Top vocational students

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Kiwanis Club honored the two top students from each vocational program at Huntington North High School during a luncheon Thrusday, may 14, at Habecker Dining Commons.

Government meetings calendar May 18-25

Monday, May 18
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

Huntington Board of Aviation, 5:30 p.m., terminal building at Huntington Municipal Airport.

Warren Town Council, 4 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 Wayne St.; meeting to be followed by park walk-through.

Cream of the crop

Photo by Andre Laird.

The Future Educators of America group presented its Teacher of the Year award to Huntington North High School math teacher Scott Wilcoxson (front, center) on Monday, May 11. Other nominees were (front row, from left) Jennifer Redner, Ron Buesking, John Wenning and Terry Fuller-O'Brien; and (second row, from left) Tim Becker, Chris Brisco, Tom Spahr, Beth Beery and Neysa Leichty.

Nominations sought for Huntington County 'Friend of Extension' Award

The Huntington County Extension Board is looking for nominees for the county "Friend of Extension" Award.

The award recognizes an individual who has been active in Extension programs (agriculture, consumer and family sciences, youth or community development) through participation, leadership or cooperation with Extension activities.

A person can nominate him/herself or someone else and include a written narrative of the person nominated (maximum of 500 words).

Master Gardeners sponsoring two new achievement awards

The Huntington County Master Gardeners are sponsoring two new 4-H achievement awards for youth enrolled in Garden and Floriculture.

Applications will be accepted until May 31. To be eligible, a 4-H member must be enrolled in the 4-H Garden or 4-H Floriculture project a minimum of five years, including the current year.

Applicants must complete project requirements for the current year and submit project paperwork and record sheets to their 4-H club leader prior to project judging.

Announce 4-H calendar for week

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, May 18 to Thursday, May 21.

Monday, May 18
5-8 p.m. - Waggin' Tails fundraiser. Huntington Pizza Hut.
6 p.m. - Helping Hands. Huntington City-Township Library.
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - RC Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Pets-N-Vets. Huntington Veterinary Hospital.
7 p.m. - Horse and Pony Leaders. Extension Office meeting room.

Honor local trooper for saving life

Trooper Jason Ward.
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The Indiana State Police recognized and honored a number of its own people for various acts of duty, bravery and heroism during an awards ceremony held May 9 at the Indiana State Police Post in Indianapolis.

Among them was Jason R. Ward, of rural Huntington, a Ttrooper from the Fort Wayne Post who is assigned to patrol duties in both Huntington and Whitley counties.

Superintendent Paul E. Whitesell presented Ward the Indiana State Police Life Saving Award for his heroic actions, which saved the life of a Columbia City man in the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2008.

Markle Chamber hears updates on festival, cleanup and more

At the April 9 meeting of the Markle Area Chamber of Commerce, it was announced that Sheri Richardson is the contact person for the Markle Wildcat Festival.

She can be reached at Markle Health and Rehabilitation at 758-2131.

The festival will be held the weekend of Aug. 4.

The annual town-wide cleanup will run through May 15 and the council is still working on a grant for the water tower at the I-69 Industrial Park.

In marketing news, Holly Clabaugh is in the final states of taking picture for the brochures.

VFW and auxiliaries install officers for 2009-10

New officers for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 and its auxiliaries  were installed recently.
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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 installed its officers for 2009-10 during a ceremony on May 7 at the Post Home.

Rodney Funk installed the officers for the post. They are Dale Howell, commander; Mike Hilton Jr., senior vice commander; Mike Smith, junior vice commander; Jim Cotton, quartermaster; Dustin Howell, surgeon and service officer; Funk, Post advocate; Jerry Walling, chaplain; Harold Bennett, three-year trustee; and Rich Sutton, three-year house committee.

Sovine earns Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Zach Sovine (left) receives the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Scholarship from Roanoke Chamber President Mike Gibson.
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Zach Sovine, a senior at Huntington North High School, has been awarded the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.

Sovine has lived in Jackson Township the last five years.

He plans to attend Anderson University to study athletic training. He will also play football at Anderson.

Sovine is an academic letter winner at HNHS and was also named All Academic Conference in football and basketball. He is a member of the National Honor Society.


Batt second-place winner of PHP scholarship program

Kaitlyn Batt, of Huntington, was the second-place winner in the 2008-09 scholarship program sponsored by the Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana, Inc., (PHP), a local managed-care organization.

Batt receives a one-time scholarship of $2,000. She will graduate next month from Huntington North High School and plans to pursue biology and psychology degrees at Duke University.

Pyle 'Spirit of Community' Fund awards two grants

The Huntington County Community Foundation Stephanie A. Pyle "Spirit of the Community" Fund has awarded two grants to projects in Huntington County.

The Huntington County Chapter of American Red Cross received a grant in the amount of $412.50 to purchase materials for brochures and magnets to distribute at upcoming community events to educate and inform the public about 2-1-1 for emergencies.

A simple ramp makes a difference for one Huntington couple, thanks to NNORC

Emmet (left) and Shirley (center) Cox stand on the ramp at the entrance to their Huntington home that was built with grant money funneled through the Huntington NNORC. With them (at right) is Linda B
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Emmet and Shirley Cox met in Huntington, traveled the world and came back to Huntington to retire.

Emmet gets around with the help of a walker, and the steps at the front door of their home hampered his comings and goings.

Enter the Huntington NNORC (Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) Project, which has a goal of making it easier for Seniors to continue living in their own homes. NNORC has some grant money it can use to make modifications to Seniors' homes that can accommodate Seniors' changing needs.

HCCF presents Hiner Family Fund grant to Quayle Center

Huntington County Community Foundation has presented a Hiner Family Fund grant for $650 to The Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation, Inc./United States Vice Presidential Museum.

The grant represents the annual distribution from the Hiner Family Fund, administered by the Huntington County Community Foundation. The Hiner Family Fund was established in 1997 by Homer and Marjorie Hiner to support the preservation and promotion of culture in Huntington County.

Girl Scout assembles tool boxes for new Habitat home owners

Steve Miller (center) director of Huntington County Habitat for Humanity, accepts a donation of 10 tool kits from Girl Scout Alyse Omillian (right). The first tool kit will go to Rashell Boardman (second left) and her daughter Addalyn.
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Local Girl Scout Alyse Omillian found a way to earn a top Scouting award while also adding some youth involvement to a project normally reserved for adults.

Omillian, a member of Girl Scout Troop 20279, qualified for her Bronze Award - the highest award that can be earned by a Junior Girl Scout - by putting together tool kits that will be given to the new owner of each house completed by Huntington County Habitat for Humanity.