Ring steward hangs 'em up after 30 years

Ring steward Bob Jones sends a signal to the announcer to ask riders to change their pace during the Huntington County 4-H Horse and Pony Show Sunday, July 19, at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bob Jones has been felled by horses, and he's been felled by a heart attack.

But for 30 years, he's kept coming back, assuming his place as ring steward for the annual Huntington County 4-H Horse and Pony Show.

Not any more, he says. This year's show was his last.

"Yesterday told me it was time to quit," Jones said as he waited for the 4-Hers and their horses to enter the ring at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club on Sunday, July 19. "It was all I could do to get up and down, my legs hurt so bad."

Hawley to receive state Tri Kappa scholarship

Anna Hawley, a senior psychology and sociology major at Mount Vernon Nazarene Uni-versity, has been chosen as the state recipient of the 2009 Kappa Kappa Kappa Inc. Wilson Award.

The award is presented in honor of Mary Sanders Wilson, one of Tri Kappa's founders. It is given each year to the individual with the highest annual cumulative grade point average of the recipients of the State Academic Scholarships from the previous year.

Hawley was sponsored for the state scholarship in 2008 by the Huntington Associates Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa Inc.

Coming down


Photo by Matt Murphy.

A crew member from Star Excavating begins to tear down the front wall of the former Elks Lodge on State Street in Huntington on Monday, July 20. The building is being torn down to make way for Cinergy Metronet to house their fiber optic high-speed telecommunications line through Huntington.

Name winners in Warren's SSF parade

The Salamonie Summer Festival committee announces the winning entries in its July 3 parade.

Winners in their respective categories are:
Animal Unit - Waggin' Tails 4-H Dog Club.
Pooper scooper - Brown's Quarter Horse Farmes.
Antique unit - Real Elegant Dames.
Service organization - Huntington TEA Party.
Business organization - Rupley Farm Equipment.
Classical vehicle - Mississenewa Valley Corvette Club.
Religious organization - Warren United Church of Christ.
Youth group - T-Bone 4-H Club.
Ball team - Berghoff Drillers T-ball.

'Scrapaganza' to benefit local Toys for Tots

A "Scrapaganza!" Scrapbooking Day will benefit Toys for Tots of Huntington County.

The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd. in Huntington.

Half-day registrations are also available.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, along with snacks and beverages all day.

Freebies, door prizes and raffles will take place all day.

Prosecutor says snoooping not a crime

Huntington County Commissioner Jerry Helvie "should have known better" than to read e-mails sent by Huntington County employees, a special prosecutor has ruled, but his actions were not illegal.

A Division champs


Photo provided.

New York Life defeated Garrison Motorsports 16-11 Thursday, July 16, at Yeoman Park to claim the championship of the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department's Men's Softball League's A Division. Team members are (front row from left) Levi Sell, Aaron Drummond, Tony Land and Kyle Worthington; and (back row from left) Tim Schultz, Sam Ryan, Ben Ryan, Andrew Drummond, Michael Kocher and Bobby Schultz. Not pictured are Travis Penrod, Chris Kramer and Andrew Brauchla.

PAL football program taking registrations now

Registrations are now being accepted for the Huntington PAL football program.

Both tackle and flag football are offered for bys and girls. Tackle football is open to youth ages 9-12, and flag football is open to youth ages 6-18.

Games are played on Saturdays beginning in early September and ending the last week of October.

There is a registration fee, although participants have the option of selling fundraiser items instead of paying the fee outright.

Jeffrey A. Whitacre

Jeffrey A. Whitacre, 52, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at 11:23 a.m. at Henry County Hospital.

Mr. Whitacre was a self-employed auto body repairman.

He was born on July 12, 1957, in Huntington to Gene and Linda Kimmel Whitacre.

Lula Belle Fox

Lula Belle Fox, 86, of Union Township, Huntington County, IN, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 4:47 a.m. at The Heritage of Huntington.

Mrs. Fox was a 1940 graduate of Roanoke High School. She was a member of the Union Church and the L.N.O. Club. She had worked as an engineering assistant at E-Systems/Memcor in Huntington and Tampa, FL, for 26 years, retiring in 1986.

She was born Oct. 20, 1922, in Huntington County to Ashley and Ethel Layman Johnson. She married Max P. Fox on April 4, 1942 in Huntington County. He preceded her in death on July 11, 1998.

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