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YSB offers suicide prevention training

The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) will be hosting a Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) training on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. This free suicide prevention training will take place at the Youth Services Bureau, 1344 Maple Drive.

Participants will learn local and state statistics, myths and facts, warning signs and risk factors, local resources and more.

“This training is geared for family members, friends, pastors and others who want to learn more about this critical issue,” said Crystal Kish, QPR instructor.

National Suicide Prevention Week


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The Huntington County Commissioners recognized the week of Sept. 5 through 11 as being National Suicide Prevention week. They further proclaimed that Huntington County would recognize the month of September as “Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month”. Featured are (from left) commissioners Terry Stoffel and Tom Wall as well as Youth Services Bureau representatives Jan Williams and Crystal Kish.

Next 200 West Clean Up scheduled for Sept. 18

The annual Fall 200 West Clean Up is coming up fast, and community members are encouraged to join together with volunteers to clean up the area together.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.
Volunteers will meet at Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club, 792N-200W, Huntington, at 9 a.m., for supplies and instructions.

Over the course of the day, volunteer will clean the stretch of road between Waterworks and Division roads. Gloves, bags and traffic direction will be provided.

Community gathers for vigil

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, members of the community gathered together for a time of remembrance at Sunken Gardens, as Place of Grace hosted an Overdose Awareness Day Vigil.

Place of Grace is a Christian-based transitional home for women transitioning from incarceration back into the Huntington Community and got its start in 2009 after a group of concerned citizens began volunteering their time at the local jail.

Brubakers earn farming award

Indiana’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands are valuable natural resources. Protecting these water resources is imperative and 47 farmers received accolades on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds for their “river-friendly” efforts.

Love INC launches a capital campaign

Bryan “Breadwig” Ballinger is currently working on a new mural titled “Shelter from the Rain” on the side of the Love INC of Huntington County building. Featured is his progress on the mural as of Thursday, Sept. 2.
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In an effort to support their growth, Love INC (In the Name of Christ) of Huntington County has launched a capital campaign to raise money and awareness for their cause.

Love INC is a national organization that started in 1977. The Huntington location has been around since 1977, making it one of the oldest affiliates. Erin Didion, executive director of Love INC of Huntington County, says that Love INC has been housed in an old grocery store for about 20 years.

Red Cross seeking hurricane helpers

The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is currently deploying volunteers and Emergency Response Vehicles to assist those who will be impacted by Hurricane Ida, and donations and volunteers are needed to assist the agency.

“Hurricane Ida will cause substantial impact to many people across the Gulf Coast, but our Red Cross volunteers prepare for disasters of this magnitude,” said Chad Priest, regional CEO of the American Red Cross – Indiana Region. “Our volunteers will be there before, during and after the storm to help communities in their recovery efforts.”

Learning new skills


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Friends of the Library President Carla Miller teaches participants about Cricut machines during a class at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Used book sale coming up

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanoke will be hosting a used book sale during the annual Roanoke Fall Festival, on Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is a small fee per bag of books and bags are provided.

Those who are interested in purchasing books may do so by entering the church, 641 N. Main St., Roanoke, and using door six. All proceeds will be donated to the Roanoke Fire Department.

Community gathered to honor fallen U.S. soldiers


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The Huntington community gathered on Sunday, Aug. 29, to remember the fallen military personnel lost in Afghanistan on Thursday, Aug. 26.

A special service took place at the Veterans’ Memorial in Memorial Park.

Prayers were offered by Mayor Richard Strick.

Gloria Holzinger and Danielle Clements, sister of fallen soldier Chad Clements, addressed those in attendance, and read the names of those lost in Afghanistan.

IN Teachers offered free park entry

As part of the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Week, Hoosier teachers are invited to visit an Indiana state park, reservoir or state forest for free on Sunday, Sept. 12.

“If there’s one thing the last year has taught us, it’s that great teachers change lives,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb. “Indiana is proud to partner with the Indianapolis Host Committee to give all Indiana teachers – our 2021 Teachers of the Year – the recognition they so deserve.”