Pool play part of daily life for group of 20 at Heritage Pointe in Warren

Norm Hiser (back) gathers with (front row from left) Clarence Myers, Melvin Dooley and Carl Hubbart after Dooley “ran the table” during a pool game at Heritage Pointe in Warren.
Photo provided.

Originally published Sept. 16, 2013.

"Clarence (Myers) is 90 and I am about 89, and we feel like we are able to get up there about every weekday," says Mel Dooley, Heritage Pointe resident and avid pool player.

He is part of a group of roughly 20 Heritage Pointe residents who are heavily involved in weekly pool tournaments held every Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Myers has been playing pool at Heritage Pointe for 15 years, and Dooley for 12.

They say that the men who play every Friday also play every day between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m.

Condit Street fire station renovation becomes ‘home fix-up project’ for firefighters

Huntington Fire Department Lt. Jeff Rittenhouse paints a door that will be installed at the Condit Street Fire Station.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Sept. 12, 2013.

"It's kind of like working on your own home," Huntington Fire Marshal Wayne Huff says.

Except when the alarm sounds and the guys have to suit up and shoot out the door to respond to a medical emergency or a burning structure.

Then, all work stops.

But Huff hopes that, even with all the interruptions, the crew of firefighters can have the Condit Street Fire Station ready for service in a month or so.

New trading post at Forks of Wabash to accurately reflect French influence in area

A trading post that will showcase the influence of French traders on the area is the latest addition to the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

When French traders wandered down the waterway from Montreal to what is now Huntington around 1700, they were just looking to make a living.

Their arrival, though, sparked the beginning of a fundamental change in the culture of the Miamis native to the area.

The French were the first Europeans to make it this far, and their influence extended until they were chased out by the British in 1763 at the end of the French and Indian War (which, despite its name, was actually a war between the French and the British).

Local disc jockey looking to help other blind people realize a dream

DJ Monte Sieberns, shown spinning the tunes during a dance in Andrews last month, fell in love with radio even before he started school.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Sept. 9, 2013.

Monte Sieberns has been turning the turntable since he was a kid.

"I kind of would volunteer myself when my father would have a hog roast at his barn," Sieberns admits.

He'd even offer to take requests - for a quarter. It didn't always work out the way he hoped.

"The most popular request was, ‘Could you please turn that off? We're trying to visit,'" Sieberns says in his smooth radio voice.

Father-son truck, tractor pullers looking for local victory

Mike Schoenemann (left) and his son, Joe, both of Huntington County, stand with the tractor and truck, respectively, that they use in pulling events across various states. The two will compete in the Roanoke Fall Festival’s truck and tractor pull.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Sept. 5, 2013.

Mike and Joe Schoenemann, a father and son truck and tractor pulling duo from Roanoke, have 46 combined years of experience in their sport.

And while they've performed well in competitions across the United States, there's one event that neither of them can ever seem to win: the truck and tractor pull in Roanoke.

"Your hometown pull is probably the hardest pull to win all year long," admits Mike, the father. "For some reason, if you ever have bad luck, it's always at your hometown pull."

Huntington mayor Fetters is ‘wheel’ man away from the office

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters stands outside the Huntington City Building with his 1968 Schwinn tandem bicycle, which he rode to work that day.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Sept. 2, 2013.

Brooks Fetters was an avid cyclist in his youth.

Somewhere in adulthood, he lost his close relationship with the two-wheeled form of transportation.

In 2007, though, he decided to pick it back up.
"I still remember my first ride after having not been on a bike," he recalls. "It was 3.8 miles and I thought I'd climbed Mount Everest."

Today, Fetters isn't a stranger to rides that require riding 100 miles in one day.

Local man’s sons stand tall for him when he suffers heart attack at Roush

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Aug. 29, 2013.

Richard Andrew Teusch towers over his two young sons.

And he looks up to them.

"I think they're heroes," he says.

Without them, Teusch believes, he never would have survived the heart attack he suffered deep in the woods of the Roush Fish and Wildlife Area.

Twelve-year-old Russell Teusch, sitting with his dad and brother in the living room of their Andrews home, just shrugs his shoulders and grins.

"I'm glad he's alive," he says.

New HU president settling in as classes begin Aug. 26

Since Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton has taken office on June 13, she has been on a whirlwind adventure, getting to knowing members of the local community and region.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 26, 2013.

A whirlwind.

That's how new Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton describes her experience since she assumed her duties on June 13.

"I have been blessed with a great transitional committee that has been helping me to initiate points of contacts within the community and Fort Wayne area," Emberton says.

Local group turns over ‘forgotten’ documents to Miami tribe

Representatives of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Historic Forks of the Wabash pose with a treaty signed in 1838 by the Miami and the United States government, along with related documents.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Aug. 22, 2013.

The documents, which were to change the future of a nation, signify their importance by their appearance.

Hand written in elegant script on oversized sheets of paper, the largest document is bordered in gold leaf with a gold medallion dangling from a green ribbon woven through the corner.

That document, a treaty signed by the Miami in 1838 at the Forks of the Wabash, and eight related documents were given to the Miami when they were signed.

McNew, White reflect upon careers at Department of Natural Resources

Marvin McNew (left) and Dennis White will retire from the Department of Natural Resources after 24 and 44 years of service respectively.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 19, 2013.

As the sun sets on the careers of Department of Natural Resources employees Marvin McNew and Dennis White, there is much time for reflection.

McNew retires after almost 25 years with the DNR, where he currently serves as director of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services.

White, property manager at Salamonie Lake and Salamonie State Forest, has been with the DNR for 44 years.

The road to his eventual career with the DNR was a long and winding one, McNew notes.

Wesley Chapel Cemetery gets new life from repairing efforts

Sheila Hines (far left) and (from left) Dennis Brewer, Bob Rose, John “Walt” Walters and Randy Jones work together to raise a tombstone that has been face down in the dirt for more than 50 years on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Aug. 19, 2013.

"It's unfortunate that it got to this point," says Sheila Hines, Jackson Township trustee, as she stands in the center of the abandoned Wesley Chapel Cemetery at the corner of CR 1100N and CR 400E just outside of Roanoke.

The cemetery is one of four that Hines has been working to restore over the past four years.

This year, Wesley Chapel Cemetery joins Roanoke, Shank and Arick cemeteries as Hines' works-in-progress.

Local artist uses gift for unique chalk-drawing ministry

Josh Smith, chalk and airbrushing artist, stands next to an airbrushing of an American flag he created for Beth Hoffer for her birthday.
Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Aug. 15, 2013.

"As far as I can remember I've drawn," says Josh Smith, a local artist who specializes in airbrushing and chalk drawing.

And although he could turn it into a profession, he says, "This is a hobby/part-time job."

His works of art can be seen across the country. On display right here in Huntington County is a likeness of the American flag that he airbrushed on his pastor's pole barn.

The work of art was a birthday surprise for the wife of Rev. Mark Hoffer, Union Church pastor of adult ministries, says Smith.

Indianapolis media mainstay to be Andrews parade marshal

Andrews native Paul Poteet, shown in this promotional graphic, has been a media fixture in the Indianapolis area for almost three decades. ‘Indiana’s Weatherman’ will be the Andrews Summer Festival Parade grand marshal.
Photo provided.

Originally published Aug. 8, 2013.

Before Paul Poteet was on the airwaves of radio stations across Indiana, he was on the airwaves of Huntington North High School.

"It had a functioning broadcast radio station - 920-watt radio station - and an active radio program, which was not completely common, certainly not at that time in a lot of high schools," says Poteet, a 1981 graduate of the school. "For whatever reason, that was one of the high schools across the state, and there weren't that many, that happened to have one of those programs."

Pair of new principals at helm as local school year starts

Aimee Lunsford takes over as principal at Flint Springs Elementary School after a 10-year stint with Rochester Community Schools and Tippecanoe Valley.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When the school year starts on Wednesday, Aug. 14, two Huntington County schools will have new principals at the helm.

Aimee Lunsford has been hired as principal of Flint Springs Elementary, while Chris Tillett takes over for Paul Roth who retired from Roanoke Elementary at the end of last school year.

Lunsford is a Manchester University graduate and no stranger to the classroom.

"I taught for 14 years in the classroom for K through fourth grade," she says. "I taught special education, high ability and looping."

Fetters’ ‘Downtown Walkabout’ shows him area from different angle

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) attempts to enter the parking lot where the Downtown Farmer’s Market is held over a two-inch curb that does not have a handicapped access.
Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Aug. 5, 2013.

"I know I can get out of this chair," says Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters as he rolls down the sidewalk of Market Street in a wheelchair, "But, there are people (in Huntington) who cannot. This is their life."

Fetters maneuvered his wheelchair around the downtown area of Huntington on Thursday, Aug. 1. He was joined by Anthony Goodnight, director of Public Works and Engineering Services and Huntington City Police Chief E.J. Carroll.