Huntington County Chamber March Business of the Month

Photo by Joni Knott.

Zay Leasing & Rentals, 4957 N. Broadway St., Huntington, was selected as the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for March. Present for the announcement on Tuesday, Feb. 24, are (first row, from left) Terry Miller, chamber ambassador; Robin Schaller, Zay Leasing & Rentals; Andy Zay, owner of Zay Leasing & Rentals; Megan Linker, Zay Leasing & Rentals; JoDeane Knowles, chamber ambassador; and (second row, from left) Gene Snowden, chamber ambassador; Brandon Kastner, chamber ambassador; and Steve Godfroy, chamber ambassador.

Overholt, Lundy are Jr. Rotarians of month

Nathan Lundy (second from left) and Regan Overholt (right) have been named Junior Rotarians for March by the Huntington Rotary Club. With them are their Rotary Club sponsors, Chuck Grable (left) and Rose Wall (third from left).
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School seniors Regan Overholt and Nathan Lundy have been named Junior Rotarians for March by the Huntington Rotary Club.

Overholt is a member of Student Council, class council, National Honor Society and Student Leaders at HNHS, where she is active in freshman mentoring. She is also a member of the Rotary Interact Service Club and the Leading Leos of Huntington County.

Overholt is the daughter of Deron and Marla Overholt. She plans to attend Purdue University with a goal of becoming a pharmacist.

OLVM Sisters taking funding applications from non-profit groups

Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters are accepting applications for funding from non-profit organizations with programs that are compatible to the OLVM mission.

The grants are awarded through the John Joseph Sigstein Foundation, named in honor of the priest who founded the  religious order in 1922.

The deadline for application is July 1. Organizations applying for a grant must have 501(c)(3) or equivalent status and be geared toward effecting systemic change.

Fish dinner partnership

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Roanoke Lions Club has offered the Roanoke Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization an opportunity to receive $1 back for every ticket pre-sold by PTO members, school staff and students to the Lions’ All-You-Can-Eat Fish Dinner on Friday, March 13. Pictured at Bippus State Bank, in Roanoke, on Thursday, Feb. 26, holding tickets are (from left) Dave Winters, Lions Club secretary; Mat Quickery, fish dinner chairperson; and Tina Watts, PTO officer. The dinner will be held at Roanoke American Legion Post 160.

HNHS post-prom fund-raiser set for March 12 at Berg Ale House, Huntington

A fund-raiser for the Huntington North High School post-prom party will be held on March 12 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Berg Ale House, in downtown Huntington.

Post-prom committee volunteers will serve as wait staff, and all tips as well as a portion of the proceeds from meal purchases will go toward post-prom expenses.

The post-prom committee will meet next on March 9 in the Huntington North High School commons, with entry through Door 3. Chairmen will meet at 6:45 p.m. and committees at 7:30 p.m.

County has reps at BG Club state gathering

Taking a moment to pose for a photo at the Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Legislative Lunch in the South Atrium of the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday, Feb. 24, are Huntington Boys & Girls Club members (from left to right) Austin Burnworth, Jordan Medsker, Craig Martin, Gabbie Minick and Selena Burnworth.
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Huntington County was represented in a gathering of youths from across the state.

Gov. Mike Pence attended the Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Legislative Lunch in the South Atrium of the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The event showcased the collective footprint of Boys & Girls Clubs across the state, including 38 separate Club organizations, and to celebrate the nine-year partnership of serving Indiana’s Kids.

HU DMA students earn honors for productions

The Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) has recognized seven Huntington University students with awards for outstanding examples of radio, TV and film production with one team taking the “Film Award of Excellence.”

The students, all from HU’s Digital Media Arts Department, received the honors at the iNRB Student Production Awards Ceremony in Nashville, TN, on Feb. 25.

iAB financial bank donates to new Haupert Institute for Ag Studies

Lee Pasko (left), iAB Financial Bank vice president and agribusiness banker, presents Huntington University President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton with a check for $2,500. The donation will go to the university’s new Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies.
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iAB financial bank recently donated $2,500 to the new Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies at Huntington University.

iAB’s President and CEO, Michael C. Marhenke, says the bank is privileged to make a donation to the new program providing expertise in agricultural education to the students at Huntington University.

Indiana Department of Transportation offers engineering student scholarships

The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation.

Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at Applications for the 2015-2016 school year must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31.

Violence in workplace is topic for safety council luncheon March 11

Violence in the workplace is the topic of the Huntington County Safety Council luncheon meeting on March 11 at 11:30 a.m. at Huntington University’s Habecker Dining Commons.

Chief Deputy Chris Newton of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department will present the program.

To register for the meeting contact Holly Sale, HCSC president, at 355-3203, by fax at 355-3236 or by email at

4-H Junior Leaders to meet March 12 at Hier’s

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet March 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Family Living Building, Hier’s Park, Huntington.

Members will have the opportunity to sign up to work at the food stand at the Huntington County Cattlemen’s Beef Preview Show on March 21.

Benefit night to raise funds for HNHS baseball program March 9

A benefit night to raise funds for Huntington North High School’s baseball program is set for Monday, March 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Huntington Pizza Hut.

A portion of the price of the buffet and all tips will go directly to the program.

Pizza Hut is located at 101 Frontage Road, Huntington.

State announces graduation, voucher statistics

The Indiana Department of Education has released statistics concerning graduation rates and school vouchers, including local numbers in Huntington County.

Indiana’s graduation rate for 2013-14 jumped to 89.8 percent, up from 88.6 percent the year before, according to data recently released by the Indiana Department of Education.

Indiana’s non-waiver graduation rate also saw an increase. The non-waiver graduation rate was 83.4 percent, up from 81.7 percent in the previous year.

Crestview youths receive appreciative kudos

The Huntington Optimist Club has presented its Youth Appreciation Awards to Crestview Middle School students Macy Wohlford and Corbin Cozad. Pictured are (from left) Ruth Marsh, Optimist Club president; Wohlford; Crestview Principal Chuck Werth; and Cozad.
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Macy Wohlford and Corbin Cozad, both eighth grade students at Crestview Middle School, have been selected for the Huntington Optimist Club’s Youth Appreciation Awards.

The award is presented annually to students from Huntington County’s high schools and middle schools who demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

Wohlford is the daughter of Mark and Jacqueline Wohlford, of rural Huntington.

She is a cheerleader at Crestview and participates in club volleyball and softball outside of school.

4-H clubs announce weekly meeting schedules

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service of Huntington County has announced this week’s 4-H club meeting and events.

They include:

Today, March 2 — Champion Achievers, 5:30 p.m., St. Peter’s First Community Church; archery, 6 p.m., Community Building at Hier’s Park; and tractor, 7 p.m., home of Mark Brown.

Tuesday, March 3 — Shotgun, 6 p.m, Family Living Building at Hier’s Park.

Wednesday, March 4 — Pistol, 6 p.m., Family Living Building at Hier’s Park.

Thursday, March 5 — Hoosier Boosters, 7 p.m., Family Living Building at Hier’s Park.

4-H’ers honored

Photo by Steve Clark.

Four-H’ers who won soil and water awards at the 2014 Huntington County 4-H Fair were honored at the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting and banquet at Huntington North High School on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Honorees were (front row from left) Julie Winters, Benjamin Christman, Marianne Christman, Luke Christman, Alexandria Christman and (back row from left) Jacob White, Michael Winters, Matthew Knight and Robert Sliger III. Honored but not pictured are Taylor Martz, Matthew McMillan and Alexis Weaver.

HCCOA’s Senior party is March 17

The Huntington County Council on Aging/Senior Center will hold a Senior party sponsored by Markle Health & Rehabilitation on Tuesday, March 17. The party begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center.

Markle Health & Rehabilitation will provide an afternoon of fun with lunch, entertainment and door prizes.

Reservations are required to attend. Call 359-4410.                     

Marion library geneaolgist to speak

The Huntington Genealogy Society will meet on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

The speaker will be Rhonda Stoffer, who has been the head of Indiana History and Genealogy Services at the Marion Public Library since 2001.

Stoffer serves as the Northeast District director for the Indiana Genealogical Society and is also the Grant County Genealogist for IGS. She is a member of the General Francis Marion Chapter of the DAR.

Art by Beihold and Kline is selected for Scholastic exhibit at Fort Wayne museum

Artwork by Huntington North High School sophomores Justin Beihold (left) and Makenzie Kline was selected for inclusion in the Scholastics Art & Writing Competition show on display through April 5 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Artwork by Huntington North High School students Justin Beihold and Makenzie Kline was selected for inclusion in the Scholastics Art & Writing Competition show now on display at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

The show can be viewed until April 5, and the students’ work can also be viewed during ArtsExpress at Crestview Middle School on March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kline, an HNHS sophomore, was awarded a Silver Key for her perspective drawing/watercolor, “Sundown.”

Demo of former Wolf & Dessauer to bring traffic restrictions to downtown starting today, March 2

Preliminary work for the demolition of the former Lehman’s/Wolf & Des-sauer building in downtown Huntington will begin with traffic restrictions today, Monday, March 2.

Beginning today, wea-ther permitting, traffic on Cherry Street will not be allowed to turn east onto West Park Drive as crews remove the stoplight on the east side of the Park Drive/Jefferson Street intersection.

Flaggers may be in place to direct traffic around workers as they set up barricades along Park Drive, city officials say.

Adult ed to host new student orientation on Wednesday, March 4

Huntington County Adult Education, provided by IMPACT Institute, will hold a new student orientation on Wednesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. in the classroom at St. Peter Lutheran Church school building, in Huntington.

Registration and assessments will be provided to new students who need a high school diploma. The sessions will also include information regarding transition to classes after obtaining a high school diploma and refresher skills instruction for those in need of skills development for college or work.  

College fair to be held at HNHS on March 10

Huntington North High School will host a college fair on Tuesday, March 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the HNHS fieldhouse.

More than 30 universities, colleges and organizations have confirmed their attendance, including Anderson University, Ball State University, Bluffton University, Central Michigan University, DePauw University, Evansville University, Grace College and Harrison College.

Miss Huntington Pageant comes to end after 53 years

The 53-year run of the Miss Huntington Pageant has come to an end.

The Huntington Optimist Club, which has sponsored the program since its inception in 1963, has decided to end that sponsorship, says Ruth Marsh, an Optimist Club member who has served as the pageant’s director.

“It was a tough decision,” she says.

Club members considered the best use of their funds, as well as the fact that fewer girls are signing up to compete and that the winner is often someone from outside Huntington County, in making the decision, Marsh says.

Diary entry

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Erica Ashley portrays Anne Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren. Upcoming performances are March 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and the Sunday shows start at 4 p.m. Tickets may be reserved online at or by leaving a message at 375-7017.

Roanoke library to offer adult computer classes starting April 1

The Roanoke Public Library will offer computer classes for adults on Wednesdays beginning April 1.

Classes are limited to the first six who register. Classes build on each previous class, so students are encouraged to sign up and attend all six classes to receive the full benefit.

Classes are information with hands-on experience. Laptops are provided by the library for each student’s use during the class.

Pork chops and sausage on menu at Mt. Etna UM

The Mt. Etna United Methodist Church will have its annual pork chop dinner on Saturday, March 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The meal consists of one or two pork chops or two sausage patties, with sides, bread and butter, a dessert and drink.

The church is located at the corner of Ind.-9 and Ind.-124. For more information, call 468-9690.

Rotary to hail centennial with new park donation

This sketch shows a bird’s eye view of the new Rotary Centennial Park to be constructed at the corner of Jefferson Street and Park Drive, in downtown Huntington.
Sketch contributed.

The Rotary Club of Huntington is preparing to celebrate its centennial in 2017 with the construction of Rotary Centennial Park.

The park will be located on the lot that is currently home to Roche Hall at the corner of Jefferson Street and Park Drive. The demolition of the building, set to begin next week, will provide space necessary for the new park.

Chicken dance

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Scot Riggers (left), of Roanoke, and his daugher Sophie, 11, do the chicken dance at the Daddy-Daughter Dance on Saturday night, Feb. 28, at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park. The event was put on by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.

Varsity Singers host Midwest Showcase

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The CeNsation show choir from Central Noble High School in Albion performs Saturday afternoon at the Midwest Showcase competition hosted by the Huntington North Varsity Singers.

Getting that 'sheepskin'

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dominic Black (left) receives a diploma from Huntington County Literacy Coalition President Rebecca Lemons on Friday evening, Feb. 27, at the Centaral Christian Church, in Huntington, during a graduation ceremony sponosored by the coalition for 10 students earning equivalency diplomas through the IMPACT Institute.