Health department announces first COVID-19 death in county

The Huntington County Health Department announced yesterday, Wednesday, April 1,  the first death from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The adult female from Huntington County died on March 31. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

The Huntington County Health Department also announced its third positive COVID-19 case.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that had not been previously identified. It is not the same as the type of coronavirus that causes the common cold.

2020 Heritage Days to again feature pair of vehicle shows this summer

This year’s Heritage Days Festival will once again include two vehicle shows as a part of the celebration for 2020.

A banner day

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Parks Department employee Joe Eckert affixes a new banner onto a light post along Jefferson Street on Monday, March 30. The “summer” banner replaces the worn out wintertime banners around town.

‘By the Book’ Weekday Religious Ed celebrates 75th anniversary

The Associated Churches of Huntington County are celebrating 75 years of Weekday Religious Education in 2020. This program is now known as By the Book or more commonly called the “Bible Trailer.”

Incorporated as The Huntington County Council of Weekday Religious Education Inc. on June 20, 1945, the program provides students in third and fourth grades in the Huntington County Community Schools with religious education classes in Bible trailers off of school property with parental permission.

Bippus Lions honor pair of HNHS seniors

Brant Young (left) and Graham Scher are the recipients of scholarships from the Bippus Lions Club. They each received $250 from the club.
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The Bippus Lions Club has awarded $250 scholarships to Huntington North High School seniors Graham Scher and Brant Young.

Scher is the son of Christi and Mike McElhaney and Kevin Scher. He will attend University of Indianapolis majoring in electronic media. He has played varsity golf for four years and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also works at Arby’s part-time.

Walker wins Huntington University’s Jack Barlow Sr. History Book Prize

Brooks Walker (right), a student at Huntington University, has been named the winner of the 2019 Jack P. Barlow Sr. History Book Prize. Presenting the award to Walker is Dr. Jeffrey Webb, professor of history at HU. The accolade is given to an outstanding student in the HU Department of History and Political Science’s advanced research seminar.
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The Department of History and Political Science at Huntington University has announced that Brooks Walker is the winner of the 2019 Jack P. Barlow, Sr. History Book Prize.

Walker is from Columbia City and is pursuing a bachelor’s in political science with minors in history and Christian ministries. He intends to graduate in May 2021 and pursue a career in nonprofit management.

Work continues

Photo by Steve Clark.

Ignoring the rain, workers begin to add siding to the framework of a building under construction at Northpoint Avenue and Ind.-5 on Friday, March 27. The structure will become the new location of Summit Dental Group.

DNR extends hunting, fishing licenses

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced that all 2019-2020 basic hunting, basic fishing, hunt/fish combo, youth licenses and stamps that expired on Tuesday, March 31, will be valid for use until May 22.

While hunting or fishing, license holders must have a printed or electronic copy of their license with them.

If an individual does not have a valid 2019-2020 annual license or stamp, a new 2020-2021 annual license will be needed.

Several county churches announce their Holy Week and Easter services

The following area churches have announced Holy Week and Easter services:

First Presbyterian Church
50 E. Tipton St., Huntington

April 12, at 9:30 a.m. – Livestreamed Easter service from its Facebook page.

Markle Church of Christ
455 E. Morse St., Markle

FSSA gives additional guidance to parents, childcare providers related to COVID-19 outbreak, questions

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has offered additional guidance for parents of school-aged children and childcare providers related to the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Families who need help finding or paying for care can contact Brighter Futures Indiana at 800-299-1627 to speak to a referral specialist.

Postpone Bippus HS alumni bqt.

The Bippus High School Alumni Banquet, originally scheduled for April 25, has been postponed.

It will be rescheduled for a later date.

For more information, call Joan Drayer at 356-7555.

‘Spread the Love’ raises $750 in donations

Kelley Miller (left), assistant director of  Love In the Name of Christ and Dr. Stephen Geders stand amid donations provided by Huntington Chiropractic Center’s patients and staff during the clinic’s annual “Spread the Love for Love INC Day” event.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The annual “Spread the Love for Love INC Day” at Huntington Chiropractic Center successfully raised $750 in food and cash for the local not-for-profit organization during this year’s fund-raiser.

The annual event raised money and supplies as the doctor, staff and patients all participated in contributing to its success.

Christman, Reust, Robrock are April Junior Rotarians

Morgan Robrock (second from left), Maitlyn Christman (fourth from left) and Taylor Reust (fifth from left) are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for April. With them are Rotary Club sponsors Chad Daugherty (left), Nicole Johnson (third from left) and Rosie Wall.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Maitlyn Christman, Taylor Reust and Morgan Robrock, all students at Huntington North High School, are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for April.

Christman participates in Varsity Singers, class council, student council, freshmen mentoring, Riley Dance Marathon, French Club and National Honor Society. In addition, she is a children’s ministry volunteer at her church and works as a barista at Starbuck’s.

Her future plans are to attend Indiana University and study film production and English.

Her parents are Melissa Taylor and Adam Hanson.

WAMA explains internal guidelines for disbursing funds

The Warren Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) makes donations to the needy and accepts requests to that end.

In the interests of transparency, WAMA has shared its internal guidelines regarding the disbursal of funds.

Those guidelines are:
When an individual or family is seeking financial assistance, an application will be completed by the individual seeking the assistance. A copy of photo identification is also requested. Once the application is completed, the treasurer is empowered to offer assistance within consideration of the current WAMA account balance.

Preventing the spread

Photo by Steve Clark.

Abby Haskett, an employee at Juergens Hardware, in Huntington, stands behind a plexiglass partition in the store’s checkout lane on Monday, March 30. The partition, which is intended to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, was donated to the store by Ben Benfer on Friday, March 27, says Haskett.