Spin the wheel

Photo by Steve Clark.

Cora Hill (first from left), of the Huntington County Farm Bureau Youth Board, reads the question that Jimmy Ross (third from left) spun to as part of a game conducted by the board at Owen’s North, in Huntington, on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The board held the spin-the-wheel game in honor of February being agriculture education month and awarded $5 to anyone who spun the wheel and correctly answered a question about agriculture. Also pictured is (second from left) Glenda Giggy, the county education and outreach coordinator for Huntington County Farm Bureau.

Northwest students have science, learning fair

Northwest Elementary School fifth grade students Kyra Wohlford (left) and Samantha Atkinson show off their science fair project, festooned with first-place ribbons, during the fair held Monday, Feb. 20. The girls will go on to the regional fair on March 18.
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Students at Northwest Elementary School participated in a science fair and learning fair on Monday, Feb. 20, showcasing multiple projects. All students took part in one of the events, with the best fourth and fifth-grade projects advancing to regional competition on Saturday, March 18.

The fourth grade winner was Kavya Patel, with her project about the effects of acid rain on plant growth.

County Dems to meet Wednesday, March 1

The Huntington County Democrat Party will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive Huntington.

The public is invited to attend.

YWCA honor

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Five Viking New Tech program students at Huntington North High School received the first annual Heather’s Hope Award from the YWCA Northeast Indiana as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in a ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at halftime of the varsity basketball game. With Jennifer Rohlf (far left), community education coordinator of the YWCA, are (from left) Corbin Landrum, Cody Barton, Alyssa Hewson, Sarah Witta and Kaitlyn Burkhart.

Eckert, Salazar receive Parkview Huntington Hospital Dreyer scholarships

Celebrating at the presentation of the Jill Dreyer scholarships for spring 2017 are Parkview Huntington Hospital team members (left to right) Doug Selig, vice president, Patient Care Services; Katie Mitchell, manager, Emergency Department; Edna Salazar, Emergency Department nurse and scholarship winner; Olivia Eckert, Medical/Surgical patient care technician and scholarship winner; Jenny Dohrman, manager, Inpatient Services; and Mike Perkins, director, Parkview Huntington Foundation.
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Two Parkview Huntington Hospital employees who are nursing students have been awarded Jill Dreyer scholarships for the spring 2017 semester.

Olivia Eckert, of Huntington, and Edna Salazar, RN, of Fort Wayne, will each receive $750 toward their educational costs.  

Eckert, a patient care technician, works in the hospital’s Medical/Surgical unit. Also a recipient of a Jill Dreyer Scholarship in 2016, she is pursuing an Associate of Science in Nursing at Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne.

Huntington North student going to Chile for immersion in summer

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Hale Bowen

Hale Bowen, a student at Huntington North High School, will be heading to Chile this summer as part of the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages (IUHPFL).

Bowen, of LaFontaine, is the son of Tracy Hammel and Justin Bowen.

The junior Spanish student will take part in an immersion program between June 9 and July 21, living with a family in the town of Viña del Mar and speaking nothing but Spanish during his stay.

Andrews’ early days to be shared at next Genealogical Society meeting

Janice Harshbarger
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The Huntington County Genealogy Society will meet March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Huntington branch.

Janice Harshbarger will discuss the early days of Andrews.

She has lived in Andrews much of her life and says she has always enjoyed hearing stories about “the way things used to be.”

While doing some volunteer research for the Indiana Room at the library, Harshbarger started finding more and more stories, and the past days and ways of Antioch and Andrews fascinated her.

Post 160 Auxiliary offers scholarships

The Roanoke American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 invites children and grandchildren of any member in good standing at American Legion Post 160 to apply for academic scholarships.

Recipients may attend the college or vocational school of their choice.

Applications may be picked up at the American Legion post at 1122 N. Main St., in Roanoke. All applications must be returned by April 1, to JoAnn Caulk, 8253 Roanoke Rd., Roanoke, IN 46783 or dropped off at the post in Roanoke.

All transcripts and school recommendations must accompany the applications.

Gutwein, several others featured at next Crestwoods show

Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery’s next show is “An Artful Spring,” featuring Gwen Gutwein, Austin Cartwright, Catherine Blyth, Tom Keesee, Sayaka Ganz, Patricia Weiss, Richard Tuck and more.

The show runs March 1 through March 31 at the gallery, located at 317 N. Main St., Roanoke.

First Presbyterian’s Ash Wednesday soup and service open to the community on March 1

First Presbyterian Ch-urch invites the public to its Ash Wednesday soup supper and service on Wednesday, March 1. The soup supper will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Ash Wednesday service. It is free and open to the public.

The church is located at 50 E. Tipton St., Huntington. For more information call 356-8680.

Mayor designates March as Disability Awareness Month

Representatives of the Huntington County Council on Aging, Pathfinder Services, City of Huntington and the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Accessibility gathered on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to witness Mayor Brooks Fetters’ declaration of March as Disability Awareness Month in the city of Huntington. They are (front, from left) Brian Kirkpatrick and Gary Johnson; (middle row, from left) Tisha Grimme, Trena Gamble, Vickie Kirkpatrick, Mayor Brooks Fetters, Loretta Mottram, Dick Murray and Amanda Gutshall; and (back, from left) John Niederman, Rachel Harmsen, Ronda Smelser and Adam Cuttriss.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Activities throughout March will remind Huntington residents that people with disabilities are people first — and want to be included in the community.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters has designated March as Disability Awareness Month in the city.

Cattlemen meeting set March 9

The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Conference Room.

Topics for discussion include final preparations for the Preview Show on March 18.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, 1340 S. Jefferson St., Huntington or call 358-4826.

University of Findlay names two locals to dean’s list

The University of Findlay has announced that two local students, Alisha Ford, of Warren, and Brody Norwood, of Roanoke, have earned  places on the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The University of Findlay is located in northwest Ohio.

Safety council program to talk about positive

The Huntington County Safety Council’s next meal will feature a program on “Team Building: Switching Negative Thinking into Positive,” presented by Brad Harris, senior vice president of post acute services, Miller’s Health Systems.

The catered luncheon meeting will be held on March 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Pathfinder Services Conference Room, 2824 Theater Ave., Huntington.

Register by email or phone to Holly Sale, HCSC president,, 355-3203 or by fax at 355-3236.

Prayer group to meet at Forks of the Wabash

The monthly community prayer gathering for March will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, 3011 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

The group will meet in the building near the pavilions and pray for the church to choose unity and courage to obey Christ.

Members of all churches are welcome to join and be represented.

Markle Health is sponsor of next Senior party at Senior Center

Markle Health & Rehabilitation will be the sponsor of the next Senior party, to be held Tuesday, March 14, at the Huntington County Senior Center.

The party will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch. Entertainment and door prizes will also be part of the program.

Reservations are required by calling 359-4410. The Huntington County Council on Aging will begin taking reservations on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 8 a.m.

Bendix announces corp. donations

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems donated nearly $250,000 through corporate grants, employee sponsorships, donations and employee fund-raisers in 2016, benefiting nonprofits and community organizations across North America, the company has announced.

The Bendix facility in Huntington supported the Huntington Fire Department through the “Get Involved!” program, in which Bendix employees nominate projects in which they are already involved.

Huntington Bendix employees also served as volunteers in the community.

High honors

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Kevin Killen (left), president of Thorne Insurance Agency, Inc., Jason Dawes (right), vice president and Luke Rumple (center), office manager of Thorne Insurance Agency, Inc. show off the Presidential Partner Agency Award they recently won from Western Reserve Group Insurance Company, of Wooster, OH. This is the highest honor an agency can earn from this company, and very few insurance agencies are able to achieve this level of recognition status.

First Federal Savings Bank contributes to banking PAC

First Federal Savings Bank has been recognized by the Indiana Bankers Association for contributing 200 percent of its 2016 fair share goals to Indiana BANKPAC, the Indiana Bankers Association’s political action committee.

First Federal was one of 27 member banks to reach that mark

The Indiana Bankers Association is an independent volunteer group made up of bank directors, officers, administrative personnel and others interested in the direction of the banking industry. BANKPAC offers Indiana bankers a voice in state and national politics through campaign contributions.

Dental society awards

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Evan Camomile and RJ Schicht won the Isaac Knapp District Dental Society Award for the best dental-related project entered in the Northwest Elementary School science fair. Their project, “The Root of the Problem,” showed how soft drinks decompose teeth. Camomile (second from left) accepts the cash award from dental society representative Dr. John Regan (third from left). Regan also presented special recognition to Sydney Cotton (left) and Elena Quiroga (right) for their projects.

4-H calendar lists upcoming events, club meets

This week’s Huntington County 4-H events include:

Monday, Feb. 27
Archery, 6 p.m., First Federal Community Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Tractor, 7 p.m., Dennis Grain.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Canine Capers 4-H Club, 6 p.m., First Federal Community Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Crystal Clovers 4-H Club, 6:30 p.m., iAB financial bank Heritage Hall, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

We Win 4-H Club, 7 p.m., Tyner home.

County Swine Boosters will meet March 7 at annex

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet on Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Conference Room. 

The discussion will include property improvements and the May 21 swine open show. 

For more information, contact Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, 1340 S. Jefferson St., Huntington by calling 358-4826.

Faith Lutheran launches preschool

Faith Lutheran Church in Roanoke will open a preschool and daycare program for 3, 4 and 5-year-old children this fall.

A series of open houses will be held in March.

Open houses and registration will take place on Sunday, March 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13 through 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A tour will be available as well as a chance to meet the teacher.

Fascinating soup

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jana Bonfield (left), Youth Services librarian at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, reads the book, “Stone Soup” to a rapt audience of first, second and third-graders in the Discovery Crew club on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The group has been delving into folk tales from around the world during this year’s spring sessions, learning about a different country’s folk literature through various activities and stories.

HU ranks 13th in ‘24 Best Colleges’

College Choice, an independent online publication, has ranked Huntington University 13th in its list of 24 Best Colleges in Indiana.

The rankings are based on academic quality, including admission rates, test scores and percent of tenured faculty, and return on investment, figured as the difference between tuition costs and average early career earnings.

The University of Notre Dame was awarded the top spot in the College Choice rankings, with Purdue University second and Indiana University-Bloomington third.


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Music teacher Connie Holzheuer, at the piano, accompanies first and second grade students at Flint Springs Elementary School in their performance of School House Rock Live, featuring the music of the Schoolhouse Rock television show that ran from 1973 to 2009. The Flint Springs students sang about interjections, the solar system, multiplication and more on Tuesday, Feb. 21, entertaining their fellow students in the afternoon and performing for a community audience during the evening.

Benefit will help fund 50th SSF, Warren B&G Club

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The Salamonie Summer Festival in Warren is marking its 50th anniversary this summer, and a benefit on April 22 will help make the 2017 festival one to remember.

The benefit, sponsored by Warren Health and Fitness, will feature a meal, live country music, an auction and a bake sale. Proceeds will support the Boys & Girls Club’s Warren site as well as events at this summer’s Salamonie Summer Festival.

Film by HU Arizona students accepted into festival

The first short film produced at Huntington University’s Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival.

The film, “The Amazing Mortimer,” will premiere at the festival’s screening April 6 through 13.

The 14-minute picture is a story about a once-successful ventriloquist who finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Because his act no longer brings in huge audiences, Mortimer is faced with a loss of his home and his livelihood.

Roanoke offers meal invitation

New Hope Ministries, in Roanoke, invites the public to attend the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, March 5, and to a free dinner after the service.

New Hope Ministries is located at 1157 Seminary St., Roanoke.

Trinity UM will serve a free lunch on March 4

Trinity United Meth-odist Church will have its next free lunch for the community on Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The church is located at 530 Guilford St., on the corner of Market and Guilford, in Huntington.