Setting up an "I Spy" bottle

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Jacob Wheeler, of Andrews sets  "I Spy" items to go in a bottle in an activitiy at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Chess tourney

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Keturah Ellenberger (right) makes a move while her oppponent, Bram McCracken, watches during a chess tourney for youth at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Comic book shop now has physical location

Jason McIlrath is the owner of Corn Coast Comics, a new shop in downtown Huntington specializing in comic books and a variety of other geek items. The shop is located at 23 E. Market St.
Photo by Steve Clark.

For years, Jason McIlrath dreamed of owning his own comic book shop.

Now, that dream is a reality.

McIlrath is the owner-operator of Corn Coast Comics in downtown Huntington. The shop caters to geek interests, with comic books, figurines, T-shirts and games among its offerings.
While the business opened its doors this past December, McIlrath notes that it has, in fact, been in existence for over a decade.

“I’ve been working on this for 15 years, actually,” he shares. “My business is 15 years old; it’s been online.

Right to Life invites supporters to put names on ad

Huntington County Right to Life will commemorate the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the United States Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, on Jan. 22 with a newspaper ad containing the names of those who oppose the killing of the unborn.

Those who wish to be included in the ad may submit their names, along with a donation to help defray the cost of the ad, to the Right to Life office or at any participating church.

The RTL office is located at 34 E. Washington St., Huntington, and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

HCS announces second quarter honor roll students

Huntington Catholic School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Third grade – Rayleigh Pearson.

Fourth grade – Penelope Harrell.

Seventh grade – Laura Hartmus and Joshua Plascencia.

Eighth grade – Grace Bryant, Olivia Godfroy, Lillian Holzinger and Chloe Shepperd.

All A’s and B’s

Third grade – Isaac Scheiber and Sabrina Woolard.

Ryan earns top New York Life awards

Huntington resident Ben Ryan (middle) is pictured with New York Life’s Chairman and CEO, Ted Mathas (left), and his wife, Laura (right), at a recent Executive Council meeting.
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Huntington resident Ben Ryan has completed another fruitful year with New York Life Insurance Company.

Ryan once again earned membership in New York Life’s Executive Council. Members of the Executive Council are among the most successful of New York Life’s elite sales force of 12,000 licensed agents.

In addition to Executive Council, Ryan was named an Annuity Elite Champion, Life All Star and led all agents in Indiana in Life Case Rate for 2016.

Hardy wins herbicide and soybean seed in contest

Grower Mike Hardy, of Huntington, is the November winner of the Real Yield Sweepstakes sponsored by Bayer.

He will receive 200 acres worth of Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink soybean seed.

More than 70 complete HCTPL Bicentennial Reading Program

The past year saw celebrations all over Indiana for the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 11. The Huntington City-Township Public Library Friends of the Library’s all ages Bicentennial Reading Program was successful, with hundreds participating and more than 70 who have completed the program so far by reading either 200 hours or 200 books.

Andrews students earn recognition for attendance

Andrews Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:
Dominic Ashby, Joleen Balderas, Brooke Beeks, Izabella Blackstone, Ka-naan Boothman, Keira Boothman, Tatum Brooks, Ethan Burnworth, Annika Carpenter, Owen Cole, Sapphire Dangerfield, Ka-ylee Davis, Grey Dill, Nevaeh Dolby, Jersey Donaldson, Ella Doyle, Haley Doyle, Jacklyn Ellet, Addison Fagan and Drake Fagan.

Lancaster lists students with perfect attendance

Lancaster Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Shae Amburgey, Clayton Ayoub, Zachary Bishop, Laurel Bradford, Aidan Brinkman, Roxy Brown, Aryanna Caley, Charles Close, Gabriella Colbert, Isaiah Cottrell, Brady Covey, John Covey, Gabriel Crago, Braxton Cutshall, Raygen Davis, Anthony Decker, Raelynn Dimmick, Jayden Dishon-Burnett and Brock Drown.

Girl Scout cookies will go on sale this Friday

Cadette Girl Scout Laura Hartmus (left) and her sister, Senior Girl Scout Jessica Hartmus, both of Roanoke, are among the local Girl Scouts who will be out selling cookies starting Friday, Jan. 13. The annual cookie sale continues through March 15.
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Girl Scout cookies go on sale locally this Friday, Jan. 13. Cookie sales will continue through March 15.

This year’s sale features eight varieties of cookies, including the new S’mores cookie, a crisp graham cookie double dipped in crème icing and finished with a chocolatey coating. Returning favorites include Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Caramel deLites, Lemonades and Thanks-A-Lot. All of the varieties freeze well.

Mossburg, Arthur to be featured in Jan. 15 Evensong concert at Trinity

Violinist Caleb Mossburg and pianist Hope Arthur will present an eclectic program of works for violin and piano during the January Evensong presentation at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Huntington.

The free concert will be presented on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. at the church, located at 530 Guilford St. An accessible entrance is located on the west side of the building.

Rock’s oldies rise again in Jan. 20 concert at Cottage Event Center

Guitarist Kenny Taylor headlines a Jan. 20 show at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.
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Guitarist Kenny Taylor and his combo, The SwingSet Quartet, will perform songs from the early days of rock and roll on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.

The 7:30 p.m. show is a fund-raiser for Northeast Indiana Honor Flight and features Taylor’s son, Colin Taylor, on upright bass.

Taylor and his band will perform songs from artists including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley & The Comets and Buddy Holly, as well as examples of “jump blues” music from which the rock genre evolved.

Local students on Ivy Tech dean’s list

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, in Fort Wayne, has announced its fall 2016 dean’s list.

Dean’s list honors are awarded to degree seeking students who have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.50 in non-academic skills advancement courses with no D’s or F’s. The students must earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester and at least 12 non-academic skills advance- ment credits during their course of study.

Local students earning the honor are:

Adam Middleton, of Andrews.

Breakfast will help fund well at Sierra Leone school

The Union Church Missions Board announces a breakfast fund-raiser set for Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Union Church, located at 3688W-400N.

There will be pancakes, sausage, fruit, donuts, juice and coffee. There is no cost for the breakfast but the board is asking for a free will offering toward the Madina Village School Well Project.

Madina Village School is a rural primary school in Sierra Leone in West Africa and serves 330 elementary age students.

Smaller piece of equipment bought recently has Hgtn. fire chief excited

Firefighter Brandon Bolinger (left) and Chief Tim Albertson stand in front of the Huntington Fire Department’s newest fire truck as they display the air masks now being used by Huntington firefighters. The masks have built-in thermal imaging cameras, allowing firefighters to search a room for heat sources that will indicate the location of a person or of flames. Previously, firefighters used hand-held thermal imaging cameras. The new equipment allows their hands to remain free to make a rescue or handle firefighting equipment.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Fire Department put a new truck in service in late 2016, but it’s a smaller piece of equipment acquired at about the same time that has Chief Tim Albertson excited.

Fifteen of the firefighters are now using breathing masks that have built-in thermal imaging cameras. That means the firefighters can enter a smoke-filled room and scan it for sources of heat — coming from a person or a flame — and still have their hands free to handle equipment or make a rescue.

New Year revelers

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College Park Preschool returned to school with a New Year Party. The boys and girls learned about telling time on the hour. They talked about how the year and months change with time. Pictured are (front row from left) Ian Shoemaker, Cadence Rosen, Clayton Holzinger and Braylon Nichols and (back row from left) Llayton Chesterman, Madelynn Sorrell, Lucas Dennis, Jaedyn Biehl, Daisy Glisson and Peter Schortgen.

Love INC plans an evening of food and jazz for Feb. 14 ‘Night of Love’

Love In the Name of Christ of Huntington County will hold a “Night of Love” celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 14, on the Victory Noll campus in the Saint Anne Home dining room. Social time will begin at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m.

A short program will follow.

Live jazz music will be provided throughout the night by the Jamie Simon quartet.

Tickets are sold per person and reservations should be made by Feb. 7.

Cycling into the New Year

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A group of women in Annette Stoffel’s cycling class at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA go through their routine Wednesday, Jan. 4. Pictured (from left) are Brandi Cross, Jenny Caley and Amanda Hoch, all of Huntington.

Almost done … for now

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Alan McCurdy braves the elements as he completes the last bit of shoveling to remove snow from the driveway and sidewalk of his home on Cline Street, in Huntington, on Thursday, Jan. 5.

Roanoke Public Library to a host coloring, craft class for adults on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

The Roanoke Public Library will host a coloring and craft time for adults on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at the library.

Supplies will be available for coloring only. Those attending can bring their own craft or coloring supplies for themselves or to share.

The Roanoke Public Library is located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke. For information, call 672-2989.

Blood shortage at RC

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.  

Upcoming local blood drives are:

• Jan. 9, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

• Jan. 15, from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry St., Huntington.

PHH Mitten Tree sprouts hundreds of hats, gloves

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Parkview Huntington Hospital’s annual Mitten Tree sprouted hundreds of colorful hats, gloves, mittens and scarves in December with help from hospital employees, volunteers and guests.

The annual clothing drive is conducted by the Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild, which invited people to either purchase apparel items in the hospital gift shop for donation or bring in new items. Donated items were periodically plucked from the tree and packed into totes for delivery to Love In the Name of Christ to help individuals and families in need of warm winter clothing.

Northwest Elementary School announces 2Q honor roll students

Northwest Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Fifth grade – Samantha Atkinson, Morgan Betterly, Evan Camomile, Sydney Cotton, Olivia Craig, Delaney Dorsett, Jackson Eckert, Aydon Eppard, Vanessa Frey, Macyn Hostetler, Jackson Hughes, Cooper Kowalski, Austin Law, Lucas Lehman and Megan Lickey.

Lancaster Elementary reveals 2Q honor rolls

Lancaster Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

Students achieving honor roll status are:

All A’s
Fifth grade — Kyler Chapin, Braeden Christiansen, Regan Cornett, John Covey, Alisha Goodrich, Carmyn Horn, Kinlee Landrum, Kelsie Ludemann and Nicholas Lynch.

Fourth grade — Katelyn Bryant, Amber Cale, Ava Christiansen, Chloe Couch, Anthony Decker, Claire Eckert, Erik Gibbons, Brayden Harris, Luke Hill and Audrey Hix.

HU’s online bachelor’s in marketing gets high marks has ranked Huntington University’s online bachelor’s degree in marketing 11th in its list of top 20 schools for 2016-17. looked at 136 accredited colleges and universities that offer an online bachelor’s degree in marketing or a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing concentration.

Rankings were based on the percentage of applicants admitted, graduation rates, undergraduate tuition and fees and student-to-faculty ratios.

Northwest students earn recognition for second quarter attendance

Northwest Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Zachary Alleman, Samantha Atkinson, Hayden Baumgardner, Jessie Bilyeu, Levi Bilyeu, Nathan Bowman, Katelyn Burkhart, Kylee Burnau, Evan Camomile, Parker Camomile, Brooke Clark, Lillian Craig, Olivia Craig, Adalyn Cutting, Braden Dammeier, Kameron Dennis, Kaysin Dennis, Braydn Doan and Jackson Eckert.

Local woman makes dean’s list at University of Evansville for fall

Madeline Mettler, of Huntington, has achieved a place on the University of Evansville dean’s list for academic achievements during the Fall Semester 2016. Mettler is majoring in archaeology.

To make the dean’s list, a student at UE must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

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Local 4-H clubs set meetings this week

The Purdue Extension Huntington County office has announced 4-H club meetings and events for the week of Jan. 9.

They include:

Monday, Jan. 9
Leaders’ meeting, 6:30 p.m., Courthouse Annex.

Tuesday, Jan. 10
Corn Cob Club, 6:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church.

Wayne Township Future Farmers Club, 6 p.m., Mt. Etna United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, Jan. 11
Champion Achievers Club, 6:30 p.m., St. Peter’s First Community Church.

Blue Ribbon Riders, 7 p.m., Heritage Hall.

Team THRUST 1501 kickoff meeting

Photo by Steve Clark.

Charles Grey (standing, right) leads a small group session of Team THRUST 1501 members at the group’s kickoff meeting, held in Huntington University’s Dowden Science Hall on Saturday, Jan. 7. Standing next to Grey is team mentor Steve Jackson.