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Award winner


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Chris Abbett (left) and Huntington North High School senior Cameron Buzzard share a moment after Abbett announced Buzzard as the winner of the first Cade Abbett Viking New Tech Award Monday evening, May 19, during the school's annual Achievement Night program. The Abbett family established the award in memory of Cade Abbett, a Viking New Tech student until his death in April. During the program, HNHS administrators honored the graduating seniors for their accomplishments during their four years of high school.

PHH Week


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (seated, center) signs a proclamation declaring May 18 to 24 as Parkview Huntington Hospital Week on Friday, May 16. The hospital was recently named by Truven Health Analytics as one of the nation's top 100 hospitals. Along with staff members joining the mayor are (seated, left) Juli Johnson, vice president of patient care and (seated, right) Chief Operating Officer Darlene Garrett.

Red Cross to hold HD dance June 20

The American Red Cross in Huntington will hold an evening of mingling, dancing and fun on Friday evening, June 20, during Heritage Days.

The LaFontaine Center Ballroom will hold the event from 7:30 to 10 p.m. to celebrate Heritage Days with "Guys & Dolls Roaring for the Red."

The Heritage Days theme for 2014 is "Flourishing in the 1920s" and the community is invited to dress in period clothing and enjoy era appropriate music during the Red Cross event.

Sobering scene


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington firefighters Steve Renzi (left) and Jeff Rittenhouse, along with Huntington County Coroner Phil Zahm, receive assistance from funeral directors Brian Love (rear, left) and Chris Love, of Bailey-Love Mortuary, as they wheel a body bag to a waiting hearse. Local emergency responders and Bailey-Love staged a mock car crash in the Huntington North High School parking lot Friday morning, May 16, in a graphic demonstration of what can happen when driving is combined with texting or drinking.

Heritage Days Cornhole Challenge June 21 in downtown

A Heritage Days Cornhole Challenge will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 21, in downtown Huntington. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. and continue through the completion of the event.

The Heritage Days Cornhole Challenge is hosted by Trophy Center Plus and Huntington County Habitat for Humanity. Teams are invited to participate, with an entry fee.

Each competitor will receive a T-shirt and the winning team receives championship trophies and cash prize. The runner up team will receive a cash prize as well.

Festival sponsor


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Markle Health & Rehabilitation is the sponsor for this summer's Heritage Days celebration in Huntington.

21 from HNHS earn Heartland certificates

Twenty-one Huntington North High School seniors who are participating in vocational classes at the Heartland Career Center, in Wabash, will receive program certificates during a ceremony on May 21.

The senior certificate/- honors program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Ford Theater of the Honeywell Center, in Wabash.

Local students earning certificates in culinary arts and hospitality management are Andrew Anderson, Blake Brown, Gabriella Greene, Cole Long, Nicholas Luckey, Jackilyn Quinn, Lane Schoeff and Kayla Startt.

Top Sales Producer at Thorne


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Jason Dawes (left), office manager at Thorne Insurance Angency, presents Joel Barrus, independent insurance agent, with the Top Sales Producer award for 2013. The award is earned by being the top sales producer within the company for standard written property and casualty business.

New stink bug comes to Huntington

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has arrived in Huntington County.

One of these bugs was recently found in the county by a homeowner and then taken to the Huntington County Extension Office for identification.  The bug was confirmed as BMSB by the Purdue Pest and Diagnostic Lab.

The BMSB was initially found in Indiana in October 2010 at a location in Elkhart County.

The bug is a native of Japan, Korea and China and was first reported in the United States in Pennsylvania in 1998. It also has been found in other eastern states as well as Ohio and Kentucky.

Hog roast for Johnson May 31 at Hier’s Park

A hog roast to benefit the Great Lakes Kidney Transplant Fund, on behalf of Chad Johnson, will be held Saturday, May 31, in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park, in Huntington, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There is an entry fee per person with a reduced fee for children 8 and under.

The meal will include potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, macaroni salad and Texas sheet cake.

Other festivities at the event, which will be held rain or shine, include music by Jack and raffles.

13th Heritage Days window display contest open to all city businesses

The 13th annual Heritage Days Window Display Contest is under way.

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce sponsored contest is open to any business or organization in the city of Huntington.

Windows must be easily seen from street level, and be large enough so that a sign or window paint saying "Huntington Heritage Days, June 18-22" can be seen from the street.

Businesses that do not have windows may "borrow" windows for the contest. The chamber says they also have students who will decorate windows for businesses, with provided materials.

Tri Kappa awards five scholarships

Pictured from left, Lukas Kaylor, Carley McElhaney, Braydon Poulson, Marissa Stephan and Andrew McElhaney
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Huntington's Tri Kappa Sorority recently awarded four general scholarships and the Laura Blackburn Memorial Scholarship.

A total of $4,350 in scholarships was awarded this year.

The scholarships are awarded annually by Tri Kappa and are based on academic achievement, character and impact.

Those receiving general scholarships are:

Council on Aging, HAT offices to be closed for Memorial Day

The offices of Huntington County Council on Aging and Huntington Area Transportation will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.

ISP to sponsor three summer camps for youth

The 2014 Indiana State Police Summer Youth Camps will soon be in session.

The summer youth camps are for students entering grades five through 12.

Campers learn teamwork skills while gaining self-confidence. The camps are designed to help students get an up close and personal view of law enforcement and the criminal justice system, but more importantly, gain respect for themselves and others. This is all done through programs that reward hard work, dedication and teamwork.

McElhaney cousins earn Metro Kiwanis scholarships recently

Andrew McElhaney (left), Carley McElhaney (center) and John Mason, Metro Kiwanis scholarship chairman, celebrate the distribution of Kiwanis scholarships during the local chapter’s May 5 meeting.
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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis presented two local students with scholarships at the May 5 meeting. The scholarships presented were the Chuck Wohlford Memorial and the Huntington Metro Kiwanis.

Receiving the Huntington Metro Kiwanis scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for majoring in the field of human service was Carley McElhaney, daughter of Doug and Jeana McElhaney.

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