Patrick Felton is new owner of Legends Sports Bar in downtown Huntington

Patrick Felton stands inside Legends Sports Bar, which he purchased in May. Felton also owns PJ’s Paesan’s Pizza. Both businesses are located in Huntington.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

At the young age of 22 – barely of legal age to drink alcohol – Patrick Felton is now the proud owner of Legends Sports Bar in Huntington.

And that’s not the only business Felton owns. He took over ownership of PJ’s Paesan’s Pizza, the business that has been in his family for 32 years, in January 2013 when he was only 17.

“I wanted another business venture,” he explains. “I really wasn’t much of a bar person, I didn’t come down to the bars that often. But once I heard this was up for sale, I knew I was going to be interested in it, just for the business aspect.”

Two locals earn dean’s list honors

Two local students have been honored by the University of Alabama for their academic achievements.

Danielle Lee Kem, of Huntington, has been named to the UA president’s list, with an academic record of 4.0.

Drew C. Wesolowski, of Roanoke, has been named to the dean’s list, with an academic record of 3.5 or above.

The UA dean’s and president’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate stud-

Huntington Bendix plant scores highly in quality checks

PACCAR has named Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC to its list of premier suppliers that meet the OE’s rigorous quality expectation of 10 PPM for parts and components.

The distinction is earned by lowering PPM, or product defects expressed in Parts Per Million, to below 10. Bendix reduced its PPM to just under four at its manufacturing operation in Huntington.

Nelson’s Chicken fund-raiser for Varsity Singers on July 1

A Nelson’s Chicken sale and bake sale to benefit the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers will be held on Saturday, July 1, at Juergens Hardware.

The sale begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m. or until the food is sold out.

Chicken halves and pit-tatoes will be available. Drinks will also be available for purchase.

Three HU students earn American FFA degrees

Three students in Huntington University’s Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies have received the American FFA Degree from the national FFA organization.

Recipients are Abigail Atkins, a sophomore from Columbia City majoring in agribusiness management and biology pre-med; Makayla Mobley, a sophomore from North Manchester majoring in agricultural education; and Megan Schroeder, a sophomore from Albion majoring in agribusiness marketing and animal production.

7 Parkview hospitals get nursing recognition

Parkview Health’s seven hospitals, including Park-view Huntington Hospital, have been awarded Magnet recognition.

Magnet designation is granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a review process that includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, on-site visits to each hospital and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

One-year-old Hudson Smith (right) helps Becky Arnett stack wooden blocks during a “block party” Tuesday afternoon, June 20, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Arnett and Extension Educator Karen Hinshaw, both from Purdue Extension’s Huntington County office, brought five kinds of blocks to the Andrews library to show families how playing with blocks helps children learn. Hudson was there with his mom, Megan Cox.

Father Solanus Mass planned for July 1 at St. Felix

The group “Praying with Father Solanus” will hold a Mass on Saturday, July 1, at St. Felix Catholic Center, in Huntington.

The Mass will seek comfort for the sick through the intercession of the late Rev. Solanus Casey.

At the same time, prayers will be offered that the Catholic Church will officially recognize Casey as a saint.

The Mass begins at 1 p.m. and will be preceded by recitation of the rosary at 12:30 p.m.

Casey, whose intercession is credited with many apparently miraculous cures, spent 10 years of his life at St. Felix Friary, in Huntington.

Stars ‘N’ Stripes car show Friday, June 30, at HU campus

The second annual Stars ’N’ Stripes Star Spangled Car, Truck and Bike Show will be held on Friday, June 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the grounds of Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington.

Dash plaques, door prizes and awards will be handed out. Music from the ’50s and ’60s will be provided by DJ Fast Eddie.
For information, call 273-1447.

Subway restaurants launch local 4-H fund-raiser

Subway stores in Huntington, Roanoke, Markle and Warren are joining with Fort Wayne Subway restaurants to benefit local 4-H Healthy Living Programs through “4-H Sundays at Subway.”

Each Sunday through Aug. 27, the participating restaurants will make a donation to the programs to help local youth understand the importance of eating well and being active.

More than 2,000 Subway restaurants in Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan and Alabama are participating in “4-H Sundays at Subway.” They expect to donate up to $116,500 of sales.

Spencer earns Wheaton College dean’s list honors

Wheaton College student Colin Spencer, of Huntington, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester.

To earn dean’s list honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.


Paul Zahm family celebrating 50th year in trailer sales biz

Paul Zahm Jr. (seated) and the staff of Zahm Trailer Sales (from left) Bill Zahm, Jane Myers, Todd Little and Janet Gordon are pictured in the parts store of the business, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The night before his 30th birthday in 1955, Paul Zahm Jr. bought his dad’s greenhouse.

A dozen years later, his kids’ ponies spurred the birth of a second business next door to the greenhouse.

Zahm Greenhouses has since been sold, although it continues to operate under its new name, but the second business — Zahm Trailer Sales — is now marking its 50th anniversary, still owned by Paul and still operated by the Zahm family.

Session focuses on LGBTQ inequality

The City of Huntington Prevention Task Force will hold its third Community Dialogue on Diversity on July 1 at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive., Huntington.

The topic for this conversation is “LGBTQ Inequality.”

Speakers will discuss their experiences within the Huntington community and answer questions from the audience.

Hippensteel achieves dean’s list

Heather Hippensteel, of Huntington, has been named to the Indiana Wesleyan University dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

To be named to the list, a student must obtain a 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 12 graded credit hours for the semester.

Speaking passionately about passion

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Carlos Hungria, chief operating officer for Bendix corporate, speaks to Huntington plant employees during Values Day 2017 on Wednesday, June 21. This year’s value was passion. Several employees also received plant honors.

Prayer meeting set July 1

The next Prayer for Huntington meeting will take place on July 1, at 4 p.m., at Rotary Park.

All are welcome to attend.

Schmidt joins NorthStar Co-op

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Tim Schmidt

Tim Schmidt, of Warren, has joined NorthStar Cooperative Inc. as a dairy herd information specialist.

He will collect milk samples, process dairy herd information and assist dairy producers in Allen, Whitley, Cass, Madison, Kosciusko, Porter and Lake counties to make effective use of dairy herd improvement records and reports.

Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Science in animal agribusiness from Purdue University. He has worked in the agriculture industry for more than 15 years and in consultative business sales for more than 12 years.

Grants open to those with interest in public safety

The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation is accepting applications for the Secure Indiana Scholarship, which offers funds to Indiana students pursuing a career in public safety.

Full-time students are eligible for $2,000 and part-time students are eligible for $1,000.

The students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, currently volunteer for a public safety organization and must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited Indiana college.

New antennas

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Workers contracted by AT&T replaced several antennas on the water tower in Warren on Wednesday, June 21, and Thursday, June 22. The work shown is from Wednesday morning.

Speed reduced on Etna Avenue

Photo by Steve Clark.

A car passes one of the new speed limit signs on Etna Avenue on Thursday, June 22, that drops the speed from Gardendale Avenue to Waterworks Road to 20 miles per hour. The signs were installed earlier in the week and will remain in place until the fall of 2018, when construction on the Etna Avenue Improvement Project is expected to conclude. The speed was lowered in the interests of safety due to the presence of construction workers and equipment working on the project, said Chad Hacker, chief of the Huntington Police Department.

Entries now open for LAC Regional Art Exhibit

Entry forms are now available for the LaFontaine Arts Council’s 2017 Regional Art Exhibit.

The exhibit is held annually in the Wilson Gallery at of Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University.

To request an entry form for the open show, contact Debbie Dyer at 358-0055 or Any inquiries regarding the show should be directed to the LaFontaine Arts Council.

HCARS Field Day

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dennis Keyser mans a station for the Huntington County Amateur Radio Society on Saturday, June 24, as the group participates in a two-day field event based in front of the ReStore at the Habitat for Humanity facility on Commerce Drive, in Huntington.

Literacy on the Lawn

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Erie Band performs at the Huntington County Courthouse as part of the Literacy on the Lawn celebration for the Huntington County Literacy Coalition hailing its 30th year.

Veterans Memorial now bears the names of World War II dead

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (right) applauds as plaques honoring Huntington County men who died in World War II are revealed by (from left) Bruce Stanton, retired Huntington County veterans service officer; Tim Eckert, current Huntington County veterans service officer; and Rodney Funk, president of the Huntington County Veterans Council. The unveiling ceremony took place on Friday, June 16, at the Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Three plaques memorializing the 95 Huntington County men who died during World War II were unveiled Friday, June 16, at the Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park, in Huntington.

The plaques have been affixed to a cement ledge that encircles the plane at the center of the memorial. A plaque honoring local men who died in World War I had previously been added to the memorial.

Gardens, landscaping net Yard of the Month honors for Clarks, Halls

Pictured (at top) Jennifer Hall places a Huntington Yard of the Month sign in the front yard of her Poplar Street home. She and her husband, David Hall, were recognized for their yard in June. Pictured (at bottom) Mary and Lance Clark earned Huntington Yard of the Month honors for June for the landscaping at their Bellingham Drive home.
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Huntington residents Jennifer and David Hall and Lance and Mary Clark share Huntington Yard of the Month honors for June.

The award is handed out during warm-weather months to celebrate residents who do an exemplary job maintaining their properties in the City of Huntington.

Splash on the Wabash to drift on down the river on July 8

Splash on the Wabash, a one-day festival highlighting Huntington’s Wabash River, will be held July 8 at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, 3011 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

The featured event is a lazy river ride down the Wabash River on an inner tube. The float lasts 60 to 90 minutes, with three launch times to choose from — 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m.

Participants can bring their own heavy duty river tube and life jacket or rent a tube. Life jackets are required, and the float is limited to those 8 years and older.

Stop 22

Photo by Steve Clark.

A group of people walk the track around Kriegbaum Field, in Huntington, on Saturday, June 17, during an event organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 to raise awareness for the reported 22 veteran suicides that occur each day. The event’s attendees walked around the track for 22 minutes. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Stop 22 program.

Kids Kampus offers free preschool for 2017-18

Kameron Turley (left) and Terry Saulmon are shown in the Pathfinder Kids Kampus preschool room. As an On My Way Pre-K Provider, the early education facility will provide free preschool to 10 4-year-old children for the 2017-18 school year.
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Pathfinder Kids Kampus is now an On My Way Pre-K Provider.  This program will allow the early education facility to provide free preschool to 10 4-year-old children for the 2017-18 school year.  

Kids Kampus is now accepting applications for the free preschool openings.

HNHS Class of ’77 seeks contact info for members

The Huntington North High School Class of 1977 is planning its 40-year reunion for Aug. 12 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.

Reunion organizers have been unable to contact a large number of class members. Anyone with contact information is asked to call Ann Flora Etter at 224-8405.

Missing class members are Teena Moon, Pam Yordy, Mike Rugg, Sally Miller, Susan Long, Robin Schofield, Sheryl McHenry, Linda Campbell, Lori Gerz and Eddy Alwine.

Mills establishes firefighters’ training fund

Susan Mills has established the Nate Mills Memorial Firefighters’ Fund through the Huntington County Community Foundation in memory of her son.

Through the fund, Fort Wayne firefighters can seek reimbursement for training expenses. Her goal is to see the fund grow large enough to serve area volunteer firefighters outside of Fort Wayne.