Grabbing and going


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mask on, Amanda Knipp (left) waits in her car while Debbie Perry of the Huntington North High School food services staff places bags of food inside for her two children on Thursday, April 30. The bags contain a week’s worth of food, including bread, fresh fruit, cheese, cereal and other items. The distribution is part of the summer food service program for children ages 18 and under.

Markle native earns $11,000 to start business dream in Grace competition

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Jessica VandenBoom

Markle native and Grace College business student Jessica VandenBoom obtained $11,000 to kickstart her business dreams at the eighth Grace College Business Plan Competition, which took place virtually on April 21.

VandenBoom, a senior blended degree student, will earn a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA this May. Her winning product, Color by Maze, is a computer-designed maze that is numbered and then colored with markers.

Kohr to hail century mark on May 12

Mary Esther Kohr, of Huntington, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Tuesday, May 12.

Kohr is a resident of Heritage Pointe of Huntington.

While Kohr cannot receive visitors at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who know her are invited to mail her a birthday card. Cards should be sent to 1180W-500N, Huntington.

Central Christian Church to hold flower sale May 9

Central Christian Church will have a one-day flower sale on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

Social health precautions will be observed during the sale. All proceeds will go to the CCC Youth Department.

The church is located at 500 MacGahan St., Huntington.

Governor unveils Back on Track Indiana plan on Friday

Ind. Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced on Friday, May 1, the Back On Track Indiana plan to safely open the economy and remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health and wellbeing.

Beginning Monday, May 4, the state will enter the Stage 2 for all Indiana counties expect Cass, Lake and Marion counties, which have high concentration of the virus, Holcomb noted.

Lake and Marion counties will begin Stage 2 on May 11, and Cass County will begin on May 18.

COVID-19 testing site to open locally next week

Huntington’s Indiana National Guard Armory, at 800 Zahn St., will serve as a COVID-19 testing site. The site is expected to open this week. While appointments will be required, testing will be free.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A COVID-19 testing site is set to open in Huntington this week.

Opening day will be Wedneday, May 6 at the  Indiana National Guard Armory at 800 Zahn St., according to state officials.

The site will be open weekly, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of eight hours a day.

There is no charge for testing and insurance is not required. Individuals with private health insurance should bring that information with them.

Charlotte M. Wheeler

Charlotte M. Wheeler, 84, of Marion, IN, and having family in Huntington, IN, died April 26, 2020, in Marion.

She was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Martinsville to Ivan and Helen Pleake Miller.

She is survived by a son, Robin L. (Shelly) Wheeler, of Hingham, Massachusetts; a sister, Jeanette Tudor, of Huntington; and grandchild, Noah L. (Nicole) Wheeler, Weymouth, MA.

She was preceded in death by a son, Russell L. Wheeler.

There will be no services.

Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, Marion, was in charge of the arrangements.

Erma M. McLain

Erma Melina McLain, 94, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at Heritage Park.

She was born January 6, 1926, in Huntington to Wilton and Edna Back Sands. She married Milton Ray McLain on June 25, 1949, and they shared 62 years before he preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet McLain and Donna Wies, both of Fort Wayne; ason, Richard (Anita) McLain, of Kiowa, CO; a sister, Carolyn Neely; four granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

IdaCorine 'Connie' Thrush

IdaCorine "Connie" Thrush, 98, of rural Wabash, IN, and having family in Roanoke, IN, died Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 12:50 p.m., at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Thrush graduated from Chippewa High School in 1939. Prior to her marriage, she worked at the Wabash Plain Dealer. Thereafter, she was a housewife and assisted on the family farm. In later years, she worked at Emmalou's Dress Shop in Wabash. She was a longtime member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash.

Sheriff relieved that long-developing jail project about to start

untington County Sheriff Chris Newton (left) and Chief Deputy Chad Hammel look over engineering documents for the expansion project that is close to getting underway at the Huntington County Jail, in Huntington. This project, which was prompted by overcrowding at the jail, will see over 30,000 square feet added to the facility.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington County Jail was built to house 99 inmates.

But over his 25 years with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Chris Newton says the jail’s occupancy has always been higher than that.

“Routinely, since I’ve been here, we’ve always been at 120-ish,” he remarks.

And just four months ago, the jail hit its highest occupancy ever, with 175 inmates.

With a number like that in the back of his mind, Newton couldn’t be more relieved that a long-developing project to expand the jail is finally on the verge of starting.

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