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Birthday party for dog at humane shelter a chance for her to ‘give back’ in a way

Lilly Anne, a rescued Cocker spaniel, will have a party on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Huntington County Humane Shelter from noon to 2 p.m. to celebrate not only her first birthday, but also her recovery from having a serious illness that required thousands of dollars in treatment.
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When little Lilly Anne turns 1, she’ll get a big birthday party bash, not just to celebrate her first year, but to celebrate her recovery from a serious illness. Everyone is invited.

Lilly Anne, a rescued Cocker spaniel, has been the unfortunate definition of a sick puppy, after her first owners surrendered her to the rescue at only 4 months old, when they brought her to a veterinarian for her puppy shots.

Crochet ladies’ ministry a labor of love

Members of the Angel Hugs Ministry of First Freewill Baptist Church, in Huntington, hold up crocheted items they have created to donate to cancer patients. Pictured are (from left) Deb Spencer, Dawn Mitcham and Brenda Paynter. The group seeks referrals of those they can provide with their handiwork.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A group of ladies at First Freewill Baptist Church get a big kick out of being called “hookers for the Lord.” But, indeed, with hooks in hand – crochet hooks, that is – the women of Angel Hugs Ministry have created hundreds of handmade items to bless those who are battling cancer and other serious ailments.

The group, which started with Deb Spencer in October of 2009, has met every Monday evening for a couple of hours to work on making colorful prayer shawls, afghans, lapghans, baby blankets and chemo hats, with every item becoming a donation to someone with a need.

Preschool youth at Parkview Huntington ‘Y’ eating veggies because they’re raising them


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

What’s got the preschool youth at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA all excited about eating their veggies?

On any given day a child may be seen clutching a radish, or a green pepper or even some broccoli that they take home with pride.

That pride comes from having had a hand in raising the vegetables, thanks to a program partnership between the Y and the Purdue Extension, using grant funds to build a raised garden container in the playground yard.

PHH helping children improve while having fun with high-tech center

Luke Hall (right) has fun as he prepares to exit the Parkview Huntington Hospital’s new pediatric therapy gym, as his therapist, Hannah Koeneman, keeps watch on his progress and encourages him to exercise his muscles.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Luke Hall thinks he’s going to the hospital to play on the cool playground-type equipment they have there. But his therapist knows he’s actually getting a workout.

The 5-year-old, who has been diagnosed with developmental delays, looks forward to his sessions at the new Parkview Huntington Hospital Pediatric Therapy rooms, located in the recently opened Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. When he sees the gigantic rainbow mural on the wall outside the gym’s doors, he makes sure to high-five all the colors before bounding inside to start some serious play.

Technology to help low income get health care

Kelley Miller, RN BSN, of Love In the Name of Christ, sits behind the desk of the ministry’s telemetry clinic examination room in Huntington, as Dr. Brad Isbister is shown on the tablet in a live stream meeting used to make medical examinations from the Matthew 25 Health & Dental Clinic in Fort Wayne.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Since the closing of the Huntington Free Health Clinic in June of 2017, low-income people in Huntington County who do not have health insurance have had to go out of the county to receive health care. Some just went without. But a partnership with local ministry Love In the Name of Christ and Matthew 25 Health & Dental Clinic in Fort Wayne will allow folks to receive the care they need via cutting-edge technology.

‘70s Show’ and Scooby-Doo vehicles highlight Rolling into Roanoke rides

A van resembling the Mystery Machine from “Scooby-Doo” will be one of the many vehicles at this year’s Rolling into Roanoke on Saturday, July 27, in downtown Roanoke and Roanoke Park. The Mystery Machine will be accompanied by several other famous cars from TV and film in the 1970s and beyond.
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The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser from “That ‘70s Show” and the Mystery Machine from “Scooby-Doo” were both sites of socializing for the characters on those TV shows.

They were, simply put, vehicles that brought people together.
And Rick Fischer believes they’ll continue to do just that when they appear at the latest Rolling into Roanoke on Saturday, July 27.

County resident Brennan recalls time spent with moonwalker as 50th anniversary rolls in

Mike Brennan, of Huntington County, sits next to the trophy he received for winning the Purdue Grand Prix in 1975. He is holding a copy of a newspaper article that was written about his victory. After the race, Brennan got to meet Neil Armstrong, who served as the event’s grand marshal.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Long before astronaut Neil Armstrong was walking on the moon, he was walking to class at Purdue University.

Upon returning to earth, Armstrong maintained ties with his alma mater in West Lafayette. For instance, in 1975, he served as grand marshal of the Purdue Grand Prix, a large go-kart race held annually at the school.

And it’s in this context that a resident of Huntington County, Mike Brennan, met Armstrong.

Huntington North track girls pass baton down the line; all see advantage to multiple sports

Lauren Johnson (left), Hannah Stoffel (middle) and Addy Wiley stand together on the King Stadium track at Huntington University. All three are successful distance runners at different points in their careers. Johnson and Stoffel are Huntington North High School graduates while Wiley is currently a student at the school.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Running is a solitary sport.

But Lauren Johnson, Hannah Stoffel and Addy Wiley have company.

Local track athletes, the three are specialists in either the 1,500 or 1,600-meter run.

Huntington North High School is a point of confluence for the trio, with Johnson and Stoffel having graduated from the school in 2005 and 2016, respectively, and Wiley set to do the same in 2022.

Rural Huntington sculptor now has pair of works in HNHS courtyard


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Two of a rural Huntington artist’s sculptures are now gracing an inner courtyard at Huntington North High School, a permanent loan that may serve as an inspiration to student artists coming up through the ranks and honing their craft.

HFC Nazarene celebrates century mark in May

Rev. Bobby Kemp, the lead pastor of Huntington First Church of the Nazarene, stands in the church’s new Legacy Room, which tells the story of the church’s history through pictures, mementos and artifacts. The room was put together in honor of the church’s 100th anniversary, which was celebrated on May 19.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington First Church of the Nazarene celebrated its 100th anniversary in May.

While it was a time to reflect on the church’s century in operation, it was also a time to look forward and envision the church’s future.

A willingness to do that isn’t unique to the church as it presently stands; it’s something its leadership and congregation have been doing since its founding. And that embrace of forward thinking is one of the biggest reasons why the church has reached such a big milestone.

HNHS frosh Wiley wins state championship at 1,600

Addy Wiley, a freshman at Huntington North High School, wears the medals she won at the Indiana Girls’ Track and Field State Meet on Saturday, June 1, at Indiana University, in Bloomington. Wiley won the 1,600-meter run and placed seventh in the 800-meter run.
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Huntington North High School freshman Addy Wiley won the 1,600-meter run at the Indiana Girls’ Track and Field State Meet on Saturday, June 1, at Indiana University, in Bloomington.

Wiley, a sectional and regional champion heading into the meet, crossed the finish line in 4:46.93 to beat runner-up Abigail Lynch, of Brownsburg, by more than a second. Lynch, a sophomore, finished in 4:48.19 as she and Wiley were the only two runners to break the 4:50 mark.

Mariah Wehrle, a junior from Ritter, placed third in 4:57.56.

‘Breakfast on the Farm’ to give public peek into farmers’ world

Jay Beekman pets one of the Holstein milk cows waiting for a snack on his farm in rural Huntington County. The Beekman family will open up their farm for a free Breakfast on the Farm event on Saturday, June 8.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Farmers are not known for allowing the public to step foot on their property and take a peek at how they do things, but not only will people get a rare glimpse of how a working dairy farm operates, they will also be invited to sit down with a farm family and have a free breakfast while they learn about the inner operations and importance of agriculture.

The event, called “Breakfast on the Farm,” happens Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Beekman Farm, located at 11902 N. Meridian Rd., in rural Huntington.

New church jail crowd happy for chance to sit in audience

Worship leaders Tim Gilleand (left) and Taryn Fusselman lead the congregation in song during the inaugural Residents Encountering Christ (REC) women’s church service held May 2 at the Huntington County Jail. Sheriff Chris Newton says the services have been well attended by both male and female inmates since it began and the response has been very positive.

Sometimes those who sit in church feel like they are a captive audience. At the Huntington County Jail, the audience is, indeed, captive – but they are more than glad to be in church.

“I’ve made some bad choices and so this time around I’m going to prison,” says Gwendera Nevil, who has been incarcerated at the jail “on and off” – in her words – the past 1-1/2 years. “Now that I’m back in here and I’m back at square zero, I’m learning some more tools to try and better my life, and this is definitely inspiring. It’s definitely making me want to give myself back to God.”

Thrilled to just be nominated for big honor, HNHS choir director flabbergasted to be winner

Aaron Childress, director of choirs at Huntington North High School, holds the Vocal Vanguard Award, which he won at the Aspire Awards on May 4, at Genesee Theatre, in Waukegan, IL. The Aspire Awards recognize the show choir industry’s best and brightest members. The Vocal Vanguard Award is given to the nation’s top director.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Aaron Childress, director of choirs at Huntington North High School, was in the running for the Vocal Vanguard Award at the 2019 Aspire Awards.

The Aspire Awards recognize the show choir industry’s best and brightest members. The award Childress was up for is given to the nation’s top director.

“All the winners in the past are these people that I’ve looked up to forever,” says Childress. “I’ve been doing this for 14 years; some of them have been doing it for 30 years and they kind of were the pioneers of the profession.

Annual FFA Farm Tour more than just fun time for K students

Huntington North High School FFA member Ty Miller (right) holds a newborn lamb so kindergarteners (from left) Cadence Smith, Colten Latta and Alexis Wine can pet it during the annual kindergarten farm tour on Friday, May 3, at the Carriage Lane Farm. The kids learned lessons from the FFA members about where their food and other products come from, such as wool for clothing.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The county’s kindergartners now have a better idea of where the food they eat comes from, after they attended the annual FFA Farm Tour, held May 3 at Carriage Lane Farms.

Hosted by Tom and Rosie Wall, they opened their doors to an exhibit of plants and animals that delighted kindergarten students, as members of the Huntington North High School FFA chapter served as educators and guides.

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