Smekens earns DL at Hartford this spring

The University of Hartford has announced that Sophia Smekens, of Warren, has been named to its dean’s list for spring 2019.

The University of Hartford is located in West Hartford, CT.

Caterpillar race


Photo by Steve Clark.

Participants in the Salamonie Preschool session on Wednesday, June 26, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center link hands with one another to form a pair of caterpillars. The two “caterpillars” then raced on a course. The theme of the session was “Bugs, Bugs, Everywhere.”

Schoeff brings his talents to Hare Canvas Products

New owner Stacy W. Schoeff stands next to the sign outside Hare Canvas Products, located in Markle, on June 24. Schoeff bought the business about a month ago, providing canvas tarps and products made from a variety of materials as well as offering some new services.

Stacy W. Schoeff has taken his love for creating, sewing and tooling leather and gone a step further in his career, purchasing Hare Canvas Products in Markle.

The business, located at 300 N. Tracy St. on Markle’s east end, was previously owned by Mark Hauenstein, who bought it from founder Chuck Hare. Schoeff has been the current owner since June 4, and says even though he is staying busy, the business, which began in 1955, is also one of Markle’s best-kept secrets.

Heartland REMC announces start of all-new broadband platform

Heartland REMC announced at their fifth annual meeting on June 22 that they will begin building and connecting an all-new broadband platform to serve co-op members who currently have Heartland REMC electric service.

Heartland REMC will work in partnership with TWN Communications to begin construction of the new service this fall. Completion is scheduled to take five years. It is the goal for all Heartland REMC members to have access to at least a 25X3 Mbps Internet connection within those five years, although many areas will have access up to 1 Gbps.

Paul Scholarship Fund announces recipients


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The Steve and Peggy Paul Memorial Scholarship Fund board has announced awards of scholarships to local students pursuing post-secondary education.

Awardees are Elizabeth Allred, Josi Barscz, Zoie Brooks, Haley Burnau, Dane Fife, Wade Kingrey, Karmen Koch, Madeleine Laymon, Miranda Smart and Makayala Snodderly.

This year’s recipients received $500 each to go towards their continuing education in their chosen fields.

Nick’s Kitchen owner Jean Anne Bailey marks 30th anniversary

Jean Anne Bailey takes a break on Wednesday, June 26, from work at Nick’s Kitchen, which she has owned for the past 30 years. Bailey will celebrate the milestone anniversary, which is July 5, with specials this week at the restaurant.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jean Anne Bailey may not spend the next 30 years cooking and baking at Nick’s Kitchen, but she has no regrets over the past 30 she has had as owner, chief cook and pie baker at the celebrated Huntington diner.

Governor signs Zay bill in statehouse ceremony

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) recently joined Gov. Eric Holcomb at the Statehouse for the ceremonial signing of two bills, including House Enrolled Act 1344.

HEA 1344, sponsored by Zay, will make Indiana a member of the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact, allowing qualified out of state nurses from other compact states to come practice in Indiana.

Olinger earns REMC Mgrs. Assn. Scholarship

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Katelynn Olinger

Katelynn Olinger, of Huntington, has been awarded an Indiana REMC Managers’ Association Scholarship.

Totaling $1,000, the scholarship is awarded to the son or daughter of an employee or director of Indiana’s electric cooperatives to further their education.

A demonstrated commitment to studies, plus leadership and involvement in school and community activities, were criteria considered by the scholarship committee.

Huntington library sets book club meets for July

The Huntington City-Township Public Library has announced details for its various book club meetings taking place in July.

The Fiction Lovers’ Book Club is a club for adults who enjoy reading anything fiction. They will meet July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington library to discuss “The Sirens of Titan,” by Kurt Vonnegut.

The Markle branch library’s Book Club meets at 5 p.m. on July 22. They will be discussing “Packing for Mars,” by Mary Roach. This is a club for anyone in the Markle area who wants to read interesting books, fiction and non-fiction alike.

Kil-So-Quah campground again closed due to rain

Substantial rain has again caused flooding at J.E. Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) and the Kil-So-Quah campground will be closed until further notice.

The campground has been evacuated. It is unknown how long flooding will impact the property.

On Roush Lake, the north boat ramp is closed and the south boat ramp is open.

There are also roads closed on the south side of the property due to high water levels.

J.E. Roush Lake FWA staff and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently working together to ensure the safety of the public.

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