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Roanoke Beautification Foundation returns to brick fund-raiser after gap of many years

John Nelson, coordinator of the Roanoke Beautification Foundation’s brick drive, stands at the site of some bricks alongside Main Street in Roanoke. The RBF is currently selling bricks that can be personalized with text and placed in the sidewalk. A brick drive was held in Roanoke in the early 1990s and the RBF felt the time was right to bring it back.
Photo by Steve Clark.

John Nelson enjoys reading all the different text on the sidewalk bricks in downtown Roanoke.

Several bricks feature the names of businesses and churches. Others bear the names of families and graduating classes from Roanoke High School.

One brick even proclaims which beer Roanoke residents like best, to Nelson’s amusement.

“One is located just outside of the Village Inn and it says, ‘Roanoke Loves Miller Lite,’” states Nelson with a grin.

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Huntington resident earns honor as top college music educator in state

Manchester University Assistant Professor Scott Humphries, a resident of Huntington, was recently named the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator by the Indiana Music Education Association.

Huntington resident Scott Humphries, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental studies and music education at Manchester University, was recently named the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator by the Indiana Music Education Association.

Humphries conducts the university’s bands and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. He also is principal conductor of the Fort Wayne Area Community Band.

Nominated by Harley Ramsey, a senior majoring in instrumental music education, Humphries accepted the award on Jan. 17 at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne.

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Markle dedication

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Markle Volunteer Fire Department dedicated its new rescue vehicle, Rescue 901, at a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the fire station. Pictured are department members (front row from left) Lesa Asher, Rick Asher, Asst. Chief Eric Pike, Charles Douglass, Michael Grant and Jason Cocklin; and (back row from left) Scott Howell, David Brown, Rick Weikel, Gatlin Sunday, President and Chaplain Robert Gonser, Jeromy Bowman, Nate Schmalzried, Bob Rzasa and Chief Jon Gray.

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HNHS swimgirls third at conference meet

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity swim team claimed third place at the Northeast 8 Conference Championships on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Norwell.

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Lending a hand

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Weicht (left) helps London Haddock try on a pair of sneakers during the 20th annual Shop with A Cop on Tuesday night, Dec. 17, at the Huntington Walmart. Looking on is Madison Cole. The event pairs needy youth with area law enforcement officers for a night of Christmas shopping with money donated by area businesses and individuals.