Zay bill would provide funding for pilot child welfare program

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) authored Senate Bill 365 this session, which would provide the necessary funding to pilot a child welfare program in Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) has struggled to keep up with the surging number of cases in Indiana, as the foster care population in the state has increased by more than 50 percent since 2012. The rate of Hoosier children referred to child protective services is the third highest in the nation and over twice the national average.

Jewelry workshop at Salamonie on Feb. 19

Local artist Candie Cooper will lead a “Diffuser Pendant Necklace” jewelry making workshop at Salamonie Nature Center, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Participants will be needle felting, die cutting felt shapes and implementing basic jewelry-making connections and techniques.

There is a fee for the class. Advance registration is required by calling 468-2127.

The Salamonie Lake Nature Center is located at 3691 New Holland Rd., Andrews.

Volunteers provide valuable service to Huntington

Joe Weill (first from left) and Paula Weill (second from left) receive assistance from their children as they perform landscaping work in Huntington’s Memorial Park last year. The Weills were among over 5,900 volunteers who spent more than 19,000 hours working on a variety of projects, events and programs for the City of Huntington in 2018.

Volunteers are providing a valuable service to the community, says the City of Huntington.

“It’s been a heck of a ride,” says Andrew Rensberger, the City of Huntington’s community engagement volunteer coordinator.

Rensberger has spent the past three years connecting people who want to help with community projects that could use the help. At first, he spent his time explaining community volunteerism to churches, businesses and service clubs, looking for people willing to tackle long-neglected projects throughout the city.

One hundred cups

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Roanoke Elementary School students celebrated their 100th day of school, which was Monday, Jan. 28, by making a pyramid using 100 red plastic cups. Shown with their handiwork are first-graders (from left) Kendra Goff, Bentlee Stine, Estella Kiser and Hadley Toll.

Varsity Singers, Brass and crew take grand champ at Garrett

Members of the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers, Varsity Brass and crew pose for a celebratory victory photo after they took the Grand Champion prize at the recent Railroader Show Choir Invitational at Garrett High School.
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The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers, Brass and crew took grand champion honors at the recent Railroader Show Choir Invitational contest held at Garrett High School.

The group competed against 18 powerhouse show choirs from across the Midwest.  In preliminaries, they received grand champion honors in the large mixed division as well as awards for best vocals, best crew, best band and best costumes.

In addition, David Troyer was named best male soloist in a show, and Rebecca Short was named grand champion in the female division of the solo competition.

Andrews festival group holding f-raiser

The Andrews Summer Festival Committee is holding a baked steak dinner on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Andrews Municipal Building from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This will be a seated dinner with servers. In addition to the main course of baked steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables and dinner rolls will be served, along with dessert and drinks.

Carry-out service will be available.

There is a fee for the meal, with all proceeds going toward the Andrews Summer Festival.

The Andrews Municipal Building is located at 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

New East of Chicago owner Miller II says fit is good for him

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize Terry Miller II as the new owner of East of Chicago Pizza, in Warren, on Thursday, Feb. 7. Pictured are (front row from left) JoDeane Knowles, chamber ambassador; Cheryl DeWeese, Warren Chamber of Commerce; Terry Miller, chamber ambassador and Miller’s father; Terry Miller II; Carrie Miller, chamber ambassador and Miller’s stepmother; Cody Worch, assistant manager, East of Chicago Pizza; and Melinda Daniels, Warren Chamber; and (back row from left) Randy Harris, chamber board member; Jeremy Rufener and Ron Stewart, both Warren Chamber; Kerry Beaver, chamber board member; and Gina Canady, Warren Chamber.
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Terry Miller II is the new owner of East of Chicago Pizza, in Warren.

Miller purchased the restaurant from previous owners Jeff and Becky Souder on Jan. 14.

Last year, Miller learned that the Souders were looking to sell the business. While he did not have experience in the restaurant industry, he asked the couple if they would teach him about it. To that end, they offered him a job at East of Chicago and showed him the ropes. If the fit proved to be a good one, Miller stated that he would be interested in buying the business.

Local woman earns DL accolade for IU College of Arts and Sciences

Allyson Mettler, of Huntington, has been named to the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences  executive dean’s list for fall 2018.

Only a fraction of IU undergraduates attains this honor, which is reserved for students who complete a minimum of 12 graded credit hours in a single semester while earning at least a 3.700 GPA.

Science fair winners

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Students at Huntington Catholic School celebrate placing in the school’s recent science fair. They are (from left) first place, Adam Holzinger and Jax Mickley – “Taste Without Smell”; second place, Blaise Rupley – “Bullying”; third place, Lillian Brumbaugh – “What Grows Orbies the Best”; fourth place, Augustus Kline – “Colored Light and Plant Growth”; fifth place, Dominic Bryant – “Conductivity of Magnetic Slime”; and sixth place, Daniela Plascencia – “Color Magic.”

Several additions to candidate list for May 7 primary

As of Feb. 7, the following individuals have announced their candidacy for Republican or Democrat nominations in the municipal election primary on May 7.

Those individuals are:

City of Huntington
Larry D. Buzzard.
Brooks Fetters. *

City of Huntington
Christi Scher McElhaney. *

City Common Council, 1st District
Charles “Charlie” Chapman. *


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