SS. Peter and Paul sprucing up for 175th anniversary

Workers with the Fort Wayne-based Jack Laurie Group work on removing the steps leading to the sanctuary dais of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The first phase of renovations at the church are expected to be completed by Dec. 14.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

With the 175th anniversary of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church coming up in 2019, the leadership of the church thought it would be a good time to update the interior and bring it back to much of its former glory.

Stoffel adds student power to ‘Shop with a Cop’

Huntington Police Department Patrolman Ben Spurgeon (left) helps Kaliyah Raichart make a tough decision on which toy to purchase as they shop together during the Shop with a Cop event last year at the Huntington Walmart. This year’s shopping night takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
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When the 16th annual Shop with a Cop night gets underway on Tuesday, Dec. 18, Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel will have extra manpower to help underprivileged kids shop for Christmas. Now, he just needs some donations.

New Decuis employee gambled and won in world of high-stakes pro poker broadcasting

Tatjana Pasalic Karr covers the Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, for CBS Sports in 2016. Karr now works for Joseph Decuis, in Roanoke, but prior to that, she spent 10 years covering poker professionally around the world.
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Tatjana Pasalic Karr once played in a poker tournament where there was a lot more at stake than money.

Karr currently works for Joseph Decuis, in Roanoke, but before that, she covered poker events all over the world, working for poker tours and media outlets.

Commissioners send off new sub with cuisine from local eatery

Displaying the famous tenderloin sandwiches of Nick’s Kitchen, Huntington County Commissioners lead the effort to send 150 tenderloins to the USS Indiana submarine (SSN789) to celebrate the sub’s entry into active service. Pictured are (from left) Commissioners Larry Buzzard and Tom Wall; Nick’s Kitchen owner Jean Anne Bailey; Julia Surber, of VS Engineering; and Commissioner Rob Miller.
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Members of the newly launched USS Indiana will enjoy some northern Hoosier hospitality when they dine on hand-breaded tenderloins from Huntington’s Nick’s Kitchen, compliments of Huntington County’s commissioners.

A ceremony marking the Virginia-class nuclear submarine’s entry into active service in the U.S. Navy was held Sept. 29, in Port Canaveral, FL, and each of the Hoosier state’s 92 counties sponsored its commission.

Local teen’s passion for horses earns her national recognition

Sixteen-year-old Emily Freise, of Majenica, runs a barrel pattern with her horse, “Jaguar’s Blazing Coco,” or “Jag” for short, at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club, in Huntington. In addition to being a horse trainer and riding instructor, Freise competes in the rodeo event of goat tying and currently holds the top ranking nationally in her age range.
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It’s 5:30 a.m. The alarm blares. Emily Freise blindly paws at her clock until it finally becomes silent. She climbs down from her bunk and gets dressed.  Horse figurines of all shapes and sizes fill the shelves that line her walls.
Her chores for the day begin.

Leadership Academy idea may help fill vacancies

The members of the Huntington County Vacant Buildings Committee are (from left) Terry Miller, Malcolm McBryde and Dessie Krumanaker, who founded the group from a project birthed during a Huntington County Leadership Academy class. They seek to find occupants for the county’s vacant commercial buildings.
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An idea that grew out of a Huntington County Leadership Academy think tank is taking aim at filling empty buildings in Huntington and throughout the county.

Simply called the “Huntington County Vacant Buildings Committee,” the group is looking for commercial buildings that are without occupants, with the idea of connecting them with businesses that are seeking a spot to land.
The group is made up of three Leadership Academy graduates, Dessie Krumanaker, Malcolm McBryde and Terry Miller, who came together during the 2018 academy in March.

Parkview Family YMCA sees plenty of growth in new facility’s 10 years

Jill Gradeless (left) and Todd Latta, the senior program director and associate executive director, respectively, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, pause from their work at the facility on Monday, Nov. 5. Today, Thursday, Nov. 8, the YMCA celebrates 10 years in its new building. Photo by Steve Clark.
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The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA celebrates its 10th anniversary today, Thursday, Nov. 8.

While the facility has been around for a decade now, there are still some items in it that trace their origins back to the establishment that it replaced, the Huntington YMCA.

Among those items? The spin bikes.

“Those have been holdovers from the old Y,” notes Ben Davis, CEO and executive director of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. “So, we have spin bikes that are more than 10 years old – which is way longer than their anticipated lifespan.”

UB Block coming back to life from edge of demolition

Restoration Specialist Julio Cruz works on the stained-glass window outside the Odd Fellows Hall building in the UB Block, in Huntington, on Friday, Oct. 12. Cruz’s work is a part of a rehabilitation project that commenced at the UB Block this past March. The project, which will see the UB Block refurbished and house apartments, plus spaces for Huntington University and Pathfinder Services, is almost halfway complete.
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Jon Anderson’s favorite projects are the ones that almost don’t happen.

Anderson is the president and chief executive officer of AP Development LLC, an Indianapolis-based real estate development company that is overseeing the rehabilitation of Huntington’s UB Block. It’s a project that qualifies as one of Anderson’s favorites because it has saved historic buildings for which demolition loomed.

Huntington County Extension Homemakers celebrate state week Oct. 15-19

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Indiana Extension Homemakers Week is Oct. 15 to 19 and a display was used during September to highlight the local homemakers’ activities for Huntington County at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

This month members of the Huntington County Extension Homemakers will read books to the preschoolers at Head Start. The organization reads to the children four times a year. In preparation for the event, the extension homemakers made 72 book bags to give to the children at the first reading to keep their books in.

Animal abandonment rising in county, sometimes with fatal result

The Huntington County Humane Shelter says animal abandonment is on the rise in the county, sometimes with dangerous or even fatal consequences.

“Abandoning animals at the shelter is a very big problem, and a lot of people don’t realize that the majority of them do not stay there,” says Huntington Animal Control Officer Jean Wilson. “If they do not bring them in during our business hours when we ask them to and they just leave them on the property, we can’t guarantee that they are safe.”

Huntington County deputies, animal control officer go the extra mile for Andrews family

Sue-Ellen Sommers, of Andrews, poses with her dogs Buck (left) and Scruffy. She and her husband, Terry, recently lost Buck when he developed severe seizures.
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It was a distraught Terry and Sue-Ellen Sommers who called Huntington County’s 911 Dispatch in the wee hours of Thursday, Sept. 13, when they were at their wits’ end over the behavior of a beloved member of their family.

SA’s Marak to take message into Opera House Saloon Sunday morn

Capt. Dennis Marak, of the Salvation Army’s Huntington branch, will deliver the sermon during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival’s worship service on Sunday, Sept. 23. at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The service begins at 9 a.m. in the “Opera House Saloon.”
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Capt. Dennis Marak will take his message right into the Opera House Saloon when he preaches at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Sunday, Sept. 23. The old-fashioned, non-denominational worship service begins at 9 a.m. at the “saloon,” located on the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

“I’m honored to be part of it. Since the Salvation Army has been here since 1889, we have been an integral part of what the county has done and has accomplished, and we continue to do,” he says, “I just think it’s a real privilege.”

Dr. Carnes reflects on daughter’s life-changing donation decision

J. David Carnes, MD, Parkview Physicians Group – Family Medicine (right), with his wife, Janice (left), and daughter, Colleen, at the Parkview Huntington Community Gala last year, where Carnes was honored for his contributions to healthcare in Huntington County. Colleen made her own contribution in July, when she donated a kidney to a Fort Wayne boy, inspiring regional and national media coverage and her parents’ pride.
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There’s no time like a family gathering for a special announcement.

And at Easter, J. David Carnes, MD, and his wife, Janice, received surprising news from their daughter, Colleen.

“She said, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m going to donate a kidney this summer,’ says Carnes, a Huntington native who practices with Parkview Physicians Group – Family Medicine and sees patients at Parkview Huntington Hospital. “She was very committed and comfortable with her decision. So we said, ‘Oh, OK, then.’ We were all for it.”

Local ‘hip hop’ artist bringing in heavy hitter for Oct. concert

Kyle Schnepp, also known as Lyrical the Miracle Man, poses for a press photo ahead of the “Jimmy Pop’s Party at the Park” hip hop concert, on Oct. 13 in the First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall building at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Seven artists are set to perform at the event, including national recording artist Mac Lethal.
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A national “hip hop” rapper known for his rapid-fire lyrics is coming to give a concert in Huntington, thanks to the efforts of a local artist.

Kyle Schnepp, of Huntington, known on the local hip hop scene as “Lyrical the Miracle Man,” is organizing the multi-artist show, which will feature David McCleary Sheldon of Kansas City, MO, also know as Mac Lethal, as its headliner.

Artists to again use sidewalks as canvas in 2nd ‘Chalk Walk’

Christian Garver (left) and Joshua Matos work on a chalk drawing on the sidewalk outside the Huntington County Courthouse last year during Huntington’s first Chalk Walk. The event returns on Sept. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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The second annual Huntington Chalk Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Huntington County Courthouse square from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists of all ages and ability levels will have the opportunity to adorn small or large sections of sidewalk with their finest chalk art. Chalk will be provided while supplies last. Participants will have from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to work on their art.