Francis L. 'Flo' Okuly

Francis L. “Flo” Okuly, 88, of Huntington, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 10:04 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Okuly served as a corporal in the United States Army during World War II and was awarded four bronze stars and one bronze star medal for his service in the European Theater. He was awarded a Normandy Medal by the Huntington County Commissioners on Nov. 11, 1998, on behalf of the government of France for his participation in the Normandy Invasion.

Barbara A. Shideler

Barbara Ann Shideler, 62, of Thousand Oaks, CA, and having relatives in Huntington, IN, died Monday, July 21, 2009, at her home.

Mrs. Shideler and her husband, Tom, owned and managed A.V.C. Specialists, Inc. of Moorpark, CA, from 1990 until 2008. She was a graduate of Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, and Spencerian Business School in Louisville, KY. She was employed by General Electric in Louisville for 15 years.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Thousand Oaks, CA, where she served as financial secretary for 10 years.

2009 Outstanding 4-H Leader


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Nadean Brown, leader of the Neighborhood Workers and Farmer Lads 4-H Club in Union Township, says a few words after being named 2009 Outstanding 4-H Leader during a recognition program held Saturday, July 25, during Huntington County 4-H Fair activities at Hier’s Park. The Huntington Rotary Club sponsors the award.

Fashion revue winners


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Champions in the Huntington County 4-H Fashion Revue are (from let) Halley Ann Williams, formals; Paige Widener, dress-up; Shelby Bradford, suits and coats; Tara Stoffel, free choice; and Cassie Hacker, informal/casual wear.The fashion revue was held Saturday, July 25, during the Huntington County 4-H Fair at Hier’s Park.

Modeling the outfit


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kaitlyn LaMar models the outfit she assembled during the Huntington County 4-H Consumer Clothing Show Saturday, July 25, at Hier’s Park. The consumer clothing project teaches youth to make wise decisions when purchasing clothing and accessories.

Waiting for results


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Linda Aldridge, Extension educator for 4-H and youth, waits with 4-Hers (from left) Holly Bickel, Madison Phillips, Jasmine McCaughey and Cora Hill to hear the results of the Huntington County 4-H Fashion Revue Saturday, July 25, at Hier’s Park.

Roanoke Town Council hears school board plan to put dish on Roanoke water tower

The Roanoke Town Council, during its July 21 meeting, was notified by the Huntington County School Corporation that construction could begin to put a satellite dish on top on the existing Roanoke water tower located on school property next to Roanoke Elementary.

The new plan is an alternative to the original proposal of building a stand-alone wireless communications tower.

The Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals had previously denied the school corporation permission to build the new, taller tower.

Carol S. Pearson

Carol S. Pearson, 64, of Huntington, IN, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 10:15 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. Pearson graduated from Huntington Township High School in 1963. She was a pharmaceutical technician for more than 27 years at the Huntington Memorial Hospital and an insurance agent with American Family Insurance Company from 1989-1999. Along with her husband, Nelson, they were the former owners of Grandma's and Grandpa's Child Day Care for more than 10 years. She also worked eight years at the former Burger Dairy Store.

Collections judging


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Bethany Bassett (left) and Judge Amy Dreibelbis, of Churubusco, go over Bassett's collections entry during 4-H project judging on Thursday, July 23, at Lincoln Elementary School.

Watching the judge


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Shelby Bradford (left) watches Susan Neher (right), of Howard County, judge her preserved foods entry during 4-H project judging on Thursday, July 23, at Lincoln Elementary School. Marissa Foraker (second from left) and Kyle Lahr look on in the background.

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