Senate hopeful to speak at local TEA Party meeting

Richard Behney, who plans to run for the United States Senate seat of Evan Bayh this year, will be at the Huntington TEA Party meeting on Jan. 15 at Life Church, 950 E. State St. from 7 to 9 p.m. He joins a list of other speakers.

Behney has been politically involved since the fall of 2008, when he volunteered for the Hamilton County Republican party. In February 2009, he took part in the Chicago TEA Party and in March of the same year, he is said to have founded two movements in Indianapolis - "Indy Defenders of Liberty" and the Indianapolis TEA Party.

Scott Canady is newest member of KBC board

Knight-Bergman Center board members met on Dec. 21.
President Shelly Boxell called the meeting to order.

Nine members were present, Denny Stroud, Bob Pond, Rosemary Zeller, Ned Trout, Ron and Bonnie Boxell, Sharon Gebhart, Janice Jordan and Mark Davis.

Members Jerry Boyer, Karen Herr and Ron Neff were not in attendance.

Scott Canady was a guest at the meeting.

Canady attended the meeting with an interest in joining the board after the resignation of Gerald Moreland.

January sessions offer information on getting involved with 4-H program

The 2010 Huntington County 4-H program has scheduled call-out meetings to help fami-lies learn more about the county 4-H program during the month of January.

At the open houses, information about the county 4-H program and local 4-H clubs will be provided by 4-H club leaders. Samples of 4-H project manuals will be available for review.

Open houses will be held:

• Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Roanoke Elementary School library, 423 West Vine St., Roanoke.

• Jan. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park, 547 South Briant St.

List upcoming Red Cross blood drives

The month of January is designated National Blood Donor Month to honor those who have committed to donating blood.

Last year, about 8 million people volunteered to donate blood in the United States, and gave about 15 million units of whole blood and red blood cells.

Upcoming blood drives include:

• Saturday, Jan. 16, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Northview Church of Christ, located at 2900 N. Jefferson St.

Call 519-5885 to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Democrat committee members to meet Jan. 14

A meeting of Huntington County Democrat precinct committee members will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Democrat Headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington.

Regular meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.


Teens on the Town game day scheduled for Jan. 23 at Pathfinder

Teens on the Town, a program from Pathfinder Community Supports will be continuing activities for teenagers in January.

On Jan. 23, Teens on the Town will be having a pizza and game day at Pathfinder Services, located at 1152 East State St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program focuses on teens, ages 13 to 22 years, who are currently attending special needs programs at the middle and high school level.

The event was originally scheduled for Jan. 30, but has been rescheduled due to the Huntington County Special Olympics basketball tournament being held on Jan. 30.

YMCA contest offers rewards for fitness activities

Parkview Huntington Family YMCA is currently taking registrations for its "Quest for Fitness" contest, which will run from Jan. 25 through March 20.

The contest is similar to a weight-loss contest but participants will rewarded for their efforts, not results alone.

Points will be given for improvement in weight loss, body fat loss percentage, body mass index, blood pressure, resting heart rate and waist measurements.
Participants will also earn points each time they visit the Y, join a fitness class or personal training or attend free nutrition presentations.

'Alice's Adventures' will lad off 2010 season at Pulse Opera House

The White Rabbit, the March Hare and the Mad Hatter will lead the Pulse Opera House into 2010.

The new season, announced as always during a New Year's Eve party at the downtown Warren theater, opens in March with "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

Auditions for "Alice" are tonight, Monday, Jan. 11, and the show opens on March 12.

The season continues with "Inherit the Wind" in May; "Fiddler on the Roof" in July; "Blithe Spirit" in September; and "Miracle on 34th Street" in November and December.

For the kids

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Sue Rumple (left) of Beacon Credit Union presents a $2,000 check to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County recently. With Rumple are Mandy Reber, the club's executive director; club staff member Josh Mote (standing in background); and youth members of the club.

Pathfinder taking funding requests

The Pathfinder Foundation is now accepting funding requests for 2010.

Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

One goal of the Pathfinder Foundation is to reach out to help other not-for-profit agencies or others with mental and physical disabilities not served by Pathfinder Services Inc. in Huntington, Allen, Wabash, Marshall, and Starke Counties.

HNHS graduation rate up for 2009

Huntington North administration poses during lunch at the high school in December as they served students ice cream for their improved graduation rate. The Indiana Department of Education publicly announced the 2009 graduation rate today, Friday, Jan. 8.
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The Indiana Department of Education released the 2009 graduation rates for high schools in the state on Friday morning, Jan. 8, and Huntington North High School has something to be happy about.

The class of 2009 had 89.1 percent of its students graduate - 399 out of 448 - which is just four students shy of making the 90 percent mark.

One of Huntington County Community School Corporation's goals is to have a 95 percent graduation rate by 2012.

Parkview Huntington hails first baby of 2010

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s first newborn of 2010, Kristine Bailey McMahon, was born on Jan. 2, to Latosha-Renee Nicole McMahon (left), and Joshua Charles Kelly, both of Roann.
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The first newborn of the new year at Parkview Huntington Hospital, Kristine Bailey McMahon, was born Jan. 2, 2010, at 6:36 p.m. to Latosha-Renee Nicole McMahon and Joshua Charles Kelly, both of Roann.

McMahon named her daughter Kristine Bailey in memory of a late friend.

The baby, who was delivered by Dr. Eric Reichenback, weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 18 inches at birth.

Eagle watching field trip Feb. 20 set up by local DNR specialists

Join an eagle watching field trip on Feb. 20 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Those attending should meet at the Salamonie Interpretive Center is the Lost Bridge West Recreation Area.
Pre-registration is requested.

The session begins with a talk about bald eagles at the interpretive center and continues with a trip to some well-known eagle spots. The trip will end up at a nearby roost site to watch the bald eagles fly in for the night.

The trip will be more than 30 miles, so participants are asked to make sure they have enough fuel, as well as snacks and drinks.

Huntington YMCA registering for co-ed volleyball

The Parkview Huntington YMCA is holding registration for its co-ed volleyball league now through Jan. 12.

League play begins Thursday, Jan. 14, and runs until Friday, March 19. A single-elimination tournament will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 25-26.

All games will be held on Thursday or Friday evenings between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Matches will be the best of three with rally scoring to 25.

Russell graduates from Army basic at Fort Sill

Army Private Chad D. Russell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, OK.

During the nine weeks of training, Russell studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Russell is a 2004 graduate of Bluffton High School.

Smith graduates from basic training for Army

Army Private Brian T. Smith recently graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Ben-ning, Columbus, GA.

During the nine weeks of training, Smith received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.

Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Boys and Girls Club to hold art show Friday, Jan. 8

The Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County will be holding its 2010 art show on Friday, Jan. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The show will be held in the 509 Community Building, 509 E. State St.

Light refreshments will be served during the event at Four Cups Coffee Shop, in the building.


Smart graduates from infantry training at Fort Benning

Army Private Jonathan R. Smart recently graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, in Columbus, GA.

The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.

TEA party date set

The Huntington TEA Party will hold its next meeting on Jan. 15 at Life Church, 950 E. State St. in Huntington. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Speakers include Emery McClendon, a statewide TEA Party speaker; Rob Spahr, an author from Peru; Andy Zay, a local business owner who will speak on precinct commit-teemen; and Dr. Tom Ringenberg, a local physician who will speak on the health care reform.

Local Bendix plant hits milestone

Workers at the Huntington Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC plant recently celebrated the rollout of the 1,000th Autocar cab off the assembly line.
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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, a North American leader in the development and manufacturer of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies, recently celebrated a major milestone at its Huntington facility.

Local Walgreens now has H1N1 vaccines for public

Walgreens stores in ten counties, including Huntington County, are now offering the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine to anyone in the general public age nine and older.
Priority group vaccination restrictions were recently lifted by the Indiana Department of Health.

The vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Pharmacy hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A shorter wait time is likely between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., when two pharmacists are on duty.

EXCEL to hold open house on Jan. 6

Huntington University's EXCEL Adult Degree Programs will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 125 of the university's Science Hall.

This free event 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.

2010 Area XI beef meeting to be held on Jan. 6

Producers can get a head start for calving season by listening to advice from an area expert.

The 2010 Area XI beef meeting, hosted by the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) and Purdue University Exten-sion, will take place on Jan. 6. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Columbia City at the Eagle's Nest on 125 S. Glen Trail.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to host farm show Jan. 12-14

The 2010 Fort Wayne Farm Show will provide farmers and producers with an update on agriculture issues and the newest equipment and technology available to them.

The show will be held Jan. 12-14 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The farm show features both a trade show and educational sessions presented by Purdue Extension and the Northeastern Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Session topics include grain and livestock marketing, climate, wind farming, future challenges for agriculture, niche markets and pond management.

Sign of the season

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Grace Driscoll and her dad Mark share a sled ride together down a hill at Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 23. It was the first day of winter break for Huntington schools.

HU making program cuts in response to 'gloomy' economy

Huntington University will suspend two academic programs, reduce its faculty by one, and cut five staff positions as it responds to what it calls "gloomy economic conditions."

The master of arts in ministry leadership program and the undergraduate major in Spanish will both be suspended in 2010, the university has announced.
Enrollment in both programs is small, HU spokesmen say.

Three currently vacant staff positions will be eliminated and the school will delay filling two other positions for up to three years.

PHH awards $66,500 in grants

Parkview Huntington Hospital has chosen four nonprofit organizations in Huntington County to partner with to improve the health of the community.
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$66,500 to four nonprofit organizations in Huntington County.

The grants, made from the hospital's Community Health Improvement funds for 2010, went to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County, Community and Family Services, United Way of Huntington County and Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.

The organizations were selected on the basis of their ability to work collaboratively and proactively to improve the health of the community.

Neighborhood asssociation to meet Jan. 5

The Northeast Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Trinity United Methodist Church, at the corner of Guilford and Market Streets in Huntington.

The neighbors ask those attending to bring a list of what improvements or changes they would like to see within the neighborhood so that the items can be discussed.

Contact Marla Stambazze at the Department of Community Development with any questions at 358-4836, 201 N. Jefferson St., Room 204.


Red Cross asks citizens to put blood donation on resolutions list

While many New Years resolutions go by the wayside, one resolution can last a lifetime: donating blood.

"When you resolve to donate blood in the coming year, you're committing to something that can help change lives - including your own," says Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

A single whole blood donation may help save the lives of up to three people, and may be given through Red Cross blood drives at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and other organizations.

County coroner remonds public unneeded drugs can be dropped off at two locations in county

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt reminds the citizens of Huntington County that their unneeded prescription medications can be properly disposed off at two locations withing the county -- the Huntington County Jail or the county health department.
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Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt reminds area residents that unneeded prescription medications may be disposed of at two locations in Huntington County.

Hurlburt says the medications may be dropped off at the Huntington County Jail or the Huntington County Health Department Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A third drop-off site may be added in the future, Hurlburt says.

Hurlburt says Huntington County residents have dropped off hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of prescriptions at the two locations over the past year.