Coyote hunters raise funds for Cancer Society

Some of the participants in the 2015 Coyotes for Charity hunt included (front row, from left) Drake Sparling, Larry Frank, Kenzie Anderson, Jaira Houston, Greg Groninger and Austin Malott; (second row, from left) Jay Lynn, David Graber, Elmer Graber, Terry Hoffman, Bruce Correll, Fred Hetzner, Kayla Gish, Rodney Gish, Julie Gish, Jared Anderson, Morris Day, Ron Norman, Byron Fites and Steven Raber; (third row, from left) Buck Cunningham, Merrill Tibbets, Rod Frazier, Steve James, Austin Gish, Kole Kirkman, Missy Kirkman, Todd Kirkman, Mike Simpson, Travis Zile, Cletus Raber, Danny Detweiler and William Foust; and (back row, from left) John Crow Jr., Randal Chilcutt, Sam Chilcutt, KC Licklider, Wes Frank, Seth Forgey, Mark Simpson, Ed Denton, Rodney Maxwell, Jarett Houston, Jim Metterling, Rudy Detweiler and Eric Miller. The bags of coyote pelts in the foreground were sold, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. This is the 12th year for the project, which has raised more than $45,220 for the cancer society.
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The Coyotes for Charity hunters have reported harvesting 410 coyotes this past season, auctioning the pelts to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Coyotes for Charity hunters come from Miami, Wabash, Fulton, Kosciu-sko, Grant, Howard, Marshall, Carroll, Cass and Huntington counties.

The pelts were prepared for auction by Larry Frank, of Macy, and turned over to Bo Bodeneimer, a United States receiving agent for North American Fur Auctions (NAFA) in Toronto, Ontario, where the pelts were sent to be sold.

Peterson will discuss a life in math

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Jonathon Peterson.

Dr. Jonathon Peterson, assistant professor of mathematics at Purdue University, will present a seminar entitled “My Life as a Professional Mathematician.”

It will be held Friday, May 1, at 4 p.m. in Hiner Hall, located in the Dowden Science Hall at Huntington University.

The seminar is a part of the Gerald D. Smith Lecture Series in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and is free and open to the public.

After receiving his Master of Science and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Peterson served as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral

Veterans park to have wounded vets memorial

Gloria Holzinger shows a conceptual drawing of the Purple Heart memorial drawn by her son, Rob Holzinger, to a committee meeting Monday, April 20. The group plans to raise $31,000 to pay for the monument, honoring those in Huntington County who shed their blood during combat.
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When the ribbon is cut on Huntington’s new veterans’ park, one of its most prominent monuments will honor the county’s natives who were wounded in the course of combat.

Gloria Holzinger, of Huntington, is leading the charge to raise funds for the memorial, a red, white and blue stone monument that will be one of the highlights of the park.

A newly-formed committee met Monday, April 20, to look at plans for the monument and devise a way for the community to make tax-deductible donations to pay for the $31,000 project.

Two local youth earn awards for Safe Place Coloring Contest

Taylor Vetor (right), a fourth-grade student at Roanoke Elementary School, displays her winning page in the recent Youth Services Bureau’s annual Safe Place Coloring Contest. With her is Safe Place/Host Home coordinator Steve Ward.
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Two fourth-grade students were recently presented awards for their entries into the Youth Services Bureau’s annual Safe Place Coloring Contest. This year’s winners are Adrianna Nightenhelser, a student at Flint Springs Elementary School, and Taylor Vetor, a student at Roanoke Elementary.

“The contest was in conjunction to the fourth grade Health Fair sponsored by the Huntington County Health and Wellness Coalition,” says Steve Ward, Safe Place/Host Home coordinator.

Coloring winner

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Adrianna Nightenhelser (right), a fourth-grade student at Flint Springs Elementary School, is congratulated by Safe Place program coordinator Steve Ward for being a winner in the Youth Services Bureau’s annual Safe Place Coloring Contest.

Habitat’s new director aims to build a stronger, more vibrant community

Kasey Kohlmorgen is the new executive director of Huntington County Habitat for Humanity.
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Kasey Kohlmorgen has been named as the new executive director for Huntington County Habitat for Humanity.

“Kasey has the fund-raising and community relations background that we were looking for in a new director,” says Dr. Norris Friesen, chairman of the Huntington County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.  

Hiles says he’ll be back to normal after stroke

Huntington mayoral candidate Tony Hiles says he is on the road to recovery after suffering a small stroke on April 9.

Hiles fell unconscious and stopped breathing prior to a debate involving the four mayoral candidates that evening. He was taken by ambulance first to Parkview Huntington Hospital and later to Parkview Regional Medical Center, in Fort Wayne, where he was hospitalized for four days.

Tests showed he had suffered a small stroke, Hiles says. He is currently undergoing speech therapy and additional tests.

Rain date build at Slack Park set Saturday

The community build at Gen. Slack Park, which was scheduled for April 25, was postponed until this Saturday, May 2, because rain was predicted for the day.
The community can join Sinclair Recreation and the Huntington Parks & Recreation Department for the rescheduled community build on May 2 to update the playground equipment at the park.

Volunteers are needed to help assemble the equipment, prepare refreshments and hold pieces in place.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Allison Timbrook at 358-2323, extension 2, to sign up to help with the build.

Warren business earns state honor for longevity

Representatives of Bolinger’s Propane Service were in Indianapolis on April 22 to receive the Governor’s Half-Century Business Award from Gov. Mike Pence. Joining in the celebration are (front row, from left) Miranda Bolinger, Brandon Bolinger, Olivia Bolinger and Carson Bolinger; (middle row, from left) Gina Canady, Pence and Mike Bolinger; and (back row, from left) Madi Canady, Scott Canady and Rita Bolinger.
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Bolinger’s Propane Service, in Warren, has been honored with the Governor’s Half Century Business Award. The award was presented Wednesday, April 22, by Gov. Mike Pence at the Indiana Statehouse, in Indianapolis.

Warren alumni to reunite on May 9

The alumni banquet of Warren High School will be held on May 9 at the Knight-Bergman Center, in Warren. All former students, teachers and friends of the Warren School are invited to attend.

The classes of 1955 and 1965 will be recognized as honored classes. All graduates from 1945 and before will also be recognized.

Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. The Salamonie Valley museum will be open during the afternoon and evening.

To make reservations, contact Jim Howell at 375-3048 or email howellj@

PHH’s Sale to present next Lunch ‘n Learn topic May 12

The topic of the next Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Lunch ‘n Learn meeting will be “How to Put the Cherry on Top,” presented by Holly Sale of Parkview Huntington Hospital.

The luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.
Sale’s program will focus on several points:

• “Back to basics” with customer service.

• Purpose, vision, mission, values, standards, taglines and logos.

• How is your work performance meaningful, and how does it make a difference?

Up and running

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A new structure, which includes offices and a repair shop, at the Huntington Landfill was officially opened on Wednesday, April 22, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Remembering Lincoln

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Paul Craig (left), as Capt. Silas Pulse; Larry Bower (center), as Abraham Lincoln; and Teresa Bower (right), as Mary Todd Lincoln, visited Warren on April 14 for the Pulse Opera House presentation of “Keeping Mr. Lincoln.” The dramatic reading focusing on Lincoln’s life marked the 150th anniversary of the president’s death. The dinner and show were presented in the fellowship hall of the Warren United Church of Christ.

Top teacher

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Social studies teacher Lynn Brown expresses her delight after she was named the 2015 Huntington North High School Teacher of the Year Wednesday, April 22, by HNHS Principal Chad Daugherty. Daugherty praised Brown, calling her a “true professional” who has had a huge impact on students. Brown was chosen by a vote of her peers.

Vigil will raise awareness of child abuse prevention

Residents and leaders from Huntington and Huntington County stand in silence during a previous vigil held in observance of National Child Abuse Month.
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In observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Huntington County Department of Child Services, in partnership with the Child Protection team and the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County will host a community vigil on Wednesday, April 29. The event will be begin at 3:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. at the Department of Child Services office, located at 2806 Theater Ave., in Huntington.

Westbound lanes of Bus. 24 to be closed starting today, Monday

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that the westbound lanes of Bus.-24, just east of the city of Huntington, were scheduled for closure this morning, Monday, April 27, weather permitting, to facilitate a bridge deck overlay on the bridge over U.S.-24.

Both westbound lanes of Bus.-24 will be closed between the Bus.-24/U.S.-24 split and Erie Stone Road. The official westbound detour is U.S.-24 to Old Ind.-9 to Bus.-24. The eastbound lanes of Bus.-24 will remain open.

Bake sale on May 9 to raise funds for National Multiple Sclerosis Society

A bake sale to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will be held on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s First Community Church.

The church is located at 206 Etna Ave., in Huntington. Visitors should use the William Street entrance.

The fund-raiser is organized by Shari Brinneman. For more information call her at 579-5305.

Comedy to hit Roanoke on May 15

Comedian/impressionist Craig Tornquist joins entertainer Jim Barron for a May 15 show in Roanoke,
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A night of comedy to benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry will feature the many voices of comedian/
impressionist Craig Tornquist and WBCL Radio personality Jim Barron.  

Billed as “All You Can Laugh For Ten Dollars,” the show will be presented on Friday, May 15, at The Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and  illusionist Barron takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Wacky sisters of ‘Nunsense’ take over Pulse stage

Jana Henly, who plays Sister Mary Amnesia in the Pulse Opera House production of “Nunsense,” poses with a puppet in a scene from the comedy. “Nunsense” opens May 1 at the downtown Warren theater.
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“Nunsense” opens May 1 at the Pulse Opera House, in downtown Warren.

The production follows the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who are in dire need of funds to bury the 52 sisters who were accidentally poisoned by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. The sisters decide the best way to raise money is to put on a variety show.

The show features star turns, tap dancing, an audience quiz and comic surprises.

Stacia Brinneman plays Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer, and Jessica Dodson is Sister Mary Hubert, the mistress of novices.

Area 4-H clubs set week’s activities

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of activities from April 27 to May 3.

They are:

Monday, April 27
6 p.m. – Archery, Community Building.
Wednesday, April 29
6 p.m. – Pistol, Family Living Building.

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

Historic Forks dinner will include silent auction

A silent auction on Friday, May 1, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash will feature items ranging from candy baskets to autographs from top college coaches.

The candy basket will be crafted by The Party Shop.

Bidders can also vie for certificates entitling them to autographs from University of Notre Dame head coaches Muffit McGraw, women’s basketball; Michael Brey, men’s basketball; and Brian Kelly, football. The winning bidders must supply balls for the autographs.

Huntington University hosts math contest for area middle schools

Huntington University hosted teams from 20 area middle schools for its annual Middle School Mathematics Competition on April 22.

Northridge Middle School won the team competition. Second place went to Discovery Middle School, in Granger, and third place went to Crestview Middle School, in Convoy, OH.

Individual awards went to Tina Lu, from Discovery Middle School, first place; Jonathan Dugle, from Northridge Middle School, second place; and tying for third place, Anna Lucas from Northridge Middle School and Katie Cullers, from Bremen Middle School.

iAB volunteers take message about savings to schools

iAB financial bank volunteers are visiting three Huntington County elementary schools as part of “Teach Children to Save Day,” which was observed on Friday, April 24.

Over several weeks, the bank volunteers are making more than 40 presentations to elementary students, including the presentations at Roanoke, Lincoln and Northwest elementary schools.

More than 1,000 children will learn how and where to save, reasons to save and how to tell the difference between wants and needs.

4-H flower basket sale set for May 2

Jaydn Bennett (third from left), a member of the Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club, helps with a flower basket selection during the club’s 2014 spring plant sale. Shopping at the sale are (from left) Brady Harris, Brody Harris and Travis Harris, of Huntington, who purchased the flower basket; and club member Isaac Smelser.
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The Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club will sell nursery quality flower baskets on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Mt. Etna United Methodist Church.

The church is located at the intersection of Ind.-9 and Ind.-124.

The sale, which is open to the public, will raise funds for the club’s community service projects.

Libraries plan new activities in May

The Huntington and Markle libraries will celebrate two special days in early May.

Star Wars Day is May 4 (a pun on the Star Wars quote “May the Fourth be with you”), and the Huntington and Markle libraries will celebrate with themed crafts at both locations.

Dressing as a favorite Star Wars character is encouraged for all library patrons, who can stop by any time from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to make a Yoda origami or other Star Wars craft. It’s free to participate and open to all ages.

Extension Homemakers hold annual Achievement Day

Rita McCabe (left), outgoing president of the Huntington County Extension Homemakers Club, hands off the presidential gavel to incoming president Carol Holmes (center), while in the presence of Marcia Dodge, president of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association, at the club’s annual achievement day, held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, in Huntington, on Tuesday, April 21.
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The Huntington County Extension Homemakers Club held its annual Achievement Day on Tuesday, April 21, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, in Huntington.

Members of the planning committee were Barbara Carter, Edith Fulton, Pam Will, Rita McCabe and Carol Holmes.

The afternoon session began with viewing and voting on Cultural Arts projects made by club members, with Nancy Poulson named the winner.

Safety council to meet May 13

Jason Hoeppner, of the Physical Therapy Department at Parkview Occupational Health, will present a program entitled “Wellness and Safety:  Is there a relationship?” during the next meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council, Wednesday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m.

The luncheon meeting will be held in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

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

Burkhardt earns Child Protection Team honor as 2015 Mitchell Award winner

Diane Burkhardt (center) is congratulated by Liz Learned (left), director of the Huntington County Department of Child Services, and Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau. Burkhardt is the 2015 Ronald E. Mitchell Award recipient.
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Diane Burkhardt has been named the 2015 Ronald E. Mitchell Award winner.

Each year in conjunction with April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Protection Team of Huntington County presents the award to an individual who was has had an impact in the lives of Huntington County’s children in the area of child abuse prevention and intervention.

Pathfinder to hold financial fitness workshop in FW

Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center, the community development division of Pathfinder Services, will hold a three-part financial fitness workshop May 2, 9 and 16 in Fort Wayne.

The focus is on overall financial wellness with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores to work toward home ownership. This workshop consists of three sessions of three hours each and is designed for anyone in the community who would like to improve their financial situation.  

Beautiful without breaking bank

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

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