From patrolman to sergeant

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Scott Winter (center) takes the oath of office as he is promoted to sergeant of the Huntington Police Department during a ceremony held Wednesday, June 26, in the city’s Common Council chamber. Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney (right) administers the oath as Winter’s wife, Chelsea Winter, holds the Bible for her husband.

HNHS gets kudos for students filing for FAFSA

Huntington North High School is one of 334 Indiana high schools recently honored by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, which tasked the schools with achieving a goal of having at least 70 percent of their students file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on or before the annual April 15 deadline.

Promotion to detective sergeant

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With his family at his side, newly promoted Huntington Police Department Det. Sgt. Shane Blair (fifth from left) repeats the oath of office of his new promotion to detective sergeant administered by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney (right) during a promotion ceremony held Wednesday, June 26. Witnessing the occasion are (from left) Isaiah Blair, Michele Blair, Lillian Blair and Peyton Blair.

Newly promoted captain

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Huntington Police Department Sgt. Alan Foster (center) swears in the oath of his new promotion to third-shift captain on Wednesday, June 26. The oath is administered by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney (right), as Foster’s girlfriend, April Worster, holds the Bible.

Commissioners to have two special meets July 8

The Huntington County Board of Commissioners will have two special meetings on Monday, July 8.

The first, at 11 a.m., is an executive session. The purpose of the meeting is to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

This meeting is not open to the public.

At the second meeting, at 1:30 p.m., the Huntington County Redevelopment Commission will convene.

Both meetings take place in the Huntington County Commissioner’s Office at the county courthouse, Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

DNA’s new deer hunt registry begins today

Deer hunters can sign up for the chance to hunt on land owned by participating landowners with the new Deer Hunt Registry system administered by the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The Deer Hunt Registry connects deer hunters with landowners, golf courses, parks, land trusts, farmers and communities. The registry will provide interested parties with a list of hunters in the area willing to help.

The Deer Hunt Registry system is replacing the former Hunters Helping Farmers program and incorporating the Community

Indiana DOT to start chip seal preservation on various roadways

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that chip seal preservation is scheduled to begin on or after Monday, July 1, weather permitting. Work is scheduled for various roadways in Huntington and Wells counties.

Roadways to be chip sealed in the area are as follows:
• Ind.-218, between Ind.-3 in Huntington County and Ind.-1 in Wells County.

• U.S.-224, between Ind.-3 and Ind.-1 in Wells County.

• U.S.-224, between Ind.-5 and just west of I-69, in Huntington County.

New store in town

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Staff and dignitaries prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open the new Gordmans store in Huntington on Thursday, June 27.

July’s business of the month

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Parkview Huntington Hospital has been named the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for July. Celebrating the occasion on Wednesday, June 26, are (front row from left) Chamber Ambassador Matt Ditzler; Natalie Nix, of PHH; Juli Johnson, president of PHH; Sonya Foraker, PHH and Chamber board member; Doug Selig, of PHH; and Chamber Ambassador Terry Miller; and (back row from left) Jenny Dohrman, of PHH; Chamber Ambassador Paula Whiting; Chamber Board Member Kerry Beaver; Chamber Board Member Randy Warner; and Chamber Ambassador Brock Zehr.

Smekens earns DL at Hartford this spring

The University of Hartford has announced that Sophia Smekens, of Warren, has been named to its dean’s list for spring 2019.

The University of Hartford is located in West Hartford, CT.

Caterpillar race

Photo by Steve Clark.

Participants in the Salamonie Preschool session on Wednesday, June 26, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center link hands with one another to form a pair of caterpillars. The two “caterpillars” then raced on a course. The theme of the session was “Bugs, Bugs, Everywhere.”

Schoeff brings his talents to Hare Canvas Products

New owner Stacy W. Schoeff stands next to the sign outside Hare Canvas Products, located in Markle, on June 24. Schoeff bought the business about a month ago, providing canvas tarps and products made from a variety of materials as well as offering some new services.

Stacy W. Schoeff has taken his love for creating, sewing and tooling leather and gone a step further in his career, purchasing Hare Canvas Products in Markle.

The business, located at 300 N. Tracy St. on Markle’s east end, was previously owned by Mark Hauenstein, who bought it from founder Chuck Hare. Schoeff has been the current owner since June 4, and says even though he is staying busy, the business, which began in 1955, is also one of Markle’s best-kept secrets.

Heartland REMC announces start of all-new broadband platform

Heartland REMC announced at their fifth annual meeting on June 22 that they will begin building and connecting an all-new broadband platform to serve co-op members who currently have Heartland REMC electric service.

Heartland REMC will work in partnership with TWN Communications to begin construction of the new service this fall. Completion is scheduled to take five years. It is the goal for all Heartland REMC members to have access to at least a 25X3 Mbps Internet connection within those five years, although many areas will have access up to 1 Gbps.

Nick’s Kitchen owner Jean Anne Bailey marks 30th anniversary

Jean Anne Bailey takes a break on Wednesday, June 26, from work at Nick’s Kitchen, which she has owned for the past 30 years. Bailey will celebrate the milestone anniversary, which is July 5, with specials this week at the restaurant.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jean Anne Bailey may not spend the next 30 years cooking and baking at Nick’s Kitchen, but she has no regrets over the past 30 she has had as owner, chief cook and pie baker at the celebrated Huntington diner.

Olinger earns REMC Mgrs. Assn. Scholarship

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Katelynn Olinger

Katelynn Olinger, of Huntington, has been awarded an Indiana REMC Managers’ Association Scholarship.

Totaling $1,000, the scholarship is awarded to the son or daughter of an employee or director of Indiana’s electric cooperatives to further their education.

A demonstrated commitment to studies, plus leadership and involvement in school and community activities, were criteria considered by the scholarship committee.