Love INC launches capital campaign

Jesse Brown (left), chair of the Love INC board of directors, and Joey Spiegel, Love INC’s executive director, have announced a $250,000 capital fund drive to be held in August.
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Love In the Name of Christ is launching a capital fund campaign that will allow it to improve and expand its facility.

Love INC, a coalition of volunteers from more than 25 churches throughout Huntington County, has offered assistance with food, clothing and education to those in need for the past 29 years. Last year, the organization served 12.6 percent of all Huntington County residents.

The capital fund campaign, which will be conducted throughout August, has a goal of raising $250,000.

Local students make HU dean’s list

Huntington University is recognizing professional programs students for being named to the dean's list for the spring/summer 2014 session.

They are: Kali Giggy, of Markle; Adam Myers, of Huntington; Geneva Peterson, of Huntington; and Tamera Rush, of Huntington.



Photo by Steve Clark.

Rich (left) and Linda Stayer celebrate officially receiving the keys to their new home, provided by Huntington County Habitat for Humanity, on Wednesday, July 23.

Martin gets acceptance into HU honors program

Meghan Martin, of Huntington, has been accepted into the honors program at Huntington University.

Martin will be a freshman this fall at HU, studying chemistry in the pre-medicine program.

This is the first year for the honors program, which is designed to push high-achieving students further in their academic career by studying exceptional authors and ideas throughout history.

Korea vets to meet on Aug. 9

The monthly meeting of the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One, will be held Aug. 9 at Eagles Lodge 248, 4940 Bluffton Rd., Fort Wayne.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m., and lunch is served after the meeting.

Friends and spouses of Korean War veterans are welcome.


Huntington Catholic orientation set for Aug. 6

Huntington Catholic School will hold an orientation day on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

HCS families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade are asked to attend one of the sessions, which will be held at the Primary Building, 820 Cherry St. The first session will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the second session will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of the orientation day is to inform parents of different school procedures and the various opportunities at the school, and to hand out forms for students that need to be filled out and returned on Aug. 13.

Ride 2 Remember set for Aug. 2

The Ride 2 Remember for Alzheimer's Awareness will take place Saturday, Aug. 2.

The second annual event will include an open bike show, entertainment, swap meet, games, vendors, refreshments and the Ride 2 Remember Bike Ride.

Registration for the bike ride will begin Aug. 2 at 8 a.m. with kickstands up at 9 a.m. The ride will start and end at Hier's Park. The first 100 riders registered will receive a special gift.

The bike show will begin after the ride, at noon. Awards and prizes will be handed out at 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Parks dept. offering swim lessons in August

The Huntington Parks & Recreation Department will offer swim lessons Aug. 17 to 21 and Aug. 24 to 28.

The lessons are available for children age 4 and up, with a charge per child.

Beginner sessions will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. nightly, and intermediate sessions will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sessions will be held at Quality Inn, located at 2820 Hotel Ave., in Huntington.

For more information call 358-2323.


Callout for Battle of the Businesses is Aug. 4 at Huntington YMCA

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will hold its annual Battle of the Businesses competition Sept. 5 through Sept. 14.

Businesses of all sizes are invited to form teams and compete in two weekends of recreational activities.

Past activities have included canoe racing, corn hole, 5K walk/run, community scavenger hunt, sand volleyball, bicycle poker ride and kickball.

A callout meeting will be held on Aug. 4 at noon at the YMCA. To reserve a spot at the meeting, contact Don Cozad at

For information, call 359-9622.


A large donation

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Parkview Boys & Girls Club affliliates (back row from left) Skyla Tomasek, Michael Howell, Callihan Young, Angelia Lopez, Evelyn Lee, Jayden Oden and Mandy Reber and (front row from left) Brianna Cutting, Jailyn Johnston, Morgan Lee, Angel Hollingsworth and Kylli Williams accept a check from the Huntington County Community Foundation in the amount of $100,000. The check will benefit the club's new building, which will see a ground breaking this fall.

Hawkins returns to HU as alumni relations chief

Huntington University graduate Marcy Hawkins has taken the reigns as the director of alumni relations and director of the Forester Fund.

A 2003 graduate, Hawkins comes to HU having worked as the director of special events for the Arthritis Foundation of Northern Indiana. In addition, she served for nearly seven years as the special events and outreach manager for the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati.

"This new journey as director of alumni relations and the Forester Fund is truly a calling, and I'm very excited to be back on campus," she said.

RTL announces baby photo contest winners

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Twenty-eight entries were received for the 33rd annual "People's Choice" baby photo contest sponsored by Huntington County Right to Life.

First place went to Blakeley Johnson, who was born on Jan. 15, 2014, and is the son of Tanner and Rena Johnson, of Huntington. Blakeley received 28,964 votes and won a cash prize and portrait.

Second place went to Adelyn Joy Rakoczy, born on May 14, 2014, the daughter of Christopher and Rebekah Rakoczy, of Huntington. Adelyn received 25,298 votes and won a
cash prize and a portrait.

Closer to the goal

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Holly Saunders (center), executive director of the Huntington County Council on Aging, accepts donations from Cindy Kelley (left), president of Delta Theta Tau, and Lori Guy, the sorority's treasurer. The Delts raised the money through their annual Nelson's chicken barbecue in late May, and designated $1,000 toward the renovation fund for the new Senior Center and $200 toward the HAT (Huntington Area Transportation) fund. The council has purchased a building on West Park Drive to house the new Senior Center and has already raised about $300,000 for its renovation.

Victory kiss

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Jason Worster (right), 4-H poultry superintendent and a member of the Huntington County 4-H Fair Board, receives a kiss from "Perfect" the pig after cheering her to victory during the mini-pig races Saturday evening, July 19, at the 4-H Fair. Holding the pig is Joni Cripe, of Animal Grams in North Manchester.

Car show fund-raiser for CC set for Aug. 9

A car show hosted by the Busted Knuckles Auto Club and sponsored by Crossroad Connections will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, at Hier's Park, Huntington.

The show is open to any vehicle. Registration is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the show will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dash plaques and trophies will be awarded. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. with door prizes given away intermittently.

There is an entry fee per space. All proceeds go to Crossroad Connections for community outreach programs.