Donations sought for July Fourth fireworks display

Dusty Ransom (left) and Cory Campbell, members of American Legion Post 7, prepare letters being sent out seeking contributions to help stage the 2010 Fourth of July fireworks display.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The volunteer coordinators of Huntington's Fourth of July fireworks display have begun their quest to raise $10,000 to light the sky this summer.

Letters are now going out to previous contributors and area businesses, seeking their support.

There's not much in the pot to begin with, notes Dan Fisher, who chairs the event for American Legion Post 7, which works with the city of Huntington to stage the display.

"One man donated $100 and the city donated $2,500," Fisher says. "And after all the bills were paid, we had $139 left over from last year."

HNHS FFA chapter plans activities for National FFA Week Feb. 20-27

HNHS officers are (front, from left) Rebekah Trout, sentinel; Landon Poulson, vice president; Samantha Paschal, president; Sara Hoffman, reporter; and (back, from left) Brittney Stephan, secretary; Jordan Carnes, vice president; and Erin Knight, treasurer
Photo by Scott Trauner.

National FFA Week is Feb. 20-27, 2010, and the Huntington North High School chapter will be observing the event with more than a half-million other members around the nation.

There are several activities planned at the local and state levels.

The theme for this year is "Lead Out Loud," which emphasizes the national FFA organization's motto, which is "Learning to Do; Doing to Learn; Earning to Live; Living to Serve."

Neil Case to speak at Salamonie Bird Club

The Salamonie Bird Club will welcome former Salamonie property manager, Neil Case, who will present the program "National Wildlife Refuges" on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Upper Wabash Interpretive Center, Salamonie Lost Bridge West.

Case has traveled the country and provided bird counts for many different wildlife areas. He is also a writer whose articles may be found in several newspapers throughout the state and in the book "Indiana Bird Watching," a Bird Watcher's Digest publication.

Benefit will aid Andrews residents after house fire

A benefit auction and bake sale for Andrews residents John Clark and Lisa Stephen and their children will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. at Kermit's Food Shop, 23 S. Main St., in Andrews.

The family's home was damaged by fire.
The event will include raffles, door prizes and karaoke music. A minimum donation is suggested for the buffet dinner and all proceeds go to the family.

Items for the auction are being accepted and can be donated by contacting Neal Snyder, of Snyder Auction House, at 358-7923 or by visiting #14249 at www.
auctionzip.com.

Mardi Gras celebration at Huntington Catholic Schools


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Ryleigh Johnson (left) talks to Katie Jamison (right) as the pair eat cupcakes during Huntington Catholic Schools' Mardi Gras celebration on Monday, Feb. 15. The party featured customs usual to New Orleans, including the King and Queen cupcake ceremony, in which one cupcake contains a miniature baby. The person with the winning treat becomes that year's "King or Queen of Mardi Gras."

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Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Becky Hilliard (right), director of Northern Indiana Search and Rescue, presents a $1,500 check to Dee Hoffman, operations manager at the Huntington County Humane Shelter. Northern Indiana Search and Rescue, which has provided dogs for search and rescue missions since 1993, has disbanded and donated much of the money that was in its treasury to the Huntington County Humane Shelter's building fund. Part of the reason the organization selected the local shelter as the recipient, Hilliard says, is that the donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Roanoke resident Jean Ann Tribolet.

Downward trend in enrollment will reduce state funding to local schools

The Indiana Department of Education released the 2009 Annual Performance Reports last week, and the data shows that the Huntington County schools are getting fewer students.

With fewer children, the Huntington County Community School Corporation gets less state dollars, says Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

Huntington City-Township Library announces Discovery Crew program

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites all first, second, and third grade students to register for Discovery Crew, a library program held at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons.

Discovery Crew sessions begin Wednesday, Feb. 24 and continue through April 14.

Members meet at the Main Library, 200 West Market St., for stories and related crafts and activities and sessions last 45-60 minutes.

Through books, Discovery Crew kids will explore different weekly themes and enjoy related books, crafts, games, silly songs, and activities.

Hurlburt announces his plans to run for county commissioner position

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt speaks during his news conference on Friday afternoon, Feb. 12. Hurlburt has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Huntington County Commissioner, seeking incumbent Jerry Helvie’s seat.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt, 51, has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination as Huntington County Commissioner.

He is currently serving the second year of his second and final four-year term as coroner.

He says because of his term limit, he had to decide to run for commissioner during the current term, or he'd be very limited in available public service seats.

HU's next Leadership Luncheon on Feb. 24 to feature Dr. Daryl Yost

Dr. Daryl Yost
Photo provided.

Huntington University will present its next Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Daryl Yost, director of Certified Technology Park at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. Yost will discuss "Leadership and Management: Keys to an Effective Organization."

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