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Biblical Alliance to host program on persecution

The Biblical Alliance for Truth will host guest speaker Dave Brackemyre with Voice of the Martyrs, addressing the topic of worldwide persecution of Christians, today, Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church.

Brackemyre will speak about causes for increased persecution of Christians, what nations are involved and what can be done. A question and answer period will follow.

The public is invited to attend this free program. A free will offering for Voice of the Martyrs will be received.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus celebrates 52nd birthday of Early Head Start

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters reads a story to an Early Head Start class at Pathfinder Kids Kampus on Community Reading Day, Thursday, May 18, in celebration of Head Start’s 52nd birthday. P
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An Early Head Start classroom at Pathfinder Kids Kampus joined the National Head Start Association (NHSA) to celebrate Head Start’s 52nd birthday by kicking off Community Reading Day on Thursday, May 18, with Huntington’s mayor.

Across the country, 1,400 local Head Start programs hosted community reading day celebrations featuring visits from local officials and community leaders to read to children.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus has offered Early Head Start to families who qualify since 2010.  

Golf outing raises $11,000 for Kids Kampus

Directed by pre-K teacher Sheila Crawford (far left), the 4 and 5-year-olds of the “Creators” classroom at Pathfinder Kids Kampus sing a lively song during lunchtime at the 26th annual golf outing to support Kids Kampus on Wednesday, May 17. The outing raised funds for the Kids Kampus scholarship program for children served by the Early Head Start and pre-K programs at the child care facility.
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The 26th annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus golf outing, sponsored by David Culp and Co., was held Wednesday, May 17, at Norwood Golf Club. Lunch and appetizers were sponsored by SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and golfers were treated to complimentary food at the turn thanks to NACCAP.  

First place in the outing went to the team from Wings, Etc. with members Bryan Burcroff, Alex Hentgen, James Willett and Tom Wright. The Wings, Etc. team had a score of 48.  

Blood drives coming up in county

The American Red Cross has announced blood donation opportunities in Huntington and Roanoke.

They are:

• Sunday, May 28, from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church/School, 860 Cherry St., Huntington.

• Wednesday, June 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 160, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke.

• Friday, June 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160W-500N, Huntington.

First Federal earns two awards at Indiana Bankers conference


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First Federal Savings Bank received a Five Star Award from the Indiana Bankers Association during the Association’s Mega Conference held May 2 through 4 in Indianapolis.  

First Federal Savings Bank was one of 41 banks statewide granted the Five Star Award in recognition of commitment to the association in the areas of political awareness, issues advocacy, life-long learning, volunteerism and Preferred Service Provider utilization.  First Federal Savings Bank has received a Five Star Award every year since 2004 when the award was introduced.

MAXI Award


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Amber R. Van Til (right), president and CEO of the Indiana Bankers Association, presents the MAXI Award to Satin Lemon, marketing director of First Federal Savings Bank.

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All for Love


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The staff of the Huntington branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles poses behind a mountain of non-perishable food items collected at the branch for Love In the Name of Christ. Staff members are (from left) Kirsten Lautzenhiser, Rena Claus, Julie Bills, Gwen Wimmer and Jody Cormany. Not pictured is Debbie Vanyo. Local BMV employees and customers donated the food as part of statewide competition among BMV branches to collect donations for their local food pantries. The Huntington branch collected 888 items.

Morris H.O.P.E. Scholarship awarded to Garrett

Shafer Garrett
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The Huntington County Community Foundation has announced that Shafer Garrett, of Huntington, is the recipient of the 2017 Arley Morris H.O.P.E. Scholarship to continue his education at the University of Notre Dame.

Garrett, a graduating senior from Canterbury School, will be majoring in chemistry and business. He is the son of Paula and Robert Garrett Jr.

Roanoke Lions Club awards four scholarships

Recipients of Roanoke Lions Club scholarships are (front, from left) Jamie Norwood, Jarrett Braden, Mary Winans and Jenna Henline; with their parents (back, from left) Mike Norwood, Brenda Norwood, Trent Braden, Tammy Winans and Deanna Henline.
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The Roanoke Lions Club has awarded college scholarships to four former students from Roanoke Elementary School.

Former mayor’s ‘baby’ to have his name with renaming Saturday

One of the signature accomplishments of Terry R. Abbett’s time as mayor of the City of Huntington will soon bear his name, thanks to the generosity of the entities that paid for it originally.

The Bendix-Hiner Splash Park will officially be renamed the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park in a ceremony on Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m., and the former mayor’s family couldn’t be happier.

“It got started with the idea that this was kind of his ‘baby,’” says Connie Abbett, the mayor’s widow, who will travel from her home in Florida to be a part of the ceremony.

Garlits earns HCCF Pyle Sr. Scholarship

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Jake Garllits

The Huntington County Community Foundation has announced that Jake Garlits, of Huntington, is the recipient of the 2017 Frank L. Pyle Sr. Scholarship.

Garlits, a graduating senior at Huntington North High School, will attend Trine University majoring in computer engineering. He is the son of Gina Loshe, of Huntington, and Robert Garlits, of Wabash.

Steering Heritage Days


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Members of the 2017 Heritage Days steering committee and the festival’s corporate sponsor, Gerdau, stand next to the Gerdau sign on Wednesday, May 17. Pictured are (seated, from left) Greg Sands, Gerdau; Jim Denman, committee; Judy Lee, committee; and Paula Kimmel, committee; and (standing, from left) Mike Cash, Gerdau; Kendall Mickley, Gerdau; Michelle Crone, committee; and Jerrod Fisher, Gerdau. The festival runs from June 14 to 18.

2nd Street work


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Warren town worker Rich Scheiman operates a backhoe during curbing and lighting work on 2nd Street in Warren on Wednesday afternoon, May 17. Sidewalks are being removed and replaced and new street lighting is being installed.

Markle Health and Rehab earns a ‘deficiency free’ inspection

For the second straight year, Markle Health & Rehabilitation was found to have no deficiencies during a recent inspection by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Operated by American Senior Communities at 170 N. Tracy St. in Markle, the community serves Seniors and others who need rehabilitation and skilled nursing care.

The health department inspects such communities to assess compliance with state standards of care, such as adequacy of staffing, quality of care and cleanliness of facility.

Flora earns McCurley Scholarship

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Mallory Flora

The Huntington County Community Foundation has announced that Mallory Flora, of Huntington, is the recipient of the 2017 Gary W. McCurley Scholarship.

Flora, a rising sophomore at Indiana University, is majoring in marketing at the Kelley School of Business with an interest in international business. She is the daughter of Michelle and Michael Flora.

At Indiana University, she is a member of the Hutton Honors college student organization and continues to volunteer at Senior Pak, an organization that provides free groceries to older citizens.

First ride of the season


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Bicycle riders leave Schenkel Station in downtown Huntington to take to the trails on the initial Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association’s first bike ride of the season on May 17. Pictured (from left) are Eric Bruce, Jared Cartwright, Evan Bostel and Jacob Bruce, all of Huntington. The rides will take place each Wednesday during the summer, departing from Schenkel Station at 6 p.m.

United Way names Kyle Metzger as its new president and CEO

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Kyle Metzger

Kyle Metzger has been named president and CEO of the United Way of Huntington County.

Metzger, who currently serves as ministry coordinator and director of operations at Love INC of Huntington County, will join the United Way on June 12.

His selection was announced May 16  by the United Way board of directors.

Metzger and his wife, Sharon Metzger, live in Huntington with their 3-year-old son, Oliver.

Sharon Metzger serves as executive director of  Place of Grace, in Huntington.

Garrett receives Solloway Scholarship

Shafer Garrett
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The Huntington County Community Foundation has announced that Shafer Garrett is the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Jerry G. Solloway Family Scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame.

Garrett, a graduating senior from Canterbury School, will be majoring in chemistry and business. He is the son of Paula and Robert Garrett Jr.

Fridge donation


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Warren Health and Fitness on Wednesday, May 17, donated 10 percent of the proceeds from a recent fund-raising event to the Warren chapter of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club in the form of a refrigerator to the club’s room at Salamonie Elementary School. Accepting the donation on behalf of the club is Ashley Allen (left), director of operations, while presenting the refrigerator are Brittney Miller (center), Warren Health and Fitness manager, and Mike Haggerty, board member.

Walking to beat cancer


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Crestview Middle School students take to the outdoor track Wednesday, May 18, in an all-school show of solidarity in support of finding a cure for cancer. Many of the students and staff wore purple shirts and raised $3,042.04 in donations to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The Huntington Relay for Life event will take place June 10, starting at noon, at Kriegbaum Field.

Town and Country Flowers earns FTD Quality Star Award for 2016

Town and Country Flowers, in Huntington, has earned the FTD Quality Star Award for its achievements in 2016.

The designation is bestowed on FTD florists who hand-craft and deliver floral arrangements with excellent quality throughout the year.

Rod and Jeannie Myers have owned Town and Country Flowers for 20 years. The shop at 2807 Theater Ave., Huntington, offers fresh flowers, plants, Carson wind chimes, candles, jewelry and angels.

Bob Straight Scholarship is awarded to Sam Daugherty to attend Ball State

Sam Daugherty
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Sam Daugherty is the recipient of the Bob Straight Scholarship awarded by the Weaver Popcorn Company.

This is the 24th year for the scholarship, given in the amount of $2,500 for four years, renewed each year based on maintaining grade requirements.

Daugherty is the son of Deborah and Chad Daugherty. He was selected on the basis of citizenship, academic accomplishments and leadership.

Daugherty was a member of the conference champion basketball team and the baseball team. He ranks sixth in the Huntington North High School senior class.

Shafer Garrett earns Heith Garner Volunteerism Scholarship

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Garrett Shafer

The Huntington County Community Foundation has announced that Shafer Garrett, of Huntington, is the recipient of the 2017 Heith Garner Volunteerism Scholarship to begin his studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Garrett, a graduating senior from Canterbury School, will be majoring in chemistry and business. He is the son of Paula and Robert Garrett Jr.

May birthday books


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Huntington Catholic School students with May birthdays celebrated by donating books to the school library. Those students are (from left) Averyana Dawson and Lucy French, both third grade; Kylee Nevius, fourth grade; and Joseph Bowers, sixth grade. Not pictured is Eben Dawson, sixth grade. The students were recognized on Monday, May 15, at the HCS Primary Building.

Short earns HCCF 2 4 Scholarship to IU

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Alexandra Short

The Huntington County Community Foundation has announced that Alexandra Short, of Huntington, has been awarded the 2017 2 4 Golf Scholarship to attend Indiana University. Short, a graduating senior from Huntington North High School, will be majoring in anthropology. She is the daughter of Michelle and Alan Short.

Make like a pirate


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Rich Augspurger, a resident of Miller’s Merry Manor in Huntington, sports an eye patch, pirate cap and a parrot on his shoulder as he poses for a picture taken by Beth Sheeley, activity assistant at Miller’s, during a pirate carnival at Miller’s on Tuesday, May 16. The pirate party was part of a week-long celebration of National Nursing Home Week.

7 Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters celebrating jubilees

Seven members of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters are celebrating jubilees in 2017. Six will be honored with a Mass on May 24 at Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel at Victory Noll.

Sister John Francis Radler, a native of Milwaukee, WI, will celebrate 80 years as a Victory Noll sister. Her ministry work has taken her to California, Indiana, Washington, DC, Arizona, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Reading sponsors


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Celia Bandelier (center), director of the Roanoke Public Library, accepts a donation from Roanoke Lions Club members Jim Vachon (left) and Craig Bernard. The Roanoke Lions Club is sponsoring the summer reading program at the Roanoke library.

Vintage & Handmade Market


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Monika Martin (left) and Mary Gearhart, both of Fort Wayne, look at a vintage condiment shaker at the Vintage & Handmade Market held in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, May 20. More than 40 vendors were signed up for the event, which was done in conjunction with Sprintime in the Village, featuring townwide garage sales throughout Roanoke.

Rehab landscaping


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Mike Mossberg (left), of Warren, and Josh Lee, of Huntington, spread mulch at a Habitat for Humanity rehabbed house at 1554 Walnut Street in Huntington on Saturday, May 20.

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