Malone makes USF fall dean’s list

Gabrielle Malone, of Huntington, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of 2017 at the University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne.

The USF dean’s list recognizes students who completed 12 or more semester hours of class credit and attained a scholastic semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Clearing the jam

Photo by Scott Trauner.

A crew from Tri State Excavating breaks up a log jam on the Salamonie River along the old interurban bridge supports in Warren on Wednesday morning, Jan. 18. The jam had caused the river to erode part of the river bank, taking out an electrical pole and causing power outages in the town Tuesday night.

Roanoke man serving with Navy’s Seabees

Roanoke native Caleb Boller is serving as a petty officer 3rd class with the United States Navy’s Construction Force, better known as the Seabees. Boller works as a builder and is located at a construction battalion center in Port Hueneme, CA.
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United States Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Boller, of Roanoke, is serving with the Navy’s Construction Force, known as the Seabees.

Boller works as a builder in the Navy and is a member of a naval construction battalion center located in Port Hueneme, CA. He handles administrative responsibilities as well as carpentry and masonry work.

Several local Realtors are officers in UPSTAR

Local Realtors recently installed as officers with the Upstate Alliance of Realtors (UPSTAR) are (from left) Brenda Williams, Kurt Ness, Al Updike and Lynn Reecer.
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Several local Realtors have been installed to offices with the Upstate Alliance of Realtors (UPSTAR).

Brenda Williams, of Century 21 Bradley Realty, has been installed as immediate past president of UPSTAR for 2017.

Kurt Ness, of Real Living Ness Bros., and Alan Updike, of Scheerer McCulloch Real Estate, have been installed as members of the UPSTAR board of directors.

Williams will also serve as 2017 president of UPSTAR’s Multiple Listing Service.

Hacker, Schrader are speakers at upcoming HU Foundation B’fast

The Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 8, will feature Mike Hacker, senior commodity analyst of WelIra Investments, and R.D. Schrader, president of Schrader Real Estate, sharing information concerning trends in agricultural real estate and grain markets.

The breakfast will take place at the Habecker Dining Commons with breakfast beginning at 7:45 a.m. and the program starting at 8 a.m. and concluding by 9 a.m.

Red Cross urging blood donors to give now

The American Red Cross is urging the public to give blood now to help overcome a winter blood shortage.
Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.
Upcoming blood drives in Huntington County are:

• Jan. 26, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Knight Bergman Center, 132 S. Nancy St., Warren.

• Feb. 6, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

• Feb. 15, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the American Legion, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Local attorney joins PBS39 board of directors

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Matt Roth

Mathew Roth, an attorney and partner at DeLaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott LLP, Huntington, has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors of PBS39 Fort Wayne-WFWA.

Roth also currently serves on the board of directors and is treasurer for the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana. He is an elected member of the board of trustees for the Huntington County Community School Corporation, currently serving as board president. 

Parrish gets award to study abroad in spring

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Hayley Parrish

Haylee Parrish, a Manchester University junior from Andrews, has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this spring.

Parrish, who majors in English and teaching English as a second language (TESOL), will study Japanese language and culture at MU’s partner institution, Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan, from April to mid-July.

The Gilman scholarship is awarded on the basis of a strong academic record, financial need and a proposed service project. It is designed to help prepare students for success in the global economy.

Apps available for PROS Scholarship

Applications are now available in the Huntington North High School office for the PROS Scholarship.

Short for “Parents Reaching Out at Salamonie,” the PROS Scholarship is available to seniors at Huntington North who attended Salamonie Elementary School for at least four years and are planning a course of post-secondary study.

The deadline to apply is April 15.

Funeral director O’Donnell joins the staff at Myers Funeral Home

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Angela O'Donnell

Angela O’Donnell has joined the staff of Myers Funeral Home as a funeral director.

It’s not where she was headed, back when she was growing up in the Uniondale area glued to the TV.

“I used to watch a show, ‘Dr. G: Medical Examiner,’” she says. The reality show followed a medical examiner as she investigated unexplained deaths. “So I wanted to be a medical examiner.”

She was deterred by the realities of the profession.

“You have to go to medical school for that, and then you specialize,” she says.

Next safety council meeting to have program about human trafficking

A program on human trafficking will be presented by Jenna Strick and Jan Williams at the Huntington County Safety Council meeting, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the Pathfinder Services Conference Room, 2824 Theater Ave., Huntington.

There is a cost for the program, which includes a buffet meal catered by Kim’s Katered Affair. To register, call Holly Sale, HCSC president, at 355-3205, by fax at 355-3236 or by email at


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U.S. Rep Jim Banks (right) hands out tickets for the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration ceremony to members of the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County on Thursday, Jan. 19. From left are Desiree Frederick (mostly hidden), the club’s program director; Ashley Allen, the club’s director of operations; and club members Brianna McIntyre, Gabby Minick and Tosha Davis. Club member Kristina Parker (not pictured) also attended the ceremony. The club requested the tickets a year ago and learned in early January that its request had been approved.

HCCF grant funds new curriculum for Head Start

Melissa Thompson, a teacher with Community and Family Services Head Start, shows off a story board and a “Mr. O” puppet — who’s all about opposites — that are part of a new Head Start curriculum purchased with a grant from the Huntington County Community Foundation.
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Sixty-eight preschoolers at Community and Family Services Head Start, in Huntington, are using a new curriculum thanks to a grant from the Huntington County Community Foundation.

The $2,895 grant enabled the purchase of the DIG (Develop, Inspire, Grow) curriculum, an updated, research based curriculum with hands-on lessons.

The child-friendly curriculum places an emphasis on science and literacy.

With the curriculum, the students enter kindergarten with a strong foundation.

What to do in case …

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Huntington Fire Chief Tim Albertson (right) explains how to use a fire extinguisher to residents of the LaFontaine Center on Thursday, Jan. 19, as the center’s director, Rose Meldrum (left) takes notes. Albertson advised residents on what to do in the multi-level building in case a fire should erupt. Meldrum said she would like to conduct a fire drill in the near future to help residents practice safety steps in the event of a working fire.

Ballroom dancing class to begin Feb. 6 at YMCA

The swing and the waltz will be taught in a new ballroom dancing class at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Monday nights.

Classes begin Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will continue through May.

There is a fee for the class.  

Register online at or at the front desk at the Y, located at 1160W-500N, Huntington.

Community invited to help fund HNHS post-prom

Plans are in the works for the 2017 Huntington North High School post-prom party, which will take place on Sunday, April 30, from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.

The party, which is free to all HNHS seniors, is designed to provide a safe, local and fun place for the students to celebrate and make final high school memories.

To provide that free event to the seniors, the planning committee depends on fund-raisers and donations — and has reached just 20 percent of its fund-raising goal.

New office in town

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Natalie Chevalier of American Family Insurance officially opens a new office at 2859 Northpark Ave., Suite 109, in Huntington with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Roanoke Elementary honors perfect attendance students

Roanoke Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Kindergarten – Corbin Ambriole, Lexy Ellet, Jack Enyeart, Ryker Holzinger, Dawson Husband and Gavin Pape.

First grade – Josue Aguilera, Brody Bolen, Elizabeth Glosson, Balen Hoffman, Jacob Hosler, Adelynn LaMontagne, Lamyah Reed, Cooper Smock, Elijah Sparkman, Marlie Walters, Adriana Geiger, Ethan Kelsey, Evan Kelsey, Ambrea Milton, Ava Rowley, Layla Stanton, Jerica Zahm, Jocelyn Blair, Griffin Castle and Kensington Teeple.

Roanoke recognizes students for academic achievement

Roanoke Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Fifth grade – Reece Bonewitz, Benjamin Bowers, Ella Colclesser, Ava Deming, Bram McCracken, Skylar Olson, Bradley Rentschler, Graci Shopoff, Cooper Sloan, Amaya Smith, Natalie Stallsmith, Savanna Stanton, Lara Steele and Noah Wagner.

Alert to hand out awards on Jan. 31

Huntington Alert Inc. will present its 2016 Historic Preservation Awards on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the home of Amber Hudson, 1008 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The Hudson home, which was rehabilitated with the help of Huntington Alert and Indiana Landmarks, was the recipient of a preservation award in 2014.

Parking near the home is limited and reserved for those with mobility issues. Others are encouraged to park along Roche Street or in the parking lot of St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St.

Churches mark abortion decision by tolling bells

Huntington County Right to Life sponsored  the Tolling of Bells, on Sunday, Jan. 22, in observance of 44 years of legalized abortion on demand in the U.S.

Churches that tolled their bells at noon for five minutes were St. Catherine Catholic, St. Mary Catholic, New Hope United Brethren, Etna Avenue Wesleyan, St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic.

Huntington County citizens were asked to pause for five minutes of silent prayer as the bells tolled.

Piecemakers meet Feb. 2

The Piecemakers Quilt Club will meet Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Evangelical United Meth-odist Church.

The church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting.

Frecker earns University of Saint Francis dean’s list

Dawn Frecker, of Warren has been named to the University of Saint Francis’ fall 2016 dean’s list. 

Frecker earned special distinction on the dean’s list based on high academic performance.  She was among the University of Saint Francis’ outstanding students who completed 12 or more semester hours of class credit and attained a scholastic semester GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 

Frecker is slated to graduate in May 2017, with an AA in ministry, and is concurrently working on a BA in theology with a minor in professional writing.

Andrews library to host earrings workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 24

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will hold an earrings workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m.

Rebecca Sandlin will present earrings she has created and teach participants to make their own. Each participant will get to make a pair of earrings to take home. Adults and teens age 13 and older are welcome to attend.

There is a fee to attend, and registration is requested. Call the library at 786-3574 to register.

Place of Grace to host community open house

Place of Grace, a transitional home for women coming out of jail, will host a community open house on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 540 Guilford St., Huntington.

Light refreshments and tours of the newly remodeled house will be available.

Place of Grace is an organization establishing a Christ-centered women’s transitional home in Huntington.

Extension office announces events for week

The Purdue Extension Huntington County office has announced 4-H events for the coming week.

They include:

Tuesday, Jan. 24
Canine Capers 4-H Club, 6 p.m., Community Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.
Neighborhood Workers/Farmer Lads 4-H Club, 6:30 p.m., Family Living Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Searching for treasures

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jack O'Brien sifts through pretend ice crystals to find buried treasures during "Frozen Fun" at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 21. The winter-themed play day included games, crafts and snacks.

Churches will toll bells Sunday in observance of abortion decision

Huntington County Right to Life will sponsor the Tolling of Bells on Sunday, Jan. 22, in observance of 44 years of legalized abortion on demand in the U.S.

Churches that will their bells at noon for five minutes were St. Catherine Catholic, St. Mary Catholic, New Hope United Brethren, Etna Avenue Wesleyan, St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic.

Huntington County citizens are asked to pause for five minutes of silent prayer as the bells tolled.

Group of friends

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Roanoke Elementary School recently honored students for exhibiting the life skill of friendship. The students, chosen by their teachers, are (front row, from left) Wyatt Pratt, Ross Oden and Nolan Hill; (middle row, from left) Joshua Aguilera, Haley Hertel, Ashton McCoy, Shae Wilson, Gwenyth Kiser and Ambrea Milton; and (back row, from left) Belle Ottinger, Cooper Wigmore, Rylee Creech, Quinn Walpole, Leland Lewis, Eric Slusher and Rachel Plasterer. Not pictured is Layla Sutton.

A modest spirit

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students at Huntington Catholic School received Spirit Awards during the all-school liturgy on Friday, Jan. 13, for displaying the Christ-like spirit of modesty. They are (front row, from left) Jedadiah Kline, kindergarten; Daniela Plascencia, first grade; Roberto Cano, second grade; and Indigo Stepler, third grade; and (back, from left) Phoenix Stepler, fourth grade; Adam Holzinger, fifth and sixth grades; Jacob Stetzel, seventh grade; and Olivia Godfroy, eighth grade.