Huntington County Honors recognizes second class of ‘stars’

Inductees recognized at the 2017 Huntington County Honors program and their representatives are (front, from left) Mildred Tullis, Ross Clark, Joan Keefer and Mel Ring, all inductees; Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County Economic Development, representing J.W. Caswell and Winfred Runyan; and Jean Ringer, representing the Bippus family; (second row, from left) Margie Hedrick, Andy Purviance and Mary York, representing their mother, Emmaline “Emmy” Purviance Henn; Joyce Baker Hewitt, representing her father, Dr. E. DeWitt Baker; Susan Richey, representing her father, Dr. Robert M. Hafner; Linda Bryant, representing her great-aunt, Helen Purviance; Dodie Neuhauser and Diana Parker, representing their father, Gerald “Jerry” Yeoman; and Jennifer Koch and Lisa Fusselman, representing their father, Ivan “Kaiser” Wilhelm; and (back row, from left) Annette Baker Shepherdson and Dr. Ron Baker, representing their father, Dr. E. DeWitt Baker; inductee Dr. Gary Dilley; Luke Scheer Jr., representing his father, Luke Scheer Sr.; Chris Atchison, representing his grandmother, Elizebeth Smith Friedman; and Huntington County Honors board member Amber Hudson, representing H. Allen Smith.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Fourteen individuals and two families, whose lives intersected with Huntington County at some point and who went on to achievements on the national and international stages as well as in their hometown, were inducted as the second class of Huntington County Honors during a ceremony on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 28, in the Huntington County Courthouse.

Intri-Cut Tool Co. marks 25th year in business

Intri-Cut Tool Co., of Roanoke, has been selected as Business of the Month for November by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Celebrating the occasion are (front, from left) Terry Miller, JoDean Knowles and Staci Mathias, all Chamber Ambassadors; and J.B. Hoy, Cameron Hoy, Trent Lehman and Nolan Williams, all of Intri-Cut; and (back, from left) Scott Hammel, Roger Lauer, Vaughn Fuhrmann and Justin Whaley, all of Intri-Cut.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A family-owned business celebrating its 25th year has been selected as Business of the Month for November by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

Intri-Cut Tool Co. marks its 25th anniversary on Nov. 2. It was founded by J.B. Hoy and Hoy’s brother-in-law, Trent Leh-man, joined him a year later. The two are now partners in the business.

From its beginnings in Hoy’s garage, the company moved into Roanoke and operated on Third Street and then downtown before moving to its current location on CR 900N just outside of Roanoke in December of 2005.

Incipio Devices announces $7.1 million expansion

Troy Johnson (center), president of Incipio Devices, and Mike Wack (right), the company’s vice president of development, provide a tour of the Commercial Road facility to (from left) Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and Huntington County Commissioners Larry Buzzard and Tom Wall after announcing a major business expansion on Friday, Oct. 27. An unidentified employee is working in the background.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A 3-year-old Huntington company that designs and manufactures replacement joints has announced plans for a $7.1 million expansion project that will nearly double its workforce.

Incipio Devices announced Friday, Oct. 27, that it will expand both the manufacturing operation and the research and development capabilities at its plant at 84 Commercial Rd., in Huntington.

Local officials who gathered to hear the announcement were thanked for their contributions to the company’s growth.

Applications for winter heating assistance now being accepted

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has announced dates for the 2017-18 Winter Assistance Program through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

The program began Nov. 1 and concludes May 18.

Applications are being accepted by community-based organizations, including Community and Family Services, 1255 Engle St., Huntington.

Contact the local office at 356-1098 or comfama, or visit the website at

Andrews announces 1Q honor roll students

Andrews Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Fifth grade
Haiden Bailey, Annika Carpenter, Jasmine Donaldson, Jacob Elwell, Owen Follis, Julian Haskett, Hannah Haupert, Parker Hill, Scott Loman, Ella Newton, Alyson Reust, Lillian Schoppman, Gracie Shenefield, Cydnie Slusser, Jacelynn Sunderman and Gracie Zartman.

ABLE grant

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Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (front row, left), president of Huntington University, accepts a $35,000 grant from Lynne Gilmore (front row, center), chief program officer of the AWS Foundation. The grant will help fund HU’s Achieving Balance in Life through Education (ABLE) program, which opens up college classes to individuals ages 18 to 24 with cognitive disabilities. With Emberton and Gilmore are ABLE students John Schoenefeld (front row, right) and (back, from left) Kerrigan Seidel, Ian Bostel and Zachery Arivett and ABLE program coordinator Erica Marshal.

Getting an early start

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Parks Department employees Darik Sands (left) and Chad Breininger are undaunted by the drizzle coming down Friday, Oct. 27, as they attach strands of lights to the frame of the Christmas tree at Rotary Centennial Park. This is the second year for the tree, which features computer-generated light patterns during the Christmas holiday period.

Huntington library to offer different DIY project for teens to learn in month of November

Teens can get a head start on the holiday season by making an original gift each week during November at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Each week, the library will offer a different DIY project for teens to make, using supplies on hand and their own creativity. Teens can stop by anytime during the library’s regular hours.

The program is free and no registration is required.

The library is at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Lincoln Elementary School honors perfect attendance students for 1Q

Lincoln Elementary School has recognized its students who achieved perfect attendance during the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Those students are:

Kaiden Barnes, Piper Fields, Jaylene Herber, Malachi Mota, Vincent Nichols, Lorelai Noland, Alexander Parrett, Branson Rennaker, Aidan Smith, Ava Tyler, Zachary VanLandingham and Karma Voght.

Dinner, auction will help fund New Life Ministries

New Life Ministries will hold a benefit dinner and auction on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Cottage Event Center, 9524 U.S.-24 North, Roanoke. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m.

There is a cost for tickets, with discounts for children ages 7 to 12; children 6 and under eat free.

In addition to the benefit dinner and auction, raffles will also be held.

Reservations and payment can be made online at

Daylight saving time will end early Sunday

Daylight saving time will end on Sunday, Nov. 5.

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, clocks should be turned back to 1 a.m. The change will make sunrise and sunset an hour earlier than on the previous day.

Standard time will remain in effect until March 11, 2018.

Stuff A Truck, Share Feast fund-raisers set for November

Owen’s and Love In the Name of Christ are hosting the Stuff A Truck and Share the Feast fund-raiser sin November.

Grocery bags pre-filled with food items will be available for sale beginning Nov. 9.

The bags will range in price from $3 to $10 and will include staples such as spaghetti noodles, soup, canned vegetables and fruits.

The goal is to fill an entire Kroger semi trailer with donations that will stay here in Huntington and be distributed by Love INC. Last year the drive raised more than $8,000 in donations.

Solid Rock to honor veterans and active members

Solid Rock United Methodist Church invites all veterans, active duty military and their families and deceased veterans’ families to a veterans’ homecoming celebration on Sunday, Nov. 12.

The morning service starts at 10 a.m.  At 5:30 p.m, a complimentary dinner will be served by the Hog Roasters and the congregation. It will be followed by an “Armed Forces Tribute.”

Veterans are welcome to wear their military uniforms. Pictures in military uniform along with the dates of when and where they are currently serving or have served will be displayed during the event.

Bethel United Methodist Church to hold Soup & Salad Lunch on Nov. 7

Bethel United Methodist Church, Huntington, will hold its annual Soup & Salad Luncheon and Bake Sale on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church at 356-8391. Carryouts are available.

The church is at the corner of Riverside Drive and Allen Street.

Children’s Choir will perform concert on Saturday

Members of the Children’s Choir of Huntington County (from left) Claire Troyer, Sophia Tolen, Emma Shenefield and Jay Clampitt prepare for the CCHC fall concert on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church.
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The Children’s Choir of Huntington County is celebrating 25 years of artistic choral excellence with three special concerts to be presented this year.

Telling the story

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Deborah Asante shares a story called “This Little Light of Mine” with students at Huntington North High School on Friday, Oct. 27. The story recounts the Children’s Crusade of 1963, the events that led up to the Children’s March of 1963 in Birmingham, AL, and the role it played in the Civil Rights Movement. Asante is the founder and artistic director of the Asante Children’s Theatre. The program was sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council.

Newcomb friends plan kidney foundation fund-raiser

An all-you-can-eat chicken and brisket dinner, live music, cornhole and a silent auction on Sunday, Nov. 5, will raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation. Organizers are (front) Dennis Newcomb; (second row, from left) Brenda Rosen and Sabrina Newcomb; (third row, from left) Kara Asbury, Heather Byrne, Michelle Lewis and Steph Foley; and (fourth row, from left) Monica Brown, Jessica Rockwood, Raelynn Brown, Troy Williams, Norm Sisemore, Kim Hattendorf, Racquel Mills and Stefanie Williams. Not pictured are Larry Rosen Jr., Jami Okuly, Matt Okuly, Mary Musselman, Rufuss McKee and Larry Rosen III.
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Friends and family members of a Huntington man who has had two kidney transplants in the past 10 years are organizing a fund-raiser — complete with food, music and a silent auction — to benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

Dennis Newcomb, the local transplant recipient, will be helping cook the brisket and the chicken for the all-you-can-eat dinner on Sunday, Nov. 5. The meal will be served from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at iAB financial bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Lincoln Elementary students earn honor roll status for first quarter

Lincoln Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Students earning all A’s are:

Second Grade

Graham Blackburn, Kory Boxell, Rebekah Bruce, Damon Carew, Gabriel Colo’n, Zoe Curry, Corban Dalrymple, Emery Douglas, Abby Good, Vivian Gratt, Kennedy Hawkins, Jayce Johnson, Johannah Kendall, Owen Kline, Maura Michel, Kayde Moore, Amber Myers, Rhainna Proenza, Christopher Richards, Natalie Scher, Royce Shaw, Alisa Stone and Cadence Wilson.

Third Grade

Andrews Elementary honors its perfect attendance students for 1Q

Andrews Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

Brooke Beeks, Addalyn Boardman, Kanaan Boothman, Brayden Bowling, Brooke Brown, Damion Bryant, Melissa Caley, Natalie Caley, Tyson Caley, Steven Caley, Evan Carender, Skyler Clevinger, Addisyn Clift, Landon Cohen, Henry Daggett, Kaylee Davis, Melanii Dials, Nevaeh Dolby, Nicholis Dolby and Jasmine Donaldson.

Genealogy class at Roanoke library

The Roanoke Public Library will have a genealogy class on Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Participants are asked to bring anything they might already know about their ancestors. Beginning graphs will be given to students to help them get started.

Crestview Middle School announces perfect attendance students for 1Q

Crestview Middle School has announced the names of students who achieved perfect attendance for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

Sixth grade

Samantha Amor, Hailey Anderson, Michael Barnum, Jazzmyn Bennett, Morgan Betterly, Spencer Blackburn, Reece Bone-witz, Blaine Bower, Kayla Buckles, Kylee Burnau, Elizabeth Colclesser, Ella Colclesser, Trinity Condon, Sydney Cotton and Olivia Craig.

Students seeking backpack items for homeless

Huntington North High School students will collect donations to fill backpacks for the homeless Saturday morning, Nov. 4, at the school. Displaying some of the donations that are needed are (seated, from left) students Emma Bickel and Sara Kauffman; and (standing, from left) Shelley Septer, who founded Backpacks of Hope in honor of her late son; students Andrea Sands, Noah Proffitt and Cade MacAleese; HNHS teacher Michelle Santa; and student Merrill Ballinger.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School students in the Viking New Tech program and Rotary Interact Service Club are asking the community to contribute items they can use to fill backpacks to be given to homeless residents of Huntington County and Fort Wayne.

The project is being done through Backpacks of Hope, founded in 2011 by Huntington resident Shelley Septer in honor of her late son, John “Zachery” Septer.

Students will be at Door 3 at the front of Huntington North High School on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon to accept donations.

Crestview Middle School students attain honor roll status

Crestview Middle Sch-ool has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Eighth grade

Alexis Adams, Dane Blackburn, Elliot Bostel, Makayla Bowman, Jacqueline Burcroff, Gavin Byerly, Auburn Cartwright, Kristin Coffman, Callie Coon, Helena Davenriner, Allison Decker, Abimael Dominguez, Kathryn Feit, Hunter Fine, Kolton Foster, Harleerose Griggs, Gracie Grossman, Katherine Groves, Marideth Higgins and Brailyn Holley.

Honoring Keefer

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County Honors board member Joe Santa (left) hands Joan Keefer her induction plaque during a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 28,  at the Huntington County Courthouse. The group recognized 17 individuals for their acheivements on the local, state, national and international levels. Keefer was inducted in the community and public service category for her work in preserving the history of Huntington County and its people.

Huntington County Honors inducts Dilley

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Joe Santa (left), a board member with Huntington County Honors, presents Dr. Gary Dilley with his induction plaque during a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Huntington County Courthouse. Dilley was inducted in the athletics and recreation category for the numerous awards - including an Olympic silver medal, he achieved in the sport of swimming. Huntington County Honors recognizes people linked to Huntington County for their achievements on the local, state, national and internationl levels.

Warren home has treats, concert for area veterans

Heritage Pointe of Warren will offer several Veterans Day activities for local veterans, beginning on Nov. 6.

Veterans and their families are invited to attend the following activities:

• Monday through Friday, Nov. 6 through 10 – Free coffee from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Cove.

• Nov. 10 – Free ice cream from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 13  – Entertainment with Company Singers in the chapel at 2 p.m.

Heritage Pointe of Warren is at 801 N. Huntington Ave., Warren.

Beacon’s Project Spotlight donates funds

Katie Stam (left), of Beacon Credit Union, and Cheryl McCoy (right), manager of Beacon’s Huntington branch, present cash donations to (front, from left) Dawn Stanley, of Helping Paws Pet Haven, and Staci Mathias, of Habitat for Humanity; and (back, from left) Rev. Jimi Staton, of New Life Ministries; and JoAnn Burnau and Maureen Flynn, both of Habitat for Humanity.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Beacon Credit Union has donated $1,750 to three charitable organizations and projects in Huntington County.

Recipients were chosen by community votes cast in Beacon’s Project Spotlight.

The first place winner, Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc., received $1,000 from the credit union. The second place winner, New Life Ministries, received $500 and the third place winner, Habitat for Humanity, received $250.

Beacon Credit Union received a record number of nominees this year, with 204 charitable organizations nominated.

1st Source Corp. reports record high net income

1st Source Corporation, parent company of 1st Source Bank, has reported a record high net income of $17.18 million for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 20.46 percent compared to $14.26 million reported in the third quarter a year ago.

That brings the 2017 year-to-date net income to $50.06 million compared to $42.56 million in 2016, an increase of 17.61 percent.

Dentist offers cash to buy back Halloween candy

Beth Bucher (left) and Sandy Bradley, employees of Family Dentistry in Huntington, are ready to buy excess Halloween candy from trick-or-treaters.
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Trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Family Dentistry in Huntington and receive cash for the candy.

Dr. John Regan is offering the buy back in an effort to prevent cavities.

In addition to harming teeth, he says, too much candy can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain, while the wrong kind of candy can lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

Candy will be collected at Regan’s office, 650 Cherry St., Nov. 6 through Nov. 10. A maximum of five pounds of candy will be accepted from each child.

Hakes gets honor at conference

Huntington Circuit Judge Thomas Hakes was one of 49 judicial officers to receive an Indiana Judicial College certificate during the annual judicial conference.

The judges and magistrates were recognized by Chief Justice Loretta Rush for their commitment to higher education and their long-time service.