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.
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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.

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.