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.

Announce GED recipients at school board meeting

Several area people recently earned their GED (general education development) diplomas.

Tests were taken in late March and early April at sites in Huntington and Columbia City. Don Martin, of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, is the testing coordinator for both sites. This information was provided to the HCCSC Board of Trustees on May 11.

Individuals who took and passed the test in Columbia City on March 17 and 18 were Justin Egner and Conrad Roemke, both of Columbia City.

HNHS teacher of the year honor to Beery

Beth Beery accepts the Huntington North High School teacher of the year honors while HNHS Principal Jeremy Gulley looks on. Beery was recognized Tuesday, May 12.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

When Beth Beery stood up to accept Huntington North High School's teacher of the year honors, she thanked a lot of people - including her high school teachers, several of whom were in the audience.

The HNHS graduate has now been teaching Spanish to a new generation of students at her high school for 18 years. In that capacity, says HNHS Principal Jeremy Gulley, Beery "relates to her students on a personal level ... Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Beery was recognized Tuesday, May 12, during an honors breakfast at the high school.

Kline is HNHS salutatorian for Class of 2009

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tayah Kline (left), accompanied by her parents Dan and Ronda Kline, addresses her teachers on Tuesday, May 12, after being announced as the salutatorian of the Huntington North High School Class of 2009.

Kaitlyn Batt, Tayah Kline rise to the top of Class of 2009 at HNHS

Huntington North High School valedictorian Kaitlyn Batt (center) is shown with her parents, Greg and Karen Batt. Batt and salutatorian Tayah Kline were recognized Tuesday, May 12, during an honors breakfast at HNHS.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Two young women - each with a goal of working in the children's health care field - were recognized Tuesday, May 12, as the top two students in Huntington North High School's Class of 2009.

Valedictorian Kaitlyn Batt, daughter of Greg and Karen Batt, claimed the top academic position in the class the first semester of her freshman year and has never relinquished it, guidance counselor Marcia Brunson says.

Huntington County educators share experiences at national conference

More than 30 local teachers and administrators attended a conference in Blount County, TN, last month, providing them with information about new methods of teaching and networking among the nation's educators.

The conference also served as a springboard for next year's event, which takes place in Huntington County.

Exotic ride

Photo by Andre Laird.

Local area residents enjoy an elephant ride during intermission at the Kelly Miller Circus, in Warren, on Thursday, May 7. The Salamonie Active Men (S.A.M.) sponsored the one-day event and proceeds will go towards fireworks for the Salamonie Festival and Warren Tower Park's baseball diamonds.

Downtown could be 'historic'

Designating downtown Huntington as a local historic district would place restrictions on changes to the facades of downtown buildings, but it would also lead to a more vibrant downtown, say backers of the proposal.

However, they add, deciding whether or not to become a local historic district is up to the downtown property owners.

"It's the downtown merchants who have to accept or reject it," says Susan Taylor, who chairs the Huntington Historic Review Board.

Filing deadline for personal property forms is May 15

The Huntington County Assessor's Office announces that the deadline for filing business and farmer's personal property forms is Friday, May 15.

The township trustees will no longer be mailing or collecting the forms.

Due to a low number of filings, appointments are recommended and can be made between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To set an appointment call 358-4800 or 358-4803.

The assessor's office is located in Room 102 in the courthouse.


BSB accepting scholarship applications

Bippus State Bank, trustee for the Irvin and Lorette Murphy Scholarship Trust, announces the availability of scholarships for the 2009 fall term.

The scholarships are available to students who will be entering their junior or senior year in college. Scholarships are allocated for but limited to students in Lagro Township, Wabash County, Warren Township and Huntington County.

Applications are available at the Bippus State Bank branches in Huntington, Roanoke and North Manchester.

PHH Guild awards scholarships to Brunner and Reed

The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Huntington North High School seniors Seth Brunner and Lacey Michelle Reed.

Brunner, 18, is an Eagle Scout, is active in his church and the church's youth group, and is a Sunday School teacher. This year he will be a 10-year 4-H member and is active in Future Leaders, holding the office of vice president.

Law firm awards three college scholarships

Robert Garrett (second from left), of Bowers, Brewer, Garrett & Wiley, LLP, stands with recipients of the law firm’s 2009 scholarships. The recipients are Talon Drummond (left), Alli Harris (third from left), and Jamon Hammel (right).
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The Huntington County law firm of Bowers, Brewer, Garrett & Wiley, LLP, has announced the winners of its 2009 educational scholarships.

Alli Harris received $500 in honor of the late James W. Bowers.

Talon Drummond and Jamon Hammel each received $250 to be used toward their continuing education.

Sgt. Tom Tallman fund-raiser set for May 15 at Hier's Park

A benefit fund-raiser for Huntington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tom Tallman will be held Friday, May 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park.

In addition to a barbecue pork dinner, there will also be a silent auction and bake sale to help Tallman with mounting medical bills, the result of his ongoing two-year battle with cancer.

Fifteen complete studies at Leadership Academy

Graduates of the most recent Huntington County Leadership Academy pose for a class photo.
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Fifteen local residents graduated from the 2009 Huntington County Leadership Academy during a lunchtime ceremony held Wednesday, May 6, at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

Common council to hear more details on Etna Avenue project

The Huntington Common Council will hear more details on proposed improvements to Etna Avenue during its meeting on Tuesday, May 12.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in council chambers, located on the third floor of the Huntington City Building.

Unveiling history

Photo by Andre Laird.

Huntington County Commissioner Kathy Branham unveils a bust of Samuel Huntington, for whom the county and town are named, during a dedication ceremony held in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda, on Friday, May 1. The bust was donated by the Huntington County Bar Association.

Educator, entrepreneurs to receive honorary degrees

Sue and Robert Miller.
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Huntington University will award three honorary degrees during its 111th commencement exercises on May 16.

The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will be held on the university's front lawn, weather permitting.

Recipients of honorary degrees include Dr. John A. Bernbaum as well as Robert R. and Sue E. Miller.

In addition, the university will award associate, bachelor's and master's degrees to approximately 230 graduates.

Bernbaum will be given a Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his contributions to international Christian higher education.

Three area Catholic parishes could merge

Rev. Ronald Rieder.
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A recommendation by Roman Catholic Bishop John D'Arcy could lead to a reduction in the number of Catholic parishes, but not the number of church buildings, in Huntington County.

Implementation of D'Arcy's recommendations, which were released on Wednesday, April 27, hinges on the retirement of Rev. Ronald Rieder, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Huntington.

Rieder, who will turn 74 in July, says he has no plans to retire - at least as long as his health holds out.

Burnworth earns Robert Smith Scholarship

Megan Burnworth (front, third from left) is the recipient of the Robert J. Smith Scholarship awarded by the Huntington County Safety Council and Transwheel.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The 2009 Robert J. Smith Scholarship has been awarded to Megan Burnworth, of Huntington.

Burnworth is currently a senior at Huntington North High School. She plans to attend the University of Indianapolis, where she will pursue a degree as a physical therapy assistant.

The Huntington County Safety Council and Transwheel are the sponsors of the memorial scholarship.

Government meetings calendar May 4-8

Monday, May 4
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., Commissioners' room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30a.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.

Tuesday, May 5
Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Parents seek prizes for post prom party

Huntington North High School Post Prom Prize Committee members pose with some of the items already donated for the May 17 event.
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Members of the 2009 Huntington North High School Post Prom Prize Committee continue their efforts to provide a fun, safe event for the students, and they are looking to the community for support of those efforts.

Post Prom will be held Sunday, May 17 from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. in the HNHS gymnasium.

Mertz Center sponsors recent work day

Huntington University students Crista Rittenhouse (left) and Kari Vincent paint shelving at The Dan Quayle Center during the school's spring work day on April 18.
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Huntington University's Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service sponsored Spring Work Day on April 18.

Twenty-six teams comprised of 213 students, three faculty and three staff completed work projects at 17 sites in Huntington. Sites and tasks included:

• Victory Noll: landscape work, walking with the sisters and reading to them.

• Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County: removing a stick pile, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, helping with recycling, hanging up posters and inflating gym balls.

• Dan Quayle Center: spring cleaning the grounds.

Enjoying the arts

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Jennifer Rice (top right) points out something on a piece of artwork to her children, Evan (left) and Audrey at the Huntington Schools 17th annual Festival of Fine Arts on Saturday, April 25, at Crewstview Middle School.

Set Markle clean-up days

Spring cleanup days in Markle will be held Tuesday, May 5, and Tuesday, May 12

Metal items only will be collected on May 5.
All other items will be collected on May 12.

Town employees will pick up items that are too large for regular trash collection, such as furniture and carpeting, as well as appliances and any metal items.

They will not collect hazardous materials, tires, liquid paints, brush, wire, fence, construction debris or items disposed of in the normal curbside garbage pickup.

Identification day for 4-H sheep and goat is May 2

Identification day for Huntington County 4-H Sheep & Goat members will be held on May 2 at Hier's Park.

Youth enrolled in the 4-H goat project will need to bring market wether goats to the goat pavilion (pole building immediately south of the Show Arena) between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for identification and weighing of the animals.

Members with female goats or pet care entries must complete the enrollment paperwork but do not have to bring the animals to the fairgrounds.

Local postal carrier food drive is May 9

The Huntington Postal Carrier Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 9.

City and rural postal customers may leave non-perishable food at their mailboxes for carriers to pick up.

Food collected will be donated to Love INC and to the New Life Fellowship soup kitchen. Love INC works with 45 churches and helps 300 families each year. New Life Fellowship Church served more than 10,000 meals last year.


Zone 5 is next up for cleaning

Spring cleanup in Huntington's Zone 5 begins Monday, May 4, and continues through Friday, May 8.

Zone 5 encompasses the area where trash is normally picked up on Thursday.

Large household items must be placed within five feet of the alley or curb in the normal trash pick-up area. Items may be placed out no earlier than Saturday, May 2, and must be out no later than Monday, May 4.

City residents may also take items to the Huntington Landfill free of charge throughout the cleanup period, which is extends through May 9. Proof of city residency will be required.

Harris is 2009 DAR Good Citizen

Alli Harris (second, from left) recently received the 2009 DAR Good Citizen Award, from the Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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Huntington North High School senior Alli Harris was recently named the 2009 DAR Good Citizen by the Samuel Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Harris was selected by the chapter and guidance department and the award was presented during the chapter's April meeting.

Harris is currently president of the Huntington North Future Educator's Club; a member of the National Honor Society; 2009 class council and four-year member of the girls' varsity track and field team.

Expo to focus on Seniors for fifth year

The Huntington County Council on Aging announces the fifth annual Huntington County Senior Citizens' Exposition will be held Thursday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Center on the Huntington University campus.

The free event will bring together businesses and services geared for the Senior population in 90 booths, most of which are already filled, organizers note.

Last year approximately 1,300 visitors attended the event.