SWCD to hold regular session April 21

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its next monthly meeting on April 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the district office.

The meeting is open to the public. Due to farming season, it is asked that attendees contact the SWCD Office to confirm the meeting will be held.

The office is located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.


Tax can be estimated online

Huntington County property tax bills aren't expected to be sent out until June or July, but taxpayers can now check a state-operated Web site to see an estimate of how much their 2009 tax bill will be.

The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF), in partnership with the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University, is offering the online property tax calculator for Huntington County taxpayers. This tool allows taxpayers to enter their property's assessed value, taxing district and possible deductions to see tax bill estimates for bills due in 2009.

Adkinson earns second lieutenant rank

United States Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jesse D. Adkinson was commissioned as a second lieutenant at Officer Candidate School Training Command Quantico, VA, on March 20.

Adkinson graduated with the Company Award for highest overall grade point average, the Phil Yeckel Award for the highest composite average, the Major Harry Elms Award for the highest overall average for an officer candidate class graduate with prior enlisted service and the Marine Federal Credit Union Award for the candidate with the highest total academic average.

Quilts and kaleidoscopes are featured at Achievement Day

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers' Achievement Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at Evangelical United Methodist Church.

Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. Cultural Arts Contest entries will be accepted at 2 p.m.

The afternoon will officially begin at 3 p.m. with a short opening followed by a workshop at 3:30 p.m. presented by Sherry Rupert, talking about her kaleidoscope collection, and another at 4:15 p.m. by Jen Mason, talking about some of her quilts.

Bicyclists will welcome spring with a ride through the county

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Bicycling enthusiasts are invited to Roanoke next month to take part in the May Madness Bicycle Tour. The event, sponsored by 3 Rivers Velo Sport, takes place on Sunday, May 17.

Participants can choose from 14-, 32- or 54-mile trips that all begin and end at Roanoke Elementary School, 423 W. Vine St., in Roanoke. Routes take riders on a scenic tour of Huntington County following paved, low-traffic secondary roads.

Depending on which route riders take, they may pedal over an iron trestle bridge, along the Wabash River, or over Roush Lake.

Long wins Democrat party chairmanship in 'do-over' election

Jim Long.
Photo by Andre Laird.

With significantly less fanfare and drama than in its first election, the Huntington Democrat Party has selected James L. "Jim" Long as its new chairman.

The election was held on Saturday, April 4, and was a do-over to the previous election in which Gary Snyder was elected under much debate as to validity of the process.

In the first election, Snyder was elected by a tie-breaker vote cast by outgoing chair Kenneth Zuk. The election election included two proxy votes, which is against party rules.

Area 4-H clubs set meetings, activities for week

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of Thursday, April 9 to April 19.

Thursday, April 9
6:30 p.m. - Bippus Busy Bees. Bippus Community Building.
Monday, April 13
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
7 p.m. - Leaders meeting. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Cleanup will move to Zone 2

Spring cleanup in Huntington's Zone 2 begins Monday, April 13, and continues through Friday, April 17.

Zone 2 encompasses the area where trash is normally picked up on Tuesday.

Large household items must be placed within five feet of the alley or curb in the normal trash pick-up area. Items may be placed out no earlier than Saturday, April 11, and must be out no later than Monday, April 13.

Tickets now avaialble for Run for the Rams

Run for the Rams, a dinner-auction that serves as the major fund-raiser for Huntington Catholic School, has a new location and new features this year.

The event will be held Saturday, May 2, and tickets are now available from either the Huntington Catholic Primary Building, 356-2320, or the Huntington Catholic Middle Building, 356-1926. The reservation deadline is April 15.

"We just wanted to add a little more excitement this year," says Run for the Rams Chairman Sue Scheiber, explaining the addition of the interactive games to this year's event.

Teams, captains sought for JA bowling tournament

Kevin Killen (left) and Andy Zay (right) register Angie Grube as a team captain for a bowling tournament that will raise funds for Junior Achievement of Huntington County.
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A bowling tournament on Sunday, April 26, will raise funds for Junior Achievement of Huntington County.

Huntington University nursing dept. adds pair to both faculty and staff

Diana Shenefield.
Photos provided.

The Huntington University Department of Nursing has hired two new faculty and two new staff members.

Along with the faculty and staff, the number of students in the program continues to grow.

"Twelve students will be admitted to the nursing major in the fall to begin the course and clinical work associated with the program," says Dr. Margaret Winter, director of nursing. "Twenty-six students will enter their sophomore year to continue taking core, pre-nursing and supporting courses and will be eligible to apply for admission to the nursing major in the spring of 2010."

Volunteers will bring info to east-central Seniors on April 18

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Senior Citizens living in one east-central Huntington neighborhood have made it known that they feel a little lost when it comes to accessing the resources of their community.

A small army of volunteers hopes to change that on Saturday, April 18.

They'll be going door to door, handing out booklets and other information designed to give those seniors a guide to resources and services available to them in Huntington County.

Trash pick-ups to be modified for Good Friday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Good Friday, April 10.

Friday's trash will be collected on Monday, April 13, along with Monday's regular trash route.

It is asked that all items be available for pick up by 7 a.m.


Alcoholic Beverage Commission will consider sales request for beer, wine

The Alcoholic Beverage Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Huntington County Jail.

The agenda includes a request by Ryan Johnson, of Johnson Petroleum, for a beer and wine permit that will allow him to sell those beverages at convenience stores he owns in Huntington, Markle and Mahon.


Government meetings calendar April 6-13

Monday, April 6
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., commissioner's room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

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

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

Tuesday, April 7

Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. main St., Roanoke.