First Presbyterian has new interim pastor

Lyle J. Ewing sits in the pastor’s study at First Presbyterian Church on Monday, Oct. 16. Ewing officially took over the helm as transitional pastor of the church on Oct. 8.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

As Huntington’s First Presbyterian Church continues its search for a permanent pastor, Lyle Ewing has taken up the mantle to become the church’s transitional pastor. He gave his first Sunday message on Oct. 8.

Ewing is not without experience in leading congregations. He has served nearly 30 years in pastoral care, having come to First Presbyterian from First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, just down U.S.-24. A native of Postville, IA, he attended Dubuque Theological Seminary – after, as he explains, the third call to ministry was the charm.

St. Peter Lutheran fish fry, bazaar to be held Nov. 4

The annual all-you-care-to-eat fish fry at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church is set for Saturday, Nov. 4, and will include a day-long bazaar and a lunch in addition to the evening fish fry.

The bazaar will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature homemade crafts, jellies, candy, noodles and baked goods. Three quilts, crafted by the Church Quilters, will also be sold.

A lunch of chili, hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Bendix says 2 new production lines coming

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has announced plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a $3.8 million capital investment in equipment to launch two new production lines in Huntington.

The lines will manufacture a portion of the company’s vibration damper product lines and will be installed in available space at the company’s Module Center.

Vibration engine dam-pers are used to reduce torsional vibration on engine crankshafts to prevent shaft failure and reduce noise. They also play a role in improved fuel economy.

Master Gardeners will lead session on ornaments

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The Huntington County Master Gardeners will hold a public forum on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in iAB financial bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, 631 E. Taylor St.

The theme for the evening will be “Making Ornaments for Christmas Trees.”

Participants can observe and make ornaments such as origami birds to take home. There will be no charge.  Supplies including pinecones, plants, fabric and other materials will be provided.

To make a reservation, call the Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office at 358-4826.

Crone to give preview of travel offerings for 2018

Pam Crone, tour director of American Heritage Trails, will host a travel show previewing 2018 tours on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court St., Huntington.

Anyone interested in travel is invited to attend.

A representative from Mayflower Tours will detail an extended vacation to Ireland, Canadian Rockies by Train, Alaska by Land and a Columbia River Cruise on the American Pride.

Chicken luncheon will benefit Knight Bergman Center kitchen reno

The annual Knight Bergman Center luncheon will be held Sunday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at KBC in Warren.

The menu will include herb-crusted chicken and apricot-glazed pork loin prepared by Kim’s Katered Affair, with mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw, applesauce, rolls and butter, pie, tea and lemonade or coffee.  

Cost of the meal is a free will donation. Proceeds will go toward remodeling the center’s kitchen.

Rep. Banks gets first-hand look at local airport apron extension

Mayor Brooks Fetters (right) fills in U.S. Representative Jim Banks about the Huntington Municipal Airport’s apron expansion project during a stop at the facility on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Banks spent the day in Huntington as part of a weeklong tour of the Third Congressional District.
Photo by Steve Clark.

U.S. Representative Jim Banks viewed the progress of the Huntington Municipal Airport apron expansion project during a stop in Huntington on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Banks (R-Third District) also visited two Huntington businesses, Continental Structural Plastics and Our Sunday Visitor, and spoke to the Huntington Rotary Club during the stop, which was made as part of a weeklong tour of the district.

Teens can try hands at watercolor painting at libraries’ Fall Tree Painting workshops

Teens can try their hand at watercolor painting in the Fall Tree Painting workshops to be offered at the Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

No watercolor experience is necessary.

Workshops will take place on Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Huntington branch, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington, and on Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Markle branch, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

Markle Chapel Hill Adventist Church to present three-part prophecy series

Markle Chapel Hill Adventist Church will present “A Pale Horse Rides,” a three-part experience with Voice of Prophecy.

“Rome Is Burning” will be presented on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Two sessions are set for Saturday, Oct. 28 — “Barbarian Fire” at 11 a.m. and “An Underground Movement” at 2:30 p.m.

Shawn Boonstra is the speaker and Ken Seymour is the leader.

The events will be held at Markle Chapel Hill Adventist Church, 5840 Northwest Ind.-116, Mar-kle.

Warren’s Scarecrow Festival this weekend provides fun and food

Everett Davis (left), working the UAW Local 2209 booth, hands a stick of cotton candy to a costumed Emoree Jones during the 2016 Scarecrow Festival in downtown Warren. The festival will be held again on Friday, Oct. 27.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Scarecrows will line the streets of downtown Warren during this weekend’s Scarecrow Festival.

They’ll provide the backdrop for food and fun throughout the downtown area on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Festivities continue on Saturday, Oct. 28, with a pair of runs sponsored by Warren Health and Fitness and Pumpkin Palooza at the First Baptist Church in Warren.

College Park Church invites community to Fall Family Fest on Tuesday, Oct. 31

College Park Church invites the community to its Fall Family Fest, Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Games, prizes, candy and a dinner of hot dogs and pulled pork are planned. Prize drawing times are 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes, but not scary costumes.

The event is free.

College Park Church is located at 1495 College Ave., Huntington.

Treasurer’s office open Nov. 4 for tax payments

The Huntington County Treasurer’s office will be open to accept property tax payments on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. Checks or cash are accepted in the office.

The last day to pay property taxes on time without a penalty is Nov. 13.

Taxpayers can also submit payments at Bippus State Bank, First Farmers Bank & Trust, First Federal Savings Bank, First Source Bank, iAB financial bank and Lake City Bank. A property tax statement must be submitted.

Jewish scholar to present Bergdall lecture at HU

Jewish scholar Steven Fine, a cultural historian of ancient Judaism, will present the 2017 Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington University Merillat Centre for the Arts.
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Jewish scholar Steven Fine will present the 2017 Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Zurcher Auditorium at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Fine’s topic is “He Went to the Synagogue as Was His Custom (Luke 4): Synagogues in the World of Hillel and Jesus.”

Fine, a cultural historian of ancient Judaism, is the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and director of the Arch of Titus Project.

Red Cross encouraging public to donate blood for good supply

With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.

Upcoming blood drives in Huntington County are:

• Nov. 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Knight Bergman Center, 132 S. Nancy St., Warren.

• Nov. 12, from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry St., Huntington.

• Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington.

Photo opportunity helps fulfill local boys’ wish

Parkview EMT Logan Ison (right) watches as Hunter Barron (left) tries out the radio while Eli Barron sits in the driver’s seat of a Parkview EMS ambulance on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The boys’ father was a volunteer firefighter and rescue squad member in Tennessee until losing his life in a car crash in July. The boys and their mother have since moved to Huntington and Sheriff Terry Stoffel arranged for the brothers to have their photo taken with the ambulance, a Hummer and a fire truck in honor of their late father.

Two young boys who lost their dad this summer had one of their wishes fulfilled when they had their picture taken with a trio of emergency vehicles on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Eli and Hunter Barron posed in front of a drab Hummer from the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, a bright red fire/rescue truck from the Huntington County Fire Department and a lime green ambulance from Parkview EMS, along with police officers, firefighters and EMTs.

Group to host comm. dialogue on poverty Oct. 30

The City of Huntington Prevention Task Force will hold a community dialogue on poverty on Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Community members will discuss the reality of living in financial hardship. A panel of four speakers will answer questions on the evening’s topic and audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions. The session is free and open to the public.

Old German School will celebrate autumn Oct. 29

A “Celebration of Autumn” will take place at the Old German School on Sunday evening, Oct. 29.

The Sharp Creek Musicians will provide music and Rosemarie Felts will discuss her experiences as an immigrant coming to America as a young woman from Germany. The public is invited to this free event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The German School was constructed in 1887 by members of the St. Paul’s German evangelical Synod to provide the area youth with religious instruction in the German Language.

Senior lunch to feature Extension program info

Purdue’s Extension services will be the topic of the monthly Salamonie Senior Luncheon, Monday, Nov. 6, at the Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center.

Becky Arnett, program assistant with Huntington County Purdue Extension, will make the presentation of its programs, including “Cooking with Love,” a partnership with Love In the Name of Christ.

The program begins at noon with a carry-in meal. A main dish of barbecue pork sandwiches will be provided. Guests are asked to bring a side dish to share, a beverage and their own table service. A small donation will be accepted.

Fall Festival

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Abella Johnson (left), 3, and Betty Osmun, both of Huntington, pet a rabbit at the petting zoo at the Fall  Festival at Christian LIfe Tabernacle on Saturday, Oct. 21.


Oktoberfest at library

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ruth Tackett (left), of Huntington, gets some sausage and sauerkraut, served by voluntteer Aaliyah Stephens, a the Oktoberfest celebration at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Tonwship Public LIbrary on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Indiana Farm Bureau District 4 Achievement Banquet Nov. 7

The Indiana Farm Bureau District 4 Fall Achievement Banquet will be held on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Taylor University Dining Commons, Upland.

The program will be presented by David Wheeler, associate professor of congregational ministry at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN.

The Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance report will be presented and insurance employees and volunteers will be recognized.

Reservations must be made by Oct. 26 by calling 356-2522.

The Taylor University Dining Commons is at 236 W. Reade Ave., Upland.

Reading in costume

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Roanoke Elementary School students (from left) Alazai Larkey, Lily Campbell and Lexi Larkey pose in costume for a photo during the school’s monthly Roanoke Reading Night on Oct. 10. Children were invited to wear their Halloween costumes for the evening when they came in to read with their families.

PHH Dreyer scholarships awarded

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Parkview Huntington Foundation Director Mike Perkins (left) and Parkview Huntington Hospital ER Manager Katie Mitchell (right) congratulate Kathleen Leckrone (center) on being awarded a fall Jill Dreyer scholarship.

PHH Dreyer scholarships go to pair of nurses

Celebrating Amy Rosen’s selection as a recipient of a fall 2017 Jill Dreyer scholarship are (from left) Juli Johnson, president of Parkview Huntington Hospital; Rosen; and Doug Selig, vice president of Patient Care Services at Parkview Huntington.
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Two Parkview Huntington Hospital nurses have been awarded Jill Dreyer Scholarships for the fall 2017 semester.

Kathleen Leckrone, RN, and Amy Rosen, RN, each received $750 toward their education costs for the current academic semester.

Leckrone, of Huntington, is a nurse in the hospital’s Emergency Dep- artment. She is working on her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Southern Indiana.

First Farmers board decides to repurchase up to 7,000 shares

First Farmers Financial Corp. announced that at its Oct. 10 board meeting the board of directors approved a plan to repurchase, on the open market, up to 7,000 shares of the corporation’s outstanding common stock.

The timing, price and quantity of purchases under the stock repurchase plan will be at the discretion of management and the plan may be discontinued, suspended or restarted at any time depending on the facts and circumstances.

The program will be funded from current available working capital. 

Bazaar, fish fry set for Nov. 4 as fund-raiser for Pilgrim’s Rest

A bazaar and fish fry will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the St. Peter Lutheran Church gym.

The bazaar opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m. It will feature baked goods, handmade crafts and a silent auction for two quilts made by the church quilters.

The fish fry super will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes fish, homemade German potato salad, potato chips, applesauce, bread and homemade pies and cakes. Tickets will be available at the door and carry-out is available.

Proceeds will go to the perpetual care fund for Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.

Senior party Nov. 14 at Senior Center

The November Senior party, sponsored by Markle Health & Rehabilitation, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Huntington Senior Center, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Reservations can be made on or after Monday, Oct. 23, by calling 359-4410.

Rides are available through HAT. Reservations must be made by noon one business day in advance, by calling 356-3006.

Texas Tenderloin fund-raiser for 9U Heat

The 9U Indiana Heat baseball team will hold a Texas Tenderloin fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Juergens Hardware, in Huntington.

The meal will include a breaded tenderloin cut in half with two buns, French fries, drink and dessert.

Zombie Dash

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Runners – some in costume – take off from the start line at the first HARTA-ween Zombie Dash on Saturday evening, Oct. 14, at Yeoman Park. Runners made a 5K circuit while trying to avoid zombies on the course trying to steal their waist flags and “infect” them.

Volunteers can help build bridge at Forks Saturday

The Historic Forks of the Wabash is seeking volunteers for a bridge building day on Saturday, Oct. 21, starting at 8 a.m. at the historic site.

Organizers say gloves and boots should be worn, as well as appropriate weather gear.