Health department offering H1N1 vaccines to public

Public Health Nurse Debra Doctor (seated) goes over some information on the H1N1 virus with Suzi Morgan, RN. The health department is now offering a mobile setup for businesses and organizations to administer the vaccine to employees.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington County Health Department announces that it is now offering H1N1 vaccines to the general public.

Public Health Nurse Debra Doctor says the Center for Disease Control (CDC) expects another wave of the virus in the upcoming flu season.

This is the third wave of the virus.

"The first wave was last spring when we all knew it as the swine flu," Doctor states. "After the second wave hit last fall, the CDC classified the virus as H1N1."

She adds that the fact the vaccine is available to everyone is good news at the right time.

Secretary of State Rokita to speak at annual Huntington chamber dinner

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita poses alongside eight-foot stacks of folders that held corporate documents before being digitally scanned as part of his office’s e-Services initiatives.
Photo provided.

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita will be the keynote speaker for the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce's 86th annual dinner on Monday, Jan. 25.

The dinner will be held at the LaFontaine Golf Club, 6129 N. Goshen Rd. A social time begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. For more information or reservations, contact JoAnn Burnau at 356-5300 or

O'Donnell to present economic forecast

Jim O'Donnell
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Huntington University Professor Jim O'Donnell will present his 2010 economic forecast as part of the Huntington University Foundation Breakfast Series on Jan. 13.

The title of his presentation is "Do You Have the Stomach to Invest?" O'Donnell will look back at the 2009 economy and offer thoughts about what the new decade may bring.

Copies of O'Donnell's "The Shortest Book Ever on Saving For Retirement" will be available for purchase.

Christmas baby -- Christmas presents

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Norma Etherington, left, of Huntington County Right to Life, presents a gift to Ryder Wade Randol, center, and his mother, Kayla Enyart, right, in honor of Ryder's designation as the "Christmas Baby." Ryder was born on Christmas Day 2009 at 5:18 a.m. to Enyart and Ryder's father, Jason Randol, and was 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Huntington County Right to Life has a "longstanding tradition" of presenting a gift to the first baby born on Christmas day, Etherington says.

Stoeckley stays at Roanoke Town Council head

The Roanoke Town Council unanimously re-elected John Stoeckley, left, and Troy Karshner, right, as the 2010 president and vice president of the council, respectively, at the council’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

President John Stoeckley and Vice President Troy Karshner were unanimously re-elected to their posts on the Roanoke Town Council during the panel's Jan. 5 meeting.

Current liaisons retained their positions.

The council awarded the town insurance contract to Mettler Insurance, despite the company having the higher quote.
Mettler had the 2009 contract. After noting some discrepancies in the competing quote, council members said they believed that taking the Mettler option was in the best interests of Roanoke, despite it being $5,000 higher than the competition.

Several items for Jan. 13 plan meeting

The Huntington County Plan Commission will meet Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The board will consider a request by Ronald Pearson to reclassify the zoning of property at 429 N. Broadway from residential to general business.

The panel will also meet as the Roanoke Plan Commission to consider changes to the "fines, fees and expenses" portion of the Roanoke Zoning Ordinance. Those changes were proposed by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development.

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.


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