World Blood Donor Day June 14

The American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to choose their day to help save lives by giving blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day.

Every year, on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The occasion raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and thanks voluntary blood donors for their lifesaving gifts of blood.

HCCSC names Dubois principal at Northwest

Mark Dubois
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The Huntington County Community School board of trustees appointed Mark Dubois as the Northwest Elementary School Principal at their Monday, May 12, meeting.

Dubois will replace Terry Pierce, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Indianapolis, a master's degree in physical education and athletic administration from Ball State University and his administrators license through Indiana Wesleyan University.

93 deceased veterans to be honored

Ninety-three veterans from Huntington County who died during 2013 will be honored during a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m.

The program will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene on Flaxmill Road, in Huntington. It is sponsored by the Veterans Council of Huntington County and the Huntington County Veterans Service Office.

Roanoke Lions again sponsoring RPL’s summer reading program

The Roanoke Lions present a $300 check to Celia Bandelier, Roanoke Public Library director, on May 15 for the library’s summer reading program. The money will be used to buy books for preschool children, prizes for top readers and other program expenses.
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The Roanoke Lions are again sponsoring the Roanoke Public Library's summer reading program.

John Zeider, Mat Quickery, Jim Vachon, Terry Dailey, Craig Bernard and Jerry Anderson, all representing the Roanoke Lions, presented a $300 check to Celia Bandelier, library director, on May 15. The money will be used to buy books for the preschool children, prizes for top readers and other program expenses.

Information, people, free food continue to draw Seniors to expo

Carl Turner, of Andrews (left), gives directions as the Senior Center Line Dancers go through their paces at the Huntington County Senior Center Monday, May 12. The group will perform at the Huntington County Senior Expo on Thursday, May 22.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It's no secret that the Huntington County Senior Expo is one of the most popular events of the year, drawing visitors from not just the county but around the region.
The event features free food, entertainment and vendors catering to services Seniors need or want. But what makes Seniors come back year after year?

"Just meeting all the people," says Kate Bucher, of Huntington, who has attended the last seven Senior Expos. "It gets me out of the house and gets me my exercise."

Sunday earns Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year accolades

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Ashley Allen (left), director of operations for the Boys & Girls Club, presents Arizona Sunday with the Youth of the Year award from the Boys & Girls Club in Warren.

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Davis, Sunday earn Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year accolades

Tosha Davis (right), who was named Youth of the Year for 2014 by the Parkview Boys & Girls Club in Huntington, poses with Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann during the regional Youth of the Year competition in Indianapolis.
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Tosha Davis and Arizona Sunday have earned youth of the year honors from the Boys & Girls Clubs in Huntington County.

Davis was named Youth of the Year for 2014 by the Parkview Boys & Girls Club, in Huntington.

Sunday is the first Youth of the Year to be named by the Boys & Girls Club in Warren.

Annexation foes will meet Tuesday evening at Café of Hope

Nearly 200 residents of Huntington as well as areas proposed for annexation by the city met May 13 at Café of Hope to discuss the city's move to annex more than 3,015 acres of land.

The five areas proposed for annexation would increase the city's size by 54 percent.

Texting a new option for reaching 911, but calls still preferred

Huntington County became one of several across Indiana Wednesday, May 14, to provide the public with access to 911 through the use of text messaging from their wireless phone handset.

However, local officials say residents should avoid texting to 911 and use it only when calling is not an option.

"It's an outreach more for the hearing impaired," says Huntington County Communications Director Melissa Farthing. "We also know that with the newer generation, a lot of times they don't feel comfortable calling; they'd rather text. So that's an understanding."

Firefighters’ gift of fresh pork sausage to add to menu at downtown soup kitchen

Huntington firefighters deliver a truckload of pork sausage to Bob Burnsworth (front) for use at the New Life Fellowship Community Food Ministry on Thursday, May 15.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The menu at a downtown soup kitchen will expand to include dishes featuring fresh pork sausage following a gift from the Huntington Fire Fighters Association.

Fire trucks rolled up to the New Life Fellowship Community Food Ministry Thursday afternoon, May 15, to deliver the meat, which had been processed by the firefighters themselves.

The donated pork was transformed into between 300 and 350 pounds of sausage.

Chi Alpha missionary to speak at Bethel Assembly May 25

Tim Kern, a Chi Alpha missionary, will be at Bethel Assembly of God on Sunday, May 25, in the morning service at 10 a.m.

Tim and his wife Melissa have been working with Chi Alpha since 2001. Their ministry began at Carroll College in Helena, MT, and continued for 12 years. They now minister to students who attend The University of Notre Dame and Indiana University of South Bend.

Local artist to exhibit on sculpture tour

A sculpture by Huntington artist Dr. Larry Wiedman is one of 20 pieces selected for exhibit in the Decatur Sculpture Tour.

The sculptures will be unveiled during a celebration on June 13 at 6 p.m., and maps will be provided to guide visitors through the sculpture tour in downtown Decatur.

The sculptures are for sale, but must remain on display through April of 2015. Visitors can vote through Sept. 30 to determine a People's Choice award.

Three from HCS earn LAC artists of month

Three Huntington Catholic School eighth-grade students received the Artist of the Month Award on Tuesday, May 13, from the LaFontaine Arts Council for their achievements in the arts.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The LaFontaine Arts Council presented its Artist of the Month award to three Huntington Catholic School eighth-grade students.

The students, Ben Blomeke, Gabrielle Antonia Linker and Emma Woolard, were nominated by the teachers in their respective subjects.

Blomeke received the award for art. He is the son of Tim and Kathy Blomeke.

HCS art teacher Jan Tharp called Blomeke a "highly creative and motivated student.

Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild to meet May 27 in classroom at PHH

The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild will meet on May 27 at 2 p.m. in the lower level classroom at the hospital.

Guest speaker will be Master Gardener Kay Lite. She will talk about adding color to the landscape.

Guests are welcome.


HCFCU celebrates its 50th anniversary

Sherri Bannister (left), member service representative, and Kathy Borskey, manager of the Huntington County Federal Credit Union, handle a transaction with Ralph Matchett, a member of the credit union’s board of directors.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington County Federal Credit Union is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Chartered in 1964 as the Huntington City and Postal Employees Federal Credit Union, its membership was initially limited to city employees, postal employees who worked in Huntington and credit union employees.

The credit union's current name, adopted in 2002, reflects a greatly expanded group eligible for membership, says Kathy Borskey, Huntington County Federal Credit Union manager.