With all the fixin’s

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lt. David Teusch (right), of the Huntington Fire Department, puts some cheese on top of the sample of chili offered by contestants Stan Riedhart (left) and Cameron Updike (center) during the Huntington County Council on Aging's third annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 11, at its future location, 1450 W. Park Drive, Huntington. The well-attended event featured 11 chili entries, with proceeds benefiting the Senior Center building fund.

Chair-ity Affair

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Keith Hartley, county coordinator of Huntington County Special Olympics (left), and Bill Denman, of the Eagles Aerie 823, move an unlucky dummy seated in an "electric chair" on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the "Chair-ity Affair" at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park. The event featured more than 30 chairs decorated as part of a fund-raiser benefitting Huntington County Special Olympics and the YMCA Champion League.

Breaking ground for Parkview Boys & Girls Club

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Officials and club members of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County prepare to shovel some dirt during the groundbreaking on the club's new $3.2 million, 20,000-square-foot building. Pictured (from left) are Juli Johnson of Parkview Huntington Hospital, Tosha Davis of the Boys & Girls Club, Ryan Harris of Felderman Construction, club member Colton Trammel, Board of Directors Chairman Dr. Dan Host, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Mandy Reber, club member Mary Rittenhouse and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters.

Suicide prevention seminar in Warren

The Warren Area Ministerial Association, in cooperation with Youth Service Bureau, will offer a suicide prevention seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Warren Town Annex beginning at 7 p.m.

This seminar is open to the public.


United Way to host Prize Basket Bingo

The Huntington County United Way will hold its sixth annual Prize Basket Bingo Night on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Peter's First Community Church.

Prizes will be given out from Vera Bradley, DeBrand's Fine Chocolate and more. There will also be concessions and raffles.

All proceeds will go to benefit United Way of Huntington County's 2014 campaign.

The church is located at 206 Etna Ave., Huntington. For more information contact Stephanie Morin at 356-6160 or email


Community Book Swap a labor of love for Bowers

Alicia Bowers poses with some of the books available for the initial Community Book Swap, held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Huntington Church of the Brethren. Bowers plans to hold the events, which are open to the community, twice a month.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alicia Bowers is an avid reader.

For many reading enthusiasts, their passion results in ever-growing stacks of books.

Bowers has come up with a solution - a Community Book Swap, the first of which was held on Saturday, Oct. 4. Another swap is set for Oct. 16, and Bowers plans to repeat the events twice a month.

"I know a lot of people who love to swap books," Bowers says.

Family reunion explodes into ‘Cake War’ in HNHS play

Huntington North High School students Morgan Currie (left) and Emily Haneline rehearse a scene from “The Red Velvet Cake War,” which runs beginning tonight, Thursday, Oct. 9, through Saturday, Oct. 11, in the HNHS auditorium.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington North High School's Masque & Gavel Players present the comedy farce, "The Red Velvet Cake War," this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 to 11, at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Director Matt Stephenson says the two-act play is about three cousins from Texas.

"One of them has driven her minivan into her ex-husband's girlfriend's double-wide trailer," he explains. "So her ex-husband is essentially making her have a psychological evaluation by the state."

It’s official

Chad Hacker (right) is sworn in as chief of the Huntington Police Department during a ceremony held Monday morning, Oct. 6. The Bible is held by Hacker's wife, Michelle Hacker, as Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (second from left) administers the oath of office. At left is Mayor Brooks Fetters, who appointed Hacker to fill the post following the retirement of previous Chief E.J. Carroll.

Master’s Pantry has new temporary location in Markle

The Master's Pantry, previously located at 105 E. Morse St., Markle, moved into a new building on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

The Master's Pantry is now situated at 171 E. Morse St., Markle.

The food pantry's previous building was donated for a specific length of time. At the conclusion of the donated time, the Master's Pantry relocated.

The Master's Pantry plans to stay at this new temporary location until the construction of its permanent building at the Markle Church of Christ is completed in 2015.

New assistant chief

Matt Hughes (third from left) is sworn in as assistant chief of the Huntington Police Department by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) during a ceremony held Monday morning, Oct. 6. Laura Hughes, Matt Hughes' wife, (second from left) holds the Bible for the ceremony, and Chief Chad Hacker looks on at right.

Local National Guard armory to host Red Cross blood drive on Oct. 19

Many blood donors report making their first blood donation while in high school.

High school and college students account for about 20 percent of all blood donations to the Red Cross. Individuals can begin donating at 17 years old, or 16 in some states, and continue to donate as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

Local among 3 HU alumni honored at homecoming

Huntington University President Sherilyn Pemberton (center) stands with Janet Clark (right), recipient of the university’s Distinguished Alumni Citation, and Jonathan Brenneman, who was named Young Alumnus of the Year.
Photo provided.

Huntington resident Janet Clark was one of three Huntington University alumni honored during the school's homecoming luncheon on Oct. 4.

Clark, along with Racel Tinon Rempt and Jonathan Brenneman, were recognized for their work in advancing the university's mission to impact the world for Christ.

Clark received the Distinguished Alumni Citation for devoting her life to educating and ministering to children.

Huntington County Extension to hold its annual meeting on Nov. 3

Purdue Extension's annual meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 3, at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park, Huntington.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Kipling D. Williams from Purdue University. Williams graduated from Ohio State University in 1981 with his Ph.D. in social psychology. He is a professor at Purdue teaching in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

His publications and research can be found online at

Seniors can walk at Sr. Center on Tuesdays

The Huntington County Extension Office will start a new program, Walking Indoors, at the Senior Center in Huntington.

The program will begin Tuesday, Oct. 14, and be held every other Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participants will walk and exercise in a chair. Information on proper nutrition and a healthy diet will be provided. A free snack will be provided at every class.

First Farmers acquires IL banks

First Farmers Financial Corporation, the holding company of First Farmers Bank & Trust, has entered into agreements to acquire 100 percent of the stock of three community banks in Illinois.

First Farmers Bank & Trust plans to acquire Community Bank, in Hoopeston, IL; United Community Bank, in Oakwood, IL; and First National Bank of Chrisman, in Chrisman, IL. The Illinois banks will be merged into First Farmers Bank & Trust.

First Farmers currently operates 27 community bank branches in Indiana and Illinois, including one at 211 Hauenstein Rd., Huntington.