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Spray-painted mural for Lake Clare


Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

This colorful, interactive, spray-painted mural was created by local artist James Allen Mitten, and is on display at Lake Clare across from the fitness park.

Huntington artist creates a spray-painted mural for Lake Clare building

James Allen Mitten, artistic alias “ey3zlo,” puts the finishing touches on his interactive mural at Lake Clare park.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

A colorful mural is now on display at Lake Clare.

Huntington resident James Allen Mitten created a spray paint mural that Huntington Township Trustee Everett "E.J." Carroll says he hopes will give back to the people in the community.

The idea for the mural was born with Carroll, who reached out to Executive Director of LaFontaine Arts Council Katy Strass, who is also director of the Pathfinder Services Inc. Arts Center.

Strass says when Carroll contacted her he asked if she knew anyone who could do murals, and she immediately thought of Mitten.

JJ’s raises funds for Riley’s Children’s Hospital

The JJ’s Huntington management team presents a check to Susan Zahn (left), a member of the Northeast Indiana Committee for Riley. Pictured with Zahn are (from left) JJ’s Management Team Members Tracey Carter, Barb Rupley, Courtney Randall, Blake Randall, Megan Reckelhoff and Elaine Felton.
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JJ’s ran a fund-raising campaign for Riley’s Children’s Foundation, raising $4,492.36.

JJ’s Pit Stop ran a Lube-a-Thon, contributing $10 from every lube to Riley.

JJ’s Convenience stores in Huntington, Decatur and Berne, as well as JJ Java, collected contributions from customers.

A check was recently presented to Susan Zahn, of the Northeast Indiana Committee for Riley by the JJ’s Huntington management team.

United Way awards Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry $2,500 for hunger relief

United Way of Huntington County awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry funds to aid in hunger relief efforts, in the form of a grant totaling $2,500, to pay processing fees on livestock donated to agencies serving food-insecure residents in Huntington County.

Ready for school


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Students hop off of Bus No. 5 as they get ready to head into Lincoln Elementary School for the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 5. 

Glad to be back


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A young pupil gives Resource Paraprofessional Elaine Carroll a hug as he enters Lincoln Elementary for the first day of the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent Chad Daugherty says the first day went great, as teachers and staff conducted school under several new policies aimed at keeping everyone safe from the coronavirus.

Welcome back!


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Wearing their facemasks, students are greeted by Resource Paraprofessional Elaine Carroll (far right) as they make their way off the bus and into Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The kids had to bring their own school supplies with them because Back to School nights were canceled at Huntington County Community School Corporation schools this year.

Food pantry making sure pets aren’t forgotten

Jessica Harkless (left) and Pam Tracy of Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry Inc. were set up in downtown Roanoke on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The duo will be in the parking lot at the corner of Main and Fourth streets, next to the library, every other Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. handing out free pet food to anyone in need.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry is distributing pet food for anyone in need every other Tuesday in downtown Roanoke.

Pam Tracy, founder of the pantry, was set up on Tuesday night, Aug. 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with volunteer and Roanoke resident Jessica Harkless to hand out pet food to anyone who stopped by.

The duo will be continuing the pop-up style set up through the end of the month, and possibly even further out, as long as weather allows, says Tracy.

The pantry has been open for 10 years, and Tracy says they are trying to branch out.

Community harvest volunteer


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Melissa Wynkoop, of Huntington, passes out packages of ears of corn to Huntington County residents at the Community Harvest Food Bank truck on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Other foods available at the food truck included bananas, onions and dairy products.

A very successful market


Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Huntington Farmer’s Market was abuzz Wednesday evening. Over a dozen vendors were set up offering various types of goods from farm fresh vegetables to handsewn pillows. The lot was also full with patrons, busy shopping for locally made goods.

Salamonie Preschool Aug. 12 will feature “Wildlife and Water”

Those with preschool age children are invited to participate with their children in Salamonie Preschool’s “Wildlife and Water” on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The class will be offered from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

This program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education, including music, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.

Dan’s Fish Fry dinner Aug. 11

Central Christian Church will be holding a Dan’s Fish Fry fish and tenderloin dinner on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The event will be drive-through only, and will be located at 500 MacGahan St., Huntington. Meals will include fish, tenderloin, two sides and a cookie, and will cost a small fee.

First day of school guides


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Roanoke Elementary School students (from left) Alex Smith, Leo PeGan and Maci Craft stand at their posts, ready to help fellow students find their classrooms in the new school building on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 5. They were among volunteers who were trained as guides to make sure everyone got to their rooms easily.

Ready to serve


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Reminiscent of crossing guards, several pupils at Roanoke Elementary School were trained as guides to help fellow students find their classrooms in the new school building on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 5. Wearing their bright orange vests are students (from left) Annabell Garcia and Grace Smith. With them is Paraprofessional Anne Buuck.

Tune time


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Standing at attention during Marching Vikes band practice on Thursday, Aug. 6 is Huntington North High School junior Alyssa Fulton. To start off practice that day, band members worked on timing to gain accuracy during performances.

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