HCCSC students back in class in less than two weeks from now

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Huntington County Community School students will be back in class in less than two weeks.

The first day of school for HCCSC students is Friday, Aug. 5, a return that is eight days earlier than last fall’s start date.

The earlier return is part of a “modified balanced calendar” approved last December by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees. The 2016-17 school calendar, which appears in today’s TAB, includes a week-long fall break for students, two weeks off at Christmas and the possibility of a two-week-long spring break.

Park and Eckert earn Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild honors

Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild scholarship winners Nathan Park (second from left) and Olivia Eckert (third from left) are congratulated by Anne Malone, guild president (left), and Carol Strickler, scholarship committee chair. Both students received a $1,000 scholarship from the guild.
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Nathan Park and Olivia Eckert have each been awarded scholarships by the Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild.

Park recently graduated from Huntington North High School. The son of Steve and Melanie Park, he is enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he will study to become a biomedical engineer.

Singleton director of multicultural affairs at Huntington University

Daryl Singleton
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Daryl Singleton has been named director of multicultural affairs and minority student engagement at Huntington University.

Arnold joins Hickory Creek as new administrator

Alexis Arnold
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Alexis Arnold enjoys hanging out with the older generation.

“They have so many stories,” says Arnold. “I love getting to learn from them, learn from their experiences.”

Arnold has plenty of opportunity to hear those stories, having recently been named administrator of Hickory Creek at Huntington. And with just 36 beds, she says, the nursing home is small enough to allow her and the staff to develop personal relationships with the residents.

Great debaters

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the Boys & Girls Club’s “The Greatest” program, a book club for teenage boys, hold their awards after their team won a debate at the club on Monday, July 18, on the topic of whether the U.S. should reinstate the military draft. The team, arguing the negative side, includes (from left) Hunter Lee, Garrett Hubartt and Austin Burnworth. They defeated the affirmative team, comprised of Caden Searles, Lorenzo Worthington and Ricky Haught. Haught won the top speaking performance award in the contest.

INDOT to chip, seal HC highways

The Indiana Department of Transportation is beginning chip seal preservation on various roads in Huntington, Miami and Wabash counties, weather permitting.

Work is scheduled for:

• Ind.-9 in Huntington County, from 3.84 miles north of Ind-124 to U.S.-24.

• Ind.-105 in Huntington County, from Ind.-124 to the south limits of the Town of Andrews.

• Ind.-15 in Wabash County, between Ind.-16 and the north city limits of Wabash.

• Ind.-16 in Miami and Wabash counties, between U.S.-31 and Ind.-13.

Keyboardists duel in Cottage Center benefit show

The Dueling Keyboard Guys — Paul New Stewart (right) and Brian Frushour — will be joined by vocalist Julie Hadaway in a concert benefitting the Roanoke Lions Club on Aug. 26 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.
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The new season of shows at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center kicks off with a concert featuring a pair of keyboardists each with a long list of credentials, plus a vocalist who has performed with Nashville superstar Martina McBride.  

The event, the venue’s fifth annual fund-raiser for the Roanoke Lions Club, is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26, with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m.  As usual, the Roanoke Lions will be on site grilling burgers for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a cash bar is available.

Final weekend

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The cast of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be on stage at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren, for a final weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29, 30 and 31. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., and the Sunday show is at 4 p.m. The cast includes (front, from left) April McIntosh, Ean McIntosh, Taylor Rogers and Lizzy Finney; and (back, from left) Danny Larsen and Tanner Crawford. Reservations may be made online at or by leaving a message at 375-7017. The theater is located at 127 1/2 N.

New officers

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Lions District Governor Alan Arnold (left) recently installed new officers of the Andrews Lions Club. They are (from left) Cindy Rice, secretary; Michael Okuly, president; and Don Morgan, treasurer.

Koenig recognized with Case IH Pinnacle Award

Koenig Equipment dealerships in Gas City, Huntington, Logansport and Rossville have earned Case IH Pinnacle excellence status in AFS Precision Farming.  

The status requires a customer-centric approach to precision farming and Case IH awards Pinnacle status only to dealerships with a deep commitment across all organizational levels to selling and supporting precision farming products.  

iAB net income up 18 percent for second quarter

Independent Alliance Banks Inc., the holding company of iAB financial bank, has announced second quarter financial performance as of June 30, 2016.

Net income for the second quarter of 2016 increased 18.4 percent to $2.6 million, compared to the same period in 2015.

Battle of Businesses set for Sept. 9-18

The Parkview Huntington YMCA is planning its annual Battle of the Businesses competition for Sept. 9 through 18.

The competition allows businesses to form teams and compete against one another in two weekends of recreational activities, engage in fun events, build team unity and get to know others in the community.

First Federal net income up for first half

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced that net income for the six months ending June 30, 2016, increased $149,000 or 8.3 percent to $1.96 million ($1.63 per diluted common share).

That compares to net income of $1.81 million ($1.51 per diluted common share) for the six months ending June 30, 2015.  

1st Source Corp. net income down for quarter

1st Source Corporation, parent company of 1st Source Bank, has reported net income of $14.48 million for the second quarter of 2016, compared to $15.63 million reported in the second quarter a year ago. That brings the 2016 year-to-date net income to $28.30 million compared to $29.14 million in 2015.

Parkview Huntington to present free joint education program Aug. 16

Dr. Steven Wynder (left) discusses joint health and knee and hip replacement surgery during a program earlier this year at Parkview Huntington Hospital. The program, “Taking care of your joints,” will be repeated on Aug. 16.
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Parkview Huntington Hospital will present a free education program, “Taking care of your joints,” on Aug. 16, at 8 a.m. in the classrooms on the lower level of the hospital.

The program provides information on arthritis, exercise and stretching, the role of nutrition in fighting inflammation, surgical and non-surgical treatments for joint pain and other topics.

OLVM sisters announce new leadership team

The new leadership team of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters will be installed Aug. 6. The team includes (from left) Sister Mary Jo Nelson, president; Sister Lucille Martinez, vice president; and Sister Ginger Downey, general secretary.
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Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters will formally install its new three-member leadership team during a ceremony Aug. 6 in the Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel on the Victory Noll campus, in Huntington.

New team members are Sister Mary Jo Nelson, president; Sister Lucille Martinez, vice-president; and Sister Ginger Downey, general secretary.

They were elected during General Chapter proceedings in March at Victory Noll. General Chapter is a gathering of congregation members to guide the direction of the community for the next four years.

Treats for readers

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Judy O’Banion (left) and Kay Ambrose, members of Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Gamma, fill plastic bags with candy and other prizes during a work session Tuesday evening, July 19, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Sorority members and their husbands spent the evening filling more than 400 treat bags, which will be given out to young readers during the Huntington library’s summer reading party on July 28. Children can attend one of two sessions, the first from 10 a.m. to noon and the second from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Homemade ice cream to star at church cookout

St. Paul’s County Line Church will hold a homemade ice cream social on Saturday, July 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the church.

Chocolate, vanilla and lemon ice cream will be served.

Also on the menu are grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, lamb burgers and Spanish dogs, along with pies and cakes for dessert.

The church is located at 3995N-1000W, Andrews, at Maple Grove Road and the Wabash County line.

Patients’ donations to Habitat

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Staci Mathias (center), office manager at the Huntington County Habitat for Humanity, accepts a check for $1,365 from Dr. Stephen Geders (right) of Huntington Chiropractic Center as Petie Wust, Huntington County Chiropractic’s practice representative, helps to celebrate the occasion. The center has been raising funds for Habitat for Humanity by offering patients select chiropractic services in exchange for donations to the organization.

Council on Aging extending deadline for its state fair trip

The Huntington County Council on Aging is extending the deadline for its Indiana State Fair Trip.

Registration will close on July 29. A chartered bus will provide round trip transportation to the fair in Indianapolis. The bus will leave from the former Kmart parking lot in Huntington, leaving at 7:30 a.m. and returning about 6 p.m.

Norwood Health and Rehabilitation will provide a free breakfast on the bus prior to leaving. The trip fee includes transportation and admission to the fair. While at the fair, the shuttle rides are free to Seniors age 55 and over.

Scary encounter

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The Cowardly Lion, played by Alix Latta, puts on a brave front to frighten Dorothy (Lina Willard), Tin Man (Matthew Blomeke) and Scarecrow (Bryce Foreman) in a scene from “Wizard of Oz,” which will be presented this weekend by Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II. Shows are Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 31, at 2 p.m. in the Huntington North High School auditorium. Tickets are available in advance from any cast member, at Community Link Credit Union or by calling 224-3013.

HU will open Arizona campus with ribbon cutting, open house on Aug. 2

Huntington University will officially open the Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts in Peoria, AZ, on Aug. 2 with a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.

Guests and visitors will have the opportunity to tour the newly-renovated facility as well as meet key HU staff and city officials who helped bring the center to Arizona.

Bolinger earns scholarship from Farm Credit Mid-America to attend WMU

Brianna Bolinger.

Markle college student Brianna Bolinger has been awarded a scholarship from Farm Credit Mid-America as part of the organization’s commitment to developing the next generation of leaders in agriculture.

Bolinger was awarded a $1,500 scholarship based on academic record, leadership qualities and community and school involvement. She attends Western Michigan University.

In total, Farm Credit Mid-America awarded 62 college scholarships across its four-state territory to its customers’ children and grandchildren who are pursuing degrees related to agriculture.

Emergency Planning Committee to test skills at tabletop disaster exercise

The Huntington County Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold a tabletop exercise on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The tabletop exercise will involve a crash with two trucks and a chlorine leak.

Several agencies are invited to participate and the event is open to the public.

For more information contact Robert Jeffers, Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, at 358-4870.

Young rockers perform in downtown Huntington

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Youth from the School of Rock in Fort Wayne, a performance-based music school that teachers children and takes them to shows in the Northeast Indiana area, perform at "Music in the City" in downtown Huntington on Saturday evening, July 23.

Rolling Into Roanoke

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Marysia Wallace, of Fort Wayne, checks out a 1957 Chevrolet 2-door hardtop at the Rolling Into Roanoke event on Saturday, July 23.

Local chef strikes out on his own by driving eatery to customers

Jason (left) and Lauren Winterfeld are now operating JB’s Cuisine Machine, which will make its first major public appearance during the Huntington County 4-H Fair.
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After more than 15 years in the food industry — and the 12-hour days it demands — a new baby convinced Jason Winterfeld it was time to cut back.

“I realized a chef’s life wasn’t going to allow me to spend time with my son,” he says.

Not wanting to move out of the kitchen entirely, he and wife Lauren Winterfeld decided to strike out on their own, purchasing and outfitting a food truck.

“It’s so big on either coast,” he says of the food truck trend. “People are following their favorite food trucks.”

Pulse ‘Holmes’ auditions held July 25

“Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” will hit the stage of the Pulse Opera House, in Warren, beginning Sept. 9, and auditions will be held on Monday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.  

The play pits Holmes and Watson against one of the most criminal minds in history. This adaptation is based on the 1899 play by actor/manager William Gillette. With the assistance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gillette wrote the script and toured in it for 30 years. The world premier of this adaptation was in 2006. The play won rave reviews and won the 2007 Edgar Award for the Best Mystery Play.

Essay earns local girl on-scene political look

Jade Miller, of Huntington, poses smiling outside the White House during the trip she took with the Fort Wayne Urban League to Washington, DC.
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During one of the most divisive and confusing moments in American politics, Jade Miller, of Huntington, was given the opportunity to experience and gain insight in the political spectrum of the nation’s capital.

Miller, a sophomore at Huntington North High School, was selected by the Fort Wayne Urban League for an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC on July 6.

Salamonie Preschool to have ‘Nature’s Colors’

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Nature’s Colors” on Aug. 17.

The class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education, including learning letters, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.

There is a program fee per child. Advance registration is appreciated. Register by calling 468-2127.