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Remembering our colleague, Dave Brooks

There is some question as to how Dave Brooks became a member of The Huntington County TAB’s advertising staff. What isn’t in question is that he loyally served clients in a five-county area for 35 years.

“In 1987, Dave came walking into the doors of The Huntington County TAB, trying to sell radio advertising to us,” former TAB co-owner Russ Grindle said. “Who knew it would turn into a career of 35 years for him? He was working at an area radio station, and we have never determined if he was trying to sell advertising to The TAB or looking for a job.”

Local guitarist defies odds, enjoys six decade career

Alan McCurdy plays a riff with Rock of Elders on Saturday, May 19 at the Huntington VFW.
Photo by Phil Smith.

To learn the guitar, dedication is required to avoid being part of the 90 to 95 percent of people who end up quitting. To master the instrument, becoming one of the five or 10 percent to rise to the level of expert takes an even higher level of grit. No one knows this better than Huntington’s Al McCurdy, who defied all those odds not once, but twice.

County libraries prepare to celebrate Library Week

During his library time while he was waiting to check out books, Roanoke Elementary School student Lincoln Brown created the dragon from the book series ‘Wings of Fire’ by using Legos on the Lego Wall.
Photo provided.

Huntington County communities have public libraries to serve local residents. Huntington County TAB will be featuring these libraries in advance of National Library Week April 3 through 9.

Two of the libraries and their offerings include:

Roanoke Public Library, 314 N. Main St. Ste. 120, in Roanoke.  Current hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

HNHS sports complex gets more donations

Huntington Sheet Metal has donated signs  for use at the Huntington North High School (HNHS) baseball and softball stadiums.
Photo provided by Huntington County Community School Corporation

Two more donations to Huntington North High School’s ongoing athletic complex construction and renovations were approved by the Board of School Trustees during Monday night’s board meeting.

Huntington Sheet Metal has donated a total of 12 signs that will be used on the baseball and softball stadiums, including nine distance markers, a retired jersey number for baseball, a 1993 state runner-up sign for baseball and a 2012 state runner-up sign for softball. The signage to be donated combines to a value of $4,585.80.

Salamonie School raised funds for Humane Society

Salamonie School Student Council members take time to sort the different stuffed puppies that were sold to students for a recent fundraiser project. The puppies were distributed on Valentine’s Day, Monday, Feb. 14.
Photo provided.

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, Monday, Feb. 14, Salamonie School students were able to participate in a special fundraiser, sponsored by the Salamonie Student Council.

The fundraiser project, which was a stuffed puppy sale, began in January. The sale ended on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and the Student Council was able to sell more than 200 stuffed puppies to their fellow students.

Feb. 20 through 26 now marked Tri Kappa Week

Featured (from left) are Lori Mickley, Amber Rensberger, Angie Garcia, Christi McElhaney, Mayor Richard Strick, Sandy Stephan, Betty Sands, Annette Carroll, Jo Bradley and Sally Morrison during the recent proclamation signing for the Tri Kappa sorority.
Photo provided.

Kappa Kappa Kappa members will celebrate the philanthropic sorority’s 121st anniversary later this month, and Mayor Richard Strick issued a proclamation recently to mark the occasion and declare Feb. 20 through 26 as Tri Kappa Week in Huntington.

The sorority, commonly known as Tri Kappa, was founded in Indianapolis on Feb. 22, 1901, to promote charity, culture and education throughout Indiana. Just more than five years later, Huntington’s Chi chapter was founded on Sept. 9, 1906.

Post Prom ‘22 hosts unique fundraiser

On Friday, Feb. 11, members of the community gathered at the Huntington County Community Learning Center to raise “bail” donations, which were then given to the Huntington North High School Post Prom Committee. Criminal Justice students decorated a Learning Center classroom to look like a jail cell and participants made calls to raise donations. Seated around the table are (from left) Huntington Police Chief Cory Boxell, City Director of Operations Annette Carroll, HNHS Principal Rief Gilg, Sheriff Chris Newton and Mayor Richard Strick.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Huntington North High School students in Terry Stoffel’s Criminal Justice class were given a unique opportunity to help raise funds for the upcoming Post Prom – by hosting a “Jail and Bail” event with some well-known names and faces acting as inmates for the day, tasked with the goal of raising funds for Post Prom 2022.  

Degitz named Hgtn. County spelling champ

Lynnsey Degitz (right) earned the top spot for the Huntington County spelling bee on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Featured, Degitz and runner-up Lane Canvin (left) pose for a photo with Huntington County Communty School Corporation (HCCSC) Superintendent Chad Daugherty.
Photo provided by HCCSC.

Riverview Middle School student Lynnsey Degitz won the Huntington County spelling bee on Tuesday, Feb. 8, by correctly spelling the word “allergenic.”

Degitz has been her school’s spelling bee winner each of the last four school years, and last night marked her second time winning the countywide competition.

Roanoke Elementary School student Lane Canvin finished as the runner-up in the competition.

Blessings in a Backpack is in need of assistance

Vera Wolfe (left) presents a donation to Blessings in a Backpack in May 2021.
TAB file photo.

A local charity organization is asking for help from the community with two major needs. Huntington County Blessings in a Backpack provides food for hundreds of Huntington County school children each weekend throughout the school year, and the organization is currently in need of extra volunteers, as well as a new space for their food storage and bag packing.