Enyeart heads up new HNHS sports direction

Randy Enyeart.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Oct. 1, 2009.

One Huntington North High School teacher and coach is bringing something new to the table this year.

Randy Enyeart, who teaches physical hducation and health and coaches football and track, has picked up the intramural sports program at HNHS to offer students another op-portunity to get involved.

"What we're trying to do is offer students other opportunities for athletic events outside of varsity sports," says Enyeart.

He says he understands varsity sports aren't for everyone.

Smart's childhood dream of flying is now a paying hobby

Chris Smart, of Huntington, stands in front of the trailer for "The Dreamcatcher," the host air balloon he pilots in competitions in the area and locally durng passenger rides.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published  Sept. 28, 2009.

What started as a chase 17 years ago has now became a paying hobby. For Chris Smart, his childhood dream was to fly.

"When I was young, I always wanted to be a pilot; always thought I'd be a jet pilot, but that didn't happen ..." he says.

But when he followed a hot air ballooner to his landing spot in 1989, he was offered the chance of a lifetime.
The pilot said he was in need for crewmembers and asked Smart if he was interested. Smart said he was and it took off from there, literally.

Roanoke to host its second annual Renaissance

Linn Bartling demonstrates the pottery wheel during last year’s Renaissance in Roanoke event. The arts festival will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 10, in downtown Roanoke.
Photo provided.

The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual "A Renaissance in Roanoke: Taste the Flavor of Fine Arts" festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Roanoke.

The event will feature various art exhibits and events, as well as food from local vendors.

"We're trying to make sure it's as special as possible," says Alice Eshelman, a member of the fair's steering committee and the proprietor of the Joseph Decuis restaurant in Roanoke.

Huntington businesses add glamour to Housewalk

This is the official map for the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Sunday, Oct. 4. All four homes are shown.
Map provided.

The four homes featured on the Tri Kappa Housewalk this Sunday, Oct. 4, will get some extra glamour courtesy of several Huntington businesses.

Housewalk guests will also be tempted by sweet treats offered at the Kappa Konfections Shoppe, which will be set up in one of the four homes.

This year's featured homes are those of Jim and Jeni Scheiber, 3170E-900N, Roanoke; Richard and Becky Hawley, 1111 N. Jefferson St.; Don and Jo Patmore, 6636N-300W, Huntington; and Ron and Marcia Rivers, 219 S. Main St., Roanoke.

Local residents have something to dance about

Butch Tracey, of the Happy Feet Round Dance Club, helps teach the moves during a recent round dancing lesson in the Moose Lodge. Tracey says his club will offer lessons in Huntington again, possibly in the winter.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Sept. 14, 2009.

Several Huntington residents have found something to dance to on Monday evenings.

Happy Feet Round Dance Club, based in New Haven, has offered dance lessons in Huntington's Moose Lodge since late August of this year.

Butch Tracey, instructor, and Mary Harlan, assistant, run the show.

Tracey is from Ossian and has cued since 1971. He began teaching three years prior to that.

Hawley's rebuilt home one of four set for Tri Kappa Housewalk

The Hawleys' large living room features an area for card games and a custom-built entertainment center, which is a duplication of the one lost in the house fire.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Richard and Becky Hawley's home, located at 1111 N. Jefferson St., will be one of the four homes featured in Tri Kappa's annual Housewalk.

The Hawleys' original home was badly damaged in a fire 2006, which resulted from a gas explosion next door.

"The original home was built in 1890, so it had a lot of history in Huntington," states Hawley. "We moved to the area in 1985."

Becky Hawley adds that in rebuilding, it was important to them to recapture the history of the home.

Patmores' 'dream house' in housewalk

The large kitchen in the Patmore residence features a commercial range with a handcrafted hood and an island that houses a refrigerator, freezer and microwave. The home will be featured in Tri Kappa’s Housewalk on Oct. 4.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When Don Patmore chose Huntington as the place to build his dream house, he didn't know much about the area.

"I initially chose the area for three reasons," Patmore says. "Firstly, I wanted to get out of the area where I was in Warsaw. I also wanted wide open spaces and a buffer zone between me and my next-door neighbors. Lastly, I liked the fact that Huntington was closer to Fort Wayne."

The Patmore home, a combination of Don's and his wife Jo's tastes, will be one of the four homes showcased in this year's Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

HNHS Athletic Dept. strives to keep community in know

Huntington North High School Athletic Director Michael Gasaway stands in front of a large calendar of HNHS athletic events for the 2009-10 school year.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Sept. 10, 2009.

The Huntington North High School Athletic Department has added a new tool and updated an existing one to keep the communication open between the department and the community.

Athletic Director Michael Gasaway introduced the Athletic Hotline at the beginning of the 2009-10 sports season.

"We talked about how could people find out the status of games without interrupting what (Jill Landrum, athletic department secretary) is trying to get done at the end of the day," says Gasaway, explaining how the idea came about.

Local church reaches out to youth with 'Games in the Park' program

Rev. Rick Leone (right) and Paige Johnson play the part of sheep during a game of “What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf?” Saturday morning, Sept. 12, at Laurie Park. Leone is pastor of the Church of Our Glorious King.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Roughly four years ago, members of the Church of Our Glorious King, in Huntington, embarked on a mission to reach out to their community.

Every Saturday in September and October since then, a group of volunteers facilitates "Games in the Park" at Laurie Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

The program is offered for youth in grades three through six.

Tom Bergler, program director, says there was a need.

HCCSC students fare well on ISTEPs

Chart by Cindy Klepper.

Tracey Shafer, superintendent of the Huntington County Community Schools, has every right to be proud.

"We outperformed the state across the board," he says after reviewing results from his corporation's students on the latest ISTEP+ assessment.

And that's about the only comparison that's valid with this test. The ISTEP administered in the spring of 2009 had a new format and was given at a different time of the year than in the past, so Indiana Department of Education officials say it can't really be compared to scores on past tests.

Andrews Lions' support of leader dog program comes back to Walker

Aspen, a chocolate Labrador retriever Leader Dog, leads Bud Walker down Walker’s driveway in Andrews. Walker got Aspen three years ago through the Leader Dogs for the Blind program.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Aug. 27, 2009.

Andrews residents Bud and Joyce Walker's lives were saved from a negligent driver a short while ago - by a dog.

The couple was making a routine trip to the Wal-Mart store in Huntington. Bud, who is legally blind, was preparing to go across the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the store when a pickup truck sped through the intersection without stopping at the posted signs.

Roanoke home has made area couple into historic caretakers

When Ron and Marcia Rivers moved into their home near downtown Roanoke in 2005, they not only became the owners of a house - they became the latest in a line of caretakers of a piece of history.

And each of those caretakers over the past 115 years has made sure to pass down two keepsakes with the house - a picture of the house just after it was built in 1894, and a photograph of a little girl who was one of the home's original occupants.

HPD adds robot to its lineup

Huntington Police Officer Dale Osborn (center) listens to Huntington Robotics Team THRUST member Samir Shaikh as he operates “Fred” (shown at left) at Hier’s Park on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The robot will be used at police shooting ranges as a moving target.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Aug. 17, 2009.

A new member was added to the Huntington Police Department on Tuesday, Aug. 11, but he will help in a different way.

"Fred" is a robot the Huntington County 4-H Robotics team, Team THRUST 1501 (Thundering Herd of Robots Using Student Thinking), built for the police department to use as target practice during shooting drills on the police range.

Scheiber home one of four on Tri Kappa Housewalk

The sunroom at the home of Jim and Jeni Scheiber. The Scheibers' home wil be featured on the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

The home of Jeni and Jim Scheiber, 3170E-900N, Roanoke, will be featured in the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

The house, built in 1999, has been occupied by the Scheibers since 2001. It features four bedrooms, a pool, four and a half baths and a bar area in the finished basement.

The Scheibers added on the kitchen, a sunroom and an extra bedroom after they bought the home. A small pool house is located in the back yard, complete with a small kitchen and another bathroom.

Gas price talk leads trio to build electric car on their own terms

The Sheleys – (from left) Shannon, Josh Sheley and their dad Rowdy Sheley — converted a 1993 Eagle Summit to an electric car. The project, which started last Fourth of July, was completed early this spring.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 20, 2009.

When guys get together to "shoot the breeze," most talk about sports or politics.

However, last year, with the escalating gas prices, Rowdy Sheley and two of sons, Shannon and Josh, were discussing options.

"We saw how the prices were rising and how everybody was complaining and were just thinking of how we could figure it all out," Rowdy Sheley says.

He says that's when the research into electric cars started.

Hawley home to be open for Tri Kappa Housewalk

Photo provided.

The home of Richard and Becky Hawley, 1111 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, will be open for visitors during the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

Scheiber home among homes in Tri Kappa Housewalk

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The home of Jim and Jeni Scheiber, 3170E-900N, Roanoke, is among the homes included in the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

Rivers home in Tri Kappa Housewalk

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Ron and Marcia Rivers will welcome community members into their home at 219 S. Main St., Roanoke, during the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

Four area homes to be featured on Tri Kappa Housewalk in October

The home of Don and Jo Patmore, 6636N-300W, Huntington, is one of four homes to be featured during the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.
Photo provided.

The doors to four Huntington County homes will open to welcome visitors on Oct. 4 as Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa sponsors its 2009 Housewalk.

This year's showcase includes the homes of:
• Jim and Jeni Scheiber, 3170E-900N, Roanoke;
• Richard and Becky Hawley, 1111 N. Jefferson St., Huntington;
• Don and Jo Patmore, 6636N-300W, Huntington;
• and Ron and Marcia Rivers, 219 S. Main St., Roanoke.

Local group helping in unique way

Judy Turgeson (left) and Anita Prout begin to pack the quilts that will be sent to a church in Afghanistan. The women are members of the St. Peter Lutheran Ladies Quilt Group.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A group of women at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Huntington are helping out with the reconstruction of Afghanistan - in a unique way.

The St. Peter Lutheran Ladies' Quilt Group is sending a shipment of bed-size and baby quilts directly to a mission in the war-torn country.

"It's not every day that you get to send something directly to Afghanistan," says Judy Turgeson, one of the group's leaders.

OLVM nun folllows heart -- and sisters

Sister Guadalupe "Lupita" Aguilar Huanca made her final vows as a member of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters on July 22.
Photo provided.

Originally published Aug. 6, 2009.

Guadalupe "Lupita" Aguilar Huanca followed her heart - and her sisters - to Huntington.

For the time being, she makes her home on the wooded grounds of Victory Noll, the home base of a religious order of women known as Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters.

Huanca became a full member of the congregation on July 22, making her final vows a decade after entering the congregation as a postulant.

That makes her somewhat of a rarity at Victory Noll, where new members are few and far between.

Technology to become sharper in schools this year, says Shafer

Technology will become sharper this year in the Huntington County Community Schools, Superintendent Tracey Shafer says.

The corporation is working on the network to provide higher speed Internet access for teachers and students, he says.

Huntington North high School now has 11 classes of one-to-one computing, he adds, and several second grade classes at Flint Springs Elementary will pilot a one-to-one laptop program.

Lancaster Township once a bustling center of activity

The Boyd covered bridge was built in the mid-1860s of native lumber sawed nearby, which included oak, poplar, hickory and elm. The cost was $14.50 per thousand feet, and the total cost for the bridge was $900.
Illustration provided.

Originally published Sept. 6, 2004.

Lancaster became the third township in Huntington County when it was organized on May 15, 1837.

It originally contained the areas that later became Polk and Rock Creek townships within its bounds. Lancaster Township is notable not only for its fertile soil, but also for its rich treasure of early history.

'Tomorrow today' for HCCSC schools starting Thursday

Huntington County Community School Corporation's superintendent of schools, Tracey Shafer, sits at his desk in the Administrative Service Center recently.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The official start of Huntington county schools is Thursday, Aug. 13, and the year will be full of both new and old.

Huntington County Community School Corporation's Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer says the image of the corporation has undergone a "rebranding," with a new logo and an updated tagline. The previous tagline of "A place where everyone learns" has been replaced by "Tomorrow today."

Auction take tops $250,000 as 802 4-H animals take their final walks

Sarah Doctor, left, waits for her name to be called to take her steer into the show arena during the cattle auction. Brittany Dilley, back right, watches the auction.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

More than $250,000 changed hands on Thursday, July 30, as 802 animals were trotted through the Huntington County 4-H auction.

But while the number of 4-H animals was up from last year, the total auction take was down by $50,000.

It's the second straight year of declining bids. The total auction take this year, including the appraisal prices and premiums, was $256,360. That's down from the 2008 total of $306,525. The auction had a record-breaking year in 2007, taking in a total of $315,765.52.

Scanning system takes the wait out of getting a traffic ticket

Officer James Wood of the Roanoke Police Department demonstrates scanning the barcode on the back of an Indiana driver's license.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published July 16, 2009.

For most drivers, one of the most upsetting sights is seeing those red and blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror. The situation is usually made more stressful if the driver is running late.

But, thanks to a new ticketing system, the whole traffic stop can be completed in less than five minutes. And in Huntington County, several police departments are getting on board with the relatively new technology.

Swine flu changes plans for local student in China

Kevin Godfroy, of Huntington, recently traveled to China as part of aa class at Miami University of Ohio.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Jluly 16, 2009.

Kevin Godfroy thought he was going to spend some time this spring teaching school in China for college credit.

Thanks to the swine flu scare, though, Godfroy and his fellow students spent their time touring large corporations in China.

Warning of the change came in a travel alert issued on June 19, 2009, by the U.S. Department of State to U.S. citizens traveling to China.

Union Township leader singled out by her peers

Matt Roth (left) representing the Huntington Rotary Club, congratulates 2009 Outstanding 4-H Leader Nadean Brown during an awards ceremony on Saturday, July 25.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The last of Nadean Brown's four children is a 10-year 4-Her this year, a milestone she always said would also mark her last year as a 4-H leader.

Now, she's not so sure she wants to quit.

"It's kind of hard to step away from it," Brown said Saturday night, July 25, after being named the 2009 Outstanding 4-H Leader for Huntington County. "It's a lot of work, but it's really rewarding."

And Brown has apparently done it well. Her fellow 4-H leaders selected her for the honor, which has been presented each year since 1990 by the Huntington Rotary Club.

They gotta go, it's gotta go and Knight makes it go

Waldo Knight, shown standing in front of his family's swine exhibit at the Huntington County 4-H Fair, is in charge of manure disposal at the fair.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published July 30, 2009.

Waldo Knight is no stranger to the 4-H Fair. Nor is he new to keeping the animal pens clean.

Knight is the chair of the Manure Disposal Committee for the Huntington County Fair, and has been for the past three years. His family has also been involved somehow in the fair for 44 years.

Other committee members are Jason Worster and Wade Tyner.
With all those animals on display, one might think it's a demanding job, but Knight says it's not that bad.

After 45 years, Keller's service to 4-H finally draws state attention

Joenita Keller gets help from her son to hang backdrops for the 4-H Fair at the Family Living Building at Hier’s Park in Huntington on July 22.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Nearly three-quarters of a century ago, Joenita Keller joined 4-H after a few of her friends and her siblings became part of the local club.

Decades later, in 2009, Keller is still assiduous in her work for 4-H, and she can be seen working hard getting Hier's Park ready for this year's 4-H Fair - that is, if one can keep up with her.