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Josie has a way with horses

Josie Eckert stands with some of her numerous awards won at different competitions through the years.
Photo by Lori Overmyer.

Huntington North High School junior Josie Eckert had the best horse in Malcolm, a Paint showman.

“We had wanted a family horse for Josie,” Heather Eckert, Josie’s mother, said. “We bought him sight unseen when he was two weeks old. He came to us weaned and was immediately all over us. He loved being a horse, riding the trails and eating his favorite snacks, carrots.”

Josie added, “He was bratty. He could open doors. His personality was big. By the time he was two, he was a fancy horse.”

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Humane Shelter fund-raiser set for Oct. 24

Huntington County locals (from left) Barry Cochran and Jim Hunnicutt stand with several prizes that will be available for those in attendance at their 1950s themed fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 24, that will benefit the Huntington County Humane Shelter.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

A fund-raiser for the Huntington County Humane Shelter will be held at the First Merchants Heritage Hall on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Dianna and Barry Cochran, of Huntington, along with Jim and Marie Hunnicutt, of Warren, decided in the early months of 2020 that something should be done to assist the Huntington County Humane Shelter.

After some discussion, the group decided that a ‘50s and ‘60s themed fund-raiser would be the perfect way to bring the community together for some fun and fund-raising.

The event planning was going well, until COVID-19 hit.

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USDA issues $1.68 billion payment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which provides annual rental payment for land devoted to conservation purposes.

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HN CC advances to semi-state

Photo by Sean Douglas.

The Huntington North girls cross country team won the team title at the Marion Regional at Indiana Wesleyan University Saturday, Oct. 17, while the Viking boys team finished fourth. Both efforts land the teams spots at the New Haven Semi-State, held at Huntington University, Saturday, Oct. 24.

Addison Wiley was the overall individual winner to lead the Vikings Saturday. She finished with a time of 17:56.8, nearly 31 seconds ahead of Norwell’s Lauren Bales.

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Veterans Day parade Nov. 7

The VFW Post 2689 and the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce are encouraging all veterans and patriotic citizens to place an entry in the 8th Annual Veterans Day Parade. The parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7.

To register, call the Chamber of Commerce office at 356-5300 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.