HNHS to honor area veterans during program on Nov. 11

Huntington North High School will honor area veterans during a Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will feature performances by the HNHS choir as well as a veterans’ panel made up of three young veterans.

Veterans are invited to a hospitality room with refreshments at 3 p.m. The hospitality room is sponsored by Bippus State Bank.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, with a special invitation to veterans and active military personnel.

Those attending should enter the HNHS arena through Door 28.

Columbus competition

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Huntington North High School’s FFA horse judging team competed in the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH, on Oct. 19, placing eighth in reasons and 11th overall. In addition, team member Cora Hill placed 10th in individual reasons. The team qualified for the competition by finishing second overall at the Indiana state horse judging competition. Team members are (from left) Courtney Coffman, Hill, Kiara Dominguez and Samantha Smith.

Found drug paraphernalia should not be handled

These uncapped syringes and a spoon used in mixing drugs were found last week along West Park Drive near Memorial Park. With such discoveries becoming more frequent, police are warning residents not to touch drug-related items they find; instead, call police to pick them up.
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Syringes, spoons and other drug-related paraphernalia found lying alongside the road should remain untouched, local law enforcement officials warn.

Anyone who finds such items should call a local police department, the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department or even 911, says Major Chris Newton, chief deputy with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department.

“Don’t mess with them,” Newton says. “We want you to call the police … We carry sharps containers, and we’ll come and pick them up.”

Hillside Shooting Sports opens new store, range

Hillside Shooting Sports General Manager Mike Swaidner (left) and archery department owner Tom Griffith display some of the new inventory the store now carries since it opened a 6,000- square-foot showroom and indoor archery range recently.
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Hillside Shooting Spo-rts, in Roanoke, recently completed construction of a new gun store and indoor archery range of approximately 6,000 square feet.

The facility allows the shop, which opened in 2000, to expand its inventory of guns and accessories as well as add a full line of archery equipment in addition to establishing the range.

Red Cross schedules several blood donation opportunities in county

The American Red Cross has scheduled several blood donation opportunities in Huntington County.

They include:

• Nov. 7, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

• Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington.

• Nov. 20, from 7:15 am. to 12:15 p.m., SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and school, 860 Cherry St., Huntington.

• Nov. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Rd., Huntington.

iAB releases 3Q financial performance report

Independent Alliance Banks Inc., the holding company of iAB financial bank, has announced its third quarter financial performance as of Sept. 30.

Net income for the first nine months of 2016 was $7.6 million, compared to $6.9 million in 2015, an increase of 10 percent.

Improvement in net interest income was a result of loan growth and reduction in the cost of funds, bank officials said.

Additionally, interest rate swap fee income and growth in fiduciary and other nontraditional services attributed to an overall 26 percent growth in fee income.

A few of Huntington’s finest

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Huntington County Honors inductees and their representatives are (front row, from left) Diane Miller (for Bob Straight), Cheryl Greene (for Bob Straight), Beth Armstrong (for Bob Straight), Kristine Ummer (for Ralph Johnson), Leslie Barna (for Ralph Johnson), Jorie Fisher (for Ralph Johnson), Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok, Carol Shuttleworth-Gavin (for James Shuttleworth), Margie Hedrick (for Don Purviance), Melody Roush (for Edward Roush) and Joel Roush (for Edward Roush); (second row, from left) Mike Weaver (for Welcome Weaver), Steve Kimmel (for Dan Quayle), Mark Lincoln (for Mark Erehar

Singing, open mic night at First Free Will Baptist

The First Freewill Baptist Church, 1805 Salamonie Ave., Huntington, will host an evening of singing on Saturday, Oct. 29, to benefit the church.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

An open mic time, open to any gospel group that would like to join in, will start at 6 p.m.

The community is welcome to attend.

A free will offering will be taken.

Top artists

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Students at Roanoke Elementary School earned awards for their entries in the plein air competition at A Renaissance in Roanoke art festival. Award winners were (front row, from left) Chloe North, first place in fourth grade; Hannah Augspurger, first place in third grade; and Hattie Landrum, second place in third grade; and (back row, from left) Bryce Taylor, second place in fourth grade; Lucas Tallman, third place in fourth grade; Joselyn Buzzard, first place in fifth grade; Gianna Kerby, second place in fifth grade; and Amaya Smith, third place in fifth grade.

Email 101 to be offered Nov. 16 at Huntington library main branch

An Email 101 workshop will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington  City-Township Public Library.

The workshop will focus on the free email platform Gmail by Google. Library staff will explain how to sign up for an email account, how to choose a secure password, how to type and send emails, how to add contacts and more.

The program is free and laptops will be provided for those who need them.

To register, call 356-0824.

Taking in the beans

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A farmer in southern Huntington County brings in a field of soybeans on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Preschool to focus on mammals

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Mammals” program on Nov. 16.

The class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education, including learning letters, crafts, social interaction and time outside, always with a nature-related theme.

This little piggie went to preschool

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College Park Preschool recently had a special guest come to school. Clayton Holzinger (left) and Ginny Holzinger introduced a baby guinea hog to the preschool class. The children learned about where the baby hog lives, what she eats and how she was different from her brothers and sisters. The children will visit the spotted baby next spring to see how much she grows in the next few months.

Salamonie recognizes attendance

Salamonie School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:


Claire Alford, Josalyn Alford, Jaxie Jo Gray, Isabella Hoss, Aynslee Jones, Jaxon Minnich, Braxton Roberts, Graham Shuler, Drayton Southerland, Liam Spitler, Arionna Stetzel and Nakishia Stout.

First grade

Landon Burns, Lucy Fairchild, Bryce Gilbert, Kenleigh Kratzer, Ruthie Mautz, Weston Piqune, Waylon Popp, Owen Poulson, Kylynn Slusher, Addison Stivers and Lincoln Stivers.

Fund-raiser for Schmaltz’ expenses at HCOB Saturday

A fund-raiser to benefit Wyatt Schmaltz will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Huntington Church of the Brethren.

A rummage sale, bake sale, a basket raffle and silent auction with items and cakes will be held. The church has also put together some “meal boxes” for the family.

The church will accept donations of items for the sale.

Proceeds will go to the Schmaltz family to help pay for their trips back and forth to New York, NY, for the child’s medical treatments.

Crestview honors first quarter perfect attendance students

Crestview Middle School has recognized students who achieved perfect attendance for the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

Those students are:

Sixth Grade

Nathan Alleman, Aaron Amick, Sullivan Bauer, Madison Bowers, Riley Bowers, Kimberlyn Boxell, Brendan Caffee, Maci Campbell, Jared Cart-wright and Bryce Colclesser.

Also, Ethan Cutting, Elijah Dimond, Alexys Estep, Natalia Fonseca, Johanna Fox, Blake Godfrey, Emma Holzinger, Aric Hosler, Wesley Huff and Adalynn Jones.

Pace works with YSB to host safe Halloween event Monday afternoon

Pace Chevrolet has partnered with the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County to offer a safe Halloween event, complete with treats and a costume contest.

Halloween Trunk or Treat will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pace, located at 239 Hauenstein Rd., across from Walmart, in Huntington.

Frederick’s Photography will provide kids’ photos and Wholesome Farms will have free pumpkins.
The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Huntington Fire Department will have vehicles on display.

Food drive at Huntington University will benefit Community Harvest Bank

Huntington University is participating in a student-led food drive, U Can Crush Hunger, along with several other universities in Indiana through Nov. 4.

The Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, which distributed nearly 13 million pounds of food to more than 90,000 people last year, is sponsoring the drive.

Callout to singers for ‘Messiah’ concert

Community members who want to participate in the annual performance of “Messiah” are invited to attend rehearsals each Monday through Nov. 28.

Rehearsals will be held each Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Merillat Centre for the Arts on the Huntington University campus.

A dress rehearsal will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m.

The performance will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Singers will use the Watkins Shaw (Novello — orange cover) edition of “Messiah.

Scores will be available for loan or purchase at the rehearsals.

Diving in

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Dezmund Culver shows his concentration as he gobbles up some pie during the Christian Life Tabernacle’s Family Fall Fest that took place Saturday, Oct. 22. Dezmund took second place in the pie-eating contest.

Top vote-getters

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Beacon Credit Union presented a donation on Monday, Oct. 24, totaling $1,750, at the conclusion of its sixth annual Project Spotlight Program, which invited the community to vote for their favorite charitable organization. Three organizations won the top votes. Pictured (from left) are Jimi Staton, of New Life Ministries – second place, $500; Cheryl McCoy, Beacon Credit Union Huntington branch manager; Dawn Stanley, of Helping Paws Pet Haven – first place, $1,000; and Laura Buzzard and Sandy Wing, of Pathfinder Services Creative Abilities – third place, $250.

In the pink

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Leah Lesh, of Huntington, mans the bake sale table for the third annual Pink Out Honor Walk event held Friday, Oct. 21, at Memorial Park. Funds raised from the bake sale, T-shirt sale, silent auction and walk went to benefit Cancer Services for Huntington County.

Special guest

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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith (middle) paid a visit to Bippus State Bank’s main office in Huntington on Thursday, Oct. 20, to sign autographs, meet the staff and pose for pictures, including this one with Eric Fawcett (left), executive vice president/head of lending at BSB, and Billy Winter, BSB vice president/commercial lender. Smith is a graduate of Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne, and a former football standout at the University of Notre Dame.

Park Lofts has treats tonight

Both buildings of Park Lofts will be open to trick-or-treaters from the community on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The apartment buildings are located at 414 E. Park Drive and 205 E. Park Drive, Huntington.

Treat night set at Faith Community

An indoor trick ’n’ treat event will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Faith Community Church of God.

The event is open to the community, with costumes encouraged.

The church is located at 3615 N. Norwood Rd., Huntington.

Faith Chapel has treats and chili Saturday

A trunk ’n’ treat and chili cook-off is planned for Saturday, Oct. 29, at Faith Chapel United Methodist Church, 2978W-1100N, Huntington.

The trunk ’n’ treat is from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by the chili cook-off at 5:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public.

HCS students set car wash on Saturday

The fifth and sixth grades of Huntington Catholic School will hold a car wash on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Proceeds will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which assists families in need.

Lancaster invites veterans to breakfast

Lancaster Elementary School invites veterans to a free Veterans Day honor breakfast at the school on Friday, Nov. 11, at 8 a.m.

The breakfast is open to all individuals in the community or anyone connected with a student at Lancaster Elementary who are veterans or who currently serve in the armed forces, and the student who invited them, if applicable.

The menu will consist of biscuits and gravy or cinnamon biscuits and cereal, with fruit cup and coffee or juice.

Crestview students earn honors for 1st quarter academic achievements

Crestview Middle School has announced its honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

Students earning honors are:

All A’s
Eighth grade
Ellie Bartrom, Arianna Betterly, Carley Bickel, Jack Braden, Makayla Braun, Kortney Campbell, Aden Carson, Reece Colclesser, Dierra Coleman, Gavin Covey, Emily Crist, Addison Dennis, Grace Driscoll, Sophie Eckert and Alex Gass.

Lincoln School dinner and talent show is Friday

Lincoln Elementary School will host its annual Heith Garner Scholarship Dinner and Talent Show on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The dinner menu includes chili, hot dogs and homemade cinnamon rolls. Students will share their talents with the public.

Proceeds go to the Heith Garner Scholarship Fund, which memorializes a former Lincoln student who died in a car crash in 1995. The scholarships are awarded to former Lincoln students heading to college.