Urana I. James

Urana Irene James, 80, of Van Buren, IN, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at 4:21 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. James attended Roll High School, Blackford County. She worked in the kitchen of Skip & Jo's Bar, Van Buren, for 15 years and also babysat for a large number of children. She was a member of Central Christian Church in Van Buren.

She was born March 26, 1929, in Blackford County to Homer and Florence Miller Ross. She married William O. "Mort" James on June 5, 1948, in Van Buren. Her husband survives.

Viking swimmers take nine of 12 events but fall

Senior Skyler Ruschhaupt swims the backstroke leg of hte 200-yard invidual medley at the Huntington North High School boys' swim meet against visiitng Warsaw on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Ruschhaupt won the race but the Vikings lost the meet.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Despite winning nine of 12 events, the Huntington North High School boys' swim team could barely take any other place above fifth, resulting in a 109-76 loss to visiting Warsaw on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Huntington North dominated the match individually, as once again, seniors Danny Scher, Shaun Marion and Skyler Ruschhaupt led the way by each winning two individual events and being a member of two winning relay teams.

Lady Vikes swimmers suffer big loss to Warsaw

Sophomore Cassie Hacker attempts to take charge of the 200-yard individual medley during the butterfly leg at the Huntington North High School girls’ swim meet with visiting Warsaw on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Hacker placed second in the event.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

The Huntington North High School girls' swim team suffered a big loss to visiting Warsaw 126-60 on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The Lady Vikes had only four wins and five second-place finishes.

Sophomore Sarah Karst was Huntington's top performer, winning the 200-yard freestyle in 2:13.85, and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:57.15.

Senior Mariah Partick took the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.61, and sophomore Cassie Hacker won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:16.36.

Bringing it home

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Sophomore Sarah Karst makes the final lap of the 500-yard freestyle at the Huntington North High School girls' swimming meet with visiting Warsaw on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Although Karst won this event, Huntington North fell to Warsaw 126-60.

YSB Christmas open house

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Erica Anderson-Center, left, and Lois Wajer enjoy lunch during the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County's annual Christmas open house on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Both women are from Family Centered Services.

Mason helping MADD 'tie one on for safety'

Steve Mason (second from left), a volunteer with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, ties a red ribbon on a Huntington County Sherriff's Department vehicle on Friday, Dec. 4, as part of MADD's "Tie One On For Safety" campaign.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Each holiday season has images of joy and cheer, as well as celebrations, get-togethers and parties, as friends and families travel to reunite to observe the time of year. But at the same time, thousands are affected by the increased deaths and injuries related to drunken driving.

The national Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization conducts the "Tie One On for Safety" campaign during November and December to raise awareness about the in-creased risk of accidents related to intoxicated drivers. One local man has spearheaded the campaign's arm in Huntington County.

Lancaster second-graders embrace the practice of giving over receiving

Lancaster Elementary School students Nathan York and Justin Szelis (from left, front) Jessica Smith (center) and Katlin Angle (rear) deliver thier dontion to Love INC recently.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The two Lancaster Elementary second grade classes have embraced the practice of giv-ing, rather than receiving, during the holidays this season.

Jennifer Redner and Linda Zahm asked their students and the students' parents if they could donate to Love, INC, instead of partaking in their usual Christmas gift exchange.

Zahm says the response from the kids was instant approval.

Concert at Northview on Sunday, Dec. 13

The Northview Church of Christ, 2900 N. Jefferson St., will host a gospel Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m.

The gospel group "Water in2 Wine" will sing and lead the entire worship hour.

Water In2 Wine is made up of Aaron and Jonathan Aslocks. They have released three albums, the latest titled "Just Look Ahead."


2009-10 'Arts in Education' series gets udnerway

The 2009-10 "Arts in Education" series programming, sponsored each year by the LaFontaine Arts Council, began this week at Huntington North High School.

Joel Froomkin of the New Huntington Theater presented his reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to English classes at HNHS on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 7.

Rocking for a cause

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Katelyn Niswander (left) and Makayla Caley have a table full of snacks at the ready as they settle in for a seven-hour rockathon Saturday, Dec. 5, at Huntington Catholic School. Middle school students collected pledges to raise money that will allow them to help a family in need this Christmas.


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