Ronald E. 'Ron' Horrell

Ronald Eugene “Ron” Horrell, 76, of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at 8:15 a.m. at Parkview Wabash Hospital.

Mr. Horrell was a 1962 graduate of Clear Creek High School. He was a farmer, a crop insurance adjuster, sold crop insurance and worked at Transwheel Corporation for 25 years. He was a member of Faith Chapel United Methodist Church in Huntington and spent many years as a trustee. He served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Huntington County 4-H Fair Board for many years.

Betty Z. Woods

Betty Zane Woods, 93, of Peoria, IL, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died May 2, 2020, at the Liberty Village in Peoria, IL.

She was born April 28, 1927, in LaGrange, GA, to Karl and Zada Benfield Gallagher. She married Joseph Woods on Aug. 26, 1946, in Huntington, at SS. Peter and Paul Church, and he preceded her in death in 2012.

Jon L. Helfin

Jon L. Helfin, 79, of rural Wabash, IN, and having family in Warren, IN, died Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 9:45 p.m., at Wesleyan Health and Rehabilitation in Marion.

Mr. Helfin was a 1958 graduate of Wabash High School and attended Indiana Technical Institute. He served in the Indiana National Guard. He worked at Wabash Metals, Wabash Magnetics, taught drafting at Peru High School, taught welding and work experience at the Heartland Career Center and owned and operated Helfin Sheet Metal in Wabash. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

Laura F. 'Sis' Rife

Laura Florence "Sis" Rife, 81, of Wabash, IN, and having family in Huntington, IN, died Sunday, May 3, 2020, at her home.

She worked several years as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Miller's Merry Manor in Wabash. She attended Christian Heritage Church.

She was born Feb. 23, 1939, in Prestonsburg, KY to John and Sarah (Dearfield) Dillon. She married Carl Rife in Richmond, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 2015.

Jerry A. Sparks

Jerry Allen Sparks, 71, of Wabash, IN, and having family in Andrews, IN, died Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 2:14 p.m., at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Sparks worked at Vice Brothers Foundry for 12 years. He was a member of the Wabash Free Will Baptist Church.

He was born Nov. 7, 1948, in Morehead, KY, to Levi Sr. and Mary Conley Sparks. He married Eileen L. Zook in Wabash, on June 10, 1967, and she survives.

Local company Ecolab in right place at right time to help with its products in pandemic

Ecolab employee Angie Bartrom prepares a production filling line at the Huntington plant. The company reports it has had between a five and seven-times increase in demand for its products since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Photo provided.

A world leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention products that has a location based in Huntington has experienced heightened business during the COVID-19 public health emergency.


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Smith Furniture Co., of Huntington, was one of many Huntington County businesses that was allowed to be open for the first time in six weeks as the state’s COVID-19 restrictions were eased on Monday, May 4. Jordan Smith (right) and customer Anita Standafer look over a chair on Monday morning. Smith was wearing a face mask and gloves, as called for by new restrictions set forth by Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday, May .

City’s Redevelopment Commission invites questions, public at its remote meeting set for May 15

The Redevelopment Commission of the City of Huntington will conduct its regular meeting on Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. to receive information, consider and perhaps act on matters brought before the commission.

No Commission members will attend in person but will instead attend remotely.

The public is invited to attend by remote access.

The city will use Webex for remote meetings.

Dial 408-418-9388, enter access code 290 918 796, and password COHRDC (264732 on phone keypad), up to 15 minutes prior to the meeting start time.

Cruising for spring sports

Photo by Steve Clark.

Cameron Foust, a senior at Huntington North High School, cruises down Jefferson Street, in Huntington, during the school’s VACCINE event on Friday, May 1. Standing for “Viking Athletes Cruise Celebration In Neighborhoods Everywhere,” the Student Athletic Board-organized event saw spring sports athletes from HNHS depart the school in a caravan and drive around town, receiving recognition and support from community members in response to losing the sports season due to COVID-19.

Parkview Health resumes some suspended activities, procedures

Parkview Health is gradually resuming some of its suspended services, including elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures.

Based on recommendations from various professional societies, accrediting bodies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the reopening plan will follow a tiered approach.

The health system will resume suspended services while monitoring COVID-19 activity, supplies, staffing and overall capacity.


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