Optimists plan online Zoom meeting featuring reports from Leonard, Zay

Huntington Optimist Club invites the community to join in on a meeting and hear from State Rep. Dan Leonard and State Sen. Andy Zay.

The club will host Leonard and Zay in an online Zoom meeting on Thursday, May 21, at noon. They will present an update on what has been happening in the Indiana General Assembly this year.

The meeting will be streamed live on the club’s Facebook page at Face mistClub. A Facebook account is not necessary to watch the live stream.

PHH still under ‘no visitor’ policy with exceptions

Parkview Huntington Hospital is still under a “no visitor” policy, according to PHH President Juli Johnson, with the exception that one adult visitor is authorized for the duration of a patient’s stay for:

• Pediatric patients.
• Mothers delivering babies.
• Patients with special needs.

DNR shooting ranges set to re-open

Starting the week of May 18, most DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife-owned shooting ranges will begin to re-open.

All facilities will be following COVID-19 social distancing and cleaning requirements. Restrictions will reduce the number of recreational shooters on the shooting ranges at a given time.

Shooting range hours differ between ranges. Check open days and hours before visiting.

Shooting range hours and information can be found at

Ruthi, Beals, Sponseller are big winners at ‘Forester Night LIVE!’

The Huntington University Student Government Association held its annual Forester Night on May 5, but with COVID-19 restrictions placed on gatherings, this year’s Forester Night was streamed via Facebook Live and christened “Forester Night LIVE!”

With Huntington University graduate Jonathon Kane, Class of 2018, hosting the event all the way from Hollywood, CA, the unique Forester Night recognized the university’s best and brightest.

BSB provides Paycheck Protection Program funds

Bippus State Bank recently assisted several small businesses by providing Paycheck Protection Program funding through the Small Business Administration.

The bank funded over $15.8 million to 192 small businesses. That equates to more than 2,400 jobs saved.


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Dan Pinkerton has the sprayer out on a field in southern Huntington County on Wednesday afternoon, May 13.

Local woman earns Grace College education student teaching honor

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Alexa Hill

Alexa Hill of Huntington, and a Huntington North High School graduate, was one of three Grace College students recently awarded for excellence in student teaching.

Hill was named outstanding prospective teacher in elementary education for her time teaching first grade at Eisenhower Elementary School in Warsaw.

First Federal gets bank magazine Top 200 rating

First Federal Savings Bank (FFSB) has been named to American Banker Magazine’s Top 200 Community Banks for the ninth consecutive year.

The magazine qualifies banks for this listing if they have less than $2 billion in total assets and have stock that is publicly traded. There were 633 banks eligible to be ranked using these qualifiers. FFSB came in at No. 97 on this year’s list.

The magazine ranked the institutions based on the profitability metric, return on average equity, over a three-year period.

Only 13 banks from the state of Indiana made this elite list.

Armored up

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Ann Etter, a registered nurse in Parkview Huntington Hospital’s Emergency Department, prepares to enter an exam room to work with a patient. Taking appropriate precautions, she wears gloves, gown, two facemasks and eye protection, as well as a head cover, to prevent potential spread of COVID-19. In addition to making sure co-workers have sufficient PPE, the hospital has put multiple measures in place with enhanced infection prevention and safety in mind, including providing masks for all patients to wear.

Local United Way gets COVID-19 relief grant to help in county

United Way of Huntington County has announced that it has been awarded a $225,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Huntington County is a member.

These special funds will be used to boost the efforts of selected area human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Huntington County.

Cancel HNHS prom

Seniors of Huntington North High School will not have a prom formal this year, says HNHS Principal Rief Gilg.

Gilg sent an open letter to students on the high school’s Facebook page announcing the cancellation, citing health restrictions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the corporation from putting on the event.

Larson Insurance agent notes ‘Giving Table’ to stay as needed

Emily Smith, an agent at Larson Insurance LLP, stands behind the giving table located outside the agency’s office, at 1639 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. The table is stocked with both food and non-food items Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

As COVID-19 drove Hoosiers indoors to slow the spread of the virus, neighbors began helping neighbors by providing food and other essentials they could not otherwise obtain. So it was with Emily Smith, an agent at Larson Insurance LLP.

Smith was making cloth masks at home for her friends and family, but saw an additional need in the community and wanted to help meet it.

“I was home and I was working on my masks, and I had seen that the library was starting one,” she says. “I was inspired by people coming by and setting stuff out there.”

New Life cancels banquet

New Life Ministries has canceled its annual spring banquet, but is still holding a fund-raising drive to fund its various ministries.

With a goal of $50,000, funds collected will go to several projects, including renovations on the future men’s shelter, the Women’s Life House and Meal Ministry downtown.

Those who wish to donate may do so online at www.newlifeministries-in or send a check to the ministries office at 313 E. Franklin St., Huntington, IN 46750. Put “Spring Fund-raising Drive” in the memo line.

REMC cancels 2020 annual member meeting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Heartland REMC 2020 annual member meeting has been canceled.

The meeting, originally scheduled for June 27, draws an average of 4,000 people. To keep the members and employees safe and to comply with social distancing guidelines during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Heartland REMC board of directors decided to cancel the in-person meeting.

Boys & Girls Club Steak & Burger Picnic set for June 29

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County announces its 15th annual Steak & Burger Picnic will be held Monday, June 29, at the club, 608 E. State St., Huntington.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

All children will be given steak and adults will eat burgers, with the addition of more picnic-style foods on the menu including corn on the cob and ice cream floats.