Judging rabbits

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Brian Robbins (left), of Frankfort, and Brett Hartman (second left), of Lafayette, watch as Judge Mike Young (right) works at the Huntington County Hare Raisers Association annual rabbit show on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Huntington County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Two locals earn DePauw dean’s list

Gillian Hughes, of Huntington, and Suzanne Peters, of Roanoke, have been named to the Fall 2017 dean’s list at DePauw University.

The dean’s list recognizes students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Sell, Daugherty earn Metro Kiwanis accolades

The Huntington Metro Kiwanis recently recognized two students as Riverview Middle School’s outstanding eighth-graders. Pictured are (from left) Metro Kiwanis President Terry Oden, students Grace Sell and Jacob Daugherty and Jim Bragg, principal of Riverview Middle School.
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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club recognized Grace Sell and Jacob Daugherty as Riverview’s outstanding eighth graders on Monday, Jan. 29.

Sell is the daughter of Adam and Lynette Sell. She is involved in basketball, track, leadership, Campus Life, 4-H, church youth group and the Honor Society.

She plans to attend college for pre-med, nursing or marine biology. She hopes she can pursue her passion for basketball and play professionally.

First Federal promotes quartet of employees

Pictured (from left) Eric Todd, Julia Bazur, Sarah O’Leary and Christina Ruckman.
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First Federal Savings Bank has announced the promotions of four employees.

Eric Todd has recently been promoted to vice president, commercial credit. Todd joined the First Federal staff in 2014. He has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Indiana University and extensive experience in credit administration, credit analysis and business banking with over 13 years of financial experience. Additionally he just completed the Graduate School of Banking (Madison, WI) and received an executive leadership certificate through the University of Wisconsin.

Huntington North FFA chapter plans activities for FFA week

Huntington North High School Future Farmers of America chapter has planned several activities to celebrate National FFA week, Feb. 17 to Feb. 24, focusing on a passion for agriculture.

This FFA Week embraces more than 90 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than 653,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels.

NIPSCO asks customers to keep meters cleared

As cold temperatures continue, NIPSCO is reminding customers to keep their electric and natural gas meters free of snow and ice. Although meters are designed to withstand winter weather conditions, heavy or hard-packed snow and ice, icicles falling from building eaves or water dripping from a roof and freezing on the meter could create potential safety hazards.

To help prevent these types of problems, customers are urged to follow some basic tips:

HCS to host preschool open house on March 18

Huntington Catholic School offers a preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds and invites prospective parents and students to an open house and registration day Sunday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The open house will be held at Huntington Cath-olic School, 820 Cherry St., in the preschool room.

For more information contact 356-2320 or visit

February Evensong Concert features Gibboney

The February 2018 Evensong Concert features the return of Ted Gibboney to Trinity United Meth-odist’s pipe organ on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m.

Reflecting the season of Lent, he will present Marcel Dupré’s The Stations of the Cross, narrated by Joe Wiley. Admission is free.

Local SWCD sponsoring annual spring tree sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a spring tree sale. Orders will be taken through March 2, with payment due by March 8. Delivery will be on April 4.

Some of the varieties available this year are:

• Trees: autumn blaze maple, redpointe maple, tulip poplar, red oak, royal raindrops crabapple, Norway spruce, exclamation London plane, blue spruce, white pine and ivory silk lilac.

• Shrubs: coral snap, American cranberry, forsythia, red osier dogwood and diablo ninebark.

Next Visiting Executive Seminar set for April 6

The next Visiting Executive Seminar will be held Friday, April 6, at the Habecker Dining Commons on the campus of Huntington University.

The seminar will be held on Friday, April 6. The morning will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and the seminar will get under way at 8:45 a.m. The seminar wraps up at noon with an optional lunch to follow in the lower level.

Third House Legislative Session

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) makes a point during the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Third House Legislative Session on Saturday, Feb. 10, at he Huntington Branch of the Huntington-City Township Public Library. Listening on are (from second left) Indiana State Sen. Andy Zay, Indiana State Rep. Dan Leonard and Huntington Coutny Commissioners President Larry Buzzard. All four men spoke and answered questions.

U.S. Senate candidate in Huntington

Photo by Scott Trauner.

U.S. Rep Luke Messer (left), a Republican who is running for the United State Senate seat currently held by Democrat Joe Donnelly, stopped by Nick's Kitchen in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Feb. 10, to talk with supporters and others. Messer makes a point while his daughter, Ava (center), and Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall listen.

HNHS choir to host youth on March 3

Huntington North High School sophomore Erica Ashley practices her solo during a rehearsal by the Viking Volume Wednesday, Feb. 7. The show choir will present a Princess & Superhero Academy for children on March 3.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Children ages 4 to fifth grade are invited to the Princess & Superhero Academy, held Saturday, March 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Huntington North High School.

Hosted by the award-winning show choir, Viking Volume, children will spend the day “training” like a superhero or getting the “royal treatment” as a princess.

Activities include ga-mes, princess makeup and hair, superhero training, a lounge for parents, snacks and learning a dance.

Pathfinder Services welcomes 2 to board

Ann McPherren (left) and Angela Hormann joined the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors in January.

Pathfinder Services welcomed two new board members, Angela Hormann and Ann McPherren, to its board of directors in January. The new board members were elected to serve a three-year term at the Pathfinder Services annual meeting of the Board of Directors in November.

Vectren crews begin to replace svc. lines

Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) have begun replacing gas mains and service lines in Huntington as part of the company’s pipeline replacement program, which is a multi-year program to replace about 1,300 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout Indiana.

New HPD officer

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Nathan Haines (right) repeats the oath of office administered by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher-McElhaney Wednesday, Feb. 7, during a ceremony held in the Common Council chamber at City Hall. Holding the Bible is Haines’ mother, Kathy Haines. The new Huntington police officer will begin training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy on Feb. 19.

New Huntington patrolman

Jered Brinkman (right) takes the oath of office as a new police officer on the Huntington Police Department, administered by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher-McElhaney Wednesday, Feb. 7. Brinkman’s girlfriend, Jessica Moore, holds the Bible during the ceremony, held in the Common Council chamber at City Hall. He will attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy starting Feb. 19.

Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry seeks new members

Members of the Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry cheese for the camera. Pictured are (from left) Lollipop (Ann Ericsson), Piper (Susan Miller), TidBit (Midge Decker), Lullaby (Johanna Lange) and BaLue (Mark Bickel). The group is holding classes for potential new members, beginning Feb. 17.
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The Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry will be giving interested individuals an opportunity to join the group.

An informational meeting and workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. at Heritage Pointe of Huntington. The event, open to males and females over the age of 16 years, will include a question and answer session as well as class time.

Intrepid Museum seeking ship’s servicemen for 75th anniversary

Aug. 16 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, NY.

To mark the occasion, the Intrepid Museum is putting out a coast-to-coast “all call” for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited in a special 75th Commissioning Anniversary Celebration Weekend from Thursday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 19, on board the ship.

Band to minister at Faith Community COG

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The contemporary Christian band, Alanna Story, will minister in a concert at Faith Community Church of God on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 10:15 a.m. The group has performed both nationally and internationally and has released five recording projects. The church is located at 3615 N. Norwood Rd., Huntington.

Crop workshops offer dicamba herbicides application training

Crop grower workshops are set for Friday, Feb. 16, in Huntington and Fort Wayne.

The sessions are at the First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, and at the Allen County Extension Office, located at 4001 Crescent Ave. in Fort Wayne.

‘Breakfast with Candidates’ Feb. 24

The Huntington County Republican Party will be holding the next “Breakfast with the Candidates” on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the VFW Post 2689 in Huntington, 220 W. Park Drive. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m., with speakers to begin at 9 a.m.

Featured speakers at this breakfast are U.S. Senate candidate Todd Rokita, Circuit Court Judge candidate Davin Smith, County Clerk candidate Rena Claus, County Auditor candidate Jill Landrum and Huntington Township Trustee candidate E.J. Carroll.

Two HCCSC schools to receive grants for reading improvements

Flint Springs and Lincoln elementary schools are among Hoosier schools receiving 2018 School Improvement Grants.

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced more than $5.3 million will be allocated to six schools and are made available to support student achievement in Title I schools.

Flint Springs and Lincoln each received $40,000, according to Huntington County Community School Corporation Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chad Daugherty.

Ouabache history at next Salamonie Sr. Luncheon

The monthly Salamonie Senior Luncheon will be Monday, March 5, at the Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center. Guest speaker Shelly Reed will present “Ouabache: Then and Now,” an overview of Ouabache State Park history.

The program begins with a carry-in meal at noon. A main lasagna dish will be provided. Guests should bring a side dish to share, a beverage and their own table service. A small donation will be accepted.

Reservations may be made by calling 468-2127.

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

Two locals with Purdue Glee Club at Honeywell

Two Huntington students, William Murray and Kelsey Hoke, will perform with the Purdue Glee Club and the Purduettes Friday, April 13, in the Ford Theater in Wabash.

Founded in 1893, the Purdue Varsity Glee Club is one of the proudest and richest traditions of Purdue University and the State of Indiana.

Celebrating music of all genres with a vast repertoire including pop, classical, contemporary, country, swing, patriotic, Broadway, gospel and jazz, the Purduettes represent the brightest and best from a variety of majors.

Show night dining is available.

Shepherd’s Pantry to distribute on Feb. 15

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution event on Thursday, Feb. 15, between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon for Andrews/Dallas Township area residents.

The distribution will be at the Lions Clubhouse, located at 365 Leedy Lane (at the ball diamonds). No appointment is necessary. Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis..

Huntington library now has mobile hotspots for check out

Beginning today, Monday, Feb. 12, adult library card holders will be able to enjoy free mobile Internet access thanks to devices available for checkout from the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

This is the day the library will start lending mobile hotspots, which will give users unlimited 4G LTE connectivity. People who lack Internet access because they can’t afford it or because conventional Internet service isn’t available at their homes will be able to use the hotspots to connect, browse and stream from any device with WiFi capability.

Hitting the high notes

Photo by Steve Clark.

Denise Gilliland (middle), artistic director for the Children’s Choir of Huntington County, leads an early childhood music class on Monday, Feb. 5, at the Heritage of Huntington, in Huntington. The class served as a precursor to regular early childhood music classes that will be held at the Heritage starting on Monday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and be taught by Stephanie Shultz.

Honor Band musicians

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Huntington North Bands had seven students who successfully auditioned for the IPFW Honor Band, which accepts students from Northeast Indiana and Ohio. HNHS students who made the cut are (front row from left) Jacque Jackson, Hannah Lehman, Zach Lippe and Emily Paulette; and (back row from left) Alexandria Koch, Conner Mason and Jarod Lewis.

Markle daycare completes yearly first aid training

Markle Volunteer Fire Department member Robert Rzasa (left) watches as Brenda Shroyer of Life’s Little Treasures Daycare operates a fire extinguisher during recent first aid and CPR training. Afterward, the daycare’s children were allowed to explore a fire truck.
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The staff of Life’s Little Treasures Daycare recently completed its yearly first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training, as well as fire extinguisher training.

This is in addition to the Safe Sleep training that all staff is required to complete.

Members of the Markle Volunteer Fire Department came to the daycare to train the staff on how to put out a fire using a fire extinguisher. Afterwards, they treated the kids to checking out the fire truck.