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New Hope honoring retiring Meffereds Sunday

Betty (left) and Lynn Mefferd will be honored by the New Hope United Brethren Church on Sunday, May 31, as they retire their ministry.
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The New Hope United Brethren Church in Huntington will honor the ministry of the retiring Lynn and Betty Mefferd on Sunday, May 31, at 9:30 a.m.

The church is located at 2001 Engle St.

Lynn Mefferd has served as the minister of congregational care at New Hope since September 2004. Prior to his part-time ministry at New Hope he was the senior pastor at the Dillman United Brethren Church outside of Warren, Indiana.

Tribute to flag-raising memorial


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Edith Harmon (left), an intern in the Huntington County Veterans Service Office, reads a tribute remembering the boys — most under 20 years old — depicted in the memorial to the 1945 flag-raising at Iwo Jima, which took place 70 years ago. Three of the Marines were killed in action, she said, just days after Joe Rosenthal took the famous photo that provided the basis for the memorial, seen behind Harmon. At right is Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Bruce Stanton.

Saluting their comrades


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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 members (from left) Jerry Walling, Mike Smith and Rodney Funk salute their fallen comrades during the Huntington County Memorial Day service Monday evening, May 25. The service was held at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington.

Placing wreaths


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County and city officials stand behind the wreaths they placed on the stage at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington, during the Huntington County Memorial Day service Monday evening, May 26. Representatives of local veterans organizations also placed wreaths, paying tribute to the men and women who were victims of war. Standing with the wreaths are (from left) Huntington County commissioners Tom Wall, Larry Buzzard and Rob Miller, along with Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters.

Reflecting


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Bruce Stanton reflects on the sacrifices of the men and women who have served their country. Stanton spoke during a Memorial Day service Monday evening, May 25, at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington, paying tribute to the 134 Huntington County men who lost their lives during wartime as well as the 95 veterans from the county who died in 2014.

First Federal Savings Bank earns Five Star Award from IBA at Indy

First Federal Savings Bank President and CEO Michael Zahn (right) accepts the Five Star Award on behalf of the bank from Indiana Bankers Association President and CEO Joe DeHaven on Tuesday, May 12, at the association’s Mega Conference, held in Indianapolis.
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First Federal Savings Bank received a Five Star Award from the Indiana Bankers Association at the association’s Mega Conference held May 11 to 13 in Indianapolis.

PHH Guild to have meet on May 26

The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild will meet on Tuesday, May 26, at 2 p.m. in the lower level classroom at the hospital.

Guest speaker Rose Wall will discuss the Rotary Centennial Park to be built at the corner of Jefferson Street and Park Drive.

Local autism center to host OH June 18

Child’s Play Autism Centers will host an open house at its future Huntington facility on June 18, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Along with Child’s Play Autism Centers co-directors Jason Shaw and Rebecca Fulcher, scheduled speakers will include pediatrician Duane Hougendobler, M.D., of Parkview First Group, and Huntington Bowen Center director Shelly Snyder.

The Miami way


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Fourth-graders from Roanoke Elementary School listen as volunteer interpreter Kathy Hollowell explains how the Miami Indians, early inhabitants of the Forks of the Wabash area, used available resources to build their homes and provide for their families. Each spring, fourth-graders from many area schools visit the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park to learn about both the Miami and the area’s early European residents.

19 HNHS students earn Heartland certificates

Nineteen Huntington North High School seniors have been awarded certificates for completing vocational courses at the Heartland Career Center, in Wabash.

The certificate ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 20, at the Honeywell Ford Theater, in Wabash.

Certificates for Criminal Justice 2 were awarded to Alex Beal, Chase Helblig and Cody Jones.

Certificates in Welding Technology 2 were awarded to Cole Boyd, Parker Brundige, Matthew DeWitt, Joey Fouts, Corbin Martin and Samuel Richeal.

Cattlemen to meet May 26 at annex

The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet on Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. in the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex.

The agenda items include the food tent at the 4-H Fair and nominations for the Cattlemen’s Award.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson, Suite 202, Huntington or call 358-4826.

Thorne earns sales producer kudos

Joel M. Barrus (left) holds the Top Sales Producer award presented to him from Thorne Insurance Vice President and Office Manager Jason Dawes. Barrus excelled in new business in 2014 to win the award.
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Kevin C. Killen, president of Thorne Insurance Agency, in Warren, has announced the recipient of the “TSP” (Top Sales Producer) award as Joel M. Barrus.

Barrus, an agent at Thorne’s Wabash office location, excelled in 2014 in new written business to earn the award.

2016 state bicentennial torchbearers sought

The celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016 will include a torch relay through all 92 Indiana counties, and local participants are being sought to carry the torch through Huntington County.

The torch will leave Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, on Sept. 9, 2016, and reach Indianapolis 2,300 miles later, on Oct. 15, 2016.

The torch will be carried through Huntington County on Sept. 30, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Well Church to hold a glow dance on May 29

The Well Church, in Huntington, invites the community to a Glow Dance Party on Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The dance is a family event designed to kick off summer with music, black lights and prizes. Those attending should come dressed to glow under the black lights.

Glow-in-the-dark activities will include face painting, nail painting, Twister, bowling, ring toss, Play-Doh, photo booth and more. Concessions, including pizza, treats and drinks, will be available.

Admission, activities and food are all free. Donations are accepted.

BBGW awards scholarships to three students

Recipients of scholarships from the law firm of Bowers, Brewer, Garrett & Wiley, LLP pose with attorney Robert S. Garrett. They are (from left) Kaitlyn Oswalt, Garrett, Merrideth Goetz and Nathan Lundy.
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The Huntington County law firm of Bowers, Brewer, Garrett & Wiley,  LLP has announced the winners of its 2015 educational scholarships.

Merrideth Goetz received the James W. Bowers Scholarship in honor of the late James W. Bowers.

Kaitlyn Oswalt and Nathan Lundy also received scholarships to be used toward their continuing education.

Goetz is the daughter of Ron and Julie Goetz, of Huntington, and plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University majoring in communications and public relations.

Autism art award


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Amanda Slane, a senior at Huntington North High School, shows the artwork she created, entitled “Boxes,” which was chosen as the winner of the recent Autistic Awareness Art Competition. Slane was honored Wednesday, May 20, and the painting will be placed on display at the high school.

Renovated Purviance House now open as bed and breakfast

Proprietor Barb Fetters relaxes in one of the guest rooms in the new Purviance House Bed and Breakfast, which opened for business May 15. The historic home has two rooms available for guests with a third to be opened soon.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A Huntington landmark that is well into its second century is being repurposed into the town’s newest bed and breakfast destination.

Purviance House, located at 326 S. Jefferson St. — the new residence of Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and his wife Barb — has undergone a major transformation in the months since the couple purchased the home from Jean and Bob Gernand.

For Barb, the change in homes marked a change in her career path as well.

Chosen by the people


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington North High School sophomore Carley Sturm (left) holds a photo of her “Cherry Teapot,” which was voted the winner of the People’s Choice award at the Arts Express show, held March 14 at Crestview Middle School. With her is her art teacher, Teri Fuller-O’Brien. Sturm received the award Wednesday, May 20.

Several from Huntington County earn Ivy Tech Northeast dean’s list honors

Ivy Tech Northeast has announced its spring 2015 dean’s list.

The dean’s list is prepared and published at the conclusion of each semester and is designed to recognize students who are seeking degrees, have achieved a minimum 3.50 grade point average, have earned six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester and have earned at least 12 credits in the course of their study.

The Ivy Tech Northeast Spring 2015 Dean’s List gives recognition to Sebastian Eckert of Andrews.

Gray receives Tri Kappa art award

Huntington North High School senior student Blake Gray (center) holds the pencil drawing he created, which was chosen as this year’s Tri Kappa Youth Art Award winner. Celebrating his achievement is HNHS art teacher Joe Haft (left) and Tri Kappa Chi Chapter President Ann Smart.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa has announced that Blake Gray, a Huntington North High School senior, is the sorority’s 2015 Youth Art Award recipient.

Gray is the son of Andrew and Christina Gray, of Warren. He plans to attend Huntington University in the fall and major in accounting. He also plans to play baseball at HU.

A press release states that Gray’s pencil drawing “shows an amazing attention to detail. He refers to his art as a hobby.” Joe Haft was his art instructor at HNHS.

Warren COC celebrates centennial anniversary

Members of the Warren Church of Christ release balloons as part of the church’s 100th anniversary on April 19. The balloons bore cards asking their finders to contact the church and responses have been received from more than 100 miles away.
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People living as far as 100 miles away are getting in on the 100th anniversary celebration of a Warren church.

Members of the Warren Church of Christ released 300 balloons as part of the celebration held April 18 and 19.

A card was attached to each balloon, asking those who found them to send a note back to the church telling where it was found.

Responses have come from as far away as Fremont, 77 miles away, and Portage, MI, 105 miles away.

Fire Fighters Local 680 awards four scholarships


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Huntington Fire Fighters Association Local 680 has awarded its Weston Close/Lucas Sunderman Scholarships for 2015 to four local students.

Recipients are Rebecca Teusch, Kaitlyn Oswalt and Kyler McVoy, all seniors at Huntington North High School, and Kyle Jolas, a 2014 HNHS graduate who is now attending college.

Over the past 20 years, Local 680 has awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships to local youth.

The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the annual Memorial Golf Outing.

Graduating leaders


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the Huntington County Leadership Academy Class of 2015 prepare to receive their certificates on Tuesday, May 19, at the Horace Mann Education Center. They are (front row, from left) Marcy Hawkins, Lee An Berry, Amy Cain, Amanda L. Stroup, Laurie L. Miller and Katie S. Garrett; and (back row, from left) J. Ryan Wall, Mark Driscoll, Stephanie A. Morin and Mark J. Wiley. Not pictured is Preston Patillo. The Leadership Academy meets in 10 sessions from January to May each year.

Hauenstein Road construction to start May 26

Portions of Hauenstein Road will be closed or restricted, beginning on Tuesday, May 26, and continuing through at least mid-July, as extensive repairs are done on the road.

Access to businesses along the road will be maintained throughout the project, a city official says, except during brief times when heavy equipment is being moved.

Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services for the City of Huntington, says the project is scheduled to start on Tuesday, May 26, and is expected to continue for at least 45 days, weather permitting.

Veterans donate big to town’s vets’ monument

Celebrating a $10,000 gift from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 for the construction of a Purple Heart Memorial are (front, from left) Jean Fleck, whose husband was a Purple Heart recipient and whose son was killed in Vietnam; Jerry Walling, who earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam; Gloria Holzinger, a member of Purple Heart Monument committee; Leslie Ackermann, VFW Post 2689 commander and a member of the monument committee; Chuck Kuschel, who earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam; and Bruce Stanton, Huntington County veterans service officer and a member of the monument committee: and (back, from left) monument committee members Danielle Clements, Larry Jenks, Chief Deputy Chris Newton, Sheriff Terry Stoffel, Brian Love, Perry Collins and Steve Kimmel.
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A group of local veterans has made a major gift toward the construction of a monument recognizing Huntington County veterans who died or were wounded in combat.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, in Huntington, will provide $10,000 in funding for the monument, which is expected to cost a total of about $31,000. VFW representatives presented the $10,000 check to the monument committee during a ceremony on Thursday, May 14.

New warehouse


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Aluminum President Roger Kilty (front row center) does the honors at a ribbon cutting commemorating the opening of a new warehouse on his company’s campus that replaces a warehouse lost to a fire in 2014 and adds manufacturing space.

38 from county among 283 HU graduates

Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton (left) congratulates Andrew Wickersham, of Huntington, as she awards him his diploma during commencement exercises Saturday, May 16. Wickersham received a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science, graduating summa cum laude. He is the son of Mark and Anita Wickersham.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Thirty-eight Huntington County residents were among the 283 graduates who were awarded degrees during Huntington University’s 117th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16.

The local graduates are:

• Emily Joy Hittler, of Huntington, receiving a Master of Arts in counseling. She earned her undergraduate degree from Huntington University.

• Hilary Moore, of Huntington, recognized for the Master of Arts in counseling she will complete in July. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Hougendobler hails 30 years with Parkview

Duane Hougendobler
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Parkview Huntington Hospital honored Duane Hougendobler, MD, on Friday, May 8, for his 30 years of service with Parkview Health.

Hougendobler is a pediatrician practicing with Parkview Physicians Group and at Parkview Huntington Hospital

A Huntington native and graduate of Huntington North High School, he earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, in 1981. He immediately returned to his hometown to begin practicing medicine.

Local Psi Otes give donations of more than $24K

Members of Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, in Huntington, have approved an investment of more than $24,000 in the community in the form of donations to community organizations and projects, as well as scholarships for local students.

The chapter raises funds through its co-sponsorship of the annual Forks of the Wabash  Pioneer Festival and by making and selling cheeseballs during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season. This spring’s contributions were funded by proceeds from the 2014 festival and 2014 cheeseball sales.

Freise earns local Sigma Phi Gamma scholarship

Erica Freise
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Beta Delta Chapter of Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority has selected Erica Freise as its 2015 scholarship recipient.

Freise, a 2015 graduate of Huntington North High School, will receive a $300 scholarship.

She was a member of the varsity softball and gymnastic teams at Huntington North.

Freise is the daughter of Edward and Carrie Freise, of Huntington. She plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University. She is interested in working in the criminal justice field with the eventual goal of working with the FBI.

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