Farm Bureau helps lucky shoppers with groceries

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Some lucky shoppers purchasing their groceries at Owen's North, in Huntington, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, got some unexpected help paying for those groceries.

Glenda Giggy and Joann Dolby, representing Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc., spent the morning at the store, handing out cash to shoppers chosen at random to help put the spotlight on the farmers and ranchers who produce the food they purchased.


Nearly 1 million Hoosiers qualify for Freefile

Nearly 1 million Hoosier taxpayers will qualify to file their federal and state taxes for free through Indiana Freefile, the Indiana Department of Revenue says.

Hoosiers with an adjusted gross income of $57,000 or less during 2012 may be eligible for the service..

Taxpayers should visit to see if they qualify for INfreefile based on the vendors' options. If they qualify, all taxpayers have to do is click the vendor of their choice and complete their tax returns online.


Associated Churches’ Volunteer Appreciation Program on April 23

The Associated Chur- ches' Volunteer Appreciation Program will take place on April 23 at 7 p.m.

The event will be held at St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., and show appreciation to the many volunteers who make the By the Book Weekday Religious Education program possible.

Reports from the current By the Book teachers about this year's classes will take place and upcoming events will be discussed.

Bibles that will be presented to this year's graduating high school seniors will also be dedicated and refreshments will be served.


Crop growers workshop on March 6 to cover drought impacts, herbicides

A workshop for crop growers from Huntington County and surrounding areas will be held on Wednesday, March 6.

This session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park in Huntington.  Program registration will begin at 9 a.m.

This program will include the following topics and presenters:

• "Updates on Weed Resistance to Herbicides/- Palmer Amaranth Identification and Management" -  George Waters, Winfield Solutions Agronomist.


Signup for USDA’s Planting Transferability Pilot Program ends on April 5

Julia A. Wickard, state executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Indiana, announces that sign-up for the Planting Transferability Pilot Program (PTPP) began Feb. 19 and ends April 5.

USDA will not accept any late filed applications.

The PTPP is a pilot project that permits Indiana producers to plant approved vegetables for processing on base acres under the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) or Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE).


Victory Noll to host session on human trafficking

Victory Noll Center will host "Service Provision Through Their Eyes," an education and training session focusing on human trafficking, on Friday, March 8.

The session is designed for those in the criminal, civil and human services fields, as well as teachers, hotel and personnel managers and anyone who works with young people.

Participants will learn about the community impact of global human trafficking, understand the dynamics of sexual victimization, how to better provide services and how to address issues of compassion fatigue.


Several Banks’ bills in state senate get approval and move on in process

Several pieces of legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, have been approved by the Senate on Feb. 19.

Senate Bill 177, approved on Feb. 19, would allow certain veterans to qualify for in-state tuition rates upon enrolling in one of Indiana's state colleges or universities.

Currently, veterans serving out of state or overseas can lose their in-state tuition eligibility upon returning to Indiana.


Junior Leaders to meet March 7 at Hier’s

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet on Thursday, March 7, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Family Living Building in Hier's Park, Huntington.

Members will participate in an officer training session led by the Purdue University Collegiate 4-H Club. Members will also have the opportunity to sign up to work at the food stand during the Huntington County Cattlemen's Beef Preview Show on Saturday, March 23.


Kennedy earns dean’s list honors at Ivy Tech for fall

Kelly Kennedy, of Huntington, has been named to the Ivy Tech dean's list for the fall semester 2012.

To be named to the list a student must obtain a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 12 graded credit hours for the semester.

Kennedy is the daughter of Linda Belding of Huntington.



Dental journal pays tribute to its founding editor, local dentist King

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The Journal of the American Dental Association paid tribute to its founding editor, Huntington dentist Otto U. King, in an article published in the journal.

King, a Huntington native, joined the National Dental Association, the predecessor of the American Dental Association, after graduating from Northwestern University Dental School in 1897. He became the organization's executive secretary in 1913 and launched the Official Bulletin, which would become the Journal of the American Dental Association.


CF grants to help county teachers and students

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Students at Huntington area schools will learn about plant growth, investigate the effects of alternative energy on the environment and experiment in the areas of light, minerals, plants and climate thanks to CF Industries' Classroom Minigrant program.

CF Industries partnered with Lancaster Elementary School, Riverview Middle School, and Huntington North High School to offer the minigrants to teachers who incorporate agriculture or the environment into classroom activities.


St. Joseph Church to co-sponsor mission

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Roanoke, and St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Parish, Nix Settlement, will jointly sponsor a 2013 church mission March 3 through 6.

The community is invited to attend any or all of the sessions to share in food, fellowship and faith in celebration of the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI.

The mission will be opened by Bishop Kevin Rhoades, leader of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Cath- olic Diocese, during the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, March 3, at St. Joseph in Roanoke.


Huntington House seeks volunteers to supervise clients twice a week; also in need of items for family

Huntington House is seeking volunteers to supervise clients.

Volunteer supervisors are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., although each individual volunteer would work only once or twice a month.

Huntington House is also seeking donations of items for a woman and her three children who are moving from the shelter into transitional housing. Needs include bunk beds, a futon or sofa bed, kitchen table and chairs, cooking pans and a toaster.


2 HU students earn School Broadcasters’ competition honors

Two Huntington University students were recognized in the 2013 Indiana Association of School Broadcasters' College Broadcasting Competition Awards.

Shawn Franklin, a senior film production major from Marietta, GA, won first place in the Entertainment Video category for "For Glory." His film can be viewed online at forester

Anthony Frederick, a senior film production major from Portage, won first place in the Videography category for "Freehauf." His film can be viewed online at forester


Five generations

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Five generations of the Denton family assembled this past Christmas to mark the addition of the newest family member. Matriarch and great great-grandmother Jean Denton (seated) holds Khloe Jean Denny, born on Dec. 13, 2012. Also pictured are (standing, from left), Khloe's mother, Erin Harpole; Billie Garwood, the baby's great-grandmother; and her grandmother, Hiley Garwood.


Mission Emphasis series will begin on Sunday at Bethel Assembly of God

Bethel Assembly of God will hold its Missions Emphasis series over a three-week period.

On Sunday, March 3, in the 10 a.m. service, a couple from Bethel will present its future missions outreach.
On Sunday, March 10, in the 10 a.m. service, Kelly Delp will discuss what she has been doing in Paris, France, and her future plans. Delp says she has been challenged by the great need that there is in Paris and she is eager to return to help those in need of Jesus.


Markle Church of Christ will host ‘Christ in Passover’

The Markle Church of Christ will present "Christ in the Passover" on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

Shmuel Abramson, of Jews for Jesus, will recreate the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus' death and resurrection.


Piecemakers Quilt Club will hold meeting March 7

The next meeting of the Piecemakers Quilt Club is March 7, at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.
It is open to the public.



New Hope Church will host sessions to help survivors in coping with grief

A new GriefShare group will begin at the New Hope Church, 2001 Engle St., Huntington, on Wednesday, March 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The 13-week seminar is designed for people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.

The seminar is led by Rev. Ray Seilhamer and Jeff Hilterbrand. The church will provide a workbook for the seminar.

GriefShare will meet in the Colonial Room in the church's Family Life Center.



ABWA announces two bands for this summer’s Heritage Days Brat Tent

Two bands have been announced as entertainment at this summer's Heritage Days Brat Tent.

Actual Size will perform on Friday, June 21, and Renegade will be featured on Saturday, June 22. Bands will play from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. each night.

The brat tent is sponsored by the American Business Women's Association. The tent opens at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.



LAC honors four Riverview students with awards

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Four Riverview Middle School students have been honored by the LaFontaine Arts Council as Artists of the Month.

Receiving the February honors are Larissa Johnson, Jordan Stanley, Emma Gordon and Maggie Winters.

Johnson, who was honored for her achievements in the field of communications, was nominated by Riverview teacher Tyler Oatess. Johnson has an outgoing personality both on camera and off, Oatess says. She also displays initiative, responsibility, cooperation and problem solving skills.

Johnson's parents are Joe and Kathy Stephan. She is in seventh grade.


Support group for amputees

Amputees and the mobility challenged are welcome to the New Hope Church amputee support group.

The group will meet on March 11 and March 18 at 6 p.m.

The facilitator of the group is recent amputee Chris Denton, who is a survivor of a rare blood disorder.

Handicap transportation can be provided by calling New Hope Church at 356-0870. Refreshments will be served, and caregivers are also welcome.

The church is located at 2001 Engle St., Huntington.



Korean War Veterans Association to meet March 9

The monthly meeting of the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One, will be held on March 9 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 857, in Fort Wayne.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with social hour and lunch being served after the meeting.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a friend or spouse.

VFW Post 857 is located at 2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne.



State music association's competitors

Photo by Steve Clark.

Members of the Huntington North High School band competed in the Indiana State School Music Association's State Solo and Ensemble contest at North Central High School in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 23. Competing members included (front row from left) Kaylie Killian, Ed Yanes, Andrea Shriner, Elizabeth Reed, Hannah Hubley, Kerri Gordon and (back row from left) Andrew McElhaney, Igor Zamphinoff, Anthony Beery Bennett, Lukas Kaylor, Alix Zimmermann, Molly Irick and Olivia Woolard. Not pictured is Gabe Jacobs, Katelyn Shoebridge and Aaron Webb.


Several from county earn Ball State dean’s list honors

Ball State University announces the list of students named to its Dean's List for the Fall 2012 semester.

Among them were several Huntington County students. They are:

Andrews - Kendal Reed, Cally Shaw and Ross Whitacre.

Huntington - Felecia Alderman, Abriel Armstrong, Brittany Barrus, Evan Bonifas, Molly Brown, Jared Clark, Samantha Dyer, Stephanie Gray, Jessica Huey, Austin Johnson, Ross Ochs, Alex Uecker, Gage Vandine and Katie Wright.


BSU degrees to several from county

Ball State University has the names of its students who earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the end of the fall 2012 semester.

Among them were several Huntington County residents. They are:

• Jarod Hammel, Master of Arts in education.

• Holly Burton, Jared Clark and William Miller, all Bachelor of Science.
• BreAnne Dyer, Master of Arts in education.

• Emily Brock, Master of Arts in education.

• Mark Riley, Bachelor of Arts.
• Mariah Pfister, Master of Arts.


City residents asked for input on access barriers

Leaders of the city of Huntington are seeking input from members of the community about barriers within the city that prevent residents from making full use of opportunities within the city.

A public meeting to receive that input will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The meeting will open with an explanation of a federally mandated evaluation measuring the compliance of all city-owned facilities and programs with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Guild donates special cart to PHH ER

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The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild has purchased and donated a special cart for the PHH Emergency Department that will allow emergency workers to quickly deal with the needs of pediatric patients.


Wildcat Festival group to have meet on Feb. 27

Organizers of the 2013 Markle Wildcat Festival will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The meeting will be held at the Markle Fire Station.
For more information on the meeting, call 820-0089.



BG Club gets unique opportunity with artist

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Local artist Angela Sands Ellsworth teamed up with the LaFontaine Arts Council to offer a unique opportunity for members of the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.

Starting the first week of October, Ellsworth spent two days each week at the Boys & Girls Club, working on a collage with a linticular design.


1-69 lane restrictions in area

Repairs to a guard rail will cause intermittent lane restrictions on I-69 near Exit 317, Union Chapel Road, from Feb. 27 through March 1, the Indiana Department of Transportation has announced.

The restrictions will affect both the northbound and southbound lanes. Work is scheduled to begin on Feb. 27 at approximately 7:30 a.m. and will conclude by March 1 at 5 p.m.

Work is scheduled to take place between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. The project could be delayed by weather.



Henderson on dean’s list at Bethel College

Huntington resident Sarah Henderson has been named to the dean's list at Bethel College, Mish- awaka, for the fall 2012 semester.

To be named to the dean's list, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a four-point scale with 12 or more semester credits.



Vectren says scammers are targeting utility customers in fraudulent calls

Vectren is warning customers of a multi-state bill payment scam.

As part of the scam, customers receive an unsolicited phone call from a fraudulent individual claiming to be a representative for the utility company. The fraudulent individual warns that the utility will disconnect the customer's utility service if the customer fails to make an immediate payment - usually within an hour.

Customers are instructed to purchase a prepaid debit card from a local store and call the fraudulent individual back to supposedly make a payment to the utility company.


Students to perform at city library

The Flint Springs Drama Club will perform three plays based on fractured fairy tales on Wednesday. March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the children's room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The community is invited to see "Little Red Robin," "The Emperor's New Hair" and "Spiderella." The event is free, and the performance will last about 30 minutes. No registration is required.


Shelving the books

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Mike Ayers (center), a member of the Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association, presents a $5,000 check from the association to Celia Bandelier (right), director of the Roanoke Public Library, and John Stoeckley, president of the library's board of trustees. The gift will help fund the refurbishing of the library's existing oak bookshelves and the construction of additional oak bookshelves. Both the existing and new shelves will be used in the library's new location in downtown Roanoke.


Farm Bureau Inc. announces March 15 deadline for scholarship applications

The Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc. is accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded this summer.

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or current college students who are members, or whose parents are members, of Farm Bureau Inc.

Scholarship forms are available in the Huntington North High School guidance office or at the Farm Bureau Inc. (Farm Bureau Insurance) office, 2815 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. Complete rules are listed on the application form.


Lighting up the HNHS stage at Midwest Showcase

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of Esprit, a smixed show choir from Southwestern High School in Hanover, perform Saturday, Feb. 23, during the Midwest Showcase competition hosted by the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers at HNHS. Twenty-two high school choirs and five groups from middle schools entered the competition.


Midwest Showcase performance

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The boys from Knight Vision, a mixed show choir from Crestview High School in Convoy, OH, perform Saturday, Feb. 23, during the Midwest Showcase competition hosted by the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers at HNHS.


Counseling center for children, families opens branch locally

Photo by Steve Clark.

Crossroad Child & Family Services, a treatment center serving troubled children and their families, has opened a satellite counseling office in Huntington.

Crossroad Counseling will provide behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.


Bridal Showcase is Feb. 23 in Roanoke

The Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, will hold its first Bridal Showcase on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will feature a variety of booths and displays exhibiting products and services geared toward those planning a wedding or rehearsal dinner.

Representatives from the Cottage Event Center will be on hand to offer attendees tours of the facility and answer questions regarding scheduling and services available.

There is no fee for admission or parking.


Salamonie Church of the Brethren dishes up supper

A fish and tenderloin supper will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at the Salamonie Church of the Brethren.

The meal will be prepared by Dan's Fish Fry and will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free will donations will be accepted at the door.

The dinner is sponsored by Men's Work of the church and proceeds will go toward community outreach and meals.

The church is located on Ind.-124 three miles west of Ind.-5.



Oldies rock on tap at Cottage Event Center for B&G Club fund-raiser

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The oldies rock band Tollgate Road will perform at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke on Friday, March 15, in a fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.

The Indianapolis-based band will perform a variety of hits from the 1960s and 1970s.

The band has performed at Lucas Oil Stadium for Colts fans before NFL games, with music ranging from the Beatles and ZZ Top to John Mellencamp and Lynyrd Skynryd.

Pizza from Oley's Pizza will be available for purchase by the slice. Cupcakes will also be served.


Trustworthy students at Flint Springs Elementary School

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These Flint Springs Elementary School students were honored during January for using the life skill of trustworthiness. They are (front row from left) Holden Bitzel, Cayden Sunday, Erika Brown, Madison Ehler and Cana Brown; (second row from left) Jadin Fletcher, Jacob Ellsworth, Andrew Crider, Sander Kennedy, Regan Slagel and Ethan Hubartt; (third row from left) Drew Briggs, Kiana Vincenti, Nathan Mygrant, Ainsley Kiefer,  Carson Kitchen and Alyssa Uhrick; and (back row from left) Braiden Shoemaker, Daphnee Landrum, Breanna Comer, Caleb Peare and Evan Kaughn.


Shiny new robot

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Lead Engineer Mentor Chris Elston demonstrates the capabilities of the SPITFIRE 1501, on Monday, Feb. 18, at Hier's Park. Team THRUST 1501 unveiled its new robot during an open house for the community.


Bethel Assembly of God to hold free winter carnival Feb. 24

On Sunday, Feb. 24, Bethel Assembly of God will host its 10th annual free winter carnival for children ages 3-12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Before the start of the carnival, there will be a special speaker who provided the bounce houses for the event.

Rev. Tim McNamee from Cityview Church will be the speaker during the 10 a.m. service.

McNamee ministers in an inner city church in Indianapolis.
There will be three bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn and prizes. All activities will be held inside the building.


Hall bringing ‘Body Safety’ talk to county students for eighth year

Sgt. Terry Hall will once again bring his "Body Safety" talk to Huntington County students.

A community meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at Horace Mann Education Center's library. The meeting is open to all parents and concerned citizens who want to learn more about how to keep children safe.


Bethel United Methodist Church hosting youth group supper

Bethel United Methodist Church, in Huntington, is hosting a youth group chili supper on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The supper will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with music and games to follow at 7 p.m.

There is no fee to attend the supper, but freewill donations will be accepted.

The church is located at 625 Riverside Drive, Huntington.



Marion, Eilers earn Feb. HU Peer Awards

The Huntington University Peer Award recipients for February are Sandy Marion, admissions receptionist, and Dr. Kent Eilers, assistant professor of theology.

The Peer Award, which began in 2003, recognizes the outstanding efforts of Huntington University faculty and staff members. Award winners are chosen each month by they peers.

Marion was recognized by Polly Tribolet, accounts payable/student payroll processor, because of her welcoming personality.


Jamison to perform at Heritage Pointe

Barry Jamison will perform in the Applegate Chapel at Heritage Pointe, in Warren, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the performance and the concert is open to the public.



Local woman Homme earns IWU dean’s list

Sarah Noelle Homme, of Huntington, has been named to the Indiana Wesleyan University dean's list for the fall semester of the 2012 academic year.

To be named to the list, a student must obtain a 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 12 graded credit hours for the semester.

Homme, a 2012 graduate of Huntington North High School, is a freshman at IWU and is studying for a nursing degree. She is the daughter of Terry and Cindy Sappington, Huntington.



Courtney Gick on Manchester dean’s list

Huntington resident Courtney Gick was named to the dean's list at Manchester University for the fall 2012 semester.

Gick, a 2012 graduate of Huntington North High School, earned a 3.82 grade point average.

Full time students who earned 3.5 GPA on a four-point scale are named to the dean's list.
Gick is the daughter of Ken and Jane Gick, of Huntington.



AWS awards Pathfinder Services $13,000 grant for its 2013 ‘Summer at Last’ teen program

Pathfinder Services has been awarded a $13,000 grant from the AWS Foundation for its 2013 "Summer at Last" teen program.

The funds will be used to expand the Pathfinder Services program to serve more participants.

"This grant will allow us to integrate our program even more, allowing teens to maintain their academic and social skills throughout the summer," President John Niederman says.

"We continue to receive calls from parents wanting their children to participate, so we are excited that this grant will allow them to do so.


Roanoke program will explore Civil War divisions

"Treason on the Homefront," a program exploring divided loyalties among Hoosiers during the Civil War, will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke.

The Roanoke Area Heritage Center will host the program, which will be presented by Steve Williams.

While husbands and sons faced the enemy on far away battlefields, escalating tensions at home pitted neighbor against neighbor.

Williams' narrative will focus on attorney Lambdin P. Milligan, one of Huntington County's most controversial figures.


Markle Health to host March Senior Center party

Markle Health & Rehabilitation Center will host a Senior Party on March 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Huntington Senior Center.

The event includes lunch, entertainment and door prizes.
Reservations are required and can be made starting Monday, Feb. 25, at 8 a.m. by calling the Senior Center at 359-4410.

Seniors who need transportation to the party can call HAT at 356-3006.

The center is located in the Courthouse Annex, 354 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.



HU students earn collection of FW ADDY awards

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Matt Twigg, a Huntington University senior from Huntington, partnered with fellow HU senior Yo han Lee to earn a gold award in the Fort Wayne ADDY Awards on Saturday, Feb. 16.

In all, digital media arts students earned 13 gold awards and eight silver awards in the annual creative advertising contest.

Twigg and Lee, a resident of Seoul, South Korea, earned their award in the Elements of Advertising - Visual, Animation or Special Effects category. Both are majoring in animation at HU, and their entry was titled "Flight."


Supplies donated

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In celebration of Tri Kappa Week, Feb. 17-23, the Huntington active and associate chapters of Tri Kappa presented a donation of household items to Huntington House. On hand for the presentation were Tri Kappa member Jolene Paolillo (left) and Carolyn Ray of Huntington House.


Ready for state contest

Photo by Steve Clark.

Members of the Huntington North High School band will compete in the Indiana State School Music Association's State Solo and Ensemble competition at North Central High School in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 23. Competing members are (front row from left) Kaylie Killian, Ed Yanes, Andrea Shriner, Elizabeth Reed, Hannah Hubley, Kerri Gordon and (back row from left) Andrew McElhaney, Igor Zamphinoff, Anthony Beery Bennett, Lukas Kaylor, Alix Zimmermann, Molly Irick and Olivia Woolard. Not pictured is Katelyn Shoebridge. Photo by Steve Clark.


River Friendly Farmer award

Photo by Steve Clark.

Tom Reed (center) won the River Friendly Farmer award at the 2013 Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annual meeting and banquet at Crestview Middle School, in Huntington, on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The award recognizes farmers who manage their farms in an economically and environmentally sound way to help protect and improve Indiana's soil and water resources. SWCD Supervisor Joe Carroll (left) and Chairman Kyle Lund presented Reed with the award.


CC to host w’shop series on financial wellness

Community Connections will host a workshop series focused on overall financial wellness with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores.

Classes begin Feb. 19 in Huntington and Feb. 26, in Fort Wayne.

Each workshop series consists of five different two-and-a-half hour sessions and are open to anyone in the community interested in improving their financial situation.


RPL seeks volunteers to help move to new site

Roanoke Public Library will be moving to its new location on March 2.

The library will move from 126 N. Main St. to 314 N. Main St., in Roanoke.

To assist with the move, volunteers can sign up for the book brigade, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon on March 2.

The library will remain closed through March 17 and re-open for regular business hours on March 18.
A grand reopening ceremony is being planned for sometime in May.


Andrews Elementary tradition benefits a local food pantry and helps students with math skills

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

About 60 second-graders from Andrews Elementary School sharpened their math skills - while at the same time serving the community - during a shopping trip on Friday, Feb. 15.

The outing continued a tradition that began three or four years ago, explains Cindy Schenkel, a second grade teacher at Andrews.

"Several years ago, a boy in my class came up with the idea," Schenkel says.


Strong partnership

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

On Thursday, Feb. 14, Brad Gordon (center), terminal superintendent at CF Industries in Huntington, presents a check for $2,878 to Huntington City Fire Chief Tim Albertson (left) and Leon Hurlburt, deputy chief. The funds will be used to purchase struts, which are used during motor vehicle rescue operations.


VNC to host program for veterans’ care

Victory Noll Center is presenting the program "Care Providers for Veterans and Families Training" on March 15, offering skills training to those who interact with veterans and their unique needs.

The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 15. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

It is designed for social service providers, pastors, spouses, parents, family members or any care provider.


YMCA display in February celebrates centennial

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

During the month of February, an exhibit featuring historic moments from the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA's first 100 years will be on display in the front lobby of the facility.

The exhibit features items from the collection of the Huntington County Historical Museum.

The uniform worn by Huntington swimmer Gary Dilley in the 1964 Olympics is included in the display. Dilley was a silver medalist in Tokyo during the XVIII Olympics.


Library invites public on a ‘Blind Date with a Book’

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites the community to celebrate Library Lovers' Month by going on a "Blind Date with a Book."

Library staff members have selected a wide variety of items, wrapped them in red paper, and placed them on display at both the Main Library in Huntington and the Markle Branch Library.  Patrons are invited to choose one or more wrapped titles and, just like any blind date, take a chance with the unknown.


Quilt show planning taking place now for April

The Historic Forks of the Wabash and the Piecemakers Quilt Club are in the planning stages of their annual quilt show, to be held on April 20 and 21.

Show times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on April 20 and 1 to 4 p.m. on April 21.

The planning committee is seeking quilters with their projects. Items being sought include quilts, wall hangings, table runners, bed runners and purses.

There is no fee to enter the show and participants can enter as many items as they wish.
In addition, a new category has been created for youth age 12 and above.


Joe Mertz Center to host Service Emphasis Week this week

Huntington University's Joe Mertz Center will host a Service Emphasis Week beginning Feb. 18.

Throughout the week, students and community members will have the opportunity to get involved through several volunteer opportunities as well as hear how Huntington community members are serving.

Chapel speakers will include Joey Spiegel, a 2006 HU graduate and executive director of Love INC, and 2005 graduate Rev. Richard Strick, and his wife, 2006 graduate and executive director of the United Way of Huntington County Jenna Strick.


Local Red Cross announces pair of blood drives coming in March

The American Red Cross of Huntington County announces two blood drives in March.

• On March 9, from 7 to 11 a.m., Dillman Church will host a blood drive. Donors will receive a Red Cross pin. The church is located at 8888S-1100W-90, in Warren.

• Evangelical United Methodist Church will host a blood drive on March 11, trom 1 to 6:30 p.m. Donors will also receive a Red Cross pin.

To register for the blood drive at Evangelical United Methodist Church, visit and enter the sponsor code "evanumc."


Opera Block Market cuts ribbon in downtown Huntington

Photo by André B. Laird.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Opera Block Market on Market Street held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark its opening. Present for the event were owners, community supporters and several chamber ambassadors, (from left) JoDeane Knowles, Jean Wright, Phyllis Renz, Steve Higgins, Micki Beekman, Leon Hurlburt, Gwen Bowers, manager, Lesa Scott, Bob Scott; Justin Wall, owner, Opera Block Market; Jeremy Wall, Vicki Pearson, Cynthia Wall, Leroy Rinehart, Kathleen Rinehart and Steve Kimmel.


First Federal pledges 15K to new autism center

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First Federal Savings Bank of Huntington has announced a pledge of $15,000 toward a start-up campaign for the Parkview Huntington Hospital Autism Center.

The donation will be spread out over a three-year period.

The Autism Center, announced last October by the Parkview Huntington Foundation, will provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for autistic patients and their families from throughout northeast Indiana.


Auction to benefit Honor Flight set for March 2 in Roanoke

An auction to benefit Honor Flight Northeast Indiana will be held on Saturday, March 2, at American Legion Post 160, Roanoke.

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana provides free day trips for World War II veterans to Washington, DC, to see monuments erected in their honor.

The March 2 auction of donated items will begin at 4 p.m. The band Acoustic Rush will provide a free concert after the auction. The evening will also include a raffle and games of chance. Admission is by donation.


4-H robotics team to unveil its new robot at open house Feb. 18

The Huntington County 4-H robotics team has set its annual open house to unveil the 2013 season robot, Spitfire.

The event will be held on Monday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Building located at Hier's Park.

The team's robot will compete against robots built by other teams from around the country.

The team will compete at the Boilermaker Regional at Purdue University in West Lafayette, March 14 through 16.


Dark comedy to open at Huntington University stage on Feb. 28

The dark comedy "Reckless" will open Feb. 28 on the Huntington University stage.

The play focuses on Rachel, a woman whose world is turned upside down when her husband reveals a shocking secret, sending her on a whimsical journey of identity crisis and self-discovery. Along the way, she meets a social worker and his deaf and mute paraplegic wife, who take her in but harbor secrets of their own.

The cast is made up of nine students, who will play a total of 21 roles.


Friends of Library to honor trustee Sprague

The Friends of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will honor Carlton Sprague, outgoing member of the library's board of trustees, with a farewell reception on Monday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in the north gathering area at the Main Library in Huntington.

Sprague will be recognized for his many years of unpaid, volunteer service to Huntington City-Township Public Library and to the communities it serves.


Conservation Farmer awards

Photo by Steve Clark.

Stephen Eisenhut (second from left) and Hal Hoffman (third from left) won Conservation Farmer awards at the 2013 Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annual meeting and banquet at Crestview Middle School, in Huntington, on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The award recognizes farmers and their efforts to protect the environment. SWCD Supervisor Joe Carroll (first from left) and Chairman Kyle Lund presented Eisenhut and Hoffman with the awards.


HNHS, HC classes of ‘73 to have joint reunion

The classes of 1973 from Huntington North and Huntington Catholic high schools are planning a joint 40th reunion this summer in Huntington, and are in need of updated addresses for many classmates.

The main reception will be July 20 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2817 Theater Ave. Registration and a cash bar will open at 5 p.m., with an hors d'oeuvres buffet beginning at 7 p.m. There is a cost per person.

Class members are asked to update their personal information on the "Classmates Roster" page of the reunion website,


Salvation Army to hold Dan’s tenderloin, fish fund-raiser Feb. 19

The Salvation Army will hold a Dan's Tenderloin and Fish Fry on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Proceeds from this fish fry will fund the Salvation Army's basketball league.

The league has been provided for over 30 years in Huntington County. It is funded through the fish fry, sponsors and oncession sales.

The Salvation Army asks the public to support this program through this fund-raising effort.




4-H’ers honored

Photo by Steve Clark.

4-H'ers who won soil and water awards at the 2012 Huntington County 4-H Fair were honored at the 2013 Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting and banquet at Crestview Middle School, in Huntington, on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Honorees were (front row from left) Matthew McMillan, Marianne Christman, Luke Christman and (back row from left) Julie Winters, Matthew Knight, Robert Sliger III, Bailey Irick and Alexandria Christman. Honored but not pictured are Jacob White, Bonnie Hardy, Peyton Bishir, Michael Winters, Evan Martz, Taylor Martz and Kaitlyn Winters.


IVBHN grants Bowen Center special designation

The Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services has been named a Military-Ready Behavioral Health Provider Organization by the Indiana Veterans' Behavioral Health Network (IVBHN).


Commissioners to hold exec session Feb. 25

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an execuive session on Monday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. in the County Commissioners' office, located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The commissioners plan to discuss a job performance evaluation of an individual during the meeting.



Radio society to meet on Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital's lower level classroom.

Anyone who has ever considered becoming a "ham" or wants to know more about amateur radio is invited to attend.



Extension lists 4-H Club calendar for this month

Purdue University Cooperative Extension - Huntington County office announces its upcoming calendar:

Tuesday, Feb. 19

• 6 p.m. - Rifle club. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

• 7 p.m. - Fair board meeting. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

• 7 p.m. - Blue Ribbon Riders. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Sunday, Feb. 24

• 2 p.m. - Pistol club. Family Living building, Hier's Park.

Monday, Feb. 25

• 7 p.m. - Extension board meeting. Annex Building.
Tuesday, Feb. 26


Blazier, Ley to perform at Huntington University recital

The Huntington University Music Department will present a combined junior/senior recital by soprano Brittany Blazier and soprano Jenny Ley on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

This free recital will be held in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus.

Blazier is a junior choral music education major from Ossian. Her parents are Joseph and Brenda Blazier.

Ley is a senior Bachelor of Arts in music major from Ossian. Her parents are Bruce and Teresa Ley.

They both have studied voice with Joni Killian since attending HU.


Nick’s Country Café owner hopes to be back flipping burgers in March

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A car crashing through the wall of Nick's Country Café on Jan. 23 caused enough damage to close the restaurant, but co-owner Nancy Bonebrake hopes to be back in business by early March.

The restaurant, located on Old U.S.-24, was forced to close after a car pulling into a parking place somehow jumped the sidewalk, missing cars parked on either side, and crashed through the front doors. The impact damaged adjacent walls and ceilings as well as heat ducts in the ceiling, Bonebrake says.


Love Unity Feast at Hier’s Park

The fourth annual Love Unity Feast will be held Sunday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The meal, hosted by Love INC, will be served at Heritage Hall at Hier's Park in Huntington.

Chicken and noodles or pork loin will be served, with an assortment of side dishes such as mashed potatoes and green beans available.

The Café Of Hope will provide beverages.

The event gathers area churches together to share a meal, with all proceeds benefiting Love INC.


Salamonie Seniors to learn about canal

People age 50 and older are invited to the monthly Senior Monday Carry-in Luncheon at noon on March 4 at Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The interpretive center is in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, in Andrews.

After the meal, Dan McCain will speak on the Wabash & Erie Canal.

McCain is chairman of the all-volunteer group Delphi Historic Trails and president of the Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal Association.

Attendees should bring their table service, a prepared dish to share and a donation to help defray costs of the provided main dish.


Andrews pantry to offer food on Feb. 21

The Shepherd's Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Boxes of food will be available for Andrews area residents and will be handed out at 67 N. Snowden in the old Union Building behind the Town Hall.

No appointment is necessary. Boxes will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.



Huntington University to host high school art exhibit

The eighth Annual Huntington University High School Art Exhibit will be held in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery on campus from Feb. 27 to March 12.

The awards reception will be held on March 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This juried invitational exhibit will feature works of art from regional high school students and will be judged by Huntington University's art faculty.

The best of show, first, second and third place student artists will be awarded a cash prize.

Many more students will receive an honorable mention certificate in recognition for their work.


Focus on farming

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

John Easterday, a local farmer and retired banker, calls on an audience member during a Huntington University Foundation breakfast meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that focused on the local agriculture business. Easterday served as moderator of the event, which featured comments by local farmer and HU graduate Steve Platt; Bill Nash, commodity risk manager for Salamonie Mills; and Jodi Heath, co-manager of Helena Chemical's Huntington plant.


Preschoolers will learn about worms during Salamonie program March 13

Preschool-age children are invited to Salamonie Preschool's Wiggle Worms program on March 13.

The program will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and then again from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area in Andrews.

Students will learn about the importance of worms as nature's recyclers and make a recycling box to take home.


Habitat to celebrate 25th year at March 9 gala

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity invites the community to attend its Silver Anniversary Gala on March 9 at 5 p.m., at LaFontaine Golf Club in Huntington.

The theme is "Cruising into the Future," and Jeremy Nix will be the master of ceremonies.

Steve Ness, a local auctioneer, will conduct a silent auction and a live auction. Items available for bidding have been donated by businesses in Huntington, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette and South Bend.


Variety Show

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Barry Jamison will be among the performers at the Variety Show for the Pulse Opera House on March. 15 and 16.  The performance on March 15 will be at the theater in downtown Warren.  The March 16 performance will be in the Fellowship Hall of the United Church of Christ in Warren.  Shows start at 8 p.m. with tickets going on sale at 7 p.m. All proceeds go to the 2013 Pulse Opera House season.


Pathfinder Teens on the Town will spend a day at the movies on Feb. 23

Teens on the Town, a Pathfinder Community Supports program, is hosting Movie Day at the Huntington 7 on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Teens on the Town program focuses on teens with intellectual disabilities, ages 13 through high school graduation, who are currently attending special needs programs at the middle and high school level.

Supervision and assistance is provided for all participants as needed.

Start time is tentatively set for 11 a.m. and the featured film is to be determined, as the movie schedule will not be released until Feb. 21.


Plans for this summer’s 4-H Fair to be discussed

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Board will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park, Huntington.

The board will discuss continuing plans for the 83rd Annual Huntington County 4-H Fair to be held July 12 through 26.

For more information, contact Julia Miller via email at jwickert@pur or call 358-4826.

The Purdue Extension - Huntington County office is located in the County Courthouse Annex Building, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington.



Freezer meal workshop scheduled

Café of Hope, Huntington, will host a Freezer Meal Workshop on March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Workshop leader Renee Pence will guide participants in preparing 10 meals they will take home for their freezers. Participants must pay the cost of ingredients.

Registration and payment are required by Feb. 25. For information, call Pence at 355-0815 or email



Smith and Schwartz are recognized for their involvement at Boys & Girls Club

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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington has named TJ Smith as its the member of the month and Zachary Schwartz as its staff member of the month.

Smith is an eighth grader at Crestview Middle School. His favorite subjects include math and science and he is involved in wrestling. He says his favorite part about the club is participating in activities in the gym and Movie Tech.

Smith says he comes to the club because he knows it helps to give his mom some quiet time to herself and he appreciates the help he gets with his homework.


Registration is open for April 13 ACT exam

Registration is now open for the April 13 administration of the ACT college and career readiness exam. Students who want to take the exam on this date must register by March 8.

Students can register online at or by mail. Paper registration forms can be obtained from school counselor offices or by requesting a registration packet from ACT. Students must submit a photo of themselves to register for the exam.


Local deputy, wife go above and beyond to aid couple involved in recent 1-69 crash

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When Sgt. Steve Coe responded to an accident on I-69 last month, he could have just written a report and gone home.

Instead, Coe - a deputy with the Huntington County Sheriff's Department - went to great lengths to make sure the couple involved in the accident was taken care of, even calling on his wife Patti for help.
In recognition of those efforts, Sheriff Terry Stoffel presented a department award to Steve and Patti Coe on Friday, Feb. 8.

The crash on I-69 happened on Jan. 12 and involved a couple traveling from Michigan to Florida, Stoffel says.


Huntington County Lions Club will award scholarships to local students

The Huntington County Lions Club, serving Andrews, Bippus, Huntington and Roanoke, is offering two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

The student should be a resident of Huntington County and have a cumulative grade average of C or better. The student must also be accepted in a certified post high school educational program of two years or more. He or she must be a high school senior or recent graduate of an accredited high school who has not started a post high school educational program.


Discovery Crew programs at two library sites

The Huntington City-Township Public Library is offering Discovery Crew programs this spring at both the main library in Huntington and the branch library in Markle.

Discovery Crew members meet weekly for sessions that last 45-60 minutes and include games, songs, stories and crafts. The program theme is "Tickle Your Funny Bone!"

Sessions in Huntington are offered to students in grades one through three each Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. through April 10. The Huntington library is located at 255 W. Park Drive.


Several from county earn dean’s list accolades from Saint Francis

The University of Saint Francis has announced students named to the dean's list for fall 2012 semester.

They are:

Lauren Chanley, radiology technology; Kelly Ditzler, radiology technology; John Krumanaker, biology; Alexandra Myer, chemistry; Heather Paynter, communication arts and graphic design; Marina Stoffel, nursing and Leah Stoltz, nursing, of Huntington.

Stephanie Goebbelt, communication.

Students have maintained a 3.5 grade point average on a four-point scale and have carried at least 12 credit hours.


Fine arts group offers scholarship for students studying music, art or drama

The Zeta Chapter of Sigma Eta Sorority Fine Arts Inc. is offering a $300 scholarship to a graduating senior or former sorority recipient majoring in music, art or drama in college.

The applicant must be a Huntington County resident and be in the upper third of his or her class academically.

Applications are available from th
e guidance office at Huntington North High School.
The deadline for all applications is March 31. Applications should be mailed to: Mary Sell, 351 W. Division Rd., Huntington, IN 46750.



Hope Ministries announces spring schedule for Men’s Lenten Breakfast

The Hope Ministries spring schedule is as follows:

Men's Lenten Breakfast Schedule
Feb. 16 - Fairview Church of God.

Feb. 23 - Zanesville United Brethren.

March 2 - Nine Mile United Methodist.

March 9 - Zanesville Church of God.

March 16 - Monson Chapel.

March 23 - Zanesville United Methodist.

Also, a Good Friday Communion Service will be held March 29 at 7 p.m. at Monson Chapel United Methodist.



Zahm earns Saint Mary’s dean’s list

Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, named Alexandra Zahm to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester.

Zahm is the daughter of Joseph and Rachel Zahm of Huntington. To earn academic honors at Saint Mary's, a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have at least 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes and no grades lower than a C.


Bed race returning to Heritage Days lineup

The Heritage Days Steering Committee is bringing back the bed race as part of the annual festivities.

The bed race is open to any interested participants with no entry fee.

A "bed building" clinic will be held in the near future and the time and location will be announced when the date is set.


Fowler, Haneline are champions of library’s Teen Photo Contest

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jessica Fowler and McKenzie Haneline are the winners of the Huntington City-Township Public Library's Teen Photography Contest.

Fowler won first place in the senior division with her photo titled "Cricket Umbrellas."

"A Startling Echo," by Sarah Johnson, won second place in the senior division.

Haneline, the junior division winner, won with a photo titled "Sunshine Kind of Day."

Alli Everett took second place in the junior division with "Nicaragua Beach Hut."

Entries in the photo contest are on display at the library through April.


Heritage Days volunteers needed

Heritage Days in Huntington will take place June 19 through June 23.

The events for Heritage Days are in the planning stages and new volunteers for the events or those who have ideas for new events for Heritage Days are welcome to attend the Heritage Days planning meetings, which are held monthly.

The Heritage Days steering committee meets at the Chamber of Commerce office, 305 Warren St., on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:15 p.m. from November until the event.


St. Peter’s First Community to have flea market-style rummage sale Feb. 22

St. Peter's First Community Church, located at 206 Etna Ave., (William Street parking and entrance) will have a flea-market style rummage sale Friday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Items offered include books, movies, miscellaneous household items, pictures, tools, toys, purses and vintage items. However, no clothing items will be offered at this sale.


Cancer support group to meet Feb. 18

The Cancer Support Group will meet Monday, Feb. 18, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford St., Huntington, at 7 p.m. in the lower level.

Deb Berg will be sharing information and testimonies from her Fort Wayne truck stop nutrition business that is helping truckers to get healthy.  She will also share a video with testimonies.

There will be testimonies and health news shared.

Anyone interested in alternative means to health is encouraged to attend.



Pair of locals make dean’s list at Anderson University

Anderson University has announced its dean's list for the fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year.

Local students named to the dean's list include Carly J. Becker and Kayleigh Mower, both of Huntington.

To be named to the dean's list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0.



Roanoke Brethren Church names Ken Thompson as its new pastor

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Ken Thompson has been named pastor at the Roanoke Brethren Church.

Thompson has served as interim pastor of the church since February of 2012.

A "Meet Our New Pastor" open house will be held at the church on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thompson will serve as a bivocational pastor at the church. He is a teacher with the Huntington County Community School Corporation and currently teaches and coaches at Lincoln Elementary School.


Kastner getting ‘healthy change’ in job as Hickory Creek leader

Photo by Steve Clark.

Taking the job of administrator at Hickory Creek at Huntington has been a "good, healthy change," says Brandon Kastner.

Kastner started at the non-profit Huntington nursing home on Jan. 28. Though he's a native of South Bend, coming to Huntington was something of a homecoming for Kastner.

"All my family's down here," he says, including his fiancé, who lives nearby in North Manchester.
Nursing home administration is something of a family business for the Kastners.


Price is a friend of youth

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County (front left), presents Bonita Price (front right) with the Friends of Youth Award on Friday, Feb. 8 at Flint Springs Elementary School. Price is a retired teacher who volunteers at the school.


Geothermal heating, cooling seminar Feb. 20 at United REMC

An informational seminar on geothermal heating and cooling will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at United REMC.

There will be a morning session at 10:30 a.m. and an evening session at 6:30 p.m. Registration begins a half hour prior to each session.


Heating lessons

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Nick Caley (standing) talks to fourth grade classes at Roanoke Elementary School on Monday, Feb. 4. Caley joined the fourth-graders to talk to the students about generating, transferring, conducting and insulating heat. Here, he is using a thermal camera to show where the heat is escaping Kristin May's classroom. He also gave advice on ways to fix problems such as losing heat.


Huntington, Markle libraries have Story Time sessions for youth 0-7

The Huntington City-Township Public Library is offering Story Time sessions at both the Main Library in Huntington and the Markle Branch Library.

Story Time sessions in Huntington are open to children from birth through age 7. They are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

In Markle, Story Time sessions are offered each Thursday for children ages 2 through 7.

Story Time introduces the child to children's literature and provides a group experience for the young child, while encouraging listening skills and the development of a lifelong interest in reading.


Salamonie School takes kindergarten registration

Salamonie School is currently accepting registrations for fall kindergarten.

For more information, parents may call 375-3434, or print a copy from the Salamonie School website.

Have all forms submitted to Salamonie School by Friday, March 15.

To be eligible for kindergarten children must be five years old on or before Aug. 1, 2013.

Kindergarten orientation at Salamonie School will be held on Wednesday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m.



Bowers Jewelers sends two to RJO 2013 show

Gene Bowers and Susie Bowers from Bowers Jewelers recently attended the 2013 Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) Spring Buying Show tabbed Rock & Restock.

The event, held in Phoenix, allowed jewelers the opportunity to network with peers while recharging personally and professionally.

Gene and Susie Bowers joined hundreds of other jewelers to learn about restocking their business and relationships through roundtable discussions, workshops and seminars at the four-day RJO show.


Fast cars

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Cub Scout Pack 3126 held its Pinewood Derby on Jan. 27. Winners were (from left) Jamison Heyde, first; Brock Fippen, second; and Connor Heyde, third.


NEIB Inc. announces record earnings in 2012

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced record annual earnings for 2012 - a 40 percent increase over the previous year - as well as record earnings for the final quarter of the year.

"Through the hard work of our staff, the trust from our customers and our dedication to the communities we serve, First Federal Savings Bank was able to achieve record financial results," says First Federal Savings Bank President and CEO Michael S. Zahn.


Community garden meeting today

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Huntington Community Garden is invited to attend a meeting today, Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Purdue Extension office at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex.

The purpose of the meeting is to plan and prepare for spring planting. Volunteers are needed both to help with the planning process and to work in the garden.


‘Appleseed’ pizzas

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Roanoke Elementary School first-graders (from left) Jayden Burnworth, Braydon Lawhorn, Dalaney Feuston, Phoebe Landrum and Jaxon Heath recently learned about Johnny Appleseed. Each child in Joyce Roth's class made an "apple pizza" in his honor.


‘Appleseed’ pizzas

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Roanoke Elementary School first-graders (from left) Jayden Burnworth, Braydon Lawhorn, Dalaney Feuston, Phoebe Landrum and Jaxon Heath recently learned about Johnny Appleseed. Each child in Joyce Roth's class made an "apple pizza" in his honor.


Real Living/Ness Bros. adds Grover to staff

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Caleb Grover has joined Real Living/Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co.

Grover will serve the community as a real estate agent.

Real Living/Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co. offers real estate services in Huntington, Allen, Whitley and Grant counties. Its headquarters are located in Huntington at 519 N. Jefferson St.

Grover can be reached at 820-0209, extension 103.



Change in trash pickup

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18.

Monday's trash route will be collected along with the regular Tuesday route on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

For more information, contact the street department at 356-4720.



Brandon Burnworth earns fall dean’s list accolade at Vincennes

Huntington resident Brandon M. Burnworth was named to the Vincennes University dean's list for fall 2012.

Burnworth is pursuing a degree in precision machining technology.

To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must complete at least 12 credit hours and achieve a grade point index of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.



Five generations

Five generations of the Callison family assembled recently for a photo. Pictured are (front, from left) Braylen Preston, being held by his dad Travis Preston, and his grandmother, Kathy Bollinger; and (back, from left) Braylan's great-great-grandmother, Cora Callison, and his great-grandfather, Jim Little.


Marshall named a top financial advisor

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Seth T. Marshall, an independent financial advisor at Bippus State Bank/ BSB Investments in Huntington, was recently recognized as a top financial advisor and named to the LPL Financial Patriot's Club.

This distinction is based on a ranking of all registered advisors supported by LPL Financial LLC, the nation's largest independent broker-dealer, and is awarded to less than 10 percent of the firm's approximately 13,100 advisors nationwide.


Three are added to staff at First Federal

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First Federal Savings Bank has announced three additions to its staff.

Cassandra Schroder was hired in early January for a full-time teller position at the North Jefferson Street location in Huntington.

She has two years of previous banking experience and an associate's degree from Kaplan University. She is a lifelong resident of South Whitley where she resides with her husband, Joseph.

Jared Brooks was recently assigned to a teller position at the North Jefferson location in Huntington.


American Heritage Girls troop sets registration

Huntington Baptist Church will hold a registration night for families interested in being a part of a new American Heritage Girls troop in the Huntington County area.

Registration night will be Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Huntington Baptist Church, 2435 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.

American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered scouting program for girls in kindergarten through grade 12.

The AHG program seeks to develop the whole child - physically, mentally and spiritually.


Bowen Center adds new doctor, expands hours

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Dr. Santosh Maharjan has joined the psychiatric services staff of the Huntington clinic of the Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services, allowing the clinic to offer expanded hours.

Maharjan attended medical school in Nepal at Kathmandu University's College of Medical Sciences, graduating in 2004. After graduation, he worked in hospitals and community programs as a medical officer and joined Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Training Program at Boston in 2008.


Seniors, parents invited to learn about FAFSA

Information about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be provided during a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the library of Huntington North High School.

Current and prospective college students must submit the FAFSA if they want to apply for federal and state financial aid.

Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA.

The meeting at Huntington North is open to all seniors and parents of seniors who plan to attend college during the 2013-14 school year.


Lenten Retreat to be offered at Victory Noll Center

Victory Noll Center will offer a Lenten Retreat, a guided retreat experience to help participants deepend their relationships with Christ, on Saturday, March 2.

The program features a day of prayer, preaching, and pondering the Word with retreat leaders Sister Maureen Mangen and Rev. Keith Hosey, who have more than 70 years of retreat experience between them.

Mangen is a Sister of the Precious Blood, based in Dayton, OH, and currently serves as spiritual director and retreat facilitator with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Tipton.


Riverview students earn medals at ISSMA; Smekens advances to state

Students from Riverview Middle School competed in the 2013 Indiana State School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest at Bellmont High School, Decatur, on Jan. 26.

Sophia Smekens received a gold rating in Division 1.
She will compete in the state ISSMA event Feb. 16 in Indianapolis.


Turpin is guest speaker at SWCD annual dinner

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dr. Tom Turpin, Purdue University professor of entomology and Cooperative Extension Service Entomologist, speaks at the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District annual dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Crestview Middle School.


Alford tops cousin to win spelling championship

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The battle to determine Huntington County's spelling champion was, at the end, all in the family.

When it was over, Salamonie Elementary School fifth-grader Hailey Alford had bested her second cousin, Nick Scheiber, but only after the two spent the final few rounds trading correct answers.

Scheiber, also a fifth-grader, represented Andrews Elementary School in the county bee on Monday, Feb. 11.

Despite the relationship, Alford and Scheiber said they didn't get together to hone their spelling words.


United Way accepting funding applications

The United Way of Huntington County is now accepting applications for funding.

Agencies applying for funding must be able to demonstrate a measurable effect on one of the four areas of community impact targeted by the United Way. Those areas are education, financial stability, health and wellness and crisis needs.

Applicants must submit an organizational letter of intent no later than Feb. 22. Additional documentation will be due March 22.

For more information, call the United Way office at 356-6160.



Huntington University prof Jeoung to perform

Dr. Ji-Young Jeoung will perform in concert on Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at Huntington University.

Jeoung is a piano instructor at HU and will perform Bach, Tower and Chopin in Zurcher auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The concert is open to the public.



Boys & Girls Club hails Mentoring Month with party

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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County celebrated National Mentoring Month with a mentoring party on Friday, Feb. 1.

Members and their mentors took part in relay races, "Minute to Win it" games, "Just Dance" competitions, a photo booth and board games. Those in attendance also enjoyed pizza and ice cream.

Similar celebrations will take place each month.


1st Source Bank gets kudos from Forbes as a best bank

1st Source Bank has been recognized by Forbes as one of America's Best Banks in its annual review of the nation's 100 largest publicly held financial institutions.

1st Source ranked 25th on the list based on an analysis of asset quality, capital adequacy and profitability.

The company ranked higher than any other bank based in Indiana or southwestern Michigan.


Archaeologist to give lunchtime presentation

Dr. Michael Press, an archaeologist specializing in ancient Israel, will give a brown bag lunch presentation on archaeological excavations in the ancient Philistine city of Ashkelon on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

The talk is open to the public.

Prior to the lunch presentation, Press will speak to Dr. Mark Fairchild's biblical archaeology class at HU.


GriefShare sessions on Wednesdays

College Park Church, in Huntington, will be offering Wednesday evening sessions of GriefShare, 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 27 and ending May 22.

GriefShare offers a free grief recovery support group to individuals grieving the death of a loved one. GriefShare is a place where one can be around other people who understand how one might be feeling from the pain of a loss. At GriefShare, one will learn information that will help them through a difficult stretch of life.

Each of the 13 weeks is a standalone session, enabling one to join a group at any time.


Andrews firefighters to serve at fund-raising meal

Andrews Volunteer Fire Department will host a benefit and auction on March 2 at Miller's Pub in Andrews, starting at 8 p.m.

Firefighter Mike Craft says the public will be served by the Andrews Volunteer firefighters all evening.

"This is the fifth or sixth year for this fund-raiser," he states. "The funds go to help support the work we do."

Throughout the evening, donations will be collected. Snyder Auctions will conduct an auction as well.


Several from Huntington earn Indiana State University dean’s list

Indiana State University has announced its dean's list for the fall semester.

Area students making the fall 2012 ISU dean's list include Austin Hildman, Natasha Mathew, Rachel Wallace and Benjamin Wilcox, all of Huntington.

Students must have a 3.5 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale in order to be eligible for the dean's list at Indiana State.



KT’s Nails has new owners, offers same services

Photo by André B. Laird.

Long and Jenny Nguyen are the new owners of KT's Nails, in Huntington.

The couple says they acquired the business, a nail salon, on Dec. 12.

"It's under new management now," Long Nguyen states. "We did some remodeling of the interior as well."

He adds that nothing will change with new ownership. The salon will continue to offer professional nail care for men and women.

Walk-ins are welcome and Nguyen says discounts are available for students.

Hours of operation are Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Blood drive at Habecker DC is Feb. 20

Huntington University's Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20 in the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons on campus.

The Joe Mertz Center hosts four blood drives each year in conjunction with the American Red Cross.

Individuals who donate have the opportunity to enter in a regional drawing to win a deluxe package.

The prize includes two VIP tickets to the NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Midwest Regional games at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis as well as lodging accommodations and a $250 Visa gift card.


Alford is Salamonie’s top speller

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Hailey Alford is the Salamonie Elementary School spelling bee champion.

Hailey Alford, a fifth-grader, won the bee by correctly spelling the word "ferocious." She is the daughter of Sarah Scheiber.

The runner-up in the school bee is Corbin Snow. He is also in the fifth grade.



PHH has updated MRI available to patients

A new high-definition MRI is now operational at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

The new imaging machine became operational on Feb. 7.

It integrates a new software application that reduces motion, such as breathing, which will make abdomen, chest and pelvic studies clearer. Image scan time is reduced by almost 50 percent, says Gary Randle, manager of diagnostics and therapeutics at Parkview Huntington.


Alzheimer’s caregivers group meets Wednesday

The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

For information, call the Alzheimer's Association Helpline at 800-272-3900.



First Nazarene to host murder mystery on Feb. 16

The First Church of the Nazarene will have a mystery dinner theater on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.

"Mystery at Mike's" by Nancy Bone will uncover the mystery of opening night at a 1950s style restaurant, Mike's '50s Cafe.

Guests should arrive dressed in '50s attire, ready to help solve the crime.

The presentation will include food, a hula hoop contest and prizes.

Reserve tickets by calling 356-1614.

The church is located at 1555 Flaxmill Road, Huntington.



Episcopals set services

Christ the King Episcopal Church will hold an Ash Wednesday li
turgy with Holy Communion service on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
The church is located at 1224 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.


24th annual College Goal Sunday is Feb. 24

Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Fort Wayne and 40 other Indiana sites to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday, set for Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.


Huntington North announces its first semester honor rolls

Huntington North High School has announced its honor rolls for the first semester of the 2012-13 school year.

Students earning all A's are:

Grade 9
Joni Bennett, Emily Bucher, Dalton Caley, Madison Canady, Alexandra Christian, Anthony John Ditzler, Rebecca Dohrman, Kaitlyn Drayer, Emma Eckert, Sierra Estep, Mackenzie Faurote and Mallory Flora.


HNHS student Satterthwaite wins natl. machining contest recently

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North's Brandon Satterthwaite competed in the INTMA (Indiana National Tooling Machining Association) High School machining contest on Jan. 19.

Satterthwaite placed first overall out of 16 students and received $250 from Carbide, Cutting Tools, Abrasives Inc. of Indianapolis and $250 from S&J Precision Inc., of New Albany.

The prize money will be spent on tools.

The Huntington North Machine Trades class also received $1,000 for tools for the program for being the first place school.



Salamonie Preschool program ‘Groundhogs’ is set for Feb. 13

Preschool age children and their adults are invited to attend a Salamonie Preschool "Groundhogs!" program on Feb. 13.

The class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and again from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.


Gayed earns partner slot at FW law firm

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Huntington native Jeremy N. Gayed has been elected a partner with the Fort Wayne law firm of Barrett & McNagny LLP.

The new position was effective Jan. 1.


Flash mob

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The Lancaster Elementary School Reading Ambassadors, including (from left) Brandon Kem, Nathan York and Thom Greving, debuted by performing a flash mob to "The Dewey Rap" during lunch hour. This group regularly demonstrates responsibility and leadership at Lancaster Elementary.


State, local officials at local legislative session on Feb. 16

State and local officials are expected to speak and answer questions during a legislative session on Saturday, Feb. 16, sponsored by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.
The session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

State Sen. Jim Banks, State Sen. Travis Holdman, State Rep. Dan Leonard, Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and Huntington County Commissioner President Leon Hurlburt are expected to be in attendance.

For reservations, call the chamber office at 356-5300 or email skim mel@huntingtonchamber. com.


Chemical storage details available

Information about the storage of hazardous chemicals by Huntington County facilities is available for inspection by the public, the Huntington County Local Emergency Planning Committee has announced.

Availability of the information is required by the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act.

The information, along with plans for dealing with emergencies involving hazardous chemicals, may be inspected during normal business hours at the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency office in the Huntington County Jail, 332 E. State St., Huntington.


Anglican Church schedules services for Lent

Anglican Church of Our Glorious King announces its schedule of services for Lent:

• Imposition of Ashes, Litany of Penance and Holy Communion on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.

• Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 10 a.m. with the exception of Feb. 24 and March 14, when Holy Eucharist will be at 6:15 p.m.

The church is located at 404 Grayston Ave., Huntington.

For more information, contact the senior pastor, Rev. Rick Leone, at 312-8054.



Pathfinder recognizes employees for their years of service

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Pathfinder Services Inc. presented service awards to its Huntington employees during a luncheon on Monday, Jan. 28, at the Pathfinder North Campus, in Huntington.

Pathfinder Services President John Niederman commended staff members and presented each employee a certificate of appreciation for their years of service to the organization.

Employees honored were Kari Goetz and Sandy Wing for 25 years of service; Ali Stanley for 15 years; and Amanda Curry, Jennifer Depoy, Tammy Kinsey, Lois Mills, Jim Powers, Jean Tilden and Laura Zahm for five years.


Noble to serve as director of HU Centre for Non-Western Studies

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Dr. John Noble has been named the director of the Centre for Non-Western Studies at Huntington University.
Noble succeeds Dr. Tim Smith, who plans to take a sabbatical next semester to conduct research for his new book.

Noble joined the university in 2012 as an assistant professor of Bible and religion. He holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Taylor University. He also holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.


Huntington County LACE sets up meeting schedule for 2013 calendar

Huntington County LACE (Local Anti-Drug Coalition Effor) has announced its meeting schedule for 2013.

Meetings will be held on Feb. 11, March 18, April 15, May 20, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18.All meetings are held at noon at the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.

LACE is Huntington County's arm of the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. The local organization is made up of representatives of law enforcement, probation, schools, mental health agencies, parents, local government and social service agencies.


HU partners with Mad Ants for game and Attaboy performance on March 2

Huntington University is once again partnering with the Mad Ants to present "Faith and Family Night" on March 2 starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event coincides with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants games against the Idaho Stampede and will be immediately followed by a concert by Attaboy.

This is the university's first Finding Foresters event of the year and attendees are encouraged to invite a student who may be interested in one of HU's more than 70 academic programs for undergraduate, adult and graduate students.


Talking eagles

Photo by André B. Laird.

Interpretive Naturalist Teresa Rody talks to a packed room during an eagle watch program on Sunday, Feb. 3. The program started at Salamonie Interpretive Center and included a tour to see roosting eagles at Salamonie Reservoir and finally a live eagle demonstration at Mississinewa Lake.


Patterson makes dean’s list at Lewis University

Roanoke resident Kayla Patterson was among the students named to the dean's list at Lewis University for the Fall 2012 semester.

To be eligible for the dean's list, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.25 on a four-point scale.

Patterson is studying nursing at Lewis University.



Cause for celebration

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Melissa Upton (left) and her daughter Ashley celebrate homeownership via Huntington County Habitat for Humanity on Sunday, Feb. 3. Huntington firefighter Zach Kindler (right) donated the lot to Habitat after his home, which was located there, was destroyed by fire last year. The local Habitat for Humanity organization completed the build for the Uptons on Friday, Feb. 1, and dedicated the home on Feb. 3.


Birthday Books for Huntington Catholic School

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students at Huntington Catholic School who have birthdays in February made donations to the school library for new books. The books are selected by the school librarian, and the student making the donation is the first to read the book. February birthday books were donated by (front row, from left) Grant Rosen, Michael Bowers, Ainsley Melcher and Ella Mettler; and (back row, from left) Kadja El-Hussein, Reid Johnson and Nicholas Melchi.


Relay for Life starts Feb. 11, 6 p.m.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Huntington officially gets underway at 6 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Cafe of Hope, Life Church.

Huntington community members are invited to unite to help "kick off" this yearʼs event, which will take place on June 8 and end on June 9. This yearʼs theme is "Super Heroes Among Us."


Joy Pleasers to hold repeat info meet Feb. 9

Due to bad weather on Feb. 2, Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry will be holding a repeat informational meeting and workshop on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Heritage of Huntington for anyone who would like to become a part of their Christian clown ministry.

The group will be giving members of the community an opportunity to learn about clowning and join the group.
The event, open to males and females over the age of 16 years, will include a question and answer session as well as class time.


Business of the Month

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The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce named Wall Legal Services as the Business of the Month for February. On hand for the presentation of the banner were (from left) Sue Rumple of Beacon Credit Union, Steve Godfroy of New York Life Insurance and Phyllis Renz of the Huntington County Visitor & Convention Bureau, all Chamber Ambassadors; Steve Kimmel, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce executive director; Joe Burgess of Pace Chevrolet and Gene Snowden of Real Living Ness.


HU names first semester dean’s list

Huntington University has announced the students that were named to the dean's list for the fall semester of the 2012-13 school year.

The dean's list is published two times per year at Huntington University. The honor recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement during the previous semester. Honorees must be classified as regular students, be enrolled full-time with a load of 12 hours or more in graded courses and must achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.50 on a four-point scale.

The following students from this area were recognized:


Senate page

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Ashley Weil (right), of Huntington, a student at Crestview Middle School, recently served as a page for Sen. Jim Banks at the Indiana Statehouse. Pages spend the day touring the building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with their state senators.


St. Peter’s to host meal for community

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, St. Peter's First Community Church will host a community supper and Ash Wednesday Worship Service in partnership with 509 Community Church.

A simple meal will be served in Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m.
Attendees should use the William Street entrance.
Reservations are appreciated but not required for the meal.

The Community Worship Service will start at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
For more information call 356-7728.
The church address is 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.



CMS band students get ISSMA golds

Members of the Crestview Middle School seventh and eighth grade bands at Crestview Middle School competed at Eastbrook High School on Saturday Feb. 2, at the annual Solo and Ensemble Contest sponsored by the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA).

Several students received Gold ratings. They are:
Group V Solos - Sydnee Gradeless, flute; Jack Young, French horn; and Matthew Overholser, tuba.

Division IV - Erika Kennedy, flute; Alexis Pace, alto sax; Tyler Gates, alto sax; Katie Hunt, trumpet; and Montana Phillips, tuba.


Recognizing dedication

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mike (left) and Sherry (right) Keplinger, co-owners of Mike's Car Care, present a plaque to Jeff Storie in recognition of his 15 years of employment. Storie, lead diagnostic technician at the shop, has been with Mike's Car Care since the business opened. Mike's Car Care, located at 1745 Etna Ave., offers general automotive repair and tire sales.


Howell joins PHH staff in communications dept.

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Jessica Howell has joined the staff of Parkview Huntington Hospital as communications specialist.

Howell, a native of Jay County, holds a bachelor's degree in telecommunications and political science from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has lived in Huntington for the past two years and has served as economic development associate for the Huntington County Economic Development Corporation.

At PHH, Howell will write for and edit hospital publications. She will also be responsible for media and community relations. She began her role on Jan. 21.



Local woman on IU School of Public Health dean’s list for fall semester

The School of Public Health at Indiana University has announced its dean's list for fall semester 2012.

Katey Pfister of Huntington has been placed on the dean's list.
Pfister is a pre-physical therapy student with a major in fitness specialist.

To be eligible for the dean's list students must complete at least 12 credit hours and earn at least a 3.8 GPA.



Faithful students

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Catholic School students who emulate Christ in displaying a spirit of faithfulness were honored during the all-school liturgy on Friday, Feb. 1. They are (front row, from left) Baden Craig and Addison DeLaGrange, both kindergarten; Jax Mickley, first grade; and Samantha Weicht, second grade; (second row, from left) Sam Mickley, sixth grade; Luke Eckert and Reid Johnson, both fourth grade; and Preston Collup, third grade; and (back row, from left) John Hipskind, eighth grade; Graham Scher, fifth grade; and Alexandria Yagel, seventh grade.


Students with gratitude

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Catholic School students who have displayed the Christ-like virtue of gratitude were recognized during the all-school liturgy on Friday, Feb. 1. They are (front row, from left) Phoenix Stepler and Chase Lyons, both kindergarten, and Micah Morris, first grade; (second row, from left) Jessica Hartmus and Anthony Clor, both fourth grade; Ryan Teusch, third grade; and Gracey Linker, fifth grade; and (back row, from left) Sean Reust, seventh grade; Lindsey Scher, eighth grade; and Justin Albertson, sixth grade. Not pictured is Samuel Lee, second grade.


Local ABWA chapter offers two scholarships from Bufton Ed Fund

ABWA Forks of the Wabash Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is offering two scholarships from the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund.

One scholarship is worth $1,000 and the other scholarship is worth $2,000, and will fund two area students.

Each year, local chapters of ABWA provide Stephen Bufton Memorial Scholarships (SBMEF) to female students who will be attending accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community/vocational schools in the fall of 2013.


Volunteer honored

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County presented George Richison (center) with the Steven L. Bailey Memorial Award on Thursday, Jan. 31. Richison volunteers at Lancaster Elementary School as an "all day, every day" volunteer - something he has been doing for more than 16 years. On hand for the award ceremony were (from left) Russ Degitz, Lancaster principal; Leon Hurlburt, president of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County; Donna Bailey-Lahr, widow of Steven L. Bailey; and Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.


Tuition freeze at HU for the 2013-14 year

Huntington University has announced a tuition freeze for the 2013-14 academic year, the second such freeze in a decade.

The action by the university's board of trustees freezes tuition at 2012-13 levels for all incoming and returning students. HU also adopted a tuition freeze for the 2004-05 school year.

"In these uncertain economic times, students and parents will have one less worry," says HU President G. Blair Dowden.


Library to host conservation seminar for books Feb. 7

Huntington City-Township Public Library and Etherington Conservation Services invite the community to a free book conservation seminar, to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Main Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Book conservation expert Danielle Creech will demonstrate the proper techniques for conserving rare or irreplaceable books, as well as how to prevent damage to fragile books and documents over time.


Snowbird serenade

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Judy Ruble serenades a crowd of seniors with a rendition of the song "Snowbird," originally sung by Anne Murray, on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation's annual Snow Party. The party was held at the Senior Center downtown Huntington and offered attendees entertainment, refreshments and door prizes.


Libraries invite students to do Valentine boxes

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites students in grades 6-12 to visit either library location to create their own "Make It & Take It Valentine Box" anytime during regular library hours now through Feb. 28.


Junior Rotarians

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Junior Rotarians for the month of February are Huntington North High School seniors Ana Wenning (second, from left) and Josh White (second, from right). Also pictured are their sponsors, Lori Mickley and Chuck Grable, both members of the Huntington Rotary Club.


Expectations in Markle to host 2013 Bridal Bazaar on Feb. 10

Expectations event center in Markle will host its 2013 Bridal Bazaar on Feb. 10, from noon to 4 p.m.

A variety of vendors from around the area will have stations set up at the event center. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


Northeast Indiana Bancorp to hold annual shareholders meet

Northeast Indiana Bancorp, Inc., parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, will hold its 18th annual shareholders' meeting on April 23 at 1 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the board room of First Federal Savings Bank at 100 Frontage Road, Huntington. Shareholders of record on March 15, 2013, are eligible to attend the meeting.

The company has announced a quarterly cash dividend of 19 cents per common share. This cash dividend will be payable on Feb. 26 to common shareholders of record on Feb. 12.


Winners, again

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Riverview Middle School has earned its second consecutive first place award in the Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference Geography Bowl. The competition was held Jan. 29 at Indian Springs Middle School, where Riverview bested four other schools.


HCS students selling books of coupons as fund-raiser

Students at Huntington Catholic School are joining with students at other area Catholic schools in selling "You Can Lend a Hand" coupon books to raise money for their schools.

The coupon books are available through March 1. They include coupons that can be used at Burger King and Chili's restaurants, ticket offers for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Komets and free skate admission and rental at the Lutheran Health SportsCenter.

This is the 31st year for the project, which is one of the main fund-raising efforts for Catholic schools in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.


Heritage Pointe pool players report good luck

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Two pool players at Heritage Pointe, in Warren, reported some unusually good luck.

Richard Hinton sank five pool balls on the break shot during play on Jan. 14.

Kay Mounsey set up the shot. Hinton sank two solid and three striped balls, as recounted by Melvin Dooley who witnessed the event.

Ralph Taylor, Kay Mounsey, Clarence Myers and Jim Jones also saw the shot.

Sinking five balls is unusual, as usually one to three balls are sunk on a break shot.

Then, on Jan. 24, Jim Jones sank four solid-colored balls on the break shot.


Chess masters

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sam Daugherty (left) and Adam Wixted battled it out for the championship in the Huntington City-Township Public Library's chess tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The evening of chess, which was open to students in grades 6-12, included instruction by Jack Oberholtzer. The final game ended in a win for Daugherty, an eighth-grader at Riverview Middle School, who is now the library's reigning chess champion. Wixted, the runner-up, is in eighth grade at Huntington Catholic School.


JD’s server, customers reach out to sick student

Micki Beekman, a server at JD's Restaurant and Bar, has donated $776 to a high school student who has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lukemia (ALL).

Beekman worked on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., donating all her earned tips for that shift to Jessica Foley, a sophomore at Southwood High School.

Foley lives in Wabash, but she has family ties to Huntington.

She is an honor roll student, member of the softball team, manager of the boys' wrestling team and active member of her local community and church.


Library to offer series of workshops on using digital devices for access

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will offer a series of workshops offering information on using digital devices to access library collections at the main library in Huntington and the branch library in Markle.

The "Get eBooks @ Your Library" workshops at the Huntington library will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m.; Monday, Feb. 11, at noon; and Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m.

In Markle, a workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m.


Genealogy Society to hear about canals

The Huntington County Genealogy Society will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Robert Schmidt, from the Canal Society of Indiana will be the guest speaker.

The Canal Society participates in current canal projects and related issues, with the objective of defining the potential for trail and linear park development. The society also supports local groups that work to achieve canal preservation and restoration.


CFS still has energy assistance funds

Community and Family Services is continuing to accept applications for Energy Assistance funding.

Anyone who has not had an application appointment or does not have one scheduled should contact the local Community and Family Services office, 726-9318, to schedule an appointment.



LAC honors accomplishments of HNHS students

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The LaFontaine Arts Council has recognized five Huntington North High School students as Artists of the Month for February.

The students are Hannah Christine Scher, Lauren Elizabeth Daas, Christopher Chesterman, Conner Hoke and Elijah VanDine.


Six from HNHS earn top Scholastic Art awards

Six Huntington North High School students have earned top awards in the regional Scholastic Art and Writing awards competition.

Those six, along with several other students who also won awards, will be honored Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne. Their work will be exhibited at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Feb. 10 through April 7.

Senior Cheyanne Geideman was a triple winner, earning two of the top Gold Key awards along with a Silver Key award, all in photography.


Pulse will celebrate Valentine’s Day with gourmet dinner and concert

The Pulse Opera House will kick off its 2013 season with a Valentine's Day dinner and concert on Feb. 16.
Hors d'oeuvres start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:15 p.m.

The dinner will take place at the new Fellowship Hall at the Warren United Church of Christ, 202 E. 2nd St., Warren.

The festivities will start with a dinner prepared by Chef Jeffrey Albertson, who has been an instructor in the Ivy Tech Hospitality Administration Program since 2008.


HU Foundation will hear a report on the state of the local farming industry

Representatives of the local agriculture industry will discuss the state of farming during the Feb. 13 Huntington University Foundation Breakfast.

The panel includes HU graduate and career farmer Steve Platt; Jodi Heath, co-manager of Helena Chemical's Huntington plant; and Bill Nash, commodity risk manager for Salamonie Mills. John Easterday, a retired banker and farmer, will serve as moderator.

The speakers will address the current challenges of the agriculture industry as well as some proactive steps farmers and land owners can take to help plan for the future.


Gardeners to explain herb use

The first of the 2013 Public Education Series sponsored by Huntington County Master Gardeners will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Two master gardeners, Liz Saunders and Sharon Ernst, will present "Using Herbs in Everyday Life." Saunders will discuss cooking with herbs and present hearty winter soups and other winter comfort foods made with herbs.


Michelle Kindle named a ‘Light of Learning’

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Michelle Kindle, seventh grade teacher at Huntington Catholic School, has been awarded the Light of Learning Award.

Kindle attended the Luncheon to Celebrate Excellence in Catholic Education on Monday, Jan. 28, in Fort Wayne.

The event coincided with Catholic Schools Week, which ran from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.

Twenty-two educators from the Fort Wayne area were awarded with the Light of Learning Award.



Roth gives free services

The Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana has announced that 24 area attorneys donated 50 or more hours of pro bono legal assistance in 2012.

Huntington County Attorney Mathew Roth was among the lawyers who achieved this goal.


Restaurant changes include new name, new owner

Photo by Steve Clark.

Ugalde's Family Restaurant, in Huntington, became Moe's Restaurant this past December.

The new name was one of several changes to come to the local eatery, which also sports a newly remodeled interior and exterior, a new menu, even new dishes and silverware.

Credit new owner Moe El-Hussein with the restaurant's overhaul. A co-owner with the restaurant's previous management, El-Hussein became principal owner last year.


Middaugh’s to offer restoration work at shop

Photo by André B. Laird.

Three generations of the Middaugh family have teamed up to form Middaugh's Collision & Auto Repair, in Huntington.

Patriarch and owner Dick Middaugh says the family has extensive experience and a great reputation in the auto industry locally.

"We used to own an auto shop on Ind.-114," he states. "My son Rick starting working with me when he was about 14 years old after school."

Grandson Nick Middaugh recently completed a four-year enlistment with the United States Marines and joined the family business, Middaugh adds.


‘Princess Bride’ to be shown Feb. 14 at Huntington City-Township Public Library

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites adventure, comedy and romance lovers of all ages to a free Valentine Movie Night, featuring The Princess Bride.

The feature, which is rated PG, will begin promptly at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Main Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Valentine-themed snacks will be provided. Bring your own (nonalcoholic) beverages and a beanbag chair or other comfortable seating if you wish.


Korean War Vets to meet

The monthly meeting of the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One, will be held on Feb. 9 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 857, in Fort Wayne.

Friends and spouses are welcome to attend. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by lunch.

The post is located at 2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne.



Pulse Opera to partner with libraries

The Pulse Opera House, Warren, is partnering with local libraries to offer reading incentives for first through fourth graders.

To celebrate the upcoming production of Ramona Quimby, those reading all or part of the series of books by Beverly Cleery can win tickets and other prizes.

Those reading three books will receive an adult ticket and a child's ticket to the production.

Those reading five to eight books will receive two adult and two children's tickets to the show.


Red Cross sets blood drives

The American Red Cross of Huntington County announces upcoming blood drives in the month of February.

They are:

• On Feb. 18, Miller's Merry Manor will host a blood drive, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in its conference room. Miller's Merry Manor is located at 1500 Grant St., Huntington.

• A blood drive will be held at Huntington University on Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the dining hall, 2303 College Ave.


‘Shop Hop’ on Feb. 16

Merchants in downtown Roanoke will hold a Shop Hop on Feb. 16.

Shoppers will receive a passport, which will be stamped as they visit participating stores.

Completed passports will be turned in at Dahlia Sage on Main Street, where a winner will be drawn to receive a gift basket containing items from the participating stores.

Joseph Decuis will offer a by-reservation-only Vineyard Lunch at noon and a free wine tasting at the Emporium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Other merchants will offer discounts.


Two HCS students earn Optimist Youth Appreciation honor

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Two students from Huntington Catholic School are recipients of the Huntington Optimist Club's Youth Appreciation Awards.

Olivia Henderson and Audrey Wilcox, both eighth-graders at Huntington Catholic, were selected for the award on the basis of outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens. Both were nominated by teacher Samantha Smith.

Each year, the Optimist Club presents the award to two students from each Huntington County middle school and three students from Huntington North High School.


Riverview students Smekens, Daugherty earn Kiwanis honors

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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club has recognized Riverview Middle School students Sophia Smekens and Sam Daugherty as Outstanding Eighth Graders.

The students were honored during the club's dinner meeting on Jan. 28. Each student received a plaque to keep and their names will be engraved on a plaque made by Huntington Metro Kiwanis member Jim Dinius.

Smekens is the daughter of Brady and Kristina Smekens. She is involved in academic clubs, acting, choir and band. She would like to be a biomedical chemist in the field of pediatric ophthalmology.


HU TESOL/EL will offer certificate through FW consortium this spring

Huntington University will offer a TESOL/EL certificate through the Life Science Education and Research Consortium, in Fort Wayne, beginning this spring.
TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

This certificate equips students and professionals for overseas English teaching, community-based English instruction in the U.S. and church and non-profit outreach to refugees, immigrants and U.S.-born English learners.

Classes will be offered from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays at the Parkview Randallia campus in Fort Wayne.


3 Rivers Honor Band features 21 from Riverview Raiders Band

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Twenty-one members of the Riverview Raiders Band were selected for and participated in the Three Rivers Honor Band held at IPFW on Jan. 24, 25 and 26.

The Honor Band is an 85-member ensemble selected by audition from over 35 middle schools in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio. This year, 23 schools were represented.


HU 'Pink Out'

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A procession of breast cancer survivors and Huntington University cheerleaders exit Platt Arena at the conclusion of the college's annual "Pink Out" event, which honors and celebrates breast cancer survivors, during halftime of the basketball game between the HU women and Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday, Feb. 2.


Hare Raisers Rabbit Show

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Judges Ron Riddle (left) and Bruce Ormsby examine a rabbit during the Hare Raisers Rabbit Show on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hier's Park.


Honor Flight benefits from center fund-raiser

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The Cottage Event Center recently presented Northeast Indiana Honor Flight with a donation stemming from its recent holiday concert "A Cottage Christmas Celebration."

The gift came from a percentage of ticket sales for the event, which featured theater and music students from Huntington University, as well as profits for food concessions sold that night.

Northeast Indiana Honor Flight escorts veterans to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, along with other sites.


Donation to veteran’s healthcare

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Bev Swaim (right), Vice President of Roanoke Auxiliary Unit 160, presents a cash donation to Irene Davis, Indiana Auxiliary Department Representative to the Northern Indiana Veterans healthcare center in Marion.  The Marion VA provides extended healthcare and rehabilitation for Veterans in the Northern Indiana area. The Roanoke Unit donation helps to provide snacks to the residents.


Scheiber is Andrews spelling bee champion

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Nick Scheiber is the Andrews Elementary School spelling bee champion.

Scheiber, a fifth-grader, won the bee by correctly spelling the word "unforeseeable." He is the son of Jim and Jodi Scheiber.

The runner-up in the school bee is Kendyl Coles. She is also in fifth grade and is the daughter of Rich and Darcy Coles.



A little counseling

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School math teacher Matt Stephenson (left) and JT Goulding rehearse a scene from "Happily Never After" on Monday, Jan. 28. The second night of the school's One-Act Play Festival will be tonight, Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium.


Crestview singers earn honors at ISSMA contest

Six Crestview Middle School choir members participated in the Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The contest was sponsored by the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) and it was held at Bellmont High School, in Decatur.

Students were entered in one of five groups based on the difficulty of their selection.

Their selections were judged using criteria established by ISSMA and awarded a rating of Gold, Silver, Bronze or Participation.

Lisa Nalliah received a Gold rating for her piano solo in Group IV.


HU President Dowden earns state’s Sagamore of the Wabash

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Huntington University President G. Blair Dowden was recognized on Friday, Jan. 25, with one of Indiana's top honors, the Sagamore of the Wabash.

Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels selected Dowden for the award because of his contributions to education over his 22 years as president of Huntington. Dowden will retire at the end of the school year.