Community

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.

Emergency communications to change

Brandon Taylor, director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, holds of the new 800 megahertz radios now being used by emergency responders throughout Huntington County.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Feb. 12, 2009.

That police scanner in the kitchen will soon become obsolete.

Local officials are continuing to make progress in upgrading equipment that will provide all emergency departments in the county the greatest ability to communicate in the event of a crisis.

That new equipment operates on a frequency that is not compatible with the old-style police scanners.

School board approves requests

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees approved several requests during the board's regular meeting on Feb. 23, 2009.

They include:
• A field trip request for the Huntington North High School (HNHS) baseball team to participate in the Northern Indiana Baseball tournament in Elkhart April 10-11.

• The resignation of Alex Kock, a physical education teacher at HNHS.

Markle to move forward with water tower project

The Markle Town Council decided Wednesday, Feb. 18, to move forward with a proposed water tower project.

Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering Inc. representatives John Canton and David Harvey were at the meeting to present funding possibilities and to explain the general process of the project.

The project to create a 200,000-gallon elevated water tower and connect a water main is expected to take until the end of 2010 to complete.

Honor 4-H Soil and Water Conservation project participants


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Participants in the 4-H Soil and Water Conservation project for 2008 were honored during the annual banquet of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Crestview Middle School. Pictured are (front row from left) Bailey Irick, Jacob White and Alexandra Forsythe; (second row from left) Julie Winters, Matthew Knight and Nick Durre; and (back row from left) SWCD Supervisor Hal Hoffman, Colt Irick, SWCD Chairman Kyle Lund and Robert Sliger.

Story and more photos in The TAB print edition on Monday, Feb. 23.

School board approves hirings, requests

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved the hiring of several people during its regular meeting on Feb. 9.

Hammel, Kattau earn Huntington University's top scholarships

Jamon Hammel (left) is congratulated by Huntington University Interim President Ann McPherren after receiving an HU Presidential Scholarship and a Coloquium Scholarship.
Photo provided.

Two Huntington students were among the 48 future Huntington University students who were awarded Presidential Scholarships of $7,000 each during the eighth annual Presidential Scholar Celebration Day on Feb. 6.

Jamon Hammel and Ethan Kattau, both students at Huntington North High School, were awarded Presidential Scholarships.

Hammel also received an additional Colloquium Scholarship of $1,500.

The Presidential and Colloquium Scholarships at Huntington University are the highest honors bestowed on an incoming student.

Kattau earns HU Presidential Scholarship


Photo provided.

Huntington North High School student Ethan Kattau (left) is congratulated by Huntington University Interim President Ann McPherren after receiving an HU Presidential Scholarship.

Henn Scholarship available

Rob Henn.
Photo provided.

A top high school athlete will get some help with college through a scholarship established to honor the memory of a man who himself was an avid amateur athlete.

The Rob Henn Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a senior Huntington North High School athlete "with unquestionable character," according to the scholarship guidelines.

The athlete must also have a high regard for teammates and a respect for opponents.

While scholastic achievement and financial need will be considered, they will not be major factors in the awarding of the scholarship.

Steven L. Bailey Memorial Award winner


Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

Donna Lahr (left) presents Gloria L. Wall with the 2008 Steven L. Bailey Memorial Award during the Youth Services Bureau Volunteer Appreciation and Community Celebration Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 29.

College-bound students can apply for aid from HCCF scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships being offered by foundations es-tablished through the Huntington County Community Foundation.

For information about the Huntington County Community Foundation, to make a donation to any of the existing funds, or to create a new fund, contact Marcia McClelland, PO Box 5037, 356 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750 or phone 356-8878. Information is also available on the Web at www.hccfoundation.com.

College-bound students can apply for aid from HCCF scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships being offered by foundations established through the Huntington County Community Foundation.

For information about the Huntington County Community Foundation, to make a donation to any of the existing funds, or to create a new fund, contact Marcia McClelland, PO Box 5037, 356 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750 or phone 356-8878. Information is also available on the Web at www.hccfoundation.com.

Scholarships are:

College-bound students can apply for aid from HCCF scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships being offered by foundations established through the Huntington County Community Foundation.

For information about the Huntington County Community Foundation, to make a donation to any of the existing funds, or to create a new fund, contact Marcia McClelland, PO Box 5037, 356 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750 or phone 356-8878. Information is also available on the Web at www.hccfoundation.com.

Scholarships are:

Pathfinder discontinuing recycling services as of Feb. 1

Piggy-backing the announcement that it would discontinue its recycling services as of Jan. 1, Pathfinder Services announced Thursday, Jan. 29, that it would no longer pick up trash as of Feb. 1.

Residential and commercial customers of Pathfinder Services can rest easy, however, as Marion Services will pick up where Pathfinder leaves off. Marion Services is the company that recently picked up the recycling contracts with the city of Huntington and the Huntington County Solid Waste Management District.

Government meetings calendar -- Feb. 2-9

Monday, Feb. 2
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of the 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.

Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals, 6:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, third floor of the City Building.

Committee notes pros, cons of high school class schedules

A committee formed last fall has been looking at the current high school class schedule as well as a number of alternate schedules to make sure the school corporation is providing its students the best possible opportunities for being successful.

Dinner banter

Morton Marcus (left) director emeritus of the Indiana Business Research Center Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, banters with Mark Wickersham, executive director of the Huntington County United Economic Development and the master of ceremonies at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, on Monday, Jan. 26, at the event, held at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

Chamber ambassador of the year


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Sue Rumple gets a hug from outgoing Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Rose Wall (in background) after being named the chamber's ambassador of the year for 2008 at the chamber annual dinner on Monday, Jan. 26, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

Chamber volunteers of the year


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Outgoing Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Rose Wall (left) presents Judy (middle) and Craig Lee with a plaque for their being named chamber volunteers of the year for 2008. The presentation came Monday, Jan. 26, at the chamber's annual dinner, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

Millions of dollars in public works projects to get under way this year in Huntington

Millions of dollars in public works projects will get under way this year in Huntington, Mayor Steve Updike announced in his State of the City address to the Huntington Rotary Club on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Most of the projects will focus on water, sewer and streets, he says.

Updike elaborated on the upcoming projects during a telephone interview after the speech.

• The city will begin complying with a federal mandate to separate its combined sewer systems, a project that will disrupt traffic throughout the city and will, in the end, cost $30 million to $50 million.

Mayor: times are tough, but he's doing his best to keep essentials going

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike makes a point - literally - during his State of the City address Tuesday, Jan. 20, in front of the Huntington Rotary Club.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The mayor's message: Times are tough, but he's doing the best he can to provide essential services to residents of Huntington, IN.

"I'm going to fight for my police department; I'm going to fight for my fire department; I'm going to fight for the people who need services," Mayor Steve Updike told members of the Huntington Rotary Club during his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Updike took office a little more than a year ago, and he's been hit hard his first year.

Juergens earns command sergeant major status

Command Sgt. Maj. Curt Juergens, of Huntington, is congratulated by Indiana's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, after Juergens received his most recent appointment.
Photo provided

Sgt. Maj. Curt Juergens, of Huntington, has been appointed as "Indiana's Strength Maintenance" Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army.

The appointment, by order of Chief of Staff George W. Casey Jr., was effective Dec. 22. A ceremony was held at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Indianapolis. His duty station is in Indianapolis, but he will continue to reside in Huntington with his wife Lorraine and daughter Tia.

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