Rural Huntington sculptor now has pair of works in HNHS courtyard

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Two of a rural Huntington artist’s sculptures are now gracing an inner courtyard at Huntington North High School, a permanent loan that may serve as an inspiration to student artists coming up through the ranks and honing their craft.

HFC Nazarene celebrates century mark in May

Rev. Bobby Kemp, the lead pastor of Huntington First Church of the Nazarene, stands in the church’s new Legacy Room, which tells the story of the church’s history through pictures, mementos and artifacts. The room was put together in honor of the church’s 100th anniversary, which was celebrated on May 19.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington First Church of the Nazarene celebrated its 100th anniversary in May.

While it was a time to reflect on the church’s century in operation, it was also a time to look forward and envision the church’s future.

A willingness to do that isn’t unique to the church as it presently stands; it’s something its leadership and congregation have been doing since its founding. And that embrace of forward thinking is one of the biggest reasons why the church has reached such a big milestone.

HNHS frosh Wiley wins state championship at 1,600

Addy Wiley, a freshman at Huntington North High School, wears the medals she won at the Indiana Girls’ Track and Field State Meet on Saturday, June 1, at Indiana University, in Bloomington. Wiley won the 1,600-meter run and placed seventh in the 800-meter run.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School freshman Addy Wiley won the 1,600-meter run at the Indiana Girls’ Track and Field State Meet on Saturday, June 1, at Indiana University, in Bloomington.

Wiley, a sectional and regional champion heading into the meet, crossed the finish line in 4:46.93 to beat runner-up Abigail Lynch, of Brownsburg, by more than a second. Lynch, a sophomore, finished in 4:48.19 as she and Wiley were the only two runners to break the 4:50 mark.

Mariah Wehrle, a junior from Ritter, placed third in 4:57.56.

‘Breakfast on the Farm’ to give public peek into farmers’ world

Jay Beekman pets one of the Holstein milk cows waiting for a snack on his farm in rural Huntington County. The Beekman family will open up their farm for a free Breakfast on the Farm event on Saturday, June 8.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Farmers are not known for allowing the public to step foot on their property and take a peek at how they do things, but not only will people get a rare glimpse of how a working dairy farm operates, they will also be invited to sit down with a farm family and have a free breakfast while they learn about the inner operations and importance of agriculture.

The event, called “Breakfast on the Farm,” happens Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Beekman Farm, located at 11902 N. Meridian Rd., in rural Huntington.

New church jail crowd happy for chance to sit in audience

Worship leaders Tim Gilleand (left) and Taryn Fusselman lead the congregation in song during the inaugural Residents Encountering Christ (REC) women’s church service held May 2 at the Huntington County Jail. Sheriff Chris Newton says the services have been well attended by both male and female inmates since it began and the response has been very positive.

Sometimes those who sit in church feel like they are a captive audience. At the Huntington County Jail, the audience is, indeed, captive – but they are more than glad to be in church.

“I’ve made some bad choices and so this time around I’m going to prison,” says Gwendera Nevil, who has been incarcerated at the jail “on and off” – in her words – the past 1-1/2 years. “Now that I’m back in here and I’m back at square zero, I’m learning some more tools to try and better my life, and this is definitely inspiring. It’s definitely making me want to give myself back to God.”

Thrilled to just be nominated for big honor, HNHS choir director flabbergasted to be winner

Aaron Childress, director of choirs at Huntington North High School, holds the Vocal Vanguard Award, which he won at the Aspire Awards on May 4, at Genesee Theatre, in Waukegan, IL. The Aspire Awards recognize the show choir industry’s best and brightest members. The Vocal Vanguard Award is given to the nation’s top director.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Aaron Childress, director of choirs at Huntington North High School, was in the running for the Vocal Vanguard Award at the 2019 Aspire Awards.

The Aspire Awards recognize the show choir industry’s best and brightest members. The award Childress was up for is given to the nation’s top director.

“All the winners in the past are these people that I’ve looked up to forever,” says Childress. “I’ve been doing this for 14 years; some of them have been doing it for 30 years and they kind of were the pioneers of the profession.

Annual FFA Farm Tour more than just fun time for K students

Huntington North High School FFA member Ty Miller (right) holds a newborn lamb so kindergarteners (from left) Cadence Smith, Colten Latta and Alexis Wine can pet it during the annual kindergarten farm tour on Friday, May 3, at the Carriage Lane Farm. The kids learned lessons from the FFA members about where their food and other products come from, such as wool for clothing.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The county’s kindergartners now have a better idea of where the food they eat comes from, after they attended the annual FFA Farm Tour, held May 3 at Carriage Lane Farms.

Hosted by Tom and Rosie Wall, they opened their doors to an exhibit of plants and animals that delighted kindergarten students, as members of the Huntington North High School FFA chapter served as educators and guides.

After a career of working under deadlines, Hammel eases into writing book about career

Bob Hammel types a story on his typewriter in the summer of 1962 during his time as a reporter for The Herald-Press in Huntington. Hammel eventually departed his hometown and ended up in Bloomington, where he went on to have a long and distinguished career in sports journalism. Hammel wrote about his career in a new memoir, “Last Press Bus Out of Middletown.” He will be discussing the book during two appearances in Huntington on Tuesday, May 14. The second of those appearances will be at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library at 6 p.m.
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As a career journalist, Bob Hammel was accustomed to working under the pressure of tight deadlines.

So, ironically, when he sat down to write a book that recounted those years of his life, he did so without a deadline in sight.

“It must’ve taken 10 years,” estimates Hammel of the writing process.

“I was never great on deadlines anyway,” he adds with a laugh.

17 Huntington North students spend spring break trip on ‘science experiments’ in Belize

Seventeen Huntington North High School students participated in the science experiments of a lifetime when they spent their recent spring break in the tiny Central American country of Belize.

Led by HNHS science teachers Melanie Leas and Reed Sturm, the group spent nine days on the ecology-based study trip in order to research manatees and water quality. They also spent some time on some unusual tours, Leas says.

Third time is charm for Buzzard in GOP primary victory over Fetters in Huntington mayor race

Larry Buzzard (left) beams as he accepts congratulations from David Funk on winning the Republican nomination for mayor of Huntington in the municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 7. Funk also had reason to celebrate, as he won the GOP nomination for the 4th District seat on the Huntington Common Council.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The third time proved to be a charm for Larry Buzzard, who defeated Brooks Fetters on his third attempt for the Huntington mayoral nomination in the Republican primary on Tuesday, May 7.

After finishing second to Fetters in races for the GOP mayoral nod in 2011 and 2015, Buzzard flipped the script this time around, garnering 1,373 votes to Fetters’ 1,150.

Buzzard, who currently serves as president of the Huntington County Commissioners, thanked his supporters for their votes of confidence and said he’s looking forward to the race in November.

Bowers to rep Hgtn. in Mrs. Indiana Pageant

Lovely Bowers, of Huntington, holds the title of Mrs. Huntington County and will represent the county at the Mrs. Indiana America Pageant, set for Saturday, May 4, at the Century Center, in South Bend.
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Lovely Bowers, of Huntington, will be representing Huntington County at the Mrs. Indiana America Pageant on Saturday, May 4, in South Bend.

Bowers received the title of Mrs. Huntington County last September. As no pageant was held in the county to determine a winner, Bowers contacted the Mrs. Indiana America organization and expressed interest in the title. After reviewing her credentials, the organization awarded her the title.

Buzzard, Fetters square off for third time in GOP mayor primary

Larry Buzzard (left) and Brooks Fetters.

For the third consecutive municipal primary election, Larry Buzzard and Brooks Fetters are pursuing the Republican Party’s nomination to run for mayor of Huntington in the fall.

Fetters triumphed in the two previous primaries, in 2011 and 2015, and won the subsequent municipal elections in November.

Four races in municipal primary have multiple GOP candidates

Four races on the 2019 municipal primary election ballot – three in Huntington and one in Andrews – have multiple Republican candidates, giving voters some choices when they go to the polls on Election Day, May 7.

In Huntington, four common council seats are contested, one in District 2, one in District 4 and two seats At-Large. Three positions are also up for election on the Andrews Town Council.

• The Common Council Second District has two candidates, incumbent Paul L. Pike and challenger Paul Scalf.

BAGC youth of year says club gave him good direction

Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County Junior Staff member Charlie Agnew (right) fends off an attack in the gaga pit from Holden Moyer. Agnew, who is also a member of the club, was chosen as the 2019 Youth of the Year recently, and also tapped to be on the Boys & Girls Club’s national steering committee.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

What would Charlie Agnew be doing right now if it weren’t for the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County?

Well, by his own admission, he’d probably be in trouble.

The Huntington North High School senior, 17, a standout not only on the school’s football team, but also a state-level wrestler – who landed eighth place in his weight class in the state this year – credits the club for giving him a firm foundation and straight direction in life that is leading him to recognition on a national stage.

New baseball season brings back memories for Roanoke businessman

Pete Eshelman, the owner of Joseph Decuis, in Roanoke, poses with the World Series ring he won as a member of the New York Yankees front office in 1977. Eshelman was originally drafted by the Yankees as a pitcher, but went on to work for the team in a different capacity following an injury. Eshelman says his time around the team, especially owner George Steinbrenner, had a positive impact on his life.
Photo by Steve Clark.

In a little over a year, Pete Eshelman went from being a Major League Baseball draft pick to a World Series champion with the New York Yankees.

It was a whirlwind 17 months for Eshelman, to put it mildly. Ultimately, it was a stretch of time that saw his playing career cut short, but a new career, inspired by legendary Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, begin to take shape.

Today, Eshelman is the owner of Joseph Decuis, in Roanoke. But in the 1970s, he was a baseball player at Williams College, in Williamstown, MA, striving to fulfill a lifelong dream.