Johnna J. Curtis

Johnna Jeanette Curtis, 34, of Marion, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at 8:55 a.m.

She was born May 17, 1974. She is survived by her parents, John and Trevia Town, of Marion.

Boys' hoop sectional tickets on sale at HNHS

The Huntington North High School Athletic Department has full-schedule tickets on sale for the upcoming Huntington North Boys' Sectional Basketball Tournament.

Sectional play beings Tuesday, March 3, with Homestead facing Fort Wayne South Side at 6 p.m. and Marion versus Fort Wayne North Side at 7:30 p.m.

The Vikings play the winner of the first game on Friday, March 6, at 6 p.m., with Jay County playing the winner of the second game Friday night at 7:30.

Shafer, staff give 'state of the corporation' message Monday night

School officials continue their efforts to provide an update on the local corporation and much of that information was shared with school board members on Monday, Feb. 23.

"We try to give like an annual update sometime after the new year on the state of the corporation in terms of some of the goals, in terms of some of the accomplishments, in terms of some of the challenges that we face as we look forward in 2009," Superintendent Tracey Shafer told the trustees. "I think this is the third year running."

Mary J. Manning

Mary Jane Manning, 72, of Marion, IN, and having family members in Van Buren, IN, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at 7:49 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. Manning, a 1955 graduate of Marion High School, was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church.

She was born Jan. 26, 1937, in Marion to Gordon and Georgia Wiltsie Hendey. She married Donald W. Manning on May 3, 1974. Her husband survives.

HU women get untracked, win MCC tourney opener

Courtney Beerbower.
Photo provided.

It took a few minutes for the 16th-ranked Huntington University women's basketball team to get untracked on Tuesday night, but then the Forester women put a hurt on visiting Spring Arbor in the opening round of the Mid-Central College Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, winning 65-52.

The visitors were up 10-6 at the 13:10 mark of the first half before the Forester women settled down and put some points on the board - 16 in a row - while Spring Arbor went scoreless for nearly 11 minutes. They went into halftime with a 28-16 lead.

Vikings fall to Muncie Central Tuesday

The Huntington North High School boys' basketball team lost to visiting Muncie Central, 53-41, on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Taylor Harris led the Vikings, 6-13 overall and 1-6 in the North Central Conference, with 15 points. Matt Kramer added nine points.

The Vikings fell behind in the first quarter, 15-9, and trailed at the half, 27-18. They cut the visitors lead to 36-29 after three quarters.

Huntington North hit 16 of 38 field goal attempts for the contest for 42.1 percent. They only took five free throws, making four, and were outscored from the line by 10 points.

Florence M. Follis

Florence M. Follis, 92, of rural Huntington, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at 12:50 p.m. at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Follis had worked at People's General Store in Markle and had farmed with her husband for several years. She was a member of the Plum Tree United Church of Christ. A 1935 graduate of Markle High School, she grew up in the Fort Wayne area.

She was born on April 21, 1916, to Lillian Wisely Nickelson. She was married to Ora E. Follis on Feb. 15, 1947, in Markle. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1989.

Colleen Fritchen

Colleen Fritchen, 77, of Fort Wayne, IN, and formerly of Andrews, IN, died on Saturday Feb. 21, 2009, at 9:45 a.m. at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Fritchen worked as secretary to the principal in Hammond City Schools, and retired in 1991 from Lake City Bank in Warsaw. She was a member of Carroll Road Christian Church, Fort Wayne. She graduated from Andrews High School in 1950.

Soldiers get a warm welcome home after their year in Iraq

Capt. Douglas Rapp (left) presents a flag to Joel Jerabek of United Technologies Electronic Controls in appreciation of UTEC's hospitality toward families of Indiana National Guard members.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Feb. 9, 2009.

The Guard is back in town.

The Huntington-based Team Delta of the Indiana National Guard received an official welcome home on Sunday, Feb. 1, just a day after a statewide ceremony at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

"On behalf of the state of Indiana, on behalf of the 50th District, which I represent, and on behalf of all of Huntington County - thank you so much, and welcome home," State Sen. Dan Leonard told the troops and their families assembled at Huntington University's Habecker Dining Commons.

Sue E. Tillman

Sue E. Tillman, 75, of rural Claypool, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at 12:45 a.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Tillman had been employed by Murphy Medical. She attended the Apostolic Gospel Church and Touch of Life Church, both in Warsaw, and was a member of the Fort Wayne Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 348.

She was born June 20, 1933, in Noblesville to Rex Ray and Ruby Alice Newcomb Halterman. She married Robert A. Tillman on July 26, 1952, in Tiosa, IN. Her husband survives.

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