Huntington man again earns spot in Million Dollar Round Table group

Ben Ryan
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Huntington resident Ben Ryan has completed another year with New York Life Insurance Company. Ryan has once again earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). MDRT membership represents the top life insurance and financial service professionals worldwide.

Crestview MS seventh-grader takes county spelling bee crown

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

In a lightning-fast competition, Spencer Blackburn has been named the winner of the 2019 Huntington County Spelling Bee, besting eight other spellers from area schools on Monday, Feb. 4.

Blackburn, 13, a seventh grade student at Crestview Middle School, came out on top in less than 25 minutes, correctly spelling “postmortem” in the ninth round and then “morgue” to clinch the championship.

He is the son of Kevin and Evie Blackburn, of Huntington.

Flint Springs announces second quarter honor roll students

Flint Springs Elementary School has announced the following students who have achieved the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.

Fifth Grade
Gavin Crago, Ella Dunnuck, Kendall Foerman, Brianna Geyer, Peyton Huff, Mason Kline, Mallarie Morgan, Rayleigh Pearson and Alexis Wells.

Third House Legislative Session Saturday at Hgtn. library

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will host a Third House Legislative Session on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The session will feature state senators Andy Zay and Travis Holdman along with State Rep. Dan Leonard, Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and local County Commissioner President Larry Buzzard.

Metro Kiwanis recognize RMS pair as outstanding

Riverview Middle School eighth-grade students Porter Kennedy and Keller Whicker (second and third from left) were recently named Huntington Metro Kiwanis “Outstanding Students.” Celebrating the occasion with them are James Bragg (left), principal of Riverview, and Jim Dinius, Metro Kiwanis past lieutenant governor.
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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis recognized outstanding eighth graders from Riverview Middle School at their Jan. 28 meeting. Recognized were Keller Whicker, daughter of Seth and Cari Whicker, and Porter Kennedy, son of Josh and Rachel Kennedy.

Whicker thanked Metro Kiwanis for the recognition and her teachers for nominating her for the award. Whicker is involved in cross country, Riverview TV and band. She also thanked her peers and teachers for teaching her to push herself to make herself better and work hard.

Relay kick-off is today

Relay for Life of Huntington County will host its 2019 Kick-Off Meeting tonight, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Everyone is invited to attend this meeting to learn how they can be involved in this year’s Relay for Life, to be held on Saturday, June 8, from noon until midnight at Kriegbaum Field.

First Federal parent announces 22 percent earnings rise

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc. (OTCQB: NIDB), the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, announced earnings increased $754,000 or 22.1 percent to $4.2 million ($3.49 per diluted common share) for the full year 2018 when compared to full year 2017 earnings of $3.4 million ($2.84 per diluted common share).

Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry seeks members

Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry is looking for new members. The group is holding hands-on, informational classes teaching makeup techniques, types of clowns, balloon sculpting, skits and walk-arounds.

There is no charge for the classes, but there will be a fee for supplies, makeup, brushes, balloon pump and balloons. Participants will also be responsible for their own wig, nose and costume.

Champion spellers

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Spencer Blackburn (left), of Crestview Middle School, the winner of the 2019 Huntington County Spelling Bee and Evan Garrison (center), of Riverview Middle School, who took runner-up/first alternate, show off the plaques that will be engraved with their names for their accomplishments in the contest held Monday, Feb. 4, at Huntington University. Celebrating the occasion with them is Terry Oden, president of the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club, which has sponsored the annual bee since 1990.

Going-away party

Photo by Steve Clark.

Joy Koch (middle), the outgoing donor development coordinator with the United Way of Huntington County, chats with Heather Bowman (left) and Tina Burnau, at a going-away party thrown to celebrate her six years with the United Way on Thursday, Jan. 31. Koch is leaving to become the director of development and marketing at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

Irick at livestock judging

Markle native Bailey Irick, a member of the Illinois Central College Livestock Judging Team, competed at the Collegiate Livestock Judging Competition at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, on Jan. 17 and 18.

The team was awarded third place overall team in both the livestock judging contest and the carload contest.

Moore on Cedarville dean’s list

Rachel Moore, of Roanoke, a Cedarville University student majoring in nursing, was named to the dean’s honor list at the school for the fall 2018 semester.

This recognition required Moore to maintain a 3.75 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Annual Midwest Showcase Choral Invitational at HNHS this weekend

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers will perform in exhibition during the Midwest Showcase Choral Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 6:05 p.m. in the HNHS Auditorium. Shown in a performance during the Pomp and Plenty concert last November, the show choir will host the competition, which will feature 21 high school and five middle school vocal groups, in addition to soloists.
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As many as 2,000 people are expected to flood Huntington this weekend, when the annual Midwest Showcase Choral Invitational comes to Huntington North High School.

The annual event for middle and high school choral groups will be held Feb. 8 and 9, with 26 regional high schools and five middle schools participating in the contest.

“The Midwest Showcase will, by far, be the biggest event in our county this calendar year,” says HNHS Principal Russ Degitz. “It will bring in thousands of people and be crazy – in a good way – around Huntington North Nigh School.”

Local Boys & Girls Club to burn mortgage

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County is holding a “Mortgage Burning Celebration” on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m.

The club is throwing the party to celebrate paying off its new building.

To RSVP for the “Mortgage Burning Party” email

The club is located at 608 E. State St., Huntington.

Too cold

Photo by Russ Grindle.

The Mike & George Bustos American Legion Post 7, in Huntington, was among the many establishments throughout Huntington County that closed on Wednesday, Jan. 30, due to sub-zero temperatures that reached approximately 45 degrees below zero with wind chill.