Registration to begin for Love INC Christmas Gift Shop on Monday

Registration will begin for Love In the Name of Christ’s Christmas Gift Shop on Monday, Oct. 16, and will run until Nov. 22.

This year’s gift shop will be hosted at St. Peter’s First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington. The store will be open Dec. 14 and 15, but in order to participate, families must be registered by Nov. 22.

This is the sixth year in which the event has taken place, with last year’s event serving 140 families, including 316 children.

Birthday Book Club at Huntington Catholic School

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Catholic School students hold the books, purchased with the donations their parents made to celebrate their recent birthdays, during an all-school liturgy held Friday, Oct. 6. Pictured (from left) are Carter Myers, kindergarten; Ann Bergler and Addisen Bischoff, first grade; Genevieve Harrell, second grade; and Garrett Rosen, seventh grade.

Faithful students at Huntington Catholic School

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Huntington Catholic School students received spirit awards for faithfulness during an all-school liturgy held Friday, Oct. 6, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. They are (first row, from left) Rilynne Lewis, first grade; Jacoby Thornton, second grade; Cecilia Mullins, third grade, and Josephine Kline, fourth grade; and (back row, from left) Lillian Brumbaugh, fifth grade; Jax Mickley, sixth grade; Blaise Rupley, seventh grade; and Lucas Thomas, eighth grade.

Area communities set trick-or-treat hours

Area communities have set their official trick-or-treat hours for 2017.

They are:

Warren — Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Huntington — Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Andrews — Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Roanoke — Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Markle — Oct. 31 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Zanesville — Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Spirit of compassion at Huntington Catholic School

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Catholic School students were honored for exhibiting compassion during spirit awards handed out during an all-school liturgy at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Friday, Oct. 6. They are (front row, from left) Sara Arellano, first grade; Daniela Plascencia, second grade; Jess Mendoza, third grade, and Karsen Bischoff, fourth grade; and (back row, from left) Kaitlynn Fowerbaugh, fifth grade; Ellen Rorick, sixth grade; Garrett Rosen, seventh grade; and Chelsea Swada, eighth grade.

Pike joins the staff at Griff’s The Cutting Edge

Photo by Cindy Klepper.
Abigail Pike

Abigail Pike joined Griff’s The Cutting Edge, in downtown Huntington, in April.

Pike offers color, cuts, styles, makeup, manicures and pedicures at the salon.

A lifelong Huntington resident, Pike is a homeschool graduate and completed her training at Creations Beauty School in 2016.

Pike says she loves to talk to people, adding, “That’s the biggest reason I entered this industry.”

Pike is available each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and is accepting new clients.

Solid Rock men’s group to hold pizza fund-raiser

The Men’s Fellowship of Solid Rock United Methodist Church, in Warren, will host a fund-raiser at East of Chicago Pizza, in Warren, on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event, including all tips, will be used for local missions projects.

Annual Snowflake Bazaar set for Nov. 5

The annual Snowflake Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and after morning Masses on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The church is located at 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

College ranking website rates HU as the safest college in all of Indiana

Huntington University has been named the seventh safest school in the United States and the safest school in Indiana by

The website based its 2018 Safest College Campuses rankings on campus crime rate statistics compiled by the United States Department of Education and student reviews. It noted that the top ranked colleges have little or no campus crime, drugs or alcohol usage.

Andrews library adds Studio sessions to focus on art, science

Youth are invited to create at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library’s studio sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Studio is a program now open to 9-year-olds and older that features art and science activities, games and snacks. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, tweens and teens will make and eat fondue. Future Studio sessions will include paper circuits, DIY fidget spinners and cookie decorating.

The monthly adult craft, “Crafts & Coffee,” will meet on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. Crafters this month will create a book lover’s fall leaf banner.

Learning about decomposition

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Second-graders at Lancaster Elementary School learn about what kinds of materials will decompose faster than others at a station manned by volunteer Kristi Thomas (far right) Friday, Oct. 6, during Science Central’s “Keep it Current” event. Pictured (from left) are Braylon Gerdes, Ava Delagrange, Macie Maher, Fletcher Drabenstot and Mitchell Conley.  The kids learned about electricity, wind turbines, coal mining and other energy-related topics during the event, supported by a grant from UTEC.

WWII photographer tells his story in new book

Bill Jones, a resident of Heritage Pointe of Huntington, looks at copies of some of the aerial photos he took of Hiroshima showing the destruction of the city by the atomic bomb dropped by the United States during World War II. Jones’ story is included in a new book by Bluffton author Kayleen Reusser, “They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans.”
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Bill Jones, a former Columbia City resident now living at Heritage Pointe of Huntington, tells the story of his service during World War II in a new book by Bluffton author Kayleen Reusser.

Reusser’s book, “They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans,” includes 34 stories of men and women from every branch of the military that served in World War II. Jones served as an aerial photographer with the Army Air Corps and was assigned to take photos of Hiroshima to record what the city looked like after the bomb was dropped.

‘Down by the bay’

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jan Perkins (far left), of the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Children’s Department, leads a group of preschool children and their parents in a rendition of the song, “Down by the Bay,” during the library’s Fall Into Storytime session Wednesday, Oct. 4. Sessions for preschoolers are held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Huntington branch, and every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Markle branch.

Eyeing the prize

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Rylea Dewald, 9, of Wabash, takes aim with her bow, getting a bulls-eye with her shot during the beginner/intermediate archery class held Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Salvation Army in Huntington. She is the daughter of Cari Dewald. The classes, taught by instructor Jim Cole, are held on Mondays and Saturdays through the end of the month.

Flu shots set in Warren

The Huntington County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic at the Warren Pharmacy, in Warren, on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The new 2017 quadravalent flu shots will be available.

Current insurance, Medicaid or Medicare cards must be presented. The health department can bill some privately insured patients. Those patients may also send in the bill to their insurance plan for reimbursement. Payment must be made by cash or check. Assistance is available for uninsured patients.

Huntington County residency is not required.

Red Cross urges blood donation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others.
Huntington County will have its next blood drive on Monday, Oct. 16, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist to host soup supper, bazaar Oct. 14

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church will host a soup supper and bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu includes chili soup, vegetable soup, carrot and celery sticks, sandwiches, drinks, pies and cakes.

A free will offering will be taken for the meal.

The church is at 880E-1100N, Roanoke, at the intersection of CR1100N and CR100E.

Local woman enrolls at University fo Findlay

Brianna Mason, of Huntington, has enrolled at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, OH, for the fall of 2017. New students began their studies on Aug. 21.

Mason is pursuing a degree in animal science and a degree in nursing. She is a graduate of Huntington North High School.

Oden is new president of Metro Kiwanis in recent officer installation

Huntington Metro Kiwanis’ newly-installed president, Terry Oden (left), accepts the gavel from Dan Rumple, outgoing president.
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Huntington Metro Kiwanis recently installed the club’s new officers.

Terry Oden was installed as president by Wabash Valley Lt. Gov. Rita Dinius. Also installed were Evelyn Priddy, president-elect, and Rita Dinius, secretary/treasurer.

Installation of board members included Don Betterly, Barry Giggy, John Mason, Jim Dinius, Dan Rumple and Kevin Amick.

Pep talk

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Rotary Club President Cindy Krumanaker (background) listens as Rotary District Governor Lisa Waterman speaks to members of the local club during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the LaFontaine Center. Waterman’s talk focused on the future of Rotary.

HNHS cheer parents turn to flocks of flamingos for October fund-raiser

The Huntington North High School Cheer Parent Group is holding a Cheer Flocking fund-raiser thr-oughout October.

Residents can make a donation to the HNHS cheer squad and select a friend to have a flock of pink plastic flamingos planted in their front lawn for 24 hours, along with a sign explaining that the flamingos benefit the cheer squad. The flamingos will be set up and removed by a member of the parent group.

The donor can have a letter sent to the recipient of the flamingos or can choose to remain anonymous.

Historic Warren lining up participants for Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees

The Historic Warren organization is seeking businesses and community members to participate in its Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees, to be held on Nov. 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Participating businesses will open their doors to guests, offering visitors a small treat or shopping incentive to be used that evening or on a return visit.

Individuals, families and adult and youth organizations, as well as businesses, can sign up to decorate a tree to be displayed in one of the businesses or outdoors.

Riley earns national FFA honor

Madison Riley
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Madison Riley, a Huntington University junior from Goshen, will receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA organization during the FFA’s national convention, to be held Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.

Riley is a student in HU’s Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies, where she is majoring in agrimanagement and agrimarketing.

Riley has helped establish and lead the Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter at HU and was instrumental in bringing HU into partnership with Agriculture Future of America, says Dr. Raymond Porter, director of the Haupert Institute.

Troop 130 holding open house Oct. 23 Troop

The scouts of Boy Scout Troop 130 invite families with young men ages 11 to 17 who are interested in Boy Scouts to attend an open house on Monday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Life Church, in Huntington.

Boys can talk to scouts and scout leaders about the troop’s outdoor activities program as well as rank advancement and merit badge programs, and parents can direct questions about scouting to Troop 130 parents and leaders. Refreshments will be served.

Belinda Klemann is newest stylist at Lox Inc.

Belinda Klemann
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Belinda Klemann has returned to Lox Inc., in Huntington.

Klemann has 28 years of experience as a hairstylist. She specializes in men’s, women’s and children’s cuts, as well as color perms, facial waxing and pedicures.

She joins stylists Lu Ann Hobbs, Mary Bradberry, Liz Wilson, Dianne Beard and Christy Snover at Lox.

New clients are welcome.

For an appointment, call 519-1322 or 388-5195.

Lox Inc. is at 125 Stadium Drive, Huntington.

YSB to offer training in suicide prevention

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County will be hosting a QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) training on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

This free suicide prevention training will be held at the Youth Services Bureau’s office at 1344 Maple Drive, Huntington.  

Participants will learn local and state statistics, myths and facts, warning signs and risk factors, local resources and much more as it relates to suicide.

Making an effort

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Students at Roanoke Elementary School received “Strongest Link” awards for October for exhibiting the life skill of effort.

HNHS in pilot media arts program at H’well

Huntington North High School, along with four other area high schools, is participating in a pilot media arts program at the Honeywell Center, in Wabash.

The program, which meets every school day afternoon, is offered through a collaboration between the Honeywell Foundation and Heartland Career Center. It offers hands-on learning with state-of-the-art media equipment for students interested in the media arts and connects students with media professionals from across the United States.

The students can earn dual credit through Vincennes University.

Begley to speak at 1st Nazarene

Rev. Paul Begley will speak on “Bible Prophecy for Today” on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene.

Begley will teach about understanding today’s world events from a Biblical perspective. Separate subjects will be taught at each meeting.

He has a television program each Sunday night, a website at www.paulbeg and a YouTube channel, where he has more than 100,000 followers.

Discovering asteroids

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Abby Lorenz, 7, looks at the “crater” she made using a ball “asteroid,” in an experiment as part of the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Discovery Club on Wednesday, Oct. 4. She is assisted by Youth Services Librarian Jana Bonfield, who led the group of youngsters in learning about asteroids, meteors, meteorites and other objects found in space.