Downtown hydrant art to be celebrated on Sept. 8

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Fire hydrants in the downtown Huntington area are again serving as canvases for local artists.

The 24 participating artists are painting the fire hydrants to celebrate movies in keeping with this year's theme, "Lights! Camera! Action!" The finished works depict classic movies, comedies, dramas, musicals and animated movies.

Opening day for the hydrant art is Sunday, Sept. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Tipton House to host three community programs

In observance of National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 8 to 14, Tipton House Assisted Senior Living will host a series of events designed to bring together residents, families, employees, volunteer and the community to celebrate "Homemade Happiness."

The "Homemade Happiness" theme acknowledges the contributions of staff, residents and families in making the assisted living community a home.

The week's events include:

• Sept. 11, noon to 1 p.m. - Southern Care Home Health will be at the Tipton House to share information on aromatherapy.


Senior Center, HAT will close for holiday

The Huntington County Council on Aging and Huntington Area Transportation will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.

The center is located at 354 N. Jefferson St., Huntington and may be reached at 359-4410.



Filling the boot

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chris Sunderman, a lieutenant with the Huntington Fire Department, gets ready to accept a donation from a driver on Etna Avenue, in Huntington, on Friday, Aug. 23, for the department's "Fill The Boot" drive. The donations will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Survey: HU’s record makes it the second safest school in Indiana

Huntington University is a safe school both for its campus and the local community, according to rankings by StateUniver

Huntington University ranked second in Indiana out of 50 schools listed.

The safety and security of members of the Huntington University community are the primary concerns of the campus leadership, says Dr. Ron Coffey, vice president for Student Life.

Trained police officers are on staff at HU to patrol the campus. They are charged with the enforcement of federal, state and local laws, as well as university policies and regulations.


Fur trade

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Randy Bellamy (left) describes the importance and value of beaver pelts to Miami Indians to several Seniors on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Forks of the Wabash Museum. The Forks hosted a "Seniors at the Forks" event, which included several guided tours.


Gallery exhibit showcases works by HU art faculty

The Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University opens its fall season with an exhibit of works by visual and digital media arts faculty.

The exhibit opens on Sept. 9 in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery and will feature a variety of formats from both departments.

The professors exhibiting are Rebecca Coffman, professor of art; Ken Hopper, associate professor of art; Barb Michel, assistant professor of art; Rebekah Hubley, adjunct professor of art; and Dr. Lance Clark, professor of digital media arts film and communications.


Local 4-H’er places 20th in state dog competition

Gabi Haneline, a member of the Waggin' Tails 4-H Dog Club of Huntington County, placed 20th out of 126 in the agility competition at the 2013 Indiana State Fair 4-H Dog Show on Aug. 18.

Haneline competed with her dog, "Sadie."



Novae among top Indiana companies

Novae Corp. has earned a mention in Inc. magazine.
For the eighth consecutive year, Novae was recognized on the Inc. 5000 list - ranking 47 among the Top 100 Indiana companies and 2,891 nationwide. This places Novae forth among Indiana manufacturers on the Inc. 5000 list.

Founded in 1995, Novae designs and manufacturers utility trailers and related accessories for customers such as homeowners, construction and landscaping companies and racing teams.


Banks donate school supplies to SA

iAB financial bank and Tower Bank & Trust assisted The Salvation Army's Tools for School program with school supplies donated by the banks' colleagues and the public.

The donated school supplies were packed into backpacks and given to students in kindergarten through 12th grade heading back to school.

iAB financial bank serves 12 communities, including Huntington, Mar- kle, Roanoke and Warren.



Helping them learn

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Bev Swaim (center), vice president of Roanoke American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160, presents school supplies from the auxiliary to Chuck Werth (left), principal at Crestview Middle School, and school counselor Lisa McDonald (right). The auxiliary collected book bags, notebooks, paper and other school supplies for students at Roanoke Elementary School and Crestview Middle School.


Life skill award

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Roanoke Elementary School students who recently earned awards for displaying the life skill of friendship were (front row, from left) Dalton Husband, Josiah Smith, Gianna Kerby, Ellie Shape and Kaitlyn Sparks; (second row, from left) Savannah Underwood, Landon Zeider, Lazarus Bertsch, Alyssa Gilpin, Stella Scheer and Josie Fritcha and (back row, from left) Reece Colclesser, Grant Beckner, Bryce Thompson, Jack Nelson, Angie Lopez and Noah Dilley.


Crimestoppers seeking info on Aug. 10 home burglary near U.S-24

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a burglary at a residence near CR 800N and U.S.-24 that occurred on or about Aug. 10, 2013.

Crime Stoppers is also seeking information about a burglary at a building on CR 1100N near CR 400E that occurred on or about Aug. 22, 2013.

Both burglaries occurred in Huntington County and within a mile and a half of Roanoke.

Crime Stoppers assists law enforcement by offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of crime suspects.


Victory Noll to host T’ai Chi classes

The Victory Noll Center will offer "T'ai Chi Chih: Joy Through Movement" beginning Sept. 10.

Developed by Justin Stone in 1974, T'ai Chi Chih is a series of 19 slow, gentle movements and one pose dedicated to activate, circulate and balance the vital, universal energy that flows within each person.

The movements are accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. It can even be performed while seated.

The leader for the classes is Jan Parker, who is an accredited T'ai Chi Chih teacher.


‘Rockin’ for Riley Sept. 13 at Cottage Event Center

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The Indianapolis-based band Klas will provide the entertainment at "Rockin' for Riley," a fund-raiser for Riley Hospital for Children to be held Sept. 13 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.

Klas performs '60s and '70s rock covering artists including Bob Seger, The Grass Roots, Neil Diamond, the Eagles, Steppenwolf and Tommy James and the Shondells along with '50s hits made famous by Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and more.


Back to school

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington University students Antonio Castillo (left), Emily Carbaugh (middle) and James Handtke have lunch in the school's Habecker Dining Commons on Monday, Aug. 26, which was the first day back to school for students.


Money for books

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Second grade students Chad McGroeder (front right) and Kayley Williams (front left) and Guidance Counselor Mindy Reust (back right) accept a check from Deanna Scott of Teachers Credit Union for the Lincoln Elementary School Lincoln Bookstore and Economy program. Students earn "Abe Bucks" for classroom and school-wide jobs, attending school each day and doing their personal best in schoolwork.


Roanoke library to show miniseries

Roanoke Public Library will host a showing of "The Bible" miniseries beginning Sept. 5 at 10 a.m.

The miniseries will last 10 weeks, concluding Nov. 7.
Popcorn will be provided.

The library is located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke.

For more information contact Library Director Celia Bandelier at 672-2989.



Change in tornado siren testing

Starting in September, Huntington County's tornado sirens will be tested twice a month, Huntington County Emergency Management Director Lindsie Goss has announced.

The sirens will be tested on the first Monday of each month and the first Saturday of each month, both days at noon, beginning the week of Sept. 1.

For many years, the sirens were tested at noon on the first Wednesday of the month. That will no longer be the case.

Goss says the new schedule will allow the sirens' audibility to be tested during the work week as well as on the weekend.



SWCD taking orders for fish sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for their Fall Fish Sale from Aug. 29 through Sept. 23.

Orders are due with payment to the District Office by Sept. 23. Delivery will be on Oct. 1.

For an order form visit the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive or go online at

For more information contact the district office at 356-6816 ext. 3.



Grief group to meet

The next GriefShare group will start on Wednesday evening, Sept. 11, in the Colonial Room at the New Hope Church.

This experience is for anyone who has lost someone significant in his or her life through death.

The only cost is for the workbook.
Rev. Lynn Mefferd will be the facilitator for this experience.

Call the church office at 356-0870 for more information or to register for the class.

The New Hope United Brethren Church is located at 2001 Engle St., in Huntington.



‘Beer and Brats’ on tap at Mt. Etna UM on Sept. 7

Mt. Etna United Methodist Church will host a "Beer and Brats" fund-raiser to benefit its missions team on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The menu includes root beer, brats, hot dogs, sides and dessert.

A corn hole tournament will be held at 5 p.m. and there is a cost per team. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the winning team and the other 50 to missions. A silent auction will be held at 7 p.m.

For more information call the church at 468-9096, 468-2148 or email

The church is located at 6383W-600S, Mt. Etna.



Trash pick-up routes to be modified due to Labor Day holiday closing

Trash pick-up routes in the city of Huntington will be modified next week as the Huntington Street Department closes on Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day.

Routes normally covered on Mondays will be delayed one day to Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Trash should be out before 7 a.m.



New Foundations Ministries pastor to host Bible study series at local site

Tracy Enyeart, pastor of New Foundations Ministries, will host a Bible study series starting Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.

The series is a study on the book of Romans. It will be held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at Café of Hope, in meeting room 1.

Membership at New Foundations Ministries is not a requirement for participating.

Café of Hope is located at 900 E. State St., Huntington.



Performance champs recognized

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Overall Performance Champions (from left) Kaitlyn Drayer, champion in the Senior English Horse Division; Amara Eckert, champion in the Junior English Horse Division, the Junior Western Horse Division and the Junior Pony Western Division; Dakota Sunday, tied-winner of the Senior Horse Gaming Division; Brianna Mason, winner of Senior Pony English and Senior Pony Western Division; Savanna Stoltz, winner of the Senior Western Horse Division; Cameron Kreider, tied-winner of the Senior Horse Gaming Divison and the Senior Pony Gaming Division; and Arizona Sunday, winner of the Junior Pony Gamin


Doctor appreciation

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Walmart Vision Center employees (from left) Stephanie Tackett, Samantha Walker, Dr. Cathy Michaud, Vision Center Manager Dona Gandee and Sheena Bell celebrate Doctor Appreciation Day at the Huntington Walmart on Friday, Aug. 23. Cake was distributed to all store employees.


United Way campaign goal

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Zander Mason (left), a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, and Desiree Frederick roll out a banner announcing the goal for the 2013 fund-raising campaign of the Huntington County United Way. The goal was announced Wednesday, Aug. 21, during the campaign kick-off at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.


Local Indiana State Trooper Teusch gets promotion to detective rank

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Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Matthew B. Teusch has been promoted to the rank of detective and transferred to the Criminal Investigation Command of the ISP.

In his new position, Teusch will assume investigative duties in both Huntington and Whitley counties.

His promotion took effect on Sunday, Aug. 18.


United Way fund-raising volunteers sent out into community with their mission at kickoff lunch Wednesday

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

United Way volunteers were sent out in the community on Wednesday, Aug. 21, charged with raising $676,000 for the common good.

The 2013 fund-raising campaign for the United Way of Huntington County was officially kicked off with a luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, one of 18 organizations in the community that will receive some of the funds.

The $676,000 goal, which was announced during the kick-off luncheon, represents a $21,000 from the amount raised in the 2012 campaign.


Fall Festival pet parade set for Sept. 5

The Roanoke Fall Festival will feature a pet parade on Sept. 5.

Pets and owners may register at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the Roanoke Park, and the parade begins at 6 p.m. Entries will be judged in several categories - most creative, owner/pet look alike, best dressed pet and best combo.

Only one pet is allowed per entry, and each pet must be leashed, crated or securely restrained. No large hoofed animals are allowed.

Children younger than 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, call 415-1228.


Crafting a butterfly

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

LuAnn Carroll (left) assists her granddaughter Finley Parsons in selecting just the right color of marker to use next as they create a butterfly craft at Upper Wabash Interpretive Service's butterfly-themed preschool session on Wednesday, Aug. 21.


Warren Woodlawn Cemetery board holds annual meeting

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Warren Woodlawn Cemetery board held its annual meeting on Aug. 19 at the home of Guy Jackson.

Board members learned that the tree removal project is slow but showing a great amount of progress. This project was fully funded by donations the board received for this project.

A decision on the 2014 mowing season was tabled until next meeting when more information will be available.
Several burial sites are still available for purchase.


High school students can apply for research grants

The Indiana Academy of Science announces that Junior Research grants are available for Indiana high school students in grades nine through 12.

The academy supports the efforts of students as they design, conduct and evaluate independent research projects.

To be considered, students must prepare a proposal according to the guidelines, which can be found at

Questions regarding proposals or the review process can be emailed to Dr. Larry Mordan, student mentor, high school Research Grants Committee at


Fall Fest show features tribute to country legends Cash and Cline

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Singing duo Shade 'N' Shannon have joined the entertainment lineup for the Roanoke Fall Festival.

Henry Phillips and Shannon Persinger will perform a two-hour tribute to country music legends Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline on Sept. 6, beginning at 6 p.m., on the free stage under the Main Tent at Roanoke Park. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Cash's death and the 50th anniversary of Cline's.

Phillips and Persinger have performed as Shade 'N' Shannon at festivals and events throughout the Midwest.


Local business raises more than $7K for Riley

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A local business is sending more than $7,200 to Riley Hospital for Children, the result of a fund-raising campaign fueled by personal connections to the Indianapolis hospital by both the company's owner and one of its employees.

Darlene Stanley, owner of the five Johnson Junction locations, selected Riley Hospital as the beneficiary of the company's 2013 fund-raiser. The seed for that decision was planted in the fall of 2012, when Stanley learned that her niece's four-month-old son, Elijah Whitacre, was being sent to Riley.


Ecolab Foundation grants will fund projects in many Huntington County classrooms

The Ecolab Foundation Visions for Learning program has awarded 15 grants totaling more than $30,000 to several Huntington County Community School Corporation teachers.

The foundation, an arm of Ecolab, provides grants to educators in communities where Ecolab facilities are located.

This year's recipients include:

• Roanoke Elementary, $1,090 to Jennifer Colvard for kits to study rocks and simple machines.

• Riverview Middle School, $3,000 to Brandi Cross and Blake Childs for Follett eBooks, Scholastic books and general supplies.


Roanoke Tractor Pullers again host pull, DD

The Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association will host its annual tractor pull on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. and a demolition derby on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

Both events will be held at the Roanoke Fall Festival, with gates opening at 6 p.m.

A kiddie tractor pull will also be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. at the main tent at the Roanoke pavilion, with children's activities beginning at 9 a.m. on the tennis courts.

Admission will be charged to enter both events.

This year's events will support Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.


Five generations

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The birth of Kai Jaxon Dubuc on June 16 made Mandy Clabaugh (left) a great-great-grandmother and completed five generations in her family. They gathered for this photo on Aug. 17. Family members, all from Huntington, are (from left) Clabaugh; Connie Classon, the baby's great-grandmother; mother Paige Dubuc Arquette with Kai; and grandmother Shannon Karst.


Set hunting course for whitetail deer

The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services and Roush Fish and Wildlife Area staffs will host "Hunt, Fish, Eat: Whitetail Deer," a four-session instructional course about the skills necessary to hunt whitetail deer in Indiana.


Senior Fall Fest will focus on Miami culture

The annual Senior Fall Fest at Salamonie Lake will be Sept. 9-11, with a focus this year on Miami Indian culture in Indiana.

Senior Fall Fest will kick off Monday, Sept. 9, at noon with the Senior Monday Luncheon at the interpretive center.

Advance registration is required.

Participants should bring a prepared dish to share, table service, drink and a $1 donation for the provided main dish.

A presentation by the vice chief of the Miami Nation of Indiana will follow.


Red Cross announces pair of blood drives

The American Red Cross of Huntington County announces upcoming blood drives.

They are:

• Sept. 9 - A blood drive will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, in the main room, from 1 to 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

• Sept. 11 - From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a blood drive will be held at Huntington University, in the dining hall. Donors will be entered into a drawing for a $50 shopping spree.


Holmes to retire from Extension; open house set

The Purdue Extension Office of Huntington County will hold an open house on Sept. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gathering Place in Huntington celebrating the retirement of Administrative Assistant Carol Holmes.

Holmes has served the Extension office for 22 years.

Her last day is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30.

Well-wishers are invited to send a card to Holmes at Purdue Extension Huntington County, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington, IN 46750.


Stamper to visit library for author talk, signing

Former Huntington resident Bill Stamper will return to his hometown on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. for an author talk and book signing at the Huntington City-Township Public Library's main library in Huntington.

Stamper's action/adventure/crime novel, "Reality Checks," will be available for purchase during the evening.

Stamper graduated from Huntington County Community High School in 1969 and attended Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, before earning a degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1973.


El Shaddai expands graphics department, adds location in downtown business area

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The need for space and a growing graphics department. Those are the reasons why El Shaddai Inc., in Huntington has expanded, says Jason Fields, president.

The second location, which will serve as the home office, is located at 517 N. Jefferson St.

"This is where we meet with clients and talk about what they want to have done," Fields says. "The other location will now be used for production only."

He adds that the move downtown gives the company more visibility, due to high traffic and helps to strengthen the downtown business community.


Top point-earning 4-H’ers awarded

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The Lahrs, Linzy Lahr (left) and Travis Lahr (right) give two silver belt buckles to the 4-H'ers that earned the most points with multiple horses or a single horse at the 4-H horse and pony show, (center from left) Amara Eckert and Savanna Stoltz. Eckert won the belt buckle for multiple horses shown at the fair. She is the daughter of Matt and Heather Eckert and a member of the Silver Streak Saddlers 4-H club. Stoltz won the belt buckle for the single horse award. She is the daughter of Steve and Karla Stoltz and a member of the Blue Ribbon Riders 4-H club.


Shearer recognized

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Members of the Jones family (left) Bobbie Jones and Bob Jones (right) give an award to Zach Shearer (center), a 10-year 4-H'er that has excelled in the 4-H horse and pony program. Shearer is the son of Greg and Julie Shearer, and a member of the Warren Township Wranglers.


Hinshaw to speak at Hier’s Park

The Extension Homemakers will host a presentation by Karen Hinshaw, county Extension director and health and human sciences educator at the Purdue Extension Office of Huntington County.

The presentation will be held at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park, Huntington, on Sept. 10 and will begin at 5 p.m.
There is a cost to attend, and will include the cost of food.

To register, call the Extension office at 358-4826.
Hinshaw will detail her travels to Sweden and France, where she studied childcare.


Quarterback Club grills for fund-raiser at season opener

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Mike Stephan (left) finishes grilling up some rib eyes at the Ultimate Tailgate Party. The event was put on by the Huntington Quarterback Club and held outside Kriegbaum Field before the Huntington North High School varsity football team's season opener against Homestead on Friday, Aug. 23. Proceeds from the event will benefit area football programs.


Andrews Mud Bogs seeks trucks for competition

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Trucks of all shapes and sizes will show off their muscle on Saturday, Aug. 24, during the Andrews Mud Bogs.

The competition, sponsored by the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department, pits machine against mud as drivers steer their trucks into a goop-filled pit until the tires stop spinning.

The pit is located in a vacant lot at the end of Terrell Street, off Main Street. The water is supplied by the fire department.


Cornerstone Alliance Church opening new preschool on site

Cornerstone Alliance Church in Roanoke is opening a new preschool.

Cornerstone Preschool begins its school year Sept. 3 at Cornerstone Alliance Church. The church is located at 5833E-900N, Roanoke.

The preschool will hold classes each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

"The new preschool will offer a safe, encouraging environment, conducive to young children's learning and growing as they prepare for Kindergarten," said Chrissy Zook, the preschool's director.


The best

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Darrell Poulson, of Huntington, poses with BSA Open Range, which was named champion yearling Boer buck at the Indiana State Fair Open Boer Goat Show on Tuesday, Aug. 6. BSA Open Range is owned by Darrell and Tammy Poulson.


Motorcycle ministry to be at Apostolic Grace on Sept. 1 for sermon and presentation

Apostolic Grace Fellowship Church, in Andrews, will host Rev. Charles V. Stansell and the Azusa Streetriders, a motorcycle ministry, on Sept. 1 at 11 a.m.

Stansell will be speaking and the Azusa Streetriders will be making a presentation.

For more information, contact Stansell at 256-525-8681.
The church is located at 98 N. Snowden St., Andrews.



Safety Council to hear health program

The next meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council is Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in Habecker Dining Commons, at Huntington University.

Megan Bobay, clinical dietitian, and Katie Hall, exercise specialist, will present a program titled "Recipe for Healthy Employees."

Lunch can be purchased. Registrations are required by Sept. 6 at noon.

For more information, contact Holly Sale, HCSC president, at 355-3203 or



Trout earns spring dean’s list accolade at Huntington University

Ashley Trout, of Huntington, has been named to Huntington University's dean's list for the spring semester 2012-13 school year.

Trout was a senior communication studies major during the spring semester.

To be named to the dean's list students must be enrolled in at least 12 graded credit hours, and must achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale.



Brown returns to roots with Markle concert

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It's fitting that Jessie Brown will be performing songs from her album "Take Me Home" when she takes the Markle Health & Rehabilitation Stage in Markle Park on Saturday, Aug. 24, during the Markle Wildcat Festival.

And it's because, for Brown, Markle is home.

"I learned how to ride my bike for the first time in Markle," says the singer-songwriter. "I was born in Bluffton. I lived in Markle until I was about 14 years old."


Community invited to audition for ‘Seven Brides’

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Robin Higginbotham, a professional actress, dancer and choreographer based in New York City, will be the guest director for "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" at Huntington University Nov. 14-16 and 21-23.

Auditions for "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" will be held on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. on campus.

Auditions are open to students, faculty and staff as well as to Huntington community members.

Higginbotham returns to HU after last directing "As It Is In Heaven" in the fall of 2008.


Gasts celebrate retirement with open house at church

An open house in honor of the retirement of Rev. Chip and Paula Gast will be held on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The open house will be held at Solid Rock United Methodist Church, 485 Bennett Drive, Warren.

Those attending are asked to omit gifts.



Churches to serve ice cream in Roanoke Saturday

A group of area United Methodist churches will sponsor an ice cream social on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Carroll's Warehouse, located on the corner of Second and Main streets in Roanoke, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The ice cream social will take place at the same time as the Roanoke Farmer's Market.

The event is sponsored by the Fruitful Cluster group of the United Methodist Church, which includes Bethel in Huntington, Pleasant Chapel, Zion, Christ's and Seminary churches of Roanoke.



Cancer Support Group meets Monday at Trinity

The Cancer Support Group will meet Monday, Aug. 26, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, in Huntington, at 7 p.m. in the lower level.

A DVD of Dr. Lorraine Day telling of her cancer cure will be shown.

Testimonies and health news will be shared. Anyone interested in alternative means to health is encouraged to attend.

Trinity United Meth- odist Church is located at 530 Guilford St., Huntington.



Full slate of free entertainment to be featured at Roanoke Fall Festival

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A full slate of entertainment - all free - will be featured on stage at the 60th Roanoke Fall Festival.

The festival takes place Sept. 5 through Sept. 7 at the Roanoke Park, with stage entertainment featured on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7.

Scott Greeson and the Trouble With Monday band start off with a two-hour country show on Sept. 6 starting at 9 p.m.


Riverview receives grant from state foundation for field trips to parks

Riverview Middle School is one of 16 Indiana schools to receive grants from the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation to fund field trips to state parks and reservoirs.

Riverview's sixth-graders will use the grant for a field trip to Salamonie Lake.

The grants pay for transportation costs, program fees and classroom supplies related to preparation or follow-up for the field trips.


Mueller added to HU faculty in grad dept

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Dr. Walt Mueller, renowned teacher and leader in the youth culture, has joined the graduate youth ministry leadership faculty at Huntington University.

Mueller is the founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, a non-profit organization bridging the gap between parents and teens, and has been working with youth and families for 31 years.


Third annual McKenzie’s Hope Challenge is set for Sept. 14

McKenzie's Hope will hold the third annual McKenzie's Hope Challenge on Sept. 14.

The event is open to all ages.

Teams figure out clues, find locations and complete challenges while discovering Huntington. Teams may consist of 2 to 4 people.

The event will start at Drover Park, 1215 Etna Ave., at 9 a.m. From there, teams will receive clues about challenges they must complete at various locations throughout Huntington.


Back to school

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Lancaster Elementary School students hurry off the bus and into the school building on the first day of the 2013-14 school year, Wednesday, Aug. 14.


Fair board to meet Tuesday at Hier’s Park

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Board will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., at Heritage Hall, in Hier's Park. 
The board will be reviewing the 2013 Huntington County 4-H Fair.

There will be reports from the 4-H superintendents, fair board committee chairpersons and others attending this evaluation meeting.

For more information about the Huntington County 4-H program, contact Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office, County Annex Building, located at 354 N. Jefferson-Suite 202, Huntington or call 358-4826.



Andrews Recipe Club meets third Tuesday of month to share

The Andrews Recipe Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library to share favorite recipes.

The club next meets on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. This month's theme is breakfast.

Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their favorite breakfast recipe and a sample to share with the group. 
Beverages and copies of the recipes will be provided by the library.

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library is located at 30 E. Madison St. in Andrews.


Firefighters scholarship recipients

Photo by André B. Laird.

The Huntington Firefighters Association awarded four scholarships to local students on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Recipients were Sara Hoffman (center, left) and Emily Koons. Not pictured are Calvin Miller and Anthony Warner. Each student received a $500 scholarship. Also on hand for the presentation were (from left) firefighter Duane Naab, Mike Burnworth, union president, and firefighters Travis Monsey and Derek Holzinger.


Aussie company to open facility locally

Auger Torque USA, LLC, has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Huntington.

The Australian-owned company, which is headquartered in the United Kingdom, manufactures and distributes earthmoving attachments. This will be its first facility in the United States, according to an announcement from the Indiana Economic Development Commission.


1st Source Bank earns top thousand accolade

1st Source Bank has been named one of the top 1,000 banks in the world for 2013 by The Banker magazine.

1st Source was ranked 859 on the global list and 129 on he United States list, which recognized 167 of the more than 7,000 banks in the United States.

The magazine ranked 1st Source the 38th soundest bank in the country, 132nd in the United States based on assed size, 76th in pre-tax profits, 68th in the U.S. in performance rankings and 39th for return on assets.

1st Source Bank has an office in Huntington at 1959 N. Jefferson St.



Local 4-H’ers rise to top in several livestock shows at state fair

Huntington County 4-H'ers rose to the top of the swine, rabbit, sheep and horse and pony shows at the Indiana State Fair, according to the latest results released by state fair officials.

In the Sheep Show, Ty Miller had the champion Oxford ewe as well as the supreme champion ewe at the state fair.

Dalaney Vickrey brought home a multitude of awards from the State Fair Swine Show.

Vickrey had the champion Chester White barrow, champion Yorkshire gilt, the reserve grand champion 4-H gilt and the third, fourth, fifth and sixth place 4-H overall barrows.


IFB will hold fall meeting in Wabash

The Indiana Farm Bureau will hold its District 4 fall meeting on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Wabash County REMC.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with Huntington County members in charge.

Speakers for the event will include Karen Lackey, family and consumer sciences specialist; Cameron Lochner, of the Wabash County Veterans Service office; and Michelle Mayer, of the consumer protection division of the attorney general's office.


Roanoke Scout roundup is Sept. 12

Roanoke Cub Scouts Pack 3131 will hold a Cub Scout roundup on Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Roanoke Elementary School.

Indiana State Police Master State Trooper Gary Shenefield and his police dog will put on a demonstration.

Roanoke Boy Scout Troop 302 will make kettle popcorn.

The Cub Scout program is open to boys entering first grade until they graduate from the fifth grade.

Boys are grouped into dens of six to eight other Cub Scouts of similar ages. Under the instruction of den leaders, the boys work on requirements to earn rank badges.


Area students named to Ivy Tech summer dean’s list

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast recently announced the names of its students named to the dean's list for summer 2013.

Among them were several Huntington County students. They are:

Andrews - Christine Zahm-Gordon.

Huntington - Matthew Anderson, Casey Brandenburg, Erica Emley, Hal Jones, Shaunna Minnick and Heather Oswalt.
Also, Andrea Schnepp, Melissa Schnepp, Tamara Scott, Kristine Shockley, Christy Spencer and Julia Wine.

Markle - Randall Goergen.


Local family among 58 earning accolade

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A Huntington County family that has operated a farm in Jefferson Township for more than 150 years was one of 58 Indiana farming families honored Aug. 7 at the Indiana State Fair as Hoosier Homestead families.

Audra Riggers, who now lives on the farm, and her father, Wallace Riggers, accepted the award.

To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year.


Mobile mammography unit to have 3 local stops

Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography has scheduled three stops in Huntington County.

The mobile unit will offer mammograms on Aug. 24 at Owen's South, 1245 S. Jefferson St., Huntington; on Sept. 21 at Owen's North, 2718 Guilford St., Huntington; and on Oct. 5 at Seminary United Methodist Church, 250 N. Seminary St., Roanoke.

Appointments should be scheduled in advance. For an appointment, call 483-1847 or 1-800-727-8439, ext. 26540. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule.


Seeing clearly

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Andrew the Lion, mascot of the Andrews Lions Club, visited with children and had his eyes screened during the Crossroad Connections Back 2 School Blast on Aug. 10 at Hier's Park. Eye screenings for children ages 1 through 5 years are provided free of charge by the Indiana Lions Foundation and volunteers from local Lions Clubs in Andrews, Bippus, Huntington and Roanoke.


Trapper education course at Salamonie is Oct. 5-6

Salamonie Lake will host a free trapper education course, Oct. 5-6, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The program is open to all ages, though youth are especially encouraged to attend. Registration is open now, and those interested are encouraged to register well in advance. The registration deadline is Sept. 30.

The program will start on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. with education on trapping issues, ethics and regulations. The program is sponsored by Salamonie Lake, the Indiana State Trappers Association and Indiana Conservation Officers.


Grant will send Riverview students to Salamonie Lake

Riverview Middle School is one of 16 Indiana schools to receive grants from the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation to fund field trips to state parks and reservoirs.

Riverview's sixth-graders will use the grant for a field trip to Salamonie Lake.

The grants pay for transportation costs, program fees and classroom supplies related to preparation or follow-up for the field trips.


Classmates to raise funds for Good, Fairchild at HNHS football games

Classmates of Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild will sponsor a fund-raiser to benefit the girls as they recover from injuries sustained in a parasailing accident over the summer.

Good and Fairchild are both Huntington North High School students, but have so far not been able to return to classes as they continue rehabiliation.

HNHS students will hold a bake sale during the first home football game against Homestead, on Aug. 23, and again at the Aug. 30 game against Carroll.

T-shirts and bracelets will also be available at the games.


Bowers Jewelers staff attends fall buying show

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Gene Bowers, Susie Bowers, Jolene Paolillo, Penny Cuttriss and Shonah Landes from Bowers Jewelers recently attended the 2013 Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) Fall Buying Show in Covington, KY.

The event, tabbed "Gold Standard," allowed jewelers the opportunity to share business ideas, purchase new items at pre-negotiated prices and network with peers.

Hundreds of jewelers learned about business strategy and effective communication among other topics while enjoying the attractions of the host city that included a Kentucky Derby-themed award gala.


Mentor program continues with help from L.A.C.E.

The freshman mentoring program at Huntington North High School is continuing this year, thanks to a grant from L.A.C.E. (Local Anti-Drug Coalition Effort).

L.A.C.E. has funded the mentoring and freshman orientation programs at HNHS for nine years.

The mentoring program is designed to help incoming freshmen make the transition to high school and offer a support structure that will help freshmen make good choices when it comes to drugs, relationships, academics, emotional issues and other areas.


Huntington city parking lot getting more green

Photo by Steve Clark.

The city parking lot adjacent to the Huntington City-Township Public Library, in Huntington, is going green.

On Monday, Aug. 12, construction began on a project to make the parking lot friendlier to the environment.

The highlight of the project, says Anthony Goodnight, Huntington's director of public works and engineering services, will be a rain garden.


87 volunteers remove 4 tons of trash from river in clean-up event

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The Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission and the City of Huntington announces that 87 volunteers that participated in the "De-Trash the Wabash" project held on Saturday, July 27.

The volunteers were formed into teams and each team cleaned a one-mile section of the Little River and the Wabash River from downtown Huntington to the Wabash County Line.

They removed a total of 8,260 pounds of trash from the river and the riverbanks, including 79 car tires, 12 semi tires and 1 tractor tire.


HHS ‘53 to hold 60-year reunion Sept. 27-29

The Huntington High School Class of 1953 will hold its 60-year reunion the weekend of Sept. 27-29.

Plans include an informal Friday evening get-together, Saturday afternoon wine trip, dinner on Saturday at Norwood Golf Club and a Sunday morning breakfast.

The planning committee is trying to locate classmates whose addresses are unknown and who did not receive the invitation, as well as friends from surrounding classes who may be interested in attending.

For more information, contact Jack Snover at 358-0842 or Sharon Cozad at 356-6943.



Local financial advisor Kimmel featured in national publication

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Seth Kimmel of Innovative Financial Services (IFS), a division of First Federal Savings Bank, was one of four advisors chosen nationwide to be featured in a publication "Build a Better Business" by OneAmerica Securities, Inc.


Piling it up

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jaren Taylor loads up a plate with the fare offered by Roanoke Village Inn at the 20th annual Taste of Roanoke, on Main Street in Roanoke, on Saturday evening, Aug. 17.


Grilling at the Taste

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jim Vachon (left) and Dave Winters prepare some food in the Roanoke Lions Club tent during the 20th annual Taste of Roanoke, on Main Street in Roanoke, on Saturday evening, Aug. 17.


New firefighter

Photo by Steve Clark.

Michael Thrift (third from left) was sworn in as the newest firefighter with the Huntington City Fire Department at the Huntington City Building on Monday, Aug. 12. Pictured are (from left) Wayne Huff, fire marshal; Tim Albertson, fire chief; Thrift; Brooks Fetters, Huntington mayor; and Keith Paterson, assistant chief. Thrift is one of five new hires to be made this year due to retirements in the department.


Cadet instructor

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Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Shelbie A. Smart has arrived for duty as a cadet instructor and quarter master assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT. Smart, a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School, has served in the military for four years. She is the daughter of Tony and Sara Smart, of Huntington County.


Dillman United Brethren’s annual ice cream social is set for Sept. 7

Dillman United Brethren Church's annual ice cream social will be Sept. 7 in the church's Fellowship Hall from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Featured will be Dillman-made Sloppy Joes, hot dog and sloppy dog sandwiches, chips, relishes, ice cream, pies and cakes.

Freewill donations will be taken, with proceeds going toward the multi-purpose building project.

The church is located on the corner of Wells County roads 900S and 1100W in Jackson Township.



Senior Day at Historic Forks set for Tuesday

Senior Day is planned at the Historic Forks of the Wabash on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Guest speakers will demonstrate different skills such as rope making, weaving and quilting. A sing-along will also be held.

The buildings and museum will be open with interpreters.
For more information call the Forks of the Wabash on Tuesday or Thursday morning at 356-1903.



Brick by brick

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jeff Houth, of Hagerman Construction Co., Fort Wayne, removes bricks on Monday, Aug. 12, from an unsafe building on Wayne Street in downtown Warren that is slated to be demolished.


Celebration awards

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Three Huntington County 4-H'ers who showed champion livestock at the Indiana State Fair were selected for the inaugural Indiana State Fair Celebration Awards on Saturday, Aug. 10. Displaying the checks they received are (from left) Kayla Patrick, who exhibited the champion meat pen of rabbits; Kelsey Bauer, who had the champion Yorkshire barrow, which was also selected as third place overall barrow; and Dalaney Vickrey, who showed the champion Chester White barrow, which was also named fifth place overall barrow.


St. Peter’s First to host ‘Dog Days of Summer’

The Dog Days of Summer Arts and Crafts Sale will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.

A variety of vendors will display and sell their items.
The day also includes a bake sale, with lunch items available.

All church proceeds will benefit the church's Samaritan Fund.



Bendix opens health care center for employees

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems celebrated the establishment of an on-site health care center for employees on Friday, Aug. 9.

The company, partnering with Marathon Health, Inc., will open the center in mid-September. It will deliver primary care to Bendix's nearly 400 employees.

Due to the Huntington facility's extensive participation in the company's health programs, they were selected to pilot the first health center as the company monitors its use and effectiveness.


Digital creative agency opens doors in downtown Roanoke

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Clear Elevation, LLC, a digital creative agency, has opened its doors in downtown Roanoke.

In a partnership with Reusser Design, LLC in Roanoke, Clear Elevation is the first company formed under the umbrella of HU Ventures, Inc.

HU Ventures was established last year by Huntington University as a wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary to help provide new and innovative resources for the university.


HNHS ‘83 to have reunion

The Huntington North High School class of 1983 will have a 30th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 28.

For more information visit



It’s all in the angle

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Artist Angela Ellsworth (left) and Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher flank the community art project Ellsworth helped students at the Boys & Girls Club create during the 2012-13 school year. The project was sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council as part of its Arts in Education outreach program. The mural, a mosaic made of positive phrases painted by 199 participants and then torn into strips, appears as a heart when viewed from one direction and as the Boys & Girls Club logo when viewed from the other direction.


Chamber offers biz workshop on Sept. 12

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is offering the workshop, "Lunch and Learn: Essential Business Applications and Technology for the Business" on Sept. 12 at Horace Mann Education Center, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.

The workshop is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with questions and one-on-one time from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

There is a fee to attend, with a box lunch and beverage provided.

This is a hands-on workshop in which a business owner or manager can explore the various business applications available to them to make their job more efficient.


Norwell drumline, winterguard to have fund-raiser this Friday

The Norwell drumline and winterguard will hold a fund-raiser on Friday, Aug. 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Vinatelli's, 617 Annette Drive, Markle.

Vinatelli's and a neighboring business, Dairy Queen, will offer specials during the evening.

Norwell discount cards will be available for purchase along with raffle tickets for a Novae trailer. The raffle is being held in conjunction with the Markle Wildcat Festival.

Donations in cash or by check will be accepted.

Community members are invited to bring their own lawn chairs.



Sixth week of Roanoke farm market

The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce will host the sixth week of the Roanoke Farmers' Market on Saturday, Aug. 17, on Main Street, in Roanoke.

The farmers' market attracts vendors and visitors from around the area and provides a family-friendly atmosphere. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon each week.

This week, the Roanoke Tractor Pullers' Association will be onsite to showcase one of its triple engine super modified tractors. No earplugs will be needed as the tractor will not be turned on.


Wayne Street in downtown Warren will be closed through Wednesday

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Wayne Street in downtown Warren, from 1st Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 12-15, to allow for demolition of an unsafe building.

Additional closures will take place after that date to allow for removal of debris.

Motorists are also prohibited from using alleys to access the area because of the movement of equipment through the area.

Truck traffic only is prohibited until Aug. 30. Trucks must follow a detour from Ind.-218 to Grover Street to 5th Street.


Questa gives five locals scholarships for school

The Questa Foundation for Education has selected five Huntington County students as scholarship recipients.

They are:

• Erica Carroll, attending University of Saint Francis.

• Alyssa Kissell, attending Huntington University.

• Adam Reust, attending Indiana Tech.

• Andrea Shriner, attending Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)

• Kylie Tester, attending Grace College.

Each of these scholars will receive annual funding of up to $5,000 per year for either their associate or bachelor degrees.


20 years for Taste of Roanoke on Saturday

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Taste of Roanoke returns for its 20th year on Saturday, Aug. 17, offering samples of menu items from Roanoke area restaurants and organizations.

Food will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live music will be provided by Urban Legend with a mix of soul, R&B and rock from the 1960s through today.


A hoot of a time

Maxine Firnhaber (left) and Mary Brooks get ready to participate in a craft activity on Monday, Aug. 5, during Senior Monday. The event was held at the Salamonie Interpretive Center and featured a lunch and owl-themed program.


Princeton Review again honors Huntington U

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For the sixth consecutive year, Huntington University has been named one of the best colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. HU was listed among 154 other schools in the "Best in the Midwest" section of
Princeton's "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region."


8 locals participate in state teen court meet

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Eight volunteers with Teen Court of Huntington County participated in the State Teen Court Conference July 16-17 in Goshen.

The conference provided ways for youth to develop their skills as leaders and role models. The youth also learned about substance abuse and the court system. Five of the local volunteers participated in mock hearings.

Those attending were Morgan McNally, Becca Okuly, Ellie Scheiber, Jacob Mellendorf, Tori Rice, Alex Rittenhouse and Breanna Rittenhouse.


HC Leadership offering ‘Habitudes’ series by Tim Elmore starting Aug. 13

Huntington County Leadership is offering "Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes," by Tim Elmore.

This series will include six unique sessions that will provide participants the skills they need to lead organizations.

The series will include:

• The Starving Baker - Leaders must learn to feed themselves with personal growth plan.

• Paul Revere Principle - Leaders must leverage the best influence they have on a team.

• Hot Air Balloons - Leaders must practice the art of encouragement and empowerment.


‘Safe Haven’ is movie for Wild Wednesday at ‘7’

"Safe Haven" is the movie for Wild Wednesday at the Huntington 7 on Aug. 21.

Starring Julianna Hough, David Lyons and Josh Duhamel, "Safe Haven" follows a young woman with a mysterious past to Southport, NC. There, her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. The movie is rated PG-13.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served. Door prizes will be awarded.


Salamonie Rendezvous Sept. 20-22

The eighth annual Salamonie Riders Rendezvous will be held Sept. 20, 21 and 22.

All activities will be in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Horseman's Campground, Loop A.
Friday evening kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with Dutch oven cobbler and cowboy coffee.

Saturday morning begins with a 10 a.m. leather working class.

At 11 a.m. visitors can meet Marry Morrow and Eunice Rush, authors of "Know You, Know Your Horse."


Sheriff’s scholarship

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel (left) presents a $500 scholarship from the Indiana Sheriffs' Association to Leslie Yarde on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Yarde, a home school graduate, plans to study law and society at Purdue University with a goal of working in law enforcement or forensics. Yarde is the daughter of Nanette and Nick Yarde, of Huntington.


Farewell party Aug. 25 for retiring New Hope UCC pastor

Rev. Larry Holderbaum, minister of the New Hope United Church of Christ, Bippus, has announced his retirement.
A farewell service is planned for Sunday, Aug. 25, starting with worship at 9:30 a.m.

An appreciation luncheon will follow the service in the Bippus Community Building at noon.

Holderbaum began his duties serving a yoked parish, at the United Church of Christ located in Servia in Wabash County and the St. John's United Church of Christ located in Bippus on the western edge of Huntington County.


Shepherd’s Food Pantry to distribute on Aug. 15

The Shepherd's Food Pantry in Andrews will hold another food distribution on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Food items will be available for Andrews area residents between 10 a.m. and noon at 67 N. Snowden (former union hall, behind the Town Hall).

No appointment is necessary and food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will need to bring their own box or container to package their items.



New Hope sets 13-week seminar for single parents

New Hope Church will offer a 13-week "Single and Parenting" seminar beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sessions will be held in the Colonial Room of the church, located at 2001 Engle St., Huntington.

Nursery care will be provided for infants through 3-year-olds. Children age 3 through fifth grade will be enrolled in a children's program, Pioneer Clubs.

A light meal for parents and children will be offered at 6 p.m. in the church's Family Life Center. The cost for the meal is a free will offering.


Little Creation Preschool now taking applications

Little Creation Preschool, in Markle, is now accepting applications for weekday preschool classes for the 2013-14 school year.

The preschool is open to children one or two years before kindergarten.

The school year starts on Sept. 4.

For more information on registration, contact Markle Church of Christ at 758-2171.

Little Creation Preschool is located at 455 E. Morse St., Markle.



Victory Noll to present spiritual journey program

Victory Noll Center will present the program "JustFaith," an eight-month spiritual journey designed to lead to compassionate commitment.

The JustFaith program is across the country. Participants explore the challenges of following Jesus today and engage in understanding the Catholic tradition of social ministry and the option for the poor.


Five generations

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The birth of Teddy Jean Yeater on June 26, 2013, completed five generations of his family. They include (front row, from left) Peggysue Solloway Roesler, Teddy's grandmother; great-great-grandmother Mary Kathryn Coughlin Leffers, holding the baby; and Jacquolynn Drabenstot Yeater, the baby's mother; and (standing) Susan Knight Solloway, Teddy's great-grandmother. All are from Huntington.


We got a beetle!

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Isaiah Beall (foreground), and (back from left) Alec Hinesley and Toby Cummins search through a critter catching net during "Critter Lovers" kids day camp at Salamonie Reservoir. Camp attendees searched the fishing pond at the reservoir for macro-organisms that have an exoskeleton. The camp ran from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8.


Five generations

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Five generations of the Wilson family got together at a family reunion on July 27. Members are (front, from left) four-month-old Karli Ringham and Rosa Wilson, the baby's great-great-grandmother; and (back row, from left) Sonja Ringham, grandmother; Luke Ringham, Karli's father; and Beverly Pelz, great-grandmother, of Huntington. All other family members are from Evansville.


Literacy coalition to host ‘Sonnets at Sunset’ Aug. 24

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition will host "Sonnets at Sunset" on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at Sunken Gardens, in Huntington.

Readings will be presented by Joel Froomkin, with music by John and Rachel Wenning and Kent Young.

A dessert bar will be available during the event.

Tickets can be purchased at the Huntington Herald-Press or Teachers Credit Union.

In the event of rain, "Sonnets at Sunset" will be held at the St. Felix Catholic Center library.

Proceeds benefit the Huntington County Literacy Coalition.



Varsity Singers include day of service at camp

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers began their 2013-14 season with a three-day camp that included a day of community service.

The 40-voice show choir, with Dan Baker as its new director, held rehearsals Wednesday and Saturday, Aug. 7 and 10, at the high school. The Varsity Brass and stage crew members joined the singers in a community volunteer day on Thursday, Aug. 8.


Leadership board sets dates for 2014 academy

The Huntington County Leadership Board of Directors announces the dates for the 2014 academy.

The academy will begin on Jan. 14, 2014, at 8 a.m.
A total of nine bi-weekly class sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Horace Mann Educational Center.

Ed Vessels is the class facilitator.

Graduation ceremonies will be May 20, 2014.

The purpose of this class is to help the participants enhance their leadership skills and use those skills to maintain and improve the quality of life in Huntington County.


College Park Church to offer GriefShare Aug. 21-Nov. 12

College Park Church will offer GriefShare sessions Aug. 21 through Nov. 12, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Each of the 13 weeks is a stand-alone session, which allows participants to join the group at any time.

On Nov. 20, a special session titled "Surviving the Holidays" will be held.

There is no charge to participate. However, there is suggested donation to help defray the cost of the devotional resource book.

For more information or to register, contact Pat Brown at 356-1635 or via e-mail at p.a.brown@com


More 4-H’ers win ribbons at State Fair

Officials at the Indiana State Fair have released additional results of judging for 4-H projects at the state level.

Results for Huntington County 4-H members are:

Alana Bredemeyer, Nicholas Stucky, Rachael Fulton and Nathan Park, blue ribbons.

Tractor Poster
Julie Winters, blue ribbon.

Vivian Hinshaw, merit award; Tremar Clore and Karisa Clore, blue ribbons.


Back 2 School Blast

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alexiss Wilson (left) and Sarana Kewish play a game of jacks during the Back 2 School Blast Saturday, Aug. 10 at Hier's Park, in Huntingotn, sponsored by Crossroads Connections. The day started with a clothing trade and ended with games, music and a car show.


'Chair-ity Affair'

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tim Ness (foreground), of Real Lliving Ness Bros Real Estate and Auction Co., auctions off one of 21 chairs decorated by area businesses and organizations for auction during the "Chair-ity Affair" fund-raiser Saturday, Aug. 10 at Hier's Park to benefit Huntington County Special Olympics. Keith Hartley, (right) provided commentary on the chairs during the event.


How does this fit?

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jennifer Broyles (right), a volunteer, helps Adain Williams try on a pair of shoes on Saturday morning, Aug. 10, at Drover Park in Huntington as the Indiana Dream Center handed out new shoes, socks, haircuts and hygiene and dental kits to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


Studenty help

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Indiana Dream Center handed out new shoes, haircuts and hygiene and dental kits to students in kindergarten through 12th grade Saturday morning, Aug. 10, at Drover Park on Etna Avenue in Huntington. The line extended from one end of the park to the other.


A new face

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Korbin Kalhoefer (front left) gets his face painted by Alexis Garcia at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County's End of Summer Carnival, sponsored by Leading and Educating Across Domains (LEAD, and helde at the club on Friday afternoon, Aug. 9.


Roanoke library rewards its summer readers

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The Roanoke Public Library held its end of summer reading program party, "Book in Hand Hollow," on July 30.

Prizes were awarded to several youth. They include:

• Best Attendance AM Group - Calvin Warner, who won a ribbon and the book "A Big Guy Took My Ball!" by Mo Willems; and Hudson Warner, who won a ribbon and the book "Owl at Home" by Arnold Lobel.


Donation to McKenzie’s Hope

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

First Farmers Bank and Trust employees (from left) Shari Spahr, branch manager; Jessica Adams, teller; and Elaine Felton, CSR, donate a collection of goods to Wayne Stephan of McKenzie's Hope on Friday, Aug. 2. The bank held a collection for the charity in which bank employees, bank customers and community members donated children's toys, games, books and nonperishable items.


Master Gardeners will share their knowledge

Huntington County Master Gardeners will host the Second Saturday program at Salamonie Lake on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Guests can visit different areas of the Salamonie Inerpretive Center's garden to learn from the experts about herbs, composting, dried flowers and vegetable gardening. Visitors can also try planting a fall crop or making a garden masterpiece to take home.

For more information, call the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 468-2127.



Locals get state fair honors

Indiana State Fair officials have released the first group of results from judging of 4-H projects at the state fair.

The initial group of results includes non-livestock projects and preliminary fashion revue judging.


WOTM, Mooseheart celebrating 100th anniversaries at local lodge

The Women of the Moose and the Mooseheart Child City and School will be celebrating their 100th year anniversaries during the local Moose Lodge's annual summer party Saturday, Aug. 10.

The Women of the Moose, founded in 1913, has more than 400,000 women in approximately 1,600 chapters in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces.


Hunt is on for grouches in Markle for festival

The hunt is on for grouches in Markle.

And when they're found, they'll be hauled in front of the entire town.

It's all in good fun, though.

Recognition of the four "grouches" - actually some of the most highly respected people in the community - is a traditional part of Markle's Wildcat Days celebration.

This year's festival will be held Aug. 23-25, and the 2013 grouches will be announced on the opening night of the festival.


Making it shine

Photo by André B. Laird.

Kelly Robertson gives the wheel of his 1946 Chrysler two-door a good wipedown on Saturday, Aug. 3, during the Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge 333 car show. Various prizes and plaques were awarded to participants during the event.


Blood to honor pair

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Jenny Peterson (right), of Markle, donates blood on Saturday, Aug. 3, as part of a day of activities Café of Hope put on to raise money for and honor Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, two local girls who were injured recently while parasailing in Florida. Estrella Tokarz, team leader with the American Red Cross in Fort Wayne, watches as the donation progresses.


Signing up

Photo by André B. Laird.

Becca Hutton (right) assists Jeff Ness with signing up for some of her AdvoCare product line on Saturday, Aug. 3, during the FurrBall-Pet Expo. Hosted by the Huntington County Humane Shelter, the event also featured a Battle of the Bands competition.


Wilson’s newly published book traces the history of a lifelong friendship

Huntington County resident Jim Wilson has published the book "Buddies Forever - From the Cradle Through the Grave to Eternity."

The book recounts Wilson's lifelong friendship with Jack Oberholtzer. Both grew up near Richmond and eventually settled in Huntington, where they built neighboring homes and raised their families. The two men and their wives have even purchased adjoining spaces in a local cemetery.

"Buddies Forever" can be purchased directly from Wilson at 356-1312 or wilsonrealty@onecom The 204-page paperback can also be purchased through Amazon.


Rep. Stutzman tours local Bendix facility

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U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman toured the Huntington production facility of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems on July 22 as part of the company's ongoing efforts to educate lawmakers on the impact its operations have on the commercial vehicle industry and the communities where they are located.

Stutzman toured the facility, met with its leaders to discuss issues affecting the commercial vehicle industry and learned about key parts of the Huntington operation, including the growth of its remanufacturing efforts.


The Well opens permanent location on Old US-24

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

On July 21, after tearing down the stage and stacking chairs, members at The Well breathed a sigh of relief as they marked the end of one era and the start of a new one.

After meeting at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA since the summer of 2011 and prior to that, Flint Springs Elementary, the church will hold its first service in its new permanent location on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m.

Josh Kesler, senior pastor, says the location and building was chosen after a lot of prayer and searching.


On the red stage at Fandana

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Jetty Rae performs on the red stage on Saturday afternoon at the 2013 Fandana Festival at Huntington University.


Fandana performance

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Samantha Crawford performs on the green stage on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2013 Fandana Festival at Huntington University.


New at Crestview

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chris Harmon (left) signs papers to enroll his daughter Hanna (right) at Crestview Middle School while his son Christopher Jr. looks on at the school on Wednesday, July 31.


Several local organizations make sure area youth have needed back to school items

Photo by Steve Clark.

Two local organizations have planned events to supply area youth with needed back to school items.

Crossroad Connections and the Indiana Dream Center have scheduled the Back 2 School Blast and Steps for Success, respectively, for Saturday, Aug. 10.

The Back 2 School Blast will be held at Hier's Park. A community rummage sale and Crossroad Connections Kidz Clothes Trade kick-off the event and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Business of the month

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County has been recognized as business of the month for August by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.


‘Critter Lovers’ Kids Day Camp Aug. 6-8 at Salamonie IC

"Critter Lovers" Kids Day Camp will be held at Salamonie Interpretive Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily Aug. 6 to 8.

The camp is open to children ages 7 to 11.

Learn about some wild and domesticated critters each day and meet live examples. Activities include swimming, pellet-gun shooting, daily crafts and hikes and a special pet show-and-tell on the last day of camp.

Advance registration is required and there is a cost per child for the three-day camp. Multiple sibling discount is available.


PHH therapy graduates to receive something extra

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Patients who complete physical, occupational or speech therapy at Parkview Huntington Hospital now have something extra to mark their accomplishment.

Therapy graduates receive T-shirts from the hospital's Rehabiliation and Wellness Department as a "graduation gift" when their course of treatment is complete.

The shirts bear the department's insignia on the chest and the slogan "For everyBODY" on the back.

Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild has covered the cost of the shirts as a gift to the therapy programs through the Parkview Huntington Foundation.


Food, craft bazaar at Mt. Etna Oct. 26

The Mt. Etna United Methodist Women will hold a Fall Food and Craft Bazaar Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Booth spaces are available in an 8x8 space, including one table and two chairs. Some booth spaces do have electricity. Booth spaces, tables and electricity are all on a first come first serve basis upon receipt of registration form and booth payment.

All vendors (Pamper Chef, Tupperware, Discovery Toys, etc.) are welcome along with homemade items.

Vendors are not allowed to sell pies, prepared soups and noodles.


Justice Massa addresses local clubs

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Supreme Court Justice Mark S. Massa addresses the Huntington Optimist Club and Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club on Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University. Massa spoke about what Supreme Court Justices do, the importance of truth and his respect for the trial judges of Huntington County.


Huntington resident Wood earns dean’s list honors at Geneva College

Huntington resident Breanna Woods was among the students named to the dean's list at Geneva College, in Beaver Falls, PA, for the 2012-2013 spring semester.

Woods is a freshman communication disorders major.

Dean's list status is awarded to students who earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a four-point scale.



Parkview Huntington Hospital fall health fair set for Oct. 5

Healthy Steps, Parkview Huntington Hospital's fall health fair, will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Rd., in Huntington.

Free screenings will include, but are not limited to, bone density, hearing, vision, body-fat analysis, breathing assessment, foot screening and skin cancer screenings.
Medical information booths include, but are not limited to, sleep disorders, Ortho Experience, StrokeCareNow Network, birth planner, smoking cessation, diabetes information and healthy eating tips.


Band camp

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School Marching Vikes practice their steps in the school's parking lot on Thursday, Aug. 1, during the annual band camp in preparation for the upcoming season.


Salamonie Preschool to feature program on butterflies

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool "Beautiful Butterflies" on Aug. 21.

The class will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, in Andrews.

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler's basic education, including learning the alphabet, building a craft, social interaction and time spent outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.


Clear Creek High School Class of ‘63 holds 50-year reunion July 6 at LGC

The Clear Creek High School Class of 1963 held its 50-year reunion on July 6 at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

Out of 25 original class members, 17 were in attendance. A social hour was held before the dinner.

The invocation and remembrance of three deceased classmates, Mary Lou Montague Yordy, Larry Michel and Ellen Grossman Rector, was given by Rev. Richard LePage.

The welcome was extended by Nelda Burkhart Yavorsky, who also served as master of ceremonies.


In concert

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The New Dawning Quartet will perform on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. at New Hope Ministries. The church is located at 9019S-300W in the former Solid Rock building.


Psi Iota Xi announces contributions for 2013

Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, of Huntington, has announced the 2013 contributions made to local organizations using profits from the group's fund-raisers.

The funds were raised through two major fund-raisers, the annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival and cheeseball sales.

Gifts have been made to the speech and hearing departments of Lincoln Elementary, Flint Springs Elementary, Lancaster Elementary, Roanoke Elementary, Northwest Elementary and Andrews Elementary schools and Horace Mann preschool.


Goffinet wins best of show at LAC art exhibit

Photo by Steve Clark.

Sue A. Goffinet, of Alexandria, won the best of show award at the LaFontaine Arts Council's Regional Art Show.

An opening reception for the show was held on Wednesday, July 31, and the arwork will remain on exhibit through Aug. 28 at the Wilson Gallery in Huntington University's Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Four Huntington artists, Alan Pflieger, Alex Stanley, Teri Fuller-O'Brien and Paul Neely, won awards.


Participants sought for community sale

Crossroad Connections is seeking participants in a community rummage sale it plans to hold on Aug. 10 at Hier's Park.

There is a fee to participate, and each participant will receive a 10-foot by 10-foot booth and one table.

Rummage sale hours on Aug. 10 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Set-up times are Friday, Aug. 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug.10, from 7 a.m to 9 a.m.

To register, visit The registration deadline is Aug. 8.



West Rock Creek reunion is Sept. 14

The West Rock Creek High School Class of 1963 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its graduation during the annual alumni gathering on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Markle Church of Christ.

The classes of 1943 and 1953 will also be honored.

All graduates, teachers and former students at West Rock Creek, along with their guests, are invited to attend.

Reservations must be made by Aug. 31 by contacting Edith Caanan, secretary and treasurer, at 1145 Nuttman Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46807. Changes in addresses should also be sent to Caanan.



Neal pauses route to assist fallen resident

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Letter carrier Kathy Neal delivered more than just the mail on Tuesday, July 30.

She delivered help - and peace of mind - to an 83-year-old woman after a fall left the woman lying helpless on her floor for hours.

Neal, a letter carrier with the Huntington Post Office for 20 years, says her route brought her to the woman's house about 1 p.m. on July 30.

She found the door open and heard the woman calling for help.

"So I went in," she says.


Movie Day at Sheets

The Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center will show the movie "Shark Quest" on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m.
Admission to the movie is free. There is a charge for museum tours.

"Shark Quest" follows underwater photographers Rob Torelli and Mark Priest as they dive with Great White sharks from South Africa to New Guinea. They come face to face with feeding sharks, manta rays and even a Bryde's whale.

An easy quiz will be given after the movie, and the top three youth will receive gift certificates to be used in the museum gift shop.


President’s project

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Carol LaGard (left), of LaPorte, 2013-14 president of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Indiana, and Beverly Swaim, of Roanoke Unit 160, department chairman of children and youth, tour the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indiana. As a special project for her year as president, LaGard has chosen to decorate a patient room at the hospital. Members of the American Legion, Auxiliary, Sons and Juniors will help raise $25,000 for the project, with any excess funds to be given to the hospital's communications center for speech and hearing equipment.


Farmers market is drawing people downtown

Photo by Steve Clark.

A downtown farmers market has been a new sight in Huntington this summer.

So far, people have liked what they've seen.

The market is open at the corner of Market and Warren Streets each Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In operation for the past seven weeks, Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, has seen the market grow appreciably over that time.

"I think it's becoming very successful," he says, noting the market's growth from five vendors in its first week to 14 last week and 20 the week before.


Special Olympics craft show includes chair auction

Miami Tool and Die is sponsoring the Harvest Craft Show and Bake Sale to benefit Huntington County Special Olympics on Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event will take place at Hier's Park in the Family Living Building.

Local vendors will be displaying and selling items ranging from knitted items, glass jewelry, baskets and scarves to leather items, American Girl Doll clothes, birdhouses and much more. Lunch will be available.

To complement the Harvest Craft Show, there will be a "Chair-ity Affair" chair decorating contest and auction.


Clements memorial event on Aug. 10 will include motorcyle ride other events

Ride starts at Yeoman Park, other events at Legion Post 85

The annual Specialist Chad Clements Memorial Ride and Fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at Yeoman Park, 900 E. Market St., Huntington, with kickstands up by 11:30 a.m.

There is a cost per rider or passenger and all vehicles are invited to participate in the escorted ride.


Pajama Story Time begins on Aug. 6

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites kids ages 3 to 7 to wear their pajamas and bring their teddy bears to Pajama Story Times in August.

The children's department will present "Pajama Story Time" sessions at 7 p.m. on three Tuesday evenings, Aug. 6, 13 and 20.

Advance registration is highly encouraged and can be done by calling the library at 356-2900.



Ready to learn

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Katie Tate (right) fills out registration forms for her daughter Natalie Adams during registration at Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday, July 31. Area schools held registration for students in anticipation of the new school year, which begins Aug. 14.


A long walk ends

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Postmaster Dave Kuehnert (left) presents a certificate of appreciation to Darrell Shoemaker, who retired on Wednesday, July 31, after 32 years with the Huntington Post Office. Shoemaker was a letter carrier in Huntington all 32 years, and for the past 18 years carried Route 7 on the city's east side - a route that required an 11-mile walk every day.


SWCD to meet on Aug. 20

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, call 356-6816, ext. 3.



The end of a long ride

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Huntington County resident Stan Bippus dips the front tire of his bicycle in the Mississippi River after completing last month's RAGBRAI (the Register's Great Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa). This was the 41st year for the week-long ride across Iowa, which drew 20,253 bicycle riders when it took off from Council Bluffs, IA, on July 21. The riders traditionally dip their back tires in the Missouri River at the start of the ride and their front tires in the Mississippi River at the end. The 406.6-mile ride ended July 27 in Fort Madison, IA.


Bippus State Bank adds Sharkey

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BSB Investments recently added Joni Sharkey to its staff as branch office administrator.

Sharkey has been in the securities industry for over 25 years.

Her previous roles include relationship manager, senior registered service associate and customer service associate complex coach.

Sharkey attended Patricia Stevens Career College in Milwaukee, WI, and is both securities (series 7, 63 and 65) and insurance licensed.

She executes many of the daily operational functions, including transfer of assets, trade entry and the new account implementation process.


Saturday blood drive for Good, Fairchild

The American Red Cross of Huntington County announces an upcoming blood drive to benefit Huntington teens Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild.

The girls were severely injured in a parasailing accident while on vacation in Florida.

The blood drive will be held at Café of Hope, on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The church is located at 900 E. State St., Huntington.



HU garners Forbes’ ‘Top College’ ranking for sixth consecutive year

For the sixth year in a row, Huntington University has been listed among the "Top Colleges" in the country by Forbes.

Out of the 650 schools ranked, HU was the only institution listed from the greater Fort Wayne area.

The rankings are based on five general categories:

• Post-graduate success (which evaluates alumni pay and prominence).

• Student satisfaction (which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates).

• Student debt (which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates).


Master Gardener series Aug. 3 at Bowman home

The next installment of the Huntington County Master Gardener 2013 public education series will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m.

The topic is "Make your own trough."  This project involves working with concrete, so participants should bring rubber kitchen gloves.  There is a cost for materials.

Troughs can be used for plants and garden ornamentation. 
The workshop will be held at the home of master gardener Sharon Bowman, 6236 N. Goshen Rd., Huntington.


Master Gardener scholarships

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Dick Wymer (left), representing the Huntington County Master Gardeners, presents Tianna Myers with the Master Gardener 4-H Floriculture Scholarship at Awards Night at the Huntington County 4-H Fair on Wednesday, July 24. Alyssa Aughinbaugh (not pictured) was awarded the Master Gardeners 4-H Garden Scholarship.


Local Boys & Girls Club names Snow, Engelberth as tops for July

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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington has announced its member and staff member of the month for July.

Ashlyn Snow was named Member of the Month.
Snow is 11 years old and will be a sixth-grader at Crestview Middle School in the fall.

At the club, Snow participates in Boost Club and art. She has been attending for the last three years.

Members receiving this honor have been nominated by staff on the basis of their display of leadership, positive attitude, high attendance and participation.


Evening of vaudeville set at Forks

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An old-time vaudeville show is on tap Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.

Shows are set for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., with tickets available at the door.

The community variety show, directed by Ruth Reed and Rhonda Landrum, showcases performers ranging from 6 to 93 years old.

Gib Young, appearing in the character of Mark Twain, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Local resident Dylan Wilson, a recent guest star on the television show "America's Got Talent," will make a special appearance at the Forks with his hip-hop dance moves.


Hunter education course Sept. 21-22 at Roush Fish and Wildlife Area

A hunter education course will be held on Sept. 21 and 22, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at Roush Fish and Wildlife Area Office/Service Building, in Huntington.

The course will be instructed by Indiana State Conservation Officers and hunter education instructors.
A parent or guardian must accompany anyone participating under 12 years of age.

Hunter education is mandatory for all hunters born after Dec. 31, 1986.

Registration for hunting, trapping and boating education classes can be done through a third-party service.


Fund-raiser for the cats

Photo by Steve Clark.

Sandy Manns (right), a volunteer with Helping Paws Pet Haven and Adoption Center, in Huntington, collects a donation from a generous driver during a roadblock fund-raiser at the intersection of South Jefferson Street and Etna Avenue, in Huntington, on Saturday, July 27. The not-for-profit organization will put the donations it received toward the purchase of food, of which it is in need.


Birthday bear

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Smokey Bear greets campers at Salamonie Lake's modern campground Saturday evening, July 27, during a party celebrating the bear's birthday. Smokey, who arrived on a Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department truck, shared his special day with the Christmas in July celebration at the campground.


PAL scholarship

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Steven Jeffers (left) accepts a check for $500 from Tom Hughes, secretary-treasurer of the Huntington Police Athletic League (PAL). Jeffers will use the scholarship to attend Ivy Tech this fall.


Urban Legend to entertain at Taste of Roanoke

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The Fort Wayne-based band Urban Legend will bring its rhythm and blues sound to Taste of Roanoke on Aug. 17.

This is the 20th year for the downtown Roanoke block party, which will feature food from Roanoke area restaurants along with the music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Urban Legend, featuring vocalists Lisa McDavid and Lisa Loza, has been performing in the Fort Wayne area for more than six years. The band's repertoire includes classic rock and soul from the 1960s through today, played with a goal of getting the audience on the dance floor.


Three artists featured at Crestwoods

Works by Stephanie Carpenter, David Carpenter and Nick Fenstermaker will be on display Aug. 17 through Sept. 20 at Crestwoods Gallery, in Roanoke.

An opening event will be held on Aug. 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Stephanie Carpenter uses letterpress printing to create printer's art, while David Carpenter's paintings are realistic interpretations of whimsical subjects. Fenstermaker is a potter.

Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery is located at 314 N. Main St., Roanoke.



Johnny Davis tribute ride Aug. 4

The second annual Johnny Davis Tribute Ride will be held on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Registration for the ride and poker run starts at 11 a.m., with kickstands up by noon. Starting point is Johnny's Restaurant, the restaurant Davis built in 1948.

There is a cost per player for the poker run and rider or passenger for the ride.

Participants can meet at Johnny's for breakfast prior to the start of the ride.

Davis was a World War II veteran, lifetime member of the American Legion Post No. 7 for 66 years and builder and owner of Johnny's Restaurant.


Summer Reading Club

Photo by Steve Clark.

Summer Reading Club participants and junior volunteers at the Huntington City-Township Public Library (from left) Keera Hyde, William Murray and Hannah Ringo are pictured with Dora Brown, president of Sigma Phi Gamma, which was one of the many sponsors of the reading club, which took place during June and July.


Reading club prize winners

Photo by Steve Clark.

Shown with some of the many prizes given away at the conclusion of the Huntington City-Township Public Library Young Adult Summer Reading Club are (from left) Dustin Adamson, recipient of a three-month membership to the YMCA; Martha Kiningham, recipient of a jar of candy for being the Candy Guess winner; and Alexandria Koch, recipient of an iPod Shuffle.


Markle festival planners will meet next on Aug. 7

The next meeting of the Markle Wildcat Festival committee is Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Markle United Methodist Church.

For more information call 433-7930.



Christmas in July

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Santa Claus, accompanied by some summery-looking elves, arrives at Salamonie Lake's modern campground Saturday evening, July 27. The Christmas in July celebration included a bicycle parade, games and a contest for campers who decorated their campsites for Christmas.


Frederick attends Writers Workshop at Susquehanna University July 7-13

Kylie Frederick, of Huntington, attended the Writers Workshop at Susquehanna University, in Selinsgrove, PA, July 7-13.

Frederick is the daughter of Rex Frederick and Elizabeth Shortridge. She will be a junior this fall at Huntington North High School, where she works on the school newspaper and yearbook and plays tennis. She is also class vice president.

Frederick participated in the fiction section of the workshop.


Hot dogs and owls on agenda at Senior gathering

Seniors age 50 and older are invited to attend the monthly Senior Monday Carry-in Luncheon on Aug. 5 at noon at Salamonie Interpretive Center.

After the meal, Upper Wabash Interpretive Services (UWIS) Interpretive Naturalist Brittney Morgan will share stories about owls in folklore and fairy tales and lead participants in a colorful owl refrigerator magnet craft to take home.

Attendees should bring their own table service, a prepared dish to share and a $1 donation to help defray costs of the provided main dish.


Huntington High School class of 1963 to hold 50th reunion

Alumni of the Huntington High School class of 1963 will host their 50th reunion Sept. 27-28.

The weekend will begin Friday, Sept. 27, with an informal meet-and-greet from 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Northview Inn & Suites.

Classmates can have dinner together at the Chuck Wagon tailgate party from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., which will be held at the Northview Inn & Suites, followed by the Homecoming football game between the Huntington North High School Vikings and Marion Giants at 7 p.m.


Courtyard Studio to introduce Warren artist Aug. 16

Courtyard Studio and Boutique, in Warren, will host an opening reception for artist Andrea Short on Friday, Aug 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Short, who recently moved to Warren, creates colorful abstract sculptures of wire and mesh. Her work will be on display at Courtyard Studio and Boutique Aug. 16 through Sept. 16.

The reception is open to the public.

Several other artists designers whose work is currently displayed at Courtyard Studio will also be in attendance.
Courtyard Studio is located at 123 N. Wayne St., Warren.



Pressler to compete in pageant this weekend

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Huntington resident Kalee Pressler is a state finalist in the MAC (Miss America Co-ed) Pageant.
Contestants are scored on interview, introduction and evening gown.

Pressler will also be participating in photogenic, casual wear modeling among other competitions.
Of the six age divisions, Pressler will be competing in the pre-teen category.

The state pageant will be held at Sheraton Keyston Hotel, in Indianapolis, Aug. 2-4.

Pressler is a seventh-grader at Riverview Middle School.

She is the daughter of Steve and Angie Hartman, of Huntington.


Veterans Council and DNR to host veteran hunt

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The Huntington County Veterans Council and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Roush Fish and Wildlife Area will sponsor a dove hunt for disabled veterans and other interested veterans who like to hunt.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 1, from noon to 6 p.m.

Plans are being made to have a designated field for veterans with 10 stations. Each station will serve two veteran hunters.

Disabled veterans who are mobility challenged will be paired with a veteran who can serve as a guide.

Guides will also be able to hunt.