Nashville artists at CCC service on Sunday

Nashville artists Riley Bria and Jake Bunnell will be special guests during the worship service on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Congregational Christian Church, in North Manchester.

Bria was a top 24 finalist on Season 14 of American Idol.

Bunnell graduated from Southwood High School and formed the band Small Town.

Both now live in Nashville and play together across the country. They will also perform at Harvest Fest and The Firehouse on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Services are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester.

Harvest heralds farm vehicles sharing the roads

A combine with a bean head sits in a Huntington County field on Thursday, Sept. 22. Combines such as this one, along with other slow-moving vehicles like tractors and semitrailers, will be on country roads frequently this harvest season and the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department asks drivers who might be eager to pass them to exercise patience.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department asks motorists to be mindful that they’ll be sharing country roads with farmers this harvest season.

Combines, tractors and semitrailers will be familiar sights for drivers as farmers gather corn, soybeans and other crops. Should motorists find themselves stuck behind one of these slow-moving vehicles and itching to get around it, the sheriff’s department urges patience.

Caught reading

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Some students in Jennifer Colvard’s third-grade class at Roanoke Elementary School were recently caught enjoying their library time by reading books together. They are (from left) Caden Baker, Jeron Cox, Cooper Wigmore, Blayne Sparkman and Clayten Bustos.

Cheerful workers

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Jared Jamison (left) holds open a debris bag for classmate Caden Brubaker during a community service project at 808 Esther St., in Huntington, carried out by eighth-grade gold team students from Riverview Middle School on Monday, Sept. 26. The group, which consisted of 33 students, cleaned out a fence row. The team’s lead teacher, Sam Wright, noted that City of Huntington would be picking up the debris once the students were done. Two other squads of gold team students worked at Riverview, cleaning up the outdoor classroom.

Roanoke library to have adult coloring Oct. 27

The Roanoke Public Library’s next adult coloring night is Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.

Supplies will be available but participants may feel free to bring their own.

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

Halting heroin epidemic topic of Oct. 4 meeting

Jessica Brooks (center), who has three times been brought back from death after a heroin overdose, holds one of the T-shirts that will be given away to everyone who attends an Oct. 4 community meeting designed to halt the heroin epidemic in Huntington County. Brooks will describe her experience during the meeting, which is being organized by (from left) Huntington Police Chief Chad Hacker; Carla Gebert, EMS manager at Parkview Huntington Hospital; Jeff Carrell, pastor of The Awakening Community Church; and Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sheriff Terry Stoffel tells the story of the people driving around, high on heroin. One of their number gets into trouble.

“He overdoses, they pull into the fire station on Etna Avenue, dump him and take off,” Stoffel says.

It should be a horror story.

But for Stoffel, it’s just another day in the life of Huntington County’s emergency responders.

“We’re at the same house three, four times a day, bringing different people out of that house,” says Carla Gebert, EMS manager at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Invite teens to Minecraft club meet

Teens are invited to the newest club at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library — Minecraft Mondays.

The club meets every first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The first session kicks off Monday, Oct. 3.

Teens can mine, build, and defeat mobs on the library’s Minecraft server. Computers are provided.

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

For more information, contact the library at 356-0824 or email

Website available to UTEC workers

Northeast Indiana Works has launched an education and social services online resources page for employees of United Technologies Electronic Controls (UT-EC) in Huntington.

About 700 UTEC employees are expected to be displaced by a relocation of the company’s manufacturing operations, beginning in 2017.

The web page is designed to help connect those employees with education, training and social services providers who can assist the workers in transitioning to new opportunities in northeast Indiana.

J’Adore Nails opens up salon on city’s South Side

Kim Nguyen (left), owner of J’Adore Nails, stands inside the new salon along with employees Thi Van (second from left) and Tuan Ngo. Nguyen and her daughter, Julie Nguyen (not pictured), offer full service nail care plus skincare products.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kim Nguyen and her daughter, Julie Nguyen, had a particular purpose for opening a full-service nail salon in Huntington: it was the people.

“We are from Fort Wayne, but we wanted to move to a small town to do the business,” she explains. “I love how friendly the people are in a small town. I’ve worked here before but I feel that I like to work with a small community.”

Victory Noll spiritual events offered

Victory Noll Center is offering several spiritual growth opportunities open to the community.

Community Morning Prayer is offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 a.m., and consists of prayer with scripture and optional time for quiet meditation/personal prayer.

Taize Prayer, with the intention of peace and reconciliation among all people, is available on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

This type of prayer is based on scripture and the prayer of the church with singing and praying in a contemplative setting.

HU professors, students compile American folklore

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Huntington University’s Dr. Jeffrey B. Webb, professor of American history and department chair of history and political science, has published a three-volume reference work, “American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore.”

The project also includes the work of three other Huntington University faculty and three recent graduates.

Central Christian to serve fish, tenderloins Oct. 4

Central Christian Church is planning an all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin supper on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu includes meat, green beans, applesauce, bread, drinks and dessert. A drive-through carry-out will be available.

The dinner is sponsored by the church’s evangelism department, and all proceeds will be used to purchase new basketball goals for the gym, to be used by Central Christian Church youth and the Upward basketball program that meets at the church.

Dinner and auction will benefit Family LifeCare

Family LifeCare will hold its 2016 fund-raiser, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, on Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Lighted Gardens, in Ossian.

The evening will include dinner, a raffle and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit the Family LifeCare Legacy Fund, which funds services to those who are underinsured or have no insurance benefits.

Family LifeCare has locations in Berne and Marion and provides home care, hospice, palliative care, infusion therapy, care management, grief support and Wings of Hope children’s programs.

Sigma Phi Gamma sets Sunday lunch

Beta Delta Chapter of Sigma Phi Gamma will have a fund-raiser lunch on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Knight Bergman Center, in Warren.

The meal will consist of baked steak, chicken and noodles, green and baked beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, applesauce, Jell-O, rolls, dessert and drinks.

All proceeds from the lunch will go back into the community.

Bike ride, car show benefit show choir

The parents of the Huntington North High School ladies’ show choir, Viking Volume, will host a benefit bike ride and car show at Life Community Church, 950 E. State St, Huntington on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The event will include raffles, a silent auction, as well as retail vendors, food and a bake sale.

There will be a special performance by Viking Volume at 2:30 p.m. The event will end at 5 p.m.

Proceeds will be used for props, competition fees and costumes for the group’s upcoming competition season.

Cheer parent group launch ‘flocking’ fund-raiser

The Huntington North High School Cheer Parent Group is launching a “flocking” fund-raiser in October.

For a monetary donation, donors can choose a “victim” to receive a “flock” of pink, plastic flamingos to be placed in their front lawn for 24 hours. A sign indicating that this gift will benefit HNHS Cheer will accompany the flock so all passersby will know the reason for the flamingo sighting.

New group seeks to spotlight local successes

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Twenty-five individuals who have had a major impact on Huntington County make up the first class of inductees into Huntington County Honors, a new organization that has been two years in the making.

“We wanted to recognize individuals from all walks of life,” explains Huntington businessman Joe Santa, who initially developed the idea. “We saw it as an opportunity not only to recognize them personally, but also hold them up for all of us to take pride in as a community.”

Fall clean-up week in Town of Warren set for Oct. 10 to 15

Fall cleanup week in the Town of Warren will be held Oct. 10 through Oct. 15.

Warren residents can bring large, unwanted household items to the dumpsters located at the utility garages, located at 316 W. 2nd St., Warren, Monday through Friday, Oct. 10 through Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Items that will not be accepted include televisions, computers, paint, treated lumber, building materials, appliances with Freon and tires.

Hazardous materials will be collected in November.

Ceremonial sword makes way to Legion Post 85

Charlie Daub (center) gets some help from American Legion Post 85 Commander Larry Banister (left) and Chris Hunt, the post’s vice commander, in displaying the ceremonial Marine Corps sword he donated to the post. Hunt crafted the display for the sword.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A United States Marine Corps sword is now proudly displayed at American Legion Post 85, in Huntington.

The sword was donated by Charlie Daub, who discovered it posted for sale while browsing Facebook in the wee hours of the morning.

“I knew immediately what it was,” he says.

“What it was,” explains Post 85 Commander Larry Banister, was a United States Marine Corps non-commissioned officer’s sword.

“It is used primarily for ceremonies,” Banister explains. “If you become an NCO and want one, you can buy one.”

Local youth becomes one-girl fund-raising crew for Riley Hospital

Kaylee Small displays some of the toys, cash and beverage can tabs she collected for Riley Hospital for Children.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

When 10-year-old Kaylee Small set off for Indianapolis earlier this week, she was loaded down with toys, cash and pop can tabs — all for the kids at Riley Hospital for Children.

The Flint Springs Elementary School fourth-grader spent two weeks collecting the gifts, pressing her grandmother, Linda Stevens, into service.
“She did this project all by herself,” Stevens says. “I was the taxi.”

Books for Kate’s Kart

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Krista Layman (second from left), director of Kate’s Kart, accepts the donation of more than 2,000 items from iAB financial bank, represented by (from left) Dennis Holman, Cathy Earhart and Amber Zimmerman, iAB Fun Committee members. iAB employees spent several months collecting new books and crayons for Kate’s Kart, which provides hospitalized children with books and other materials to encourage literacy and the enjoyment of reading.

Bippus State Bank hires four new employees

(From left) Jillian El-Hussein, Ashlin Overholt, Cameron Cranor and Cassie Miller.
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Bippus State Bank has announced the addition of four new employees, Jillian El-Hussein, Ashlin Overholt, Cameron Cranor and Cassie Miller, to its staff.

Born and raised in Huntington, El-Hussein graduated with honors from Huntington North High School in 2003. She has over 10 years of customer service experience as well as experience in technology. El-Hussein joined the computer operations department at the main office. She resides in Huntington with her husband, Danny, and their two children.

LAC announces annual ‘Fashion for the Arts’ event

The LaFontaine Arts Council will present Fashions for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 5.

This year’s event will be held at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, located at 3011 W. Park Drive.

The annual fund-raiser includes a luncheon, a silent auction and a short presentation by this year’s arts advocate, Susan Mendenhall, executive director of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.

Social time begins at 11 a.m. with the luncheon served at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets for Fashions for the Arts can be purchased from LAC Executive Director Debbie Dyer at 358-0055.

LACE accepting applications for anti-alcohol, tobacco, drug grants

Local Anti-Drug Coalition Efforts (LACE) is accepting grant applications from organizations seeking funding to reduce the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Huntington County.

LACE will distribute funds in the categories of criminal justice services, intervention and prevention.

The applications are due on Oct. 17.

Grant applications and other information may be obtained by contacting Kelly Sickafoose, LACE coordinator, at

CodeRED test set for Sept. 28

The Huntington County Emergency Management agency will conduct a test of the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 2:20 p.m.

This year’s test coincides with the National EAS system test. The Code Red system is used to quickly broadcast emergency information to all citizens in Huntington County via phone call, text message and email.

Indiana’s bicentennial party runs through Huntington County Friday

Huntington will celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial with a look at the past and a chance for current residents to help define their state and hometown.

Festivities will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, the same day the bicentennial torch arrives in Huntington on its 92-county journey around Indiana.

A celebration at Hier’s Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a break at 10:45 a.m. for a formal program to welcome the torch to the park.

Veterans’ parade

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Making plans for the Nov. 5 Veterans Day parade in Huntington are (front row, from left) Taryn Fusselman, Gloria Holzinger and Mary Abbott; and (back, from left) Charlotte Center, Steve Kimmel and Tim Eckert. The parade, the fourth annual, will start at Huntington North High School at 10 a.m. and proceed down Jefferson Street and West Park Drive to Memorial Park for a ceremony honoring veterans. Veterans will be invited to walk or ride in the parade.

A proclamation of blessings

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the Blessings in a Backpack ministry gather around Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters on Tuesday, Sept. 20, as he signs a proclamation naming the day Blessings in a Backpack Day. The organization provides meals and snacks – largely from donations – packed into more than 330 backpacks for area children from six Huntington County elementary schools so they won’t go hungry on weekends. Pictured are (front row, from left) Aric Hosler, Hollyn Anderson, Fetters and Emily Johnson; and (back row, from left) Ashton Hosler, Emily Freise, Aidan Hosler and Autumn Anderson.

Berger Welding and Supply opens in Huntington

Ben Berger has opened Berger Welding and Supply on CR 200N in Huntington, expanding from the family’s original location in Plymouth.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Berger Welding and Supply has opened in Huntington.

The third-generation family business is an expansion of the original location in Plymouth, which was founded 65 years ago by the grandfather of Ben Berger, who now heads the Huntington site.

The business opened in Huntington in early September at 3643W-200N, the former location of Wall’s Trailer Sales.

The company decided to expand to Huntington to “fill a need,” Berger says. All six current employees of the Huntington business are new to the company and are from the Huntington area, he adds.

Third annual Love INC potato bar fund-raiser set for Sunday, Oct. 2

The third-annual potato bar to raise funds for Love in the Name of Christ will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Educational Building, 605 Polk St., Huntington.

During the lunch people can visit Love INC’s diaper ministry that is held in the school building.

Several churches are helping with this event. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time or at the door. Donations will be appreciated if patrons are unable to attend. Proceeds will go to Love INC’s capital building project.

For more information, contact Love INC at 356-0933.