Sharing the spark


Photo by Lauren Winterfeld

A group of individuals share in the fun of lighting sparklers on the baseball field at Tower Park in Warren as they wait for the 2020 Salamonie Summer Festival firework show to begin on Saturday evening, Aug. 29. Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

William E. “Bill” Johnson

William E. “Bill” Johnson, 69, of Huntington, IN, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at 11:29 a.m. at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

 Mr. Johnson graduated from Huntington High School in 1968. He worked for Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream in Huntington, retiring after 30 years. He also ran his own lawn care business, Johnson Lawn Care. He was a life member of the VFW Post 2689 Auxiliary of Huntington and a member of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Disaster Team.

Belanda A. (Carpenter) Hitzfield

Belanda A. (Carpenter) Hitzfield, 79, of Roanoke, IN, died on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

Mrs. Hitzfield was a homemaker and a volunteer at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.

She was born on March 20, 1941, in Fort Wayne, to Dewey J. and Thelma J. Fisher Carpenter. She was married to William (Bill) Lee Hitzfield for 56 years, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Melinda (Clayton) Albertson; a son, Brad (Bea) Hitzfield; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Hitzfield.

George C. Pinney

George C. Pinney, 93, of Fort Wayne, IN, and with family in Huntington County, died on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

Mr. Pinney retired as a mechanic from the City of Fort Wayne.

He was born on Nov. 6, 1926, in Lafayette, to Russell and Luella Pinney. He married Betty Pinney, and she survives.

Additional survivors include three children, Karen (Jim) Cagnet, Mark (Barbara) Pinney, and Gary (Laura) Pinney; a sister, Mary Ellen (Jack) Engle; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Barbara J. Gillum

Barbara J. Gillum, 84, of Warren, IN, and formerly of Bluffton, IN, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at Heritage Pointe in Warren, IN.

Mrs. Gillum graduated from Pennville High School and received her degree in nursing from Northwestern in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Purdue Fort Wayne. She worked as a registered nurse and director of education at Caylor-Nickel for 38 years and was a longtime member of Hope Missionary Church.

HNHS Campus Life Club coming back for in-person meetings Sept. 21

Directing students at the 2019 Campus Life Kickoff is ministry leader Liz Adams Irick. Traditionally, middle school and high school students interested in participating in Campus Life would meet at Kreigbaum Field for the official Campus Life Kickoff night, but due to COVID-19, this year will involve smaller kickoff events with students’ school groups.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Huntington North Campus Life Club is officially coming back for in-person club meetings on Monday, Sept. 21.

HU greets new students at move-in day on Aug. 27

Guiding new Huntington University students during new-student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 27, is Admissions Counselor Brayten Carpenter. Huntington University held the majority of their move-in day orientation events outside in an effort to stay socially distanced.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Huntington University students flocked to campus on Thursday, Aug. 27, to kick off move-in day and orientation weekend. Parents moved in their children, campus staff and administrators were present to greet students and give information and students new and returning were able to “come home” for the new fall semester.

McDonald receives scholarship

Judy Frischman (left), representing the Constance L. Schul Scholarship, presents a check to this year’s winner, Meg McDonald. McDonald is planning to obtain a degree in biology/chemistry at Huntington University.
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The 2020 Constance L. Schul Scholarship was recently presented to Meg McDonald.

McDonald is attending Huntington University with the goal of earning a degree in biology and chemistry.

George Schul set up this scholarship in honor of his wife, Connie. Anyone who is interested in entering into the science or healthcare field may obtain a form through the guidance office at Huntington North High School.

Applicants must be a high school senior, college freshman, sophomore or junior.

Rededication ceremony for local soldier’s grave

A marker denotes the final resting place of Elijah Mitchell in Warren’s Woodlawn Cemetery. Mitchell’s grave will be rededicated in a ceremony held by the DAR on Sept. 12.
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The Daughters of the American Revolution-Samuel Huntington Chapter, along with the American Legion Auxiliary Post 160 and the Woodlawn Cemetery Board welcome the public to join them in a rededication ceremony for Elijah Mitchell, who is known to be the only American Revolutionary soldier buried in Huntington County.

The rededication Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery, located in Warren.

Visitors are welcome to bring a wreath or flowers that will be placed in Mitchell’s honor.

Blood drives to be held in September

In thanks for supporting patients in need of transfusion, those who come to give blood or platelets from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 will receive a coupon for a free Sport Clips haircut via email.

Additionally, those who make a point to give around the Labor Day holiday, from Sept. 4 to 8, will receive a pair of Red Cross branded socks, while supplies last.

The next blood donation drive event in Huntington will be held Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the First Merchants Heritage Hall, located on the Huntington County Fairgrounds, 631 E. Taylor St., Huntington.

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