Business personal property tax elimination, marriage amendment hot topics at state level

Originally published Feb. 20, 2014.

The current legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly reconvened Monday, Feb. 17, after a halfway point break the week prior.

Area representatives Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) returned home during the breather, and held a few legislative forums at areas throughout the community.


‘Snow days’ create more than obvious problems for HCCSC and students

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Originally published Feb. 17, 2014.

The snowiest of Januaries on record and a February that so far has been just as daunting have brought a double-digit count of "snow days" to area students.

Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) students have, as of Thursday, Feb. 13, missed 12 instructional days. On top of which, countless two-hour delays have been issued in response to sub-zero temperatures and an overload of the fluffy white stuff.


Bit of Huntington in Iditarod tradition this year

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Feb. 10

There's a lot of celebration involved in sending 71 mushers off on a thousand-mile journey across Alaska.

That's as it should be for the Iditarod Great Sled Race, an event that pays tribute to the long and storied history of dog sledding in the 49th state.


IMPACT Institute makes soft entrance into community as it takes over adult education

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Originally published Feb. 6, 2014.

The IMPACT Institute, of Kendallville, has made a soft entrance into the community, quietly taking over the operation of adult education in Huntington.

The institute is now in charge of the classroom and testing for the Indiana High School Equivalency Exam (formerly the GED) in Huntington County, as of Jan. 1, 2014.

The IMPACT Institute, established more than 40 years ago, administers adult education and offers free adult high school diploma classes in several counties in northeast Indiana.


Senior pair -- and fortune cookie -- know the time is right for marriage

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Feb. 15 wedding of a Warren couple may be proof that God speaks in a variety of ways, even using a fortune cookie.

May M. Slagel, 80, and Floyd E. Blake, 86, met when May, who worked at Heritage Pointe as a beautician, styled the hair of Floyd's first wife, Marge. They had known each other about four or five years.

"She became, probably, Marge's best friend, because she had serious dementia," Floyd recalls. "May did a lot of things for Marge beyond doing her hair and nails every week ... I became friends with May because of that."


Area letter carriers cope with recent weather problems with proper gear; positive attitude

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Originally published Feb. 3, 2014.

What do U.S. Postal Service Letter Carriers have to wear when temperatures are subzero?

"A lot," says Rick Curry, who has been tending to his walking route in the city of Huntington for the last eight years.

"The important thing is to stay warm," he explains.
Staying warm seems simple enough.


HU four square game goes from routine to record-breaking

Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Jan. 30, 2014.

Playing the game four square is a routine for second floor residents of Baker Hall at Huntington University.

The game is played on a square court divided into four sections, with a number from 1 through 4 assigned to each section. A player eliminates others by striking a ball into one of the three sections unoccupied by them in an effort to cause an error. When a player is eliminated, the other players move up to the next highest square with the goal of advancing to, or maintaining possession of, the highest square.


Varsity Singers look to Johnson for competitive edge in shows

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Jan. 27, 2014.

The man behind the snazzy dance moves of the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers says the kids making up the group have one of the best chances to take home some wins when show choir competition begins next month.

But it's Jason Johnson the Varsity Singers look to for their competitive edge when they meet with him twice per week in rehearsals.