Harold E. Williams

Harold E. Williams, 80, of LaFontaine, IN, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.

Mr. Williams retired in 1982 from the Owens-Illinois Glass Factory, where he had worked for 32 years as a forklift operator.

He was born Oct. 10, 1928, in Tulsa, OK, to James Harold and Hazel Haynes Williams. He married Lois Purviance, who preceded him in death.

Swim wins, diving sweep not enough for HNHS girls swim team

Wins by swimmers Mariah Patrick, Sara Karst and Cassie Hacker and a diving sweep weren't enough for the Huntington North High School girls varsity swim team as it lost to host South Adams, 105-78 on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Patrick won the 50-yard freestyle, in :27.53, and Karst took the 100-yard freestyle, in :59.97. Hacker took home honors in the 100-yard breaststroke, in 1:14.99.

Amanda Kaiser scored 111 points to lead the sweep in diving. Rosemary Kaiser placed second and Taylor Meharg took third.

Millions of dollars in public works projects to get under way this year in Huntington

Millions of dollars in public works projects will get under way this year in Huntington, Mayor Steve Updike announced in his State of the City address to the Huntington Rotary Club on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Most of the projects will focus on water, sewer and streets, he says.

Updike elaborated on the upcoming projects during a telephone interview after the speech.

• The city will begin complying with a federal mandate to separate its combined sewer systems, a project that will disrupt traffic throughout the city and will, in the end, cost $30 million to $50 million.

Marguerite 'Peggy' Kramer

Marguerite "Peggy" Kramer, 89, of Red Bluff, CA, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Dec. 24, 2008, in Red Bluff, CA.

Mrs. Kramer had moved to Red Bluff, CA, in 1945 and established Red Bluff Realty. She was a Realtor in Red Bluff for more than 50 years. She volunteered for many committees, fundraisers and civic projects in Red Bluff.

She was born Aug. 23, 1919, in Huntington. She married Gus Kramer in 1937. Her husband preceded her in death in July of 1984.

Jerry L. Griffith

Jerry L. Griffith, 80, of Fort Wayne, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Rozellen I. Bryant

Rozellen I. Bryant, 60, of Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Bryant had been employed by General Engineering, Andrews, and was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church, Huntington.

She was born Sept. 1, 1948, in Huntington, to Walter and Edna Householder Beedy. She married Vernon Ray Bryant on Oct. 1, 1996, in Kentucky. Her husband survives.

Ruschhaupt, Scher lead boys' swim team to win

Skyler Ruschhaupt and Danny Scher each won two individual races and were on two winning relay teams to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity swim team over host South Adams, 101-79, on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Ruschhaupt captured the 500-yard freestyle, in 5:05.23, and the 100-yard breaststroke, in 1:04.15. Scher bested the field in the 50-yard freestyle, in :22.78, and led a Viking 1-2 finish in the 100-yeard freestyle, finishing ahead of teammate Shaun Marion in :50.11.

Poor shooting sinks Viking boys against Columbia City

Poor shooting sunk the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team against host Columbia City on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as the Vikings were doubled up on the scoreboard, 56-28.

The Vikings, 4-5, hit only eight of 34 field goal attempts, including just three of 18 shooting from three-point range. They scored just four points in both the first and third quarters.

Jordan Beaver led HNHS with eight points and four rebounds. Taylor Harris had seven points and four rebounds.

Rob Sands added two assists.

Huntington Catholic School girls beat St. Aloysius


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Cahtholic School girls' basketball player Oliva Woolard works against the defense of St. Aloysius on Monday night, Jan. 19, in the HCS gym. The local fifth and sixth grade team beat its opponent from Yoder, 10-8.

Mayor: times are tough, but he's doing his best to keep essentials going

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike makes a point - literally - during his State of the City address Tuesday, Jan. 20, in front of the Huntington Rotary Club.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The mayor's message: Times are tough, but he's doing the best he can to provide essential services to residents of Huntington, IN.

"I'm going to fight for my police department; I'm going to fight for my fire department; I'm going to fight for the people who need services," Mayor Steve Updike told members of the Huntington Rotary Club during his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Updike took office a little more than a year ago, and he's been hit hard his first year.

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