CodeRED test set for Sept. 28

The Huntington County Emergency Management agency will conduct a test of the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 2:20 p.m.

This year’s test coincides with the National EAS system test. The Code Red system is used to quickly broadcast emergency information to all citizens in Huntington County via phone call, text message and email.

Indiana’s bicentennial party runs through Huntington County Friday

Huntington will celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial with a look at the past and a chance for current residents to help define their state and hometown.

Festivities will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, the same day the bicentennial torch arrives in Huntington on its 92-county journey around Indiana.

A celebration at Hier’s Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a break at 10:45 a.m. for a formal program to welcome the torch to the park.

Veterans’ parade

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Making plans for the Nov. 5 Veterans Day parade in Huntington are (front row, from left) Taryn Fusselman, Gloria Holzinger and Mary Abbott; and (back, from left) Charlotte Center, Steve Kimmel and Tim Eckert. The parade, the fourth annual, will start at Huntington North High School at 10 a.m. and proceed down Jefferson Street and West Park Drive to Memorial Park for a ceremony honoring veterans. Veterans will be invited to walk or ride in the parade.

A proclamation of blessings

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the Blessings in a Backpack ministry gather around Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters on Tuesday, Sept. 20, as he signs a proclamation naming the day Blessings in a Backpack Day. The organization provides meals and snacks – largely from donations – packed into more than 330 backpacks for area children from six Huntington County elementary schools so they won’t go hungry on weekends. Pictured are (front row, from left) Aric Hosler, Hollyn Anderson, Fetters and Emily Johnson; and (back row, from left) Ashton Hosler, Emily Freise, Aidan Hosler and Autumn Anderson.

Berger Welding and Supply opens in Huntington

Ben Berger has opened Berger Welding and Supply on CR 200N in Huntington, expanding from the family’s original location in Plymouth.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Berger Welding and Supply has opened in Huntington.

The third-generation family business is an expansion of the original location in Plymouth, which was founded 65 years ago by the grandfather of Ben Berger, who now heads the Huntington site.

The business opened in Huntington in early September at 3643W-200N, the former location of Wall’s Trailer Sales.

The company decided to expand to Huntington to “fill a need,” Berger says. All six current employees of the Huntington business are new to the company and are from the Huntington area, he adds.

Third annual Love INC potato bar fund-raiser set for Sunday, Oct. 2

The third-annual potato bar to raise funds for Love in the Name of Christ will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Educational Building, 605 Polk St., Huntington.

During the lunch people can visit Love INC’s diaper ministry that is held in the school building.

Several churches are helping with this event. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time or at the door. Donations will be appreciated if patrons are unable to attend. Proceeds will go to Love INC’s capital building project.

For more information, contact Love INC at 356-0933.

Biography bodies

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Roanoke Elementary School second-grade students Kristen Cassidy and Rhett Holzinger show off their Biography Bodies, in which they traced their bodies on white paper, cut them out, then decorated them with different items about themselves so others could get to know them better. The second graders’ Biography Bodies lined the hallway for a week.

Smartphone Photography 101 class set for Oct. 20 at Huntington library

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will host a Smartphone Photography 101 session on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. to cover smartphone camera tips and tricks.

This class, led by Huntington Library Marketing Specialist Devon Henderson, will teach participants smartphone photography techniques, as well as apps that make taking photos and prettying them up easy and quick. Those who don’t have a smartphone can also learn photography tricks that help make photos better on any camera.

Instagram class Oct. 14 at Markle library branch

Adults can learn the Instagram app to snap trendy photos on their smartphones in an Instagram 101 workshop held Friday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Participants need to bring their smartphone, as the workshop will involve practical demonstration and practicing.

For more information, contact the library at 356-0824 or email

Hgtn. County amateur radio group to have meet today

The meeting of the Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting will meet today, Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., in Huntington.

The public is welcome to attend.


Photos by Scott Trauner.

Mike Stephan transfers corn from his combine to a grain cart on Wednesday afternoon in a field alongside Ind.-5S in Huntington County. Several farmers took advantage of warm, sunny weather to harvest in fields that had dried down.

Walking with a purpose

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Cub Scouts from Pack 3607 gather for a photo before they head throughout downtown Huntington on Monday, Sept. 19, to fulfill a Webelos badge requirement. The pack planned a three-mile walk while picking up trash to meet a service project requirement. Pictured are (front row, from left) Nicholas Christman, Joseph Christman, Cory Putt, Logan Richison and Kayden Smith; (second row, from left) Evan Carender, Owen Follis and Webelos Leader Christina Christman; and (back row, from left) Den Chief Luke Christman of Boy Scout Troop 637, Jamison Martz and Johnavon Casiano.

Free lunch at Trinity this Saturday

Trinity United Methodist Church will offer a free lunch to the community on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Everyone is invited to have lunch.

The church is located on the corner of Guilford and Market streets in Huntington.

Religious freedom topic of presentation

The Biblical Alliance for Truth will present “A Time to Speak” tonight, Monday, Sept. 26, at 7:15 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at The Heritage of Huntington.

The program will focus on the importance of religious liberty in retaining a free America. It will also include a message for Christian leaders. Those attending will receive a free copy of Decision magazine’s 2016 election special.

The meeting will adjourn at 8:15 p.m. so participants can view the 9 p.m. presidential debate this evening.

Healing Waters to host carnival, movie night

Healing Waters Ministry will hold its fall carnival and movie night on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the church at 5811W-606S, Mt. Etna.

The rain date is Oct. 8.

The carnival will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will include a bounce house, carnival games, popcorn, cotton candy and prizes.

Dinner, including chili and hot dogs, will be available for purchase from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The movie “God’s Not Dead 2” will be shown outdoors at 7 p.m. Those attending should bring their own chairs and blankets.

Harrell and Fisher win top awards in 2016 historical photo contest

Daniel Fisher’s photo of the veterans’ memorial at Memorial Park took first place in the physical environment category.
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Denise Harrell and Daniel Fisher won the top awards in the History in the Making Photo contest, sponsored by the Huntington County Historical Museum and the Huntington County TAB.

All 43 photos entered in the contest were displayed in the museum’s booth at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Sept. 24 and 25.

The contest is designed to draw recent photos of people, places and things in Huntington County. Those photos then become part of the Huntington County Historical Museum archives for future generations to enjoy.

Social environment winner

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Denise Harrell’s photo (above) of Rowena Kline feeding her lamb, with her grandfather, Mark Fowerbaugh, in the background, won first place in the social environment category. Dan Bickel’s photo (right) of the ceremony surrounding a funeral service for a firefighter who died in a traffic crash placed second in the social environment category. Photos provided.

Teachers Credit Union Foundation supports HU Forester Fund to provide student scholarships

Gwen Burns, Teachers Credit Union Service Center manager (left), and Karol Griffin, president of the TCU Foundation (second from left), present Marcy Hawkins, director of Huntington University’s Forester Fund, and Mark Schenkel, HU’s director of community relations, with a $2,500 donation.
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The Teachers Credit Union Foundation has presented Huntington University with a $2,500 contribution as a lead gift in support of the 2016-17 Forester Fund.

The Forester Fund provides financial aid to 92 percent of HU’s students.

Much of that aid comes in the form of scholarships.

Since its inception in 1994, the TCU Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million in educational grants, contributions and college scholarships throughout the communities served by TCU.

Library restructuring its workforce, adding more librarians to staff

Citing a top-heavy management structure, Huntington City-Township Public Library Executive Director Beka Lemons says the recent elimination of six staff positions at the library will pave the way to provide leaner, more professional services for library patrons.

Lemons says the layoffs of four department heads and two higher-level assistants are not the result of employees not doing their jobs; she says many of the affected employees have been at the library a long time and their contributions to HCTPL and to the community have been invaluable.

Invite teens to newest club at Huntington library; Minecraft Mondays starts Oct. 3

Teens are invited to the newest club at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library — Minecraft Mondays.

The club meets every first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The first session kicks off Monday, Oct. 3.

Teens can mine, build, and defeat mobs on the library’s Minecraft server. Computers are provided.

The library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

For more information, contact the library at 356-0824 or email ask@

Two Dudes bring ‘trop rock’ sound to Roanoke

Two Dudes in Flip Flops – brothers Jeff Grossenbacher (left) on the steel drum and Greg Grossenbacher on guitar – will perform at the Cottage Event Center on Oct. 21, as a fund-raiser for the Roanoke Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization in conjunction with the Roanoke Kiwanis Club.
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Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center will be musically transformed to the Caribbean on Friday, Oct. 21, with the “trop rock” sounds of duo Two Dudes in Flip Flops.

The event, being labeled a beach party where attendees are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts, is a fund-raiser for the Roa-noke Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, in conjunction with the Roanoke Kiwanis Club.

Master of the grill

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Angela Davisson (left), community support specialist with Community and Family Services, Inc., presents a $25 gift card from the Meat Shop and grand champion trophy by TCP to Fire Chief Tim Albertson on Saturday, Sept. 17, during the organization’s Grill Masters competition.  Albertson and his team prepared pulled pork, which was voted the favorite by the judges for the event as well as those in attendance.

Warren festival seeking scarecrow builders, chili chefs, game sponsors

The Scarecrow Festival in Warren is looking for participants in its chili cook-off and scarecrow contest, as well as businesses and organizations willing to sponsor booths during the festival on Oct. 28.

Entries in the scarecrow contest and chili cook-off are due by Oct. 21. Entry forms are available at Bolinger’s Propane, iAB financial bank, PNC Bank, East of Chicago, Warren Town Hall and Warren Service & Supply, all in Warren.

Preschoolers can learn about Native Americans during Salamonie program

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Native Americans” on Oct. 19.

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 interac-
tion and time outside, always with a nature-related theme.

There is a small fee per child, and advance registration is appreciated.

Libraries plan October spooky movies

The Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will be playing spooky movies every week during the month of October for the Spooky Movie Nights series.

The free movies will be shown every Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Huntington and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Markle.

All movies are well-known blockbusters and rated PG.

For the complete movie list and schedule, check the Huntington Library’s website calendar at hctpl. info/calendar. All ages are invited.

Exhibit showcases state gyms

A heated moment during a 2016 game inside the Huntington North High School gymnasium is captured in one of the 42 photos that make up “The Hoosier Hardwood Photo Project: A Journey to Indiana’s Historic High School Gyms,” opening Oct. 1, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Huntington University announces largest enrollment in its history

Huntington University officials have announced the school’s largest enrollment ever, with 1,300 students enrolled for the fall 2016 semester.

The total is up 27 students from 2015.

The 1,300-member student body includes 916 undergraduate students, 85 students in professional programs and 299 graduate students.

First Farmers announces cash dividend

First Farmers Financial Corp., the parent company of First Farmers Bank & Trust Co., announced that on Sept. 19 the Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend for the third quarter of 2016 of 32 cents per share, payable on Oct. 14 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30.

This quarterly dividend represents a 6.7 percent increase over the quarterly dividend paid in October 2015.

First Farmers Financial Corp. is a $1.53 billion financial holding company headquartered in Converse.

SWCD to host work group meet

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will hold its yearly local work group meeting to review resource concerns and complete the ranking form for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) for Huntington County.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Hallman earns September Yard of Month honors

Shirley Hallman and her canine companion pose on the front porch of her Freedom Street home, which has been awarded Huntington Yard of the Month honors for September.
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Shirley Hallman has been awarded Huntington Yard of the Month honors for September in recognition of the landscaping at her home at 1653 Freedom St.

Hallman has lived in the home for 42 years and says her landscaping has changed over time.

Earlier, she says she incorporated more annuals in her landscaping; now, she says she appreciates the ease and convenience that perennials offer.

She says she is most proud of her roses, which bloom in reds, yellows, peaches and pinks.

Currently, rows of impatiens in pink, red and white line her front porch.