HU gets two more top quality national ratings

Washington Monthly has ranked Huntington University fifth among Indiana's baccalaureate colleges. In addition, the magazine named HU fourth among Hoosier schools in the Best Bang for the Buck list of baccalaureate institutions.

"Today's rankings tell the story that we have seen in multiple rankings: that Huntington University provides an excellent, Christ-centered education at a competitive price," says Dr. Michael Wanous, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Huntington parks dept. offers eve swim lessons

Sara Okuly, swim lessons instructor, focuses on teaching Genevieve Harrell, one of her six beginner level students, how to do the flutter kick with a kickboard during a session on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Photo by Joni Knott.

Each year, the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department offers evening swim lessons to the public.
Each two-week session consists of two different classes, beginner and intermediate, that focus on teaching children a variety of water skills and how to swim safely.

Located at the Quality Inn, 2820 Hotel Ave., Huntington, the swim lessons program hosts approximately 10 to 12 students per session and takes place from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During these times, two different levels of swimming and skills are taught.

Huntington Catholic School’s annual car wash on Saturday to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Soc.

Huntington Catholic School's annual car wash benefitting the St. Vincent DePaul Society will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot at St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The fund-raiser is sponsored by Huntington Catholic School's fifth and sixth-grade classes.

All proceeds will go to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.


HCTPL now offers patrons free access to

Patrons and visitors at the Huntington City-Township Public Library's main and Markle branches can now use for free. operates a network of genealogical and historical record websites, giving users access to billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI and military records.

Fireworks roadblock going for challenge gift

Organizers of the Huntington fireworks show hope to raise enough money through a roadblock on Saturday, Sept. 6, to qualify for a challenge gift of $2,500.

An anonymous donor has offered to match up to $2,500 of the amount raised by the show's organizers.

To raise that money, fireworks volunteers will be asking for donations on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at MacGahan and Jefferson streets, Cherry and Market streets and Etna Avenue and Jefferson Street.

Donations can also be mailed to American Legion Post 7 at 1330 Etna Ave., Huntington, IN 46750.


Catching up

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Julie Mearing, of Bolingbrook, IL (left) and Paula Evans, of Markle, catch up on the latest news Thursday, Aug. 28, while enjoying the outdoor seating at JD's Restaurant and Bar in downtown Huntington. Mearing, a Huntington native, was back in town to visit. She and Evans have been friends since their high school days.

Eye on the target

Photo by Steve Clark.

Caleb Richardson, a volunteer with New Sotterlee Project International, tests the Skill-at-Arms course at the organization's Flint Creek facility, in Huntington, in preparation for the Flint Creek Renaissance Faire, scheduled for Sept. 13 through 14.

Local libraries participating in ‘Banned Books Week’

Banned Books Week, from Sept. 21 to 27, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the value of free and open access to information.

By focusing on the efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship by featuring books that have been targeted for censorship in libraries and schools.

Firefighters to continue fund-raiser for MDA

Members of Huntington Fire Department Local 680 will continue their "Fill the Boot" fund-raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29 and 30.

Firefighters will be in front of the South Side Station on Etna Avenue and at Walmart from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, continuing their 60-year partnership with the MDA.
A third fire crew collected donations in front of the Etna Avenue station on Aug. 22.

New Hope single parent seminar starts on Sept. 3

The New Hope Church, located at 2001 Engle St., Huntington, will offer a 13-week seminar on "Single and Parenting."

The seminars/small group will begin on Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room of the church. The seminars will be over at 8 p.m.

In the state of Indiana, 37 percent of parents are single parents. The sessions are designed to offer education, help and encouragement to those single parents.

Children ages 3 through fifth grades can be enrolled in Pioneer Clubs, a program for children. Pioneer Clubs offers a light dinner each evening at 5:30 p.m.

Princeton Review honors HU for seventh year

For the seventh year in a row, The Princeton Review has named Huntington University one of the best colleges in the Midwest.

The nationally-known education services company recommends the school as one of 159 institutions in 12 Midwestern states on its "Best in the Midwest" list for 2015.

Viewing a piece of history

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Patti Strass, of Huntington, views a copy of a land grant document deeded to Me-cha-ne-qua, a Miami Indian chief, in 1838 by President John Tyler. The document was on display at the Chief Richardville House at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park on Thursday, Aug. 21. The document copy is one of several that will be on permanent display at the house, after the originals were returned to the Miami Tribe of Okahoma for preservation. Invited guests, including family members of Chiefs Richardville and LaFontaine, gathered on the occasion to view the display.

Tractor pullers’ showdown to again highlight RFF

The Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association Fall Festival Showdown will be a highlight of the annual Roanoke Fall Festival on Sept. 5 and 6.

Library featuring books for hydrant painting exhibit

Huntington City-Township Public Library Director Beka Lemons (left) and library employee Amber Hudson stand in front of the case at the library where the books from the hydrant painting public art exhibit “Book Look...and Listen” are displayed.
Photo provided.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library is showcasing a display featuring books that will be read during the Arts Initiative's hydrant painting public art exhibit on Sept. 7.

Area artists have painted fire hydrants in and near downtown Huntington to reflect a specific book. During the Sept. 7 opening from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., readers will be stationed at each of the painted hydrants, reading excerpts from the corresponding book.

VNC to host retreat Sept. 26-28

Victory Noll Center will host a weekend retreat, "Finding Sanctuary in Your Life and Your World," Sept. 26 through 28.