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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.
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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.

Roanoke pastor's Web college will give laymen the tools to serve God

Rev. James Bachman at his desk.
Photo by Cindy Klepper

Pastor James Bachman may have stepped down from the pulpit of the church he pastored for 32 years, but he's not stepping away from spreading the word.

In fact, he wants to help spread it even farther than before - with a worldwide ministry that prepares the laity to use their gifts to, in his words, "get the gospel out."

In his new role as pastor emeritus of the Roanoke Baptist Church, Bachman is organizing the Layman's Web College, a mammoth undertaking that will eventually include 585 classes available in a variety of formats for use by pastors around the world.