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June 25, 2013

Six to be added to Hall of Legends

Kokomo founder David Foster among inductees.

Six people who have been influential in the development of Kokomo and Howard County, from their inception to the present day, will be inducted into the Howard County Hall of Legends in August. They join inventor Elwood Haynes, author Norman Bridwell, actor Strother Martin, journalist Steve Kroft, entrepreneur George Kingston and 15 others.

This is the fourth year of inductions into the Hall of Legends. David Foster, Maj. Gen. William Kepner, Bob Knowling, John Hingst, Del Demaree and E.P. Severns Jr. join men and women who have had an impact on the city, county and the nation.

This year, the Hall of Legends Selection Committee tapped one of the county’s founding fathers, three contemporary community leaders, an adventurer and heroic military commander, and a CEO who pushed the boundaries of technology in telecommunications.

The induction ceremony will take place Aug. 16 in the Casa Bella dining room at Pastariffic, on South Webster Street in Kokomo. Tickets and information will be available online at howardcountymuseum.org or at the Howard County Historical Society, 1218 W. Sycamore St.

“There is always a good group of inductees, but this year’s class is outstanding — a lot of remarkable people that have come from Howard County,” said Dave Broman, executive director of the Howard County Historical Society.

Broman said he was surprised Foster wasn’t among the inaugural inductees into the Hall of Legends, but noted the first few years included the obvious choices from the community.

“The three business owners in the class, in particular, have had a large impact in the community,” he said of Demaree, Severns and Hingst. “Not only through their businesses, but through their involvement in the community.”

Craig Dunn, a member of the selection committee, said there are still a significant number of people in the community to recognize in future years.

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