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Making music


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Practicing after school on Thursday, Aug. 6, are members of the Huntington North Marching Vikes Band. Although ISMAA competitions have been canceled for this school year, the Huntington North band will still perform during HNHS football games.

Relay for Life’s 2020 event postponed; fund-raising goes on to battle cancer

Stephanie Strickler (left) and Zak Strickler, of Fort Wayne, are among those taking their paces around the track at Kriegbaum Field during the 2019 Relay for Life. The 2020 Relay event will be postponed until 2021 due to concerns over the COVID-19 impact.
TAB file photo.

In May of 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran around a track in Tacoma, WA, for 24 hours to raise money that would help the American Cancer Society. In those 24 hours, Klatt walked and ran more than 83 miles, raising $27,000 in pledges by doing so.

During his time spent on the track that day, Klatt thought up ways that he could help raise more funds for ACS and get others to take part, envisioning teams participating in a 24-hour fund-raising event. That is how Relay for Life came to be.

Planting a tree


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Staff members of Huntington University and the Huntington Parks Department even up the maple tree they just settled into a hole they dug at Yeoman Park on Friday, July 31. Pictured (from left) are Kay Schwob, Steve Yoder (partially hidden), Nick Kight, Adrianna Holst and Shawna Balsiger. The group planted several trees along the walking path that goes through the park in observance of Arbor Day.

Parkview Health and Anthem BCBS reach multi-year in-network contract

Parkview Health and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have reached an agreement on a new contract. The multi-year agreement provides Anthem members with continued in-network access to all Parkview Health providers and facilities.

Time to play

Playing in a sawdust pile at the Huntington County 4-H fair on Thursday, July 30, are (from left) 8-year-old Bentley Bolen, 9-year-old Kayden Kuenhert, 10-year-old Maddox McAfee and 9-year-old Dawson Husband. The children set up a scene including farm equipment, fencing and farm animals.

Waiting for the big one


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A boater waits patiently for a fishing pole to react to a bite from a hungry fish during a lazy afternoon on Huntington’s Lake Clare Sunday, July 26.

Huntington University rejoins with Sodexo to provide dining services

Huntington University has announced the transition to its new dining services partner, Sodexo. This partnership will begin Aug. 1.   

Enjoying a family float


Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Karol Caley (far left) and family (from left) Natalie, Allison and Bob Caley braved the rainy weather on Saturday, Aug. 1, and participated in the annual Splash on the Wabash event at the Forks of the Wabash. The sold-out event allowed participants the opportunity to take a 90-minute float down the Wabash River, with proceeds benefitting local Boy Scouts Troop 130 and historical education for children at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.

Children’s books galore


Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Helping her niece, 5-year-old Paxton Daggett, of Huntington, pick out children’s books at the Forks of the Wabash garage sale on Friday, July 31, is Ashley Kochensparger of Andrews. The Forks of the Wabash fund-raiser featured items such as furniture, books, clothing and jewelry.

Huntington University appoints Barber director of student success

Huntington University has hired Isaac Barber as the director of student success. Barber will succeed Scott Raymond, who announced his retirement earlier this year, effective Aug. 15.

Barber comes to Huntington with six years of experience in higher education, first as a resident director, then as area coordinator of freshmen curriculum followed by director of residence life and graduate admissions.

Bippus State Bank’s CEO Warner will be honored for banking excellence

Ryan M. Warner, chairman and CEO of Bippus State Bank in Huntington, is being honored by the Indiana Bankers Association with the IBA Leaders in Banking Excellence award. This award is to be presented at a private ceremony in December in Indianapolis.

This award, the Association’s highest honor, celebrates exceptional leaders who have positively impacted Indiana banks and the communities they serve.

Kids Kampus gets $15,000 to up COVID-19 safety

Pathfinder Services Kids Kampus received a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great program to assist with increased expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will help protect the health and safety of staff, children and parents.  Pathfinder Kids Kampus has remained open during the pandemic, though attendance has decreased due to business closures. These funds will provide support as Pathfinder Kids Kampus prepares to return to full capacity.

Afternoon on the river


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Canoe paddlers navigate the Wabash River just below past the Etna Avenue Bridge on their way to the forks, where the waterway joins with the Little River on Friday, July 24.

Boy’s friends mourn his passing


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Friends of Wyatt Schmaltz, (from left) Huntington County Sheriff Chris Newton, Rev. Tony Steinacker of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter wait outside Bailey-Love Mortuary for the start of his funeral on Thursday, July 30. Wyatt, 9, was deputized at age 3 as the youngest sheriff deputy in the United States. Huntington County Sheriff’s Department area law enforcement, fire and first responders showed their support at his funeral.

Support for Wyatt


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Local emergency medical first responders wait to go inside Bailey-Love Mortuary on Thursday, July 30, to show their support for Wyatt Alexander Schmaltz and his family. Wyatt, 9, died Friday, July 24, after battling cancer for more than six years. Fire, police and ambulances joined the funeral procession following the funeral for the boy. In 2014 at the age of 3, he was appointed the youngest sheriff deputy in the United States.

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