4 Viking wrestlers get crowns at East Noble Invite

Four champions led the way for the Huntington North High School wrestling team as it finished second at the East Noble Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Preston Teusch at 120 pounds, Michael Kline at 138, Cody McCune at 152 and Julian Fletcher at 160 stood on the top step to lead the Vikings to 198.5 points, just 1.5 points short of champion Manchester.

Taking seconds on the day for HNHS were Brady Lewis at 113 pounds and Darryn Kuhl at 126.

Mary L. Diefenbaugh

Mary L. Diefenbaugh, 83, of Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at 9:42 p.m. at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Patricia A. 'Patty' Payne

Patricia A. “Patty” Payne, 70, of Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at 6:45 a.m.  

Mrs. Payne worked at Memcor and Kenkoat.

She was born July 18, 1949, in Olean, NY, to Clark W. “Walt” and June E. Tyler Mason.

Olive E. Jones

Olive E. Jones, 103, of Huntington, IN, and formerly of Markle, IN, died Friday morning, Jan. 10, 2020, at the Heritage of Huntington, where she had resided for the last seven years.

Mrs. Jones had worked as an upholstery seamstress for 17 years for AJK Upholstery. She was a 1935 graduate of Markle High School and member of the Markle Church of Christ.

She was born Nov. 17, 1916, in Huntington County to Leroy and Winnie Rozella Fyson Wilburn. She married Charley C. Jones on July 1, 1939, in Angola, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1989.

Carol A. Beal

Carol Ann Beal, 81, of Syracuse, IN, and having ties to Uniondale, IN, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at 9 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. Beal graduated valedictorian from Ossian High School in 1956. She graduated in 1959 from Parkview School of Nursing in Fort Wayne with a registered nurse degree. She worked at Lutheran Hospital, East Allen County Schools, Lawton Nursing Home and retired after 10 years from Visiting Nurse Hospice, all in Fort Wayne, as a registered nurse. After living most of her life in Fort Wayne, she retired to Fort Myers, FL, and Syracuse in 1999.

Eric A. Geiselman

Eric A. Geisleman, 47, of Zanesville, IN, died Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2020, at his residence.

A 1991 graduate of Norwell High School, Mr. Geisleman worked at Essex in Fort Wayne for 10 years.

He was born Aug. 31, 1972, in Fort Wayne.  His father, Jerry (Rose) Geisleman, survives in Ossian, and his mother, Violet Garland Martin, survives in South Carolina.

Rickards finish long project of saving historic home from demo

Vicky and Alan Rickard stand on the grand staircase in their Huntington home, which was built in 1892 and originally owned by David Alonzo and Elizabeth Purviance. The Rickards purchased the house in 2015 and have been renovating it ever since, working to restore its 19th century charm while giving it their own spin.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Alan and Vicky Rickard’s house in Huntington is distinguished by a flower bed that states the year the house was built.

The numbers “1892” are rendered in the flower bed with artificial flowers, which are visible to anyone who passes the house on North Jefferson Street.

While the house has been a familiar sight in Huntington for 128 years, there was a time when demolition loomed for the historic structure.

And if it wasn’t for the Rickards, along with the owner who preceded them, it wouldn’t still be standing.

Election season begins anew


Photo by Steve Clark.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, was the first day individuals could file a declaration of candidacy for a primary nomination through a major political party. Among the first candidates to file at the Huntington County Courthouse were Republicans Tom Wall (left), for Huntington County Commissioners, District 3; and Rod Jackson (right), for Huntington County coroner. Terry Stoffel (middle) announced his intention to file and seek the Republican nomination for the District 2 position with the Huntington County Commissioners.

Newton announces Indiana Sheriff’s Assn. to again give scholarships

Huntington County Sheriff Chris Newton has announced that the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association will again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies.

There will be approximately 40 scholarships in the amount of $750 each awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.

Indiana Extension Homemakers Association also offers scholarships

The Indiana Extension Homemakers Association offers scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year.

IEHA is a state organization with a focus on continued education, leadership development and volunteer community support. This organization offers annual scholarships for all ages and in a variety of fields of education.

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