Hicks speaks at HU

Photo by Steve Clark.

Christiana Hicks, a 2017 graduate of Huntington University, speaks at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes gathering in Platt Arena at the school on Wednesday, March 14. Hicks encouraged audience members to pursue what they’re passionate about. Currently, Hicks is a contestant on the NBC singing competition “The Voice,” using the stage name Christiana Danielle.

Beacon Credit Union to kick off Project Spotlight March 20

Beacon Credit Union will kick off its eighth annual Project Spotlight on Tuesday, March 20.

Project Spotlight is a program created by Beacon Credit Union with the hope that individuals and organizations will be inspired to reach out and serve those living and working around them. The campaign takes place in all 12 of the communities that Beacon has a full service branch located.

Love INC donation

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, of Huntington, on Tuesday, March 13, donated $500 to Love INC. On hand for the exchange are (front row from left) Karen Sandlin, auxiliary secretary, Pam Leyman, auxiliary president; Kelley Miller, Love INC food pantry coordinator; and Erin Didion, Love INC ministry coordinator; and (back row from left) Sandy Howell, auxiliary treasurer; Mary Whitesell, auxiliary senior vice; and James Kneller, auxiliary Fifth District president.

Purdue Extension offers childcare training classes for providers

Purdue Extension will offer training for childcare and preschool providers on April 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on topics focused on enlightening and entertaining the staff and children at area facilities.

Purdue Extension educators will present a workshop from the “I am Moving I am Learning” curriculum. This research-based program will allow participants to earn two hours of education towards their Paths to Quality certification.

Programs focus on school readiness, increasing activity and movement, child development and healthy eating.

Vaccination clinic fund-raiser

Canine Capers is holding its annual vaccination clinic fund-raiser on April 7 in the First Federal Savings Bank Community Building on the Huntington County Fairgrounds from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

All vaccinations are by appointment only, to ensure there are enough vaccines for all attendees. Organizers request that dogs be kept on a leash and maintained control of.

There is a fee for vaccinations, as well as other services, which include nail trimming, heartworm testing and microchipping.

Riverside Veterinary Clinic, in Huntington, is sponsoring the event.

Frischmans honored for volunteer work

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The children of Ray Vanderspool (from left), Amy Kenseth, Jeanette Snyder and Mike Vanderspool, accept the 2017 Ray Vanderspool Award on behalf of their mother, Judy Frischman and her husband, Dr. Ron Frischman. The presentation was made at the United Way Thank You Celebration held Wednesday, March 14. The Frischmans, who were unable to attend the luncheon, were honored for their volunteer work with the United Way.

United Way thanks community for big campaign outpouring

ttendees at the annual United Way Thank You Celebration held Wednesday, March 14, at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene hold up the final total of funds collected in the 2017 campaign. Pictured (from left) are Teresa Wright, Tricia Miller, Mary Lou Snyder, Heath Pinkerton, Casse Shiflett, Jessi Brown, Nick Stanley and Nancy Fecher. Campaign Chair Adam Fusselman said the amount reflects 99 percent of reaching the goal of $578,000.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Adam Fusselman was happy with the amount raised in the 2017 United Way Campaign, but he worked the crowd to make the total even better.

The $575,000 raised was only $3,000 shy of United Way’s goal of $578,000, reaching 99 percent of that goal, Fusselman, the 2017 campaign chair, told attendees at the agency’s annual thank you celebration, held Wednesday, March 14, at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene.

Rachel Ervin wears crown as Miss Warren

The 2018 Miss Warren, Rachel Ervin (center) is flanked by the Little Miss Warren winner, Nora McDaniel (left) and Junior Miss Warren, Lola Smith (right). The pageant was held March 11, in Warren.
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Rachel Ervin was crowned the 2018 Miss Warren, in a pageant held Sunday, March 11, in Warren. Lola Smith won the Junior Miss Warren title and Nora McDaniel was named Little Miss Warren.

Twenty contestants vied for the top spot in the three categories, Miss Warren (ages 14-18), Junior Miss Warren (ages 9-13) and Little Miss Warren (ages (5-8).   

The winners are:

Miss Warren
• Winner - Rachel Ervin, the daughter of Jennifer and Stan Ervin, and sponsored by East of Chicago Pizza Company.

Ind.-124 to close in April for bridge repair

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that Ind.-124 is scheduled to close for bridge rehabilitation on two bridges in Huntington County on or after Monday, April 2, weather permitting.

The road closures are scheduled to take place on two bridges on Ind.-124:

• Ind.-124 over the Salamonie River, between C.R. S. 300W and C.R. S. 350W.

• Ind.-124 over Brook Creek, between C.R. S. 200W and C.R. S 300W.

Successful rock hunt

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Huntington North High School special education student Reid Pickard successfully finds a painted rock in the Huntington North library on Wednesday, March 14. Special ed students enjoyed an activity that had them searching for rocks painted by a theater class at HNHS as well as candy, just as a way to have a little fun during the school day, noted theater teacher Ruth Reed.


Photo by Steve Clark.

Students at Huntington North High School proceed out the front entrance of the school and are directed where to walk by a school official as they participate in National School Walkout Day on Wednesday, March 14. The demonstration, organized by Women’s March Youth EMPOWER to promote federal gun reform legislation, occurred at 10 a.m. and lasted for 17 minutes in commemoration of the 17 students and staff members who perished in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, FL, on Feb. 14.

Swine Boosters to meet

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Conference Room. 

The discussion items include property improvements and upcoming swine open shows at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. 

For more information, contact Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, 1340 S. Jefferson St., Huntington by calling 358-4826.

Extension educator to lead spending workshop

When payday rolls around, many consumers try to figure out which bills they will pay and which ones will wait until another paycheck comes in. With increasing costs for necessary expenses such as gasoline, utilities and healthcare, consumers are finding it harder to make ends meet. Those who want to learn how they can stretch their paycheck and make their money go further are invited to attend the program, “Where Does Your Money Go?”

Church, child care to host fish fry in Roanoke

Christ United Methodist Church and Roanoke Child Care will have a fish fry Friday, March 23, at the American Legion Post 160, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke.

The meal will be served from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and includes fish, hush puppies, choice of baked potato or French fries, applesauce or cole slaw. A bake sale will also be available for desserts.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

HNHS Academic Team fares well at first meet

Huntington North High School’s Academic Team fared well at its first competition of the year, placing in the top three in four of six disciplines.

The team competed against 20 other Fort Wayne-area schools on Tuesday, March 13, some of which featured two teams, making between 20 and 28 teams HNHS competed against. All schools competed against each other, so there were no “classes,” as there typically are.

The Science Team of Robert Borland, Quentin Fetrow, Brandon Kem, Reece Sweet and Morgan Stout finished first, the first time this particular team has placed this highly.

Historic UMMH films set for March 23

Two historic 16-mm films will be shown at Heritage Pointe of Warren’s Applegate Chapel on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m.

These movies were part of a documentary that noted TV co-anchor Chet Huntley, of the nightly news program “The Huntley/Brinkley Report,” did about what was then the United Methodist Memorial Home, now Heritage Pointe, in Warren.

Huntley wanted to report on health care facilities in America and UMMH was chosen to be the featured facility. He came in 1959 and returned with a follow-up visit in 1967.

Coming down

Photo by Steve Clark.

An excavator from Amor Excavating demolishes portions of a fire-damaged building on West Market Street, in Huntington, on Wednesday, March 14. The fire at the building occurred a little over a year ago, on March 8, 2017.

Tales from Gasoline Alley

Photo by Steve Clark.

Donald Davidson, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, regales members of the Huntington Metro Kiwanis and Huntington Optimist and Rotary clubs with tales of the speedway and its most famous race, the Indianapolis 500, at a gathering of the three groups at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, in Huntington, on Wednesday, March 14.

Sparkle Clean hails 25th year with new equipment

Gregg Ness stands in front of his Huntington business, Sparkle Clean Car Wash, on Monday, March 12. The car wash has been open 25 years this month and Ness recently added new state-of-the-art automatic car wash equipment in celebration of the milestone.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Gregg Ness has kicked off the 25-year anniversary celebration this month of his business, Sparkle Clean Car Wash, by installing brand-new, state-of-the-art Razor car wash equipment, bringing new technology to his customers. And, he says, business has been better than expected with the change.

The car wash, located near the Huntington Walmart and behind the Shell Gas Station on North Jefferson Street, has grown every year, Ness says. This is the third wash equipment system installed in the two automatic car wash bays since he opened the doors.

Spring Carnival face painting

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Roanoke Elementary School held its Spring Carnival on Friday, March 9. Posing for the camera after having their faces painted are fourth-graders (from left) Grace Anderson, Campbell Sloan and Emma Kelsey.

Color Craze

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Paxten Daggett (right), 3, and her mother, Rachel Kochensparger, do some painting during the Color Craze playday at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, March 10.

HU history professor to release fourth book

Tim Smith
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Dr. Tim Smith, FRHistS, professor of “Non-Western History” at Huntington University, will be releasing his fourth book, “Cambodia and the West, 1500-2000,” this month.

Smith has been a professor at Huntington University for 11 years and has previously written and/or edited four books concerning imperial and diplomatic history in Asia.

Smith’s book is unique in that no other interdisciplinary collection of essays on Cambodia’s international relationship with the West has ever been produced, says Lynette Fager, Huntington University relations staffer.

Learning to floss

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Karlei Protsman (left), a second-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, learns about flossing from Mindy Conrad of Bussick Orthodontics on Dental Day, held recently at the school.

Lost in Yonkers

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Jonathan Kierman (left) and Brenner Newsom interact in the Pulse Opera House production of “Lost in Yonkers.” Remaining performances are March 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. and March 18, at 4 p.m. The theater is located at 127-1/2 Wayne St., Warren. Reservations to purchase tickets may be made online at or by leaving a message at 375-7017.

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church sets supper

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting a soup supper and bazaar on Saturday, March 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu will include chili soup, chicken noodle soup, carrot and celery sticks, ham sandwiches, drinks, pies and cakes.

A freewill offering will be taken.

The church is located at 880E-1100N, Roanoke.

Annual Dream Center auction this Saturday

The Indiana Dream Center will have its annual auction fund-raiser on Saturday, March 17, at the Huntington PAL Club. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., the meal starts at 6 p.m. and the auction will begin around 7 p.m.

This year both live and silent auction items will be up for bid. Curtis Smith of Parkview Hospital and a former Fort Wayne-area meteorologist will emcee the event and Kim’s Catering will provide the food.

For more information or to RSVP call 200-1155 or visit the Indiana Dream Center’s Facebook page.

Salvation Army Easter egg hunt on March 24

The community is invited to the Salvation Army Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park.

The event is for youth up to 12 years old.

Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m.

Growing Place f-raiser at Juergens Saturday

Nelson’s Port-A-Pit Chicken will be available for purchase on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Juergens Do-It Best Hardware, in Huntington, as a fund-raiser for Growing Place Preschool.

Juergens Do-It Best Hardware is located at 2850 N. Jefferson St., in Huntington.

Dr. Sider to be feted at PHH Community Gala

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Todd Sider

Todd Sider, M.D., will be honored at the seventh Parkview Huntington Hospital Community Gala on the evening of Saturday, April 7, at the PAL Event Center in Huntington. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Pirate peril

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Black Stache the Pirate (far right), played by Alex Voeller, divulges his evil plan while Lord Leonard Aster (seated left), played by Elizabeth Olson, and the orphan boy Peter (seated right), played by Andrew Daeger, await their fates in the musical play “Peter and the Starcatcher,” on Thursday, March 8, in the Zurcher Auditorium at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts. The production, which features non-stop action and humorous gags, will also be presented March 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. and March 17, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.