HU orientation included station for contact information


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Orientation at Huntington University included a station where new students and their parents could document contact information, so that the university can update parents if needed throughout the semester. This point of orientation has been emphasized due to the need for COVID-19 updates.

HomeCraft opens in downtown Huntington

Sara Wilcox (fifth from left) cuts the ribbon to declare HomeCraft – The Art of Home officially open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 22, outside the front door of the building she and her husband, Matt Wilcox (sixth from left) purchased this year. Celebrating the occasion are (from left) Huntington Mayor Richard Strick, Paul Smelser, store co-owner Ronda Smelser, Huntington City Councilman Charles Chapman, Sara Wilcox, Matt Wilcox and Huntington City Councilman Joe Blomeke.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

When Sara Wilcox and Ronda Smelser were co-workers at a retirement community, they came up with the idea together to create a store that would offer gifts, home décor and one-of-a-kind items that couldn’t be found anywhere else in Huntington.

Their idea turned into reality, and HomeCraft – The Art of Home opened its doors at 400 N. Jefferson St. in the heart of downtown Huntington. A ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 22, marked the grand opening of the business.

DM&A shifts to Force Care Coordination Sept. 1

Dorian Maples, RN, BA, CMC, Aging Life Care Professional and president of Dorian Maples & Associates (DM&A), has announced there has been an informal succession plan that will now be implemented.

Ruth Force, MS, LSW, CMC, Aging Life Care Professional director has formed Force Care Coordination+, LLC and will transition the care management of DM&A’s clients to her new business. It will be effective Sept. 1.

Kroger donates $100,000 to Community Harvest

Eric Halvorson, manager of corporate affairs, Kroger Central Division (left) presents a check for $100,000 to Community Harvest Food Bank on Aug. 26. Celebrating the donation are (from left) Halvorson; Chad Cumberland, Shared Harvest Farm; Carmen Cumberland, president of Community Harvest Food Bank and owner of Shared Harvest Farm; John Wolf, CEO of Community Harvest Food Bank; and Burt Brunner, treasurer, Community Harvest Board of Directors.
Photo provided.

Community Harvest Food Bank has received a donation from the Kroger Company in the amount of $100,000 in support of the organization’s “Farm to Food Bank” program.

Kroger representative Eric Halvorson made the presentation at Shared Harvest Farm in Markle on Aug. 26. The Farm to Food Bank program provides fresh fruits and vegetables to families in need through purchase of produce from local farms. This­ local program support comes from a larger Kroger initiative, “Zero Hunger, Zero Waste.”

Governor Holcomb announces mandate extension

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced that he will extend the state’s face covering mandate and continue Stage 4.5 of the Back On Track Indiana plan until Sept. 25.

Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March.

The state continues to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

• The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days.

Splash park renovation moves ahead swiftly


Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Demolition has already begun at the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park in Drover Park in Huntington. An excavating crew was hard at work Aug. 26, just one day after the city council approved the renovation and improvement of the park’s features and water system.

Zay announces paid spring internships

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its communications, information tech-
nology, legal, legislative and policy offices during the 2021 session of the Indiana General Assembly, said State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington).

Salamonie Forest preschool offered starting Sept. 8

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Forest Preschool from September 2020 through May 2021.

Classes will be offered one Tuesday a month from 9 a.m. to noon at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area in Andrews.

HNHS Lady Viking golfers add to their winning record at home

Positioning herself to putt her ball into hole nine on Tuesday, Aug. 25, is Huntington North High School golfer Kassidy Krumanaker. Krumanaker shot a 50 against her Bellmont opponent during the Tuesday evening match at Clear Creek Golf Course.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Huntington North varsity girls’ golf team hosted the Homestead Spartans on Monday, Aug. 24 at Clear Creek Golf Course, resulting in a losing score of 141 to 176.

Leading the team was Grace Dill with a four over par score of 39, and following behind Dill was Megan Stephan and Haley Newton with scores of 45. Carley Roth had a score of 47 and Josie Eckert had a non-scoring 49.

The girls’ golf team also hosted Bellmont High School at Clear Creek Golf Course for an NE8 match on Tuesday, Aug. 25, resulting in a winning score of 163 to 195.

HARTAween Zombie Dash open for pre-registration till Oct. 9

Registration is open for the fourth annual HARTA-ween Zombie Dash, which will be held rain or shine at Yeoman Park in Huntington on Saturday, Oct. 10.

The race is open to all ages, and participants will have a choice between a 10K, 5K or 1-mile loop route for their race.

In years past, the Zombie Dash has included flags for runners to wear that would help keep track of whether they had been “zombiefied” or not. This year, zombies and Halloween creatures will be “lurking to infect” participants with their colorized zombie dust, much like a color run.

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