Marvin 'Marty' Collins

Marvin ‘Marty' Collins, 68, of Van Buren, IN, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at 10:55 a.m. at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie.

Mr. Collins served in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1964 and served on the USS Essex. He played in various bands.

He was born April 5, 1941, in Van Buren to Nelson and Leah K. Nusbaumer Collins. He married Christine Creggor on Aug. 27, 1976. His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 29, 2006.

Wayne E. Blauvelt

Wayne E. Blauvelt, 74, of Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 8 a.m. at his home.

Mr. Blauvelt attended Central High School in Fort Wayne. He worked as a laborer for several Fort Wayne factories and later worked as an over-the-road truck driver for 30 years, retiring in 1996.

He was born June 26, 1935, in Fort Wayne to Lester and Alice Egts Blauvelt.

Elois R. Smith

Elois Ray Smith, 89, of Fishers, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at 5:57 a.m. at Castleton Health Care in Indianapolis.

Mr. Smith served as a master sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He worked as a conductor for Erie Lackawanna and Conrail for 27 years, retiring in 1982. He had previously delivered milk for Blackburn Dairy in Huntington.

Aughinbaugh, Sliger and Lahr get top sheep prizes

Following are the results of the Huntington County 4-H Sheep Show, held Wednesday, July 29.

They are:

Alyssa Aughinbaugh, grand champion ewe.
Robert Sliger III, reserve grand champion ewe.
Robert Sliger III, grand champion pen of two.
Trent Lahr, grand champion market lamb.
Wesley Carroll, reserve grand champion market lamb.
Trent Lahr, grand champion county bred.

EWE SHOW
Hampshire Ewe Lamb
Robert Sliger III, champion and reserve champion.

Blue ribbons: Robert Sliger III (two ribbons).

Forrest J. McCartney

Forrest J. McCartney, 87, of Bluffton, IN, and having family members in Zanesville, IN, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at 12:19 a.m. at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center.

Ruth E. Hall

Ruth Ella Hall, 93, of Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation in Huntington.

Mrs. Hall was a homemaker. She was a member of the New Hope Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington.

She was born July 8, 1916, in Delaware, OH, to Fred and Luella Johnston Converse. She married George Edward Hall on March 31, 1937. Her husband preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1991.

Judges announce many winners from 4-H rabbit show

Following are the results of the 4-H rabbit judging.

They are:

BREEDING SHOW
BRITTANIA

Kaylie Dunn, best of breed.

Junior Doe
Blue ribbon: Kaylie Dunn.

CALIFORNIAN
Shelby Hiner, best of breed.
Allison Rittenhouse, best opposite sex.

6-8 Buck
Blue ribbons: Allison Rittenhouse and Dalaney Tyner and Lindsey Foster.

6-8 Doe
Blue ribbons: Lindsey Foster, Allison Rittenhouse and Dalaney Tyner.

White ribbon: Brandt Walter.

King and Knight take home championships in model judging

Following are the results of the 4-H model building judging.

They are:

JUNIOR
(Grades 3-7)

Doyle King, champion, with honors.
Austin Updike, reserve champion, with honors.

Grade 3
Blue ribbons: Brent Bredemeyer; Isaac Brown; Tremar Clore, with honors; Eli Ernst; Pierce Huff, with honors; Sara Kauffman; Jarod Lewis, with honors; Brenden Rice, with honors; Daniel Shivley, with honors; Tyler Stephan; Benjamin Warpup, with honors; and Nathan Buehler.

Koch, Scher, Lavine, Campbell and Baker are tops in home environment judging

Following are the results of the 4-H home environment judging.

They are:

DIVISION I
Karmen Koch, champion, with honors.
Kaylie Dunn, reserve champion, with honors.

Blue ribbons: Dustin Adamson; Kaylie Dunn, with honors; Karmen Koch, with honors; and Rachel Moore.

DIVISION II
Jowaun Scher, champion, with honors.
Kayla Campbell, reserve champion, with honors.

Blue ribbons: Kayla Campbell, with honors; Martha Kiningham; Jowaun Scher, with honors.

Auction take tops $250,000 as 802 4-H animals take their final walks

Sarah Doctor, left, waits for her name to be called to take her steer into the show arena during the cattle auction. Brittany Dilley, back right, watches the auction.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

More than $250,000 changed hands on Thursday, July 30, as 802 animals were trotted through the Huntington County 4-H auction.

But while the number of 4-H animals was up from last year, the total auction take was down by $50,000.

It's the second straight year of declining bids. The total auction take this year, including the appraisal prices and premiums, was $256,360. That's down from the 2008 total of $306,525. The auction had a record-breaking year in 2007, taking in a total of $315,765.52.

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