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Top 25


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Kiwanis Club honored the top 25 academically-ranked students from the Class of 2016 at Huntington North High School on Thursday, April 28, presenting each of the 25 with a Kiwanis Builds Forever medallion and certificate.

Huntington Kiwanis presents 3 scholarships

Carol Morehead (left) presents the Huntington Kiwanis Club’s scholarships to (from left) Tosha Davis, Mackenzie Faurote and Jacob Allred. The awards were presented during a luncheon on Thursday, April 28.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Kiwanis Club presented three scholarships during its annual luncheon on Thursday, April 28.

Scholarship recipients are Tosha Davis, Mackenzie Faurote and Jacob Allred, all Huntington North High School seniors.

Davis received the Herman Goodin Memorial Scholarship. She plans to study business administration at the University of Southern Indiana.

At HNHS, Davis is a member of the National Honor Society and will receive an academic honors diploma. She has participated in the school’s freshman mentoring program.

Star Wars Day set for May 4 at Hgtn. library

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will celebrate Star Wars Day on Wednesday, May 4, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The date, “May the fourth,” is a play on the Star Wars salutation, “May the Force be with you.”

A variety of activities will be provided for all ages. Costumes are welcome.

Chief’s Breakfast changes location

The community is invited to the 48th annual Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe breakfast Thursday morning, June 16, at 8 a.m.

This year the breakfast will be held at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, 3010 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

The new Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe is named at this event.

There is a cost for the breakfast. Make reservations by calling the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, 356-5300.

Pathfinder Services is the sponsor of Heritage Days 2016 and the theme is Indiana Celebrating 200 Years.

McKenzie’s Hope wins Ants Community Challenge

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants mascot presents a check for $1,204 to Jessica Broyles (right) of McKenzie’s Hope Child Advocacy Center after the organization won the team’s Mad Ants Community Challenge contest.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

With the close of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, McKenzie’s Hope Child Advocacy Center had a busy month, including receiving a donation from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants Team.

McKenzie’s Hope won the Mad Ants Community Challenge, in which several non-profit groups competed to encourage community members to buy tickets to a particular Mad Ants game. The team presented a check for $1,204 to the organization on Wednesday, April 27.

IAB re-elects directors, announces retirements

Jeff Espich (left) and Rudy Frauhiger.
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Independent Alliance Banks, Inc., the holding company of iAB financial bank, re-elected the following directors to serve a three-year board term at the annual shareholders meeting held April 28:

• Kathryn A. Brogan,  partner, Eilbacher Fletcher, LLP. Brogan has served on the IAB board since 2012.

• William S. Ogden, vice president finance, Sauder Manufacturing Co. Ogden has served on the IAB board since 2005.

Transplant recipient seeks to participate in games

A Huntington man who received a heart transplant as an infant is seeking sponsors for his participation on the Transplant Games of America this summer.

Derek Roberts, 25, was just 11 days old when he received a new heart. He had been diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome at 5 days old.

Since 1994, he has participated in the basketball and bowling events of the Transplant Games of America. This year’s games will be held June 10 through 16 in Cleveland, OH.

Roberts is seeking sponsors to assist with the costs of hotel, travel, food and registration.

Metro Kiwanis honors ‘Terrific Kids’ from eight county schools

“Terrific Kids” honored by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club are (front, from left) Christiana Jordan, Alexandria Campbell, Lukas Moody and Peyton Patterson; (middle, from left) Micah Lenn, Hailey Anderson, Lilly Esterling, Natalie Stallsmith, Graci Shopoff and Jadalynn Brown; and (back, from left) Dylan Miller, Bella Jones, Gracie Fields, Ethan Meyer, Kali La Rocque, Chase Elzroth and Jericho Lykins.
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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club honored “Terrific Kids” from eight Huntington County elementary schools during a dinner held Monday, April 25.

The honored students, all in fourth grade, were selected by their teachers to recognize their improvement in one or more areas during the school year.

This is the 26th year the club has presented the awards.

Students who were recognized were:

Andrews Elementary School — Hailey Anderson, Ethan Meyer and Gracie Fields.

Flint Springs Elementary School — Chase Elzroth, Micah Lenn and Kali La Rocque.

Homeschoolers bring Shakespeare to the stage

Members of Faith Homeschool Co-op pose for a photo during a rehearsal of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” They are (front row, from left) Makaiah Pieart and Bethany Petry; and (middle row, from left) Lorraine Perkins, Dustin Snodderly, Morgan Snodderly, Isaac Disinger, Anna Albright, Taylor Stettler, Anna Eckert and Natalie Snodderly; and (back row, from left) Mikaela Disinger, Isaac Eckert, Isaac Albright, Chloe Binkerd, Caitlyn Binkerd and Adam Albright. Not pictured is Ethan Parker, lights and media. The troupe will present the play on May 7.
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Local homeschooled students will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at Huntington Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington.

The comedy, written between 1590 and 1597, is one of the shortest of Shakespeare’s works and yet remains one of the most widely performed to this day.

The troupe of 15 students, members of Faith Homeschool Co-op, have been studying Shakespearean literature together, under the direction of Janine Petry, since August 2015.

Jail contraband makes its way to historical museum

The Huntington County Historical Museum now has a display of contraband that has been confiscated from within the Huntington County Jail.

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel gave the museum an opportunity to pick up items that had been previously displayed at the Huntington County Jail.

The display includes items made out of toilet paper and other materials. Also included are a ball and chain with leg irons from the late 1800s.

NEIB announces 21-cent dividend, elects directors

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced the corporation will pay a cash dividend of 21 cents per common share. The dividend will be payable on May 24 to shareholders of record on May 10.

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc. held its 21st annual shareholders’ meeting April 26.

The shareholders selected Stephen E. Zahn and Randy J. Sizemore as directors of the company for terms to expire in 2019.

Celebrate books for kids

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library is celebrating Children’s Book Week this week, May 2 through 7.

Guests can visit the library throughout the week to view a display of items representing book titles, then guess the titles.

From Wacky Wednesday, May 4, through Freaky Friday, May 6, visitors can search the library to see how many backward, upside down or wacky things they can find. The hunt is inspired by the Dr. Seuss book “Wacky Wednesday.”

Activities are open to all ages.

Wilson Gallery features works by three HU seniors through May 6

A variety of artistic mediums from three graduating seniors, including one from Huntington, are featured at Huntington University’s Visual Arts Department senior exhibit, which opened Thursday, April 21.

The exhibit is held in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery located in the Merillat Centre for the Arts and will run through May 6. The Wilson Gallery is open weekdays form 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., before and after all Merillat Centre performances and by appointment.

Exhibitors and their work will include:

Genealogy researcher is guest at May 4 meeting

The Huntington County Genealogical Society will meet on Wednesday, May 4, in the Indiana Room of the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The speaker  is Ron Darrah.

Darrah has been a resident of Indiana since 1972. He has degrees from Kent State University in education and history.

A former sixth grade teacher, he is also a retired supervisor of warehousing with the Indianapolis Public Schools and Technical Sergeant with the Indiana Air National Guard.

HNHS honors seniors bound for Armed Services

Huntington North High School students who will serve in the military after graduation are (front, from left) Sara Galo, Dalton Caley, Cassidy Butler and Elizabeth Mitchell; and (back, from left) Mykal Miller, Austin Best, Cole Hahn, Dawson Hertel, Van Bailey, Kolton Beard, Jarod Miller, Gunner Wibel, Jacob Septer, Braxton Heister and Drew Hinkle. The 16th enlistee, Luke Clor, is already serving.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sixteen Huntington North High School seniors who will serve in the Armed Forces after high school were guests of honor at a breakfast on Tuesday, April 26, in the school library.

The military enlistees make up 4 percent of this year’s 385-member graduating class, HNHS Principal Chad Daugherty noted.

Seven students have enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. They include Luke Clor, who is already serving; Van Bailey, Kolton Beard, Dawson Hertel, Cole Hahn, Sara Galo and Austin Best. They were welcomed by Marine Sgt. Tyler Hanson and Staff Sgt. Leco Barnes.

Extension announces this week’s 4-H events

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of activities from May 2 to May 9.

They are:

Monday, May 2 – Archery, 6 p.m., Community Building.

Tuesday, May 3 – Primary Election Day – County office closed; Canine Capers, 6:30 p.m., Community Building.

Wednesday, May 4 – Bowling, 5 p.m., Rainbow Lanes; Pistol, 6 p.m., Family Living Building; PQA workshop, 7 p.m., Heritage Hall.

Thursday, May 5 – Huntington Hummers, 6:30 p.m., Mills home; 4-Leaf Clovers, 7 p.m., Lahr home.

HU hosts math contest

Huntington University hosted approximately 200 students and teachers from 23 area middle schools on April 13 for the annual Huntington University Middle School Mathematics Competition.

The team competition was won by Discovery Middle School, in Granger.

Northridge Middle School, in Middlebury, won second place.

St. Joseph Grade School, in South Bend, took third.

In the individual competition, Seunghoon Sun, from Discovery Midddle School, won first place.

Second place went to Joey Garberick, of Northridge Middle School.

Utterback wins Scholastic Silver Key

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Olivia Utterback

Olivia Utterback, an eighth grade student at Riverview Middle School, has been awarded a Silver Key in the National Scholastic Art Awards.

The award, presented by the non-profit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, has identified the early promise of some of the nation’s most accomplished visionaries and encouraged young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors.

Restocking the pantry


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The recent missions project of the lower elementary Sunday school class at Faith Chapel UM Church in Goblesville was fulfilled on Saturday, April 16, when the food products the class had collected were delivered to the Huntington Church of the Nazarene food pantry. The lower elementary class was assisted by the preschool and the upper elementary classes. Pictured (from left) are Emma Lochner, Laura Lochner, Hadley Parsons, Finley Parsons, Lucas Alwine, Leah Alwine and Kora Smith. Also present were Amy Lochner, Jillian Parsons and Noah Alwine.

HU women’s auxiliary gives scholarship

The Huntington University Women’s Auxiliary Scholarship has awarded its 2015-16 scholarship in the amount of $1,470 to MaKayla Mae Barrantes, of Greenacres, FL.

Barrantes is a sophomore at HU, where she is majoring in accounting with a math minor. After spending January term in Thailand, she added studies to fulfill requirements for a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate.

Barrantes is also a member of the HU women’s soccer team and was selected to be a resident assistant in Baker Roush Hall for the 2016-17 academic year.

Pageant bound


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Arianna Betterly, who was crowned 2015 Junior Miss Heritage Days, is surrounded by some of the girls vying for this year’s Little Miss and Junior Miss titles.

Y String Team to present concert tonight at MCA

The Y String Team will give its first spring recital tonight, Monday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.

It will be held in the Longaker Recital Hall at the Huntington University Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Students will perform pieces prepared with the help of their instructors, Rachel Mossburg, Jay Rexroth, AJ Jabarin and Christy Thomson.

The public is welcome. The recital is free of charge.

Party will honor artists who worked on old hotel

Anyone who participated in the restoration of the LaFontaine Center is invited to a party on June 22, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the building’s rebirth as a retirement housing facility.

Jean Gernand and the late Emmy Purviance Henn stepped in during the mid-1980s to pursue  finance to restore the formerly grand Hotel LaFontaine.

Post-Its are materials for teen art

Teens are invited to make art out of Post-It Notes all during May at both the Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The libraries will supply the Post-It Notes, markers, paper, glue and other materials.

All art will be displayed for the remainder of the month in the teen areas of both libraries.

Quilters will meet Thursday

The Piecemakers Quilt Club will meet on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Visitors are welcome to attend.

By the Book volunteers


Photo by Steve Clark.

Volunteers from the By the Book ministry were recognized at a praise celebration held Tuesday, April 26, at Central Christian Church, in Huntington. Volunteers are (seated from left) Nancy Beaver, Nicole Sims, Phylis Stouder, Karen Humbarger and Deb Waldron; and (standing from left) Dale Borland, Vicki Stephens, Melissa Freck, Jill Zorger, Janet Finton, Barb Ables and Mindi Herstad. Not pictured are Greg Comp, Regeanna Lahr, Joyce Mollette, Jim Shively, Kathy Hollowell, Tanya Vereeke and Gary Waldron.

IAB announces cash dividend of 22 cents

Independent Alliance Banks Inc., the holding company of iAB financial bank, has announced a second quarter cash dividend of 22 cents per share payable June 1 to shareholders of record date May 16.

This dividend represents a 1 cent per share increase, or 4.76 percent, over the 21 cents per share amount that has been paid to shareholders quarterly since second quarter of 2014, says Michael C. Marhenke, president and chief executive officer.  

IAB has paid a quarterly dividend to its shareholders since its reformation in 2005.

‘Mail call’


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of local law enforcement agencies gather in support of Huntington resident and World War II veteran Robert Jack “Barney” Barnett, 95, when they learned that he was unable to make the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight he was scheduled to attend on Wednesday, April 27, because of health issues. Friends and family gathered at the Huntington Pizza Hut to honor Barnett and presented him with a “mail call” of about 100 letters written to him by friends, relatives, church groups and school children.

Trolley hopping in Roanoke


Photo by Ehren Wynder.

A trolley hop and quilt show were held throughout Roanoke on Saturday April 30,with a trolley taking participants to various points in the town during the day. Boarding in front of Paper Moon Antiques are (from left) Dave Burns,  Connie Burns and Vicki Prezbindowski.

Loadng up


Photo by Ehren Wynder.

Eric Powell (front) and Joe Bailey get plates of food during the Andrews United Methodist Church fund-raising ham and beans supper on Saturday, April 30.

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