Singing praises

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Members of the 2009 Huntington North High School graduating class lead the group during a worship song on Sunday, May 30, during the baccalaureate ceremony held in the school's auditorium. The ceremony included a praise and worship session and recap of the graduating class's time during high school.

Clowning around

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Father and son clown duo Victor Abadilla (right) and son Victor Jr., perform as "Tomatito" and "Minito," on Sunday, May 31, at the Huntington Armory. The Star Family Circus held a performance, which includes games, prizes and skits.

Leadership academy students complete projects

The 2009 Huntington County Leadership Academy students recently completed their projects.

The 15 students were divided in to three groups of five and were given the assignment of creating, planning and finishing a project in a five-month window - from January to May.

The group consisting of Troy Hostetler, Ryan Douglas, Doug Selig, Chris Nothhard and Steve Pozezanac picked the project of making signs for the Forks of the Wabash River Greenway Trail.

Spahr is awarded Quayle Foundaton scholarship

Margie Hedrick (left), first vice president and education chair of the Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation, presents the foundation’s scholarship to Alison Spahr.
Photo provided.

The Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation has awarded its eighth annual scholarship to Grace College student Alison Spahr, of Huntington.

Spahr, a 2008 graduate of Huntington North High School and current Spanish education major at Grace College, was awarded the foundation's $1,000 scholarship.

The scholarship was developed by the board of directors for The Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation Inc., which is the governing body for The Dan Quayle Center, home of the United States Vice Presidential Museum.

Canine Capters Dog Drill Team tryo9uts set for Sunday, June 7

Tryouts for the Canine Capers Dog Drill Team will be held Sunday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Building at Hier's Park.

Those selected for the team will perform this fall at the Indiana State Fair.

Practices for the 4-H club's drill team are held each Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., June through August. Dogs and their handlers can be of any skill level, from beginner to advanced.

HNHS junior Taylor Allred places first in regional chemistry test

Huntington North High School student Taylor Allred and chemistry teacher Joe Perkins display Allred’s first-place trophy from the Northeaster Indiana American Chemical Society competition.
Photo provided.

Huntington North junior Taylor Allred placed first in the Northeastern Indiana American Chemical Society chemistry test May 28.

Six counties sent 23 students to take the two to three hour test. Three of the students were from Huntington North, including Allred, Micah Snabl and Kirsten Konz. Senior Snabl placed ninth.

The test consisted of college chemistry taught through the Advance Placement course offered at Huntington North by teacher Joe Perkins.

School corporation begins free breakfast, lunches at four county schools

The Huntington County Community School Corporation will begin serving free breakfasts and lunches on Monday, June 8, at four Huntington County schools.

Meals will be served at Riverview Middle School and Horace Mann Elementary School from June 8 through June 12, and at Crestview Middle School June 8 through July 31.

Meals will be served July 13 through July 31 at Flint Springs Elementary School.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. each day, and lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to noon.

YSB has new crisis line phone number for youth

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County's Safe Place program announces that it has a new "crisis line" number.

The new number, 530-7676, is a cell phone that will be manned by a trained staff person 24 hours a day, seven days a week with an additional staff person also available to provide assistance.

The Safe Place program provides youth immediate access to support, information and guidance during times of conflict.

Bookworm begins its summer rounds

The Bookworm, the mobile library sponsored by the Huntington County Community School Corporation, has announced its schedule for summer 2009.

The Bookworm has also added two evening stops on Thursdays.

"We really want to highlight the evening events," said Lisa Hoke, Bookworm driver.

The free service is available to Huntington County residents of all ages. Residents do not need a library card, just proof of county residence.

Bookworm routes began June 1.

Mondays, the Bookworm will be at the following locations in Huntington:

Celebrating success

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

"The Barefoot Hawaiians" perform a traditional Hawaiian dance during a luau held Tuesday, May 26, at Markle Health and Rehabilitation. The performance and the luau were part of a celebration of the facility's top customer satisfaction rating. Markle Health and Rehabilitation had the highest customer satisfaction rating score of all 47 Indiana facilities operated by American Senior Communities. The scores were based on customer satisfaction surveys sent to current residents and their families in April.

Elks Scholarship

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Donald D. Schoeff (left), president of the Indiana Elks Association, awards the Wells County Elks Scholarship to Kaitlyn Batt, a graduating senior at Huntington North High School. Batt plans to use the $1,000 scholarship to attend Duke University, where she will major in biology and global health. Her career plans include attending medical school and working with Doctors Without Borders. Batt is the daughter of Greg and Karen Batt, of Huntington.

Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa awards six college scholarships

Chi Chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa of Huntington has announced its 2009 scholarship recipients.

The Laura Blackburn Scholarship is awarded yearly to a high school or college student majoring in education. This award is in honor of long-time teacher and Tri Kappa member Laura Blackburn. Alison Spahr, daughter of Tom and Amy Spahr, has been awarded the $1,000 scholarship.

Growers can trade extras at Plant Swap

Huntington's annual Plant Swap will be held Saturday, June 6, on Jefferson Street between Washington and Market streets.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the Swap begins at 10 a.m. and continues until noon.

Entries for the Container Contest must be registered by 9 a.m.

Swappers may bring up to 20 plants for the round-robin style swap.

Plant categories are: perennials, annuals, house plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables and garden miscellaneous.

Plant Swap rules include:
• Absolutely no money is to be exchanged for any swap item.

New trail will open on June 6

A new recreational trail that follows the Wabash River west of Huntington will be dedicated on Saturday, June 6, at 9 a.m.

The dedication ceremony will be held at the trailhead, located at 2753 W. Park Drive, across from Huntington Nursery. The public is invited to attend the event, then walk or ride a bicycle down the trail after the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Murphy to challenge Burton in Republican primary

Indiana Rep. Mike Murphy, of Indianapolis, announced Thursday, May 28, that he will be a candidate in the Republican primary for Indiana's Fifth Congressional District.

That seat is currently held by fellow Republican Dan Burton, also of Indianapolis, who has served since 1983.

The district includes all of Tipton, Grant, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Hamilton, and Hancock Counties, as well as parts of Marion, Shelby, Howard and Johnson counties. Huntington County has been a part of the Fifth District since the 2000 census.