Hart reaches ‘Top Fuel’ racing class

Hart's vehicle for Top Fuel races.
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Drag racing has come a long way since its start in the 1930s. With the passing of each decade, drag racers have become more and more adventurous, topping more intense speeds and using more advanced technology to improve their performance.

Nowadays, racers like Huntington native Josh Hart can go from zero to 330 miles per hour in under four seconds.

Remembering Huntington basketball star Steve Platt

Former Huntington University basketball coach Steve Platt led the Foresters to multiple victories over his almost 15-year-long career.
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Huntington College athlete and coach Steve Platt proved that he had the talent to reach Indiana basketball stardom. In his time as a Forester, Platt earned the name of Indiana’s all-time leading collegiate scorer.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, Platt lost his battle to liver cancer at the age of 73.

New mural coming to Huntington's downtown

The above graphic features one of three mural options that the community may vote on for a downtown Huntington.
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Katy Strass, director of the Huntington Arts & Entrepreneurial Center and executive director of the LaFontaine Arts Council, addressed the City of Huntington’s Common Council on Tuesday, Feb. 9, hand in hand with America Carrillo, local artist, to introduce Carrillo’s work on the “Yes You Can” project.

Strass explained the project will provide a mural on 3,000 square feet of wall, to be painted between March and May, on a building located at 500 N. Jefferson St.

Mural option 1

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Local artist America Carrillo has designed three options for a mural that will be painted on this building in downtown Huntington, located at 500 N. Jefferson St. The mural, which will be painted this spring, can be voted on  at Carrillo’s GoFundMe page.

Mural option 2

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Local artist America Carrillo has designed three options for a mural that will be painted on this building in downtown Huntington, located at 500 N. Jefferson St. The mural, which will be painted this spring, can be voted on  at Carrillo’s GoFundMe page.

Roanoke businesses participate in Feb. contest

The window at Joseph Decuis Emporium in Roanoke has been decorated as part of the first annual decoration contest taking place in Roanoke. Windows will be judged after Feb. 15.
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Several businesses in the downtown Roanoke area have brightened up the town with their creative window displays this month as part of a decoration contest that is taking place.  

The contest began on Monday, Feb. 1, and businesses will have until Monday, Feb. 15, to complete their window decorations.

The hope for this contest, according to event coordinator Deanna Schwieterman, of Waterfield Enterprises, is to hold it annually as a way to celebrate the New Year and better showcase Roanoke during this time of the year.

Lawmaker’s bill says popcorn is IN’s snack

Ron Grooms, an Indiana lawmaker out of Jeffersonville, has authored a bill that would designate Indiana grown popcorn to be the official state snack.

Senate Bill 97, the bill authored by Grooms that would designate Indiana-grown popcorn as the official state snack, states that Indiana produces nearly 500 million pounds of popcorn on Hoosier soil each year and that Indiana is the second-leading popcorn producer in the country, topped only by Nebraska.

HNHS graduation rates decline in 2020

Grace Dimond, a 2020 Huntington North High School graduate, receives her diploma at North Arena on May 29, 2020. HNHS took extra precautions to ensure that graduates could safely receive their diplomas during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as spreading out the graduation into timed shifts and cleaning hand rails between graduates.
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On Jan. 15, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the 2020 state graduation rate, which increased from 87.29 percent overall in 2019 to 87.69 percent overall in 2020, a .44 percent increase.

Indiana Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner says “this modest improvement in (the) graduation rate is encouraging, especially as Hoosier students and educators have tackled unprecedented challenges throughout this pandemic.”

Zay busy with a heap of legislation

Andy Zay
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One of the two senators representing Huntington County (District 17) at the Indiana Statehouse, Sen. Andy Zay (R), is busy at work this legislative session.

The deadline to file new bills has passed, and after a week-long break last week, Zay returned to the statehouse Monday ready to keep at it.

He has introduced a slew of bills during the 2021 session, on topics ranging from broadband expansion to small business initiatives.

Zay says Senate Bill 377 has taken up the bulk of his time this year.

Pandemic fitness is possible

Personal trainer Janel Gill (left) oversees an incline dumbbell press workout with trainee Dana Meyer at the Parkview Huntington  Family YMCA on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
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January is often thought of as a time of resolutions and new beginnings. Traditionally, people will flock to gyms at the start of a new year in an effort to get a “new body” or keep a fitness goal they’ve set for themselves.

So, how does one go about doing that during a pandemic?

A camping "Wish" granted

The Make-A-Wish Foundation presented 12-year-old Sadie Lentz (center, seated) and her family with a camper. The foundation orchestrated a drive-by celebration for the Lentz family that took place on Saturday, Jan. 16. Featured (from left) are mother, Sheila Lentz; 9-year-old sister, Rylie Lentz; 12-year-old sister Alexis Lentz, and father, Steven Lentz.
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On Saturday, Jan. 16, 12-year-old Crestview Middle School student Sadie Lentz, along with her family, were able to experience a drive-by parade celebration that was put on by the Make-A-Wish foundation.

November 2020 marked the one-year anniversary of Sadie undergoing major surgery on her brain to correct a seizure disorder. Because of her surgery, Sadie was eligible to “Make-A-Wish” and opted to ask for a camper for her family.

Progress continues at Huntington County jail

The expansion project for the Huntington County Jail is on course to be completed as scheduled. Featured, crew members work to pour flooring that will be in the cell blocks of the jail. Photo by Katelynn Farley.
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On June 17, 2020, the Huntington County Jail expansion project officially started with a ceremonial groundbreaking. Now, seven months later, major progress has been made on the expansion.

The current jail is built to hold 98 inmates. As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, the inmate count was at 123 - and is regularly around that number or higher.

Fifty-six of these inmates are considered Level 6 felons. In previous years, these inmates would be dealt with by the Department of Corrections. Now, they are housed at the county level - which caused an influx of inmates to occur.

HNHS JROTC group qualifies for nationals

Huntington North High School Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadets volunteer their time to help the Huntington Parks Department decorate Sunken Gardens with Christmas lights after the city’s Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 7.
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The Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) program at Huntington North High School (HNHS) was one of 12 schools selected in the Midwest to compete in the Raider National competition in Georgia this February.

According to Sergeant First Class (SFC, Retired) Dana Lescoe, this is “extremely rare,” as the JROTC program is in its first year at HNHS.

Raider competitions are athletic competitions held for JROTC programs. Not all of the HNHS JROTC cadets compete in Raider competitions.

Strick’s first year in office

Mayor Richard Strick addresses a crowd of protesters that gathered at the Huntington County Courthouse on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.
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Gaining office at the start of 2020, Huntington Mayor Richard Strick hoped to quickly “learn the ropes” of the office and then spend his first year in office strengthening relationships between business owners, city officials and the residents of Huntington.

“Obviously, a global pandemic was not on the Bingo card for any of us,” Strick said. “Nor the economic questions and all of the grief and pain that has come with that.”

Strick recalls that the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic became “real for all of us” with the cancellation of the 2020 Big 10 Tournament games.

Masons install officers

The Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge held its annual installation of new officers on Thursday, Dec. 3, and several members received awards. Featured are (first row, from left) David Fenker, Joe Gooding, Ryan Kline and Ed Purvis, along with (second row, from left) Brent Campbell, Steve Halchuck and Guilford Wehr Jr.
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The Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge held its annual installation of new officers on Thursday, Dec. 3, following a monthly meeting.

New officers for 2021 include the following:

• Worshipful Master, Ryan Kline.
• Senior Warden, Steve Williams.
• Junior Warden, David Fenker.
• Secretary, Guilford Wehr, Jr.
• Treasurer, Brent Campbell.
• Senior Deacon, Rick Sereno.
• Junior Deacon, Jathan Jones.
• Senior Steward, Joe Gooding.
• Junior Steward, Ed Purvis.
• Tyler, Jerry Piqune.
• Chaplain, Jay Allen.