Blood drive to be June 8 at Markle church

Throughout the month of June, the American Red Cross will participate in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive campaign, the third year of the campaign.

A blood drive will be held on June 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Markle Church of Christ. The church is located at 455 E. Morse St.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. All donors will need to provide proof of identification.

In Indiana, individuals who are 16 years old may be eligible to give blood with a written parental content.


HU partnership with Questa Foundaton will help students

Huntington University has entered into a partnership with the Questa Foundation for Education that will forgive a portion of the educational loans received by some Huntington University students.

The Huntington University Questa Scholars Payback Program was announced Wednesday, May 20, at a reception for business, civic and educational leaders at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne.

Local Psi Iota Xi chapter awards 10 scholarships

Phi chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Huntington, has awarded 10 scholarships, totaling $5,500, for the 2009-2010 school year.

Students receiving memorial scholarships are:

• Megan Dyson, receiving the $1,000 Anne Pfister Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to a woman majoring in business. It is given in memory of Anne Pfister's role in the Huntington business community.

Dyson will be a sophomore this fall at Purdue University, where she is majoring in business management and agricultural economics.

Dean is speaker for HNHS baccalaureate

David Dean, shown with a young girl he met during one of his mission trips to the Dominican Republic, will be the speaker for the Huntington North High School baccalaureate service on May 31.
Photo provided.

Homegrown comedian and speaker David Dean will address Huntington North High School's Class of 2009 during a baccalaureate service on May 31.

The inspirational service will begin at 7 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium. Student attendance is voluntary.

The Associated Churches of Huntington County will present Bibles to all graduating seniors.

Dean cut his comedic teeth at the Second City School of Improv in Chicago. His lightning speed wit and ability to communicate scripture have made him a sought-after speaker at various events around the country.

Gift gives remergency responders instant access to weather info

Huntington Fire Chief Matt Armstrong (left) and Chief Dispatcher Paul Adams (right) accept a check from CF Industries Superintendent Brad Gordan that will be used to purchase a weather station for use by Huntington emergency personnel.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington firefighters and other emergency personnel will soon have instant access to current wind speeds and other weather information, thanks to a donation from Huntington's CF Industries.

The donation will be used to purchase a weather station that will be mounted on a communications tower at the City Building, Huntington Fire Chief Matt Armstrong says.

"If we have a gas leak or some other kind of a leak, or a fire, it's important to know how hard the wind is blowing," Armstrong says. "This will give us the temperature, the wind speed and the direction."

At the head of the class

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Top 25 students in the Huntington North High School Class of 2009 were honored by the Huntington Kiwanis Club at a luncheon Thursday, May 21, at Huntington University's Habecker Dining Commons. The Top 25 are (front row from left) Tayah Kline, Samantha Drayer, Whitney Neuenschwander, Leah Street, Haley Strass, Sarah Henderson, Kaitlyn Batt, Rachel Clor, Ashley Robbins and Emilie Jamison; and (back row from left) Megan Burnworth, Bethany Mason, Karissa Miller, Tyler Stoffel, Joshua Riggle, Ethan J.

Just checking

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Katherine Hiple (left), of Huntington, has her bone density measured by Gerlynn Vonderhaar, of Parkview Hospital, during the fifth annual Senior Expo on Thursday, May 21, at the Huntington Unversity Medrillat Center for Physical Education and Recreation Center.

Checking out the Expo booths

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Steve Bumgardner (left), of Fred Toenges Shoes and Pedorthics, Fort Wayne, discusses some of the company's products with Sandy (center) and Mike Gosnell, of Huntington, during the Senior Expo on Thursdy, May 21.

Free lunch at Senior Expo

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sister Delores McGinley heads up the lunch line, picking up a plate of a chicken salad sandwich, potato salad and chips, during the Senior Expo on Thursday, May 21. Area business and organizatins sponsored free breaksfast and free lunch at the fifth annual event.

Expo dance

Photo by Scott Trauner.

A Joy Pleaser Clown member takes Sue Rumple, chairman of the board for the Huntington County Council on Aging, for a quick dance spin on Thursday, May 21, at the fifth annual Senior Expo.

Scholarship presentation

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School senior Kaitlyn Batt (seated, right) received a $10,000 scholarship from the Coca Cola Foundation. Also on hand for the presentation on Monday, May 18, were Chris Hoke, Huntington North teacher and Batt's choice for the Teacher of Distinction Award and Bill Marty, public relations manager for Indiana Coca Cola Enterprises.

LaFontaine Arts Council names top artists for May

Andrea Broxon (front left) and Kesley Godfroy (front right) were recognized recently as LaFontaine Arts Council Artists of the Month.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

The LaFontaine Arts Council has named two Huntington Catholic School students as an "Artist of the Month."

Andrea Broxon of Huntington won two awards: one in music, and the other in band and choir. The eighth-grader was nominated by Joan Gardner, the music teacher at Huntington Catholic for her "strong musical ability," as well as her high ratings at the ISSMA solo contest for the past three years and her selection into the All-State Middle School Honors Choir.

Transwheel plans warehouse in Andrews, expansion at current facility in Huntington

Things are looking up for the empty Dana facility in Andrews as Transwheel Corporation hopes to use the building as a warehouse.

And the good news from Transwheel doesn't stop there - the company also plans to expand its business in Huntington.

Company officials submitted SB-1 (Statement of Benefits) forms to the Andrews Town Council and the Huntington Common Council early this month. The forms indicate Transwheel would invest money in equipment at both facilities, increase the number of employees at its Huntington operation and create several new positions in Andrews.

Area reservoirs to host fishing derbies for kids

Children ages 2 to 14 years are invited to participate in one of three fishing derbies to be held at the Upper Wabash Reservoirs on June 6.

The derbies are a part of the statewide Free Fishing Weekend and registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Fishing will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by an awards ceremony.

Each participating child will receive a prize. There are grand prizes for largest fish caught in three age categories.

Prizes include fishing tackle, tackle boxes and fishing rods and reels.

BZA to consider four items

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will be asked to rule on four requests during its meeting on Tuesday, May 26.

The panel will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.

Requests filed with the board include:
• A request by Janet Myer for a special exception to locate a styling salon on property at 1318W-1100N, Clear Creek Township.

• A request by Greg and Judy Parker to allow a flag lot (a lot connected to the road only by a narrow driveway) on Station Road, in Jackson Township.