New owners at Viking Express

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Hollinger and Carroll families celebrated their new ownership of the Viking Express Gas and Convenience Store with a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon, July 24.

ReStore asst. manager is familiar face at place

Heather Green
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Heather Green, Huntington Habitat for Humanity ReStore’s new assistant manager, is a familiar face around the place, having first been a volunteer, then a part-time store clerk.

Green, a 2004 Huntington North High School graduate, has worked four years at the store, running the cash register, cleaning and pricing, among other tasks. But one of her favorite duties is greeting the customers who come to either purchase or donate items.

Ind.-116 in Markle to close for paving

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that Ind.-116, from U.S.-224 to Pump Road in Markle, will be closed for resurfacing beginning Monday, Aug. 3.

The closure is weather dependent. The road is scheduled to reopen in mid-August. The official detour is Ind.-3 to U.S.-224.

The repaving on that section of road is part of a $3.5 million pavement replacement project on U.S.-224 from just west of CR 500E to just west of High Street, in Markle. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in late October. The work is being done by Brooks Construction Company.

Lemons honored by BBBS

Huntington County residents Ryan and Satin Lemon have been named “Big Couple of the Year” by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana.

The award was presented during the organization’s 2015 Volunteer Recognition Dinner on July 23 in Fort Wayne.

The Lemons were among five couples in the agency’s 13-county service area to be nominated for the award. A seven-member panel of judges selected the award winner on the basis of information provided by the child they are matched with, the child’s parents and agency staff members.

Bower earns recognition

The University of Iowa has announced its dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester. Merric Bower, of Roanoke, has been named to the list.

Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of graded course work during a given semester to be named to the dean’s list.

B&G Club to continue Safe Place status

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will continue to serve as a Safe Place when it returns to its East State Street facility in August.

The club is located at 608 E. State St., Huntington. It has been a Safe Place site since April 2013.

“The staff at the Boys & Girls Club invests countless hours of leadership, dedication and education to our area youth,” says Ashley Allen, director of operations.

Revival kicks off tonight

The First Free Will Baptist Church, 1805 Salamonie Ave., will hold a revival this evening, Thursday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 1. Services start at 6:30 p.m. each evening. 

Rev. Dennis Young will be conducting the services, which are open to everyone.

Also, the church will have its homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 2, starting at 11 a.m. Dinner will follow the service.

Having a field day

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Bostan Krallman (left) and Mairin Ellsworth (right) work at trying to melt huge ice cubes with their squirt guns in a relay race to see which team can free the toy trapped inside each one, while other kids wait to take their turn during the SPARK program field day event held Friday, July 24 at Drover Park.

Sheets Museum draws an After Hours crowd

Madeline Freiburger (left), an intern at the Sheets Wildlife Museum, shares a story with (from left) Randi Lincoln, of Inkworks, and Angie Huguenard and Mona Lill, both from the Fort Wayne firm MarketTeck, during a Huntington County Chamber of Commerce After Hours event at the museum on Thursday, July 23.

More than 50 guests attended the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce After Hours event that was held at Sheets Wildlife Museum on Thursday, July 23.

The event took place at the museum, located at 200 Safari Trail, in Huntington.

The Sheets Wildlife Museum was founded to promote preservation of wildlife and serve as a learning center with rotating exhibits, with displays from invited participants.

Mayor for the morning

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Laura Hartmus, 10, of Roanoke (right) takes the oath of office, administered by Huntington City Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher-McElhaney Friday, July 24, in the city council chamber. Hartmus spent the morning with Mayor Brooks Fetters learning the workings of city government. She is the daughter of Ken and Julie Hartmus.

Casino night features big prizes, and a chance to help the homeless felines

Helping Paws Pet Haven is hosting Cool Cat Casino Day at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The event runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Little Vegas Inc., from Fort Wayne, will be supplying the entertainment at the event, which is open to all ages.

Winning tickets for a three-day/two-night ocean cruise or a $1,500 cash prize will be drawn at 5:15 p.m.

Helping Paws is also giving away five $50 cash prizes.

There will be a silent auction, with proceeds going toward the food, shelter and medical costs of Helping Paws’ orphaned felines.

Roush shooting range open

The shooting range at J. Edward Roush Lake Fish and Wildlife Area has reopened after being closed since June 1 because of flooding.

The range re-opened on July 28. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The campground and boat ramps remained closed.

For more information, call 468-2165.

Library hours to change in Markle

The Markle Public Library will operate under new hours beginning Sept. 1.

In an effort to meet patrons’ needs with more varied and flexible operating hours, the library will be open Monday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and closed Wednesday and Sunday.

During the community planning meetings the Huntington and Markle libraries held in January, Markle patrons expressed their wish for morning hours, as well as more hours on the weekends.

Freaky flirtation

“Uncle Fester,” portrayed by Darren Turney (center), is surrounded by some ghoulish beauties in the Pulse Opera House production of “The Addams Family.” Pictured with him are (from left to right) Noelle Turney, Jordan Neal, Amanda Shull and Fiona Sackett. The show continues July 31 and Aug. 1 and 2. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. Sunday shows are at 4 p.m. Reservations can be made online at or by leaving a message at 375-7017. The Pulse Opera House is located at 127 1/2 Wayne St. in Warren.

Humane society presents 7th annual Furrball Fest on Aug. 1

The Huntington County Humane Society presents its seventh annual Furrball Fest on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Humane Shelter, 390 Thurman Poe Way, Huntington.

The festival features a free dog park day for those with canine friends, in addition to kids’ games and crafts, a dog wash, mobile adoption opportunities, vendors and concessions. A DJ will provide music for the event. The shelter will also be open for tours.

In case of rain on Aug. 1 the event will be canceled.

Kratz on dean’s list

Benjamin Kratz, of Huntington, was named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed spring 2015 semester.

To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale.

Upcoming LES kindergarteners get early taste of real thing

Lincoln Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Dawne Pearson (right) encourages her young pupils Adaline VerBryck (left) and Lienna Pearson to share their summer experiences Wednesday, July 22, during Kinder Kamp, a pilot kindergarten readiness program. Thirty children participated in the two-week camp, funded by Huntington County United Way.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Prior to the start of the real thing, some 30 kids at Lincoln Elementary School are getting a feel for what kindergarten will be like during the school’s two-week Kinder Kamp.

The pilot program, funded by a grant from the United Way of Huntington County and the Indiana Association of United Ways, aims to help youngsters transition to a school environment, especially those who haven’t been in a classroom previously, according to local United Way Executive Director Jenna Strick.

Block party set for teens in middle and high school

Youth in grades six through 12 are invited to a free block party on Monday, Aug. 3, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at General Slack Park, 929 Guilford St., Huntington.

There will be a 3-on-3 basketball tourney, inflatables, food and door prizes.

The party is sponsored by The Indiana Dream Center and The Awakening Community Church.

EMA says reporting damage ups chances for funds

Lindsie Goss (middle), director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, asks citizens to report flood damage to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to help the state’s chances of receiving financial assistance from the federal government with the clean-up process during a press conference on Thursday, July 23, at the Huntington County Jail. Goss is flanked by Keith Walters (left), director of the Wabash County EMA, and Ralph Frazee, director of the Jay County EMA.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency urges citizens to report flood damage to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to boost the state’s chances of receiving financial assistance from the federal government during the clean-up process.

Citizens can report damage to their homes by going to and clicking on the first bullet point under the words “Featured Topics” at the top of the page. The website takes all the information and reports to the state and local entities so that damage assessments can begin.

Rachel Jones completes basic training in San Antonio

Air Force Airman Rachel D. Jones graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Local man’s Corvette takes third in Bloomington show dedicated to most hardcore of Corvette fans

Tom and Suzette Tallman stand next to their black Corvette at the Bloomington Gold show, where the car took the bronze award in the survivor class.
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It’s almost perfect.

Close enough to finish third in Bloomington Gold, a Corvette show dedicated to the most fanatical of Corvette fans.

The 1992 black Corvette convertible, entered by its Huntington owners, Tom and Suzette Tallman, lost points in just a couple of areas — the 23-year-old car didn’t have its original tires, and several of the body panels showed evidence of having been repainted.

Reading winners

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Winners of some of the top prizes in the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s young adult summer reading program were (from left) Ashton Pinkerton, Ashley Wesco and Alex Wesco. Pinkerton won a jar of candy for having the closest guess to the actual number of pieces of candy in the jar. Ashley Wesco won a Walmart gift card and Alex Wesco won an iPod Shuffle. A total of 14 prizes were given out to participants in the young adult summer reading club.

Purple Heart donation

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the American Legion Bustos Post 7 present a check for $5,000 toward the planned Purple Heart monument, to be placed in the new veterans’ park under construction at Memorial Park in Huntington. Celebrating the occasion (from left to right) are Juanita Bustos Hedrick, member of Post 7 and the Purple Heart Committee; Danielle Clements, member of the Purple Heart Committee; Olin Roberts, finance officer of Post 7; Gloria Holzinger, of the Purple Heart Committee; and Taryn Fusselman, of the Huntington County Veterans Service Office.

Boone to serve as principal of school in South Bend

Derek Boone
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Derek Boone, of Huntington, has been named principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School, in South Bend.

The school has about 110 students in preschool through eighth grade.

Boone previously taught physical education at Huntington Catholic School and Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne, and most recently served as dean of students at St. Vincent de Paul School.

He also is a former golf coach at Huntington North High School.

Girl Scouts seek adult volunteers to step into roles as troop leaders

The Huntington Girl Scouts are in need of leaders to alleviate a wait that can be as long as two years for girls to join a troop.

Leaders are especially needed for troops designed for girls in kindergarten through second grade.

Leaders are not required to have a daughter in Girl Scouts.

Men also can be leaders, but there are additional rules for the situation. The main leader must be a woman, there must always be a woman at the meetings and the man must be unrelated to at least one of the women at the meetings.

Hangar 59 and Viking Express join roster of Safe Place sites in Huntington

The Youth Services Bureau has announced Hangar 59 and Viking Express as two new Safe Place sites in Huntington County.

Hangar 59 is located at 2809 Theater Ave., Huntingotn, and is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Viking Express is located at 2090 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, and is open Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. until midnight, Saturday from 6 a.m. until midnight and Sunday from 7 a.m. until midnight.

LaFontaine Center sets program on incontinence

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Nicole Bobay.

The LaFontaine Center, 208 W. State St., is hosting Nicole Bobay, physical therapist with Healthy Expectations, on Aug. 5 at 12:30 p.m.

Bobay will be speaking about prevention and treatment of urinary leakage (urinary incontinence).

She specializes in pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, which is often the underlying cause of urinary leakage.

The public is welcome to attend the event. For more information, contact Natalie Brautigam, LaFontaine Center Social Service Coordinator, at 356-2706.

Quilt club to gather on Aug. 6

The Piecemakers Quilt Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Evangelical United Meth-odist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Visitors are welcome to attend.

Forty years of retail service

Betty Sands, the manager of the Huntington J.C. Penney store, shows off the crystal award she received marking 40 years of service on her job anniversary, Thursday, July 23. Sands began her career with the retail company on July 23, 1975, in Ottawa, KS. She was later transferred from Kansas to the Huntington store, where she has worked ever since.

PHH team earns several PRC Excellence in Healthcare awards

Parkview Huntington Hospital co-workers (from left) Asheley Chaney, Susan Funk, Debra Stallsmith, Tom Wigner, Dawne Thieme, Jackie Geiger and Kim Case share the recognition received from the Professional Research Consultants (PRC) Excellence in Healthcare Awards.
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The Parkview Huntington Hospital team was recently recognized with several 2015 Professional Research Consultants (PRC) Excellence in Healthcare Awards.

The awards are based on patients’ perception of care and were presented to Parkview leaders during the annual PRC Excellence in Healthcare Conference.