Whitacre hits milestone million mark carrying newspapers for The TAB

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published June 24, 2013.

Any way you add it up, Julie Whitacre's numbers are through the roof.

The big number, though, is 1 million.

That's the number of times, as of this summer, that she's slipped a copy of The Huntington County TAB into one of the orange tubes dotting Huntington County and the fringe areas of adjoining counties.

That's the most newspapers ever delivered by any TAB carrier who has continuously maintained a route in his or her own name, says Russ Grindle, co-publisher of The TAB.


Local pair spends two weeks in Oklahoma helping after tornado

Photo provided.

Originally published June 13, 2013.

Even as the community of Moore, OK, was reeling from the death and destruction inflicted by a tornado that leveled its town on May 20, a small army of volunteers was being assembled to help ease the pain.

That army included two Huntington women - Sharon Laupp and Jodi Kilty, both retired nurses - who spent two weeks in Oklahoma as part of a Red Cross disaster response team.


Indiana Room staffers prefer sleuthing old-school

Originally published June 10, 2013.

It looks so easy.

Type in your name, sit back, and watch the computer screen light up with the names, dates and cities that populate your past.

Instant family history, right?

Instant family, yes; but that family may not be yours.

"Anybody can put anything on they want to," says Joan Keefer, who presides over the historical documents that fill the Huntington City-Township Public Library's Indiana Room. "It does not have to be proven."


Miss Huntington 2013 has sights set on Miss Indiana title this week

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As the Miss Indiana Pageant approaches, Sara Alford, Miss Huntington 2013, says she is staying busy preparing for the competition.

The Poneto resident was crowned Miss Huntington on March 23.

"I have been brushing up on my interviewing skills and working on my dancing for the talent portion of the show," Alford says. "I'm also shopping for outfits and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to get ready for the swimsuit portion."


5 local vocational students move from classroom to workforce

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published June 6, 2013.

The 2013 graduating class from Huntington North High School will receive their diplomas tomorrow, June 7, and its members will begin new chapters of their lives.

Some will move away, and some will stay at home; some will attend a four-year university, while others will attend community college; and a few will report to a branch of the armed forces.

Five vocational students, however, will enter, or continue working in, the full-time workforce - and be able to support themselves in this struggling economy.


After building from ground up, VS leader leaves top step

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published June 3, 2013.

For almost three decades, John Wenning has stood at the helm of the Huntington North High School choral program, including Varsity Singers.

At the end of the school year, Wenning will step down as director to pursue other opportunities, including heading up the choral program at Crestview Middle School.

He says he will take many fond memories with him.

"I arrived at Huntington North in 1985," Wenning states. "I had previously taught for three years at Muncie North Side High School."


County motorcycle duo sets off for ‘Four Corners’ of U.S.

Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published May 30, 2013.

Gary Lewis and Steve Bryan, both of Huntington County, have accompanied one another on motorcycle trips before.

But they've never attempted anything like this.
On Sunday, May 26, the duo departed from The Country Post, in Huntington, determined to complete the "Four Corners" ride, one of the most ambitious tours in United States motorcycling.

The Four Corners ride involves traveling to Madawaska, ME, Key West, FL, San Ysidro, CA, and Blaine, WA - the four corners of the contiguous United States.