Richard L. Johnson

Richard Lee Johnson, 67, of Marion, IN, and a former resident of the Van Buren, IN, area, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Johnson attended Van Buren schools and lived most of his life in the Van Buren area. He retired from GM CPC, Marion, after 28 years of service. He attended the Upland United Methodist Church.

He was born Oct. 2, 1942, in Marion to Herbert M. and Mary M. Ramsey Johnson. He married Lura Lake on May 5, 1962, in Marion. His wife survives.

Mary Bayless

Mary Bayless, 97, of Berne, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at Swiss Village in Berne.

She had been employed as a hostess at the Dutch Mill Restaurant for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years and was a member of Daughters of the Nile and the First Reformed Church of Bluffton. She was also a volunteer at Wells Community Hospital.

Junior M. 'Scrappy' Forbes

Junior Maxwell "Scrappy" Forbes, 85, of rural Wabash, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 3:10 p.m. at Rolling Meadows Healthcare Center, LaFontaine.

Mr. Forbes had worked as a maintenance foreman for Wagner Industries until his retirement in 1986. He had also been a contractor with the family business, Macey, Forbes and Sons. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 286 in Wabash and a former member of the Izaak Walton League.

J. Devon Mathias

J. Devon Mathias, 81, of Warren, IN, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Heritage Pointe in Warren.

Mr. Mathias was a teacher and administrator in the LaGrange, Pleasant Township and Fort Wayne Community public school systems for 39 years. He was a member of the Waynedale United Methodist Church; past president of the Southside Optimist Club, Sertoma, Retired Teachers Association and Sigma Phi Epsilon; and was a member of the Summit City Barbershop Chorus. He was a master gardener and a docent at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

Trisha D. Frank

Trisha Dee Frank, 33, of Roann, IN, and having ties to Huntington County, IN, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 7:57 a.m. at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash.

Mrs. Frank was a 1995 graduate of Northfield High School and earned a licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate from Ivy Tech. She was a member of the Calvary Chapel Assembly of God, Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) and the Huntington County Home School Group.

HU names speakers for graduation, baccalaureate; Duff to get honors

From left are Herma Williams, Marth Smith and Donald Duff.
Photos provided.

Huntington University will hold its 112th commencement exercise on May 15 at 3 p.m. in the Field House of the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation.

The university will award master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees to 281 graduates and two honorary degree recipients.

Dr. Herma B. Williams, provost and academic vice president for Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA, will give the annual commencement address. Her address is titled, "Shaping the Future: Leading a Life that Matters."

Youth’s passion for Batman turns into collection for family

Huntington North High School senior Tyler Miller sits in front of the main part of his Batman collection. He has been a serious collector since 2002, and his family is also involved.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published March 1, 2010.

Huntington North High School senior Tyler Miller, 18, has spent the last six years of his life collecting Batman items.

But what was once a youth's passion is now a family affair.

He has everything from action figures to comic books, blankets to curtains, all stored in what he calls his "bat cave."

Miller also has a hand-drawn Batman pillowcase that a nurse made for him down at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, where he has been a patient for most of his life.

Burnett studying at bomb disposal school

Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Burnett removes the battery of a robot at Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal. He is the son of George T. Burnett of Huntington.
Photo provided.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Burnett, son of George T. Burnett of Huntington, is a student at the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

He will spend close to a year at the school, learning the delicate techniques of how to recover, evaluate, safely render and dispose of live ordnance.

Annual schools’ kindergarten round-up about to get under way in Hgtn. County

Kindergarten students at Horace Mann Elementary discuss their favorite types of eggs in class on Wednesday, March 31. Kindergarten orientations are being held soon around the county for the 2010-11 school year.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

That traditional rite of spring, the kindergarten roundup, is about to get under way for Huntington County children.

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2010, are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.

Individual schools host the roundups to allow children to get acquainted with the new setting and new people, as well as to give parents information about the school.
Parents are to bring their child's birth certificate and immunization records to the roundups.

Kindergarten roundups at Huntington County schools are:

This week is trash pick-up in Huntington city

This week is trash pick-up week in Huntington.
The Huntington Street Department is now collecting trash the first full week of the month and the third week of each month. A week that begins on a Sunday or a Monday is considered a full week.

The specific day on which a resident's trash is picked up will not change.

Trash pickup weeks in 2010 are:

April - Weeks of April 5 and April 19.

May - Weeks of May 3 and May 17.

June - Weeks of June 7 and June 21.

July - Weeks of July 5 and July 19.

August - Weeks of Aug. 2 and Aug. 16.

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