Freda M. Smith

Freda M. Smith, 92, of Fort Wayne, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Smith retired from Lincoln National Life Insurance after 40 years of service.

She was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Huntington to Elmer and Loretta Yarger. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Harry E. Smith, on Jan. 19, 2009.

No service is planned. Private burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Rev. Robert E. Bowen

Rev. Robert E. Bowen, 49, of Van Buren, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at 2:05 p.m. a Marion General Hospital.

Rev. Bowen earned a degree in chemistry from Ball State University and a degree in Christian ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University. He served as senior pastor of the Fowlerton Wesleyan Church for several years and had been employed by Red Gold in Elwood. He attended Eastview Wesleyan Church, Gas City, and was a member of Brookhaven Wesleyan Church.

Vera E. Patrick

Vera Ellen Patrick, 72, of Uniondale, IN, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at 6:50 p.m. in Muncie.

Mrs. Patrick was born March 12, 1937, in Milford to Edward and Viola Wenger Berkey. She married Dana Patrick, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Marsha K. Richards, of Tucson, AZ, and Karen S. Woods, of Heritage, TN; a son, Kenneth Dan Patrick, of Beacon, NY; and a brother, Warren (April) Berkey, of Uniondale.

A service was held Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Life Community Church, Bluffton, with Kent Ringger officiating. Cremation followed.

INDOT closes tracks at US 224/Ind.-5 for emergency repair

INDOT closed the railroad tracks crossing between Court Street and East State Street in Huntington due to emergency repair, today, Monday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m. The crossing is expected to be open again by Saturday, Nov. 21, at noon.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District announces that US 224/Ind.-5 in Huntington will be closed due to emergency repair, by Norfolk Southern Railroad, on the railroad crossing between Court Street and East State Street beginning Monday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m.

The closure should be lifted by Saturday, Nov. 21, by noon, INDOT officials note.

The detour for eastbound US 224 traffic is: US 224 west, to US 24/Ind.-9 west, to Ind.-9 south, to Ind.-124 east, to Ind.-5 south, to I-69 north, to US 224 west.

Varsity Singers prepare for annual 'Pomp & Plenty' as Wenning celebrates 25th year

John Wenning (seated) directs the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers as they rehearse their show on Thursday, Nov. 12, in preparation for the “Pomp & Plenty” dinner and concert to be held on Nov. 21-22.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

The singing of 43 Huntington North High School students fills the hallways near the school's auditorium as the Varsity Singers prepare their show for the 21st annual "Pomp & Plenty" Dinner concert, to be held Nov. 21 and 22.

The group has performed around the country and has been featured in national events from official show choir competitions in Chicago to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Now, the group's director, John Wenning, is celebrating his 25th year as the Varsity Singers' leader.

Applications now open for Lilly Scholarships for two county residents

The Huntington County Community Foundation is offering free college educations to two Huntington County residents.

The four-year, full-tuition scholarships will be awarded through a program sponsored by Lilly Endowment Inc. The Huntington County recipients will be two of more than 216 Indiana students who will be selected as Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Each scholarship will fund tuition and required fees and will also include an $800.00 per year allotment for books and equipment.

Main steet revival


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development Director Nate Schacht and downtown business owner Teresa Plasterer (from left) cut a ribbon on Jefferson Street in front of The New Huntington Theater signifying the acceptance of Huntington's downtown business district into the Indiana Main Street program. Local organizers say the program can offer financial assistance to downtown property owners who follow design guidelines in improving their facades.

Recognition


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Mayor Steve Updike (right) announced Monday, Nov. 9, as Heidi Blocker Day in Huntington. Blocker (second from left) spearheaded a benefit fundraiser for Valerie Stout (second from right), which raised approximately $6,000. Also on hand were Blocker's parents, Beth and Dave Blocker.

Poe graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Jared A. Poe, of Huntington, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies; Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Poe is the son of Abby Woods, of Tampa, FL.

Non-profit agencies in county can apply for Tourism Promotion Grant through HCVCB

Non-profit agencies in Huntington County may apply for a Tourism Promotion Grant through the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau.

Tourism Promotion Grant is a matching grant for up to $1,100. It is available to non-profit organizations in Huntington County for the promotion and encouragement of events that will encourage overnight visits.

The application deadline for this round of grant money is Nov. 30 for events occurring between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2010.

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