Cold shooting costs Vikes at Kokomo, 43-35

Cold shooting by the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team cost it Friday night, Feb. 6, as it lost to host Kokomo, 42-35.

The Vikings, 5-7, hit only 13 of 39 shots from the field, including just 4 of 19 from three point range. They scored only six points in the second quarter and just eight in the fourth.

Rob Sands, Matt Kramer and Jordan Beaver each scored nine points for HNHS. Kramer also led in rebounds with five, and Rob Sands had two assists and three steals and Taylor Harris added two assists.

Huntington County Government meetings Feb. 9-16

Monday, Feb. 9
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Andrews Town Council, 6 p.m., Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

Warren Town Council, 6:30 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., Administrative Service Center, 1360 N. Warren Rd.

Patrick, Karst, Hacker shooting for two swim sectional titles

Mariah Patrick, Sara Karst and Cassie Hacker will be swimming for two sectional titles apiece and teaming with Kaitlyn Batt to try to win two relay titles in the finals of the Warsaw Girls' Swimming and Diving Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Patrick, Hacker, Karst and the relay teams earned top six finishes on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the sectional preliminaries, and gained the right to compete for the sectional title and a trip to the state meet.

Big fourth quarter by Columbia City sinks HNHS girls' basketball team

Turnovers and a big fourth quarter by host Columbia City cost the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team in its final regular season game of the year as it lost 42-32.

The two teams accounted for 40 turnovers in the contest – 21 by HNHS – but the Lady Vikes held a 24-22 lead heading into the final stanza, only to see the hosts outscore them 20-8 to earn the win.

Taylor Foley led HNHS, 9-11, with 11 points. Liesl Davenport added seven.

Helen G. Bitner

Helen Grace Bitner, 97, of Indianapolis, IN, and a former resident of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Indianapolis.

She was born Sept. 26, 1911, in Indianapolis to Jacob and Jenny Little Baldwin. She married Robert Bitner, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Stephen (Diane) Bitner, of Indianapolis; two grandsons, Graham Bitner, of Brooklyn, IN, and Jeffery (Lara) Czap, of Indianapolis; and two great-granddaughters.

A graveside service will be held this spring at Mt. Etna Cemetery.

Miller leads 5 in double figures as HU women soar past IWU

Sarah Miller scored 20 points to lead five Huntington University women’s basketball players in double figures as HU soared past host NAIA Division II 18th-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University, 79-57, on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

The Forester women started out shaky as IWU jumped out to a 9-4 lead, but HU ran off 10 straight points after that to claim the lead for good. After IWU’s Kayla Thompson hit a three-pointer to cut the HU lead to two, the Foresters ran off and hid with another 10-point run.

They went into halftime with a 34-22 lead.

Hours pile up, but volunteer says work is a labor of love

Huntington native Ruth Hoffman has been volunteering at the VA Hospital in Marion since 1965. Hoffman says it's her way of saying thanks to the veterans.
Photo by Andre Laird.

When it comes to volunteering tireless hours of service, Huntington native Ruth Hoffman is a perfect example.

Hoffman has been volunteering at the Veterans Association Hospital in Marion for more than 40 years.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 14, she had logged 25,967 hours, the equivalent of approximately 3,246 eight-hour days.

"I started volunteering on Jan. 15, 1965," states Hoffman. "My late husband Paul served the Army as a military police officer for four years."

At that time Hoffman says she was also hospital chair of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Roanoke's CEDIT money likely to go to infrastructure

Money from Roanoke's share of CEDIT income will likely be spent on improvements to the town's infrastructure and updates to town buildings and equipment.

Members of the Roanoke Town Council approved the CEDIT spending outline during their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The town expects to receive $67,000 in CEDIT money for 2009, which will be added to the $36,000 of CEDIT funds the council still has from 2008.

Carl R. Crist

Carl R. Crist, 91, of Fort Wayne, IN, and a native of Andrews, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Crist was employed by Medal Gold Dairy for 31 years, retiring in 1975. He was a graduate of Union Township High School in Huntington County. He served with Company H 152nd Infantry of the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and the North Highlands Church of Christ.

He was born July 13, 1917, in Andrews to Carl and Ethelena Crist. He married Mildred Clouse, who preceded him in death in 1993.

Girls' hoop sectional tickets on sale at HNHS Athletic Department office

Season pass tickets for the Fort Wayne North Side Girls' Sectional Basketball Tournament are now available in the Huntington North High School Athletic Department office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Feb. 13 at 1 p.m.

Huntington North drew an opening round bye in the tournament and will face the winner of the host school versus Marion game on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

The tourney will start Tuesday, Feb. 10, with Fort Wayne South Side facing Homestead at 6 p.m. Game two will follow, and determines the Huntington North opponent.

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