Local man’s sons stand tall for him when he suffers heart attack at Roush

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Aug. 29, 2013.

Richard Andrew Teusch towers over his two young sons.

And he looks up to them.

"I think they're heroes," he says.

Without them, Teusch believes, he never would have survived the heart attack he suffered deep in the woods of the Roush Fish and Wildlife Area.

Twelve-year-old Russell Teusch, sitting with his dad and brother in the living room of their Andrews home, just shrugs his shoulders and grins.

"I'm glad he's alive," he says.

New HU president settling in as classes begin Aug. 26

Since Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton has taken office on June 13, she has been on a whirlwind adventure, getting to knowing members of the local community and region.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 26, 2013.

A whirlwind.

That's how new Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton describes her experience since she assumed her duties on June 13.

"I have been blessed with a great transitional committee that has been helping me to initiate points of contacts within the community and Fort Wayne area," Emberton says.

Local group turns over ‘forgotten’ documents to Miami tribe

Representatives of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Historic Forks of the Wabash pose with a treaty signed in 1838 by the Miami and the United States government, along with related documents.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Aug. 22, 2013.

The documents, which were to change the future of a nation, signify their importance by their appearance.

Hand written in elegant script on oversized sheets of paper, the largest document is bordered in gold leaf with a gold medallion dangling from a green ribbon woven through the corner.

That document, a treaty signed by the Miami in 1838 at the Forks of the Wabash, and eight related documents were given to the Miami when they were signed.

McNew, White reflect upon careers at Department of Natural Resources

Marvin McNew (left) and Dennis White will retire from the Department of Natural Resources after 24 and 44 years of service respectively.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 19, 2013.

As the sun sets on the careers of Department of Natural Resources employees Marvin McNew and Dennis White, there is much time for reflection.

McNew retires after almost 25 years with the DNR, where he currently serves as director of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services.

White, property manager at Salamonie Lake and Salamonie State Forest, has been with the DNR for 44 years.

The road to his eventual career with the DNR was a long and winding one, McNew notes.

Wesley Chapel Cemetery gets new life from repairing efforts

Sheila Hines (far left) and (from left) Dennis Brewer, Bob Rose, John “Walt” Walters and Randy Jones work together to raise a tombstone that has been face down in the dirt for more than 50 years on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Aug. 19, 2013.

"It's unfortunate that it got to this point," says Sheila Hines, Jackson Township trustee, as she stands in the center of the abandoned Wesley Chapel Cemetery at the corner of CR 1100N and CR 400E just outside of Roanoke.

The cemetery is one of four that Hines has been working to restore over the past four years.

This year, Wesley Chapel Cemetery joins Roanoke, Shank and Arick cemeteries as Hines' works-in-progress.

Local artist uses gift for unique chalk-drawing ministry

Josh Smith, chalk and airbrushing artist, stands next to an airbrushing of an American flag he created for Beth Hoffer for her birthday.
Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Aug. 15, 2013.

"As far as I can remember I've drawn," says Josh Smith, a local artist who specializes in airbrushing and chalk drawing.

And although he could turn it into a profession, he says, "This is a hobby/part-time job."

His works of art can be seen across the country. On display right here in Huntington County is a likeness of the American flag that he airbrushed on his pastor's pole barn.

The work of art was a birthday surprise for the wife of Rev. Mark Hoffer, Union Church pastor of adult ministries, says Smith.

Indianapolis media mainstay to be Andrews parade marshal

Andrews native Paul Poteet, shown in this promotional graphic, has been a media fixture in the Indianapolis area for almost three decades. ‘Indiana’s Weatherman’ will be the Andrews Summer Festival Parade grand marshal.
Photo provided.

Originally published Aug. 8, 2013.

Before Paul Poteet was on the airwaves of radio stations across Indiana, he was on the airwaves of Huntington North High School.

"It had a functioning broadcast radio station - 920-watt radio station - and an active radio program, which was not completely common, certainly not at that time in a lot of high schools," says Poteet, a 1981 graduate of the school. "For whatever reason, that was one of the high schools across the state, and there weren't that many, that happened to have one of those programs."

Pair of new principals at helm as local school year starts

Aimee Lunsford takes over as principal at Flint Springs Elementary School after a 10-year stint with Rochester Community Schools and Tippecanoe Valley.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When the school year starts on Wednesday, Aug. 14, two Huntington County schools will have new principals at the helm.

Aimee Lunsford has been hired as principal of Flint Springs Elementary, while Chris Tillett takes over for Paul Roth who retired from Roanoke Elementary at the end of last school year.

Lunsford is a Manchester University graduate and no stranger to the classroom.

"I taught for 14 years in the classroom for K through fourth grade," she says. "I taught special education, high ability and looping."

Fetters’ ‘Downtown Walkabout’ shows him area from different angle

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) attempts to enter the parking lot where the Downtown Farmer’s Market is held over a two-inch curb that does not have a handicapped access.
Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Aug. 5, 2013.

"I know I can get out of this chair," says Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters as he rolls down the sidewalk of Market Street in a wheelchair, "But, there are people (in Huntington) who cannot. This is their life."

Fetters maneuvered his wheelchair around the downtown area of Huntington on Thursday, Aug. 1. He was joined by Anthony Goodnight, director of Public Works and Engineering Services and Huntington City Police Chief E.J. Carroll.

‘Mission: Huntington’ literally brings it home for parishoners

Betty Michel stitches the handles on a fabric bag at Evangelical United Methodist Church on Thursday, Aug. 1. Volunteers sewed more than 450 bags for the Huntington County Literacy Coalition as part of Mission: Huntington.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 5, 2013.

When the church council at Evangelical United Methodist Church met in January to discuss plans for outreach, the community of Huntington was at the top of every person's list.

The result: During the past week, July 29 through Aug. 1, more than 107 people participated in service projects benefiting the city, its various organizations and private residents.

The initiative was titled "Mission: Huntington."

Rev. Marti Lundy, senior pastor at Evangelical UMC, says the plan was simple.

Childhood memories help Ridgway become youth ambassador

Kristie Ridgway, a seasonal interpreter with Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, in Andrews, is a participant in the America’s State Parks Youth Ambassador Program.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Aug. 1, 2013.

For Kristie Ridgway, spending time in Bluffton's Oubache State Park with her mother as she was growing up made an impression on her.

"That's where we went camping and so I grew up with a love of state parks," she says.

Flash forward to today and Ridgway works as a seasonal interpreter with Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, in Andrews, and recently graduated from Ball State University, in Muncie, where she attained a degree in natural resources.

Farthing has new title as dispatch director but is familiar with her role

Melissa Farthing was recently hired as the Huntington County Safety Dispatch Director. Farthing is a former dispatcher herself, working four years on the city dispatch team.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published July 18, 2013.

When Melissa Farthing showed up for work on June 22, she had a new title, but was very familiar with her new role.

The Huntington native was hired as the new Huntington County Public Safety Dispatch Director. She oversees the recently combined city and county dispatch teams.

She has worked for the sheriff's department for eight years, and has also worked part-time for the Huntington Police Department for four years.

Fandana organizers excited about this year’s show

Former Korn member Brian Welch will appear at the Fandana Festival with his new band, “Love and Death.”
Photo provided.

As the time draws closer, organizers of the annual Fandana Festival are getting more excited about this year's show.

The three-day event, Aug. 2-4, is held at Huntington University and Julie Hendryx, Huntington University liaison for the festival, says there is a full line-up of talent slated to perform, including headliner Needtobreathe.

"We are excited to have them perform for the festival, as well as Love and Death, Matt Maher and the many other bands that will be here," Hendryx says. "Performances will be held on three stages, just like last year."

Pair of former 4-H royals share fond memories

Cheryl Jarrett was crowned Huntington County 4-H Royalty Queen in 1978, an experience she fondly remembers. This year is the 50th anniversary of the pageant.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When Abby Blocker and Cordell Lewis were recently named 2013 4-H Royalty Queen and King respectively, it brought back fond memories for at least two former queens still in the area.

Cheryl (Davenriner) Jarrett, winner in 1978 and Laura (Ernst) Smart, 1986 queen, both had fun competing.

"I had always wanted to enter the royalty pageant," states Jarrett. "I had seen other girls compete every year and thought it would be a fun thing to do."

St. Peter Lutheran food tent serving fair-goers for 82 years

Keith Crider, volunteer from St. Peter Lutheran Church, helps to hang the banner at the church’s food tent during set-up for the Huntington County 4-H Fair on Thursday, July 18.
Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

In 1931, one year after it began, the Huntington County 4-H Fair needed food service.

Gladys Petting, a member of the Ladies Aid group of St. Peter Lutheran Church at the time, heard rumblings about the need for refreshments at the fair. She was entertaining the idea of opening a food tent when Gus Kilty, a Huntington undertaker, donated a graveside tent to the church.

And so, the St. Peter Lutheran Church 4-H Fair food tent was born.

That was 82 years ago, and the church hasn't missed a beat since.