First-half shooting woes help sink HU women in NAIA tourney

A disastrous first-half shooting performance by the Huntington University women's basketball team helped seal its fate for the season as it lost to Sterling College, 61-52, in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament on Thursday, March 11, at Sioux City, IA.

The Foresters, 21-10, hit just 7 of 31 shots from the field in the opening half and dug themselves a 25-18 hole by halftime. That was enough for Sterling, 27-4, which used 16 of 19 marksmanship for 84.2 percent at the free-throw line in the second half to hold off any comeback attempt by HU.

Florence J. Spath

Florence Jeanette Spath, 81, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, March 1, 2010, at 10:40 a.m. at Oakbrook Village.

Miss Spath was associated with Pathfinder Services.

She was born July 28, 1928, in Huntington to Jacob C. and Edith E. Johnson Spath.

Survivors include a brother, Bill “Junior” Spath, of Arizona; and a sister, Doris Green, of Huntington.

A service was held Monday, March 15, 2010, at Deal-Rice Funeral Home-Huntington Chapel, Huntington. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.

Danny McCoy

Danny McCoy, 57, of Peru, IN, and having ties to Bippus, IN, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. McCoy was a graduate of Northfield High School and had worked at Ford Meter Box, Wabash, for 24 years. He was a member and director of the Frances Slocum Saddle Club and a former member and officer of A.B.A.T.E. (American Bikers Aim Toward Education).

He was born June 24, 1952, in Martin, KY, to Daniel E. and Virginia A. Hunt McCoy. His mother survives in Wabash. He married Julie Lainhart Fetz on May 8, 2004, in Bippus. His wife survives.

Elizabeth U. 'Betty' Mount

Elizabeth U. "Betty" Mount, 84, of Upland, IN, and having family members in Warren, IN, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 7:29 p.m. at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie.

Mrs. Mount graduated from Jefferson Township High School in 1943 and worked for several years at the Upland Greenhouse. She was a 65-year member of the Hartford City Church of the Nazarene.

She was born Oct. 28, 1925, in Marion to Olen and Eva Sharp Allen. She married Russell Mount on Nov. 8, 1943, in Jonesboro. Her husband preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2007.

Harold L. Pace

Harold L. Pace, 64, of Auburn, IN, and a former employee of a Huntington, IN, business, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Wesley Health Care Center, Auburn.

Mr. Pace, a resident of Converse for most of his life, was a former employee of Meridian Automotive in Huntington. He attended the Sweetser Wesleyan Church. He served in Vietnam with the United States Army.

He was born March 2, 1946, in Muncie to Harold Leroy and Helen Kin Pace. He married Loretta Garner on Aug. 16, 1969. His wife survives.

Helen F. 'Francie' Roberts

Helen Frances "Francie" Roberts, 88, of Nooksack, WA, and a former resident of Huntington County, IN, died Friday, March 5, 2010.

Mrs. Roberts was a graduate of Clear Creek High School and had attended the Clear Creek Church of the Brethren. She was a 60-year member of the Nooksack Christian Fellowship Church, where she was a soloist and choir member.

She was born Nov. 17, 1921, in Tyner (Marshall County) to Harry and Mary Pulley. She married Kenneth Roberts in June 1944. Her husband preceded her in death.

Thomas E. Elick

Thomas E. Elick, 63, of Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 11:30 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Elick graduated from Huntington High School and joined the United States Army. He was a retired engineer, with 32 years of service for Norfolk Southern, the Erie Railroad and Conrail. He was a former officer of American Legion Post 85, a member of Amvets Post 0055 in Fort Wayne and a member of Moose Lodge 837.

He was born July 13, 1946, in Huntington to Eugene and Vivian Goodwin Elick. He married Jackie Snow on Dec. 19, 2008; his wife survives.

Lady Eagles fall short in state championship game

The Huntington Lady Eagles varsity girls’ homeschool basketball team earned second place at the Indiana Christian Basketball Alliance Girls’ State Basketball Tournament at the Gathering Place in Greenwood on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6.
Photo provided.

Although it reached the championship game, the Huntington Lady Eagles varsity homeschool basketball team came up short against the Indianapolis Trailblazers 60-49 in the Indiana Christian Basketball Alliance Girls' State Basketball Tournament at the Gathering Place in Greenwood on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6.

Rebecca Daniels led the Lady Eagles, 23-11, in the final match with a double-double, 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Catherine Weaver supported with 14 points and eight rebounds, and Abby Ballinger had nine points.

McIntyre's informal task force recommendations draw fire, discussion

Recommendations from an informal task force organized by Huntington Common Council member Steve McIntyre - including an assertion that the Huntington Police Department has 10 too many officers - were presented to the council on Tuesday, March 9, setting off an exchange that prompted a union official to characterize city government as "dysfunctional."

Sale of bonds to pay for wastewater improvements passes council

The sale of $13.5 million in bonds to pay for improvements to Huntington's wastewater treatment system, along with a 20 percent increase in sewage fees for city residents, sailed through the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, March 9.

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