 1960, and she survives.

Wesco, Prather are tops at Nun Run, Brother Boogie

Ainsley Melcher (right), of Roanoke, leads a group of runners through a scenic portion of the grounds at the St. Felix Oratory during the Nun Run 5K on Saturday, May 23.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Collin Wesco, of Huntington, and Brad Prather, of Roanoke, were the winners of the Nun Run 5K & Brother Boogie 10K, respectively, held Saturday, May 23, at the grounds of St. Felix Oratory, in Huntington.

Wesco, 19, took the 5K in 17:35.7 to beat runner-up Blake Malone, of Fort Wayne, by almost 23 seconds, while Prather, 43, drubbed the field in the 10K by more than four minutes, finishing in 36:31.1, with Tracy Blocker, of Huntington, placing runner-up in 40:44.2.

Vikings split with Bronchos behind Goodrich gem

Photo by Steve Clark.
Kory Goodrich.

Kory Goodrich pitched a four-hit shutout as the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team split a doubleheader with host Lafayette Jefferson on Saturday, May 23.

The Viking's 3-0 victory in the first game was part of the North Central Conference Tournament and earned the Vikings third place.

Huntington North, 17-8, lost the second game 9-1.

Goodrich, a junior, struck out four and walked two in his complete-game effort to improve to 6-1 on the year.

Viking golfers back in pack at Muncie Central Invite

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team finished in the pack at the Muncie Central Invitational at the Players club in Yorktown on Saturday, May 23, with a 357.

Zac Tackett led the Vikings' efforts with an 84, followed by Zane Cozad with an 89, Jacob Vinson with a 91 and Michael May with a 93.

Nolan Betterly had a non-scoring 94 for the Vikings, who were 60 strokes off the winning scored of 297 posted by Yorktown. Westview was two strokes back in second place.


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