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Leadership Academy idea may help fill vacancies

The members of the Huntington County Vacant Buildings Committee are (from left) Terry Miller, Malcolm McBryde and Dessie Krumanaker, who founded the group from a project birthed during a Huntington County Leadership Academy class. They seek to find occupants for the county’s vacant commercial buildings.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

An idea that grew out of a Huntington County Leadership Academy think tank is taking aim at filling empty buildings in Huntington and throughout the county.

Simply called the “Huntington County Vacant Buildings Committee,” the group is looking for commercial buildings that are without occupants, with the idea of connecting them with businesses that are seeking a spot to land.
The group is made up of three Leadership Academy graduates, Dessie Krumanaker, Malcolm McBryde and Terry Miller, who came together during the 2018 academy in March.

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Pathfinder honors Sather, three more at annual dinner

Allan Sather (left) receives the 2018 Pathfinder Services Herbert D. LaMont Award from LaMont’s daughter, Diane Adams, on behalf of his brother, Britt Sather, owner of the Huntington McDonald’s restaurant.  The award was presented during the Pathfinder Services annual recognition dinner held Thursday, Nov. 8.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The annual Pathfinder Services recognition dinner honored one of its board members Thursday, Nov. 8, by creating a new award in his honor.

Chant Thompson, who is retiring from the board after serving eight years, was lauded for his achievements on behalf of the organization by board Vice Chair Paula Whiting. Thompson served two three-year terms followed by two years on the advisory commission.

“Because of his leadership, we have a very diverse board,” she said. “He’s very engaged in the mission of Pathfinder Services.”

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Lincoln makes big jump as state announces accountability grades

Huntington County’s schools either remained the same in their state accountability grades or went down a grade, with the exception of Lincoln Elementary School, which went from an F in 2016-17 to a C for this past school year.
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) made the 2017-18 grades public Wednesday, Nov. 14, with the Huntington County Community School Corporation receiving an overall grade of B.

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Aschliman, Shaw win twice but HNHS swimgirls lose to Bluffton

Juniors Allie Aschliman and Laney Shaw each won two events but the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team fell to host Bluffton, 117-62, on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Aschliman, won the 200-meter individual medley, in 2:53.10, and the 100-meter butterfly, in 1:15.99, while Shaw claimed the 50-meter freestyle, in :31.15, and the 100-meter freestyle, in 1:10.25, to get four of the five HNHS wins on the night.

Macy Lange got the remaining victory in the 200-meter freestyle, touching the wall in 2:48.31.

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Christmas in City set for Nov. 24 in Huntington

Featuring children’s activities, a visit by Santa Claus and a tree lighting ceremony, Christmas in the City will take place in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov 24.

Children’s activities will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will be located in the third block of the downtown area. The activities will include free camel, pony and train rides, a petting zoo, face painting in the 5th Parlour and ornament painting in Giggabuggy, the latter which will have a small fee.