Flu vaccine offered by local health dept. offers protection against 4 strains of illness

Another flu season is approaching, and a more comprehensive vaccine is being offered locally to help ward off the illness.

The quadrivalent vaccine, being offered for the first time this year by the Huntington County Health Department, offers protection against two strains of Type A influenza and two strains of Type B influenza, says Wendi Hollowell, public health nurse with the Huntington County Department of Health.

A new friend

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Kyler Wilcoxson, a fourth-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, makes friends with a goat at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. The fourth grade class at Roanoke visited the zoo on Thursday, Sept. 18, during a study trip.

Baked Potato Bar will raise funds for Love INC

A Baked Potato Bar will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the St. Peter Lutheran gym.

Proceeds will benefit Love In the Name of Christ's capital fund project.

The dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Thrivent Financial Huntington Chapter will match funds raised at the dinner.


Free Will Baptist to serve meal

The Calvary Association of the Free Will Baptist Church will hold a benefit breakfast and auction at the church on Saturday, Oct. 4, beginning at 10 a.m.

The menu includes homemade biscuits, gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, fried apples and fried potatoes.
After the breakfast there will be an auction of items including cakes and pies.

Proceeds will benefit the discretionary fund.

The church is located at 1805 Salamonie Ave., Huntington.


Literacy Coalition delivers books to second-graders at six schools

Aimee Lunsford (left), principal of Flint Springs Elementary School, introduces her second grade students to Marshall Sanders (center) and Jeri Davis, board members for the Huntington County Literacy Coalition.
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Members of the Huntington County Literacy Coalition fanned out across Huntington County on Tuesday, Sept. 23, delivering books to second-graders in six schools.

The books were given to the students in celebration of Literacy Month. Boxes of books were taken to each classroom, where students got to select - and keep - their favorite book.

Natural gas experiment

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Flint Springs Elementary School fourth grade student Ariell Wright (third from left) pounds the "earth" to pack it down, during an experiment to simulate how natural gas is created. Joining her are (from left) fourth-graders Derek Bruce, Marissa Anders and Elycia Tome. The experiment was part of a presentation given on natural gas resources and safety by the National Energy Foundation and Vectren Corporation at the school on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Teddy Bear picnic

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Youngsters listen to a story about bears, told by Andrews Public Library Director Nancy Disbro during the library's Teddy Bear Picnic, held Wednesday, Sept. 24. Pictured (from left) are Skyler Quakenbush, Kolten Prus, Hayden Renz and Austin Penrod. About 20 children attended the event, which included craft projects and snacks.

‘Rosebud Slim’ is genealogy program

Jeannette Brown.
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The Huntington County Genealogy Society will meet Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The guest speaker is Jeannette Brown. She has been the Whitley County historian since 2000 and is active in the genealogy society.

County historians are nominated by a local society and then appointed by the state. The Indiana county historian project is a joint venture between the Indiana State Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau.

HU earns ‘Friendly’ recognition

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Victory Media has designated Huntington University as a 2015 Military Friendly School. This is the university's third appearance on the Military Friendly Schools list.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the U.S. that support military students the best and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Flint Springs to serve chicken, noodles on Oct. 9 as scholarship fund-raiser

Flint Springs Elementary School will have its chicken and noodle dinner on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school gym/cafeteria.

Children ages 4 to 12 eat at a reduced price and children 3 and younger are free. Carryout is available.

All proceeds will benefit the Central/Flint Springs Elementary Scholarship Fund.


Roanoke library hosts blog workshop

The Roanoke Public Library and Roanoke Lions Writers Workshop presents "How to Write a Winning Blog" with Leilani Squires.

The workshop will take place Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the library.

Manager of PayProMedia's writing department, Squires is adjunct instructor at Taylor University's Professional Writing Department, has a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing, a master's degree in screenwriting and serves as a writing mentor for the Christian Writers Guild, where she worked prior to coming to the national marketing company Pay-ProMedia.

Hackney enrolls in PU ROTC

Cameron Hackney has enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Purdue University.

Upon graduation and completion of ROTC military science courses at the host university, the cadet receives a bachelor's degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the United States Army.

At the host college or university, ROTC cadets receive training in leadership, management skills and military science courses needed to be an Army officer or a successful citizen in a civilian career.

Scholarship recipient

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Olivia Ely (right), of Roanoke, accepts the Constance L. Schul Scholarship from Nancy Carender, representing the Schul Scholarship Committee. Ely is studying nursing at St. Mary's College.

Supplies donation

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160, in Roanoke, recently held it its annual drive to collect school supplies, which were given to Roanoke and Lincoln elementary and Crestview Middle schools. Pictured is Auxiliary Unit 160 Vice President Bev Swaim (right) presenting the collected supplies to Roanoke Principal Chris Tillett (left).

HU cheerleaders to host cheer clinic for K-12 students on Oct. 18

The Huntington University cheer squad will host a Junior Forester Cheer and Stunt Clinic on Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Merillat Complex Fieldhouse.

The clinic is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The fee includes a T-shirt and admission to the Nov. 1 Huntington University men's basketball game, at which the participants will cheer.

Registration forms for the camp are available at the Huntington University Athletic Office or at