McKenzie’s Hope focuses on child advocacy ­in calm surroundings

McKenzie’s Hope’s new victim advocate, Wendy Ash (seated) is joined by Executive Director Kathryn Schilling. The collage of hearts was made by children who have come to the agency to share their experiences with abuse and family violence.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A Huntington not-for-profit agency that focuses on helping children and families embroiled in domestic violence may be one of the town’s best-kept secrets.

It’s called McKenzie’s Hope Huntington County Child Advocacy, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, Inc., named to keep alive the names of victims of child abuse in the hopes of giving other children a safe, non-threatening place in which to tell their stories.

HU greets new students at move-in day on Aug. 27

Guiding new Huntington University students during new-student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 27, is Admissions Counselor Brayten Carpenter. Huntington University held the majority of their move-in day orientation events outside in an effort to stay socially distanced.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Huntington University students flocked to campus on Thursday, Aug. 27, to kick off move-in day and orientation weekend. Parents moved in their children, campus staff and administrators were present to greet students and give information and students new and returning were able to “come home” for the new fall semester.

National Wildlife Federation certifies Huntington property Wildlife Habitat

Robert Meier stand next to his hummingbird feeders outside his home, where his land has been deemed a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

A chunk of land in Huntington County has been deemed a Certified Wil-dlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

The parcel belongs to Huntington County resident Robert Meier and his wife Dalphe.

The 17 acres of land are a welcoming home to all types of native wildlife, a flock of free-range chickens and the Meiers’ dog, Roger.

Driving down the gravel lane to the home on the property, visitors are greeted with the signage that shows the land has been designated as a wildlife habitat.

After over 20 years of partnership, Owen’s market becomes Kroger

Crew members put up a new Kroger sign on Monday, Aug. 17, at the former Owen’s grocery store location at 2718 Guilford St., Huntington. Other changes in the switch from Owen’s to Kroger include new light installation and the use of the Kroger App for customers.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

After being in partnership with Kroger since July 1998, the Huntington grocery store Owen’s, located at 2718 Guilford St., is officially changing its brand, now running under the Kroger brand name.

Bendix celebrates 40 years with new expansion of Huntington campus

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ new Huntington Distribution Center serves as an example of the company’s 40 years of investment in the Huntington community.
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A lot can change in 40 years – and at the Huntington campus of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, it has.

What started as a 30-person warehouse and distribution center in February 1980 has grown into a leading-edge, multifaceted operation encompassing multiple facilities and employing nearly 450 people across the city.

What hasn’t changed is the primary reason Bendix Huntington is marking four decades of expansion, success and community leadership.

Community comes together to honor boy whose spirit touched their hearts

The family of Wyatt Schmaltz stands next to a motorcycle holding a teddy bear, which was the first bike out in the Wyatt’s Ride fund-raiser bike run event held Saturday, Aug. 8, in Huntington. More than 300 bikes were registered for the event, along with cars and trucks in support of the Schmaltz family. Pictured (from left) are Deacon Schmaltz, April Schmaltz and Caden Schmaltz. April’s son, Wyatt, 9, died July 24, after a-six-year-long battle with cancer.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Wyatt Schmaltz loved all things superhero and dinosaur related. He was part of Cub Scout Troop 3607, attended Horace Mann Elementary School and was the youngest brother to Cayden Schmaltz, 12, and Deacon Schmaltz, 15.  And from the age of 3, Wyatt was also a cancer patient. But that didn’t stop him from caring about others and always looking to the future.

“He didn’t know a stranger,” says April Schmaltz, Wyatt’s mother.  “Even on his worst days, he always had a smile.”

Mountain bikers of Huntington County compete for state champ titles

Competing in a DINO bicycling event is 13-year-old Wyatt Doctor, of Huntington. The competition was held at Potato Creek State Park on Sunday, July 26.
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Huntington area mountain bikers have been competing for state champion-
ship titles in a mountain bike race series across Indiana.  Three of the six races have been completed, and all of the local racers are in contention to win a state championship title in their respective categories.

As of Aug. 2, 13-year-old Hunter Bauman, of Ossian, is leading the 11 to 14-year-old junior division, and 13-year-olds Wyatt Doctor and Zane Loshe, both of Huntington, are also in contention for that division.

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.
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.