EXPO helps businesses get their word out to thousands last weekend

Parker Keolasy, 6, (left) watches intently as his “Plinko” chip makes its way to the row of prizes on Saturday, March 20, during the Huntington County EXPO at the Huntington University Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Complex.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Featuring nearly 120 exhibitors and sponsored by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, the Huntington County EXPO was held Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21 at Huntington University.

The EXPO showcased businesses and industries in Huntington County, and had live entertainment throughout the weekend.

"We typically have 8,000 people walk through the doors each year," says Jim Scheiber, co-chair of the EXPO. "It's a chance for (entrepreneurs) to showcase their business."

Northwest Math Bowl team shines

Northwest Elementary Math Bowl teammates (from left) Seth Thompson, Jordan Gray, Erika Kennedy, Reagan Wohlford and Megan Deck listen to instructions from one of the adults during the math bowl regional, held at the Honeywell Center, in Wabash.
Photo provided.

The fifth grade math bowl team from Northwest Elementary recently won its regional and wound up being ranked third in the state of Indiana.

The event is sponsored by the Indiana Principals Association and pits elementary schools across the state against each other.

The schools are put into divisions based upon their enrollment.

Northwest was in the highest division and was able to win its regional.

Benefit for Denny Ross set for Saturday at American Legion 85

Denny Ross.
Photo provided.

A benefit for Huntington resident Denny Ross will be held Saturday, March 27, at American Legion Post 85, 1410 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Ross has been off work since mid-January, when a sudden blood loss sent him to the hospital and began an ordeal that has included two surgeries, a heart attack and a month-long hospital stay, followed by a another month at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation.

Fifth District Democrat candidate Dr. Nasser Hanna in town April 3

The Huntington County Democrat Club and Party will host Fifth District Congressional candidate Dr. Nasser Hanna on Saturday, April 3, at 9 a.m. at the VFW Post, 220 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

There is an admission charge.

For more information, contact Secretary and Communications Director Andy Kreig at 224-0520.


Craft work at Hier's Park in Huntington

Photo by Andre Laird.

Alice Roth (left) and Kathy Strayer work on their scrapbooking crafts during a scrapbooking class on Saturday, March 20. The event was held at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park and attendees participated in various craft-making activities.

Red Cross to hold blood drives in April

The American Red Cross of Indiana-Ohio will hold blood drives during the month of April in observance of National Donate Life Month.

The following is a list of local blood drives:

-Wednesday, April 7, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 641 N. Main St., Roanoke.

-Monday, April 12, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Road, Huntington.

-Thursday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington.

Beacon Credit Union awards 8 scholarships

Beacon Credit Union has announced eight scholarship winners that were each awarded $500.

Winners are, Mary Elizabeth Farlow, Southwood; Wayne Bunnell, Southwood; Kyle Lahman, Manchester; Brett Matthew Davis, Logansport; Nathan Shrock, Maconaquah; Douglass Wicker, Rush-ville Consolidated; Amanda Ousley, North Miami; Karli Musselman, North Miami.

Beacon has a Huntington branch location at 136 Northpoint Ave. and can be reached at 359-9680.


Huntington County Medical Memorial Foundation is accepting scholarship and grant applications

The Huntington County Medical Memorial Foundation is accepting scholarship and grant applications through April 20.

The foundation was established in 1967 by the Huntington County Medical Society with a goal to improve public health services for residents in Huntington County.

Scholarships are offered to Huntington County residents pursuing degrees in the medical field as well as grant money to organizations providing health services to local residents.

Applications are available in the main office of Bippus State Bank, 150 Hauenstein Rd. in Huntington.


HCTPL, Markle libraries to host Easter programs

The Huntington City-Township and Markle Public Libraries are offering Easter-themed programs this week.

Both the Markle and Huntington City-Township libraries will host visits from the Easter Bunny.

The visits will include story time and photo opportunities for children with the Easter Bunny.

The Markle library will host the Easter Bunny today, Thursday, March 25, at 4:45 p.m. The photo opportunity will be from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Tapping to the beat

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Dancers for the Beverly Johnson School of Dance perform one of their numbers during the Huntington County EXPO on Saturday, March 20. The expo was held at Huntington University and featured area vendors, organizations, food and live entertainment.

Advertising group offers scholarships

The Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne is offering $1,000 to $1,500 scholarships to full-time college students majoring in an advertising or marketing related field.

To be eligible, students must also maintain permanent residence or attend school in one of the following Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. Other eligibility requirements apply.

Visit www.adfedfort to download the application. The Web site explains the scholarship opportunities.

Northwest Elementary student's celebrate four-star designation

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Northwest Elementary students take the form of the letters "NW" in the school's parking lot on Friday, March 19, in celebration of the school's recent designation as a four-star school by the Indiana Department of Education. This is the first year Northwest has received the honor, which is based on Annual Yearly Progress requirements, attendance rate and test scores. Lancaster and Roanoke Elementary Schools were repeat winners this year.

Huntington Senior Center to close Good Friday

The Huntington Senior Center will be closed Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday.

Huntington Area Transportation will be closed except for scheduled dialysis trips.

For more information, call the Senior Center at 359-4410.


Huntington Baptist sets Easter celebration, egg hunt

Huntington Baptist Church will host a Children's Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The free event will include snacks, games, crafts, puppets, the Easter story, an egg hunt and prizes.

The hunt is designed for children through fifth grade and their families. Children should bring an Easter basket to collect the eggs.

For more information, call Rev. Amos Albright at 356-6954.
Huntington Baptist Church is located at 2435 Waterworks Road, Huntington.


Metro Kiwanis names outstanding eighth-graders

Page Coolman (second from left) and Cameron Buzzard (third from left) were named Outstanding Eighth Graders by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club. With them are Salamonie School Principal Rick Reed (left) and Jim Dinius (right), past Kiwanis Lt. Gov.
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Salamonie School students Page Coolman and Cameron Buzzard were recognized March 8 by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club as Outstanding Eighth Graders.

The students were selected on the basis of scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character-building activities, extracurricular achievement and leadership.

Coolman is the daughter of Dennis and Debra Spitler, of Warren.