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.

Inclusion is key for hydrant artists sprucing up Huntington

Pathfinder Little River Art Group artists Alan Cullan (left) and April England transform the fire hydrant outside the Pathfinder Services location on State Street into an Incredibles cartoon character. Their group, along with artists from Creative Abilities, Pos’Abilities and Essential Skills Class groups have joined area artists in beautifying Huntington with the freshly painted hydrants.
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Artists from all across Huntington County have been sprucing up 41 fire hydrants around town, painting cartoon figures on them in Huntington’s downtown district and other major points throughout the city. The artists, many of them well-known, include members of the Creative Abilities, Pos’Abilities and Little River Art Group as well as the Essential Skills class from Huntington North High School.

New local YMCA youth golf program has lesson going beyond the sport

Tim Allen, the sports director at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, pauses for a moment from sorting through equipment for the YMCA’s new youth golf program, which he will be organizing. The program, called DRIVE, was created by The First Tee, a sports organization that seeks to interest youth in golf
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The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will soon start offering a youth golf program.

While one of the goals will be to teach the fundamentals of golf to children between the ages of 6 and 8, there will also be another, more important goal for the program, says Tim Allen, its organizer.

“It does introduce the game of golf to kids, but it is really, honestly, more about teaching good conduct and behavior and etiquette and manners and, honestly, how you treat people,” he says.

Huntington BBQ Festival returns to help community and bring fun

Members of the Petunia’s Pig Pit crew who are organizing the Huntington BBQ Fest are (front row from left) Brenda Rosen and Sabrina Newcomb; and (back row from left) Larry Rosen Jr., Dennis Newcomb and Norm Sisemore. The barbecue contest event takes place Aug. 25 at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.
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The Huntington BBQ Festival returns for its second year on Saturday, Aug. 25, giving hungry patrons an all-you-can-eat meal and a vote for the best barbecue while helping two local ministries at the same time.

The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at the Parkview Huntington Hospital Show Arena at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, rain or shine. Organizer Brenda Rosen says with a theme of “Feed the Hungry,” all proceeds from the festival will go to the New Life Meal Ministry and the Salvation Army’s food pantry.

Eckert is at center of 2018 Ride 2 Provide Aug. 18

Rachel Murchland Eckert (second from left) will be the beneficiary of this year’s Ride 2 Provide, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, at Markle Park. Eckert, a Markle native, was diagnosed with stage four metastatic colon cancer in December of last year. Also pictured are (from left) Eckert’s daughter, Macy Eckert; Eckert’s husband, Jeremy; and Eckert’s son, Max.
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The 13th annual Ride 2 Provide is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, at Markle Park.

While the motorcycle ride that the event is known for will commence at noon, a variety of other activities will be taking place both before and after that time.

The aim of all those activities is the same: raising funds for a good cause.

Old-time lemonade stand benefits Riley

Bryden Ricker, 7, mans the lemonade stand at his home on Felt Street in Huntington Thursday, July 26. The youngster is donating the proceeds from his sales to benefit Riley Hospital for Children.
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When Bryden Ricker was at the local YMCA, he was inspired to do what he could to help others less fortunate than himself. So, he asked his mom if he could sell some lemonade.

“He kept begging me to do a lemonade stand, and finally I said yes,” says Jana Ricker, Bryden’s stepmom. “After we got it set up, that’s when he said he wanted to donate to Riley.”

Zanesville Lions Club Summer Fest Saturday

Steve Whetstone mans the grill, cooking up bratwurst and toppings at the Zanesville Ballpark during the Zanesville Lions Club Summer Festival last year. Food and other treats will again be offered at this year’s festival, set for Saturday, July 28.
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There will be wheels – and deals – throughout the town of Zanesville Saturday, July 28, as the Lions Club Summer Festival gets underway. Lions Club member Melba Edwards says there are plenty of opportunities for people to not only come view the events planned for the day, but also sign up and become part of the festivities.

New this year is a co-ed softball tourney, which will be held at the Lions Club Ball Diamond, Edwards says.

United Way Pacesetters urged to lead campaign charge from ‘Zero’ to ‘Hero’

Team Stanley, serving as the campaign chairs of the 2018 Huntington County United Way Campaign, hold up cards spelling what they hope the 14 United Way Pacesetter companies will become as they begin their fund-raising efforts, ahead of the official start of the campaign in September. Pictured are (from left) Brent Stanley, Megan Reckelhoff, Nick Stanley and Darlene Stanley. The skit was performed at the annual Pacesetter Luncheon on Wednesday, July 18, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash.
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From “Zero” to “Hero,” the 14 Huntington County United Way Pacesetter companies who will lead the charge in the 2018 fund-raising campaign were exhorted to go above and beyond, by just 5 percent more this year.

Rolling into Roanoke participant has roots deep in town

Roanoke native Klint Crawford (right) stands beside his 2012 Porsche Cayman R while his son, Clay, stands beside his 2005 BMW M3. The Crawfords will be bringing their cars to Roanoke on Saturday, July 21, for this year’s Rolling into Roanoke car show, where the spotlight will be on European automobiles and motorcycles.
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One of the many cars set to be exhibited at Rolling into Roanoke this Saturday, July 21, is a 2012 Cayman R. Produced by German sports car manufacturer Porsche, it will fit right in at this year’s show, as the theme is “Across the Pond” and European cars and motorcycles will be in the spotlight.

While the aforementioned Cayman R may hail from overseas, its owner, Klint Crawford, does not. In fact, when Crawford comes to Roanoke, he’ll be coming home.

Local youth sharing her blessings with ‘Hunger Banquet’

Ellie Stephenson (right) is all smiles as she sees that the number of registrations for the Hunger Banquet she is hosting has increased; her mother, Mandy Stephenson, reacts to the good news. Ellie Stephenson hopes to have at least 50 people attend the unusual, interactive banquet set for July 15, which will focus on world hunger.
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Originally published July 9, 2018.

Ellie Stephenson is a bright, articulate 10-year-old who will be in fifth grade when school starts back up at Lincoln Elementary School. She also recently learned a powerful lesson about being grateful for what she has, an epiphany she wants to share with the world.

With a little help from her parents and some friends, she will do just that when she throws a “Hunger Banquet” for the community on Sunday, July 15, at 5 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church. It’s an experience that participants are not likely to soon forget.

Pathfinder clients make new friends this summer

Jon Sizemore (left), 13, catches a basketball during some interaction time at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County Thursday, June 21. Also participating in the game are (from left) Alexia Ramirez, 12, Mitchell Parker, 16 and Ella Emery, 13. Members of the club hang out with Pathfinder teen clients each morning, doing fun things such as using the computer, watching videos and cooking.
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Originally published July 5, 2018.

Mornings in the summertime at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County are always busy and boisterous, with kids in every part of the club having fun on their break from school.

But for about 20 to 30 youths who are clients of Pathfinder Services, the fun is teamed up with making some important friendships.