Lyle R. Smith

Lyle R. Smith, 70, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at Markle Health & Rehabilitation.

Mr. Smith graduated from Huntington High School in 1968. He began working in the Smith Furniture family business at age 13 and was one of the third-generation owners. He retired in 2010 after 47 years.

Lemont N. 'Taz' Klinkner

Lemont  N. “Taz” Klinkner, 71 of LaFontaine, IN, and having family in Huntington, IN, died Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, at home after a nine-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Klinkner was a United Auto Worker GM retiree.

School board approves reduction in staff as cost-saving measure

As part of its “consent agenda,” members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved the reduction of staff positions in an effort to save money.

At its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 27, the board heard that the position of recently-departed Network Engineer Ryan Wall will be absorbed by five other members of the technology department, with salary increases for those taking over those duties.

Wall’s salary was $73,112. The cost for the salary adjustments is $18,816, saving the school district $54,296.

Andrews council takes steps to re-establish fund for fire dept.

The Andrews Town Council took steps to re-establish a fund that the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department would be able to utilize for a variety of purposes at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 27.

The board approved Ordinance 2020-1 on first reading, the first action that needed to occur in order to reinstitute the town’s cumulative fire special fund. The fund, if ultimately approved on final reading, would be a source of capital that the fire department could use to pay for equipment, facility improvements and other needs as prescribed by the state.

Logansport beats Lady Vike gymnasts

The Huntington North High School gymnastics team lost to visiting Logansport, 103.825-97.525, on Monday, Jan. 27.

The best finish on the evening for the Lady Vikings came from senior Aleah Eckert, who finished runner-up in the vault with a score of 8.800.

Emma Wilson finished third in the event and Chloe Camomile took fourth, receiving scores of 8.750 and 8.700, respectively.

Wilson also took third in the bars, getting a score of 7.825, with Camomile fourth with a 7.275 and Emily Manry fifth with a 6.725.

Carla E. Knowles

Carla E. Knowles, 64, of Huntington, IN, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at her residence.           

Mrs. Knowles was a 1974 graduate of Eisenhower High School in Decatur, IL.  After high school she graduated from Indiana Business College as a medical assistant.

She was born on Jan. 3, 1956, in Decatur, IL, to Bobbie and Kathleen Gray Ferris. She married Roy A. Knowles on April 6, 1974, and she survives.

Anna. F. Ferris

Anna F. Ferris, 87, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at 3:13 p.m. at her home.

Norma G. Chambers

Norma Gale Chambers, 80, of Warren, IN, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at 1:26 p.m. at her home.

Mrs. Chambers was a 1957 graduate of Warren High School. She was a member of the Warren Church of Christ. She was a school bus driver for Huntington County Schools for 22 years, a nurse’s aide for 20 years at the United Methodist Memorial Home, was former owner-operator at Majenica Grocery and also assisted her husband in the operation of Tony's Lime & Stone.

Robert M. 'Bob' Kelsey

Robert M. “Bob” Kelsey, 97, of Fort Wayne, IN, and formerly of Roanoke, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at 8:23 p.m. at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

HNHS swimgirls third at conference meet

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity swim team claimed third place at the Northeast 8 Conference Championships on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Norwell.


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