Talking about education

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jeanne Johns (left) chats with Misty Snodderly, of the Huntington Area Home Educators (HAHE) board, about public education compared to home education at a HAHE informational session at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Tuesday, July 9.

HCARS meeting set for July 22

Huntington County Amateur Radio Society is holding a meeting on Monday, July 22, at Café of Hope, in Huntington, at 7 p.m.

Anyone who has considered becoming an amateur radio operator, or is simply curious about this hobby, is encouraged to attend. HCARS has members with many years of experience who will answer questions and help attendees get started.

Café of Hope is located at 900 E. State St., Huntington. For more information about HCARS, visit

Teddy Bear workshop

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Robert Neuenschwander (center), director of the Warren Public Library, helps Jake Brown (left) with his Teddy Bear while Layla Lindsey works on hers during a Teddy Bear Workshop put on by the library at the Knight Bergman Center on Wednesday afternoon, July 10.

American Red Cross facing blood shortage; needs blood, platelet donors

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to replenish the blood supply.

The call for donations comes after a difficult July Fourth week for donations when hundreds fewer blood drives were organized by volunteer hosts than a typical week, compounding a shortfall of more than 24,000 blood donations in June.

Upcoming blood drives in Huntington County are:

• July 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene 1555 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Hotbox hotties

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Thespians (from left) Gabbi Alford, Jana Henly and Kayla Finney portray Miss Adelaide and Hot Box Girls in the Pulse Opera House production of “Guys and Dolls.” which started Friday, July 12, and also runs July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. Sunday shows start at 4 p.m. Reservations are available online at or by leaving a message at 375-7017.

Dedicate climbing wall to John Baker

Members of the Professional Piddlers Group, Huntington Township Advisory Board and the children of the late John Baker dedicate the climbing wall obstacle at the Lake Clare Fitness Park as the “John Baker Memorial Climbing Wall” in his honor on Wednesday, July 10. Baker, a former Huntington Township Advisory Board member, donated funds to purchase the holds for the obstacle. Pictured are (from left) Huntington Township Advisory Board Secretary Tammy Kline; Township Board Member Carl Knowles; Township Board President Tim Guy; Stan Bippus, Bill Lucker and Dick Wymer, of the Professional Piddlers Group; Jennifer Miller, Baker’s daughter; Mike Baker, Baker’s son; and Jerry Martin of the Professional Piddlers Group.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the Professional Piddlers Group and children of late Huntington Township Advisory Board member John Baker dedicated a climbing wall obstacle erected at the Lake Clare Fitness Park on Wednesday, July 10, to honor one of the park’s most ardent supporters.

Stan Bippus, whose group built most of the obstacles from scratch, said Baker was “very supportive of the fitness park and probably the least skeptical of the people we dealt with of its potential success.”

Need vols for Little River clean-up

Volunteers are needed for the Little River Clean-Up on Saturday, July 27.

During the clean-up event, volunteers will work together to clear the waterway by removing trash and other debris from a 1.5-mile stretch of the Little River in the Huntington area.

The event will begin at Elmwood Park, 1110 William St., and end at the Historic Forks of the Wabash Park, 3011 W. Park Dive.

Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Elmwood Park in Huntington. The river clean-up will begin at 9 a.m. and end at the Historic Forks of the Wabash Park around noon.

Keystone Club garners Chief’s fund donation

Keystone Club members from the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County accept a contribution made recently by the Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe Chief’s Legacy Fund. Celebrating the occasion are (front row from left) Keystone member Kristina Parker, 2018 Chief Jeremy Nix and Keystone member Gabby Minick; and (back row from left) Keystone members Jozie Ivey, Caden Searles and Adin Ivey.
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The Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe started a Chief’s Legacy Fund to provide a gift to a community charitable endeavor.

In 2019 the Keystone Leadership Club of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County was selected as the recipient.

Keystone is the leadership program for high school members, focusing on academic success, community service, career preparation and teen outreach. The members plan and participate in activities related to these areas.

This year the club:

Huntington University joins program

Will Lengacher, a rising sophomore at Huntington University, holds up a sign featuring a piggy bank to let students know about the new micro-scholarship program that will reward them for good grades, community service, leadership and extracurricular activities.
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Huntington University has joined, a program that rewards high school students for good grades, acts of service and extracurricular activities with scholarship dollars – up to $10,000 a year.

The program allows students to see how the work they do in high school can directly impact their college education, noted HU officials. Students earn “micro-scholarships” for every activity or good grade they report on their profile.

Portion of Ind.-9 in county to be resurfaced

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that Ind.-9 is scheduled to be resurfaced on or after Monday, July 15, weather permitting.

The resurface work will take place between Ind.-14 and Ind.  205 in Huntington and Whitley counties.

During the day, drivers are cautioned to watch lane restrictions and possible stopped traffic in the construction zone. INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through any active work zone.

Shepherd’s Food Pantry to resume distribution

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will resume distribution beginning Thursday, July 18, between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon for Andrews/Dallas Township residents.

The location will be at the Lions Clubhouse, 365 Leedy Lane, at the ball diamonds. No appointment is necessary. First come, first served.
Those picking up food need to bring their own containers.

Electoral college discussion at library

A free presentation and discussion titled “The Electoral College: Keystone of the Constitution” will be held Wednesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s north meeting room.

A free booklet and CD will be available.

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

First Farmers announces stock repurchase

First Farmers Financial Corp. announced that at its July 9 board meeting, the board of directors approved a plan to repurchase up to $2 million in the corporation’s outstanding common stock on the open market during the second quarter.

‘SA Day’ at Hgtn. Chiro raises funds, awareness

Amid a sea of donated groceries, Dr. Stephen Geders (left), of Huntington Chiropractic Center, adds to the Salvation Army’s food pantry with a monetary gift of $700, presented to Maj. Normalene Daniels, of the Huntington Salvation Army location. The donations were collected through a fund-raiser and contributed by patients and staff of the center.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

“Salvation Army Day” at Huntington Chiropractic Center raised awareness and served as a collection point for food and supplies for the local Salvation Army food pantry. The successful event raised $700 in food and cash.

In exchange for chiropractic services provided by the clinic, patients donated cash or food. Among the items collected were cereal, macaroni, peanut butter, soup, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.

In addition, a drawing for a $100 gift card to Owen’s was held for patients who participated in the  event. The winner of the gift card was Joan Gardner.

Water ball fight

Photo by Steve Clark.

A team of children at Camp HERO compete in a water ball fight on Thursday, July 11, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, in Huntington. Teams of camp attendees were each provided a fire hose by the Huntington Fire Department and targeted a ball suspended on a cable, trying to push the ball past a mark on their opponents’ side.