Spring Family Festival geared to families

The Council Against Domestic Violence of Huntington County invites the public to the Fifth Annual Spring Family Festival.
This tobacco-free event is Saturday, April 25 in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Various agencies and organizations serving children and families in Huntington County set up booths offering fun, educational activities, child-friendly entertainment and free snacks and prizes for children and their families.

Activities include arts and crafts, carnival games, musical performances, and hands-on educational experiences.

Huntington students win HU history awards

Huntington University students (back from left) Matthew Schownir and Elizabeth Holtrop are the recipients of two HU history honors given recently, including the award named for Professor Emeritus Jack P. Barlow Sr. (seated).
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The Huntington University Department of History presented awards to two students during a department dinner on April 8.

The history department faculty selected Elizabeth Holtrop and Matthew Schownir, both of Huntington, as this year's recipients of the Jack P. Barlow Sr. History Book Prize.

The award is based on their outstanding performance in Great Issues in American History, a seminar required of all history majors. Each recipient will receive $200 to be used for books for their personal libraries.

Spring cleanup moves to Zone 3 on Monday

Spring cleanup in Huntington's Zone 3 begins Monday, April 20, and continues through Friday, April 24.

Zone 3 encompasses the area where trash is normally picked up on Wednesday.

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, April 18, and must be out no later than Monday, April 20.

Huntington TEA party draws crowd

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A crowd gathers in front of the Huntington County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 15, for a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party. TEA parties were organized across the nation in a grassroots protest of what organizers say are rising taxes and an erosion of government response.

County will clear its attic through cyberspace sale

Todd Nightenhelser, owner of The Collector's Box in Huntington, is conducting an auction of surplus Huntington County property through the online sales site eBay. The auction begins Sunday night, April 19.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County government, just like any citizen of the county, has a pile of "stuff" it doesn't really need anymore.

But unlike residents who may decide to offload some of that stuff through a rummage sale, county officials have decided to offload online.

An auction of the first of three lots of unwanted county-owned items will begin Sunday, April 19, on the popular online auction site eBay.

The online auction is a new twist on the traditional auction of surplus items previously held by the county every few years.

Warren Business Expo Tuesday opens with spaghetti dinner

The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business Expo on Tuesday, April 14, will feature a spaghetti dinner, drawings and giveaways.

The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last until 7:30 p.m. in the Salamonie School cafeteria. All proceeds will benefit the seventh and eighth grade 2010 Washington, D.C. trip.

The Business Expo will follow the dinner in the school's gym. More than 40 area businesses and organizations will showcase their products and services.

SWCD to hold regular session April 21

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its next monthly meeting on April 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the district office.

The meeting is open to the public. Due to farming season, it is asked that attendees contact the SWCD Office to confirm the meeting will be held.

The office is located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.


Tax can be estimated online

Huntington County property tax bills aren't expected to be sent out until June or July, but taxpayers can now check a state-operated Web site to see an estimate of how much their 2009 tax bill will be.

The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF), in partnership with the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University, is offering the online property tax calculator for Huntington County taxpayers. This tool allows taxpayers to enter their property's assessed value, taxing district and possible deductions to see tax bill estimates for bills due in 2009.

Adkinson earns second lieutenant rank

United States Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jesse D. Adkinson was commissioned as a second lieutenant at Officer Candidate School Training Command Quantico, VA, on March 20.

Adkinson graduated with the Company Award for highest overall grade point average, the Phil Yeckel Award for the highest composite average, the Major Harry Elms Award for the highest overall average for an officer candidate class graduate with prior enlisted service and the Marine Federal Credit Union Award for the candidate with the highest total academic average.

Quilts and kaleidoscopes are featured at Achievement Day

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers' Achievement Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at Evangelical United Methodist Church.

Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. Cultural Arts Contest entries will be accepted at 2 p.m.

The afternoon will officially begin at 3 p.m. with a short opening followed by a workshop at 3:30 p.m. presented by Sherry Rupert, talking about her kaleidoscope collection, and another at 4:15 p.m. by Jen Mason, talking about some of her quilts.

Bicyclists will welcome spring with a ride through the county

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Bicycling enthusiasts are invited to Roanoke next month to take part in the May Madness Bicycle Tour. The event, sponsored by 3 Rivers Velo Sport, takes place on Sunday, May 17.

Participants can choose from 14-, 32- or 54-mile trips that all begin and end at Roanoke Elementary School, 423 W. Vine St., in Roanoke. Routes take riders on a scenic tour of Huntington County following paved, low-traffic secondary roads.

Depending on which route riders take, they may pedal over an iron trestle bridge, along the Wabash River, or over Roush Lake.

Long wins Democrat party chairmanship in 'do-over' election

Jim Long.
Photo by Andre Laird.

With significantly less fanfare and drama than in its first election, the Huntington Democrat Party has selected James L. "Jim" Long as its new chairman.

The election was held on Saturday, April 4, and was a do-over to the previous election in which Gary Snyder was elected under much debate as to validity of the process.

In the first election, Snyder was elected by a tie-breaker vote cast by outgoing chair Kenneth Zuk. The election election included two proxy votes, which is against party rules.

Area 4-H clubs set meetings, activities for week

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of Thursday, April 9 to April 19.

Thursday, April 9
6:30 p.m. - Bippus Busy Bees. Bippus Community Building.
Monday, April 13
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
7 p.m. - Leaders meeting. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Cleanup will move to Zone 2

Spring cleanup in Huntington's Zone 2 begins Monday, April 13, and continues through Friday, April 17.

Zone 2 encompasses the area where trash is normally picked up on Tuesday.

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, April 11, and must be out no later than Monday, April 13.

Tickets now avaialble for Run for the Rams

Run for the Rams, a dinner-auction that serves as the major fund-raiser for Huntington Catholic School, has a new location and new features this year.

The event will be held Saturday, May 2, and tickets are now available from either the Huntington Catholic Primary Building, 356-2320, or the Huntington Catholic Middle Building, 356-1926. The reservation deadline is April 15.

"We just wanted to add a little more excitement this year," says Run for the Rams Chairman Sue Scheiber, explaining the addition of the interactive games to this year's event.

Teams, captains sought for JA bowling tournament

Kevin Killen (left) and Andy Zay (right) register Angie Grube as a team captain for a bowling tournament that will raise funds for Junior Achievement of Huntington County.
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A bowling tournament on Sunday, April 26, will raise funds for Junior Achievement of Huntington County.

Huntington University nursing dept. adds pair to both faculty and staff

Diana Shenefield.
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The Huntington University Department of Nursing has hired two new faculty and two new staff members.

Along with the faculty and staff, the number of students in the program continues to grow.

"Twelve students will be admitted to the nursing major in the fall to begin the course and clinical work associated with the program," says Dr. Margaret Winter, director of nursing. "Twenty-six students will enter their sophomore year to continue taking core, pre-nursing and supporting courses and will be eligible to apply for admission to the nursing major in the spring of 2010."

Volunteers will bring info to east-central Seniors on April 18

Map provided.

Senior Citizens living in one east-central Huntington neighborhood have made it known that they feel a little lost when it comes to accessing the resources of their community.

A small army of volunteers hopes to change that on Saturday, April 18.

They'll be going door to door, handing out booklets and other information designed to give those seniors a guide to resources and services available to them in Huntington County.

Trash pick-ups to be modified for Good Friday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Good Friday, April 10.

Friday's trash will be collected on Monday, April 13, along with Monday's regular trash route.

It is asked that all items be available for pick up by 7 a.m.


Alcoholic Beverage Commission will consider sales request for beer, wine

The Alcoholic Beverage Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Huntington County Jail.

The agenda includes a request by Ryan Johnson, of Johnson Petroleum, for a beer and wine permit that will allow him to sell those beverages at convenience stores he owns in Huntington, Markle and Mahon.


Government meetings calendar April 6-13

Monday, April 6
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., commissioner's room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.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, April 7

Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. main St., Roanoke.

Tax bills will be late, but taxpayers can pay early

Property tax bills will not be due on May 10 this year, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton says, and probably won't even be sent out by that time.

Huntington County property owners can, however, voluntarily pay their taxes before receiving their statements.

"They can pay whatever they think they owe," Hamilton says. "That helps keep the county running."

New National Guard program can net HS dropouts their diplomas

High school dropouts between the ages of 17 and 19 can earn their diplomas at the new Army National Guard Patriot Academy.

The Patriot Academy, the first of its kind in the United States, will open June 1.

An open house to explain the concept will be held Wednesday, April 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Armory, 130 W. Cook Rd., Fort Wayne.

The open house is open to parents, teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators and educators from alternative learning centers, as well as potential students.

Huntington County Youth Leadership graduation

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Several members of the Huntington County Leadership Youth Academy explain an outreach program in which they were involved during the group's graduation ceremony on Sunday, March 15. At the podium are (from left) Chris Landrum, Zach Grable, Lindsy McElhaney, Samantha Krumanaker and Kyle Williams.

Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 4

Huntington Jaycees members (from left) Melissa McElhaney and Diane Pinkerton get some help from Jessica Molitor on Monday, March 23, as they stuff plastic eggs with candy for use in the Jaycees’ April 4 Easter Egg Hunt at Memorial Park.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Jaycees will stage their 65th Easter Egg Hunt this spring, filling Memorial Park with candy-filled eggs to be found by children through age 10.

The hunt will be held April 4, with a rain date of April 11. Mayor Steve Updike will start the hunt at 10 a.m.

Children through age 2 will hunt for eggs scattered throughout the tennis courts, while children ages 3 through 6 will find eggs on the new parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts. Children ages 7-10 will be stationed in the playground area.

State Democrats schedule new county chairman post election for April 4

The Indiana State Democratic Party has scheduled a new election for the Huntington County Democratic chairman position on Saturday, April 4.

The election will start at 11 a.m. at the Huntington County Democrat Party Headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St. Fifth Congressional District Chairman Keith Clock will run the proceedings.

HCCSC board issues statement about bible trailer ruling

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees issued the following statement regarding the "By The Book" religious education program on Thursday, March 26.

The board met in executive session to discuss the issue on Tuesday, March 24.

School board gives Shafer authority to cut up to two teaching posts - just in case

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Tracey Shafer the authority to cut up to two teaching positions for the 2009-2010 school year during the board's meeting on March 23.

Even so, Shafer said he is not likely to make any cuts.

"It's not something we're looking to do," he said. "But if it became necessary, we would have the option."

Reductions in staff are dependent on the number of students enrolled for the next school year, Shafer said.

JeFFFest returns to downtown Huntington

JeFFFest will return to downtown Huntington this summer, coordinated by LaFontaine Arts Council members (front row from left) Jan Tharp and Ann Freds and (back row from left) Paula Bittner, Dan Rumple, Adam Drummond, Ruth Marsh and Sharon Lehman.
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The LaFontaine Arts Council has announced that a successful summer event will return to Huntington.

JeFFFest, which gets its name from the "fun food, fine art and fab music" on Jefferson Street in the downtown area, will be held on June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The "fun food" will feature taste-size portions of offerings from local food vendors, including restaurants and caterers.

4-H calendar for week of March 30-April 5

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, March 30 to Sunday, April 5.

Monday, March 30
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Helping Hands. Huntington City-Township Public Library.