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Nurture Soap opens a local retail location

The Nurture Soap Store and Handmade Studio has a variety of products available for purchase, including pre-made soaps, as well as items to create soaps at home, such as soap molds, colorants, cutters and scents. Other products include bath bombs, bath salts, candles and wax melts. The candles and wax melts are part of the partnership created between the studio and the Outsource Manufacturing Division of Pathfinder Services.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Huntington now has a new option for locally-owned, small-business shopping, thanks to the opening of the Nurture Soap Store and Handmade Studio.

According to Store Manager Renee Voght, Nurture Soap got its start in 2012 with Carrie and Damian Thornsbury. A few years later, the company opened a warehouse on Swan Street in Huntington. Then, on Aug. 14 of this year, the retail location opened at 2809 Theater Ave., Huntington.

“We wanted to stay in Huntington – that was a big thing,” Voght said of the retail location. “We wanted to keep it local.”

Lautzenhiser performs to earn BSA Theater badge

On Friday, Oct. 29, Gracie Lautzenhiser (center) and six of her friends performed a play that she created in order to earn a Scouts BSA Theater merit badge. From left are actors Isaac Lautzenhiser as the Night Guard, Gracie as Eleanor Roosevelt, David Lautzenhiser as Brandon the dinosaur, Thomas Wall as Theodore Roosevelt, Cael McCann as Neil Armstrong, Elsie Davis as Sacagewea and Addison Reid as Elizabeth Hamilton.
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On Friday, Oct. 29, Gracie Lautzenhiser from Markle Scout Troop 128, along with six friends, performed the play she had written to fulfill the requirement for the ScoutsBSA Theater merit badge at Sheets Wildlife Museum.  

The play was called A Night at the Museum Take 2, and was based on the movie with her creative flare incorporated.  The group rehearsed the play for five weeks.  About 15 people were in the audience.  

Dr. Pflieger provides tips for holiday COVID-19 safety

The Huntington County Health Department and Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Pflieger are encouraging local residents to add a simple, precautionary step to their Thanksgiving preparations.

“If you get tested for COVID-19 and are negative, you can feel a little better about going to be with your family for the holiday,” Pflieger said.
Pflieger said testing alone is not a perfect solution, but it could help decrease risk at a time when numbers in the area remain high. Compared to the rest of the state, new cases and positivity rates are elevated in northeast Indiana.

Sister Foltz celebrates her 102nd birthday

Sister Valeria Foltz, of the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters (OLVMS), celebrated her 102nd birthday on Friday, Nov. 14, with friends from the Saint Anne Community and Huntington Mayor Richard Strick present for the party.
When asked what it’s like to be 102-years-old, Foltz replied, “It seems like any other day.”

She continued, “I’m grateful for everyone’s prayers, because I really think it’s prayer that keeps me going and keeps me healthy. Without God’s help, I wouldn’t be able to do it.”

JROTC Raiders take on Nationals

Members of the all-male Huntington North High School (HNHS) Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Raider team lift their teammates over a wall as part of one of their many challenges in the Raider Nationals competition in Molena, GA, on Saturday, Nov. 6. Other obstacles included metal culverts, walls nearly 12 feet tall, as well as rivers and other bodies of water.
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Over the first weekend in November, Friday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 7, 26 members of the Huntington North High School (HNHS) Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Raider teams competed in the Raider National Competiton in Molena, GA, earning national rankings for their male and female teams.

Huntington 7 hosts ‘Chamber After Hours’ event

On Thursday Nov. 4, the Goodrich Quality Theaters (GQT) Huntington 7, along with the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, hosted a “Chamber after Hours” event and a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the new ownership of the theater. Featured are (front row, from left) Chamber Ambassador Terry Miller, of Terry Miller Realtor Century 21 Bradley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GQT Movies Jim Peliotes, Chamber Ambassador Angie Arnold, of Miller’s Merry Manor, GQT Huntington 7 General Manager Mary McCormack, Mayor Richard Strick, Chamber Ambassador Eileen McMillan, of State Farm Insurance, and Chamber Board of Directors member Bob Caley, of Bob Caley Realtor Century 21 Bradley; along with (back row, from left) Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Kimmel, Chamber Ambassador JoDeane Knowles, of TCU, and Chamber Ambassador Damon Kuhlenbeck, of State Farm Insurance.
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On Thursday, Nov. 4, the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Goodrich Quality Theaters (GQT) Huntington 7 Movie Theater, 350 Hauenstein Road, Huntington, for a “Chamber After Hours” event and ribbon cutting ceremony, in honor of the new management for the theater.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing for GQT Movies Jim Peliotes, along with Huntington 7 General Manager Mary McCormack, were present to greet the guests that were in attendance for the ribbon cutting and explain the changes that were being implemented at the theater.

Ethan Stivers and family say goodbye to Warren

The Stivers family, of Warren, will be moving to Lexington, KY, at the end of the year. Featured are (from left) Misty and Ethan Stivers, as well as their children (from left) Emara, Rhenn, Lincoln and Addison Stivers.
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Warren Town Council President Ethan Stivers is resigning from his position effective Friday, Dec. 31.

Stivers is returning to his hometown of Lexington, KY, with his family to pursue a discipleship pastor position at CenterPointe Christian Church on Greendale Road in Kentucky. He learned about this opportunity from CenterPointe Senior Pastor Brian Bolton who used to minister at Stivers’ “home church” in Lexington, but left to establish CenterPointe in 2004.

Stivers says it was a “hard decision” for his family to leave Warren, but he’s excited for this “unique opportunity.”

Zahm joins Indiana Army Ntl. Guard

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Philip A. Zahm, a reserve officer from the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard recently.

Zahm joined the Sheriff Departments Reserve Program in February of 2020. He joined after coming off of active duty Army “because of his strong will to help the community” and to “follow his father’s footsteps.”

Cottage Event Center announces last 2 shows

The Cottage Event Center in Roanoke will feature musical duo She Shed on Friday, Dec. 3, for their Holiday Concert benefitting Toys for Tots, and Oldies Band The Mooncats for their annual New Year’s Eve event, which includes a prime rib dinner.  

The facility also revealed that the Event Center, operated by Hamilton Hospitality Group LLC and open since March of 2012, will cease operations permanently following the New Year’s Eve celebration.

Ivy Tech Chancellor visits expanded Learning Center

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Ivy Tech Chancellor Kim Barnett-Johnson, Ph.D, visited the Huntington County Community Learning Center for a meet-and-greet with community leaders as well as Learning Center and Huntington County Community School Corporation staff. Featured, Barnett-Johnson (right) speaks with County Council member Charles Chapman (left) as others chat and wait to introduce themselves.
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On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Kim Barnett-Johnson, Ph.D., the Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, came to the newly expanded Huntington County Community Learning Center for a meet-and-greet.

Community leaders, industry representatives and staff members from the Huntington County Community School Corporation and Learning Center were present at the event and were given the opportunity to learn about the vision that Barnett-Johnson has for Ivy Tech and the communities it serves.

Horace Mann receives donation

Partners 1st Federal Credit Union recently donated over 400 school supplies to Horace Mann Elementary School. Featured are (from left) Horace Mann Principal Chris Baut, Anna Mygrant, Amy Schultz and Rachel Patrick accepting the donation from Partners 1st Huntington Branch Sales Manager Beth Blocker.
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Horace Mann Elementary School accepted a donation of school supplies from Partners 1st Federal Credit Union on Thursday, Oct. 7.

According to Beth Blocker, branch sales manager of the Partners 1st Huntington branch, over 400 school supplies were donated as part of the branch’s fifth-annual Focus on the Students Community Day, which took place during the month of July.

Supplies donated included backpacks, crayons, folders, notebooks, pencils and more.

YSB awards Meg Friesen

Meg Friesen (right) recently received the 2021 Steven L. Bailey Award from the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) for making a difference in the lives of youth in Huntington County. Also featured is YSB Executive Director Jan Williams presenting the award.
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The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) recently presented Meg Friesen with the 2021 Steven L. Bailey Award.

“The Youth Services Bureau presents the Steven L. Bailey Award each year as a way to honor the strong commitment to helping young people and their families as Steve,” stated Jan Williams, ED.

The award is presented to an individual or group who has made a difference in the lives of young people through activities that empower, encourage and support young people and their families in Huntington County.