Tools ready for school

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sarah Brunner of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County goes through some school supplies bagged up in preparation for giving them away to Huntington County school children. Some of the Tools for School supplies will go to the Kinder Camp sponsored by United Way of Huntington County.

WorkOne back open to walk-ins

All 11 WorkOne Northeast career centers are scheduled to open to walk-in customers beginning the week of July 6, Northeast Indiana Works has announced.

Since June 8, the centers have been open to the public only by appointment. That option will still be available.

Salamonie Preschool invites public to ‘C is for Camping’ program July 8

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “C is for Camping” on Wednesday, July 8.

The class will be offered from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

This program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education, including music, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.

Two locals on dean’s list for Findlay University

The dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester at the University of Findlay has been announced.

Local students on the dean’s list include:

• Kaitlyn Drayer, of Warren.
• Brianna Mason, of Huntington.

To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The University of Findlay is located in Findlay, OH.

Huntington University announces trio of alumni award winners

Pictured (from left) William Smith-Hinds, Brian More and Sharon Metzger.
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Huntington University announces the winners of this year’s alumni awards: William Smith-Hinds, Brian More and Sharon (Kershner) Metzger. The formal awards presentation will take place during Homecoming Weekend.  

Smith-Hinds will claim the Distinguished Alumni Award, and More and Metzger will each receive the Alumnus of the Year distinction.

The Distinguished Alumni Citation is designed to recognize exceptional service or achievement over a longer period of time – a premise similar to a lifetime achievement award.

Warren First Baptist Church to host annual Backpack Palooza July 18

Warren First Baptist Church plans to host its annual Backpack Palooza event on Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. During this event the church will pass out brand new backpacks, school supplies and socks to all children in and around the community.

Virtual parade winners

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II and the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce held a virtual Heritage Days Parade talent contest recently with the winners of the online voting receiving chamber gift checks in the amount of $100, $50 and $25, respectively, for first, second and third places. Theater Guild President Deanna Albertson (left) and chamber president Steve Kimmel (right) flank winners Gillian Lintz, first; Orion McCormack, second; and Latishia Carpenter, third.

Boys & Girls Club raises over $25K

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County raised a grand total of $25,680 at its annual Steak & Burger Night, held Monday, June 29.

The event kicked off with photos being taken at The Boys & Girls Club step and repeat banner with a colorful balloon arch. Next guests received ice cream from Whip & Chill ice cream truck. Donors walked through a gallery of silent auction items provided by local businesses.

Webb publishes new lecture series on Franklin now available on audiobook

Dr. Jeff Webb
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Dr. Jeff Webb, professor of history at Huntington University, has published a new lecture series, “Benjamin Franklin: Made in America.”

The audiobook, narrated by Webb, is now available on Apple Books.

“I’m passionate about this topic because Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most ‘relatable’ figure from early American history,” said Webb. “He started out in life as a modest tradesman and worked hard to achieve success.”

Holcomb, state health officials launch new mask initiative

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, have announced a statewide initiative to encourage Hoosiers to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The #MaskUpHoosiers initiative is launching with videos and photos of Hoosiers sharing their reasons for wearing a mask in public, which is one of the strongest steps possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, saving lives and allowing the state to continue its phased re-opening.

Doing it

Photo by Scott Trauner.

A crew from E&B Paving does road work in downtown Warren on Wednesday afternoon, July 1.

Going for it

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kailynn Land, 5, of Huntington, is about to make a splash during a backyard pool party in the 1300 block of W. Joe Street on Wednesday, July 1. Kailynn is the daughter of Karisa Land.

Turtle power

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Fascinated kids crowd around a table containing several local species of turtles during the talk presented by Interpretive Naturalist Sarah Malone (right) Saturday, June 27, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center at Salamonie Lake State Recreation Area. Some even dared to touch the shells of the turtles.

Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center getting updates, renovations

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center is in the midst of conducting major updates and renovations to its facility, including its exhibit galleries and exterior windows.

“A crew from Felderman Design Build will be here all week renovating, repairing and replacing all of our exterior windows,” said Daniel Johns, executive director of the center. “This was something that has needed to be done for a very long time.”

Crowd pleasers

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Heartstone Crossing entertains the crowd at Riverside Park for Warren’s Final Friday concert on Friday, June 26. More than 100 people set up lawn chairs, sat on benches or lounged in golf carts to watch the band. The next Final Friday event will be July 18, featuring Attaboy.