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Buddy of local Vietnam KIA plants seed that becomes monument to 17 locals who died

Emily Goedesky (left) and her sister, Rachel Zahm, both of Huntington, hold up a banner with the photos of the 17 Huntington County men killed in the Vietnam War, including their father. The sisters have been trying to reach family members of the men to invite them to the unveiling and dedication of a memorial to the Vietnam veterans during ceremonies to be held Nov. 11 at Memorial Park.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Oct. 12, 2017.

It was 50 years ago that Thomas Aquinas Parker, a United States Navy corpsman, lost his life in Vietnam.

He never came home, but for two of his daughters, Parker’s story is vividly alive, even if memory of him has faded since the women gave him up to war while they were but young children.

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Sheriff’s dept. K-9 officer Zeek is in running for grant in online contest

Zeek, the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department K-9 officer, is in the running for a grant to be awarded through online voting.
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The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Zeek, is in the running for a grant of up to $5,000 from Aftermath, a company that offers emergency and crime scene cleanup services.

The grants will be awarded on the basis of online votes. A link to the voting site is on the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department page on Facebook. Individuals can cast one vote a day through Nov. 7.

The five top vote-getters will receive grants. The money is designated for upkeep, training and equipment to support police K-9 units.

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Roanoke council hires engineering firm for street improvement project bid documents

The Roanoke Town Council hired civil engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink to prepare the bid documents for street improvement projects in town next year at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The town will pay $49,992 to Fleis & VandenBrink for its services, which will include the drafting of bidding paperwork, drawings and specifications for the projects, of which there will be six.

Roanoke was awarded a Community Crossings Matching Grant totaling $567,232.50 in September that will fund the majority of the work. The total cost of the projects will be $756,310.

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Lady Vike spikers grab three all-conference first team spots

Three members of the Huntington North High School volleyball team have been named to the Northeast 8 Conference first team.

Senior Kalee Platt and juniors Macy Niswander and Maddy Robrock received the honor for the Lady Vikings. Platt, an outside hitter, finished with 213 kills and a team-high 59 aces. Niswander, a middle blocker, led Huntington North in kills, with 278, and total blocks, with 76. Robrock, also a middle blocker, logged 236 kills while registering 60 total blocks, finishing second on the team in both categories.

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'Plein air' painting

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Dennis Albertson, of Hamilton, does some "Plein Air" painting at the annual Renaissance in Roaonke on Saturday, Oct. 14, in downtown Roanoke. The event featured "Plein Air" competitions, music, entertainment, food and children's activities.