Digging in

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington University staff members and dignitaries wear hard hats as they make a ceremonial dig into the soil to officially break ground on the new Ware Plant Science Production Facility on Thursday, April 20. Pictured are (from left) Nick Alwine, of Fetters Construction; Doug Ware, son of Dale Ware, for whom the facility is named; Madison Riley; Matt Neff; Dr. Herb Schumm, board chair; Mike Doherty, of Winandy Greenhouse Co.; Dr. Collin Hobbs; and Joe Kessie, president of the Agriculture Advisory Council.

NEIB net income down for first quarter of 2017

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced net income of $830,000, or  69 cents per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2017, which ended March 31.

That compares to net income of $1.1 million, or 89 cents per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2016.  

The decrease stems primarily from a reduction in loan sale gains from our mortgage banking and SBA programs between quarterly periods, an  announcement from the bank said.  

CSP earns certification from Ford

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chris Twining (left), vice president of operations at Continental Structural Plastics, in Huntington, accepts a plaque from Natalie Pohlman, site supplier technical assistant with Ford Motor Company, on Thursday, April 20, at CSP. The award honors CSP’s attainment of the automaker’s Q1 certification. The certification is awarded to suppliers who have successfully implemented Ford’s quality management system and distinguishes CSP as a preferred supplier.

Chamber scholarships

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Three Huntington North High School students were presented with scholarships, each worth $300, by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon on Monday, April 17, at the school. Scholarship recipients (seated, from left) Mikayla Shaw, Makenzie Hardacre and Adam Bonner are shown with (back, from left) Ryan Lemon, chair of the chamber board; HNHS Principal Russ Degitz; and Randy Harris, superintendent of the Huntington County Community Schools.

Pondering the future

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Katie Martin (left), senior admissions counselor at Huntington University, explains what the school offers to Blake Murphy (center), a Huntington North High School junior, and HNHS freshman Taylor Hysong. Blake and Hysong were perusing the opportunities offered during the HNHS career fair on Tuesday, April 18, where representatives of 37 businesses, military organizations and post-secondary institutions set up shop to offer information and, in some instances, accept applications for jobs.

Crestview Academic Super Bowl team competing at state Saturday

The Crestview Middle School Academic Super Bowl team will compete at Indian Springs Middle School on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m., at the State Junior Academic Super Bowl.

Admission to the event is free.

The team won first place in the Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference Junior Academic Super Bowl on March 23, qualifying for state-level competition.

Indian Springs Middle School is at 1692 S. Ind.-9, Columbia City.

Northridge team comes out on top at HU’s annual MS math contest

Nineteen schools from Indiana and Ohio competed in Huntington University’s annual Middle School Mathematics Competition on April 12.

Winners of the team competition were Northridge Middle School, Middlebury, first place; Discovery Middle School, Granger, second place; and St. Joseph Grade School, South Bend, third place.

Winners of the individual competition were Drew Stahly, of Northridge Middle School, first; Ben Seiltz, of Northridge Middle School, second place; and Drake Dru, a home school student from Copley, OH, third place.

IAB notes first quarter income down from same quarter last year

Independent Alliance Banks Inc., the holding company of iAB financial bank, announced financial performance as of March 31.

Net income for the first three months of 2017 was $1.9 million, a 23 percent decline from first quarter of 2016 earnings of $2.5 million, primarily due to approximately $570,000 after-tax expenses associated with the pending merger with First Merchants Corporation.

Earnings per share were 47 cents for the first quarter of 2017, compared to 60 cents during the same period in 2016.

OSV gets United Way honor at state banquet

Kyle Hamilton (right), chief executive officer of Our Sunday Visitor, accepts the Volunteer/Company of the Year Award from Ron Turpin (center), chair of the Indiana United Way board of directors, and Diane Brumbaugh (left), office and events administrator of the United Way of Huntington County.
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Our Sunday Visitor was named Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Huntington County at the 2017 United Way and Funds Volunteer of the Year Awards Banquet April 13 in Indianapolis.

Our Sunday Visitor’s lengthy involvement with the local United Way has included employee, corporate and special event contributions, as well as volunteer opportunities the business supports.

Creating an obstacle

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Volunteer Jerry Martin marks the location of a brace on one of three vertical walls at a fitness park under construction at Lake Clare. About a third of the obstacles that will make up the course have been constructed and student volunteers from Huntington University assisted with that construction on Saturday, April 22.

A multicultural home away from home

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Daryl Singleton, director of multicultural affairs at Huntington University, cuts the ribbon to open the university’s new multicultural house, located at 775 Campus St. Also celebrating are (from left) Selina Pohl, a student from Lansing, MI, and student director of the Multicultural Activity Council; Miquel Anderson, a student from Jamaica; Singleton; Laura Caicedo, a student from Colombia; and Anna-Kay Levy, a student from Jamaica. The purpose of the house, which is open to all students, is to serve as a tool to bridge the gap between all cultures.

3 HNHS teams in Junior Achievement tournament

Three teams from Huntington North High School competed in Junior Achievement3 HNHS teams in JA tournament of Northern Indiana’s Titan Tournament on April 12, with one of the teams placing third overall.

More than 130 students on 51 teams participated in the competition.

Other schools that participated in the tournament include Adams Central, Bellmont, Carroll, Concordia Lutheran, Manchester, North Side and Norwell.

Salamonie cleanup will end with bonfire

Wabash and Huntington County youth are invited to compete for the most trash collected from Salamonie Lake during the Youth Trash Bash on Friday, April 28.

The event will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., but late arrivals will be accepted.

Students can get credit for volunteer hours they may be required to log for their school or organization.

Volunteers will clean up trash around the reservoir, perform work on the trails and remove invasive plants.

A bonfire and hot dog roast will be held after the cleanup.

Cleanup in Warren is May 1-6

The Town of Warren will hold its spring cleanup May 1 through 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Residents should deliver items to the town’s utility garage, at 312 W. 2nd St.

Items that will not be accepted include electronics, building materials, tires, appliances, treated lumber and chemicals.

Rieder to be honored at retirement open house

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Rev. Ron Rieder

A retirement open house for Rev. Ron Rieder, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, will be held on Sunday, April 30, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The retirement celebration is open to the community. It will be held in Rieder Auditorium in the Huntington Catholic Sch-ool Primary Building, adjacent to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry St., Huntington.

Rieder will celebrate Mass and deliver the homily at SS. Peter and Paul Church on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Business awards

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Top students in business classes at Huntington North High School were honored by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce on Monday, April 17, during a luncheon at the school. Students earning awards are (front, from left) Mikayla Shaw, marketing; Patrick Miller, business; and Thomas Horn, I.C.E. (interdisciplinary cooperative education). Representatives of the businesses sponsoring the awards are (back, from left) Randy Sizemore, First Federal Savings Bank; Joe Wiley, Bowers Brewer Garrett & Wiley LLP; and Lisa Guhl, Schneider Electric/Square D Co.

WVFD to take orders for meat

The Warren Volunteer Fire Department is accepting orders for Lengerich Meats twice this year.

Orders are being accepted now through May 5. The meat can be picked up on May 20 at 9 a.m.

A second round of orders will be accepted June 12 through July 7 and will be ready for pickup on July 22 at 9 a.m.

All orders will be picked up at the Warren Fire Department, 1103 N. Huntington Ave., Warren.

Order forms are available at the Warren Town Hall, DeWeese Softwater and Appliance, Bolinger’s Propane & Warren Service and Supply and Warren Pharmacy, all in Warren.

Shelter donation

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Joliene Wilson from the Huntington County Humane Shelter recently picked up donations collected by members of the Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club. Wilson (far left back) receives a check as well from club President Victoria Keiffer.

Area 4-H clubs schedule a week full of meetings and activities

This week’s 4-H activities include:

Monday, April 24
Archery, 6 p.m., First Federal Community Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Tuesday, April 25
Canine Capers, 6 p.m., First Federal Community Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Future Leaders, 7 p.m., home of the Littles.

Wednesday, April 26
Champion Achievers, 6:30 p.m., St. Peter’s First Community Church.

Blue Ribbon Riders, 7 p.m., iAB financial bank Heritage Hall, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

RTL to hold carnation sale on Mother’s Day weekend

Huntington County Right to Life will hold its 39th annual Mother’s Day carnation sale on May 12, 13 and 14.

Long stemmed carnations, corsages and vases will be sold Friday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the RTL office only, 34 E. Washington St.

Carnations will be available on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the RTL office, JC Penney, The Trading Post, Family Dollar and Johnson’s School of Dance on North Jefferson Street.

VNC plans ‘A Walk with God’ retreat June 18-23

Victory Noll Center is offering a directed retreat, “A Walk With God,” which will run from June 18 through June 23.

A directed retreat gives attendees an opportunity to tend to their relationship with God through solitude, silence and prayer. The Victory Noll campus offers spaces outside to walk with God, including the labyrinth, nature trails and Stations of the Cross.

The retreat will begin at 4 p.m. on June 18 and conclude at 3 p.m. on June 23.

Town of Andrews to have its annual spring clean-up on Friday, May 5

The Town of Andrews will hold its spring cleanup day on Friday, May 5.

Andrews residents must place items and weekly garbage out at the curb by 5 a.m. on that date for a one-time pickup. Once the truck has passed it will not return.

Accepted items include:

• Household generated garbage and trash.

• Bagged yard waste, not to exceed 35 pounds per bag.

• Carpet cut into 2-foot squares, not to exceed 35 pounds per bag.

Items that will not be accepted:

Safety council to have meet on May 10

The Huntington County Safety Council luncheon will be held Wednesday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the Pathfinder Services conference room, 2824 Theater Ave., Huntington.

The program, “Dealing with Difficult People,” will be presented by Aaron J. Lane, community partner development coordinator at Parkview Health.

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

Info post at quilt show

Photo by Steve Clark.

Mary Tobin posts some information about one of the entries in the quilt show hosted by the Historic Forks of the Wabash and the Piecemakers Quilt Club at the Forks, in Huntington, on Saturday, April 22.

Torch Club Conference activity

Makayla Osbon, 10, of Tipton, paints a sunset over the ocean during a craft project session at the 2017 Boys and Girls Club Torch Club Conference on Saturday, April 22, at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club. More than 60 youth from six Boys & Girls clubs attended the event, which took place Friday and Saturday.

Starter Calf ID Day

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Dave Thomas (left) and Huntington County Purdue Extension Agent Ed Farris tag calves that will be entered in the 2017 Huntington County 4-H Fair on Saturday morning, April 22, at the 4-H fairgrounds.

Earth Day at ReStore

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Donald Patmore (left), of Huntington, shows the coasters he has for sale that he made from wood branches to Ed Lee (middle) and his wife, Diane Lee, of Huntington, at the Earth Day at Restore on Saturday, April 22, at the Huntington County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Trio earns awards at state science fair

Local students (from left) Grace Bryant, Jessica Hartmus and Laura Hartmus participated in the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair April 1 in Indianapolis, with each student earning an individual award.
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Jessica Hartmus, a Bishop Luers High School student from Roanoke, and Huntington Catholic School students Grace Bryant and Laura Hartmus participated in the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair April 1 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Jessica Hartmus, who advanced to the state science fair for the fourth consecutive year, earned the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering. She was selected from all participants in grades six through 12 for the award.

Pleasant Chapel to host tenderloin meal on Sat.

Pleasant Chapel Church will have a tenderloin supper on Saturday, April 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu consists of homemade breaded and grilled tenderloins, plus sides, dessert and drink. Carry-out is available and children under 4 eat free.

The church is at 800E-1100N, in Roanoke.

Pancake breakfast at HCOB

Huntington Church of the Brethren will have an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

A free will donation will be accepted for the meal, which is open to the public.

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

For more information call 356-7983.