Lois 'Wiladean' Searles

Lois "Wiladean" Searles, 75, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at 1:16 a.m. at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Searles graduated from Huntington High School in 1952 and had worked as a cook at Lancaster Elementary School for more than 16 years, retiring in 1986. She was a member of the Mt. Etna United Methodist Church.

She was born Sept. 20, 1933, in Huningotn to Paul and Ruby Matney Drabenstot. She married Glen E. Searles on Nov. 3, 1956, in Mt. Etna. Her husband survives.

Guy O. Beghtel

Guy O. Beghtel, 100, of Fort Wayne, IN, and a native of Bippus, IN, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Beghtel worked as a route supervisor with Meadow Gold Dairy for 26 years, retiring in 1966. He had also worked for General Electric for seven years, retiring in 1973. He was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church and Teamsters Local 414, both in Fort Wayne.

His wife, Mildred Beghtel, preceded him in death in 2004.

Diving back

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School first baseman Kameron Smith keeps his eye on the ball as a Fort Wayne South Side baserunner dives back into the bag during second round play Saturday, May 30, at the Homestead Sectional Baseball Touranment. The Vikings beat South Side, 8-3. Weather permitting, the Vikings and Homestead will square off tonight, Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m. in the championship game.

Celebrating success

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

"The Barefoot Hawaiians" perform a traditional Hawaiian dance during a luau held Tuesday, May 26, at Markle Health and Rehabilitation. The performance and the luau were part of a celebration of the facility's top customer satisfaction rating. Markle Health and Rehabilitation had the highest customer satisfaction rating score of all 47 Indiana facilities operated by American Senior Communities. The scores were based on customer satisfaction surveys sent to current residents and their families in April.

Elks Scholarship

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Donald D. Schoeff (left), president of the Indiana Elks Association, awards the Wells County Elks Scholarship to Kaitlyn Batt, a graduating senior at Huntington North High School. Batt plans to use the $1,000 scholarship to attend Duke University, where she will major in biology and global health. Her career plans include attending medical school and working with Doctors Without Borders. Batt is the daughter of Greg and Karen Batt, of Huntington.

Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa awards six college scholarships

Chi Chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa of Huntington has announced its 2009 scholarship recipients.

The Laura Blackburn Scholarship is awarded yearly to a high school or college student majoring in education. This award is in honor of long-time teacher and Tri Kappa member Laura Blackburn. Alison Spahr, daughter of Tom and Amy Spahr, has been awarded the $1,000 scholarship.

Growers can trade extras at Plant Swap

Huntington's annual Plant Swap will be held Saturday, June 6, on Jefferson Street between Washington and Market streets.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the Swap begins at 10 a.m. and continues until noon.

Entries for the Container Contest must be registered by 9 a.m.

Swappers may bring up to 20 plants for the round-robin style swap.

Plant categories are: perennials, annuals, house plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables and garden miscellaneous.

Plant Swap rules include:
• Absolutely no money is to be exchanged for any swap item.

New trail will open on June 6

A new recreational trail that follows the Wabash River west of Huntington will be dedicated on Saturday, June 6, at 9 a.m.

The dedication ceremony will be held at the trailhead, located at 2753 W. Park Drive, across from Huntington Nursery. The public is invited to attend the event, then walk or ride a bicycle down the trail after the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Murphy to challenge Burton in Republican primary

Indiana Rep. Mike Murphy, of Indianapolis, announced Thursday, May 28, that he will be a candidate in the Republican primary for Indiana's Fifth Congressional District.

That seat is currently held by fellow Republican Dan Burton, also of Indianapolis, who has served since 1983.

The district includes all of Tipton, Grant, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Hamilton, and Hancock Counties, as well as parts of Marion, Shelby, Howard and Johnson counties. Huntington County has been a part of the Fifth District since the 2000 census.

Roanoke student wins IPFW writing competition

Michelle L. Keplar, of Roanoke, a freshman at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), is the winner of the Nineteen Eighty-Four Community Book Read and Essay Contest, sponsored by The Remnant Trust at IPFW committee.

Keplar responded to the question, "How is the society in which we live moving toward or away from the society depicted in Nineteen Eighty-Four?" with her winning essay, "1984: An Everlasting Warning About Humanity."


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