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Purdue looks into shifting tornado patterns

Staff report WEST LAFAYETTE, — Tornado season, which generally spans from March to June in the United States, is upon us. There have been more than 130 reports of tornadoes across the country in the last five days, and earlier this year, 23 people were killed

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DNR finds oak threat in rhododendrons

Staff report The Indiana DNR confirmed this week that it has intercepted plants containing a fungal pathogen that kills oak trees, sudden oak death (SOD), for the first time in about 10 years. Inspectors from the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Patholog

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Penalty assessed for unpaid property taxes

Staff report A penalty has been added to Huntington County property taxes not paid by the May 10, 2019 due date. A penalty of 5 percent will be charged if the spring installment is paid on or before 30 days after the due date and if the taxpayer is not behind on pr

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Recipients of new PHH scholarship selected

KOCH: Karmen Koch smiles for a celebratory photo after receiving her scholarship certificate and congratulations from Perkins.

Staff report Huntington — May 21, 2019 – A pharmacy student from Huntington and a mother of two pursuing an occupational therapy assistant degree at Huntington University are the first two recipients of a new scholarship funded through Parkview Huntingt

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Serving those who've served

GROUP: The Freedom Riders’ officers hold their flag in front of their bikes. Pictured from left are: road captain Ben Thiefs, road captain Jake Agnew, historian Adesa Agnew, secretary Mary Anne Ridgley, treasurer Martin Ridgley, lieutenant John Waters, Vice President Shane Collins and seargant-at-arms Bill Bockover. Not pictured are President Larry Goodyear, lead road captain Melissa Collins and chaplin Stan Egolf.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com When Martin Ridgley wasn’t able to join the military because of his hearing loss, it didn’t stop him from contributing to the military. He joined the Freedom Riders Chapter 5, out of Huntington County,

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Kriegbaums respond to lawsuit

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com More than 20 heirs are claiming rights to Kriegbaum Field, after the Huntington County Community School Corporation filed a lawsuit seeking sole ownership of the property, which would remove restrictions set in pla

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The dangers of impaired driving

GOGGLES: Kaiden Huftel talks to his friend while wearing the drunk driving goggles as he awaits his turn on the course set up at the Learning Center.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com So far this month, 21 people have been booked in the Huntington County Jail for impaired driving offenses, according to Huntington County jail records. Every day, 29 people in the U.S. die in motor vehicle accident

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HCCSC reviews supt. contract

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com Huntington County Community School Corporation held a public hearing on Tuesday night to gather comments of support or opposition from the public over the newly proposed superintendent contract. Only one member of

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City plans Riverfork Industrial Park West

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com The planning for Riverfork Industrial Park West is underway, as the Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety approved a study to look into infrastructure improvements Monday. Innovative Engineering Services was

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Prosecutor vows to protect children

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com A Huntington man pleaded guilty to a Level 4 felony charge of child molesting on Monday and was sentenced to seven years, according to court records. Michael Lee Spears, 52, last known address 812 Etna Ave. will se

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Young introduces RISE Act

Staff report WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) have introduced the Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act in hopes to help ease the burden of transitioning to c

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Taking healthy steps

BALANCE: PHH physical therapist Molly Sittler performs balancing exercises with a visitor. Sittler is part of the vestibular health team, which focuses on repairing inner-earissues that cause symptoms likediziness, vertigo and other balance issues.

Staff report Nearly 500 people in Huntington County took advantage of getting free health screenings Parkview Huntington Hospital’s 2019 Healthy Steps wellness fair. Those who attended also got a tour of the new Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Cente

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Heroin dealer sentenced

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com Huntington County law enforcement have now successfully convicted five of 12 drug dealing suspects from the drug bust in December of 2018. Robert J. Hardy, 37, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced on Monday to serve six ye

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Invasive carp persist in Roush Lake

Staff report A large die-off of invasive common carp at J.E. Roush Lake in J.E. Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area near Huntington in 2017 failed to reduce the fish’s numbers, according to recent surveys of the lake. The die-off was triggered by the Koi herp

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DNA evidence leads to arrest

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com Police arrested a 27-year-old Huntington man Friday after his DNA matched evidence collected from a sexual assault exam of a 14-year-old girl, according to police reports. Police arrested Jacob Eugene Johnson, 27,

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Recording captures alleged assault

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com Police say a 3-year-old girl was sexually assualted, after a forensic investigation reportedly found physical evidence to support the allegations. The Huntington Police Department arrested Rober

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Remembering HU

WALK: Forester alumni walk out of the fieldhouse with their degrees in hand, as the ceremony came to a close Saturday.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com As Justin Coleman grew up in Detroit, he didn’t know anything about Huntington. In fact, Huntington knew about Coleman before he’d even heard of Huntington University. The Huntington University men̵

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No jail time for county official's son

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com COLUMBUS, OHIO —Huntington County commissioner Tom Wall’s son was sentenced to three years probation with six months on house arrest, according to Franklin County, Ohio court records. Nathanie

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HU graduation: 'It is up to us'

POP: A group of Huntington University graduates use party poppers to celebrate their accomplishments on Saturday before the commencement ceremony.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com The 214 graduates that received their bachelor’s degrees from Huntington University (HU) on Saturday have seen the university change over quite a bit since they began nearly four years ago. Before the univers

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