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.

McIntyre is Boys & Girls Club Youth of Year

Brianna McIntyre, 16, is pictured inside the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, where she is not only a member but also works part time as a junior staffer. McIntyre not only won the club’s 2020 Youth of the Year Award, she went on to earn distinction at the Boys & Girls Club state level, finishing in the top five of that competition.
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A sophomore at Huntington North High School and only 16 years old, Brianna McIntyre’s future looks as bright as the awards she recently received; all she has to do is decide what she wants to do with them.

McIntyre is the 2020 Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County’s Youth of the Year, an honor she received after she wrote a speech and three essays on how to make the world a better place, in a competition with the other members of her club.

For her win, the seven-year club member received a $500 scholarship from local sponsor Lake City Bank.

Reed steps to sideline from job that was ‘fun every day’

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Ruth Reed

Would Ruth Reed let a little thing like retirement slow her down? All indications are she will be on full-steam ahead, just like she’s done the past 41 years teaching at Huntington North High School. Reed’s last day in the Huntington County Community School Corporation will be June 30.

City of Huntington honors HU’s Friesen upon his retirement

As Dr. Norris Friesen (right) stands by, Huntington Mayor Richard Strick signs the proclamation declaring May 8 as Norris Friesen Day. The ceremony honoring the retiring professor and administrator took place Friday, May 8, at Huntington University.
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Over the past 35 years, Dr. Norris Friesen has become a cornerstone of Huntington University and the wider community.

Now, as he announces his retirement from higher education, a city proclamation signed Friday, May 8, recognizes his years of service, instruction and leadership and declares May 8 as Norris Friesen Day.

“I have met and worked with some phenomenal people who have impacted my life in so many ways,” Friesen said. “It has truly been a privilege to serve together.”

Local company Ecolab in right place at right time to help with its products in pandemic

Ecolab employee Angie Bartrom prepares a production filling line at the Huntington plant. The company reports it has had between a five and seven-times increase in demand for its products since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
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A world leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention products that has a location based in Huntington has experienced heightened business during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

VNT students using creative superpowers to help younger students

Students in Huntington North High School teacher Jessica Misiora’s Integrated Chemistry and Physics class are depicted as cartoon characters, made on the Pixton computer program they used to create comic books featuring elements of the periodic table. The assignment was part of a Viking New Tech project the students worked on during remote learning.
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Some Huntington North High School Viking New Tech students have been using their creative superpowers to put together some engaging comic books aimed at helping younger pupils become more familiar with the elements.

Sheriff relieved that long-developing jail project about to start

untington County Sheriff Chris Newton (left) and Chief Deputy Chad Hammel look over engineering documents for the expansion project that is close to getting underway at the Huntington County Jail, in Huntington. This project, which was prompted by overcrowding at the jail, will see over 30,000 square feet added to the facility.
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The Huntington County Jail was built to house 99 inmates.

But over his 25 years with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Chris Newton says the jail’s occupancy has always been higher than that.

“Routinely, since I’ve been here, we’ve always been at 120-ish,” he remarks.

And just four months ago, the jail hit its highest occupancy ever, with 175 inmates.

With a number like that in the back of his mind, Newton couldn’t be more relieved that a long-developing project to expand the jail is finally on the verge of starting.

HNHS names Top 25 for its Class of 2020

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Huntington County Community School Corporation and Huntington North High School has announced the Class of 2020 Top 25 students.  They are (first row from left) Autumn Anderson, Elizabeth Bercik, Logan Bolding, Alyssa Brinkman, Emily Daas, (second row from left) Grace Dimond, Ashley Dorsett, Bailey Godfrey, Hannah Lehman, Clara Lesperance, (third row from left) Meg McDonald, Katie Melcher, Haileigh Nissley, Caleb Peare, Taylor Reust, (fourth row from left) Morgan Richison, Derrik Scharland, Nicholas Scheiber, Hunter Smith, Jessica Smith and (fifth row from left)  Corbin Snow, Justin

Smith is HNHS valedictorian; Bolding, Nissley are co-sals

Huntington North High School recently named its valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2020. Jessica Smith (left) is the valedictorian, while Logan Bolding (center) and Haleigh Nissley share the salutatorian spot.
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Huntington North High School has announced that senior Jessica Smith has been tapped as the valedictorian for the Class of 2020.
In addition, HNHS has chosen two students, Logan Bolding and Haileigh Nissley, as Class of 2020 co-salutatorians.

Smith is the daughter of Todd and Tina Smith. She has a grade point average of 11.5614 on an 11.0 scale.