Performing for the chamber

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Alicia Pyle Quartet performs Monday evening, Jan. 15, at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce's 94th annual dinner.

‘Blue Skies’ sums up Huntington chamber’s 2017 efforts

Bippus State Bank was honored with the 2017 Community Excellence Award by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce at its 94th annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 15, at the Huntington PAL Club. Accepting the award are BSB Executive Vice President Eric Fawcett, board member Juli Johnson and ag lender Sandy Hacker.
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The first song played by the Alicia Pyle Quartet at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce’s 94th annual dinner on Monday, Jan. 15, was “Blue Skies,” summing up much of the organization’s report for the past year.

“2017 was another strong year for the chamber,” said Steve Petry of the W.A. Zimmer Company, who was introduced by Executive Director Steve Kimmel as the Chamber’s 2018 board chairman.

Warren under boil advisory

The town of Warren is under a boil water advisory until further notice, due to a water main break on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Updates will be posted as they are received.

McCullough earns USF dean’s list spot

Lauren McCullough, a student at the University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne, was named to the dean’s list for the school’s most recent semester.

To qualify for that honor, a student must have completed 12 or more semester hours of class credit and attained a scholastic semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.

McCullough is a 2014 graduate of Huntington North High School.

Love INC executive director Spiegel says it’s time for new leadership

Joey Spiegel
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Joey Spiegel, the executive director of Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC), says it’s time to step down and let someone else take the helm and run the ministry that’s helped thousands of people in the Huntington community.

Spiegel, who is leaving to pursue new opportunities, will stay on at Love INC until Feb. 2, to help the organization with the transition process as it seeks a new director.

He says the six-and-a-half years he’s been at “Love,” as it is more commonly known among its staff and volunteers, has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.

Huntington University sponsors Warner Bros. art exhibit at Honeywell

The Huntington University School of the Arts is sponsoring the exhibit “The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons” at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. The exhibit runs through Feb. 7.
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Huntington University’s School of the Arts is the sponsor for The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons exhibit at the Honeywell Center, in Wabash. The exhibit is on display from now through Feb. 7 at the Clark Gallery.

Groundhog, stay in bed!

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jerry Matt (left), of East Baton Rouge, LA, and partner Mychael Smoyer, of Destin, FL, finish up eating lunch at the picnic table outside at Ari’s Gyros & BBQ Ribs Thursday, Jan. 11. The employees of Environmental Solutions, the company which has been distributing the new curbside recycling containers throughout Huntington, took advantage of temperatures in the upper 50s while they could, with the promise of a dramatic change on Friday with highs plummeting into the 30s.

Holdman bill would expand incubators availability in state

State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) has announced the introduction of Senate Bill 123, which would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, commonly referred to as “baby boxes.”

Top chili cooks

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Seminary United Methodist Church, in Roanoke, held its Unhanging of the Greens Chili Cook-off on Jan. 7. The following individuals won awards for their entries, (from left) Sophia Shenelec, The Lazarus Award (Raises the Dead), for spicy chili; Krista Hiner, The Burning Bush Award, for spiciest chili; Carol Johnson, The Coat of Many Colors Award, for most colorful chili; and Keith Hartley, The Walks on Water Award, for thickest chili.

Set Master Gardener training in February

Purdue Master Gardener intern training will be at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 12 and ending April 9. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 22.

The class includes a wide range of subjects, including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape and fruit plants. Possibilities for volunteering include working at community gardens, teaching classes and writing articles after completion of the Master Gardener intern coursework.

Norwood makes dean’s list at Evansville

Jami Norwood, of Roanoke, has achieved a place on the University of Evansville dean’s list for academic achievements during the fall semester 2017.

Norwood is majoring in athletic training.

To make the dean’s list, a student at UE must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Eagle watch with staff Feb. 10-11 at interpretive ctr.

See bald eagles Feb. 10 and 11, with staff from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Upper Wabash Interpretive Services. Participants will meet at Salamonie Interpretive Center at 3 p.m. on both days, listen to a brief overview of Indiana’s bald eagles and then caravan to the roost.

Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes.

There will be some walking on paved road. Those who need handicapped parking should request it upon registration. Port-a-pots will be available. Participants can leave the site at any time.

Learning Ancestry

Photo by Steve Clark.

Amber Hudson (far left), professional assistant at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, discusses how to use genealogy computer software Ancestry Library Edition during a workshop in the library’s Indiana Room on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

HCCSC supt. too busy to unpack yet

Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Randy Harris retrieves some information from a tub at the corporation’s new temporary central office, located at Salamonie School, on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
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Even though most of the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s central office had moved over Christmas break to its new, temporary digs at Salamonie School, at the school board meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, Superintendent Randy Harris confessed he hadn’t yet touched a box to unpack the items needed to set up his office.

Heritage Days seeking floats from former township schools for parade

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The Heritage Days steering committee of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is planning a special addition to the 2018 Heritage Days Parade. As the theme for Heritage Days is the ’50s: Community Strong, the committee is inviting the 15 township high schools of that era to each produce floats representing their individual schools.

New judging categories for Heritage Days Parade

New judging categories have been selected for the Heritage Days Parade, which will take place Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m.

With the theme “The ’50s: Community Strong,” parade judging categories will still include Best Theme Float. Other categories to be judged will include: Adult Group, Antique Vehicle, Best 1950s Sectional Float, Best Horse Unit, Best Musical Unit, Classic Vehicle, Marching Color Guard and Youth Group.

Heritage Days will take place Wednesday, June 20, through Sunday, June 24. The official colors for Heritage Days are black, white and silver.

Sock hop in works for upcoming Heritage Days

A sock hop is planned as a part of the 2018 Heritage Days festivities. The sock hop is part of celebrating “The ’50s: Community Strong,” the Heritage Days theme, and will take place on Friday, June 22, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Shepherd’s Food Pantry to distribute Jan. 18

Shepherd’s Food Pantry, in Andrews, will hold a distribution event at the Andrews Lions Club clubhouse on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event is only open to residents of Andrews or Dallas Township. No appointment is necessary to attend the event, which is first come, first served. Attendees are asked to bring their own containers.

The Andrews Lions Club clubhouse is located at 365 Leedy Lane, Andrews.

Stoffel returns to paint business at Juergens

Rose Stoffel

Rose Stoffel couldn’t stand doing nothing after she left her paint and decorating business, Stoffel Decorating, which she had owned for about 20 years.

After several years working at the Huntington County Courthouse, and then a very brief retirement, Stoffel returned to the paint business as the paint consultant at Juergens Hardware in Huntington.

“I ‘retired’ – for about one month,” she says. “I knew I wasn’t going to make it doing that, so I came up here. With my background and history they hired me over the phone.”

HU gets another high Christian college ranking

Huntington University has been named one of the 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the United States for 2018.
OnlineChristianCol ranked HU 35th out of 50 schools that made this year’s list.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the good work of our faculty and students. This one is especially meaningful because it highlights the dedication of our online faculty and staff who work very hard to serve this group of students,” said Daniel Solms, vice president for enrollment management and marketing.

Hoffman joins team at Any Shape of Hair

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Allen Hoffman

Allen Hoffman has joined the team at Any Shape of Hair.

Hoffman comes to the Huntington salon from Creations Beauty School, also in Huntington, which he recently graduated from.

Hoffman offers a wide range of services. He cuts men’s and women’s hair and also does perms, waxes and hair coloring.

Hoffman works Wed-nesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is needed.

Any Shape of Hair is located at 449 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. The salon can be reached at 356-6330.

Roanoke’s top spellers

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Ben Claghorn (left) won the Roanoke Elementary School fifth-grade spelling bee on Dec. 20. Josie Fritcha (right) was the competition’s runner-up. With the two students is the school’s principal, Seth Parker. Claghorn is the son of Bret and Lydia Claghorn, of Roanoke. Fritcha is the daughter of Keith and Desiree Fritcha, of Roanoke.

Fund-raising drive on for Hotel LaF documentary

A fund-raising drive is under way to provide local support for the long-awaited documentary film on the Hotel LaFontaine and other points of interest in Huntington. The footage is now being edited and is expected to be shown on WFWA Channel 39.

2 locals on USI fall DL

Tosha Davis and Alexa Shoemaker, both of Huntington, were named to the University of Southern Indiana dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester.

Undergraduate students must achieve a 3.5 or better grade point average on a 4.0 system to be named to the dean’s list. Students earning no incomplete or missing grades for the term and earning letter grades of computable point value in 12 or more semester hours are named to the list.

Davis is a 2016 graduate of Huntington North High School while Shoemaker is a 2014 graduate of the school.

Upon further reflection ...

Photo by Steve Clark.

Ren Grove looks reflective as he makes a move against Alexandria Koch during the Huntington City-Township Public Library Chess Club Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Huntington branch. Grover finished runner-up in the event.

Winter project

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Two-year-old Paxten Daggett (right) and her aunt, Ashly Kochenspjarger, work on some crafts during the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library's Winter Wonderland on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Comedy routines set for Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center on Feb. 9

Pictured (from left Larry Bower and Scott Nedberg.
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Routines from the “Golden Age of Comedy” will be recreated onstage at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center Friday, Feb. 9, starring funnymen Larry Bower and Scott Nedberg.

Also performing will be the nine-member musical ensemble Musiclectics, who present a variety of styles including show tunes, oldies, country and gospel.

Proceeds will benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry.

Bower and Nedberg pay tribute to the madcap humor of the Vaudeville era, typified by the classic “Who’s On First” routine made famous by Abbott & Costello.

Clear Elevation hires Miron as biz development mgr., media specialist

Kyle Miron
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Clear Elevation LLC, a digital creative agency located in Roanoke, recently hired Kyle Miron.

He began his role as business development manager and media specialist on Jan. 2.

Miron will focus on growing the Clear Elevation client base and serving its customers, says Clear Elevation Managing Director Amy Johns. He brings more than a decade of photo and film making expertise and experience to the team.

Pulse Opera House announces shows for 2018

The Pulse Opera House has announced its shows for the 2018 season.

The opening show is Neil Simon’s family comedy/drama “Lost in Yonkers.” Set in New York City in the 1940s, it tells the story of a man who has fallen on hard times and is forced to leave his two young sons with their stern German grandmother.

Auditions for “Lost in Yonkers” are on Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. There are roles for two men, three women and two boys (age 11 to 16). The show runs March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18.

Pulse to help with fire departments fund-raiser

The Pulse Opera House has partnered with the Town of Warren to kick off fund-raising efforts for the volunteer fire departments which assisted with the recent fire in Warren. The fire damaged half the block, but the rest of the historic buildings were saved by a firewall and the efforts of multiple units from the area.