Jean K. Keefer

Jean Katherine Keefer, 84, of Naples, FL, and formerly of Andrews, IN, died May 25, 2009, at Physician Regional Hospital in Naples following a fall she sustained at her home.

Marlene 'Joyce' Ray

Marlene "Joyce" Ray, 61, of Markle, IN, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Bluffton.

Mrs. Ray worked in interior decorating sales. She had lived in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, California, Florida, Illinois and Okinawa, Japan, during 30 years as an Air Force wife. After retirement, she also lived in Hawaii, Texas, Wisconsin and Indiana.

She was born Dec. 20, 1947, in Beverly, MA, to Russell W. and Gertrude S. Preston.

Gregory L. Guy

Gregory L. Guy, 62, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having family in Huntington, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at 12:31 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Guy had worked as sales manager of Guy's Sunoco Service Center in Huntington and was later employed as an automobile salesman at Allen County Motors in Fort Wayne, Southworth Ford in Marion and Thompson's Whitley County Motor Sales in Columbia City. He was a veteran of the Indiana National Guard.

Full-day kindergarten to be standard this year

The Huntington County Community School Corporation has announced that all eight elementary schools will move to full-day kindergarten for the 2009-2010 academic year.

This change will move all kindergarten programs in the county to a full school day, Monday through Friday.
While kindergarten students are not required to participate in the full day schedule, they are strongly encouraged to do so, says HCCSC Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

Singing praises

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Members of the 2009 Huntington North High School graduating class lead the group during a worship song on Sunday, May 30, during the baccalaureate ceremony held in the school's auditorium. The ceremony included a praise and worship session and recap of the graduating class's time during high school.

A passion for pooches sends young trio into fund-raising business

Kylie Frederick, Stephanie McElhaney and Chloe Spencer (from left) display the three dog portraits they donated to the Huntington County Humane Society, along with more than $300 earmarked for a new humane shelter. The girls raised the money through a rum
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A duo determined to help lost and abandoned animals has expanded to become a trio, holding fast to their dream of helping to build a new shelter for the homeless pets.

"We love animals so much," says Chloe Spencer.
Spencer and friend Kylie Frederick were recognized last year by the Huntington County Humane Society for their longstanding efforts to help improve the humane shelter.

And they're still at it.

Clowning around

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Father and son clown duo Victor Abadilla (right) and son Victor Jr., perform as "Tomatito" and "Minito," on Sunday, May 31, at the Huntington Armory. The Star Family Circus held a performance, which includes games, prizes and skits.

Leadership academy students complete projects

The 2009 Huntington County Leadership Academy students recently completed their projects.

The 15 students were divided in to three groups of five and were given the assignment of creating, planning and finishing a project in a five-month window - from January to May.

The group consisting of Troy Hostetler, Ryan Douglas, Doug Selig, Chris Nothhard and Steve Pozezanac picked the project of making signs for the Forks of the Wabash River Greenway Trail.

Spahr is awarded Quayle Foundaton scholarship

Margie Hedrick (left), first vice president and education chair of the Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation, presents the foundation’s scholarship to Alison Spahr.
Photo provided.

The Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation has awarded its eighth annual scholarship to Grace College student Alison Spahr, of Huntington.

Spahr, a 2008 graduate of Huntington North High School and current Spanish education major at Grace College, was awarded the foundation's $1,000 scholarship.

The scholarship was developed by the board of directors for The Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation Inc., which is the governing body for The Dan Quayle Center, home of the United States Vice Presidential Museum.

Canine Capters Dog Drill Team tryo9uts set for Sunday, June 7

Tryouts for the Canine Capers Dog Drill Team will be held Sunday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Building at Hier's Park.

Those selected for the team will perform this fall at the Indiana State Fair.

Practices for the 4-H club's drill team are held each Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., June through August. Dogs and their handlers can be of any skill level, from beginner to advanced.


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