INDOT awards Huntington $2.58 million grant for Etna Avenue reconstruction

A major reconstruction project on Etna Avenue could begin in 2013, made possible by a $2.58 million grant awarded to the city of Huntington by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Rep. Dan Leonard announced the grant on Wednesday, March 25.

"We've been after that (grant) for a few reasons," says Dave Schoeff, assistant director of the city's engineering office. "We'd like to make it a safer route, with all the traffic."

A separately-funded portion of the project would introduce stormwater drainage to the area, Schoeff says.

Salamonie Summer Festival committee members discuss plans with Warren Town Council

Members of the Salamonie Festival committee appeared before the Warren Town Council on Monday, March 23, and discussed plans for the event taking place in July.

"Let Freedom Ring" was the theme chosen by the committee. Committee members requested approval from the council to rent a 30 by 90 foot tent for seating and protection from the weather. The tent would be anchored with stakes in the pavement, they said. The council approved the use of the tent if the committee plugged the holes in the roads following the tent's removal.

Plan comission discusses amending sign ordinance

The Huntington City Plan Commission met Thursday, March 19, and discussed amending the city's sign ordinance.

Community Development Assistant Director Bryn Keplinger has taken on the task of enforcing and regulating signage throughout the city. In the past several months Keplinger has confiscated numerous signs throughout the city which violate the ordinance.

During the winter months signs could be seen advertising a dating service Web site based in Panama, South America. hired a marketing company to place the signs throughout cities.

Council approves adding chief deputy position to treasurer's office

The Huntington County Council approved adding the position of chief deputy in the Huntington County treasurer's office during a meeting held Monday, March 23.

Brenda Hamilton, Huntington County treasurer, requested that Deputy Cindy Yeiter be named chief deputy, with a $4,500 salary increase. Hamilton explained to the council what she characterized as her office's slim budget and its fiscally responsible choices. She also referenced former chief deputies' raises and extra training.

County BZA approves property for fire-training center

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the development of a 4.88-acre property owned by Huntington County to become a fire-training center for surrounding counties.

Brandon Taylor of Huntington County Emergency Management came before the board Tuesday, March 24, requesting a special exception for the property, which is zoned for residential use. The property, located off of Indiana Street, will hold a 200 by 125 foot stone pad and a 24 by 32 foot pole barn. Fires will be set within the facility for training purposes.

4-H calendar for week of March 30-April 5

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, March 30 to Sunday, April 5.

Monday, March 30
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Helping Hands. Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Government meetings calendar March 30-April 3

Monday, March 30
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Wednesday, April 1
Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Markle Municipal Building, 135 W. Sparks St.

Friday, April 3
Huntington Redevelopment Commission, 10 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.


Area blanket-maker's treasures finding way into Huntington homes

Betty Leininger talks about her yarn-tied quilting hobby, which she does at her rural Yoder home, on Friday, March 6. At 85, she started making the blankets just a little over a year ago and has already made over 100.
Photo by Judy Fitzmaurice.

Originally published March 12, 2009

Betty Leininger learned to sew as a young girl but it wasn't until recently that she took up the art of making yarn-tied quilts. And once she started, there was no stopping this 85-year-old rural Yoder resident.

Leininger picked up the hobby when she joined a group of women at her church who were making the blankets. But over time, the group dwindled to just a handful of people and Leininger was having difficulty seeing at the church, so she decided to exit the group and continue her stitching at home.

Beetles' services in high demand for efforts in taxidermy

  Carpet beetles eat away flesh from a coyote skull. The process takes approximately four days with roughly 5,000 beetles devouring the flesh.
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

Originally published March 12, 2009

Six months ago, Brian Spice picked up a hobby resulting in approximately 10,000 live beetles moving into his Huntington County barn.

His services - more specifically, the services of his bugs - are in high demand.

Spice and his colonies of carpet beetles can prepare an animal skull as a European mount in a matter of six to eight weeks, a mount preferred hunters who want just the skull, not the hide, of their trophies preserved and mounted.

Jessie A. Skinner

Jessie Alice Skinner, 91, of Warren, IN, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Heritage Pointe in Warren.

Mrs. Skinner and her husband served in United Methodist pastorates for more than 39 years. She regularly visited the homebound and those in nursing homes and managed the church food pantry for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, served in leadership positions, and received a Special Mission Recognition Award from the General Board of Global Ministries in 1996.


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