Reading with a friend

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Riverview Middle School eighth-grader Matt Morrett reads to Carter MacDonald, a first-grader at Horace Mann Elementary, on Dec. 15. Students from Melanie Park's class enhanced their reading skills by collaborating with first-graders in Diana Farthing's class at Horace Mann. The older students encouraged the reading buddies to discover the joy of reading and read Christmas-themed books as well as letters written to Santa by the first-graders.

HU social work students team with United Way to push 2-1-1

Huntington University social work students are working with the Huntington County United Way to publicize the 2-1-1 phone number that can be called for information about everyday needs.
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Huntington University social work students are working hand-in-hand with the United Way to draw attention to a little-known source of help.

On Dec. 9, the senior social work majors involved in Carla MacDonald's social work practice III class presented their findings to community leaders concerning their partner-ship with the Huntington County United Way to help spread the word about the 2-1-1 phone information service.

VFW honors Shearer as top firefighter

Gregory S. Shearer was honored by VFW Post 2689 as Firefighter of the Year. Pictured are (from left) Post Commander Dale Howell; Jerry Walling, chairman of the Firefighter of the Year program; Shearer; and Lois Hall, auxiliary president.
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Gregory Shearer was honored as Firefighter of the Year by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689. The honor was presented Dec. 9 at the Post home.

Shearer joined the Huntington Fire Department in April 1994. He is certified as a firefighter second class, firefighter first class, first responder, master level in strategy and tactics, and operations level and technician level in hazardous materials.

Transwheel to expand its local operations

Transwheel Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of replacement wheels for the automotive aftermarket, announced Dec. 16 that it will expand its operations in Huntingon, creating up to 65 new jobs by 2011.

The company, which is the largest domestic source for replacement wheels and wheel covers to body shops, tire stores and wheel distributors, will invest more than $2.2 mil-lion to consolidate its Huntington area and Michigan manufacturing and distribution operations into an existing 155,000-square-foot facility in Huntington.

HNHS attains 'Best Buy' status

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The faculty and staff at Huntington North High School have once again demonstrated their ability to do more with less.

For the first time since 2006, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named HNHS one of the state's "Best Buy" schools - schools that organization says "give taxpayers the best educational outcomes for their money."
"As far as I'm concerned, the school's not just a best buy," HNHS Principal Jeremy Gulley says. "It's a good investment."

In appreciation

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 presented a certificate of appreciation to the Burger King franchise in Huntington in recognition of the restaurant's participation in the VFW Unmet Needs program for military personnel. Pictured are (from left) VFW Quartermaster Leslie Ackerman, VFW Chaplain and Program Chairman Jerry Walling, Burger King Manager Janice Brunnmeier, VFW Past Commander and Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Bruce Stanton and VFW Senior Vice Commander Mike Smith.

Help for Habitat

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Huntington County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Steve Miller (left) receives a donation from Mark Sell of Sell Chiropractic, on Monday, Dec. 14. The donation, for $340, will be put into Habitat's general operating fund.

4-H Beef ID Day is Jan. 9 for all beef steer and heifer entries

Huntington County will hold its 4-H Beef Identification Day on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the cattle barns at Hier's Park in Huntington.

All 4-H members planning to exhibit beef steers or non-registered breeding heifers must bring their animals for weighing, identification and ear-tagging between 9 a.m. and noon on that Saturday.

Huntington firefighters to show appreciation for support with dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 23

Huntington firemen Mike Burnsworth (left) and Kevin Closeprepare chicken for a community dinner on Dec. 23. All Huntington residents are invited to the free event, which is a show of appreciation by the firefighters for community sup
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Huntington firefighters are hosting a chicken-and-noodle and beef-and-noodle dinner for the community on Wednesday, Dec. 23, to show their appreciation for community support in light of recent budget cuts.

"It's a way to thank the community for supporting us with the signs," says firefighter Mike Burnsworth. "Things are hard right now, and we want to give back to the community."

Mural painter Fettinger earns historical society's Miller award

Mark Anson (left), outgoing president of the Huntington County Historical Society, presents the Virginia Miller Award to Robert Fettinger during the society’s holiday meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
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Huntington resident Robert Fettinger, whose mural of a long-ago downtown Huntington graces the wall of the Huntington County Historical Museum, received the Huntington County Historical Society's 2009 Virginia Miller Award on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The award is presented annually to presented to an individual who has helped preserve some aspect of Huntington County history. It is named in honor of the first recipient, whose efforts to preserve Huntington County history led to the creation of the museum's 1835 model village.

National 4-H Council awards grant to local 4-H robotics team

The National 4-H Council has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Huntington County 4-H robotics team.

The funding will support the team as it works throughout the year to learn how to build robots and participates in robotics competitions across the country.

To support 4-H's expanded robotics programming, and in anticipation of the upcoming 2010 launch of 4-H's comprehensive robotics curriculum, the National 4-H Council awarded grants to 43 4-H robotics teams in 20 states.

VNC to present 'Ways of Praying' starting in January

Beginning in January, Victory Noll Center will present "Ways of Praying," a program of study and reflection to deepen a relationship with God.

Sessions will be once a month from January through June, from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month.

Each session will present different ways of praying, beginning with praying the Scrip-tures in the opening class on Jan. 9.

Nazarene church accepting Angel Food payments

First Church of the Nazarene on Flaxmill Road in Huntington, will be accepting payments for Angel Food Ministries, now through Jan. 14, for the January 23 distribution date.

Payments can be made at the church, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday till 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The church will be closed on Dec. 24 through 27 and 31st through Jan. 3.

Acceptable forms of payment are cash, checks and food stamps. Orders can be picked up on Jan. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Feeding others

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Riverview Middle School students sort through the 4,444 items that were collected through the student council's annual food drive. The food was donated to local families.

Food for the needy

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Roanoke Elementary School recently completed a five-day canned food drive to benefit local pantries. The school exceeded its goal to collect 1,000 cans. Pictured are Student Council members (from left) Tabitha Jaggers, Makenzie Kline, Spencer Kryder, Alex Wiedenhoeft, Nick May and Mary Winans.