USDA Service Centers continuing their work by phone and field visits

United States Department of Agriculture Service Centers are encou- raging visitors to take proactive protective measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

USDA service centers in Indiana will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing.

Back to work

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Workers at Case Construction use a backhoe to finish a job for Vectren Energy that was started several months ago and placed on hiatus over the winter. The construction restricted traffic in the first block of West Tipton Street.

Nursery to do geranium sale for 4-H this year

Local 4-H clubs have been prohibited from participating in any organized events, including fund-raising events, for the immediate future, but Huntington Nursery & Florist has decided to orchestrate the geranium sale for Huntington County 4-H this yea  rand donate the proceeds back to the local clubs.

The following is how the geranium sale will work this year:

• Seed geraniums will still be for sale. All orders must be placed through Huntington Nursery & Florist and prepaid by Friday, April 10.

Socially distant birthday party

Photo by Steve Clark.

Emily Shaffer (middle) and sisters Alexys (left) and Megan wave to decorated cars as they proceed down Joe Street, in Huntington, on Tuesday, March 24. The day marked Emily’s 5th birthday, and to satisfy social distancing requirements in place for COVID-19, her extended family members and friends organized a parade in her honor, tossing candy and presents to her as they drove by her home.

Bird in the mist

Photo by Scott Trauner.

A blue heron relaxes by the edge of a pond in southern Huntington County on a foggy Wednesday morning, March 25.

Insurance dept. warns of coronavirus scams

The Indiana Department of Insurance is alerting Hoosiers to be aware of scammers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A warning was issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General regarding scams by fraudsters who are offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information.

These services are unapproved and illegitimate.

Aging & In-Home Services makes adjustments to service due to virus

Aging & In-Home Services (AIHS) has made the following adjustment to services due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:

• Aging & Disability Resource Center is expanding its staffing to enhance its response capability to answer questions and secure assistance for older adults, individuals with disabilities and family caregivers effective immediately.

Dining in Congregate Settings is suspended through April 10. Participants in this program are being supplied with shelf-stable meals to take home.

Trinity UMC jumps in quickly to help with emergency relief fund

On Monday, March 23, the Huntington County Community Foundation and United Way of Huntington County announced a joint effort to create the Huntington County Emergency Relief Fund. By the next day, Trinity United Methodist Church had already sprung into action, donating $6,000 to help the cause.

D’s Wagon Wheel, closed for current time

D’s Wagon Wheel, located at 874 Cline St. at Etna Avenue in Huntington, will be closed until further notice.

Troop 637 to have chicken, chop sale Saturday at Juergens in Huntington

Boy Scout Troup 637 will have a Nelson’s chicken and pork chop sale on Saturday, April 4, starting at 10 a.m. at Juergens Hardware store. 2850 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Preserving the past

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jami Craft, principal of Roanoke Elementary School, admires the Jackson Township School sign on Tuesday, March 24, that was salvaged from the current elementary school and installed at an entryway in the new, under-construction school. Craft says the sign will help commemorate the existing school, which is set to be torn down early this summer.

To-your-car service

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mike Fear (left) reaches for bags of food offered by Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent Chad Daugherty during HCCSC’s “Grab & Go” food distribution held Thursday, March 26, at Huntington North High School. Although the children receiving the food had to be present, no one was required to leave their vehicle during the drive-through event.

Waiting for students

Photo by Steve Clark.

Pictured is a classroom on the second floor of the new, under-construction Roanoke Elementary School on Tuesday, March 24. The new school is set to open next school year and will be over 86,000 square feet.

Kline earns Phi Beta Kappa key

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced it recently inducted 213 students into its chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, including Huntington native Jamison Kline, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and anthropology minors.

Kline is the son of Daniel Kline and Ronda Kline of Huntington.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest college honorary society, with only 1 percent of students nationwide who qualify for induction.

Carrying the pooch

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Joshua Justice, of Warren, carries his dog, Charlie, during a walk in town on Wednesday afternoon, March 25.