New book about Huntington

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (center) issues a proclamation on Thursday, July 24, expressing the city's appreciation for the dedication of Huntington University professors who wrote the book "Huntington." English Professor Todd Martin (left) and Jeffrey Webb (right) composed the book, part of the "Images of America" series, offering a look at Huntington's history along with a pictorial narrative.


Markle VFW post sells raffle tickets for grill

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6671, in Markle, will hold a raffle for a Charbroil six-burner stainless steel gas grill during the Markle Wildcat Festival.

The grill was donated by Whitney McBride, manager of the Markle Hardware Store.

Tickets are available from members of VFW Post 6671 and at Markle-area businesses.

The drawing will be held Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. at the Markle Park.



Trivia drawing winner

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Victoria Taylor holds the iPod Shuffle she won during the Huntington City-Township Public Library's summer reading program, "Fizz! Boom! READ!" Taylor's name was selected in a blind drawing after she answered trivia questions for every two books she read in the program and entered the drawing. She read 10 books, giving her five chances to win.


Looking for a lucky sucker

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ezra Parsons, 2, of Huntington, picks out a sucker from the target, hoping for a specially-marked one that wins a prize at the Summer Reading Club Carnival held Thursday, July 24, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The library had several games and opportunities for young readers to have fun and win prizes, following the conclusion of the summer reading program.


Wickersham receives award for history paper

The Centre for Non-Western Studies honored Andrew Wickersham for the Best Non-Western Paper of 2013-14.

Wickersham, a senior history major from Huntington, received the award for his paper titled, "An Enigma to the West: The Political Ideology of Cambodia's Norodom Sihanouk (1945-1970)."

"We had a good number of worthy submissions this year, and more submissions overall from last year so Andrew's accomplishment is all the more impressive," said Dr. John
Noble, for the Centre for Non-Western Studies.


Good guess

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Emma Woolard, of Huntington, is the winner of the candy jar guess in the Huntington City-Township Public Library's summer reading program. She won the contents of the jar.


Love INC launches capital campaign

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Love In the Name of Christ is launching a capital fund campaign that will allow it to improve and expand its facility.

Love INC, a coalition of volunteers from more than 25 churches throughout Huntington County, has offered assistance with food, clothing and education to those in need for the past 29 years. Last year, the organization served 12.6 percent of all Huntington County residents.

The capital fund campaign, which will be conducted throughout August, has a goal of raising $250,000.


Local students make HU dean’s list

Huntington University is recognizing professional programs students for being named to the dean's list for the spring/summer 2014 session.

They are: Kali Giggy, of Markle; Adam Myers, of Huntington; Geneva Peterson, of Huntington; and Tamera Rush, of Huntington.




Photo by Steve Clark.

Rich (left) and Linda Stayer celebrate officially receiving the keys to their new home, provided by Huntington County Habitat for Humanity, on Wednesday, July 23.


Martin gets acceptance into HU honors program

Meghan Martin, of Huntington, has been accepted into the honors program at Huntington University.

Martin will be a freshman this fall at HU, studying chemistry in the pre-medicine program.

This is the first year for the honors program, which is designed to push high-achieving students further in their academic career by studying exceptional authors and ideas throughout history.


Korea vets to meet on Aug. 9

The monthly meeting of the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One, will be held Aug. 9 at Eagles Lodge 248, 4940 Bluffton Rd., Fort Wayne.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m., and lunch is served after the meeting.

Friends and spouses of Korean War veterans are welcome.



Huntington Catholic orientation set for Aug. 6

Huntington Catholic School will hold an orientation day on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

HCS families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade are asked to attend one of the sessions, which will be held at the Primary Building, 820 Cherry St. The first session will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the second session will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of the orientation day is to inform parents of different school procedures and the various opportunities at the school, and to hand out forms for students that need to be filled out and returned on Aug. 13.


Ride 2 Remember set for Aug. 2

The Ride 2 Remember for Alzheimer's Awareness will take place Saturday, Aug. 2.

The second annual event will include an open bike show, entertainment, swap meet, games, vendors, refreshments and the Ride 2 Remember Bike Ride.

Registration for the bike ride will begin Aug. 2 at 8 a.m. with kickstands up at 9 a.m. The ride will start and end at Hier's Park. The first 100 riders registered will receive a special gift.

The bike show will begin after the ride, at noon. Awards and prizes will be handed out at 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.


Parks dept. offering swim lessons in August

The Huntington Parks & Recreation Department will offer swim lessons Aug. 17 to 21 and Aug. 24 to 28.

The lessons are available for children age 4 and up, with a charge per child.

Beginner sessions will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. nightly, and intermediate sessions will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sessions will be held at Quality Inn, located at 2820 Hotel Ave., in Huntington.

For more information call 358-2323.



Callout for Battle of the Businesses is Aug. 4 at Huntington YMCA

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will hold its annual Battle of the Businesses competition Sept. 5 through Sept. 14.

Businesses of all sizes are invited to form teams and compete in two weekends of recreational activities.

Past activities have included canoe racing, corn hole, 5K walk/run, community scavenger hunt, sand volleyball, bicycle poker ride and kickball.

A callout meeting will be held on Aug. 4 at noon at the YMCA. To reserve a spot at the meeting, contact Don Cozad at

For information, call 359-9622.



A large donation

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Parkview Boys & Girls Club affliliates (back row from left) Skyla Tomasek, Michael Howell, Callihan Young, Angelia Lopez, Evelyn Lee, Jayden Oden and Mandy Reber and (front row from left) Brianna Cutting, Jailyn Johnston, Morgan Lee, Angel Hollingsworth and Kylli Williams accept a check from the Huntington County Community Foundation in the amount of $100,000. The check will benefit the club's new building, which will see a ground breaking this fall.


Hawkins returns to HU as alumni relations chief

Huntington University graduate Marcy Hawkins has taken the reigns as the director of alumni relations and director of the Forester Fund.

A 2003 graduate, Hawkins comes to HU having worked as the director of special events for the Arthritis Foundation of Northern Indiana. In addition, she served for nearly seven years as the special events and outreach manager for the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati.

"This new journey as director of alumni relations and the Forester Fund is truly a calling, and I'm very excited to be back on campus," she said.


RTL announces baby photo contest winners

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Twenty-eight entries were received for the 33rd annual "People's Choice" baby photo contest sponsored by Huntington County Right to Life.

First place went to Blakeley Johnson, who was born on Jan. 15, 2014, and is the son of Tanner and Rena Johnson, of Huntington. Blakeley received 28,964 votes and won a cash prize and portrait.

Second place went to Adelyn Joy Rakoczy, born on May 14, 2014, the daughter of Christopher and Rebekah Rakoczy, of Huntington. Adelyn received 25,298 votes and won a
cash prize and a portrait.


Closer to the goal

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Holly Saunders (center), executive director of the Huntington County Council on Aging, accepts donations from Cindy Kelley (left), president of Delta Theta Tau, and Lori Guy, the sorority's treasurer. The Delts raised the money through their annual Nelson's chicken barbecue in late May, and designated $1,000 toward the renovation fund for the new Senior Center and $200 toward the HAT (Huntington Area Transportation) fund. The council has purchased a building on West Park Drive to house the new Senior Center and has already raised about $300,000 for its renovation.


Victory kiss

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Jason Worster (right), 4-H poultry superintendent and a member of the Huntington County 4-H Fair Board, receives a kiss from "Perfect" the pig after cheering her to victory during the mini-pig races Saturday evening, July 19, at the 4-H Fair. Holding the pig is Joni Cripe, of Animal Grams in North Manchester.


Car show fund-raiser for CC set for Aug. 9

A car show hosted by the Busted Knuckles Auto Club and sponsored by Crossroad Connections will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, at Hier's Park, Huntington.

The show is open to any vehicle. Registration is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the show will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dash plaques and trophies will be awarded. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. with door prizes given away intermittently.

There is an entry fee per space. All proceeds go to Crossroad Connections for community outreach programs.


Duck race champs

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Blake Murphy (left) and Alex Wesco, both of Huntington, received Walmart gift cards after they won the Nerdy Scientist Duck Race, part of the Huntington City-Township Public Library's summer reading program, "Fizz! Boom! READ!"


HCCSC student registration is July 30

The Huntington County Community School Corporation will hold registration for students starting Wednesday, July 30.

Students who need to register are elementary school students, students entering middle school (grade six) and all students who are new to the corporation.

Students should register at the school office in their attendance area.
On Wednesday, July 30, registration will be held from 1 to 7 p.m.

Registration will also be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m.



Faith Community Church of God to host vacation Bible school

Faith Community Church of God will host vacation Bible school from Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evening.

The theme for vacation Bible school is SonQuest Rainforest. The church will transform into an animal-filled rainforest where kids 3 years old to those entering sixth grade will discover the knowledge in God's word and have an opportunity to respond to His truth by living out their Christian faith.

Activities will include story time, crafts, games, snacks and songs.


YSB announces its Safe Place 4-H winners

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County has announced Jacob Allred, Stormee Putt and Alexis Garcia as this year's 4-H Safe Place winners.

Each received a $10 gift card and miscellaneous Safe Place items.

Safe Place is a crisis intervention program designed to provide youth with immediate assistance during times of crisis. The primary goal is to reduce the incidence of runaways, homelessness, throw-away children or other abuse and neglect directed toward young people.


Entertainment at Splash on the Wabash

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the band Island Vibe perform in the gazebo on the Liver River Island at Jefferson Street during the Splash on the Wabash on Saturday, July 26.


Exploring creatures

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Neil Ainslee (right), of the Upper Wabash River Basin Commission, helps John Johnson (left) and Maximus Bruner explore the tiny creatures found in river water during the Splash on the Wabash on Saturday, July 26.


Splash on the Wabash

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Splash on the Wabash participants acknowledge friends on the Etna Avenue bridge as they float down the Wabash River on Saturday, July 26.


Making snakes

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Andrea Krumanaker (left) and Karina Clifford stuff neckties with rice to make them into snakes on Saturday morning, July 26, at the Andrews Public LIbrary as part of the library's Club Create session.


Aiming for the target

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Logan Boyer (left), of Roanoke, a member of the 4-H Robotics Team 1502 T.H.R.U.S.T., assists as the "Atlas" robot tosses a 24-inch ball toward a target in a demonstration held Sunday, July 20, at the Huntington County 4-H Fair. Fairgoers were invited to participate in an "Aerial Endeavor" competition, in which they used remote controls to navigate and shoot the balls through the hole.


Chelsen Elliott joins The Nail Station as technician

Photo by Russ Grindle.

Nail Technician Chelsen Elliott has graduated from Huntington Beauty College as a cosmetologist, and is now employed at The Nail Station in Huntington.

She is a lifelong Roanoke resident and graduated from Huntington North High School.

She specializes in nail art and is now offering eyebrow waxes and facials.

She says she works every day, except Sunday, and is available by appointment on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


HHS ‘54 to have 60-year reunion

The Huntington High School class of 1954 is planning to hold their 60th reunion on Saturday evening, Aug. 2, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

The facility is located north of Huntington on Ind.-5.
Members of the 1953 and 1955 classes are invited to attend the festivities following the dinner, at 8 p.m.

Call 786-3699 for more details.



Festival sponsor

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Bippus State Bank has signed on as corporate sponsor of the Andrews Summer Festival, sealing the deal with a $1,000 donation to help fund the festival. "This will allow the committee to offer many events and activities to the Andrews community that it otherwise may not have been able to do," says Festival Chair Cathy Johnson. Attending the announcement were (from left) Johnson; Kathy Gamble, Tammy Clift and Conner Gamble; festival committee members: Ryan Warner, president of Bippus State Bank; and Kelli Williams, festival committee. The Andrews Summer Festival will be held Aug.


Adult ed classes begin in new location July 28

The Huntington Adult Education classroom is moving to the St. Peter Lutheran Church school building at 605 Polk St., in Huntington. Classes will begin July 28 at that location.

Adult education classes for students 16 years and older are offered free of charge, through IMPACT Institute in preparation for the high school equivalency exam (the former GED).

The next exam will be on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Huntington County Community Schools Vocational Building.


S.P.A.R.K. program ends with games at Drover

Photo by Lauren M. Winterfeld.

The Summer Parks and Recreation for Kids (S.P.A.R.K.) program wrapped up Friday, July 18 ,at Drover Park.

Children ages 5 to 14 were eligible to participate in the summer program, which met at four parks throughout Huntington over the course of five weeks.

The program's participants were not alone at the culminating celebration, where the program's directors were present to wrap up the season as well.

S.P.A.R.K. directors are hired by the Huntington Parks Department to supervise the day-to-day goings-on for the program's duration.


LACE helps fund two B&G Club programs

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County offers two prevention programs, both funded by grants from LACE (Local Anti-drug Coalition Efforts).

More than 100 youth in kindergarten through eighth grade are participating in SMART Moves, which encourages healthy decision making and critical thinking skills. Youth learn how to avoid and resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and premature sexual activity. They also have the opportunity to take part in arts and crafts, camping, fishing and volunteering.


New salon opens

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Any Shape of Hair, located at 449 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, officially opened for business on Wednesday, July 16, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Celebrating (from left) are Paul Thompson, general contractor; Abby Oursler, stylist; Shelly Holly, owner; Harley Nielsen, stylist; and Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Gene Snowden and Belinda Clancy. The salon is open in the former Bilyew's Corner, at the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets. It has three stylists and perms and cuts are available for both men and women.


Six-month earnings for First Federal parent up 25 percent

Northeast Indiana Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced that net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014, increased $298,000, or 25 percent, to $1.5 million ($1.24 per diluted common share).

That compares to net income of $1.2 million (98 cents per diluted common share) for the six months ended June 30, 2013.


Support for YFC

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iAB financial bank served as a corporate sponsor for the Wells County Youth for Christ golf outing, which was held July 18 in Bluffton, donating $1,000 to the organization. Attending the presentation of the donation were (from left) Laura Gerber, YFC donor administrator; Kody Kumfer, iAB assistant vice president; Steve Surbaugh, Bluffton High School Campus Life director; Stu Polson, Norwell and Southern Wells middle school Campus Life director; Ked Moser, Norwell High School Campus Life director; Sid Schwartz, iAB vice president; and Ray Paxson, iAB vice president.


Pajama stories at Huntington library begin Aug. 5

The Children's Department of Huntington City-Township Public Library will present Pajama Story Time sessions at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington.

Children ages 3 through grade two are invited to attend, wearing their pajamas and bringing their favorite teddy bear. The Aug. 5 session will feature the book "Llama Llama, Red Pajama" and a visit from some live llamas.

An ice cream party will be offered after the pajama story time session on Tuesday, Aug. 26.


Five generations

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The Herber family recently celebrated the birth of Joshua Herber, making five living generations of that family. Posing for a portrait are (front row from left) great-grandmother Lois Norwood, of Huntington, and great-great-grandmother Mary Burton, of North Manchester; and (back row from left) grandmother Becky Herber, of Roanoke, and Joshua Herber, held by his father, Tony Herber, of Huntington.


Congregational Christian breakfast is Saturday

The Congregational Christian Church, in North Manchester, will serve a buffet-style breakfast on Saturday, July 26, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

A free will offering will be accepted for the breakfast, which will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausages and drinks. Carry-outs will be available.

Proceeds will support a mission team that will travel to Webster Springs, WV, in September.

The church is located at 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester.



A major and his daughters

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Ralph Tuttle (seated, center) who plays the Modern Major General in the Pulse Opera House production of "The Pirates of Penzance," is surrounded by his daughters on stage. The daughters are played by (seated, from left) Kayla Smyth and Noelle Turney; and (standing, from left) Chrysa Keenon, Kammie Kress, Lily Sabinske, Kaitlyn Mounsey, Lina Willard and Lizzy Finney. The show continues for three more weekends, July 24, 25 and 26; July 31, Aug. 1 and 2; and Aug. 7, 8 and 9. All shows are at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 375-7017.


Evangelist will return to Bethel Assembly Sunday

Evangelist Fredrick Aguilar and his wife will minister at Bethel Assembly of God on Sunday, July 27, during the 10 a.m. service.

Aguilar ministered at the Huntington church in June.

Aguilar began preaching at age 10 on the street corners of Chicago, IL. He has been in full time ministry as a pastor and evangelist for more than 44 years.

Bethel Assembly of God is located at 1640 E. Taylor St., Huntington. Childcare is provided for children through sixth grade.

For information, call the church at 356-8363.



Zanesville Lions to raffle Peg Perego tractor, wagon

A Peg Perego tractor and wagon will be raffled off during the Lions Club Car Show at Homespun Day in Zanesville.

The one-day festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30. In addition to the car show, Homespun Day will feature a parade at 10 a.m.; craft, antiques and flea market booths; a pet contest, horse drawn wagon rides, food and other activities.

Raffle tickets are available in advance from Zanesville Lions Club members.

Proceeds will support the Zanesville Lions Community Park.
The tractor and wagon were donated by Peg Perego, in Fort Wayne.



Erie Railroad veterans to meet for breakfast at VFW

The next Erie Railroad breakfast is Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Huntington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689.

All railway workers, friends and family are welcome.
There is a cost for the buffet breakfast.



LaFontaine Arts Council names judges for its regional art exhibit

The husband and wife team of Linda Farris and Tom Farris will serve as judges for the LaFontaine Arts Council 2014 Regional Art Exhibit, to be held Aug. 1 through Aug. 27 at the Wilson Gallery at Huntington University's Merrilat Centre for the Arts.

The exhibit will feature artists from the northern Indiana area working in a variety of mediums.

Artists interested in participating in the show can contact Debbie Dyer, executive director of the LaFontaine Arts Council, at ddyer@lafontaineartscoun or 358-0055 to obtain an entry form. Entry forms are due July 21.


Local church women to furnish school kits to CWS

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The Women's Fellowship of Central Christian Church will furnish school kits to the Church World Service as its next service project. Bags have been purchased and a list of items required is in the bag.


Duke helping to launch community learning center

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded $30,000 to help launch the Huntington County Community Learning Center.

The center will offer classes leading to workplace certifications and two- and four-year degrees.

The grant brings the total raised for the center to about $825,000, says Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. The learning center development team is working to raise a total of $1.3 million, he adds.


Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge to host car show Aug. 2

Masonic Lodge 333, in Mt. Etna, will host a car show on Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The show is open to cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors of all makes and models. An entry fee is charged for each vehicle. Trophies and dashboard plaques will be awarded, and door prizes will be handed out.

Food and drink will be available throughout the afternoon.

The show will take place at the Mt. Etna Lodge, located a block north of Ind.-124 in Main Street, in Mt. Etna.

For information, call Guilford Wehr at 358-6303 or Bob Haley at 388-2703.



Parsons is new asst. principal, AD at RMS

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Michael Parsons has been named assistant principal and athletic director at Riverview Middle School.

Parsons most recently served as director of curriculum and special education services at the South Bend Career Academy, in South Bend, from 2011 until this year.

Prior to his stint in South Bend, he worked in the Huntington County Community Schools as a special education teacher at Huntington North High School in 2010-11 and as a social studies teacher at Riverview from 2006 to 2010.


Blood drive in honor of Schmaltz July 26

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An American Red Cross blood drive in honor of 3-year-old Wyatt Schmaltz will be held Saturday, July 26, at Life Church.

The boy, a Huntington resident, is battling neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that starts in young nerve cells.

"Wyatt is strong and he's a hero to many of us for fighting so hard," says Wyatt's father, Joseph Schmaltz. "Wyatt has received several blood transfusions and will continue to receive them."

Wyatt's family hopes to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood donors for patients like Wyatt and many others.


Huntington University's Enterprise Resource Center celebrates 10 years of success

Huntington University's Enterprise Resource Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with numbers its leaders say demonstrate the success of HU interns.

Over the past 10 years, 2,381 HU students have completed internships, practica and job shadows. Three hundred and twenty of those students have taken an internship just within the last year, and 78 of those students chose to do their internship over the January term.

In addition, more than 1,000 companies have hosted an HU student. Of these experiences, 750 of those companies are in the state of Indiana.


Motorcycle ride Saturday at Life Church will benefit Thrift family

A motorcycle ride to benefit Rex Thrift will be held on Saturday, July 26, at Life Church, in Huntington.

Thrift was diagnosed with esophageal throat cancer in 2010. He has had numerous rounds of chemotherapy and two surgeries involving inserting stints in his throat and feeding tubes. In 2012 Thrift was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer.

Thrift is a Universal Tang Soo Do teacher in Huntington.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with kickstands up at 11 a.m.


Markle library to show ‘Percy Jackson’ movie

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites adventure fans of all ages to a Family Movie Night, featuring "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief."

The feature, which is rated PG, will be shown on Wednesday, July 30, at 5 p.m. at the Markle Branch Library, 197 E. Morse St., Markle.

Participants may bring their own snacks and nonalcoholic beverages and a beanbag chair or other comfortable seating.

Trouble-prone teen Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of school - but that's the least of his problems.


‘Mirror, Mirror’ on screen at HCTPL Wednesday

The Huntington City-Township Public Library invites comedy fans of all ages to a Family Movie Night, featuring the film "Mirror, Mirror," starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane.

The film, which is rated PG, will be shown on Wednesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at the Main Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Participants can bring their own snacks and nonalcoholic beverages and a beanbag chair or other comfortable seating if they wish.


Huntington library now offers wireless printing

The Huntington City-Township Public Library now offers wireless printing at the Main Library.

This new printing service offers users the option of sending and printing files from their own laptops, mobile devices, tablets or home computers, directly to the library's printers.

The service offers three ways to print black and white documents from an Internet-connected device:

• By using a personal email to send a file as an attachment to hctpl-main@ This will print both the email content and the files attached.


‘Show Us Your Ride Car, Truck and Bike Show’ at Markle Health

Markle Health & Rehabilitation will hold its first Show Us Your Ride Car, Truck and Bike Show to raise money for three local charities and the Alzheimer's Association. 
The proceeds will be divided between Karing for Kids, Steve Kelly Cancer Foundation, Wells County Boys & Girls Club and the Alzheimer's Association.

The day will include music from the '50s, '60s and '70s, a costume contest, door prizes, 50-50 raffle, kids' games and more.


Library to host two-day carnival

The Huntington City-Township Public Library, in Huntington, will host a two-day carnival on Thursday and Friday, July 24 and 25, for all reading club participants in sixth grade and younger who have reached the first level in their clubs.

Eligible participants include those who have read at least six books in the preschool and picture book club or have read at least four books for the chapter book club.


Huntington man on Bethel University dean’s list

Daniel Wanous, a senior at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, has been named to the dean's list for academic excellence for the spring 2014 semester.

He is the son of Michael and Martha Wanous, from Huntington.

The dean's list honors students who achieve an outstanding scholastic record during a semester with a grade point average of 3.6 or greater.



Red Cross schedules four blood drives

The American Red Cross is seeking additional blood donors to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients.

Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give.

In Huntington County the following blood drives are scheduled:

• Friday, Aug. 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Rd. in Huntington.


Summer readers’ final story time

Nancy Disbro, library director at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, reads to a group of children at the last story time of the year for the library's summer reading club, Robot Readers. The Friends of the Library group from the Huntington County Community Foundation donated the new furniture used by those in attendance on Wednesday, July 16.


Second quarter report shows increase in financial performance for IAB

Independent Alliance Banks, Inc. (IAB), the holding company of iAB financial bank, has announced that its second quarter financial performance, as of June 30, was up 77 percent.

The increase is mainly attributable to two credit recoveries and more normalized provision and loan collection expense recorded in 2014 compared to 2013 second quarter, bank officials said in a news release.


Spencer earns honors at Miami U

Colin Spencer, of Huntington, has been named to the Miami University spring 2014 dean's list.

Miami University students who ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2013-2014 have been named to the dean's list recognizing academic performance.



Theatre Guild has survey to gauge interest, direction

The Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II is offering the community a chance to help set the direction for the organization.

Community members are asked to complete an online survey at, specifying how they would like to be involved and what shows and other activities they would like to see the guild consider.


Duo to perform at College Park Church

Violinist Elizabeth Smith and cellist Robert Lynn will present a free community concert on Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of College Park United Brethren Church.

Smith and Lynn will present a program of classical and sacred music for string duo.

The church is located at 1945 College Ave., Huntington.



Healing Fest is set for August

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Heart of the Father Ministries will present the Huntington Healing Festival Aug. 15, 16 and 17 at Hier's Park.

The non-denominational sessions will be held Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 16 and 17 at 6 p.m.

Dr. David and Sherry Nichols will be the healing ministers. Brent Hanson will lead worship.

There is no admission charge. A free will offering will be taken.



Pirates on board

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Travis Fisher, Alex Finney and Jen Poiry Prough star in "The Pirates of Penzance," now on stage at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren. The show continues for three more weekends - July 24, 25 and 26; July 31, Aug. 1 and 2; and Aug. 7, 8 and 9. The box office opens at 7 p.m. and all performances begin at 8 p.m. To reserve tickets, visit or call 375-7017.


Hartley named staffing coordinator at Advantage

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Majenica Hartley has been named staffing coordinator at Advantage Home Care, in Huntington.

Hartley is a Huntington native and has returned to live in her hometown. She graduated from Bluffton High School and attended Ivy Tech, in Fort Wayne. She has a background in office administration

Advantage Home Care is located at 169 Riverside Drive, Huntington. For more information, call 358-1004.



Giving him the scoop

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Charles Prater (left) tells Mike Belding about his 1973 Pontiac Trans Am during the Rolling Into Roanoke classic car show in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, July 19.


Up-close look

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Mike Belding gets an close-up look under the hood of this classic Pontiac at the Rolling Into Roanoke classic car show in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, July 19.


Rolling Into Roanoke

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Denise Whitman (left) and Pamela Kruckenberg check over a 1965 Chevrolat Corvair during the Rolling INto Roanoke classic car show in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, July 19.


Stage shows at 4-H Fair start Sunday evening

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Entertainment and awards are on tap Sunday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 23, during evening programs during the Huntington County 4-H Fair at Hier's Park.

The evening programs open with several area bands sharing the stage at Hier's Park on Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m.


Grossman tapped to head up Region III-A

The Region III-A Development & Regional Planning Commission Executive Board has voted to name Jessica Grossman as executive director of the organization.

Grossman will lead the organization's efforts to promote community and economic development, transportation planning and housing support across Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash and Whitley counties.

Before joining Region III-A, Grossman was a member of the Parkview Huntington Hospital team as the communications specialist.


Rolling Into Roanoke

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A 2008 800 horsepower supercharged Dodge Challenger (left) and a 1964 Dodge 330 with a 426 Hemi are among the vehicles set to roll into Roanoke this Saturday, July 19, as part of the Rolling Into Roanoke classic car show, presented by the Roanoke Beautification Foundation. The lineup begins on Main Street downtown and cars will also be displayed on First Street and at the Roanoke Park.


Huntington Parks and Rec Dept. offering swim lessons to children

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department offers swimming lessons for children ages 4 and up.

Lessons will take place Aug. 17 to 21 and Aug. 24 to 28 at the Quality Inn, 2820 Hotel Ave., Huntington. Beginners will take the first session from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and intermediate swimmers are from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For fees and more information call 358-2323.



United Way, Walmart helping out needy students

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Walmart and the United Way have formed a national partnership to collect school supplies for students in need.

Locally, the donated school supplies will be given to the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County for distribution to students.

The Walmart store in Huntington has placed bins inside its front doors to collect donated school supplies.

Donations will be accepted through the end of July.


Senior Center offers bus trip to State Fair Aug. 5

Area Seniors are invited to attend Golden Hoosiers' Day at the Indiana State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

The Huntington Senior Center has chartered a bus to provide a ride to the event.

The bus will leave from the former Kmart parking lot in Huntington at 7:30 a.m. and return about 6 p.m.

Norwood Health and Rehabilitation will provide a free breakfast on the bus prior to leaving. This year the bus will not stop in Anderson on the return trip for an early dinner to provide more time at the State Fair.


Street milling, paving in Huntington next week

Milling and paving of several streets in Huntington will commence next week.

A total of 17 streets will receive attention, with an 18th, Jade Road, to be completely reconstructed.

Concrete work has been completed, says Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services for the city of Huntington, which involved updating ramps within the extents of the project to comply with new standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Banks wins Legion’s Distinguished PS Award

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For the second year in a row, State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) is the recipient of the American Legion's 2014 Distinguished Public Service Award. He was recognized for his efforts on behalf of veterans during the recently concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly.


‘Splash on the Wabash’ revives ‘80s activity

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Splash on the Wabash, to be held on Saturday, July 26, revives an inner tube float down the Wabash River that was popular in the 1980s, combining it with a downtown bash offering free activities, education and a riverside concert.

The inner tube launch was originally an activity of area Boy Scouts in the 1980s.

"Many of the scouts who did the launch were very excited to see this event coming back," says Tina Bobilya, steering committee chairwoman. "They all have very fond memories of floating down the river and all enjoyed it immensely."


RPL offers online resources

The Roanoke Public Library is offering online resources for patrons to learn a foreign language or learn how to drive.

Beginning July 18, anyone with a Roanoke Public Library card can log in to the Pronunciator site through the Roanoke library website. Pronunciator will help patrons learn any of 80 languages through techniques such as speech recognition, scored quizzes, a virtual coach, downloadable audio lessons and virtual conversation. Free apps are available for iPad, iPhone and Android tablet or phone.


Landrum is named Crossroads Bank VP

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Todd Landrum has joined Crossroads Bank, in Wabash, as vice president of agricultural banking.

Landrum has been in the banking industry for more than 15 years. He has specialized in agriculture, mortgage and commercial lending.

Landrum and his father farm more than 1,100 acres in Huntington County. He is treasurer of the Huntington County 4-H Fair Board, serves as a Huntington County Councilman and is a member of the Pathfinder Foundation board.

He and his wife, Jill, have four children.


HU opens new program in occupational therapy

Huntington University cut the ribbon and opened the doors to its first doctorate program and its first campus in Fort Wayne on Monday, July 14.

Huntington's occupational therapy program is the university's first doctorate program and its first degree in the allied health field.

"Launching a graduate program in occupational therapy is an exciting venture for HU," said Dr. Ann McPherren, vice president for strategy and graduate/adult programs.


Peer performance

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alexandra Rigdon performs a vocal number during open mic night on Thursday, July 10, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, in Huntington. The library invited teens to show off their talents to their peers in a coffeehouse-type atmosphere, and the event drew a standing room only crowd.


Workshop will teach tips to cut costs

A workshop entitled "Where Does Your Money Go and Extreme Couponing" will be held on Tuesday, July 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Peter's First Community Church.

The workshop is a collaboration between the Purdue University Extension Office and Pathfinder Services, Inc. Huntington County.

In this workshop participants will learn how to get free groceries, stretch their dollars, find spending leaks and make a little go a long way.


Hammel earns top score in CMA exam

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Jamon H. Hammel recently passed the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.

He received an award for scoring in the top one percent of candidates taking the exam.

Hammel is an accountant with David Culp & Co. LLP.

David Culp & Co. LLP has offices in Fort Wayne, Huntington and Goshen.



New president

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Slim Fouts (left) is the new president of the Andrews Lions Club. He is shown accepting the gavel from Phil Bitzer, the club's outgoing president.


HHS Class of ‘59 to hail 55th year anniversary

On Sept. 19 and 20 the Huntington High School Class of 1959 plans to celebrate its 55th reunion.

Preliminary events include a Friday evening social time at the Holiday Inn Express and a Saturday morning brunch at Nick's Kitchen, followed by afternoon conversation at the Holiday Inn Express. The reunion concludes with a banquet and program on Saturday evening at the LaFontaine Golf Club, with Mike Thomas as the emcee.

Reservations, including a fee for the banquet, are due no later than Sept. 1.


St. Paul’s invites community to cookout

St. Paul's County Line Church invites the public to a cookout and ice cream social on Saturday, July 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Grilled hamburgers and coney dogs will be served, along with pies and cakes.

The church is located at Maple Grove Road and the Wabash County Line.

For more information contact the church at 786-3365.



Today is baby photo contest deadline

Photo by Steve Clark.

Today, Monday, July 14, is the final day entries for the 33rd Annual Huntington County Right to Life "People's Choice" Baby Photo Contest will be accepted.

Babies must have been born during 2012, 2013 or 2014 and be a resident of Huntington County. Unframed baby photos, up to 8x10, must be brought to the Right to Life office at 34 E. Washington St., Huntington, by 6 p.m. tonight.

A submitted photo must have the following information printed on the back in the following order: Full name of baby, date of birth, male or female, name of parents, address and telephone number.


Elite Ag expands product offerings to include new drainage plow line

Photo by Steve Clark.

Elite Ag Solutions is now offering Johnson Drainage Plows.

The Warren-based precision agriculture technology dealer felt the time was right to add the plows to its lineup.

"We work pretty closely with Trimble water drainage products through Trimble's water management programs and we wanted to offer a line of tile plows that we could offer as well as our control systems," says Cale Eckert, sales and customer service representative with the company.


Program focuses on invaders

Maggie Kubina, a park ranger with the United States Army Corps of Engineers at J. Edward Roush Lake, will discuss invasive species and how they threaten Indiana's natural environment during a program on Tuesday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, in Huntington.

The program, "Explosive Nature of Invasive Species," is part of the library's summer reading program. It is free and open to all children in grades one through six.

Registration is suggested, but not required. To register, call the library's Children's Department at 356-2900.


Antiqology featured in "Faces of Tourism" campaign

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Antiqology, in downtown Huntington, is featured in the "Faces of Tourism" campaign of the Indiana Tourism Association.

The association selected the Huntington business to represent northern Indiana in the campaign, which emphasizes the value of tourism in Indiana and the role small businesses play in tourism.

The video, which highlights unique places to visit, is scheduled to be released in September. It will be presented to legislators to encourage allocation of funds to support tourism initiatives.

Antiqology is owned by Adam and Rebecca Hanson.



‘Pirates of Penzance’ returns to Pulse, featuring original cast and offspring

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A swashbuckling cast sweeps into Warren's Pulse Opera House with the opening of "Pirates of Penzance" on Friday, July 18.

This is actually the second time the Pulse has presented the Gilbert and Sullivan musical. The first show was in 1996, and this rendition features several of the original cast members as well as several offspring of 1996 cast members.


HNHS Class of 1974 will combine reunion with homecoming festivities

Alumni of the Huntington North High School Class of 1974 will return to their hometown Sept. 26 through 28 for homecoming festivities as they celebrate their 40-year reunion.

The weekend will begin Friday night, Sept. 26, by attending the Viking homecoming football game at 7 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field, followed by a bonfire nearby. Saturday, Sept. 27 includes a tour of HNHS at 11 a.m., a golf scramble at Clear Creek Golf Course at 1 p.m. and evening celebration/light meal at Norwood's. Lunch at Nick's on Sunday, Sept. 28 will conclude the weekend's activities.


Class of 1964 fiifty-year reunion

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The Huntington Township High School Class of 1964 met June 29 at the home of Gary and Dee Montel, in North Manchester, for its 50-year class reunion. Attending the reunion were (front row, from left) Bill Oswalt, Sondra Swindler Combs, Ann Schroeder Crippin and Sandy Sandlin Barrus; (second row, from left) Becky Flora Lawson, Nancy Yordy Beard, Janet Hefner Coldren, Areldean Reckard Montel and Mark Hiple; and (standing, from left) Tim Soper, Ken Harris, Stan Stucker, Brent Andrews, Jim Paxton and Nancy Votrie Michnal.


Vectren crews replacing mains, service lines

Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery have begun replacing gas mains and service lines in Huntington as part of the company's pipeline replacement program, Vectren has announced.

The multi- year program will replace about 1,000 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout northern Indiana.


Invite veterans to shooting sports range day

All veterans are invited to attend a veterans' shooting sports range day on Sunday, July 20, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Roush Lake Shooting Range.

Activities include a military weapon marksmanship challenge, with weapons and ammunition provided for the contest. Other prizes will be awarded for rifle and pistol target, skeet, trap and poker shoot.

All veterans are expected to provide their own shotgun, rifle or pistol as well as ammunition. No .50 caliber or larger and no automatic weapons will be allowed.


First in line

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ceolia Gray, of Wabash (left), is first in line to get lunch at the Miller's Merry Manor Senior Picnic held Thursday, July 10 at Hier's Park. A sunny day brought out about 250 people to the free picnic, with Miller's Merry Manor's corporate marketing group serving Seniors a meal of hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, cucumber-onion salad, chips and brownies and watermelon for dessert.


For the love of kitties

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The Hallman children donate the proceeds of a bake sale and a garage sale they held to Helping Paws Pet Haven. Pictured are (from left) Levi, Emma, Eli and Isaac Hallman with Helping Paws Executive Director Dawn Stanley. The children say they wanted to raise the money because they love the cats at Helping Paws and wanted them to have fun, new things.


Invite those interested in Catholic religion to participate in RCIA locally

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) at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Huntington.


Emley to celebrate 25 years at PHD

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Roger Emley will celebrate 25 years with PHD on July 19.

Emley is a saw operator on day shift at the Huntington PHD facility.



Family Game Night July 15 at HCTPL

Family Game Night will be held Tuesday, July 15, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, in Huntington.

Games begin at 6 p.m.

The library staff will be on hand with old favorites like Scattergories, Uno, and Chutes and Ladders, as well as newer selections such as Pandemic and Settlers of Catan. The staff can also explain the rules of the games.

Families are invited to bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Registration is requested by calling the library's Children's Department at 356-2900.



HU top value in state for college ed

Huntington University has been ranked as the top school in Indiana for its economic value by Educate to Career's recent college rankings.

Huntington was named No. 39 out of more than 1,200 schools nationwide.

HU students make an average of $31,600 upon graduation, according to ETC. The ranking system, developed in 2013, measures improvement in earnings and employability of graduates against the total cost of the education at the institution.


Preparing to dive

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Indiana Conservation Officer Andrew Harmon gives Blake Anson, 8, of Andrews, some advice before taking him under the water during Camp H.E.R.O. on Thursday, July 10, at the Parkview Huntington YMCA. Divers instructed the campers about water safety and gave most of them their first scuba diving lesson. Anson is the grandson of Aaron and Joleen Anson, of Andrews.


Three new staffers at First Federal

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First Federal Savings Bank announced the addition of three staff members.

Jessie Williams and Grace McCarthy have been hired as tellers at the South Bend Drive location, in Fort Wayne.
Williams earned an associate's degree in general studies from Montcalm Community College, in Michigan. She previously worked as a receptionist at Southwest Hair and Day Spa.

McCarthy attended Ivy Tech Community College and previously worked at Massage Envy Spa, in Fort Wayne.


Distribution at Andrews pantry set for July 24

The Shepherd's Food Pantry, in Andrews, will hold a food distribution on Thursday, July 24.

This month's distribution is a week later than normal.
Food items will be available for Andrews residents between 10 a.m. and noon at 67 N. Snowden St., the former union hall, in Andrews.

No appointment is necessary. Food is given out on a first come, first served basis.

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



Blood pressure checks offered weekly at PHH

Parkview Huntington Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings every Tuesday morning beginning Tuesday, July 15.

The blood pressure clinic is located in the hospital's mall area across from the rehabilitation and wellness center. It will be open every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon.
No appointment is needed.

The clinic is provided by the hospital's Volunteer Resources Department.



Children’s Choir to hold week-long music camp

The Children's Choir of Huntington County invites children entering third through eighth grades to attend its summer music camp.

"Music Around the World: A Summer Music Camp" will be held from July 28 to 31 at New Hope United Brethren Church, 2001 Engle St., Huntington.

Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a concert to be presented at 4:30 p.m. on July 31.

A fee is charged.

For more information, call 468-2705.



Russell and Rankin join iAB financial bank staff

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Jenna Russell has been hired as a new mortgage originator in the Warren office of iAB financial bank.

Russell has more than 10 years of experience in mortgage origination.

In addition, iAB has hired James A. Rankin IV as director of information technology.

Rankin comes to iAB with more than 20 years experience in management and IT, most recently as IT director at Credit Adjustments, Inc., in Defiance, OH. He owned and operated an IT and security consulting business for 10 years.


Up, up and away

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Employees and residents of Tipton Place celebrate the facility's grand re-opening Wednesday, July 9, with a balloon launch. The balloons each carry messages asking for response from finders, offering a prize to the farthest respondent. Pictured (from left to right) are Adam Pinkerton, RN, care services manager; Executive Director Lori Crispen; Heather Bradley, Angels of Mercy; Bonnie Robinson, housekeeper; residents Iris Koughn, Ruth Young and Marjorie Ramsey; 2014 Junior Miss Heritage Days Emily Spencer; Regina Schenkel, resident care partner; and resident James Gamble.


Richardson earns P.E.O. ed grant

P.E.O. Chapter BT, of Marion, has awarded a $1,500 grant through its Philanthropic Educational Program for Continuing Education to Brandi Richardson.

Richardson is attending Ivy Tech and plans to attain an associate's degree in nursing in August of 2015.

Zelpha Frushour and Shirley Combs, residents of Heritage Pointe, in Warren, are co-chairs of the chapter's program for continuing education.



Theatre Guild plans dinner fund-raiser event

The Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II will hold a fund-raising dinner on Wednesday, July 16 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nick's Kitchen, in downtown Huntington.

Theatre Guild members will act as servers for the evening. The group will receive 10 percent of all sales plus all tips.

The rejuvenated Theatre Guild will hold a meeting on July 23 as it makes plans for its inaugural season in the summer of 2015. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Café of Hope, and anyone interested is invited to attend.



Fund-raiser meal to benefit Love INC

The staff of Love INC will be waiting tables at the Brick House Grill, in downtown Huntington, Monday evening, July 14, to raise funds for the back-to-school program.

The fund-raiser will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No coupon is necessary, and a part of the proceeds from each meal ordered will go to the back-to-school program.

Love INC is continuing to accept donations of cash and other items for the back-to-school event. Particularly needed are men's and women's shirts in sizes medium and large, and women's pants in size 9 and larger.


Author of book on Hoosier politicians to speak at Historical Museum

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The author of a book on Hoosier politicians will be the speaker for a July 16 program presented by the Huntington County Historical Society.


Evangelical United Methodist hosts free meal on Tuesday

Evangelical United Methodist Church will have a community cookout on Tuesday, July 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hier's Park.

The menu consists of hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks. The community is welcome to attend the free meal.

For more information contact the church at 356-6975.



Stars and stripes

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Bippus State Bank mounted a 30-foot by 50-foot flag on a crane outside its main office at 150 Hauenstein Rd. in Huntington on July 4 .


Today is baby photo contest deadline

Photo by Steve Clark.

Today, Monday, July 14, is the final day entries for the 33rd Annual Huntington County Right to Life "People's Choice" Baby Photo Contest will be accepted.

Babies must have been born during 2012, 2013 or 2014 and be a resident of Huntington County. Unframed baby photos, up to 8x10, must be brought to the Right to Life office at 34 E. Washington St., Huntington, by 6 p.m. tonight.

A submitted photo must have the following information printed on the back in the following order: Full name of baby, date of birth, male or female, name of parents, address and telephone number.


Doors open to the public

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kolton Smart explores the cab of a fire truck with Andrews Volunteer firefighter Ted Grover on Saturday, July 12, during the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department Community Day. Emergency vehicles were on display and there was also food and activities for visitors.


Sniffing a groundhog

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ella Maxwell (left) takes a whiff of a groundhog named "Sadie" as "Amazon John" Cusson looks on during the Silly Safaris show on Saturday, July 12, at the Andrews Public Library. The library invited its young readers to a pizza picnic and animal show.


Honor 2 HU staffers for recruitment efforts

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Two members of Huntington University's enrollment staff have been recognized for their commitments to recruiting students to the institution.

Jeff Berggren and Nate Perry were recognized by the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals at its June meeting at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR.

NACCAP's Lifetime Achievement award was given to Berggren, vice president for enrollment management and marketing, for his outstanding leadership in the enrollment field over his 30-plus years in the profession.


Carpenter, Rosen earn Heith Garner scholarships

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Mikayla Carpenter and Kaylynn Rosen, 2014 graduates of Huntington North High School, have each been awarded a $500 scholarship from Lincoln Elementary School.

The scholarships are offered in memory of Heith Garner, a former Lincoln student, and are supported by various fund-raising events throughout the year.

Carpenter will attend Trine University this fall to major in elementary education. She also plans to play volleyball for the Thunder. She is the daughter of Todd and Beverly Carpenter.


Hands-on demonstration

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chris Newton, chief deputy of the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, is brought down by police dog Diesel during a demonstration of area K-9 units as part of Camp H.E.R.O, held at Crestview Middle School on Monday, July 7. About 200 boys and girls ages 8 to 13 are attending the week-long public safety camp.


Former Roanoke resident releases second novel, ‘Flirting With Fire’

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Karen Morris, writing as Kyra Jacobs, released her second novel, "Flirting With Fire," on July 8.

Morris attended Roa- noke Elementary School in the early 1980s. She now lives in Fort Wayne with her husband and two children.

"Flirting With Fire" is a romantic suspense set in Fort Wayne. Morris weaves a tale of massage therapist Liz Williams and the string of fires that seem to follow her everywhere, and Williams' involvement with fireman playboy Torrunn MacKay, who has a habit of appearing just before the fire alarm sounds.


Jeans drive

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Michael C. Marhenke, president and CEO of iAB financial bank, stands beside 420 pairs of jeans donated by iAB employees for the Rescue Mission in Fort Wayne. During iAB's "Wear a Pair, Bring a Pair" jeans drive, employees at iAB's 21 locations gathered jeans from their own homes, friends and neighbors. The Rescue Mission will sell the jeans at Treasure House, a secondhand store that funds the mission's special programs.


PHH Guild awards scholarships to local pair

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The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild recently awarded scholarships for the 2014-15 school year to two students pursuing degrees in the medical field.

Laura Cherry and Amanda Connelley, both students working toward bachelor of science degrees in nursing, will each receive $1,000 scholarships from the PHH Guild.

Cherry, of Huntington, attends Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, where she just completed her sophomore year. She is the daughter of Ron and Deb Cherry and the granddaughter of Lynn and Betty Mefferd, PHH Guild members and hospital volunteers.


T-Bone 4-H Club to meet July 13 eve

The T-Bone 4-H Club will meet on Sunday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the home of Matthew Knight.



Local state trooper retires after 34 years

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Indiana State Police Master Trooper Larry E. Schenk has retired from the ISP after 34 years, with most of that time spent patrolling in Huntington County.

Schenk, 60, came to the Fort Wayne ISP post from Cass County. He and his wife, who live in Roanoke, have three grown children and two grandchildren.


Mayo Scholarships awarded

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kevin Rupley (left), grand knight of the Huntington Knights of Columbus council, presents the first Rob Mayo Scholarships to Morgan Kinniry (center) and Grace Oberhausen. The scholarship is presented in memory of Rob Mayo, who served as resident property manager for St. Felix Catholic Center and leader of the center's youth group until his death in 2012. The scholarships are funded by proceeds of the Nun Run/Brother Boogie, held annually at St. Felix. Kinniry and Oberhausen, both 2014 graduates of Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, were selected from 18 applicants.


Kids Kampus earns grant from FSSA

Pathfinder Kids Kampus was recently awarded an Early Education Matching Grant from the Family and Social Services Administration, which will allow it to provide free preschool to income-eligible children for the 2014-15 school year.

Lisa Mettler, Kids Kampus administrator, says the program is open to 10 children who are 4 years old.

"The program will be school readiness, to get them ready for kindergarten," she explains. "The goal of that is they will enter kindergarten after this time."


Eight get awards for SSF parade units

Eight units in the 47th annual Salamonie Summer Festival parade received awards Friday, July 4.

They are:

• Religious Organization - Solid Rock SOS.
• Service Organization - Warren Fire Department.
• Antique Unit - Steve and Joyce Maxwell, 1929 Case tractor.
• Business Organization - Pulse Opera House.
• Youth Organization - Warren Boy Scouts.
• Marching Color Guard - iAB financial bank.
• Animal Unit - Carl Crandall and Daisy.
• Pooper Scooper - Brown Quarter Horse Farms.

All winning entries received plaques.


Landhuis and Wickersham honored for work in HU history department

The Huntington University history department has honored two local students with the 2014 Barlow Book Award.

Dr. Paul Michelson, distinguished professor of history, honored Amy Landhuis, a senior history education major, on behalf of her consistent effort in Michelson's seminar in Modern Europe.

Landhuis' seminar paper about the developments of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini has been an entry in several scholarship competitions.


YSB seeks donations for On Your Way Up program

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is seeking donations for its On Your Way Up program.

The On Your Way Up program continues to meet the needs of families in Huntington County, said YSB Executive Director Jan Williams. The program began in 1997 at the request of young parents who needed assistance in obtaining items for their children.

The program has three primary components. The On Your Way Up store is typically the entry point into the program.


Huntington North Class of 1974 to celebrate 40-year reunion in Sept.

The Huntington North High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 40-year reunion the weekend of Sept. 26 to 28.

The kick-off event will be the HNHS homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. with the class being recognized.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, an optional tour of HNHS is available, followed by a nine-hole golf scramble at 1 p.m. at Clear Creek Golf Course. Saturday evening a social hour begins at 6 p.m. at Norwood Golf Club. A class picture will be taken at 7 p.m. with dinner following.


Pioneer craftsmanship

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Chris Miller (left), of Fort Wayne, and Donna Reiter, of Bettendorf, IA, discuss the craftsmanship of a hat being sold by Reiter at her trading post at the Flint Creek Rendezvous this past weekend at the New Sotterlee Project International grounds in Huntington.


Jeff Bucher honored

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Jeff Bucher will celebrate his 25-year anniversary with PHD on July 31.

Bucher is currently a production supervisor in the PPC department in PHD's Huntington facility.



Andrews FD to have Community Day Saturday

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Andrews-Dallas Township Volunteer Fire Department will throw open its doors and pull out the trucks for Community Day on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We want to give the public an opportunity to see what's covering them," explains Mike Clift, an Andrews VFD firefighter and secretary-treasurer of the department.
"Anybody can come down and see how the fire trucks work, put on fire gear and see how heavy it is."


South end of LaFontaine Street to be closed most of July for new sewer line installation

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The south end of LaFontaine Street will be closed for most of July, beginning Tuesday, July 8.

The street will be closed for three to four weeks between State and William streets.

The closure will allow construction crews to cross LaFontaine Street as they install new sewer lines, explains Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering for the city of Huntington.


Funding the Fourth

Photo by Steve Clark.

Sue Rumple (third from left), manager of Beacon Credit Union, and Cheryl McCoy, a member services specialist with the credit union, present Jim Hollar, vice president of the Historic Forks of the Wabash board, with a check on Tuesday, July 1, to go toward the costs of the Old Fashion Fourth at the Forks celebration. The event was held on July 4.


HCCOA to have fund-raiser

A rummage sale to raise funds for the Huntington County Council on Aging's building fund will be held July 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and July 19 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The sale will be held at 221 Northpoint Ave., behind Walmart.



Splashin’ good time

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lilly Hoose, 4, of Markle, runs the gauntlet of the rainbow shower Wednesday, July 2, at Bendix-Hiner Spray Park, located within Drover Park on Etna Avenue. Lilly is the daughter of Victoria Neuhauser and Ray Hoose, of Markle.


YSB to again assist families with school supplies

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County will once again assist with school supplies through the "Tools for Life" school supply program.

This is the 20th year for the program.

"Last year we provided 658 students with school supplies," stated Karen Street, YSB staff member.

The program is open to anyone who is in need of assistance with school supplies.


HU to have grand opening of new program

Huntington University will host a grand opening of its doctoral occupational therapy program in Fort Wayne on July 14 at 10 a.m.

The event will include a ribbon cutting, speakers and tours.

The university's first doctoral program will launch this fall on the Parkview Randallia Campus, 1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne.


Applebee’s supports cancer fight

Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, in Huntington, is joining with more than 850 Applebee's locations to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

During July, restaurants will donate a portion of each lemonade sale to the foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research. Individual locations will also hold a variety of fund-raisers.

This is the 10th year Applebee's locations have raised funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.



Store gives Geders chance to share music passion

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Copper Chord Music opened its doors in June, giving music lover David Geders the opportunity to share his passion with the community.

Geders says he is selling guitars, keyboards, amps, electric pianos and miscellaneous equipment. Copper Chord will also offer a "buy, sell and trade" service to customers, as well as guitar repair and piano, guitar and bass lessons, he says.

Throughout high school and college, Geders says he was very involved in local bands and "grew up in a musical family."


HU student uses coursework to help her church

Kelsi Schouten, a junior recreation management major at Huntington University from Newark, OH, has received a $27,000 grant from Little Tikes to help Vineyard Grace Fellowship, her home church, build a playground that is accessible to children with disabilities.

Schouten worked on the project through an HU class, grant writing and fund-raising.

Schouten has about $30,000 left to raise for the playground and is continuing to submit grant applications.
The playground could be completed by September 2015.



Roanoke car show promises big-time event July 19

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Roanoke is celebrating America's love of automobiles by bringing a car show to town with a festival atmosphere, boasting it offers something for everyone.

The first-ever "Rolling into Roanoke" Classic Car Show is set for Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., presented by the Roanoke Beautification Foundation.

The lineup begins on Main Street downtown between First and Third streets. Cars will also be displayed on First Street from High Street to Seminary. More will be located at the Roanoke Park.


July business of the month

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Downtown Dental, located at 429 N. Jefferson St., in Huntington, has been named Business of the Month for July by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Matt Eckert opened the practice 21 years ago just several doors south of the current location, and has been in this office for about 19 years. Dr. Ryan Hart joined the practice four years ago.


Red Cross holds next blood drive July 26 at Cafe of Hope site

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on July 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The Red Cross says fewer people make appointments to donate blood during June, July and August. Each blood drive, the Red Cross says, needs about two additional donors to come up with the amount of blood and platelets patients need.

Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit



Music, games and food return to Roanoke on Friday

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The Friday Night Street Fair returns to downtown Roanoke this Friday, July 11, with water-themed events from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Josh Wenning and Friends will perform surf style music. A variety of games with water themes will be available for children.

Food will be served outdoors by Moose & Mollie's, the Roanoke Village Inn and Joseph Decuis.

The Friday night events are held monthly throughout the summer on Roanoke's Main Street. Additional events will be held on Aug. 1, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.


Kids collect shoes for HUGS

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The kindergarten through second grade elementary Sunday School class of Faith Chapel United Methodist Church organized donations for Tennessee Help Us Give Shoes (HUGS), which distributes shoes to underprivileged children in the Appalachian area. The children proudly collected 40 pairs of shoes along with monetary donations from the congregation over the month of June. Members present on the final collection day are (from left) Jacob Hawk, Lucas Alwine, Nathaniel Alwine, Laura Lochner, Hannah Skiles, Abby Hawk and Hadley Parsons.


Head Start having walk-in day for sign-up

Huntington Head Start is offering a Walk-in Day to enroll children on Tuesday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All applicants must have a health department issued birth certificate and proof of income (child support for 2013, TANF, Social Security and tax forms).

Enrollment is open for children ages 3 to 5, in four classrooms, running Tuesday through Friday with morning or afternoon options.

Head Start is a state licensed facility that prepares children for kindergarten. All teachers hold early childhood degrees.

The new school year begins mid-August.


Make believe tea

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Carleigh Horn, 6 (center), pours pretend tea at a party attended by Carrynn Horn (right), 4, and Carson Scheiber, 6, in the children's play area at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Wednesday, July 2. Carleigh and Carrynn are the daughters of Dan Horn and Carson is the son of Jennifer Scheiber, all of Huntington.


Lions honored

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Mike Okuly (left) received the International Lions Foundation's Melvin Jones Award, while Mark Anson (right) received the Lions of Indiana's highest award, the J.P. Woods Award. Both Okuly and Anson are long-time members of the Andrews Lions Club.


Area Seniors can go to state fair Aug. 5 on HCCOA chartered bus

The Huntington County Council on Aging has chartered a bus to take Seniors to the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 5 for Golden Hoosier Day.

Norwood Health and Rehabilitation will provide a free breakfast prior to departure. To receive a breakfast, participants must be at the Kmart parking lot by 7 a.m. The bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. and return about 6 p.m.

Seniors can ride free shuttles around the fairgrounds.

The fee includes transportation and a ticket to the fair. At least 35 people must sign up or the trip will be canceled.


‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ coming to Wild Wednesday

This month's Wild Wednesday movie at the Huntington 7 is "Mr. Popper's Penguins."

The movie will be shown on July 16, with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. Senior are invited to bring their grandchildren.

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" stars Jim Carrey as a driven businessman whose life is turned upside down after he inherits six penguins.

There is an admission charge for the movie. Coffee and doughnuts are free, and door prizes will be awarded.

Wild Wednesday partners are the Huntington Senior Center and Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.


Bendix honored for quality

The Huntington plant of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has earned honors from one of its customers for shipping products with a very low rate of defects.

The customer, PACCAR, awards premier supplier status to suppliers with fewer than 50 defects per million products shipped. At the Bendix Huntington plant, the number of defective parts is just more than 15 parts per million. In other words, Bendix builds a successful product more than 99.995 percent of the time.

PACCAR designs and manufactures trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.


Daniel Zahm earns Ivy Tech Choice Scholarship

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Daniel Zahm has been awarded the $1,000 Ivy Tech Choice Scholarship.

Zahm is a 2014 Huntington North High School graduate. In August he plans to attend Ivy Tech in Indianapolis to earn a GM ASEP Automotive Technology associate degree, with the goal of achieving his GM Master Technician certification.

Zahm is currently employed at Pace Chevrolet in Huntington.
He is the son of Mark and Jodi Zahm, of Roanoke.

He is an Eagle scout and assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 637 and regularly serves as an altar server at St. Mary Catholic Church.


Norwood Golf Club has new owners, management

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

New owners are in place at Huntington's Norwood Golf Club.

GDS LLC, made up of Lee and Stephanie Cutting, Kevin and Amanda Killen and Jason Kennedy officially became the club's new owner on July 1.

The group is the fourth owner of the course since it was built in the 1960s, says Cutting, who will serve as director of golf operations.

All three men are lifelong Huntington residents and Huntington North High School graduates, with Cutting and Kennedy spending their time there as members of the HNHS golf team.

"We grew up on Norwood Golf Club," Cutting says.


HCCSC serving free meals throughout the county

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The Huntington County Community School Corporation offers free lunch and breakfast for children under 18 and people over 18 who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.

To receive the meals, participants only need to arrive at the locations on the dates and times listed:

Huntington North
High School

July 7 to July 31
Breakfast - 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Lunch - 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.


Deadline looming for entries into fair’s adult open class competition

Forms to enter the adult open classes at the upcoming Huntington County 4-H Fair are due to the Extension office by Monday, July 7.

No late entries will be accepted.

Forms are available at the Extension office in the Annex Building. There is a small fee for each entry.

Anyone 18 years or older may exhibit projects at the 4-H Fair.

The 84th annual Huntington County 4-H Fair will be held July 11 to 25.

For more information call the Extension office at 358-4826.



Hangin’ 10

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Courtney Okuly, 11, of Huntington, finds a new use for a teeter totter at the playground at Drover Park on Monday, June 30. Courtney is the daughter of Heather and Tony Okuly.


Zahm earns degree

Alexandra Zahm, of Huntington, has graduated from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame.

Zahm, daughter of Joseph and Rachel Zahm of Huntington, received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.



Day of faith, fun for Burmese kids at St. Felix

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

St. Felix Catholic Center, in Huntington, hosted dozens of Burmese-American youth June 25 through 29 for a retreat designed to offer faith and fun in their native language.

"We want to bring all the Catholic youth from around the U.S. to celebrate the Catholic faith and have fellowship with each other," explains Maurice Maran, a Burmese-American youth leader from Pennsylvania who came to the United States from Burma in 2002.


Announce 4-H events for week of July 7

The Huntington County Extension Office announces its calendar of 4-H events for the week beginning Monday, July 7.

Events include:

Monday, July 7
6 p.m. - Mini 4-H, Northwest, Roanoke, Huntington Catholic, Home School. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

7 p.m. - Leader's Meeting. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Tuesday, July 8
6:30 p.m. - Cat Workshop. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

6:30 p.m. - Corn Cob Club. Roanoke Park Pavilion.

6:30 p.m. - Crystal Clovers Club. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.


Huntington Bob Evans hosting Special Olympics fund-raiser

The Huntington Bob Evans restaurant is hosting a community fund-raiser today, Thursday, July 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit Huntington County Special Olympics.

Bob Evans will donate 15 percent from dine-in or carryout sales to help Huntington County Special Olympics with entry fees and equipment purchases. A fund-raiser flyer must be presented at the time of check-out.

Bob Evans is located at 2207 N. Jefferson St.

For a flyer or more information, contact Keith or Nancy Hartley at soinhunt ington or 672-8316.



One more time

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A crew from Dunigan Bros., of Jackson, MI, digs a trench along William Street across from Elmwood Park on Monday, June 30, to lay a new water main. Earlier this year, the crew installed in a new sewer line along the other side of William Street. The line will extend along William to Clark Street and Frederick Street, with a target completion date for the entire project of Nov. 2.


Four earn Andrews Lions Club high honors at recent meeting

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Four members of the Andrews Lions Club have earned honors.

Mike Okuly, a 23-year member of the Andrews club, received the Melvin Jones Award from the International Lions Foundation.

Mark Anson, a 54-year member of the Lions Club, was presented with the J.P. Woods Award, the highest award given by the Lions of Indiana.

Joyce and Bud Walker were selected by the Andrews Lions Club as the club's Lions of the Year in recognition of their outstanding service to the community.



Mt. Etna UM women making bazaar plans

The Mt. Etna United Methodist Women are planning their 2014 fall food and craft bazaar to be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last year's event was such a success from quilts to jewelry to booking signings to baked goods that the group is currently reserving booth spaces for anyone who would like to show off and sell their handicrafts. Some of last year's vendors have already reserved their spaces.


Najuch, Froomkin realize seven-year dream

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Rich Najuch and Joel Froomkin have finally arrived.
"This is what we wanted to do when we came here seven years ago," Najuch says as he surveys the work-in-progress that will, by July 8, create a slice of Austria inside The New Huntington Theater.

That's opening day for "The Sound of Music," the first production to occupy the once-vacant theater's main auditorium since Froomkin and Najuch landed in Huntington in 2007.

Even then, they knew the story of the von Trapp family would be their first major show.

It just took a while.



Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Daphanie Geiger (left) and Andrea Krumanaker cut out decorative paper to cover washers that will become the focal point of the necklaces they were making Saturday morning, June 28, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Prior to the necklace making session, participants in the library's Club Create made slow-cooker dips for snacks at the end of the morning.


Local FFA students attend state convention

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The Huntington North FFA Chapter attended the 85th Indiana State FFA Convention from June 17 to June 19.
The convention was held in West Lafayette on the Purdue University Campus.

Members that attended convention were Autumn Taylor, Courtney Coffman, Sarah Hunnicutt, Bailey Irick, Madison Wohlford, Emma Landrum, Brandon Briggs, Andrew Laymon, Kathleen Jacobs, Rachel Platt and Jessie Earhart.

State champion horse judging team members Rachel Platt and Jessie Earhart represented the team and received awards.


Easy does it

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Matt Schnepp, 11, of Huntington, gingerly removes a wooden block from the oversized Jenga tower during the S.P.A.R.K. day camp Monday, June 30, at Drover Park. Matt is the son of Bob and Sara Schnepp. About 10 kids participated in the fun, sponsored by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.


HU is hosting trip to Holy Land in the fall

Huntington University is hosting a trip to the Holy Land this fall.

Middle East expert Dr. Mark Fairchild will lead the trip through Israel and Turkey, along with HU President Sherilyn Emberton and Vince Haupert, the university's vice president for advancement.

The tour will take place from Oct. 30 to Nov. 12 and will visit multiple sites throughout the Holy Land, including Ephesus, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem.