Schul scholarship

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Ann Ambler (left), a member of Tri Kappa’s scholarship committee, presents a $500 scholarship check to Lukas Kaylor. The sorority’s Constance L. Schul Scholarship was established in honor of Connie Schul, a former Tri Kappa member, and is awarded annually to a student pursuing a degree in the medical field.

HU counseling program receives grant for updates

LifeSpring Counseling Center, a fully functioning clinic operated by the Graduate Counseling Program at Huntington University, has been awarded a $48,225 grant by The Lutheran Foundation in Fort Wayne.

The funds will allow the clinic to update its recording equipment for training counselors, create two additional counseling rooms that are ADA accessible to meet increased need and to underwrite staff support for the clinic.

At 97, best of show quilter uses ‘old-fashioned’ method to get success

Maxine Stetzel shows off her best in show award winning quilt, which features a postage stamp pattern and 6,720 hand-stitched pieces. The 97-year old has made 85 quilts, blankets, wall hangings and crib coverings in the past thirty years.
Photo by Lauren Frischman.

Maxine Stetzel was not surprised when she took home the best in show award in quilting in the adult open class category at the 2015 4-H Fair.

“There weren’t too many submissions,” remarks Stetzel. “It’s really dying out because they all do it by machine now.”

But not Stetzel. The 97 year old quilted the front and back of her award-winning submission all by hand. It took about two years to complete the postage stamp-patterned quilt, which features 6,720 pieces held together by Stetzel’s neat stitches.

5th annual Clements ride Aug. 8

The fifth annual Specialist Chad Clements Memorial Ride will take place Saturday, Aug. 8, at Yeoman Park, 900 E. Market St., Huntington.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. Fees are per bike, rider, cars, trucks and passengers.

The ride will end at the American Legion, 1410 S. Jefferson St., in Huntington, where activities such as a bake sale and meal, entertainment and an auction will take place.

Entries available for several events for upcoming Markle Wildcat Festival

The Markle Wildcat Festival will be held Aug. 21-23.

Parade entry, pageant entry, cornhole tournament and pedal go cart race entry forms are available online.

Visit to download the forms.

For more information, contact Tiffany Grant at 414-9223.

Harris joins staff at UltraMod hair parlor

Kaitlyn Harrison
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kaitlyn Harrison is the newest stylist at UltraMod, The Hair Parlor.

Harrison, a Markle resident, obtained her cosmetology credentials from Masters of Cosmetology, in Fort Wayne. She comes to UltraMod having worked previously at Covington Creek Hair Design, in Fort Wayne.

She says she came to the salon after talking with Angie DeLaGrange, the salon’s owner and liked her philosophy of “we don’t do ugly.”

“My family and friends are all from Huntington,” she says. “I’m from Huntington and I’m just excited to work with Angie and Kayleen (Carroll) here.”

Blue River Band back at Summer Festival

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The Blue River Band returns to the 2015 Andrews Summer Festival on Friday evening, Aug. 14. Band members in the high-energy country music outfit are (from left) Glenn Rush, Derek Carmichael, Ronnie Eastest, Joe Z. Thompson, Chuck Crull, Renee Crull and Scott Hudnall.

First Federal parent announces cash dividend

Northeast Indiana Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced that the corporation will pay a cash dividend of 20 cents per common share. The dividend will be payable on Aug. 25 to shareholders of record on Aug. 11.

The book value of NIDB’s stock was $26.22 per common share as of June 30. The last reported trade of stock at the close of business on July 28 was $28 per common share and the number of outstanding shares was 1,199,879 as of the same date.

HNHS gridders to collect cans Aug. 8

The Huntington North High School football team will be collecting canned goods during “Community Night” at Kriegbaum Field on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Vikings will conduct a practice under the lights and they encourage attendees to bring canned goods with them, which the team will give to the Salvation Army to distribute throughout the community.

The team will be available for autographs and pictures on the field at the end of practice.

Dream Center having 2 summer giveaways

Indiana Dream Center is hosting two summer giveaway events for children.

The free summer and winter clothing giveaway for school age children will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dream Center Thrift Store, 501 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

It will be a free night of fun, games for kids and food. Each child must be present to receive clothing.

Reusts win inaugural yard honor

David and Mary Reust are the winners of the inaugural Huntington Yard of the Month award.

The Yard of the Month program is a citizen-led effort to recognize city residents who do an exemplary job maintaining their properties. Nominations are accepted from the public.

The Reusts have lived in their home at 450 E. State St. for nearly 50 years. In addition to maintaining their home’s integrity, they also maintain several flower beds that feature dahlias in a variety of colors.

Legos building at Andrews Library

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will hold a Lego building event Aug. 3 through 6.

Children of all ages can build a Lego creation to display. Library visitors will vote on their favorites and prizes will be awarded.

The Andrews Library is located at 30 E. Madison St. in Andrews and is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about library programs and services, call the library at 786-3574 or visit the library website at

Tropical birding is topic at next Senior Monday

John Velasquez will present a program on tropical birding at the next Senior Monday Carry-in Luncheon, Aug. 3, at Salamonie Interpretive Center, Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

Velasquez is a board member for Indiana Audubon Society, a member of Kiwanis of Marion, a member of the Marion Lions Club and was recently elected president of the Mississinewa Audubon Club. For the past 10 years, he has traveled outside the United States in search of birds. He will present a collection of photographs.

Roanoke Library lists summer reading winners

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Roanoke Library has announced its list of winners for the 2015 summer readying program.

For best attendance/attitude, the morning winner of a crab stuffed toy is Bobby Ackley. Celeste and Chloe Ackley and Jemma Jackson also had perfect attendance and won honorable mention awards and sticker sheets.

The afternoon winner of an octopus stuffed toy is Eric Beihold. Grace Michel, Trey Myrice and Sydnee Wilson also had perfect attendance and won honorable mention awards and sticker sheets.

Bledsoe tops voting in RTL baby photo contest

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William Bledsoe

William James Bledsoe is the winner of the 34th annual “People’s Choice” baby photo contest, sponsored by Huntington County Right to Life.

William, born Jan. 17, 2015, is the son of Eric and Kathi Bledsoe, of Huntington. He received 43,710 votes, which netted him a cash prize and portrait.

The contest’s runner-up was Henley Freds, born Feb. 6, 2015. The daughter of Drew Freds and Amy Stoffel, of Huntington, Henley received 40,550 votes and a cash prize and portrait.

DOE launches new INschool mobile app

The Indiana Department of Education, in collaboration with AT&T and N2N Services, has launched version 1.0 of its new mobile application, INschool.

INschool will change the way in which the department communicates and shares data with educators and families. The app is free and will provide users with valuable and concise state, school and school corporation level data, which will give insight into school performance.

Scouts’ camp in DC highlighted by tours, visit with senator

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) teaches citizenship to the scouts of Boy Scout Troop 130 during their tour in Washington, D.C.
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From June 20 to 28, the scouts of Boy Scout Troop 130 from Huntington ventured to northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., for their annual summer camp.

The troop stayed in Camp Wilson, a decommissioned BSA camp now incorporated into Pohick Bay Regional Park on the Potomac River, and took subway trains into Washington for daily excursions.

Duke Energy lowers its rates

Duke Energy customers in Indiana are getting a break on their summer electric bills, and the company says they can expect additional savings through the end of the year due to lower fuel costs.

Rates for the average residential customer have declined about 8 percent compared to last July, in large part due to lower coal costs. That amounts to about $10 in savings on a monthly bill for a customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours.

Costs in 2015 are also lower because extreme winter weather in 2014 drove up fuel and purchased power costs.

New 2U clothing exchange

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Rebecca Carter (left) and her niece, Fionne McGuire, both of Huntington, look over some pants and jeans for back to school at the Crossroad Connections New 2U kids' clothes trade at Central Christian Church on Saturday, Aug. 1. The clothing exchange was held for the fourth year.

Masonic Lodge car show

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Becky (left) and Jeff Souder look over one of the vehicles on display at the Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge 333 Car Show on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge.

Tractor driving

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Colin Subler (right) navigates a couse in the zero-turn diviison of the Area X! Tractor Driviing Contest while judge Ernie Stephan watches on Saturday morning, July 31, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Suicide prevention

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Chauncey Armstrong (left) and Steve Ward, of the local Youth Services Bureau, presented a program on suicide prevention at the Huntington North High School Frieshman Mentoring Program orientation on Friday morning, July 31. Armstrong is the YSB parenting coordinator and Ward is the YSB Safe Place coordinator.

New owners at Viking Express

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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.