Crisis intervention

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Deputy Ron Boxell of the Huntington County Sheriff's Department discusses how a crisis intervention team (CIT) provides an alternative to arrest and jailing of people in a mental health crisis. He is joined (from left) by Kathleen Bayes of the National Alliance of Mental Illness-Fort Wayne and Lynette Walter, a Huntington County resident and the parent of a special needs child. Heather Parsons (far right) facilitated the discussion panel, part of the Huntington County Leadership Academy program presented Tuesday, April 22, at the Horace Mann Education Center.

Teams organizing for Huntington County’s Relay for Life June 14

Teams are being organized for the Relay for Life of Huntington County.

The event, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society, will be held at Kriegbaum Field, beginning on June 14 at 10 a.m. and continuing until June 15 at 10 a.m.

Teams can be made up of co-workers, friends and family members or representatives of businesses, schools, organizations and religious groups.

Prior to the event, team members raise dollars through fund-raisers and sponsorships. During the event, teams camp out at Kriegbaum Field as members take turns walking a track.

HU presents one-act play festival May 2 and 3

The Huntington University Theatre Company will present its annual One-Act Festival on May 2 and May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Alpha Psi Omega, HU's chapter of the national thespian honor society, is collecting canned good items for Love INC in Huntington. Three canned food items covers the admission of one ticket. Otherwise, there is a charge for tickets. Seating is limited.

HNHS band to perform concert

The Huntington North High School Wind Ensemble will perform a joint concert with the Indiana Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble on Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at Crestview Middle School.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The IWU group is directed by Professor Michael Flanagin, a former band director at Riverview Middle School, and Dr. Chris Ann Lessly.

The HNHS ensemble will perform its contest music and combine with the IWU ensemble to perform "A New Day Dawning," written by IWU student Brian Sanoshy.


Announce upcoming 4-H events schedule

Sunday, May 4
• 2 p.m. - Rifle. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Monday, May 5
• 6 p.m. - Archery. Community Building, Hier's Park.

Tuesday, May 6
• County offices closed for Election Day.

• 6:30 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.

• 7 p.m. - PQA Workshop. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Wednesday, May 7
• 5:30 p.m. - 4-H Camp Counselor training. Allen County Extension Office.

• 6 p.m. - Golden Eagles. Community Building, Hier's Park.

HU to launch new graduate Christian ministry degrees

Huntington University will launch three new graduate Christian ministry degrees this fall.

The two-year master's level degree programs will concentrate in the areas of global initiatives, global youth ministry and pastoral leadership.

Planting begins at  Community Garden

Huntington County Master Gardener Marlene Schleiffer, of Huntington (left), and 4-H Educator Julia Miller plant onion sets in the Helping Hands Community Garden Wednesday, April 23.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The potatoes and onions are already in the ground; soon to come, beets, cabbage, peas, cucumbers and a host of other vegetables free for the picking in the Helping Hands Community Garden.

This is the fifth year the garden has been planted, in the field alongside Viking Lane, adjacent to Huntington North High School. Planting began on Wednesday, April 23 as volunteers descended on the plot, tilling the soil and mapping out where vegetables will be placed in anticipation of a harvest free to anyone in the county.

Arts Council recognizes three Crestview students

The LaFontaine Arts Council’s Artists of the Month for March, all from Crestview Middle School, and the teachers who nominated them.

Three students from Crestview Middle School have been honored by the LaFontaine Arts Council as Artists of the Month for March.

Students who were recognized are Elizabeth Nalliah, Carissa Schuhler and Hailey Stepler.

Nalliah, a seventh-grader, is the daughter of Paul and Ruth Nalliah, of Huntington. She was nominated by teacher John Wenning for her accomplishments in vocal leader.

Fetters to host Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on May 1

In recognition of the National Day of Prayer, Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will host the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 a.m.

The breakfast will be held at Habecker Dining Commons on the Huntington University campus.

There is a cost to attend and reservations are required. Seating is limited to the first 100 who respond.

Reservations will be accepted until noon on Tuesday, April 29, by calling 356-1400 extension 212 or by email at carol.pugh@


Lincoln sets kindergarten orientation

Kindergarten orientation at Lincoln Elementary School is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln area students who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2014, are invited to attend with their parents/guardians.

Parents need to bring a copy of birth certificate (official copy from the Health Department), proof of residence and immunization records.

There is still time to register for kindergarten and the orientation session by calling the school at 356-2914.


Pastors will lead community prayer service on Thursday at courthouse

Members of the community are invited to participate in a lunchtime prayer session in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda in observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1.

The service, sponsored by the Huntington County Pastors' Association, will last about 45 minutes.

Area pastors will lead prayers for families, government, the military, business, the church and other aspects of American society.


This is how it’s done

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rich Najuch (left), director of the 2014 edition of the Red Stocking Follies, and Tri Kappa member Nicole Johnson demonstrate a dance that will be a part of the show during a rehearsal Wednesday evening, April 23, at The Huntington Supper Club. The show, sponsored every three years by Tri Kappa, features community members in a variety of skits and performances. This year, the show theme is "Aye, Aye Kappa." Performances are May 1, 2 and 3, all at 7:30 p.m., on the Huntington North High School stage.

Couple honored

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tim (left) and Jan (center) Vogleman accept the Ronald E. Mitchell Award from Jan Williams (right), making the presentation Wednesday evening, April 23, on behalf of the Huntington County Child Protection Team. The award is presented annually to someone who has gone above and beyond to protect the children of Huntington County from abuse and neglect. The Voglemans have served as foster parents for 25 years, serving 140 children.

Goat Association will meet Tuesday to discuss 4-H Fair and Goat ID Day

The Huntington County Goat Association will meet Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Lancaster Wesleyan Church, 3147W-543S.

The association will discuss the 4-H Goat ID Day scheduled for Saturday, May 3, and the 84th Huntington County 4-H Fair.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, including anyone who has participated in the Huntington County 4-H goat project.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension-Huntington County office, located at 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Courthouse Annex, Huntington or calling 358-4826 or email


A taste of kindergarten

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Nate Bowman, 5, plays a game with Huntington Catholic School preschool teacher Jackie Thomas during kindergarten orientation held at the school Thursday, April 24. The children, who will become members of Julie Ramp's kindergarten class next school year, played games while their parents participated in an orientation session in another room.