Dropping in

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

HCCSC students fare well on ISTEPs

Chart by Cindy Klepper.

Tracey Shafer, superintendent of the Huntington County Community Schools, has every right to be proud.

"We outperformed the state across the board," he says after reviewing results from his corporation's students on the latest ISTEP+ assessment.

And that's about the only comparison that's valid with this test. The ISTEP administered in the spring of 2009 had a new format and was given at a different time of the year than in the past, so Indiana Department of Education officials say it can't really be compared to scores on past tests.

Andrews Lions' support of leader dog program comes back to Walker

Aspen, a chocolate Labrador retriever Leader Dog, leads Bud Walker down Walker’s driveway in Andrews. Walker got Aspen three years ago through the Leader Dogs for the Blind program.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Aug. 27, 2009.

Andrews residents Bud and Joyce Walker's lives were saved from a negligent driver a short while ago - by a dog.

The couple was making a routine trip to the Wal-Mart store in Huntington. Bud, who is legally blind, was preparing to go across the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the store when a pickup truck sped through the intersection without stopping at the posted signs.

Board hears wrap-up on religious trailer, discusses HNHS renovations

Huntington County Community School Corporation attorney Joe Wiley offered a conclusion to the recent court decision for the "By the Book" religious release time at the beginning of the Monday, Sept. 14 HCCSC Board of Trustees meeting.

In a handout given to members, Wiley said many aspects were considered prior to settling the case.

He talked with the Associated Churches of Huntington County, the parents of third and fourth grade students in the corporation and HCCSC's liability insurance carrier.

Russell F. 'Bud' Hay

Russell F. "Bud" Hay, 76, of rural Warren, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at 1:30 a.m. at his home.

Mr. Hay was a graduate of Bluffton High School. He was a retired manager of apartment complexes in Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Gethsemane Ministries in Huntington.

He was born Aug. 30, 1933 in Rushville to Russell W. and Mae Hatfield May. He married Velma Elswick on Feb. 28, 2006, in Huntington County. His wife survives.

Ray E. Ellet

Ray E. Ellet, 83, of Markle, IN, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Ellet, a 1944 graduate of East Union High School, worked as a machinist for 60 years and was the owner and operator of Brackets Inc., in Markle for 15 years. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of Union Church and the Scatter 8s Square Dancing Club.

He was born Jan. 21, 1926, in Huntington County to George E. and Lucille H. Draper Ellet. He married Betty A. Dennis on March 2, 1945, in Markle. His wife survives.

Lady Viking spikers stop Northfield

With 10 kills and two aces, Ashli Rice helped lead the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team to victory over host Northfield in a sweep of three games, with scores of 25-20, 25-23, 25-23, on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

In addition to Rice, other team leaders included Allie Zahm with 31 assists; Melissa Grossman, with seven kills and three blocks; Morgan Broderick, with two aces and 19 digs; and Este Stoffel with 13 digs.

The team is now 11-6 in the season.

HNHS soccer girls lose to Kokomo 2-1

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team fell to host Kokomo 2-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Alyssa Grabner had the lone goal for the Lady Vikings, with an assist by Shelby Bradford.

The team's record is 5-5, and 0-3 in the North Central Conference.


HNHS boys' tennis team sweeps singles on way to victory over South Adams

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity tennis team swept the singles matches on the way to defeating host South Adams 4-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

No. 1 David Ballard defeated South Adams' Alex Huber 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 Chris Royer beat Kegan Sprunger 6-2, 6-4; and Luke Hoffman at third singles won over Mark Muselman 6-2, 6-1.

The number two doubles team of Matt Harter and Adam Klaffke won over Derek Schwartz and Ian Frank 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Salamonie Rebels top Riverview on gridiron, 30-6

Kennan Mooberry led the Salamonie School Rebels football team to a 30-6 victory on Tuesday, Sept. 15, against the Riverview Raiders.

Mooberry rushed for 84 yards total, had two touchdowns, a safety and a fumble recovery. Austin Rosen assisted in leading the Salamonie offense by having 68 rushing yards, two more touchdowns, and two two-point conversions. Wyatt Cocklin had two receptions totaling 51 yards.


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