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.

Maxine Mitchel

Maxine Mitchel, 90, of Roanoke, IN, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at 11:10 a.m. at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Mitchel, a 1936 graduate of Decatur High School, was a homemaker. She had worked as a legal secretary for McClanahan in Decatur. She was associated with Union Church in Huntington County.

She was born Jan. 19, 1919, in Decatur to Frank and Ruth Zerkel Drake. She married Lester Mitchel on Jan. 1, 1939, in Decatur. Her husband survives.

Wilma D. Hacker

Wilma Deane Hacker, 82, of Huntington, IN, and formerly of Andrews, IN, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at 12:35 a.m. at the Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Hacker was a homemaker and a member of Pilchers Chapel United Methodist Church. She was active in the Democrat Party and was a member of the Dallas Township Extension Homemakers Club and the Rebekah Lodge. She graduated from Andrews High School in 1945 and later from beauty college.

Darleen J. McDaniel

Darleen J. McDaniel, 80, of Huntington, IN, and formerly of Rockford, OH, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at 5:59 p.m. at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Oct. 8, 1948, in Fort Wayne to Oris D. and Jeanette E. Thompson DeWald. She married Bruce McDaniel on Jan. 1, 1999. Her husband survives.

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