iAB promotes three executives

Pictured (from left) William Thatcher, John Blum and John Blum.
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iAB financial bank announces the promotions of William H. Thatcher III to executive vice president, chief operating officer; John F. Blum to senior vice president, business banking manager; and Andrew W. Yergler, senior vice president, retail banking manager.

Local woman again a national FFA candidate

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Kathleen Jacobs, a 2014 graduate of Huntington North High School, is a candidate for an FFA national office.

Elections will take place at the national FFA convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 22. Jacobs is eligible to be elected to one of three national FFA officer positions: president, eastern regional vice president or secretary.

If elected, Jacobs will travel to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Japan, serving as a leader within the national FFA Association and an ambassador for the future of agriculture.

Home school open house set for Sept. 8 at Huntington library branch

A home school open house will be held on Sept. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Parents and home school teachers can learn about materials and services the library offers to homeschooling families and programs.

The afternoon will include a child activity, library tours, an exploration of print and online resources and an opportunity to meet library staff.

Flavors of Fall

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Representatives of several of the champagne sponsors for the Flavors of Fall 2016 wine and beer tasting event in Warren recently got together. Those doing some sampling include (from left) Mike Bolinger, of Bolinger’s Propane; Jeff Souder, of East of Chicago Pizza, Gina Canady, of Warren Service & Supply, Jeremy Rufener, of Rufener Financial, Cassie Miller, of Bippus State Bank; and Misty Salomon, of iAB financial bank. Other champagne sponsors are Citizen’s Telephone Co., Gebhart’s Floral Barn, Heritage Pointe, JH Pottery Works and Kim’s Katered Affair.

Freedom Flight fund-raiser

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Tipton Place employee Pamela Gibson (right) helps LaVona Petri (left), of Huntington, with her meal during the assisted living facility’s Freedom Concert fund-raiser held Thursday, Aug. 25. Her friend, Tipton resident Harold Harter and his son, Scott Harter (second and third from left), wait their turn to get meals. The event included a silent auction, entertainment by the Erie Band and a flag ceremony and invocation conducted by Boy Scout Troop 637, all in an effort to raise funds for Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.

SWCD’s fall fish sale orders begin Thursday

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for its fall fish sale from Sept. 1 through Sept. 14.

Orders are due with payment to the district office by Sept. 14.

Delivery will be on Sept. 21.

Pick up an order form at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington, or go online at For more information contact the office at 356-6816 ext. 3.

Five generations of the Gilbert and Niccum family

The birth of Jimmy David Holeman on May 7, 2016, marks five generations in the Gilbert and Niccum family. Celebrating the occasion are (front row, from left) grandmother Danielle Eccles, of Wabash; and great-great grandmother Imo Gilbert, of Andrews; and (back row, from left) Jimmy’s mother, Devan Holeman, of Warner Robins, GA; and Jimmy, held by great-grandmother Deb Niccum, of Wabash.

Move-in day

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Robin Hill (left), an incoming freshman at Huntington University, gets a helping hand from sophomore and Freshman Mentor Derek Nichols at the Freshman Move-in Day on Thursday, Aug. 25. Hill is from Huntington and is going to school to be a missionary.

Five generations of the Gilbert and Niccum family

Celebrating five generations of the Gilbert and Niccum family with the birth of Jimmy David Holeman on May 7, 2016, are (front row, from left) Jimmy Holeman, held by great-great-grandmother Georgia Niccum Metzger, of Wabash; and (back row, from left) grandmother Danielle Eccles, of Wabash; great-grandfather Tom Niccum, of Wabash; and Jimmy’s mother, Devan Holeman, of Warner Robins, GA.
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Celebrating five generations of the Gilbert and Niccum family with the birth of Jimmy David Holeman on May 7, 2016, are (front row, from left) Jimmy Holeman, held by great-great-grandmother Georgia Niccum Metzger, of Wabash; and (back row, from left) grandmother Danielle Eccles, of Wabash; great-grandfather Tom Niccum, of Wabash; and Jimmy’s mother, Devan Holeman, of Warner Robins, GA.

County, 3 communities get grants to aid with roads, bridges

Huntington County and three individual communities in the county have been awarded Indiana Community Crossings matching grants to improve local roads and bridges.

The grants awarded locally are:

• Huntington County, $513,930.

• City of Huntington, $165,222.

• Town of Andrews, $46,015.

• Town of Markle, $346,605.

Grant recipients must supply matching funds identical to the grant. The grants were announced on Wednesday, Aug. 24, by Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson.

Professional Programs at HU to hold info sessions

The Huntington University Professional Programs will host free information seminars on Sept. 7 for adults interested in furthering their education.

Identical hour-long sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

HU’s professional programs offers an associate degree in organizational management as well as bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business, human resources, marketing, social work and a host of other majors.

The informational sessions will include time for questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Church hosts craft classes

Quilting classes will be held at New Hope Church, with an informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8, and classes starting Sept. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Rose Hughes will be the instructor.

A jewelry making class will be held at the church with an informational meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, and classes starting Sept. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A flower arranging class will also be held at the church, with an informational meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and classes beginning Sept. 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Real friends

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Students at Roanoke Elementary School were recognized the week of Aug. 8 for exhibiting the life skill of friendship. They are (front, from left) Mollie DeCamp, Jaicey Mayer and Justin Garcia; (middle row, from left) Zacai Stuth, Ellie Morgan, MaKenzie Cuttriss, Layla Wigmore, Rhett Holzinger and Aubriana Jones; and (back, from left) Austin Amick, Violet Lee, Christian Brothers, Scott May, Maddie Watts, Nolan Hess, Lorelei Madsen and Sophia Shockney.

Cottage Event Center to host ‘Brat Pack’ on Sept. 16

“The Brat Pack,” comprised of (from left) Lindsey K, Todd Frymier and Chadd Michaels, will perform in a benefit concert on Sept. 16 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.
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Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center brings the swinging Las Vegas style sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and more as it presents “The Brat Pack” Friday, Sept. 16.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert is the Cottage Event Center’s fourth annual fund-raiser for Riley Children’s Foundation.

Impact Institute to move classes to learning center

Impact Institute will move its High School Equivalency (HSE) and post-secondary preparation classes from 605 Polk St. to the Huntington Learning Center, 2201 N. Jefferson St., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Classes will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Impact Institute is a coalition of schools that support and foster career and technical education for students in multiple counties.

Jackson, Pearson, Williams come away with state fair dairy honors

Results of the Indiana State Fair 4-H Dairy Show have been announced. Results for Huntington County 4-H’ers include:

Holstein Division
Spring Heifer Calf
Hayley Jackson, eighth place.

Winter Heifer Calf
Hayley Jackson, 13th place.

Fall Heifer Calf
Devin Pearson, 11th place.

Summer Yearling Heifer
Devin Pearson, fifth place.

Junior Showmanship
Devin Pearson, participation.

Roanoke Fall Festival to feature pie eating contest

The Roanoke Fall Festival Pie Eating Contest is set for Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the town park.

The contest features child, teen and adult divisions. First-place winners will receive prizes. Ages 6 through 11 will receive cash prizes while all other division winners will be awarded gift certificate prize packages from Nick’s Junction, Moose & Mollie’s and Rolling Pin Bakehouse.

Pies will be provided by Nick’s Junction, The Pie Lady on 5, Rolling Pin Bakehouse, Moose & Mollie’s and Faith Lutheran Church.

HNHS students learning finance through TCU

Huntington North High School is one of more than 80 schools in Indiana and Ohio using Teachers Credit Union’s Financial Empowerment Program.

The interactive online curriculum teaches financial responsibility and the realities of the free enterprise system. It was developed by teachers and personal finance experts and uses peer-to-peer teaching and interactive videos to equip students with the critical thinking skills they will need to make a lifetime of smart financial decisions.

Hgtn. library to host kids’ cooking workshop

Children in grades 3 to 6 are invited to make homemade macaroni and cheese at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 4:15 p.m.

The library will host a cooking workshop titled Kids Cooking 101, where basic kitchen and cooking skills will be taught while the children make the meal.

Registration is required so enough supplies can be provided. Bringing an apron is suggested. To sign up, call 356-2900 or email

New show opens Sept. 10 at Crestwoods Gallery

“Catherine Blyth Paintings and Elizabeth Wamsley Clay Art” opens Saturday, Sept. 10, with an artist reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Crestwoods Gallery, in Roanoke.

Refreshments will be served at the event.

Blyth and Wamsley’s work will be on display through Oct. 1.

Red Cross to host several blood donation opportunities in Sept.

The American Red Cross will host several blood donation opportunities in Huntington during September.

All donors between Sept. 2 and 6 will receive branded duffel bags, while supplies last. In addition, all donors between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30 will receive a free haircut coupon from Sports Clips.

Donation sites in Huntington County include:

• Sept. 12 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

• Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington.

Southpaw Grooming expands to Hgtn. County

Husband and wife team Greg (left) and Jamie Lambert stand in front of one of two mobile grooming vans they use to take their pet grooming service to their customers. The couple recently moved to Markle and are expanding their service into Huntington County.
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Southpaw Grooming has expanded its services to Huntington County, with the recent move of owners Greg and Jamie Lambert to Markle.

Originally from Bluf-fton, the couple, which moved to be closer to family, offers a  “to-your-door” mobile grooming service. Jamie, who started out as a veterinary assistant, began the business 12 years ago. However, both Greg and Jamie do grooming, each with their own self-contained van.

“We come right to the home,” Jamie Lambert says. “We come right to the driveway and we groom the pet in our van.”

Huntington library branch to host volunteer fair on Saturday, Sept. 17

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will host a volunteer fair on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Community organizations will have tables set up, allowing those interested in volunteering to see what each group has available and where they need the most help.

County youth participate in state fair goat shows

The results of the Indiana State Fair 4-H Pygmy Goat and Meat Type Goat shows have been announced.

Complete Huntington County 4-H’ers’ results are:

Pygmy Wether Division
Emma Haupert – reserve champion wether.

Senior Wether over 1 year
Emma Haupert, eighth place.

Junior Wether 1 year or younger
Emma Haupert, first place; and Hanna Haupert, second place.

DuPont grant helps HU ag dept. add greenhouse

Huntington University students Adam Konger (left) and Shawna Miller (center) listen as Dr. Raymond Porter, director of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies, explains the different parts of a young soybean plant. The program will get a second greenhouse with the help of a grant from DuPont Pioneer.
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Huntington University will add a second greenhouse for its Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies with the help of a $5,000 grant from  DuPont Pioneer.

The ground-level greenhouse will feature multiple zones with energy-efficient environmental controls for managing temperature and lighting. It will be located adjacent to Dowden Science Hall for easy access from teaching labs and full-day sun exposure.

Smith Furniture adds Lisa Hoch to its furniture-selling family

Lisa Hoch
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Smith Furniture, in Huntington, has welcomed a new member to its furniture-selling family.

Lisa Hoch joined Smith Furniture on Aug. 10. Originally from Huntington, Hoch worked out of town in the business of furniture sales for four years before returning to her hometown.

“It’s great to be working for a family owned business and being a part of what it offers to the community,” she says.

Jordan Smith, the fourth generation of Smith Furniture, says that it was an easy decision to hire Hoch, based on her knowledge and background.

Huntington woman earns scholarship for her pro-life advocacy

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Kylie Frederick.

Kylie Frederick, of Huntington, is a 2016 recipient of the Thomas Marzen Memorial Scholarship.

The $250 scholarship is named in honor of the late Thomas Marzen, an attorney who dedicated his life to the pro-life movement. It is awarded to young Hoosier leaders who are involved in the pro-life movement.

Frederick is a student at Indiana University, where she participates in Advocates for Life.

Huntington library cards are good for several discounts in September

September is Library Card Signup Month, and local organizations are giving discounts to those who present their library cards while visiting.

Any time during September, library patrons can show their Huntington City-Township Public Library card to a variety of Huntington and Markle area businesses to receive a discount.

To see which discounts are being offered, visit the library’s website at, which will be updated throughout the month.

Flower pounding

Photo by Steve Clark.

Phylis Brumbaugh hammers a flower petal covered by a paper towel to transfer its color onto a sheet of paper underneath during a flower pounding demonstration conducted by Master Gardener Sharon Laupp at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 27. The presentation’s attendees created a variety of designs by hammering the colors from assorted flowers and plants onto papers, which Laupp noted was a popular craft in pioneer days.

Finishing touches

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Beth Tomasek, of Huntington, puts the finishing touches on a miniature chair she has decorated as a duck pond for the Chair-ity Affair auction to raise funds for Special Olympics and Champions League on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Heritage Hall at Hier's Park.