HCCSC to get upgrade to its wide area network

Technology at most local schools will soon get a boost in Internet speed as school officials recently approved an upgrade to its wide area network.

Information about the proposed upgrade was first presented to the Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees on Jan. 12, but since that time a few changes were made and a new proposal was presented to and unanimously approved by the board on March 9. Tom Ashley, HCCSC's director of technology, has been looking into the upgrades for the corporation for several years.

HNHS graduation set for June 5

Huntington North High School seniors and their parents can finally proceed with making plans as the graduation date for the class of 2009 has now been set.

Commencement for this year's seniors will be held in the Huntington North gymnasium on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. The date and time have been posted online and can be found by going to the school corporation's Web site at, then clicking on the "Visit our schools" link and choosing "Huntington North High School."

Story of Huntington's ice cream plant to be told Monday, March 16

The first Cloverleaf Creamery truck to deliver ice cream to stores is shown on a Huntington street about 1921. Cloverleaf Creamery, now known as Good Humor-Breyers, will be the topic of a Huntington County Historical Society program on Monday, March 16.
Photo provided.

The story of Huntington's (IN) ice cream plant will be told during a program on Monday, March 16, at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court St., Huntington.

"Out in the Cold: Cloverleaf-Sealtest Ice Cream Company" will be presented at 7 p.m.

Bill Abbott, who worked at Sealtest for seven years, will share some of his memories of the company. A representative of Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream will also speak.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served after the program.

City council slightly raises fines for some ordinance violations

The Huntington Common Council met Tuesday, March 10, and adopted an ordinance, which had been introduced at a previous meeting, resulting in a slight increase in fines for violations of some city ordinances.

The council consolidated fines for violations of ordinances into one chapter in the city's Code of Ordinances. The fines were previously scattered throughout various sections of the book.

A slight increase in some fines was also approved, including a $5 increase for a parking ticket. The fine now stands at $10.

Salvation Army approaching 2/3 of funds needed for unemployment help

As of Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m., the Salvation Army of Huntington County has received $5,500 in donations and pledges toward securing up to $18,000 for matching funds for the recently unemployed in the county.

Capt. Tim Sell reported that major contributors "publicly rallying with their support" up to that point have been the United Way of Huntington County, $2,000; Pilchers Chapel United Methodist Church, with a pledge of at least $1,000; and Victory Noll sisters.

Schools, county will work together on signs

School and county officials are working together to correct signage problems and deficiencies regarding school zones and speed limits on county roads near local schools.

County Commissioners' President Tom Wall and County Highway Superintendent Troy Hostetler presented information on the issue to the Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees during their regular meeting Monday night, March 9.

Local Salvation Army seeking to match funds to help local unemployed

Due to the sharp increase in unemployment in Huntington County, The Salvation Army has established Hoosier Help for Hardship, a community partnership and a grant opportunity which could mean as much as $27,000 in assistance for the newly unemployed and their families.

4-H benefit auction returns this year

The Huntington County 4-H Benefit Auction returns this year, featuring a pork chop dinner and auction items ranging from a birdhouse to an aluminum livestock truck bed box.

The benefit auction will be held Saturday, March 21, at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park. The evening begins with a 5 p.m. meal starring the same smoked pork chops that are served each summer at the 4-H Fair, says Luke Vickrey, co-chairman of the benefit auction.

The auction begins at 6:30 p.m., following the meal.

Haunts return in time for spring break

Pat Yeater works on one of the displays that will be in the Haunted Hotel's casket room. The hotel will be open for spring on March 13, 14, 20 and 21, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Looking for something to do this spring but don't have the money to travel?

Look no further than downtown Huntington, where the Jaycees' Haunted Hotel 13th Floor will be open for a spring break edition of "Ghouls Gone Wild."

The Jaycees have operated a haunted building in several locations in Huntington over the past 40 years. The group moved into the current location at 511 N. Jefferson St., where the Haunted Hotel was set up, nearly a decade ago, says Brett Molitor, manager of the Haunted Hotel.

Daylight savings time arrives Sunday

It's time to change time.

Much of the United States - Indiana included - will switch to daylight-saving time in the wee hours of Sunday, March 8.

Officially, Hoosiers are instructed to wait until 2 a.m. Sunday and, when the clock hits the 2 o'clock hour, move it forward to 3 a.m. - skipping an entire hour. The change makes sunrise arrive later in the morning and sunset arrive later in the evening.

Classmates seeking Jefferson Twp. School/South Upper Elementary alumni

Five former classmates from 44 years ago are looking for other Jefferson Township School/ South Upper Elementary alumni who attended the school between 1964 and 1968.

The classmates are planning a reunion for Saturday, May 30 at the Fabulous 105 and want to make sure all alumni have been invited. They also encourage alumni to visit a Web site set up exclusively for them where they can update their addresses and other personal information.

Red Cross Exective Director speaks

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mike Rohler, executive director of the Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, speaks during the annual banquet on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Local Red cross president speaks

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Annette Carroll, president of the Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, speaks Saturday night, Feb. 28, at the annual Red Cross banquet.

Joenita Keller earns recogntion for her years of service to Extension, 4-H

Joenita Keller (left) receives the Friends of Extension Award from Janell Brubaker during the Huntington County Extension Service's annual dinner meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19.
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

The Huntington County/Purdue Extension Office held its annual meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

A business meeting was held at 6:30 p.m., prior to a poverty simulation conducted by the office.

Janell Brubaker presented, on behalf of the Extension Board, the first annual Friend of Extension award to Joenita Keller.

Keller is a 45-year 4-H leader. She has been an Extension club member since 1963 and has served on the Extension board and numerous committees.

Firefighters will hone skills at new Huntington training site

Originally published Feb. 12, 2009.

A firefighter training facility, paid for with a state grant, could begin drawing firefighters from throughout northeast Indiana and beyond to Huntington as soon as this summer.

The training facility will be located on five acres behind the Huntington County Highway Department, says Brandon Taylor, director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency. Although the highway garage is on Riverside Drive, he says, the entrance to the training facility will be off Indiana Street.