Early voting deadline coming up

Early voting will end in Huntington County on Monday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. Huntington residents have until then to come to the Huntington County Courthouse to cast their early ballot.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Just a few more days stand between Huntington residents and the Tuesday, Nov. 3 Election Day.

As with all things in 2020, the election has looked a little bit different this year. Huntington has seen the number of mail-in ballots and early voters skyrocket in comparison to the 2016 presidential election.

At the 10-day Early Voting mark, Huntington County Clerk Shelley Septer shared that 2020 was slated to be a record year, with the number of early walk-in votes at that point being 2,580. This is in comparison to 1,818 early votes at the 10-day Early Voting mark in 2016.

Rebecca "Becky" J. Pyles

Rebecca "Becky" J. Pyles, 67, of Columbus, OH, and with family in Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, after her battle with cancer.

Mrs. Pyles graduated from Northland High School, Class of 1971 and then attended Judson College. She worked for Genoa Christian Academy for 12 years and then retired. She was a member of Karl Road Baptist Church where she served in many different roles.

She was born on April 10, 1953, in Oak Park, IL, to William J. and Dorothy J. Timmins Bowser. Her mother survives.

Robert J. Gillespie

Robert James Gillespie, 71, of Roanoke, IN, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at his home.

Mr. Gillespie worked at General Motors for 45 years, retiring in 2013. He served for four years in the U. S. Air Force as an electronic technician, working on ground radar from 1968 to 1972. He attended college at University of Wisconsin, at the Whitewater campus.

Sharon K. Fannin

Sharon K. Fannin, 82, of Andrews, IN, died on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at 4:01 a.m., at Miller's Merry Manor in Marion.

Mrs. Fannin graduated from Monument City High School. She had worked as a bartender at Bob's Bar in Mt. Etna and the Moose Lodge in Marion before managing Knobby Restaurant in Marion. She also opened her own restaurant, Sharon's Restaurant, in 1990 and operated it until her retirement.

She was born in Huntington on April 4, 1938, to Howard and Lela Gard Gilbert. She was married to William Fannin, who preceded her in death.

Linda L. Morgan

Linda L. Morgan, 63, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at 8:50 a.m., at her residence.

Mrs. Morgan attended Huntington North High School.

She was born on Aug. 30, 1957, in Huntington, to Jesse Cohen and Ruth Steele. She was currently dating Kenneth Shoemaker, of Huntington, and he survives.

William D. Heinbaugh

William D. Heinbaugh, 91, of Columbia City, IN, and with ties to Huntington County, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at Miller's Merry Manor.

Nancy A. McCarty

Nancy A. McCarty, 76, of rural Roann, IN, and with family in Huntington County, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at 8:38 p.m.,  at Miller's Merry Manor East in Wabash.

Mrs. McCarty was a 1963 graduate of Manchester High School and attended Olive Branch Church of God.

She was born on April 19, 1944, in Rochester, to Norman and Virginia Shoemaker Thompson. She married Billy Ray McCarty in Roann on Dec. 14, 1983. He survives in Roann.

Keep calm & swim on

Katie Blair, of Huntington, traveled to the island of St. Lucia for a 41-mile swim that started on Tuesday, Oct. 13, taking nearly 30 hours to complete.
Photo provided.

By KATELYNN FARLEY During her middle school years, Katie Blair, originally of Mannheim, Germany, and currently of Huntington, picked up swimming. She joined the German junior national team in triathlon, doing it professionally in her early twenties.

Blair moved to the U.S. in 2003, living in Colorado Springs, Colo., prior to her move to Indiana.

Andrews to battle Raytheon in court

The Andrews Town Council met on Monday, Oct. 26, to discuss details of their November 9 court date in Adams County, issues with four town properties, progress on paving projects, and received several department updates.

According to Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell, there has been no confirmation on the amount of people allowed to be present for the town’s court date against Raytheon on Monday, Nov. 9. Currently, the Council is preparing to spend a full day in court.

Markle talks maintenance

The Markle Town Council discussed town maintenance, the 2021 budget ordinance and United Way donations during their Thursday, Oct. 15 meeting.

During the superintendant report, it was announced that water tower maintenance would begin this week, with Dixon Engineering performing the inspection. Sidewalk construction has begun on East Morse Street, with E&B Paving anticipating having the sidewalk finished in 2020.

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