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Schoeff brings his past experience to serve in new national role as Grand Tiler of the Elks

Donald Schoeff Sr. takes the oath of office to become Grand Tiler for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
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Kindness, compassion, commitment. Huntington resident Donald Schoeff Sr. embodies all three in his past work in law enforcement and public service as Huntington County’s assessor and auditor.

However, his lifelong commitment and implementation of the ideals of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (BPOE) have impacted all in his sphere.

On July 8, Schoeff was installed as the Grand Tiler of the Grand Lodge. This national honor is a culmination of 56 years of dedication. Schoeff’s sponsor for the position was Jim Nichelson, past grand exalted ruler.

Huntington House’s new director eyes plans for expansion as need for homeless shelters increase

New Huntington House Director Jennifer Gomez (left) accepts the keys to the house from retiring Director Rosella Stouder on Friday, July 24. A party to honor Stouder is planned for Thursday, Aug. 20, at Café of Hope.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The mission to help the city’s homeless women will see a change in leadership, as the director of Huntington House, Rosella Stouder, officially retires this month and hands the job to its new director, Jennifer Gomez.

A retirement party will be held for Stouder on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington. But until then she will be on vacation, with Gomez in charge.

Doctors pledge help to erase patients’ debts

Standing in front of Cardinal Family Medicine is Dr. Janelle Pflieger. Cardinal Family Medicine has partnered with Shumacher Family Medicine, in Plymouth, and RIP Medical Debt, to raise funds that will clear medical debt for select families in eight surrounding counties. To donate to the fund-raiser, go online to www.secure.qgiv.
com/event/indrs.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Three doctors in northern Indiana, Drs. Janelle and Matt Pflieger of Cardinal Family Medicine, in Huntington, and Dr. Joel Schumacher of Schumacher Family Medicine, in Plymouth, have pledged to erase $1.7 million in medical debt for their eight surrounding counties by partnering with RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit organization that allows generous donors to clear the medical debt that cripples families and individuals.

Soldiers receive posthumous honors, plaques at graveside services held at Mt. Hope Cemetery

Gib Young, a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, talks about the plaque, wreath and lily decorating the grave of Corporal Edwin Sexton, a soldier in Company C, 130th Ohio Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony honoring him and two other veterans Saturday, July 25, at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A single calla lily lay on the crest of a gravestone of Corporal Edwin Sexton, a soldier long dead in Huntington’s Mt. Hope Cemetery. A wreath was laid in front of his grave and a newly-installed marker acknowledged him as the last Union soldier buried in Huntington County.

Governor mandates wearing facemasks in public as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced he will sign an executive order requiring Hoosiers to wear face coverings in most public settings, beginning today.

“As we continue to monitor the data, we’ve seen a concerning change in some of our key health indicators,” Gov. Holcomb said.

“Hoosiers have worked hard to help re-open our state, and we want to remain open. By masking up, we can and will save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Freise opens horse training and riding business

Emily Freise, 18, of Majenica, completes her goat tying run at a National Little Britches Rodeo, held at Tippman Ranch in New Haven. Goat tying is one of five events that Freise competed in that day, the others being trail course, barrel racing, poles and breakaway.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Emily Freise, an 18-year-old living in Majenica, has spent nearly 13 years in the world of horse riding, training and rodeo competitions. Each morning, her day starts the same way: get up, feed and water the horses, feed and water the other barn animals, come inside, get ready for the day and head out for work.  

The city’s sewage ‘trash’ becomes a Huntington man’s floating ‘treasure’


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

When people think of recycling materials, they don’t usually think of the most humble of items as potential works of beauty; yet, one Huntington resident, Kirk Strass, did just that with some wood being thrown away at his place of work.

He took old wood “flights” made of clear heart redwood that had been used to churn up the “stuff” Huntington residents flushed down their toilets and built himself a canoe.

Things get rolling as Roanoke gets ready for ‘Dream Tour 2020’ July 25

Rolling into Roanoke guests check out cars on display on Main Street in downtown Roanoke in 2018.
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Many special event and festival committees have thrown in the towel as the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague our nation.

Nevertheless, in an act of perseverance, the organizers of the annual event “Rolling into Roanoke” decided to revamp their celebration rather than cancel altogether.

The alternative event, “Dream Tour 2020,” will take place Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., culminating with a movie showing of “Smokey and the Bandit” at Sweetwater Performance Pavilion, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The 4-H Fair is on, but major changes in store

Blake Drasny walks her dairy starter calf inside the Parkview Huntington Hospital Show Arena on July 24, 2019, during last year’s Huntington County 4-H Fair. Drasny’s calf took champion honors.
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It won’t be your gran-dma’s, your mom’s or even your kid’s 4-H fair this year in Huntington County.
And, most everyone is not invited to attend, no thanks to restrictions in response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

Andrews residents wary for health after most recent town water woes

Wellhouse 1 and the now defective air stripper supplied by Raytheon. The air stripper is the white building.
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Andrews’ resident Crystal McCoart has taught her children to brush their teeth twice a day and to always wash their hands after using the bathroom and before eating. The children love swimming and playing on slip and slides. But, now, at the opportunity to swim in a pool, her 6-year-old son asks, “Is it poison, Mommy?”

On Friday, June 19, residents of the Town of Andrews were told the water was unsafe for any use including hand and body washing, laundry, dishes, and cooking. Even boiled water and chlorinated water in pools were unsafe.

Three fireworks shows to choose from as county celebrates Fourth

Huntington County residents looking for a Fourth of July fireworks show close to home will have their choice of shows in Huntington, Markle and Roanoke. All will occur on the evening of the Fourth of July.
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While the COVID-19 crisis has caused the cancellation of nearly all the county’s fairs and festivals this summer, those who love a good fireworks show will have three to choose from on the nation’s birthday.

July 4th fireworks displays will happen in Huntington, Roanoke and Markle, all taking place at dusk.

The celebrations include:

Huntington County TAB becomes 12th paper of Hoosier Media Group

Don Hurd (middle), CEO of Hoosier Media Group, looks over an issue of The Huntington County TAB after he purchased the free newspaper from previous owners Russ Grindle (left) and Scott Trauner on Friday, June 19. The TAB is the 12th newspaper owned by Hoosier Media Group.
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In 1985 two young men decided to lay it all on the line and quit their jobs to pursue their dream.

Russ Grindle and Scott Trauner wanted to start their own newspaper in Huntington County.

Russ and Scott previously worked at The Paper of Wabash County. They saw how successful the Rees family was with their newspaper. Grindle and Trauner knew if they followed The Paper’s formula they too could be successful in Huntington County.

School corporation has multiple scenarios for coming year

It will be open, but it won’t be the same place it was this time last year, when students entered school through the doors one way but finished the school year in an entirely different scenario. With COVID-19 still claiming lives in Indiana, the way Hoosier schools will welcome back students this fall will be, simply defined, “different.”

Huntington County Community School Corporation is no exception, says Superintendent Chad Daugherty, when the county’s school children head back to class on Aug. 5.

Parkview Huntington’s Center for Wound Healing continues working for its patients

Amy Rosen (left), clinical program director, Parkview Huntington Center for Wound Healing, and Kim O’Banion, front office coordinator, focus on scheduling appointments far enough apart to ensure patient safety.
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Even during a pandemic, when hospitals have shifted focus to being able to care for acutely ill patients fighting COVID-19, and stay-at-home orders have been in place to reduce the spread and protect vulnerable people, community members still have serious, non-virus-related needs that require attention.

HNHS graduation 2020: different - but still good

The family of Huntington North High School graduate Taylor Jewels Bowers records the moment she “walks” during the 2020 commencement exercises held Saturday, May 30. Because of restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, each graduate could only have four people accompany them to the ceremony.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It was a high school graduation that might not have happened, and reminded some of a scene from “The Twilight Zone,” no thanks to a virus that disrupted nearly every aspect of the lives of seniors in the Class of 2020.

But the show at Huntington North High School went on.

After juggling a variety of possibilities of how to graduate the school’s 308 seniors and conferring with school officials from a variety of districts, community members and the local board of health, seniors got their most fervent wish: to “walk” across the stage and receive their diplomas.

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