New assistant chief

Matt Hughes (third from left) is sworn in as assistant chief of the Huntington Police Department by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) during a ceremony held Monday morning, Oct. 6. Laura Hughes, Matt Hughes' wife, (second from left) holds the Bible for the ceremony, and Chief Chad Hacker looks on at right.

Local National Guard armory to host Red Cross blood drive on Oct. 19

Many blood donors report making their first blood donation while in high school.

High school and college students account for about 20 percent of all blood donations to the Red Cross. Individuals can begin donating at 17 years old, or 16 in some states, and continue to donate as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

Local among 3 HU alumni honored at homecoming

Huntington University President Sherilyn Pemberton (center) stands with Janet Clark (right), recipient of the university’s Distinguished Alumni Citation, and Jonathan Brenneman, who was named Young Alumnus of the Year.
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Huntington resident Janet Clark was one of three Huntington University alumni honored during the school's homecoming luncheon on Oct. 4.

Clark, along with Racel Tinon Rempt and Jonathan Brenneman, were recognized for their work in advancing the university's mission to impact the world for Christ.

Clark received the Distinguished Alumni Citation for devoting her life to educating and ministering to children.

Huntington County Extension to hold its annual meeting on Nov. 3

Purdue Extension's annual meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 3, at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park, Huntington.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Kipling D. Williams from Purdue University. Williams graduated from Ohio State University in 1981 with his Ph.D. in social psychology. He is a professor at Purdue teaching in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

His publications and research can be found online at

Seniors can walk at Sr. Center on Tuesdays

The Huntington County Extension Office will start a new program, Walking Indoors, at the Senior Center in Huntington.

The program will begin Tuesday, Oct. 14, and be held every other Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participants will walk and exercise in a chair. Information on proper nutrition and a healthy diet will be provided. A free snack will be provided at every class.

First Farmers acquires IL banks

First Farmers Financial Corporation, the holding company of First Farmers Bank & Trust, has entered into agreements to acquire 100 percent of the stock of three community banks in Illinois.

First Farmers Bank & Trust plans to acquire Community Bank, in Hoopeston, IL; United Community Bank, in Oakwood, IL; and First National Bank of Chrisman, in Chrisman, IL. The Illinois banks will be merged into First Farmers Bank & Trust.

First Farmers currently operates 27 community bank branches in Indiana and Illinois, including one at 211 Hauenstein Rd., Huntington.

Apple Day

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Kindergartners in Cathy Geyer's classroom at Roanoke Elementary School recently had "Apple Day." One of the apple activities was to make homemade applesauce. The students helped by peeling the apples. Pictured is Dominic Ollar helping Geyer peel an apple.

Markle’s ‘Christmas in Our Town’ celebration to be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7

Markle's "Christmas in ‘Our Town'" will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7.

Organizers are looking for individuals to help the Chamber of Commerce organize and plan the weekend. Businesses are asked to sponsor or plan events.

To volunteer, call Linda Beck at 820-0089 by Oct. 17.
Activities planned include horse and wagon rides, craft vendors, Santa visits, train rides for kids, a soup supper and organ recital.


Dreyer Sharpe Memorial Dog Park officially opens at shelter

Ron Sharpe (second from left) reaches out to Pat Merckx (seated), president of the Huntington County Humane Society, during a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 4, for the Susan Dreyer Sharpe Memorial Dog Park adjacent to the humane shelter.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Susan Dreyer Sharpe Memorial Dog Park at the Huntington County Humane Shelter was officially opened on Saturday, Oct. 4, with cake, punch, short speeches - and a bevy of dogs getting used to the idea that they could run free inside an expansive field of grass.

The park was donated by Ron Sharpe in memory of his late wife, who operated a dog training business and had been involved in the Huntington County Humane Society prior to her death in September of 2013.

Blessing the pets

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Rev. John Pfister, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church (right), offers the Blessing of the Animals at Helping Paws Pet Haven on Friday, Oct. 3, as Director Dawn Stanley (left) and volunteer Mary Lou Overman listen.

Trout part of college’s livestock judging team

Thomas Trout, of Huntington, was a member of the livestock judging team from Black Hawk College East Campus, in Galva, IL, that participated in the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Exposition Contest in Omaha, NE.

The team earned the second high team overall ranking, following a first place finish in beef, second in swine, third in sheep/goats and fourth in reasons.

The next contest for the team will be Oct. 16 to 18 at the Purdue & Stockman Invitational in Indiana.


TNT Glass opens its doors in Roanoke

Chris Clemons stands outside TNT Glass, now open in Roanoke.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

TNT Glass is now open in Roanoke.

The shop is owned by Chris Clemons, who worked at Huntington Glass for 10 years until that business closed, and his wife Wendy Clemons.

TNT Glass can replace broken glass in windows and doors in all types of buildings, both commercial and privately owned.

All types of class are available, including insulated glass and tempered glass, Clemons says.

The business is able to cut and replace tabletops, mirrors and shower doors, he adds.

Clemons says he will also replace screens and door closures.

Grandparents’ Day

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Sam Williams (left) chooses a doughnut while his friend, Noah Wagner, waits for him as Sam's grandparents Sharon and Steve Williams, follow in line at Roanoke Elementary School. The school celebrated Grandparent/VIP Day on Thursday, Oct. 2. Students enjoyed breakfast with their VIPs, did a craft project together and had their pictures taken together.  Students could also give their VIPs a tour of the building and show them their classrooms and do activities in the classroom as well.

Clear Creek Church plans homecoming celebration

The Clear Creek Community Church will celebrate 150 years of Christian fellowship with a homecoming celebration at the church on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The special service will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a carry-in lunch and Christian fellowship after the meal.

Everyone is welcome whether they attended the church or would just like to celebrate its anniversary and see the church.

Anyone who may have articles, pictures or memorabilia of the church is asked to share them with the congregation. A special display will be set up so all can enjoy the history of the church.

Faith Community to host Senior party

Faith Community Church of God is the location of the October Senior party sponsored by Norwood Health and Rehabilitation, on Thursday, Oct. 23. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

The church is located at 3615 N. Norwood Rd., Huntington. Call 359-4410 for reservations, which will be accepted on or after Monday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m.

Call HAT for a ride to the party, 356-3006. Reservations must be made by noon one business day in advance.