Indiana Farm Bureau District 4 Achievement Banquet Nov. 7

The Indiana Farm Bureau District 4 Fall Achievement Banquet will be held on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Taylor University Dining Commons, Upland.

The program will be presented by David Wheeler, associate professor of congregational ministry at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN.

The Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance report will be presented and insurance employees and volunteers will be recognized.

Reservations must be made by Oct. 26 by calling 356-2522.

The Taylor University Dining Commons is at 236 W. Reade Ave., Upland.

Reading in costume

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Roanoke Elementary School students (from left) Alazai Larkey, Lily Campbell and Lexi Larkey pose in costume for a photo during the school’s monthly Roanoke Reading Night on Oct. 10. Children were invited to wear their Halloween costumes for the evening when they came in to read with their families.

PHH Dreyer scholarships awarded

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Parkview Huntington Foundation Director Mike Perkins (left) and Parkview Huntington Hospital ER Manager Katie Mitchell (right) congratulate Kathleen Leckrone (center) on being awarded a fall Jill Dreyer scholarship.

PHH Dreyer scholarships go to pair of nurses

Celebrating Amy Rosen’s selection as a recipient of a fall 2017 Jill Dreyer scholarship are (from left) Juli Johnson, president of Parkview Huntington Hospital; Rosen; and Doug Selig, vice president of Patient Care Services at Parkview Huntington.
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Two Parkview Huntington Hospital nurses have been awarded Jill Dreyer Scholarships for the fall 2017 semester.

Kathleen Leckrone, RN, and Amy Rosen, RN, each received $750 toward their education costs for the current academic semester.

Leckrone, of Huntington, is a nurse in the hospital’s Emergency Dep- artment. She is working on her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Southern Indiana.

First Farmers board decides to repurchase up to 7,000 shares

First Farmers Financial Corp. announced that at its Oct. 10 board meeting the board of directors approved a plan to repurchase, on the open market, up to 7,000 shares of the corporation’s outstanding common stock.

The timing, price and quantity of purchases under the stock repurchase plan will be at the discretion of management and the plan may be discontinued, suspended or restarted at any time depending on the facts and circumstances.

The program will be funded from current available working capital. 

Bazaar, fish fry set for Nov. 4 as fund-raiser for Pilgrim’s Rest

A bazaar and fish fry will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the St. Peter Lutheran Church gym.

The bazaar opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m. It will feature baked goods, handmade crafts and a silent auction for two quilts made by the church quilters.

The fish fry super will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes fish, homemade German potato salad, potato chips, applesauce, bread and homemade pies and cakes. Tickets will be available at the door and carry-out is available.

Proceeds will go to the perpetual care fund for Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.

Senior party Nov. 14 at Senior Center

The November Senior party, sponsored by Markle Health & Rehabilitation, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Huntington Senior Center, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Reservations can be made on or after Monday, Oct. 23, by calling 359-4410.

Rides are available through HAT. Reservations must be made by noon one business day in advance, by calling 356-3006.

Texas Tenderloin fund-raiser for 9U Heat

The 9U Indiana Heat baseball team will hold a Texas Tenderloin fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Juergens Hardware, in Huntington.

The meal will include a breaded tenderloin cut in half with two buns, French fries, drink and dessert.

Zombie Dash

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Runners – some in costume – take off from the start line at the first HARTA-ween Zombie Dash on Saturday evening, Oct. 14, at Yeoman Park. Runners made a 5K circuit while trying to avoid zombies on the course trying to steal their waist flags and “infect” them.

Volunteers can help build bridge at Forks Saturday

The Historic Forks of the Wabash is seeking volunteers for a bridge building day on Saturday, Oct. 21, starting at 8 a.m. at the historic site.

Organizers say gloves and boots should be worn, as well as appropriate weather gear.

Phelps to bring holiday concert to HU’s Merillat

David Phelps
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Award-winning recording artist David Phelps will perform his Classic Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 8, at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Phelps and his seven-piece musical entourage will provide an evening of worship featuring many of the songs on his “O Holy Night” recording as well as his recently released “Freedom” recording.

SA to start taking applications for Christmas assistance Oct. 27

The Salvation Army will accept applications for Christmas assistance beginning Friday, Oct. 27.

Applications will be accepted from Huntington County residents on Fridays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 1424 E. Market St., Huntington.

Those applying for assistance must bring a photo ID for the head of household and proof of address, in the form of a piece of mail or a lease.

Owen’s North Stuff a Truck event Nov. 9-12 to aid Love INC food pantry

Owen’s North will host a Share the Feast/Stuff a Truck event Nov. 9 through 12 to fill the food pantry at Love In the Name of Christ.

Donations can be placed in a Kroger semi trailer during those days, and the trailer will be hooked up and taken to Love INC Sunday evening, Nov. 12, to be unloaded. All donations will be distributed to Huntington County residents.

New Life Ministries opens downtown thrift shop

Susan Wieczorek stands inside the New Life Ministries Thrift Shop in Huntington, which will celebrate its grand opening this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21.
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A thrift shop operated by a local church has moved from Columbia City to Huntington.

The New Life Ministries Thrift Store opened Oct. 10 at 61 W. State St., across from the LaFontaine Center, and will celebrate its grand opening on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21. The grand opening celebration will include food and drinks, prizes and sales.

Huntington library piling up events at end of month

The end of October brings Google Drive class, a Hogwarts-themed Halloween party, an author visit and NaNoWriMo write-ins to the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The Markle branch will host the Google Drive class Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. Any adult interested in learning about Google’s online file storage tool is invited to the free workshop and the library will provide computers for those who cannot bring one. To register, sign up at

Andrews UMC pastor, wife attend pair of recent church conferences

Rev. Dr. Steve and Tracy Cain, of the Andrews United Methodist Church, recently attended two conferences.

They attended the New Room Conference, in Nashville, TN, on the renewal of the church and the Creation Care conference, in Indianapolis, which promotes earth care responsibilities especially as they relate to Indiana.


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The Huntington North High School marching band performs its competition show, “Supercharged,” on Friday, Oct. 13, at Kriegbaum Field. The Marching Vikes put on the show, which was free and open to the public, as a way to tune up for their final few competitions of the season.

Award nomination

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Huntington University was honored Oct. 11 at the Parkview Mirro Center, Fort Wayne, for being nominated for a 2017 Vitality Award from McMillen Health. Dr. Diana Shenefield (left), director of nursing and assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. Ruth Ford (center), associate dean of health sciences and occupational therapy doctorate director, accept the certificate of nomination from Dr. Holli Seabury (right), chief executive officer of McMillen Health.

Roanoke man helping out with Harvey relief

Roanoke resident Micah Gerber, a student at Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH, is in Houston, TX, this week providing relief to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

The Cedarville University team is partnering with Northeast Houston Baptist Church at Farrington Mission, a community center that serves one of Houston’s poorest areas. Students will repair damages caused by flooding and strengthen Farrington Mission’s ongoing ministries, which include a food pantry, clothing closet, men’s basketball ministry and pregnancy resource clinic.

Chalk art, treat event in downtown Hgtn.

Chalk art will again appear in downtown Huntington on Oct. 28, only this time the art will have a positively ghoulish outlook — and it will be accompanied by candy.

The Huntington Halloween Chalk The Walk & Treat Event will be held around the Huntington County Courthouse, the same location as a Chalk Walk held on Sept. 30.

The Halloween event requires no registration and no fee from the artists, who are invited to show up at 4 p.m., pick a sidewalk square and start drawing.

Extension Homemakers reflect on year’s accomplishments

Rita McCabe of the Huntington County Extension Homemakers shares a book recently with a class at Head Start as part of her service with the Extension Homemakers. Club members also made book bags to give to the children.
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Extension Homemakers Week is Oct. 16 through Oct. 20, and a display highlighted the local homemakers’ activities for Huntington County at the Huntington City-Township Public Library during the month of September.

Several members attended the Home and Family Conference in Indianapolis in June. Many speakers were heard and many lessons were attended and brought back to the local clubs. Highlight of this year’s conference was the installation of Stephanie Jerabek, of Huntington County, as state president.

Successful fund-raiser

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Members of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department pose for a photo with some of those who contributed to the fire department’s 2017 fund-raiser, and show the more than $45,000 worth of equipment purchased with the donations.

Andrews pantry opens

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry, in Andrews, will hold a food distribution on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the former union building, 67 N. Snowden St., Andrews.

The distribution is open only to residents of Andrews and Dallas Township.

Food will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Revival at First Free Will

The First Free Will Baptist Church, in Huntington, will hold a revival Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 18 through Oct. 20, with services starting at 6:30 p.m. each evening.

Rev. Micky King will lead the services.

The community is invited to attend.

First Free Will Baptist Church is at 1805 Salamonie Ave., Huntington.

Trinity United Methodist rummage sale to benefit several ministries

Trinity United Methodist Women will conduct their annual rummage sale fund-raiser on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21.

The sale will be held in the lower part of the church from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Sheriff’s dept. K-9 officer Zeek is in running for grant in online contest

Zeek, the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department K-9 officer, is in the running for a grant to be awarded through online voting.
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The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Zeek, is in the running for a grant of up to $5,000 from Aftermath, a company that offers emergency and crime scene cleanup services.

The grants will be awarded on the basis of online votes. A link to the voting site is on the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department page on Facebook. Individuals can cast one vote a day through Nov. 7.

The five top vote-getters will receive grants. The money is designated for upkeep, training and equipment to support police K-9 units.

A STEM career

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kathy Carney (left) of PHD, Inc. and Scott Thorn (second from left) of 1501 T.H.R.U.S.T. Huntington County 4-H Robotics talk about the need for workers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers as students take notes, during the Huntington North High School Career Day, held Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the school’s Fieldhouse.

Second sweeper to help keep streams cleaner

Drivers Kyle Updike (left) and Pat Scheiber stand in front of the City of Huntington’s expanded fleet of street sweepers, which includes a recently added 2017 machine (left) in addition to the 2013 street sweeper that was previously the city’s only street cleaning machine.
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The addition of a second street sweeper to the City of Huntington fleet gives the city additional ammunition in its quest to keep pollutants out of area streams.

City Services Director Bob Caley and Adam Cuttriss, city engineering inspector/technician, showed off the new street sweeper on Thursday, Oct. 12.
The second machine, Cuttriss says, will help the city comply with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s regulations for municipal separate storm sewer systems.

Sweeping debris off the streets keeps it out of the storm sewers.

An information technology career

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Michael Richard, program manager at Optiv Security, a provider of cyber security solutions, speaks to a group of Huntington North High School seniors attending the Career Day event Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the high school’s fieldhouse. Freshmen and senior students could visit 10 different career pods, including health services, financial services, manufacturing and science engineering, agriculture, architecture and public safety, where they could learn what it takes to enter the career field.

Beagle Club cross shoot set Nov. 12

The Fort Wayne Beagle Club will host a turkey, ham and bacon cross shoot, featuring Lengerich meats, on Oct. 29 and again on Nov. 12.

Both events start at 11 a.m. and food will be served. Twelve gauge guns are limited to .675 or larger choke.

The shoots will be held at the group’s club house at 14434 Aboite Rd., Roanoke.