MarkleBank makes $26,000 gift to HU endowment

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MarkleBank recently made a gift of $26,000 to Huntington University to be placed in the MarkleBank Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

The scholarship was established by the bank's board of directors in 2009 to honor three MarkleBank presidents, and the first scholarship was awarded in 2010.


Huntington resident Kocher earns Indiana University dean’s list honors for fall semester

Shane Kocher, of Huntington, was among the students named to the dean's list at Indiana University Bloomington's School of Informatics and Computing for the fall 2010 semester.

Eligibility required to be named to the dean's list include a completion of at least 12 credit hours in a single semester and a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Kocher is the son of Joseph and Tina Kocher, of Huntington.



County Lions Clubs team up to offer two $500 scholarships to HS seniors

The Huntington County Lions Clubs (Andrews, Bippus, Huntington and Roanoke) are offering two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

The student should be a resident of Huntington County and have an accumulative grade average of "C" or better. The student must also be accepted in a certified post high school educational program of two years or more. He or she must be a high school senior or recent graduate of an accredited high school who has not started a post-high school educational program.


Local Red Cross office announces upcoming health, safety classes

The American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana announces the following health and safety classes in Huntington during the month of February.

• Feb. 7 - Adult, Child and Infant CPR Review, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
• Feb. 12 - Adult, Child and Infant CPR & First Aid, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Feb. 12 - Adult, Child and Infant CPR, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Feb. 19 - Babysitter's Training, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Preschoolers learning words have meanings

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

"Soldier" and "sacrifice" are two of the words posted on the "word wall" in the Huntington Head Start classroom.

The Head Start students, though, know that they're more than just words. They know one soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the service of their country.


Duke Energy grant will help Wickersham solve pleasant problem

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

With the help of a grant from Duke Energy, Mark Wickersham hopes to get a jump start on solving a pleasant problem - a dearth of sites for new businesses.

Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County United Economic Development (HCUED), accepted a $20,500 grant from Duke Energy on Thursday, Jan. 27.


Youth Services Bureau expresses its appreciation

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Youth Services Bureau held its Annual Dinner and Volunteer Recognition Program on Thursday, Jan. 27, at St. Peter's First Community Church. Several awards were presented for supporters' efforts during 2010 and the organization's board announced the officers for 2011.

Riverview Middle School Principal Curt Crago was presented a Friend of Youth award for his community involvement, including taking at-risk youth on canoe trips to Minnesota and helping ensure all middle school students learn CPR.


Local DECA students to compete in state contest

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Huntington North High School DECA students will compete in the State Career Development Conference March 6-8 in Indianapolis.

The local students earned the right to compete at state through their performances at the district competition, which was held Jan. 15 at Snider High School, Fort Wayne.

District results include:

• Aaron Wolf and Alex Herber, first place in financial analysis.

• Trey Meehan, third place in automotive services.

• Phil Truitt and John Lofgren, fifth place in sports and entertainment.


Friends of UWIS to hold first meet of year

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The Friends of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services will hold its first meeting of the year on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The group's mission is to develop and support projects that will enhance the natural and cultural appreciation of Salamonie and Mississinewa reservoirs, Salamonie River State Forest, J. Edward Roush State Fish and Wildlife Area and Ouabache State Park.


Extension office seeking summer program assistants

The Huntington County Extension Office is accepting applications for two summer program assistants.

Students currently enrolled in post-high school educational programs are preferred.

Responsibilities include general office work, preparations for the 4-H Fair and summer judging activities, coordinate Mini 4-H support and other summer program assistance. 
Applications will be accepted until March 1 and can be picked up at the Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington.



Northwest Elementary names its perfect attendance students

Northwest Elementary has announced its perfect attendance for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

Following is the list of those students in alphabetical order:

Nathan Alleman, Alexandria Aschliman, Drew Baker, Brianna Bates, Rebecca Bates, Scott Bates, Colin Betterly, Kirsten Bickel, Shaelyn Bills, Matthew Blomeke, Benjamin Blomeke, Alyssa Brinkman, Brendan Brinkman, Ethan Brodbeck, Alayna Broom, Brendan Caffee, Kortney Campbell, Karli Cannici, Isabelle Center and Shirley Chen.


Local resident earns Trine University President’s List

Huntington resident Brett Steineman was named to the Trine University President's List for fall 2010.To qualify for the honor students must attempt 15 or more credit hours and earn a grade point average of 3.75 to 4.0.

Steineman was also one of 20 students chosen to serve as a Student Ambassador for the university. Ambassadors are chosen based on their leadership capabilities, academic excellence, and strong social skills.

Steineman is a biomedical engineering major.

He is the son of Douglas and Barbara Steineman of Huntington.



Genealogists meet Feb. 1

The Huntington Genealogy Society will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.
The meeting will be held in the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Membership dues will be collected.

There will not be a guest speaker this month. Julie Duvall will be the speaker at the March meeting.

The library is located at 200 W. Market St., Huntington.



Metro Kiwanis honors go to Cutshall and Scher

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Blaine Cutshall and Courtney Scher, students at Huntington Catholic School, were recognized as Outstanding Eighth Graders by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club.

The award is based on scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character-building activities, faith, extracurricular achievement and leadership.


Northwest students earn academic honors for second quarter of 2010-11

Northwest Elementary has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

They are:

All A's
Fifth Grade

Brianna Bates, Benjamin Blomeke, Nathan Buehler, Haley Burnau, Stephen Center, Auden Eckert, Peyton Harvey, Gillian Lintz, Ashlynn Miller, Konner Morris, Gracie Scher, Michael Schweller, Kaitlyn Stephan, Tyler Stephan and Cade Sturm.


SWCD to hold annual meeting Feb. 15

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual meeting and banquet on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Crestview Middle School.

Tickets are available by calling the SWCD office at 356-6816, extension 3, or by visiting the office at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The reservation deadline is Feb. 4.



First Federal sets shareholder meeting

Northeast Indiana Bancorp, Inc., (NIDB), the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, will hold its 16th annual shareholders' meeting on April 26 at 1 p.m. in the boardroom of First Federal Savings Bank, 100 Frontage Rd., Huntington.

The holders of record date for the annual meeting will be March 15, 2011.

The company also announced a quarterly cash dividend of 17.5 cents per common share.

This cash dividend will be payable on Feb. 23 to common shareholders of record on Feb. 9.

The book value of NIDB's stock was $19.46 per common share as of Dec. 31.


Tutor of the month

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Linda Bustamante (center) has been named as the January Tutor of the Month by the Huntington County Literacy Coalition. The rural Columbia City resident has been a tutor since June of 2006. Also pictured are Patty Souers (left), coalition board member and Hallie Selig, coalition coordinator.


Making tracks

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Tammy Maddox (center), of Marion, helps her daughters Brilynn (left) and Haven (right) trace and identify animal prints during the Salamonie Reservoir's "Making Tracks" program on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The program was designed to teach younger children how to identify various animal tracks.


Honored volunteers

Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County presented its Friends of the Youth awards during the organization's Annual Dinner and Volunteer Recognition Program on Thursday evening, Jan. 27, at St. Peter's First Community Church. Honorees were Curt Crago, left, and Carol Morehead.


Junior Leaders to meet on Feb. 10

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet at the Family Living Building at Hier's Park on Feb. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The group will have a guest speaker from the Indiana National Guard and work on the Hero Packs, to be shared with children of military families.

They will also finalize plans for March community service project at the New Life Fellowship Meal Ministry on March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Annual Extension meeting is Feb. 7 at Hier’s Park

The Huntington County Extension Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 7, at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park. 
The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a sponsored dinner, facilitated by the Family Program of the Huntington Boys & Girls Club.


Stoffel, Nunemaker will perform at Victory Noll

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As part of its 10th anniversary celebration in 2011, Victory Noll Center will host "An Evening with the Pipes" on Feb. 12, featuring a pipe organ concert in Our Lady of Victory Chapel.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception at the center including hors d'oeuvres and drinks. At 8 p.m., the concert will begin in the chapel in the Our Lady of Victory Building on the Victory Noll campus.

Local musicians Rosemary Stoffel and Sue Nunemaker will share performing duties during the concert.


eActive listeners

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Students at Flint Springs Elementary School were honored during December for exhibiting the skill of "active listening." They are (front row from left) Lena Davenriner, Carson Kitchen and Rebeccah Kerlen; (second row from left) Merideth Higgins, Adrianna Nightenhelser, Jordan Asher, Kayla Ables, Gregory Miller and Aaron Smelser; (third row from left) McKinley Kramer, Hannah Scher, Kennady Chapin, Melissa Pharoah, Emily Daas, Macy Campbell, Mariah Okuly and Colleen Duguid; and (fourth row from left) Holly Pharoah, Caraghan Young, Cassie Bowers, and Zach Daugherty.


Businesses sponsor gift of character-building books

Young children at Huntington Catholic School, the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County and Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will receive free copies of a book stressing moral values.

The books are "The Way to Go," designed for first-graders, and "My Favorite Book," designed for students in fourth and fifth grades.

They are published by Good Will Publishers of Gastonia, NC, and supplied by the Ambassador Company.


Crestview to serve chili prior to boys’ tournament

The Crestview Middle School Student Council and the music department will be hosting a Chili Supper on Feb. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The supper will be held before the seventh and eighth grade boys' basketball tournament.

The menu includes chili, a hotdog, a cinnamon roll, carrots, fresh fruit and milk.

Proceeds from the supper will go to benefit the student council and the music department.

There is a cost for tickets, with a discount for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.



Pistol meeting kicks off 2011 edition of 4-H Shooting Sports program

The Huntington County 4-H Shooting Sports program begins Sunday, Jan, 30, with the first classroom meeting for the 4-H Pistol discipline from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Family Living Building at Hier's Park.

Four-H members interested in taking the pistol classes and parents must complete and sign the necessary enrollment forms and pay the registration fee no later than the Jan. 30 classroom meeting.

Other 4-H Shooting Sports discipline classroom meetings include:

• Rifle - Feb. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Sportsman Club in Warren.


Budding photographers

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Four local middle school students received awards in the Huntington City-Township Public Library's Teen Photography Contest, which ended on Dec. 31, 2010. Winners are (from left) Alexandria Everett, honorable mention; Katelyn Niswander, honorable mention; Hannah Edris, second place, third place and honorable mention; and Garrett Fowler, first place. Photos are currently being displayed at the library.


Skillful photographers

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Three high school students were recognized for their photography skills after participating in the Huntington City-Township Public Library's Teen Photography Contest, which ended on Dec. 31, 2010. Winners are (from left) Jesikah Leeper, second place and third place; Kylie Tester, honorable mention; and Kiersten Town, first place.


Carl wins prize to help Mt. Etna Volunteer FD

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James Carl, of Huntington, won $2,500 for the Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department through the "America's Farmers Grow Communities" program.

The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program.

"The fire department contributes so much to the community," says Carl, himself a volunteer firefighter. "Everyone on the department is a volunteer and most of us are farmers, and it's great to be a member. I think this money will do us a lot of good."


Daronatsy makes president's list

Lisa Daronatsy, of Huntington, has been named to the president's list at Kent State University in Ohio for the fall 2010 semester.

She is double majoring in fashion design and fashion merchandising.

To qualify for the list, students must complete at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0.

Daronatsy is a 2010 graduate of Huntington North High School.

She is the daughter of Arthur and Rhonda Daronatsy, of Huntington.



Korporal named to dean's list

Heather Korporal, of Huntington, has been named to the dean's list of National College in Fort Wayne for the first fall term of 2010.

To be placed on the list, students must achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.



Children’s choir to hold Valentine fund-raiser Feb. 11 at Habecker DC

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The Children's Choir of Huntington County will host a Valentine's Banquet on Friday, Feb. 11, at the Huntington University Habecker Dining Commons at 6:30 p.m.

The fund-raiser features Nashville artist Kinsey Michal Fennig, a native of Bryant, and the Huntington University men's group, the Treblemakers. There will also be a silent auction of various items, which were donated by community merchants.


2 PHH employees get Dreyer Scholarships

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Two Parkview Huntington Hospital employees working toward nursing degrees have received Jill Dreyer Scholarships for the spring 2011 semester.

Jessica Moore and Stephanie Smith, both unit clerks in the PHH Emergency Department, will each receive $750 toward their education costs for the upcoming semester.

The awards were announced by Mike Perkins, director of the Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation, which administers the Jill Dreyer Scholarship funds.


Announce top circulating books for Huntington, Markle libraries

Reports are in and the Huntington City-Township Public Library has announced the top circulating books of 2010.

Following is the list of Huntington and Markle's top adult fiction and non-fiction titles, listed one through 10, respectively.


Dreyer Scholarship

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Jessica Moore, second from left, recently received a Jill Dreyer scholarship from Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation. Presenting the award are (from left) Linda Prus, Parkview Huntington Hospital director of patient services; Doug Selig, Emergency Department manager; and Darlene Garrett, chief operating officer.


Gregory benefit is set for Jan. 29

A benefit chili supper for Darrell Gregory and his family will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church.

Gregory has islet pancreatic cancer.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For advance tickets, call 224-5835. Freewill donations will also be accepted.

The menu includes chili, peanut butter sandwiches, relishes and desserts. Beverages include water, tea and an orange drink.

Evangelical United Methodist Church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd. in Huntington.


Andrews library seeking volunteers to help with expansion project

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library is looking for volunteers willing to help with general labor and clean-up during the library's proposed expansion and renovation project.

The library will apply for a Community Focus Fund grant through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. All commitments of volunteer hours help build a stronger grant application.

Volunteers can help with job site cleaning, landscaping, carpentry, reconfiguring bookshelves and moving items including books, shelves, and storage.


Chess winner

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Luke Brown was the winner of the Huntington City-Township Public Library's Chess Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 18. The tournament was for area youths in grades 6-12.


Farm Bureau offering six scholarships for students

Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc. is offering six $500 scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic school year.

Applicants must be Huntington County residents; plan to attend or currently attend a fulltime, two or four-year accredited college in Indiana; have a grade point average of at least a ‘‘B''; and the applicant's family must hold a current Indiana Farm Bureau membership.

Applications are available at the Huntington North High School guidance office or the Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc. office, located at 2815 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.


Grant for Amramp

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Unilever Good Humor-Breyers, in Huntington, recently presented a $500 grant to Pathfinder Services' Amramp division to help fund a temporary ramp for Huntington resident Lynn Barkema, who is recuperating at home from a broken leg. Ronda Smelser (center), regional sales coordinator for Amramp, accepts the grant from Unilever's Mark Gehrke (left) and Kim Eckelbarger (right). The ramp was installed by Helping Hands, a group of volunteers coordinated by the First Church of the Nazarene. For information about Amramp, contact Smelser at 519-0101 or


Flint Springs names honor roll students for period

Flint Springs Elementary has announced its honor roll for the second nine weeks of the 2010-2011 school year.

They are:

All A's
Third Grade

Erica Ashley, Logan Bolding, Grace Brown, Macy Campbell, Emily Daas, Grace Dimond, Lucas Grube, Ameray Johnson, McKinley Kramer, Jayce Lawrence, Hannah Lehman, Olivia Meyer, Chloe Pullum, Shailyn Sparks and Parker Thomas.


Hacker tops ‘Bee’ field

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Salamonie School crowned its middle school spelling bee winner on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Walter Hacker, an eighth grade student, was in the champion.

Sixth-grader Cora Hill was the runner-up.



Salamonie announces HR list

Salamonie School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

They are:

All A's
Second Grade

Grace Barlow, Kade Brown, Kourtney Chaney, Lillian Clanin, Breanna Glasgow, Felicity Henline, Joseph Kibellus, Anna Manry, Connor Miller, Valerie Miller, Chase Moriarity, Carson Smithley, Alexa Spahr, Logan Surfus, Kloee Vickrey, Hannah Warpup, Hudson Winters and Zach Zehner.

Third Grade
Hailey Alford, Grace Asher, Logan Christian, Kolson Herstad, Michael Parks and Corbin Snow.


Salamonie students earn Arts council recognition

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Three middle school students from Salamonie School were recognized as Artists of the Month by the LaFontaine Arts Council.

Eighth-grader Megan Pressler was nominated by her vocal music teacher, Sue Coolman, She is the daughter of Heath and April Pressler of Andrews.

"Megan is the soprano section leader who exhibits an excellent work ethic, is very helpful and a good soloist," Coolman says.

Pressler also participates in the "Circle the State with Song."


Master Gardeners announce a year’s worth of garden education programs

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will present several free public education series programs throughout 2011.

The first in the series, "Integrating Native Plants into the Home Landscape," will be held at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Daniel L. Ernst, a partner, vice president and director of the Land Plan Group with Earth Source Inc. Ernst graduated with a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture and an associate's degree in agriculture from Purdue University in 1990.


Local Ducks Unlimited chapter to hold annual dinner Saturday, Jan. 29

The Huntington Hills Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its 26th annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Huntington PAL Club, 2099 Riverside Drive, Huntington.

Doors open at 5 p.m., cocktails start at 5:30 and dinner starts at 7. The annual auction will begin at 8.

For ticket reservations or more information, called chapter officers John Block, 519-3357, or Jeff Reed, 468-2165.



Arts Council awards honors to four HNHS students

Photo by Andre Laird.

The LaFontaine Arts Council presented four Huntington North High School seniors with artists of the month awards for the month of January on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Receiving awards were Jessica Sroufe, Alex Herber, Megan Ness and Russell Moriarity.

Sroufe was nominated by art teacher Jerry Wright.
In nominating her, Wright commented that, "Jessica has shown more improvement this year than anyone else and has very high character."

Sroufe has also won a Gold Key in scholastics.

She is the daughter of Terry and Janet Sroufe, of Huntington.


‘Making Tracks’ program rescheduled for Wednesday at Interpretive Center

"Making Tracks," an animal tracks program for kids ages 2 to 5, will be offered at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

The program, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 19, will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children will compare animal tracks to signs that they can make, take a hike to look for tracks, and enjoy a craft.


Dalton Lusch is Lincoln School’s champion speller

Fifth-grader Dalton Lusch was crowned champion of the Lincoln Elementary Spelling Bee.

Lusch took the title by correctly spelling "linear."

He is the son of Cory and Rebecca Lusch, of Huntington.

The runner-up was Dylan Stansell, also a fifth-grader.

He is the son of Jason and Amy Stansell.



Markle VFW Post set to aid Scouts

The Markle Veterans of Foreign Wars Post is accepting applications for Scout of the Year scholarships.

Applicants must be Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew or Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout award, Venture Silver Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. They must be at least 15 years old and still enrolled in high school.

The completed application form and supporting materials must be submitted no later than March 1.


State fire marshal still has smoke alarms

After three months, the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office still has nearly 500 smoke alarms to distribute, free of charge, to lower income Hoosiers who are deaf or hearing impaired.


Info meet for FAFSA help Jan. 26

All parents of high school seniors, their senior students and anyone - including non-traditional students - who plan to attend college next fall are invited to attend an informational meeting Wednesday, Jan. 26, for help in filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a form that serves as the foundation for many loans, scholarships and other forms of financial aid.


Cattlemen to have meeting on Jan. 27

The Huntington County Cattlemen are scheduled to meet on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Conference Room.

Topics for discussion include planning for the 2011 Preview Show and officer elections.

The conference room is located on the first floor in the Senior Center.

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



Parkview awards $59,900 in CHIP funds

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Parkview Huntington Hospital has awarded a total of $59,900 in Community Health Improvement funds to four Huntington County organizations.

The organizations, which meet the hospital's guidelines for being able to work collaboratively and proactively to improve the health of the community, are the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County, Community and Family Services, United Way of Huntington County and Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.


Kindness award at Huntington Catholic School

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Huntington Catholic School students who received Spirit Awards for kindness during the month of January were (front row, from left) Renee Peterson, kindergarten; Isabel Niswander, first grade; and Samantha Weicht, kindergarten; (second row, from left) Samantha Leal, second grade; Peyton Rosen, third grade; Jessica Hartmus, second grade; and Chelsea Swada, first grade; (third row, from left) Quentin Casarez, fourth grade; Eileen Mettler, sixth grade; Rees Zay, fifth grade; and Benjamin Young, fourth grade; and (back row, from left) Alexandra Mettler, eighth grade, and Kristopher Dunn, sev


Teachers to be taught at Manchester workshop

Award-winning musician-author Jim Gill will teach teachers how to engage students in a Manchester College workshop on Feb. 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Flory Auditorium, in the Science Center.

Area educators of pre-schoolers through third-graders are invited to this session of active participation and information gleaned from theory and practice.


Salamonie to host cowboy gathering Feb. 26

The Salamonie Reservoir Interpretive Center will host a cowboy gathering on Feb. 26, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The event will start with a cowboy stew meal followed by a program given by Philip Loy about Roy Roger's famous mount, "Trigger. "

There will also be a favorite cowboy hat contest with a chance to win a prize.

Attendees should bring a dessert or side dish and their own table service. Drinks and stew will be provided.

Donations to cover cost of stew will be accepted.


Ministerial alliance offering financial seminar

The Huntington Ministerial Alliance is offering a seminar for individuals concerned about their economic futures on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Business Creation" will be held St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave.

Bob and Marilyn Stefan, missionaries with the Assemblies of God, will lead the seminar.

They have applied their life experiences in corporate and investment banking to assist Christians with entrepreneurship throughout the developing world.

There is no charge for the seminar and it is open to the public.


Farm Credit rolling back rates starting Feb. 1

Interest rates for customers of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America will go down beginning Feb. 1.

Farm Credit's Board of Directors and management have approved rolling back interest rates on all existing loans by .35 percent, creating an annual savings to customers of $43 million.

Also beginning Feb. 1, interest rates on all new loans will be adjusted down by .35 percent.


2 locals on St. Mary’s dean’s list

Saint Mary's College recently announced the list of students named to the dean's list for the fall 2010 semester.

Among them were Huntington students Alicia Smith and Alexandra Zahm, both of Huntington.

Smith is the daughter of Todd and Joyce Smith.

Zahm is the daughter of Joseph and Rachel Zahm.

Criteria to be named to the dean's list include achieving a grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.



Huntington University to hold Service Emphasis Week Feb. 7-11

Huntington University will be holding a Service Emphasis Week during the week of Feb. 7 to 11.

Abigail Davis, the southwest regional director for Crescent Project, will be the keynote speaker for the week.

The Crescent Project is a non-profit organization that exists to equip the North American Christian community to sensitively share the joy of knowing Christ with their Muslim neighbors. Crescent Project's goal is to overcome misunderstandings about Islam through education so that Christians take the initiative to build friendships with their Muslim neighbors.


Boys & Girls Club names monthly awardees

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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County announces it members of the month.

Cadet of the month - Andrew Anstead.

Junior of the month - Jordan Medsker.

Teens of the month - Elba Harshman and Dustin Elston.

Members were nominated by staff based on leadership, positive attitude, attendance and participation.

The club also announced the staff and volunteer of the month.


IDEM is preparing new rules for Indiana CFOs

Tamilee Nennich, Purdue Extension Dairy Specialist, recently addressed attendees at the Fort Wayne Farm Show.

She discussed potential changes for Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs) in Indiana. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is likely to outline new rules for CFOs later this year.


Concordia offers aid to qualified students

Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne, is offering several scholarships for academically qualified students.

The Concordia Scholars award is granted to students who are academically exemplary and demonstrate integrity and good character, not only at school but also in the church, home and community, school officials say.


Open blood drive is Feb. 2 at Habecker

Huntington University's Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Feb. 2 in the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons.

The Joe Mertz Center hosts four blood drives each year in conjunction with the American Red Cross.

Individuals who are interested in donating blood may register online at or in person in the dining commons at Huntington University.

Walk-ins are also acceptable, but everyone participating must have a photo ID.

The blood drive is open to the public.


Habitat approves five new members to board

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors approved five new board members at the Dec. 21, 2010, board meeting.

They are Joe Blomeke, realtor with ReMax Professional Group; Justin Davidson, owner of Orion Solutions Inc.; Norris Friesen, vice president and academic dean of Huntington University; Adam Fusselman, Bippus State Bank; Brice Herald, Huntington North High School student; and Sue Wilhelm, executive director of Victory Noll Center.


Crestview spelling crown is claimed by Jake White

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Seventh-grader Jake White was crowned champion in the Crestview Middle School spelling bee.

He is the son of Kevin and Carol White, of Huntington.

Seventh-grader Morgan Currie was the runner-up.

She is the daughter of Tina Blair, of Huntington.

White will compete in the Huntington County Spelling Bee on Feb. 7.



Huntington Catholic releases PA list

Huntington Catholic School has announced the names of its students achieving perfect attendance for the second quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

They are:

Grade 8 - Olivia Woolard.

Grade 7 - Madison Jennings, Emily Klepper and Ethan Owens.

Grade 6 - Andrew Albertson, Emma Justice, Alexander Mettler, Lindsey Scher and Adam Wixted.

Grade 5 - Rileigh Johnson, Gavin Rosen, Jack Young and Rees Zay.


Brenden Rice is spelling champion at Roanoke

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Brenden Rice was crowned winner of the Roanoke Elementary Spelling Bee competition.

The son of Paula and Kevin Rice, of Huntington, he took the title by correctly spelling "sabotage."

The runner-up was Hollyn Anderson.

She is the daughter of Pamela and Steve Anderson, of Roanoke.

Rice will compete in the Huntington County Spelling Bee in February.



Riverview School honors students for second quarter academic achievements

Riverview Middle School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

Students making the honor roll are:

All A's

Eighth Grade
Kristen Dyson, Kerri Gordon, Hannah Hubley, Austin Lange, Savannah Moyer, William Murray, Hannah Nissley, Elizabeth Scheiber, Jared Smithley, Lauren Stephan and Ashley Truex.


Madison Meese is local DAR Good Citizen winner

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The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has named Madison Meese as its Good Citizen for the 2010-11 school year.

Meese is a senior at Huntington North High School and is the daughter of Bill and Sheila Meese, of Huntington.

Meese's winning essay on the topic "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It" was hand-written in the presence of a faculty member within a two-hour time limit. No reference materials were allowed.


Church to serve meal

The Roanoke Brethren Church will host a grilled tenderloin supper on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The menu will include fresh grilled pork tenderloin, green beans, applesauce, chips and desserts.

Freewill donations will be accepted at the door and no tickets are required. For more information call the church at 672-3796.



Salamonie PROS to host dinner

PROS (Parents Reaching Out at Salamonie School) is hosting a Sunday lunch on Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Knight-Bergman Center, in Warren.

The menu, prepared by Kim's Katered Affair and Salamonie parents and staff, will include ham, beef and noodles, chicken and noodles, lasagna, meatballs, hot dogs, mashed potatoes, rolls, green beans, applesauce, assorted salads and desserts.

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


Birthday book club

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Huntington Catholic School students who donated books to the school library in honor of their January birthdays were honored during the Jan. 14 All School Liturgy.


Giving life to words

Carney Gray (right), Poetry Alive performer, acts out a scene of a dramatic poem with Lincoln Elementary Resource Para-Professional Elaine Carroll on Thursday, Jan. 20. The Honeywell Center's Educational Outreach Program provided the interactive experience for the students


Victory Noll Center sponsoring workshop to teach people to care for themselves

Victory Noll Center, in Huntington, is sponsoring a workshop designed by Cheri Krueckeberg that can bring back a breath of fresh air by allowing people to learn to care for themselves, on Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.

With "B-R-E-A-T-H-E: Practices for Self-Care," attendees can learn about and experience the practices of mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and breath awareness, notes Krueckeberg.


Aaron’s Lease to Own to host chamber after hours on Jan. 25

Aaron's Lease to Own, 1900 N. Jefferson St., will host the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce After Hours session on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Reservations are required by Monday, Jan. 24. They can be made by calling the chamber at 356-5300.



Zahm, Snowden gather hardware at chamber dinner

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Two long-time Huntington County residents who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce were honored before a record crowd during the chamber's 87th annual dinner meeting on Monday, Jan. 17.

The evening's awards went to Bob Zahm, who was named volunteer of the year for 2010, and Gene Snowden, who was honored as ambassador of the year.


Ambassador of the year

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Gene Snowden (left) accepts the ambassador of the year award from Seth Marshall, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board, during the annual chamber dinner on Monday, Jan. 17, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.


Pathfinder Community Connections to hold series of workshops focusing on overall financial wellness, credit

Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will be holding a series of workshops focused on overall financial wellness with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores beginning Feb. 2 in Huntington.

This workshop series has five different two-hour sessions intended for everybody in the community who would like to improve their financial situation.

Workshops to be held are:

• Feb. 2: Financial Planning in Easy Steps.

• Feb. 9: Purdue Extension's: "Where Does Your Money Go?"


Arts Initiative to host ‘Vino, Vittles and Vision’ on Feb. 5

The Huntington Arts Initiative, Inc., will hold a wine tasting in early February.

"Vino, Vittles and Vision" will be held on Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at The New Huntington Theater.

The event for those 21 and over is a fund-raiser for the Arts Initiative's renovation of the The Studio, buildings at the corner of Warren and Market streets in downtown Huntington.

The spaces will eventually house a professional gallery, a small professional stage and classroom areas, all in keeping with the mission of The Studio to enrich, to entertain and to educate.


Roanoke Elementary announces its honor roll

Roanoke Elementary has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

They are:

All As
Third Grade

Autumn Anderson, Syanna Bonewitz, Carly Brown, Elijah Eckart, Ashlynn Foster, Emily Freise, Drake Goetz, Luke Hentz, Aidan Hosler, Lauren Karshner, Kyra Keplar, Mason Kyle, Morgan Lamon, Kean McCracken, Katie Melcher, Audra Neal, Maxwell Pasko, Trey Rice, Morgan Robrock, Alayna Stroup, Noah Wiedenhoeft and Mary Young.


Exhibit showcasing HU arts faculty opens Jan. 31

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The Visual Arts Faculty Art Show opens Jan. 31 on the Huntington University campus, and it will run through Feb. 22.

Professors Ken Hopper, Rebecca Coffman and Barb Michel along with adjunct faculty Joni Walker and Rebekah Hubley will display works in a variety of mediums, including paintings, photography, ceramics and silk screen printmaking.

There will be an artist reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, where the faculty artists will discuss their works.


Dancing styles during HU January term

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Huntington University students participate in the Musical Theater Dance Styles class on Thursday, Jan. 13, as part of the school's January term course offerings. HU students will begin their academic semester on Monday, Jan. 24.


Junior Leaders to hold fund-raising pizza buffet

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will host a fund-raising Pizza Hut Benefit Buffet on Monday, Jan. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Huntington Pizza Hut, 101 Frontage Rd.

Proceeds of this fund-raising event will be used to support community service projects organized by the county Junior Leader organization.


Warren chamber will welcome spring with wine and ale tasting event May 7

The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce presents the second annual "A Taste of Spring," wine and ale tasting fund-raiser, on May 7 at Dogwood Glen Golf Course.

There will be a variety of wines to sample from Satek Winery of Fremont and local ales from Mad Anthony Brewing Co. of Fort Wayne.

Kim's Katered Affair of Warren will offer a selection of hors d'oeuvres to be served throughout the evening.

A silent auction will also be held.

For more information on how to participate in this event, contact Jeff Souder at 375-6199.



United Way annual meet Jan. 25

The Huntington County United Way will hold its 2011 annual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the RichLyn Library on the Huntington University campus.



Karsts earn state honors for conservation farming

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Philip Karst and Pat Karst, a father-son farming team from Huntington County, received one of five state Conservation Farmer of the Year awards at the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annual conference, held Jan. 10-12 in Indianapolis.

The Karsts' operation includes corn, soybeans, popcorn and wheat. They utilize no-till farming, nutrient and pest management, field borders and cover crops in their grain operation. The farm had areas of poor drainage with some erosion problems near the open ditches when the younger Karst started farming.


4-H design and theme winners

Carley McElhaney (left) and Abby Blocker (second from left) created the winning design and theme for the 2011 Huntington County 4-H Fair. Other top entries came from (from left) Julie Winters, Heath Rush, Rachel Fulton and Jalen Rice.


Training session offered for area 4-H volunteers

"Issues and Answers for Today's Volunteers" will be the theme of a northeast Indiana 4-H Volunteer Training to be held Feb. 12, from 9 to 12:30 p.m., at Grace Point Church in Fort Wayne.

The workshop is designed for adult and teen 4-H volunteers and seminar topics at the event will include:

• Healthy Living - Living the Fourth "H." Learn how to incorporate healthy living in your club and in your life.
• Social Media - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Learn how to use and what to look out for in social media.


Huntington County representatives attend soil and water district conference

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Representatives of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District attended the annual conference of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Jan. 10-12 in Indianapolis. Those attending were (from left) Kyle Lund, supervisor; L. Joe Carroll, supervisor; State Sen. Jim Banks, who met with the group; Cheryl Jarrett, office manager; and Tim Bomba, NRCS district conservationist. Presentations, training sessions and meetings with legislators centered around the conference theme, "The Power of Conservation: Clean Water, Healthy Soils."


Students can compete in essay contest on farming

Students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to capture their love of Indiana food and its farmers on paper or on video for the 2011 Ag Essay Contest titled "Our Food, Our Farmers."

Sponsored by Indiana's Family of Farmers and the Indiana Humanities Council, the essay contest asks students to explain how Indiana agriculture plays a positive role in their life - and in the lives of those around them. There are two categories of competition: video essay and written essay; and three grade levels: 4-6; 7-9 and 10-12. Entries must be received by Feb. 15.


Shafer to examine 21st century workforce skills at leadership lunch

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Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer will examine the development of 21st century workforce skills during Huntington University's Leadership Luncheon, Wednesday, Jan. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in Habecker Dining Commons.


Huntington Catholic announces honor roll

Huntington Catholic School has announced the names of students earning honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

Students earning all A's are:
Fourth grade - Justin Albertson, Gavin DeLaGrange, Amara Eckert, Alexi Holzinger, Olivia Jablonski, Faith Leist, Samuel Mickley, Macy Niswander, Suki Pfister and Olivia Van.

Fifth grade - Katherine Jamison and Rileigh Johnson.

Sixth grade - Brieanna Coburn, Sophie Simms, Audrey Wilcox and Alyssa Woolard.

Seventh grade - Emily Klepper.


HNHS freshmen registration info meeting to be at school on Feb. 9

There will be a Huntington North High School freshmen registration information meeting for current eighth graders and their parents concerning HNHS registration on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Salamonie School cafeteria.

The HNHS guidance counselors will be on hand to explain graduation requirements, different types of diplomas, and the Viking New Tech program.

If students and parents are unable to attend this meeting, there will be another meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the HNHS auditorium.



Indiana State Department of Agriculture hosting livestock certification program

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is hosting a workshop on Jan. 25 as part of the Certified Livestock Producer Program (CLPP).

This workshop will be held at the Whitley County Farm Bureau Office, located at 607 N. Opportunity Drive, Columbia City. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and it ends at 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for the training and lunch will be provided for the attendees.


Crestview releases second quarter honor roll results

Crestview Middle School has announced its honor roll for the second nine-week quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

They are:

All A's

Eighth Grade
Rachel Anderson, Heather Bolinger, Hannah Bomba, Marisa Bradley, Dilan Buuck, Cassandra Carmichael, Kayleigh Carr, Angelica Carter, Silas Clark, Cassidy Cormany, Hannah Edris, Emily Eherenman, Alexander Finney, Kylie Frederick, Erica Freise, Ripley Friar, Madison Gick, Merrideth Goetz and Alyson Grabner.


Salamonie School announces perfect attendance

Salamonie School has announced its perfect attendance for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

They are:

Bradley Bixler, Blaine Brown, Taylor Jordan, Samantha Langston, Gabrielle Leichty, Matthew Martin, Cole McCarber, Kiera Searles and Lucas Trickle.

First Grade
Cameron Bixler, Madison Herstad, Aurora Maul, Nicholas Neuenschwander, Jacob Sprinkle and Austin Sullivan.


Local Council on Aging purchases property on

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Huntington County's Senior Citizens will soon be able to enjoy a Senior center twice the size of the current facility, as the Huntington County Council on Aging purchased the former Huntington Tractor property on West Park Drive on Dec. 30.

The new building will allow the senior center to host multiple activities concurrently and offer additional activities, says Holly Saunders, executive director of the Council on Aging.

Currently, the Senior center is on the lower level of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex in downtown Huntington.


Huntington County Commissioners to hold two executive sessions Jan. 24

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold two executive sessions during their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 24.

An executive session will be held at 10:45 a.m. "to discuss an individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction," according to a release from the commissioners.

The second executive session, at 11 a.m., is being held for discussion "with respect to the purchase or lease of real property by the governing body."


Andrews names top students

Andrews Elementary announces the list of students named to the honor roll for the second grading period.

They are:

Grade Five
All A's - Amber Arbuckle, Aaron Hendryx, Bailey Hughes, Kaitlyn LaMar, Jennifer Leonard, Jarod Lewis, Logan Moreland, Emily Paulette, Cade Reust, Anna Schroeder, Ethan Shafer, Alexa Wallenburg, Taylor Waters and JJ Whicker.

A's and B's - McKenna Cady, Carson Cunningham, Mitchell Geller, Amy Karst, Samuel MacDonald, Jacob Smyth, Matthew Strickler, Pryce Whisenhunt and Trentin Worsham.


Malta House to host benefit dinner, music show at Central Christian

The Malta House will host a benefit dinner and music show, "Remembering Country," Friday, Jan. 21 at Central Christian Church beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The show features Judy Ann. All proceeds will go to the Malta House Men's Shelter of Huntington. Tickets are available for purchase at the Malta House Thrift Store, 515 N. Jefferson St., or by calling 358-7406.

Dinner includes an entrée, salad, dessert and beverage.
Seating is limited, so reservations are required.
Donations will also be accepted for the men's shelter.


Alzheimer’s group to meet

The Alzheimer's Association is providing support groups for those who care for Alzheimer's patients.

The group will meet in Huntington at Parkview Huntington Hospital on Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m.

The hospital is located at 2001 Stults Rd.



Well to sponsor Ramsey’s financial planning class

The Well will sponsor a 13-week Financial Peace University program beginning Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.

The course is taught on DVD by Dave Ramsey, a personal money management expert.


Horace Mann names top students for quarter

Horace Mann Elementary has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

They are:

All A's

Fifth Grade
Tremar Clore, Madalynn Davis, Jacob Fowler, Brett Johnson, Brayten Jones, Cory Little, Joseph Schnepp and Randi Thompson.

Fourth Grade
Cobra Flint, Cheyenne Karst, Ecatarina Meekin, Kyle Miazga, James Peer, Olivia Rosen, Abbiegale Stults, Devin Taylor and Katelin Turner.


Churches will participate in Tolling of Bells Jan. 22

The Huntington County Right to Life is again sponsoring the Tolling of Bells on Saturday, Jan. 22 at noon for five minutes.

The Right to Life says this event is to remind residents of legalized abortion in the U.S.

The following churches are participating:

Andrews United Methodist, Bible Baptist, Etna Avenue Wesleyan, New Hope United Brethren, Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, Pleasant Grove United Methodist, St. Mary Catholic, St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran, Saint Peter's First Community, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic and Trinity United Methodist.


Family events set at Hier’s Park

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The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department announces that tickets are on sale for the annual Daddy-Daughter and Mother-Son events.

Due to demand, the Daddy-Daughter Dance will take place two evenings this year, Feb. 19 and 20. The Mother-Son Lego event will be on March 13.

All dances are held inside Heritage Hall at Hier's Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is a cost for tickets per couple and a fee for an additional son or daughter.


Bippus State Bank celebrating 100 years

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Bippus State Bank is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and the anniversary committee has several events lined up in order to celebrate.

On Feb. 4, Bippus State Bank is the major sponsor for "Lord of the Dance" at the Honeywell Center in Wabash.
BSB will host a Huntington Chamber After Hours event at its main office on Thursday, April 14.


Lia King is winner of HCS spelling bee

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Lia King won the Huntington Catholic School spelling bee on Friday, Jan. 14, by correctly spelling the word "nebulosity."

She is the daughter of Michael King and is a seventh-grader at HCS.
Emily Klepper, also a seventh-grader and the daughter of Cindy Klepper, was the runner-up.

Students earned the right to participate in the school spelling bee by winning preliminary competitions in their classrooms.

Classroom winners were:

Fifth grade - Rees Zay, Melanie Lisinicchia, Rileigh Johnson, Nolan McCullough and Johanna Dohrman.


Literacy coalition offers training to its potential literacy tutors

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition is offering training for individuals interested in becoming literacy tutors.

Training is scheduled to start in March. Tutors are volunteers who provided one-to-one tutoring for adults in Huntington County. Student goals range from learning to read, passing a particular class, learning English as a second language or preparing to take the GED test.

There is no cost for training and materials are provided. Tutors are asked to commit to one year of tutoring.


Schools closed on Wednesday

The Huntington County Community Schools are closed for Wednesday, Jan. 19.


Chamber performance

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Two of the four members of Mission IMPROVable perform at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on Monday, Jan. 18, at the LaFotnaine Golf Club.


Saying good bye with a laugh

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Seth Marshall (left) and outgoing board member Ron Tinkle share a laugh during the presentation of the retiring board members at the annual chamber dinner on Monday, Jan. 18, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.


Chamber chairman speaks

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Seth Marshall makes some remarks at the chamber annual dinner on Monay, Jan. 18, at LaFontaine Golf Club.


UW’s Horoho eases into retirement; her ‘student’ steps up to the plate

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The roles are now reversed at the United Way of Huntington County.

Jenna Strick, who has served the agency under Executive Director Pat Horoho for the past three years, is the agency’s new executive director.
Horoho, who is easing into retirement, will remain in the office until late April to serve as a mentor and coach for Strick.


Tourism commission installs four new members

Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Huntington County Tourism Commission met Monday, Jan. 11, to install four new members to serve two-year terms, including one re-appointment.

Those sworn in included Jeff Berggren, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Huntington University; Marvin McNew, director of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services; Kyle Jones, guest services manager of Holiday Inn Express; and Heath Pinkerton, warranty technician for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.

All received the oath of office Monday evening by Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer.


Salamonie Interpretive Center to host animal tracks program

Salamonie Interpretive Center will host "Making Tracks," on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The session is an animal tracks program for kids ages 2 to 5-years-old and children will compare animal tracks to signs that they can make, take a hike to look for tracks and make a craft.

Regardless of weather, the program is planned to be both indoors and out, starting at the interpretive center.

Parents are expected to stay with their child throughout the program. Participants can choose to bring their lunch to eat together after the event.


Recruitment for 2011 4-H program underway

Recruitment for the 2011 Huntington County 4-H program is underway.

The 2011 Huntington County 4-H program has scheduled call-out meetings to help families learn more about the county 4-H program during the month of January. Following are the scheduled dates, times and locations to gain information about 4-H in Huntington County:


Amramp donation

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Village Chiropractic, of Fort Wayne, recently made a $700 donation to Pathfinder Services' Amramp division to help fund a temporary ramp for Huntington resident Lynn Barkema, who is recuperating at home from a broken leg. Ronda Smelser (left), regional sales coordinator for Amramp, accepts the donation from (left to right) Dr. Heather Gick, Erica Eastom and Jamie Bernardin of Village Chiropractic. The ramp was installed by Helping Hands, a group of volunteers coordinated by the First Church of the Nazarene.


Lancaster announces honor rolls for second quarter of school year

Lancaster Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

Students earning all A's are:

Fifth grade - Josi Barscz, Charlotte Borland, Robert Borland, William Borland, Hale Brown, Eli Christman, Katrianna Cotant and Jordyn Elser.

Also, Larissa Johnson, Karmen Koch, Kasey Konz, Brandon Kratz, Sarah Malone, Leann Ringenberg, Isaac Stults and Tarah Zumbrun.

Fourth grade - Zachary Cochran, Dane Fife, Andrew Harris, Evan Hill, Riley Smith, Crosley Stanley and Garrett Trout.


Huntington Baptist Church will sponsor Financial Peace University

Huntington Baptist Church will sponsor Financial Peace University, starting Jan. 30 through Feb. 13.
The class focuses on strategies to help individuals and families become debt-free.

For more information, contact Aaron Riggars at 358-841 or visit the church's Website,



McElhaney, Blocker design 4-H logo for 2011 Fair

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Carley McElhaney and Abby Blocker have created a theme and design for the 2011 Huntington County 4-H Fair.

The Huntington County 4-H Leaders Organization named them the winners of the 2011 County 4-H Theme and Design Contest.

McElhaney, a member of the Hoosier Boosters 4-H Club, won a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and 4-H duffle bag for her first place design.


Hendrickson will be the guest speaker at Humane Shelter’s annual dinner

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Huntington resident Tim Hendrickson will be the guest speaker at the Huntington County Humane Shelter's annual dinner, on Thursday, Jan. 20, at Evangelical United Methodist Church. Hendrickson's talk will include his work with the USDA, information on animal care and options to assist people facing economic hardships who own animals.


Optimists have 3 sholarships available

The Optimist Club of Huntington has three $1,000 scholarships available for 2011.

Applicants must be high school seniors who are residents of Huntington County.

Applications are available at Huntington North High School and at the office of Matheny, Hahn, Denman & Nix LLP.

The deadline for applications is March 31.

For more information, contact Jeremy Nix at 356-7030 or Carol Hacker at 356-6104, extension 1054.



Francine’s Friends unit in Huntington on Jan. 25

On Jan. 25, Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography unit will be in Huntington for women interested in scheduling a mammogram.

The mobile unit will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford St., Huntington.

Screening mammography is for women who:

• Are age 40 and older and have not had a mammogram screening in the past 12 months.

• Are currently not experiencing any breast cancer or problems with their breasts.

• Are insured or uninsured.


First Relay for Life meeting is tonight, Jan. 17

Organizers of the local Relay for Life, an annual fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society, will hold its first meeting today, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m.

The initial meeting, and all subsequent meetings, will be held in the lower level classrooms at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the event is invited to attend.

Huntington's Relay for Life will be held June 11 and 12. The official fund-raising kick-off for participating teams will be held on Feb. 21.


Fair Board meets Jan. 18 to continue planning for this summer’s 4-H Fair

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Association will meet Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park.

The board will discuss continuing plans for the 81st Huntington County 4-H Fair, to be held July 15-29.

For more information, call the Purdue Extension - Huntington County office at 358-4826 or contact Linda Aldridge, Extension educator for 4-H and Youth, at



Photo display at Huntington City-Township Public Library

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Kevin A. Musall talks about the collection of photographs he has on display in the new wing of the Huntington City-Township Public Library through the end of January. The collection, centered around Musall's idea of the American dream and the nation's spirit, includes photographs of moon phases, wildlife and Civil War reenactments. He has spent the last 10 years taking photos - none of which are digitally enhanced, he says, but are taken with equipment such as the 1840s-era portrait lens he is holding.


McVoy employees raise money for Boys and Girls Club

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Employees of McVoy Design Studio raised $300 to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County.

From November through December, the studio staff sold raffle tickets for a day of beauty and a gift bag containing Brocato body and hair products.

"We were able to raise a donation of $300 with the help of our wonderful clients," says Kari McVoy, owner of McVoy Design Studio.


4-H Robotics Team THRUST, has a brainstorming session

Photo by Andre Laird.

Zoë Carrillo (left) and Kayla Snabl, both members of 4-H Robotics Team THRUST, lead a brainstorming session on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Huntington University. Team members first heard an announcement of the task that must be accomplished in this year's U.S. FIRST Robotics competition, then spent the rest of the day devising strategies to build and program robots to accomplish that task. The challenge involves using robots to place inflated tubes on a scoring rack in a specific order, then releasing a mini-robot that must climb a tower.


BSB honors eight employees for their many years of service to the business

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Bippus State Bank recently recognized eight employees who have reached milestones in the years of service.

Employees recognized were:

• Kay Caley, vice president, who has been with the institution for 35 years.

• Angie Rittenhouse, loan administrator, for 25 years of service.

• Susie Ray, computer operations, 15 years of service.

• Denise Miles, computer operations, 10 years of service.

• Joyce Stahl, branch office administrator, 10 years of service.

• Annette Ayres, vice president, five years of service.


Smekens Education sets open house

Smekens Education Solutions Inc., in Warren, will hold an open house at its newly renovated location in downtown Warren on Jan. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Smekens Education is now located in the former home of Eckman Motors, 123 E. First St. in Warren.

Smekens Education is a provider of staff development and professional resources to K-12 schools in Indiana, Illinois and the Midwest.

For more information, call 375-7101 or visit



Jordan opens Allstate office in New Haven

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Local Allstate agent Kathy Jordan announces the expansion of her business.

Jordan recently opened a second location in New Haven.

The Jordan Allstate agency offers home, auto and business insurance as well as financial services.

There are two full time financial advisors on staff to assist clients in creating long-term plans and protect assets at both locations.

The New Haven office is located at 517 Broadway St.
The Huntington office is located at 5 Parkmoor Drive.



Forester Lecture at HU will focus on the Latino community in Indiana

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Juana Watson, senior adviser for Latino, immigrant, ethnic and international affairs for the state of Indiana, will address "Indiana's Latino Community, Past and Present" during the Forester Lecture Series at Huntington University on Jan. 25.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus.


Verizon has new cell site in Huntington County

Verizon Wireless says it has activated a new cell site in Huntington County.

The site is equipped with a permanent backup generator to be used in emergencies, the company says.

Verizon says the new cell site will improve coverage in Mt. Etna; along Ind.-124 between CR 300W and the Huntington-Wabash county line; along Ind.-105 between Ind.-218 and Division Road; and on Ind.-9 between CR 800S and Division Road.



Pathfinder to host Home Buyer Fair Jan. 29 in Fort Wayne office

Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will host a Home Buyer Fair on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Fort Wayne office.

The fair is for anyone interested in purchasing a home and will contain information on:

• What it takes to become a homeowner.

• How to qualify for forgivable down payment assistance loans.

• Resources available in Allen and surrounding counties for new homeowners, and much more.


Horace Mann announces second quarter perfect attendance list

Horace Mann Elementary announces its Perfect Attendance list for the second nine-week quarter.

Kyan Bales, Holden Bitzel, Christianna Bragg, Kaylee Braun, Keegin Brosz, Brookelynn Buzzard, Xavier Carl, Matthew Cocklin, Emma Daugherty, Molly Daugherty and Lillian Easterling.

And, Maggie Easterling, Carissa Gasper, Alexander Harpole, David Huston, Morgan Krumanaker, Robert Martin, Gabriella Martinez, Malikai Mattingly, Esther Michelle Messenger, Kaylee Morris and Micah Morris.


Roanoke announces perfect attendance list

Roanoke Elementary School has announced the names of students who achieved perfect attendance during the second quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

They are:

Carlyn Albright, Aaron Amick, Autumn Anderson, Holly Anderson, Keegan Bartrom, Carissa Beck, Grant Beckner, Brison Beekley, Lindsie Berghoff, Katie Bickel, Kenzi Blasio and Madison Bowers.

Also, Mickalea Bowman, Carly Brown, Auburn Cartwright, Brooke Dafforn, Makalya Dumato, Gage English, Braden Estep, Simon Fairchild, Derek Farley, Jacob Foster, Marian Garner, Alex Gass and Megan Gilpin.


Lancaster lists perfect attendance for second grading quarter

Lancaster Elementary School has announced the names of students who achieved perfect attendance for the second grading period of the 2010-11 school year.

They are:

Barrett Barscz, Josi Barscz, Kaitlyn Berry, Emma Bickel, Lillian Biehl, Alexander Bishop, Charlotte Borland, Robert Borland, William Borland and Jonathan Brown.

Also, Anthony Bryant, Rachel Bryant, Adyn Chenoweth, Eli Christman, Evan Christman, Dakota Cocklin, Wyatt Davis, Eben Dawson, Isaiah Decker and Kyle Deetz.


Huntington County Red Cross to hold two blood drives this month

The American Red Cross of Huntington County will hold two blood drives in Huntington County later this month.

They include:

• Jan 24 - A blood drive will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, from 1 to 7 p.m. The church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Ave., Huntington.

• Jan. 26 - St. Joseph Catholic Church will host a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. The church is located at 641 N. Main St., Roanoke.


Beacon Credit Union awarded homeowners with rebates in 2010

The Board of Directors of Beacon Credit Union returned more than $980,850 of loan interest to member-owners in 2010.

"A distinct benefit of borrowing from Beacon Credit Union is that each borrower is an owner of this cooperatively organized financial institution," says Bruce Ingraham, president.

The money returned to borrowers was in the form of a loan interest rebate. Those receiving the rebate were member-owners who paid interest on a loan during 2010, whose loan was not delinquent in its payments as of Dec. 31, and whose loan remained active as of Dec. 31.


Local Psi Iota Xi to have library story time

Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority will host a "Snowman Story Time" Monday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The story time is for children ages 4-8. Children will listen to a story, make a craft, and have a snack.



Miss Huntington pageant returns to scene on March 19

Young women are being sought to participate in the Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant, scheduled to be held on March 19.

Those interested in participating in the pageant must register no later than Jan. 28 by contacting one of the pageant co-directors - Sandy Stephan, 356-2745, or Ruth Marsh, 673-0313.

Contestants must be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate by June, 2011, and not older than 24 years as of Dec. 31, 2011. They must be residents of, employed in or attend school in Huntington, Wabash, Whitley, Adams or Wells county.


Parkview needs volunteers for its Homebound Meals delivery

Parkview Huntington Hospital is in need of volunteers to assist in the delivery of food for its Homebound Meals program.

Noontime meals are delivered Monday through Friday within the city limits of Huntington.

Routes generally consist of between eight and 12 stops; are grouped geographically and maps of the routes are provided.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers to deliver one route on Monday and one on Tuesday. Meals are delivered between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and the routes typically take 45 minutes to one hour to complete.


HU to fete MLK with Wilson talk

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The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated around Huntington County as the nation observes a holiday in his honor on Jan. 17.

Huntington University will host a lecture in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus on Monday, Jan. 17, at 11:30 a.m., to honor King's legacy and recognize the impact that he had on the world.

Arthur Wilson, director of urban scholarship and mentoring at Huntington University, will discuss "Where do we go from here?" This event is free and open to the public.


Huntington County Humane Society to host annual dinner Jan. 20 at Evangelical UMC

The Huntington County Humane Society will host its annual dinner on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd.

The theme of this year's dinner is "Secret Safari." Jim Coon will serve the dinner, and patrons will have their choice of pulled pork or Swiss steak.

Gene Snowden will be the master of the ceremony. Tim Hendricks will provide the entertainment of the evening as he shares his safari animals.


Lancaster Cub Scouts to hold breakfast Jan. 15

Lancaster Cub Pack 3129 will host a pancake, sausage and egg breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Salamonie Church of the Brethren.

There is no cost, but free will donations will be accepted.
The church is located at 2662W-600S (Ind.-124).



Borland is top speller at Lancaster

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Lancaster Elementary conducted its annual spelling bee on Thursday, Jan. 6, and Charlotte Borland was crowned winner by correctly spelling "ecologist."

Borland, the 11-year-old daughter of Robert and Dale Borland, is a fifth-grader in Joan Worth's class. She resides in Huntington.

Lancaster's alternate is Rachael Fulton. She misspelled the word "camouflage."

Fulton is the 11-year-old daughter of John and Karen Fulton.



Jumping for health

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Arianna Betterly jumps rope during the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA's "Healthy Kids Day" on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The Y had a variety of activities planned for kids throughout the day.


HNHS Athletic Dept. to conduct 2nd ‘Biggest Loser’

The Huntington North High School Athletic Department will conduct its second Biggest Loser contest of the school year starting Jan. 17 and continuing through March 25, for 10 weeks.

Teams are made up of four people and can be co-ed. Awards will be given for first place and runner-up, as well as the top male and female participant who loses the most percentage of weight.

Anyone may participate in the competition, which will all be based on percentage of weight lost.


Pathfinder Community Connectionsto offer free tax preparation assistance

Pathfinder Community Connections, the community development division of Pathfinder Services, will provide free tax preparation assistance to people with low to moderate income again this year.

Pathfinder Community Connections will offer the service Jan. 24 through April 14 at the Pathfinder Services North Campus, located at 2824 Theater Ave. in Huntington.

Appointments are required.

Times available each week are Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Children’s Choir sets Valentine Banquet, auction

The Children's Choir of Huntington County will sponsor a Valentine Banquet on Friday, Feb. 11, at the Huntington University Habecker Dining Commons.

The reception is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7 p.m.

The event will feature local artists, including the Treblemakers. The meal is chicken with white wine sauce and cheesecake. A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the reception and dinner with a variety of gifts and treats. A babysitting option is also available nearby.

Tickets can be purchased for singles, couples, or a table of eight or 10.


Victory Noll Center to offer wellness practices series

Victory Noll Center will offer the series "Wellness Practices for Self-Care" twice in the upcoming months.

The first offering is a nine-class period, which began Jan. 4 and continues through March 8. Sessions will be offered Tuesdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Class will not be held Jan. 18.

The second offering is a four-class period from Feb. 2 through Feb. 23. Sessions will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Roush Lake sets hunter education course

J. Edward Roush Lake will host a hunter education course on Feb. 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The course will be taught by Indiana State conservation officers and hunter education instructors.

Participants must be present for both classes and a parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under 12 years of age.

Hunter education is mandatory for all hunters born after Dec. 31, 1986.

All materials for the class will be provided free of charge. However, there is a range fee, with a discount for youth 16 years and younger.


Schools on two-hour delay Thursday

The Huntington County Community Schools are on a two-hour delay for Thursday, Jan. 13.

The delay follows a cancellation on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The snow day will be made up on Friday, Feb. 18.

Students were also sent home an hour early on Tuesday, Jan. 11, as snow fell across the county.


Junior Leaders to meet Jan. 13

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Cory Boxell, Huntington City police detective, will be the guest speaker.

The group will also convene committees for the 4-H year and discuss promotion plans for the upcoming Pizza Hut Benefit Buffet. Proceeds from the benefit buffet will support community service projects that the organization is conducting with Love, INC and the Huntington Armory Family Assistance Program.


Scheiber on dean’s list

Vincennes University, Jasper Campus, Aviation Technology Center, in Indianapolis recently released its list of students named to the Dean's List for the fall 2010 semester.

Among them was Huntington resident Corey Scheiber.
Scheiber is pursuing a degree in surveying technology.

Criteria to be named on the dean's list include completion of at least 12 credit hours and a grade point average of 3.5 or better, on a 4.0 scale.



Cancer support meeting is Monday, Jan. 17

A cancer support meeting will be held Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, on the lower level.

Anyone interested in alternative therapies for cancer is invited to attend.

A recording of Dr. Lorraine Day in a television interview will be shown. Recent health news will also be part of the program.



Shuttleworth sold to Ohio firm; local facility will remain open

Pro Mach Inc. announced Jan. 6 that it has acquired Shuttleworth, Inc., a leading global conveyor automation and product handling machinery manufacturer based in Huntington.

The Ohio-based company says it will continue to operate the Shuttleworth manufacturing facilities in Huntington and Belgium.

"I am confident that Pro Mach will continue the tradition of excellence that Shuttleworth has earned," says Carol Shuttleworth, President and CEO of Shuttleworth, Inc.


Cooking class focuses on healthy meals for diabetics and others

The Purdue University Huntington County Extension Office will be offering a Dining with Diabetes class beginning Jan. 24, at 6 p.m., at the Victory Noll Center in Huntington.

Dining with Diabetes is a two-hour class that runs twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, for two weeks. Class dates are Jan. 24, 27 and 31 and Feb. 3.

The first hour of class is instructional with the second hour giving participants a chance to taste the simple, but tasty, recipes.


Orders being taken for Angel Food Ministries

First Church of the Nazarene is accepting orders for the January distribution for Angel Food Ministries.

Orders at the church will be taken through Jan. 21 at noon. Orders will be accepted at the church Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday until 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Cash or food stamps (EBT) are due at the time of order.
Online orders will be taken through Jan. 23 at noon, at www.angelfood

For more information, contact Marsha Sumwalt at 358-9228 or the church at 356-1614.


Competition kickoff

Members of the Huntington County 4-H robotics team, Team THRUST, brainstorm strategies on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the competition kickoff on a new season.


Salamonie Interpretive Center Science Camp experiment

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Observers react as a vinegar and baking soda experiment explodes during the Salamonie Interpretive Center Science Camp on Thursday, Dec. 30. Pictured (from left) are Teresa Rody, interpretive naturalist for the center, and students Courtney Huizinga, Jacob Clupper and Ashley Weill. Twenty children signed up for the three-day camp, Dec. 28-30, and the final day featured explosion experiments.


AIHS sets 2011 meetings

Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (AIHS) will host meetings of its board of directors at its administrative office located at 2927 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Thursday in February, April, June, August and December.

All meetings are held in the Milo Troyer Conference Room. The date and location of the annual meeting in October will be determined later.


VNC program will give participants a glimpse of everyday life as a minority

Victory Noll Center will host a special program on Jan. 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

"A Day in the Life: Simulation of Life as an American Minority" is an exercise which provides hands-on experience for people from all backgrounds.

It is a glimpse into situations that are based on real-life experiences in which minorities often find themselves, illustrating the differing realities of those in power and those who are powerless.

Victory Noll Center is partnering with the Fort Wayne YWCA for this program as they strive to eliminate racism and empower women.


Pathfinder Foundation accepting grant requests

The Pathfinder Foundation is now accepting Fund Requests for 2011 and will review all requests.

Funds are available on a first come, first served basis.

One goal of the Pathfinder Foundation is to reach out to help other not-for-profit agencies and/or others with mental and physical disabilities not served by Pathfinder Services Inc. in Huntington, Wabash, Marshall, Starke, Allen and Whitley counties.


Huntington chamber to host Feb. 16 healthcare seminar at Habecker Dining Commons

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will host a healthcare seminar on Feb. 16, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

Dick Robinson, senior vice-president of Strategic Initiatives, Parkview Health Systems, will talk about the changes contained in the Healthcare Reform Bill and how it will affect business in 2011 and beyond.

There is a cost for the seminar, which includes lunch, and reservations are required.

Reservations can be made by calling the chamber at 356-5300.



First arrival

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Lauren Moreno, of Andrews, holds newborn daughter Scarlett Ann Moreno, the first baby of 2011 to be born at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Scarlett made her arrival on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 6:33 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 2 ounces and measuring 21.2 inches. She was welcomed by her 4-year-old brother, Lorenzo, and her grandparents George Moreno, of Huntington, and Robin Bosell, of Andrews, and great-grandparents Hershel and Eileen Monroe, all of Andrews. The mother received a basket of baby items courtesy of the hospital and the hospital gift shop.


Children’s Choir group to perform at music educators’ convention

The Children's Choir of Huntington County's Treble Choir (CCHC) was selected to perform at the Indiana Music Educator's Association convention, which will be held in Fort Wayne this month.

The treble choir's IMEA performance will be at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne on Saturday, January 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Each January, IMEA organizes a three-day convention, which traditionally takes place in Indianapolis. This year the convention has been moved to Fort Wayne for financial reasons.


Watching the line

Photo by Jessica Williams.

An ice fisherman enjoys the wintry Indiana weather on the Salamonie Reservoir on Thursday, Dec. 30.


SA hopes to raise additional $20,000

The Salvation Army of Huntington ended its Red Kettle Campaign $20,000 short of its $105,000 fund-raising goal, Capt. Tim Sell reports.

The figures are comparable to the previous year, he says.

"Even with the $5,000 increase of our goal this year, we are on pace with last year," Sell says.

Donations will continue to be accepted by mail. Sell says he'd like to receive donations by mid-January so The Salvation Army budget can be adjusted, if necessary.


HU nursing program expected to earn national accreditation this spring

The nursing program at Huntington University is nearing the end of a five-year process for national accreditation, with a final decision on accreditation expected in the spring.

The school's nursing program was implemented in 2006 and its first class of 10 students is expected to graduate in May 2011, with or without national accreditation.

The nursing program is accredited by the state of Indiana, but has not yet achieved national accreditation. That is expected to come in April.


Christmas baby

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Norma Etherington (left), of Huntington County Right to Life, presents a Christmas gift to newborn Mallory Joy Mattox and her family on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Mallory Joy, who was born on Dec. 27, at 11:33 p.m. - three weeks ahead of her due date - was the first baby born on or after Christmas at Parkview Huntington Hospital. The Right to Life organization traditionally presents that child with a Christmas gift in honor of the Christ child. With Mallory Joy are her parents, Amy (seated) and Joe (right) Mattox, of Huntington, and big sister Carly Mattox, 2.


Business of the month

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Ad Design was chosen as January's Business of the Month by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Holding the banner are (from left) Tyler Allen and Nathan Palmer of Ad Design; Steve Kimmel, executive director, Chamber of Commerce; Brenda Lehman, Ad Design; Bobby Bailey, ambassador, Bailey's Coffee LLC; Sue Rumple, ambassador, Beacon Credit Union; Chris Sands and Krystle Goldsberry, Ad Design; Amy Stansell, ambassador, Northview Inn; Connie Smith, Ad Design; Jean Wright, ambassador, Habitat for Humanity; Terry Miller, ambassador, Ness Bros.


O’Donnell to present his economic forecast

Huntington University Professor Jim O'Donnell will present his annual review and forecast of the economy at the University Foundation's breakfast on Jan. 12.

O'Donnell will look back on what happened during 2010 and discuss how it will affect the new year.

O'Donnell serves as the Luke J. Peters Professor of Business and Executive-in-Residence at Huntington University.

The public is invited to attend. The breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons and conclude by 9 a.m. First-time attendees eat free.


Junior Rotarians

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Huntington North High School students Maddie Meese, Jillian Fetters and Aaron Wolf have been named Junior Rotarians for January. They will be attending meetings of the Huntington Rotary Club during the month. The students and their sponsors are (from left) Rotarian John Easterday, Meese, Rotarian Annette Carroll, Fetters, Wolf and Rotarian Dave Mettler.


Announce L.A.C.E. grant winners for 2011

The Local Anti-Drug Coalition Effort (L.A.C.E.) has awarded $21,000 in grants for 2011, its director told members of the Huntington County Council during their meeting on Monday, Dec. 27.

L.A.C.E. is an extension of the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. Fines paid by people convicted in Huntington County courts of alcohol or drug related offenses fund the program.

Coalition coordinator Melissa Phillips said the grants were awarded in three areas - prevention and education, treatment and law enforcement.


Gradeless wins Flint Springs spelling contest

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Sydnee Gradeless is the winner of the Flint Springs Elementary School spelling bee.

She is eligible to participate in the county spelling bee, a preliminary to the Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee.

Gradeless is a fifth-grader in Janette Buzzard's class. Her parents are Jason and Jill Gradeless.

Joe Stoffel, a student in John Stoffel's class, was the runner-up in the school contest. His parents are Mike Stoffel and Annette Stoffel.



Local farmers nominated for state SWCD honor

Two Huntington County residents have been nominated for the state Conservation Farmer of the Year award, which will be presented during the 68th annual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) later this month in Indianapolis.

The father-son team of Philip Karst and Pat Karst, who were nominated by the Huntington County SWCD, will compete against nominees from Decatur, Dubois, LaGrange and Tippecanoe counties for the Conservation Farmer of the Year Award.