Testing it out

Ben Fliehman, of First Response Fleet Service, checks the water pumping capability of one of the Huntington Fire Department’s trucks located at the Southside Fire Station on Etna Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The testing is part of the qualifications for the department’s “ISO” (Insurance Service Office) rating, which affect homeowners’ insurance rates.

County women can help in cancer screening research

Women throughout Indiana and Ohio have the opportunity to tell researchers what they think and how they feel about cancer screening tests. Huntington County is one of 48 counties in Indiana targeted in a research study intended to find better ways to help women get the breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening tests they need.

Answers to questions about women’s knowledge, beliefs and attitudes will help researchers at Indiana University and Ohio State University find better ways to help women understand how the screenings can save their lives.

Johnson wins United Way drawing

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Angela Johnson (left) won a drawing held by the United Way of Huntington County at the Huntington County 4-H Fair, which gave her the opportunity to give $500 to a United Way funded partner of her choice. Johnson elected to split the award total and give $250 to the Salvation Army and $250 to the Girl Scouts. Pictured with Johnson is Kyle Metzger, president and CEO of the local United Way.

3 locals on BSU summer dean’s list

Three local students have been named to the summer 2018 dean’s list for Ball State University.

They are Taylor Johnson, of Roanoke; Tyler Nelson, of Huntington; and Lily Sabinske, of Warren.

The university recognizes undergraduates who earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average for 12 or more credits of graded course work during a semester or for six or more credits of graded course work during a summer term.

County 4-H’ers grab many placings at state fair swine show

Here are the results of how Huntington County 4-H members placed in the 2018 Indiana State Fair Swine Show:

Class 63, 4-H Berkshire Barrow
Mason Miller, first place.

Class 82, Berkshire
Senior Showmanship
Chad Lytle, participation.

UWIS holding clean-up day for Salamonie Lake, river, on Sept. 22

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is holding a clean-up day for Salamonie Lake, Salamonie River State Forest and Salamonie River on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon.

There will be both land-based and water-based clean-up opportunities for volunteers to choose from. Volunteers are asked to wear close-toed shoes and bring gloves, bug spray, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.

When the clean-up process concludes, a hot dog lunch will be served to volunteers at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

To register to volunteer, call 468-2127.

‘Paddling the Mississinewa’ to discuss canoe paddling techniques

Learn canoe paddling techniques at the “Paddle the Mississinewa” workshop on Aug. 26.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participants will be notified of the meeting location when they register.

All equipment, including canoes, will be provided. The number of canoes is limited. Those who have their own canoes or kayaks, personal flotation devices and other equipment are welcome to bring them.

Healing Waters food pantry open Aug. 23 for distribution

The “Come to the Table” Food Pantry at Healing Waters Ministry will be open on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The free food pantry is open to the community every fourth Thursday at the church, located at 5811W-606S, Mt. Etna.

BTB religious education classes to start Aug. 27

Teachers with By the Book sit in the new trailer classroom for the weekly religious education program on Thursday, Aug. 16. Pictured are (from left) Debbie Hersey, Program Director Kathie Mower and Stephanie Thompson. The program will begin for the school year on Monday, Aug. 27.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Weekly religious education program By the Book will start for the school year on Monday, Aug. 27.

The program’s classes are open to all third and fourth-grade students in the Huntington County Community School Corporation. Students are required to have a signed permission slip to attend. Slips are available in school offices and also online at

This year, the program has a new trailer that will serve Andrews, Flint Springs, Horace Mann, Roanoke and Salamonie elementary schools. The program’s old trailer will serve Lincoln Elementary School.

Roanoke library names reading program winners

The Roanoke Public Library has announced the results of its summer reading program, titled “Blast off with Reading.”
Fifty-three children participated and were given a free ice cream cone certificate from Moose & Mollie’s. 

Thirty-three won TinCaps free ticket vouchers and Applebee’s free kids meal coupons, and 176 Bingo sheets were completed in the six-week program. 

Roanoke’s fourth annual Princess Party set for Aug. 25 on Main Street

Roanoke’s fourth annual Princess Party will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, downtown on Main Street. The party will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

All young princesses are invited to enjoy crown decorating, nail painting, face painting and more. Girls are encouraged to wear their favorite party dress.

Guest appearances will be made by local pageant title holders.

The event is free and is recommended for ages 2 through 12.

The event is sponsored by Two-EE’s Winery.

Second Saturday at Salamonie is Sept. 8

Mountain bike the Bloodroot Trail at Salamonie Lake’s Second Saturday program on Sept. 8.

The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and starts at Salamonie Interpretive Center. Participants will bike the Bloodroot Trail and have a picnic lunch break. Wear appropriate clothes for trail riding and pack a lunch and water.

Participants should bring their own mountain bikes. Helmets are recommended.

A small fee per participant is payable the day of the event. Participants will not be required to pay the standard property admission fee.

Donation to BVFD

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Beacon Credit Union recently donated $500 to the Bippus Volunteer Fire Department to assist in updating equipment and gear for their volunteers, as well as building maintenance. Beacon Branch Manager Cheryl McCoy (front row, at right) presents the check to Fire Chief Dave Schnitz (front row, at left) as members of the fire department join in to celebrate the occasion.

Section of Ind.-5 in Huntington County to be closed starting Monday for structure replacement

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that a small structure replacement is scheduled for Ind.-5 at the Section Seven Drain in Huntington County. Ind.-5 is expected to close on or after Monday, Aug. 20, weather permitting.

The closure is scheduled to take place between I-69 and C.R.-800S. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout the work. The official state detour for the closure will be I-69 to Ind.-5/Ind.-218. The road may be closed up to 35 calendar days during the work.

Beacon Investment Services gets Crystal Distinction honor

Members of Beacon Credit Union celebrate recently receiving the Crystal Distinction Award from CUNA Brokerage Services in recognition of a 30-year relationship. Pictured are (from left) Dusty Cuttriss, chief financial officer; Mike Farner, Beacon Investment Services financial advisor; Kevin Willour, CEO; Tiffany Haupert, Beacon Investment Services financial advisor; and Emily Dever, Beacon Investment Services client service coordinator.
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Beacon Investment Services, part of Beacon Credit Union, received a Crystal Distinction Award from CUNA Brokerage Services in recognition of a 30-year relationship. Since 1988, Beacon Credit Union has provided investment, insurance and planning services to its membership.

“Reaching the 30-year milestone with CUNA is a true testament of stability and teamwork,” stated Kevin Willour, president/-CEO of Beacon. “We are honored as this award represents the efforts we strive in improving the financial lives of our membership.”