HU soccerwomen Knispel, Spear are all-conference first-teamers

Brandi Spear (left) and Matea Knispel.
Photos provided.

Matea Knispel and Brandi Spear, members of the Huntington University women’s soccer team, were named first-team all-conference by the Crossroads League.

Knispel, a junior, led the Forester offense. The midfielder scored 18 goals, seven of which were game-winners. She was previously honored by the league as a freshmen all-conference designee in 2014.

Spear was Huntington’s other offensive standout. The senior forward tallied 11 goals, one of which was a game-clincher. She also logged four assists.

Michael L. 'Mike' Garretson

Michael L. “Mike” Garretson, 61, of Roanoke, IN, and a former resident of Huntington, IN, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Mr. Garretson had worked at Friction Materials, formerly H.K. Porter, for 24 years, and later worked at Wayne Metals.

He was born May 24, 1956, in Huntington to Clarence Roger and Billie Jean Carter Garretson. He married Rhonda Harker on July 4, 1989, in Jamestown, TN, and she survives.

Huntington Gymnastics youth place at own meet

Jersey Hacker, a Level 3 gymnast with Huntington Gymnastic Academy, competes on balance beam during the Turkey Tumble meet, conducted by the academy on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Huntington North High School Fieldhouse. Hacker captured first place on beam.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Several members of the Huntington Gymnastics Academy placed at the Turkey Tumble meet, conducted by the academy, on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Huntington North High School Fieldhouse.

In Level 2 competition, Norah Fisher captured first place on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around and second on vault. Olivia Rosen claimed second on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around, plus third on vault. Carlee Strunk took third on floor and in the all-around. Brailey Norris placed first on vault and fourth in the all-around while Kaylea Baker placed fifth in the all-around.

School board OKs student transfer policy and votes for end of valedictorians and salutatorians

A new Huntington County Community School Corporation voluntary student transfer policy received a collective nod in its second reading at the Board of School Trustees meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, as officials, parents and students prepare to decide where children will go to school next fall.

Board members voted 7-0 to accept the policy as it was presented in its first reading.

Board president Matt Roth said many of the board members had been contacted by parents with questions about the policy, which will be implemented for the 2017-18 school year.

Warren council delays decison on funding request for ditch repairs

A request from Huntington County Surveyor Jay Poe for financial assistance in the rehabilitation of a drainage ditch near Warren was put on hold Monday, Nov. 13, by the Warren Town Council so it can run the proposition past its financial consultant.

Poe said necessary repairs to the Keller-Andrews Drain, located just north of I-69 at the Ind.-5 intersection, will put the maintenance fund for that drain $9,272.31 in the red.

“When the drain fund is in the hole, we normally charge the property owners,” Poe told the council.

Andrews TC says no to expensive building fixes

The Andrews Town Council has decided against making expensive repairs to the town’s aging community building.

The decision was made during the council’s meeting on Monday, Nov. 13.
Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock informed the board that the facility, located behind the Andrews Municipal Building, had sustained significant water damage. The cost to repair it, he estimated, would fall between $6,000 and $8,000.

Barbara L. Spotts

Barbara L. Spotts, 82, of LaFontaine, IN, and a former resident of Huntington, IN, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Spotts was retired from Memcor, where she worked in the machine shop.

She was born March 21, 1935, in Huntington to Herman and Ruby Van Zant Simon. She married Norman A. Spotts on Aug. 6, 1964, in Huntington, and he preceded her in death in January of 2016.

Ivan E. Wilhelm

Ivan E. Wilhelm, 88, of Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at 6:05 p.m. at Tipton Place, in Huntington.

Homer L. Huffman Jr.

Homer L. Huffman Jr., 93, of Bluffton, IN, died Sunday evening, Nov. 12, 2017, at Heritage Pointe in Warren.

Mr. Huffman graduated from Poplar Grove High School and served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946. He worked at Franklin Electric for 32 years, retiring in 1985, and had also farmed with David Prible for more than 25 years. He was a founding member of the First Church of Christ in Bluffton and had attended the church since 1957. He spent winters in Arizona for 19 years.

Jeffrey A. Dennis

Jeffrey Allen Dennis, 42, of Claypool, IN, and a former resident of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at the Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Dennis graduated from Huntington North High School in 1994 and attended Ivy Tech, in Fort Wayne. He was employed by Bendix, in Huntington. As a child, he was an accomplished BMX racer.

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