Ellen Stults

Ellen Stults, 90, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Parkview North Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Stults, a former resident of Decatur, was a member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, Decatur, and was active in the Ladies Circle of the church. She was a member of the Live and Learn Home Economics Club and had worked for Brooks Menswear from 1960 to 1976.

Karen 'Peanut' Peer

Karen "Peanut" Peer, 54, of Marion, IN, and a former employee of a Huntington, IN, business, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at 7:20 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. Peer was a homemaker. She had been employed by Majestic CFM in Huntington, retiring in 2007.

She was born July 31, 1955, in Marion to James and Ruth Dillon Tharp. Her mother survives. She married Eldo Peer on June 26, 1976. Her husband survives.

Gerald E. 'Jerry' Juergens

Gerald E. "Jerry" Juergens, 90, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Heritage Park in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Juergens served in the 4th Infantry of the United States Army during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a charter member of St. Michael Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He was employed by Essex Wire, retiring in 1982, and moving to Winter Haven, FL. He returned to Fort Wayne in 2005.

Frank E. Adamson

Frank Ernest Adamson, 86, of Wabash, IN, and having ties to Andrews, IN, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at 3:20 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Mr. Adamson was a self-employed mason. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was a 53-year member and past commander of American Legion Post 15. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 286, the F.O.P. and Eagles Lodge, all in Wabash.

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.

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