Holiday flicks to be shown at Markle library

The Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will hold a holiday movie marathon on Thursday, Dec. 22, all day beginning at 9 a.m.

Movies to be shown can be found on the library’s website at and include recent and popular films.

All movies are rated G or PG, making this a program for the entire family.

Call the Markle branch at 758-3332 for more information.

The Markle library is located at 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

The Huntington and Markle libraries will be closed Dec. 24 and 26 and Jan. 2.


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Huntington Catholic School students who have displayed the Christ-like spirit of gratitude were recognized following the all-school liturgy on Dec. 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church. They are (front, from left) Elin Mickley, kindergarten; Steven Ball, first grade; Zariah Tinoco, second grade; and Alexandra Craig, third grade; and (back, from left) Kaitlynn Fowerbaugh, fourth grade; Steven Holzinger, fifth and sixth grades; Chelsea Swada, seventh grade; and Tony Clor, eighth grade.


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Huntington Catholic School students who have displayed the Christ-like spirit of generosity were recognized following the all-school liturgy on Dec. 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church. They are (front, from left) Jacoby Thornton, first grade; Karlie Holzinger, second grade; and Karsen Bischoff, third grade; and (back, from left) Kylie Nevius, fourth grade; Joe Bowers, fifth and sixth grades; Evan Linker, seventh grade; and Taylor Reeves, eighth grade. Not pictured is Emylia Shideler, kindergarten.

Home under construction

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Emmalee Otto, 4, of Andrews, helps her mom, Kari Otto, build a Christmas-themed fairy house Saturday, Dec. 3, at a workshop held at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Earlier, Emmalee’s dad helped her make one of her own.

Eagle watch set for twice in January

Mississinewa Lake’s annual Sunrise Eagle Watch will be held twice, on Jan. 7 and again on Jan. 21.

Each event runs from 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and is highlighted by the opportunity for participants to observe the largest documented bald eagle roost in Indiana.

Participants should meet at the Miami State Recreation Area boat launch to caravan to the roost site. Participants should also dress for the weather and bring binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes.  

Public can harvest firewood from felled trees at Mississinewa Lake

The public can harvest firewood by permit from already felled trees in designated areas at Mississinewa Lake’s Pearson’s Mill State Recreation area through Dec. 31.

The firewood program will help the park remove the high number of trees affected by past flooding, natural causes and the emerald ash borer that are in areas along roads and trails. The park cannot adequately remove all dead trees on its own.

Only trees that have been felled already by park staff will be permitted to be taken.

Creative Abilities Art Studio holds open house

Creative Abilities Art Studio, a part of the Pathfinder Community Supports Day Services program, is hosting a holiday open house and shopping event on Friday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Unique, hand-made pieces of art will be available to purchase during the open house with cash, check or charge.  

Items for sale include various sizes of acrylic and watercolor paintings, jewelry, home décor, quilts, decorative birdhouses, memo boards, wreaths, Christmas ornaments and décor and more.  

Just add glitter

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Huntington City-Township Public Library Director Beka Lemons (left) advises Liam Rushing, 7 of Huntington on finishing glitter-filled sensory bottle as his mom, Megan Spencer, helps. Lemons led the workshop on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Huntington branch, in which participants made bottles filled with glitter and different liquids to create soothing, mesmerizing patterns when shaken.  Ingredients could include a combination of glue, glitter, food coloring, vegetable oil, hair gel and corn syrup.

Castle receives ‘Dream’ award for achievement

Jessica Castle
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Jessica Castle, a sophomore art education major at Huntington University, is a recipient of a 2016 “Realizing the Dream” award.

The awards were presented to 31 first-generation students attending independent colleges and universities in Indiana. The honor recognizes sophomores selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement during their freshman year.

Miller joins sales staff at Troxel Equipment

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Tim Miller has joined the sales staff of Troxel Equipment.

Miller will focus on agriculture equipment and will be working out of the Wabash store. He has 13 years of sales experience in the agriculture field.

Miller can be reached at 888-879-9353, by cell at 571-7336 or by email at

Huntington University’s online programming gets more accolades

Huntington University’s online programs have been ranked third in Indiana by AffordableCollegesOn

The website based its rankings on academic rigor, student support and affordability for online learning. Financial aid and student-teacher ratios were also considered.

The website analyzed information for all accredited public and not-for-profit institutions in the United States that offer at least three online bachelor degree programs and have an annual tuition fee of less than $25,000.

Evangelical United Methodist singers to offer ‘Tree of Light’ in honor of holiday season

Members of six churches are represented in the choir that will perform the Christmas musical “Tree of Light” on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 and 11 at Evangelical United Methodist Church.
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Evangelical United Methodist Church will present its annual Christmas musical on Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

This year the choir will perform “Tree of Light,” created and arranged by Dale Mathews and Michael Frazier. The musical celebrates the birth of Jesus with exuberant praise and worship.

“Tree of Light” shows the spiritual symbolism in one of the world’s most recognizable symbols, the Christmas tree.

State gives OK to university’s agricultural education program

Huntington University announced that the Indiana State Board of Education has approved its agricultural education program for the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies.

Huntington University is one of only two higher education institutions in Indiana that offer four-year degrees in agriculture.

A friend of Alice

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Hanna Surfus (front, center) is surrounded by (from left) Maggi Hall, Izzy Harlan, Emma Grace Mounsey, Ellie Stephenson and Elizabeth Shape as they work together to create the caterpillar in Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” now being performed at the Pulse Opera House in downtown Warren. Shows take place this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. For reservations, visit or leave a message at 375-7017.

On the same beat

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The students in the Whole Notes class, taught by Denise Gilliland (left), sound out the rhythm on flash cards as part of their introduction to music and singing on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Heritage of Huntington. During the final class of the year, the children performed what they had learned for their parents and families and led them in a sing-along. Pictured (from left to right) are Madi Riggers, Katy Clampitt (back to camera), Caitlyn Bowers, Braden Johnston, Lilly Ayres and Kasen Johnston.

McKenzie’s Hope gets honor, check

Emily Adkins (left), of Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling, presents a check, toys and office supplies to Jessica Broyles, executive director of McKenzie’s Hope, onWednesday, Nov. 30. The donations represent contributions from Paul Davis’ clients. The company chose McKenzie’s Hope as its charity of the month for October.
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McKenzie’s Hope was recently chosen as the Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling charity of the month, receiving toys, office supplies and a check in the amount of $338.71.

Items included in the donation were copy paper, trash bags, hand sanitizer, pens and markers, as well as Hot Wheels cars and Play-Doh. These items help McKenzie’s Hope provide comfortable activities for children while at the center.

Curious pupils

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Teachers at Roanoke Elementary School recently chose students who most exhibit the life skill of curiosity. They are (front row, from left) Mason Dondjkowski, Benjamin Thurston and Jacob Hosler; (middle row, from left) Ella Perkins, Norman Wilkinson, Ben Augspurger, Kristen Plasterer, Owen Crago and Kennedy Zahm; and (back row, from left) Cohen Endsley, Georgia Denney, Alexis Nunemaker, Josie Mueller, Dylan Cissell, Breyden Black and Braianah Reed.

Shop with a Cop in its 17th year of helping out

Cops and kids and Christmas have become a mission for Sheriff Terry Stoffel.

This year, for the 17th year, Stoffel is organizing Shop with a Cop.

Some 40 youngsters, and maybe up to 50, will go shopping at Walmart the evening of Dec. 19, accompanied by a like number of law enforcement officers — county and city officers, town marshals, Indiana State Police troopers, conservation officers and anyone else who wants to join in.

The 40 to 50 kids who will go shopping with a cop this Christmas has grown from just six or seven kids the first year, Stoffel says.

Children can do cards at library week of Dec. 12

During the entire week of Dec. 12, the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will have supplies out in the Youth Services area for children to create handmade holiday cards.

Visitors can drop in any time all week, and the supplies are free for all to use.

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

Democratics to meet Dec. 7 at library

The Huntington County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Huntington branch.

The public is welcome.

A warm donation

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Employees at the Lassus Brothers Handy Dandy store in Roanoke, along with representatives of the Roanoke Lions Club and Roanoke Elementary School, celebrate a donation of 452 sets of winter hats and gloves — one for each member of the Roanoke Elementary School student body.

Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church to serve community dinner Dec. 10

The Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church, in Andrews, will serve its annual free community dinner on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Richards Ranch House is donating 200 pieces of chicken, Walmart is donating six sliced hams and Owens is donating four turkeys.

The free dinner is primarily for the community and all surrounding areas. Everybody is invited to attend.

The church is located at 116 S. Main St., across from the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Valet parking will be provided to any who need that service.

HU soccerwomen to put concepts into play in mission trip to Thailand

Morgan McCloughan (left) and Brandi Spear, both members of the Huntington University women’s soccer team, display the T-shirts the team is selling to raise funds for a service trip to Thailand. The team will also hold a fund-raiser on Monday, Dec. 12, at Pizza Hut.
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Huntington University junior women’s soccer players Brandi Spear and Morgan McCloughan have a long offseason stretching ahead of them. They decided to use that time to put into practice a concept their team talked about all season.

The team leaves on Jan. 1 for Thailand, where members will spend their mornings teaching English in an elementary school and a college for a week at each location.

Bolinger, Skinner are Dec. Junior Rotarians

Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for December are Samantha Skinner (second from left) and Robert Bolinger (third from left). With them are Nicole Johnson (left), standing in for club sponsor Adam Drummond, and club sponsor Mark Wickersham.
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Robert Bolinger and Samantha Skinner are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for December.

Both are seniors at Huntington North High School.

Bolinger is a member of the HNHS Varsity Singers crew and is active in a youth group. He plans to study web design or graphic design at Huntington University or Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Bolinger’s parents are Marie and Robert DeWeese, of Warren.

Santa Claus set for visit at fairgrounds Dec. 11

Santa Claus will make a visit to the iAB financial bank Heritage Hall and First Federal Savings Bank Community Building at the Huntington County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Children can come see Santa and get their picture taken, as well as write him a letter.

Santa’s Gift Shop will also be open for kids to shop for family members. Cash only is accepted for sales. Children can wrap their presents before taking them home.

Roanoke Library Board announces December meeting date change

The December meeting of the Roanoke Public Library Board of Trustees will be held on Dec. 19, a week earlier than normally scheduled due to the Christmas holiday.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the library.

HU Foundation Breakfast Dec. 7 hails Christmas

Huntington University invites the public to attend the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 7, as the university celebrates the Christmas season.

This year, Huntington University students will perform Christmas songs and Dennis Miller, Emmanuel Community Church lead pastor and HU trustee,will share a message of hope and peace.

The foundation breakfast is held on the second Wednesday of each month, October through May, and is open to the public. It will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons and conclude by 9 a.m.

Huntington University house undergoes transformation to become a multicultural center

Tyler Braidic, a maintenance department employee at Huntington University, paints a wall inside the university’s Multicultural House. Braidic also serves as assistant men’s basketball coach.
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A house on the Huntington University campus is being renovated to serve as the university’s Multicultural House.

“It will become a space that is identified as a cultural hub on our campus,” says Daryl Singleton, director of multicultural affairs and minority student engagement at HU.

The Multicultural House will serve as a place where international and minority students can feel welcomed and at home, HU spokesmen say. It will be open to all students, offering a place to learn about all cultures.

Business of the month

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The Meat Shop has been designated as the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce’s December Business of the Month. Celebrating the occasion on Tuesday, Nov. 29, are owners Cindy and Kevin Prus, holding the sign, joined by (from left) Chamber ambassadors Terry Miller, Jackie Boxell, Les Graham, Mike Hartburg, Steve Godfroy, Ben Davis and Charlotte Center.

New Norwood head seeking involvement

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Duane Ott

Since Paul “Duane” Ott started his position as the executive director of Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in July, he has implemented some cha-nges aimed at more community involvement, as well as inviting the public to come out and visit.

Ott, a resident of Marion, has been in the long-term care industry for about 20 years, as a nursing home administrator and in licensed assisted living. He is undaunted by the day-to-day challenges of the job.