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HNHS students to get another direction to choose

Students attending Huntington North High School will have another choice in the direction of their education beginning next year.

The Huntington County Community Schools Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday, Jan. 12, to add a cosmetology course to the curriculum offered at the high school. Participating students would attend regular classes half the school day, with the remainder of their required school hours spent at the Huntington Beauty College.

Commissioners hear proposal for combined emergency dispatch centers

Paul Adams (left), chief of dispatch for the Huntington Police Department, addresses the Huntington County Board of Commissioners on Monday, Jan. 12, about the need for a new centralized emergency dispatch facility.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Proposals for combining Huntington and Huntington County emergency dispatch centers have been floating around for 20 years, but politics has always gotten in the way of actually carrying out those proposals.

"The falling apart was where to put it," says Paul Adams, the Huntington Police Department's chief of dispatch, of those past discussions.

And now that the "where to put it" has been hammered out - in a newly constructed building, a unified study committee recommends - the economy may prove to be the stumbling block.

Health Board sets Jan. 12 meeting

The Huntington County Board of Health will meet Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Board members will hear reports from the Department of Health staff for the fourth quarter of 2008 and a report from the public health nurse on her goals for the first quarter of 2009.

Wall takes commissioner oath

Tom Wall (left) is sworn in by Huntington Circuit Court Judge Tom Hakes (right) as a Huntington County, Indiana, commissioner. Wall's wife, Rose Wall, holds the Bible for the ceremony, which took place Wednesday, Dec. 31, in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda.

Branham takes commissioner oath


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kathy Branham (left) is sworn in as a Huntington County, Indiana, commissioner during a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 31, in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda. Huntington Circuit Court Judge Tom Hakes (right) officiates, and Branham's husband John Branham holds the Bible.

Hacker is new council member


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

John E. Hacker (left) is sworn in as a Huntington County (IN) Council member during a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 31, in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda. Huntington Circuit Court Judge Tom Hakes (right) officiates, and Hacker's father, Dale Hacker, holds the Bible.

Bickel is new council member


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Shane Bickel (left) is sworn in Wednesday, Dec. 31, as a member of Huntington County (IN) Council by Huntington Circuit Court Judge Tom Hakes (center). Pam Updike holds the Bible for the ceremony, which took place Wednesday, Dec. 31, in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda.

Second swear-in


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Leon Hurlburt (left) is sworn in by Huntington Circuit Court Judge Tom Hakes (right) for a second term as Huntington County (IN) coroner. Brenda Hamilton holds the Bible for the ceremony, which took place Wednesday, Dec. 31, in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda.

Swearing in Hamilton


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Brenda Hamilton (left) is sworn in as Huntington County (IN) treasurer during a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 31, in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda. Huntington Circuit Judge Tom Hakes (right) officiates, and Hamilton's husband Sam Hamilton holds the Bible.

Christmas baby


Photo by Andre Laird

Kenneth Lee Duckworth III (fourth from left), the son of Kenneth Lee Jr. and Samantha Elliot Duckworth, of Huntington, was honored by the Huntington County Right to Life as this year's Christmas baby. Kenneth Lee III was born Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at 7:26 a.m., at Parkview Huntington Hospital, weighing 6 pounds, 15.6 ounces, and measuring 19 inches. With the newborn are (from left) mother Samantha, sister Destiny Lynn, father Kenneth Lee Jr. and Right to Life representative Norma Etherington.

Coins bear local Marine's designs

Rob Holzinger Jr.
Photo provided.

Marine Rob Holzinger Jr., of Huntington, is lending his artistic talents to the United States military.

Holzinger, who is recuperating from a second serious battle injury, created the design of the "Wounded Warrior" coin.
The coin is given by an officer to a Marine who has done something deserving of special recognition, explains Holzinger's mother, Gloria Holzinger, of Huntington.