Richard L. Schenkel

Richard L. Schenkel, 85, of North Manchester, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at 3:50 a.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Schenkel, a 1941 graduate of Andrews High School, had co-owned Schenkel Dairy with his brothers Kenneth Schenkel and Marion Schenkel. He was a member of The Chapel in Fort Wayne, the Noon Kiwanis Club in Huntington and Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne.

He had been a part-time resident of PGA West in LaQuinta, CA, and was a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, since 2005.

Seniors get back in the groove with a video game that's right up their alley

Sam Eichhorn gets a little help with the control from Melissa Young, assistant activity director, during a Wii bowling tournament Friday,  Jan. 30, at Markle Health & Rehabilitation.
Photo by Judy Fitzmaurice.

Originally published Feb. 5, 2009.

The sound of the heavy ball rolling down the lane, the crash as it hits the pins. This may sound like a familiar scenario, but it isn't quite what it seems.

Instead of a traditional bowling alley, the scene is an area nursing home and some of the residents are locked in an intense game of Wii bowling. With participants and spectators gathered together in a comfortable social room at Markle Health & Rehabilitation, all eyes are glued on the television as the first bowler takes her place center stage, so to speak.

Honor 4-H Soil and Water Conservation project participants

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Participants in the 4-H Soil and Water Conservation project for 2008 were honored during the annual banquet of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Crestview Middle School. Pictured are (front row from left) Bailey Irick, Jacob White and Alexandra Forsythe; (second row from left) Julie Winters, Matthew Knight and Nick Durre; and (back row from left) SWCD Supervisor Hal Hoffman, Colt Irick, SWCD Chairman Kyle Lund and Robert Sliger.

Story and more photos in The TAB print edition on Monday, Feb. 23.

Hoosier Heartland Corridor answers for Roanoke not likely to be clear

With the final segment of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor lying in Roanoke's back yard, some difficult decisions must be made in light of the new stimulus package recently signed by President Barack Obama.

Completion of the four-lane highway is at a standstill, awaiting an answer that will likely not present itself clearly.

Defense, FTs helps HU women notch 20th win

Solid late defense and free throws helped the Huntington University women's basketball team hold on for a 60-46 victory over visiting University of St. Francis on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The 16th-ranked Forester women used eight free throws and held St. Francis to just three points in the final minutes of the game to win their 20th contest of the season, on Senior Night.

Sarah Miller scored 15 points, Courtney Beerbower notched 14 and Jenna Donaldson added 11 for Huntington, now 20-6.

Foresters lose double overtime thriller at St. Francis

A 25-foot banker as time expired in the second overtime pushed host St. Francis to a 92-89 win over the Huntington University Men's basketball team on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Austin Leisure sank the off-balance shot to send the Foresters to their 11th loss against 18 victories for the season.

The Foresters seemingly had the game in hand with a 66-58 lead with 5:11 left in the contest, but the Cougars' DeJovaun Sawyer-Davis scored his team's final 11 points to tie the contest and send it into overtime.

Warren C. 'Punk' Heeter

Warren C. "Punk" Heeter, 93, of Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at 11:40 a.m. at The Heritage of Huntington.

Mr. Heeter graduated from Huntington High School in 1933 and served in World War II with the United States Army. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 1982. He was a member of St. Peter's First Church and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, both in Huntington.

He was born March 15, 1915, in Servia to Carl W. and Fern Stanger Heeter. He married Catherine E. "Kay" Martin on Jan. 22, 1974, in Huntington. His wife survives.

Wilma E. Smock

Wilma E. Smock, 93, of LaFontaine, IN, and formerly of North Manchester, IN, died Monday, Feb.16, 2009, at 4 p.m. at Rolling Meadows Healthcare, LaFontaine.

She was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Harrisburg, IL, to Oscar and Delma Lillian Church Thomas. She married Walter H. Smock on Feb. 25, 1944. Her husband preceded her in death on March 13, 2005.

A service was held Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with Rev. Melissa Rice officiating. Burial was at South Whitley Cemetery.

Vikings drop fifth straight, lose to Anderson 61-46

The Huntington North High School boys' basketball team dug itself an early hole from which it couldn't escape and wound up losing its fifth straight game in a 61-46 loss to host Anderson on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The Vikings, 5-11 overall and 1-4 in the North Central Conference, fell behind 14-7 after the first quarter. They went into halftime trailing 31-25 and were on the downside of a 47-38 third quarter score.

Guard Rob Sands again led the Vikings in scoring with 15 points, and he also led in rebounds with five. Jordan Beaver added 12 points and Tannan Peters scored 10.

Ralph E. Wilson

Ralph E. Wilson, 90, of Ossian, IN, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at the Markle Health and Rehabilitation Center, Markle, IN.

Mr. Wilson retired in 1980 from International Harvester. He was a member of the Living Faith Missionary Church in Ossian.

He was born April 30, 1918, in Wells County to Victor and Fanny Higley Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, Joyle Wilson, of Decatur; a son, Larry (Jean) Wilson, of Decatur; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.


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