Huntington Catholic Respectful students

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Catholic School presents monthly “Spirit Awards” to students from each grade who display Christ-like behavior. Respect was one of the virtues chosen for the month of February and winners were (front row from left) Lyndzey Eckinger, kindergarten; Elin Mickley, first grade; Jacob Vohs, second grade; Noah Stetzel, third grade; and Karsen Bischoff, fourth grade; and (back row from left) Baden Craig, fifth grade; Jax Mickley, sixth grade; Tyler Teusch, seventh grade; and Amaya Norman, eighth grade. Winners were announced on Friday, Feb. 2, during an all-school liturgy at SS.

First Fed parent says 2017 very strong year

Northeast Indiana Bancorp, Inc., (OTCQB: NIDB), the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced annual earnings for the full year 2017 of $3.4 million ($2.84 per diluted common share).

The 2017 annual earnings represent the third highest earnings level ever recorded for the company. The full year 2017 earnings equates to a return on average assets of 1.12 percent and a return on average equity of 9.66 percent compared to an ROA of 1.22 percent and an ROE of 10.58 percent for the full year 2016.

Story time en Español

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jana Bonfield, youth services librarian at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, reads the book, “Yo No Bice Mi Tarea Forque (I Did Not Do My Homework)” in both English and Spanish to youngsters and their families during a special Spanish version of Story Time on Saturday, Feb. 3.

A chance to perform

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Daylin Wintrode, a Huntington North High School freshman and member of the Viking Volume show choir, belts out Miranda Lambert’s “Your Momma’s Broken Heart” at Second Fiddle on “Music Row” in Nashville, TN. Wintrode got the opportunity to perform during a trip to Nashville over Christmas break.

Roanoke Knit Chicks donate red baby hats

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A group of women from Roanoke, called the Knit Chicks, have donated 85 red baby hats to the Parkview Huntington Hospital. February is American Heart Month and in honor of the American Heart Association the knitted hats spread awareness for people to lead heart healthy lives. Pictured are (front row from left to right) Kara Marshall and Judy Harris and (back row) Gretchen Brunett, Mary Brewer and Claire Collins.

Soup and crackers

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Patti Fleck (left), a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, puts crackers on top of Linda Gasaway’s homemade soup as she goes through the serving line Saturday, Feb. 3. The church has offered free lunch to anyone who wants to come by on the first Saturday of each month during the cooler months of the year. An average of 80 people per month enjoy the hot meal and fellowship, with the next meal set for March 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hunters can apply online for reserved turkey hunt

Hunters can apply online now for a reserved turkey hunt by visiting hunting.IN .gov and clicking on the “Reserved Hunt Info” link.

The application period ends March 19. No late entries will be accepted. The online method is the only way to apply.

Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying.

Hunters will be selected through a computerized, random drawing. Drawing results will be posted at within two weeks after application deadlines, and an email will be sent to applicants when results are posted.

Riverview Middle School 6th-grader is newest county spelling bee champ

Ella Hall, a sixth-grade student from Riverview Middle School (center) displays the plaque she received after winning the 2018 Huntington County Spelling Bee, Monday, Feb. 5, at Huntington University. Celebrating with her are (at left) the pronouncer of the contest, Dr. Luke Fetters and Jim Lewis, representing the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the event. Hall is the daughter of Rick and Tabby Hall, of Huntington.

Ella Hall, a sixth-grade student from Riverview Middle School, has won the 2018 Huntington County Spelling Bee, taking the title with the winning word, “enorganic.”

It took 31 rounds of tough competition before Hall won out in the bee held Monday, Feb. 5, at Huntington University, hosted by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club. It came down to the two spelling champs from the middle schools, as Hall and Dane Blackburn from Crestview Middle School went round after round, spelling out words that some in the audience didn’t even know existed.

Books for the library

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Huntington Catholic School students with February birthdays celebrated by donating books to the school library. Those students are (front row from left) Clare Richert, kindergarten; Daniela Plascencia, second grade; and Noah Stetzel, third grade; and (back row from left) Alexandra Craig, fourth grade; Grant Rosen, fifth grade; and Joshua Plascencia, eighth grade. Not pictured is Logan Fowerbaugh, kindergarten. The school recognized the students on Friday, Feb. 2, during an all-school liturgy at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

2 area residents earn honors list at University of Alabama

Area students Danielle Kem, of Huntington, and Anastasia Buchholz, of Roanoke, have been named to the University of Alabama president’s list during the 2017 fall semester.

They each achieved an academic record of 4.0 grade point average (all A’s) for the semester.

Headed to Washington, DC

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Riverview Middle School’s Future Cities Team Panacea, which took first place at the recent regional competition in Fort Wayne, will go to the national contest in Washington, DC next week. Team members are (front row, from left) eighth graders Kendra Sandlin, Garret Johnson, Jacob Daugherty, Grace Dill, Addison Wiley, Josie Eckert and Jonathan York; and (back row, from left) teacher and coach Bill Bostain and mentor Albert Bostain. It’s the fifth time that Riverview will be sending a team to Washington, DC, where they will compete in a field of 50 teams from across the U.S.

Roanoke woman is new Banks’ Fort Wayne district office director

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Tinisha Weigelt

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that Tinisha Weigelt, of Roanoke, has been named district director in his Fort Wayne office.

“Tinisha has been a community leader for years, and her experience ensures that our office will continue to effectively serve Hoosiers in the Third District,” said Banks. “Tinisha has a passion for serving northeast Indiana, and we look forward to her leadership as district director.”

Flint Springs announces 2Q honor roll students

Flint Springs Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Third grade
Hayden Chopson, Jocelyn Felver, Claire Herendeen, Lilly Hopkins, Audrey Hosier, Ava Lahr, Aviaz Land, Honor Lynch, Ethan Mollette, Cecilia Mullins, Ryne Scott, Savannah Slade, Reid Slagel, Jaysa Tingle, Hannah Wajer and Dominic Ward.

PHH holding free pressure checks on Tuesdays

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. In the U.S., approximately 790,000 people have a heart attack each year – that’s about one every 40 seconds. Those who understand the facts about heart health, however, can reduce their risk for developing heart disease and learn how to live healthy.

Hare Raisers annual show Feb. 10

The Huntington County Hare Raiser’s Association is holding its annual rabbit show on Feb. 10, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

The show entry begins at 6 a.m., with the show running from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The show is open to anyone who is interested in the 4-H rabbit project. There will be different breeds of rabbits that are brought by breeders to show and sell. Visitors can come anytime if they are looking for a rabbit to purchase for a 4-H rabbit project or just to browse. It is best to come early to get the best choices of rabbits, association officials noted.

Hgtn. Chiropractic to host ‘Spread the Love’

Huntington Chiropractic Clinic’s annual “Spread the Love” for Love INC fund-raiser will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14. Celebrating the occasion are (from left) chiropractor and owner, Dr. Stephen Geders; Love INC Food Pantry Coordinator Kelley Miller; Love INC Ministry Coordinator Erin Didion; Austen Dettling of Pizza Junction; and Chiropractic Assistant Alysha Storie.

Huntington Chiropractic Center will host a collaborative effort with existing and new patients and area businesses as it holds its annual “Spread the Love” for Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The event will be held from 7:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. In exchange for a suggested donation in cash or food, existing patients will receive an adjustment. Patients visiting the clinic for the first time will receive a consultation with the doctor, a complete orthopedic/neurological exam, computerized functional testing and a written report of findings.

Invite community to meet Senate candidate Saturday

The community is invited to a meet and greet with candidate for U.S. Senate Luke Messer on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Nick’s Kitchen, 506 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Messer, a Republican, is running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly.

Roanoke council gets update on new Roanoke elementary school

The Roanoke Town Council received an update from Randy Harris, superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, on plans to build a new elementary school in town during the board’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Free lunch

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Don Karst, of Huntington, loads some desserts onto his tray during a free lunch at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 3. Trinity member Myrna Neff assists. The church offers free lunch once each month in the cooler months of the year to anyone who wants to stop by.

Breakfast with the Candidates

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Indiana State Sen. Andy Zay talks about the latest happenings at the Indiana Statehouse in the last legislative session during a Breakfast with the Candidates that took place at the Huntington VFW Post 2689 on Saturday morning, Feb. 3.

Huntington Alert honors several for preservation

Teresa Beck (left) and Lisa Street (right) accept the David A. Schenkel Memorial Award for Historic Preservation on behalf of the Markle Historical Society on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from Huntington Alert President Brant Ricker.
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Huntington Alert presented its 2017 Historic Preservation Awards at a public meeting held in the G.A.R. Room at the Huntington County Courthouse on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Award recipients included:

• Atom and Theresa Cannizzaro for the adaptive reuse of the Huntington Masonic Temple on East Franklin Street as their home.

• David and Mary Reust for the stewardship and continued maintenance of their home on East State Street in Huntington.

• SS. Peter and Paul Church for the exterior rehabilitation of their church building on Cherry Street in Huntington.

Indiana Room head to discuss World Cat at upcoming genealogy society meet

Sarah Kirby
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The Huntington County Genealogy Society will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The guest speaker will be Sarah Kirby, the librarian in charge of the Indiana Room. Her topic will be “A Genealogist’s Introduction to World Cat.“

Kirby came to the library in December 2016 from Chicago, IL. Her diverse background includes having a career beginning in rocket science to library science.

Her presentation will describe what World Cat is, the ways to access it and some of the ways to find information.

Two locals on Olivet dean’s list

Olivet Nazarene University students Hannah Reed and Logan Sizemore, both of Huntington, have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester.

To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

Smekens earns dean’s list at U of Hartford

Sophia Smekens, of Warren, has been named to the University of Hartford dean’s list for fall 2017.

The grade requirement, with some exceptions, is a grade point average of at least 3.0 and no grade below C.

The university is located in West Hartford, CT.

HU Foundation breakfast Feb. 14 to focus on Haupert Institute

The Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 14, will focus on the latest developments of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies. This breakfast will be held in the Dowden Science Building, Hiner Hall at 7:45 a.m. and will include a tour of the newly completed Ware Plant Science Production Facility.

“We are excited to showcase this new state-of-the-art greenhouse. The facility is a wonderful addition to the vibrant and growing Haupert Institute and the Huntington University campus,” said Michael Zahn, HU Foundation president.

Roanoke Elementary announces second quarter honor roll names

Roanoke Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

Dennis earns grant from local chapter of philanthropic organization

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The Philanthropic Educational Organization’s Huntington Chapter AZ has awarded a $1,500 grant to Ashley Dennis, of Andrews, to aid in her pursuit of an educational degree from Western Governors University.

The chapter sponsored Dennis as she applied to receive the national award.

A fond farewell

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ann Ambler (right) offers her best wishes to Joey Spiegel, who is leaving Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) as its executive director. The organization held an open house/farewell celebration for Spiegel on Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the new kitchen classroom, one of his many achievements as director at Love INC.

Huntington Alert speaker

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Gib Young describes the significance of the G.A.R. Room during Huntington Alert’s Public Meeting and Awards presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Victory Noll Center offers Lenten retreat Feb. 16-17

Victory Noll Center is offering a Lenten retreat, “Conversion into Freedom.”

The retreat will run from Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. through Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m.

The retreat will explore what prevents people from responding to God’s invitations in their everyday lives.