Victory Noll offers T’ai Chi classes

The Victory Noll Center will offer a series of T'ai Chi Chih classes beginning Sept. 9.

"T'ai Chi Chih: Joy Through Movement" will continue through Nov. 11, with no classes on Sept. 30 or Oct. 21. Sessions are held each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The leader for the classes is Jan Parker.

T'ai Chi Chih is a series of 19 slow, gentle movements and one pose designed to activate, circulate and balance each person's energy.
The registration deadline is Sept. 4.

Drover Town 5K run, block party set for Sept. 13

The first Drover Town 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sept. 13 in conjunction with the Drover Town Block Party.

Runners and walkers will step off at 9 a.m. in the area of St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington, and will wind through Drover Town before returning to the church area.

Participants may pick up a registration form at the church, print a form from or register online at Those who register by Aug. 28 will receive a discounted entry fee and an event T-shirt.

iAB raises nearly $5K for cancer research

iAB financial bank raised $4,891 for the American Cancer Society by participating in the Huntington County Relay for Life on Saturday, June 14.

As the top fundraising team in the event, 30 iAB employees and family members achieved Silver Team Fund-raising Club Level, completing the 24-hour walk to raise funds for cancer research.

Employee Maxine Ptak was the top fundraiser for the entire relay, raising $1,010.

iAB employees continually seek ways to partner with local communities to meet the needs of others, says Michael C. Marhenke, iAB President and CEO.

Hgtn. County health department offering vaccines for students

The Huntington County Health Department is offering vaccinations for children entering school this fall.

Available vaccines include Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), first and second doses of meningitis vaccine and chicken pox boosters.

A fee is charged, and children with insurance must present insurance information. Children on Medicaid may have the fee waived by presenting a Medicaid card.

Vaccinations are given by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the health department at 358-4831, extension 1.

Signing up for school

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Donna Shoebridge (far left), a paraprofessional at Lincoln Elementary School, hands information to Deb Morris (third from left) as she registers her children Noah Morris, 6, for first grade and Abby Morris, 8, for third grade on Wednesday, July 30. Brandi Denman (second from left) looks on. The first day of school for students is Aug. 13.

Bus routes for the 2014-15 school year can be found online at district website

Bus routes for the 2014-15 school year may be found online at the Huntington County Community School Corporation's website,

Once at the website's homepage, select the "Parents" tab, choose "Transportation" in the drop down menu, and access the route schedule by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side of the page. Routes are separated between elementary and middle/high school.

For those without Internet access, HCCSC Director of Transportation Vanessa Fields can be reached at 358-2217.


HC students to work with new mobile laptop lab

Sibings Baden (left) and Alexandra (center) Craig, along with mom Tiffany Craig, chat with teacher Rita Disler during registration day at Huntington Catholic School on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students in Huntington Catholic School's Middle Building will be working with a new mobile laptop lab this fall.

Principal Jason Woolard says the 30 laptops will be stored on carts that can be moved from classroom to classroom and used in academic areas, mainly science and social studies. They can also be used for online assessments, he says. Students will be using some Google Apps for Education as well as Google Docs, which they can then access from home.

The mobile laptop lab will complement the computer lab already in place in the Middle Building, Woolard says.

Northwest has new principal, two new teachers

Randy Denton, custodian at Northwest Elementary School, buffs the gymnasium floors in preparation for students’ return to school on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

A new principal will greet students returning to Northwest Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

Northwest Principal Mark Dubois will be joined by Cindy Schenkel, the new first grade teacher, and, pending school board approval, new resource teacher Callie Lorenz.

The start time at Northwest is 9:05 a.m. and classes end at 3:40 p.m.

Northwest Elementary School is located at 4524W-800N, Huntington. The phone number is 344-1455.


Marching orders

Photo by Steve Clark.

Heather Marshall (right), new band director at Huntington North High School, gives the marching band directions during practice in the school's parking lot on Thursday, July 31.

Band practice

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Crestview Middle School band teacher Doug McElhaney (standing) leads the summer band class in playing "Sweet Caroline" Thursday, July 31. Many students took summer classes, such as band, to improve their skills before the start of the 2014-15 school year on Aug. 13.

New honors program in place at Lincoln this fall

Several grade level teams at Lincoln Elementary School were awarded grants from Ecolab, and implementation of those grants will occur this fall.

The school will also unveil "Spot-On," a weekly recognition program that will honor students who are present every day, follow procedures and meet academic goals.

New teachers and staff members are Nichole Harner, guidance counselor; and Bradie Vance, third grade (pending school board approval).

New officers for American Legion Post 160 Auxiliary

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Thelma Butler (left), American Legion Auxiliary 5th District parliamentarian, led installation of officers for American Legion Post 160 Auxiliary in July. With Butler are (center) outgoing Auxiliary President Linda Bueker and the new president, Brenda Schulz-Hall (right).

Three Ness auctioneers at National Auctioneers meet in KY

Pictured from left, Steve Ness, Kurt Ness and Andy Eckert
Photos provided.

Steve Ness, Kurt Ness and Andy Eckert of Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co., in Huntington, joined fellow auctioneers from across the world July 8 to 12 at the National Auctioneers Association's (NAA) 65th International Auctioneers Conference and Show in downtown Louisville, KY.

Among dozens of educational seminars, highlights included how to excel in any interview process with clients and companies; how to build a community of online buyers; and how to transition from free to a fee with non-profit groups.

2 groups combine for historic home lecture, workshop series

The Huntington Historic Review Board and Huntington Alert will present a "Know Your Historic Home" lecture and workshop series, which is free and open to the public.

Ron Zmyslo will present "How to Really Reduce Energy Costs in Your Historic House" on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter's First Community Church Fellowship Hall, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.

Participants will learn how to save energy using glazing, storm windows, weatherstripping and insulation. Registration is not required.

Paddling along

Photo by Lauren M. Winterfeld.

Salamonie Interpretive Naturalist (foreground) Tashina Lahr paddles her kayak alongside day camp attendees' canoes on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The camp, which ran from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7 included shooting activities, canoeing, games, crafts and hiking.