Season of giving

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Mark Sell, of Sell Chiropractic hands a donation to Bill Fetrow, executive director of Love INC, on Monday, Dec. 14. After holding a food drive at his office, Sell donated $926 and a variety of non-perishable and canned food, which will go to Love INC's food pantry.

Betterly wins Flint Springs bee

Nolan Betterly.
Photo provided.

Nolan Betterly won the 2009-10 Flint Springs Elementary School Spelling Bee.

In the sixth round, he clenched the title by spelling the word "specialty" correctly. He is a student in Dan Rumple's fifth grade class and is the son of Ken and Anne Betterly.

Runner-up was Sammi Skinner. She is a fifth-grader in Janette Buzzard's class and is the daughter of Adam Skinner and Jessica Morris.


Plans for Huntington Arts Initiative to be announced at fund-raiser Jan. 22

Plans for The Huntington Arts Initiative will be officially announced during fund-raising reception to be held Friday, Jan. 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The New Huntington Theatre.

The Huntington Arts Initiative, a non-profit professional arts organization, will be housed in two downtown buildings at Warren and Market streets. The buildings were purchased at auction this summer by theater co-owner Rich Najuch, and preliminary renovation work has begin.

Republicans seek applicants for open spots

Applicants are being sought for open positions on the Andrews Town Council and the Union Township Board, as well as the position of Dallas Township trustee.

All candidates must be at least 18 years old and must have voted Republican in the most recent primary.

Town Council candidates must reside in the corporate limits of Andrews; the Union Township Board candidates must reside in Union township; and the Dallas Township trustee candidate must reside in Dallas Township.

Business of the month for December

Photo by Matt Murphy.

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce announced Bowers Jewelers in Huntington as the December 2009 Business of the Month on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Pictured are (front row from left) Beth Stoffel, Penny Cuttriss, Gene Bowers and Susie Bowers, owners; Jolene Paolillo, and Rob Paolillo, and (back row from left) Terry Miller, Tera Garretson, Bob Brown, Amy Stansell, Gene Snowden, Joe Burgess and Paula Whiting.

Clerk's office to halt passport service

The Huntington County Clerk Treasurer's office announces that as of Jan. 2, 2010, it will no longer be handling passport applications.

Vicki Stoffel, Huntington County clerk, says the reason is two-fold.

"We have tried to make our budget as low as we possibly can for 2010 and as such our postage budget was cut by $5,000," Stoffel states. "Also due to new regulations by the U.S. Department of State, with postage, it has become more expensive to mail the passports."

Volunteers ought to help with taxes

Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will be providing free tax preparation assistance to people with low-to-moderate income this year.

Anyone can volunteer for the free tax preparation program as the IRS provides free tax law training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns.

Training classes for volunteers will be held:
- Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
- Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Deadline nears to enroll in Leadership Academy

The enrollment deadline for the 2010 Huntington County Leadership Academy is Dec. 31.

Classes will be taught by Dr. Rick Upchurch and Ed Vessels. Sessions begin Jan. 6, 2010, and are held two mornings a month through May 12, 2010.

An application form is available online at or by calling Jason Parsons at 359-1559. If 13 students are not registered by Dec. 13, the 2010 academy will be canceled.


Boone is top teacher at HCS

Derek Boone.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Derek Boone, Huntington Catholic School's physical education teacher and athletic director, was recognized as the teacher of the year.

Boone received the annual Light of Learning award on Friday, Dec. 4, during an award presentation at St. Mary Catholic Church.

The award is based on nominations by parents of students attending Huntington Catholic.


DNR offers advice to landowners thinking of harvesting timber

"Call Before You Cut" is a new consumer protection campaign offered by the Depart-ment of Natural Resources Division of Forestry encouraging woodland owners to seek professional advice before harvesting timber.

A toll-free call to 888-939-9493 provides an information kit and advice on positive harvesting practices.

HNHS bands set free concert on Tuesday

The Huntington North High School Band Department will be hosting a Winter/Christmas Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington North auditorium.

Admission is free to the event, which will feature the Fall Concert Band, the Freshman Viking Band and the concert version of the Marching Vikes.

The bands will perform a variety of music, including Christmas music, marches and traditional band literature.

For more information, contact John Gardner, director of bands at 356-6104 ext. 1038, or by e-mail at


Mason helping MADD 'tie one on for safety'

Steve Mason (second from left), a volunteer with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, ties a red ribbon on a Huntington County Sherriff's Department vehicle on Friday, Dec. 4, as part of MADD's "Tie One On For Safety" campaign.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Each holiday season has images of joy and cheer, as well as celebrations, get-togethers and parties, as friends and families travel to reunite to observe the time of year. But at the same time, thousands are affected by the increased deaths and injuries related to drunken driving.

The national Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization conducts the "Tie One On for Safety" campaign during November and December to raise awareness about the in-creased risk of accidents related to intoxicated drivers. One local man has spearheaded the campaign's arm in Huntington County.

2009-10 'Arts in Education' series gets udnerway

The 2009-10 "Arts in Education" series programming, sponsored each year by the LaFontaine Arts Council, began this week at Huntington North High School.

Joel Froomkin of the New Huntington Theater presented his reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to English classes at HNHS on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 7.

Rocking for a cause

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Katelyn Niswander (left) and Makayla Caley have a table full of snacks at the ready as they settle in for a seven-hour rockathon Saturday, Dec. 5, at Huntington Catholic School. Middle school students collected pledges to raise money that will allow them to help a family in need this Christmas.

Helping Riley

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Student Levi Snyder (third from left) and mother Peggy (right) were presented a check from Crestview Middle School Assistant Principal Chuck Werth (left) and Principal Chad Daugherty (second from left) in the amount of $3,748.86 for Riley Children's Hospital. Levi Snyder is a patient at Riley, and he and his mother will donate the check during their next appointment. The money was collected by the school's staff, which donated a dollar each Friday for the opportunity to wear jeans.

Ice Capades is theme of Salamonie IC camp for kids on Dec. 28-30

Salamonie Interpretive Center will hold a camp for youth ages 7 to 11 on Dec. 28-30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

This year's theme is Ice Capades.

Campers will make homemade ice cream, play ice games, conduct ice experiments, discover "frogcicles" and learn about winter fish survival and ice fishing.

The camp features indoor and outdoor activities, movie time, snacks, crafts and games.

All camp activities are guided by interpretive naturalists.

Parents must complete health and participation forms.

Youth to host prom for Senior Citizens Dec. 19

The Huntington County Youth Leadership Academy is organizing a "Senior Prom" and is inviting the Senior Citizens of Huntington County.

The event will take place at the Lafontaine Center, 208 W. State St. in Huntington, on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The evening will include music, dancing and light refreshments.

Space is limited. Those planning to attend are asked to pre-register by contacting the Youth Leadership chairperson at 359-2425 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
There is a fee for tickets.


HU will offer B.S.N. through EXCEL

Diana Shenefield.
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Huntington University's Excel Adult Degree Programs will begin offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing for registered nurses in March 2010.

Classes will be held on Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. on the university's main campus.

"Our program is designed for adult learners who work and have family responsibilities," said Diana Shenefield, an R.N. and instructor in nursing who holds a Master of Science degree in nursing.

13th Huntington County EXPO now taking event registrations

The 13th Huntington County Expo will be held March 20 and 21, 2010, and registrations are now being accepted from businesses and organizations wishing to participate.

The event is held every other year. It offers businesses, not-for-profit organizations, schools and community organizations a means of reaching approximately 8,000 to 10,000 people from a seven-county area.

In addition to the display booths, the Expo offers demonstrations, entertainment and a food court. All events take place inside the Merillat Fieldhouse on the campus of Huntington University.

Funds for the needy

Knights of Columbus members and volunteers will be stationed at various intersections in Huntington on Saturday, Dec. 12, to raise money for Love INC. Pictured are KOC member Tim Godfroy, Lindsay Godfroy (left) and Olivia Godfroy.

Local 4-H robot gets national notice

A robot built by the Huntington County 4-H robotics club for the Huntington Police Department is featured in the 4-H program's national online newsletter.

"It is quite an accomplishment for Huntington County 4-H to receive this special recognition at the national level," says Linda Aldridge, Extension Educator for 4-H and Youth.

December Junior Rotarians

Rotary Club No. 300 named Huntington North High School students Alyssa Hollowell (second, from left) and Taylor Allred (second, from right) as Junior Rotarians for the month of December. Also pictured are Hollowell's sponsor John Easterday and Allred's sponsor Annette Carroll.

BSB's year-long fund-raiser results in gifts to school kids, needy families

Bippus State Bank employees have been participating in a yearlong fundraiser to benefit the less fortunate.

Every Friday throughout the year, the employees have the opportunity to contribute to the Jeans Fund when they choose to wear jeans on that day.

The money is then donated to local agencies that provide services for the needy.

In August, a portion of the fund was used to purchase a variety of children's jeans for Love INC's Huntington County Back-to-School Fair.

HC Homekers to hold cookie, candy sale on Dec. 11

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers are sponsoring their seventh annual Holiday Cookie and Candy Sale on Friday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex.

Cookies will be sold by the dozen, and candy will be sold by the half-pound.

Proceeds will go toward education and community service programs in the area.

The Courthouse Annex is located at 354 N. Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington.

For more information, contact Earlynn Worster at 468-2494.


Red Cross plans December blood drives

The American Red Cross of Huntington County will hold several blood drives during December.

They are:
• Dec. 16, from 2 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 641 N. Main St., Roanoke.

• Dec. 21, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd.

• Dec. 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 455 E. Morse St., in Markle.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 800-448-3543 or visit for more information.

Artists can attend workshop on grants

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) will host a regional grant workshop for artists inter-ested in applying for a grant through the Individual Artist Program.

The free workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Allen County Pub-lic Library, Fort Wayne.

The event is open to artists from the IAC's Region 3 (Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, La-Grange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties).

Biggest kisser

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Crestview Middle School teacher Kevin Gass poses with a piglet, the main character in a recent United Way campaign fundraiser. Students participated in jar wars to see which teacher would have to kiss the pig in front of the student body.

Weaving away

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Teacher Jeanne Johns (center) demonstrates the Native American way of weaving, with assistance from Lancaster Elementary School kindergartners Noah Saunders (left) and Phoebe Mayhew, on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The students participated in crafts, a Native American dance and viewed a presentation by Johns.

Huntington TEA Party to host several speakers during Dec. 5 session at Life Church, Huntington

The Huntington TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party will host several speakers during a session on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 .m. at Life Church, 950 E. State St.

Speakers include Matt Christman, addressing cap and trade; Al Sims, discussing election of candidates based on principles; Huntington Common Council member Jason Fields, with an update on city issues; and Rev. Mike Hill, asking "Does God still perform miracles?"

Set information session for HU EXCEL

An informational session on Huntington University's EXCEL adult degree programs will be held Monday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the university's Science Hall.

The free session is open to anyone interested in the possibility of pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree through the EXCEL program. Carrie Hoffman, admissions consultant, will be on hand to answer questions.

EXCEL offers evening classes in Huntington, Columbia City and Wabash one night a week, one subject at a time. Classes are also offered online.