Tax bills will be late, but taxpayers can pay early

Property tax bills will not be due on May 10 this year, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton says, and probably won't even be sent out by that time.

Huntington County property owners can, however, voluntarily pay their taxes before receiving their statements.

"They can pay whatever they think they owe," Hamilton says. "That helps keep the county running."

New National Guard program can net HS dropouts their diplomas

High school dropouts between the ages of 17 and 19 can earn their diplomas at the new Army National Guard Patriot Academy.

The Patriot Academy, the first of its kind in the United States, will open June 1.

An open house to explain the concept will be held Wednesday, April 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Armory, 130 W. Cook Rd., Fort Wayne.

The open house is open to parents, teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators and educators from alternative learning centers, as well as potential students.

Huntington County Youth Leadership graduation

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Several members of the Huntington County Leadership Youth Academy explain an outreach program in which they were involved during the group's graduation ceremony on Sunday, March 15. At the podium are (from left) Chris Landrum, Zach Grable, Lindsy McElhaney, Samantha Krumanaker and Kyle Williams.

Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 4

Huntington Jaycees members (from left) Melissa McElhaney and Diane Pinkerton get some help from Jessica Molitor on Monday, March 23, as they stuff plastic eggs with candy for use in the Jaycees’ April 4 Easter Egg Hunt at Memorial Park.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Jaycees will stage their 65th Easter Egg Hunt this spring, filling Memorial Park with candy-filled eggs to be found by children through age 10.

The hunt will be held April 4, with a rain date of April 11. Mayor Steve Updike will start the hunt at 10 a.m.

Children through age 2 will hunt for eggs scattered throughout the tennis courts, while children ages 3 through 6 will find eggs on the new parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts. Children ages 7-10 will be stationed in the playground area.

State Democrats schedule new county chairman post election for April 4

The Indiana State Democratic Party has scheduled a new election for the Huntington County Democratic chairman position on Saturday, April 4.

The election will start at 11 a.m. at the Huntington County Democrat Party Headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St. Fifth Congressional District Chairman Keith Clock will run the proceedings.

HCCSC board issues statement about bible trailer ruling

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees issued the following statement regarding the "By The Book" religious education program on Thursday, March 26.

The board met in executive session to discuss the issue on Tuesday, March 24.

School board gives Shafer authority to cut up to two teaching posts - just in case

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Tracey Shafer the authority to cut up to two teaching positions for the 2009-2010 school year during the board's meeting on March 23.

Even so, Shafer said he is not likely to make any cuts.

"It's not something we're looking to do," he said. "But if it became necessary, we would have the option."

Reductions in staff are dependent on the number of students enrolled for the next school year, Shafer said.

JeFFFest returns to downtown Huntington

JeFFFest will return to downtown Huntington this summer, coordinated by LaFontaine Arts Council members (front row from left) Jan Tharp and Ann Freds and (back row from left) Paula Bittner, Dan Rumple, Adam Drummond, Ruth Marsh and Sharon Lehman.
Photo provided.

The LaFontaine Arts Council has announced that a successful summer event will return to Huntington.

JeFFFest, which gets its name from the "fun food, fine art and fab music" on Jefferson Street in the downtown area, will be held on June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The "fun food" will feature taste-size portions of offerings from local food vendors, including restaurants and caterers.

4-H calendar for week of March 30-April 5

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, March 30 to Sunday, April 5.

Monday, March 30
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Helping Hands. Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Government meetings calendar March 30-April 3

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

Wednesday, April 1
Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Markle Municipal Building, 135 W. Sparks St.

Friday, April 3
Huntington Redevelopment Commission, 10 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.


DAR scrapbooks now in Indiana Room files

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented scrapbooks of the chapter’s history to Joan Keefer of the Indiana Room in the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Pictured are (front row from left) Judy Kaltenmark,
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered Wednesday, March 18 in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library to donate a collection of scrapbooks.

Shirley Peiffer Brown, registrar and vice-regent of the Huntington DAR, has assembled the scrapbooks over a period of seven years, working on documenting the chapter's 112-year history.

Brown says, "We're putting the books here to preserve in the Indiana Room. We want people to know that the Samuel Huntington Chapter is alive and well."


Funding offered to providers

Organizations that offer emergency food and shelter programs within Huntington County are invited to submit an application for review by the local board of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Huntington County United Way director Pat Horoho facilitates the local FEMA board, which is composed of members of several religious and charitable organizations.

Huntington County is eligible to receive $17,000 from FEMA to use for emergency food and shelter programs.

For more information or to submit an application, call Horoho at the United Way, 356-6160.

Shelter staff, board race to sell fund-raiser items

Employees at the Huntington County Humane Shelter have issued a challenge to Humane Society board members in an effort to bring in some needed funds to help them continue their mission.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Randy Rider (left) and Bill Finley (right), of Lime City Manufacturing, accept Love I.N.C.’s “Heart of a Servant” award from Jack Scheiber (center). The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday, March 18, in honor of Scheiber’s late wife Dorothy Scheiber, who spent 25 years working with the food pantries at Love I.N.C. and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Lime City donates a truck used by Love I.N.C. once a month to transport donated goods.

Service honored

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jack Scheiber (left) presents Love I.N.C.'s "Heart of a Servant" award to Paul Okuly, a long-time volunteer at the agency. The award, presented in memory of Scheiber's late wife Dorothy Scheiber, was presented Wednesday, March 18, at the organization's annual meeting.