Rock Creek graduates gather in Fort Wayne to mark 44 years

The Rock Creek Township High School Class of 1966 celebrated its 44-year reunion in Fort Wayne on Saturday, June 5.
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The Rock Creek Township High School (Huntington County) Class of 1966 met for its 44-year reunion on Saturday, June 5, in Fort Wayne at the home of Claude and Jill Sparks.

Of the 19 graduates, one is deceased, Mike Fisher.

Governor in town to hail new industry, 350 jobs in city

Gov. Mitch Daniels (right) speaks at a ceremony at Continental Structural Plastics in the Riverfork Industrial Park in Huntington on Wednesday, Aug. 11, as the factory announced its newest location that is expected to bring up to 350 jobs to town by 2012.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Governor Mitch Daniels was in Huntington on Wednesday, Aug. 11 to announce the addition of Continental Structural Plastics Inc. to the county's fleet of industries. The automotive and industrial composite manufacturer, based in Troy, MI, is expected to bring 350 jobs by 2012.

According to a release issued by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, CSP is planning to invest more than $9 million in the existing 200,000 square-foot location.

Lentes ends 18-year job at HCCSC

Huntington County Community School Corporation Food Service Director Tom Lentes ended his 18-year career in Huntington effective Friday, Aug. 13.

His resignation was unanimously accepted during the Aug. 10 meeting of the HCCSC Board of School Trustees.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chuck Grable represented the corporation's administrative staff at the meeting in the absence of Superintendent Tracey Shafer, who was ill.

Looking for the classroom

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Wyatt Davis looks around for his new classroom upon arriving at Lancaster Elementary School for the first day of classes on Thursday, Aug 12.

Relining the tennis courts

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Stan Nichols, of Leslie Coating Inc. out of Indianapolis, takes his time relining the tennis courts at Memorial Park on Friday, Aug. 6, following recent recoating. Pickle ball courts were also painted.

Pacesetter bingo

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Dan Rumple (background, center) calls numbers and Jenna Strick (background, left) spins the wheel as community members await a winning number during the United Way Financial Pacesetters' Prize Basket Bingo on Thursday, Aug. 5.

Boys and Girls Club expanding services to Warren starting Aug. 23

Deidre Irick was recently hired at the Boys and Girls Club to be the Warren site coordinator. The Warren Club, which will meet at Salamonie School starting Aug. 23, is an extension of the Huntington Club.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Starting Aug. 23, the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County will be offering its services to the youth of Warren.

Deidre Irick, Warren site coordinator, says the program is made possible via a grant the club received.

"We received the 21st Century grant, which is good for four years," Irick states. "It was important to us as well as the Boys and Girls Club Association to establish a site in Warren."

Freshmen orientation at HNHS

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Incoming Huntington North High School freshmen wander down the halls during Freshmen Orientation at the school on Monday, Aug. 9. The 2010-2011 school year starts today, Thursday, Aug. 12.

Honoring its service

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Members of various area Boy Scouts Troops, including Huntington's Troop 637, participate in a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 7 at Salamonie Reservoir. Over 40 flags of various sizes were properly retired during the ceremony.

Getting the fixings at ice cream social

Photo by Andre Laird.

Cindy Zay (left) and Rebecca Curry add their favorite toppings to their ice cream and brownie combos during an ice cream social, held at Victory Noll, on Sunday, Aug. 8. The event also included kids' games and clowns.

Arts Initiative organizes ‘Dog Days of Summer’

To show that visual art can be a part of everyday life and to increase foot traffic in the downtown area, the Huntington Arts Initiative Inc. has organized an outdoor art exhibit called "Dog Days of Summer."

The exhibit, set to open on Aug. 22, gives area artists the opportunity to take a simple object and transform it into a work of art. Specifically, the artists will paint fire hydrants to resemble dogs of various breeds. Arts Initiative founders Debbie Dyer, Rich Najuch and Ann Siegfried believe the exhibit will benefit everyone in the community.

Midwest America FCU collecting items for troops

All branches of MidWest America will be collecting items to send to overseas troops in Afghanistan Aug. 2 through Sept. 3.

Last year, the credit union collected over 230 boxes and shipped them to American troops.

MidWest will assemble items and ship the care packages to as many soldiers as possible. Monetary donations will also be accepted to purchase any remaining items not collected and will be used to help offset the cost of shipping the care packages. This year, many of the branches have created special displays in their lobbies to draw attention to this drive.

Huntington County Chamber to host Hoosier Heartland group

New opportunities for economic vitality and development for Huntington County will be available through the completion of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor, says a recent release in the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce's weekly newsletter.

The Hoosier Heartland Corridor is a proposed four-lane highway running between Toledo, OH, and Lafayette, IN. The section yet to be developed in Huntington County is designated A7. It would be a four-lane highway to be constructed from the GM plant to Roanoke.

Roanoke PTO benefits from Roanoke 10K/5K

Representing On Turf Sports, John Nelson (right) presents a $502 check to Roanoke Elementary PTO Chairwoman Cindy Mitchell (center) as Roanoke Elementary Principal Paul Roth looks on.
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The organizers of the Discover Roanoke 10K/5K recently presented the Roanoke Elementary PTO with a $502 check after the inaugural run/walk was held in Roanoke.

In addition to the gift to the PTO, the organizers also provided financial contributions to the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department and Huntington County Emergency Management in appreciation of their assistance.

The event was sponsored by Edward Jones, United REMC, Bippus State Bank, American Specialty, All-Sport Drink, Dick's Sporting Goods and Unilever of Huntington.

Roanoke Library Board moves meeting day

The Roanoke Public Library Board of Trustees has moved its regular meeting night from the second Tuesday of the month to the fourth Tuesday of the month.

The next scheduled meeting will be on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Roanoke Library.

The public is welcome to attend.