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County resident Brennan recalls time spent with moonwalker as 50th anniversary rolls in

Mike Brennan, of Huntington County, sits next to the trophy he received for winning the Purdue Grand Prix in 1975. He is holding a copy of a newspaper article that was written about his victory. After the race, Brennan got to meet Neil Armstrong, who served as the event’s grand marshal.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Long before astronaut Neil Armstrong was walking on the moon, he was walking to class at Purdue University.

Upon returning to earth, Armstrong maintained ties with his alma mater in West Lafayette. For instance, in 1975, he served as grand marshal of the Purdue Grand Prix, a large go-kart race held annually at the school.

And it’s in this context that a resident of Huntington County, Mike Brennan, met Armstrong.

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New local SA head glad for established set-up

The sign in front of the Huntington Salvation Army location welcomes Maj. Normalene Daniels, who began her new assignment on June 25. Daniels says she hopes to improve on the already-solid foundation that was laid by previous Salvation Army officers.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It’s the first time that Maj. Normalene Daniels has landed in a new assignment that she didn’t have to “clean up.”

The Salvation Army officer started her new deployment at the Huntington branch on June 25 and in the past 26 years she’s been an officer, she has always been assigned to a new place that had a lot of remedial work to do. Not so in Huntington, she says.

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Former sheriff’s criminal justice class a big hit in first year

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees learned that one class at the high school experienced a success this past school year, leading to doubling the number of students taking it next fall.

Former Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel, who now is the instructor of the criminal justice class, said he learned nearly as much as his students during his first class. Students previously attended a criminal justice class at Heartland Career Center in Wabash.

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YMCA, Faith Community Church to offer fall rec soccer league

Lightning team member Joshua Lippe (in the yellow shirt at left) battles players from the Storm team (in purple shirts from left) Lillian Blair, Gracie Briggs and Noah Alwine in the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA fall soccer league. Registration for the upcoming season is open now until Aug. 11.
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Parkview Huntington Family YMCA is partnering with Faith Community Church of God again this fall to offer a Huntington United Fall Rec Soccer League.

The goal of this league is to provide instruction to assist in the development of soccer skills. Three age divisions are offered for the fall league, including 7U, 10U and 14U.

Kids registering for 7U should be 5, 6 and 7 years old and must not turn 8 before Sept. 1. Those in the 10U division are 8, 9 and 10 years old not turning 11 before Sept. 1. Athletes in the 14U division cannot turn 15 before Sept. 1.

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Stanley wears crown as county’s 4-H fair royalty winner

The 2019 Huntington County 4-H Fair Royalty Court is (from left) Rebecca Landers, who won the Spirit Award; second runner-up Sarah Landers; Royalty Champion Crosley Stanley; first runner-up Kennidy Lauer; and Danita Clark. The pageant took place Friday, July 12, in the First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Crosley Stanley will wear the crown as the 2019 Huntington County 4-H Royalty Champion, after she came out the winner of the contest between five young ladies on Friday, July 12.

The rest of the royalty court was named with Kennidy Lauer as first runner-up and Sarah Landers as second runner-up. Rebecca Landers won the Spirit Award, which was voted on by her fellow contestants.

Danita Clark also participated in the contest.