Beautiful without breaking bank

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Linda Smith (right) a reference staff member at the Huntington City-Township Public Library and a fomer deli manager at Owen's, makes a platter of food while her daughter, Rebekah, looks on during a program entitled "Party Trays that Don't Break the Bank" on Saturday, April 25, at the library.

IOOF-UB block clean-up

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Gabe Baumgardner (left) and Breckin Hammel, members of Boy Scout Troop 130, work together to pitch a piece of glass into a dump bin outside the buildings in the IOOF-UB block in downtown Huntington as part of a clean-up effort coordinated by Huntington Alert.

Dyson, Frederick earn Lilly finalist scholarships

Kristen Dyson (left) and Kylie Frederick have been named as Lilly Endowment Scholarship finalists for Huntington County, and, as such, will receive $1,500 scholarships for each of their four years of undergraduate study provided by the Huntington County Community Foundation.
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Kristen Dyson and Kylie Frederick, members of the Huntington North High School Class of 2015, have been named as Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists for Huntington County.

As such, both will receive $1,500 scholarships for each of their four years of undergraduate study provided by the Huntington County Community Foundation.

Newton farewell at Solid Rock

Solid Rock United Methodist Church invites the public to honor and bid farewell to Pastor Kathy Newton, following nine years of service to Jefferson Center and Solid Rock United Methodist churches and the Warren community.

An open house for Newton will be hosted at Solid Rock, 485 Bennett Drive, on Sunday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All are encouraged to bring a card or letter in expression of appreciation.

Carmichael will film in Huntington for movie tribute to her grandfather

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Former Huntington resident Sabrina Carmichael has announced plans to film an autobiographical movie in her hometown next spring, paying Tribute to her late grandfather

Carmichael, a 2003 Huntington North graduate, wrote and will star in the film, titled “March.” It follows a young woman’s first brush with grief in the month between her grandfather’s death and her first nephew’s birth.

Carmichael’s grandfather, Huntington resident David Carmichael, died in March of 2013. She says he raised six children on his own after the death of his wife.

It’s all you can eat on May 1 at Historic Forks event

The Historic Forks of the Wabash will host its annual fish and chicken fry and auction on Friday, May 1, serving from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The fish and chicken fry, by Dan’s, is an all-you-can-eat meal with fixings. Tickets are available by presale or for $1 more at the door. Children 5 and under eat free.

The fund-raiser is sponsored by Local Modern Woodmen of America. All proceeds raised from this project will be matched by Modern Woodmen up to $2,500. Proceeds will benefits the Historic Forks of the Wabash’s curriculum for teaching students about state history.

Huntington showcased on dinnerware

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Huntington University intern Kelsey Snyder stands next to the display she created at the Huntington County Historical Museum, entitled “Decorative Plates of Huntington.” This latest exhibit can be seen during museum hours, Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The museum phone number is 356-7264.

Local students featured in Huntington University’s recital

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Nine of Huntington University’s best musicians will perform tonight, Thursday, April 23, in the annual Longaker Honors Recital.

The recital, featuring two pianists and seven vocalists, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. It is free and open to the public.

Each musician was selected through a rigorous audition process.

The recital features two Huntington residents, Alyssa Kissell and Holly Stanley. Both are sophomores majoring in choral education.

Disciplined students

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Huntington Catholic School students who display the Christ-like trait of self-discipline were presented with Spirit Awards during the all-school liturgy on Friday, April 17.

Sewage systems workshop tonight at Hier’s Park

A workshop on septic systems and other on-site sewage systems will be held tonight, Thursday, April 23, at Heritage Hall, Hier’s Park.

The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m.

Heritage Pointe to host Alzheimer’s fund-raiser

Heritage Pointe will have its 10th annual 18-hole golf outing to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Dogwood Glen Golf Course.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants may register a team, be a hole sponsor or donate a door prize.

Recognition of support will be displayed the day of the outing with thank you advertisements in area newspapers as well as Heritage Pointe’s website.

All funds raised will go to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Former local man launches FW construction firm

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Former Huntington resident Jeff Hiers and business partner Ryan Null have cofounded High Rise Contracting, which opened its doors Jan. 1.

High Rise Contracting, based in Fort Wayne, is a licensed general contractor offering commercial and residential services of all types, including new construction, remodeling and additions.

Tipton Place to have open car show

The third annual Memory Lane Classic Car show will take place Saturday, May 2, at Tipton Place.

Registration is from 9 a.m. until noon and awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

The open show features dash plaques, door prizes, awards for the top 25 and specialty trophies.

Music from the ’50s and ’60s will be spun by a DJ and concessions will be available for purchase at the show.

Tipton Place is located at 460 Forks of the Wabash Way, Huntington.

For more information call 356-2028.

Pathfinder recognizes its volunteers

Pathfinder Services honored its volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, which was observed April 12 to 18.

“National Volunteer Week is all about recognizing our volunteers for their time, talent and dedication toward enriching the lives of those we serve,” says Christina West, volunteer coordinator for Pathfinder Services. “We rely heavily on volunteers for our major fund-raising events, special community activities as well as some of the day-to-day operations of our organization.”

HU online programs listed among most affordable has recognized Huntington University’s online programs as among the most affordable in Indiana. HU is ranked No. 14 on the list of 25 schools.

“In a time when Americans are questioning the cost of higher education, it is truly an honor to receive this recognition,” said Julie Goetz, HU’s director of graduate and professional programs. “Huntington University strives to hold costs down while ensuring that the quality of the education we provide remains high.”

Portion of Ind. 5 to be shut for week

A portion of Ind.-5/Warren Road near Huntington will be closed next week for the replacement of a pipe.

The road will close beginning Monday, April 27, between Waterworks Road and Huntington Municipal Airport. The road is expected to reopen by the end of the week.

While the road is closed, maintenance crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation will remove and replace a pipe.

The official detour will be U.S.-224 to I-69 to Ind.-5.

Local building commish Shad Paul wins election as head of state group

Shad Paul
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City of Huntington Building Commissioner Shad Paul has been elected president of the Indiana Association of Building Officials (IABO) at its annual business meeting and educational conference held on April 14.

Paul holds certifications as both a commercial building inspector and residential combination inspector from the International Code Council.

HNHS econ team advances to JA Titan national tourney

Huntington North High School students (from left) Christian Jones, Lucas Reust and Cameron Welker will advance to the national Junior Achievement competition, after their team took first in the first two games and finished second overall in the recent JA Titan online business simulation competition. The national tournament will begin April 30.
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Kyle F. Daugherty’s economic classes at Huntington North High School recently participated in an online business simulation called JA Titan, in which students run a technology corporation making key economic decisions such as pricing, production, capital investment, marketing, research and development and charitable. In doing so, students must maintain a budget attempting to maximize profit.

1st Source again on ‘honor roll’

1st Source Corporation has once again been named to the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. (KBW) “Bank Honor Roll” of Superior Performers in recognition of the bank’s strong performance over the past 10 years.

1st Source is one of 25 banks to be named to this esteemed list.

1st Source has been named to the bank honor roll four consecutive years.

KBW says the bank honor roll winners significantly outperform both their banking peers and the market and have better-than-industry performance ratios and growth rates.

By the Book invites community to praise meet

By the Book invites the community to a praise celebration on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington. Praise music will begin at 6:45 p.m.

The celebration will also allow By the Book to thank its volunteers and supporters and give an update on the program. Light refreshments will be served.

St. Paul’s to have t’loin meal May 2

St. Paul’s County Line Church invites the community to its all-you-can-eat tenderloin supper at the church on Saturday, May 2.

Serving time is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features grilled and hand-breaded tenderloins, two side dishes, dessert and drinks. Carryout is available.

Tickets are available at the door. Children 5 and under eat free. All proceeds will go toward a mission trip to Haiti.

The church is located at 3995N-1000W, Andrews, on the Huntington-Wabash county line.

Heritage Pointe to offer kids’ swim lessons

Heritage Pointe, in Warren, will offer swim lessons for children in May, June and July.

To register, email the child’s name, age, birth date and swim experience, along with any days the child could not attend, to

Each swim class will consist of 10 lessons. The fee is discounted for additional children from the same family.

A family swim night will be offered on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning May 1. There is a per-person cost. Children must be accompanied by their parents.

Healthier Pet Clinic operational at new West Park Drive location

Dr. Jennifer Haney and her furry helper Kyle show off their completed surgery room at the recently opened Healthier Pet Clinic at 2996 W. Park Drive, Huntington. The new surgery room was constructed with a viewing window for interested owners and observers to watch the sterilized medical procedures.
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The Healthier Pet Clinic is now operational in its new location at 2996 W. Park Drive.  

Previously known as the Village Animal Hospital, Dr. Jennifer Haney’s practice is working towards the completion of building renovations and possible business expansions.

“It was the Village Animal Hospital up there because we were in Village Park Shops,” said Haney. “It just seemed appropriate to change the name when we moved.”

The name isn’t the only thing that changed in the move. Haney, her staff and clients now have much more space.

Birthday books

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Catholic School students display the books they have donated to the school library in celebration of their April birthdays. When parents make a donation to the library, the library staff selects a book suitable for that child, and after the child has had a chance to read the book, places the book in the school library with the child’s name on the front of the book.

Lower Salamonie River Watershed committee convenes to review new management plan

The Lower Salamonie River Watershed will host a steering committee meeting on Thursday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The LSRW encompasses approximately 196,400 acres in Huntington, Wabash, Blackford, Wells and Grant counties.

Breaking ground on the sports court

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City and community officials prepare to dig the first shovelful of dirt to officially begin construction on the new Sport Court Complex at Memorial Park on Friday, April 17. The project, costing $1.5 million, was funded by redevelopment and tax increment financing (TIF) monies. The project includes moving the tennis courts, building new pickleball courts and renovating the horseshoe pit.

HU’s Heller to direct Shakespeare at prison

On Thursday, April 23, Dr. Jack Heller, associate professor of English at Huntington University, is going to prison.

Heller will co-direct a group of 18 inmates at Pendleton Correctional Facility in Shakespeare’s play, “Coriolanus,” with Dr. Stacy Erickson, associate professor of English at Manchester University and a Fort Wayne resident.

Since September, Heller has made weekly trips to the maximum security men’s prison in Pendleton, a two-and-a-half hour round trip from Huntington.

Traveling money

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Members of the Huntington County 4-H Robotics Team THRUST receive two checks from American Legion Post 7 Wednesday, April 15, at the Huntington North High School VoTech building. The donation, $400 from the Post 7 memorial fund and $400 from the post’s Legionnaires, will be used to help pay for traveling expenses as the team goes to St. Louis, MO, to compete in national robotics competition.

Adult educators to be honored during appreciation week

Adult education instructors in Huntington County will be recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4 through 8, at a series of open houses at sites around Huntington County.

The open houses are also open to those who want to visit the classrooms and find out more about enrolling in the free adult education classes.

Although the classes are free, a fee is charged to take the High School Equivalency exam. The Huntington County Literacy Coalition offers scholarships to cover that fee, with information available by contacting Dawn Schmidt at 356-0824.

Local youth to attend leadership conference through H’land

Jared Smithley, a student at Huntington North High School, is one of several top students at Heartland Career Center, in Wabash, selected to attend the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference to be held May 6 through 10 in Anaheim, CA.

Twelve Heartland students from four different high schools will attend the conference, where they will participate in business skills competitions, workshops and general sessions. Students also have the opportunity to seek national offices.