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

Photo by Jessica Williams.

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.