Love Unity Feast is postponed

The Love Unity Feast that was scheduled for Sunday, March 2, has been postponed to April 6 due to threatening weather conditions.

The feast will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information contact Love In The Name of Christ at 356-0933.



Does cold bread mold faster?

Photo by Lauren M. Winterfeld.

Fourth-grader Hunter Fine describes his science project to judge Hannah Kregel (left) during Northwest Elementary School's Science Fair on Friday, Feb. 21. Fine's experiment tested temperature's effect on mold growth on different types of breads.


Locals earn St. Mary’s dean’s list

Saint Mary's College, in Notre Dame, named the following students to the dean's list for the Fall 2013 semester:

• Olivia Ely, daughter of Dennis and Michelle Ely, of Roanoke.

• Caryn Garton, daughter of Richard Garton, of Fort Wayne, and Jill Gammer, of Roanoke.

• Alexandra Zahm, 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.



Huntington Catholic School birthday books

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Catholic School students with February birthdays celebrated by donating books to their school library. The students include (front row, from left) Ainsley Melcher, fourth grade; Grant Rosen, first grade; and Alexandra Craig, kindergarten; (second row, from left) Chloe Shepperd, fifth grade, and Lucy French, kindergarten; and (back row, from left) Gavin Rosen, eighth grade, and Nicholas Melchi, seventh grade. Second-grader Ella Mettler (not pictured) also donated a February birthday book. The student's name is placed in the book and that student gets to read the book first.


Knights donate to clinic

Photo by Lauren M. Winterfeld.

Huntington Free Clinic Clinical Director Rosemary Wagner (left) accepts a check from Steve Reust of the Huntington Knights of Columbus. The donation was made with a portion of the proceeds from the Knights of Columbus Pitch-In, held annually in December to collect contributions to provide assistance to local residents in need.


Saw Dust Gang has 19 in attendance at Feb. 8 meeting at Harshbarger shop at

The Wabash Valley Saw Dust Gang met Feb. 8 at John Harshbarger's shop in Andrews, with 19 members and seven visitors in attendance.

Harshbarger had his shop set up to cut molding of all types, including crown molding, door and window trim, picture frames and other shapes. Club members also visited a second shop in his basement.

Jim McCann displayed wooden pictures of his family that were carved out by Don Kerschner on his CNC machine.


Feather and Key accepting donations of used prom dresses for dress day

Feather and Key Photography, in Roanoke, is accepting donations of gently used prom dresses for the Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance Cinderella Dress Day.

The dresses will be given to high school girls who may not otherwise be able to afford a prom dress.

Dresses may be dropped off at the Feather and Key Studio at 212 N. Main St., Roanoke, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 21. Dresses of all sizes are needed, along with wraps, shoes, costume jewelry and bags.


Learning center organizers nearing mid-point of drive for $1.3 million project

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Organizers of a proposed Huntington County Community Learning Center have announced that they are nearing the midpoint in raising money for the $1.3-million project.

The public-private sector project would be in an existing building, 2201 N. Jefferson St., in Huntington, owned by the Huntington County Community School Corporation. That building would be expanded from 18,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet as part of the project.


Local Optimist Club to award three scholarships in 2014

The Optimist Club of Huntington will award three $1,000 scholarships in 2014.

Applicants must be Huntington County residents and high school seniors.
Applications are available at Huntington North High School and at the office of Matheny, Hahn, Denman & Nix LLP.

The application deadline is April 11.

For additional information, contact Jeremy K. Nix at 356-7030.



United Way to say thanks to community March 12

The United Way of Huntington County will host its annual Community Thank You Celebration on March 12 at noon at the Historic Forks of the Wabash.

The event is a way of thanking the many people who helped make the 2013 United Way campaign a success.

Lunch will be provided by United Way partner organizations, with an awards ceremony following to recognize volunteers who have shown exemplary service.

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



Telling a story

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mark Ryan, WFWA-39 creative services director, offers a room full of budding authors tips on writing and illustrating their own stories Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The local library and the television station are sponsoring the PBS Kids Writers' Contest for children in kindergarten through third grade.


Kids’ recycle class March 26

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool's "Ready? Set? Recycle!" class on March 26 at Salamonie Interpretive Center.

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.

Each Salamonie preschool program has a nature-related theme, is designed to enhance the preschooler's basic education and includes learning letters, building a craft, social interaction and time outdoors.


‘Bridges Out of Poverty’ training offered April 1-2

Purdue Extension is again offering "Bridges Out of Poverty" trainings, taught by certified trainers, Karen Hinshaw and Teresa Witkoske, Purdue Extension educators.

The two-day event will be held April 1 and April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wabash County REMC Community Room, 350 Wedcor Ave., Wabash.

Registration cost includes the book "Bridges Out of Poverty" by Dr. Ruby Payne.

People who have taken Day 1 may choose to attend only Day 2 on April 2.


Questa offers forgivable loans for college students

The Questa Education Foundation is accepting applications from high school seniors and college freshmen for low-interest forgivable loans to assist with their college expenses.

Questa Scholars may borrow up to $10,000 to seek a certificate or associate's degree or $20,000 for a bachelor's degree. The loan may be used to offset college tuition, fees, books and living expenses.

If the student chooses to live and work in northeast Indiana after graduation, the Questa Foundation may forgive up to 50 percent of the loan.


Scrapbooking and card-making day also includes shopping and learning

The Paper Artisans, a Huntington County Extension Homemakers club, will hold a scrapbooking and card-making event on March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Hall, in Hier's Park.

Those who pre-paid and pre-registered can take part in a day of scrapbooking and card-making, shopping and learning new techniques. Demonstrations and make-it/take it sessions will be available throughout the day.


Ellsworth takes best of show at Honeywell exhibit

Huntington artist Angela Ellsworth won best of show in the 92 County Art Show at the Honeywell Center, in Wabash.

Ellsworth's winning entry was titled "#3: Chief Crazy No Pants."

Ellsworth also won first place in the "other art forms" category with "Cataclysm."

The show, which is on display through March 4, features 102 pieces of art, selected from 215 pieces submitted by 82 artists. Top honors were given to artists in each of three categories - painting, drawing and other art forms.


Indy-based rock cover band to play at Boys & Girls Club fund-raiser

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Press the Glass, an Indianapolis-based rock cover band, will perform March 15 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, in a fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Club.

The band, which recently changed its name from Tollgate Road, specializes in music from the 1970s and '80s, including hits from ZZ Top, Journey, John Mellencamp and Aerosmith. The band has played prior to Colts games at Lucas Oil Stadium and frequently performs at Dick's Last Resort in downtown Indianapolis.

Press the Glass features Mark Bailey on lead guitar and vocals and Terry Carmony on blues harmonica.


OSV makes $100K gift to B&G Club campaign

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Our Sunday Visitor has made a $100,000 gift to the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County's capital campaign.

The campaign, which will fund a new building for the club, was launched in early 2013. More than $3 million of the $3.5 million goal has been raised, and the gift from Our Sunday Visitor was one of the first contributions to the campaign.


Celebrating the Erie

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Retired railroad engineers Jim Dinius (left) and Bill Lesh meet in the Huntington Council Chambers Friday, Feb. 21. The former Erie Railroad employees will be among those honored Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at the Huntington County Historical Museum. Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters is expected to announce plans for Erie Heritage Park, to be located on a section of the Little River Trail. The park will commemorate the history of the Erie Railroad. The public is invited to attend the announcement event.


Huntington County Economic Development sets 2014 directors

Huntington County Economic Development has announced its 2014 board of directors, reports Mark Wickersham, executive director.

The four officers are president, Kevin Killen; vice president, Ryan Warner; treasurer, Jay Buzzard; and secretary, Randy Sizemore.

Additional board members include:

Rex Baxter, Huntington County Community School Corp.; Larry Buzzard, Huntington County Commissioners; Perry Collins, Town of Roanoke; Greg Davis, Huntington City Council; Brooks Fetters, Mayor, City of Huntington; and Kyle Hamilton, member at large.


Senior Monday carry-in luncheon at Salamonie IC on Monday, March 3

People age 50 and older are invited to the monthly Senior Monday carry-in luncheon on March 3 at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area.

The luncheon is at noon. After the meal, interpretive naturalist Teresa Rody will share "Rody's Out West Adventure, 2013."

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

To register or for more information, call 468-2127.

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is located at 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews.


Airman completes basic

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Air Force Airman Austin J. Wisialowski graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.


Huntington University entries claim Ad Federation awards

Huntington University students, graduates and faculty members won multiple awards at the Fort Wayne Ad Federation Awards on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Entries in the annual competition are judged on creativity, originality and creative strategy.

In all, the HU-related entries won four golds, three silvers, nine student golds, seven student silvers and "Best of Show Student."

Reusser Design, of Roanoke, owned by 2004 HU graduate Nate Reusser, won gold for a campaign done for Two-EE's Winery. He also won two silver awards for online advertising done for Peg Perego.


Celebrating diversity

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Eva Cung (left), a native of Burma who now calls Indiana home, discusses the Burmese culture with Huntington North High School students Alana Arellano (center) and Kayla Zumbrun during the school's Diversity Fair on Thursday, Feb. 20. Displays set up in the school library by community members, HNHS foreign exchange students and members of school clubs offered the students the chance to explore diversity in both culture and ability.


Troy Smith to present program to Safety Council

The Huntington County Safety Council will have its next luncheon meeting on Wednesday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Habecker Dining Commons on the campus of Huntington University.

The program is "FCE's and Fit for Duty Testing." Troy Smith of Indiana Physical Therapy will discuss the benefits to both the employer and employee.

There is a cost for the meal. Register by email to Holly Sale, HCSC president, at, or call 355-3203 or by fax at 355-3236.



Animals and alphabet fun

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Elijah Landis, 3, of Markle, adds animals to wooden train cars at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 19 during the library's Alphabet Zoo event.


A spreading weed

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bill Johnson, a weed specialist with Purdue Extension, displays a graphic showing the Indiana counties where the weed palmer amaranth was documented in 2013. Johnson explained how to identify and control the weed during a workshop held Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park. The workshop was attended by crop growers in Huntington County and surrounding areas.


Local HU students doing internships, practicums

Several local students attending Huntington Universities are participating in internships and practicums during the spring semester.

Melissa Grossman, a senior political science and history major from Huntington, is doing an internship at Catholic Charities, in Fort Wayne.

Megan Karst, a senior exercise and movement science major from Huntington, is doing an internship at The Heritage of Huntington, in Huntington.


Alphonse to be speaker at Feb. 27 Forester Lecture

Dr. Martin Alphonse, professor of intercultural studies at Multnomah University, will give his perspective on "Evangelism and India" during the Feb. 27 Forester Lecture at Huntington University.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts at HU.

Alphonse, who holds a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary, was a pastor in various Methodist churches in India, Singapore and the United States before joining the faculty at Multnomah University.


Red Cross announces several upcoming local blood drives

The American Red Cross has announced the upcoming blood drives:

• Saturday, March 1, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., at Dillman Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 8888S-1100W-90, Warren.

• Monday, March 3, from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in the Main Room, located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., in Huntington.

• Wednesday, March 5, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the American Legion in the Main Room, located at 1122 N. Main St., in Roanoke.


HU Foundation tops 75th anniversary goal

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The Huntington University Foundation has exceeded its goal of raising $75,000 for scholarships during its 75th anniversary, foundation officials have announced.

Currently, donations are more than $165,000.

"We are so grateful to our donors who went above and beyond our expectations," said Ed Vessels, president of the foundation. "This money does so much to help students in our community gain a Christ-centered education at Huntington University."


St. Peter’s to hold Lent service series

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Huntington, will hold a series of services during Lent.

The Lenten schedule begins with an Ash Wednesday service on March 5 at 7 p.m. Additional Lenten services will be held March 12, 19 and 26 and April 2 and 9, all beginning at 7 p.m.

A Shamrock Luncheon will be held on March 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a Seder Meal is set for April 15.


Wohlgemuth earns YSB top volunteer accolade

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

DeAnn Wohlgemuth used to be a paid staff member of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.

For the past four years, she's been offering her talents to the YSB as a volunteer. That service has earned her the YSB's Adult Volunteer of the Year award for 2014. The honor was presented on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the YSB office.


HU invites community to juried student art show

The Huntington University visual arts department invites the community to the 24th annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, which runs March 5 to March 27 in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery on campus.

This is a juried exhibit of works created by Huntington University visual art students during this academic year. There will be a variety of media on display including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, photography, computer illustration and web design. The guest juror for the exhibit is Suzanne Dittenber, assistant professor of art at Taylor University.


Piecemakers Quilt Club to meet March 6

The Piecemakers Quilt Club will meet on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Visitors are welcome.



Stacking them up

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Hannah Grove, 10, of Huntington, stacks a tower of sugar cubes as part of a winter-themed Discovery Crew session Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. About 10 youth participated in the event, which included a scavenger hunt and listening to a winter games story.


Cash at grocery checkout emphasizes farmers’ role

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A handful of lucky shoppers received some unexpected help in paying for their groceries at Owen's North on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

They were recipients of cash from the Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc., handed out at random by Glenda Giggy and Linda Miller. Giggy is the Farm Bureau's woman's leader, and Miller is assistant woman's leader.

The cash give-away was part of the Farm Bureau's efforts to help consumers become more aware of where their food comes from and recognize the farmers who work to supply the food.


ABWA offers two scholarships for female students

The Forks of the Wabash Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is offering two scholarships worth $2,000 funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund to two deserving area female 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 or vocational schools.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States and residents of Huntington County.


Four RE/MAX agents win state achievement awards

Four real estate agents from RE/MAX Professional Group, in Huntington, have been honored by RE/MAX of Indiana for their achievements in 2013.

Kimberly Haneline was named to the 100% Club, the fourth highest regional honor for sales in a single year.

Connie Abbett, Betsy Bilyew and Denise McNally were all named to the Executive Club. The award is the fifth highest regional honor for sales in a single year.



Norwood hosts stroke organization

The Strength After Stroke support group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.

The free monthly event is open to people affected by stroke and their families through education, exercise and socialization. Amy Owens, physical therapist, is the group leader.

Transportation is available within Huntington County.
To make a reservation, call Owens at 356-1252.



Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting is tonight

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society has a new meeting place. The new location is Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., in Huntington.

Meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the conference room. The next meeting is tonight, Feb. 24.

The public is always welcome. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about amateur radio or wants to become an amateur radio operator is invited to attend.



Story time fun

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Youngsters go through the motions of a silly song along with storyteller Jan Perkins (far left) during story time at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 19. About 30 children attended the event along with their parents, grandparents and other family members.


Quilters invited to submit entries for April show at Forks of the Wabas

The Historic Forks of the Wabash and the Piecemakers Quilt Club are seeking quilters who would like to participate in the 13th annual Quilt Show to be held in April. This is an opportunity for quilters to display their creativity and talents.

This year, there will be six categories: hand quilted, machine quilted, wall hangings and table runners, youth, juvenile and baby items and a miscellaneous category, which includes purses, place mats and jackets.

There are guidelines as to sizes on quilted items.
Wall hangings should be no more than 48 inches by 48 inches.


Korean War vets to meet March 8 in Fort Wayne

The monthly meeting of the Korean War Veterans Association IN Chapter One will be held on March 8 at 10 a.m. at the Eagles 248, 4940 Bluffton Rd., Fort Wayne.

Lunch will be served at the meeting.

Friends and spouses are always welcome to attend.
For more information contact Mary Anna Roemke at 485-7627.



Birthday book donors

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Catholic School students donated books to their school library in honor of their January birthdays. They are (front row, from left), Josephine Kline, kindergarten; and Alexandra Campbell, second grade; and (back row, from left) Anna Guerre, fourth grade; Jacob Stetzel, fourth grade; and Olivia Godfroy, fifth grade. During the month of HCS students' birthdays, parents are invited to make a donation to the library to purchase a new book. The birthday child's name is placed inside the book, and that child gets to be the first to read it.


‘Annie Jr.’ opens Friday at Pulse Opera House

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Comic strip heroine Little Orphan Annie takes center stage in "Annie Jr.," opening Feb. 28 at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren.

The title character, played by Grace Dimond, charms everyone she meets as she searches for her parents, who abandoned her years earlier on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the embittered Miss Hannigan.

The 36-member cast includes youth ages 5 to 18 from Warren, Huntington, Bluffton, Poneto, LaFontaine, Sweetser and Wabash.


Area 4-H clubs schedule meetings and activities through March 13

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service - Huntington County Office announces its 4-H calendar:

Monday, March 3
• 7 p.m. - Tractor. Mark Brown's Barn.

Tuesday, March 4
• 6:30 p.m. - NE Indiana 4-H Volunteer Training. Columbia City.

• 6:30 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.

Wednesday, March 5
• 6 p.m. - Shotgun. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

• 6 p.m. - Golden Eagles. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.


Tickets available for wine and beer tasting

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An evening of Wine and Beer Tasting will be held Saturday, March 8, at the Knights of Columbus hall, 2817 Theater Ave., Huntington.

The evening, which also includes a gift basket raffle, is hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary to Knights of Columbus Council 1014 and will benefit Cancer Services for Huntington County.

From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., guests can enjoy unlimited tastings of wine from the Two-EE's Winery, in Roanoke, as well as a variety of craft beers. Chef Jim Houser will prepare heavy hors d'oeuvres.


Bethel Assembly invites community to carnival

On Sunday, March 2, Bethel Assembly of God will host its 11th annual Free Winter Carnival for children ages 3 to 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be three bounce houses, carnival games, cotton candy, popcorn and prizes. There will also be door prizes from area businesses. All activities will be held inside. Games specifically targeted for pre-school aged children will be available.

This carnival is free, and the church is located at 1640 E. Taylor St., Huntington.


HU cheer squad to host clinic

The Huntington University cheer squad will host a junior high and high school cheer and stunt clinic on March 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Merillat Complex Fieldhouse.

The clinic is open to students in sixth through 12th grades. The fee includes a T-shirt; instruction in motion, jump and stunt techniques; snack and drink. To ensure participant receives desired shirt size, pre-registration is preferred by March 1.

Registration forms for the camp are available at the Huntington University Athletic Office or online at


Singing to the sock hoppers

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tanner Crawford, a Huntington resident who appears frequently on the Pulse Opera House stage, sings to the partiers during the Historic Warren Sock Hop on Saturday evening, Feb. 22, at the Knight-Bergman Center in Warren.


Sock hop auction

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Auctioneer Jody Holloway (right), of Coldwell Banker, in Bluffton, auctions off baked goods with the help of volunteer Linda Howell during the Historic Warren Sock Hop at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren on Saturday, Feb. 22.


Daddy-daughter dance

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Becca Mosier (right) dances with her father, Dave Mosier, at the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department Daddy-Daughter Dance on Saturday evening, Feb. 22, at Heritage Hall, in Hier's Park.


Varsity Singers perform exhibition at own Midwest Showcase

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers perform a non-competitive exhibition prior to the Midwest Showcase finals on Saturday evening, Feb. 22. The Varsity Singers annually sponsor the show choir competition.


Midwest Showcase

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sound System, from Center Grove High School, in Greenwood, performs during the Midwest Showcase, a show choir invitational sponsored annualy by the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers, on Saturday, Feb. 22, at HNHS.


Local Kiwanis offering 2 scholarships

Huntington Metro Kiwanis is offering two scholarships for Huntington County seniors.

The Huntington Metro scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship, which will be awarded to a student interested in some type of human services.

The Chuck Wohlford $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student going into the education field.

Students interested in applying for these scholarships will find applications at Huntington North High School guidance office.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 3.



Blomeke, Woolard get Optimist Jan. honors

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Benjamin Blomeke and Emma Woolard, both eighth grade students at Huntington Catholic School, are the recipients of the Huntington Optimist Club's Youth Appreciation Award for January.

The awards are presented to students who demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

Blomeke is the son of Kathy and Tim Blomeke, of Huntington. Woolard's parents are Jason and Angie Woolard, of rural Huntington. Both students were nominated for the award by Samantha Smith, a teacher at Huntington Catholic School.


Varsity Singers win for first time under new director

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The Varsity Singers of Huntington North High School, competing for the first time under director Dan Baker, were named overall grand champion at the Northridge High School Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The HNHS group also swept awards for best vocals and best choreography during the evening finals.

The group had been named grand champion in the large mixed division during preliminary competition held earlier in the day. Also during preliminaries, the Varsity Singers won best vocals, best choreography, best band and best technical crew.


Garrett joins local law firm of DeLaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott

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Attorney Kathryn S. Garrett has joined the Huntington law firm of DeLaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott LLP as an associate in the general practice of law.

Garrett is a 2005 graduate of Twin Lakes High School, in Monticello, and graduated cum laude in 2010 from Manchester University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

She received her law degree in May 2013 from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.


New agent in town

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jake Stroup cuts the ribbon to his new insurance agency, Jake Stroup State Farm Insurance, on Saturday, Feb. 15. His office is located at 1352 Etna Ave. in Huntington.


‘Teens on the Town’ to see Lego movie Feb. 22

"Teens on the Town," a Pathfinder Community Supports program, will meet at the Huntington 7 Theater to view Lego Movie on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Teens on the Town focuses on teens ages 13 through high school graduation, with intellectual disabilities, who are currently attending special needs programs at the middle and high school level. Supervision and assistance is provided for all participants as needed.


40 years

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dallas Teusch (center) was recognized on Friday, Feb. 14, for the 40 years he has put in at M&S Industrial Fabricators, in Huntington. With him are M&S co-owners Nancy (left) and Gary Mickley. Teusch currently serves as shipping supervisor and has worked in the shipping department since 1987. He has worked nearly every available position, including production, shears operator, welding and driving delivery trucks. Teusch started working at M&S on Valentine's Day in 1974, just after the company moved into its current quarters on Commercial Road.


Wings Etc. helping with MDA fund-raiser through March

Wings Etc. Grill & Pub, in Huntington, is participating in the MDA Shamrocks fund-raiser now through March 31.

Proceeds from the program will help send local children to the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp at Camp Potowotami, in South Milford.

The restaurant is selling green and gold shamrocks to raise funds.



Rising up for one billion

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Participants at Victory Noll Center dance as they join others around the world in "One Billion Rising," a global event aimed at raising awareness of violence against women, on Friday, Feb. 14. Shown (from left) are Rachel Zahm, of Huntington; Sue Wilhelm, of Victory Noll Center; Emily Yarman, a Huntington University student from Ashland, OH; and Mia Kinlow, a Huntington University student from Canton, OH.


Bowling for kids

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Chrissy Bruce, of Huntington, goes for a strike during the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake event on Sunday, Feb. 16. Bruce was part of the OSV Strikers team from Our Sunday Visitor. About 40 teams of bowlers participated in the event, raising more than $4,000 for the program in Huntington County.


Teams can help raise funds for HU scholarships in March 15 Bowl-A-Thon

Huntington University's Professional Programs will host a Bowl-A-Thon on March 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to raise money for student scholarships.

The event is open to the public. Teams are encouraged to enter and sponsors are welcome.

Bowl-a-thon teams must have five players with a minimum amount in pledges.

The fund-raiser goal is $25,000. This scholarship endowment is an ongoing fund to provide scholarships to HU's Professional Programs students.


A whole lot of music

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The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers will host the Midwest Showcase show choir invitational on Saturday, Feb. 22. Crestview Middle School's new show choir, Cougar First Edition directed by John Wenning, will open the day with an exhibition at 8 a.m., with the Varsity Singers directed by Dan Baker performing an exhibition show at 5:35 p.m. The invitational, to be held at HNHS, features six choirs competing in the middle school division, five in the women's division and nine in the mixed division. Final awards are scheduled to be presented at 11:20 p.m.


Burks to perform junior recital at HU’s Longaker

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The Huntington University Music Department will present a junior recital by tenor Ja'Shon Burks on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Longaker Recital Hall in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus.

A native of Indianapolis, Burks is a music choral education and Bible and religion-religious studies major at HU.

The recital is free and open to the public.


Seeking shelter

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A bright orange TAB box provided shelter from the storm for this eastern screech owl. Reader Cathy Ohlwine, of Zanesville, shared this photo of the owl hiding inside the box during a snowstorm on Monday, Feb. 17.


Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild meets Feb. 25

The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild will meet Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. in the lower level classroom at the hospital.

The guest speaker will be Liz Sanders from the Forks of the Wabash.

Guests are welcome.



Roanoke Kiwanis set fish fry, rose sale, scholarships

The Roanoke Kiwanis Club will host its annual fish fry fund-raiser at the Roanoke American Legion Post 160 on Friday, March 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 pm.

The Legion is located at 1122 N. Main St. on the north side of Roanoke.

Tickets are available from any Roanoke Kiwanis member, by calling Mike Gibson State Farm at 672-2951, or at the event. Children under the age of 6 are free with a paid adult.


Pheasant hunt set for Roush Fish and Wildlife Area on March 8

Eel River Chapter Pheasants Forever and Roush Fish and Wildlife Area announce their annual youth pheasant hunt on Saturday, March 8, at Roush FWA area 22B. Activities begin at 9 a.m.

The hunt is for youth 17 years of age or younger. Breakfast, lunch, ammunition and pheasants will be provided by the Eel River chapter of Pheasants Forever.

Advance registration is required. Call Adam Overdeer at 494-6831 or Brian Clark at 438-2322 to register.



Goat association will discuss plans for 4-H fair

The Huntington County Goat Association will meet Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Lancaster Wesleyan Church, Lancaster, 3147W-543S.

The association will discuss items pertaining to the 84th Huntington County 4-H Fair.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, including anyone who has participated in the Huntington County 4-H goat project.

For more information, contact the Purdue Extension-Huntington County office, located at 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Courthouse Annex, Huntington or call 358-4826 or email



Parkview seeking hospice volunteers

Parkview Health is seeking individuals interested in becoming hospice volunteers.

Parkview Hospice volunteers provide companionship to people in hospice care and may also assist caregivers with non-clinical tasks. Volunteers can choose to work close to home, caring for patients in Huntington as well as LaGrange, Kendallville, Columbia City, Fort Wayne and surrounding communities.

Parkview will offer several training sessions, each starting with an introductory session.


They care

Photo by Steve Clark.

Roanoke Elementary School students were honored by their teachers for demonstrating the life skill of caring. They are (front row, from left) Chloe Ackley, Campbell Sloan, Kaitlyn Sparks and Lorelei Madsen; (middle row, from left) Sydnee Wilson, Maeve Wilkinson, Aubree Cox, Heidi Zook, Belle Ottinger and Beth Tallman; and (back row, from left) Connor Pheral, Logan Bokel, Nate Jacobs, Aliyah Smith, Addison Dennis, Tristan Evans, Grace Vaught and Landon Zeider.


Prayerful students

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Students at Huntington Catholic School received Spirit awards for prayerfulness for the month of January. They are (front row, from left) Isaac Scheiber, kindergarten; Addison DeLaGrange, first grade; Garrett Thomas, first grade; and Anastasia Eckinger, second grade; (second row, from left), Blaise Rupley, third grade; Evan Linker, fourth grade; Anna Guerre, fourth grade; and Gabe Krause, fifth grade; and (back row, from left), Graham Scher, sixth grade; Gage Swada, seventh grade; Garrett Scheiber, eighth grade; and Ian Broderick, eighth grade.


100 days — finally

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Students at Roanoke Elementary School held a celebration on Feb. 4 to mark their 100th day of school for the year - a celebration that had been pushed back several times to accommodate days missed because of the weather. First-graders sporting their 100-day glasses are (from left) Alison Lopez, Carissa Gasper and Chloe North.


Perseverance awardees

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Students at Huntington Catholic School received Spirit awards for perseverance for the month of January.


Steffen works with LifeCare

Javon Steffen has joined Family LifeCare as a pediatric nurse in the Wings of Hope pediatric program.

Steffen, a Bluffton resident, is currently working on a Master of Science in nursing, family nurse practitioner at the University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne, and is licensed in seven states.

Family LifeCare pediatric programs include home health, hospice and grief support along with an annual children's camp.

For more details call 800-355-2817.


‘Dancin’ Dylan’ to perform at HC EXPO

Dylan Wilson will be a part of the entertainment at the Huntington County EXPO, which will be held Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, at the Huntington University Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Center Fieldhouse.

Wilson, known by his friends at Huntington North High School as "Dancin' Dylan," will entertain from the EXPO stage on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m.


Delivering fun

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Teacher Tracy Howard (left) and Sandy Seacott, branch manager of Teachers Credit Union in Huntington, watch with delight as Howard's second-graders at Northwest Elementary School enjoy the surprise donation Seacott delivered to their classroom on Friday, Feb. 14. The donation of math materials included a classroom money kit, magnetic liquid measurement tiles, fraction tiles and a variety of fun instructional materials.


Fabulous Falcons

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Students from Flint Springs Elementary School were recognized recently for being named Fabulous Falcons for the month of January. They exhibited the lifelong guideline of personal best - to do the best given the circumstances and available resources.


Emergency Management to being loading sandbags for public use

Huntington County Emergency Management will begin loading sandbags for public use today, Wednesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Huntington County Community School Corp. bus terminal on Ind.- 5, across from the Huntington Municipal Airport, just north of the Roush Dam and reservoir.

EMA will provide bags and sand. The organization will have a limited number per individual. Volunteers will be on hand to assist in filling and loading sand bags.

Transportation of sand bags will be required by the requesting individuals.



Huntington students on dean’s list for fall 2013 semester at Trine University

Several local students were named to the Trine University president's list for the fall 2013 semester. To be named to the president's list, a student must have at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 15 credit hours.

They are:

Trenton Kern, of Huntington, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.

Levi Lawson, of Huntington, a sophomore majoring in sport management.

Brett Steineman, of Huntington, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

Aaron Wolf, of Huntington, a senior majoring in accounting.



Huntington Alert meets Feb. 18 to elect officers

Huntington Alert will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Purviance House, 326 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

New officers will be elected for 2014-15. The public is invited to attend.



Riverview student named Junior Miss Indianapolis

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Kalee Pressler, of Huntington, has been named Junior Miss Indianapolis.

Pressler is a seventh grader at Riverview Middle School, where she participates in cheerleading.

Judging for the contest, held on Jan. 12, was based on personal interview, formal wear and on-stage questioning.


Victory Noll Center to offer T’ai Chi Chih class

Victory Noll Center will offer a class on "T'ai Chi Chih: Joy Thru Movement" beginning March 4.

Developed by Justin Stone in 1974, T'ai Chi Chih is a series of 19 slow, gentle movements and one pose dedicated to activate, circulate and balance the energy that flows within the person.

There is no awkward bending or stretching. The movements are accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. It can even be performed while seated.


HU professor to discuss research on new medicines

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Dr. Tim Troyer, assistant professor of chemistry at Huntington University, will discuss his drug development research in a Feb. 21 talk at the university.

"Breaking Tim: Twenty Years of Making Drugs Legally" will be presented at 4 p.m. in Hiner Hall of the Dowden Science Hall at Huntington University. This free presentation is a part of the Gerald D. Smith Lecture Series in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences.


Local students achieve dean’s list honors at Huntington University

Huntington University has announced the names of local students who were named to the dean's list for the fall semester of the 2013-14 school year.

The dean's list is published two times a 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 4-point scale.

Dean's list honorees are:


Swimming lessons set in April

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will be offering spring swimming lessons to area youth beginning in April.

The two-week lessons will take place at the Northview Inn & Suites the week of April 6 and April 13. A beginner class will meet from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and an intermediate class will be offered this year from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


West and James are February recipients of Huntington University Peer Awards

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The Huntington University Peer Award recipients for February are Beth West, education department secretary, and Deb James, financial aid secretary.

West was recognized by Pam Rudy, administrative assistant to the vice president for business and finance, because of the tireless work that she does for students.


EUM sermon series tackles questions

Rev. Dr. Marti Lundy will begin a sermon series titled "Questions We Ask" on Feb. 23 at the Evangelical United Methodist Church.

The topic for Feb. 23 is "Can Science and Religion Work Together?"

During the March 2 services, she will address the question "What Do We Do With Hypocritical Christians?"

Worship times are 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., in Huntington.

For more information, call the church at 356-6975.



Jones is president of tourism board

The Huntington County Tourism Commission met Feb. 10 at the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters thanked the group for their service. He updated the group on the trail system that continues to expand throughout the town.

Officers elected for 2014 were Kyle Jones, president; Eric Harris, vice president; Ruth Marsh, treasurer; and Jeff Berggren, secretary.

Tina Bobilya is the executive director of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau.



Roush and Salamonie among DNR properties to host youth turkey hunts

Youth hunters can apply for a reservation to hunt one of 21 Indiana Department of Natural Resources properties, including Roush Fish and Wildlife Area and Salamonie Lake, during the special youth wild turkey hunting season, April 19 and 20.

The hunters must be younger than 18 on the day of the hunt.


Through the chute

Trista King tags along behind as her dog Toby emerges from a chute that is part of an agility course used in local 4-H competitions. King and Toby were among members of the Canine Capers 4-H dog club who demonstrated agility and obedience training during a session Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Hier's Park as the club gears up for the 2014 4-H year.


Area 4-H clubs announce next week’s meetings

Purdue University Cooperative Extension - Huntington County office announces its upcoming calendar of events and activities:

Sunday, Feb. 23
• 2 p.m. - Rifle Club. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Monday, Feb. 24
• 7 p.m. - Extension Board. Annex Building, Hier's Park.
• 7 p.m. - Tractor Club. Dennis Grain.

Tuesday, Feb. 25
• 6 p.m. - Pistol Club. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.
• 6:30 p.m. - Crystal Clovers. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
• 6:30 p.m. - 4-Leaf Clovers. Lahr's.


Bed race coming back for 2014 Heritage Days

A bed race will return this summer as part of the Heritage Days festival in Huntington.

The bed race will take place on Saturday, June 21, in front of Huntington North High School, along with a car show and a balloon launch and glow. Participants must sign in by 5:30 p.m., and races will start at 6 p.m.

Businesses, organizations and families are invited to build a bed and enter it in the race. Entries can be decorated in keeping with the 2014 Heritage Days theme, "Flourishing in the 1920s."


Robotics team’s open house is tonight at Hier’s Park

The public is invited to the 10th annual open house for Huntington County 4-H Robotics, presented by the high school Team THRUST 1501.

The event will take place today, Monday, Feb. 17, beginning with a meet and greet at 6 p.m. at the Community Building at Hier's Park, Huntington.

A robotics presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. and team pictures will be taken at 7:30 p.m. The event will conclude at 7:45 p.m. with cleanup.


Agriculturally speaking

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Purdue University Extension Educator Ed Farris addresses the Huntington University Foundation breakfast Wednesday, Feb. 12. Farris spoke on innovations and challenges facing county farmers. The university is participating in a statewide agriculture competition in which teams of college students will write an agricultural marketing plan for the state. The campaign will develop more appreciation for agriculture and promote ag careers.


Shepherd’s Food Pantry, Andrews, to hold food distribution on Feb. 20

The Shepherd's Food Pantry in Andrews will hold another food distribution on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Food items will be available for Andrews area residents between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon at their location at 67 N. Snowden (the Old Union Building behind the Town Hall) in Andrews.

No appointment is necessary, but food is distributed on a first come, first served fashion.

Recipients must bring their own box or container for their food selections.



Giving blood

Norwood Health and Rehabilitation recently held a community Red Cross blood drive. Several employees and members of the community participated in the event. Here, Kylie Lindsey, of the American Red Cross collection crew, (left) tends to Kathy Knecht, admissions and marketing coordinator at Norwood, as Knecht gives blood.


Local woman serving as intern for state sen. majority caucus

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Chelsea Heiney, of Huntington, is serving as an intern for the Indiana Senate majority caucus during the 2014 leigislative session.

Heiney is a graduate of Huntington North High School and is the daughter of Greg and Marci Heiney. She is currently a senior at Indiana University, Bloomington, studying political science.

As a page intern for the Senate Majority Caucus, Heiney assists all 50 senators in coordinating page visits.


Hgtn. library sponsoring PBS Kids Writers Contest

Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to write and illustrate their own stories for the 2014 PBS Kids Writers contest, sponsored by the Huntington City-Township Public Library in partnership with WFWA PBS-39.

Entry forms and contest rules are available at the libraries in Huntington and Markle. They are also available online at or at


Making a point

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Commissioners President Larry Buzzard (right) expounds on a point during a legislative forum held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.Waiting their turns to speak are (from left) State Sen. Travis Holdman, Huntington City Council President Joe Blomeke and State Rep. Dan Leonard. State Sen. Jim Banks also participated on the panel.


Finding mobility

Photo by Lauren M. Winterfeld.

Angel Soots (right), patient at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation in Huntington, uses a new generation medical device, the Myomo mPower, that restores arm movement and function post-stroke, with the help of PTA Sheena Brown. The Myomo mPower helps individuals with limited or no arm motion to regain range of motion in their arms.


Homme on dean’s list

Sarah Homme has received recognition on the Indiana Wesleyan University dean's list for the fall semester of the 2013 academic year.

To be named on this list, a student must obtain a 3.50 grade point average on a 4.00 scale and carry at least 12 graded credit hours for the semester.

Homme is a sophomore in the School of Nursing.

She is the daughter of Terry and Cindy Sappington, of Huntington.



Neher earns honors at Virginia Tech

Timothy P. Neher has been named to the dean's list at Virginia Tech for the fall 2013 semester.

To qualify for the dean's list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

Neher, of Roanoke, is a junior majoring in environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, VA.



PHD employees mark service anniversaries

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Two employees at PHD are marking milestones in their employment with the company.

Cameron Geyer, a CNC machinist, celebrated 30 years at PHD on Jan. 12.

Dave Givens, manufacturing manager, celebrated 35 years on Jan. 13.

Both Geyer and Givens are employed by the PHD facility in Huntington.



The love keeps going with Roanoke shopping event

Roanoke merchants will carry on the spirit of Valentine's Day with a one-day "For the Love of Roanoke" a winter shopping event and Cupid Shop Hop on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shoppers are invited to warm up and roast marshmallows at a street-side bonfire.

Most participating merchants will feature specials, sales and post-Valentine's Day events, with some merchants open later than 5 p.m. Visitors who stop in at 10 stores will be entered in a drawing for a Roanoke gift basket.

The day includes Joseph Decuis' monthly Vineyard Lunch at noon.


St. Peter’s First sets sale; donations to be accepted

A flea market-style rummage sale will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Peter's First Community Church.

A variety of household goods, gift items, white elephants, tools, etc. will be available. Donations from the public are welcome, and may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 21, at the William Street church entrance.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the church's ongoing ministry of service to the community.


High school equivalency program announces orientation for prospective students

Individuals who need a high school equivalency diploma, the former GED, are invited to call 888-349-0250, extension 251, and sign up for new student orientation sponsored by the IMPACT Institute.

Orientation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Horace Mann Educational Center, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.

Participants will be provided information on the program, in addition to learning about other opportunities available.


Cancer support group to meet Feb. 17

The Cancer Support Group will meet Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, in the lower level.

The group will show a DVD featuring Dr. T. Colin Campbell, speaking on nutrition and how it impacts health.

There will be testimonies and health news shared.

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

The church is located at 530 Guilford St., Huntington.



Markle council to discuss fire contract

The Town Council of Markle will hold a special meeting tonight, Thursday, Feb. 13.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Markle Fire Station, 150 W. Sparks St., Markle.

On the agenda is consideration of a proposed fire protection contract with Huntington Township.



Fair Board will meet Tuesday to discuss plans for 2014 4-H Fair

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Board will meet Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park, Huntington.

The board will discuss continuing plans for the 84th annual Huntington County 4-H Fair to be held July 11 to 25.

For more information, contact Julia Miller, or 358-4826, or visit at the Purdue Extension-Huntington County office, located in the County Courthouse Annex Building.

354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington.



Helping Love

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Knights of Columbus council recently presented two donations to Love In the Name of Christ, turning over proceeds from the council's annual Pitch In roadblock in December and memorial donations given in memory of the late Louis Machall, who was a member of the council. Kyle Miller (left), ministry coordinator for Love INC, accepted the donations from Cory Campbell (center), who serves as the Knights of Columbus liaison to Love INC, and Kevin Rupley (right), the council's grand knight.


HCTPL offers patrons a ‘blind date’ with book for Library Lovers’ Month

February is Library Lovers' Month, and the Huntington City-Township Public Library invites the members of the community to celebrate their love of libraries with two ongoing events at both the Main Library in Huntington and the Markle Branch Library in Markle.

The special events are "Go on a Blind Date with a Book @ Your Library" and a "Why I Love My Library" contest.
For the "blind date" event, library staff members have selected a wide variety of books from the fiction and non-fiction collections, wrapped them in red paper and placed them on display.


Melcher tops in 4-H theme/design contest

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The Huntington County 4-H Leaders Organization has announced the winners of the 2014 Huntington County 4-H Theme/Design Contest.

The following youth received recognition for their participation in this annual contest:

• First place - Emma Melcher, Corn Cob 4-H Club.

• Second place - Rachel Fulton, Crystal Clovers 4-H Club.

• Third place - Katie Melcher, Corn Cob 4-H Club.

• Honorable Mention - Amanda Pugh, Blue Ribbon Riders 4-H Club and Justin Hladik, Crystal Clovers 4-H Club.


Psi Iota Xi accepting requests for donations

Psi Iota Xi Sorority is currently accepting requests for donations.

Community leaders and organizations that focus on music, literature and speech and hearing may submit their requests by mail to Mindy Rider, 1601 N. Little River Ct., Huntington, IN 46750.

The requests should include the organization's name, address, phone number, contact person, amount requested and the proposed use of the donation.
Requests need to be submitted no later than March 31.



Salvation Army sets fish fry

The Salvation Army will have an all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin supper on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. , located on-site at 1424 E. Market St., Huntington.

The meal will be catered by Dan's Fish Fry. On the menu is fish, tenderloin, baked beans, applesauce and a drink.

Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds will go to the SA Junior League Basketball.



Victory Noll Center to host retreat for female military veterans March 14-16

Victory Noll Center, in conjunction with Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministry and the Huntington County Veterans Service Office, will host a weekend retreat for female military veterans from March 14 to 16.


March of Dimes seeks family teams

Family teams are being sought to take part in the 2014 Huntington-Wabash County March for Babies on May 3.

The March for Babies raises funds to support March of Dimes research and programs to prevent premature birth.

To sign up as a family team, call 482-4201 or register online at



New Splash on the Wabash adds to packed summer festival schedule

The Splash on the Wabash will add more fun to an already packed schedule of summer festivals in the area.

The season's festivities include:

• Heritage Days, in Huntington, June 18 to 22. JeFFFest will be held June 22, the final day of Heritage Days.

• Salamonie Summer Festival, in Warren, July 3 to 6.

• Huntington County 4-H Fair, July 11 to 25, with activities concentrated at Hier's Park July 19 to 24.

• Splash on the Wabash, July 26, followed by a canoe and kayak ride and float on July 27.


Magic and comedy

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Larry Bower (left) and Scott Nedberg will provide the "comedy" portion of "A Night of Magic & Comedy" Feb. 21 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke. Bower and Nedberg will perform traditional family-friendly vaudeville style comedy, while magician Jim Barron will entertain with feats of prestidigitation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7 p.m. Ticket information is available by calling 483-3508 or visiting The show is a fund-raiser for New Hope Christian School.


Huntington County Council on Aging/Senior Center to host supper

The Huntington County Council on Aging/Senior Center will have its annual all-you-can-eat fish and chicken supper on Friday, Feb. 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knight-Bergman Center in Warren.

The meal will be catered by Dan's Fish Fry Services. Tickets are available at the Senior Center, from board members and at the door.

All proceeds go to the Huntington County Council on Aging.

The Knight-Bergman Center is located at 132 S. Nancy St., Warren. For more information call 359-4410.



Lawyers Title Insurance retains same staff, service under new Fidelity name

Photo by Steve Clark.

Lawyers Title Insurance has changed the name of its Indiana and Ohio direct operations, including the office in Huntington, to Fidelity National Title.

Lawyers Title has been a member of the Fidelity National Financial family for more than five years.

With its new name, the former Lawyers Title will be able to better leverage the strong financial reputation of the Fidelity National Title brand name, company officials say.


Thompson and Gearhart mark PHD anniversaries

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Two employees of PHD are celebrating service anniversaries this month.

Paul Thompson will celebrate his 35-year anniversary with PHD on Feb. 12. He is a machinist at PHD's Huntington facility.

Tom Gearhart will celebrate his 30-year milestone with PHD on Feb. 14. He is a maintenance coordinator in PHD's Huntington facility.



Red Cross blood drives planned at armory, YMCA

The American Red Cross announces upcoming local blood drives:

• Sunday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Huntington National Guard, 800 Zahn St., Huntington.

• Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the YMCA in the Fitness Room, 1160W-500N, Huntington.

Individuals must meet age and weight requirements and be in generally good health. Identification is required.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit for more information.



Infertility support group meets Feb. 20 at Huntington church

A RESOLVE meeting for individuals and couples coping with infertility will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Church of Our Glorious King.

This is a peer-led support group, and anyone coping with infertility is welcome.

For more information contact Sarah Bergler at or at 388-8078.

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



HU sets occupational therapy program open house

Huntington University's graduate programs will hold a preview day for students interested in the occupational therapy doctoral program on Monday, Feb. 17.

The preview day is designed for prospective occupational therapy candidates and those interested in learning more about the program.

Students will be able to tour the campus and meet with the director of the program, Dr. Ruth Ford.


Ball State announces local residents earning its fall dean’s list accolades

Ball State University has announced the names of Huntington County students who graduated and/or were included on the dean's list and graduate list during the fall 2013 semester.

They are:

• Huntington: Felecia Alderman, Abriel Armstrong, Jake Crosley, Kayleigh Daniels, Samantha Dyer, Caroline Everidge, Aleesha Gamble, Justin Glancy, Desiree Hartwig, Jessica Huey, Jessica Jerabek, Allison Johnson, Tayler Johnson, Danielle Kem, Kelsey Smart, Levi Smith, Chelsi Snyder, Britney Thornsbury and Rachael Wieczorek.


New festival focusing on area waterways joins celebrations list

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A new festival, this one focusing on the waterways in and near Huntington, will join this summer's lineup of community celebrations.

Splash on the Wabash - more familiarly known as Splash Bash - will be held July 26, with water-focused activities taking place at the Roush Lake dam, downtown Huntington and the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.

A related event will be held the following day on the Wabash River.


County cattlemen to meet Tuesday, Feb. 11

The Huntington County Cattlemen are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex. The March 22 Preview Show will be discussed at this meeting, along with other old and new business.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension, Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington, or call 358-4826.



4-H Junior Leaders set Feb. 13 meeting

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet Thursday, Feb. 13, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the County Jail, located at 332 E. State St., Huntington.

The group will take a tour of the jail, and members will have the opportunity to sign up to work at the Beef Preview Concession Stand, which will be open on Saturday, March 22, at Hier's Park.

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leader organization is open to any 4-H member in grades seven to 12.


Waggin’ Tails 4-H Club holds open house at Hier’s Park for prospective members

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The Waggin' Tails 4-H dog club will hold an open house on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Building at Hier's Park, in Huntington.

Prospective members can learn about upcoming events, fund-raisers and community service projects. Alan Foster, of the Huntington Police Department, and his canine partner will present a demonstration.

The dog club will meet on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. now until May 29. Beginning June 5, members can attend either from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Zanesville United Methodist Church to host fish fry

The Zanesville United Methodist Church will host an all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin supper on Saturday, March 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The supper will be served in the church's Tower Life Center.

Dan's Fish Fry Service will provide the fish and tenderloins for this supper. Homemade scalloped potatoes and desserts, applesauce or coleslaw, green beans and bread will also be on the menu. Carry-outs will be available.

All proceeds from the supper will benefit Hope Ministries (Tri-County Ministries) Cub/Boy Scouts Youth Mission Trip.


Youth chess program begins at library

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites children in grades 6 to 12 to participate in "It's Chess Time @ Your Library," a series of two programs to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, at the main library.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, teens will play practice games to learn the rules of chess and build strategy and skills. Chess instructors Jack Oberholtzer, Kevin McCracken and John Martinez will be on hand to offer assistance.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, teens will participate in a chess tournament, supervised by the chess instructors.


Master gardeners to host program by beekeeper

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will host a program on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Huntington City-Township Public Library Conference Room.

Cindy Sheets of Sweet Life Honey Farm LLC will be the presenter for the evening. She will share information about beekeeping, producing honey and beeswax products.

Note that this program was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 5, and it was postponed due to inclement weather in the area.


Grief support group sessions planned at College Park Church

GriefShare, a free grief recovery support group, is offering Wednesday evening sessions beginning Feb. 26.

GriefShare offers the opportunity to connect with others who are grieving the loss of a loved one and to learn information to aid in coping with the grieving process.

The group will meet at College Park Church, located at 1945 College Ave., Huntington.

The sessions will be held from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning Feb. 26 and running through May 21.

Each of the sessions is a stand-alone session, meaning attendees may join at any time.


Ball State lists names of local fall 2013 grads

Ball State University has announced the following Huntington County students who graduated in the fall of 2013.

They are:

Abriel Armstrong, Brittany Barrus, Ian Boyle, Aleisha Collins, Michelle Darley, Samantha Dyer, Desiree Hartwig and Amanda Satchwill.

Degrees earned include master's and doctoral.

Ball State is a state-supported university located in Muncie, with a current enrollment of about 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students.



Salamonie Lake announces 2014 programs

A full year of programs designed to appeal to preschoolers, Seniors, families and campers is on tap at Salamonie Lake.

The programs are provided by the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, which also serves the J. Edward Roush Fish and Wildlife Area, Salamonie River State Forest, Mississinewa Lake and Ouabache Sate Park.

Monthly programs for preschoolers are offered at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. Two identical programs are offered each month, one from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a second from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Mayor cites accomplishments, outlines plans for continued trail development

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A new park paying tribute to the Erie Railroad and a pedestrian bridge over U.S.-24 could be in Huntington's future as city leaders continue to develop a network of trails throughout the community.

Mayor Brooks Fetters outlined those plans and more as he presented his State of the City address to members of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Feb. 7.

The city is coming off a good year, Fetters said, and he wants to build on the successes of 2013 as he gets more community residents involved in his quest to make Huntington an attractive place to live.


Funding the music

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Steve Kimmel (left), of the Huntington Lions Club, presents a check for $600 to Thaine Campbell, board member of the Children's Choir of Huntington County. The money will be used to fund scholarships for students who need assistance to be a part of the choir.


Funding the music

Steve Kimmel (left), of the Huntington Lions Club, presents a check for $600 to Thaine Campbell, board member of the Children's Choir of Huntington County. The money will be used to fund scholarships for students who need assistance to be a part of the choir.


Funding the music

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Steve Kimmel (left), of the Huntington Lions Club, presents a check for $600 to Thaine Campbell, board member of the Children's Choir of Huntington County. The money will be used to fund scholarships for students who need assistance to be a part of the choir.


HU prof earns senior associate editor post at Journal of Strength

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Dr. Dawn Anderson, professor of exercise science at Huntington University, has been named a senior associate editor at the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research.

Anderson has been on the editorial board of the journal since 2011. In the fall, she was nominated for the senior associate editor position by Editor in Chief Bill Kraemer.


Story of traveling woman to be library topic Feb. 12

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The story of a young American woman who became a world traveler will be told during a program on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

"From Singapore to Nagasaki: The 1919 Diary of an American Woman Abroad" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. by Huntington resident Sue Jepsen.


VFW holds volunteer appreciation

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 hosted a volunteer appreciation ceremony Saturday evening, Feb. 1.

Those in attendance were served a prime rib dinner.

John Block, volunteer appreciation ceremony chairman, opened the ceremony along with Post Commander Rick Stell.

Greg Baker, Department of Indiana commander, spoke about volunteerism. Bruce Stanton presented a plaque to Block as Volunteer of the Year. Certificates were presented to all participants of the Honor Guard and other volunteers present.


PHH Guild taking scholarship applications now

The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild is currently accepting applications for scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded with the following guidelines:

• The applicant must be a relative of a current Guild member in good standing for at least one year prior to applying and/or a relative of a current PHH employee or volunteer.

• It is preferred that the student should be enrolled in a health-related field.


Extension announces 4-H events for second half of month of February

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service - Huntington County Office announces its 4-H calendar:

Sunday, Feb. 16
• 2 p.m. - Rifle. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Monday, Feb. 17 • County Holiday - Office closed.

• 7 p.m. - Horse and Pony Leaders. Annex Building.

Tuesday, Feb. 18
• 6 p.m. - Pistol. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 19
• 7 p.m. - Blue Ribbon Riders. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.


DivorceCare group starts this Thursday

A new session of DivorceCare for Adults and DC-4-K (DivorceCare for Kids) will begin Thursday, Feb. 13.

Each session of the 13-week seminar is held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington. The series is sponsored by College Park Church and is open to the community.

To register, call 358-7042.



Owl program

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Interpretive naturalist Lynnanne Fager shows off a barred owl on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Second Saturday program sponsored by the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services. After a hot dog dinner, Fager showed several owls who live at the Salamonie Raptor Center, then led a walk into the woods to look for owls in the wild.


Helping out the judge

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Marley Heritier (left) of Columbia City, hands her rabbit to Judge Justin Lowe during a day-long rabbit show on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Hier's Park, sponsored by the Huntington County Hare Raisers.


State legislators speak at Warren

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

State Sen. Travis Holdman makes a point to Heritage Pointe residents on Saturday morning, Feb. 8, during a session in which he and State Rep. Dan Leonard discussed current legislation and answered questions.


Gallery grand opening

Marsi Lawson (left) of Fort Wayne, chats with artist Penny French-Deal at the grand opening of Deal's new shop, The Gallery at Joseph Decuis, 171 N. Main St., Roanoke, on Friday, Feb. 7.


Upcoming fund-raiser

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Avery Drabenstot, 10, of Huntington, holds one of her favorite cats, Phoebe, a the Helping Paws Adoption Center on Friday, Feb. 7. Drabenstot is a volunteer at the no-kill shelter, which will be having a fund-raiser on Friday, Feb. 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Nick's Kitchen, 506 N. Jefferson St., Huntington,


Need for space pushes DC Thrift Shop several doors down street

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

There was a very good reason why the DC Thrift Shop - formerly known as Malta House Thrift Store - moved into its new digs just doors down the street: they needed the space.

"We needed a bigger location, not only for the products that we have but to do ministry at the store," explains Store Manager Chris Walker. "We've been blessed by the community giving donations, and we do move them very, very fast. But we needed bigger space."


Crestview’s Rice is county spelling champ

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Brenden Rice really buckled down this year, and it paid off.

"I just made sure I got through all the words this time," Rice said Monday evening, Feb. 3, after earning the title of Huntington County spelling champion.

It was the third appearance in the county bee for Rice, an eighth-grader at Crestview Middle School. He competed at the county level both as a fifth-grader and a sixth-grader. In both of those years, he said, his studying didn't take him to the end of practice list of spelling words handed out in advance of the competition. This time, it did.


French-Deal announces relocation of art gallery to new Roanoke site

Area award-winning artist Penny French-Deal has announced the relocation of her gallery, in partnership with Joseph Decuis.

The name of the new gallery, located at 171 N. Main St., in Roanoke, is The Gallery at Joseph Decuis, Exclusively Featuring the Art of Penny French-Deal.


State offers free online tax filing service to Hoosiers

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

Taxpayers with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $58,000 or less during 2013 are 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.


Water dept. has tips to keep pipes from freezing

Temperatures have been below freezing - and not infrequently below zero - for the past few weeks, and forecasters say it's not going to get any warmer at least through this weekend.

The Huntington Water Department offers these tips for keeping pipes from freezing and, in the event that they do freeze, thawing them out with a minimum of problems.

Why frozen pipes are a problem


Economically speaking

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jim O'Donnell delivers his annual review of the economy and what to expect this year at the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Monday, Feb. 3. O'Donnell is executive-in-residence, emeritus at HU.


Huntington North names first semester honor rolls

2013-14 school year

Huntington North High School has announced its honor rolls for the first semester of the 2013-14 school year.

Honor roll students are:

All A's

Grade nine - Julia Bailey, Chazz Bruce, Jeffrey Burch, Kaitlyn Burkhart, Ariene Butler, Brandy Campbell, Samuel Daugherty, Kaitlyn Delagrange, Dane Eherenman, Sydni Fife, Andrew Freck, Tyler Gates and Charles Grey.


Huntington County Habitat to mark 26th year locally with gala celebration March 1

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity will mark its 26th year in Huntington County with a gala celebration.

The "Habopoly" Gala will be held on Saturday, March 1, at the PAL Club, 2099 Riverside Drive, Huntington.

Social time is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:15 p.m. The evening will include music and live and silent auctions.


Ducks Unlimited banquet will be held Feb. 22 at LaFontaine Golf Club

The Huntington Hills Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its 29th annual banquet on Feb. 22 at the LaFontaine Golf Club, 6129 N. Goshen Rd.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. An auction will follow at 7:30 p.m. Drawings will also be held during the evening.

Proceeds from the event will help conserve and maintain North American wetlands.

For ticket information, call Kim Myers at 344-1508 or Jennifer Fisher at 356-4809.



Love Unity Feast on March 2 will include pie auction and bake sale

Love In the Name of Christ, with sponsorship from several local churches, will host the fifth annual Love Unity Feast in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park on March 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Love Unity Feast is an opportunity for Christians all over Huntington to come together in unity to share a meal and raise funds for Love INC.

The event will feature a pie auction, which begins at 11:30 a.m. and will occur every half hour. There will also be a bake sale.

The meal options are chicken and noodles or pork loin with all the fixings. There is a cost for the meal.


13 receive GEDs in 1st graduation ceremony

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Thirteen students who attained GED (General Educational Development) certification in 2013 received their diplomas during the program's first graduation ceremony, held Friday evening, Jan. 31, at the Horace Mann Education Center, in Huntington.

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, addressed the graduates, urging them to continue their education at a college or vocational school. Jennifer Reeves, who was selected as the student speaker, reflected on the successes of the group.


Local students honored at Anderson

Anderson University has announced its dean's list for the fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year.

Local students who were named to the list are Carly J. Becker, Morgan Goetz, Kaitlin Marie Layman, Kayleigh Mower and Michael Pierce, all 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.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution located in Anderson.



Legion Aux. seeks Hoosier Girls State apps

The American Legion Auxiliary units of Huntington County are seeking applicants for the 2014 session of Hoosier Girls State.

An informational meeting for interested students and their parents will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Robert Mayne American Legion post, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke. Delegates and alternates will be selected.
Eligible students must be in the upper third of the junior class. Home schooled students are also eligible.


Young artists

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Artist Caprice Erickson (left) shows her young protégés how to mix colors with acrylic paints as they take the next step in creating their pictures during the Canvas & Cookies event Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. About 14 children in grades 6 to 12 participated in the class, in which they copied one of Erickson's paintings.


On the tips of their tongues

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The "Bennett's Revenge" team discusses possible answers to a trivia question posed during the Huntington Catholic School Trivia Night on Saturday, Feb. 1, in the school's Rieder Auditorium. Pictured (from left) are Vikki Guerre, of Huntington; Dawn Harper, of Fort Wayne; and Bill Guerre (back to camera), Mark Krumanaker, Carmen Krumanaker and Joshua Young, all of Huntington. The boisterous evening served as a fund-raiser for HCS.


Lifetime achievement

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jill Gemmer (left), an instructor in the GED program, presents a lifetime achievement award to Al Sims (right), who retired after 40 years as a teacher and school administrator and has spent the past seven years as a volunteer teacher in the local GED preparation program. The presentation was part of the GED graduation ceremony held on Friday, Jan. 31, at the Horace Mann Education Center, in Huntington.


Checking a smile

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

John Regan, DDS, examines Braiden Shoemaker's teeth as part of the Family Day at the Dentist program on Saturday, Feb. 1. The program allowed those without a dentist or insurance to receive a free examination. Regan says his young patient passed with flying colors.


Four RMS students earn regional awards for art

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Twelve Riverview Middle School students participated in the regional Scholastic Art competition held in Fort Wayne.

This contest involves all students in the Midwest grades seven through 12. There were more than 4,200 entries in the contest.

Four Riverview students' works were selected as winners, with two earning Gold Keys, the top award.

Seventh-grader Guner Little won a Gold Key for his photograph of rain on a car window.


Evangelist Dusty Taylor to be at Bethel Assembly this weekend

Evangelist Dusty Taylor will be at Bethel Assembly this coming weekend.

On Friday night at 7 p.m. he will teach a class on evangelism. Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. he will be preaching.

Taylor became an evangelist in 2013 after serving in ministry for several years.

He and his wife, Ashlee, currently live in Lebanon.

Bethel Assembly of God is located at 1640 E. Taylor St., Huntington. For more information call the church, 356-8363. Nursery and pre-school will be provided on Saturday and normal children's ministries will be on Sunday.


T.D. Wall earns Exiss/Sooner performance awards

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At the 2014 Exiss/Sooner Live- stock and Horse Trailer Dealer meeting T.D. Wall Inc. received the Top Performing dealership award and the Exclusive Dealer Club status.

T.D. Wall Inc. has dealerships in Indiana and Ohio and sells the complete Exiss/Sooner products across the United States and Canada.

Offices are located at 1901 Hickory Ave., Huntington and junction of I-69 and Ind.-5, in Warren, and 9735 St. Rd. 49 in Hicksville, OH.



Check for champions

Todd Johnson (right), chair of the Knights of Columbus Penny Pitch, presents a contribution to Tim Allen, director of the Champions League at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. The Champions League is a sports program for children with disabilities.


Eppard and Smith join BSB staff

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Bippus State Bank announces the addition of two new employees to its staff, Angela Eppard and Amy Smith.

Born and raised in Huntington, Eppard graduated from Huntington North High School in 2005. She attended IPFW and earned her bachelor's degree in interpersonal communication with a minor in organizational leadership in supervision in 2010. She had previously worked in the restaurant industry for six years.

She and her husband, Kevin, are active in their church and reside in Huntington County.


Alzheimer’s support group meets Feb. 12

To help those who care for Alzheimer's patients, the Alzheimer's Association offers support groups.

The Huntington support group will next meet on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Road.

Participants in support groups receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the problems they face and the latest in information regarding research.

All meetings are confidential and free of charge.

For additional information, contact the Alzheimer's Association Helpline, 24 hours a day, at 800-272-3900.


Ness Bros. agents presented Medallion sales awards

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Seven agents with Real Living/Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co. were recently honored.

A Ruby Medallion Award was given to Terry Miller.
Receiving Sapphire Medallion Awards were Linda Sparks, Rodney Funk, Dawn Harvey and Steve Smithley.

Emerald Medallion Awards were given to Andy Eckert and Kyle Ness.

The Real Living Real Estate Medallion Club recognizes top performing Sales Associates and rewards their dedication to providing exceptional service to every customer and their knowledge of the residential real estate industry.


Two make Butler U’s dean’s list

Local residents Trey Meehan and Maria Santa, both of Huntington, were among 763 students from Butler University who made the dean's list for the fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year:

Meehan is studying strategic communication. Santa is a marketing major.

Butler is a nationally-recognized comprehensive university located in Indianapolis.



Final round at the spelling bee

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alayna Broom (at the microphone) spells a word during a final round of the Huntington County spelling bee on Monday, Feb. 3, at Huntington University's Habecker Dining Commons. Waiting his turn at left is Brenden Rice, who eventually won the county spelling title. Broom was the runner-up in the county bee.


Cancer Society seeking Relay for Life volunteers

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers in Huntington County to join the Relay For Life of Huntington County.

The kick off will be held tonight, Monday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. at The Gathering Place of Trinity United Methodist Church, in Huntington.


Farris, local panel to give farm tech update at HU Foundation breakfast

Ed Farris, of Purdue University's Extension Office, and a local panel of agriculture experts will be at the Feb. 12 Huntington Univeristy Foundation Breakfast to give an update on new technologies and innovative ideas for modern farming operations.


How to succeed in business

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Attendees listen intently as Ed Krei (standing) leads a session on characteristics of successful businesses during the Small Business Symposium held Thursday, Jan. 30, at Huntington University. Krei is a managing director with The Baker Group, an investment firm based in Oklahoma City. The symposium was sponsored by Bippus State Bank.


February Business of the Month

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dean Foods, located at 1019 Flaxmill Rd., in Huntington, has been named Business of the Month for February by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.


Crestview names perfect attendance students

Crestview Middle School has announced the names of students who achieved perfect attendance during the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

They are:

Sixth grade
Ryan Abt, Autumn Anderson, Jennifer Ashbaugh, Brandon Bickel, Syanna Bonewitz, Jacob Bowers, Rylee Bowman, Kalo Boxell, Reaga Chaney, Isaiah Clampitt, Sabryna Cloutier, Ryan Conwell, Brooke Dafforn and Grace Dimond.


HU professor takes Shakespeare to Pendleton

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HU professor takes Shakespeare to Pendleton

After volunteering with Shakespeare Behind Bars for seven years and conducting four different summer seminars with their program, Dr. Jack Heller decided it was time to pursue his own prison program here in Indiana.


Genealogy society postpones meet until March 5

The Huntington Genealogy Society has postponed its first meeting of the year to March 5 at 7 p.m. due to weather conditions.

The speaker at the March 5 meeting will be Doria Lynch.

The meeting will be held at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.
The public is welcome.



Local Tri Kappa chapter offering $3,000 in scholarships to residents

The Chi Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority is offering $3,000 in scholarships to Huntington County residents.

Selection is based on academics, ability and financial need.

Two scholarships are available, a general scholarship, for high school seniors who plan to graduate in the spring and continue their education at a post-secondary institution and the Laura Blackburn Scholarship, available to high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in education.


Lions Clubs offer two scholarships

The Huntington County Lions Clubs of Andrews, Bippus, Huntington and Roanoke are offering two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

The student should be a resident of Huntington County and have an accumulating grade average of "C" or better.

The student must 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.


iAB donates to McKenzie’s Hope and SCAN

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iAB financial bank presented McKenzie's Hope, the Huntington County Child Advocacy Center, as well as SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) of Allen County, with donations in the amount of $2,214 to each organization.

These contributions are part of the more than $6,000 dollars raised by iAB in 2013. The Fun Committee of iAB collected money from its 285 employees throughout 2013 by sponsoring monthly "Jeans Days" in order to assist local non-profit agencies. On these days, iAB employees were able to wear jeans to work with a minimum donation of $3.


Leonard’s unemployment insurance bill passes House

A bill dealing with unemployment insurance, authored by State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), passed out of the Indiana House Jan. 28 on a 65-28 vote.

"The largest issue HB 1346 addresses is the elimination of the burden of proof during the rulings in UI (unemployment insurance) appeals cases," Leonard says. "Currently, if the employee or employer is unable to be present for the hearing regarding the determination of eligibility for benefits, the absent party automatically loses the case."


Several bills authored by Banks have met with success, he says

Several bills authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) have met with success, Banks reports.

Banks' bill to allow local government units to support in-state military bases passed the Senate on Jan. 28 by a unanimous vote.

Senate Bill 260 would allow local government units to use funds to support military bases located in Indiana. These expenditures could be made from currently available resources.


Workshop for growers set for Feb. 19

A workshop will be held for crop growers from Huntington County and surrounding areas on Wednesday, Feb. 19. This session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park in Huntington. Program registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

This program will include the following topics:

• Using the Herbicide Site of Action Numbering System.

• Controlling Problematic Pigweeds in Indiana.

• Marestail - Why Can't We Figure This One Out?

• New "Nowledge" Regarding Nozzles.

• Pesticide Disposal-Clean Sweep Program.


Pathfinder now taking funding requests from not-for-profit groups

The Pathfinder Foundation is now accepting fund requests for 2014 from organizations who have received a 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

A major goal of the Pathfinder Foundation is to assist people with disabilities through funding not-for-profit organizations, including Pathfinder Services, Inc., in Huntington, Wabash, Marshall, Starke, Allen and Whitley counties.


BBBS Bowl for Kids’ Sake adds new session to Sunday, Feb. 16, events

Big Brothers and Big Sisters' Bowl for Kids' Sake has added a new session to the event, which takes place on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Rainbow Lanes, in Huntington.

The new session is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Four more team spaces are available for the fund-raiser, which supports BBBS in Huntington County. Bowlers do not have to be in the BBBS program to participate.

To sign up a team or obtain more information contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters office in Fort Wayne at 456-1600.



Zanesville Lions to hold apple dumpling sale

The Zanesville Lions Apple Dumpling Fund-raiser will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9.

The apple dumplings for sale are ready-to-eat or can be frozen and later microwaved.
Caramel topping is included in the price of each dumpling.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from any Lions member, or at Davis Restaurant in Markle.

Extra dumplings will be available on Sunday.

Pick-up is at the ballpark, located at 3088 W. VanHorn St., Zanesville, from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Reed makes dean’s list

Defiance College has announced that Noah Reed, of Huntington, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester of 2013.

Each semester Defiance College recognizes students who have attained an outstanding level of academic excellence by naming them to the dean's list.

Students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and are enrolled in 12 or more semester hours for which letter grades are given are named to the dean's list.

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio.



Daddy-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Extravaganza will return this spring

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The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will again sponsor its annual Daddy-Daughter Dance and the Mother-Son Sports Extravaganza.

Two sessions of each event will be offered, and tickets for all sessions are available now.

The Daddy-Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23, at Heritage Hall, in Hier's Park.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. both nights for pictures, and the dance will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Riverview Middle School announces 2nd quarter honor roll

2013-14 school year

Riverview Middle School has announced its honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year.
Students named to the honor rolls are:

Eighth grade

All A's - Elizabeth Allred, Josi Barscz, Charlotte Borland, Robert Borland, William Borland, Hale Bowen, Isaac Brown, Darianna Bryant, Eli Christman, Taylor Conley, Willow Erickson, Rachel Ervin, Jacob Fowler, Logan Hardacre, Larissa Johnson, Kasey Konz, Danielle Korporal, Brandon Kratz, Zachary Lippe, Melanie Lisinicchia and Cory Little.


Theater professor showcased in ‘Red’

Huntington University Theater Company presents the six-time 2010 Tony Award winning drama "Red," opening Feb. 13.

Jay Duffer takes on the role of 20th century artist Mark Rothko, who has been commissioned to paint murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant. He guides his assistant Ken, played by Joshua Cookingham, to mix paints and prepare the frames for paint, as Ken questions Rothko's theories of art.

Duffer is department chair and associate professor of theater arts at HU.

The play is directed by Thom Hofrichter, an adjunct professor at Huntington University.


Sigma Eta offering college aid

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 the guidance office at Huntington North High School.

The deadline for all applications is March 31.

Applications should be mailed to  Margy Stinson, 5486 N. Broadway,  Huntington, IN 46750.



Local students named to dean’s list at Manchester

Manchester University has announced that several area students made the fall 2013 Dean's list.

They are:

• Samuel Cox, of Huntington, a first-year computer science major.

• Courtney Gick, of Huntington, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major.

• Allison Henn, of Huntington, a first-year biology-chemistry major.

• Kelsey Hollowell, of Huntington, a first-year pre-pharmacy major.

• Ashley Landrum, of Huntington, a senior psychology major.

• Tyler Shearer, of Huntington, a junior accounting and finance major.


Canine Capers members plan Feb. 11 open house

The Canine Capers 4-H Dog Club will be hosting an open house for anyone interested in joining for the 2014 year.

The open house will be held in the Community Building at Hier's Park on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

There will be demonstrations in obedience and agility. The club teaches basic and advanced obedience along with rally and agility.

For more information contact Sandy Clabaugh at 224-5835 or Jenelle Conley at 530-6483.



Noah Reed earns fall dean’s list at Defiance

Defiance College has announced that Noah Reed, of Huntington, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester of 2013.

Each semester Defiance College recognizes students who have attained an outstanding level of academic excellence by naming them to the dean's list.

Students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and are enrolled in 12 or more semester hours for which letter grades are given are named to the dean's list.



Spring Story Times for preschoolers begin next week at libraries in Huntington and Markle

Registration is open for spring Story Time sessions at both locations of Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Various weekly Story Times will be offered to children ages birth to 7 years on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Main Library in Huntington beginning on Feb. 11 and 12.

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to Story Time sessions at 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library beginning Feb. 13.


Pike and Stephan recognized as Junior Rotarians

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School students Nathan Pike and Marissa Stephan have been named Junior Rotarians for February by the Huntington Rotary Club.

Pike is the son of Leanne and Paul Pike, of Huntington.
He is active in TV productions and freshman mentoring at HNHS. He is also a member of class council and Campus Life.

Pike plans to attend Ball State University, where he will major in telecommunications with a minor in business.
Stephan is the daughter of Tami and Ernie Stephan, of Huntington.


Saw Dust Gang headed to Andrews

Seventeen members attended the December meeting of the Wabash Valley Saw Dust Gang. Fred Weiss demonstrated how to do an inlay of one type of wood into another.

The January meeting was canceled because of snow.

The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the workshop of John Harshbarger, 617 N. Jackson St., Andrews.

The group is open to anyone interested in woodworking, and visitors are welcome. For information, call Dick Johnson at 765-662-1364.



DNR now accepting applications for reserved turkey hunts

Hunters can now begin submitting online applications for reserved turkey hunts to be held on certain state and federally owned properties.

The application period runs through March 24 at

New for 2014, the Department of Natural Resources will offer a reserved hunt at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area in southwestern Indiana.


Huntington Catholic announces honor roll

2013-14 school year

Huntington Catholic School has announced its honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

Honor roll students are:

All A's
Fourth grade - Josie Eckert, Andrea Krumanaker, Kendra Sandlin and Katie Smith.
Fifth grade - Olivia Godfroy, Lillian Holzinger and Seth Scheiber.
Sixth grade - Sydney Bowman, Jessica Hartmus, Peyton Rosen and Hailee Wilcoxson.
Seventh grade - Dylan Hasty and Olivia Jablonski.
Eighth grade - Benjamin Blomeke, Gabrielle Linker, Garrett Scheiber and Rees Zay.


Elementary students can join the Discovery Crew

Huntington City-Township Public Library offers Discovery Crew programs this spring at both the Main Library in Huntington and the Markle Branch Library in Markle.

Discovery Crew members meet weekly for stories and crafts and sessions last 45 to 60 minutes.

The theme for this spring's Discovery Cr- ew program is the months of the year, with related games, silly songs and activities.


Sheets Museum to host movie journey to Alaska

Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center will have a movie day on Saturday, Feb. 8. The movie will start at 10:30 a.m. and will last approximately 75 minutes.

The movie will be a two-part film on Alaska. The first movie will be "Wild Alaska." It presents a visual portrait of wildlife on the last frontier. Shot in some of the most remote regions of Alaska, this program takes the viewer in close, into habitat and viewing areas rarely visited.


Tickets on sale for Northwest dinner show

Northwest Elementary is hosting a Chicken Noodle Dinner/Talent Show on Friday, March 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Both students and staff will be showcasing their talents on stage while during the meal.

There will also be a raffle of several themed baskets.
Presale prices are available until Feb. 19. Contact any Northwest student, staff or PTO member for presale tickets.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

Children 5 and under are free.



Optimists scholarships

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The local Optimist and Kiwanis Clubs presented scholarships to GED graduates (from left) Debbie Fordham, Dorian Carnes, Austin LaCroix and Jennifer Reeves during ceremonies Friday evening, Jan. 31, at the Horace Mann Education Center. Optiimst President Michael Rohler does the honors.


Addressing fellow graduates

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

While Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton (left) listens, Jennifer Reeves addresses her fellow gradutes during the GED graduation ceremony on Friday evening, Jan. 31, at the Horace Mann Education Center. Emberton also addressed the graduates.


B&G Club $3 million into funding for new building at kickoff event

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A jubilant crowd filled the Parkview Huntington Hospital cafeteria to standing room only on Thursday, Jan. 30, excited about a capital campaign that was nearly complete before it was officially announced.

The Huntington Boys & Girls Club made the announcement that it has already raised $3,009,125 of its $3.5 million goal to build a new facility, which will be known as The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. It will be located on the club's current site on East State Street.


Celebration time

Members of the Boys & Girls Club perform a dance routine to "Celebrate" Thursday, Jan. 30, during the club's capital campaign kickoff. Officials announced that fund-raising efforts have collected more than $3 million to build a new facility, which will be known as the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.


Dreaming big

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mandy Reber, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, talks about the need for a new facility during the club's capital campaign kickoff on Thursday, Jan. 30. The club has already raised about 86 percent of its $3.5 million goal and plans to break ground on construction in May.


United Way funding process starts Monday, Feb. 3

The United Way of Huntington County's Community Impact Funding Process will open Monday, Feb. 3.

Organizations working in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health and Wellness or Crisis Needs are welcome to apply.

The process begins with the Community Impact Letter of Intent, which is due Wednesday, Feb. 12. Upon approval of the Letter of Intent, Community Impact applications are then to be submitted by Friday, March 14.


Fifth-grader Samantha Ball is tops in spelling contest at HCS

Photo provided.

Fifth-grader Samantha Ball is the winner of the Huntington Catholic School spelling bee, which was held Jan. 15.
Ball, the daughter of Steven and Jennifer Ball, will be the school's representative in the Huntington County Spelling Bee, scheduled for Feb. 3 at the Habecker Dining Commons.
The runner-up in the school competition was Seth Scheiber, son of William and Sue Scheiber. He is also in fifth grade.

Students competed in classroom spelling bees in order to qualify for the school competition.

Other contestants were:


HCS raising funds with coupon book

Huntington Catholic School is joining other Catholic schools in the area in the annual You Can Lend a Hand coupon book fund-raiser.

Now through Feb. 28, the schools are selling booklets containing coupons for free items and discounts at Burger King and Chili's restaurants, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Fort Wayne Komets and the ice rinks at Lutheran Health SportsCenter.


Fish, loin supper for band funds

The Huntington North Band Parents/Boosters will have a fish and tenderloin supper fund-raiser on Friday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The meal, prepared by Dan's Fish Fry, will be held in the HNHS cafeteria, prior to the basketball game. A silent auction and bake sale will also be held.

All proceeds go to support the HNHS Marching Vikes band program.




Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Water is pumped out of a hole made by City Services employees as they work to fix a water main break on Poplar Street near Tipton Street on Wednesday, Jan. 29.


HU’s Friesen Center to hold its Service Emphasis Week Feb. 4-6

Huntington University's Friesen Center for Volunteer Services will host a Service Emphasis Week Feb. 4 to 6.

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 Dr. Norris Friesen, director of institutional effectiveness at HU, and students Luke Batdorff, Jason Wright and Abby Goering. Friesen will speak Tuesday at 10 a.m. The HU students will speak Thursday at 10 a.m.


Announce 4-H calendar for Feb. 9-19

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service - Huntington County Office announces its 4-H calendar:

Sunday, Feb. 9
• 2 p.m. - Rifle. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.
Tuesday, Feb. 11

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

• 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Canine Capers Open House. Community Living Building, Hier's Park.

Thursday, Feb. 13
• 7 p.m. - Junior Leaders. Huntington County Jail.

Sunday, Feb. 16
• 2 p.m. - Rifle. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.


Enrollment for 4-H program under way

Recruitment for the 2014 Huntington County 4-H program is under way.

4-H is a volunteer youth development and education program coordinated by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Its primary objectives are to assist young people in acquiring knowledge, skills, citizenship and leadership opportunities. Youth participants and adult volunteers are the most important assets of 4-H.

Youth interested in joining 4-H may enroll at the Extension Office or online at the Purdue Extension-Huntington County website: