Community garden may take root behind HNHS

A community garden could take root behind Huntington North High School this spring.

Stan Bippus, representing Helping Hands Gardening, asked the Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday, March 15, for access to water for a community garden at that location.

The request was unanimously approved, and will be handed off to the city's water department for implementation.

Huntington police, fire chief report to BOW on recent events

Both the Huntington fire chief and police chief were on hand Monday morning, March 15, during the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting to offer updates on two events that happened on Thursday, March 11.

Fire Chief Matt Armstrong updated the board on the oil spill at Gladieux, where an estimated 250,000 gallons of fuel oil leaked out of one of the tanks during a transfer process. Armstrong said that an employee there forgot to shut off the transfer motor overnight. He added that he received the call about 3 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Coats to join local TEA Party debate group

Dan Coats, one of five candidates for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate, has agreed to attend a March 26 debate in Huntington sponsored by the local TEA Party.

The four other Republican candidates - Richard Behney, John Hostettler, Don Bates Jr. and Marlin Stutzman - had previously agreed to attend. The position they are seeking is currently held by Democrat Evan Bayh, who is not running for re-election.

Schenkel files as Republican candidate for county recorder

Cheryl Schenkel has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Recorder.

Schenkel has served as chief deputy in the recorder's office since 2005, performing the duties of the recorder in her absence. That experience, she says has given her the training and experience she would need to serve as recorder.

Schenkel also worked in the Huntington County Auditor's office for two years and prior to that, worked for 6-1/2 years at Jones Abstract and Title Company.

4-H selling geraniums as fund-raiser for clubs

Huntington County 4-H is selling geraniums as a fund-raiser for a number of local 4-H clubs and the county 4-H program.

The cost is per plant or per flat of 18 plants.

Orders may be placed with local 4-H club members or with the Huntington County Extension Office.

The geraniums come in four different colors - red, white, pink and salmon and will be delivered on April 29.

All orders for 4-H geraniums must be placed no later than March 31.

Youth Service Bureau of Huntington County starts fundraising campaign

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County's annual "Striving to Make a Difference" fund drive is under way.

This year's theme is "Making A Difference - One Life at a Time" and the goal is to raise $15,000.

Funds raised will help young people learn appropriate social life skills, take ownership of their actions, empower and support parents as they take more active role as the parent and help the YSB bring additional programs and services to the community based on community needs.

Donations needed to expand clothes ministry

Karing for Kids is seeking donations for a benefit auction that will raise funds for an expansion of its Jennifer's Closet ministry.

HM students donate for police dog

The four second-grade classes at Horace Mann Elementary School raised more than $300 for the Huntington Police Department toward funding a new police dog. The students brought in loose change and had a cookie sale to raise money.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A group of local elementary school students raised $325 to donate toward the purchase of a police dog for the Huntington Police Department.

Second grade students at Horace Mann Elementary School in Huntington hosted a cookie sale and brought in spare change to donate to the department after having visited with Brix, the HPD's former police dog, last fall.

"We decided to raise money for the new dog for our social action project," says Lisa Merryman, one of four second-grade teachers at Horace Mann. "All the kids brought in money, and they worked really hard."

Markle Area Chamber of Commerce to hold egg hunt March 27

The Markle Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at the Markle Fish and Game Club Park.

The event is open to children through 11 years. In addition to hunting for eggs, the children can meet the Easter bunny and have pictures taken with him.

The rain date for the event is April 3 at 11 a.m.


Local woman wins Lt. Gov.’s art contest award

Huntington resident Rose Meldrum captured one of 10 awards in the fourth annual Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition, held recently by Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, with her work, “Winter Stroll.”

Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman recently named the 10 winners of her fourth annual Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition.

One of the winners is Rose Meldrum, of Huntington.
Her entry was "Winter Stroll."

The contest is conducted annually in March to coincide with National Women's History Month.

"The competition this year was incredibly difficult to judge. More than 180 very talented Hoosier women from throughout the state entered their original works," Skillman said.


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