Pulse Opera House goes 'All American' for 2009 theater season

Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok (center), artistic/managing director of the Pulse Opera House, announces the line-up for the 2009 season during a New Year’s Eve celebration Dec. 31 at the downtown Warren theater.
Photo provided.

Friends, fans and families of the Pulse Opera House celebrated the arrival of 2009 several weeks ago by gathering at the downtown Warren theater to hear about the new "All American" season.

Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok, artistic and managing director of the Pulse, says the season - which starts on Valentine's Day - will feature shows "written by some of the most prominent American writers and are about faith, family, friendship and good old American ‘can do' spirit."

She announced the lineup at the stroke of midnight.

Donna Yoder

Donna Yoder, 78, of Columbia City, IN, and a native of Huntington County, IN, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. Yoder graduated from Lancaster High School and, in 1972, from Purdue University. She later received a master's degree from the University of St. Francis. She worked as a substitute teacher for 12 years, was a director of the American Red Cross and worked part-time at Wal-Mart. She was a member of the Columbia City Church of the Nazarene.

Willard L. Pinkerton

Willard L. Pinkerton, 78, of Andrews, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at 7:40 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Pinkerton was a member of Carpenters Union 232 in Fort Wayne and built bridges, retiring in 1995.

He was born Dec. 28, 1930, in Huntington to Icy Gilbert Pinkerton. He married Ellen M. Schnepp on July 3, 1948, in Columbia City. His wife survives.

Erma M. Shouse

Erma M. Shouse, 85, of Upland, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at 3:40 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. Shouse was a lifelong resident of Grant County. She had worked in the laboratory of the Marion Sewage Treatment Plant in the 1950s and was a member of the Swayzee Street United Methodist Church.

She was born Dec. 9, 1923, in Fairmount to Guy and Flossie Goble Rader. She married Harry B. Shouse on April 25, 1953. Her husband preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 2000.

County middle school hoops tourney starts tonight, Jan. 26

The Huntington County middle school basketball tournament begins tonight, Monday, Jan. 26, and runs through Thursday, Feb. 5.

All games will be played at Riverview Middle School with the exception of the championship games, which will take place at Huntington North High School.

The seventh grade girls' games tonight, Monday, Jan. 26, include:
Game 1 @ 6 p.m. - Indian Springs vs. Riverview
Game 2 @ 7 p.m. - Crestview vs. Salamonie

Lady Viking gymnasts place 10th at Carter Classic

Jessica Baker.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jessica Baker placed eighth overall to lead the Huntington North High School gymnastics team to a 10th place finish Saturday, Jan. 24, a the Concordia Becky Cater Classic.

The Lady Vikings finished with 94.825 points. Valparaiso won the meet with a team score of 111.400, Bishop Dwenger placed second with 110.275 and Carroll finished third with 104.300.

Frontcourt trio again leads HNHS girls to win

The frontcourt trio of Alyssa Hurlburt, Liesl Davenport and Taylor Foley again did the heavy lifting to lead the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team to a 43-39 victory over visiting New Castle on Saturday, Jan. 24.

Moved into the starting lineup against New Castle, Hurlburt scored a game-high 13 points and dished out four assists, and Davenport and Foley added 10 points apiece for the Lady Vikings, now 7-9 overall and 4-2 in the North Central Conference.

Robert E. Galbraith Sr.

Robert E. Galbraith Sr., 89, of Leesburg, FL, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in Leesburg.

Mr. Galbraith was a car salesman for several Huntington dealers, and was a member of the Central Christian Church.

He was born Dec. 22, 1919, in Monticello, OH, to Paul and Ruth Cooper Galbraith. He married Betty Shideler on Aug. 15, 1943, and she preceded him in death in 1999.

HNHS Viking boys fall in double overtime, 42-39

Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball player Taylor Harris looks for an opening against the defense of New Castle's Jordan Hahn on Friday, Jan. 23. The Vikes lost a double-overtime thriller, 42-39.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

A last-second three-pointer in the second overtime by visiting New Castle guard Jordan Hahn on Friday, Jan. 23, sent the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team down to defeat, 42-39.

After Huntington North’s Tannan Peters tied the game at 39-all with just under 10 seconds to play, the visitors got the ball to their sophomore guard, whose 21-footer from the right side sent the Vikings to their sixth defeat in 10 outings this season.

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