Kids Kampus gets $15,000 to up COVID-19 safety

Pathfinder Services Kids Kampus received a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great program to assist with increased expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will help protect the health and safety of staff, children and parents.  Pathfinder Kids Kampus has remained open during the pandemic, though attendance has decreased due to business closures. These funds will provide support as Pathfinder Kids Kampus prepares to return to full capacity.

Afternoon on the river

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Canoe paddlers navigate the Wabash River just below past the Etna Avenue Bridge on their way to the forks, where the waterway joins with the Little River on Friday, July 24.

Boy’s friends mourn his passing

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Friends of Wyatt Schmaltz, (from left) Huntington County Sheriff Chris Newton, Rev. Tony Steinacker of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter wait outside Bailey-Love Mortuary for the start of his funeral on Thursday, July 30. Wyatt, 9, was deputized at age 3 as the youngest sheriff deputy in the United States. Huntington County Sheriff’s Department area law enforcement, fire and first responders showed their support at his funeral.

Support for Wyatt

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Local emergency medical first responders wait to go inside Bailey-Love Mortuary on Thursday, July 30, to show their support for Wyatt Alexander Schmaltz and his family. Wyatt, 9, died Friday, July 24, after battling cancer for more than six years. Fire, police and ambulances joined the funeral procession following the funeral for the boy. In 2014 at the age of 3, he was appointed the youngest sheriff deputy in the United States.

Huntington North High School graduate Szelis receives Wilson Scholarship

The Questa Education Foundation has announced the recipients of the Gregory Hosler Wilson Scholarship. These scholarship recipients have been chosen for excellence in their college academic performance by maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA or higher during college. Each student will be receiving a $2,500 scholarship to help with tuition costs.

One recipient is Logan Haifilch, who is attending Purdue Fort Wayne. Haifilch graduated from Blackhawk Christian High School.

Fun job

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Megan Stinefield (left), a senior at Huntington North High School, and her friend, Cheyenna Lippencott, chat as they work on her parking space in the student parking lot at the school on Thursday, July 30. Stinefield was painting a palm tree on a beach at sunset on her spot, “because that’s all I know how to draw,” she joked.

Working on a ray of sunshine

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Rebekah Brunner (left) paints one of the sun’s rays on her senior parking space at Huntington North High School on Thursday, July 30. The title of her space is “Be the Sunshine.” She is assisted by her mom, Sarah Brunner.

First Federal Savings Bank announces dividends

Northeast Indiana Bancorp, Inc., (OTCQB: NIDB), the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced that the corporation will pay a cash dividend of 27 cents per common share.

The dividend will be payable on Aug. 27 to shareholders of record on Aug. 13.

The book value of NIDB’s stock was $36.49 per common share as of June 30. The last reported trade of stock at the close of business on July 28, 2020, was $32.75 per common share and the number of outstanding shares was 1,210,327 as of the same date.

Huntington University receives CARES funds

Huntington University received funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 21. HU acted quickly to distribute these funds to those students who were eligible to receive aid through a partnership with the Office of Business and Finance, the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of the President.  

In May, 926 students who met the enrollment and FAFSA criteria outlined by federal guidance received initial disbursements totaling $325,850 through a bulk distribution.  

HAT benefit is now drive-through event

    The chicken and noodles dinner fund-raiser that will benefit Huntington Area Transportation (HAT), will now be a drive through only.

 The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington.

Downtown hydrants get facelift

Alex Stanley, of Warren, paints a mural with the theme of “A Bug’s Life” at the corner Warren and Court streets in Huntington on Friday, July 24. This is the sixth time that Stanley has participated in the LaFontaine Arts Council hydrant painting project.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Approximately 30 fire hydrants around the downtown Huntington area are being painted this year for the LaFontaine Arts Council 2020 hydrant painting project. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 50 years of Walt Disney World.”

Artists participating in this year’s project are showcasing characters from Disney movies such as Cinderella, Fantasia, Frozen, Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid and more.

Getting ready for the Forks garage sale

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Donna Hollopeter, a volunteer for the Historic Forks of the Wabash, moves a cart full of donated items in preparation for the Forks’ annual garage sale, on Friday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will be held in the Richardville Room and will feature a  discount sack sale on Saturday.

Red Cross issues call for plasma donations

Right now, the American Red Cross has an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma, a potentially lifesaving treatment for patients with COVID-19.

Individuals who have fully recovered and received a verified COVID-19 diagnosis are urged to sign up to give convalescent plasma now by completing the donor eligibility form at RedCross

Upcoming blood drives in Huntington County are:
• Monday, Aug. 3, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at First Merchants Hertiage hall, 631 E. Taylor St., Huntington.

Balloon party at ADTPL

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will celebrate the end of its summer reading program on Monday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Dallas Township Fire Station with a balloon performance by Pretty Funny Balloons.

The show will feature facts, fun and balloon art inspired by the summer reading theme, “Imagine Your Story.” The show will be followed by a balloon twisting demonstration for audience members.
The public is welcome. Participants are welcome to bring their own chairs.

Splash on the Wabash is a go for Saturday

Myah Eltzroth (left) and Tara Eltzroth float down the Wabash River during the 2019 Splash on the Wabash event. This year’s float will take place Saturday, Aug. 1, sponsored by the Historic Forks of the Wabash and Boy Scout Troop 130.
TAB file photo.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spoken, and the Splash on the Wabash will go on this Saturday, Aug. 1, at The Historic Forks of the Wabash.

Reserved launch times are 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Forks’ Board Member Dave Hacker says the event is sold out, with 670 people scheduled to make the float from a drop-off point and landing at The Forks of the Wabash about an hour to hour-and-a-half later.

“It’s a go,” he said. “The Corps of Engineers says we’re going to have plenty of water.”