Filled backpacks

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Becky Sands (right), program supervisor at Youth Services Bureau, accepts backpacks and school supplies from Jeremy Penrod, Rotary president-elect, at a recent Huntington Rotary Club meeting. Rotary members continue their tradition of supporting the back-to-school drive to equip Huntington County school children with the tools to get their school years off to a good start.


VNC to present ‘Elder Awareness Day’ Sept. 12

Victory Noll Center in Huntington will present "Elder Awareness Day" on Sept. 12 in an effort to raise public awareness of the social and psychological issues of aging.

The keynote speaker for the event is James Gambone, Ph.D. He is a published author, award- winning filmmaker and national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. He will discuss the aging process and the importance of developing intergenerational relation-
ships when caring for the elderly.


Bendix expands local plant to remake brakes

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The Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems plant in Huntington has expanded its brake shoe remanufacturing capabilities.

The expansion adds a salvage operation to the assembly operation that opened in 2012, explains Mike Pogorelc, plant manager of the Huntington facility.

The salvage operation, located at 1230 Sabine St., in Huntington, went online in July.


Matthew 25 service program returns

Victory Noll Center will again host its "Matthew 25 Project" service program to assist those in need in our area.

Volunteers to the program have produced hundreds of no-sew blankets and hats over the past two years that have been donated to local service agencies for distribution.

The program takes its name from the Bible verse Matthew 25:40, in which Jesus says "I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least, you did it for me."


Kids get homework help at St. Peter’s First

A community-based homework help program providing middle and high school students with a quiet and safe place to do their homework will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The program will be held at St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington, on Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Transportation from Riverview, Crestview, and Huntington North is available for students to get to the program.

While at the program, students will receive assistance, support and encouragement from adult volunteers.


Huntington City-Township Public Library taking Story Time registrations

The Huntington City-Township Public Library is now accepting registrations for its fall Story Time sessions.

The weekly sessions begin on Sept. 9. Sessions are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Main Library, in Huntington, for children from birth through seven years.

Story Time introduces the child to children's literature, provides a group experience for the young child and encourages listening skills and the development of lifelong reading interests.


Huntington County Free Health Clinic open house is Aug. 22

An open house at the Huntington County Free Health Clinic will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A ribbon cutting to officially open the clinic building at 1255 Engle St., Huntington, will be held at noon.

The clinic, located for many years at Trinity United Methodist Church, moved Jan. 1 to the Engle Street location, the former home of the Family Practice Associates medical office.


ABWA national selects local member Crone as one of its Top Ten of year

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Michelle L. Crone, business banking administrative manager of Wells Fargo Bank in Huntington, has been named one of the Top Ten Business Women of the Year by the American Business Women's Association.

The Top Ten Business Women of ABWA is a national program that honors 10 outstanding members for achieving excellence in career, education and community involvement.


Wiffle ball tournament for Schmaltz fund-raiser

The second annual Garry Crosbie Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held Sept. 13 in Markle, and teams can register through Aug. 24.

The tournament is sponsored by the Steve Kelly Cancer Relief Foundation and proceeds will go to the foundation and to the family of Wyatt Schmaltz, a Huntington boy being treated for cancer.

The double elimination tournament will be held at Markle Park. Each team will receive six T-shirts and will be guaranteed of playing at least two games.

Concessions will be available all day. Several activities will be offered for children.


First day fun

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Students from Nicole Warpup's kindergarten class at Salamonie School, in Warren, get in some recreation time on the first afternoon of school on Wednesday, Aug. 13.


Third cutting

John Vickrey does a third cutting of hay in a field just outside of Warren on Wednesday, Aug. 13



Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Richard Knox admires a motorcycle and sidecar on display at Markle Health & Rehabilitation's Show Us Your Ride Car, Truck and Bike Show, held Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9. In addition to the vehicles on display, the afternoon featured food and entertainment, with proceeds earmarked for the Alzheimer's Association, Karing for Kids, Kelly Cancer Foundation and Wells County Boys & Girls Club.


Monkeying around

John Goble (left), of Huntington, helps his son Bronson, 3, navigate the monkey bars at Memorial Park on Thursday, Aug. 14.


Benefit for Andrews fire victims set for this Wednesday at Nick’s Kitchen

A benefit for an Andrews family whose home was destroyed by fire will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nick's Kitchen, in Huntington.

A portion of the dine-in food sales and all tips collected will go toward obtaining new housing for the family.

The July 31 fire destroyed the home of Shawn Smith and daughters Hannah, 15; Autumn, 15; Shayna, 14; and Aaliya, 12. Although no one was injured, the house and its contents are a total loss. The Smith family is currently staying in temporary housing.


Roanoke Fall Festival to hold eighth annual Corn Bag Toss Doubles Tourney Sept. 5

The Roanoke Fall Festival will hold its eighth annual Corn Bag Toss Doubles Tournament on Sept. 5 on the tennis courts at Roanoke Park.

In the event of rain, the tournament will be held in the gym at Roanoke Elementary School.

The tournament will begin at 7 p.m. with registrations being accepted until 6:45 p.m. as long as openings exist. Entries will be limited to the first 32 teams that are received. There are no age or gender limitations. An entry fee is charged.


Conflict resolution speaker at St. Peter’s

St. Peter's First Community Church, located at 206 Etna Ave., Huntington, will host a presentation by Zoughbi Zoughbi, the founder and director of the Wi'am Conflict Resolution Center in Bethlehem, on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Zoughbi is a 1989 graduate of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


Volunteering their time

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Members of the Huntington University men's soccer team recently volunteered their time to paint and wash windows at the LaFontaine Center. Painting the outside of the building are (from left) Aaron Harting, RJ Hughes and Ryan Lechlitner.


SC offers advance planning workshop

A free workshop, "Setting Your House in Order," will be offered on Sept. 9 at the Senior Center, in Huntington.
Keith Huffman, an elder law attorney, will present the advance planning workshop beginning at 5:30 p.m. Food will be served and door prizes will be given out.

The session is sponsored by McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home and the Huntington County Council on Aging.

For reservations, call 359-4410.



Friends of NRA to hold hog roast, family shoot

The Friends of the National Rifle Association will hold a hog roast and family shoot on Sept. 6 at the J. Edward Roush Fish and Wildlife Area shooting range.

Activities will get underway at 10 a.m. The day will include a trap shoot and other shooting games.
Participants should bring eye and ear protection and can bring their own pistols, rifles, shotguns and archery equipment. Guns, including BB guns, will be available for those who don't have their own firearms.


Cancer society seeks volunteers to drive

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers in all northeast Indiana counties for its Road To Recovery program.

An estimated 35,560 Indiana residents will learn that they have cancer this year. Getting to their scheduled treatment may be a challenge.

"One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to treatment in six weeks," said Melissa Baker, mission delivery specialist for the American Cancer Society. "A patient receiving chemotherapy might report for treatment weekly for up to a year.


HNHS Class of ’84 reunion is Aug. 30

The Huntington North High School Class of 1984 will hold a reunion on Aug. 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the LaFontaine Golf Course and Banquet Center.

The evening will include appetizers, a buffet dinner, cash bar, music and a 50/50 raffle.

For reservation information, email or write to HNHS Class of 1984 at 3510W-100N, Huntington, IN 46750.



Judged tasty

Smoky's Barbecue, a Marion restaurant owned by Huntington resident Brian Reust, earned second and third place awards in the Michigan State Barbecue Championship on July 26. The competition drew 56 professional barbecue teams from several states and two from Canada. The Smoky's Barbecue team earned a perfect score in each of the meat categories, which included chicken, ribs, pulled pork and brisket. The Smoky's Barbecue team includes (from left) Mike Emley, Terri Emley, Karen Rupe and Reust.


Wild Wednesday movie for Aug. 20 is ‘The Butler’

Wild Wednesday at the Huntington 7 on Aug. 20 will feature "The Butler," a movie based loosely on the life of White House butler Eugene Allen.

Forest Whitaker stars as the butler who served for 34 years through eight administrations, remaining in the job as American society is changed by the civil rights movement, Vietnam and more. Oprah Winfrey plays the butler's wife.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served and door prizes will be given away.


Ind.-5 work

A crew from the Indiana Department of Transportation works on Ind.-5 just outside of Warren on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 13. The project includes relocating a water main and replacement of the culvert box and should last several weeks.


Lunching and learning

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sherry Burt, of Huntington, takes advantage of the pleasant weather on Thursday, Aug. 14, to study her Bible and have some pizza for lunch outside the Huntington City-Township Public Library.


West Rock Creek alumni to hold reunion Sept. 13

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The West Rock Creek High School Class of 1964 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its graduation year, together with the honored classes of 1944 and 1954, at the annual alumni gathering on Sept. 13.

A luncheon, catered by Kim's Katered Affair, will be held at Markle Church of Christ at 12:30 p.m. All graduates, teachers and former students of West Rock Creek are invited to attend, as well as their guests.

Reservations and money should be sent to Edith Canaan, secretary and treasurer, by Aug. 31.


Discovery Crew to start meeting in September

Elementary students are invited to sign up for Discovery Crew at the Main Library and Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Discovery Crew members meet weekly for stories and crafts, and sessions last 45 to 60 minutes. The theme for this fall's Discovery Crew program is countries of the world, with each session exploring a specific country with stories, crafts, music and fun. Countries included will be Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Madagascar, Mexico and Russia.


Richey earns nursing degree from Capital this spring

Mary Richey, of Huntington, was among nearly 730 graduates who received their degrees from Capital University during the 2013-14 academic year, culminating with the university's 164th commencement ceremony in May.

Richey received a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Capital University is located in Columbus, OH.



The Well plans special service for HU students

The Well will hold a special worship service with Huntington University as part of Welcome Weekend on Aug. 24, welcoming in all new students to HU.

The service will be at 11 a.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre on the HU campus.

This service is open to the public and the community of Huntington is welcome to attend.

For information, contact The Well at office@thewell

The Well will not be holding its regularly-scheduled service at its 1883 Old U.S.-24 location that morning.


Thornton’s opportunity is store in Wabash

Photo by Dennis Kelsey.

Lori Thornton, of Huntington County, learned much of her retail experience working for Family Dollar, moving her way up through the ranks and serving 10 of the 28 years with the company as the Huntington store manager.

When she lost her job a year ago, a window of opportunity opened for her to run her own store.

"It was bittersweet, but in reality it was the best thing that ever happened to me because I was able to take the last 11 months off and decide what I wanted to do for the next 20 years in my working career," she says.


Food distribution in Andrews set for Aug. 21

The Shepherd's Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Food items will be available for Andrews area residents between 10 a.m. and noon at 67 N. Snowden St. (former union building behind the town hall) in Andrews.

No appointment is necessary. Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Participants must bring their own box or container for their food selections.



HHS Class of 1954 gathers for 60-year reunion

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The Huntington High School Class of 1954 celebrated its 60th graduation anniversary the weekend of Aug. 1 through Aug. 3.

The festivities began on Friday evening at the Quality Inn hospitality room with a light buffet. On Saturday morning, classmates and guests met at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park for a tour of the facility.


Musical taste

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The band Urban Legend provides music at the Taste of Roanoke in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, Aug. 16. Among the band members are (front from left) Lisa McDavid, Lisa Loza and Mark Gevaart.


Enjoying a bite

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Matt Law (center), his niece Josephine McClure (left) and nis nephew Collin Paul, all of Roanoke, enjoy a bite to eat during the Tsste of Ronaoke in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, Aug. 16.


Ride 2 Provide

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Motorcyclists head out of Markle Park on the ninth annual Rive 2 Provide event held Saturday, Aug. 16. The multi-activity event helped raise funds for two area men suffering from cancer. Fund-raising activities included silent and live auctions, raffles, a hog roast, dart and cornhole tournaments and the motorcycle ride.


Fun time for a cause

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ezra Brim (front), Clayton Marshall (back left) and Aiden Brim enjoy some time in the bounce house in Markle Park during the Ride 2 Provide on Saturday, Aug. 16. The multi-activity event served to raise funds for two area men suffering from cancer.


Forks announces plans for Senior Day on Aug. 19

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The Historic Forks of the Wabash announces plans for the annual Senior Day to be held Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the historic park located at 3011 W. Park Drive from 9 a.m. to noon.


Sweet treat

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ellen Jackson, of Huntington, helps herself to some watermelon at the Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Summer Family and Friends Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 7. The afternoon event included a meal of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings along with ice cream for dessert.


RCIA starts Sept. 3 at SS. Peter, Paul church

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or is considering joining the Catholic Church is invited to take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) beginning Sept. 3 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Huntington.


Impact Institute invites public to pair of open houses for Hgtn. County Adult Education Classrooms

Impact Institute invites the public to two open houses for Huntington County Adult Education Classrooms.

The first will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the former St. Paul Lutheran School, 605 Polk St., Huntington. The day class open house will be from noon to 1 p.m. and the evening class open house is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The second location is Solid Rock United Methodist Church, 485 Bennett St., Warren. An afternoon open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information email or call 765-271-7949.



Local re-enactor to appear at library main branch on Monday, Aug. 25

Local re-enactor Randy Bellamy will appear at the Huntington City-Township Public Library's main library branch as a 17th-century French courier du bois on Monday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Bellamy, who has been a re-enactor for 23 years, often portrays his courier du bois, or Great Lakes fur trader and trapper, character at local and regional historical events such as the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival in Huntington, and the Five Medals Gathering in New Paris.


Locals raise top OH steer

A steer raised by three Huntington men was named reserve grand champion steer at the 2014 Ohio State Fair.

The crossbred steer, which weighed 1,323 pounds, was raised by Phil Shafer, Eric Richardson and Jack Alford, of Huntington. It was exhibited by Brooke Egbert of Auglaize County, OH.

The steer was sold by Goettemoeller Show Cattle and sold through the 2014 Sale of Champions for a record price of $50,000.



Update on CR 900N project Sept. 8 at church

An open house to offer updates on the widening project for County Road 900N and Lafayette Center Road will be held on Monday, Sept. 8, at Cornerstone Alliance Church, 5833E-900N, Roanoke.

The open house is designed for anyone living along the road as well as anyone else interested in the project.
The road, which connects U.S.-24 in Huntington County to I-469 in Allen County, will be widened and an overpass will be built to carry vehicles over the railroad tracks.


Young Vikes

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chad Daugherty, principal of Huntington North High School, addresses incoming freshmen in the school's auditorium during Freshman Orientation Day on Friday, Aug. 8.



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The Roanoke American Legion Post 160 Auxiliary donated toys and more than 70 super hero capes for patients at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent, in Indianapolis. The donation was presented during the auxiliary's state convention.


Forgiven to present southern gospel music concert Aug. 17 at FC Nazarene

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Forgiven will present a concert of southern gospel music on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene.

The members of the trio have a rich heritage in gospel music, having traveled with the Gaithers and the Weatherfords before starting their own group.

A free will offering will be taken.

The church is located at 1555 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.



Mixing passions results in The North End Boutique

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

When you mix a passion for clothing, and "all things Italian" with a love of small towns and top it off with Karima Davis, the result is The North End - a unique boutique with an upstairs hotel now open in downtown Roanoke.

"I just have had a passion for clothing and a passion for all things Italian from food to... leather goods from Italy, to fabrics from Italy," says Davis.

The North End is a luxury clothing boutique providing elegant dresses, evening wear and upscale casual clothing, accessories and jewelry.


New officers

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The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7 has elected new officers. They are (from left) Barb Wieging, first vice president; Cynthia Sailors, secretary/treasurer; Sally Gamble, president; Jody Cormany, sergeant-at-arms; Beth Tomasek, parliamentarian; and Rita Roberts, chaplain. Not pictured are Tracy Jessop, historian, and Linda Hysong, second vice president. Auxiliary members who pay their dues by Sept. 30 are eligible for an early bird drawing.


Local 4-H fair board to meet Aug. 19 at Hier’s Park

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Board will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park.

The board will be reviewing the 2014 Huntington County 4-H Fair. There will be reports from the 4-H superintendents, fair board committee chairpersons and others attending this evaluation meeting.

For more information about the Huntington County 4-H program, contact Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, County Annex Building, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington or call 358-4826.



HU, local groups team up for ministry conference

Huntington University has partnered with community organizations to orchestrate its first collaborative youth ministry conference. The conference aims to aid in developing relations and unity between area ministry leaders.

Equip2:6 is the first partnership between several organizations, including HU. Partners include representatives from Emmanuel Community Church, Youth for Christ, NACCAP (the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


Local team will be in Making Strides walk

A group from Huntington will walk in the Making Stride Breast Cancer walk in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivorship. This will be the third year that the team will walk.

The group started walking three years ago when a co-worker started her fourth battle against breast cancer. Norma Lewis lost her fight against cancer last year. The team will walk in memory of Lewis and also walk in honor of three survivors.


County’s law enforcement issues warning to drive sober or go to jail

The Huntington County Sheriff's Department, Huntington Police Department and Warren Police Department have a very direct message for motorists: drive sober or get pulled over.

On Aug. 11 officers announced zero tolerance for anyone attempting to drive while impaired.

"Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail," said Huntington Police Chief EJ Carroll. "Officers will be working overtime to identify and apprehend those who disregard our message."


Large gift has HU’s faith-based ag program ready to go in 2015

Huntington University is set to launch Indiana's first faith-based agriculture program, thanks to a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

The recent matching gift initiates the creation of HU's Institute for Agricultural Studies for fall of 2014, with a goal of offering its first program in agribusiness in fall 2015, university spokesmen announced.

Huntington University hopes to collaborate with the state's public agriculture program at Purdue University.


Waldron to teach martial arts at YMCA

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mild mannered, soft-spoken Robert Waldron is on a mission: to teach kids how to fight.

The 66-year-old Huntington resident wants them to learn in the right way, so he's teaching them karate.

Waldron has been showing between 20 and 30 children in the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA day camp how to do basic moves in the Tang Soo Do (Korean) and Shuri Ryu (Okinawan) traditions, and he's looking forward to teaching a class this fall for both kids and adults.


Iseler earns recognition from United Health Care

Linda Iseler has been selected to receive the Nursing Sages Award by United Health Care.

Iseler works as a nurse in the House Calls program of United Health Care, a private insurance company.

She serves five counties in the northeast region of Indiana, including Huntington County.

In that position, Iseler visits the homes of Medicare Advantage members to provide assessments and education, offer support and resources to help those members maintain their health and provide preventive health care such as flu shots.


A new year

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The 2014-15 school year will begin for students on Wednesday, Aug. 13. This year students will have an extended fall break in October; Christmas break Dec. 22 to Jan. 5; a winter break in February; and spring break the week of March 30. The last day of school is scheduled for Friday, May 29.


Trio of new staffers joining Lancaster this year

Three new staff members are joining Lancaster Elementary School this year.

They are Christa Spurgeon, first grade; Chelsey Piper, kindergarten; and Kevin Doyle, cross categorical classroom.

Lancaster's principal is Russ Degitz.

The school is located at 2932W-300S, Huntington. The phone number is 468-2816.

Start time is 8:45 a.m. and end time is 3:40 p.m.



Sheriff offers safety tips for returning students

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel offers these tips to keep children safe as they return to school:

If your child is ready to walk to school or a bus stop without adult supervision, make sure to plan the safest, most direct route and walk it with your child beforehand.

Teach your child never to talk to strangers, approach a car or accept rides from anyone they don't know well or don't trust.


Huntington County Community Schools to start year at regular time on opening day of school, Aug. 13

Huntington County Community Schools will start school at the regular time on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 13.

School will begin with a 30-minute delay on Wednesday school days beginning Aug. 20, with the exception of Wednesday, Oct. 15, which will begin at the regular time.



ISTEP+ test rescores bump local numbers up considerable amount

Huntington County Community School Corporation's previously reported ISTEP+ results have been updated to reflect rescored tests, which were released Monday, Aug. 4.

Rescored tests have been a factor in previous years, but Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Chuck Grable says, "We would see very few, if any, changes in scores."

This year, however, the rescored tests bumped corporation-wide passing percentages up a considerable amount.

The ISTEP+ scores for third through eighth grade students were originally released at the end of July.


Official visitor

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson speaks to members of the Huntington Rotary Club during the club's noon meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the LaFontaine Center.


Academic awards

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The Roanoke American Legion Post 160 Auxiliary presented academic awards to four local students attending college. Attending the presentation were (from left) Unit Education Chair JoAnn Caulk, award recipient Susanna Vining, Unit President Linda Bueker and award recipient Caleb Stoffel. Alyssa Corns and Sierra Dinius were also award recipients.


Group needs hydrant painters for art project

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Readers are needed to paint fire hydrants for an upcoming public art project.

The Huntington Arts Initiative chose the theme "Book Look ... and Listen" for this year's hydrant painting exhibit to highlight the importance of reading and to help everyone realize the rainbow of possibilities the written word provides.

Nearly 40 artists will paint the hydrants to represent books of all kinds for audiences of all ages. The official opening of the project will be Sept. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Ride 2 Provide is Saturday in Markle

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The ninth annual Ride 2 Provide will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, in Markle, with proceeds earmarked for two area residents being treated for cancer.

This year's recipients are Douglas Sagstetter and Nate Mills.

The day begins with a motorcycle ride. Participants can check in from 11 a.m. to noon at Markle Park. The first bike will leave at 12:10 p.m., and the last bike will return to Markle Park.

All other events of the day are open to the public, whether or not they ride.


B&G Club members treated to bike ride

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With Love Left Over, a Huntington-based organization serving special needs children and their families, hosted a free mountain bike clinic for members of the Huntington Boys & Girls Club on Aug. 4.

The clinic included bike inspections, a repair demonstration and tips on negotiating obstacles and log crossing.

Club members then took a five-mile ride on the Kintionki Trail at Salamonie Lake State Forrest.

Club members were invited to participate, free of charge, in the third annual Off Road Challenge sponsored by With Love Left Over on Aug. 9 at Salamonie Lake.


Surfing the web

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Ember Christle climbs through a giant spider web at Salamonie Preschool's "Spectacular Spiders!" session on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Children learned about spiders, made spider crafts, and took a nature hike to look for spiders.


Local 4-H’er wins Sweepstakes Award in state fair forestry project

A Huntington County 4-H'er won the Sweepstakes Award in the forestry project at the Indiana State Fair.

Rachel Bryant, of Huntington, competed in Level 1 of the forestry project, for grades three through five.

State Fair judges award one Sweepstakes Award for each project, recognizing the Sweepstakes winner as the overall best entry in that project.

Winning blue ribbons in the forestry project at the State Fair are Darren Jackson, level 2, and Julie Winters, Level 3.

Additional State Fair project judging results are:


Registration open for DNR deer hunting class

Registration is open for a free Department of Natural Resources program that teaches participants how to hunt white-tailed deer in Indiana.

"Hunt, Fish, Eat" starts Aug. 19 in Indianapolis and Aug. 27 in Bloomington. The program is a four-session series, with an optional fifth session. Sessions are once a week and offer hands-on learning in a safe environment.

The classes help new hunters ages 18 and older to improve their self-reliance skills and to learn to harvest a source of fresh, local meat.


St. Peters FCC holds fund-raising road block

St. Peter's First Community Church held a road block on Saturday, Aug. 2, to assist a local organization fund improvements to a mountain bike trail at Salamonie Lake.

With Love Left Over, an organization that works with children with special needs, is working to make improvements to the Kintionki Trail at Lost Bridge West.
The project will involve raising areas of the trail that remain wet through the spring and fall and completing the "rock gardens" obstacle on the trail.


Urban Legend returns to perform at ‘Taste of Roanoke’ on Aug. 16

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Taste of Roanoke will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Roanoke.

Local band Urban Legend will again provide the entertainment.

This is the third straight year the band will entertain during the event. Main Street will be shut down and the band will set up on the sidewalk on the west side of the street. The music starts at 5 p.m.

Urban Legend plays a blend of music they call rock and soul. The song list covers chart-topping hits from 1965 to 1985 with a couple of new songs sprinkled in.


Arts Council names winners of exhibition at HU

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Artist KristinA, of Fort Wayne, won the Best of Show award at the LaFontaine Arts Council Regional Art Exhibit in Huntington.

KristinA's steel sculpture titled "Panache" highlighted the show at the opening reception July 31.

Two Judge's Awards were presented. They went to Jerry Hertenstein, of Fort Wayne, for "Stacked," and Leslie Vrchota, of Roanoke, for "In My Dreams."

The Judge's Awards were sponsored by DeLaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott LLC and McVoy Design Studio.

First, second and third place awards were handed out in each of three classes.


Victory Noll offers T’ai Chi classes

The Victory Noll Center will offer a series of T'ai Chi Chih classes beginning Sept. 9.

"T'ai Chi Chih: Joy Through Movement" will continue through Nov. 11, with no classes on Sept. 30 or Oct. 21. Sessions are held each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The leader for the classes is Jan Parker.

T'ai Chi Chih is a series of 19 slow, gentle movements and one pose designed to activate, circulate and balance each person's energy.
The registration deadline is Sept. 4.


Drover Town 5K run, block party set for Sept. 13

The first Drover Town 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sept. 13 in conjunction with the Drover Town Block Party.

Runners and walkers will step off at 9 a.m. in the area of St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington, and will wind through Drover Town before returning to the church area.

Participants may pick up a registration form at the church, print a form from or register online at Those who register by Aug. 28 will receive a discounted entry fee and an event T-shirt.


iAB raises nearly $5K for cancer research

iAB financial bank raised $4,891 for the American Cancer Society by participating in the Huntington County Relay for Life on Saturday, June 14.

As the top fundraising team in the event, 30 iAB employees and family members achieved Silver Team Fund-raising Club Level, completing the 24-hour walk to raise funds for cancer research.

Employee Maxine Ptak was the top fundraiser for the entire relay, raising $1,010.

iAB employees continually seek ways to partner with local communities to meet the needs of others, says Michael C. Marhenke, iAB President and CEO.


Hgtn. County health department offering vaccines for students

The Huntington County Health Department is offering vaccinations for children entering school this fall.

Available vaccines include Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), first and second doses of meningitis vaccine and chicken pox boosters.

A fee is charged, and children with insurance must present insurance information. Children on Medicaid may have the fee waived by presenting a Medicaid card.

Vaccinations are given by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the health department at 358-4831, extension 1.


Signing up for school

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Donna Shoebridge (far left), a paraprofessional at Lincoln Elementary School, hands information to Deb Morris (third from left) as she registers her children Noah Morris, 6, for first grade and Abby Morris, 8, for third grade on Wednesday, July 30. Brandi Denman (second from left) looks on. The first day of school for students is Aug. 13.


Bus routes for the 2014-15 school year can be found online at district website

Bus routes for the 2014-15 school year may be found online at the Huntington County Community School Corporation's website,

Once at the website's homepage, select the "Parents" tab, choose "Transportation" in the drop down menu, and access the route schedule by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side of the page. Routes are separated between elementary and middle/high school.

For those without Internet access, HCCSC Director of Transportation Vanessa Fields can be reached at 358-2217.



HC students to work with new mobile laptop lab

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students in Huntington Catholic School's Middle Building will be working with a new mobile laptop lab this fall.

Principal Jason Woolard says the 30 laptops will be stored on carts that can be moved from classroom to classroom and used in academic areas, mainly science and social studies. They can also be used for online assessments, he says. Students will be using some Google Apps for Education as well as Google Docs, which they can then access from home.

The mobile laptop lab will complement the computer lab already in place in the Middle Building, Woolard says.


Northwest has new principal, two new teachers

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

A new principal will greet students returning to Northwest Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

Northwest Principal Mark Dubois will be joined by Cindy Schenkel, the new first grade teacher, and, pending school board approval, new resource teacher Callie Lorenz.

The start time at Northwest is 9:05 a.m. and classes end at 3:40 p.m.

Northwest Elementary School is located at 4524W-800N, Huntington. The phone number is 344-1455.



Marching orders

Photo by Steve Clark.

Heather Marshall (right), new band director at Huntington North High School, gives the marching band directions during practice in the school's parking lot on Thursday, July 31.


Band practice

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Crestview Middle School band teacher Doug McElhaney (standing) leads the summer band class in playing "Sweet Caroline" Thursday, July 31. Many students took summer classes, such as band, to improve their skills before the start of the 2014-15 school year on Aug. 13.


New honors program in place at Lincoln this fall

Several grade level teams at Lincoln Elementary School were awarded grants from Ecolab, and implementation of those grants will occur this fall.

The school will also unveil "Spot-On," a weekly recognition program that will honor students who are present every day, follow procedures and meet academic goals.

New teachers and staff members are Nichole Harner, guidance counselor; and Bradie Vance, third grade (pending school board approval).


New officers for American Legion Post 160 Auxiliary

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Thelma Butler (left), American Legion Auxiliary 5th District parliamentarian, led installation of officers for American Legion Post 160 Auxiliary in July. With Butler are (center) outgoing Auxiliary President Linda Bueker and the new president, Brenda Schulz-Hall (right).


Three Ness auctioneers at National Auctioneers meet in KY

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Steve Ness, Kurt Ness and Andy Eckert of Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co., in Huntington, joined fellow auctioneers from across the world July 8 to 12 at the National Auctioneers Association's (NAA) 65th International Auctioneers Conference and Show in downtown Louisville, KY.

Among dozens of educational seminars, highlights included how to excel in any interview process with clients and companies; how to build a community of online buyers; and how to transition from free to a fee with non-profit groups.


2 groups combine for historic home lecture, workshop series

The Huntington Historic Review Board and Huntington Alert will present a "Know Your Historic Home" lecture and workshop series, which is free and open to the public.

Ron Zmyslo will present "How to Really Reduce Energy Costs in Your Historic House" on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter's First Community Church Fellowship Hall, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.

Participants will learn how to save energy using glazing, storm windows, weatherstripping and insulation. Registration is not required.


Paddling along

Photo by Lauren M. Winterfeld.

Salamonie Interpretive Naturalist (foreground) Tashina Lahr paddles her kayak alongside day camp attendees' canoes on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The camp, which ran from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7 included shooting activities, canoeing, games, crafts and hiking.


Paddling along

Photo by Lauren M. Winterfeld.

Salamonie Interpretive Naturalist (foreground) Tashina Lahr paddles her kayak alongside day camp attendees' canoes on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The camp, which ran from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7 included shooting activities, canoeing, games, crafts and hiking.


Ditzler wins Splash on Wabash rain barrel honor

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Kelly Ditzler's painted rain barrel was the winner of the Splash on the Wabash People's Choice Award.

The rain barrels were auctioned the evening of the Splash on the Wabash event on July 26 in the Riverfront Plaza parking lot.

Ten rain barrels were painted by local non-profit organizations and art-ists. All of the rain barrels sold at auction that evening.


Little Marching Vikes born here ...

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Riverview Middle School marching band members strike up a tune while getting their steps right during their preseason band camp on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the school.


Face to face

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Samantha Stetzel (left) gets to know a llama Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the courtyard of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Katie Moser (right) and her mother, Susan Mills, brought two llamas for a visit after the library's pajama story hour, which included a story about a llama.


HCCSC officials note delays, messages will get out

When there is a school delay, cancellation or early release due to severe weather or unforeseen events, Huntington County Community School Corporation will communicate to the public through the following three methods: television and radio stations, Twitter and text messaging.

The following radio and television stations will be notified: WPTA 21, WKJG 33, WANE 15, WOWO, WBCL, 95.1 BestFM (formerly Majic 95, which includes WJAI WLDE, WFFT-FOX 55), Marion (which includes WXXC, WMRI, WCJC, WBAT), WLZQ, WBZQ (Warsaw), WNUY (Bluffton), WJOT (Wabash), and WKUZ (Wabash).


Huntington County Community School Corp. sets breakfast, lunch prices for 2014-15 year

The 2014-15 school meal prices are as follows:

(all schools)
• Student, $1.20.
• Reduced price, 30 cents.
• Adult, $1.45.

• Elementary, $2.10.
• Middle and high Schools, $2.40.
• Reduced price, 40 cents.
• Adult, $2.70.
• Milk, 50 cents.



College Park to be site of GriefShare meetings

GriefShare is a free grief recovery support group for individuals grieving the death of a loved one.

GriefShare is a place where those suffering grief can be around other people who understand how they may be feeling from the pain of their loss. GriefShare offers valuable information that will help them through this difficult time in their lives.


Roanoke Elementary School to host back to school open house Aug. 12

Photo by Steve Clark.

Roanoke Elementary School will hold a back to school open house on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Kindergarten and first grade should arrive at 6 p.m. and third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades should arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Principal Chris Tillett will speak to each group, then students and parents may take their supplies to their classroom and meet their teacher.

Family Cookout and Game Night is set for Friday, Aug. 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


College Park Preschool offering 3, 4 YO class

College Park Preschool, located at 1945 College Ave., Huntington, offers a class for children ages 3 and 4.

Participating children must be 3 years old before Aug. 1, 2014.

The class is a socialization class with learning through songs, stories, finger play, manipulative centers, crafts and group activities.

The class is limited in size and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Classes start Tuesday, Sept. 9, with orientation on Thursday, Sept. 4.


For birdwatching

Photo by Steve Clark.

Carolyn Smith, a fourth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, unpacks a birdfeeder in her classroom on Monday, Aug. 4. The school received a grant from Ecolab that has been used to furnish fourth grade students with binoculars and birdfeeders that will help them study the state's birds.


OakBrook to have multi-family garage sale

OakBrook Village will have a multiple family garage sale on Friday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at its facility located at 850 Ash St., Huntington, in the back parking lot.

There will be a bake sale on site as well as pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and chips for sale.

All proceeds will be donated to the Huntington County Council on Aging.

OakBrook Village is accepting donations of gently used items.



Back 2 School Blast

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Stephanie Roberts (left) and stepdaughter Morgan Roberts look at possibilities for back-to school wear during a Crossroads Connections clothing trade Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9, at Hier's Park as part of its Back 2 School Blast, which also included a car show, games and a concert.


Creating a wrist ornament

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Crayola Mae (left) a clown with Backstage Clowns, shapes a balloon wrist ornament for Hailey Campbell (middle) and Hannah Bower during the first Show Us Your Ride Car, Truck and Bike Show, sponsored by Mark Health and Rehabilitation, on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9, at the facility. Proceeds from the show were earmarked for the Alzheimer's Association, Karing for Kids, Kelly Cancer Foundation and Wells County Boys & Girls Club.


Spc. Chad Clements Memorial Ride

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Motorcyclists rumble down Jefferson Street in Huntington on Sataurday morning, Aug. 9, during the fourth annual Spc. Chad Clements Memorial Ride. The day-long event, which included food and music at American Legion Post 85, in Huntington, honors Clements, a Huntington soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. Proceeds are donated to children's charities and troops overseas.


Steps for Success

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Savannah Duggan (left) tries on new shoes as her mother, Hope Duggan, watches during the fifth annual Steps for Success on Saturday morning, Aug. 9, at Drover Park in Huntington. The program sponsored by the Indiana Dream Center fits students in kindergarten though 12th grade with new socks and tennis shoes as they start a new school year. The morning also included food and carnival games.


HNHS freshmen orientation

Photo by Steve Clark.

Elaine Willour, a freshman mentor coordinator, addresses incoming Huntington North High School freshmen at a freshmen orientation session held Friday, Aug. 8, at the North Auditorium.


Lunch display

Photo by Steve Clark.

Kelsey Meyer, a first grade teacher at Roanoke Elementary School, sets up a display in her classroom on Monday, Aug. 4, which students will use to specify what kind of lunch they're having.



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American Legion Post 160, in Roanoke, honored the memory of Dale Alles with shirts bearing this design. Alles, who died last December, was very supportive of the Honor Flight program, which sends area veterans to Washington, DC, for a day trip to see the war memorials there. The legion regularly has benefits to raise money for the flights and, at its last benefit, auctioned off a sweatshirt bearing the tribute to Alles. Alles also held regular barn dances, which are being carried on by his family, and the family members wore the shirts at the most recent dance.


‘Campfire Cooking’ set for Aug. 9 at Salamonie

A program on "Campfire Cooking," will be held at Salamonie Lake on Aug. 9.

The all-ages event runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center and is sponsored by Upper Wabash Interpretive Services. UWIS staff will also teach fire-building and safety techniques.

Registration is requested. To register, or for more information, call 468-2127.

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services ( uwis) is located at 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews.



Red Cross notes it still has urgent need for blood

The American Red Cross says it continues to have a need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following a call issued in late July.

Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.

Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays.


A gift to build on

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The Huntington Rotary Club recently presented a check for $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. The gift will be placed in the club's capital campaign fund and used to construct a new building. Attending the July 29 presentation were (front row, from left) Boys & Girls Club members Ashlyn Stanley, Angelia Lopez, Alison Lopez, Trinity Johnston, Natalee Searles, Luckas Moody and Alaina Stanley; Mandy Reber, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club; Rose Wall, president of the Rotary Club; and Boys & Girls Club member Caden Searles.


Alzheimer’s group to meet Aug. 13

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host "Know the 10 Signs" on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the La- Fontaine Center, 208 W. State St., in Huntington.

"Know the 10 Signs" is an introductory program that provides attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer's and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease.

There are no fees to attend this program, but registration is requested by contacting the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.


Hosscat’s Buy-Sell-Trade opens in Huntington

Photo by Steve Clark.

Hosscat's Buy-Sell-Trade is open for business in Huntington.

Ken Allen owns the business while his son, Zack, manages it. The business carries air conditioners, refrigerators, microwaves, gas and electric stoves and many other household items, which Allen finds in storage lockers he purchases.

Allen got into purchasing storage lockers three years ago and says combing through them for good finds is "a thrill." His business had an online presence during that time, but he decided that the time had come to open up a brick-and-mortar store.


Eshelman gets spot on new Indiana Grown Commission

Pete Eshelman, of Joseph Decuis, in Roanoke, has been appointed to the new Indiana Grown Inititative Commission.

Eshelman was one of 10 members appointed to the commission by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. The panel will be chaired by Red McKinney, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Purdue University will also appoint a representative.


Grouch nominations until this Saturday

Nominations for the Markle Grouch contest will be accepted until Saturday, Aug. 9.

"Grouch" nominees must either live or work in Markle.

Nomination boxes will be at local businesses. After Aug. 9, names of the nominees will be put on a list for voting. Votes will be 25 cents each. Voting will run from Aug. 11 to Aug. 17.

The "Four Grouches" will be revealed Friday night, Aug. 22, at the Wildcat Festival.



Back-to-school clothing trade set for Saturday

Crossroad Connections will hold its second Back to School events on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Hier's Park.

The day will start off with the Kidz Clothes Trade from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Family Living Building. Parents can trade their outgrown children's clothing for the other lightly used clothing. Sizes infant to adult small are offered while quantities last, but not all sizes are guaranteed.

"We had 92 kids last year," says Valerie Fields, director of Crossroad Connections. "We'll double this year, I'm sure."


Preservation awards to be presented in Andrews

Huntington Alert Inc. invites the public to attend the presentation of its 2014 historic preservation awards.

Each year the awards go to recipients who have made an outstanding effort to preserve the architectural and building environment heritage of Huntington County.

The awards, including the David A. Schenkel Memorial Award, will be presented on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. The library is located at 30 E. Madison St., in Andrews.


Warren power outages blamed on faulty switch

Power outages experienced by customers of the Warren Municipal Electric Utility on Friday, Aug. 1, were caused by problems within the I&M (AEP) transmission lines, utility spokesmen report.

The Warren utility purchases power from I&M for distribution to Warren residents.

On Aug. 1, an automatic switch within the I&M transmission lines was opening, causing periodic interruptions affecting both Warren utility customers and REMC customers.


Follow my lead

Photo by Steve Clark.

Trinda Goings (center), head coach of the Huntington North volleyball team, and player Kaci Clark (left) demonstrate a drill for seventh and eighth grade girls attending the Lady Viking Volleyball Boot Camp in North Arena on Monday, Aug. 4.


Getting the royal treatment

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Brewtus, a black Lab/blue heeler mix owned by Marissa Bannister and Cody Quinn, both of Huntington, enjoys a bath given by Huntington County Humane Society Board members Amber Beghtel (left) and Kelly Hicks Saturday, Aug. 2, during the Humane Society's Furr Ball fund-raiser event held at Hier's Park.


Hunts open to disabled veterans

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Huntington County Veterans Council will sponsor two specialty hunts, both open to disabled veterans, at the Roush Fish and Wildlife Area, in Huntington.

A dove hunt will be held Sept. 1 and a deer hunt is scheduled for Nov. 22.

Hunting blinds and assistance for veterans who use wheel chairs or have limited mobility will be provided. For the dove hunt, hunters will need an Indiana hunting license plus a gamebird habitat stamp. For the deer hunt, participants will need a deer license.


Purdue to host field day Aug. 21 at Columbia City agricultural center

The Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center (NEPAC) in Columbia City will host a field day to share practical knowledge with farmers on Thursday, Aug. 21. Workshop sessions will be held throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Specialists will speak on various topics at the field day, including the following:

• Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension agronomist, "Seeding Rates for Corn: The Goldilocks Dilemma."

• Bill Johnson, Purdue Extension weed specialist, "Updates for Managing Problem Weeds."


Raising a home

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Gerald Overby, from United Technologies, works to install filler in a wall in preparation for drywall on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Habitat for Humanity home under construction at 1316 Drover St. in Huntington. Volunteers have been working on the house since its groundbreaking in March. The homeowners are Tim and Melissa Ivey.


Local 4-H’ers receive awards in project judging at Indiana State Fair

Officials at the Indiana State Fair have announced judging results for some of the non-livestock entries.
Results for 4-H'ers from Huntington County are:

Blue ribbons: Stephanie Atkinson, beginner; Rachel Ervin, intermediate; and Abigail Oursler, advanced.

Blue ribbons: Chase Mickley, Level 1; Carrie Runyan, Level 2; and Kaitlin Jones, Level 3.


Stout achieves goal by opening Professional Hearing Care office

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

For audiologist Andrea Stout, the opening of her Professional Hearing Care office in Warren is "the goal of my career."

The office, located at 119 N. Wayne St. in downtown Warren, is the second location of her business, a sprout from her practice in Marion. Stout is only one of two audiologists in Huntington County.

Stout, originally from Muncie, bought the business in 2012. She has 20 years' experience as a staff audiologist and trainer for an international hearing aid manufacturer.


Five generations

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When siblings Brandon Juergens and Lindsay Hittler both welcomed new daughters to their families in July, each of the baby girls completed a five-generation line in the family. In the photo above, Brandon Juergens (seated at right) holds daughter Lucy Jane Juergens, with Lucy's great-great-grandmother, Cecil Kirchner, seated next to them. Also pictured are (back, from left) Bud Kirchner, the baby's great-grandfather, and Gina Juergens, the baby's grandmother. Lucy Jane Juergens was born July 17.


Five generations a second time

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Lindsay Hittler (seated at right) holds daughter Eva Rose Hittler, with Eva's great-great-grandmother, Cecil Kirchner, seated next to them. Also pictured are (back row, from left) Bud Kirchner, the baby's great-grandfather, and Gina Juergens, the baby's grandmother. Eva Rose Hittler was born on July 23, 2014, six days aftger a cousin, to give the family a second five-generation line.


Daimler honors local Bendix plant

The Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems manufacturing facility in Huntington has been honored by Daimler Trucks North America for delivering consistently high-quality products.

The Huntington plant received Daimler's 2013 Masters of Quality Award, the highest recognition Daimler gives its suppliers. The award is based on more than 100 criteria in four core categories, including quality and warranty, supply, cost and technology.


Rock band to hit Roanoke on Aug. 22

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Rock 'n' roll from the 1950s and '60s will be on tap as Roanoke's Cottage Event Center presents a fund-raiser on Aug. 22 for the Roanoke Lions Club featuring Indianapolis oldies band KLAS.

KLAS features vintage hits from artists including Bob Seger, The Grass Roots, The Eagles, Tommy James & The Shondells and Steppenwolf. Highlighting their sets are an old-time rock medley featuring music by Elvis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, and a group of slow songs called the "Back Seat Medley."


Clements ride, food, music will take place Aug. 9

The fourth annual Specialist Chad Clements Memorial Ride and Fund-Raiser is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at Yeoman Park.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m., with kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. There is a charge per bike, rider, car or truck and passenger. The ride will be escorted.

The event is open to the public.

Activities such as a bake sale and meal will take place at the American Legion, at 1410 S. Jefferson St., in Huntington. There is a charge for the meal.


Williams graduates from basic

Air Force Airman Brennan W. Williams graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Williams is the son of Michelle Allgire, of Huntington.


Tiffany Davis joins staff at Deb’s Hair Designs

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Deb's Hair Designs in Huntington will welcome a new stylist to its staff, when Tiffany Davis joins the salon on Aug. 13.

Davis, a 2014 graduate of Northfield High School, is a recent graduate of the Heartland Career Center in Wabash.

"She will be specializing in color, multiple dimensional coloring and she'll be doing men and women's hairstyling, and children's," said salon owner Deb Smith. "She can do facial waxing and shellac manicures and pedicures."


A pirate and his lady

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Alex Finney (left) is Frederick and Linda Willard is Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance," now on stage at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren. The show continues for one more weekend, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7, 8 and 9. All shows are at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 375-7017 or visit


Lake City parent reports record income

Lakeland Financial Corporation, parent company of Lake City Bank, issued a financial report on Thursday, July 31, announcing record net income of $11.3 million for the second quarter of 2014.

Lake City Bank has a branch in Huntington.

This income represents an increase of 22 percent over the $9.2 million reported for the second quarter of 2013.

Diluted net income per common share increased 21 percent to 68 cents, compared to 56 cents for the comparable period of 2013.

This per share performance also represents a record level for the company.


Lake Clare maintenance worker doesn’t let water inexperience stop her from dog rescue

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jersey Girl is a 4-year-old mostly black Lab, a breed of dog known for its swimming ability.

But when Jersey spotted the geese at Lake Clare, she overestimated her abilities - or just didn't think - and chased them into the water, ending up paddling in circles in the middle of the lake.


Four county students earn recognition at Trine

Several local students have been named to the president's list at Trine University for the spring 2014 semester.

They are:

Shelby Ditto, of Roanoke, a junior majoring in management.

Trenton Kern, of Huntington, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.

Brandon Long, of Markle, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

Aaron Wolf, of Huntington, a senior majoring in accounting.

To be named to the president's list, a student must have at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 15 credit hours.


Central Christian Church to host fund-raiser for ‘Baby Henry’s’ expenses

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Early in her pregnancy, Emily Jones learned that her baby had a rare disorder that threatened his survival.
But Baby Henry, born some two months early on July 18, has proved to be a fighter.

"He is actually doing really well," his mother says. "He's feisty; he tried to pull out all of his tubes."


New Hope UCC gets new pastor

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The New Hope United Church of Christ in Bippus has called Susan Beamer to become its new pastor.

Beamer has been serving as the church's interim pastor since last December. A formal installation service will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, during the church's 9:30 a.m. worship service.

Beamer has been a commissioned minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 2003 and with the United Church of Christ since 2014. She was born and raised in the Southwest.


Best attendance and attitude

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The Roanoke Public Library concluded its summer reading program on Tuesday, July 29 with a party. Karen Baker (left) library assistant in charge of children's programming, presents Alivia Bradbury with an award for best attendance and attitude for the afternoon summer reading group.


Huntington University plans to expand ministry in India

Huntington University has had a relationship with Chennai's Home of Love in India that has grown in the form of service trips to this orphanage.

Over the past three years, the trip has experienced a consistent rise in popularity. This new facet of life for Huntington University has some big plans in store for its future.

The Alexander family, the regular leaders of the trip, have now found themselves at home in the world of India. During the summer months, Dr. David Alexander, associate professor of philosophy, taught as a guest professor at a university in India.


New Hope UBC Bible school Aug. 4-8

New Hope United Brethren Church will have "Weird Animal" Bible school nightly beginning today, Monday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. each night.

The evening will end at 8:15 p.m. except on Friday, which will be the closing program and celebration.

In addition, every evening at 6 p.m. Pastor Ray Seilhamer will offer parenting classes to anyone who feels they can benefit from these five topics:

• Communicating with your children.

• Building self esteem in your children.

• Encouraging responsibility in your children.


Quilt club to meet on Thursday

The Piecemakers Quilt Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

The club will meet at Evangelical United Methodist Church, located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.
Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting.



Lawson on spring dean’s list at Trine

Levi Lawson, of Huntington, has been named to the Trine University dean's list for the spring 2014 semester.
Lawson is a sophomore majoring in Sport Management.

To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must have earned a semester grade point average of 3.5 to 3.749 and carry a minimum of 15 credits.



Dream Ctr. to present fifth Steps for Success

The Indiana Dream Center presents the fifth annual Steps for Success event on Aug. 9, beginning with registration at 8 a.m. and the opening at 9 a.m., near the splash pad at Drover Park on Etna Avenue.

Registration will close from 9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. during the kickoff and opening and re-open at 9:20 a.m.

In the previous years the center has served more than 700 school-aged students by providing free tennis shoes to help jump start students into a great new school year.


Benefit to help local man with transplant expenses

Bob Marley has been an important part of Brian "Bibby" McCoy's support group, following a double-lung transplant in March.

T-shirts worn by McCoy's friends and family have a quote from the singer printed on the back: "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."


Master Gardeners education series to next discuss topic of drying flowers

The next installment of the Huntington Master Gardener public education series will be held Thursday, Aug. 7, in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park at 7 p.m.

Master gardener Kay Lilie will present Drying Flowers. She will explain how to dry and preserve flowers and foliage and tell which flowers dry best. She will then demonstrate different projects using the dried flowers.

On Thursday, Sept. 4, Master Gardener Betty Jo Wallace will present Garden Art. Her presentation will include painted rocks and items for the garden.


Red Cross facing serious blood shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.


Furball Fest friend

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Gage Crawford, 11, of Markle, makes friends with "Suede," a Shih-Tzu puppy available for adoption during the Huntington County Humane Scoiety Furrball Fest, held Saturday, Aug. 2, at Hier's Park in Huntington. Crawford is the son of Jason and Kris Crawford.


Finishing touches

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Paul Broxon, of Huntignton, puts the finishing touches on his 1962 Plymouth Savoy he brought to the annual Masonic Lodge 333 Car Show in Mt. Etna on Saturday, Aug. 2.


Wiring in

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Terry Sappington, manager of the Huntington Restore, puts wiring in the electrical panel of the Habitat for Humanity home under construction at 1316 Driver St. in Huntington on Saturday, Aug. 2.


Bendix vows major support for Boys & Girls Club

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has pledged $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington. The total sum, donated in $10,000 installments for the next five years, was pledged by the Bendix manufacturing campus of Huntington.

Bendix's donation is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs' $2.5 million capital campaign to fund the construction and furnishing of a new facility, as well as various program enhancements.


Salamonie Lake day camp set for Aug. 5 to 7

Kids ages 7 to 11 can canoe, practice archery, shoot pellet guns, play games, make crafts and hike at a Salamonie Lake day camp called Ready? Aim? Canoe!

The camp will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 through Thursday, Aug. 7. The day camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

All activities are led by interpretive naturalists. Shooting activities are led by a 4-H certified shooting sports instructor. There is a cost per child per day or for all three days to be paid on the first day of camp. A parent letter will have further details about camp.


Filling up backpacks

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Working in pairs, volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies to give to children, part of the Karing for Kids ministry that took place Wednesday, July 30, at the Markle Church of Christ. Pictured (from left) is Janet Osborn and Lizzie Osborn, both of Huntington, and Rebecca Jones and Barb Webb-Smith, both of Fort Wayne. More than 400 backpacks were filled for children in Wells and Huntington counties in Karing for Kids' biggest distribution year yet.


Percussion practice

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Beth Sikora (left), Michael Molitor (center) and Jo Neal play their xylophones during sectional band practice on Wednesday, July 30. They are led by John Carmichael (far right). The students are members of the percussion section.


HCCSC students continue ISTEP+ improvement

Huntington County Community School Corporation students continue to improve and outpace the state on ISTEP+ results.

The results of the spring 2014 ISTEP+ results have been released for students in third through eighth grades, and HCCSC saw improvements in students passing the English/language arts and those passing both English/language arts and math.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Charles Grable stated that he is pleased with the continued growth, especially with losing 14 days of instruction this year prior to testing due to inclement weather.


Hueston grads from Army Air Assault School

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Andrew R. Hueston has graduated from the United States Army Air Assault School and earned the honor of wearing the Air Assault Badge.


Forbes ranks HU a top college for 7th consecutive year

For the seventh year in a row, Forbes has listed Huntington University among the "Top Colleges" in the country.

Out of the 650 schools ranked, HU was a Top 100 school for the Midwest. Huntington has appeared on the Forbes list since it launched in 2008.


Business of the month

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EcoWater Systems, 248 Hauenstein Rd., Huntington, was chosen as the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for August. On hand for the announcement on Thursday, July 31, are, in the front row (from left) chamber ambassadors Terry Miller and Belinda Clancy, EcoWater Systems co-owner Jeff Myers; Marshelle Schutte, EcoWater Systems; Missy Dennis, EcoWater Systems; co-owner Brian Myers; and chamber ambassador Jean Wright.