EXCEL info session on Wednesday

Huntington University's EXCEL Adult Degree Programs will hold an informational meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 125 of the university's Science Hall.

The free-of-charge event is open to anyone interested in the possibility of pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree through the EXCEL program.

Carrie Hoffman, admissions consultant, will be on hand to answer questions.

Riverview students create prize-winning video

Steve Park's eighth grade television production class won tickets to see performance of the world-famous group STOMP by entering a video contest held by the Honeywell Center, Wabash.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

A group of eighth grade students in Steve Park's television production class at Riverview Middle School recently filmed their way to free STOMP tickets at the Honeywell Center.

The world-renowned group was at the Honeywell Center for a show on Nov. 4.

"The center held a video competition for area students," states Park. "They challenged students to make a short ‘Stomp' video and post it on their Web site."

The videos were posted on YouTube and winner of the video contest was the group that could amass the most views during the allotted voting period, he adds.

Leadership academy will analyze personality types

Students enrolling in the 2010 Huntington County Leadership Academy will participate in a variety of leadership training exercises during nine three-hour classes starting Jan. 6, 2010.

The classes will be taught by Dr. Rick Upchurch and Ed Vessels, both local community leaders. The classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Huntington Univer-sity Habecker Dining Commons.

Wetlands near Roanoke not welcomed by all

A proposed wetland restoration project is creating controversy in the Roanoke area, as Vera Bradley Corp. seeks to comply with federal environmental law.

Vera Bradley recently built a facility at the junction of Lafayette Center Road, Interstate 469 and Interstate 69 in southwest Allen County. Because construction of the building required the destruction of about three acres of wetland, Vera Bradley must restore more than what it took.

Four to be inducted into HU Hall of Fame this Saturday

Four former Foresters will be inducted into the Huntington University Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Inductees are former HU athletes Brodie Garber, Doug Neuenschwander, Erin Abbey Pinegar and Jennifer Keil Warner.

The ceremonies will take place at halftime of the championship basketball game of the Huntington University/Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Classic. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

Garber is being honored for his contributions to the Huntington University men's basketball program during the years of 1995-97, 1998-2000.

Riverview Middle School names its honor roll students

Riverview Middle School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2009-2010 school year.

Extension office to offer class on diabetes

The Purdue University Huntington County Extension Office will offer a "Dining with Diabetes" class on Thursday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex meeting room.

This class is open to those with diabetes, their family members and caretakers, and anyone who would like to learn more about healthy cooking.

There is a fee, and pre-registration is required. Some scholarships may be available for those over age 60. The registration deadline is Nov. 30.

Lions to host free vision screenings

The Lions Clubs of Huntington County, which includes the clubs in Andrews, Bippus, Huntington and Roanoke, are partnering with Kids Kampus childcare center of Huntington for "Operation Kid Sight."

On Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19, members of the Lions Club will be at Kids Kampus, 435 Campus St., from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. so children ages 18 months through age five can receive free eye screenings.

Aquinas hands Forester women first hoops loss of season in OT

Freshman Lauren Meese doges two visiting Aquinas College defenders during the Huntington University women's basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The Foresters lost 71-68 in overtime.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A neck-and-neck match-up between the Huntington University women's basketball team and visiting Aquinas resulted in a 71-68 Forester loss in overtime.

Senior Courtney Beerbower led four Forester women in double figures with 16 points, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Foresters from losing for the first time this season in three outings.

Huntington's financial problems simple: city spending more than it's taking in

Huntington County Auditor Kathy Juillerat speaks during the Huntington Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington's financial problems can be stated simply: the city is spending more than it's taking in.

The city is headed toward insolvency, financial advisor Todd Samuelson said, a point where it can no longer pay its bills - or its employees.

The city's operating balance, which should be at about $1 million, was just $650,000 coming into 2009; it will sink to $200,000 at the end of 2009.

"Any one emergency can eat up $200,000 very quickly," said Samuelson, from the Indianapolis-based financial consultant company Umbaugh.

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