Digging in


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington University staff members and dignitaries wear hard hats as they make a ceremonial dig into the soil to officially break ground on the new Ware Plant Science Production Facility on Thursday, April 20. Pictured are (from left) Nick Alwine, of Fetters Construction; Doug Ware, son of Dale Ware, for whom the facility is named; Madison Riley; Matt Neff; Dr. Herb Schumm, board chair; Mike Doherty, of Winandy Greenhouse Co.; Dr. Collin Hobbs; and Joe Kessie, president of the Agriculture Advisory Council.

NEIB net income down for first quarter of 2017

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced net income of $830,000, or  69 cents per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2017, which ended March 31.

That compares to net income of $1.1 million, or 89 cents per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2016.  

The decrease stems primarily from a reduction in loan sale gains from our mortgage banking and SBA programs between quarterly periods, an  announcement from the bank said.  

Taking SSF parade entries

Entries are being accepted for the Salamonie Summer Festival parade, to be held June 30 at 7 p.m. in downtown Warren.

Parade units will line up at 6 p.m. at the north entrance to Heritage Pointe, in Warren.

This year’s festival theme is “50 Years of Festival Memories.”

Entry forms are available at the Warren Town Hall, Bippus State Bank in Warren and the iAB financial bank in Warren. To receive an entry form by mail, leave a message at 224-5504.

All entry forms must be returned no later than June 15.

CSP earns certification from Ford


Photo by Steve Clark.

Chris Twining (left), vice president of operations at Continental Structural Plastics, in Huntington, accepts a plaque from Natalie Pohlman, site supplier technical assistant with Ford Motor Company, on Thursday, April 20, at CSP. The award honors CSP’s attainment of the automaker’s Q1 certification. The certification is awarded to suppliers who have successfully implemented Ford’s quality management system and distinguishes CSP as a preferred supplier.

Chamber scholarships


Photo provided.

Three Huntington North High School students were presented with scholarships, each worth $300, by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon on Monday, April 17, at the school. Scholarship recipients (seated, from left) Mikayla Shaw, Makenzie Hardacre and Adam Bonner are shown with (back, from left) Ryan Lemon, chair of the chamber board; HNHS Principal Russ Degitz; and Randy Harris, superintendent of the Huntington County Community Schools.

Pondering the future


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Katie Martin (left), senior admissions counselor at Huntington University, explains what the school offers to Blake Murphy (center), a Huntington North High School junior, and HNHS freshman Taylor Hysong. Blake and Hysong were perusing the opportunities offered during the HNHS career fair on Tuesday, April 18, where representatives of 37 businesses, military organizations and post-secondary institutions set up shop to offer information and, in some instances, accept applications for jobs.

Crestview Academic Super Bowl team competing at state Saturday

The Crestview Middle School Academic Super Bowl team will compete at Indian Springs Middle School on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m., at the State Junior Academic Super Bowl.

Admission to the event is free.

The team won first place in the Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference Junior Academic Super Bowl on March 23, qualifying for state-level competition.

Indian Springs Middle School is at 1692 S. Ind.-9, Columbia City.

Northridge team comes out on top at HU’s annual MS math contest

Nineteen schools from Indiana and Ohio competed in Huntington University’s annual Middle School Mathematics Competition on April 12.

Winners of the team competition were Northridge Middle School, Middlebury, first place; Discovery Middle School, Granger, second place; and St. Joseph Grade School, South Bend, third place.

Winners of the individual competition were Drew Stahly, of Northridge Middle School, first; Ben Seiltz, of Northridge Middle School, second place; and Drake Dru, a home school student from Copley, OH, third place.

IAB notes first quarter income down from same quarter last year

Independent Alliance Banks Inc., the holding company of iAB financial bank, announced financial performance as of March 31.

Net income for the first three months of 2017 was $1.9 million, a 23 percent decline from first quarter of 2016 earnings of $2.5 million, primarily due to approximately $570,000 after-tax expenses associated with the pending merger with First Merchants Corporation.

Earnings per share were 47 cents for the first quarter of 2017, compared to 60 cents during the same period in 2016.

OSV gets United Way honor at state banquet

Kyle Hamilton (right), chief executive officer of Our Sunday Visitor, accepts the Volunteer/Company of the Year Award from Ron Turpin (center), chair of the Indiana United Way board of directors, and Diane Brumbaugh (left), office and events administrator of the United Way of Huntington County.
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Our Sunday Visitor was named Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Huntington County at the 2017 United Way and Funds Volunteer of the Year Awards Banquet April 13 in Indianapolis.

Our Sunday Visitor’s lengthy involvement with the local United Way has included employee, corporate and special event contributions, as well as volunteer opportunities the business supports.

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