Judge candidate Wall invites public to free cookout, campaign discussion

Justin Wall, Republican candidate for Huntington Circuit Court judge, invites the community to a free cookout being hosted behind Wall Legal Services, 309 N. Jefferson St., on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free food, drinks and desserts will be served and Wall will be discussing his campaign.

Reservations can be made by email to or by calling 504-2714.

Rep. Banks extends deadline for Service Academy Day RSVP

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that the deadline has been extended to RSVP for Service Academy Day on April 21 at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base. Students and their guests must RSVP by noon on April 20 to gain entry to the base. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Banks’ Academy Day will be held at the Air National Guard Base at 3005 Ferguson Rd., in Fort Wayne. Along with Banks and his staff, representatives from the following service academies will be present:

• United States Military Academy (West Point, NY).

Johnson and Marjamaa are HNHS co-valedictorians

Huntington North High School has announced its 2018 co-valedictorians and salutatorian and teacher of the year during a breakfast held Wednesday, April 18, in the school’s media center. Shown with their parents are (front row from left) Salutatorian Karmen Koch and co-valedictorians Rileigh Johnson and Audrey Marjamaa and Marjamaa’s mother, Sara Marjamaa; and (back row from left) Koch’s parents, John Koch and Joy Koch; Johnson’s  parents, Juli Johnson and Tony Johnson; and Marjamaa’s father, Kevin Marjamaa.
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Huntington North High School has named seniors Rileigh Johnson and Audrey Marjamaa as co-valedictorians of the Class of 2018, and Karmen Koch was announced the salutatorian.

The three students were introduced at a breakfast held Wednesday, April 18, in the high school’s media center, along with the 2018 HNHS Teacher of the Year, Rachel Yarger.

Early primary voting

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Penny Sunderman gets her primary voting done on Tuesday, April 10, at the Huntington County Courthouse. Tuesday was the opening day for early voting.

Etna Avenue widened

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Workers from Phend & Brown Inc. lay asphalt on the east side of Etna Avenue on Tuesday, April 10. The asphalt was laid as part of the road-widening phase of the Etna Avenue Improvement Project. Asphalt was laid from Waterworks Road to Jessup Street.

HU invites community to ‘Voice’ watch party

Huntington University is hosting a watch party for The Voice and the community is invited to join in with HU students tonight, Monday, April 16, as they support and celebrate Christiana Hicks’ success on The Voice.

Now that Hicks, who is performing under the stage name Christiana Danielle, has advanced to the live playoff rounds, HU is expanding its watch parties by moving them to Zurcher Auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Team Christiana T-shirts and free snacks will be available in the lobby beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Johnson Petroleum earns governor’s honor

Johnson Petroleum received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award on Wednesday, April 11, at the Indiana Statehouse for its contributions to Huntington.

State Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington, noted that Johnson Petroleum operates six convenience stores, one full-service truck wash with fuel bays and one Quik Lube.

For 90 years, the family-owned business has served a variety of sectors.

Program money

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Duke Energy recently awarded the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County a $4,000 grant for the Man UP! and You Go Girl programs. Kevin Johnston (right), manager of government and community relations at Duke, presents the monetary award to club members (from left) Alissa Louthan, Brianna McIntyre, Sara Burnworth, Marley Fordyce and Keaton Kline.

Sixth annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast set for May 3

The sixth annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday, May 3, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Habecker Dining Commons, Huntington University.

There is a cost per person for the breakfast and reservations are required. RSVP by calling 356-1400 ext. 2000, or by email at Reservations will be accepted until April 30.

Chamber student business award winners

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Huntington North High School students Jack Young (seated at left) and Gavin Rosen (seated at right) are the 2018 recipients of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Student Awards in the area of business. Young won in the business category and Rosen won in the I.C.E. category. They are sponsored by (standing from left) Randy Sizemore, of First Federal Savings Bank and Chris Troxell of Schneider Electric. The presentation was made during a luncheon held Wednesday, April 11, in the HNHS media center.

Chamber student technology award winners

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The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce presented 2018 Student Awards to two technology education students, Ronnie Hensley (seated at left), in the area of automotive; and Andrew Lund (seated at right), in the area of precision machining. They are sponsored by (standing from left) Chris Camp, of Bendix CVS; and Steve Petry, Chamber board chair, representing PHD Inc. The presentations were made during a luncheon held Wednesday, April 11, in the HNHS media center.

Flint Springs to host pork dinner on April 20

Flint Springs Elementary School will have a pulled pork dinner Friday, April 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The menu includes pulled pork sandwich, chips, green beans, applesauce, cookie and a beverage.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Carry-outs are available.

The fund-raiser will benefit the Flint Springs Elementary Scholarship Fund.

The school is located at 1360 E. Tipton St., Huntington.

Man of adventure

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Dusty Breeding, a 2004 Huntington North High School graduate and former student at Andrews Elementary, speaks to a group of fourth and fifth-graders at the elementary on Tuesday, April 10. Breeding is the campus minister at Pepperdine University, the advocacy director for Made in the Streets, a non-profit working with street children in Nairobi, Kenya, and is a brand ambassador for an international fitness apparel company.

LAC, Pathfinder to have Hgtn. discussion series

The LaFontaine Arts Council and Pathfinder Services are coming together for a series of conversations about making Huntington a place residents love to call home.

These discussions will focus on the livability, opportunity, vitality and education sectors that help residents love where they live and how the arts play a role in Huntington’s economic and cultural development.

Fund-raiser for crash victims’ children

A rummage/bake sale will be held Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, on the grounds of The Well, 1886 Old U.S.-24, Huntington, to raise funds for the two small children of two local Walmart employees who recently died in a car wreck.

The fund-raiser will be held in the pole barn on the east side of the church, with all of the money collected to go into a fund for the young son and daughter of Alex Capes and Merissa Lewis, who died March 23.
Friday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Huntington Chevrolet offers mix of old, new

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Huntington Chevrolet is open for business and customers can expect a mix of new and old.

Dealer Principal Nich-olas Pannos and General Manager Art Georgion took over the dealership on March 8.

While the dealership has a new name – it was formerly known as Pace Chevrolet – it will continue to sell new Chevrolet models, plus used models from various manufacturers.

A new policy at Huntington Chevrolet is its free lifetime powertrain warranty.

Shepherd’s Food Pantry to distribute April 19

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution event on Thursday, April 19, between 10 a.m. and noon at the Andrews Town Hall on Main Street.

This distribution event is for Andrews and Dallas Township residents. No appointment is necessary. First come, first served.

HNHS administering ISTEP+ on April 17 and April 19

Huntington North High School will be administering the second part of the ISTEP+ graduation qualifying exams for biology and English on Tuesday, April 17, and math on Thursday, April 19.

All seniors and those juniors who passed the English and/or math test(s) have the opportunity to arrive two hours later on April 17 and April 19, provided they return the parent permission sheet with signed approval from a parent.

Norwood Community Assn. to hold town hall meet April 17

The Norwood Community Association will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at Faith Community Church of God on Norwood Road.

The purpose of the meeting is to answer any questions members may have concerning revisions to the governing documents.

Copies of the proposed changes have been delivered to each home in the subdivision. Members are encouraged to study and review the proposed revised covenants and the proposed revised bylaws before the meeting.

First Federal parent announces net income growth for 1Q

Northeast Indiana Bancorp, Inc., (OTCQB:  NIDB), the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced net income of $1.1 million ($0.92 per diluted common share) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

This was an increase of $273,000 or 32.8 percent when compared to net income of $830,000 ($0.69 per diluted common share) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  

Auto and agriculture honorees

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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis held an awards banquet for the top Huntington North High School students in the school’s Career and Technical Education program on Thursday, April 12, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, in Huntington. Among the students honored were (starting second from left) Isiah Kitzmiller and Shelby Smith, Automotive Service Technology program; and Kyle Laux and Leigh Ann Trickle, Agriculture program. Also pictured are (far left) Dan Niebauer, Automotive Service Technology instructor; and Amanda Grimm (far right), Agriculture instructor.

Top CTE program students

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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis held an awards banquet for the top Huntington North High School students in the school’s Career and Technical Education program on Thursday, April 12, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, in Huntington. Among the students honored were (from left) Kasey Konz and Isaac Brown, EMT program; and Madalynn Davis and Abby Hoover, Human and Social Services program. Also pictured is Jan Hildebrand, Human and Social Services instructor. Not pictured is Rick Uecker, EMT instructor.

Gethsemane Food Bank to be open on April 19

The Gethsemane Ministries Food Bank will be open on Thursday, April 19, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2239 Hartman St., Huntington.

Participants should bring a photo ID.

St. Anne annual survey gets deficiency-free rating from ISDH

Staff members of St. Anne Communities at Victory Noll pause to celebrate the facility having received a deficiency-free annual survey for 2018 from the Indiana State Department of Health. Pictured are (front row from left) Rochelle Phillips, Megan Adkins, Missy Turner, Olivia Hartwig and Shawnacy Lake; (second row from left) Joy Benson, Jim Lund, Beverly Bidwell, Cheryl Warner, Sheryl Pattison, Laura James and Ellen Chambers; (third row from left) Robin Bosell, Gail Cocklin, Barb Steineman, Linda Larr, Kay Gargiulo, Pam Jones, Hyonok Felts and Kimberly Hamilton; and (back row from left) Anne Crawley, Theresa Kitt, Cindy Hubartt, Stanna Bippus and Courtlyn Hall.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

St. Anne Communities at Victory Noll has achieved a deficiency-free annual survey for 2018, as administered by the Indiana State Department of Health.

For an assisted living community to achieve a deficiency-free survey all services provided must meet and/or exceed all state standards. A deficiency-free survey in Indiana’s rigorous annual examination is one of the top indications of excellence for an assisted living community.

Nominations sought for rural historic farm preservation award

Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau welcome nominations for the 2018 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. The award recognizes the preservation and continued agricultural use of historic farm buildings in Indiana.

Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award, which will be presented during the Indiana State Fair in August 2018. The nomination asks for:

• A brief history of the farm and description of its significant historic structures and features, such as the farmhouse, barns, agricultural outbuildings and landscape elements.

Parkview Health earns Workplace of Year award for fourth time

For the fourth consecutive year, Parkview Health has earned the Advisory Board Workplace of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement.

Seek volunteers to water plants in town

Volunteers are needed to help keep the downtown plants and flowers hydrated this season.

Participants will be asked to attend a quick training class on Thursday, May 31, at 8 a.m. at Rotary Centennial Park, and plan to participate one hour per week from June through October.

To volunteer and for more information contact Andrew Rensberger, Huntington city volunteer coordinator, at 356-1400 ext. 2003.

Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library spring tea on April 26

The Friends of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library host their annual spring tea on Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m.

This year’s tea will feature a presentation by Master Gardener Sharon Laupp on the history of gazing balls and how to care for and display them. Some of Laupp’s own gazing ball decorations will be on display. Tea and refreshments will be served.

Reserve a place at the afternoon tea by visiting the library or calling 786-3574. A fee is charged for this program.

The library is located at 30 E. Madison St. in Andrews.

Andrews Summer Festival fund-raiser April 21 at fire station

The Andrews Summer Festival Committee is having a chicken and noodle/beef and noodle dinner on Saturday, April 21, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Andrews Fire Station.

The meal includes chicken and noodles and/or beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dinner roll, dessert and drink. Homemade noodles will also be for sale at the event.

All proceeds go to the Andrews Summer Festival.

Precision Machining standouts

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington Metro Kiwanis held an awards banquet for the top Huntington North High School students in the school’s Career and Technical Education program on Thursday, April 12, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, in Huntington. Among the students honored were (from left) Andrew Lund and Jacob Burns, Precision Machining program. Also pictured is Brian Murray, Precision Machining instructor.