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State honors local poll worker for her contribution to election process

Joanna Grassl (third from left), “Huntington County’s poll worker extraordinaire,” poses with (from left) Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer and Pam Fowler, Huntington County voter registration and election deputy, after Lawson recognized Grassl as Huntington County’s Poll Worker of the Year on Thursday, March 16.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published March 20, 2017.

Joanna Grassl loves politics.

But don’t expect to see her name on the ballot.

“I don’t want to be in politics. It’s too much dog eat dog,” she says. “But I enjoy the outside part of it, the voting, how it works.”

And if there’s an election going on, she’s likely to be there, making sure the voting process runs smoothly and that everyone who wants to cast a ballot has that opportunity.


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Pulse wins several honors at recent competition

The Pulse Opera House production of “Nunsense” won a host of awards at the American Association of Community Theatre’s Indiana AACTFest 2017 competition, held March 18 and 19 at the Kokomo Civic Theatre. The cast includes (from left) Chrysa Keenon, Jessica Dodson, Linda Willard, Stacia Brinneman and Jana Henly. Brinneman and Henly won individual awards, as did director Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok.
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The Pulse Opera House in Warren won “Outstanding Performance” in the American Association of Community Theatre’s Indiana AACTFest 2017 competition, held March 18 and 19 at Kokomo Civic Theatre.  

The Pulse production of “Nunsense” also won trophies for Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok, for Outstanding Direction; Stacia Brinneman, for Outstanding Supporting Performance; and Jana Henly, for Outstanding Supporting Performance.

The Pulse was also recognized for Excellence in Ensemble Performance.


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INDOT improving traffic lights along U.S. 24

The Indiana Department of Transportation has begun improving traffic signals at numerous intersections along U.S.-24 in Allen, Whitley and Huntington counties.

Michiana Contracting was scheduled to begin the signal modernization project near Fort Wayne on March 20 and will move west along U.S.-24 toward Huntington County, wea-ther permitting.


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Furrow blast earns HU softball team twinbill sweep over MVNU

Huntington University pitcher Lairen Miller winds up to deliver a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday, March 21. MIller pitched a three-hitter as the Foresters swept the Cougars.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A two-run home run by Camille Furrow proved to be the game-winner in the second game and earned the Huntington University softball team a doubleheader sweep over visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday, March 21.

The Foresters, 8-7-1, won the first game, 3-1, behind a three-hitter by pitcher Lairen Miller, but trailed MVNU, 4-2, entering the bottom of the fourth inning. A Casey Lehman sacrifice fly and a Cougar error helped the Foresters knot the contest at 4-4 before Furrow launched a moon shot over the center field fence for what turned out to be game-winner.