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Viking New Tech classroom turns into lab as students study viruses

Viking New Tech English Teacher Aimee Morton (left) observes as freshman students Carter Mertz (center) and Anna Pence work on their model of the Ebola virus. The class has been studying how viruses work, what steps a community should take to contain a virus outbreak and how to avoid a potential widespread epidemic.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Originally published Jan. 16, 2017.

In a darkened room, some 20 teenagers are tackling what could be a nightmare of an issue – if it became reality. And they are learning that the enemy, smaller than can be seen with the human eye, is fierce.

It’s called “The Hot Zone” project, a study of viruses, their virulent nature and the havoc they’ve wreaked on humankind throughout history.

The Viking New Tech classroom has been transformed to resemble a biohazard Level 4 laboratory, according to VNT science teacher Chelsea Noffsinger.

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Lemon takes over as Hgtn. chamber chairman

Outgoing Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Kay Schwob (left) presents Steve Godfroy, of Perfection Wheel, with the chamber's Ambassador of the Year award for 2016 at the chamber's 93rd annual dinner on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Huntington PAL.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ryan Lemon garnered polite applause when he was announced as the 2017 chairman of the board for the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, but it wasn’t until he was well into a rendition of “Proud to be a Manly Man” that the ladies went wild — admittedly at the direction of Lemon’s duet partner.

That performance came at the end of the chamber’s 93rd annual dinner, held Monday evening, Jan. 16, at the Huntington PAL Club. Lemon takes over the chamber board’s top spot from Kay Schwob, who praised her fellow chamber members for their accomplishments in 2016.

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Banks votes yes on resolution to repeal Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep Jim Banks voted on Friday, Jan. 13, to pass a budget resolution that begins the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“Today’s vote is about fulfilling a commitment I made to my constituents and the promises Republicans made to the American people,” Banks said in a news release.

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Lady Vikes shoot down Northrop

Hot shooting propelled the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team to an 81-68 win over visiting Northrop on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The Lady Vikings posted their highest point total of the season behind a 23 of 37 effort from the field for a sizzling 62.2 percent. Huntington North’s accuracy was also evident at the free throw line, where it buried 32 of 43 attempts for 74.4 percent.