Let the games begin

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Officials and aficionados of outdoor court sports gather at Memorial Park on Friday, Oct. 2, as Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters cuts the ribbon to declare the Memorial Park Sports Complex open.

October is Manufacturing Month in city and county

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (center) holds the proclamation he and Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall jointly signed  establishing October as Manufacturing Month in both the City of Huntington and Huntington County. Celebrating the occasion are Mark Wickersham (left), executive director of Huntington County Economic Development, and Michael Zahn, president of the Lime City Committee.
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Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall jointly signed a proclamation establishing October as Manufacturing Month in both the City of Huntington and Huntington County.

The proclamation was presented to the Lime City Development Committee of the Huntington County Economic Development Corporation at its regular meeting on Oct. 2.

Broadway in Huntington

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Members of the Huntington University Theatre Company Troupe perform “Broadway Potluck: Songs We Love!” in the Merillat Centre for the Arts Studio Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 3, as part of school’s homecoming festivities. Pictured are (from left) Kenna Belt, senior theater performance major; Haley Glinz, senior music performance major; CeCe Cherry (partially hidden), junior sociology major; Amber Zangari, junior theater performance major; Alex Witzig, junior music performance major; and Halli Sewart, senior theater performance major.

Karing for Kids seeking help with this year’s holiday project

Karing for Kids, a non-profit organization with a mission that includes providing Christmas gifts to area children, is seeking help with this year’s holiday project.

Karing for Kids partners with the Markle Church of Christ to provide clothing, school supplies and Christmas presents to children in Huntington and Wells counties.

Organizers are seeking individuals and organizations to make a monetary donation, host an angel tree at a place of business, sponsor a child or family or help sort, wrap or deliver gifts.

Flu shot clinic Oct. 21 at Warren Pharmacy

The Huntington County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic on Oct. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Warren Pharmacy, 222 N. Wayne St., Warren.

A fee is charged, although there is no cost for those with Medicaid or Medicare. The clinic is open to residents of neighboring counties as well as Huntington County.

For more information, call the health department at 358-4831, ext. 1.

Kuehnert retires as Huntington postmaster

Huntington Postmaster Dave Kuehnert (center) holds the certificate presented to him on Friday, Oct. 2, as he officially retires from the United States Postal Service. He is flanked by his supervisor, Todd Mansker (left), manager of post office operations, and his wife, Karen.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It was Dave Kuehnert’s father-in-law who first got him interested in working at the United States Postal Service more than 38 years ago. And it was his father-in-law, a former postmaster at the Roanoke post office, who told him now would be a good time to retire. Kuehnert didn’t argue.

On Friday, Oct. 2, Kuehnert’s employees, fellow postmasters and family gathered at the Huntington branch to wish him well on his retirement and last day as postmaster. The sentiments brought tears to his eyes as he recalled his years with the USPS, beginning as a city route carrier at Huntington.

Andrews Summer Festival Committee to host free picnic in park on Oct. 17 as thank you

The Andrews Summer Festival Committee will host a free picnic on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to honor the community for its support of the 2015 Summer Festival.

Everyone is invited to attend the picnic.

Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be supplied. The meal is free, but free will donations will be accepted.

The Andrews Park is located on Washington Street, in Andrews.

Great Pumpkin Hunt Oct. 22 at fairgrounds

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department presents the 2015 Great Pumpkin Hunt on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

A coloring contest and optional costume contest will take place at 7 p.m. and an egg hunt will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Costumes are optional, but a flashlight is required to hunt for prizes in the dark.

The event is free. Rain date will be Oct. 23. For more information call the park office at 358-2323.

Next Senior Monday carry-in set for Nov. 2 at Salamonie IC

People age 50 and older are invited to the monthly Senior Monday carry-in luncheon, Nov. 2, at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

After the noon meal, Max Robison will present “Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana,” about an organization that honors veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to tour war memorials.

Attendees should bring their table service and a prepared dish to share. A small donation will be taken to help defray costs of the provided main dish.

Birthday boy

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Hayden Miller prepares to blow out the candles on his slice of cake marking his 101st birthday on Friday, Oct. 2. Miller is the oldest resident at OakBrook Village nursing and rehabilitation center, in Huntington. Miller’s family joined fellow residents and staff to celebrate the occasion.

Mayor proclaims October ‘Respect Life Month’

Mayor Brooks Fetters (center) is surrounded by two local families as he signs a proclamation on Monday, Oct. 5, designating October as Respect Life Month. The Bledsoe family, to Fetters’ left, includes (front, from left) Max, Audrey and Samantha and (back (from left) Eric and Kathi Bledsoe, with baby William. The Scheiber family, (to Fetters’ right) includes Noah (front) and Zach and Brittanie Scheiber, with baby Kallen.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters has proclaimed October as Respect Life Month in Huntington.

The proclamation notes that “human life at any and every stage of development is sacred and as such is deserving of respect and protection.”

That respect and protection should extend to “the weak and defenseless,” the proclamation notes, taking into account “the unborn, the mentally ill, the mentally handicapped, the physically handicapped, the aged, the incurably ill and the ‘unwanted’.”

Respect Life Month is sponsored by the Huntington County Right to Life organization.

Huntington parks dept. to have free fall festival Saturday at Hier’s

Huntington Parks and Recreation will have a free fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hier’s Park, 547 S. Briant St.

The family event features a pie eating contest, coloring station, carnival games, food and prizes.

For more information call the Parks and Recreation office at 358-2323 or visit

CROP walkers raise $6K to help feed hungry

Scores of people take part in the CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Oct. 4, on MacGahan Street just east of Huntington North High School. In Huntington County, the fund-raiser took place in Huntington and Warren.
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Walkers from 12 churches and Citizens Telephone Corporation in Warren took part in the Huntington County CROP Hunger Walk Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4.

With the help of hundreds of sponsors, they raised about $6,000 to help hungry people around the world as well as in Huntington County. The annual walk took place simultaneously in Huntington and Warren.

Healing Waters Ministry to hold revival Friday though Sunday with special speakers

Healing Waters Ministry, in Mt. Etna, will hold a revival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 and 11.

Sessions start at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A carry-in meal will be held prior to the services on Friday and Saturday and after the service on Sunday.

Rev. Johnny Tellez, of Indianapolis, will speak Friday evening.

Rev. Ruby Couch, of Kentucky, is the speaker for Saturday and Sunday.

All services are open to the community.

Healing Waters Ministry has a new address, 5811W-606S, Huntington.

Warner is Distinguished Service Award recipient

Ryan Warner (center) received the Huntington University Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award during the foundation’s annual dinner on Sept. 24. With him are Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (left), HU president, and Holly Sale, foundation president.
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Ryan Warner was presented with the Huntington University Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award during the foundation’s annual dinner on Sept. 24.

The award is presented each year to an individual or company whose life or mission embodies the principles associated with the mission of Huntington University.

Warner, who grew up near the HU campus, is president and CEO of Bippus State Bank, in Huntington.

Also during the evening, foundation President Holly Sale presented a check for $41,697 to Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, university president.

Enrollment now open for 4-H program across state of Indiana

Enrollment is now open for the 4-H program across Indiana, including Huntington County.

The enrollment deadline is Jan. 15, 2016.

Youth can enroll online at or by visiting the Huntington County Purdue Extension Office, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Suite 2, Huntington. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Haunted Hotel offers $1,000 twist this season

Delaney Huff (left) and Evan Wall, dressed up as ghostly young girls, stand ready to frighten patrons of the Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor on Saturday evening, Oct. 3. The venerable downtown Huntington Halloween venue is open through October on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will also be open Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Photo by Steve Clark.

This season at the Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor, one person will get a chance to stay there on Halloween night.

If they make it through the night, they’ll leave the next morning with $1,000.

This is the first time the downtown Huntington Halloween attraction has offered the contest since 2008, says its manager, Brett Molitor.

Knight Bergman Center to host luncheon on Oct. 25

The Knight Bergman Center Board of Directors is sponsoring their annual fund-raising luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at the center in Warren.

On the menu is pork loin with apricot glaze or herb crusted chicken, prepared by Kim’s Katered Affair. Mashed potatoes, green beans, roll and butter, cole slaw and dessert will also be served. Drink choice will be tea, lemonade or coffee.

Cost of the meal is discounted for children ages 5 to 12; children under 5 are free.

Proceeds raised will be used for upkeep and operation of the Knight Bergman Center.

Terror on the trail

Photo by Steve Clark.

Ghouls portrayed by (from left) Isaac Gordon, Jamison Heyde, Connor Heyde, Gabe Baumgardner and Jacob Bruce are ready to scare attendees of the Lost Canal and Haunted Trail, a Halloween venue at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, on Friday, Oct. 2. The venue, which is run by Boy Scout Troop 130, is open Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. through October. All proceeds go to Troop 130.

DAR to hear review of ‘War Diary’

The Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Oct. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Gathering Place, located at the corner of Washington and Guilford streets, in Huntington.

Diane Burk will present a review of “War Diary,” a book written by Abigail Jane Steward.

Visitors are welcome to attend this event.

Knotty Habit club to meet Oct. 10

Knotty Habit, the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library yarn club, will meet on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m.

Participants should bring along whatever knit or crochet project they’re working on and enjoy some fellowship while they create.

Knotty Habit meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library.

The Andrews Library is located at 30 E. Madison St. in Andrews.

For more information about programs and services, visit the library website at or call 786-3574.

Kimmel attends finance advisor forum

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Seth Kimmel.

Seth Kimmel, a local independent financial advisor, was recently chosen to attend the American Funds Advisor Forum held Sept. 21 and 22 in San Francisco, CA.  

The event was attended by 77 financial advisors from around the country.  

Attendees were given updates on both the equities and fixed income markets from mutual fund portfolio managers.  

Information about American Funds’ research and investment management processes was also provided, along with several sessions on running a more efficient and effective advisory business.

Lime City group gives boost to learning center

Huntington North High School Career and Technical Education Director Tiffanney Drummond (center) accepts a check in the amount of $5,000 from the Lime City Development Committee of the Huntington County Economic Development Corporation. With her is (left) Mark Wickersham of the Huntington County Economic Development Corporation and Michael Zahn, president of the Lime City Committee.
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The Lime City Development Committee of the Huntington County Economic Development Corporation unanimously approved a contribution of $5,000 to support construction of the Huntington County Learning Center.

The project is a collaboration among the private, public, non-profit and educational organizations in Huntington County.

Ground was broken on Oct. 7 on the $1.3 million building project.

The center offers industrial and other career training opportunities to people of all ages in Huntington County.

Happy birthday books

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Catholic School students hold the birthday books chosen to celebrate their October birthdays. Parents send in a donation for the purchase of a book, and the student is the first person to read it. Then it is placed in the school library for others to check out. Celebrating are (front row, from left to right) Steven Ball and Genevieve Harrell, both in kindergarten; and (back row, from left to right) Penelope Harrell, third grade; Garrett Rosen, fifth grade; and Jessica Hartmus, eighth grade.

Clear Creek Community to celebrate homecoming

The Clear Creek Community Church will celebrate homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m.

A special service is planned.

The service will be followed by a carry-in lunch and fellowship.

All members of the community are invited to attend, whether they attended the church, want to celebrate with the congregation or just want a chance to see the church.

Clear Creek Community Church is located at 750 N. Clear Creek Rd., Huntington.

For more information, call Lionel Brubaker at 227-1141 or Mary Lou Burkhart at 356-8081.

Conversation techniques to be explored at program

Techniques and tips for becoming a great conversationalist will be explored at Lifetree Café on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 pm.

The program, “What Do You Want to Talk About?,” features practical tips for having great conversations as well as opportunities to practice new-found skills.
Lifetree Café National Director Craig Cable says this Lifetree session offers a chance for participants to actually slow down and talk, a rarity in these fast-paced, busy times.

College Go-ing

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Lincoln Elementary students recently participated in College Go Week, with various activities aimed at creating an awareness of going to college. The winners of the door decorating contest are (front row) Landon Pearson; and (middle row from left to right) Jaxan Kline and Ellie Stephenson; and (back row from left to right) Caidan Patmore and Spencer Blackburn, all from Kayla Waldman’s first grade class.

RC reminds blood donations help cancer patients

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others needing blood products.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., with one in eight developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer patients may need blood products during chemo-therapy, mastectomy surgery or treatment of complications.   

Business of the month

Photo by Steve Clark.

Rick Reed (front row, second from left) is the store manager of Rabb Water Systems (RWS), which was named Business of the Month for October by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Celebrating the accolade are (front row from left) Cheryl McCoy, chamber; Reed; Sean Patrick, service tech, RWS; Scott Barnett, territory sales manager, RWS; Charlotte Center, chamber; and (back row from left) Les Graham, chamber; Tom Yoder, delivery, RWS; and Luke McConnell and Michael Zahn, chamber.

Yergler joins iAB as first VP, retail mgr.

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Andrew Yergler.

Andrew Yergler has joined iAB financial bank as first vice president and retail manager.

Yergler received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his Master of Business Administration from Indiana Tech. His professional background of over 15 years in banking includes experience in retail and agribusiness banking, mortgage loans and business development.

Yergler has been a board member for Community Harvest Food Bank. Additionally, he has been involved with the YMCA and the United Way.