Wilda E. Metzger

Wilda E. Metzger, 88, of Columbia City, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at her home.

Mrs. Metzger attended St. Peter Lutheran School in Huntington and graduated from Huntington Township High School and Wayne Beauty School in 1941. She was a homemaker and worked as a beautician in Huntington and Fort Wayne. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City.

She was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Huntington to August F. and Elizabeth Kocher Poehler. She married Carl E. Metzger on Sept. 29, 1946. Her husband survives.

Charles E. Sharp

Charles Edward Sharp, 80, of Wabash, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 10:35 a.m. at the VA Northern Indiana Healthcare Hospital in Marion.

Mr. Sharp was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church, North Manchester, and American Legion Post 15, Wabash. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He owned and operated Sharp's Antenna Service for 25 years.

Michelle E. Klacik

Michelle E. Klacik, 50, of Indianapolis, IN, and a former resident of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, March 14, 2010.

She worked as a speech and hearing pathologist and was a volunteer for Indy Reads.

She was born Sept. 2, 1959, in Huntington to Norbert and Margaret Karst. Her mother survives in Huntington.

Wallace F. 'Wally' McDonald Sr.

Wallace Franklin "Wally" McDonald Sr., 71, of Hartford City, IN, and a native of Warren, IN, died Monday, March 15, 2010, at 7:10 p.m. at Blackford Community Hospital.

Mr. McDonald was retired from Sheller Globe, where he had been employed for 20 years.

He was born Feb. 22, 1939, in Warren to William E. and Hazel B. LaMotte McDonald.

Volunteers raise Main Street funds


Photo provided.

"Dining Downtown for Main Street" was held Wednesday night at the Brick House Grill as a fund-raiser for the Main Street Huntington Project. Volunteer servers and host Ryan Warner, the 2008 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, helped raise funds. Shown are (from left) Rich Najuch, Main Street committee; Jill Robrock Martin, of Rescued Relics; Darlene Stanley, of Johnson's Junction; Warner, of Bippus State Bank; and Rose Wall, from the Main Street committee.

Girl Scouts still finding ways to keep busy

Girl Scouts Andrew Broxon (left) and Cheyanne Geiderman don cookie costumes to work at a cookie sales booth.
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Originally published Feb. 4, 2010.

The organization has been in existence since 1912, and Girl Scouts are still finding ways to stay busy.

The local Scouts are in the midst of their annual Girl Scout cookie sale, a major fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana branch. That branch made up of 22 counties in the northern third of Indiana and southwest Michigan, including 15,500 girls ranging in age from 5 to 17. They are led by 4,700 adult
volunteers.
The cookie sale wraps up March 9.

Community garden may take root behind HNHS

A community garden could take root behind Huntington North High School this spring.

Stan Bippus, representing Helping Hands Gardening, asked the Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday, March 15, for access to water for a community garden at that location.

The request was unanimously approved, and will be handed off to the city's water department for implementation.

Huntington police, fire chief report to BOW on recent events

Both the Huntington fire chief and police chief were on hand Monday morning, March 15, during the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting to offer updates on two events that happened on Thursday, March 11.

Fire Chief Matt Armstrong updated the board on the oil spill at Gladieux, where an estimated 250,000 gallons of fuel oil leaked out of one of the tanks during a transfer process. Armstrong said that an employee there forgot to shut off the transfer motor overnight. He added that he received the call about 3 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Coats to join local TEA Party debate group

Dan Coats, one of five candidates for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate, has agreed to attend a March 26 debate in Huntington sponsored by the local TEA Party.

The four other Republican candidates - Richard Behney, John Hostettler, Don Bates Jr. and Marlin Stutzman - had previously agreed to attend. The position they are seeking is currently held by Democrat Evan Bayh, who is not running for re-election.

Schenkel files as Republican candidate for county recorder

Cheryl Schenkel has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Recorder.

Schenkel has served as chief deputy in the recorder's office since 2005, performing the duties of the recorder in her absence. That experience, she says has given her the training and experience she would need to serve as recorder.

Schenkel also worked in the Huntington County Auditor's office for two years and prior to that, worked for 6-1/2 years at Jones Abstract and Title Company.

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