Farmers working

Photo by Scott Trauner.

A farmer in southern Huntington County turns over a field on Wednesday morning, April 22.

Community can help honor spring athletes

The Huntington North High School athletics department is holding a special community event to recognize its spring sports athletes on Friday, May 1, at 6 p.m.

The event is called “VACCINE,” which stands for “Vikings Athletes Cruise Celebration In Neighborhoods Everywhere.” A caravan of vehicles containing Huntington North spring athletes will depart the school and proceed to several locations in Huntington. Community members are encouraged to park at one of the locations as a show of support to the students, who were unable to play sports this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Going deep

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Sara Okuly, a lifeguard at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, uses disinfectant to wipe down the handrails around the Y’s indoor track. YMCA employees have stayed busy with deep-cleaning and maintenance projects during the closure of the building due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Policy changes coming for primary election

The Indiana Election Commission has issued an order implementing policy changes for the primary election on June 2.

The commission’s order came in the wake of recommendations from Governor Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the leadership of the state’s major political parties.

The order includes the following changes, which will apply to the June 2 primary only:

• Limited early in-person voting will be available for one week, from May 26 to June 1.

Parkview adds symptom checker

Parkview Health has added a free COVID-19 Symptom Checker to its website. Available at, the interactive tool allows patients to complete a self-assessment and be directed to appropriate care.

Those who think they may have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they have been exposed, can use the Symptom Checker to walk through a self-assessment and get feedback on recommended next steps.

Local firm re-orients to crank out sanitizer

Matt East, co-owner of Fusion Chemical, stands by containers of hand sanitizer produced by his Huntington company, which is a metalworking fluids manufacturer, but has recently reoriented parts of its production to make sanitizer – a product that has been in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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A local company is stepping in to help address the shortage of supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fusion Chemical, a metalworking fluids manufacturer located at 99 E. Joe St. in Huntington, reoriented parts of its production over the last few weeks to make hand sanitizer.

In doing so, co-owner Matt East said the focus is to work with other local companies to invest in and give back to the Huntington community as much as they are able.

“We are proud to call Huntington home,” East said.

Board of Works approves sidewalk funding level

The Board of Public Works and Safety met Monday, April 20, and approved annual funding levels for the Sidewalk Replacement Program. This city program pays up to 50 percent of the cost residents incur to replace sidewalks on their properties.

The Board of Works resolution sets the maximum amount the city can pay per square foot. It also stipulates the city’s share cannot exceed half the total cost.

To qualify, property owners must first obtain a quote from a contractor, submit an application to the city and await written approval before work begins.

Virtual meet for school board today

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in a virtual regular meeting tonight, Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m.

The public may view the meeting live via the following LiveStream link,

Legion Post 7 extends helping hand to struggling local entities

Stan Klosowski (left), post commander, American Legion Post 7, in Huntington, presents a check for $2,000 to Tami Hurlburt (middle), environmental health and foods specialist, Huntington County Health Department, and Robert Jeffers, director, Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, for the purchase of COVID-19 personal protective equipment on Tuesday, April 21, at Post 7.
Photo by Steve Clark.

American Legion Post 7 has extended a helping hand to local entities in their battle with COVID-19.

The post, which is located in Huntington, donated $2,000 to the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency and Huntington County Health Department on Tuesday, April 21. The funds will be used to purchase personal protective equipment that will be available for first responders and healthcare workers.

Szelis’ granddaughter earns Questa Education Foundation Scholarship

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Emily Szelis

Emily Szelis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Szelis and granddaughter of Mary Szelis, of Huntington, was recently chosen for the Questa Education Foundation Scholarship. 

Szelis is a sophomore at Ball State University, studying music education.

The Questa Education Foundation assists individuals in attaining further education beyond high school, graduating with less debt and becoming contributing members of Northeast Indiana’s workforce. Questa’s vision is to transform the business landscape in the region by preparing the workforce for the economy of the 21st Century.


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