Local group starting teen suicide prevention task force

Times are hard.

Money's short. Families are stretched to the limit.
The kids know. Teens, and even pre-teens, see nothing but a bleak future.

They choose death.

No one can come up with a number, but the people in Huntington County who work with youth say the number of high school - and even middle school - students attempting, and succeeding at, suicide is on the rise.

Patmores' 'dream house' in housewalk

The large kitchen in the Patmore residence features a commercial range with a handcrafted hood and an island that houses a refrigerator, freezer and microwave. The home will be featured in Tri Kappa’s Housewalk on Oct. 4.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When Don Patmore chose Huntington as the place to build his dream house, he didn't know much about the area.

"I initially chose the area for three reasons," Patmore says. "Firstly, I wanted to get out of the area where I was in Warsaw. I also wanted wide open spaces and a buffer zone between me and my next-door neighbors. Lastly, I liked the fact that Huntington was closer to Fort Wayne."

The Patmore home, a combination of Don's and his wife Jo's tastes, will be one of the four homes showcased in this year's Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

Riders' Rendezvous speaker

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Dann Perigo talks to a small crowd about mules at the Horseman Campground at Salamonie Reservoir as part of Salamonie's annual Riders' Rendezvous on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Wildkats ground tandem too much for Viking gridmen

The running back tandem of Casey Shipley and Dylan Green proved too much for the Huntington North High School football team as it was beaten by host Kokomo 40-16 on Friday, Sept. 25.

The senior duo accounted for 310 yards and four touchdowns rushing as the unbeaten Wildkats dropped the Vikings to 3-3 on the season.

Viking quarterback Mitch Vezeau and wide receiver Austin Drummond hooked up for a pair of touchdowns, but the Viking defense was no match for the Kokomo ground attack, which shredded HNHS for 395 yards and six rushing touchdowns on the evening.

Lydia J. 'Babe' Sands

Lydia J. "Babe" Crago Sands, 68, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at 9:39 p.m. at the Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Mrs. Sands worked at Friction Material in Huntington for 25 years and then at Bendix for three years, retiring in 2003. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Huntington and the American Legion Post 85 of Huntington.

She was born on Jan. 12, 1941, in Huntington to Leroy and Ellen M. Crago. She had been married to Marland R. Sands Sr.

HNHS volleyball team loses to Eastbrook

Despite 17 kills and three aces by Ashli Rice, the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team was overcome by host Eastbrook in four sets, with scores of 27-25, 23-25, 16-25, 16-25, on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

In addition to Rice, team leaders included Melissa Grossman with 11 kills, Morgan Broderick with 18 digs and Allie Zahm with 40 assists.

The Lady Vikings are now 13-9 on the season.

The Huntington North junior varsity team, 12-6, managed to defeat Eastbrook in three sets, with scores of 20-25, 25-20, 15-10.

Rebels fall to Eastbrook, 34-7

The Salamonie School Rebels football team fell to Eastbrook 34-7 on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The Rebs were led by Kennan Mooberry, who rushed for 41 yards, had 59 receiving yards and scored the only touchdown for Salamonie. Quarterback Grant Canady had the touchdown pass to Mooberry, and passed for 119 yards.

Wyatt Cocklin had three receptions, totaling 69 yards. Cocklin and Kody Smith each had eight tackles.

The team, now 2-1, will play Crestview for the Huntington County championship title at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Crestview.


Lady Eagles moved to 12-1 with win over Fulton County

The Huntington Lady Eagles home-school volleyball team defeated host Fulton County in three sets, with scores of 25-23, 25-23, 26-24 on Monday, Sept. 21.

Kelsey Featherson brought up all sides of the game, with 12 digs, eight kills and four aces.

Marina Stoffel led the defense with 27 digs and three blocks. Deborah Scheie had 21 digs and Dana Stoffel and Rebecca Daniels each had 16 digs.

On offense, team leaders included Daniels, with 15 kills and one ace; and Marina Stoffel, with seven kills and one ace.

Bradburn leads Riverview eighth-graders to volleyball win

Lauren Bradburn earned 12 points to help the Riverview Middle School eighth grade volleyball team defeat Wabash in three sets, with scores of 23-25, 25-14, 15-14 on Thursday, Sept. 24.

In addition to Bradburn, Mikayla Carpenter earned eight points, four of which were aces.

The eighth grade team, now 3-1, will play in the Indian Springs Tournament in Columbia City on Saturday, Sept. 26. The next regular game will be on Monday, Sept. 28, against Salamonie at home.

Norma J. Proffitt

Norma Jean Proffitt, 78, of rural Wabash, IN, and formerly of Huntington County, IN, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at 2:10 a.m. at Rolling Meadows Healthcare Center in LaFontaine.

Mrs. Proffitt was a homemaker and a member of Emmanuel Freewill Baptist Church in Wabash. She lived in Huntington County 25 years. She was a member of the Etna Acres Golf Club.

She was born June 11, 1931, in Wabash County to Charles Warren and Lora Lawson Ogan. She married Ralph B. Proffitt in Wabash on July 2, 1949. He survives.


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