Bob M. Whitacre

Bob Mark Whitacre, 78, of Huntington, IN, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at 6:00 a.m. at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation in Huntington.

Mr. Whitacre worked for Pic-A-Nut Corp (formerly Hunckler Products) for 25 years retiring in 1996. Prior to that, he worked as a brick mason for 15 years. He was a vetgeran of the United sTates Navy, having served form 1950 to 1954. He was past commander of American Legion Post 7, and a member of Roanoke American Legion Post 160. He attended Good Shepherd United Brethren Church in Huntington.

HNHS tennis team stops Bluffton

On Thursday, April 30, the Huntington North High School varsity girls' tennis team beat Bluffton 4-1 in match play.

HN singles winners were Whitney Neuenschwander and Abby Berry, who both won their matches in straight sets. In doubles action, Taylor Wilcox and Karissa Miller won their match-up.

The team's record is 4-1 on the year.


Educator, entrepreneurs to receive honorary degrees

Sue and Robert Miller.
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Huntington University will award three honorary degrees during its 111th commencement exercises on May 16.

The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will be held on the university's front lawn, weather permitting.

Recipients of honorary degrees include Dr. John A. Bernbaum as well as Robert R. and Sue E. Miller.

In addition, the university will award associate, bachelor's and master's degrees to approximately 230 graduates.

Bernbaum will be given a Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his contributions to international Christian higher education.

Raising awareness

Photo by Andre Laird.

On Wednesday, April 29, Huntington Mayor Steve Updike signs a proclamation, declaring the week of May 4, as Cancer Awareness Week. Also on hand for the signing was Al Sims, president of Cancer Services for Huntington County.

Three area Catholic parishes could merge

Rev. Ronald Rieder.
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A recommendation by Roman Catholic Bishop John D'Arcy could lead to a reduction in the number of Catholic parishes, but not the number of church buildings, in Huntington County.

Implementation of D'Arcy's recommendations, which were released on Wednesday, April 27, hinges on the retirement of Rev. Ronald Rieder, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Huntington.

Rieder, who will turn 74 in July, says he has no plans to retire - at least as long as his health holds out.

Burnworth earns Robert Smith Scholarship

Megan Burnworth (front, third from left) is the recipient of the Robert J. Smith Scholarship awarded by the Huntington County Safety Council and Transwheel.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The 2009 Robert J. Smith Scholarship has been awarded to Megan Burnworth, of Huntington.

Burnworth is currently a senior at Huntington North High School. She plans to attend the University of Indianapolis, where she will pursue a degree as a physical therapy assistant.

The Huntington County Safety Council and Transwheel are the sponsors of the memorial scholarship.

Government meetings calendar May 4-8

Monday, May 4
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., Commissioners' room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30a.m., Commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.
Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

Tuesday, May 5
Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Jefferson Township: ghost towns and scenic drives

Shown is the homestead of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wire in Jefferson Township. The Wire homestead was the site of the first religious worship in the township.
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Originally published March 3, 2005

Long before the white settlers came, a frequently used trail ran along the Salamonie River.

It was known as the Godfroy Trail, or trace, and ran between Chief Francis Godfroy's reservation further southeast along the Salamonie River to his principal village near present-day Peru.

The trail became the River Road, and it remains today one of the most scenic drives in the county.

Foresters wrap up tennis season with win

The Huntington University men's tennis team wrapped up its spring season with a 5-4 win over Defiance College on Wednesday, April 29.

The win was the team's third in as many tries.

In singles play, winners were Gonzalo Vivas, in straight sets; Jon Brenneman, who never allowed a point in his straight set outing; Keaton McDonald and Jameel Brenneman. Gonzalo and Martin Vivas were the only winners in doubles.

The Foresters wrapped up the year with a record of 7-8.



HU softball team gone from MCC tourney on second day

The Huntington University softball team was gone from Mid-Central Conference tournament play after the second day.

The Foresters opened the tournament by being no-hit by Indiana Wesleyan University on Tuesday, April 28, losing 5-0. They came back on Wednesday, April 29, to beat Goshen, 2-1, in their first loser's bracket contest, but later on Wednesday were eliminated by Spring Arbor, 2-0.

Molly Long took the first-game loss for HU, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks. She also struck out eight batters.


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