PAL football leagues introducing changes as well as gearing up

The Police Athletic League's flag and tackle football leagues are gearing up for another season while also introducing new changes to the leagues.

Among the biggest differences between this season and that of last year is the inclusion of 5-year-olds, cheerleading and live game announcing during tackle football games.

"We've had a lot of people ask if 5-year-olds could play," says Tom Hughes, a member of the Huntington Police Department who has helped organize the football program.

Two-a-day training sessions start at HNHS

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Members of the Huntington North High School varsity and junior varsity football teams run sprints at the end of practice, on Monday, Aug. 2. The teams started two-a-day training sessions in preparations for the upcoming season.

Dairy’s new owner pledges new approach in meeting with Huntington County Commissioners

Construction continues on the new home of the Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department on Monday, Aug. 2. The new station is expected to be complete by the end of September.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

After a local dairy farm caused controversy in the past several years over the farm's environmental stewardship, the farm's new owner approached the Huntington County Commissioners on Monday, Aug. 2, pledging a new approach to the farm's management.

Johan De Groot, the son of the dairy's former owner, Johannas De Groot, said he will work to take care of the environment around the farm and be a good neighbor to the county residents living in the area.

Scher closes 40-year career at courthouse

Steve Scher (second from left) accepts a plaque from Huntington County Commissioners Kathy Branham (far left), Tom Wall (second from right) and Jerry Helvie (far right) on Friday, July 30, honoring Scher’s 40 years of service as a county employee.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Forty years working in the same office.

Not many retirees can claim such a feat, but that statement exactly describes Steve Scher, now former chief deputy surveyor for Huntington County.

Scher came to be employed at the county surveyor's office in 1970, after a friend had offered to help Scher get a position in the office. Scher had just been released from the U.S. Army, where he served with an artillery unit in Korea from 1966 to 1968.

"I've had an enjoyable 40 years," Scher said. "Every day's a little bit different."

Cutest Baby/Toddler Contest to be held during Markle Wildcat Fest

A Cutest Baby/Toddler Contest will be held during the Markle Wildcat Festival.

Contest rules include:

• Voting will take place via Facebook. Voting runs Aug. 9 through 22.

• E-mail a picture of your child to portraitsby Include the child's name and date of birth.

• Only children born between 2006 and 2010 are eligible to enter.

• No professional photos will be accepted as entries.

• The first 10 entries to enter by the deadline, Friday, Aug. 6, will be eligible to participate.

Back to School Fair

Bailey Bruner (left) and Max Bruner (right) take a look at their book options as the boys' mother, Emily Bruner arranges Max's backpack at the Love INC Back-to-School Fair on Saturday, July 31. The fair was an opportunity for a number of local families to obtain school supplies and clothes for the upcoming school year.

Pulse holding fund-raising event

The Pulse Opera House in Warren is hosting a talent/variety show featuring local talent on Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m. each evening.

There will also be a silent art auction with works by area artists in the Pulse Lobby with bidding starting at 7 p.m. on Friday and ending on Saturday.

The events are fundraisers to help offset expenses of the postponed production of "Fiddler on the Roof" and the loss of the anticipated ticket income.

Local firm gets state conservation grant

Advanced Engineering, of Huntington, was given an energy efficiency upgrade matching grant for $21, 294.25 recently from the Indiana Office of Energy Development.
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Advanced Engineering, a Huntington business, was awarded a $21,294.25 matching grant in July for electrical upgrades from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy and administered in Indiana by the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

Master Gardeners host program today, Aug. 5, at Forks of the Wabash

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will be hosting a program today, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Forks of the Wabash.

The program topic is "Garden Photography" and Sharon Bowman will be the presenter for the evening.

The program is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring a camera.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Huntington County Extension Office at 358-4826 or visit 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington.


CFS still has grant funds to help employers

A local nonprofit organization still has grant funds remaining to help Huntington County employers retain existing jobs in the community.

The grant can provide a partial wage subsidy to the employer for income-eligible employees who may be in danger of layoff or who are already on layoff.

Community & Family Services Inc. (CFS) obtained the grant through the state, and the wage subsidy is available through Sept. 30.

Funding is through federal economic stimulus dollars intended to provide a boost for the economy, as well as to help income-eligible individuals.


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