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After a career of working under deadlines, Hammel eases into writing book about career

Bob Hammel types a story on his typewriter in the summer of 1962 during his time as a reporter for The Herald-Press in Huntington. Hammel eventually departed his hometown and ended up in Bloomington, where he went on to have a long and distinguished career in sports journalism. Hammel wrote about his career in a new memoir, “Last Press Bus Out of Middletown.” He will be discussing the book during two appearances in Huntington on Tuesday, May 14. The second of those appearances will be at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library at 6 p.m.
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As a career journalist, Bob Hammel was accustomed to working under the pressure of tight deadlines.

So, ironically, when he sat down to write a book that recounted those years of his life, he did so without a deadline in sight.

“It must’ve taken 10 years,” estimates Hammel of the writing process.

“I was never great on deadlines anyway,” he adds with a laugh.

17 Huntington North students spend spring break trip on ‘science experiments’ in Belize

Seventeen Huntington North High School students participated in the science experiments of a lifetime when they spent their recent spring break in the tiny Central American country of Belize.

Led by HNHS science teachers Melanie Leas and Reed Sturm, the group spent nine days on the ecology-based study trip in order to research manatees and water quality. They also spent some time on some unusual tours, Leas says.

Third time is charm for Buzzard in GOP primary victory over Fetters in Huntington mayor race

Larry Buzzard (left) beams as he accepts congratulations from David Funk on winning the Republican nomination for mayor of Huntington in the municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 7. Funk also had reason to celebrate, as he won the GOP nomination for the 4th District seat on the Huntington Common Council.
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The third time proved to be a charm for Larry Buzzard, who defeated Brooks Fetters on his third attempt for the Huntington mayoral nomination in the Republican primary on Tuesday, May 7.

After finishing second to Fetters in races for the GOP mayoral nod in 2011 and 2015, Buzzard flipped the script this time around, garnering 1,373 votes to Fetters’ 1,150.

Buzzard, who currently serves as president of the Huntington County Commissioners, thanked his supporters for their votes of confidence and said he’s looking forward to the race in November.

Bowers to rep Hgtn. in Mrs. Indiana Pageant

Lovely Bowers, of Huntington, holds the title of Mrs. Huntington County and will represent the county at the Mrs. Indiana America Pageant, set for Saturday, May 4, at the Century Center, in South Bend.
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Lovely Bowers, of Huntington, will be representing Huntington County at the Mrs. Indiana America Pageant on Saturday, May 4, in South Bend.

Bowers received the title of Mrs. Huntington County last September. As no pageant was held in the county to determine a winner, Bowers contacted the Mrs. Indiana America organization and expressed interest in the title. After reviewing her credentials, the organization awarded her the title.

Buzzard, Fetters square off for third time in GOP mayor primary

Larry Buzzard (left) and Brooks Fetters.
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For the third consecutive municipal primary election, Larry Buzzard and Brooks Fetters are pursuing the Republican Party’s nomination to run for mayor of Huntington in the fall.

Fetters triumphed in the two previous primaries, in 2011 and 2015, and won the subsequent municipal elections in November.

Four races in municipal primary have multiple GOP candidates

Four races on the 2019 municipal primary election ballot – three in Huntington and one in Andrews – have multiple Republican candidates, giving voters some choices when they go to the polls on Election Day, May 7.

In Huntington, four common council seats are contested, one in District 2, one in District 4 and two seats At-Large. Three positions are also up for election on the Andrews Town Council.

• The Common Council Second District has two candidates, incumbent Paul L. Pike and challenger Paul Scalf.

BAGC youth of year says club gave him good direction

Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County Junior Staff member Charlie Agnew (right) fends off an attack in the gaga pit from Holden Moyer. Agnew, who is also a member of the club, was chosen as the 2019 Youth of the Year recently, and also tapped to be on the Boys & Girls Club’s national steering committee.
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What would Charlie Agnew be doing right now if it weren’t for the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County?

Well, by his own admission, he’d probably be in trouble.

The Huntington North High School senior, 17, a standout not only on the school’s football team, but also a state-level wrestler – who landed eighth place in his weight class in the state this year – credits the club for giving him a firm foundation and straight direction in life that is leading him to recognition on a national stage.

New baseball season brings back memories for Roanoke businessman

Pete Eshelman, the owner of Joseph Decuis, in Roanoke, poses with the World Series ring he won as a member of the New York Yankees front office in 1977. Eshelman was originally drafted by the Yankees as a pitcher, but went on to work for the team in a different capacity following an injury. Eshelman says his time around the team, especially owner George Steinbrenner, had a positive impact on his life.
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In a little over a year, Pete Eshelman went from being a Major League Baseball draft pick to a World Series champion with the New York Yankees.

It was a whirlwind 17 months for Eshelman, to put it mildly. Ultimately, it was a stretch of time that saw his playing career cut short, but a new career, inspired by legendary Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, begin to take shape.

Today, Eshelman is the owner of Joseph Decuis, in Roanoke. But in the 1970s, he was a baseball player at Williams College, in Williamstown, MA, striving to fulfill a lifelong dream.

Faith Community Church women learn ministry comes in all shapes and sizes - of formal wear

Chris Jackson (left) adjusts the bowtie of Converse resident Jonathan Maynus as he tries on a tuxedo at the Faith Formal Attire shop located inside Faith Community Church. Maynus came back this year after renting his first tuxedo from the ministry for last year’s prom. Faith Formal Attire has also provided formal clothing for a wedding, plays and other special occasions.
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A group of ladies at Faith Community Church have not only learned how to share God’s love by renting – of all things – tuxedos and prom dresses, they have seen their ministry expand to provide affordable formal attire for weddings and other events as well.

It’s called “Faith Formal Attire,” a “closet” full of clothing housed in a little back room at the church, located at 3615 N. Norwood Rd. on Huntington’s west end.

Learning Center doing its part to help local manufacturers fill jobs

Jack Curless, a senior at Huntington North High School, concentrates on a radius project in his precision machining class at the Huntington County Community Learning Center on Feb. 25. The Learning Center strives to help fill in-demand positions in the local manufacturing sector. Employees with experience running computer numerical control machines are currently sought after.
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The Huntington County Community Learning Center is endeavoring to help fill positions at local manufacturing companies.

Tiffaney Drummond, the Learning Center’s director, says the facility makes it a point to stay abreast of manufacturers’ needs. One of the main ways it accomplishes that, she notes, is by interacting with the Learning Center Advisory Board and Advisory Council, both of which feature representatives from the local manufacturing sector.

New recreation room at county jail to have many uses, sheriff notes

Dylan Hamilton (right), a trusty at the Huntington County Jail, cuts a sound panel that will be hung up in the jail’s revamped recreational room on Thursday, Feb. 28. Assisting Hamilton is Mike DeLong, of Lehman Floor Covering. Once sound panels are done being installed in the room, which had echo issues, it will be ready to host programming that Huntington County Sheriff Chris Newton believes will have a positive impact on inmates’ lives.
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The highlight of the recreational room at the Huntington County Jail used to be a basketball hoop.

Inmates utilized the hoop regularly, says Huntington County Sheriff Chris Newton, playing games that often got rowdy.

“It’s barnyard basketball in the jail, every game,” he says.

It was a brand of basketball that frequently led to battered wrists and ankles.

“There were so many injuries that were happening as a result of it,” says Newton. “Of course, when they get injured, we have to take an officer, put them at the hospital.

‘Roll-Around’ March 28 to wind up city’s disability awareness efforts

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (far left) leads the charge for the Mayor’s Downtown Roll-Around, as a cavalcade of wheelchair-bound officials and others makes their way along a downtown street in observance of Disability Awareness Month in March. The annual trip, which will return this year on March 28, is an exercise in getting a feel of the challenges some disabled people face in navigating simple everyday ambulatory tasks.
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Sometimes, it’s an effort to just get through the day.

For community members with a disability, that “sometimes” ends up being all the time.

Doorways are too narrow, bathrooms are inaccessible and the print on the menu is too small.

Local siblings put ‘R&R’ on back burner with January trip to Panama for World Youth Day

Siblings Grace Richert (left), 18, and Stephen Richert, 19, were among 75 pilgrims from the Catholic Church Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to make the journey in January to Panama to celebrate World Youth Day. They joined Pope Francis, more than 150,000 young people from 155 countries and a total of 600,000 people who attended Mass on the final day of the event.
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This is a good time of year to take a journey to a tropical climate, and two siblings from Huntington, Grace and Stephen Richert, did just that in January. But the two young adults didn’t make sightseeing and “R&R” their top priority – they had a more spiritual goal in mind.

Popular daddy-daughter, mother-son events coming up in Hgtn.

Boys and their moms participate in activities including playing with Legos at the 2018 Mother-Son Extravaganza event sponsored by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department. This year’s event will take place March 2 at the First Merchants Heritage Hall on the Huntington County Fairgrounds.
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Hundreds of little girls are dreaming of a special night with that special guy.

Those dreams will come true later this month at the Daddy-Daughter Dance, undeniably the most popular event sponsored by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.

“I kind of describe it as a little bit like prom for kids and their dads,” says Sharon Cuttriss, who coordinates the dance as well as other parks department activities throughout the year.

Senior Citizens increasingly becoming targets for scammers; sheriff issues warning

Ed Robbins, of rural Huntington, shows a list on his cell phone of the multiple calls he’s recently received from scammers. A variety of scams that especially target the elderly have not only inundated his phone, but his wife and numerous other local Seniors have also gotten calls. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.
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In today’s high-tech world, one can never be too wary – especially if one is a Senior Citizen.

Scam attempts seem to be on the uptick in Huntington County, and it’s not even official tax season yet. Some area residents – all of them over age 55 – say they have been inundated with calls, informing them their sensitive information has been compromised by scam artists who are actually trying to pry their personal information from them. And more and more, the crooks’ prime targets are the elderly.

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