Photo by Steve Clark.

Pete Schownir, chair of the 2014 Huntington County United Way campaign, tees off on the first hole of LaFontaine Golf Club, in Huntington, during Pete's Tour FORE United Way, an 81-hole marathon in which he played every golf course in Huntington County on Monday, June 23. The event was the United Way's first fund-raiser for its 2014 campaign.

Vets HOF seeking first nominations

The newly-organized Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its first group of honorees.

Up to 15 veterans will be honored for military service achievements or community contributions. Nominees must have been born in Indiana, entered military service in Indiana or lived in Indiana for a minimum of eight years. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 1.

The complete nomination packet is available online at

Huntington Gun and Pawn opens for business on north side

David Beer (left) and Chase Fiechter are the owners of Huntington Gun and Pawn, a new pawn shop in Huntington specializing in firearms, as well as tools, electronics and jewelry.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Gun and Pawn is open for business.

The new Huntington-based pawnshop is owned by Chase Fiechter and David Beer, who own a pawnshop in Bluffton as well.

"We wanted to move to Huntington for a long time," says Fiechter, "and I'm actually kind of surprised they haven't had a pawn shop here for some time now."

The shop buys, sells and trades items, with an emphasis placed on firearms, tools, electronics and jewelry.
Pawns on most anything of value are accepted, with cash loans awarded.

Piecemakers Quilt Club to meet July 3 at church

Piecemakers Quilt Club will meet Thursday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church.

The church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.
Visitors are welcome.


Sign language series for youth at Andrews library starts July 1

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will introduce youth to sign language with its "Once Upon a Sign" series, beginning Tuesday, July 1.

The first session, like the ones following on July 8 and 15, will commence at the library at 5 p.m. A story will be read aloud while guest Tonya Braden signs it.

Arts Initiative announces hydrant theme

Huntington Arts Initiative Inc. founders Debbie Dyer, Rich Najuch and Ann Siegfried announce the theme of this year's fire hydrant public art painting project will be "Book Look ... and Listen."

Artists are invited to choose well-known books and paint their hydrants to represent the specific work of literature. On the opening day of the exhibit, readers will be posted at each hydrant sharing excerpts from the book. In addition, one copy of each book portrayed on the hydrants will be given away in a random drawing.

Mississinewa Lake under advisory for blue-green algae, reports DNR

Mississinewa Lake is under an advisory for blue-green algae, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced.

This means that swimming and boating is still permitted but visitors should avoid direct contact with algae.
The DNR says visitors should, as always, avoid drinking the water and take a shower after they swim. The state also recommends at this advisory level to keep pets out of the water or, at minimum, keep them from drinking the water, and bathe them after swimming.

iAB to offer free shred services June 28 in Hgtn.

iAB financial bank will offer free shredding services on Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at three locations, including the Huntington office at 2845 Guilford St.

Shredding will also be offered at iAB branches at 1405 Baker Place, Bluffton, and 118 E. Ludwig Rd., Fort Wayne.

Shred Day is designed to allow confidential destruction of items such as old tax forms, canceled checks and credit card applications in order to deter identity theft.

A representative of Confidential Shredding Services will be on hand to assist customers in shredding documents.

Downtown theater to show sets

Sets constructed for "The Sound of Music" will be on display during an open house Friday, June 27, at The New Huntington Theater in downtown Huntington.

The open house begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, but admission is limited to 250 people.

HU grad earns award and scholarship from Institute for Worship Studies

Huntington University 2014 graduate Alexandra Carlson, a worship leadership major from LaMoille, IL, has been honored with an Award of Distinction for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership in Christian Worship. It was presented by President James R. Hart of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (IWS).

"Alexandra was ideal for this award because she is an exceptional student and has a passion for worship," said Bo Helmich, assistant professor of worship leadership. "We are excited to see how her gifts and skills will make a difference in the life of the church."

Northview Church to host 2-day Bible school

Northview Church of Christ will host a two-day vacation Bible school titled "Blast Off" on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The church invites parents and the community to its Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. to see what the kids learned. There will be a carry-in style lunch after the service and the kids will be able to launch the rockets they will build during "Out of this World" science at VBS.

Blowing bubbles

Photo by Lauren M. Winterfeld.

Albie Tucker blows a bubble during a "Wet & Wild" preschool session at Salamonie Interpretive Center on Wednesday, June 18. Students learned about waterways at the Salamonie Reservoir while enjoying various water-related activities.

Becker’s Hospital Review ranks Parkview Huntington in top 100

Parkview Huntington Hospital has been included in the 2014 edition of "100 Great Community Hospitals," published by Becker's Hospital Review.

Inclusion is based on hospitals' accolades, quality of care and services provided to their patient populations. Parkview Huntington Hospital is the only hospital in northeast Indiana to be included.

Huntington County Cattlemen will meet Tuesday at Courthouse Annex

The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet on Tuesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Conference Room, first floor.

The agenda items include the food tent at the 4-H Fair. A worker sign-up sheet will be available.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension, Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington. Call the office at 358-4826.


State police unveil new link on its meth website

In conjunction with Gov. Mike Pence's ceremonial signing of House Bill 1141 the Indiana State Police unveiled a new link on the meth website. The link lists properties that have previously been identified by law enforcement as the location of a clandestine lab.

This site provides the user with the date of seizure, county, street address, type of lab and location of the lab on the property listed. In addition, labs seized in vehicles will have the vehicle identification number listed if the lab was seized after Dec. 31, 2012.