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Barnyard Berries offers a new ‘U-Pick’ experience

Barnyard Berries, a local “U-Pick” berry farm, opened this August in Huntington. Featured (from left) are the local owners and operators, Adam, Chloe, Jason and Candice Couch.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Huntington County is now home to a new “U-Pick” experience, thanks to the new business venture of a local couple and their children.

In August, Adam and Candice Couch, along with their children Jason and Chloe Couch, officially opened a “U-Pick” berry farm, “Barnyard Berries.” The farm is a “U-Pick” with a twist – rather than having the berries planted on the ground and having pickers kneel or bend down to pick their berries, they are on raised benches – meaning that they are more easily accessible to more parties.

Lagg’s opens Hgtn. location

A ribbon cutting by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce for Lagg’s Automotive’s Huntington location took place on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Featured are (front row, from left) Mayor Richard Strick; Kody Slusher and Koleman Stephan, both from Lagg’s Automotive; Kari Stephan; Tamie Stephan, Andrew Stephan, Garin Stephan and Marissa Foraker, of Lagg’s Automotive, and Terry Miller, Terry Miller Realtor – Century 21 Bradley and Chamber Ambassador; (back row, from left) Paula Whiting, Lake City Bank and Chamber Ambassador; Charles Chapman, Huntington City Councilman, 1st District; Brittany Brown, Midwest America Federal Credit Union; Adrian Halverstadt, Hartburg Roth Garrott Halverstadt & Garrett LLP, and Chamber board of directors Steve Godfroy, Perfection Wheel and Chamber Ambassador, and Tommy Wagner.
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The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Lagg’s Automotive on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Lagg’s, which opened their Roanoke location in April, have now opened a Huntington location at 1885 N. Jefferson St.

Owners Andrew and Garin Stephan were both born and raised in Huntington, so they wanted to keep the business in the area.

Little 500 honors Fetters with bike

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Huntington Bicycle Shop Owner Brooks Fetters received an official Little 500 bicycle, presented by Little 500 Mechanic Greg Souder.

According to Little 500 Race Director Hank Duncan, “The Little 500 is a cycling race hosted annually on the campus of Indiana University (IU) Bloomington for undergraduate students at IU. Its purpose is to raise funds for student scholarships and enrich the IU student experience.”

PAL Club coach hanging up his hat after 40 years

Ed Waters (left) was honored by Tom Hughes (center) and Mark Hughes (right) with a plaque on Thursday, Sept. 2, to commemorate his service at the PAL Club.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

In 1981, a man named Ed Waters began coaching local youth on a Markle Farm League baseball team. And since then, Waters has impacted generations of children on the baseball field.

After spending four years at the Markle Farm League, Waters was approached by the director, who informed him that, due to a board decision, nobody from Huntington would be allowed to coach or play in their league. So, Waters looked elsewhere. And that began a decades-long relationship with the Huntington Police Athletic League (PAL) Club.

Shelter plans major changes

Huntington County Humane Society Board President Katy Hudson holds one of the cats available for adoption in the “Purvana” room at the Humane Society.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

Though she has only been the Huntington Human Society Board President since May of this year, Katy Hudson has “big plans” for what she would like to see happen for the animal services in this community.

All of those goals, however, are reliant on increased support from Huntington County leadership and residents alike.

Currently, the Humane Society is funded by a $70,000 contract with the city and a $40,000 contract with the county. Unfortunately, those monies are spent quickly between medical needs for animals, upkeep of the building and employee salaries.

Veterans reunite after 53 years apart

Editor’s note: this story was previously published in the May 2021 MethuenLife Magazine and was submitted to The TAB by Keith Disler.

Sitting in an outdoor Florida restaurant with about 40 customers around him, Ed “Hoppy” Curran stood up, asked the crowd for their attention, and introduced himself and the man sitting at his table as Vietnam War veterans who had not seen each other in 53 years.

 A couple of women gasped in surprise, the customers broke out in applause and one of them said her husband, too, was a veteran of the war.

JROTC gearing up for competitions

Huntington North High School student Landen Lescoe holds onto one of the obstacles at Lake Clare Fitness Park as his teammate runs to get to the other side of it.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

The Huntington North High School (HNHS) Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) has just started their second year at HNHS and the group is working hard to fill the shoes of the senior class that graduated last year.

So far, the program has a total of 115 students - and according to one of the program instructors, Sergeant First Class (SFC, Retired) Dana Lescoe, that number grows the more the word gets out about the program.

New officer swears in to Huntington Police Dept.

Clayton Moore (left) was sworn in to the Huntington Police Department during a ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Also featured is City Clerk Christi McElhaney administering the oath (right), while his parents Jenny and Randy Moore look on.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

The Huntington Police Department welcomed Clayton Moore as its newest officer on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at a swearing in ceremony at the city building.

Moore graduated from North Manchester High School in 2015. He immediately joined the U.S. Army and served from December 2015 through June 2020.

During his time with the army, Moore had a nine-month tour of duty in Iraq where he received commendation medals for conduct and achievement. He was also stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Markham sets goal of HN being ‘first class’

New to Huntington North High School (HNHS), Jeremy Markham was named the new Athletic Director for the school during the Monday, June 28, Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting.

Now that school has been in session for a few weeks of the 2021-22 school year, Markham is getting to know names and faces of HNHS a little better, and is sharing his goal for the athletic department and school: to be “first class.”

New Spanish teacher is introduced at HCS

Laura Molero (back, left) and her family recently moved from Spain to Huntington so she could teach Spanish at Huntington Catholic School. Also featured are her husband, Alex Aumedes (back, center); and their children (back, right) Bruno Aumedes Molero, (front, from left) Alma Aumedes Molero, Juan Pablo Aumedes Molero and Mariana Aumedes Molero.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

The Aumedes Molero family recently moved from Barcelona, Spain, to Huntington, for Laura Molero to teach Spanish at Huntington Catholic School (HCS).

Molero received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Spain. She has been an educator for seven years, including teaching in Illinois in 2006. The rest of her teaching experience has been in Spain.

The Visiting Teacher Program made it possible for Molero and her family to come to America. The program will last three years, with the possibility of extension after those years.

HPD officers receive promotions

On Friday, Aug. 6, two Huntington Police Department veterans were recognized for recent promotions. Featured are (from left) Sergeant Eric Fluck, Chief Chad Hacker, Captain Andy Ellet and Huntington Mayor Richard Strick.
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Two recently promoted veterans of the Huntington Police Department were recognized during a swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Aug. 6, at the Huntington City Building.

Andy Ellet, a 20-year member of the department, earned a promotion to captain. He has previously held the ranks of patrolman, detective and sergeant in addition to his work as a school resource officer and K-9 handler.

Ellet has been involved with McKenzie’s Hope, the Huntington County Drug Court, 4-H Club and LaFontaine Saddle Club and worked as a youth sports coach.

HU sees multiple campus improvements

Several areas of Huntington University are starting to see major changes, including the newly re-imagined Huntington Union Building (HUB) and the demolition of the Administration Annex building, featured above.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

The campus of Huntington University has been experiencing quite a few major changes in recent months, with the most recent being the tearing down of the Administration Annex in the center of campus.

According to Dr. Russ Degitz, the university’s chief operating officer, the building has been scheduled to be taken down for “quite some time” as part of the plan to grow and re-imagine the Huntington University campus as a whole. Demolition officially began on Monday, July 12.