Purdue economist says tax reform legislation to make govt. units interdependent

Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer explains the effects of property tax reform on governments and taxpayers in Huntington County during an informational session Monday, Feb. 8, at Crestview Middle School.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Balancing a budget used to be so easy.

The state set a maximum levy - a maximum dollar amount that could be raised through property taxes - for each city, town and other taxing unit. The taxing unit would divide the maximum levy by its assessed value and come up with a tax rate.

No more, says Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer, who for nearly two hours on Monday, Feb. 8, delivered a rapid-fire analysis of the twists and turns of the tax reform legislation passed by the Indiana legislature in March 2008.

Markle volunteers to de-trash

A meeting will be held at the Markle Fire Station concerning the de-trashing of the Wabash River on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.

The purpose of de-trashing is to clean up the river and preserve the heritage of the Wabash River, and volunteers are needed for the project, say officials of the sponsoring organizations, the Markle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Markle Park Board.

Trash and dead brush will be cleaned up along the banks, with permission from landowners.

Huntington TEA Party to meet at Life Church Friday

The Huntington TEA Party will be having a TEA Party meeting at Life Church on Friday, Feb.12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Featured include:

- Richard Mourdock, Indiana State treasurer, who will speak on the Constitution and a Tribute to Abraham Lincoln.

- Micah Clark of Indiana American Family Association, with his topic "How to Influence Your Legislator", Indiana FairTax.

- Cindy Gamrat "What is the Huntington TEA Party, Political Party or Patriot Group? You Decide."

RMS student Jacobs makes essay finals

Kathleen Jacobs, of Huntington and a student at Riverview Middle School, is among 20 Indiana eighth-graders who have been selected as finalists in an essay contest sponsored by Senator Richard Lugar, Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

A total of 632 students from 42 counties participated in this year's contest.

Huntington North students earn art, writing awards

Scholastic Award winners from Huntington North High School include (from left) seniors Sarah Richison, Tiffany Street and Kelsey Smart, all Gold Key winners.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Huntington North High School Art Department recently announced the 2010 Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition winners from its school.

Gold Key winners include senior Catherine Esch, drawing; senior Patricia Flores, drawing; senior Haley Goodwin, sculpture; senior Sarah Richison, two awards in drawing; senior Kelsey Smart, jewelry.

Sending hope

Photo provided.

Salamonie School students (from left) Amanda Pugh, Bailey Martin, and Tianna Caudill assist Principal Rick Reed in loading medical supplies for delivery to Mission of Hope in Haiti, on Feb. 5. Mission of Hope is an orphanage, hospital, and school in Haiti. Social studies students across the county donated much needed medical supplies to aid the mission.

City trash pickup to change for Presidents Day, Feb. 15

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 15.

Monday's trash route will be collected on Tuesday, Feb. 16, along with Tuesday's regular trash route.

All items should be out for pickup by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.


City trash pickup to change for Presidents Day, Feb. 15

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 15.

Monday's trash route will be collected on Tuesday, Feb. 16, along with Tuesday's regular trash route.

All items should be out for pickup by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

HNHS musicians perform at district ISSMA contest

Forty-six students from Huntington North High School performed in the annual ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) Instrumental Solo and Ensemble District Contest Jan. 30 at Eastbrook High School.

Students performed music in three levels or groups. Group III is intermediate, Group II is advanced and Group I is highly advanced. Ratings are based on the Olympic system - gold, silver and bronze.

Band directors Thaine Campbell and John Gardner report the following results:

Close examination

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Judge Dave Hauser examines a rabbit in the satin class during a Rabbit Show held at Hier's Park on Saturday, Feb. 6. Local 4-H'ers also had the chance to purchase rabbits for this year's 4-H Rabbit Show.

Derek Boone receives Light of Learning award on Feb. 4

Derek Boone, a teacher at Huntington Catholic School, was recognized on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the annual Luncheon in Celebration of Excellence in Catholic Education, where he received his Light of Learning award.

The luncheon was hosted by Quality Dining Inc. at the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott in Fort Wayne. The event was held in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31 to Feb. 6.

Boone was among 19 Catholic school educators presented with the award, which recognizes positive impacts on Catholic Education in the Fort Wayne area.


REMC to award scholarship

United REMC is now accepting applications from local high school-age students to attend 2010 Electric Youth Tour to Washington, DC, in June.

One student will be chosen by United to join hundreds of other students for the all-expense-paid trip June 10-17. Applicants must be juniors in high school and enrolled for their senior year, and their parents or guardians must be members of United REMC.

The tour will begin in Indianapolis June 10. The bus will depart the next day for Washington, and will include a stop in Gettysburg.

Crestview musicians earn several gold ratings at recent ISSMA contest

Results from Crestview Middle School students who participated in this year's Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Solo and Ensemble have been announced.
The event was held Saturday, Feb. 6 at Bellmont High School in Decatur.

Crestivew students recognized were:

Elizabeth Reed, gold rating for piano solo in Group V.

Hannah Ringo, gold rating for piano solo in Group IV.

Kaylie Killian, gold rating for voice solo in Group IV.

Emily Haneline, gold rating for voice solo in Group IV.

Catholic schools selling coupon books

The Fort Wayne-area "You Can Lend A Hand" coupon book sale campaign is underway.

The campaign, sponsored by Quality Dining Inc., is an integral part of Catholic schools' fundraising efforts in the Diocese of Fort Wayne, South Bend.

Students from Huntington Catholic School will be selling the coupon books through March 5. The books contain coupons for Burger King and Chili's restaurants along with offers from the Fort Wayne Freedom and Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Each coupon book contains 16 coupons and is valued at $80.

Ball State lists honorees from Huntington County

Ball State University has announced its Fall 2009 Dean's List as well as those who graduated the fall of 2009.

Graduating from Huntington are Marcus Norwood, Bachelor of Arts; Denise Crawley, Bachelor of Science; and Tiffany (Brown) Jackson, Master of Science.

Also graduating from Huntington County are Eric Lenhof, Master of Business Administration from Roanoke; and Deidre Irick, Bachelor of Science from Warren.