Old Testament scholar Kaiser is inaugural Bergdall lecturer April 2

Huntington University is hosting its inaugural Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Walter Kaiser, one of the top evangelical Old Testament scholars in the world, will be the featured speaker for the event. He will address "Why Does God Use the Jewish People?"


Top Producer

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Janna Williams, of Century 21 Property Shoppe (left) was awarded Top Producer 2012 by her broker Brenda Wintrode at the company's awards banquet this month. Her sales for the year were $5.8 million, earning her the Centurion Award. Williams has been Top Producer several years and has been selling homes for 24 years.


Career fair on April 11

Huntington University is one of eight universities sponsoring the NICE (Northeast Indiana Career Enrichment) career fair on April 11 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus fieldhouse.

The career fair is a consortium of different area colleges and universities including Huntington University, the University of Saint Francis, Grace College, Ivy Tech Community College, Manchester University, Indiana Tech, Trine University and IPFW.


Pathfinder wears purple

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Clients and staff of Pathfinder Services (back row from left) Rachel Hall, Jennifer Hardacre, Nicki Eckert, Rachel Uecker, Amanda Bratch, Paul Chapman, Sherryl Vanner, Kathryn Griffin and (middle row from left) Melissa Ruckman, Jennifer Carrell, Trena Gamble, Sabrina Hart, Elizabeth Koehl, Susie Casper, Caroline Nolan, Ronald Barylski and (front row from left) Ali Garber, Rose Wilcox, Rhonda Dillman, Jackie Lewis, Nancy Wolf and Carol Kirkpatrick wear purple on March 21 to celebrate Disability Awareness Month.


Salamonie recognizes perfect attendance students

Salamonie Elementary School has recognized students who achieved perfect attendance during the third quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

They are:

Kindergarten - Jalee Bowers, Brenna Cady, Emma Dickson, Javin Gray, Isabella Leas, Caden Moore, Anna Spitler, Brodee Swaidner and Allen Yohe.

First grade - Rehgyn Brooks, Kelsey Chaney, Asher Chipchosky, Jay Clampitt, Tessa Maul, Aschton Michaud, Brooklyn Scalf, Julia Spitler and Shaylyn Suchciciki.


Bergler to speak at HU lecture

Dr. Tom Bergler, author of "The Juvenilization of American Christianity," will lecture on the spiritual maturity of Christians April 9 at Huntington University.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Bergler will discuss many topics covered in his book.


Community Link FCU to host Easter bunny

Community Link Federal Credit Union, in Huntington, will host the Easter Bunny on Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Children will receive a goody bag and may have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

This event is free and open to the public. 
The credit union is located at 325 Etna Ave.



Lancaster Elementary names 3Q PA

Lancaster Elementary announces the names of its students who achieved perfect attendance during the third grading quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.

They are:

Kayla Amburgey, Brayden Ball, Makayla Ball, Barrett Barscz, Gabriel Baumgardner, Luka Beemer, Brennan Bell, John Biehl, Lillian Biehl, Corbin Bolding, Makayla Braun, Jack Britten, Rachel Bryant, Selena Burnworth and Staysha Burnworth.


Huntington man earns Air Force honor for top maintenance work

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Staff Sgt. Phillip Thompson, of Huntington, has been honored for his work as 325th Maintenance Squadron precision guided munitions crew chief.

Thompson received the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award during the 2012 Maintenance and Staff Professionals of the Year banquet March 15 at Tyndall Air Force Base, near Panama City, FL.

Thompson is a graduate of Huntington North High School and Purdue University. He is the son of Gary and Mary Thompson.


Last day of school is May 30

Huntington County School Corporation has updated its calendar to reflect changes after the most recent school cancellation, which took place on Monday, March 25.

School will be in session the following dates: Friday, May 24; Tuesday, May 28; Wednesday, May 29; and Thursday, May 30.

School was canceled due to inclement weather on Feb. 22, March 6, March 18 and March 25.

The date for commencement for the graduating class of 2013 remains unchanged, on Friday, June 7.



Passing the judge

Photo by Steve Clark.

Sam Henderson (middle) of East Troy, WI, exhibits his entry in the Class 7 Angus Heifers division while judge Danny Harker (left) looks on during the Huntington County Cattlemen Beef Preview Show at Hier's Park in Huntington on Saturday, March 23.


Legion starts fireworks fund-raisers

American Legion Post 7 will conduct a series of fund-raisers to raise funds for this year's fireworks show.

• On Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, roadblocks will be set up at the intersections of Jefferson and MacGahan streets, Cherry and Market streets and Jefferson Street and Etna Avenue.

Roadblocks will be set up in the same locations on June 8.

• The Legion will host Cut Throat Karaoke with Diva Jam on April 6, from 9 p.m. to midnight. The event is open to the public.


Railroaders to meet on Saturday

The Erie Railroad workers will meet on Saturday, March 30, at 8 a.m. for a buffet breakfast.

The meeting will be held at the Huntington VFW Post.
Guests are welcome to attend.



SWCD to sell trees and shrubs

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a spring tree and shrub sale.

Some of the varieties available include prairiefire crab, red oak, Cleveland pear, autumn blaze maple, Norway spruce, blue spruce, tulip poplar, coral snap, dwarf burning bush, diablo ninebark, green rocket hybrid cedar and knockout roses.


Huntington County 4-H members are selling geraniums as fund-raiser for clubs

Huntington County 4-H members are selling geraniums as a fund-raiser for the local 4-H clubs and the county 4-H program.

Plants may be ordered individually or per flat of 18 plants. Orders may be placed with local 4-H club members or with the Huntington County Extension Office.

The geraniums come in red, white, pink and coral. Plants are scheduled for delivery to the Show Arena at Hier's Park on May 2.

All plants must be picked up by 5 p.m. on the day of delivery.


Riverview students earn honors for third quarter academic achievements

Riverview Middle School has announced students achieving honor roll for the third quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.

They are:

Eighth grade
All A's - Cody Barton, Chazz Bruce, Bethany Brunner, Jeffrey Burch, Samuel Daugherty, Sydni Fife, Andrew Freck, Emma Gordon, Cora Hill and Gillian Hughes.

Also, Sarah Hunnicutt, Cassiday Moriarity, Kirsten Reed, Brooke Richison, Alexandra Short, Logan Sizemore, Sophia Smekens, Garret Smith, Brooke Trice and Emily Willard.


Flint Springs names 3Q honor roll students

Flint Springs Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

Students earning all A's are:

Third grade - Elliot Bostel, Jacob Clickner, Erik Dupre, Zackary Hubartt, Alex Jiosa, Chloe Kauffman, Carson Kitchen, Alex Kramer, Zander Mason, Gregory Miller, Mikaela Mota, Austin Oswalt, Clair Redner, Regan Slagel, Carson Stoffel and Grace Tolson.

Fourth grade - Arianna Betterly, Audrey Gradeless, Dylinn Hertel, Miranda Lippe, Colin Lloyd-Romig, Garrett Palmer and Kali Stinson.


Lincoln Elementary accepting applications for college scholarships

Lincoln Elementary is currently accepting applications for scholarships.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a senior at Huntington North High School, have attended Lincoln Elementary for at least three years and be committed to a post secondary degree program.

Applications are available at the Huntington North High School guidance office or online at

Applications can be sent to Lincoln Elementary School, 2037 E. Taylor St., Huntington, IN 46750. The deadline for applications is April 9.


Roanoke hosting k-garten orientation

Roanoke Elementary is hosting kindergarten orientation on Tuesday, April 23, from 6-8 p.m.

Students must be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2013, to be eligible for kindergarten.

Contact the school office at 672-2806 to pre-register if you have a child that lives in the Roanoke Elementary district and will be entering kindergarten in the fall.



OakBrook Village egg hunt set for Friday

OakBrook Village will host an Easter egg hunt on Friday, March 29, starting at 2 p.m.

The egg hunt will be provided for youth in three categories, 1-4, 5-8 and 9-11 years old. A grand prize will be awarded in each group.

The egg hunt will be held regardless of the weather and will be moved indoors if it is too cold or raining.

OakBrook Village is located at 850 Ash St., Huntington.



Friday’s trash pick-up in city is moved to Monday

There will be no trash pick-up in the city of Huntington on Friday, March 29.

The city services department will be closed that day for Good Friday.

All Friday trash routes will be picked up on Monday, April 1, along with the routes regularly picked up on Monday.



HU Theatre Dept. hosting summer camp

The Huntington University Theatre Department is hosting the 2013 Summer Theatre Youth Camp.

This year's summer show will be "Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr."

Roles are plentiful, both for boys and girls, including three Cheshire cats and dozens of other characters.

"Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr." is a fast-paced stage adaptation, featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."


Andrews Elementary names its perfect attendance students for 3Q

Andrews Elementary announces the names of its students who achieved perfect attendance during the third grading quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.

They are:
Raleigh Benson, Gatlin Boxell, Cameron Brown, Natalie Caley, Chloe Camomile, Jennifer Cicatko, Melanii Dials, Paul Dials, Chelsi Diaz, Chase Falcone, Brooke Falcone, Gracie Fields, Layla Garber, Karyna Haskett and Hannah Haupert.


Meldrum joins Markle Health & Rehabilitation

Rose Meldrum has joined Markle Health &Rehabilitation as director of marketing and admissions.

Meldrum's duties include providing the public with facility-related information and tours and welcoming new residents and their families upon admission.

She also coordinates the public relations functions, including promotions, presentations, trade shows and community events.


Seth Marshall earns MBA from Indiana University

Seth T. Marshall, financial advisor for BSB Investments, has completed his master of business administration (MBA) degree from the Richard T. Doermer School of Business at Indiana University/Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW).

Marshall completed his studies in December of 2012 and was awarded his degree from Indiana University. He also has a Bachelor of Science in human resource management from Park University, in Parkville, MO.

BSB Investments is located at 150 Hauenstein Rd., Huntington, inside Bippus State Bank's main office.



Love INC to honor volunteer at lunch

Love INC will host its annual business meeting on Wednesday, March 27, from noon to 1 p.m. at Central Christian Church, in Huntington.

At the meeting the board of directors for Love INC will be presented; officers will be voted on and the Dorothy Scheiber "Heart of a Servant" award will be presented to selected volunteers and a local business.

A spaghetti lunch will be provided for all who attend.

This meeting is open to the public and churches and church goers are encouraged to attend.



Weekly 4-H activities set

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

Sunday, March 24
• 4 p.m. - Pork Chop. First Baptist Church, Warren.

Monday, March 25
• 6 p.m. - Archery. Community Building, Hier's Park.
• 7 p.m. - T-Bone. Salamonie School gym.
• 7 p.m. - Best-N-All & We Raise ‘Em. United Church of Christ, Warren.
• 7 p.m. - Tractor Club. Home of Doug Carroll.


Employer honors Dave Pohler

Dave Pohler was recently honored for 40 years of service with Miami Tool & Die, Inc.

Pohler started with the company in March of 1973.

A recognition party was held at the plant, where he received a gift from the president for his years of dedicated service.

Miami Tool & Die, Inc. has been in business since 1969.



Boys & Girls Club honors Lopez and McCabe

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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington has named Noah Lopez as its member of the month and Al McCabe as its staff member of the month.

Lopez, who is in first grade, says his favorite program at the Boys & Girls Club is Monster Club. He says he also enjoys the food and the chance to be with his friends.

McCabe has worked in maintenance at the club for two years. A 39-year resident of Huntington, he also mows at LaFontaine Golf Course. He says he enjoys working with the staff and appreciates the fact that every day is different.



Roanoke Elementary School names third quarter honor rolls for 2012-13

Roanoke Elementary School has named its honor rolls for the third quarter for the 2012-13 year.

They are:

Grade Three
All A's - Majal Bowers, Kristin Coffman, Kolton Foster, Brady Henline, Ashton Hosler, Cooper Jones, Hailee Kline, Madison Milton, Jack Nelson, Lucas Riggers, Reece Scheiber, Garrett Schwieterman and Micah Smith.

A's and B's - Eric Coleman, Abi Dominguez, Gracie Grossman, Kendal Kline, Aidan Smith, Shannon Sorg, Emma Sparks, Sara Utterback, Olivia Walpole, Morgan Watts, Madelynn Williams, Ari Wise and Landon Zeider.


Top employee

Photo by André B. Laird.

Hickory Creek at Huntington's Brian Kornexl (center) is flanked by Administrator Brandon Kastner (left) and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters. On Tuesday, March 19, Kornexl, who has been the facility's maintenance director for the last six years, was recognized as Employee of the Year for 2012 along with other employees for each month.


Team T.H.R.U.S.T. 1501 recaps last competition

Team T.H.R.U.S.T. 1501, the Huntington County 4-H Robotics team, went 6-9 at the Boilermaker Regional at Purdue University that spanned Thursday, March 14, to Saturday, March 16.

After a practice day on Thursday in which the team made upgrades to its robot, qualification matches began on Friday, with the team stumbling due to problems such as the robot's shooter jamming.

The team turned things around on Saturday, however, as it performed well in its final four qualification matches to secure the 24th seed out of 40 teams at the competition.


Huntington Catholic releases third quarter honor roll list

Huntington Catholic School has announced its honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

Students earning all A's are:

Eighth grade - Brie-anna Coburn, Lindsey Scher, Sophie Simms, Matthew Warner, Audrey Wilcox and Alyssa Woolard.

Seventh grade - Benjamin Blomeke, Garrett Scheiber and Rees Zay.

Sixth grade - Gavin DeLaGrange, Alexi Holzinger and Olivia Jablonski.

Fifth grade - Darcy Williams.

Fourth grade - Olivia Godfroy, Jessica Hartmus, Lillian Holzinger, Nicolas Mickley and Seth Scheiber.


Huntington County ranked high in annual crop and livestock income

Agriculture is important to our local economy.

According to the most recent Indiana Ag Statistics Report (2010), Huntington County farms generated $145,938,000 in annual crop and livestock income.

Huntington County ranks 27th out of 92 Indiana counties for cash farm receipts.

The most recent U.S. Census of Agriculture (2007) reported that there are 184,951 cropland acres in the county.


Senior Center to close Friday, March 29

The Huntington County Senior Center will be closed on Friday, March 29, in observance of Good Friday.

For more information, contact the office at 359-4410.

The Senior Center is located at 354 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.



Andrews Helpers to host Easter egg hunt Saturday

The Andrews Community Helpers will sponsor an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30, at the Andrews Fire Station.

The hunt is open to children in fourth grade and younger.

It will be held rain or shine.



A centennial celebration

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

During the Extension Homemakers celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association at their spring district meeting on Wednesday, March 20, in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park, Extension Homemaker State Officer Marcia Dodge (standing) shares information with the homemakers about their upcoming conference schedule. Jeanine Arnett, district representative, is seated next to Dodge.


Huntington North’s Hammel on team to create math plans

Jarod Hammel, an algebra teacher at Huntington North High School, has been selected to be part of a team of teachers that will create a year's worth of math lessons that will be available to teachers across the country.

Hammel is one of 28 math teachers selected to be part of the Master Teacher Project sponsored by BetterLesson, a company that provides an online platform for teachers to share effective curriculum.

The Master Teacher Project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Northview Church of Christ sets its services for upcoming Holy Week

Northview Church of Christ, in Huntington, announces its Easter services.

• The Maundy Thursday service, on March 28, will be held at 7 p.m.

• On Saturday, March 30, an Easter egg hunt will start at 11 a.m.

• On Easter Sunday, March 31, the Sonrise service will start at 8 a.m., followed by a Sonrise breakfast at 9 a.m. The regular worship service will be start at 10 a.m.

The church is located at 2900 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.



Flint Springs Elementary announces third quarter honor rolls

Flint Springs Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

Students earning all A's are:

Third grade - Elliot Bostel, Jacob Clickner, Erik Dupre, Zackary Hubartt, Alex Jiosa, Chloe Kauffman, Carson Kitchen, Alex Kramer, Zander Mason, Gregory Miller, Mikaela Mota, Austin Oswalt, Clair Redner, Regan Slagel, Carson Stoffel and Grace Tolson.

Fourth grade - Arianna Betterly, Audrey Gradeless, Dylinn Hertel, Miranda Lippe, Colin Lloyd-Romig, Garrett Palmer and Kali Stinson.


Serious business

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel talks to a group of Boys Scouts and their parents about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse on Tuesday, March 19. Troop 637 and Venture Crew 2637 hosted other Huntington County troops for Stoffel's presentation at Northview Church of Christ, which charters both groups.


Crestview honors students for perfect attendance in third quarter

Crestview Middle School has recognized students who achieved perfect attendance for the third quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

They are:

Sixth grade - Daniel Arellano, Keegan Bartrom, Colin Betterly, Shaelyn Bills, Julia Crist, Sarah Dearduff, Max Gilpin, John Groves, Jessica Henline and Peyton Hosler.

Also, Manolo Huerta, Karl Huffman, Keegan Johnson, Dawnay Karriker, Brett Kaylor, Isabella Kryder, Faith Leist, Nathan Lister, Nicholas Martin and Cory Mayo.


HU could open Arizona campus as early as spring of 2014; HU board to vote April 26

Huntington University could open its Arizona campus as early as the spring of 2014.

In October, the university entered into a 180-day exclusive negotiating agreement with the city of Peoria to discuss the possibility of a branch campus of HU in the Arizona community.

Since then, university administrators have met with city officials to determine location, programs and funding sources.


Roanoke Kiwanis to offer at least two $500 scholarships to high school seniors

The Roanoke Kiwanis will award at least two $500 scholarships to high school seniors who live in Jackson Township, attended Roanoke Elementary School and are planning a course of post-secondary study.

One of the scholarships is named in honor of a founding member of the Roanoke Kiwanis, DeLoss Hartley.

Scholarship applications can be picked up at the Huntington North High School guidance office or at


Second annual Karing for Kids biking event set for May 4 at Hier’s Park in Huntington

The second annual Karing for Kids biking event will be held on May 4 at Hier's Park.

Registration for the 5, 15 and 39-mile courses starts at 8 a.m., with riding to start at 9 a.m.

Tax-deductible donations and pledges are being accepted and proceeds help to serve families in need in Huntington and Wells counties.

For more information, contact Karing for Kids at 273-0716 or egbruce1975 @gmail. com.

Event information and registration is also available online at, by clicking on the "Biking Event" tab.



Deadline approaching for 4-H members to apply for 4-H award trips in summer

Local 4-H members in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to attend a variety of 4-H award trips this summer.

To be eligible for the trips, 4-H members need to fill out a 4-H awards trip application available online at or by visiting the Huntington County Extension Office in the County Courthouse Annex, 354 N Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington.

Members in grades 7-9 have the opportunity to attend 4-H Round-Up at Purdue University from June 24-26.

Award trips available to 4-H members in high school include:


New Markle restaurant offers pizza, other items

Photo by André B. Laird.

There's a new restaurant in Markle. Well, sort of.

Ryan Suman and Eric Carter are the co-owners of This Pizza Place & Restaurant, formerly known as Davis Family Restaurant.

The men opened for business under the new name on March 12.

Suman, who is from Pennville, says the two had been looking for a business opportunity like this for a while.

"I was driving through town and I saw a sign in the window that it was for sale," he states. "That's where it started."


Speakers examine need for college education

Huntington University's Visiting Executive Seminar will discuss "Who Needs a College Education?" on April 12. The seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Habecker Dining Commons.

The seminar is led by Jim O'Donnell, executive-in-residence, emeritus standing and Troy Irick, vice president for strategy and innovation.

The seminar will review articles from USA Today and the American Scholar, which argue whether a college education is really for everyone.

Attendees are invited to stay for a fellowship time over lunch following the program.


Hats off

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

A Bowen Engineering crane operator works to remove one of the digester lids at the Huntington wastewater treatment plant on Thursday, March 21, as city workers look on. The lid will be recycled and replaced by a newer one.


Northview egg hunt is Saturday

Northview Church of Christ will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30.

Registration begins that morning at 10:30 a.m.

The Easter program will begin at 11 a.m. and the egg hunt will follow.

Hot dogs and chips will be provided for lunch.

This event is free.



HU groups doing service work at spring break

Several groups from Huntington University are spending their spring break, March 25-29, volunteering in Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; and Haiti.

The groups include HU students, faculty members and alumni. The service trips are coordinated by the Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service.


Roanoke Ks to honor admin asst. on April 24

The Roanoke Kiwanis will be selling roses by the dozen in honor of Administrative Assistant's Day, April 24.

The roses will be available in red, yellow or pink and will be delivered in a vase by Kiwanis members anywhere within Huntington or southwest Allen counties.

To purchase roses, contact John Nelson at



Sheets Museum, K of C teaming up to collect hygiene products for Love

The Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center is teaming up with the Knights of Columbus to collect hygiene products for Love INC.

From April 2 through April 6, admission to the museum is one hygiene product and a dollar per person.

Items needed include shampoo, personal care items, deodorant, wet wipes, facial tissue, soap, etc.
Knights of Columbus members will also collect items for the project.

The Sheets Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Locally-based Guard unit won’t be mobilized

An Indiana National Guard unit based in Huntington won't be mobilized this summer as planned.

The Huntington-based unit, Delta company of the 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry, was one of three Indiana National Guard units slated to deploy to Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara.

The state organization's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, announced March 19 that the units have been "off-ramped from mission as a result of an immediate fiscal year 2013 budget shortfall."


Service celebrated

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sharon Kay (center), who will retire March 31 as director of the Huntington County Free Clinic, receives a commendation from Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters in recognition of her service to the community in the founding and operation of the clinic. With them is Midge Decker (left), chairman of the clinic advisory board. Kay was instrumental in founding the clinic eight years ago and has served as its director for more than four years.


Red Cross skeds 3 local April blood drives

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

They are:

• April 3 - A blood drive will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 2 to 7 p.m. in the church basement. The church is located at 641 N. Main St., Roanoke.

• April 7 - SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will hold a blood drive from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the auditorium. The church is located at 860 Cherry St., Huntington.


Lancaster announces its honor roll students

Lancaster Elementary School has announced students achieving honor roll for the third quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.

They are:

Fifth grade
All A's - Merrill Ballinger, Joshua Barnes, Alyssa Brinkman, Jack Britten, Chloe Feltner, Cameron Foust, Cale Gray, Thom Greving, Brandon Kem, Tyler Kline, Layla Martz, Sebastian Moyer, Dayne Prilaman, Morgan Richison, Brianna Shane, Kali Snyder, Justin Szelis, Sophie Updike and Samuel Williams.


Beef preview show

Photo by Steve Clark.

Gabrielle Lemenager of Clifton, IL, competes in the Class 9 Angus Heifers division at the Huntington County Cattlemen Beef Preview Show on Saturday, March 23, at Hier's Park in Huntington. Lemenager was champion of the class.


Look what I found

Photo by Steve Clark.

Noah Tanner (left) finds an Easter egg with his mother, Chelsea Patton, during the Markle Easter Egg Hunt at Markle Park on Saturday, March 23.


Alford adds third title to resume with Miss Huntington win

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Purdue University graduate student Sara Alford added a third title to her resume after being named Miss Huntington 2013 on Saturday, March 23, at Central Christian Church in Huntington.

It was the second try for the Miss Huntington crown by the 22-year-old Wells County resident, who says she become involved in the pageant circuit at the urging of a friend and fellow Purdue student, Alli Harris.


Miss Huntington first runner-up

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Miss Huntington 2012 Kara Mawhorter (left) presents the 2013 Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant first runner-up platter to Alli Harris on Saturday, March 23, at Central Christian Church. Harris also won the community service award.


Miss Huntington second runner-up

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Miss Huntington 2012 Kara Mawhorter (left) presents the 2013 Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant second runner-up platter to Madison Kroh on Saturday, March 23, at Central Christian Church. The pageant is sponsored by the Huntington Optimist Club.


Miss Huntington talent

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Madison Kroh performs a pointe dance to "Kiss the Rain" in the talent competition at the Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 23, at Central Christian Church. Kroh was the second runner-up in the pageant.


People's choice vote at ArtsExpress

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Michael Ziegler (left) and Dan Shafer fill out their People's Choice Award ballot while inspecting some of the pieces on display at the Huntington County Community Schools' 21st annual ArtsExpress at Crestview Middle School on Saturday, March 23. The arts festivals featured demonstrations, hands-on art activities, musical performances and displays of visual art from the 10 HCCSC schools.


ArtsExpress demo

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Teri Fuller-O'Brien throws clay on a pottery wheel during a demonstration presented at the Huntington County Community Schools' 21st annual ArtsExpress at Crestview Middle School on Saturday, March 23. The arts festivals featured demonstrations, hands-on art activities, musical performances and displays of visual art from the 10 HCCSC schools.


Drovertown survey materials

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sandy Wing (left) and Angela Dydasco pick up their badges and survey materials from Joey Spiegel (right) during the kick-off of a survey of residents of the Drovertown area on Huntington's south side. The kick-off and training session took place Saturday morning, March 23, at St. Peter's First Community Church. During the door-to-door survey, residents are being asked how they think the neighborhood can be improved to make it more welcome for all residents.


The ethics of cloning

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Crestview Middle School eighth grader Vanessa Schwieterman presents her research paper about human cloning to a group of her peers on Thursday morning, March 14. Schwieterman attempted to persuade her audience that human cloning is immoral.


Easter celebration and egg hunt to be held at Huntington Baptist Church

Huntington Baptist Church will host an Easter celebration and egg hunt on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event will be held regardless of weather conditions.

Children through fifth grade are encouraged to bring an Easter basket to participate in the activities. 

In addition to the egg hunt there will be crafts, puppets, prizes and a Bible Easter story.

Huntington Baptist is located at 2435 Waterworks Rd., Huntington, adjacent to Riverview Middle School.

For more information about the event, call 356-6954.



Luithly completes training at Sheppard

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Brett W. Luithly graduated from the Water and Fuel Systems Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, in Wichita Falls, TX.

The course is designed to train students in water processing, analysis, operating principles of water treatment plants, maintenance of water and waste water, fire suppression and backflow prevention systems and components; and maintenance and repair of water supply, waste, fuels, and natural gas systems.


Amateur Radio Society will meet Monday at hospital

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society will meet on Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

The meeting will be held on Classroom 3 on the hospital's lower level.

The session is open to anyone who wants to know more about amateur radio.



Employee milestones are marked with gift to SCAN

Photo provided.

Employees of iAB financial bank who will celebrate milestone anniversaries with the organization during 2013 were recognized for their years of service at an all employee meeting.

Each year, employees celebrating a significant anniversary determine which charitable organization will receive a donation in their honor.

Michael C. Marhenke, president and chief executive officer, recognized these employees and announced a $1,000 contribution to the SCAN Be SomeOne Now program.

"We applaud their undeniable commitment to service excellence," stated Marhenke.


Varsity Singers pick up two awards in finale

Photo provided.

The Huntington North Varsity Singers won Best Vocals and second runner up overall at the Shelbyville High School Invitational on Saturday, March 16, concluding the group's competition season.

Nineteen schools competed for grand champion and Huntington North Varsity Singers was awarded second runner-up, behind Fairfield, OH, and Center Grove, from Indianapolis, grand champion.

Other schools competing included Pike, Lawrence Central, Bishop Luers, Batesville, Decatur Central, Bluffton, Triton Central and Columbia City.


Pinewood Derby on March 24

The Congregational Christian Church will be hosting the "Pilgrim 300" Pinewood Derby on Sunday, March 24, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Participants may purchase a car at the church to run in the race or use a previously run racer for a discount. This is the third annual running of the Pinewood 300 and this year will feature an elevated track.

This event is sponsored by the Men's Fellowship and is being held on Palm Sunday as an outreach into the community and surrounding area.

Neil Meeks and the Boy Scouts helped with the track and running the race.


Center is new property manager at LaFontaine Center, Huntington

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Charlotte Center is the new property manager at The LaFontaine Center in Huntington.

Center took over the position on March 4.

She has over a year of experience working as a property manager at a Senior living complex.

She also has a bachelor's degree from Ball State and is a Huntington North High School graduate.

Center has lived in Huntington for 10 years with her husband and their children, and she says they plan on staying in Huntington forever.

"It's a great town," she says.


Property Shoppe award

Century 21 Property Shoppe, Huntington, has received the Per Person Productivity Award from Century 21 Real Estate LLC. The corporate award encourages local offices to set and achieve measurable goals. Each of the Property Shoppe sales agents has had at least 2 closed sides of business monthly in 2012, and the company averaged at least five active sales agents per month. The Century 21 Property Shoppe team includes (front row from left) Jane Burkhart, Sue Sunderman and Tammy Selig; and (back row from left) Lynne Razor, Linda Gerard, Carl Mygrant, Brenda Wintrode and Janna Williams.


Locally-owned filly earns accolades at National Pony of Americas meet

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Bob and Leslie Zahm and Travis and Linzy Lahr attended the National Pony of the Americas Convention (POAC) in Lexington, KY, Feb. 28 through March 2.

The Zahms' and Lahrs' Pony of America filly, J Bar J's Sweet Art Kidd, was awarded a plaque and a monogrammed vest for being named National Champion Pony of America Yearling Filly.

The filly, whose barn name is Maddie, is owned and shown by the two couples. She was shown 34 times in 2012, earning 546 national points with 13 overall grand champion mare wins.


Cherry and Kline are on Azusa Pacific dean’s list

Azusa Pacific University recently announced its list of students named to the dean's list for the Fall 2012 semester.

Among them were Huntington residents Matthew J. Cherry and Tayah Kline.

Cherry is a Spanish major.

Kline is pursuing a degree in biology.



For the kids

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Guitarist Mark Bailey, drummer Mike McClain and blues harpist Terry Carmony (from left), of Tollgate Road, perform Friday, March 15, at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke. The concert was a fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington.


Six candidates vying for Miss Huntington title on March 23

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A new Miss Huntington will be selected on Saturday, March 23.

Six candidates will perform, answer questions and show their poise in a quest to be crowned the 47th Miss Huntington and earn the scholarships that go along with the title.

The pageant begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at Central Christian Church, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington, and is open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door.


Faith Community to host IWU singers

"One Voice," part of Indiana Wesleyan University's Chorale, will perform at Faith Community Church of God on Sunday, March 24, at 10 a.m.

A free-will donation will be taken at the performance.

The church is located at 3615 N. Norwood Rd., Huntington.



Roanoke announces perfect attendance list for third quarter

Roanoke Elementary School announces its list of students who achieved perfect attendance during the third quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.

They are:

Celeste Ackley, Sullivan Bauer, Carissa Beck, Kole Beckler, Wyatt Beckler, Grant Beckner, Brison Beekley, Faithlyn Bennett, Syanna Bonewitz, Rylee Bowman, Ella Brisco, Hattie Brisco and Gavin Byerly.

And, Nicholas Chandler, Allison Church, Isaiah Clampitt, Kristin Coffman, Bryce Colclesser, Elizabeth Colclesser, Ella Colclesser, Max Colclesser, Isaiah Cripe, Brianna Cutting and Christian Cutting.


Arts Express Saturday morning at Crestview

Arts Express 2013 will be held on Saturday, March 23, at Crestview Middle School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is celebrating its 21st year of showcasing the talents, experiences and opportunities explored by the students of Huntington County in the area of fine arts.
The festival will include works from more than 1,500 students in kindergarten through grade 12.

The theme will be "Expressions of Peace."


Performing artists schedule for Arts Express Saturday

Arts Express announces its performance schedule for the upcoming art showcase on Saturday, March 23, at Crestview Middle School.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m.

The schedule of events is as follows:

9 a.m. - Lime City Jazz Orchestra.

9:30 a.m. - Northwest Rockin' Explorers.

10:00 a.m. - Flint Springs Falconears.

10:45 a.m.- Children's Choir of Huntington County.

11:15 a.m. - Crestview Middle School Jazz Band.

11:45 a.m. HN Winter Percussion.



Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Auctioneer Steve Ness (left) calls out the bids as (from left) Pat Karst, Chad Kreider and Andy Eckert point out the bidders. Real Living/Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co. facilitated a benefit auction for the 4-H program.


St. Peter to again offer computer classes

St. Peter Lutheran School will once again offer computer classes this spring.

Classes will run April 9 through May 9 at three different times and days, Tuesday evening, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

The number of signups will determine the specific times for each day.

The class offers hands-on practice for each hour and a half session. The computers used are preloaded with Windows Vista and Windows 7. Microsoft Office 2007 is the software on each computer.


Lighthouse Kids Ministry to present children’s musical on March 23-24

The Lighthouse Kids Ministry of Union Church will present a children's musical, "Nic at Night" on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24.

Saturday's performance will be at 6 p.m., at the 400 North Campus, while the performance on Sunday will be at 10 a.m.
There will be no Saturday night service at the Vine.

"Nic at Night" is taken from the Gospel of John and tells the story of Nicodemus' relationship with Jesus.

The cast consists of 65 children, ages 3 to sixth grade and six adults.

Children's Pastor Camille Kline is the director.


Huntington City-Township Public Library, Flint Springs Drama Club invite community to attend performance

Huntington City-Township Public Library and Flint Springs Drama Club invite the community to a special public performance of three plays based on fractured fairy tales: Little Red Robin, The Emperor's New Hair and Spiderella.

This is a free event that will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in the Children's Room at the Main Library, located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

No registration is required to attend and the performances will last approximately 30 minutes.

The event is sponsored by retired teacher Bonita Price.


Church members to volunteer their services at mission in Haiti

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When Bill and Sandy Webb made their first trip to Haiti 30 years ago, they took their kids.

They've returned several times, using their skills - he's a physician; she's a registered nurse - to alleviate at least some of the suffering on the Caribbean island nation.

Some of the kids who went on that first and subsequent trips have gone on to serve in missions on their own, practicing what they learned growing up.


BG Club to hold annual Steak ’N’ Burger Dinner

Bippus State Bank and iAB financial bank are teaming up to sponsor The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington's eighth annual Steak 'N' Burger Dinner.

The fund-raising event will be held at Crestview Middle School on April 15. The evening will start with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. and supper and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The evening's entertainment includes a routine from the club's dance club, a vocal arrangement by members and a performance by Keith Fields.


Thanks to dog show sponsor

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Participants in the 4-H Dog Show of Huntington County gather to thank show sponsor Jim Zahm (fifth from left). The project members are (from left) Taylor Scher, Jordyn Poulson, Stephanie Atkinson, Spencer Atkinson, Zahm, Abby Blocker, Caleb Smart and Laura Smart, 4-H dog leader of Waggin' Tails Dog Club. This years' show was held on March 16.


Mt.Calvary Cemetery to start spring clean-up

Mt. Calvary Cemetery will start spring cleanup on Monday, March 25.

It is asked that all blankets and Christmas decorations be removed as well as all other broken decorations.

The cemetery is located at 5025 N. Goshen Rd., Huntington.



Volunteer hours

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Jo Paul, member of the Huntington County Retired Teachers Association holds a check that represents the value of the 15,330 volunteer hours given by members of the association to the community during 2012.


Tri Kappa accepting apps for scholarships

The Chi Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority is offering $3,000 in scholarships for 2013.

Applicants must be Huntington County residents.
Selection is based upon academics, ability and financial need.

The sorority offers two different scholarships:

• General Scholarship - students must be a high school senior planning to graduate in the spring and continue their education at a post-secondary institution.

• Laura Blackburn Scholarship - the applicant can be a high school senior or college student pursuing a degree in education.


Junior from ‘Busco is new HU student pres

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Will Stauffer, a junior communication studies major from Churubusco, has been elected student body president of Huntington University for the 2013-2014 school year.

Stauffer is the son of Curt and Dawn Stauffer.

He is an active member of several other student organizations, including Huntington University's student ambassador program, Front Line Foresters and International House. Stauffer is also a resident of the HU men's community house on College Avenue. He has served on student senate for three years.


Livewire Computers to offer customizable PCs

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Joseph Waldron is owner/operator of Livewire Computers, located in Huntington.

The store offers customized PCs and servicing on existing systems.

Waldron, who has 20 years of experience in the computer industry, says the business officially opened on Friday, March 15.

"I have 10 years of certification," Waldron states. "I am A+ Microsoft-certified to work on hardware and software as well as Sony authorized to do upgrades on Sony Playstation 3."

The business is one that Waldron and his family were thinking about for a while.


Clinic way more than part-time job for retiring Kay; open house March 22

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On paper, it was a part-time job. For Sharon Kay, it was a full-time commitment.

For the past four years, Kay has been director of the Huntington County Free Clinic.

The clinic started out as a dream of hers. Then it became a goal, and her mission. On March 22, the clinic will become her legacy to Huntington County.


Delicate procedure

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

On Thursday, March 14, Indiana State Police Sergeant Leonard Langland (right) explains to Huntington County Historical Museum director Sarah Schmidt how the WWI bomb he is holding in his hands was manufactured. Schmidt and a museum volunteer came across the bomb last week while searching through the museum's storage unit for a different military artifact. The bomb was donated to the museum anonymously about seven years ago. Langland visited the museum to determine if the bomb was live and after performing an X-ray of the bomb's internal structure he determined it was not.


MAD money

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Karen Street (center), SOS coordinator at the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County, accepts a check from Sue Rumple (left), manager, and Cheryl Kissinger, retail loan officer, both of Beacon Credit Union, on Thursday, March 14. The check, in the amount of $500, will go towards the YSB's MAD summer camp for area youth this summer.


Alzheimer’s support group meets Thursday

Heritage Pointe Alz- heimer's Support Group meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m., in the 1A Activity room.

The group will be starting the "Accepting the Challenge" video series.

Reservations are not necessary.
Heritage Pointe is located at 801 Huntington Ave., Warren.



Pulling together helping area economic boat

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

When local leaders get together to talk about the economy, there's a common theme - it's improving, and that's because we're all pulling together.

Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County Economic Development, illustrated that theme during his address at the March 13 Huntington University Foundation breakfast, asking everyone who had been involved in any of a variety of economic development of activities to stand. Nearly everyone in the room ended up on their feet.


Dowden to speak on March 20 during Historical Museum public meeting

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The Huntington County Historical Museum will host a public meeting on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Chris Dowden.

Dowden will present her original monologue, "Maconahquah, the life of Francis Slocum."

She currently serves on the board of directors of The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington and is involved in Women's Bible Study ministry.

Dowden is a member of College Park Church of the United Brethren in Christ.


Hammer time

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

On Wednesday, March 13, Layla Wine (right) drives a nail into a piece of plywood, while her mother Barbie looks on. Salamonie Interpretive Center held a workshop for youth that focused on worms. Activities included story time, worm facts and building a worm box, pictured here.


iAB recognizes employees who reach milestones

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Employees of iAB financial bank who celebrated milestone anni- versaries with the organization during 2012 were recognized for their years of service at an all employee meeting.

Each year, employees celebrating a significant anniversary determine which charitable organization will receive a donation in their honor.

Michael C. Marhenke, president and chief executive officer, recognized these employees and announced a $1,000 contribution to The Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Indiana in their honor.


Ari’s Gyros and B.B.Q. Ribs opens in Huntington

Photo by Steve Clark.

Pull up to the drive-through window at Ari's Gyros and B.B.Q. Ribs, a new restaurant in Huntington, and there's a chance co-owner Ari Lambridis will be there to greet you, wearing a blue hat with the word "Opa!" stitched across it.

"When Greeks dance, they jump up and down and they say ‘Opa!,'" Lambridis explains. "It means we are happy."

At Ari's, he says, "Opa!" goes beyond a word on a hat.

"It is our philosophy," says Lambridis. "Be happy!"


Local Red Cross chapter conducts March fund-raiser

The Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross is raising funds to help local Red Cross volunteers serve Huntington County residents.

The fund drive is being held during March, which is observed as Red Cross Month.

Ninety-one cents of every dollar donated to the Red Cross goes directly to client services, says, Vickie Ellis, program specialist with the local chapter.

The chapter is supported by financial donations from individuals and businesses, as well as support from the United Way of Huntington County.


Gaming history

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Local businessman and video game connoisseur Todd Nightenhelser has loaned the Huntington County Historical Museum his collection of vintage video game consoles. Here, he holds an Odyssey made by Magnavox. Museum staff members say this is the first video game console ever made and it was manufactured in Fort Wayne.


Author to speak Sunday at Creation Evidence Expo

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Dr. Jay Wile will be the guest speaker at a Creation Evidence Expo on Sunday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at Charity Baptist Church.

Visitors to the expo will have the opportunity to weigh evidence surrounding creationism and evolution through presentations, books, audio and video instructional materials.

Wiley holds a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from the University of Rochester. He is the author of eight home school textbooks on topics on creation and science topics.


Online scavenger hunt, tweet contest part of Teen Tech Week at HPL

As teens' lives become more intertwined with technology, the Huntington City-Township Public Library celebrates that pairing with "Check In @ Your Library" activities through March 31.

There's a website scavenger hunt and a Twitter contest, along with always-available library staff members who can help teens sort out the many tech opportunities available through the library.

The website scavenger hunt is open to teens ages 12-18 and there is a limit of one entry per person.


Bowen Center will benefit from March 19 fund-raiser at Wings Etc.

Diners at Wings Etc. in Huntington on Tuesday, March 19, can help support a local Bowen Center program serving children and families.

The restaurant will make a donation to the Bowen Center Systems of Care program each time a diner presents a donation coupon. The coupons are available by emailing Seth Miller at the Bowen Center,

The promotion will take place all day on March 19. Free game night at Wings Etc. will be offered that evening.


Lives of service

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Leslie Zahm (left) and Regeanna Lahr were recently honored for their contributions as volunteers in the 4-H program in Huntington County. Each year, the Indiana 4-H Foundation and state 4-H program at Purdue University recognize the outstanding contributions of adult volunteers who help make the 4-H youth development program a success. Zahm was honored for her 40 years of volunteer service.  She is the club leader of the Silver Streak Saddlers 4-H Club. Lahr was recognized for her 25 years of being a leader of the 4-Leaf Clovers.


Berne firm purchases operating assets of Mignone Communications

EP Graphics, of Berne, acquired the operating assets of Mignone Communications on Feb 18, creating one of the largest Indiana-based web printers.

Mignone Communications was founded in 1995.

Mignone and EP Graphics will begin an orderly transition to integrate staff and operations in the EP Graphics plant in Berne, Indiana, 40 miles from Huntington. The combined operations will have approximately 150 employees.


Books of the Bible

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Ann Spahr (right), creator of the afterschool program at Seminary United Methodist Church in Roanoke, teaches (from left) Johnathon Schock and Aaron Amick the names of the books in the Bible on Wednesday afternoon, March 14. The program is held every Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at the church. Each week the students from Roanoke Elementary School have story time, craft time, a snack and conclude their program with 15 minutes of singing.


Parent-teacher conference on March 21 at HNHS

Parent-student-teacher conferences will be held at Huntington North High School on March 21 from 2:30 to 7 p.m.

This is an opportunity to visit teachers, counselors and administrators.

Parents are invited to participate with their students in the conferences to review student progress.

Ten-minute appointments may be made by calling the main office at the high school at 356-6104, extension 0, anytime until 11 a.m. on March 21.

Those without an appointment may visit the evening of March 21 on a first-come, first-served basis based on teacher availability.


Senior parents invited to help with post-prom party

Parents of Huntington North High School seniors are invited to help plan the school's post-prom party.

A steering committee has been formed and will meet on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the HNHS commons. Senior parents willing to serve on individual post-prom committees are invited to attend the meeting, and should enter through Door 3.

The post-prom party will be held in the HNHS fieldhouse on Sunday, May 12, from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m., following the HNHS prom on Saturday, May 11. The prom is held in the school gym.


HN business students to compete

Huntington students Tyler Korthal, Alexis Ireland and Zach Prather are eligible to compete in the national Business Professionals of America competition May 8-12 in Orlando, FL.

The three local students were among 10 students from Vickie Houlihan's networking fundamentals class at the Heartland Career Center, Wabash, who attended the Indiana State Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America March 10-12 in Indianapolis.

Their performance at the state conference made them eligible for the national event.


Rummage and bake sale for library

The Friends of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will be holding a rummage and bake sale on Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the Lions Club Community Building.

Proceeds from the sale will go towards the library's expansion and renovation project.



Weekly 4-H activities announced

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

Monday, March 18
• 6 p.m. - Archery Club. Community Building, Hier's Park.

• 7 p.m. - Tractor Club. Wertenberger Tire.

Tuesday, March 19
• 6 p.m. - Rifle Club. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

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

• 7 p.m. - 4-H Fair Board. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Wednesday, March 20
• 6 p.m. - Golden Eagles. Community Building, Hier's Park.


Huntington’s Alles joins ISDA

Nick Alles has been named resource specialist in the Huntington County field office of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Alles will serve as part of the Division of Soil Conservation team.

He graduated from the University of Saint Francis in October 2012 with a degree in environmental science.

Alles is a Huntington County native and lives in Huntington.



Flint Springs to hold kindergarten orientation April 18 for 2013-14 year

Flint Springs Elementary will host its 2013-14 kindergarten orientation on April 18 beginning at 6 p.m.

Students wishing to enroll in kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 13, 2013.

An up-to-date shot record and birth certificate is required at the time of registration.

Contact the school office at 356-7612 to sign up for the mailing list.



Andrews food pantry to hold food distribution on Thursday, March 21

The Shepherd's Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution on Thursday, March 21.

Boxes of food will be available for Andrews area residents and will be handed out between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon.

The pantry is located at 67 N. Snowden, Andrews, in the old Union Building behind the Town Hall.

No appointment is necessary. Boxes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.



Beacon Credit Union makes program sponsorship gift to PAL

Beacon Credit Union made a $400 gift to the Huntington Police Athletic League to help sponsor programs at the PAL.

The donation will help provide low-cost athletic programs for Huntington County youth. In 2008, about 1,000 children participated in the PAL's baseball, football and basketball programs.

Beacon Credit Union is located at 136 Northpoint Ave., Huntington.



Double gold for HNHS ensembles

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Two Huntington North High School choirs came home with nearly every award offered at the Norwell Invitational on Saturday, March 9.

The Concert Choir and the Varsity Singers, both under the direction of John Wenning, were both named grand champions in their categories.

The 68-member Concert Choir performed three a cappella selections to win its grand champion trophy.


Historical society to have art show

The Huntington County Historical Society is sponsoring the Hoosier Historical Fine Art Show and Contest.

The event is for those who enjoy painting, sketching, sculpting, photography, woodworking or making collages.
The subject of this year's show and contest is "Indiana" - historic person, place or event.

Those age 5 and older are invited to enter their "Indiana" artwork.

Winners will be selected in three age groups: 5 to 12; 13 to 18 and adults.

A "Best of Show" category will also be awarded.


Autism Puzzle Connection to host guest speaker to discuss financial planning for dependent’s future

The Autism Puzzle Connection of Huntington County will host a guest speaker on Thursday, April 4, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Gordon Homes, senior financial services executive of CFP, will discuss "Planning for your dependent with special needs making their future more secure including changes to Indiana home and community based waivers."

Changes to the support services, autism and developmental disability Medicaid waiver program are among the issues that will be covered in this workshop.


They’re flexible

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Roanoke Elementary School students were honored for displaying the life skill of flexibility, the ability to alter plans when necessary. They are (front row from left) Isaiah Cripe, Ava Tindall, Scott May and Faithlyn Bennett; (middle row from left) Daniel Zook, Kayden Conn, Natalie Stallsmith, Renee Peterson, Ethan Vaught and Jareck Snow; and (back row from left) Tristan Evans, Max Colclesser, Drake Kropf, Trey Rice, Majal Bowers, Meghann Grom and Kevin Slusher.


Library to sponsor writing contest

Huntington City-Township Public Library is partnering with WFWA PBS 39 and the Lincoln Financial Foundation to sponsor the 2013 PBSKIDS GO! Writers Contest, open to children in Kindergarten through grade three.

Contestants are asked to enter their own story that has been personally written and illustrated.

Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.


Easter Bunny to be at libraries several times

The Easter Bunny will visit Huntington City-Township Public Libraries several times during the Easter season.

Stories with the Easter Bunny  will be offered on Friday, March 22, at 4:45 p.m. at the Markle Library. Children of all ages are invited to attend.

Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and take a photo of their children with the Easter Bunny from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.

The Easter Bunny will bring surprises, which are provided by Psi Iota Xi Sorority.


TAB to list Holy Week, Easter services

The Huntington County TAB will list services for Holy Week and Easter in the March 25 edition.

Churches that want their services to be included in the list should supply the information to The TAB no later than Wednesday, March 20, at 5 p.m.

To submit the information:

• Email it to

• Fax it to 356-1177.

• Mail it to or drop it by The TAB office at 1670 Etna Ave., Huntington, IN 46750.



United Way to raffle off scooter mascot ‘LU’ from 2012 campaign

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The United Way of Huntington County is raffling off "LU," a yellow scooter that served as a mascot for the 2012 campaign.

"LU," which stands for the United Way motto "Live United," is a 2007 Honda Metropolitan.

Tickets can be purchased at Bendix, The Desk & Copy Stop, Bippus State Bank, First Federal Savings Bank, Café of Hope and the United Way office.

The winner will be drawn during the agency's Community Thank You Celebration on April 10.



College Park preschool to host open house for fall registration

College Park Preschool will hold an open house on Thursday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to prepare for fall registration.

College Park offers two preschool classes and creative play classes.

The curriculum is developed around mental, emotional, social, physical and spiritual needs of children.
The classroom provides a family atmosphere and variety of programs, which develop each child's interests.

For more information, visit or call Debbie Lemar at 358-4090.


Breakfast at Nick’s Junction will benefit RVFD

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Diners at Nick's Junction in Roanoke on Sunday, March 17, will be helping out the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department.

Customers can order anything from the Nick's Junction menu, and all profits will be donated to the department. The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and all meals ordered during that time will benefit the fire department.

This is the sixth or seventh year Nick's Junction owner Jim Drabenstot has sponsored the benefit breakfast, but this year's event is a change from tradition.


Beta Chi to hold Tupperware fund-raising party March 18

Beta Chi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha will host a Tupperware fund-raising party on Monday, March 18, in the conference room of Miller's Merry Manor.

The party is open to the community. It will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Miller's Merry Manor is located at 1500 Grant St.



Stanley earns HM at HU High School Art Show

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Alex Stanley, a student at Huntington North High School, won an honorable mention in the eighth annual Huntington University High School Art Show.

Stanley entered a piece titled "Le Due Ova" (Two Eggs).

The best of show award went to Melissa Meyer, a Western High School student.

The works were on display in HU's Robert E. Wilson Gallery through March 12.



Johnson and Ruiz are March winners of Huntington University Peer Award

The Huntington University Peer Award recipients for March are Amy Johnson, mailing services coordinator, and Dr. Matthew Ruiz, associate professor of exercise science.

The Peer Award, which began in 2003, promotes acknowledgment and recognition of the outstanding efforts of Huntington University faculty and staff members. Award winners are chosen and recognized each month by fellow peers.


The spitting image …

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lullaby the clown shows the portrait she painted of Lon Knecht (seated) during an end-of-season celebration for the Upward basketball and cheerleading program on Sunday, March 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Huntington. Lullaby and fellow members entertained the players, cheerleaders and their families, with local comedian David Dean also performing.


SS. Peter and Paul fish fry, raffle set for March 22

The annual Lenten Fish Fry and Spring Raffle will be held on Friday, March 22, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

The meal will be prepared by Dan's Fish Fry and will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Children 5 and younger are free and there is a discount for children ages 6-12.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat fish, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, coleslaw, bread and butter and a drink.

A raffle for cash prizes is also being held, with the drawing to commence at 7:30 p.m.


Hard-working volunteer

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jean Michelson (center) gets a hug from Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jean Wright (right) and applause from Habitat board President Joe Burgess (left) after Michelson received Habitat's Volunteer Service Award on Saturday, March 9. Michelson has served as a behind-the-scenes volunteer for all of the local habitat organization's 25 years, helping screen and select the families who will live in the homes built or rehabilitated by Habitat for Humanity. The award was presented during the organization's 25th anniversary celebration at the LaFontaine Golf Club.


Mary Jane Shearer receives Golden Hammer Award

Mary Jane Shearer (left) holds up the Golden Hammer Award she received during the Huntington County Habitat for Humanity 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday, March 9, at the LaFontaine Golf Club. Joe Burgess (center), president of Habitat's board of directors, said Shearer "exemplifies the spirit of Habitat for Humanity in all she says and does." Shearer has served as Habitat's office administrator for seven years. With them is Jean Wright (right), the organization's executive director.


Salvation Army is new sponsor of egg hunt in Huntington; event is March 30

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The Huntington Jaycees have handed over responsibility for the Easter egg hunt in Huntington to The Salvation Army this year.

The Huntington Jaycees have decided to close the local chapter due to low enrollment and have donated all eggs and costumes to The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army says egg hunters and their parents should see no big differences in the event this year.
The structure and rules will be the same as the last few years.

They are as follows:


Top sales producer

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Joel Barrus (left) accepts the 2012 Top Sales Producer award from Thorne Insurance Agency Inc. owner Kevin Killen. Barrus, who works from the agency's Wabash office, excelled in 2012 in new written business and casualty business, earning him the award, Killen said.


‘Joyful Noise’ to be Senior movie on March 20

The movie "Joyful Noise" is the main attraction at Wild Wednesday on Wednesday, March 20, at the Huntington 7.

Doors to the theater open at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be available and door prizes will be awarded.

"Joyful Noise" is the story of a small-town choir out to win a national competition despite overwhelming odds. The movie stars Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton.

Wild Wednesday partners are the Huntington Senior Center, Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center and Parkview Huntington Hospital.


Asher acquires Ness Excavating port-a-john business

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When it comes to the dirty business of port-a-johns, Huntington resident Ed Asher knows a thing or two.

Asher, owner of Jiffy Port-a-Jons, recently acquired Ness Excavating's port-a-john rental business.

Asher, who purchased the business from Richard Ness, says the transaction officially goes into effect on March 15.

"I ran a wastewater plant for about 27 years and this is the fifth year of my business," he states. "I'm also licensed as a Class 2 wastewater plant operator through the state (IDEM)."


Cancer Support Group meets Monday

The next meeting of the Cancer Support Group is Monday, March 18, at Trinity United Methodist Church at 7 p.m., in the lower level.

Dr. Dave Murdock DC, of the Nutritional Healing Center in Fort Wayne, will be speaking on the subject "Stress and Natural Health Care."

There will be testimonies and health news shared.

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



Local man named vice president of Fort Wayne marketing agency

John Paff, of Huntington, has been named a vice president of The Nichols Company, a Fort Wayne marketing agency.

In his new role, Paff will focus on business development and strategic communication services.

The Nichols Company specializes in marketing for business, industry and not-for-profit organizations.

The agency's client base includes manufacturers, retailers, health care and aging-services agencies and social service organizations.


Life’s Little Treasures receives FSSA certification

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Life's Little Treasures Daycare in Markle recently achieved voluntary certification and will soon be on the "Paths to Quality" program.

The daycare now complies with the recommended guidelines of the Family & Social Services Administration. These guidelines are based on current licensing standards and are above and beyond the requirements for Registered Child Care Ministry rules.

The staff cares for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, and they currently have openings for infants.

The daycare also has a preschool for children ages 3-5.


Vendors needed for garage sale

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Spring Community Garage Sale on April 13.

Vendors are invited to rent booth space for the sale.

The sale will take place at Hier's Park in Huntington, with booths located inside Heritage Hall, the 4-H Community Building and the Family Living Building.

Vendors will be provided two eight-foot tables for each booth and are welcome to bring clothing, household items, toys, small furniture, etc.

Contact the Parks Department at 358-2323 for more information or to reserve a booth.



Local Extension to hail 100th year of state homemakers March 20

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association during the spring district meeting on March 20 at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The meeting will include Extension Homemaker members from nine counties, including Adams, Noble, Steuben, Wells, Whitley, Allen, LaGrange, DeKalb and Huntington counties. All Extension Homemakers are invited to attend.

The day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. The morning session starts at 9:30 a.m. and an afternoon session will be held after lunch.


A taste from Thailand

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chef Parkpoom Kotcharat (left) hands a plate of food that he prepared to one of the many people who showed up at Huntington University's Habecker Dining Commons on Monday, March 4, to sample his cuisine. Kotcharat, a Thailand native, visited the university through the Global Chef Program through Sodexo Food Services, which is the school's food provider.


Red Cross honoring its ‘everyday heroes’

The American Red Cross is honoring the nation's "everyday heroes" during Red Cross Month in March.

"Please remember those who help all of us here in Huntington County by giving their time to help their neighbor," says Vickie Ellis, program specialist. "We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month - our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need."


Making math fun

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Roanoke Elementary School kindergarten students Eli Conwell (left) and Carter "CJ" Booher display their polydron castles. The boys made the castles during a math group activity.


Pleasant Chapel sets soup meal, bake sale

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church will have a soup supper and bake sale on Saturday, March 16, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu includes chili, chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, celery and carrot sticks, coffee and cold drink, pie and cake.

Pleasant Chapel is located at the corner of CR1100N and CR100E.



Unique art piece

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Roanoke Elementary School fifth-grader Hannah Will stands next to her book sculpture that is on display in the school's hallway. The students have been creating book sculptures out of discarded hardback books. The sculptures were made during their art teacher Cindy Callison's class.  The sculptures are created by folding and gluing pages in unique ways and by using hole punches.


Secretary Lawson visits Huntington

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Indiana's Secretary of State Connie Lawson addresses election officials from northeast Indiana counties on Thursday morning, March 7. Lawson visited Huntington's Hier's Park to facilitate an informative presentation about the implementation of vote centers. Currently, seven Indiana counties operate using voting centers rather than precinct voting.


PHH observing National Nutrition Month in March

Parkview Huntington Hospital will observe National Nutrition Month in March by offering tips on how good nutrition plays a pivotal role in an overall lifestyle.

Megan Bobay, registered dietitian at Parkview Huntington Hospital, will be in the hospital cafeteria on March 12, 21 and 29 from noon to 1 p.m. to answer questions about nutrition. At the same time, attendees can sample recipes.



Salamonie PROS offers Nelson’s chicken at Expo

Salamonie Elementary School's PROS group will host a Nelson's Port-A-Pit carry-out dinner on Thursday, April 18, in conjunction with the Warren Business Expo.

Nelson's will serve half-chickens and Pit-Tatoes.

Tickets are available in advance at Dr. Robert Berghoff's office, Salamonie School office, iAB financial bank, PNC Bank, Bolinger's Service and Supply and Linda's Beauty Shop in Dillman.

Chicken will be available between 4 and 8 p.m., or until the food runs out, at Salamonie School near the gymnasium.



DNR division photo contest to highlight historic pres month

The Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring its ninth annual photo contest to recognize Historic Preservation Month in May.

The subject of the photo must be in Indiana and more than 50 years old. Images could include anything from a cemetery, to a main street, to a grain silo.

The contest does not place limitations on the condition of the historic resource. Past entries have involved subject matter with conditions ranging from pristine to undergoing demolition.


Huntington Church of the Brethren to serve up pancakes and sausage

Huntington Church of the Brethren will host an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, March 16, from 8 to 10 a.m.

There is a cost per person, with a discount for youth 6 to 12 years old. Children 5 years and under are free of charge.

For more information, call 356-7983.

The church is located at 306 E. Washington St., Huntington.



Kids Kampus has Moore’s Pies fund-raiser

Pathfinder Kids Kampus child care center of Huntington is partnering with Moore's Pie Shop to sell pies.
The funds raised from the pie sales will benefit Kids Kampus programs and services.

Available varieties include Dutch apple, strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, cherry, peach, coconut, chocolate, peanut butter, pumpkin, sugar cream, black raspberry, caramel apple walnut, pecan, diabetic peach or cherry.


Extension office sets calendar of events for week

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

Sunday, March 10
• 2 p.m. - Pistol Club. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.
• 4 p.m. - Pork Chop Club. First Baptist Church, Warren.

Monday, March 11
• 6 p.m. - Royalty committee. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.
• 7 p.m. - Leaders meeting. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.
• 7 p.m. - Tractor Club. Koenig Equipment.


HU partnering with LRAP to help students

Huntington University is partnering with the LRAP Foundation to provide two area students with assistance repaying their college loans, no matter what college they attend.

HU has participated in the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for five years, offering income-based assistance to students in paying off their college loans.


A door, an opening

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Nick's Country Café owners Nancy and Ray Bonebrake stand in front of the new entrance going in at the restaurant on Thursday, March 7. The new door is being installed by Carl Sinninger (left), of O'Neil's Glazing, and Jason Vereeke, of Automatic Door Controls. The former entrance was demolished when a car drove through it on Jan. 23. Nick's Country Café has been closed since that time, but will reopen on Monday, March 11. Business hours remain the same, Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Taste of Philly brings East Coast flavor to Roanoke

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After leaving Newcastle, DE, more than a year ago, Larry Coleman and Yvonne Roe decided it was time to bring a little East Coast flavor to the Midwest.

The couple owns Taste of Philly, which opened on March 7 in Roanoke.

Coleman, a laid-off General Motors employee, says after work dried up in his field, they needed to find something else.

"Yvonne's got about 10 years of experience on and off in the food industry," he says. "We were here for a year and couldn't find anything really good to eat."


Walls Mobile Estates under new ownership

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Wall's Mobile Estates is under new ownership.

Jeff Salisbury, of Oregon, is one of the owners of Walls Moble Estates LLC, which purchased the property from previous owners Tom Wall and Don Wall, in November 2012.

Salisbury says he is "thrilled to be part of a high-quality city in Indiana."

"We are looking forward to offering decent, affordable housing," he adds.

Salisbury says at the time the park was purchased, there were eight vacancies.


Wilson Gallery to showcase works by HU students

The Huntington University Visual Arts department will host the 23rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit March 21 through April 9 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. The display includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, photography, computer illustration and web design.


Andrews-Dallas Twp. Public Library earns literacy computer through group

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The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library has been awarded an AWE Early Literacy Computer through the Institute of Museums and Library Services.

The computer is loaded with more than 60 educational software titles, including ClueFinders, JumpStart and Reader Rabbit, designed to help students in preschool through fifth grade explore seven different curriculum areas.


St. Paul’s Child Care to host Easter meal, activities

St. Paul's Child Care Ministry in Andrews will host an Easter breakfast and egg hunt on March 23.

The all-you-can-eat Easter breakfast will include, pancakes, sausages, eggs and fruit.

Easter activities for youth include crafts and an Easter egg hunt for two age groups. A hunt for children 1 to 4 years will be held at 9 a.m. and a second for children 5 to 8 years is set for 10 a.m.

Door prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes and art from St. Paul's Child Care Ministries little artists will be available for purchase.


DNR Div. of Fish & Wildlife honors Roush manager Reed

Jeff Reed, property manager of Roush Fish & Wildlife Area in Huntington, has been recognized with an Award of Excellence by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife.

He was one of five division employees to earn the award.

Reed was honored for developing the Little Turtle Campground, a five-site facility that has generated significant DNR income, and for his leadership. He is also credited as being a mentor for other DNR employees.



Spring festival offers fun, information for families

Food, entertainment and information about services provided by area social service agencies will all be a part of the eighth annual Huntington County Spring Family Festival.

The festival will be held on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The free festival is held in a tobacco-free environment.

Entertainment will be provided by local comedian David Dean, Learning While Laughing Productions, the Huntington University Women's Chorale and the Huntington University Treblemakers.


Harris celebrates 25th anniversary

Chuck Harris, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Huntington, is celebrating his 25th anniversary as a member of the financial services firm.

"I've enjoyed doing business the old-fashioned way - in person," Harris says. "And I am looking forward to many more years serving the investment needs of my friends, neighbors and business associates."

Edward Jones has more than 12,000 financial advisors who provide individualized services to nearly 7 million clients.

Harris' office is located at 2859 Northpark Ave., Suite 108, Huntington.



Money raised for food pantries

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The Huntington County CROP Hunger Walk raised over $1,900 for two local food pantries, Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) and the Warren Pantry. Pictured are (from left) Kyle Miller, ministry coordinator of Love INC, Dean Beery, CROP Hunger Walk coordinator and Joey Spiegel, executive director of Love INC.


Priest ordained in Bogata, Columbia

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Rev. Dr. Ted J. Gaiser was ordained a priest in the Episcopal church during a recent ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral in Bogota, Colombia.

Gaiser is the son of Bernice Klausky, of Zanesville, and Noel Gaiser, of Bradford, VT.

His mother attended the ordination ceremony with her niece, Lisa Cottingham, of Indianapolis.
Gaiser serves a Spanish-speaking congregation, and the ceremony included both English and Spanish homilies and gospel proclamations.

He is involved with a mission project and will be in Bogota for two more years.



Bippus State Bank adds pair to its staff

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Loretta Ambriole and Crystal Smith have joined the staff of Bippus State Bank.

Ambriole and her husband have lived in the Roanoke area for 28 years and have three children.

She holds a cosmetology license, is certified in floral work, and took veterinary technician courses at Purdue University.

Ambriole worked as a vet tech for 20 years.

She is working in the Roanoke office as a part-time teller.

Smith grew up in North Manchester and now resides in Huntington with her fiancé.


Roanoke Elem. taking scholar apps

Roanoke Elementary is currently accepting applications for scholarships.

Qualified applicants must be a senior at Huntington North High School, have attended Roanoke Elementary for a minimum of three years and be committed to a post secondary degree program.

Applications are available at the Huntington North High School guidance office or online at

Applications must be post marked by March 30.



Markle Wildcat Festival to return in full form this August; planning meeting is set for March 13 at 7 p.m.

The Markle Wildcat Festival, which dwindled down to just a car show last summer, will return in full form this August, organizers have announced.

The Wildcat Festival will be held Aug. 24 and 25 at the Markle Fish & Game Club Park.

A planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Markle United Methodist Church.

Anyone who would like to be a part of the festival is invited to attend the meeting or call 820-0089.




Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Madison Jones doodles during Huntington City-Township Public Library's Discovery Crew program themed "Tickle Your Funny Bone!" Jones colors her name, which she drew in bubble letters, after the group heard a reading of the book about what kids should do when they are bored. The Discovery Crew program will meet every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. through April 10.


Business offers custom handmade concrete items

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Stone Creations Inc. owner Matthew Reust says he is now open for business, and is operating out of Bippus.

Stone Creations Inc. is offering custom handmade concrete products.

These range from walkways to birdbaths, and are available in a variety of color schemes.

Reust says a friend gave him the idea to open the business.

He has four years of experience working in lawn care and landscaping, he says.

Reust is a lifelong Huntington resident and graduate of Huntington North High School.


Pro Resources earns Best of Staffing list honor from Inavero

Pro Resources has been named to the 2013 Best of Staffing list compiled by Inavero, an Oregon-based company that manages satisfaction surveys for clients in more than 15 countries.

The list recognizes staffing agencies that receive top reviews from their clients and the people they help find jobs. Less than 1 percent of all staffing agencies in North America receive the recognition.

Seventy percent of Pro Resources' clients gave the agency a ranking of 9 or 10 on the survey's 10-point scale, significantly higher than the industry average of 39 percent.


All-Area Student Music Recital is March 20

The Huntington University Department of Music presents an All-Area Music Student Recital at 4 p.m. March 20.

The recital will take place in the Longaker Recital Hall inside the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The recital will feature a variety of music majors and minors in vocal and instrumental solo or chamber music performances.

The recital is free and open to the public.



Giving their personal best

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Flint Springs Elementary School students honored during the month of February for displaying their personal best were (front row, from left) Alaina Stanley and Josie Farrell; (second row, from left) Shawn Iseton, Molly Daugherty, Jake Brown and Ridley Scott; (third row, from left) Brock Brubaker, Eden Brown, Adrianna Nightenhelser, Leah Campbell, Wardah Almalahi, Lauren Grover and Dylan Morgan; and (back row, from left) Madison Jones, Kora Slone, Brayden Turner, Lucas Grube, Olivia Meyer and Jase Gunn. Not pictured are Jacob Daugherty, Dylinn Hertel and Madison Stephan.


Nicole Johnson has new office location

Nicole Johnson of the financial services firm Edward Jones has moved to a new office in Huntington.

The office at 2816 Theater Ave. opened for business on Feb. 22.

"We are excited about our new location, and we are eager for our clients to visit us," says Johnson, who has been a financial advisor since 2001.

She can be reached at 356-7247.



PHH builds pediatric rehab therapy unit

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A pediatric rehabilitation therapy unit is under construction at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

The 600-square foot unit, expected to open in mid-April, will be located on the hospital's lower level.

"The expansion will allow us to enhance services currently provided in our main department with a dedicated space with pediatric equipment for this population," says Holly Sale, director of rehabilitation and wellness at the hospital.


HU profs explain value of liberal arts education

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Two Huntington University history professors will explain the value of a Christian liberal arts education when they present the Forester Lecture Series' faculty lecture on March 19.

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


Psi Iota Xi sorority accepting requests for donations from community, leaders, groups

Psi Iota Xi sorority is currently accepting requests for donations.

Community leaders and organizations that focus on music, literature, speech and hearing can submit requests by mail to Debbie Stoffel, 705 W. Lamont Rd., Huntington, IN 46750.

The request should include the organization's name, address, contact person, phone, amount requested and proposed use of the donation.

Requests must be submitted no later than March 29. to serve as official sponsor for upcoming Heritage Days celebration will serve as the official sponsor of Heritage Days this summer, the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce has announced.

Dormhole is a portable version of the popular cornhole game and is designed to be played indoors. It was developed in Huntington by Dormhole Games, a subsidiary of Innovative Packaging.

As sponsor, the dorm name will be a part of the official Heritage Days logo.


HU pre-law students get mock trial taste

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Eight pre-law students from Huntington University participated in their first mock trial competition with the American Mock Trial Association Feb. 23-24 at Notre Dame University in South Bend.


Honoring Dr. Seuss

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Roanoke Elementary School second-graders (from left) Emma Holzinger, Audrie Bowman and Autumn Zeider participated in "Dress as Your Favorite Dr. Seuss Character Day" on Friday, March 1, at the school in honor of the author's birthday, which was on March 2.


‘Hooked’ on reading

Photo by Steve Clark.

Lincoln Elementary School Principal Adam Drummond, dressed as Captain Hook from the novel "Peter Pan," talks about the book to fourth-graders at the school on Friday, March 1, as part of National Read Across America Day. The day is observed on the school day closest to March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Drummond spent the morning supplying each classroom with new books.


BB/BS teaming with Rainbow Lanes to provide mentorship opportunities

Big Brothers Big Sisters is teaming up with Rainbow Lanes in Huntington to provide mentorship opportunities for local children.

A fund-raiser will be held on Sunday, March 10, at Rainbow Lanes. Lane and team reservations can still be made for the 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. time slots.

Individual members of the community can show up to make their donation of pledges and bowl two free games, with a chance to win door prizes.

Teams will be assembled on a first-come, first-serve basis, as people arrive.


Lancaster to host its kindergarten orientation

Lancaster Elementary will host its 2013-2014 kindergarten orientation on April 25.

Screenings will be held from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and the Dr Seuss themed orientation will start at 6 p.m.
Students must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2013, to enroll.

For more information, contact the school office at 468-2816.



Parkview hits milestone in CS donations

Parkview Community Health Improvement has reached the $1 million mark in donations to the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Parkview Hospital has announced.

The donations were made over the past 12 years with financial support from Parkview Regional Medical Center, Parkview Hospital Randallia, Parkview Huntington Hospital, Parkview Lagrange Hospital, Parkview Noble Hospital and Parkview Whitley Hospital,
Parkview's Community Health Improvement gifts to the cancer organization now total $1,080,647, with additional funds to be distributed in 2013.


Shultz to entertain Zanesville Lions

Musician Stephanie Shultz will entertain during the March 11 meeting of the Zanesville Lions Club.

The community is invited to attend.
Shultz, who plays old-time music, will provide instructions on making old-time instruments from gourds.

The free program begins at 7 p.m. at the Lions Clubhouse, located on VanHorn Street in Zanesville.

Those who would like to join the club for dinner must make a reservation by calling 638-4327.



Honesty Spirit Awards

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Catholic School presents monthly Spirit Awards to students from each class who display Christ-like behavior. Honesty was one of the virtues chosen for the month of March and winners were (front row from left) Nicolas Mickley, Michael Henderson, Eben Dawson, Justin Teusch, Isaac Zay, Nolan Williams, Morgan Hasty and (back row from left) Aiden Klausing, Lexin Rupley, Nolan McCullough, Adam Wixted, Nick Melchi and Hailee Wilcoxson. The awards were given on Friday, March 1, after the All-School Liturgy.


Birthday Book Club

Photo by Steve Clark.

During the month of a student's birthday at Huntington Catholic School, parents may send in a donation for the purchase of a book. A label is placed in the front of the book with the student's name on it. That student reads the book first and then it is placed in the library for other students to check out. Students receiving books at the March All-School Liturgy on Friday, March 1, were (from left) Michael Henderson, Olivia Henderson and Margaret Guerre.


Families read for prizes at Andrews library

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Five grand prize baskets have been awarded in the "Winter Warm-Up" family reading club held during February at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library.

Seventeen family teams read more than 1,000 hours collectively during the event.

For each hour read, the team earned a chance to win one of the themed prize baskets.

The baskets included snacks and activities for the entire family.


Optimists recognize pair from Crestview

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Patrick Miller and Erika Kennedy, students at Crestview Middle School, have been recognized with Youth Appreciation Awards by the Huntington Optimist Club.

The awards were presented on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Miller was lauded as a leader both in school, where he maintains high grades, and outside the classroom.

He participates in football, basketball and track. He also works at a farmer's market during the summer.


Effort Spirit Awards

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Catholic School presents monthly Spirit Awards to students from each class who display Christ-like behavior. Effort was one of the virtues chosen for the month of March and winners were (front row from left) Kendra Sandlin, Kyler Wilcoxson, Levi Vanover, Ayden Wallace, Charleigh Rupert and (second row from left) Cota Hahn, Reid Johnson, Dylan Hasty, Darcy Williams and (back row from left) Sophie Simms, Rees Zay, Joshua Bowers and Alexi Holzinger. Not pictured is Kennedy Stecher. The awards were given on Friday, March 1, after the All-School Liturgy.


The principal cat

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Dressed as "The Cat in the Hat," Flint Springs Elementary School Principal Cynthia Kiefer poses with kindergarten students during a celebration of the birthday of Cat in the Hat author Dr. Seuss on Friday, March 1. Seuss' birthday is observed annually as Read Across America day. Kiefer visited each of the school's classrooms.


Five generations

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The family of Patricia Fawn Rittenhouse, of Huntington, gathered during the Christmas season for this five generation photo. Rittenhouse (seated) holds her great-great-granddaughter, 4-year-old Lillie Brown, of Fort Wayne. Other family members are (standing, from left) Brown's mother, Amanda Brown, of Fort Wayne; her grandmother, Lori Phillips, of Fort Wayne; and her great-grandmother, Evangelist Barbara Pinkston, of Huntington.


Police looking to crack down on unsafe drivers

Area police agencies will conduct a high-visibility crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving March 8-24, a period that includes several sporting events as well as St. Patrick's Day.

Locally, the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, Huntington Police Department and Warren Police Department will participate in the crackdown, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Efforts will include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and other methods designed to detect impaired drivers.


Antiqology wins free rent for a year

Adam and Rebecca Hanson of Antiqology, currently located at 544 N. Jefferson St., are the winners of a year's free rent on a larger building just down the street.

The Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau owns the building adjoining its office and held the "Destination Downtown - Win Free Rent For a Year" contest to find a business to occupy the site. The contest was open to new and existing businesses that appeal to out-of-town visitors.


Solid Rock to host hog roast

Solid Rock United Methodist Church in Warren will sponsor a hog roast on March 16 at the Knight-Bergman Center.
Proceeds from the roast will be designated for purchase of an automatic handicap door opener for the new building.

Noon and evening meals will be available.

The noon meal will include roast pork, barbecue sauce, Cole slaw and dessert.

The evening meal will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The sit-down dinner will feature a menu including roast pork, barbecue sauce, buttered potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, dessert and drink.


Planning party

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Township High School officers and reunion planning committee members work together on Saturday, March 2, to send out invitations for the 27th Alumni Banquet, which will be held on May 4, at Huntington University. Pictured are (from left) Sharon McCoart, Joan Hoover, Jim Hildebrand, John Swales, Terry Dailey, Tom Flora, Anne Malone and Mae Swales.


Shamrock Luncheon is March 15 at Lutheran church

St. Peter Lutheran Church will host a Shamrock Luncheon on Friday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the school gymnasium.

The menu includes soups, salads, casseroles and desserts.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Juergens Hardware or the church office. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The church is located at 605 Polk St., Huntington.



Jaggers and Gates are Outstanding Eighth Graders

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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club recognized Tabitha Jaggers and Tyler Gates, students at Crestview Middle School, as the school's Outstanding Eighth Graders for the 2012-13 school year.

Jaggers and Gates were honored during the club's meeting on Feb. 25.

Jaggers is involved in the Union Church Kids' Ministry, Youth Services Bureau Teen Court, church musicals, student council and the Adopt-A-Highway program. She also helps with crafts at nursing homes and with concessions at Crestview's athletic events. She also maintains a 10.5 grade point average on an 11-point scale.


Outstanding achievement

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 presented Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area with an Outstanding Achievement award on Wednesday, Feb. 27, for its participation and facilitation of the annual Disabled Veterans Hunt. On hand for the presentation were (from left) Indiana VFW Commander Rodney Funk; Bruce Stanton, Huntington County Veterans Service Officer; Jeff Reed, property manager at Roush Lake; Denise Reust, regional office manager; Jeremy Sobecki, assistant property manager; and John Black, VFW shooting sports chairman.


Huntington man has role in independent sci-fi film

"Cheery Point," an independent science fiction film whose cast includes Huntington resident Mark Esch, will be shown on Saturday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Montpelier Civic Center.

The film is set in an alternate 2017 America where the government enforces administration of a drug. The lead character is kidnapped by a resistance group.

The film was shot mainly in Louisville, KY.

Esch plays Mr. Richards, the owner of a media company, in the film. He and several other cast members will hold a meet and greet session following the film.


Recognizing service

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Three members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 were honored for tireless service to the post on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Senior Vice Commander Rick Stell (left) and Tim Black, junior vice commander (right) presented the awards to (from left) Jim Kneller, post Chaplain Mike Harrel and Pauline Gearhart.


Safety council to meet on March 13

Jeff Kunce, vice president of Neace Lukens, will discuss the costs to business of workers' compensation programs during the March 13 meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council.

The lunch meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

Reservations must be made by March 8 with Holly Sale, safety council president, at 355-3203 or



Varsity Singers set Pizza Hut fund-raiser

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers, band and crew members will wait tables at Pizza Hut, in Huntington, on Monday, March 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pizza Hut will donate a portion of the price of each buffet sold to the Varsity Singers.

In addition, all tips collected that evening will also go to the group.

All funds raised will help offset the expenses of the competitions the Varsity Singers attend.

The next competition is Saturday, March 9, at Norwell High School.

The final competition for the year is on March 16 at Shelbyville.


Working on the railroad

Photo by Steve Clark.

Workers from Norfolk Southern rebuild the railroad crossing on Jefferson Street in Huntington on Monday, March 4.


Beals named to dean’s list

Jennifer Marie Beals, of Warren, was named to Indiana Wesleyan University Dean's List for the Fall 2012 semester.

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 12.0 graded credit hours for the semester.

Beals is the daughter of Micah and Joanna Beals of Warren.



Senate page

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Zachary Daugherty (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City. Daugherty is a student at Riverview Middle School. Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with their state senators.


Neher on dean’s list

Timothy P. Neher, of Roanoke, was named to the dean's list at Virginia Tech University for the Fall 2012 semester.

Neher is a sophomore majoring in environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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.



A day in the Senate

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Paige Gordon (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City. Gordon is a student at Riverview Middle School. Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with their state senators.


iAB names winners of recent prize drawing

Curt Worster, of Markle, was the grand prize winner in a drawing sponsored by iAB financial bank at the 2013 Farm Show.

Worster received an iPad in the drawing.

Other winners were Lee Werling, of Butler, who won a Garman GPS, and Lynn Reinhart, of Butler, and Jon Miller, of Portland, who each received a $50 gas card.



Sisterly love

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Lily Sabinske (left) is Beezus and Mackenzie Parker is her annoying younger sister Ramona in the Pulse Opera House production of Beverly Cleary's "Ramona Quimby." The play, based on a popular series of children's books, opens Thursday, March 7, and continues on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9; with additional performances the following weekend, March 14, 15 and 16. The ticket booth opens at 7 p.m. each night, with doors to the theater opening at 7:30 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. Ticket reservations may be made online at or by calling 375-7017.


Rittenhouse and Messick to present free recital

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The Huntington University Music Department will present a combined junior/senior recital by soprano Audra Rittenhouse and soprano Sarah Messick on March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The recital will be held in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on the Huntington University campus. There is no charge for admission.

Rittenhouse, the daughter of Ray and Brenda Rittenhouse, of Huntington, is a junior music major with a minor in theater performance.


Mt. Etna UM youth to host dinner and auction

The S.L.A.M. (Students Living a Mission) Youth Group of the Mt. Etna United Methodist Church will host a pork chop dinner and silent auction on Saturday, March 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dinner will include a choice of pork chop or sausage patties, two side dishes, drink and dessert. Tickets will be available at the door.


Pizza and ice cream on the menu for IFB District 4 meeting

Indiana Farm Bureau District 4 will hold is spring meeting on Wednesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

The evening includes an ice cream and pizza party.

Megan Ritter, IFB director of public policy, will present an update on state and national legislative issues. An insurance update will be presented by Greg Glancy, senior vice president and chief information officer of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

Reservations must be made by March 15 with Huntington County Women Leader Glenda Giggy.



Huntington Catholic to host registration session for preschool

Huntington Catholic School will hold its preschool registration for fall 2013 on Sunday, March 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the HCS Primary Building, located at 820 Cherry St.

Preschool registration is available for both the 3-year-old and 4-year-old class. Children applying for each age group must be 3 or 4 years of age by Aug. 1, 2013.
The 3-year-old preschool class is held on Tuesday and Thursday.

The 4-year-old preschool class is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Enjoying a snow day

Elijah Spencer, of Bluffton, makes his way down the hill on his sled at the Knight-Bergman Center in Warren on Wednesday afternoon, March 6. Several area schools took a snow day because of the snowstorm that dumped several inches on the area Tuesday and Wednesday.


Fish fry is Saturday at Zanesville UM

The Zanesville United Methodist Church will hold a fish fry on Saturday, March 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.

The meal will be served by Dan's Fish Fry and will include fish, tenderloins, scalloped potatoes, green beans, coleslaw or applesauce and dessert. Tickets will be available at the door.

Proceeds will go to Scouts, Hope Orphanage in Haiti and Hope Ministries.



HU Foundation breakfast to explore state of local economy

The Huntington University Foundation breakfast on March 13, in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University, will explore the current state of the economy for both Huntington County and the City of Huntington.

Mark Wickersham, executive director of the Huntington County Economic Development Corporation, along with Mayor
Brooks Fetters and County Commissioners President Leon Hurlburt will give a progress report on the state of the county and city.

The Foundation Breakfast is open to the public.


Carroll is new UW board head

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Annette Carroll, representing the city of Huntington, has been elected president of the board of directors for the United Way of Huntington County.

Megan Bobay, of Parkview Huntington Hospital, will serve as the board's vice president.

They were introduced during the board's Jan. 22 meeting, along with new members of the United Way board.


Junior Rotarians

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Rotary Club of Huntington has named Huntington North High School students A.J. Bickel (second from left) and Morgan Goetz (third from left) as Junior Rotarians for March. With them are Rotarian sponsors Jeremy Penrod (left) and Chuck Grable (right).


Genealogy group to learn about CW nurse

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Civil War re-enactor Julie DuVall will present a program on Civil War nurse Mary Ann Bickerdyke during the March 6 meeting of the Huntington County Genealogy Society.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The public is invited to attend.


Landrum graduates Army basic training

Army Pfc. Matthew K. Landrum has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC.

During the nine weeks of training, Landrum studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.


Saying thanks

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Huntington County Commissioner President Leon Hurlburt (left), Commissioner Larry Buzzard (right) and Commissioner Tom Wall (back row) presented awards to a group of men who were instrumental in saving the life of Michael Gosnell after Gosnell fell through the ice on a pond along Simpson Road on Jan. 3. Honored for their heroism in making the rescue were (from left, beginning second from left) Jim Koon, who was ice fishing with Gosnell; Conservation Officer Mark Johnston; Gosnell; and Mike Grant, Rick Asher and Duane Brumbaugh, all members of Markle Fire and Rescue.


State of the community

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Local investment advisor Seth Marshall (right) talks about the state of lending during the current lean economic times during a panel discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Horace Mann Education Center in Huntington.


March Business of the Month

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The Chuck Harris office of Edward Jones, a financial services firm in Huntington, has been named Business of the Month for March by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Harris is marking his 25th year in business this year. Pictured with the banner are (front row, from left) Chamber Ambassador Sue Rumple, of Beacon Credit Union; Chamber board member Nicole Johnson, Jane Helmeid and Jim Warner, all of Edward Jones offices in Huntington; Harris; and Shari Egolf, Jim Scheiber and Jim Ditzler, all of Edward Jones offices in Huntington.


Meeting a turtle

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Celeste Ackley checks out one of the box turtles that Brian Milton, science teacher at Crestview Middle School, brought to Roanoke Elementary School during the school's annual Science Night on Thursday, Feb. 21.


Ivy Tech presents first public official honor to State Senator Banks

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Ivy Tech Community College has presented its first Distinguished Public Official Award to State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City.

Banks was recognized during the institution's 50th anniversary celebration on Feb. 26.

Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder says Banks was honored for his efforts during the current legislative session to make it more efficient and affordable to obtain a college degree.


Safety talk

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Retired Indianapolis police officer Sgt. Terry Hall talks to a group of Lancaster Elementary School students on Wednesday, Feb. 27, about body safety, sexual abuse and how to report incidents. Hall presented his program to students at Roanoke, Northwest, Salamonie and Lancaster schools as well as to parents and guardians during a community meeting. His visit was coordinated by the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.


Master Naturalist class series still has openings

The deadline to register for a 10-week program at Salamonie Lake to become a certified Indiana Master Naturalist has been extended to March 10.

Participants will be able to use their newly-learned skills as volunteer interpretive naturalists.

The program at the Salamonie Interpretive Center runs March 14 through May 16, mostly on Thursdays from 6 to 9:15 p.m., with some Saturdays scheduled.


Retired landscaper will present gardening program March 7

The second installment of the 2013 public education series sponsored by Huntington County Master Gardeners will be held Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The topic will be "Landscaping for Wildlife and Energy Efficiency."

It will be presented by Joe Scheidler, a retired landscaper who owned Spring Creek Nursery in Logansport.

Scheidler will speak about his three years of experience with solar power, explaining how he is able to use solar power to generate 100 percent of his electricity.


On opposite ends

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Roanoke Elementary School students (from left) Jeff Gross, Caleb Eckert, Aaron Amick and Ashlee Schwieterman hold their projects related to the Arctic and Antarctic, which were displayed at the school's Science Night on Thursday, Feb. 21.


U.S. News gives Heritage Pointe highest marks

Heritage Pointe of Warren has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report's fifth annual Best Nursing Homes.

The report is available exclusively at

The Best Nursing Homes 2013 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News's goal is to help users find a home with a strong track record of good care.


Swine Boosters to meet at Courthouse Annex

Swine Boosters will meet on Tuesday March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Conference Room (first floor).

The discussion items include swine barn improvements, Indiana Board of Animal Health recommendations for swine, Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training and other old/new business.

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



Saying thanks

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 presented an Outstanding Achievement award to the Huntington Burger King store on Wednesday, Feb. 27, for its contributions to the Unmet Needs Program. Pictured are (from left) Rick Stell, senior vice commander; Janice Brummier, store manager at Burger King; and Leslie Ackermann, quartermaster. As a corporation, Burger King recently surpassed $2 million in total donations to the program.


Showing appreciation

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Rodney Funk (left), Indiana State Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Post 2689 member and Mike Harrell (right), post chaplain, present an Outstanding Achievement award to Huntington Applebee's Manager Chad Cirullo for the store's support. The post held a ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to thank several members and organizations.


Cattlemen to meet on Wednesday

The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet on Wednesday March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex conference room.

Topics for discussion include final preparations for the Preview Show on March 23.

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



Melissa Jackson to serve as saddle club president

The Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club met on Feb. 20 at Moe's Restaurant.

Officers for the 2013 season are Melissa Jackson, president; Phil Kreider, vice president; Leslie Zahm, treasurer; and Andrea Funk, secretary.

The board of directors includes Bob Zahm, Linda Swain, Shannon Hughes, Bill Jackson, Linzy Lahr, Jim Nunley and Phil Graves.

Several events to be held at the Saddle Club grounds this season were discussed.  The grounds will host three Cowboy Mounted Shooting competitions, April 26-28, June 28-30 and Aug. 9-11.


Hope Christian School announces delay in opening until August 2014

Organizers hoping to operate a nondenominational Christian school in Huntington say the school's opening has been delayed.

Hope Christian School now plans to open August 2014, school leaders have announced. Organizers had originally planned an August 2013 start for the school.

"We decided that at this time the financial shortfall is too great to open in the fall," co-founder and President Kelli Moore says.


Extension to sponsor free session of ‘Walk Indoors’

The Purdue Extension Office of Huntington County will sponsor a second free session of the "Walk Indoors" exercise class beginning Wednesday, March 6.

This six-week workout regimen, provided by the Family Nutrition Program Assistants, will meet in the Family Living Building at Hier's Park on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon at St. Peter's First Church on Etna Avenue.


Dates set for this week’s 4-H program activities

Purdue University Cooperative Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of activities for this week.

They are:

Tuesday, March 5
6 p.m. - Rifle. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

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

7 p.m. - Tractor. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

7 p.m. - Future Leaders. Little home.

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

6 p.m. - Golden Eagles. Community Building, Hier's Park.


Helping the Roanoke library move

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Renee Peterson (left) takes a handoff of books from Laura Hartmus during the Roanoke Public Library's move into its new location at the historic Coil Factory, 314 N. Main St., Roanoke, on Saturday, March 2.


Local girl wins title as Junior Miss Indianapolis

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Lizzy Dryer, of Huntington, was named Junior Miss Indianapolis on Jan. 6.

Dryer, an eighth-grader at Riverview Middle School, is the daughter of Jason and Lisa Harbuck. She is active in the school's music program, is a member of 4-H and is a 4-H Junior Leader.

Judging for the Junior Miss Indianapolis title was based on a personal interview, formal wear and her responses to questions presented to her during the program.

Over the next 12 months, Dryer will be an active volunteer in the community and attend various functions in Indianapolis.


Gottfried joins staff at Downtown Salon

Maggie Gottfried joined the staff of the Downtown Salon, Huntington, on Feb. 19.

Gottfried, a Huntington native, says she has six years of cosmetology experience, having previously worked at another salon in town.

"I also have my cosmetology license from Masters in Cosmetology, in Fort Wayne," she adds.

Gottfried's services include full-service color, waxing, razor and dry cuts and hair extensions.

She is currently accepting new customers.

"I do take walk-ins, but it would be best if customers make an appointment first," Gottfried notes.


Ramona Quimby’ to open at Pulse on March 1

"Ramona Quimby," a play tailored to young audiences, opens March 1 at the Pulse Opera House, Warren.

The unpredictable, exasperating, boisterous and independent Ramona Quimby and her older sister, Beezus, are constantly getting into trouble.

Their middle class family is just like any other, tackling sacrifices and adjustments when the father is unexpectedly fired from his job.

As they discover that life is not always fair, Ramona and Beezus also realize that while sisters may not always agree, they can be good to have around.


Melcher design to be theme and logo for 2013 county 4-H fair

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A design by Emma Melcher has been selected as the theme and logo for the 2013 Huntington County 4-H Fair.

Melcher, a resident of Jackson Township, created a logo using the theme "4-H'ers Today ... Our Leaders Tomorrow."
Her design will be used on a variety of 4-H program materials during the year, including the Huntington County 4-H Fair book which will be available in early March.


Set upcoming orientation sessions for ‘13-’14 kindergarten parents

Parents of children who intend to enroll in kindergarten at the Huntington County Community Schools for the 2013-14 school year are invited to attend an upcoming orientation session.

Parents and children should attend the session at the child's home school.

Information about the registration process will be explained to parents at these sessions.

Children who turn 5 before Aug. 1, 2013, are eligible to enroll in kindergarten this fall.


Art award winners

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

The Scholastic Art Awards were presented on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Huntington North High School by Principal Chad Daugherty. The students winning awards are (front row from left) Sarah Johnson, Hannah Scher, Jessica Laws, Cheyanne Geideman and Rachel Platt; and (second row from left) Collin Wesco, Shelbie Goulding, Lane Woods and Corey Rice.


HU again collecting Easter items for SCAN

Huntington University in partnership with the Northeast Indiana Alumni Directors Consortium (NIADC) is once again collecting Easter baskets and Easter items to donate to SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect).

The baskets of toys, books and treats are given to children in the organization's home-based prevention programs and to youngsters who come for supervised visits with their parents in the family restoration program.