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United Way hosts Campaign Kick-off

The United Way of Huntington County had their 2021 Campaign Kickoff and Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 17. Featured are (from left) United Way Executive Director and CEO Kyle Metzger, United Way Director of Resource and Community Development Orion McCormack, Campaign Chairs Jay and Carlene Peters and United Way Board Chair Megan Reckelhoff posing with a Dolly Parton cutout to represent the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program that recently became available in Huntington County.
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The United Way of Huntington County began their 2021 Campaign with a kick-off party and Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 17.

The event started at the GQT Huntington 7 Theater, where prominent local leaders of the United Way shared various updates regarding this year’s campaign. The campaign video for this year was also shown.

United Way Executive Director and CEO Kyle Metzger took the stage to share how the United Way is making an effort to keep the community informed on what the United Way is and what they do.

Spirit Day at Roanoke


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Counselor Ron Goetz (center) along with CeCe Blackburn (left) and Lauren Waterhouse dressed up in special Hawaiian apparel for Roanoke Elementary School’s Read-A-Thon Spirit Day on Friday, Sept. 17.

Public Lands Day taking place this weekend

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26. That means it’s time to get outside and choose a favorite outdoor activity at one of the many DNR properties throughout Indiana (on.IN.gov/recfinder).

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort involving public lands. Many properties are hosting volunteer events, but every act of kindness counts.

Huntington North FFA receives Kudos Grant


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Huntington County Community Foundation (HCCF) Board Member Becky Souder passed along one of her Kudos Grants to the Huntington North High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) in preparation for their upcoming Mum and Pumpkin Sale on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Learning Center Parking Lot. Featured (from left) are FFA members Phoebe Landrum, Abagayle Wright, Cameron Richison, Mason Miller, Tyson Thompson, Luke Trickle and Drew Miller.

HFH receives a grant for ‘Meat’ The Need initiative

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $1,500 grant from NRA Hunters for the Hungry to support its “Meat” the Need initiative.

According to Feeding America, approximately 834,500 Indiana residents regularly struggle with food insecurity – 240,000 of which are children. Deb Treesh, executive eirector of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, said that the funds received will be used to pay processing fees on donated livestock and deer, with the meat being given to agencies serving food-insecure residents within Indiana.

Huntington University announces enrollment

Huntington University’s (HU) fall 2021 enrollment numbers are officially locked in at 1,363 total students. Though down slightly from last year’s record enrollment, this number is still up overall when looking at the last five years of data.

“While many universities across the country are reporting downward trends over the past few years or small upticks after extremely low enrollment in 2020, Huntington University is pleased to be consistent with steady enrollment growth in key areas,” said Daniel Solms, vice president for enrollment management and marketing.

IDOE creates partnerships, expands IN Learning Lab

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has partnered with philanthropic groups across the state to expand the Indiana Learning Lab. With this new partnership, educators will gain expanded resources to enhance their teaching and growth.

“Great teachers change lives, and supporting these educators with the guidance and resources they need to continue this transformative work is one of our top priorities,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education.

Sept. 28 marked Carson Stoffel Day

If there’s one thing Carson Stoffel will be remembered for, it is his passion for BMX racing that he shared with everyone he met.

As a Huntington North High School student, Carson particularly enjoyed helping children and beginners to the sport learn their way around a BMX course. His younger siblings looked up to their big brother too, Carson’s parents Jacob Stoffel and Krista Rohrabaugh recall.

“He has four younger siblings whose eyes lit up when he was around,” Rohrabaugh said before adding that helping younger kids better learn his BMX passion “brought him much joy.”

CHE utilizes grant funds for colleges

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), utilized federal CARES Act funding to award $428,973 to 20 college, university and community partners to support the high school graduating class of 2021 as they transition to college. Huntington University (HU) received $24,999.

Cleaning up 200 West


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Volunteers (from left) Luci Vickrey, Samson Vickrey and Joshua Justice walk together to pick up trash along 200 West on Saturday, Sept. 18. The event was part of Huntington County’s “Make it Shine” week.

Todd Harrold to perform


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Known for a vocal style often compared to Bill Withers and Boz Scaggs, singer and drummer Todd Harrold will present an evening of music with a soulful twist on Friday, Oct. 8, at The Cottage Event Center in Roanoke.  A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit The Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department.

Students receive Spirit Awards


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Huntington Catholic School presents monthly “Spirit Awards” to students from each grade who display Christ-like behavior. Gentleness was the virtue chosen for the month of September and the winners of the September awards were (front row, from left) Blaise Jarzynka, Karson Gray, Maria Fettinger and Olivia Robichaud, as well as (back row, from left) Alma Aumedes Molero, Vanessa Ball, Xaver Tinocco and Zella Jackson. Not pictured was award winner Jacqueline Aguirre.

Right to Life discusses Respect Life Month

At the September meeting of the Huntington County Right to Life organization, plans for Respect Life Month were discussed.

The 2020 Little Christmas Sock Project has had 303 responses with $,7987.36 in donations, which will be used to cover office expenses. So far, 244 memberships, three of which are new members, for 2021 have been received.  

At the office, Pat Bickel reported eight donations including $302 from the Knights of Columbus during August and $42.20 from greeting card sales.