Nationwide hospice network is now open in Huntington

Two of the Huntington Compassus location’s employees, Case Manager Priscilla Sparks, RN, (left) and Director of Clinical Services Callaleigh Fike, RN, can see clients in the office as well as make house calls. The facility serves hospice and palliative care patients in Adams, Allen, Huntington and Wells counties.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The newest location of a nationwide hospice network has opened in Huntington, serving patients in four counties.
Compassus, located at 2855 Northpark Ave. Suite 101, opened its doors Nov. 19, offering hospice and palliative care, according to Director of Clinical Services Callaleigh Fike, RN, who has been with the company since August.

Changing of the guard


Photo by Scott Trauner.

New Huntington Mayor Richard Strick speaks to those assembled after being sworn in at a ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the City Building.

HNHS graduation rate slips about 1 percent in last year

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has released the 2019 state waiver graduation rate, and Huntington North High School dropped from the previous year, with 94.64 percent of the Class of 2019’s 300 seniors graduating on time. In 2018, 95.43 percent of the Class of 2018’s 388 seniors graduated on time.

In addition, Huntington North’s non-waiver graduation rate reached 84.23 percent for 2019. Those students who did not pass state requirement tests such as ILEARN or I-STEP but still graduated were counted in the non-waiver group.

Outsource Manufacturing has new candle product line launch

Employees working with the new Independent Scents candles line, a part of Pathfinder Services’ Outsource Manufacturing Division, show off their finished products. Pictured are (front row from left) Tommy Marshall and Elizabeth Koehl; (second row from left) Trevor Whitesell, Bret Seslar, Crystal Waters, Jodie Scher and Alicia Landrum; and (back row from left) Mike Overholser, Ryan Thomas, Kurtis Grodrian, Joel Harrell, John Baker and Sheryl Rea.
Photo provided.

The Outsource Manufacturing Division of Pathfinder Services has launched a new product line with the release of Independent Scents Candles.

Independent Scents’ candles are 100 percent soy wax and are produced by Outsource Manufacturing, which provides work and support for adults with developmental disabilities seeking independence and inclusion in the community.

New building codes to help firefighters, too

Hoosier homes built under the new 2020 Indiana Residential Code will not only be safer for residents, but also firefighting personnel, says Shad Paul, incoming president of the Indiana Association of Building Officials (IABO).

The new building code, signed by Governor Eric Holcomb on Nov. 26, is based on the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) International Residential Code, along with Indiana amendments. It features substantial safety upgrades.

Walking the Frigid Encounter


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Taking off from Schenkel Station for the start of the HARTA Frigid Encounter on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, are walkers Stacia Bollinger (left) and Jenny Carr in costumes.

Council on Aging seeking volunteers to help with HCCOA annual fish fry

The Huntington County Council on Aging is seeking volunteers to help with the upcoming HCCOA annual fish fry.

The event will take place Feb. 7 in the Knight Bergman Center, 132 S. Nancy St., in Warren.

Volunteer opportunities include kitchen prep and kitchen operations – need six people at 9:30 a.m.; six people needed to bread fish at 1 p.m.; serving line – fish/chicken, green beans, applesauce, bread and butter and ice cream; re-fill tables with fish/chicken; and fish carriers to servers.

New HARTA president leads ride


Photo by Scott Trauner.

New HARTA President Eric Bruce leads a group of bike riders at the start of the HARTA Frigid Encounter on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in downtown Huntington.

Learning to save lives in water


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Aquatics Director Sarah Kowalski talks to the lifeguard class held at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Monday, Dec. 30. The seven people in the class underwent preliminary water proficiency exercises and learned various skills of being a lifeguard, including life-saving techniques.

Andrews to take over MHP clean-up process

The Andrews Town Council decided to take over the clean-up process at Antioch Mobile Home Park at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 30.

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