HU honors alums during homecoming activities

Dr. Dave Rahn (third from left) received the Huntington University Alumnus of the Year honor on Saturday, Oct. 3, during HU Homecoming activities.
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Dr. Dave Rahn was named Huntington University Alumnus of the Year and Beth Waterman was honored as Young Alumna of the Year during the university's homecoming ceremonies on Oct. 3.

In addition, Edward and Kaylene Souers were chosen to receive the Distinguished Alumni Citation.

Business of the month for October

Photo by Jessica Williams.

First Federal Savings Bank Corporation has been named the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for October. Pictured from left are Terry Miller, JoDeane Knowles, Satin Lemon, Michael Zahn, Brittanie Scheiber, Sue Wilhelm, Tera Garretson and Chamber President Bob Brown.

Food drive collection Oct. 10 at Huntington Wal-Mart store

Huntington University, STAR 88.3 and the Associated Churches of Allen County are sponsoring a "Share the Love" food drive through Oct. 10.

A collection will be held at the Wal-Mart store in Huntington on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food donations made at the Huntington location will be given to food banks in the community.

Those making a donation can enter a drawing to win four "meet and greet" passes to meet the Newsboys at the "Reach" event Oct. 18 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.


HU inducts 13 into communications honor society

Advisor Heather Barkley (front row, left) poses with the new members of Lambda Pi Eta, a communication studies honor society.
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Heath Pearson, of Huntington, is one of 13 new members inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta chapter at Huntington University.

Pearson is a junior majoring in communication studies. Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association.
The induction ceremony was held Sept. 19 at Habecker Dining Commons.

Fast pace

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

On Sunday, Oct. 4, participants in the 5K leg of the triathlon get off to a hot start. The event, which benefits United Way, was sponsored by Parkview Huntington Hospital. The swimming portion of the race was held at the Parkview Huntington YMCA.

Attaboy single makes Christian charts

Attaboy includes (from left) Jeff Edgel, Amos Caley and Chris Brumbaugh. The band’s single “Wait on You” is on the Billboard Top 30 for Christian Contemporary Hit Radio.
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"Wait on You," a single by the Huntington-based band Attaboy is on the Billboard Top 30 for Christian Contemporary Hit Radio.

The song was at No. 28 the week of Oct. 5, after four weeks on the chart. Its highest position to date, reached in its first week, was No. 27.

The single was released to Christian radio stations nationwide in June.

Top guns

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The "NOS" team of (from left) Austin Hale, Triston Smeltzer, Cole Ray, Tre Clemons and Charles Dydasco went undefeated to capture the Fall 2009 Middle School Dodgeball Tournament held on Sept. 26 at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. The next season starts Feb. 19.

Trash schedule changes for Columbus Day

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12.

Trash routes normally covered on Mondays will be covered instead on Tuesday, Oct. 13, along with Tuesday's regular trash route.

All items for pickup should be placed out by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.


State, national corn husking contests to be held Oct. 17-18 at area location

The 2009 Indiana and National Corn Husking contests will be held Oct. 17 and 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., near North Manchester.

Contest classes are divided into male and female age groups and time limits vary from 10 to 30 minutes.
Contestants husk corn from one row and throw the ears of corn into a horse drawn wagon, after which the corn is weighed.

Concessions will also be available.

The contests will take place on Ind.-114, one mile east of North Mancheser.

Mini geldings

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Jerry Patterson and Haley Thomas hold their donkey entries, during one of the halter class divisions, on Saturday, Oct. 2. The Huntington County Mule and Donkey Show was held at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club.

Five vying for MIss Huntington crown

Five young women - Ashley Rethlake, Alli Harris, Lauren Petersen, Lindsey Berggren and Stephanie Spitnale - are in the running for the title of Miss Huntington 2010.

One of the five will be crowned during the Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant, which will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Huntington North High School auditorium.

The reining Miss Huntington, Mallory Bunting, will be on hand to crown her successor.

Bunting, as well as each of the five contestants, will perform during the afternoon presentation.

HU Foundation honors Henn with service award

The Huntington University Foundation honored Emmaline "Emmy" Purviance Henn with the Distinguished Service Award at its annual dinner Monday.

The foundation established this award in 2002 to recognize individuals or organizations that embody the principles associated with the mission of Huntington University. Recipients give substance and credence to the university's beliefs, serve as effective role models for students and receive recognition for the tremendous contribution they make to the Huntington County community.

Humane Society dog walk on Saturday

Participants at the first "Waggin' Tails Doggie Trails" Dog Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10, will have an opporutnity to win a new scooter, provided by Hometown Video, of Huntington.
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The Huntington County Humane Society will host its first "Waggin' Tails Doggie Trails" Dog Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The walk will take place on the Lime City Trail at Evergreen Park, 1390 Evergreen Rd. The rain date is Oct. 17.

In addition to the walk, the event will include pet photo opportunities, prizes for pets with the best Halloween costumes and prizes for high marks on an animal safety quiz. Items will be offered for sale at the Puppy Closet.

Ghoulish wedding

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Bart Willard (left) officiates the wedding ceremony between Mike and Melissa Antonides, on Thursday, Oct. 1. The event marked the opening of the Haunted Hotel, located in downtown Huntington, on Jefferson St.

Pulse Opera House to sell fresh evergreens as expense fund-raiser

The Pulse Opera House will sell fresh evergreens for its annual fundraiser to help offset the operating expenses of the theater in Warren.

Evergreens will be sold until Oct. 24. Several different types of wreaths, swags, live trees, centerpieces and garlands are available for purchase.

Purchases can be made by calling 375-2436 or 375-3329 or in person at the opera house on Oct. 23 or 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The evergreens are also available to ship.


Red Cross offers CPR, babysitting training classes in month of October

The Huntington County American Red Cross is offering CPR classes and babysitting training sessions in October.

Those who have already been trained in CPR can earn recertification in adult CPR during a session offered on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Red Cross says that individuals who have repeated training in CPR have greater knowledge retention and more confidence in their skills than those who participate infrequently in the training.

Safety council to discus crisis prevention program

The next meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council is Oct. 14 in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

Patsy Hendricks, RN, director of clinical services at Parkview Behavioral Health, will present "Crisis Prevention in the Workplace."

Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 9.

For more information, contact Holly Sale, HCSC president, at 355-3203 or


Andrews Town Council to meet Wednesday

The Andrews Town Council will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall.

This is a change from the regularly scheduled date of the second Monday of the month.

For additional information, call the clerk-treasurer's office at 786-3848.


Wilson Gallery features works by Newell

Huntington University's Robert E. Wilson Gallery will feature works by award-winning Indiana artist Pamela Chase Newell from Oct. 15 to Nov. 14.

The exhibit will include luminous oil and pastel paintings of landscapes, gardens and still-life pieces.

"I paint the transient light and color that captivates me and hope the moment portrayed touches the heart of the viewer," Newell says in her artist statement.

The gallery will host an artist reception for Chase Newell at 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Future Foresters in HU Homecoming Parade

Photo by Jessica Williams.

The children of Huntington University faculty and staff participate in the HU Homecoming Parade on Friday evening, Oct. 2.

Sweet ride for the president

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Huntington University President G. Blair Dowden (second from left) and his wife, Kris (left) ride down the Huntington University Homecoming Parade route in the back of an antique Ford owned and driven by Ed Smith.

Huntington University announces homecoming royalty

Amos Rawley (right), a Bible and religion major from Greencastle, PA, was named king, and Katie Aeschliman, a public relations major from Stryker, OH, was crowned queen when the Huntington University student body crowned its homecoming royalty Oct. 2.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Seniors in the homecoming court included Melissa Keighin, a social work major from Carlock, IL; Danielle Miller, a communication studies major from Findlay, OH; Jessica Rhode, a nursing major from Japan; Matthew Cable, a youth ministries and missions major from Chambersburg, PA; Joel Reichenbach, a youth ministries major from Bluffton, OH; and Peter Owens, a Bible and religion major from Indianapolis.

Representing the freshman class were court attendants Lauren Kerr, a missions major from Lake Orion, MI, and George Halim, a broadcasting major from Canada.

Harlem Ambassadors to perform Oct. 14

The Harlem Ambassadors will be brining their hoop artistry and laughs to the Huntington North High School Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., thanks to the efforts of the Huntington Lions Club.
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The Harlem Ambassadors will bring their professional basketball show to Huntington on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The traveling team will face a local team made up of former Huntington University and Huntington North High School basketball standouts, along with several local business persons, in a game beginning at 7 p.m. in the Huntington North High School gym.

The game is sponsored by the Huntington Lions Club, and all proceeds will be used for youth projects sponsored by the Lions Club.

Landfill project moving forward

The Common Council of the City of Huntington and the Board of Public Works and Safety held a special joint meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17 in the council room in the City Building.

The two panels acted on the lease of an amount of land in the city landfill to Nature's Fuel, a company that is known as a "Waste To Energy" facility that converts solid waste into bio-oil, says City Landfill Director Ann Tompkins.

County BZA to review tower request

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals reviewed an application for a communications tower and received an update on a biodiesel permit granted one year ago at the BZA's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Tom Farms, LLC, requested a special exemption to allow placement of a 140-foot communications tower at 4561W-1200N-35, South Whitley. The BZA approved his request, and the tower will be used for GPS in farm equiptment.

Sale for a cause

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Melissa Ivey (left), of Community Link Federal Credit Union, helps Sheryl Rea with her purchase on Friday, Sept. 25. Employees donated items for a sidewalk sale, with the proceeds to benefit the United Way campaign.

Seeking shoebox of gifts for needy children

Franklin Graham's Samaritan Purse Organization sponsors the Operation Christmas Child Program that collects gift-wrapped shoeboxes for needy children around the world.

Each year they ask churches, youth groups, 4-H Clubs, Scout Troops, families or individuals to get out their shoeboxes and fill them to send to a child in a poor country. These boxes can be filled with small toys, crayons, colored pencils, paper, toothbrush and paste, brush and comb, soap bar and wash rag, or anything else unbreakable or able to be mailed that can fit into it.

Benefit for family of Tena Johnson on Oct. 10 to include golf, auction

A benefit for the family of the late Tena Johnson will be held Saturday, Oct. 10.

Activities will include a golf tournament at Norwood Golf Club and a hog roast and benefit auction in downtown Andrews.

Johnson died in a car crash on Sept. 2, leaving a 12-year-old daughter as well as an adult daughter behind. She lived in Andrews and worked at Miller's Pub in Andrews.

Paper Artisans will sponsor 'Crop and Shop' event Oct. 24 at Hier's Park

The Paper Artisans Extension Homemaker Club will sponsor a "Crop and Shop" on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 .m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The cost of the event includes a baked potato bar lunch. Drinks and snacks will also be provided during the day. The registration deadline is Oct. 16.

A garage sale of paper crafting supplies will take place during the day. Several vendors will also be in attendance. Those who wish to just shop may do so at no charge.

For additional information, call Sharon McCoart at 356-1833.


Some Lincoln students qualify for free tutoring to help them catch up

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, a Learning Fair was held at Lincoln Elementary to inform Lincoln parents about the free tutoring being offered to their students.

Based on the ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress - Plus) scores, Lincoln has failed to meet AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for the past four years. Because of this, Lincoln is to offer free tutoring to eligible students, or a Supplemental Educational Service (SES).