Crestview’s Whitney wins county spelling contest

Hanna Whitney, 12, of Crestview Middle School, proudly displays the champion plaque at the end of the Huntington County Spelling Bee at Huntington University on Monday, Feb. 8. Whitney won by spelling correctly the word “molasses.”
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Crestview Middle School student Hanna Whitney took home the title of Huntington County Spelling Bee champion on Monday, Feb. 8.

The spelling bee was hosted by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club and held at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University. Ten champions from Huntington County elementary and middle schools, from grades five through eight, competed in the contest.

Whitney, the Crestview Middle School champion for three consecutive years, claimed victory with the word “molasses.”

HNHS band members earn trip to state meet

Members of the Huntington North High School band qualifying for ISSMA state competition will perform a free casual concert for the public in the Huntington North auditorium on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. Pianists for the evening will be Ann Bostel and Joan Gardner. Band members are (front row from left) Emma Woolard, Emily Paulette, William Hutchens, Jacque Jackson, Bethany Brunner, Kaitlyn Burkhart, Katie Hunt and (back row from left) Levi Lehman, Eric Lehmkuhle, Zachary Lippe, Philip Zahm, Brendan Hoover, Bailey Latta, Wyatt Landrum and Austin Horn.
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Several members of the Huntington North High School band received gold ratings in Group 1 district judging, held at Eastbrook High School, in Marion, on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Those members earning gold designations qualified for the state competition, set for Saturday, Feb. 27, at North Central High School, in Indianapolis.

Emily Paulette led all Huntington North band members with three gold ratings. She received those designations in alto saxophone solo, tenor saxophone solo and saxophone choir.

Four earn promotions at First Federal Savings Bank

Pictured from left, Marti Evans, Kary Monroe, Eric Todd and Lindsi Walker.
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First Federal Savings Bank has announced the promotions of four employees.

Marti Evans has been promoted to office manager of First Federal Savings Bank’s investment division, Innovative Financial Services.

She has been with First Federal Savings Bank since June of 2004 and joined Innovative Financial Services in 2000.

Evans resides in Huntington with her husband, Bruce. They have two sons and attend Huntington Church of the Nazarene.

First Federal parent reports a record 22 percent increase in earnings for 2015

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced record annual earnings for the full year 2015 of $3.8 million ($3.19 per diluted common share).

This is an increase of $701,000 or 22.4 percent compared to net income of $3.1 million ($2.59 per diluted common share) for the full year 2014.

The full year 2015 earnings equates to a return on average assets of 1.37 percent and a return on average equity of 11.91 percent compared to an ROA of 1.15 percent and an ROE of 10.71 percent for the full year 2014.

Planning a hoedown

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The planning committee for the Love In the Name of Christ Hoedown Dinner and silent auction, celebrating the organization’s 30th year in Huntington County, finalizes the details for the Feb. 18 event. Committee members are (clockwise, from left) Ann Freds, Bonita Price, JoEllen Morris, Tina Phelps, Jerry Phelps and Jean Hayden. The event will get under way at 7 p.m. at the LaFontaine Center and will feature a western style buffet and a line dancing demonstration by a group led by Carl Turner.

Birthday books

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Huntington Catholic School students display the books they have donated to the school library in honor of their February birthdays. The students are (from left) Noah Stetzel, first grade; Alexandra Craig and Josephine Kline, second grade; and Grant Rosen, third grade. Students who donate books to the library have their names placed in the front of the books and get the first chance to read the books.

Tester earns dean’s list honors at USF

Corinne Tester, of Roanoke, has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Saint Francis for the 2015 fall semester.

Tester was among USF students who completed 12 or more semester hours of class credit and attained a scholastic semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Helping Paws to hold first ‘fun-raiser’ of year

Helping Paws Pet Haven will hold its first “fun-raiser” of 2016 on Friday, Feb. 12, at Nick’s Kitchen in downtown Huntington.

A meal will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Carry-outs will be available. All tips will go to Helping Paws, a no-kill cat shelter and adoption organization.

In addition, two gift baskets will be raffled off during the evening. The baskets include a Chocolate Lovers Delight wicker basket and a Kitty Lovers Delight wicker basket.

Foundation offers forgivable school loans

The Questa Education Foundation will begin accepting applications for its Questa Scholars Program on March 1. The application deadline is May 1.

The foundation offers low-interest forgivable loans for students pursuing a certificate, associate or bachelor degree from an Indiana college or university.

Fifty percent of the loan balance will be forgiven if the student lives and works in northeast Indiana for five years after graduation.

A gift for Love

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Cory Campbell (center) of Huntington Knights of Columbus Council 1014 presents a check to Kyle Metzger (left), ministry coordinator of Love In the Name of Christ, and Joey Spiegel (right), the agency’s executive director. The donation was made possible by community donations to the council’s Pitch-In program. Love INC will use the gift to help Huntington County residents who have temporary needs but are not eligible for government assistance.

The virtue of self-control

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Huntington Catholic School students were honored during the Feb. 5 all-school liturgy for displaying the Christ-like virtue of self-control. Students earning Spirit Awards were (front, from left) Kain Wallace, first grade; Josephine Kline, second grade; Violet Thornton, third grade; and Jadyn Stecher, fourth grade; and (back row, from left) Owen Woolard, fifth grade; Kendra Sandlin, sixth grade; Lillian Holzinger, seventh grade; and Jessica Hartmus, eighth grade. Not pictured is Jacqueline Aguirre, kindergarten.

Promoting health

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Ann Emely (left), clinic director of the Huntington County Free Health Clinic, accepts a donation from Steve Reust (right) of Huntington Knights of Columbus Council 1014. The donation was made possible by community donations to the council’s Pitch-In program.

Being Fancy

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Mallory Mattox, (right) 8, of Huntington selects some baked goods with her mother Amy Mattox at the “Fancy Nancy” Tea Party on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The tea party was based on the “Fancy Nancy” series of children’s books and featured lessons in etiquette.

Supporting Roanoke’s heritage

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The Roanoke Lions Club recently donated $250 to the Roanoke Area Heritage Center. Celebrating the occasion are Sharon Williams (left), accepting the donation on behalf of the Roanoke Area Heritage Center, and Lions Club member Jim Vachon.

Gregerson qualifies for professional designation

Karolee Ann Gregerson, CFSP, of Huntington, has recently qualified for the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specific academic and professional programs and “CFSP” is funeral service’s national individual recognition.

Farthing, Gabbard win prizes in First Fed contest

Kent Farthing, of Huntington, and Tabitha Gabbard, of Warsaw, each won a cash prize in First Federal Savings Bank’s “Swipe-to-Win” contest.

During December, First Federal debit card holders were entered into the drawing each time they used their debit card for a point-of-sale purchase.

The winners were drawn at the end of January.

First honors in local Optimist Club’s 2016 Youth Appreciation Awards series to Linker and Scher

Huntington Catholic School students Gracey Linker (second from left) and Graham Scher (third from left) hold the 2016 Youth Appreciation awards they were presented by the Huntington Optimist Club. With them are HCS Principal Jason Woolard (left) and Optimist Club Vice President Matt Ditzler (right).
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The first awards in the Huntington Optimist Club’s 2016 Youth Appreciation Awards series goes to two Huntington Catholic School eighth graders, Gracey Linker and Graham Scher.

Linker, the daughter of Megan Linker and Robert Linker, was nominated by her teacher, Ingrid Mattes.

“Gracey is a conscientious and hardworking student,” Mattes wrote. “She is persistent in her studies and always does her best. She is reliable and responsible.”

Respectful students

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Huntington Catholic School students were recognized during the Feb. 5 all-school liturgy for displaying the Christ-like virtue of respect. Earning Spirit Awards were (front, from left) Jacoby Thornton, kindergarten; Damen Ball, first grade; Indigo Stepler, second grade; and Garrett Thomas, third grade; and (back row, from left) Allie Campbell, fourth grade; Brock Krumanaker, fifth grade; and Graham Scher, eighth grade. Not pictured are Laura Hartmus, sixth grade, and Samantha Ball, seventh grade.

Huntington Catholic School science fair winners

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Huntington Catholic School has announced the winners of its science fair, which was held Wednesday, Feb. 3. First place winners and their science fair categories are (front row, from left) Chloe Shepperd, chemistry; Corah Rupley, physics; Lillian Holzinger, medicine and health; Grace Bryant, behavior and social sciences; and Jessica Hartmus, engineering.

Brat Pack concert in Roanoke will benefit animal assisted therapy group

An area non-profit agency which provides registered dog handler teams to patients for the purpose of physical, occupational and psychological therapies, among other types, will be the recipient of a portion of the proceeds of a concert by The Brat Pack at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center on Feb. 19.

Pets Assisting Well-Being and Success, also known as PAWS Inc., was established to share the scientifically proven positive benefits of animal assisted therapy in education, healthcare and other areas.

IPFW offers aid to return to school

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has joined colleges and universities statewide in the “You Can. Go Back.” campaign targeting students to return and complete their college degrees.

Specifically, IPFW is offering a scholarship program effective fall 2016. Students who qualify and maintain eligibility will receive scholarships until the completion of their degree.

The amount of scholarship is dependent on the number of credit hours taken each semester.

To be eligible, students must meet each of these criteria:

Under construction

Ellie Hoff (left), 12, and Irelynd Rigdon, 11, both of Huntington, work on building houses using Lincoln Logs Monday, Feb. 8, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Ellie is the daughter of Kim and Joel Wirgau, and Irelynd is the daughter of Tina and Adam Rebber.

ABWA sets ‘One of a Kind’ show

The Forks of the Wabash Chapter of American Business Women’s Association will host a “One of a Kind Style Show” on Saturday, March 19, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Air Guard retired Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Spickelmier will emcee the style show. Several former ABWA District 5 national vice presidents will be among the models.

A silent auction and envelope pull starts at 11 a.m. The luncheon and style show will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Princesses can hit the Y for pampering before dance

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will offer an afternoon to pamper all princesses going to the Daddy-Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 20. The event will take place at the Y from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are available for hair, makeup and nails. Lemonade and finger foods will be served while the “princesses” wait their turn to get pampered. They will also be served by the Princesses themselves.

The event is free to everyone attending the dance. Registration at the YMCA is necessary to schedule an appointment or girls are welcome to walk in.

Wohlford selected to spend summer in Spain through IU Honors Program

Reagan Wohlford, a student at Huntington North High School, has been selected to live in Spain this summer through the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Language.
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Huntington North High School Spanish student Reagan Wohlford has been accepted into the Indiana University Honors Program for this summer to travel to Leon, Spain, for seven weeks.
This program has a test and rigorous application process. Students must be in their third year of language study and agree to continue to study the language when they return. In addition, they agree to speak only the foreign language while living abroad.

Prior to the trip, Wohlford will be studying more about this region of Spain and working to raise the funds to cover the trip.

Leadership program gets under way for 2016

Huntington County Adult Leadership is partnering with Purdue Extension to bring a Community Leadership program to Huntington County.

The intent is to encourage more people to get involved in leadership opportunities that will help make Huntington County a better place to live, work and play.

This year’s Huntington County Leadership Class had its first gathering on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Brushing up on dental hygiene

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Roanoke Elementary School students Chloe Emley (left) and Ben Augspurger try out being dentists for a day during a dental health lesson presented by the Bussick Dental Group on Friday, Feb. 5.

Missionary will speak Sunday at Charity Baptist

Charity Baptist Church will have a special missionary speaker, Jolea Jensen, on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Jensen teaches music at Bob Jones Memorial Bible College in the Philippines. She will give a presentation of her ministry in the Philippines and give a sacred music concert Sunday afternoon.

The morning service is at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. and concert at 1:30 p.m. The lunch and concert are free.

Charity Baptist is located at the intersection of Broadway and Old U.S.-24 by Lake Clare. Call 356-3573 for more information.

Sibling rivalry

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Hanna Grove (left), 11 and her brother, Ren Grove, 10, both of Huntington, work to unwrap a Hershey’s Kiss during a relay game at the Huntington City-Township Public Library Monday, Feb. 8. The Tween Scene event was themed the Chocolate Olympics. Tween Scene is a library program offered for kids in grades 4, 5 and 6 on the second Monday of every month at the Huntington branch. Members explore a different topic every month, and enjoy related games, crafts and activities.

Touches of Health adds laser treatments to program lineup

Touches of Health has added a new laser therapy, Aura PTL II, a clinical program that integrates laser therapy, acupoint stimulation, substance specific stress reduction and nutritional and homeopathy support.

Seventy-four programs are available to help balance and reset the body to stop inappropriate responses to both external and internal stimuli, says owner/operator Deb Eath-erton. Smoking cessation and weight loss programs are available.

Touches of Health also now carries the full line of Medix4Life products, designed to fight cellular damage.